Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 week 2 days ago

Kenyan youth second in seeking side hustles in Africa


In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics./FILE

By MARGARET NJUGUNAH, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 15 – Kenya has the second highest number of youths with hustles at 40.8 percent, behind Nigeria at 44.4 percent according to GeoPoll Rapid.

In East Africa, youth are more likely to venture into Agriculture to get an extra shilling, followed by ICT, entertainment, online business and logistics.

In Nigeria and Ghana, the youth are into less conventional sectors than those mostly associated with the youth such as ICT, entertainment and online businesses. In South Africa, Food & Beverage is the more popular side hustle for many youth.

The report – which focuses on millennials in Sub-Saharan Africa – seeks to find out what makes African Millennials tick, also found out that, on average only 37 percent, have side businesses.

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Dorina Prech This is very interesting Alphaxrd Gitau. Could you share the link to the report too? Thanks. 

6 days 22 hours ago

Alphaxrd Gitau http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/business/2017/02/kenyan-youth-second-seeking-side-hustles-africa/
There is the link to the source of information Dorina. I am not sure there is a report about it.

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Global African Business Accelerator Platform

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  13 December 2016 to 14 December 2016 - All Day Event

December 2016 Launch Conference: The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform will be launched in December of 2016 ( Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th) with an inaugural Session/ Workshop on Technology and Mechanization Adoption. The workshop will be convened at the new (2015 launch) AGCO Corporation Future Farm in Lusaka, Zambia. 

Read more here.

Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 3 months 6 days 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!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Online forum on the use of ICTs for Resilience - 28 November till 13 December 2016  

FAO and e-Agriculture.org are preparing an online forum discussion on "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Resilience". The forum will take place from 28 November to 13 December 2016.

Many successful experiences on the use of ICTs for Resilience at FAO have already been documented such as eLocust, SWALIM, OpenForis, EMA-i, EMPRES-i, Drought preparedness in Uganda, Disaster preparedness in Dominican Republic etc.

Based on these experiences and others from the partners and members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice, a two week discussion forum will be held to capitalize on these experiences, to share knowledge and to work towards overall recommendations on the use of ICTs for Resilience.

The discussion will be guided by Subject Matter Experts from different organisations and facilitated by FAO's Knowledge Outreach Team.

The forum can be accessed through the following link:

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Okello Justine This awesome am interested from Soroti Uganda

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Les solutions TIC pour le secteur agricole et les chaines de valeur

Magazine ICT Update: "Les jeunes et l'entrepreuriat e-Agricole"


Site web, sur lequel vous pouvez trouver plusieurs articles (en francais et anglais) et vous enregistrer pour le magazine:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

ICT solutions for agriculture and value chains

ICT update magazine: "Home-grown ICT solutions come from young entrepreneurs"

ICT update magazine is now available, see the following link:


Further background information on ICT solutions in agriculture can be found on the website:



Invitation to Attend Pitch AgriHack on 23rd November

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  23 November 2016, All Day Event

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA www.cta.int), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, would like to invite you to the Pitching Day of the Pitch AgriHack Finals.

Pitch AgriHack aims at accelerating e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods and food security. It targets startups founded by young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 35 years, from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries. There will be 25 Startups offering ICT services to the agri-food sector, which will be involved in capacity building activities and will be pitching eventually. They come from 16 countries (including Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, Botswana, St Kitts and Nevis, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast) and have been selected out of 152 agtech startups. For more informations, click HERE


E.A Business & Entrepreneurship Conference & Exhibition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  10 October 2016 to 13 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

The East Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is an annual event rotating in all partner states of the East African Community (EAC) in collaboration with the respective investment agencies. As Kenya is hosting this years’ edition, KenInvest is our strong partner on the ground!

This three-day conference will bring together high-level government and private sector decision makers from the EAC partner states as well as entrepreneurs and investors from abroad. BDI is EABC’s strong partner in Germany. Through their support also a high-level German participation is expected.

Why attend:

The objective of the East African Business and Entrepreneurship Conference and Exhibition is to provide an opportunity for business to business (B2B) and business to government (B2G) engagement, a platform for buyers and sellers and to strengthen entrepreneurship in the EAC from within the region and internationally by developing an annual one-stop center for investment and trade op

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 6 months 2 days ago

Win investment for your start-up at Pitch AgriHack!

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the support of partners including the Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI) and mLab East Africa, is launching the pilot edition of Pitch AgriHack, a new component of its AgriHack Talent Programme.
Pitch AgriHack 2016 is open for young ICT start-ups from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, offering services to the agriculture sector. The entrepreneurs should be owners of an already developed e-agriculture/ICT4Ag application or platform.

