Jacob Olanya

Communications and Marketing facilitator

Kampala, Uganda

About Me

i am a qualified I.T Training personnel and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer science from Makerere University. He has 5 years’ work experience.
i am highly motivated, with a record of helping projects progress. i have been coordinating a project on sustainability of the District Business Information Centres (DBICs) with UNIDO where he coordinated project of sustainability using ICT.

Skills and Expertise


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 days 46 min ago

President Calls for Drip Irrigation As a Solution to Drought

President Museveni has said that about half of the 122 million coffee seedlings distributed to farmers by the UPDF under the Operation Wealth Creation programme have dried up due to drought.

Mr Museveni who was addressing a rally in Mayuge District on Tuesday, blamed farmers for not irrigating the seedlings. "Unfortunately, I am told that around 40 per cent of the coffee seedlings have dried up because the beneficiaries didnot water them. This is terrible carelessness."

Mr Museveni said drip irrigation is the solution to the persistent drought ravaging some parts of the country.

The President, who is on a commercial agriculture sensitisation campaign in Busoga sub-region also told people to stop land fragmentation and polygamy.

"You can improvise with drip irrigation. It has worked excellently for people with small land acreage. All you need to do is put water in small bottles which you will use for irrigation and you will forget

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 week 4 days ago

Innovations Against Poverty Program

On 30th March SNV launched Innovations Against Poverty Program in Uganda.

We are now open to receive applications and are inviting companies to apply. 

IAP is a specialized fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for

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Yawe Israel IS THAT PHONE CONTACT ON WATSUP

1 week 21 hours ago

Jacob Olanya Hello Yawe Israel i don't think so, i think it would be better to call.

5 days 8 hours ago

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Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Aluga Cooperative Society

Aluga is a cooperative society who attended the Trade and Investment matchmaking event (PAINT) that took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala.  This is what they had to say.  


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Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Uganda Horticulture MSP Meeting outcomes

The Horticulture Multi stakeholder platform Met and discussed important issues affecting the horticulture sector in Uganda. The following is what was agreed upon;

  I. Registration and Launch of the Horticulture MSP

Members proposed to have the platform registered as a network association so it can be recognised as a legal entity; to enable the platform mobilize financial resources through partnerships with member organisations. The launch of the MSP will proceed after the completion of the registration process.

   II. Increase Visibility of the Platform.

Members proposed that there is need to mobilise more stakeholders to join the platform using the diamond approach of Government, private sector, research and Knowledge institutions to be interested to join the platform. The working committee was entrusted to identify potential stakeholders.

  III. Capacity Building

Following the Europ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 week 6 days ago

Netherlands partners with Uganda to boost agriculture

The Royal Dutch Embassy has partnered with Uganda to create opportunities for increased income and food security through market linkages and access to quality seed for rural households in Uganda.

The integrated Seed Sector Development Plus(ISSD Plus) project and the resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains(REACH Uganda) project under the international fertilizer Development Center will run for a period of 4years.

Speaking at the official launch of the two projects at his residence in Kololo Hank Jan Bakker, the ambassador of the Netherlands highlighted that the two projects will follow the agricultural value chain right from inception, by providing access to quality seed to mainly rural farmers and to end chain of providing market linkages for the farmers to the consumers of their produce.

The ambassador added that this will particularly be achieved through the promotion of quality declared seed(QDS) which is high quality seed produced p

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Northern Uganda Agribusiness Finance Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  26 April 2017 to 27 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Gulu District : Acholi Inn Hotel (workshop) and TAKS Centre (Exhibition)

Theme: Scaling up Financing of Youth Agribusinesses for Improved Livelihoods

The AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (i.e. SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN, The Hunger Project, Uhuru, AMFIU, ) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, VSO, AVSI, Save the Children, Straight Talk Foundation, BOSCO –Uganda, SOS, TASO Gulu, WPDI-Gulu, U-Touch Uganda, WORLD EDUCATION, CPA, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM and GNED-G are organizing to convene a two day Agribusiness Fair with an overall objective of facilitating platforms for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between youth Agrepreneurs and financial services providers including insurance companies and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.

Day 1: Will include: The Agribusiness workshop and Exhibitions.

Day 2: Exhibition continues and business linkages

The intended Agribusiness Linkages:

  • Financing Opportunities

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Terms of Reference

Consultancy to provide a detailed overview of the actors and processes along the value chain of DML Masters Ltd. (soybeans, maize and rice) in Eastern Uganda.

1) Purpose

In order to facilitate the design of a targeted and relevant project, GIZ seeks the services of a consultant who will provide a comprehensive understanding of the project setting and DML’s extended value chain for 5selected SACCOs in Tororo, Iganga, Butaleja, and Bugiri, which will be part of the pilot project.

