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


jan
16

Horti-LIFE Study Tour to Kenya

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  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 By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 4 weeks 15 hours 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

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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 By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 3 weeks 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!!!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 months 5 days 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.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 months 1 week 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 3 months 1 week 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

3 months 1 day 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.

3 months 1 day ago

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

2 months 1 week ago

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

2 months 1 day ago

PETER KOLAWOLE is not detail

2 months 1 day ago

oct
06

Workshop on Youth Engagement in Cooperatives Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  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 4 months 4 days 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.

3 months 3 weeks ago

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

3 months 2 weeks ago

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

3 months 1 week 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.

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 months 1 week 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 5 months 23 hours 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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 months 1 week ago

Outcomes of the 3R Kenya Inception Workshop, July 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

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Veronica Muniu Please see the contribution that Strathmore University Business School is making to grow the agriculture sector so that we become self-reliant in terms of food security and nutrition. We are always ready to work with stakeholders who have the same vision and goals in the areas of research and training/capacity building. http://sbs.strathmore.edu/our-programs/agri-business-management-programs/

5 months 4 days ago

Dorina Prech Many thanks Veronica for the great work you are doing. Indeed we need to utilise cross-learning and experience sharing to grow this very important sector.

5 months 4 days ago

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Posted 5 months 1 week ago

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 months 1 week ago

Successful Farmer Field Days!

Dear Friends,

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

Key highlights:

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

A Consultant Needed!

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 providedThe successful tender will be informed on Wednesday 10th August. The Terms of Reference are attached.

 


jul
28

A Consultative Forum of Inclusive Finance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  28 July 2016, 08:00-13:00
  Amber Hotel, Nairobi

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.

To view the report,  click here and here for a summarised version. More information about NpM can be found on http://www.inclusivefinanceplatform.nl/home