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Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Report: East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016. 

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The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.


KEY HIGHLIGHTS 

1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).

2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Call for proposals 

Competitiveness & enterprise development project: deadline 30th November 2016

Herewith attached is a call for proposals for the matching grant facility offered by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).  Sectors of interest are horticulture, tourism, coffee, grains, pulses, edible oils, fisheries and ICT

See Fourth call proposals attached for details

Good luck!

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Posted 2 months 1 day ago

Posted by Angelica Senders in AgriProFocus Netherlands 2 months 1 week ago

Addressing Gender ineQUALITY in coffee- A starting point for constructing sustainable value chains?!  

By Nora Fedisch (originally posted on this platform 3 years ago, but still relevant!!) 

Women play crucial roles in coffee value chains; however, their contribution often remains invisible, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/ or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpetuated. Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders and Marjoleine Motz) commissioned a study to Nora Fedisch, Bachelor student Fair Trade Management of Van Hall Larenstein to identify key success factors for a gender inclusive approach to the development of coffee value chains.

Research has shown that women are the key source of labor in the East African coffee sector; women execute important tasks of harvesting, drying, hulling and sorting the coffee beans. Men are

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Addressing Gender ineQUALITY in coffee- A starting point for constructing sustainable value chains?!  

By Nora Fedisch (originally posted on this platform 3 years ago, but still relevant!!) 

Women play crucial roles in coffee value chains; however, their contribution often remains invisible, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/ or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpetuated. Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders and Marjoleine Motz) commissioned a study to Nora Fedisch, Bachelor student Fair Trade Management of Van Hall Larenstein to identify key success factors for a gender inclusive approach to the development of coffee value chains.

Research has shown that women are the key source of labor in the East African coffee sector; women execute important tasks of harvesting, drying, hulling and sorting the coffee beans. Men are

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FRIDAH MBAYA Hi Angelica, inequality in coffee sector is so real being in the industry have learnt when there is training being done in the centers 80% of men show up 20% of the women who come are either widows, single women who have no male representation in their homes. Need to have these changed and encourage women to  attended

2 months 3 days ago

FRIDAH MBAYA and also encourage men to bring their wives along for all to benefit.

2 months 3 days ago

Angelica Senders Thanks Fridah yes indeed the coffee sector is a very interesting sector where a lot is happening regarding involvement of men and women on equal footing. Have you watched the video we made of Kyagalani coffee company? This company participated in a gender in value chain coaching trajectory we organised in Uganda, watch this video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn1T1Qk8pVg  

2 months 1 day ago

FRIDAH MBAYA have watched the video, hope we can work on something of the same here in kenya.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Angelica Senders Good idea Fridah, please let me and the agriprofocus office in Nairobi know if you have any concrete suggestions!!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Job Vacancy: Project Team Leader


The foundation Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung designs and manages sustainable agricultural development projects worldwide. With over twenty years of experience in project design, implementation and management, the foundation contributes to improving the living conditions of smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers through a business approach to sustainable development.

Financed by private and public donors, HRNS has started implementing 2 projects to promote sustainable smallholder Robusta coffee production in OKU Selatan, Southern Sumatra. These projects aim to create a long term viable living for Robusta farmers by capacity building and facilitating access to technology, agri-input and financial services.

The program includes farmer training on good agricultural practices, product quality, marketing, and farmer organizational development. In the second phase of the program topics such as access to finance, gender mainstreaming, coffee & climate, integr

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nov
08

The East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016

Event posted by in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
  08 November 2016 - 08:30 to 11 November 2016 - 19:00
  Meru County

AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.

Fr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Coffee farmers to get drought insurance cover

"To access the cover, farmers will be required to pay annual premiums of 5% of the value of the crop being insured. "

Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.

The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.

Speaking at a pre-second National Coffee Festival meeting last week, Robert Serwanga, the Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants, country manager, said coffee production in Uganda has declined from 7kg per tree to 1.5kg due to severe drought brought about by climate change.

