Book Launch & Panel Discussion
On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.
A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:
§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery
§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia
§ Seed Potatoes –
Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund
Date: 18 April 2017
Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Afternoon)
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa
You are cordially invited to attend the FSRE Innovation Fund final event and a book launch to be held on 18 April 2017 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship (FSRE) Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The FSRE Innovation Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.
Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 75 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international c... Read more
Closing Date: March 1, 2017
SNV is seeking an international consultant to support the USAID-funded Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD), a five-year, $41 million project aiming to 1) foster growth and competitiveness of meat, live animal, and dairy sectors; 2) ensure an enabling environment to support the growth and competitiveness of these livestock value chains, and 3) address the needs of the chronically vulnerable through nutrition-based interventions and linkages with other USAID-funded programs in Ethiopia. AGP-LMD’s overall objective is to improve smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains. These investments must in turn generate increased productivity and competitiveness of these value chains to the benefit of smallholders, both men and women.
The successful applicant will develop a legal framework to regulate the quality and safet... Read more
· SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER
· SENIOR MONITORING, EVALUATION, ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEARNING (MEAL) PROGRAMME OFFICER
Woord en Daad connects people throughout the world in their fight against poverty, from a Biblical perspective. In this way, we wish to contribute to sustainable change in the Netherlands and worldwide. Woord en Daad works in the following areas: education, technical and vocational education and training, job placement, inclusive agribusiness development, WASH, and emergency relief. In the Netherlands, Woord en Daad aims to make people, companies and the government aware of their responsibility with regard to poverty worldwide.
Woord en Daad is looking for a senior programme manager (click for more) and a senior MEAL programme officer (click for more) for the five-year programme Employable Youth in Ethiopia (EYE), which is a programme funded by the Addressing Root Causes of Migration (ARC) fund of the Dut... Read more
With the theme post harvesting and processing, members of the Innovation Community Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture had a workshop on 23 August 2016. Agreed up on the importance of post-harvest in our country, the members decided that the co-creation should start with inventorying the experience of AgriProFocus members towards enhancing post-harvest management. So the following question is developed to initiate an active online discussion.
Starting sharing your idea by commenting under this post.
Dear Members and Partners,
We are pleased to present you our Annual Report of 2015.
We are looking back upon a very good and fertile year for AgriProFocus Ethiopia indeed. Not only the new born babies of 3 colleagues of ours, also the very successful National Soil Campaign bear the promise of healthy growth and development. The FSRE learning agenda and the EKN learning events have been appreciated by the many participating professionals.
The bi-monthly business drinks we co-organise with ABSF are lively events with interesting pitches by a wide variety of members, here we have set a trend. Because of this, AgriProFocus Ethiopia has become positively known in Ethiopia. We like to thank all our members and partners for their contributions.
2015 has laid a strong base for development of the network in 2016. We also experienced a both sad and happy moment when our Country Network Coordinator, Gerrit Holtland, left his post after three years. Meanwhi... Read more
The New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAID) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is planning a new five-year Ethiopia Dairy Development Activity. The goal of the Activity is to develop a commercially sustainable Ethiopian dairy sector that is inclusive of smallholder dairy farmers. The Activity will be carried out in two phases: Phase 1 will consist of the design of the Activity and the production of an Activity Design Document (ADD). Phase 2 will consist of the implementation of the Activity.
CNFA seeks a Project Director to lead Phases 1 and 2 of the anticipated Ethiopia Dairy Development Activity. The ideal candidate will have commercial dairy experience and exemplary relationship management skills, as well as experience in designing and implementing private sector development programs, familiarity with marke... Read more
Project background: USAID-Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) Project is a five-year project implemented as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. This investment, in concert with the crop value chain program (AGP-AMDe), serves as part of USAID’s contribution to the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program (AGP). The AGP’s goal “to end poverty and enhance growth” aligns with Feed the Future’s goal to “sustainably reduce poverty and hunger.” The Project aims to foster growth and reduce poverty through improving the productivity and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains: meat, live animals and dairy. Program operations take place in AGP-targeted woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), in order to effectively reach large... Read more
The EU jointly with AgriProFocus organised a first workshop on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture, NSA, last week on March 8, 2016. The workshop was meant for a much larger audience than just EU member countries and implementing organisations, because its purpose is to share experience on nutrition sensitive agriculture countrywide. More than 30 interested professionals from various organisations turned up and contributed greatly to the good discussions we had.
Purpose of the workshop: to pay attention to Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) in Ethiopia and to find out if there is a demand for a knowledge exchange platform on this topic.
The participants’ expectations were:
- To learn from each other, about best practices in NSA, to know who is doing what
- Better collaboration between projects working with NSA
- To have a good forum for exchange
- To learn togethe... Read more
Deadline: March 23
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Nutrition Advisor
The Nutrition Advisor will provide overall technical director for nutrition interventions under the anticipated Growth through Nutrition Activity. The Advisor will play the lead role in guiding the implementation of technically sound and innovative approaches, in close collaboration with Government of Ethiopia stakeholders, to increase optimal nutrition, WASH, and ag... Read more
Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is inviting applications for support of commodity development activities in its member countries. Ethiopia is one of the member countries.
CFC, an intergovernmental financial institution, provides financing to organisations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries. Through a range of financial instruments, the CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries. The intervention should, besides giving a sound financial return, also provide for a measurable social and environmental return.
Type of Financing
• Loan amount between USD 300,000 and USD 1,500,000 (or EUR equivalent);
• Loan period up to seven years with maximum grace period of two years;
• Collateralized with pledge/mortgage over fixed assets... Read more
Please find a number of job opportunities from various National and International Organizations, such as ATA, SNV, HoAREC&N, Save the Children, CARE Ethiopia, Carana Corporation, TETRA TECH, and so on.
