The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.
We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
AgriProFocus Zambia (at SNV Office)
7 Nkanchibaya Road, Rhodes Park
P.O. Box 31771
In 2016 we had 130,000 unique visitors an increase of 64%! This could only be possible by the valuable contributions of our registered members.
Thank you and keep the interaction going!
Read more in our Annual Report 2016: https://agriprofocus.com/annual-report
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Expanding access to finance for smallholders one lease at a time
New research from Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSDA) and Nathan Associates highlights agricultural lease finance as a way to expand access to finance for smallholders, allowing for greater mechanization of agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. This blog summarizes some of the key opportunities and barriers to uptake and usage of lease finance - concluding with the recommendation of a potential fund that would help share the initial costs of agricultural equipment.
To read the blog, please follow this link
To access the full research, please follow this link
Description: Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD – Africa), and Nathan Associates are pleased to present a webinar based on, Agricultural Leasing in sub-Saharan Africa.
Although leasing is a growing form of asset finance in African markets, its use in agriculture remains a nascent concept. Why is this the case? How could leasing help to bridge the finance gap in the sector and ultimately improve rural livelihoods? More specifically, what role can Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) play in expanding agricultural leasing in order to support much-needed growth in the African agriculture sector ?
The webinar took place on 31 May 2017 and discussed these issues, based on a recent market study undertaken by Nathan Associates in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. The webinar was recorded an... Read more
As part of the Dairy and Poultry Trade Mission, the Doing Business in Zambia Meeting was held on 26th April, 2017 at the Southern Sun Hotel. This meeting was held to give insight to the Dutch and Zambian Businesses on the business landscape and the opportunities that are in Zambia. This occasion was graced by the Director of Zambia Development Agency and we had presentations from Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority, Poultry Association of Zambia and the Dairy Association of Zambia. Each of these institutions gave an insight on the rules and regulations in respect to their mandate in the event that the business would be interested in participating in doing business in the Zambian business environment.
FACTS helps fast growing SMEs in East Africa manage the timing of liquidity: getting paid when goods are delivered instead of waiting for client payment, which can take up to 60 to 90 days. Their product is called Supply Chain Finance: a new concept in Africa, addressing the “missing middle” not served by banks or microfinancing institutions. FACTS established a firm basis in this field over the past 18 months, supported by management investments and institutions such as the Dutch Good Growth Fund, ICCO Investments and SEAF, and is now ready to scale up.
For the full article, follow this link.
Safaricom has launched Connected Farmer, a mobile and web based service that will help agricultural processing businesses in production planning by opening a communication line with farmers.
Connected Farmer enables the organizations transact with farmers by leveraging M-PESA to make and receive payments securely. It also helps register and key in information such as expected production quantities helping processors plan especially on pick up and work force resulting in overall cost reduction in production.
Connected Farmer is a partnership between Safaricom and Mezzanine Ware – a company that specializes in developing mobile enabled solutions for businesses. The launch follows a six month pilot which saw 12 firms with 80,000 farmers sign up. The technology also help farmers in tracking sales and cash management.
For the full article, follow this link.
The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect-pest which causes major damage to more than 80 crop species, including economically important crops, such as maize, rice, sorghum, wheat, sugarcane, several other vegetable crops and cotton.
It was first officially reported in Nigeria in early 2016 and has been officially confirmed in 11 and suspected in at least 14 other African countries, as of April 2017. Read more here
To ensure you stay updated on new publications in the field of Food & Nutrition Security, you can now subscribe to the topics of your interest on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal.
The Knowledge Portal provides you with selected references to knowledge and innovations in the field of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS). Items such as reports, briefs, toolkits and articles are shared in the Portal. Selection criteria for the Portal are defined in the Guidelines, indicating that items should offer innovative insights to FNS professionals, deepen current knowledge and be aimed at poverty reduction. The Knowledge Portal is updated with relevant knowledge items on a regular basis, divided into 6 main topics which consist of several sub-topics. Under the sub-topics annotated references can be found on subjects like nutrition security, urbaniz... Read more
-Saving expenditures on fuel use.
