Nosiku Siyumbwa

Communications Officer

Lusaka, Zambia

About Me

I am the Communications Officer for AgriProFocus Zambia.

Do not hesitate to contact me if you require more information on AgriProFocus Zambia and our online platform.

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Posted 2 days 1 hour ago

Looking to Invest In The Dairy Industry in Zambia? This Is For You!

We did it in Poultry and we did it in Horticulture, now AgriProFocus in partnership with EKN bring you a  a video on the investment opportunities in the Dairy sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian dairy value chain players and Dutch dairy and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.


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Posted 1 month 6 days ago

What are the investment opportunities in the Horticulture Sector?

 AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.

Here it is!  


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Thank You For Attending the AgriProFocus Network Day!

Thank you to our members (old and new!) who were able to attend our Network Day. Our network day brought together members in the public and private sectors to share results, meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network.

Read the Full Report Here!

Download the presentations below

Annex 2: Presentation - Evaluation of Finance Fairs

Annex 3: Presentation - Sharing of AgriProFocus Results 2016

Annex 4: Presentation - New AgriProFocus Strategy

Annex 5: Presentation - Information Session on Poultry, Dairy and Horticulture

Annex 6: Presentation - How to Sign Up on our Platform

dec
13

Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  13 December 2016 to 14 December 2016 - All Day Event
  AGCO Future Farm Training Centre, Lusaka

+ Are you an African-active agribusiness/agriculture enterprise owner under 40?
+ Have you been in business at least 2-3 years or more?
+ Do you want your business by 20% year on year for the next 3 years?


Then sign up for this workshop: 

Module 1: Technology Adoption

The objective of this session is to discuss the importance of technology adoption in modern farming and agribusiness and help delegates develop strategies to acquire technology they deem beneficial to the growth of their businesses.
  • Delegates will discuss procurement, access to finance for technology/ equipment, the importance of maintenance, the increasing role and opportunities in African farming of ICT, shared services and opportunities to become a distributor.
  • Delegates not involved with primary production will also be able to discuss the importance of technology, beyond the farm, in processing, packaging and retailing.
  • Delegates will also be introduced to professionals representing various programs/ projects that exist

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Vacancy Announcement: Inclusive Business Investment Advisor

Organisation: SNV Netherlands Development Organisation
Location: Lusaka
Project: Innovations Against Poverty (IAP)
Duration: 2016 - 2020

Objective of Project: To support entrepreneurs to develop innovative Inclusive Business models in Cambodia, Uganda, Zambia and Ethiopia that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for the low income people, in terms of job creation, income improvements and availability of more affordable goods and services.

IAP will provide business mentoring support and award non-reimbursable investment funding of selected proposals to companies operating in the targeted markets through competitive calls for relevant business proposals that will handle market challenges innovatively, benefit the poor and be commercially viable, scalable and replicable in the long run. A key aspect is the ability of leveraging the funding to achieve impact and catalyze both commercia

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Registration Closed: AgriProFocus Zambia Network Day

Thank you to all the members that have registered for the AgriProFocus Network Day. We are at full capacity and look forward to having a productive day with you! Please note that only those who formally registered online/were assisted in registering online will be allowed into the event due to limited space. 

For all members attending, please feel free to bring along your organisation/company promotional material to be displayed at the network day.

For all of you who will not be able to attend, we will share a detailed report and all the presentations next week on the platform!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 5 days ago

Missed the Event? Read the Poultry Masterclass Report Here!

AgriProFocus Zambia (in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts) organised Poultry Masterclasses in Kitwe and Lusaka last month. The aim of the Poultry Masterclass  was to improve agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.  

Read the Full Report Here!

Want to learn what the participants learned, here are the presentations from the 3 days.

1. Bio Security (Disease Control) - Presentation
2. Feed making - Presentation
3. Feeding Broilers - Presentation
4. Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 1)
    
Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 2)


Click here to see pictures of the event

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

The Youth in Agribusiness Report is Out!

Back in September, AgriProFocus and partners organised a Youth in Agribusiness Event with the objective to link Zambian youth to agricultural stakeholders and learn about innovations and opportunities in the sector and to change their perception of agriculture.

