With 60% of uncultivated arable land untapped in Africa, agriculture is earmarked as an economic engine for the continent. Growing trade volumes in the East African region provides both opportunities and challenges.
A major obstacle facing the region’s agri sector is the use of innovative ways to utilise technology for improved production and increased productivity. E-agriculture offers a wide range of solutions to agricultural challenges and has great potential in promoting sustainability in the region.
It is against this background that the African Agri Council presents e-Agri East Africa Summit taking place 28 Feb – 1 March in Nairobi, Kenya. This is Africa’s only platform of its kind that brings together proven innovative e-agriculture solutions for preventing post-harvest losses, improved production and increased productivity to improve the supply chain process from farmer to market and to enhance food security in the region.
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.
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) announces an international training program on ''Promoting Agriculture Technology to Improve Productivity and Net Returns for Smallholder Farmers''
Venue: Accra, Ghana Dates: December 12- 16, 2016
Early Bird - Registration and Payment by October 21
Regular - Registration and Payment by November 21
Late - After November 21
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
· Youth and women in agriculture and innovative farmers.
· Agronomists, soil scientists, researchers, and extensionists from national and international agricultural research institutes and universities.
· Policymakers from governments and ministries in charge of agricultural productivity and planning.
· Executives and managers of fertilizer and agricultur... Read more
For thousands of years, the life of a pastoralist in Africa has barely changed. They travel from one place to another to find water and pastures for their herds, and to find markets that offer good prices for their animals — using traditional routes which they and their ancestors have used time and time again.
But what happens when these routes are no longer abundant with pastures and fresh water due to climate change? What happens when conflict makes it too dangerous to travel traditional journeys? Or if encroachment of farm land leads to enhanced fragmentation of grazing areas?
Knowing where best to travel with their herd is crucial for the livelihood of a pastoralist. However, this information is usually passed on by word-of-mouth and can sometimes be inaccurate or limited in its geographical reach.
This is where satellite and mobile technology can come into play, bringing the pastoralists' traditional way of life well into the 21st centur... Read more
Most of developing country farmers are small farm land owners who can't afford for modern tractors due to its cost of fuel, driving skills, and maintenance. On the other hand, working with traditional means of farming is very tiresome and exposes to food insecurity. So the solution, Anicytor, has been developed in Ethiopia, Africa, to drive almost all farm implements like tractor.
The good side of this Farm Tools Driver is that it is carbon emission free, can be assembled at any local workshop, can work in muddy farm land, suitable for topographies like Ethiopian high lands, charges batteries so on. Its engineering is completed and ready for duplication.
WAKANADA WALIUZIA NA WATANZANIA WAKAJIBU
Ni mara nyingi sana barani Afrika, mwananchi akapata fursa ya kusikilizwa na mashirikia au wadau wa maendeleo. Hii inasababisha ba umbali wa maeneo pamoja na ukosefu wa miundo mbinu ya kukusanya maoni ya wananchi. Hivi karibuni, shirika ilislo la kiserikali la Farm Radio International limeweza kushinda changamoto hizi na kuwasikiliza wananchi hasa wanaoishi vijijini kwa kutumia radio na simu za mkononi. Takribani watu 3000 waliweza kushirki kwenye kutoa maoni yao.
Mambo makuu yaliowakilishwa na wananchi ni:
1. Usalama wa kipato na chakula – Watanzania wengi walipendekeza kuwa uwekezaji kwenye kilimo, uvuvi na ufugaji ni njia inayoweza kuleta usalama wa chakula na kipato. Lakini pia msisitizo uliwekwa kwenye mafunzo na elimu.
2. Usawa wa kijinsia – Uboreshaji wa sharia za kijinsia ndio njia pekee ya kuporesha usawa wa kijinsia.
3. Kukabiliana na mabadiliko ya hali ya hewa – Kuotesha miti, upandaji wa mazao yanayostah... Read more
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Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT)
PAINT aims to bring together local, regional and international agribusinesses to build long term sustainable business relationships.