Pitch AgriHack will:

1- provide a business training boot camp

2- create a platform for pitching service offered to potential investors

2- facilitate grants, investments and additional incubation/acceleration opportunities.

Two categories are available:

1- Early stage platform

This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that ha

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Guylaine Mwamini Merci pour cette information Mr Guigonou Freddy PADONOU, mais j'ai l'impréssion que le lien que vous avait mis pour plus d'information n'est pas actif, si vous pouvais le revoir, mais aussi bien expliqué ce projet qui semble compliqué, à comprendre. Ces informations permettrons aux jeunes intérressés à mieux se préparer . Cordialement

6 months 2 days ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU http://bit.ly/pitch-agrihack-preLaunch Vous avez raison Mme Mwamini. Ceci est le lien pour en savoir plus

5 months 4 weeks ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Il s'agit d'un programme TIC pour l'agriculture que met en œuvre le CTA depuis quelques années. Les jeunes professionnels exerçant dans le domaine et recherchant des solutions TIC pour résoudre les problèmes en agriculture en général peuvent bénéficier de cette opportunité qu'offre le CTA en partenariat avec la BAD. Il s'agit donc pour ces jeunes de soumissionner à cette subvention si la solution TIC qu'ils proposent n'est pas encore finalisée ou pas suffisamment promue pour contribuer au développement de l'agriculture e Afrique.

5 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 year 6 days ago

Hack4Ag Uganda: Developing ICT Tools to Empower Smallholder Farmers

The Hackathon is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice (GFADR), the Government of Uganda and the Government of South Korea to develop ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Ugandan agriculture. #Hack4Ag aims to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and youth engagement in agriculture through technology.  

Participating farmers will be given support to scale-up their use of modern inputs and become more effective in the marketing of their harvested products.   

Starting date: March or April, 2016

Deadline for Application: 29th February, 2016

Fine details here

Mugisha Richard This is timely and has come at the time when we are planning to convene a youth caravan. Part of the activities we plan to do is e-marketing and use of the ICT tools to do marketing. I would like to encourage the youth to apply and learn about the Hack4Ag.

1 year 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 2 weeks ago

ICT4agriculture - innovation factory

This is a new project combining Ethiopia, Senegal, Indonesia and Germany around innovation in ict4agriculture.

The innovation factory is a collaborative effort that brings together initiatives in Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia and Senegal to develop ICT innovation based on actual needs and localities. As a result, the country units are providing new concepts and approaches in order to propose shared solutions in both a local and a global context. 


Alazar Michael This is a great idea. One of the challenges in the adopting ICT tools in the agric sector is the approach. In most of the cases we try to shape the audience (the farmers) to feet in to the developed tools. But what has been successful is the other way round. "Develop the tools and solutions to feet in to the audience needs and capabilities". What we fantasize may not get the same response out there unless we start from the need. I love to discuss more on the topic and forward to hear more from others' experience.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar Hallo all. I am extremely sorry for the delayed reply. Just got back from Kasepuhan Ciptagelar village about two days ago. The internet connection at the village are a bit unstable. Great to know that some friends are interested to share ideas & experience on this matter. We just in the process of installing mini data centre for information/knowledge management at the village. This is a pilot project that being initiated together by GIZ & Common Room for the Innovation Factory initiative on ICT for Agriculture development. We learn a lot from this project & hoping can lear more from the experience. There is so many challenge & opportunity at the village, so I am hoping that we can get some input from all of you.

1 year 1 week ago

Tina Napitupulu Halo Pak Gustaff, nice to hear from you! Can you refer us to a link where we can read more of this? Are you creating some kind of intranet? Does every home own an electronic device?

1 year 1 week ago

Gustaff Harriman Iskandar Hallo Tina, there is a brief information about the project in this link: http://bit.ly/1PO2qt3. Short review on our pilot project at Kasepuhan Ciptagelar is just published in this link http://bit.ly/1PO2fxS. I plan to publish some information in our page. I will let you know if the we already put it online. The internet connection is already reach the village. But due to remote location & limited power source, the connection is a bit unstable from time to time. The mini data center is part of pilot project that aims to facilitate information/knowledge management at the village. It is a simple intranet were member of community at the village can share documents. Most of family at the village already have their own electronic devices. We plan to extend the use of technology to increase livelihood & support sustainable development in the region.

1 year 1 week ago

Jörn Schultz please find updated info in this new post: http://agriprofocus.com/post/57f51393a93f252c9a59cdb9

4 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 3 weeks ago

Big data for Smallholder Finance

The enormous gap between the supply and demand of formal credit for smallholder farmers is caused, in part, by the extreme lack of information available to lenders on potential borrowers. The lack of information create risks for financial institutions and limits their willingness to lend to smallholder farmers and other “thin file” borrowers in developing countries.

