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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 21 June 2017 at 08:36

Global Youth Video Comeptition 23 - Win Your Way to COP 23 in Bonn, Germany!

The Competition

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 we want to hear about the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video. We would like you to showcase for us a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to one of this year's categories.

Cell phone GYVCCategory 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities

3.5 billion people live in cities today and their populations will continue to increase in the coming decades, especially in developing countries. Cities account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.

Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.
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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 June 2017 at 07:07

D-Prize Funding is Live!!

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges which include:

- Quality Seed Challenge

- Fertiliser Challenge

- Farm Practices Challenge

Or you could present your own custom agricultural challenge.

If selected you will be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

For details:

http://www.d-prize.org

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Yvonne, is this a challenge for Zambia only, or also accesible for other countries?

1 week 19 hours ago

Yvonne Mtumbi it is open to other countries as well.

1 week 18 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 13 June 2017 at 01:12

Gagnez un investissement pour votre start-up e-agricole !

Lancement Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l'Ouest 2017


Le Centre technique de coopération agricole et rurale ACP-UE (CTA), en collaboration avec l’African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Agribusiness TV et les espaces d’innovations tels que Orange Fab Côte d'Ivoire, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria), EcoHub (Togo), Etrilabs (Bénin), Suguba (Mali), CTIC Dakar (Sénégal), lance Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l’Ouest 2017, dans le cadre du Programme AgriHack Talent. Cette édition régionale fait suite à l’organisation réussie de la première édition internationale Pitch AgriHack 2016.

Pitch AgriHack Afrique de l'Ouest 2017 est ouverte aux jeunes pousses (startups) TIC des pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest qui offrent des services au secteur agricole. Les entrepreneurs doivent être propriétaires d'une application ou plateforme e-agricole déjà développée et si possible déjà en service et générant des revenus.

Pitch AgriHack compr

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Akibodé Djodji Mon cher Didier, Merci pour le partage. L’agriculture  est le  secteur offrant le plus de perspectives de croissance et de profitabilité en Afrique. L’industrie agricole pourra s’appuyer sur les NTIC pour accompagner sa croissance et surtout éviter le gaspillage alimentaire.

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 12 June 2017 at 06:33

Ambassador’s Small Grants (ASG) Program (Deadline: 15th July 2017)

U.S. Embassy Rwanda- Ambassador’s Small Grants Program

Office: Political/Economic Section
Funding Opportunity Title: U.S. EMBASSY KIGALI AMBASSADOR’S SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM (ASG)
Announcement Type: Fixed Amount Award
Funding Opportunity No.: DOS-RWANDA-PE-2017-01
Date Opened: June 2, 2017
Deadline for Applications: July 15, 2017
Award Ceiling: U.S. $15,000.00
Award Floor: U.S. $5,000.00
CFDA Number: 19.700 – General Department of State AssistanceSubmission: All applications can be submitted electronically via email to: kigaliasgp@state.gov.

Awards are subject to the availability of funding and Congressional Notification

Eligibility

Eligibility is limited to cooperatives registered with the Rwandan Cooperative Agency (RCA). Direct funding for NGOs (international or local) is not available under this announcement.

All projects must begin no later than September 30, 2017 and should be completed within one year of the award date.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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 5 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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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 By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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 By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 June 2017 at 09:06

TERMS OF REFERENCE: GRAFTED TOMATOES IN UGANDA (IRESO) PROJECT

BASELINE SURVEY

Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmers training and capacity building, linkages to affordable financial services, markets, certification and beyond, participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes and has experience in managing international programmes working with grassroots organizations, producers, civil society organizations and Central and Local Governments as well as with core and supportive private sector actors. Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy.

SECAEC through her Uganda Country Office and with funding from NWO – WOTRO Science for Global Development, in the Science

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Posted By in Technology
Posted 1 June 2017 at 08:24

PitchDrive aims to help 15 African startups raise collective €20m in Europe

Fifteen African startups will get the chance to raise a collective €20-million in Series-A funding from European funders when startup tour PitchDrive gets off the mark in the coming weeks.

Ideally the PitchDrive team say it is looking for companies that are tech-enabled with proprietary or patented tech that has been validated by reputable corporate customers. Their products should also be in mobile fintech or agritech.

PitchDrive will provide all travel, accommodation, transport and visa support. The team will also provide selected startups with mentorship and support from tech founders with experience in raising funds, such as Iroko’s CEO and founder Jason Njoku.

http://ventureburn.com/2017/05/pitchdrive-aims-take-african-startups-across-europe/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 May 2017 at 02:46

APPLICATION TO BE PART OF THE YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN, 2017

“Feeding the World, Changing Lives”  

Theme: Youth in Agribusiness for Economic Empowerment and Sustainable Development!  

AgriProFocus in collaboration with like-minded organizations, that include; Uhuru Institute of Social Development, Agriterra, Actionaid, Clusa, AVSI, Agrotourism, DARAS, CURAD, Excel Hort, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda National Young Farmers Association, TUNADO, Young Agribusiness Network, European Union, National Parliamentary Youth Forum are organising a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2017, with an overall objective of creating a platform for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness. This shall be achieved through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure farm-firm field visits within and across borders as well as interfacing with policy/decision makers of relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.


