Hilda Okoth

Network Assistant

Arusha, Tanzania

About Me

I am a very open minded person eager to learn new things. I am the Network Assistant for AgriProFocus Tanzania. Please feel free to reach out for any information regarding the online platform as well as any agriculture related issues that AgriProFocus deals with.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 days 22 hours ago

Opportunity for growth for Rungwe & Mbeya Dairy Sector

A group of thirty three (33) dairy farmers from Rungwe and Busokelo Districts; and 6 Livestock extension Officers from Mbeya, Rungwe, Busokelo, Iringa and Njombe benefited from a three days intensive capacity building training on dairy cattle best management practices through a dairy learning lab. The lab took place from 10th to 12th April 2017, and was led by Mr. Gidi Smolders, a Dairy Expert from PUM- The Netherlands and organized by SAGCOT Centre Limited in collaboration with AgriProfocus and ASAS Dairies Ltd.

The dairy learning lab was a combination of an in-door/classroom and out-door/on-farm training. It was a highly interactive and a learning experience for both the farmers and the local Government Livestock officers, thanks to Gidi Smolders who unleashed his long standing experience of working in the dairy sector, and articulated well the adult learning techniques: adults learn better with practice on something of the

... Read more
jul
02

Business to Business Meetings

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  02 July 2017 to 06 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking sellers and buyers of agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:

i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame

ii. Dairy

iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)

iv. Poultry

Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.

Find More details HERE



Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

Apply to participate at the business to business meeting during the 41st Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) in July 2017

Deadline for the application is 5th June 2017

The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking  sellers and buyers of  agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:

i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame

ii. Dairy

iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)

iv. Poultry

Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.

Find the application form attached.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 week 6 days ago

TADB AND TAHA TRANSFORMING HORTICULTURE SECTOR IN TANZANIA

In efforts to promote and support transformation of agriculture from subsistence to commercial undertaking, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) and the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) are in the process to develop partnership to safeguard horticultural industry.

The Bank wants to address limited financing challenges that face horticultural industry in the country mainly by addressing issues such as commodity trading, high interest rates, short-term loan maturities and rigid repayment terms without flexibility to accommodate the seasonal and/or cyclical nature of agriculture.

As an apex private sector association, TAHA has been actively engaging with government institutions and agencies, Development Partners, Private Sector companies and platforms, regional and international bodies in its strategy to promote inclusive industry growth and sustainability and advocacy for the growth and competitiveness of

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 week 6 days ago

Do you want to optimize feeding for your livestock? Download the feed Calculator App Now

The feed calculator is an innovative smartphone app for livestock farmers in developing countries to make their own profitable feed mixes. It allows small-scale livestock farmers to optimize their own feed mixes. As you might be aware, many farmers do not have access to high quality and affordable feed for their livestock. Also tons of feed are wasted because farmers have neither the capacity nor the access to the knowledge and tools that are available in developed countries. The Feed Calculator is about to change this, and their lives.

In Tanzania, IITA, BRAC and Single Spark have piloted this app and the results are amazing. See the video HERE. To learn more about the app follow this LINK.


sep
04

ISS  Refersher Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  04 September 2017 to 15 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Dodoma

The refresher course on the role of local Government planners on ensuring Local Economic Development for Food security is a 2 week EP- Nuffic funded training that will work with participants whose work addresses food security, agriculture, energy, infrastructure and financial services in East Africa.

It is particularly relevant for local government planners. It will support participants in developing integrated approaches to deal with the complexity of local economic development (LED) in these specific areas. In turn, this increased knowledge and skills will contribute to the capacity development of participants’ organisations.

The Refresher Course is organized by the ISS and the Insititute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) by Professor Leo de Haan (ISS), Professor Adalbertus Kamanzi (IRDP), and Mr. Teun van Dijk (ISS).

Who can Participate:

You are an eligible candidate for the refresher course if you meet the following criteria:

  • you are an alumnus of a Dutch educational ins

... Read more


jun
09

Milk Consumer Awareness & Dairy Business Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  09 June 2017 to 10 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Boma Ng'ombe, Moshi

The consumer awareness and dairy business event is aiming to create awareness on benefits of consumption of milk and milk products, stimulate business and markets of locally processed products and learning. The event will provide a good environment and space in which milk processors will interact with consumers to promote consumption and trade in processed milk and milk products processed in Hai district. The event will also gather dairy producers and service providers in an interactive setting that will expose the farmer organisations, cooperatives and individual dairy farmers to a range of professional service providers and increase access to affordable dairy input and support services.

