Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Why gender equality in doing business makes good economic sense


Women today represent about 50 percent of the world’s population and, for the past two decades, about 50 percent of the labor force. Yet there are stark differences in the outcomes they achieve: Women are only half as likely as men to have a full-time wage-earning job. The women who do have paid jobs earn as much as one-third less than men. Fewer women than men are involved in trade or own registered companies. And women are more likely to work in low-productivity activities or informal employment.

There are many reasons for these outcomes, including socio-cultural norms, access to high-quality jobs, the lack of transport and the lack of child-care facilities. In many countries, such differences also continue to be written in the law.

For the first time since it was launched in 2002, the World Bank Group’s annual Doing Business report this year added a gender dimension to its measures, i

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Angelica Senders Report 'Doing business 2017' Thanks you very much Gisew for sharing this post. I think the publication you are referring to is very relevan for many of our members. herewith the link for those who want to down load the full document: 

1 month 2 weeks ago


Expert seminar for SMEs on tax laws and financial planning

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 November 2016, 14:00-18:00
  Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), Kazanchiz, Nega City Mall, 3rd floor

Cordaid-R&D and The Entrepreneurship Development of Ethiopia (EDC) invite you to our expert seminar and networking session in the Global Entrepreneurship Week. The seminar will provide you, as business owner, with ideas on Ethiopian tax laws and practical issues that you should look out for in your financial planning to meet your financial goals and obligations. 

The invited guest speakers are experts in Ethiopian tax laws and regulations. Mr. Dawit Tadesse is an independent tax consultant and has shared his expertise with various Ethiopian companies, from small and medium enterprises to large firms. A representative of the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Agency (ERCA) will give detailed information about new tax laws and regulations.

After the presentations of the experts and an interactive discussion, there is time to network with fellow entrepreneurs, business development service providers and other stakeholders. While enjoying a drink and a snack, there is ample o

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Business Cocktail

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  03 November 2016, All Day Event

Le réseau AgriProFocus Mali organise un business cocktail le 03 novembre 2016 à l’hôtel Radisson Blu de Bamako à 17h 00.

Notre business cocktail est idéal pour favoriser les échanges professionnels entre acteurs de l'agro-business, les banques /IMF et les structures de développement  pouvant aboutir à une signature de contrat. Tout ceux ci dans un cadre convivial. Pour tout intérêt pour ce cocktail , contacter Mlle Mariam Sidibé pour les cartes d'invitations. Email: ou au tél: 75782314.

On est ensemble


The 4th annual Agribusiness Congress East Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  29 November 2016 to 30 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Serena Hotel, Kampala

The East African region is an arena for agricultural growth and potential

After the 3 successful editions in Dar es Salaam, the 4th annual Agribusiness Congress East Africa moves to a new host nation in November, Kampala, Uganda.

With East African agriculture moving into the 21st century, this congress presents the ideal platform that brings together stakeholders from across the agri-value chain, to discuss pertinent topics that will drive the sector forward.

Take advantage of early bird rates and save on your conference pass. Register today or download the programme brochure to find out more hot topics and view the industry speakers that you will meet over the two days.

Find out more information on why you should attend by visiting

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Liam Beckett on T: +27 21 700 3552 E:

To register for the conference please contact: Emmanuel Osung on T: +27 21 700 3540 E: emma

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E.A Business & Entrepreneurship Conference & Exhibition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  10 October 2016 to 13 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The East Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is an annual event rotating in all partner states of the East African Community (EAC) in collaboration with the respective investment agencies. As Kenya is hosting this years’ edition, KenInvest is our strong partner on the ground!

This three-day conference will bring together high-level government and private sector decision makers from the EAC partner states as well as entrepreneurs and investors from abroad. BDI is EABC’s strong partner in Germany. Through their support also a high-level German participation is expected.

Why attend:

The objective of the East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is to provide an opportunity for business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) engagement, a platform for buyers and sellers and to strengthen entrepreneurship in the EAC from within the region and internationally by developing an annual one-stop center for investment and trade op

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  05 October 2016 to 06 October 2016 - All Day Event

Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT)

PAINT aims to bring together local, regional and international agribusinesses to build long term sustainable business relationships.

The initiative shall support the growth of the agribusiness sector by linking investable and profitable agribusinesses in the sectors of horticulture, coffee, oilseed, dairy & livestock to financing , technology, knowledge and markets.