Well, the full report is now out and here are some of the recommendations

-  Formation of an association or network to represent youth in agriculture interests.
- Successful young farmers should be profiled and used as mentors.
- Increased use and investments in ICT in Agriculture
- Youths can form partnerships among themselves (cooperatives), NGOs, Government and private sector to share, learn, and build their capacity.
- Youths can create revolving funds among themselves (formation of Youth savings and lending cooperatives)
- Create rural and urban youth farmer linkages. 
-  Many opportunities for youth lie along the agriculture value chain, there are opportunities in productio

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

2 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

WANTED: REPORT WRITERS

Deadline: Friday 11th November, 2016
Assignment duration: 2.5 days

AgriProFocus Zambia is looking for 4 report writers to report on the proceedings of its Network Day. The writers will be required to:

● Report on the proceedings of the network day and develop the official record for distribution.

● Assist the Coordination team at the event with member registration and minor data collection.

The report writers will be supported with an introductory training before the event. The report writers will be expected to adhere to the AgriProFocus reporting guide and format which will be shared with them prior to the event. The report writers will be engaged for 2.5 days (0.5 days for introductory training; 1 day for the event, 1 day for report writing).

1. PROFILE OF REPORT WRITER

Suitable candidates should be able to meet the following qualifications;

1. A minimum of a diploma in any field.

2. Excellent command of written and spoken English: excellent gramm

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nov
25

AgriProFocus Network Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  25 November 2016, All Day Event
  Lusaka

AgriProFocus Zambia cordially invites you to its Annual Network Day that aims to bring together members in the public and private sectors to share results, meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. The event will include:

· Sharing AgriProFocus network results for 2016
· Strategizing on network activities for 2017
· Information sessions on upcoming events, activities and opportunities
· Member exhibition and business pitching of products and services
· Networking, sharing ideas and learning from each other

The event details are as follows:

Venue: Raddison Blu Hotel
Date: Friday 25th November, 2016
Time: 08.00hrs – 17.00hrs*

*There will be a complimentary Network Cocktail from 17.00hrs – 19.00hrs.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Please find attached:

1) Event programme 
2) The list of different components of the event.

If you have an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Are you looking for a new export market for your horticulture business? (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organised a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Various stakeholders from the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers attended the seminar to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

For those that could not attend, here are the presentations:

Access to Finance for SMEs in Zambia
Roveg Fruit BV - Netherlands (Potential Market)
Private Sector Development Tools: Dutch Support to Promote Bilateral Trade and Cooperation
The Dutch and European Horticulture Markets: Where are the best opportunities?
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs: PUM Nethe

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oct
26

Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 October 2016, All Day Event
  Lusaka

AgriProFocus, in partnership with Musika, invites professionals from agriculture-centered NGO's, donor agencies, farmer organisations, government offices and the private sector to participate in a Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop.

This teaser workshop will be an introduction to the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory to inform potential participants of the coaching track, focusing on what the coaching involves and what it can achieve. The aim of the trajectory is to increase business and public interest by showing the economic benefits or missed opportunities in the agriculture sector using a gender lens. This will be done by supporting practitioners in integrating a gender perspective in agricultural value chain development, through providing practical tools for all stages of the value chain intervention. Read more about the toolkit HERE.

The teaser workshop will
1) Show experiences and results from Zambia and other countries where the coaching track has taken

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oct
26

Poultry Masterclass - Lusaka

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 October 2016 to 28 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Kasisi Training Centre

AgriProFocus Zambia, in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, are organizing two Poultry Masterclasses (training of trainers) in October.

Purpose
Improving agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.

Target
Poultry value chain actors in medium to large scale poultry farms, including farm and extension managers, and processing, marketing, and/or export managers in Zambia.

Topics
Day 1: Bio security (disease control)
Day 2: Feed making/Feeding
Day 3: Record keeping/Poultry Business Management
*Masterclasses include practical sessions and farm visits.

There are only 25 places available. To confirm your eligibility/RSVP/or for more information, please contact Ms. Maumo Mubila via email on mmubila@agriprofocus.com.

Deadline: 8th October

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oct
19

Poultry Masterclass - Copperbelt

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  19 October 2016 to 21 October 2016 - All Day Event
  TBA, Copperbelt

AgriProFocus Zambia, in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts, are organizing two Poultry Masterclasses (training of trainers) in October.

Purpose
Improving agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.  

