Dorina Prech

Marketing and Communications Facilitator

Nairobi, 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


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Posted 22 June 2017 at 08:31

Vacancy: Programme Officer, Edukans International

Edukans is the development organization for education. Globally, 263 million children and young people do not go to school or they stop prematurely. Education gives children skills to build a good future. That is why we are working on better education in developing countries every day.

Aim of the job: The Programme Officer Skills contributes to the development of the skills programme in Kenya, based on the focus areas of Edukans International.

  • (S)he looks for new partners for joint implementation and strategic partners at Meso and Macro level, for sustaining and upscaling Edukans programmes.
  • He/she raises funds for skills programmes within and beyond Kenya and, in this way, contributes to the sustainability of Edukans Kenya and Edukans International. As skills expert, (s)he runs capacity building trajectories.
  • (S)he contributes to the development of Edukans’ Skills training approach through documenting lessons learned, methodologies and to

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Posted 7 June 2017 at 02:48

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Report 2016

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Annual report! The report provides highlights of our last year's activities in our various thematic areas, and what we were able to achieve. It also provides into our network results, management and financial analysis. Read through and let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at: kenya@agriprofocus.com

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:26

Terms of Reference for Documentation: Voices from Farmers: Climate Resilient Agricultural in ASAL Kenya.

1. Introduction and Background.

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

CAFOD and implementing partners (CARITAS MARALAL, CARITAS KITUI and CARITAS MARSABIT) are implementing a Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) project funded by DFID UKAM with CAFOD also funding some of the project’s streams. The project is targeting 300,000 poor women, men and children in marginalised rural areas of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. In Kenya the project is being implemented in

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Isaac Sitienei Hi Dorina,

My name is Dr. Sitienei, I am an international scholar and a Kenyan. This might not be directly related with climate but can fit in as "Voices from Farmers". I am concerned about the recent Fall Armyworm infestation in Kenya and most parts of the East Africa region. Is there a way we can use this platform to create some public awareness regarding this endemic (actually it qualifies as a national disaster as it posses threat to Kenya's food security)? Is there a way we can help determine its spread, magnitude of loss, and probably some documented mitigation strategies? Please let me know if i can be of any help in trying to address these issues? 
Thanks. Isaac 

2 weeks 6 days ago

Dorina Prech Hello Isaac, indeed it has been confirmed that Kenya is going to achieve very poor harvest this year as a result of the fall armyworm infestation so we should expect food shortage across the country and the region. It would be wonderful for you to share via this platform if you have done any work regarding this, or if you know people that could share information on the spread and magnitude of loss and what can be done to reduce this spread. This is the right channel to create public awareness around this challenge. 

2 weeks 6 days ago

Dorina Prech Here's an interesting article on the case of Uganda's unpreparedness to the army warm invasion and what the government needs to do: http://agriprofocus.com/post/5909a02a0b34d90703ab7b98

2 weeks 5 days ago

Isaac Sitienei Thanks Dorina for sharing the article.


Glad to know that interventions have been implemented to abate the loss. Though insufficient, it is a way to go. I am planning putting up a survey to help us understand the extend of spread and damage/loss that the armyworm has gone/caused. Another colleague, a professor in a US university is collaborating with me in this course. We intend to document this before suggesting possible control measures and/or strategies that have already been adopted and proven to work. We may ask participants in this forum to participate in one such survey to boost the validity of our final reports. I will get you posted on this. A number of agencies (CIMMYT, IITA, etc.) have undertaken similar studies recently but we realized a gap that can link them all.  

2 weeks 5 days ago

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:15

Call for applications: Manager - Leadership and Innovation Training Programs (Kenya)   

Amani Institute is seeking a passionate, committed, and entrepreneurial changemaker to join our growing team in Kenya to drive, implement and grow our flagship learning programs over the next years. The Manager of Leadership and Innovation Training Programs will work closely and collaboratively on all fronts with the Country Director of Amani Institute Kenya. 