Each jobs has their own application deadlines which you can see in brackets, and the shortest is November 30 and the longest is December 18.
For more details on job descriptions and on how to apply, please click on each jobs.
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Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)
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IAK Agrar Consulting is a German consulting company specialised in agricultural and rural development projects, working for donors such as the European Commission, GIZ, the World Bank and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
They are currently preparing a bid for a GIZ project aiming at improving the services of 5 selected Ethiopian Agricultural Technical Vocational and Education Training (ATVET) institutes and their teaching capacity for issues around sustainable land management and pastoralism.
Part of the project is to develop up to two new occupational standards for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists and implement these in collaboration with the MoE in two ATVETs located in Afar and Somali, respectively.
They are currently looking for a qualified expert on pastoral land tenure and/or animal husbandry in a pastoral/agro-pastoral context to propose as staff in our pro... Read more
Pathways to the future. The Youth & Agriculture/ ATVET community held its second cascading workshop on July 9. We elaborated on the 3 pathways that will lead us to a lot of employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth in Ethiopia by 2020. Next workshop, on THURSDAY MORNING September 17, we will discuss which actors will (need to) be involved to make those pathways into a real success.
Proud to be a farmer! July 15 in WUKRO, Tigray, saw a highly effective workshop carrying this title, with all local stakeholders involved, to support the 15 selected youths to become entrepreneur and start some joint business in the coming 6 months. This is a pilot project which, when successful, may be used as integrated approach in other parts of Ethiopia.
Gender manual+inventory. The AgriProFocus secretaria... Read more
Dear members of the Poultry Platform,
You are cordially invited to the seventh Poultry Platform meeting to be held on June 30, 2015 from 8:30am – 1:30pm, in Addis Ababa Dreamliner Hotel.
The meeting is organized by the Agri-Business Support Facility (ABSF) Project in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Development Association (EPDA).
For further information and confirmation please contact:
Mr Auke Boere, firstname.lastname@example.org and Dr. Mebratu Legesse, email@example.com
Most sesame producers do not have sufficient own capital to finance the activities that are needed for production and marketing of their sesame. They can often borrow small amounts from primary cooperatives or microfinance institutes, but the amounts are not sufficient. This forces producers to turn to informal moneylenders who can provide higher loans, yet for very high interest rates. The high costs for credit, and hence sesame production, decrease the net benefits.
The Sesame Business Network (SBN) is an informal network that is driven by local stakeholders to work towards more competitive, sustainable and inclusive sesame value chains. Recently SBN published its analysis on production and credit costs of sesame production in northwest Ethiopia, and the excerpt you read above is taken from the introduction part of the document.Please find the analysis HERE.
Picture: Cover Page
Less than one year after its nationwide launch, Ethiopia’s first agricultural hotline, the popular 8028 call-in system, has achieved a major milestone, surpassing a full one million registered callers, with nearly 6.5 million phone calls received. A collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethio Telecom, and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), the 8028 hotline is revolutionizing traditional agricultural extension services by providing smallholder farmers with direct access to “best practice” agronomic advice.
“Hitting the one million caller mark in under a year is a tremendous endorsement of the 8028 system,” stated ATA CEO, Ato Khalid Bomba. He further explained that, “out of the one million registered callers, 730,000 have identified themselves as farmers.”
“This is a major validation of the system’... Read more
On April 29, there was a Horticulture Farmers Day, organized by Sup-Hort, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ILRI/LIVES Project, FAO, IDE, PEPE, and CNFA.
Sup-Hort, an Italian development organization which have been supporting the horticulture sector in Ethiopia for more than three years, organized this event in order to review the progress status of the sector and create an experience sharing opportunity among farmers.
The event was held at ILRI compound and over 130 people attended, of which 65 of them were horticultural farmers from different regions. Exhibition and public seminar were the two major programs of the event.
13 organizations, including NGOs, farmer organizations, input suppliers, agro-processers, and producer organizations exhibited their product. New technologies were also introduced for the participants, such us solar water pump and wat... Read more
On Friday 22 May AgriProFocus Ethiopia will organise a one day training on Contract Farming. The training is based on eight different cases that we have studied in the last six months. The Agenda will be:
1. What is contract farming?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages
3. Issues that to be addressed in designing a Contract Farming system:
a. The partners
b. The contract elements (inputs, TA, quality, prices, payment)
c. The interface between the firm and the farmers
d. Enforcing the contract
4. Critical success factors and the role of outside supporters (projects, NGOs)
5. Participants will be given concrete assignments to work on other own cases.
We have space for 16 participants. The own contribution will be 500 ETB (incl. VAT) per participant. You get a receipt for this.
Those who register first, h... Read more
We would like to share you some updates on activities of our Innovation Communities, as summarized by Yelleka de Nooy. In case you are interested to be part of this activities or to join the Working Groups of the Communities and offer your expertise and experiences, you can always contact firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
· On April 28 the Gender group enjoyed a very interesting meeting at the Send-a-Cow office, where we learned about their Transformative Household Methodology, THM. It is a very successful approach, in one community they experienced a real transformation of roles of men and women within 9 months. More on http://agriprofocus.com/gender-in-value-chains
· For the manual/ inventory on successful Gender Cases in Ethiopia, Yelleka interviewed Ephrem Tesema (ILRI-LIVES) and Sossena Demisse (AGP-LMD). The manual will be publishe... Read more