Please read the foreword and download the book below, also take a look the brief presented by Wim Goris, AgriProFocus Network Facilitator, at the book launch on 19 April 2017.
In agricultural development, Ethiopia and the Netherlands are strategic partners. The government of Ethiopia pursues its growth strategy by emphasizing agricultural transformation. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is supporting Ethiopian ambitions for food security and agricultural growth. This cooperation aims for an intensification of production and processing, which are necessary to feed the growing population and for export earnings.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia is part of an international network with Dutch roots. AgriProFocus promotes the network approach as a growth diamond of collaboration between farmer entrepreneurs, companies, governments, knowledge institutions, consultancies, financial... Read more
On 19 April 2017, AgriProFocus organized an exciting event where major stakeholders that have close relation with the topic of contract farming come together to attend an interesting panel discussion and to raise questions to practitioners, researchers and policy makers in Ethiopia.
The event marked the launch of a new book entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice” – written based on eight case studies by a number of practitioners and well-known consultants. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort).
The case studies analyze the contract farming practices i... Read more
Book Launch & Panel Discussion
On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.
A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:
§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery
§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia
§ Seed Potatoes –
Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators
AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.
On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.
Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 18 and 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.
The main goal of the pu... Read more
The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities.
The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset financing and working capital to enable the young farmers meet the needs of demand and supply.
Tuskys Supermarkets has committed to buy all the produce from the
venture. “This project is meant to support youth entrepreneurship. We
believe that the youth hold the greatest sway in the pace and trajectory
that the East African economy will take into the future. We also
acknowledge the great contribution agriculture makes to the national GDP
and we are committed to supporting the sector,” said Jane Mwangi, the
KCB Foundation director.
To further enhance this partnership, KCB Foundation
Contract farminga new tool to guide growers and buyers
Contract farming – an expanding practice in which farmers produce agricultural goods for specific buyers in set quantities at prearranged prices – is getting a new tool to guide growers and buyers in establishing sound contracts and conflict resolution procedures. The UNIDROIT/ FAO/ IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming released recently fills a need for a comprehensive legal tool to guide this longstanding practice, addressing the needs of a broad range of users.
Contract farming in principle can improve farmers' access to markets and boost their incomes while ensuring that agribusinesses have a stable supply of produce that meets their quality standards. In Uganda, contract farming is practiced for sorghum, sunflower, sugarcane, soybeans, simsim, barley and maize. Read more about contract farming on the tech4farmers blog.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in partnership with Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), delivered a training on Contract Farming today at ATA premises.
The training is given to fourteen staffs of ATA from all Regional Clusters.
As a mandate, ATA has been working with all stakeholders to identify solutions to address systematic bottlenecks that can have a catalytic effect to transform the lives of smallholder farmers across the country. In order to enhance the ongoing efforts, this training on Contract Farming is crucial, since the very fact of how to deal with smallholder farmers and transform their lives is directly related with the issue at hand.
The training is mainly based on the case studies conducted by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and partners, such as:
· Bamboo Coops in Sidamoto Africa Bamboo
· Chickpea of Handucha-WelisoUnion and Gust Agro
· Green beans via MekiBatuUnion and EthioVeg
· Malt Barley farmers with... Read more
AgriProFocus is now providing a training on Contract Farming to 17 participants who came from various organizations, including Government offices.
It is planned that there will be a second round of this training for those registered but didn't get the chance to attend.
This is what's happening now in Dreamliner Hotel, 1st floor.
For this training on contract farming over 50 people who are members and/or partners of AgriProFocus Ethiopia had registered. However, in order to deliver the training effectively, we had to make a selection and plan to have a second round.
The growing need for skill and knowledge of contract farming in Ethiopia’s agricultural development was the main objective in organizing the training. Policy implementers, including Ato Solomon Dagne, Director of the Smallholder Horticultural Development Directorate, and a number of staffs from Ministry of Agriculture and regional offices attended training.
P... Read more
On Friday 22 May AgriProFocus Ethiopia will organise a one day training on Contract Farming. The training is based on eight different cases that we have studied in the last six months. The Agenda will be:
1. What is contract farming?
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages
3. Issues that to be addressed in designing a Contract Farming system:
a. The partners
b. The contract elements (inputs, TA, quality, prices, payment)
c. The interface between the firm and the farmers
d. Enforcing the contract
4. Critical success factors and the role of outside supporters (projects, NGOs)
5. Participants will be given concrete assignments to work on other own cases.
We have space for 16 participants. The own contribution will be 500 ETB (incl. VAT) per participant. You get a receipt for this.
Those who register first, h... Read more
We are making a manual on Contract Farming with 10 cases of Ethiopia as examples. It will be ready probably in May this year.