Dorina Prech

Marketing and Communications Facilitator

Kenya

About Me

Hello there! As the Marketing and Communications Facilitator for AgriProFocus Kenya, I am here to support you on any help you may need on this online platform: whether signing up or posting an update, or marketing your products on the market place.

I have 4 years of experience in communication and knowledge management, having previously worked as the Communication Assistant for a Regional Learning and Advocacy Program [REGLAP] a Consortium of international NGOs focusing on documenting the evidence base for good practices for water development, disaster risk reduction and advocacy in the drylands of the Horn of Africa. I was recently the Communication Officer for Drylands and Capacity building Initiative [DLCI], a capacity building and knowledge management organization registered in Kenya.

I also have a keen interest in gender development and community voice for underrepresented minority groups including youth and women. I got my Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from United States International University - Africa in Nairobi, graduating with honors.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 days 4 hours ago

An Agronomist needed to train women farmers on Coffee GAPs

Fairtrade Africa is recruiting a full time agronomist to train Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Association member on Good Agricultural Practices for Coffee and other food crops under 'Growing Women in Coffee' project. This is is a 3-year initiative (March 2015-February 2018) directly targeting 450 Fairtrade-certified smallholder women coffee farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS, Kapkiyai MCS and indirectly 20,000 coffee smallholder farmers affiliated to Kipkelion Union in western Kenya. 

Activities are implemented by Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Fairtrade Foundation (UK) and Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC). Project donors include the Big Lottery Fund (BLF-UK), Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC), Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC) and Dutch Post Code Lottery Fund.   

Role

Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is currently seeking professional services of a qualified agronomist with specific focus

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Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 4 months 1 week ago

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.


Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for D

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Posted 1 week 5 days ago

DryDEV REPORT: Highlights of 6 Farmer Exposure Days 

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AgriProFocus Kenya in 2016 organized 6 farmer exposure events in the lower Eastern counties – Machakos, Makueni and Kitui. The structure of the farmer exposure events provided a platform for farmers to learn and also share experiences with other stakeholders. The value chains of focus as per the DryDEV program included; pulses, indigenous poultry, goat, honey and mangoes. However other complimentary aspects for instance water management were also addressed in some of the field days. A lead farmer in each area was identified to host the farmer exposure visit. This provided an opportunity for peer learning.


The objectives of the exposure events are:

1. To provide a platform for farmers to link and learn about market requirement on quality, quantity and logistics

2. To expose and link farmers to value chain financing opportunities

3. Provide opportunity for farmers to learn about products, services and technolo

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Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 6 months 3 weeks ago

UPDATED POST: Successful 12 Farmer Field Days!

DOWNLOAD 2016 REPORT HERE

Dear Friends,

As you have probably seen from the updates from our field consultants, this past few months have been a beehive of activity for the HortImpact project. We supported the HortIMPACT team to organise and facilitate 12 very successful field days in 9 Counties: Kiambu, Nakuru, Laikipia, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Narok, Nyandarua, Uasin Gishu and Meru.  A number of input suppliers were present, including: Koppert Biologicals, Syngenta, Real IPM among others; seed companies like Kenya Highland Seed, financial institutions and insurance companies like Equity Bank, Family Bank, UAP Insurance, SACCOs among others.  

In this report, you will find an analysis of what made the field days successful. One of the key components is farmers and exhibitors mobilisation - what strategies were used, what made the strategies effective and what lessons can be learned. It also highlights what techniques and technologies wer

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Posted by Jacob Olanya in AgriProFocus Uganda 4 months 5 days ago

Coffee farmers to get drought insurance cover

"To access the cover, farmers will be required to pay annual premiums of 5% of the value of the crop being insured. "

Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.

The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.

Speaking at a pre-second National Coffee Festival meeting last week, Robert Serwanga, the Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants, country manager, said coffee production in Uganda has declined from 7kg per tree to 1.5kg due to severe drought brought about by climate change.

“People are abandoning gardens because of declining yields which are impac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Call for entries! All Africa Post-Harvest Technologies and Innovations Challenge. Deadline, 17th February 2017. 

+ Are you an individual or institution from or working in Africa? 
+ Are you working in the post-harvest agriculture space?
+ Do you have a technology or innovation at Testing or Market-ready stage? 

If you answered YES to the above questions, then this challenge is for you. Apply now, you may end up being among the top 10 finalists to pitch their innovations during the 1st All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition on 31st March 2017. You will also part way with USD 35,000! If you make top 20, your work will be featured in a special booklet. 

