I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the w... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya. The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries.
· To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.
· To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.
The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national directorates and region... Read more
Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates, the world’s largest phosphate exporter, has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a $3.7bn fertiliser plant in the east African country.
OCP, which is 95 per cent state-owned, said the deal was among the largest joint ventures in Africa between two developing economies and would create one of the world’s largest fertiliser facilities, with an initial capacity of 2.5m tonnes.
CIMMYT organizes a one-day workshop on “Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: the role of zinc and agronomic biofortification to improve nutrition in Ethiopia,”.
This workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Getfam Hotel, starting at 9:00 a.m.
The workshop has two objectives: (1) present key research results on potential of zinc agronomic biofortification in Ethiopia, and (2) conduct interactive sessions that will allow participants to contribute to the enrichment of the current understanding as well as guide the future direction of the project’s next phase. Your active participation is highly appreciated.
1. National Consultant for Economic Development Sector - 17 November 2016
2. Regional Program Leader (ILRI) - 2 December 2016
3. Senior Learning Advisor (Tufts University) - 30 November 2016
4. Regional Nutrition Project Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016
5. Regional SBCC Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016
6. Regional Project Manager Livelihoods/Agriculture (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016
By Lyndal Rowlands
Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
"All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture," Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO said.
"The good news," he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.
The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.
The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared t... Read more
On behalf of
SMIS, AgroBIG and One Acre Fund, I am pleased to invite you to:
The Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016
The aim of this Forum is to share our project results, plans
and research and explore the potential for future collaboration in the Amhara
region. The Forum will have presentations from a variety of organisations
working in Amhara. Topics will range from value chains to crop production, from
gender to marketing and export. In addition the Forum will have workshops,
great food and drinks, music and of course the possibility to network. The
Forum will be held in the Jacaranda Hotel, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia. Advanced
registration is a must so please make sure you register today at Eventbrite.
We are making a conference booklet about all the visiting organisations. Please send us your logo and a story of max. 300 words about your organisation before the 28th of November.
If you have any questions about the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hanneke van Veghel
Coffee and Welcome
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
We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016.
The programme you can find HERE and it is promising!
The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to email@example.com and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet... Read more
We are pleased to invite you to the Business Drinks event, jointly organized by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), to be held on Thursday 25 August 2016.
Same place, same time – Black Rose Lounge, from 5:00PM to 6:30PM (Late Afternoon).
One Minute Pitch
You are also welcome to use the one minute pitch session to promote yourself, your organization, or your products and services.
The organizers, APF & ENTAG, offer you the first 2 drinks for free
Who is invited?
All members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia are invited. If you are going to invite someone important, you are allowed in one condition – make them sign up at www.agriprofocus.com/registration to become a member of our network.
Requirement to Attend
If you wish to attend this exciting Business Drinks event, attendance confirmation is mandatory! You can do that easily by filling the REGISTRATION FORM HE... Read more
In Ethiopia, farmer cooperatives and unions fulfil a very limited role in collective output marketing and processing of their members’ produce. Only 5-10% of the available produce is collected and marketed or processed through cooperatives and their unions. As both the government and various other stakeholders like companies and research institutes have identified their marketing potential as enormous, they clearly seem to be the sleeping giants of the Ethiopian agricultural sector.
The Cooperatives for Change (C4C) project, a joint SNV Ethiopia and Agriterra project, aimed to improve the business performance of agricultural cooperative unions and their member cooperatives. C4C seeks to establish innovative... Read more
Editors: Jos Bijman and Verena Bitzer. Published: 2016 Pages: 274.
Improving product quality has become essential for food chains in developing countries. Quality and innovation in food chains: lessons from Africa presents a set of case studies on food quality improvement and innovation in African food chains, with cases from South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Uganda and Senegal.
The book is based on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. An interdisciplinary approach leads to better insights in the opportunities and constraints for quality improvement, and helps public and private actors in seizing the opportunities and removing the constraints.
This publication shows how a co-innovation perspective can be developed and applied. Co-innovation entails the combination of technical, organisational and institutional changes, the involvement of various chain actors, and the introduction of complementary innovation... Read more
Today - April 14, 2016 - an interesting learning event, which brought together important stakeholders in the horticulture sector in Ethiopia, took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.