The initiative shall support the growth of the agribusiness sector by linking investable and profitable agribusinesses in the sectors of horticulture, coffee, oilseed, dairy & livestock to financing , technology, knowledge and markets.
1. To connect prequalified agribusinesses to financing
2. To link buyers to suppliers of inputs (commodities, equipment and services)
3. To link investors to investable businesses and opportunities
4. To facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology among businesses
ActivitiesWe are currently receiving application from interested businesses in the sectors mentioned above who wish to participate in the trade and investment matchmaking event that will take place on 5th & 6th Octobe... Read more
Please join us on August 24, 2016 for a webinar on
Assessing Agricultural Technologies for their Impacts on Gender Roles and Nutrition!
Designing and disseminating technologies through Agricultural Extension Services in a gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive way can help extend the benefits of technologies like increased productivity, income, and food availability to both men and women. Join the Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) webinar to learn about a new methodology to assess the degree to which agricultural technologies are gender-responsive and nutrition-sensitive in terms of their design, use, and dissemination. INGENAES will present the Technology Assessment approach to explain how technology developers and implementers can design agricultural technologies and distribution models to better reach men and women farmers. This discussion will draw on assessments of seven technologies in Bangladesh and Zambia.
Register at... Read more
Tahukah kita, 1 dari 20 orang di Indonesia merupakan seorang petani miskin?
Ada sekitar 13 juta petani di Indonesia yang kepemilikan lahannya dibawah 1 hektar hidup dengan pendapatan yang masih kurang. Cukup miris jika di pendidikan dasar kita selalu diajarkan bahwa kita adalah negara Agraris tapi petaninya hidup susah.
Saya sendiri sebenarnya masih sangat baru untuk banyak berbicara di bidang pertanian, tapi saya termasuk satu dari orang IT yang banting setir di dunia pertanian. Saya bersama 2 teman saya mencoba membawa IT ke dunia pertanian dengan tujuan memotong rantai pasok makanan dengan membuat limakilo[dot]id.
Dari pengalaman saya melakukan pivot dari bidang Perangkat Lunak ke Pertanian di beberapa bulan terakhir dalam mengembangkan limakilo.id, saya mendapatkan sedikit data mengenai permasalahan yang ada di petani Indonesia. Beberapa hal yang dihadapi petani kita antara lain :
1. ketidakpastian harga dan akses pemasaran
2. akses ke pemodalan
3. hama d... Read more
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Given the uncertainty and risks, are financial institutions capable of extending credit that is low cost, less risky and highly accessible to agricultural value chain actors? Where most financial institutions see a challenge, we at Samunnati saw an opportunity in lending to smallholder farmers and agribusinesses in India. Drawing from years of experience in the banking and agriculture sector, we developed a multi-layered, lending solution to manage risk effectively. Some of the major product and process innovations we implemented include:
Value Chain Approach: While evaluating agribusinesses and smallholder farmers, it is essential to make decisions about financing based on the strength of the buyer-seller relationship. Before selecting our potential customers, we invest... Read more
Una kerwa kutokana na changamoto zinazokukabili wewe na jamii yako – lakini huna uhakika na jinsi ya kuzitatua?
Unataka kujifunza jinsi mkulima mdogo alivyoanza kuongeza mapato yake, kutokana na matatizo ya rutuba ya udongo aliyoona hapa nchini Tanzania?
Karibu Twende kwa mafunzo ya kusisimua, warsha ya mkoni ya kipindi cha wiki nane (8) ya kutengeneza na kubuni suluhisho ya changamoto ya kila siku. Tunawakaribisha watu wapya na wazoefu, kama una shauku ya kuona Tanzania bora zaidi. Mafunzo yataanza tarehe 9 May, 2016 mpaka 1 July, 2016. Kwa kila mshiriki wiki ya kwanza ni lazima kuhudhuria bila kukosa kwa ajili utangulizi wa mafunzo, kisha kufuatiwa siku moja kwa wiki ya kuja Twende kuendeleza miradi kwa wiki saba zilizobaki.