Specific objective

1. To connect prequalified agribusinesses to financing

2. To link buyers to suppliers of inputs (commodities, equipment and services)

3. To link investors to investable businesses and opportunities

4. To facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology among businesses


We are currently receiving application from interested businesses in the sectors mentioned above who wish to participate in the trade and investment matchmaking event that will take place on 5th & 6th Octobe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 5 months 4 weeks ago

Kisah Lewi Cuaca Membangun Bisnis Produk Premium

Click HERE to read the interview in english

AgriProFocus Indonesia terhubung dengan Lewi Cuaca di Workshop Nasional Pengembangan Industri Kecil Gula Kelapa dan Aren, Desember tahun lalu. Lewi, begitu ia biasa disapa, adalah CEO PT Profil Mitra Abadi (PMA) yang memiliki banyak mitra penderes nira di Purwokerto dan sekitarnya. Lewat PT PMA, Lewi mengekspor produk-produk premium Indonesia ke Eropa seperti gula semut kelapa, chips singkong, kacang lurik Flores, buah naga kering, kacang mete, selai kacang yang semuanya organik. AgriProFocus Indonesia mewawancarai Lewi untuk mengetahui bagaimana ia terjun ke bisnis premium , setelah sekian lama bekerja di perusahaan multinasional.

Mengapa Anda memutuskan untuk menjalankan usaha sendiri padahal sudah punya posisi yang mapan di Perusahaan?

Saya memutuskan keluar dari perusahaan ketika saya merasa bisa melakukan pekerjaan lebih baik. Saat itu saya pikir saya lebih pintar dari siapapun di perus

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AgVerify Ltd ( Africa's Premier Inputs and Feed Verifier

Seeds, Grains, Pulses, Feeds Certification and Testing

Our world class ISTA accredited laboratory can provide consistent and accurate results, including Blue and Orange ISTA Certificates for Seed. We also provide quality testing for Grain, Pulses, Feeds.

Seed Business Services

We are specialists in seed business development, linkage with research, and entry into new markets. Product performance trials, variety release, early generation seed, genetics.

Organic Certification

We provide world class organic certification services and evaluations in compliance with EU, Japanese and North American standards.

Quality Management Systems

We provide QMS and ISO training and quality management system assessments including internal and third party audit.

Agri-Business Consulting

We provide agribusiness growth and development advisory services, including investment, partnership and legal advice, B2B, PPP and other services. We work to build African food value chains through local agribusiness development


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Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

Agrobusiness : Les opérateurs économiques maliens préparent la 3e mission vers les Pays-Bas

En prélude à la prochaine mission économique à laquelle elle prendra part du 28 au 31 août 2016 au Pays Bas, la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Mali a organisé, le mardi 03 mai 2016 à son siège, un séminaire d’information à l’intention des opérateurs économiques maliens. Les participants à ce séminaire ont été édifiés sur l’objectif de cette 3ème mission, qui sera consacré à l’agrobusiness sous l’égide de NABC (Netherlands-African Business Concil). C’était en présence du 1er vice président de la CCIM, Baba Sylla, des membres de la délégation des Pays Bas dont Marina Diboma, Faustine et des opérateurs économiques.

Dans son intervention, le 1er vice président de la chambre de commerce, Baba Sylla, a fait savoir que ce séminaire rentre dans le cadre des pré

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 months 3 weeks ago

Tap into animal feeds business

Article by Paul Njuguna

There were three masons at a construction site. When asked, the first man said he was laying bricks. The second man said he was building a wall and quite interesting, the third man said he was busy building a cathedral. Without doubt, the third mason would be a visionary.

A snapshot of the agricultural sector, according to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, reveals Uganda’s annual production of maize is 2.4 million metric tonnes. The problem is, this production is the combined effort of smallholder farmers and 90 per cent of it is set aside for local consumption and export.

The meagre 10 per cent balance is utilised for animal feeds. Most of the exported raw maize is destined to animal feeds companies based at the importer countries. Then, why not export animal feeds? Value addition on maize would rake in tonnes of money in export earnings from animal feeds and other by-products such as cooking oil. But how can this be turned around?


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Kampala Social Enterprise Happy Hour

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  03 May 2016, 18:00-20:30
  Big Mike's - 19 John Babiha (Acacia) Avenue, Kampala


Every year, an exclusive group of thrice-vetted companies we work with spends 5 weeks with us in Kampala, Uganda, during which we work intensively with them alongside our 80+ impressive mentors to get the company into the best possible shape to grow. We then expose and connect them to our network of 550+ funders so that they can raise funding. But it does not end there. We and the entire Unreasonable network continue to support our entrepreneurs for the life of their company and beyond. Learn more »

Unreasonable East Africa, SEGAL Family foundation and ONE ACRE FUND invites you at the May edition of the Kampala Social Enterprise Happy Hour. Come meet the fellows from the recently concluded Unreasonable East Africa lab program and find out what they are doing to tackle East Africa's toughest social and environmental problems




Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 months 17 hours ago

Mobility grants scheme: Networking opportunities for African stakeholders in brokerage events in Europe

The Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) is a project funded under Horizon 2020 aimed to strengthening synergies between research and business communities from the two regions. For more information about the project please visit

This funding scheme is designed to facilitate the participation of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and other relevant stakeholders in networking and brokerage events organised in the context of RINEA and beyond.