The objective of the event was to provide a learning opportunity for the 4th round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant winner projects. AgriProFocus who is responsible in organizing FSRE Fund Learning Events for projects being supported by the Fund has recently taken a new approach – connecting projects with similar value chains for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a few months ago a Learning Event for poultry projects was organized.
Today’s event focused on horticulture. To meet the objective, a number of horticulture development stakeholders from both the Government and private sector, as well as from NGOs, were part of the learning event. The diversity of the 26 participants has pla... Read more
2 Ethiopian Entrepreneurs to Represent Ethiopia in Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair
Two Small and Medium Enterprise holders from Ethiopia will represent their country in the coming Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair in May this year. The two: Abrhame Endrias of Green Agro Mechanization Company and Senai Wolderufael Gebru of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports Plc impressed a panel of judges during the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition that was held at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania. The competition’s main focus is to equip youth with skills to establish and run sustainable enterprises along agricultural value chains.
The two are part of the 120 successful applicants of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness 2015 Competition aged between 18 – 35 drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia in the competition’s Startups and SMEs category whose enterprises fell in the production, manufacture, value addition, marketing, innova... Read more
I was selected to participate in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme of last year's edition along with other 1000 entrepreneurs from all over Africa. There were three winners in agriculture from Ethiopia. As a winner, you will receive $5000 seed capital, 12 week robust training on Startup development (which is very important), you will be assigned a mentor, you will connect to other African entrepreneurs and venture investors when you participate at all expenses-covered bootcamp which was last year in Lagos.
There were only persons fewer than 10 from Ethiopia while other countries such as Ghana, Uganda and Kenya had in hundreds. If you want to ask me how to apply and generally write a winning proposal, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org ...I don't in no way represent the organisation. But as a participant and currently developing a high-profile agri-startup in Ethiopia, I could assist you and provide you experi... Read more
11th December 2015, Friendship Hotel, Addis Ababa
At the end of every year, AgriProFocus Ethiopia organizes a Network Day which brings all its members together to discuss important occurrence and developments in Ethiopian Agriculture and related sectors.New research findings will be featured; best practices will be shared. Also implementations of our network and our Innovation Communities will be reviewed, while next year plans will be developed with members' inputs. Our Network Day is also an opportunity for members and partners to promote their organization, programs, and products and services with a Market Place organized for this purpose.
A two day event for people who enable and facilitate different types of participatory multi-actor events, processes, engagements. With a strong emphasis on interaction and rich participation. We look for people to join to share and learn; also people who have a specific approach or experience they want to share, explain or improve.
Costs USD110 for both days, covering lunches and breaks and expert facilitation.
Follow this link for more info: http://ilri-events.wikispaces.com/2015_Process_ShareFair
Dutch breweries investing in Ethiopia
The Dutch news programme ‘Nieuwsuur’ of Saturday 31st January included an item on Dutch breweries’ investments in Ethiopia. (most text in Dutch, though some English and Amharic)"The project is exactly what the Dutch government wants: combining trade and aid” says one interviewee.
The programme shows the new Ethiopian breweries of Heineken and Bavaria. Ethiopia is a grow market for beer; the two companies have the ambition to contribute to a higher beer consumption per capita. Different stakeholders are interviewed: representatives of the two companies, a representative of ICCO, a representative of the Dutch Embassy (Mr Hans van de Heuvel). The Embassy expects the investments to contribute to food security, generating income for farmers.
In my opinion, the programme could have been more informative if it had addressed challenging issues such as whether barley produc
FSRE-Fund 3rd Call Public Seminar Schedules and Locations
As you all already know the FSRE Fund is launching the third Innovation Fund Call for Proposals, and the Deadline for Concept Notes is November 28, 2014.
What is interesting about this Call:
- The focus is on horticulture, potatoes (irish/sweet), poultry and fish farming.
- The fund managers at ICCO are organizing a series of public seminars on the call in Addis Ababa, Bahar Dar, Hawassa, Mekelle, Harar.
For those who are interested to attend the Seminars here is the schedule and location:
o In Addis Ababa on Saturday November 15, 2014, at 9:00 AM at Global Hotel.
o In Bahirdar on Monday November 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Homeland Hotel Bahirdar.
o In Hawassa on Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Gezahegn & Elfinesh Hotel Hawassa.
o In Mekelle on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Planet Hotel Mekelle.
o In Harar on Monday November 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Heritage Plaza Hotel Harar.