AgriProFocus Network Day 2017

15th November 2017, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

moderated by Dorina Prech


The Annual Network Day has in the past 5 years attracted all the stakeholders in the agri-food sector: government agencies, research and academia, private sector, development partners and farmer organisations. The results have been increased partnership development, business deal making, knowledge sharing; and a clear understanding of business opportunities and opportunities for collaboration and co-creation. We strongly believe that collectively, we can influence agenda in specific themes within the agri-food sector. That's why the Network Day provides the unique opportunity for members to share lessons, showcase their achievements and challenges, learn and foster collaboration in areas of interest. 

This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi.  The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture.  The key questions to explore include: 

     ++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared? 

     ++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities? 

     ++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions? 

Elements of the Network Day 2017 

1. A climate smart market place

2. Facilitated co-creation sessions 

3. A networking cocktail  


In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM



We welcome our partners and members to be support us in making the Network Day successful. Below is a breakdown of sponsor packages and the benefits that come with it. 

Delegates and Exhibitors 

All the delegates and exhibitors attending this year's Network Day will be required to pay participation and exhibition fees in order to facilitate a successful event. 


Payment instructions 

All payments should be made prior to the event day, via the following options: 

Option 1: 

MPESA paybill Number: 880100

Account Number: 6567780166

Once you receive the remittance message, send the code via text to +254 735 145 307 or email

Option 2: 

Direct bank deposit: 6567780166

Send the remittance slip to to confirm your registration. 

for more information:

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at:

Email: or 

Phone: +254 735 145 307


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 January 2018 at 09:46

Agriprofocus 2018: The majors and minors that would propel Agriculture Agenda

Towards the end of 2017 I was initiated into Agriprofocus family as a volunteer in communication department in Kenya. My short stint at the organization opened floodgates of insight and understanding of Agriculture issues. My hunger towards understanding what ails agriculture and how that can be solve is now insatiable. In fact, I am persuaded that Agriprofocus Network is among the few leading minds in advancing appropriate Knowledge and skills in the agricultural sector.

However, we have a long way to go in achieving Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger . An opinion today 04/01/2018 by Bitange Ndemo in Business daily in Kenya indicated that over 15 million people in three countries Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing dangerous food shortage due to prolonged drought that affected the said countries in 2017.

Because of the prevailing circumstances, and future prediction of food insecurity due to rapidly

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 November 2017 at 09:22

Taking Lead on SDG 13; Climate Action: Reflections from the APF Network Day 2017

There is no country in the world that is not experiencing first-hand the drastic effects of climate change. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and are now more than 50 percent higher than their 1990 level. Further, global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, which threatens irreversible consequences if we do not take action now.

The annual average losses from earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical cyclones and flooding amount to hundreds of billions of dollars, requiring an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management alone. The goal aims to mobilize $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the needs of developing countries and help mitigate climate-related disasters.

Helping more vulnerable regions, such as land locked countries and island states, adapt to climate change must go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures into nationa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2017 at 01:40

What are the successful models of investing in climate smart agriculture?

Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) is an approach that helps to guide actions needed to transform and reorient agricultural systems to effectively support development and ensure food security in a changing climate.

Climate - smart agriculture (CSA) seeks to support countries in securing the necessary policies as well as the technical and financial conditions.These enables  the countries to:

-sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes;

-build both the resilience and the capacity of agricultural and food systems to adapt to climate change;

-seek opportunities to reduce and remove green house gasses (GHG) in order to meet their national food security and development goals.

Good CSA models exist with lessons learnt but most have not been shared hence limiting the ability for partnership and scale up.

The Successful Models of Investing in CSA forum during the APF Network Day 2017 fostered sharing and le

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2017 at 09:25

Enhancing food security and business opportunities through food waste and loss reduction in a changing climate: Reflections from the Network Day 2017

According to 2011 FAO Global Food Losses and Food Waste (FLW) report, a third of all food produced in the world of human consumption never reach the consumer's table.These amounts to 1.3 billion tonnes of food lost or wasted evey year.

The Food Waste and Loss session brought on board various stakeholders who shared their insights that helped to draft an ACTION PLAN.The following were the represented stakeholders: Practitioners with a change maker attitude; Policymakers who can twist policies in a sustainable and inclusive way; Businesses that turn waste into value; Businesses that offer value chain systems; Innovators with innovative solutions to Food Loss and Waste (FLW); Entrepreneurs that can scale-up tested and applicable innovations to make money while addressing Food Loss and Waste.

The session began on a high note with Dr.Jane Ambuko f

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Peter Kangacha Interesting read this one. Hopefully, we can have a policy approach to food loss initiative such that wastage is reduced through awareness creation on utilization of especially horticultural commodities that do not necessarily meet "cosmetic Specification". 