Click here for guidelines for preparation and submission of entries. Deadline for submission of entries 17th February 2017. 

More information about the All Africa Postharvest Congress and Exhibition available here.

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

We are hiring! Business and Partnership Facilitator

AgriProFocus is a unique multi-stakeholder network that brings together institutions and professionals in the agri-food sector and agribusiness. Our membership comprises of private sector, public sector, farmer organisations, knowledge institutions including research, and the development sector. Established in the Netherlands in 2005, AgriProFocus network has expanded to 11 country networks in Africa and to Indonesia. The AgriProFocus Kenya network is part of the global AgriProFocus network since 2009. AgriProFocus Kenya has a membership of over 110 organizations and over 7,000 professionals.

Job context

One of the delivery areas within AgriProFocus Kenya network is business and partnership brokering. The network develops business linkages between members, coordinates the development of partnerships, provides a platform for partners and stakeholders to do business and manages the business networking and learning platforms within AgriPr

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Posted 4 weeks 7 hours ago

What can Ethiopia learn from Kenya in Horticulture Sector Development?

AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing  a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya.  The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries. 

Objectives of the tour:

     · To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.

     · To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.

The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national directorates and region

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jan
16

Horti-LIFE Study Tour to Kenya

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  16 January 2017 to 20 January 2017 - All Day Event
  Nairobi

The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) Ethiopia is organizing a study tour to Kenya from 16th to 20th January 2017. The tour is being facilitated by SNV Kenya and AgriProFocus. Consisting of representatives from Federal Government’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources representatives, Regional Bureau of Agriculture and SNV Ethiopia staff, the delegation would like to learn from the Kenya experience in the horticulture sector development. SNV Kenya and Ethiopia are also implementing horticulture projects (HortIMPACT and HortLIFE respectively), with funding from the Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  


Objectives of the study tour 

++ To share and learn from SNV Kenya's experience in implementing horticulture development projects across the country

++ To learn from Kenya's experience in horticulture sector development. 

About Horti-LIFE and HortIMPACT

Horti-LIFE started in January 2016 and is being implemented by SNV Ethiopia. The project was formu

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Report: East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016 

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The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.


Key highlights

1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).

2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some women in

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nov
08

The East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016

Event posted by in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
  08 November 2016 - 08:30 to 11 November 2016 - 19:00
  Meru County

AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.

Fr

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Posted 4 months 1 week ago

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.


Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for D

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JACOB OGONDA Great!!!

4 months 6 days ago

Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

Call for Applications: Women in Agribusiness Training, 21st-25th November 2016

Africa Center for Transformative and Inclusive Leadership (ACTIL) is partnering with UN Women, UNDP and the AUC for a Women In Agribusiness training in Nairobi.The cost for the participants is all catered for as per the attached brochure. 

The training is 21st – 25th November, 2016 in Nairobi, and will be in both English and French. The Women participants should be drawn from both English and French speaking Africa.  Please submit your CV, and background on specialty in Agribusiness. See the attached brochure for more information. 


Alem Greiling Thanks Dorina Prech. I think this is a good means of sharing experiences and means of introduction to my agroproducts. I would like to know how to apply and try for my chance. But i wonder if it works for women who are out of Kenya.

4 months 6 days ago

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Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Strengthening the concept of Early Warning, Early Action in the area of food security

Call for Discussion Papers, deadline: 23rd October 2016

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Kenya office would like to invite practitioners, scholars and State and Non State institutions to submit discussion papers as per the topics in the attached paper. The objective of the Call is to bring out perspectives and ideas that may help to generate, refine or improve knowledge on early warning mechanisms at the national level and in the two counties of Baringo and West Pokot where KAS is currently implementing a Project dubbed “Crisis Prevention through the Promotion of Good Governance in the Area of Food Security. The project is supported under the special initiative framework of, One World, No Hunger.  

Benefit for participation 

KAS will award each of the paper that will be selected per topic of interest in the three areas of focus. The papers will form part of KAS’ publication in her Early Warnin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

Food Security through Innovation and Technology Transfer – Outcomes of the September 2016 Eldoret Fair

The Netherlands proved its ever growing interest in Kenya’s agribusiness during this year’s agribusiness trade fair at the University of Eldoret. Hosted from the 21st – 23rd September, the fair attracted over 60 Dutch companies involved in the agribusiness sector who exhibited their products and services. As AgriProFocus, we were very honored as to facilitate a seminar where Dutch companies presented their businesses to farmers and other potential investors. Last year’s seminar attracted only 14 companies; therefore this year’s can be cited as a success in terms of attracting interest from diverse companies. 