You will be responsible for implementing all learning activities especially training in our various social innovation training programs, as well as management responsibilities across a suite of different programs. These programs include the Amani Leadership and Management for Impact (targeting leadership skill building in small businesses in East Africa) program, and our Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management (SIM) Program. 

Key responsibilities will include: 

A. Implementation of Learning Programs (~60%

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:03

Vacancy - Portfolio Manager - Women in Business

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is a US$ 265 million private sector challenge fund that provides catalytic funding to enterprises in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund supports innovative commercial businesses in the agribusiness, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change technology sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient rural communities and creating jobs through private sector development. We invest in businesses that are seen as “risky” and that struggle to meet traditional risk-return standards for commercial investors and which offer significant impact on poverty alleviation by creating jobs and sustainable incomes.

The AECF was launched at the World Economic Forum as an initiative of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Since 2008, it has been supported by donor governments namely Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and inter

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 01:56

Call for Papers -  Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa", Nairobi, Kenya, 16-18 Oct 2017

The book “Climate Change Adaptation and Droughts Resilience in Africa: building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management” published by Springer, which since its creation in 2008 has become the world´s leading book series on climate change management.

The symposium is being organized by Strathmore University in Kenya, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). 

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing aid workers, donors, scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental and non-gov

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Posted 31 May 2017 at 03:48

“SMS solutions can be like information falling from the sky”- AgriFin Accelerate Reverse Hackathon 

AgriFIn Accelerate seeks to address the inclusion gap for smallholder farmers (SHF) who lack access to affordable, accessible, demand-driven financial products and services that drive higher productivity and income for farm families.

To further this discussion, AgriFin Accelerate organised the reverse hackathon workshop on 26th May 2017 to share and ideate on high-level insights from reverse hackathon held earlier in the week with 12 leading digital information service (DIS) providers from across the region around future development of DIS for farmers.

The reverse hackathon, took the approach that working with existing solutions - it is possible to meet farmers needs who are the end users of the DIS. The hackathon used a human centred design, a process that started with the needs of the farmers, in order to come up with solutions that suit their needs.

Key question to

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Posted 29 May 2017 at 02:00

Kenya launches a Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy 2017-2026

Kenya declared drought a national disaster and appealed for local and international help in February 2017. Drought has become more frequent in the past 10 years, affecting about 23 counties in 2017. This is not surprising given that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to climate change and extreme weather events. Media reports indicate the rate of malnutrition is above emergency levels in some areas while other parts of the country have serious acute malnutrition levels.  

The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy (KCSAS) has been developed to guide investments and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) activities guaranteeing productivity and food security, while addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

The overall objective of the strategy is to build resilience and minimize emissions from agricultural farming systems for enhanced food and nutritional security and improve

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Simon Wachieni Thanks for sharing this. Am very interested with the government strategy on Climate Smart Agriculture since I work on training smallholder farmers on climate smart farming practices.


3 weeks 3 days ago

CORNELIUS MOSS These is very timely information. With the changing climate and increase in human population there is need to adapt to the change for survival.

1 week 6 days ago

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Posted 26 May 2017 at 12:33

Job Vacancy: Agriculture Specialist, Program Support for USAID Kenya East Africa

Project Summary:

The project objective is to evaluate the performance and progress of the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine (KIE) program. The KIE activity aimed to bring new and innovative technologies in horticulture, dairy, maize and staple food crop to market through identifying, incubating and scaling innovative agriculture value chain, private sector led businesses. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the project’s design, in order to inform relevant future designs for innovation activities.