The consultancy will provide detailed information on all actors, organizational structures, and processes along the value chain from the individual farmer up to DML and its buyers, and will provide the basis for specifying the approach, activities and targets of the planned project. It will thus fill the persisting information gaps which currently impede the targeted and specific design of the project.

2) Objectives

The assignment aims to achieve a detailed identification and mappin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Call for Applications

Women’s Empowerment Fund IV


Overview

The WEF seeks to scale the number of women energy entrepreneurs throughout the value chainusingwomen’s empowerment approaches in order to share lessons learned and build the evidence for effective, gender-informed business models. Target projects supported by WEF will scale women’s energy entrepreneurship and employment throughout their business models and the sector. This includes scaling existing,proven gender and empowerment approaches andstrengthening income-generating opportunities for women.The objective of the WEF is to make the business case for gender-informed approaches by demonstrating that there is a positive impact on business performance and social impact outcomes when women are engaged in the value chain. The Alliance encourages new partners to apply, particularlyorganizations that aim to incorporate clean cooking solutions into existing women’s empowerment and other development initiatives.

The Allianc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 day ago

AgriProFocus Uganda showcases the online platform at the Makerere University College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences(CAES) Annual Agricultural Exhibition and Career Expo.

In this three day event AgriProFocus Uganda has been showcasing the online platform and training the attendies who are mainly students at the university on the benefits of being part of the online platform

The theme of this event is “The role of Youth and Small holder farmers in agricultural transformation amidst changing climate and growing population”.


The major focus during this 3 day event was showcasing the online platform and the importance of being part of a network at different levels of the value chains. A total of over 3,000 participants participated with approximately 80 exhibitor’s majority of who were students of the university.


The objective of our participation was to:

- Train attendees on how to use the AgriProFocus online platform and its benefits.

- Register att

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Why We Need to Teach Agriculture in Schools

There is unease about the proposed translocation of agriculture and other vocational subjects from the secondary school curriculum to technical institutes. This comes at the dawn of growing youth unemployment and criticism of the school curriculum as being too elitist with no practical skills to equip learners for afterschool life. The rural exodus by school leavers is fuelling urban squalor and crime as young people who seek livelihoods in towns end up in crowded suburbs.

Most young people who come to town cannot find formal employment and end up in squalid suburbs. Wakiso District is probably home to many of these youths who are trapped between the rural life and the city.

Agriculture development requires movement of people into urban areas to create space for large scale mechanisation of farms and increase productivity per person. Urban migration also creates opportunities for agricultural markets which arise from increased demand for food by

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 7 hours ago

Why we need more youth in agriculture

On Friday, Namboole sports stadium was full of people from different walks of life to attend the Harvest Money Expo organised by the Vision Group.

I was one of the early birds to attend the three-day event for farmers, suppliers and experts in the agricultural sector, where they shared new technologies and how to farm during this period of climatic changes.

As I was walking to the training session, I met a gray-haired old man seated at the stadium stairs. He seemed to be in his 70s. He was sipping soda and eating mchomo. I asked him why he did not send his grand-children to learn and take back the information to him. He cleared his throat and told me, “you young people do not want to engage in farming”.

His response prompted me to ask Dr Diana Nambatya during her urban training session how we can attract young people to agriculture. In the queue waiting for my turn to ask, four out of the six people who asked questions had retired from the service

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Jimmy Ouni After the morning showers of Saturday, i patiently queued ready to attend the trainings at the Harvest Money expo, i was amazed by all the training and exhibitions, l learned a great deal and this very program and platform, this left me wandering how little this information has actually reached the target group. if only these trainings and information is disseminated down to farmers groups up in the farming areas, say village levels. i am looking forward to exhibiting next year.

2 months 6 hours ago

BAJJA FRUIT FARM Ashiraf Thank you so much. Your observations are really timely and spot on. Uganda can not be proud of having a youth ( youngest) population when they are not productive. We can not also focus on the youth without them. I too visited the stall of Operation Wealth Creation & Ministry of Agriculture and found out that All the officers manning them were over 40 yrs creating a generation gap. For the Country to be able to lure the youth back into Agriculture, interventions must be for and by the youth. On a recent visit to our passion fruit farm, one of the youth leaders during the discussion said "Nothing for us without us" meaning, however- good the program can be, if it is without the target group, it can not succeed.
Visit us at our farm in Lukaya along Maska road (0785 012 674/0704 610376 whatsup)

2 months 4 hours ago

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Jeka Poultry Farm , an Agripreneur at the PAINT Event.

