maureen munjua

Country Coordinator

Nairobi, Kenya

About Me

A private sector development professional with over 8 years experience in diverse work environments including; private sector, NGOs and development sector. Passionate about business brokering, partnership linkages and engagement, multi stakeholder platform facilitation and engagement, organisation of high level networking and business events, development of business concepts for and with different stakeholders and spearheading documentation and dissemination of best practices, lessons learnt and case studies through various learning platforms. Have interest into how private sector and development sector can work together and their central role in facilitating market led approaches to development. I have keen interest in youth empowerment through business and facilitating links to industry – I have been a mentor of various youth led enterprises on enterprise and sustainable business models development.

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Posted 6 months 6 days ago

Partnerships at the centre of inclusive finance! 


4 highlights from the inclusive finance forum in Nairobi were

- Develop industrial parks and models farms for capacity building and market linkages

- Establish sharing and learning platforms 

- Develop the capacity o financial institutions

- Develop central information portals 


Read more on the INCLUSIVE FINANCE REPORT here

Watch inspiring take home messages in our short video clip 

We look forward to collaborate with stakeholders to establish a vibrant and relevant inclusive finance platform for sharing, learning and co-creation . If your institution is interested in being part of this platform kinldy contact us through kenya@agriprofocus.com


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Posted 8 months 1 week ago

Taking the Dairy sector in Kenya to the next level! 

In May 2013,just a month after joining the network, i shared with one of our member organisations - SNV - dairy advisor about this innovative company in the Netherlands that i knew that offers dairy training courses at farm level - Cowsignals.  At the time it was a discussion around the corridors of whether there is a demand for such services in Kenya. SNV and its Dairy program have been working alot with Dutch expertise to improve the dairy sector at production and market and with a market led approach. Focus on quality is key but also with interventions on fodder to improve productivity. So this introduction at the time was to explore areas of synergy with their existing engagements. 

Proud to say the corridor discussion after three years has culminated in the development of CowSignals East Africa edition.  This is the 35th translation/adapted edition of the CowSignals book. The whole content has been revised and

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Eugene Ndwiga Hey Maureen, I want to raise funds for our SME which is venturing in agribusiness on this platform. How do I go about it?

8 months 1 day ago

Wim Goris hi maureen, i just paged through this EAf edition. photography fit to context.

7 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 8 months 1 week ago

The true network spirit - Results from AgriProFocus Kenya 2015


Partners and stakeholders I am proud to share RESULTS OF THE NETWORK IN 2015It was a fulfilling year of new strategic partnerships, bigger ownership of the network by you our partners and stakeholders and more co-creation of joint activities. That is the true spirit of a network. We are bigger and better together. Have a look at our achievements!

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Posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

RVO-EKN learning Event -- Report

Dear Partners;

With the links below find an insightful report from the RVO-EKN learning event held on 26-27th January 2016 and a video capturing key lessons.

Report 


As a knowledge network, we look forward to hosting more insightful knowledge sharing and experience sharing platforms.  



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Posted 12 months 2 days ago

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to take the business coordinator role within AgriProFocus Kenya. 


  


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Posted 1 year 1 week ago

EKN - AgriProFocus Kenya -- Exploring collaboration 

Insightful meeting with Agriculture counselor, Bert Rikken and Agriculture officer Liz Kiamba at the Dutch embassy in Nairobi during our Managing Director's Mr Sander Mager visit to Kenya accompanied by the network facilitator. 

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Posted 1 year 3 weeks ago

Investing in the entrepreneurial [SME] farmer - a step in promoting farmer entrepreneurship

Through the support of the Dutch Good Growth Fund [DDGF], Financial Access have developed a financial platform - FACTS (Financial Access Commerce & Trade Services). FACTS aims at bridging the so-called ‘Missing Middle’: the working capital gap of small producers and suppliers who must wait long periods to get paid for delivered products or services in domestic supply chains. 

The investment, divided into a seed capital investment and technical assistance grant in the first instance, will support the launch and roll out of the FACTS financing businesses focused on agricultural supply chains in Kenya and Uganda. For more details click on the press release here

More information about Financial Access http://www.factsafrica.com

Alphaxrd Gitau Good Initiative.Smallholders should be able to access financial support in an easy but more structured way with lower rates of return.The normal financial institutions are very exorbitant on the small scale suppliers, distributors, buyers and farmers.Looking forward to explore ways on how to mostly enable the youth access to funds in a more simpler way...

1 year 3 weeks ago

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Posted 1 year 4 weeks ago

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Posted 1 year 1 month ago

Available now: AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Plan for 2016!

A happy new year to you all from the network secretariat!

I have the pleasure to share with you our Annual Plan for 2016

We highly appreciate the input from our members therefore, this plan has been compiled based on contributions during our annual network day held on 1st October 2015 and consultations with various members after that. We will make sure that 2016 is a year full of opportunities for you when it comes to farmer entrepreneurship!

What you can expect from us:

· Membership growth both in numbers and diversity. We believe the value of our network is drawn from the diversity that members bring to the network.

· Key highlight events throughout the year with members with an underlying theme in food security

· Explore local, regional and international partnerships to scale up the initiatives under the youth in agribusiness theme

· Continue to offer a neutral platform for deba

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Posted 2 years 3 months ago

Consultancy opportunity -- Ware Potato Market Study

Deadline for application -- 8th December 2014

Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) Kenya and Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR are jointly working in identifying information / knowledge gaps that exist in the marketing and consumption of ware potatoes in Kenya. SNV and CDI recognize improving the prevalence and enhancement of demand in ware potatoes will greatly boost food security in Kenya, increase smallholder farmers earnings, besides providing an excellent opportunity for expanding the business of the multipliers of seed potatoes.

 

The ultimate objective of the market study is to identify the key systemic issues in the ware potatoes that prevent farmers from investing in better inputs like the high quality seed potatoes. The consultant should assess necessary linkages, inputs accessibility, interrogate post-harvest issues and market dynamics in the ware potato sector in Kenya.