“People are abandoning gardens because of declining yields which are impac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Rwenzori Sustainable Trade Centre is looking for fair trade local and international buyers of coffee and cocoa produced by organised groups of farmers on the Rwenzori mountain. Any competent trader should express interest by sending me an email on: ikwerarobertgmail.com

Robert Ikwera Correction my right email is: ikwerarobert@gmail.com

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action pl

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g. http://agriprofocus.com/post/57ee5543a93f2528ff59cdb9, and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

3 months 1 week ago

Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

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nov
01

Temu Kopi

Event posted by in Coffee Corner
  01 November 2016 - 08:00 to 02 November 2016 - 17:00
  Grand Swiss-Belhotel Medan - Jalan S Parman 217, Medan, North Sumatra 20152

LINKING COFFEE BUYERS WITH COFFEE GROWERS IN INDONESIA

MENGHUBUNGKAN PEMBELI KOPI DENGAN PENGHASIL KOPI DI INDONESIA

Join Lutheran World Relief (LWR) for the fourth annual Temu Kopi Sumatra Forum in Medan, Indonesia this November 1 - 2, 2016.

Bergabunglah dengan Lutheran World Relief dalam event tahunan keempat Temu Kopi Sumatra in Medan, Indonesia pada tanggal 1-2 November 2016.

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Temu Kopi is a two-day forum on Sumatran coffee production, which convenes representatives from across the coffee value chain for discussions on the pressing issues they face in the Indonesian coffee industry, such as increasing production quality, accessing credit and financing, managing risk, and ensuring environmental sustainability. Temu Kopi presents a valuable opportunity for key players in the Sumatran coffee value chain (producers, exporters, importers, buyers and roasters) and in the public and non-profit sectors to connect with one another and build mutually beneficial business rela

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

CLONAL COFFEE CHANGING TANZANIAN COFFEE SECTOR 

Tanzania is the fourth coffee producing country in Africa after Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Uganda, while in East Africa it is placed on position number two after Uganda. Tanzanian coffee production averages between 30-40,000 metric tons each year of which approximately 70% is Arabica and 30% is Robusta. The main growing regions of Arabica are in NorthKilimanjaro, Mbeya, Matengo Highlands, Mbinga, Usambara Mountains, Iringa, Morogoro, Kigoma andNgara. The main growing region of Robusta is the Bukoba area of the Kagera Region.

Coffee production in Tanzania has stagnated over the past ten years but plans are underway to boost productivity through increased use of inputs, introduction of pests and disease resistant trees as well as setting up of small and medium scale coffee processing plants.

Coffee Wilt Disease (CWD) has contributed highly to the downfall of the coffee sector in Tanzania. Since its outbreak in 1997, it has only been re

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01

Coffee Technology Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  01 September 2016 to 03 September 2016 - All Day Event
  UMA Multi-purpose Hall, Lugogo

For Details, please contact Martha on +256783 565 681 or email her:  grain-ug@brazafric.com



oct
05

TRADE & INVESTMENT MATCHMAKING EVENT

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

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

Activities

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 6 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 months 3 weeks ago

Coffee and climate: The development imperative for smallholders

By Naki B. MendozaimageCoffee cherries grow in Cauca, Colombia. Across the world, coffee farmers are threatened by the impact of climate change on their trade, with smallholders facing especially daunting prospects. Photo by: Neil Palmer / CC BY-SA

When it comes to climate change, very little, if anything, is immune from its effects and one of the world’s most beloved crops is certainly no exception.

Across the world, coffee farmers are threatened by the impact of climate change on their trade, with smallholders facing especially daunting prospects.

The effects may be apparent within the industry, but recent studies have been putting the severity of the issue into focus for consumers. For example, a study last year by theInternational Center for Tropical Agriculture, projected that Brazil, Vietnam, Indonesia and Colombia — which combined account for 65 percent of global arabica bean production — will experience “severe los

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Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 8 months 3 days ago

Dear All,

Find the coffee Joint learning Platform report here. We will be glad to get feedback from you and also find ways to work together in the same sector. Enjoy reading!!

FRIDAH MBAYA Hello Juliana, Am working with a company that makes organic fertilizer from kitchen waste. We are using it with the coffee farmers. The fertilizer ican be used on all types of crops and flowers.