Position Summary:

The Agriculture Specialist will contribute to the evaluation from a technical perspective, including examining whether the technologies promoted are viable and scalable along the agriculture value chain. In collaboration with the Team Leader, he/she will contribute to the development of the evaluation methodology, develop the data collection instrume

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may
31

WEBINAR - AGRICULTURAL LEASING: EXPANDING ACCESS TO FINANCE

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  31 May 2017, 16:00-17:30
  Web based

SAVE the date! Webinar -Making Finance Work for Africa 

Agricultural Leasing: expanding access to finance for smallholders

DATE: 31 MAY 2017

TIME: 16:00 HRS

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD – Africa) and Nathan Associates are pleased to present a webinar based on, Agricultural Leasing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although leasing is a growing form of asset finance in African markets, its use in agriculture remains a nascent concept. Why is this the case? How could leasing help to bridge the finance gap in the sector and ultimately improve rural livelihoods? More specifically, what role can Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) play in expanding agricultural leasing in order to support much-needed growth in the African agriculture sector? 

If  you are looking to have a better understanding of leasing and its relevance to growth in the African agriculture sector,  register here

The webinar will discuss agricultural leasing in Sub

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Posted 25 May 2017 at 09:10

World Food System Summer School 2018 application window now open  

The ETH Zurich World Food System Center, together with the Yamsys Project and the Swiss Center for Scientific Research in Côte d'Ivoire, is pleased to announce the call for applications for next year’s World Food System Summer School, “Food Systems in Transition,” which will be held from 27 January- 10 February 2018 in Côte d'Ivoire. The two-week intensive academic course will take place in Abidjan, Bouaké, and a number of field sites.

The program spans the food system and includes lectures, workshops, case studies, field trips, and farm work together with faculty and experts from leading research institutes, the public, private, and not for profit sectors.

To apply, you must complete an online application form and submit (upload via the form) the following:

  • your curriculum vitae (maximum two pages and in English)
  • a motivation letter (in English). The motivation letter should communicate your answers to the

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Posted 25 May 2017 at 06:57

What Does It Take to Be a Successful Farmer?

To be successful, a farmer must know a great deal about his land and the products he plans to raise.

Every plant and animal is a complicated organism. He who wishes to succeed in the culture of wheat, rye, corn, tobacco, or cotton, for example, must be thoroughly familiar with the characteristics of the plant, its germination and growth, the diseases and blights to which it is susceptible, and the methods of controlling them.

The dairy farmer and rancher must be acquainted with the characteristics of his cattle; their feed requirements, their breeding habits, and their common illnesses. Likewise, fruit farming requires expert knowledge of tree growth as well as grafting, pruning, spraying, and fertilizing.

After carefully weighing the pros and cons of farming versus other occupations and deciding in favor of the former, you are ready to consider the questions: Shall I buy or rent a farm? Where shall I farm? What kind of farming shall I undertake

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Posted 24 May 2017 at 03:13

Accelerate Africa's Industrial Transformation by Unlocking African Entrepreneurs Potential - Africa Economic Outlook 2017

African governments need to integrate entrepreneurship more fully into their industrialisation strategies, according to the African Economic Outlook (AEO) 2017 released Monday, May 22 at the African Development Bank Group’s 52nd Annual Meetings.

In 2016, Africa’s economic growth slowed down to 2.2% from 3.4% in 2015 due to low commodity prices, weak global recovery and adverse weather conditions, which impacted on agriculture production in some regions. However, it is expected to rebound to 3.4% in 2017 and 4.3% in 2018. This assumes that as commodity prices recover, the world economy will be strengthened and domestic macroeconomic reforms are entrenched.

In fact, there are promising developments across the continent. Africa’s growth increasingly relies on domestic sources, as shown by dynamic private and government consumption that combined, accounted for 60% of

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Posted 23 May 2017 at 12:00

Pre-selection for  training livestock value chain actors

AAIN in collaboration with AU IBAR are organizing a training targeting youth in livestock ventures in East and West Africa.

If you are between the age of 18-35 and are engaged in the livestock value chain at different levels training is for you. 