Successful applicants under this grant scheme will receive financial support in order to participate in one of the following brokerage events:

Innovat&Match 2016, 9-10 June 2016, Bologna, Italy

IFAMA Matchmaking 2016, 21-22 June 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

Network and Consortium Building at CIGR-AgEng 2016, 28-29 June 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

The events are organised in the framework promote business, technological and r

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Daoulata MAIGA Proposition des bourses de mobilité : Possibilités de mettre en réseau les opérateurs africains dans les événements de courtage en Europe. Le Réseau de recherche et d'innovation pour l'Europe et l'Afrique ( RINEA ) est un projet financé par Horizon 2020 pour le renforcement des synergies entre les communautés de recherche et les entreprises des deux continents . Pour plus d'informations sur le projet vous pouvez visiter le site Web Ce programme de financement est destiné à faciliter la participation des chercheurs, les entrepreneurs, les innovateurs et les autres acteurs dans le réseautage et des événements de courtage organisés dans le cadre de RINEA et même au-delà. Les candidats retenus recevront un soutien financier afin de participer à l'un des événements de courtage suivants : Innovat & Match 2016, 9-10 Juin 2016, Bologne, Italie IFAMA Matchmaking 2016, 21-22 Juin 2016, Aarhus, Danemark Réseau et Consortium du bâtiment au CIGR-AgEng 2016, 28-29 Juin 2016, Aarhus, Danemark Les événements sont organisés dans le cadre de la promotion de partenariats d'affaires technologiques et de recherche. Les représentants des entreprises et de recherche des communautés auront l'occasion d'explorer les synergies possibles et de créer de nouveaux partenariats suite à un programme de réunion organisée à l'avance. Pour plus d'informations sur les événements mentionnés ci-dessus , les conditions de participation , les critères d'admissibilité et la procédure de demande ,veillez consulter les documents suivants : régime de subvention Termes de référence (PDF) Cliquez ce lien ( ) formulaire de demande de régime de subvention (DOC) Cliquez ce lien ( ) Date limite de dépôt des candidatures: 29 Avril 2016 CONTACT FORTH / PRAXI Réseau Mme Vaya Piteli,, +30 2310 552790-1 M. Dimitris Filippidis,, +30 210 3607690 JyU / UniPID Mme Melissa Plath,, +358 (0) 40 024 8075 -

8 months 4 weeks ago

Roel Snelder merci Doulata pour la traduccion

8 months 4 weeks ago

SAM OPOLOT thank for the offer, rapsado development initiative uganda community based organization ,lead by youth looks to apply but more information about the grant is missing

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 9 months 1 week ago

                            AVIS DE RECRUTEMENT

              Un post passionnant et stimulant !!!

             Business Manager AgriProFocus Niger

AgriProFocus, est un réseau international, de 35 membres dont des entreprises, des instituts et des organisations Néerlandaises de promotion de l’entreprenariat agricole, basé aux Pays Bas. AgriProFocus est représenté dans 12 Pays dont le Niger. Le réseau vise le développement de l’entreprenariat agricole pour atteindre la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle. La mission d’AgriProFocus est de faciliter la synergie entre les acteurs agricoles, la réalisation de transactions commerciales dans l'agri-business, de créer un espace de dialogue et d’apprentissage croisé à travers des échanges, des débats et le partage des informations et opportunités d’affaires pour ses partenai

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 months 1 week ago


Dear Agriprenuers,

I would like to bring to your attention to a trade and investment matchmaking event organized by AgriProFocus Uganda that we will be held in August 2016. In preparation for this event, we are currently profiling potential participants in the matchmaking event specific to agribusiness. I particularly encourage businesses on this platform that wish to be linked to potential investors, markets, expertise or knowledge to apply.

Find more details in the attached Trade and Investment Matchmaking Call. Apply by 30th June 2016.

