He is a young entrepreneur, 30 years old, and he is in love with agriculture. He has been a lecturer at Adama and Arsi Universities for more than seven years while keeping his relation with agriculture tight. In 2016, he won the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, and now he comes up with a new project that will hugely benefit smallholder farmers. He owns and runs a company called Green Agro Solutions, currently introducing a model called One-Stop Farming Solutions.
We invited Abrham Endrias to make an extended pitch on our Business Drinks on 25 May 2017, so he can share his entrepreneurial journey to our members and partners. Please read this interesting narration.
My acquaintance with the AgriProFocus network was two years ago. A friend named Shambachew told me that there was an announcemen... Read more
Sesuai dengan tema pelaksanaan kegiatan di tahun 2016 "Muda, Inovatif, Peduli" Bank Mandiri mencari pengusaha muda yang inovatif dalam penciptaan produk dan jasa serta inovatif dalam merumuskan strategi dan proses bisnis untuk memenangkan persaingan pasar.
Melalui program WMM kami ingin memberikan edukasi kepada generasi muda bahwa menjadi pengusaha tidak hanya bertujuan untuk mandiri, namun harus memberikan dampak positif bagi lingkungan sekitarnya. Untuk itu penerapan prinsip good corporate governance (GCG) dan sustainability (keberlanjutan usaha) menjadi point penting dalam kompetisi WMM 2016.
Firstly, let me introduce my self in this forum. I am Rici Solihin, a creative, responsible and motivated farmer with genuine interest in business and agriculture from Indonesia. I am also an owner of Paprici, Indonesian Vegetables Supplier and Bell Pepper Cultivation. While completing my Master of Science Management Program at Universitas Padjadjaran, I developed Farmtastic, a start-up project, to solve the high logistic cost and networking problem for small-scale farmers which was awarded as 1st winner of YSEALI Pitch Master Chef Business Competition at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 2016. I was a finalist of Mandiri Young Entrepreneur Award and represented Indonesia in ASEAN Student Visit India Program. Currently, I have been chosen as Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2016 organized by Agriprofocus Indonesia. I am also a young lecturer who empower young entrepreneurs and local farmers in rural areas. Please feel free to share with me about your entrepreneurship and farming experience.
Inisiatif Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards (CMA) berasal dari Citi Foundation yang berkantor pusat di New York, Amerika Serikat. Inisiatif ini bertujuan untuk meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakat akan pentingnya kewirausahaan dan keuangan mikro dalam mendukung inklusi keuangan serta penguatan ekonomi individu berpenghasilan rendah.
Untuk mencapai tujuan tersebut, Citi Indonesia (Citibank, N.A.) bekerjasama dengan Mercy Corps Indonesia kembali menyelenggarakan CMA 2016. CMA adalah kompetisi untuk menghargai pengusaha mikro berprestasi yang berkontribusi positif kepada lingkungan di sekitarnya.
5 Kategori Penghargaan dalam CMA 2016,
1. Green Microentrepreneur
(usaha ramah lingkungan, semua sektor)
2. Agriculture Microentrepreneur (sektor agrikultur)
3. Service Microentrepreneur (sektor jasa dan layanan)
4. Fishery Microentrepreneur (sektor perikanan)
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
What happens when you take a concept, add a generous amount of seed funding and a dash of well-targeted mentorship to it ?
Chaos…the organised variety, that is.
6 months post-GCARD 3 and the desert greenhouse that I made my YAP proposal about is finally taking shape. Here’s a brief look into its genesis.
There would be no use building the greenhouse if we had no potential customers lined up. Our thoughts on who would make the best early adopters were centred around;
Whether the school was within a drought prone region – to be a candidate, the school would have to either be within an already established feeding program or suffer from the fluctuation of food prices within periods of drought.
Distance from Nairobi and accessibility – a closer site would allow us to make regular visits during the trial period.
Whether the school incorporated Agricultural and Business studies within its curriculum – having the greenhouse would... Read more
Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report reflects a sector that is on the move—and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and evaluates how well the sector is addressing these.
* ANDE members have collectively invested over $12 billion directly into SGBs and supported over 415,000 entrepreneurs with business development services.
* In the past ten years, 485 investment vehicles have launched that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated $26 billion in committed capital.
* An estimated one-third of SGBs are owned by women, and more ANDE members have embraced gender-lens investing: at... Read more
Dear Members and Partners,
A few days ago we announced that there will be the FSRE Innovation Fund Completion Seminar on 26-27 October 2016, which will also include a book launch and an innovation fair.
However, due to current circumstance we would like to inform you that the event is postponed until further notice. We will inform you any developments.