Fill in the form also on the link below whose info will be used to select final participants during the training which will take place in Dakar- Senegal in the third week of June 2017

https://goo.gl/forms/eeyaV897faVVOCmW2

Deadline for consideration is tomorrow the 24th May 2017  

NB/ the form is a Pre-selection tool and doesn’t guarantee your participation since we have limited slots.

oct
09

Combat Aflatoxins Conference

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  09 October 2017, All Day Event
  Nairobi

Call for Abstracts - Combat Aflatoxins: Deadline 15th June, 2017

The organizers of the AflaNet project are announcing a conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists, stakeholders, institutes, farmers and governmental institutions seeking for long-lasting, innovative and practicable ideas to combat Aflatoxin from the food value chain.

The project funded by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 2016 is designed as an initial study that is planned to be followed by a more intensive, overall collaborative project with African partners. The goal of the AflaNet project is to establish a long-term network between scientific and development partners in Kenya/East Africa and Germany to address the reduction of aflatoxins in the food value chain. Scientific results have been gathered by conducting a carry-over study of aflatoxin into milk, about verifying aflatoxin rapid tests and molecular methods to minimise contamina

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Posted 16 May 2017 at 07:19

Call for Abstracts - Combat Aflatoxins: Deadline 15th June, 2017  

AflaNet • One-day Conference • call for abstracts
Conference date: 9th October, 2017
Venue: Nairobi, Kenya.

The organizers of the AflaNet project are announcing a conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists, stakeholders, institutes, farmers and governmental institutions seeking for long-lasting, innovative and practicable ideas to combat Aflatoxin from the food value chain.

The project funded by the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 2016 is designed as an initial study that is planned to be followed by a more intensive, overall collaborative project with African partners. The goal of the AflaNet project is to establish a long-term network between scientific and development partners in Kenya/East Africa and Germany to address the reduction of aflatoxins in the food value chain. Scientific results have been gathered by conducting a carry-over study of af

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Janine Schoeman Hi Dorina, have you created an event as well so it shows up in the calendar? Thanks!

1 month 1 week ago

Dorina Prech Thanks for the reminder Janine, doing that now :)

1 month 1 week ago

may
25

Online Platform Training

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  25 May 2017 - 14:00 to 31 December 2017 - 16:00
  Elysee Plaza, Kilimani Road

Bi-monthly online platform trainings Now available for our members! 

Many of you have been reaching out to me that you have challenges with registering, posting or generally maneuvering on the online platform. I have therefore organised one-on-one training sessions that will run until the end of the year. 

Register through this google form.

To recap why you need to register, the online platform gives you access to:   

  • Recent Call for Proposals and career opportunities on Development, Agriculture, Business Marketing sectors among others; 
  • Share your experience and expertise with more than 3,000 professional members in this platform; 
  • Promote your organization by creating your own Company Page; 
  • Post your events and be informed about others’ events; 
  • Marketplace where you can advertise your products and services; 
  • Meet people from various sectors by attending our events, and so much more. 

The training sessions will run for a maximum of 2 hour

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Posted 4 May 2017 at 11:05

2nd Sustainable Inclusive Business Conference2017

The Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) conference was held on 26th April 2017. The conference brought together business, government, researchers and development practitioners in discussing how businesses can be run in sustainable inclusive way (responsible for full business impact). If businesses are run this way, they will not only grow a future proof business but also contribute towards the achievement of SDG’s.  The conference acknowledged the role of private sector led solutions geared towards achievement of SDGs.

The conference held several parallel workshops among others on:

i. Waste and business,

ii. How to create future proof businesses.

iii. How businesses can become water smart

iv. Success formulae in agriculture

AgriProFocus moderated a session on “success formulae in agriculture”. The workshop sought to highlight the essence o

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Looking for strawberry farmers advice!

Franklin Sang is looking to venturing into strawberry farming and would appreciate hearing experiences from those that are already doing it. Please get in touch with him directly via fksang@gmail.com or reply below.     



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Posted 2 May 2017 at 07:19

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Posted 25 April 2017 at 05:09

Earth Day 2017 - Planting and Silent Chat with Nature 

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. 

Youth in conservation 

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

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