In Africa and Indonesia, demand for animal products is booming around the growing cities. In response, a specialised high input dairy and meat industry is developing. AgriProFocus promotes entrepreneurship in the animal husbandry, especially for smallholder animal production, which is multifunctional and has low use of inputs.
AgriProFocus aims for optimising the farming system via transfer of proven technology, capacity building to producers and developing market access, infrastructure and institutions around dairy. Priorities include roughage and fodder, milk and meat quality, animal management and the record keeping in animal production.
Our activities include:
- promoting entrepreneurship in dairy learning labs (Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania)
- promoting business linkages in meat production (poultry Zambia)
- herding for the markets event (Kenya)
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Let me first introduce myself. My name is Frank Schaminee and I'm a consultant at Aeres Training Center International formerly PTC + in Barneveld the Netherlands. This saterday I will take part in an Impact mission on Poultry to Myanmar. Our goal is to educate the people in the Poultry and Feed sector from Myanmar.
We make this possible through cooperation with the governments, educational institutions, integrators, supply industry, but also the individuals. For this we have standard training courses but also tailor-made training courses. One of these trainings, for example is, "Access 2 Finance" a course that teaches the CEO or CFO to walk the correct road to obtain a financing by writing a business plan. for more information look on our website,
Kind regards Frank Schaminee
AFMASS Conference & Expo Zambia edition is a 3 day event being held from October 2-4, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia. This event the regional trade event that brings together stakeholders in the food and beverage, grains, milling, baking, foodservice and animal feed industries in the southern-central Africa region to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and food safety technologies and practices. The event is set for October 2-4, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia.
Tume ya Taifa ya Kilimo nchini Tanzania (ACT) inatarajia kufanya maonyesho makubwa ya mifugo na mazao ya mifugo yatakayoambatana na wiki ya maziwa kuanzia tarehe 30 Mei hadi Juni Mosi.
The Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) is organizing an international Livestock Expo followed by the national milk week In 30th May 2018 to 1st June 2018.
SEAD organised an outreach activity, from 5-8 February, on Dairy Farm Record Keeping in the districts of Musanze and Gicumbi. The outreach was attended by large groups of dairy farmers and cooperatives and facilitated by Mark Bos, the dairy value chain expert of consortium partner Q-Point, in collaboration with trainers from Musanze Polytechnic, UR/CAVM and extension service providers from RAB. The training to farmers was organised at the training centre of IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation in Musanze and at the AIKIB Training Centre in Gicumbi.
The training on farm record keeping was enthusiastically received by farmers, which confirmed the need for providing this kind of training, to improve their understanding of record keeping at farm level.
In Musanze District, a group of 20 Dairy Cooperative members from different sectors were trained on the significance of farm record keeping, emphasising the benefits of record keeping for improved decision making a... Read more
DAIRY SECTOR IN HAI WILL SOON TAKE A NEW POSITIVE TURN
AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SNV Tanzania and PUM organized 4 learning labs in Hai District Kilimanjaro region with the aim of improving the knowledge and expertise of dairy practitioners for increased productivity in the dairy sector. Participants were from 4 cooperatives namely, Lyamungu Dairy cooperative, Nronga Women dairy Cooperative, Kalali women dairy cooperative and Marukeni Women Cooperative.These interactive training included morning field visits and in class training with a advice from the expert. The learning labs covered topics such as:
1. Feeds and fodder
2. Animal General health
3. Animal Reproductive Health
The farmers were very impressed with this kind of training that gave them an opportunity to reflect on their day to day practices while highlighting loop holes that might have led to low productivity. Such loops holes include the structure of the cow shed. Traditionally dairy farmers inh... Read more
I am not sure whether you could assist me. I am trying to spread the news that there is a proliferation of scam online sites using the poultry sector in South Africa as a means to scam people by advertising chickens, eggs and equipment for sale.
We have heard of a number of people in the SADC region being scammed through these site, therefore it is not a uniquely South African problem and cannot be viewed in isolation. By spreading the word through various channels, I am hoping to create a general awareness of the problem, therefore reducing the market in which these criminals thrive.
If you are not able to assist I do understand as it is a rather obscure request.
Christopher N Mason
Manager: Sustainability and Operations
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It is crux of the present paper to derive key lessons on failures, successes, constraints and opportunities of the previous/ongoing interventions towards improving dairy nutrition in Tanzania. This is based on the fact that if sustainable smallholder dairy development is to be achieved in Tanzania learning new lessons on what went wrong or what improvements need to be done towards increased uptake of dairy nutrition technologies is imperative. This information is believed to be of paramount importance for harnessing informed decision-making to a range of stakeholders including dairy farmers, planners and policy-makers in Tanzania and in the developing world at large.
Trouw Nutrition Myanmar Co was incorporated at Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in July 2017. The manufacturing plant, located in Zone A, is expected to start operation in two weeks. The Thilawa facility is part of Trouw Nutrition’s €5 million (US$6.16 million) investment in Myanmar. The plant, employing 15 people, manufactures animal nutrition products, including premix, base... Read more
INTERNATIONAL Women's Day seeks to celebrate women's achievements, as well as act as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality.