Under the HortImpact project which AgriProFocus is a part of, a number of companies exhibited their services and products. Bayer, SGS, Future Pump, Real IPM, Koppert, Bayer, MEA, Illuminum, Soil Cares, Crop Nutrition were some of the companies that showcased their

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PETER KOLAWOLE please I need the copy of this presentation

4 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Hi Peter, this is an article I just did from the Eldoret trade fair. It is part of an annual exhibition and trade fair so am afraid there were no presentations.

4 months 2 weeks ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Thanks so much I will like to know you more

3 months 3 weeks ago

JUSTUS Nzamuhiki please i need the copy of the same.thanks

3 months 2 weeks ago

PETER KOLAWOLE is not detail

3 months 2 weeks ago

oct
06

Workshop on Youth Engagement in Cooperatives Management

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  06 October 2016 to 07 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Nyeri County

In collaboration with Agriterra, AgriProFocus will convene a 2 day workshop for 60 youths drawn from cooperatives working with Agriterra. This workshop fits well with our vision of seeing more youths in leadership positions within the agribusiness sector.

The aim of the 2 day workshop is to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra organize themselves better to be able to advocate for inclusion in the cooperative management. This will involve looking at what their responsibility as young farmers is towards the cooperative. In addition, the young farmers will look at the role of the cooperatives in enhancing more youth participation in management.

Objectives

· To provide a platform to share and learn from each other on already existing best practices from the Netherlands [Dutch Young Farmers Organisation] as well as local cooperatives that have successfully set up youth councils within their management structure.

· To develop an engagement stra

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oct
19

AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 October 2016, 07:00-18:00
  Karura Forest, Nairobi

REGISTER HERE

EXHIBITIONS - THE MARKET PLACE

Category A - KES. 7,000 - This cost includes a shared tent by 4 exhibitors, co-branding, table & chairs, power-access point, 2 vouchers for staff participation and a delegate pack. 

Category B - KES. 15,000 - This includes one exhibitor per 3m x 3m tent, your own branding, table and chairs, power -access point, 4 vouchers for staff participating and a delegate pack. 

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the network day is to explore with institutions, companies, development partners and existing partnerships - where the business opportunities exists for food and nutrition security. The critical question we will be exploring during the day will be “What are the business models that will drive the change that we all desire - A food and nutrition secure nation? The theme of the day is “Unlocking business opportunities for food & nutrition security in the wake of climate change”. DETAILED PROGRAM

Food and nutrition security – the undeniable li

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Network Day 2016
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

REGISTER HERE for the Network Day 2016 and select your preferred option: delegate or exhibitor. If you need any clarifications, email us at kenya@agriprofocus.com or Phone: +254 735145 307. 

Simon Wachieni Great. Have just registered. Looking forward for the day.

5 months 1 week ago

Dorina Prech That's wonderful Simon Wachieni! We look forward to hosting you too!

5 months 2 days ago

MARTIN AKETCH How should one make the payment? Is it in advance or at the gate ?

4 months 3 weeks ago

Dorina Prech If you are participating as a delegate, the payment will be made at the entrance. I see you have already registered for iShamba. Thank you, we look forward to hosting you.

4 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

APPLICATIONS OPEN for ICRA courses for professionals in Agricultural Education and Outreach, Research and Agribusiness: March - May 2017, The Netherlands

The following courses are open, including scholarships:

1. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 13 – 31 March 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

2. Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Click the links above for more information and application forms. Applicants who arrange their own financial support for participation face less competition and have a bigger chance of getting selected. ICRA courses in the Netherlands qualify for Nuffic scholarships (60 countries). The scholarship application is open until 19 October 2016.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Call for Applications for the SAG-SEED Replicator:

Do you want to set up your own briquette production or plastic upcycling business in Kenya? Do you want to benefit from experiences of front-running entrepreneurs around the world? Then the SAG-SEED Replicator is the right thing for you. Get inspiration, insider tips and tricks and business development know-how to start your own business.  Selected applicants the SEED Replicator Connect Workshops, will receive working materials and hands-on support to take their first steps towards building an individual business idea. Apply now for the 2016 workshop in Nairobi, Kenya!

Deadline: 09 September. Click here for more information.