1 month 4 weeks ago

Jemimah Nyangasi Great insights there! Thank you Peter Kangacha

1 month 4 weeks ago

Peter Kangacha are simply saying that food waste is so ingrained in the supply chain that decisions of especially retail chains contribute to a great percentage of the waste. Such decisions as last minute cancellation of orders and change of cosmetic standards are quite so rampant among retailers since no policy exists to curtail it. This is being said by the groceries adjudicator, the same office that should reign in on retail chains to be responsive as reduce food wastage. Too bad that these decisions affect the often less able producers in developing countries, exacerbating the cycle of poverty and unwarranted inequalities. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 21 November 2017 at 08:22

Essence of a Network: Lessons from Kenya AgriProFocus Network Day 2017

"Your network determines your net worth". This statement should be the guiding mantra for agriculture enthusiasts who seek to ensure Zero hunger Sustainable Development Goal is achieved. If we are to achieve food security in Africa it then behooves us to employ every tactic and techniques to make sure better knowledge and skills reach those who matter – small scale farmers!

During the AgriProFocus Network day held in Safari Park on the 15th of November, several things stood out for me and this I think if diffused to the lowest ranks we would experience exponential growth in agricultural sector in the world. Below are some of the issues:

Contagious Passion

Given the role I was playing I had an opportunity to interact with majority of delegates. What was clear from my interaction is the passion with which people shared what they are doing in their small ways to improve both their lives and that of their clients was invigo

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Dorina Prech Shadrack, many thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts and reflections on the network day. Your support during this time was truly appreciated. 

2 months 1 day ago

Jemimah Nyangasi This is so insinghtful! Thank you Shadrack for sharing.It was indeed a great pleasure working with you.I look forward to further engagements.

2 months 23 hours ago


AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  15 November 2017, All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

You are invited! AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:   

++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?

++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?

++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?

Read more in this concept paper


In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.


Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours

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Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 21 February 2017 at 08:50

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.

Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for Da

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Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 25 November 2016 at 11:41

Investing in Kenya with a DGGF loan

Short video (2-3 minutes) explaining the role of a Dutch company's involvement in the Kenyan dairy sector. The particular use of the DGGF loan instrument (of the Dutch government) is explained.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 October 2016 at 12:34

Climate-Smart Farming Helps a Community in Kenya Thrive in the Face of Climate-Change

Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.

What does a climate-smart farm look like? Farmers in Kenya are cultivating farms that earn higher incomes and produce more nutritious food-- showing that climate-smart agriculture can help smallholders prosper in the face of climate change.

My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:

- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?

- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?

- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?

Thank you!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 October 2016 at 11:15

Call For Abstracts and Papers

1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress & Exhibition: Reducing Food Losses and Waste - Sustainable Solutions for Africa

All the Abstracts & Papers for oral or poster presentation MUST be aligned to one of the following sub themes:

1. Perishable food crop commodities (fruits, vegetables, roots & tubers, edible fungi)

2. Perishable livestock and fish food products (including milk, meat, eggs, fish)

3. Non-perishable food commodities (grains, including cereals and pulses, processed foods)

4. Capacity development including training, education, research and extension/ outreach programs

5. Gender, Policy and Governance issues affecting post harvest management

Click here to read more about the Call. Deadline is 31 November 2016

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 October 2016 at 07:32

Strengthening the concept of Early Warning, Early Action in the area of food security

Call for Discussion Papers, deadline: 23rd October 2016

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Kenya office would like to invite practitioners, scholars and State and Non State institutions to submit discussion papers as per the topics in the attached paper. The objective of the Call is to bring out perspectives and ideas that may help to generate, refine or improve knowledge on early warning mechanisms at the national level and in the two counties of Baringo and West Pokot where KAS is currently implementing a Project dubbed “Crisis Prevention through the Promotion of Good Governance in the Area of Food Security. The project is supported under the special initiative framework of, One World, No Hunger.  

Benefit for participation 

KAS will award each of the paper that will be selected per topic of interest in the three areas of focus. The papers will form part of KAS’ publication in her Early Warning

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AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 October 2016, 07:00-18:00
  Karura Forest, Nairobi



Category A - KES. 7,000 - This cost includes a shared tent by 4 exhibitors, co-branding, table & chairs, power-access point, 2 vouchers for staff participation and a delegate pack. 

Category B - KES. 15,000 - This includes one exhibitor per 3m x 3m tent, your own branding, table and chairs, power -access point, 4 vouchers for staff participating and a delegate pack. 


The objective of the network day is to explore with institutions, companies, development partners and existing partnerships - where the business opportunities exists for food and nutrition security. The critical question we will be exploring during the day will be “What are the business models that will drive the change that we all desire - A food and nutrition secure nation? The theme of the day is “Unlocking business opportunities for food & nutrition security in the wake of climate change”. DETAILED PROGRAM

Food and nutrition security – the undeniable lin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Network Day 2016
Posted 14 September 2016 at 09:44

REGISTER HERE for the Network Day 2016 and select your preferred option: delegate or exhibitor. If you need any clarifications, email us at or Phone: +254 735145 307. 

Simon Wachieni Great. Have just registered. Looking forward for the day.

1 year 4 months ago

Dorina Prech That's wonderful Simon Wachieni! We look forward to hosting you too!

