We commemorated this year's Earth Day by revitalising Karura forest's glory by planting over 150 trees with our members. This year's international day whose theme was "Environmental and Climate Literacy" is a relevant theme for the network, because a literate society is able to make informed choices to reduce the impacts of climate change by taking care of the earth.
This day was also crucial to reflect as a country on climate commitments by engaging in activities that will replenish our beautiful country. It was an opportunity for stakeholders to engage in agroforestry, land restoration, and afforestation and reforestation projects. Planting trees and enhancing forest cover is critical work because it has the potential to restore land, benefit local communities, and combat climate change. In fact, poverty is linked to deforestation, and without tackling sectors like agriculture... Read more
You have probably seen the invitation from Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) on the 2nd private sector conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business - What is Needed to Grow and Scale. If not, see the invitation at this LINK.
As a network, we are thrilled to be a part of this conference. In fact, we shall be facilitating one of the workshops: "Tap into the success formulae in Agriculture". This session will highlight the essence of improving food quality, and how to engage the whole ecosystem in your business model. It will also identify the successes of connecting and working through the whole value chain!
If you have not registered for this conference, and you would really like to be a part of this once a year event, here is some good news: SIB has provided us with 5 complimentary tickets for members of the network.
If you think this is a workshop that could benefit your business, please send... Read more
Vacancy Announcement: Project Coordination Assistant – 3R Project
Deadline - 28 April 2017
As part of the transition strategy from aid to trade, Wageningen UR in collaboration with several Kenyan partners will implement a project that assesses and validates the lessons from the Netherlands Embassy’s agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security programmes on market-led approaches to supporting competitive and sustainable growth of selected agri-food sectors. The 3R Kenya project (Resilient, Robust and Reliable from Aid to Trade) will investigate whether these lessons relating to innovative interventions in the sectors can be transferred and scaled up, and as such better anchored within Kenya.
To support project implementation, we are recruiting a Project Coordination Assistant who will work under the direct supervision of the 3R Project Coordinator at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). The tasks include:
Monitoring and Evaluation tasks (35%)
+ Work closely with t... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya has organised a half day tree planting exercise in Karura Forest on Friday 21st April 2017, to commemorate this year's Earth Day scheduled for 22nd April 2017. This year's theme "Environmental and Climate Literacy" - a relevant theme for the sector, because a literate society is able to make informed choices to reduce the impacts of climate change. Climate smart strategies need to be learned and widely disseminated by the stakeholders in this space.
The members of the AgriProFocus network would like to find critical answers to what are the opportunities for entrepreneurs in driving climate smart strategies and how do we support them. As a commitment made during the last Annual Network Day, AgriProFocus network will contribute to making Karura forest green with indigenous species of trees by undertaking a tree planting exercise. We will also get the chance to share amongst ourselves what we are doing to contribute to more learning on climate change.... Read more
hosted the first ever All-Africa Post Harvest Challenge, Congress and
Exhibition, organized by the University of Nairobi’s department of Plant
Science and Crop Protection, with support from the World Food Conservation
Centre and Rockefeller Foundation among other partners. AgriProFocus Kenya was
a a member of the local organizing committee as well as a contributing sponsor.
The event discussed and showcased actionable strategies for reducing food loss in Africa and how different stakeholders in the food supply chain can work together to ensure proper and better utilization of the food that has been produced in the continent. It was also a time for stakeholders in this space to resolve and commit to be part of the community of change agents making a difference towards postharvest loss reduction.
It is estimated that roughly one-third of the food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally. This is d... Read more
This program is a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented youth with a passion for international development to contribute to the world's most pressing needs.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)
The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.
Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017.
Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017. If the application is submitted less than two weeks before the deadline of 14 September 2017, the applicant runs the risk that, if it is incomplete, the Minister will not use his or her discretionary powers to request... Read more
This report by highlights the contribution of Brazil and China in agricultural development in Ghana and Mozambique.
The paper examines the extent to which the concept of South-South Cooperation is creating
more scope and space for African development initiatives,
and whether it is resulting in new paradigms of development that favor
the poor, or is resulting in a further
deepening of capitalist accumulation and competition on the African continent.
CDAIS is a global partnership on capacity development for agricultural innovation systems, funded by the European Union. Launched in 2015, the overall objective of CDAIS is to make agricultural innovation systems more efficient and sustainable in meeting the demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers.