The UN theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March, is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives” Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Under the Gender in Valuechains platform, AgriProFocus provides an important moment to showcase commitment to women's equality, launch new initiatives and action, celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness, highlight gender parity gains and more.
The day is celebrated and supported globally by industry, governments, educational institutions,... Read more
The Ethiopia – Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) will held its Sixth poultry sub sector platform meeting which will be focusing on poultry research toward expansion of private investment Ethiopia.
This is therefore to warmly invite you to participant the Sixth Poultry Platform meeting to be held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 in Addis Ababa at Azzeman hotel. This poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) program in collaboration with Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).
The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:
- Presentation and panel discussion on poultry research in Ethiopia for the development of private poultry sector
- Importation of poultry products
- Expected value addition in the processing of poultry product which is believed to be an interested are... Read more
Aeres Trainingcentre has this masterclass in June 2018. This Masterclass is intended for (Financial) Managers and trainers / advisors of medium-sized companies active in the livestock sector in emerging economies. These could be livestock production companies, food processors, feed companies and others active in the livestock input supply and services sector.
Innovations and development of companies in the livestock sector are slowed down due to the fact that the financial and economic aspects of the technical and operational improvements are not adequately addressed. Investments in new facilities and production improvements require a thorough assessment of the financial viability and economic feasibility before these can be approved and implemented.
Attracting loans and/or equity for businesses in the livestock sector requires a detailed understanding of the markets, economic, financial and operational aspects of the proposed investments. Investors req... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with SNV- the Netherlands Development Organisation and PUM – Netherlands Senior Experts are organizing a dairy learning lab in Machame Ward in Hai District.
About the Learning Lab
A dairy learning lab is a network approach that boosts the exchange and learning among dairy
professionals. A learning lab is a two day session on specific topics. Typically, one learning
lab day has the following elements concerning one topic.
a) Morning guided farm visit
b) Q&A session on observations with expert
c) Afternoon class with theoretical backgrounds, exchange of experience.
These learning lab will take place in 3 dairy cooperatives in Machame Ward of Hai District. The dairy cooperatives involved are;Nronga, Kalali and Marukeni dairy cooperatives.
In each lab, a maximum of 30 farmers and cooperative staff will participate.
The major topics for the learning labs are:
● Pasture Management (Feeds and Fodder)
● Animal reproductive health
● General animal health
Th... Read more
FrieslandCampina’s Dairy Development Programme (DDP) mobilizes Dutch dairy knowledge to support farmers in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe to improve their livelihoods. DDP is an important business enabler in these parts of the world and a good example of how FrieslandCampina contributes to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
We have gained broad international recognition for the positive impact of FrieslandCampina’s presence and role in emerging countries and in 2017 had the opportunity to discuss our contribution to poverty eradication and promoting prosperity at the United Nations in New York. Please find a brief overview of our activities in 2017 attached.
From 5th to 4th December, a delegation from the Myanmar State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) visited the Netherlands - as part of the 4-year NICHE project to upgrade agricultural education. 17 members of the so-called Education Support Team had an opportunity to visit agricultural schools, farms and other projects. For many SAI teachers and managers it was the first time they traveled abroad Aye Aye Nyein, senior consultant at MDF Asia Myanmar, accompanied the team. She says "We had studied the TVET education system of Netherlands.Water management ,Wind mills and Dike construction, Delta project to have knowledge on water management and the important of Dikes and Dam for Netherlands. Studied & visit at Rotterdam, milking cows farm established by a n owner who was the fellow of Wellant College. Learning and observation of background history of DUTCH culture at Museum in Amsterdam . I hope that we can learn a lot... Read more
Hello! My name is Lisanne Oskam, Im living in the middle of the Netherlands on a dairy farm. We are milking arround 100 cows with 2 milking Robots. Next to it Im working at HollandDoor, We organize study trips for international groups who are interested in the Dutch horticulture and agricultural sector.
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Nairobi on February 13 from 08:00h-13.30h in Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands.
The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Kenya to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.
Download the programme here.
If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Dorina Prech: email@example.com
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Addis Ababa on February 15 from 9:00h-13.30h in Azzeman Hotel (Bole area, Addis Ababa).
The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.
If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Meskerem Ritmeester firstname.lastname@example.org
The week started off with training of trainers’ sessions with participants from UR/CAVM, Musanze Polytechnic, IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and RAB (Northern Zone). In the ToT, the training programme for the roll out to dairy farmers was further prepared, especially in collecting financial data from invited farmers to establish a benchmark. The remainder of the week was used to deliver the training on financial record keeping to a group of 20, very enthusiastic and active, dairy farmers. The training showed that there are still challenges around, trustworthy, data (or databases) for benchmarking and the collection thereof. It also showed that presenting the results of data collection, farmers are very much triggered to provide financial d... Read more