Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 days 15 hours ago

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tac

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Share a Slice: Climate Resilience - wat werkt voor boeren?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  20 April 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht

Climate Resilience van boeren verhogen, wat werkt?

Klimaatverandering vormt een groeiende bedreiging voor de mondiale voedselzekerheid. Het ontwikkelen van adaptatiestrategieën valt niet mee: de diversiteit in landbouw vraagt ​​om verschillende en vaak zeer context-specifieke oplossingen. Welke strategieën passen wij als AgriProFocus leden toe? Wat kunnen we van elkaar leren? En waar vullen we elkaar aan?

Het AgriProFocus netwerk organiseert maandelijkse Meet&Eats, door en voor leden, na werktijd, onder het genot van een stuk pizza. Heifer Nederland is de host van deze tweede Meat&Eat in het kantoor van AgriProFocus in Utrecht. De aftrap werd gedaan door BoP Innovation Center met het thema Inclusive Business. Hier kan je meer lezen over de eerste meet-up.

Het programma is als volgt:

17.30 - 18.00 uur : Inloop en een lekker stuk pizza

18.00 - 18.15 uur : Pizza Pitch van Heifer, Soil & More en SCOPEinsight

18.15 - 19.15 uur : Inleiding thema door Heifer + discussie

19.15 - 19.30

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Sketch for a research & training facility, starter culture production, and market research

Article Food & Businss Knowledge Platform, by Sijmen Schouten - GCP1 Zambian traditional fermented foods 

In 2015, the University of Zambia, together with five partner organizations, started a project on Zambian traditional non-alcoholic fermented foods. Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo (based on cereal) were chosen for the study. These products are formed through the activity of fermenting microbes that convert raw materials into products with higher value. The aims of the study are to formalise current artisanal processing practice based on a best practice of current local house hold level processing and to design starter cultures of defined mixtures of bacteria to optimize and standardize the fermentation process.

Local farmer cooperatives as focal groups as owners of the tradition. Local farmers and their cooperatives and organisations are involved in our project as key stakeholders.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Senior Dairy Production & Cluster Coordinator Job at Heifer International

East Africa Dairy Development-II (EADD-II) is the second phase of an ambitious five-year program designed to transform the lives of resource poor farming families through a competitive and inclusive dairy value chain in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Reporting to the EADD-II Field Operations Manager, and working closely with Business Development Manager, Social Capital & Gender Coordinator and MLE coordinator. EADD II is looking for a qualified person to fill the position of;

Title: Senior Dairy Production & Cluster Leader

Job Location: Mbarara, , Uganda

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Job Level: Senior Specialist

Client: Non U.S. Based Locations

Closing Date: 03/10/2017

Job details and how to apply can be found here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

A Good Night's Rest in Zambia:
Project Participant stories of success

By Jason Woods, World Ark senior editor
Photos by Phil Davis

A day’s work is all the harder after shivering through a cold night without a cozy bed or warm blankets. Heifer project participants in Zambia’s Copperbelt province are sleeping much more soundly now that they’re able to turn their dairy cows and hard work into the necessities of a more comfortable life.

Meet Omeli Kaposo Tabulo. She is turning her hard work into a sustainable life. 

KAMISENGA, Zambia — Just outside the brick walls of her home, Omeli Kaposo Tabulo and her friend Belina Musha send bouts of laughter into a shockingly blue, cloudless sky. The two are reliving memories of their lives before Heifer International Zambia, before the women became dairy farmers with a healthy income.

Read the full article here. An interesting read!!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Social Capital & Cluster Manager-East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP)-TZ


The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Social Capital &Cluster Manager will be under the supervision of the EAYIP Country Program Manager and technical leadership and guidance from the Regional Gender and Social Capital Development Manager will be responsible for technical guidance to the Cluster coordinators on matters of gender, youth, group formation, group management, Cornerstones and project self-review and planning (PSRP) implemented using Heifer Project International’s (HPI’s) Values Based Holistic Community Development (VBHCD) approach. Working through the country program technical staff and other “partner” staff, he/she will provide support towards strengthening all the technical and social capital development (SCD) aspects. Additionally, he/she will provide leadership to the Cluster Managers in planning and implementing technical, gender mainstreaming and SCD strategies.