CDAIS operates in eight pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. CDAIS communication plan aims to support the CDAIS project by sharing information and raising awareness of its activities and results, demonstrating the relevance of CDAIS for agricultural innovation and to the livelihoods of rural people in the tropics. The communication plan of CDAIS builds on the strengths of each of the project partners and their outreach capacity in specific (geographical and social) areas to interact with a wide range of relevant stakeholders.
CDAIS is looking for an individual who can support the development of its communicatio... Read more
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org) – develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient. CIAT conducts research for development in tropical regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia (www.ciat.cgiar.org).
CIAT is seeking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic Knowledge Sharing and Communications Assistant to formalize and support internal knowledge sharing mechanisms within the PABRA network, to improve internal coordination and information sharing within the network and raise awareness of the network’s research activities.
Applications should be received by 7 April 2017.
AgriProFocus Kenya hosted a Youth in Agribusiness stakeholders round table breakfast meeting on the 22nd of March at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. This meeting brought together stakeholders working in the youth in agribusiness space from development, private sector, research and academia, young entrepreneurs and government.
The objective of the meeting was to share our
journey as a network on what we have been able to achieve, our plans for
the future in light of the new strategy; and to have the
various stakeholders share and learn from each others experiences and
Key from the meeting was the need for more collaborations and partnerships as well as more sharing of our work as stakeholders which reduces duplication of efforts. The stakeholders committed to supporting each other, as well as contributing to the success of the planned flagship projects for 2017. This includes learning labs, business t
Today, the world is marking the World Water Day whose theme is “Why Waste Water?” It is a time to reflect on how we are saving water as actors in the agriculture sector, which is considered one of the greatest users of water.
It is no doubt that access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is an important part of the millennium development goals (MDGs). According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation should be reduced in half by 2015. In fact, water and wastewater treatment is significant for the realization of the MDGs. For example, goal 1 (to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger) is related to water treatment because the access to safe drinking water can save the time and cost to collect daily water, thus people may have more time to work and to get food.
MDG Goal 2 aims to achieve universal primary education. Some children cannot go... Read more
BCFN YES! (Young Earth Solutions) is an international competition for young researchers from all over the world. It was first launched in 2012, with the aim of rewarding the best ideas about food and sustainability.
The 2017 BCFN YES! Research Grant Competition invites young PhD and postdoc researchers from any background and nationality to submit a research project to improve the sustainability of the food system.
The award is a 20.000 € research grant applied to a one-year investigation. This year, a maximum of three teams will be awarded the Research Grant.
Kenya plans to double its coffee exports to the United States in order to tap into the lucrative North American market, officials said on Wednesday.
Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) Kenya Interim Head of Coffee Directorate Grenville Melli told a coffee forum in Nairobi that Kenya currently exports 4000 metric tons of coffee annually the US.
“Our target is to double exports to reach 8000 metric tonnes in the next three years,” Melli said during a meeting on Kenya’s preparations to participate in the Global Specialty Coffee Expo that will take place in the United States next month.
Kenya plans to leverage on the Expo in order to intensify its marketing efforts so as expand coffee exports. Melli said that the United States is an ideal market for Kenya’s coffee because it attracts premium prices.
“We therefore want to concentrate on selling specialty coffee to U.S. consumers,” he added. In 2016, Kenya pro... Read more
The BoP Innovation Center is recruiting trainers with experience in agribusiness (preferably aquaculture) to deliver business development trainings to fish farmers and enterprises participating in the Kenya Market-led Aquaculture Program (KMAP), led by Farm Africa, in western and central Kenya.Selected trainers must be available to attend a 4-day training in April 2017 and deliver trainings under a short-term contract in 2017 (with a possible extension to 2018-2019 based on performance).
If you are interested in this position, apply here.
This year, 26 April, SIB-Kenya will organize the 2nd Private Sector Conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business where we will bring knowledge, businesses, key players, ideas and hot topics together.
This is all in the light to grow more Future Proof, Sustainable Inclusive and Smart Businesses. To improve your business impact in a positive way on People and Planet makes business sense. Sustainability has now moved from a nice-to-do, to a must-do. SIB-Kenya will facilitate the process and progress to improve businesses through steering them towards sustainability and inclusiveness.
Innovation is a very important area for any business that wishes to be Future-Proof. In this year’s conference, we will put extra focus into the entire aspect of Innovation, focusing on the various innovative successes, and how to tap into the opportunities brought about by technology and information, to make need-based innovations.
More information to follow soon.
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.
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is currently seeking professional services of a qualified agronomist with specific focus... 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
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... Read more