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
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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
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.
· 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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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.
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AgriProFocus in collaboration with the 3R (Resilient, Reliable, Robust) Kenya Project organized a successful multi-stakeholder inception workshop on the 19-20th July 2016 in Nairobi. The aim of the forum was to collaboratively identify the challenges faced by the horticulture, aquaculture and dairy sectors; and explore opportunities for scale and synergy through evidence based market-led interventions in the various sectors.
This workshop engaged the stakeholders to identify priority sector issues or opportunities as well as key cross- sector opportunities to inform 3R project action plan. It also explored areas for synergy in the existing networks to facilitate learning and co-creation in relation to the 3R Kenya project. Below are the highlights from the workshop:
# The 3R Kenya project will build on the existing innovations and knowledge platforms to accelerate growth of 3 sectors;
# There exist cross-cutting... Read more
AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.
The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.
The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with in... Read more
As you have probably seen from the updates from our field staff, this past few months have been a beehive of activity for the HortImpact project. We held very successful field days in Limuru, Nakuru, Laikipia and Nyeri with lots of interesting insights from the farmers. 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
Ø Exhibitors were able to make substantial sales during field days, for example
Equity bank opened 15 new accounts at Mauche.
Ø The input suppliers were able to make contacts with the farmers present, with the latter making follow ups.
Ø Exhibitors and farmers recommended more of such field activities.
Ø Many farmers turned up for training, thanks to road shows done by the HortImpact... Read more
Send a Cow Kenya is seeking a consultant/consultancy team to lead an evaluation process of the DFID funded Wealth Creation Project in Western Kenya. Expressions of interest need to be received by Thursday 4th August 2016. Interested organisations should submit their financial and technical proposals, together with up to date curriculum vitae for all researchers, to Richie Alford and Titus Sagala at: Richie.Alford@sendacow.org and Titus.Sagala@sendacow.org before 12 noon East African Time (+3GMT)/1000 BST 8 August 2016.
If you have any question or clarification please raise it As soon as possible within the timelines provided. The successful tender will be informed on Wednesday 10th August. The Terms of Reference are attached.
AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Platform for Inclusive Finance – NpM are organising a half day consultative forum on Thursday, 28th July 2016. The forum aims to present key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus on inclusive finance. More importantly we would like to explore together drawing from your experiences working with producer organisations, how these findings can be explored to take up the opportunities of risk management in the agriculture sector.
The forum aims to bring together actors including financial institutions and investors, insurance companies, processors and other market actors - retail, producer organisations, and development partners.