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Access to Finance Manager - East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (Tanzania)

Heifer International (HPI) is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


The East Africa Youth Inclusion Program (EAYIP) Access to Finance Manager, under the guidance of the EAYIP Country Program Manager will facilitate access to finance for youth entrepreneurs to start or expand businesses, He or she will be the focal point person for the design and regular review of financial access strategies and modules. The incumbent will be responsible for building financial “partnerships”, develop/roll-out relevant financial solutions, and provide financial advisory services. S/he will also perform strategic analysis of the financial landscape, work

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

EADD II-Communication and Marketing Officer

Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


Reporting to Senior Business Development Manager and working closely with the Field Operations Manager and Cluster Leaders, the Program Officer will oversee the pilot of the School Milk Feeding Project (SMFP) and will carry out both activities of dairy marketing as well as communications. He/she will also have to liaise with key the actors of the SMFP which include farmers (producers & parents), processors, District/LGA education officers and enrolled schools. S/he will oversee coordination on allocation and distribution of milk to schools on right time, quantities and quality. In collaboration with other ac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 months 3 days ago

Job Opportunities at Heifer International

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a hand-out. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Heifer is looking for suitable candidates to fill in the following vacancies;

1. EAYIP Access to Finance Manager (Uganda)

2. Training and Social Capital Development Manager (Uganda)

3. Administrative Assistant –

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Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 5 months 2 weeks ago

IFAD supports Rwanda's dairy farmers with $65.1 million agreement

Press release on the signing of the Rwanda dairy development project.   

Rome, 4 November 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Rwanda signed an agreement today that will improve the livelihoods of over 100,000 smallholder farmers and generate opportunities for other actors in the country’s dairy sector.

The agreement was signed in Rome by H. E. Jacques Kabale Nyangezi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to IFAD, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD. The Rwanda Dairy Development project will cover 12 districts and involve an investment of US$65.1 million, which includes a $43.6 million IFAD loan, a $1.1 million IFAD grant, a $4 million grant from Heifer International and contributions from the Government of Rwanda, the private sector and project beneficiaries.

Current annual milk production in Rwanda is valued at approximately $

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Jobs at Heifer International

Heifer Project International is one of many non-governmental organization involved in rural development around the world. It works at the grassroots by providing animals and training to organized local groups that request assistance. Eighty-five percent of Uganda’s populations live in rural areas. Seventy-one percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes and 66 percent of its total population relies on agriculture for its livelihood, indicating the importance of livestock and crops for small-scale farmers.

East Africa Dairy Development - EADD - Heifer International is looking for qualified candidates to fill the following 2 positions;

Job Title: EADD II Senior Business Development Advisor-UG

Position: There are two (2) positions available

Duration: Full time/ Regular

Duty station: One position will be located in Mbarara; one in Kamuli

Deadline for Application: 21st October 2016

Full Job details here

Job Summary: The Senior Busines

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Posted By in Dairy StakeHolders Event
Posted 1 year 6 months ago


                                              THEME: "DRINK MILK FOR GOOD HEALTH"

Under the umbrella of AgriProFocus Uganda Network, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Send a Cow, Heifer International/East African Dairy Development (EADD), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), and Renaissance Livestock network (RELINE), Brookside Dairies/Sameer organized a two day dairy stakeholders’ event.

360 (279 males and 81 females) attended the event and these comprised of processors, input dealers for drugs, pasture management, agrochemicals and fertilizers; individual farmers, farmers’ organizations, dairy cooperatives, financial institutions, providers of agro-machinery, equipment

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 year 7 months ago

Milk Consumption Promotion Campaign

It's happening Now! Milk Consumption Promotion Campaign! Dairy Stakeholders' Event-2015 organizers are spearheading a campaign to promote the consumption of milk and milk products. The campaign is targeting the back to school shopping period. After engaging dairy processors: JESA Farm Dairy, Sameer/Brookside, Pearl Dairy and Mega Milk, these have agreed to promote and sell subsidized milk products. The campaign is running in the following supermarkets:

-Nakumatt (Oasis, Village Mall, Acacia),

-Capital Shoppers (Ntinda, Nakawa),

-Mega standard supermarket, Shoprite (central town, Lugogo),

-Turskys (Main gate MUK, Ntinda)

Results of this campaign and more will be shared during the Dairy stakeholder event 2015- 16th & 17th Sept. at UMA

The Campaign will run from today Friday to Sunday. Hurry to take advantage of the offer!

Event organizers: AgriProFocus Uganda, SNV, Send a Cow, Heifer International/EADD, Reline and Dairy Development Authority.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 9 months ago

In verband met het zwangerschapsverlof van onze projectcoördinator heeft Heifer Nederland een vacature. Wie komt er vanaf half oktober een tijdje naar het leukste team van Zuid-Nederland? Lees meer in de bijlage.

Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 1 year 10 months ago

Update preparations National Dairy Event 2015

On 11th Jun 2015 we held our 1st planning meeting for the National Dairy Event. Present were; AgriProFocus Uganda, Send a Cow Uganda, Heifer International/EADD, ILRI, Bushika Integrated Area Cooperative Enterprise, Reline and Packo Ltd. We had fruitful discussions that led to an improved concept note, budget and constituting an organising committee. Meeting was hosted at Send a Cow Uganda office.



Event posted by in AgriProFocus International
  16 September 2015 to 17 September 2015 - All Day Event
  UMA Show Grounds, Kampala

Dairy Stakeholder Event

Through their collaboration under the AgriProFocus Uganda Network, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Send a cow Uganda, Heifer international/EADD , Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), and Brookside Sameer are organising a Dairy Stakeholder Event 2015. The event is aimed at promoting consumption under the theme “Drink Milk for Health”. The event is scheduled to take place on 16th and 17th September at UMA show grounds.


The overall goal of the event is to promote the consumption of dairy products. The specific objectives include;

1. To sensitize the public on the benefits of consuming milk and other dairy products

2. To share existing strategies for promoting milk consumption

3. To advocate for policies that promote milk consumption

4. To provide a platform for networking and partnership building opportunities in the dairy sector


Entrance fee to the conference sessions is UGX 50,000 for the two days

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 years 11 months ago


I read this on http://livelihoods-gender.ilri.org/

The East Africa Development program (EADD) has been in operation since 2008 during which it has supported the development and strengthening of producer organizations where dairy farmers can sell their milk, buy the required inputs and services as well as access training on dairy husbandry and business practices operation. Early this year, the program launched its second phase (2014-2018) which saw it expand its operations into Tanzania in addition to Kenya and Uganda (see previous blog posts on this here and here). Sustainability of the projects and interventions under the program has been of fundamental importance, with the goals of program’s second phase focusing on among others, increasing the performance and sustainability of hubs in each of the program countries.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) which is one of the partners in the Heifer International-led program, is working with TechnoServe to develop a

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Wim Goris

  By the way. "Stage-gate" is about product innovation, which begins with an idea and ends with the successful launch of a new product. The steps between these points can be viewed as a dynamic process. Stage-Gate divides this process into a series of activities (stages) and decision points (gates).Read more here http://www.prod-dev.com/stage-gate.php

2 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 years 1 week ago

A unique dairy expert meeting organized by Agri-ProFocus’ members AERES group, Agriterra, FrieslandCampina, Heifer, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Hall Larenstein, SNV and Wageningen UR, took place at Wageningen UR on Thursday, 10 April.

Over 140 representatives of the dairy chain, farmers and researchers discussed on the modern Dutch approach, based on a long-term successful dairy production. The meeting was facilitated by Simone van Vugt (Wageningen UR CDI).

Read more here and access/download expert meeting materials.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 years 1 week ago

Dutch dairy chain approach: Help the farmers and they will help themselves

2 weeks ago we shared information regarding a dairy expert meeting that was scheduled to take place on 10th April 2014 in the Netherlands. Many of our members showed interest in the information that would be shared during the meeting.

The expert meeting was organized by Agri-ProFocus’ members AERES group, Agriterra, Friesland Campina, Heifer, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Hall Larenstein, SNV and Wageningen UR. It took place at Wageningen UR on Thursday, 10 April. Over 140 representatives of the dairy chain, farmers and researchers discussed on the modern Dutch approach, based on a long-term successful dairy production. 

Please follow this link here in order to get more information about the Expert meeting and also to download the meeting materials that were shared.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 5 years 2 months ago

HEIFER International has challenged the Zambian private sector to invest heavily in the livestock industry to invigorate growth and sustain the local livestock sector.

Support from the private sector would also help to supplement Government efforts aimed at encouraging growth in the whole livestock industry.

Country director James Kasongo urged the private sector to channel more resources to the livestock industry to make it more viable and competitive.

He said the private sector was happy with the Government’s intentions of putting up dip tanks in all districts across the country, saying it would greatly contribute to the growth of the sector and help curb livestock diseases.

Government announced that it would put up dip tanks across the country aimed at intensifying the fight against livestock diseases and develop the sector as a whole.

The move would enhance Government’s support towards the growth of the livestock sector.

Mr Kasongo said the intentions by the Government to estab

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