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STEPHEN OBORE WAOOO THIS IS GREAT WOULD LIKE TO KATE PART IN THIS ONE 

1 month 1 day ago

Tafadzwa Ziwa Is it possible for me also but based in Zimbabwe

4 weeks 11 hours ago

Jacob Olanya Hello Tafadzwa Ziwa , the Caravan will take place in Uganda, and therefore if you choose to participate you will need to travel to Uganda.

3 weeks 6 days ago

Mugisha Richard Hi my brother Tafadzwa, how is Zim. Hope you still remember me. I met you in 2008. Are you still working with Atai? Now this is a caravan that you must not miss. We are getting youth from the netherlands, Kenya. So having you in Uganda is a great a pleasure. A lot to learn, a lot to share

3 weeks 6 days ago

SSEKYEWA HENRY Its really great i have  liked and hope to take part ..thanks

2 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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 By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 May 2017 at 10:49

Expression of Interest: Partner with CGAP to Open APIs

5 may 2017

Are you interested in exploring how open APIs could help your business contribute to more useful, sustainable, and scalable financial solutions for low-income customers?

CGAP is looking to work with digital financial service (DFS) providers, fintechs, and other organizations that have well-established financial inclusion assets and capabilities to share via open APIs. CGAP will provide financing and technical assistance to implement an open API business and motivate third-party developers to explore and use APIs to build innovative products and services. Our goal is to help industry explore business models based on open APIs and produce new and successful demonstration cases.

Submit Expression of Interest by June 9, 2017

Is your organization a good fit?

CGAP is looking for digital payments providers, financial institutions, and other financial service providers that have:

* Assets that are relevant to a range of third part

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 11 May 2017 at 08:33

Grants for Grabs!

Prior to the Holland Pavilion at the Agritech expo, AgriProFocus Zambia organized a “Doing Business in Zambia” Seminar. The seminar was meant to highlight the status of the Poultry and Dairy sector in Zambia and the nature of the business environment with regards to the agriculture sector.

All the key stakeholder that were present including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority,  PACRA, Poultry Association of Zambia and Dairy Association of Zambia identified the potential investment opportunities in the poultry and dairy sub-sectors to be:

1. Feed additives and premixes

2. Vaccines and medicines for poultry and dairy

3. Improved poultry and dairy genetics

4. Diagnostic facilities

5. Commercial extension services as the government is slowly moving away from providing free extension services t

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Nathan Mwanaumo Hi Leah, the link doesn't open

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 5 May 2017 at 07:58

CONSULTANT NEEDED

Strengthening farmers’ organizations in management of Village Aggregation Centers

Simanjiro, Arumeru and Same


Introduction

VECO East Africa is a regional programme of Vredeseilanden, a Belgian based International NGO which operates in seven regions in 18 different countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. VECO envisions a world with production and consumption systems that allow poverty and hunger to be eradicated and that do not burden our planet more than it can bear. VECO East Africa’s main thematic areas include; Food safety; Farmers Organizations; and Water management.

VECO East Africa is currently implementing a two-year project funded UKAID/Food Trade Programme. The project whose main aim is to increase farmers’ household income through participating in the regional trade of staple crops i.e. rice, maize, and beans, has three key outputs namely; improved storage and aggregation; improved supply chain information and coordination; and improved standar

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 May 2017 at 12:10

CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURS SEEKING INVESTMENT LAUNCH EVENT MAY 12TH

BiD Network is looking for high potential growth SMEs in search of investment. Are you you an entrepreneur? Come to our investor trip Launch event on May 12th to be part of the official kick-off for our next investment readiness program. 

Join the Launch Event to find out how your business can benefit from our services. Send an Email to inquiries@bidnetwork.org or call us on 0393216435 and we will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your registration. Please register by May 5 to join the Launch Event.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 May 2017 at 08:35

BioInnovate Africa Programme: Supporting Scientists, Researchers, Innovators and Entrepreneurs in Eastern Africa


Deadline: 2 June 2017

BioInnovate Africa Programme has announced a US$ 5 million grant funding over three years (2017–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market.

The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to assist countries in eastern Africa benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting such technologies into innovations for inclusive growth and sustainable development. BioInnovate is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and currently operates in six eastern African countries namely: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tan

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 May 2017 at 08:32

Africa Food Prize 2017: Leading the Effort to Change the Reality of Farming in Africa


Deadline: 5 June 2017

Africa Food Prize 2017 is now open for nominations, recognizing an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa—from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives.

The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.

Building on the values and principles established by the Yara Prize, the Africa Food Prize puts a bright spotlight on achievements and innovations with transformative power that can be scaled and replicated across the continent to eliminate hunger and poverty and provide a vital new source of employment and income.

Award Criteria

The Prize Committee considers the following criteria for the Prize:

  • Contribution to reducing poverty

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 May 2017 at 08:28

USAID/ Bureau for Food Security: Feed The Future Partnership with Partners for Food Solutions (PFS)


Deadline: 12 May 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bureau for Food Security (BFS) is seeking concept notes for its “Feed The Future Partnership with Partners for Food Solutions (PFS) to strengthen the food processing sector in Africa.

The objective of the Feed the Future Partnership with Partners in Food Solutions is to engage and mobilize the expertise, infrastructures and resources of PFS and others to transfer knowledge from the volunteer employees of PFS member companies to small and growing food processing businesses across Africa.

Priorities

  • Improved value chain linkages between food processor clients and their raw commodity suppliers
  • Increased business development support, including access to finance
  • Strengthened distribution channels to increase the market reach of clients’ products

Award Information

  • USAID anticipates developing one alliance unde

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