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Ministry of Youth Presentation on Latest GTP II plans to engaging youth in on-farm and off-farm employment activities
AgriProFocus presentation of findings of "Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project"
Interactive activity to map how different actors contribute to engaging youth in agribusiness
Discussion of how to increase synergy amongst actors to better engage youth in agribusiness
Young people are already spearheading the social entrepreneurial movement across the world. My own first venture, which worked on rural solar/biomass-based electricity generation, was launched when I was 19. I faced some difficulties initially due to being patronised, and working with government officials and even private sector leaders was challenging. How can we make sure others don’t have the same problems? Shrey Goyal, co-founder and director, Sustainable Growth Initiative, New Delhi, India @ShreyGoyal @ThinkSGI
There are currently two ways the sector talks about young people – as the beneficiaries of “youth development” or as participants of “youth-led development” but a lot of the time it’s not clear whether as a group we’re being portrayed as the problem or the solution. Youth marginalisation now channeling young people’s energy to... Read more
Grow Movement unlocks the potential of entrepreneurs in Rwanda, Uganda and Malawi by matching them with volunteer business consultants from around the world. The Business consultants offer Pro bono consulting for 6 months over Skype,email and mobile, identifying ways to improve the business, increase profitably and create employment. Since GROW started, over 500 entrepreneurs have started on our programme, increasing their finance, marketing and strategy skills and creating over 680 new full or part time jobs.
are an Entrepreneur and want to grow your business this is an opportunity for
you. Please apply here
Name: Christophe Bigirimana
Office: Kacyiru BHC Building, 3rd Floor
What difference does it make to be a female entrepreneur in Africa among male peers and the community? Why is it important to support women entrepreneurship? What is the best way of doing so? And what inspiration can women entrepreneurs offer for women leadership and inclusive business in the African agro-food sector?
These questions and many more will be addressed in our webinar on Women’s Entrepreneurship in African Agribusiness on August 23rd. We do this in close collaboration with three inspiring women entrepreneurs who partner with 2SCALE: Ruth Kinoti (Shalem Investments, Kenya), Ruth Okiror (Acila Enterprises, Uganda) and Oluyemisi Iranloye (Psaltry International, Nigeria).
For whom: Staff, trainers & coaches of 2SCALE, selected partner companies and all other persons, organizations and companies with an interest in women entrepreneurship and inclusion in African agribusiness are mo... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with the Tanzania Trade Development Authority organized 4 successful business to business meetings from 2nd to 6th July, 2016 during the 40th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).
The meetings hosted over 170 participants, mainly representatives of farmer organizations, support organizations and small-scale entrepreneurs who met with buyers of agricultural produce from food processing companies and exporters of agricultural produce such as Dabaga, Bakhresa Food Products Ltd, Mohammed Enterprises (T) Ltd, African Women Agribusiness Network, AKO group Ltd, Tusiime Holidngs (T) Ltd and Sunshine Industrial Co. Ltd,
The meetings were officiated by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Hon. Charles John Mwijage who insisted on the government’s strategy on industrial development to stimulate economic reform and human development, he explained that, curr... Read more
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... Read more
The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for <strong>10 conference awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. The focus is for the young entrepreneurs to share their story at an International stage with close to 700 participants drawn from academia, business and industry, development organisations, practitioners and philanthropists. It is hoped that through this competition, young entrepreneurs’ business concepts, impact, innovation and business opportunities can be expanded. While the focus of this competition is on innovation in agribusiness, other innovations, incubations, business enterprises and business concepts along ICTs, health, engin... Read more
I had this great opportunity to have a brief moment with Aubrey Hruby three weeks ago when she was here in Addis for Wharton Club of Africa’s Executive Investment Summit & CEO Forum 2016.
She is a successful investment advisor. She consults investors and companies doing business in Africa. Aubrey has consulted extensively in more than 20 African markets, including Ethiopia. She is a Senior Fellow at the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, the co-founder of Africa Expert Network (AXN), and the co-author of the award-winning book, The Next Africa. Aubrey served as the Managing Director of the Whitaker Group, where she helped facilitate over $2 billion in investment and capital flows to Africa. (Full Profile)
Aubrey has a lot to tell us about variety of issues in this short interview. Please enjoy reading her very interesting responses.
As you have been working with a lot of entrepreneur, what do you th... Read more
For a long time I have been puzzled as to why young people are not taking the leap and looking for opportunities in the agricultural sector. Agribusiness has the potential to do much more than we think but we are stuck in the mind frame that it is a dirty job and is for the unemployed. If at all that is how you think then I pity you.
We need to stop being narrow-minded and look at the agricultural sector as a lucrative one.
Join the bootcamp on ‘Inclusive Innovation’ and learn from the best inclusive innovation cases and experts! Free of charge
Last opportunity to register for the online bootcamp on Inclusive Innovation (before 3rd of April)
April 4th, 2016: MODULE 1 – Discover your capacity to innovate
April 13th, 2016: MODULE 2 – Define your innovation space
April 20th 2016: MODULE 3 –Develop your prototype
April 27th, 2016: MODULE 4 –Deliver your market solution
Register at: https://iba.ventures/bootcamp/
(Rwanda, Senegal, Gabon)
(Ecofin Agency) - The Entreprenarium Foundation launches the first edition of its flagship programme WCR (Women Capital Raising) meant for 100 women entrepreneurs in Gabon, Rwanda, and Senegal. Entreprenarium also announces the funding of 30 projects with high growth potential in these three pilot countries.
Designed by the Entreprenarium Foundation, WCR is a 6 week programme to support women in their entrepreneurial journey. Its main objective is to equip women entrepreneurs with the necessary skills and resources to succeed in starting and operating a small or medium business. This first edition of the WCR launched on March 8 in the three pilot cities of the Entreprenarium Foundation Libreville, Kigali and Dakar, counts 100 participants with innovative projects to develop. The programme consists of course sessions and workshops focused primarily on the metho... Read more