Target
Poultry value chain actors in medium to large scale poultry farms, including farm and extension managers, and processing, marketing, and/or export managers in Zambia.

Topics
Day 1: Bio security (disease control)
Day 2: Feed making/Feeding
Day 3: Record keeping/Poultry Business Management
*Masterclasses include practical sessions and farm visits.

There are only 25 places available. To confirm your eligibility/RSVP/or for more information, please contact Ms. Maumo Mubila via email on mmubila@agriprofocus.com.

Deadline: 8th

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oct
05

Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar - Zambia and Zimbabwe

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  05 October 2016, All Day Event
  Harare, Zimbabwe

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organizing a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.

In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy is inviting experts from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch horticulture produce buyers and the Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The seminar will be attended by various stakeholders such as the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers.

Eligible Organisations

Business associations or NGOs that work with horticulture producers

- Government or quasi government departments that promote horticulture exports; and 

- Private companies tha

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 months 4 days ago

Earn an Undegraduate Degree in Agricultural Sciences from EARTH University!

EARTH University (www.earth.ac.cr) located in Costa Rica is a private non-profit university which offers an *UNDERGRADUATE program* leading to a degree in agricultural sciences.
Currently, EARTH has about 400 students enrolled from 33 different countries. 39% of the student body are women and 76% are from rural communities. Most students receive scholarships to cover all or part of the tuition.
Click www.earth.ac.cr/apply to apply today!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Consultant Wanted: National coach for AgriProFocus Gender Coaching Trajectory IV in Zambia (Phase 1) 

Since 2008, a vibrant working group has been active within AgriProFocus, known as “Gender in Value Chains”. Its mission is to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development, and through regular exchange and working with members, this community has developed exciting knowledge products for value chain practitioners. Based on the knowledge from the book “Challenging Chains to Change” and the “Gender Toolkit” compiled by AgriProFocus and its members (KIT and F&S), a coaching trajectory has been developed. AgriProFocus Zambia started with its first trajectory in 2014 and currently is completing its third trajectory.

With the increasing demand by members to participate in gender trajectories, AgriProFocus is looking for a second coach to lead the fourth coaching trajectory. In Phase 1, the coach will be responsible together with AgriProFocus to market the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Introducing the New Agri-Business Television Network (ABN) in Zambia

African Agribusiness Network (ABN) is an innovative and developmental 24/7 broadcasting station that sees to fill the information gap relating to agribusiness and developmental activities with a view to inform, educate and entertain entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and competitively participate in the national, regional and global business arena.

ABN is an ideal business platform that provides networking and information for the agriculture sector and its various value chains. We offer manufactures and distributors of farming inputs, farmers and aro-dealers an opportunity to advertise and also address the various challenges faced in the sector by engaging key stakeholders and policy makers.

ABN TV will be launching soon and is looking to partner with, and advertise for, different players in the Agriculture sector.

Read more about ABN HERE.

If interested, contact:

Mr. Mwikisa Lubinda
Managing Director
agribusinesstel

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

A New Breed of Entrepreneurs!

AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.

It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event. 

The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.

A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.  

Read more about our youth programme HERE
See more pictures from the event HERE

Check out the following hashtags on facebook a

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

3 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

One Finance Fair Down, One to Go! 

AgriProFocus had it's 4th Finance Fair (and 2nd in Chipata) on 25th - 26th August, 2016. The Fair was successful and we had 14 Organisation participating with 513 farmers and Individuals coming through to the event on the first day and 413 on the second day. We had 10 exhibitions, 6 workshops and 4 awards.

The event was officially opened by Provincial Agricultural Coordinator (PACO) - Mr. Roy Lumumba

Congratulation to the following Organisations for receiving awards based on the outcome survey from the Farmers that attended the event. 

COMACO- Best Exhibition Stand
Seed Co. - Most Farmer Friendly Input Product
Vision Fund - Most Farmer Friendly Financial Product.
Amulauzi General Dealers - Best Business Plan

The farmers appreciated the workshops as each topic covered was unique and beneficial. A special thank you to Nutri-Aid Trust for Sponsoring the award for the Best Business Plan won by Mr. Mabvuto Nkhoma from Amulauzi General Dealers in Lundaz

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PETER KOLAWOLE Please I need a copy of this presentation

3 months 6 days ago