-Reduction in health expenditures and decreased frequency to hospitals due to decrease in smoke-borne diseases.
-Income generation through selling of carbon credits.
-Enhanced soil productivity because of the use of bio slurry (added N, P, K values).
-Reduced quantity of chemical fertilizers due to use of bio slurry.
-Improved household sanitation due to improved management of animal dung
-Reduction in smoke-borne diseases headaches, dizziness, respiratory tract infection , etc
-Improved household nutrition
-Preservation of f... Read more
Good nutrition is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Milk is one of the most important, complete foods available, as it is an excellent source of vital vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and minerals needed for building and maintaining strong and healthy bodies. Although milk is important for the growth of young children, milk and milk products should form part of the entire family's daily diet. The nutrients found in cow milk are well absorbed by the body and are vital for strong bones and good health.
Extract from Dairy Association of Zambia Newsletter: April-May 2017
Symaga Group is the first silo producer in Europe with silos from 2,9 tons till more than 20.000 tons capacity, and we are present in more than 120 countries.
We provide service through our divisions:
- Livestock equipment: with a new brand name GROWKET www.growket.com , providing equipment as:
silos, according to EUROCODE, European Standard
with 600gr/m2 of galvanization and under CE certification, with different
diameters from 1,80m. to 3,80m., from 3
to 47 Tons and different hopper possibilities and accessories. We also sell our
silos to big companies in Europe for poultry equipment who resell our silos to
their distributors around the world. Brochure
Poultry, broiler equipment. (feeding lines, feeder pans, drinking lines by nipple, etc. Brochure
&... Read more
My name is Mazvita Andrew Tafangombe, am agro business dealer based in Mutare Zimbabwe. By attending one of the PUM -ZIMTRADE workshop held in Harare, l now have a broad spectrum on doing business outside of the country. In my province most horticulture farmers waste precious commodities while trying to find better markets, some even going for days without shelter waiting for the right truck to ferry them to possible markets. By these situations l would like to invite possible abroad market dealers to partner with us in developing countries in ways to minimize losses through training and development programmes that boost lively hoods from peasant farmer to small scale commercial farmers in the marginalized areas of the countries.
In my region of trade and farming, crops grown are tropical fruits and crops such potatoes, avocados, bananas, macdemia nuts. The interesting part of it is that, most of these commodities are non genetic modified goods, super natural organic products wi... Read more
The Dutch seed sector is active throughout the world. Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed, seed for ornamental plants and seed potatoes. This success is a result of the unique Dutch approach of strong collaboration between businesses, government, inspection bodies and the research and education sector, creating a conducive climate for innovation and production.
Have a look at this brochure that contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade compiled by the Dutch government. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making quality seed available to farmers worldwide.Read more
If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 we want to hear about the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video. We would like you to showcase for us a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to one of this year's categories.Category 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities
3.5 billion people live in cities today and their populations will continue to increase in the coming decades, especially in developing countries. Cities account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.
Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.
We are looking for videos which s
world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best
interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a
business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges which include:
- Quality Seed Challenge
- Fertiliser Challenge
- Farm Practices Challenge
Or you could present your own custom agricultural challenge.
If selected you will be awarded up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.
He is a young entrepreneur, 30 years old, and he is in love with agriculture. He has been a lecturer at Adama and Arsi Universities for more than seven years while keeping his relation with agriculture tight. In 2016, he won the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, and now he comes up with a new project that will hugely benefit smallholder farmers. He owns and runs a company called Green Agro Solutions, currently introducing a model called One-Stop Farming Solutions.
We invited Abrham Endrias to make an extended pitch on our Business Drinks on 25 May 2017, so he can share his entrepreneurial journey to our members and partners. Please read this interesting narration.
My acquaintance with the AgriProFocus network was two years ago. A friend named Shambachew told me that there was an announcemen... Read more
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.
the link below for more details.
As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia. Read below from IIED and Hivos