1 year 3 months ago

MARTIN AKETCH How should one make the payment? Is it in advance or at the gate ?

1 year 3 months ago

Dorina Prech If you are participating as a delegate, the payment will be made at the entrance. I see you have already registered for iShamba. Thank you, we look forward to hosting you.

1 year 3 months ago


Nairobi Agro-Tech Farmers Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  18 March 2016 to 19 March 2016 - All Day Event
  Nairobi Railway Club, Haile Selassie Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya


EVENT DATE: MARCH 18-19, 2016


Farming Comes into the City!! Save the Date and Join us for FREE!!

All roads lead to the Nairobi Railway Club Nairobi on March 18-19, 2016 as farmers, agro-processors, packers, importers and exporters, NGOs, CBOs and development organisations gather at the region's biggest trade fair, focused on farmers.

The Nairobi Agro-Tech Farmers Expo is more than just that - it is an expo that brings together the agribusiness stakeholders in the region to TRADE, NETWORK and LEARN for two days of exhibition and workshops.

The event is set to attract urban, peri-urban and farmers surrounding Nairobi, plus many more from the Eastern and Central Africa region who consider Nairobi as a hub for agribusiness

Think the event will be of interest to you? Visit the website for more: 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 November 2015 at 07:48

With the International Year of Soil 2015 coming to an end at the end of December, we at SoilCares are looking forward to World Soil Day 2015, on the 5th December.

To celebrate this day, SoilCares has big plans! 

Join us all of next week (30th Nov - 4th Dec) to reach our target of 500 tests, 5 days, 5 locations, 500 Ksh! SoilCares Africa will be celebrating World Soil Day 2015 by doing 500 soil tests, in 5 days, in 5 locations in Kenya (including 1 day in Nairobi's CBD!) for a discounted price of 500Ksh! This will be starting from Monday 30th November until 4th December.

We will also be organising a Press Morning from 10-12pm on Friday 4th December in their offices in Karen, Nairobi. We will be inviting press and supporters of SoilCares Africa to have a look around our new lab, our mobile lab and learn more about our soil testing operations.

Please get in touch if you are interested to learn more about either event - we look forward to as much involvement as possible!

Wycliffe Oyunga Hi. SoilCares are doing great work and at very affordable rates. Could your services be decentralized or better still be devolved. Kindly come down much more to the grassroots where i believe your services are more in demand and more relevant. A good entry point could be through the COUNTY GOVERNMENTS and working with their agriculture departments to have extensive soil tests that can provide guidance on soil nutrition and even management of soil borne pests

2 years 1 month ago

Posted By in International
Posted 23 October 2015 at 02:25

PhD scholarship - agribusiness and food security 

The research consortium consisting of International Development Studies (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), St. Mary’s University (Ethiopia), Solidaridad (the Netherlands, Ghana and Kenya) and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (the Netherlands and Ethiopia) has recently started a research project that aims to assess the effects of private agribusiness investments in African agriculture on local food security.

The research project has room to offer a 4-year scholarship to 1 PhD student to work on a research study that will focus on Kenya and/or Ghana.

Please find the full call for applications attached. Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 13.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2015 at 10:31

Newsletter 8, Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform presents the study, “The impact of food standards on inclusive growth in agriculture: the case of Bangladesh”. The study was conducted by the BoP Innovation Center on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

We also update you about the YEP Agrofood partnership agreement which has officially been signed. The Office announces the first and upcoming Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop on knowledge co-creation and research uptake that will be held in Uganda beginning October. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to read four new articles published within the Platform, including two articles in the context of the International Year of Soils 2015, one on the theme Inclusive Business, and one expert opinion from the Embassy in Kenya on the topic of needed expertise in t

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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 ? This is a Dutch company, formerly known (to older dutch people) as BLGG I'll ask around for more leads.

2 years 5 months ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 19 June 2015 at 11:22

Why are women important for agricultural cooperatives?

Results from the Agriterra workshop for female leaders of agricultural cooperatives in Embu Kenya 

It is 18th of May 2015, 29 female leaders of 10 agricultural cooperatives meet in Embu Kenya. The participating women are farmer leaders, managers and staff of cooperatives. They participate in a 3-day workshop on the role of women in their cooperatives. The workshop is organized by Agriterra and supported by AgriProFocus. Both organizations believe that including women is important for the business strategy of agricultural cooperatives. The workshop is facilitated by Angelica Senders, gender in value chain expert from AgriProFocus in The Netherlands, together with Trienke Elshof. Trienke is a female dairy farmer from the Netherlands and experienced board member in several cooperatives and other agriculture related policy bodies.

The first day starts with comparing ideas on the roles and capacities on men and women in the past and presen

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NAHAYO Pierre Claver Women are very important for agricultural cooperatives because they are representing more than 60%; they are also decision makers.

2 years 6 months ago

Jules Jules It have been proved that women are good manager than man especially financial management. Cooperatives with women or with two gender managers are well managed than cooperatives with men as managers.

2 years 5 months ago