Zambia

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 June 2017 at 12:28

ZANACO Bank Upholds the Agriculture Sector

Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) has increased its financial support to the agriculture sector from K 600 million last year to K 1 billion this year to enable the industry to significantly contribute to economic growth.

The agriculture sector is a top priority in the country’s economic diversification agenda, as such, the financial institutions have to ensure that they attach great importance to the industry. This is because providing sufficient and affordable financing will significantly contribute to increasing productivity, income generation, poverty reduction and job creation, thereby supporting  the sector’s gross domestic product.

In response to calls for increased financial support to the agriculture sector, ZANACO has set aside about K 1 billion to support the agriculture sector in Zambia.

Follow the link below for more details.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 June 2017 at 08:01

Highlights of the 2017 World Milk Day Commemoration

This year’s World Milk Day commemoration was held in Choma district in the southern region of Zambia under the theme "Raising a Glass to Nourish a Child".

The event was attended by Government Representatives who included the Southern region Deputy Permanent Secretary, the Mayor, the Provincial Livestock and Fisheries Coordinator and District Coordinators, banks represent included Finance Bank, Zanaco bank, and Indo Zambia bank, Building Society, SACCO. Processors present included Parmalat, the input livestock sector input suppliers included VET 24, Bimeda, Green Solutions and Grandees were exhibited their products. Others in attendance were the Dairy Association of Zambia, Czech Republic office, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission, Cooperatives, individual dairy farmers and pupils. 

The world milk day commemoration was organized by AgriProFocus Zambia, SNV Netherlands Development Organization and Choma Dairy Cooperative Uni

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 26 May 2017 at 11:35

World Milk Day Celebrations – 1st June

Zambia joins the rest of the world in celebrating the  World Milk Day which falls on 1st June. World milk day celebration was initiated by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in 2001 in order to encourage common social public about the milk and dairy products consumption as their daily diet.

World Milk Day is celebrated by the people all across the world on annual basis. It is celebrated to increase the common public awareness about all aspects of the natural milk such as its natural origin, milk nutritional value and various milk products including its economic importance throughout the globe. World Milk Day celebration has impacted large population to understand the reality of milk. Milk is great source of all the healthy nutrients required by the body (calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, iron, potassium, folates, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, protein, healthy fat and etc. It provides instant energy t

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Posted by Leah Banda in AgriProFocus Zambia 18 May 2017 at 09:52

FeedCalculator App!

In case you missed it, the Dutch trade mission brought a FeedCalculator app to the 2017 Agritech Expo at the Holland Pavilion.

The feedcalculator is an innovative smartphone app for livestock farmers in developing countries to make their own profitable feed mixes. It allows small-scale livestock farmers to optimize their own feed mixes. As you might be aware, many farmers do not have access to high quality and affordable feed for their livestock. Also tons of feed are wasted because farmers have neither the capacity nor the access to the knowledge and tools that are available in developed countries. The Feed Calculator is about to change this, and their lives.

With the FeedCalculator, millions of farmers have the potential to increase both their livestock productivity, and their income. The feed calculator is easy to use, gives a mixture of high quality feed standard and always gives the lowest price of feed ingredients. However, the feed calculator currently s

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Isaac Mando

The signup for this app does not have Zambia...When are we having it to work here?

1 month 1 week ago

Leah Banda Dear  Isaac, you might have selected a different app. Just make sure it is Single Spark The Netherlands. Let me know if you still be facing difficulties logging in.

1 month 1 week ago

Leah Banda  This might help..  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.singlespark.feedcalc


1 month 1 week ago

Leah Banda Hi Fortunatus, do you mind sharing how your app works?  Or what your project is?

1 month 1 week ago

Nathan Mwanaumo Hi Leah, why others locked (dairy, pigs, sheep, beef, goat)?

1 month 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 May 2017 at 11:07

FeedCalculator App!

In case you missed it, the Dutch trade mission brought a FeedCalculator app to the 2017 Agritech Expo at the Holland Pavilion.

The feedcalculator is an innovative smartphone app for livestock farmers in developing countries to make their own profitable feed mixes. It allows small-scale livestock farmers to optimize their own feed mixes. As you might be aware, many farmers do not have access to high quality and affordable feed for their livestock. Also tons of feed are wasted because farmers have neither the capacity nor the access to the knowledge and tools that are available in developed countries. The Feed Calculator is about to change this, and their lives.

With the FeedCalculator, millions of farmers have the potential to increase both their livestock productivity, and their income. The feed calculator is easy to use, gives a mixture of high quality feed standard and always gives the lowest price of feed ingredients. However, the feed calculator currently s

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Peter Meijer Click here to download the app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.singlespark.feedcalc



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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 March 2017 at 03:25

Gender in Value Chains Trajectory IV

AgriProFocus Zambia's Gender Trajectory has welcomed it's fourth cohort in 2017! We kicked off this nine-month trajectory with a three-day workshop and participants from SNV, the Cotton Association of Zambia, the Dairy Association of Zambia and a new gender coach, Mr. Knox Kalubi. The aim of this workshop was to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and tools on how to mainstream gender in their work and activities. It was an eventful three days as participants experienced an enlightenment in their perspective of gender and it's application in value chain development. Click here to read more about the kick-off workshop and the journey our participants and coach will be embarking on! Also for a more visual effect, follow this link to check out pictures on our Facebook page. For any questions and information on how you can take part in our Gender in Value Chains Trajectory, don't hesitate to email Maumo Mubila on: mmubila@agriprofocus.com&n

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 March 2017 at 08:43

Taking the Dairy Industry Forward

Despite the increased demand for improved dairy crosses, there are currently no commercial cattle breeders in the country, making access to breed stock expensive and beyond the reach of most smallholder farmers. Zambia relies more on imported dairy breeding stock from South Africa than local sources for its dairy development agenda.