Mtagawanywa kwenye makundi na mtapewa hela ya kununulia vifaa vya teknolojia mtakazobuni. Kikundi kitakacho kuwa na mradi bora zaidi baada ya wiki nane watashinda tuzo ya hela ya kuendeleza kazi ya mradi yao.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0762612602 for m... Read more
Interested in design for social change?
To help spur ideas and collaborations, Twende (Nane Nane, Njiro) will be offering a free design-thinking introductory workshop on Saturday 23 April at 10am. Small-holder farmers and agricultural organizations & experts are especially welcome. We will be addressing the following:
How might we improve the livelihoods of small-holder farmers by reducing food waste and spoilage?Join the Agricultural Innovation Challenge and develop solutions to reduce the amount of food that goes to waste by improving access to markets, information and financial services for small scale farmers. The program is a collaboration between OpenIDEO (an open innovation platform), IDEO.org (a non profit) and DFID (the UK Aid Agency). A share of $500,000 plus design support will be provided to winning ideas.
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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
A Technology Transfer workshop is being planned to build upon the ongoing technology transfer activities run by the CAVM Innovation to the local farmers.
Outputs of these activities have been the identification of
(1) Existing technology transfer interfaces in CAVM,
(2) Programs encouraging the farmers to collaborate with the CAVM,
(3) Linkages of technology transfer units within the farmer’s needs and
(4) Concrete action points for upgrading CAVM technology transfer valorization services.
To exchange experiences and provide knowledge on agriculture practices and support farmers agriculture services, as well as linkages between the existing farmer’s activities will help to take advantage of the efforts in the preparation of the technology transfer activities.
- To increase through specialized training the capacity and competence of corresponding between CAVM and farmers organizations in selected issues of valorization and TT.
- To promote exchange o... Read more
The livestock Information Network Knowledge System (LINKS) is an online platform that uses global positioning system (GPS) technology, text messaging and web based computer analysis providing information to pastoralists via mobile phones or the internet.
The system allows livestock dealers to monitor prices and volumes in markets across the country while being alerted on the onset of drought and diseases that could affect herds. LINKS is funded by the Tanzania government in partnership with United States Development Agency, USAID. It monitors major domestic livestock including cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys and horses.
Since its launch in 2013, the project has reaches 53 out of 369 cattle markets with a target to covering them all.
The main objective of LINKS is to increase the household income of pastoral communities in East Africa by boosting the efficiency of livestock markets. It also aims to determine the applicatio... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania and Techfortrade EA recently hosted a business forum on unlocking access to working capital finance for SME’s sourcing agriculture produce from small scale farmers through trade transparency. A total of 35 participants were hosted who were mainly traders, farmer representatives, support organizations, financial institutions and government institutions.
The forum consisted of presentations from key speakers, plenary discussion and a business networking session. Immediate outcome of the business forum included; business relations were triggered, exchange of know-how and expertise among participants.
SME’s were exposed to services offered by Tan Trade such as Food balance sheet program that provides information on stock control and prices, capacity building programs on export readiness. Tan Trade was urged to look into international certification that will make Tanzania exporters... Read more
We are a consulting company based in Kenya and Sweden with a focus based on delivering true, realistic factual evidence based on field trips, market research, networking of different stakeholders and the market trends of East Africa thereby assisting companies with their research, expansion, project management and product launches within this territory.
We aid in taking pre and post product surveys, reports and launches, market compatibility, product with culture integration and orientation. We are committed in providing crucial information to your company/organization/project that seeks to expand her services, product or service to East Africa that will help in decision making before the first or final move towards engagement.
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Kwa taarifa zaidi juu ya kozi hii na jinsi ya kushiriki, tafadhali soma kiambatanishi hapa chini.