The event will attract the general public, promote information sharing, raise awareness on milk products and foster increased consumption of dairy products by consumers.

Objectives of the Consumer awareness and dairy business event;

· To raise consumers awareness on the consumption o

... Read more


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Re- Advertisement: AgriProFocus Tanzania Seeking a Gender in Value Chain Analysis Consultant

Deadline: 15/05/2017

SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania.

The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women. 



Summary of the Assignment

Assignment Name

Gender in Value chain Analysis

Value Chain

Sunflower

Objective

T

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

CONSULTANT NEEDED 

DEVELOPING GAP-QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS OF THE MAIZE AND BEANS

Simanjiro, Arumeru and Same

Introduction

VECO East Africa is a regional programme of Vredeseilanden, a Belgian based International NGO which operates in seven regions in 18 different countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. VECO envisions a world with production and consumption systems that allow poverty and hunger to be eradicated and that do not burden our planet more than it can bear. VECO East Africa’s main thematic areas include; Food safety; Farmers Organizations; and Water management.

VECO East Africa is currently implementing a two-year project funded UKAID/Food Trade Programme. The project whose main aim is to increase farmers’ household income through participating in the regional trade of staple crops i.e. rice, maize, and beans, has three key outputs namely; improved storage and aggregation; improved supply chain information and coordination; and improved standard of produc

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

CONSULTANT NEEDED

Strengthening farmers’ organizations in management of Village Aggregation Centers

Simanjiro, Arumeru and Same


Introduction

VECO East Africa is a regional programme of Vredeseilanden, a Belgian based International NGO which operates in seven regions in 18 different countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. VECO envisions a world with production and consumption systems that allow poverty and hunger to be eradicated and that do not burden our planet more than it can bear. VECO East Africa’s main thematic areas include; Food safety; Farmers Organizations; and Water management.

VECO East Africa is currently implementing a two-year project funded UKAID/Food Trade Programme. The project whose main aim is to increase farmers’ household income through participating in the regional trade of staple crops i.e. rice, maize, and beans, has three key outputs namely; improved storage and aggregation; improved supply chain information and coordination; and improved standar

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

BioInnovate Africa Programme: Supporting Scientists, Researchers, Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Eastern Africa


Deadline: 2 June 2017

BioInnovate Africa Programme has announced a US$ 5 million grant funding over three years (2017–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market.

The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to assist countries in eastern Africa benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting such technologies into innovations for inclusive growth and sustainable development. BioInnovate is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently operates in six eastern African countries namely: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tan

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Africa Food Prize 2017: Leading the Effort to Change the Reality of Farming in Africa


Deadline: 5 June 2017

Africa Food Prize 2017 is now open for nominations, recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa—from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.

The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.

Building on the values and principles established by the Yara Prize, the Africa Food Prize puts a bright spotlight on achievements and innovations with transformative power that can be scaled and replicated across the continent to eliminate hunger and poverty and provide a vital new source of employment and income.

Award Criteria

The Prize Committee considers the following criteria for the Prize:

  • Contribution to reducing poverty

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

USAID/ Bureau for Food Security: Feed The Future Partnership with Partners for Food Solutions (PFS)


Deadline: 12 May 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) is seeking concept notes for its “Feed The Future Partnership with Partners for Food Solutions (PFS) to strengthen the food processing sector in Africa.

The objective of the Feed the Future Partnership with Partners in Food Solutions is to engage and mobilize the expertise, infrastructures and resources of PFS and others to transfer knowledge from the volunteer employees of PFS member companies to small and growing food processing businesses across Africa.

Priorities

  • Improved value chain linkages between food processor clients and their raw commodity suppliers
  • Increased business development support, including access to finance
  • Strengthened distribution channels to increase the market reach of clients’ products

Award Information

  • USAID anticipates developing one alliance unde

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

G4AW Grant Program: Increasing and Enhancing Sustainable Food Production

Deadline for Advisory Opinion: 15 June 2017

Deadline for Submitting Applications: 14 September 2017

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is accepting applications for its Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) grant programme with an aim to increase and enhance sustainable food production as well as achieve more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Grant information

  • The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.
  • The minimum grant amount that can be applied for is €500,000 and the maximum €3,000,000.
  • The project must be completed within three years after the date of the grant award.
  • The Netherlands Space Office may extend a project, without any change in its budget, for up to one year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The grant application concerns activities in one of the following G4AW partner countries: Angola, Bangladesh, B

... Read more

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thanks Hilda for sharing this!

2 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Tanzania's effort to cope with climate change. 

As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

The exchange took place at a special 26 April side-event during a session of the UN Food and Agriculture OrganizationFAO’s executive Council.