The limited genetic potential of local cattle breeds currently being milked is a major factor accounting for low milk productivity and viability of smallholder dairy farming. Productivity within the Zambian traditional dairy sector is at 2 litres per cow per day. Emergent farmers who also keep cross breeds produce between 12 and 15 

litres, while commercial producers who use pure breeds are at between 17 and 24 litres per animal per day. It is therefore important to enable the small scale farmers to have access to improved dairy animal breeds.

Although pure breeds have a higher yield than traditional and cross bree

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mar
04

Poultry Keeping: The Basics

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  04 March 2017, All Day Event
  Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Centre for Africa, Lusaka

Poultry Farming can be defined as raising chickens, ducks, or other fowl (birds) for meat, eggs, or both. This can be done either for profit making purposes or may also be done for only family feeding purposes. Regardless of the purpose, it is important to ensure sustainable methods are followed to ensure reduced losses and maximise gains.

This one day training (Refreshments Included) aims to provide participants with sufficient information and knowledge to allow them to keep poultry in a sustainable way no matter your purpose for keeping poultry. It will also help you understand and decide if you can make money out of the venture. Further, it presents you an opportunity to network and interact with like-minded people.

Register for the event here and contact organisers for payment details.

All Participants will recieve;

1. FREE copy of our e-book "How to Keep Village Chickens for Business"

2. FREE consultation when needed

3. Discounted Veterinary Services from our parter Veterinary Doctors

4.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 December 2016 at 09:46

Thank You For Attending the AgriProFocus Network Day!

Thank you to our members (old and new!) who were able to attend our Network Day. Our network day brought together members in the public and private sectors to share results, meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network.

Read the Full Report Here!

Download the presentations below

Annex 2: Presentation - Evaluation of Finance Fairs

Annex 3: Presentation - Sharing of AgriProFocus Results 2016

Annex 4: Presentation - New AgriProFocus Strategy

Annex 5: Presentation - Information Session on Poultry, Dairy and Horticulture

Annex 6: Presentation - How to Sign Up on our Platform

aug
24

Assessing Agricultural Technologies: Impacts on Gender & Nut

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  24 August 2016, 16:00-17:00
  Global

Please join us on August 24, 2016 for a webinar on

Assessing Agricultural Technologies for their Impacts on Gender Roles and Nutrition!

Description

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 July 2016 at 12:16

Inequality in Zambia: How banana farming is changing a community

A news item from Oxfam, which merits the attention of members of the AgriProFocus network in Zambia.

https://www.oxfam.org/en/even-it-zambia/inequality-zambia-how-banana-farming-changing-community

 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 January 2016 at 09:30

Last November, AgriProFocus and other partners organised an international 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture' event in Kigali, Rwanda. AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a Horticulture Business Innovations Competition around the event where 3 Zambians were selected to represent their country and market their products to an international audience. Rodney Miselo - Ronipam, David Chisulo - Zelo Foods Ltd, and Martin Simuchema - Simuchemba Enterprises were the winners of the competition. Representatives from COMESA, PROFIT+ , Northwestern Chamber of Commerce and AgBit in Zambia were also present at the event. 

Here is a video documenting the event. Enjoy! 


Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 19 January 2016 at 07:40

Looking for an Internship?

AgriProFocus Zambia is looking for an Intern to assist with the implementation of its activities. Specifically the intern will assist the operations of; the online platform, marketing, data entry, organization of events and reporting.

You can apply by submitting your application letter and other required documentation to Masuzyo Phiri by email to phiri@snvworld.org and copy to nkasongo@agriprofocus.com and cvanderkleij@agriprofocus.com by January 28th, 2016.

The internship will run from 1st February to 1st August, 2016.

More details can be found in the attached file.


oct
07

4th Commercial Farm Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  07 October 2015 - 09:00 to 09 October 2015 - 13:00
  Lusaka, Zambia

Highlights:

•H.E Hon. Given Lubinda, MP & Minister of Agriculture & Livestock, Zambia outlines Zambia’s Diversification strategy to grow its country’s agri sector

•Ecobank to provide demand/supply outlook & trends in soft commodities market

•Zambia Sugar shares a case study on developing outgrowers’ program for sustainable agriculture

•Learn more about the future of bioenergy & value-added investments in Sub-Sahara Africa from Sunbird Bioenergy

•Horizon Plantation share insights on developing commercial fruits & vegetables farm in Ethiopia

•Find out what are the challenges of Agribusiness investment in Zambia from Zambeef Products

•Clarify from financiers how to securing fundings for agri projects. Hear from AfDB, World bank & more!

•AGCO Corp shares their expertise in Modernization & mechanization of farming practice

•Latest update on the use of drones for farmland surveys and crop monitoring from SGS Precision Farming Services

•Learn how to improve so

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Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 23 July 2015 at 11:09

Portable Soil Testing Kits

In an effort to support farmers improve soil fertility,  we are looking for portable soil testing kits that we could use in our project.  I would appreciate any contacts on where we can find them.

Wim Goris Hi thomas, are you familiar with http://www.soilcares.com/en/homepage ? This is a Dutch company, formerly known (to older dutch people) as BLGG I'll ask around for more leads.

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apr
11

Zambia day Netherlands

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  11 April 2015, All Day Event

The Zambia platform in the Netherlands is organising it's yearly Zambia day, this time in Eindhoven.

Read more via this link:

http://www.platformzambia.nl/index.php?option=com_rseventspro&layout=show&id=29:zambiadag-2015