8 months 3 hours ago

Nicole Metz Dear all, interesting conversation that I only read now. Please find a background paper on bioslurry. http://www.nmi-agro.nl/images/themas/prikbord/PrikbordMestenReststoffen/Alterra_report_Bioslurry.pdf Ms. Fridah Mbaya, could you mention the name of the company producing organic fertilizer? They may be an interesting invitee for an upcoming workshop in Nairobi (sept 2016) about compost quality. See http://www.agriprofocus.com/post/57614505a93f25287406f8fa

7 months 1 day ago

FRIDAH MBAYA Hello Nicole the company is called Echo Limited they are based in kenya

6 months 4 weeks ago

maureen munjua Hey Fridah, great to read you have reviewed the report. This is a practical learning platform that is ongoing and we capture lessons and stories from the field. The innovative approach to this is the promotion of bio-slurry but we would be glad to explore more options to make coffee farming more viable, and farmers more resilient. We would be glad to have you present during the September workshop Nicole mentions above. http://www.agriprofocus.com/post/57614505a93f25287406f8fa

6 months 3 weeks ago

FRIDAH MBAYA Hello Maureen Thank you for the invite. it an hon our. Just email me more details in regards to the workshop. gakiimbaya@ymail.com

6 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 8 months 4 days ago

I have the pleasure to share with you the Joint learning Platform newsletter.

The Joint Learning Platform (JLP) is an annual cross-learning platform whose partners are the Food Security Programme for Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK) and the Sustainable and Secure Smallholder Systems program (4S@Scale). The two programs are co-funded through the Netherlands ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA) and Private sector partners. They have a common objective of increasing farmers’ income through sustainable coffee productions systems and diversification. Read More about the JLP

Elijah Gakomo Thank you. I have have a long hard look at the coffee sector having grown up in coffee growing region and worked for a leading coffee exporter in Kenya. The sector have unique challenges but holds mega potential.

8 months 4 days ago

FRIDAH MBAYA coffee has great potential in Kenya, but at the same time faces great extinction. Its time we really appreciate the farmers who labor so hard on the farm by giving them a better price for their products. This can be achieved if we can sell our coffee as a finished product opposed to the raw material and the same is brought back to us as final product.

8 months 4 days ago

Elijah Gakomo Fridah, you Nailed it.

8 months 4 days ago

Elijah Gakomo I believe once you have a good coffee that is well packaged as per target market, e-commerce enables you to present your offering across the world efficiently.

8 months 4 days ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Dear Elijah and Fridah, Glad to have you on board and thank you for your contribution. Let us explore ways to make coffee a prime product in the market. Thanks

8 months 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 months 5 days ago

Vacancies at Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA)

UCDA is established as a public Authority, and its mandate is to promote and oversee the coffee industry by supporting research, promoting production, controlling coffee quality, and improving the marketing of coffee in order to optimize foreign exchange earnings for the country and payments to the farmers.

UCDA’s Vision is ‘A sustainable coffee industry with high stakeholder value for social economic transformation’ and its mission is “To facilitate increase in quality coffee production, productivity, and consumption”. Its core values are; Leadership, Integrity, Teamwork, Client Focus, Accountability and Professionalism. In order to achieve its mandate, UCDA is desirous of recruiting motivated and competent individuals to fill the following vacant positions.

1. Regional Coffee Technical Officer (1)

2. Corporate Communications Manager (1)

3. Legal Manager (1) 

Job details can be found here

Deadline: 23rd May, 2016 (No

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 months 4 days ago

TOR FOR TEA, COFFEE, FRUITS AND VEGETABLES SUB SECTOR BASELINE SURVEY 2016

Bench marking the tea, coffee fruits and vegetable sub sectors and Enabling Policy Environment interventions in Uganda  

Solidaridad with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, and in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala and AgriProfocus Uganda, identified member Fruits and vegetable Associations in Uganda, selected core and support role private sector actors, knowledge Institution and other stakeholders who are implementing a five year project titled ‘Enabling Policy Influencing for Improved Livelihoods in Uganda (EPE – Uganda) – Fruits and vegetables component.’

The overall goal of this component is: ‘To contribute towards policy influencing on food safety, institutional capacity, traceability and national policy for enhanced sustainability and livelihoods of actors

Find;

1. The

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 months 1 week ago

Kenyan coffee woes, a call for proactive change.

mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrine runs back in the history of Kenyan as a place of worship were our great forefathers went  to seek divine intervention, till date people still go there to seek intervention from God, When our coffee farmers gather at the place  to sought intervention, we know that their is a serious problem in the coffee sector ranging from the prices fertilizers etc , my heart goes to the farmers who over the decades have earned peanuts from their products and are wallowing in abject poverty, despite Kenyan coffee being largely sort after in the world.  Even as the president is working with a team to review the sector little will be done about that. I  believe it starts with us, to inspire a positive change in this sector, therefore am appealing to an individual any organization that would wish to see a real transformation  in this sector to join me in this.

It starts with a step. let begin by addre

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