While countries are embarking on the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions –the actions nations are taking under the Paris Agreement– the event provided an opportunity to learn from countries that have championed climate-smart agriculture in different regions, FAO informed.

Climate-smart agriculture is an approach aimed at transforming food systems. It involves pursuing sustainable productivity increases while implementing climate adaptation strategies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions where

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

UNEMPLOYED YOUTH TURN TO AGRICULTURE 


Youth unemployment is one of the most pressing issues in Tanzania. The number of young people who enter the labour force exceeds the available jobs. According to official data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in 2014, the economy created about 282,382 formal-sector jobs while an estimated 800,000 to one million youths enter the labour market at the same time. Yet, the number of job seekers is expected to double by 2030. According to the World Bank, the size of Tanzania’s youth, which was about 8.1 million in 2010, will rise to 11 million by 2020 and 15 million by 2030.

In the near absence of formal jobs, especially for entry-level positions, many educated young people are looking to agriculture and agribusiness for employment opportunities. From Dar es Salaam to Arusha up to the lake region in Mwanza, a growing number of educated youths are now investing in agriculture.

One of such people is Deborah Simon Malaba. After struggling to

... Read more
jun
15

KILIMO PLUS FAIR 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  15 June 2017 to 17 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Morogoro, Tanzania

Kilimo-Plus Fair 2017 is organized by Intellz Group, Registered and Experienced Event Planning and

Management Firm Based in Dodoma, Tanzania.

Main Objective

To shape the future collaboration landscape of Agricultural business and advocate for “HAPA KAZI TU”, laws and policies that support “Kilimo Kwanza” and Agricultural Sector in Tanzania.


Audience/ Target Group

This dynamic event on agribusiness will bring up to three thousand (3000) visitors. Farmers both smallholder farmers and big farmers, Agriculture, Food, Diary & Livestock stakeholders, Investors, Venture capitalists, Agricultural Start-Ups, business leaders & companies.

Why you should participate 

The event grants a wealth of opportunities including those which can improve your business, such as marketing, meeting potential business partners and customers, generating new ideas and gathering knowledge valuable in your&

... Read more



Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

TANZANIA: SUNFLOWER OIL GREAT POTENTIAL STILL UNTAPPED

Tanzania imports 60 per cent of total edible oil requirement despite having vast and promising production potential in the sunflower sub-sector, Bank of Tanzania (BoT) research shows. According to 2015 FAO data, Tanzania is the second leading producer of sunflower seeds producing 35% of the continent’s sunflower production after South Africa that produces 46%.

The production potential is missed as the national average yield is 0.6 tonnes compared to potential yield of 2.0 to 3 tonnes per acre.

The BoT Research paper 'Potentiality of Sunflower Sub-sector in Tanzania of March 2017' shows that local production of both factory and home extracted sunflower seed oil contributes about 40 per cent of edible oil requirement of 330,000 tonnes.

The 60 per cent gap is filled by imports. "This sub-sector is largely untapped...measures to boost sunflower production would definitely impact significantly on economic wellbeing... “the rep

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

IITA Young AgriPreneurs Program

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) a non-profit institutions that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa's most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation embarked on empowering unemployed university graduates into commercial farmers, an initiative that will transform them into agripreneurs. An idea borrowed from Nigeria in 2012.

The IITA, Eastern Africa Hub Director, Dr Victor Manyong said in Dar es Salaam over the weekend that the programme with 15 participants was in its nascent stage until managed to finance agripreneurs.

"Banks want collateral while youth only have knowledge... we want to be the collateral and loans to the youth.”At moment discussion are under way with Africa Development Bank for such facility once we get that fund then we go full swing," Dr Manyong said.

The Director told journalists during the marking of IITA 50 years of transforming Africa Agricu

... Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor 

SNV Tanzania and partners Jackson Group, WOPATA and AgriProFocus, received funding from Agricultural

Markets Development Trust (AMDT) to implement the Inclusive Business in the Sunflower Value Chain

project in the Southern Highlands (Mbeya, Songwe, Rukwa and Katavi regions) of Tanzania. The project

uses an M4P approach in order to increase the sustainable income of smallholder sunflower farmers

through increased access to services, markets and inputs enabled by structural and behavioural change

triggered among the actors in the sunflower market system.


The project is looking for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer to support and coordinate project

in Monitoring and Result Measurement (MRM) and Learning activities with partners and market actors on

the Inclusive Business in the Sunflower Value Chain project and ensure the effective measurement and

strategic utilisation of intervention results as well as the targeted d

... Read more