For further details, contact: Sylvia Natukunda M. Email: or Tel: 078 2551473

Lawrence Mugisha Please provide a brief description of the participant such that we can further share the opportunity

9 months 1 week ago

Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa Laurence, participant description is included in the attached document named "Trade & Investment Matchmaking Call".

9 months 1 week ago


Trade & Investment Matchmaking

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  04 May 2016, All Day Event
  Kati Kati Restaurant

Dear Agriprenuers,

I would like to bring to your attention to a trade and investment matchmaking event organized by AgriProFocus Uganda that we will be held in August 2016. In preparation for this event, we are currently profiling potential participants in the matchmaking event starting with the livestock sector. On 4th May, we will meet, screen and select participants to participate the matchmaking event in August. I particularly encourage businesses on this platform that wish to be linked to potential investors, markets, expertise or knowledge to apply.

Find more details in the attached Trade & Investment Matchmaking Call. Apply by 25th April 2016.

For further details, contact: Sylvia Natukunda M. Email: or Tel: 078 2551473

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 months 3 weeks ago


Access to Seeds Index Report 2016 

Today, the first Access to Seeds Index has been published, which provides a unique insight into how the seed industry is making quality seeds of improved varieties available to smallholder farmers. Smallholder farmers are considered key actors in tackling global food insecurity. But their productivity is currently limited, in part by insufficient access to quality seeds of improved varieties. With core strengths in breeding and delivery, seed companies are thus a critical part of the solution. The Access to Seeds Index is not the first index to examine the ways in which an industry can help to solve a global challenge. It is, however, the first to assess regional companies alongside their global peers. By introducing a Regional Index, initially covering Eastern Africa, the Index shows that regional companies, too, play a distinctive and vital role in reaching smallholder farmers. The Index aims to present an objective picture o

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Posted By in SEMEA Niger 2015
Posted 1 year 1 month ago

Business cocktail

La fin de la semaine de l’entreprenariat Agricole a été couronnée par un business cocktail offert par Agriprofocus Niger le vendredi 20 novembre 2015, dans les locaux de la SNV, pour marquer  la SEMEA et de la FINAGRI dans une ambiance festive et conviviale, servant également de cadre pour mieux se connaitre et nouer des contacts pour de futures partenariats.

Une cinquantaine de participants représentant des OPs, des banques, des entrepreneurs privés, des innovateurs, des ONGs nationales et internationales, des structures étatiques, des centres de recherches, des étudiants de la faculté d’agronomie et des élus locaux ont participé au cocktail.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 year 2 months ago


iMPACT Booster is an accelerator which validates, pushes, examines, upscales and funds the best ideas that will help feed the world. iMPACT Booster invites scalable businesses to join its agri/food acceleration program. Receive a 10k cash injection, plane tickets and 50k in value for support (for successful applicants). Application is open till 30th of November 2015. For more information, visit:

Dear entrepreneur,

We need impact. To counter the shortage in our global food production over the coming years, we will need major innovations in the agricultural sector and in emerging economies in particular. We believe there are great innovations out there that can make a major impact and disrupt the current agricultural sector and commonly known business models.

Great ideas need great support.

iMPACT Booster is the first Business Accelerator that stimulates entrepreneurs to use their innovative

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

E-magazine on Zambia

US Television is proud to announce the latest E-magazine covering Zambia. The complimentary edition of the paper magazine you may view in its entirety at the following weblink.

NB it is noted that the scope is broader than agriculture.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 year 4 months ago

Workshop on Farmer Aggregation Models offers some interesting lessons

"As an individual you can easily be broken. When you are many, you are much stronger!"

The General Secretary of the UCA started off the Workshop on Small Holder Farmer Aggregation Models, with a great visual and practical excercise: 2 participants were invited to the front and were challenged to break 1 single cattle stick in half, they were asked to do this again and again until they had many (smaller) sticks. The more sticks they had to break, the more difficult the task became. These sticks represented the farmers and how together as a group they stand much stronger when facing challenges.

This workshop follows a study, conducted by VECO East Africa, into the different type of business models used by farmer organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its purpose was to share the findings of the study and, even more importantly, to ask for feedback and additional input from various players in the agricultural se

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Wim Goris hi thanks for sharing. Where can I find the VECO study on business models used by farmer organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda ?? And the study showing that certification in Kilimanjaro increases farmer income ?? if possible share them online.

1 year 4 months ago

VECO EAST AFRICA Dear Wim, the VECO study will be shared shortly on our website. We will add a comment to the post, once it is online. As to the study on certification, the figures quoted we're presented by Dr. Joseph Walusimbi from ESAMI. He should be able to provide clarification on this.

1 year 4 months ago