New research from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. From mobile phone usage data to e-wallet data, lenders are experimenting with a variety of approaches to unlock credit in underserved markets in the developing world.
While credit scoring models that use alternative data are still new in the agriculture sector, our research on several trends suggests that this market will soon be better served – thanks in part to the increasing penetration of smartphones

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Ethiopia exploring space

Ethiopia recently opened a space observatory: Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, the first in East-Africa, and aims to launch its own satellite within five years to monitor farmland and improve telecommunications. “Space technology is a vital need for the development of Ethiopia.”

article courtesy Club Africa - http://www.your-bizbook.com/en/Club-Africa-News/ethiopia-exploring-space

On the top of Mount Entoto, two metal domes stand out against the blue sky and surrounding green fields traditionally ploughed by farmers using oxen. Both futuristic buildings house a computer-controlled optical telescope each of which weighs six tons, is 3 feet (a meter) in diameter and costs about $1.5 million. They are part of the Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, which is the first space observatory in East-Africa.

Ideal to observe stars and galaxies

Ethiopia’s highlands – the Entoto Observatory sits at 3,200 meter – and the ideal climate, which con

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago



November 27 - 30, 2015 Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Venue: Addis Ababa Exhibition Center

3rd ADDIS AGROFOOD Agriculture, Agricultural Machineries, Food, Food Technologies, and Packaging Exhibition offers important global investment opportunies for sectoral professionals.This will be the perfect platform to expand your business into rising Africa market, and meet with the decision makers.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 year 4 months ago

The Durban AgriHack Challenge is now open: Win cash prize and develop your career opportunities!

After the successful implementation of two editions of the AgriHack Talent initiative, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is pleased to launch the Durban AgriHack Talent Challenge! This event is organised in the framework of the Global Forum on Innovations in Agriculture in Africa (GFIA Africa) Conference, in collaboration with the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). AgriHack Talent encompasses a series of activities at the heart of which a national or regional hackathon competition is organised, including capacity building, entrepreneurship support in ICT and agriculture, promotion of the products developed and of best young Talents.

The hackathon will be held in Durban, South Africa, from 28th November to 2nd December 2015. The event is aimed at promoting Youth ICT Innovatio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 7 months ago

I'd like to share this nice video from one of the AgriProFocus members IICD, on Youth, ICT and Agriculture:

This video illustrates a youth's ICT-enabled journey into profitable farming, based on the publication 'ICT4D Effects: Youth, ICTs and Agriculture' by IICD.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 year 8 months ago

Opportunities for Youth Employment project (OYE) has volunteer positions in agriculture

SNVs ‘Opportunities for Youth Employment’ (OYE) project is looking for two volunteers to support on-the-ground in the implementation of the project.

The positions are for 1 year, starting from the July 1st in Arusha and Mwanza. Whereby 80% of the time will be spent in the field and 20% at the office.

The volunteers will receive a monthly allowance and are supervised by the OYE project team.

The key requirement is a passion to work with young people in rural areas and the minimum qualifications is a BSC in rural/community development, agri-business, or a related field.

Other key-requirements are stipulated in the Expression of Interest.

Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply before June 25th with a CV and motivation letter.

Expression of Interest - OYE volunteers

Posted By in Youth in Agri-Business Rwanda
Posted 1 year 9 months ago

WANTED: Young Professionals in Water and/or ICT Sector

Are you a young professional in the Water and/or IT sector in Rwanda? And do you want to work together on your greatest ideas and innovative solutions for Rwandan water problems? Then we want you to apply!

Via Water is offering a 5 day workshop near Kigali from 13-17 July 2015, in which you and your team will work on innovative IT solutions for water issues in Rwanda. The most promising solution(s) will receive tailor made prizes in order to further develop their idea.

For more information, check out this website: http://viawater.nl/en/home/happening-now

Deadline for registration: June 8th!

Posted By in Youth in Agri-Business Rwanda
Posted 1 year 9 months ago

CTA wins international prize for youth and ICTs project

CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes.  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 10 months ago

10 PhD positions in collaborative research programme Wageningen UR (deadline May 28)

Duration: January 2016-December 2019

Apply before: 28 May, 17:00

Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners are recruiting PhD students for their collaborative programme entitled: ‘Responsible Life-sciences Innovations for Development in the Digital Age’

For each of the five case studies below they are looking for 2 PhD students who will closely collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team. All PhD students will be supervised by both natural and social scientists.

• Case 1: a crop and disease management expert system in potato production in Ethiopia;

• Case 2: water monitoring and irrigation management for food production in Ghana;

• Case 3: a malaria mosquito radar as a digital citizen science platform in Rwanda;

• Case 4: tick-borne disease and livestock-wildlife man

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