Jeka Poultry Farm is an agripreneur who attended the Trade and Investment matchmaking event (PAINT) that took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala. This is what they had to say.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Ban on Uganda Poultry Could Be Lifted in the Next One Week

Kenya may lift the import ban imposed on Uganda chicken and eggs in the next one week, after experts from the two countries met to assess the measures taken against an epidemic of bird flu.

This will, however, depend on the final tests carried out by a group of experts drawn from the two countries. They will conclude the exercise in the next one week.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said the two teams are doing a risk assessment of the Avian flu outbreak in Uganda to determine if it has been contained.

Mr Bett did not confirm when the ban would be lifted, but officials told the Sunday Nation that it could be as early as this week.

Kenya imposed the ban last month after a highly infectious strain of bird flu was reported in Uganda.

But Uganda has assured Kenya that it has contained the outbreak, adding that most farms that export eggs to Kenya are located more than 10km from the quarantined area. According to Mr Bett, the tea

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Destiny Farms, an Agripreneur at the PAINT Event.

Destiny Farms is an agripreneur who attended the Trade and Investment matchmaking event (PAINT) that took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala. This is what they had to say.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Uganda: Address Challenges of Rain-Fed Agriculture With Practical Solutions

By David Ossiya

Last year, I ventured into commercial farming and invested a considerable amount of money which unfortunately I lost due to a prolonged drought. The year 2016 was tough for farmers countrywide as the rains did not fall when they should have and certainly not in the amounts expected. In Soroti where I was, we had very little rain while in Busoga where a friend was growing the exact same crops as I was, they had too much rain resulting in flooding and water logging. Climate change is both a global and national problem and our policy makers must accept that our agro-based economy can no longer rely on purely rain-fed agriculture. That would be playing Russian roulette with the elements. The odds of success are just not in our favour.

Come along President Museveni advising and demonstrating to farmers how to irrigate their gardens using a bicycle and jerrycan to fetch water. The President was widely

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

GroFin, an Investor at the PAINT Event.

PAINT is an initiative that supports the growth of agribusiness through linking pre-qualified and mentored agri-prenuers to financing, knowledge technology and markets. This publication chronicles its first major events; mentoring and matchmaking that took place on 3rd to 4th October 2016 at Royal suites Hotel and 5th and 6th October 2016 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala respectively. It was a chance for agri-prenuers and investors to learn, network, and create new partnerships.

Hear what GroFin an Investor in the Trade and Investment matchmaking event which took place on 3rd to 6th October at Sheraton Hotel and Royal suites hotel in Kampala had to say

 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Uganda’s poultry products safe, says agriculture minister

The government has asked Ugandans and neighboring countries dealing in poultry products, especially domestic birds, not to worry about bird flu saying it was under control.

According to Vincent Ssempijja, the minister for agriculture, the government is currently carrying out continuous veterinary inspections and technical backstopping to commercial farms, to ensure biosecurity measures are strictly adhered to.

“ Fortunately, these farms are located far away from the 10km quarantine radius range, and can produce safe poultry and poultry products for local and export markets,” Ssempijja said.

The minister made the remarks, while addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala, on the steps Government is undertaking to control the avian influenza.

He noted that the disease had been confirmed in seven wild migratory birds, five domestic ducks and one chicken.

According to Ssempijja, several other samples from suspect ca

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 4 weeks ago

Making agribusiness work for development: examples from Uganda!

On March 21, AgriProFocus likes to look back and beyond on the matter of the Dutch Aid and trade agenda, during a big event in The Netherlands. Besides various keynote speakers and discussions, AgriProFocus wish to inspire their audience consisting of members, agri-professionals, researchers and policymakers with views from the field. AgriProFocus aims to do this through video productions - highlighting two projects in two different contexts (East and West Africa) by the personal views and experiences of both its changemakers and stakeholders. BrandOutLoud was contacted to support AgriProFocus with this event through visuals.

From 16th to 21st January BrandOutLoud together with AgriProFocus Uganda set out to meet, interview and shoot videos of three interesting parties.

Mary is a medium scale horticultural farmer involved in seeds improvement programmes or planning, talks about her efforts in obtaining better (acc

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really nice to see these examples, I am looking forward to the eventual video! Of course, we will share that one on this platform too.

2 months 4 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Great to learn how it all went and see the pictures! Looks great and cannot wait to see the final result!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Call to participate in the Gender in value chains Trajectory 2017 

It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].

Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.

AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.

Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.

Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade Report

PAINT is an initiative that supports the growth of agribusiness through linking pre-qualified and mentored agri-prenuers to financing, knowledge technology and markets. This publication chronicles its first major events; mentoring and matchmaking that took place on 3rd to 4th October 2016 at Royal suites Hotel and 5th and 6th October 2016 at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala respectively. It was a chance for agri-prenuers and investors to learn, network, and create new partnerships.

Click here to download the complete report.