Dairy & Livestock Worldwide

promoting entrepreneurship in animal production

moderated by Wim Goris

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)

Check out the navigation menu on the left for more information.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 July 2017 at 12:29

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF EXTENSION SERVICES 

Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives. 

If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become. 

AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services. 

For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc

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Anne Marie Kortleve Sounds good Pascal MUR MURASIRA, are you in contact with Anatole Majyambere as well on this matter?  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 July 2017 at 01:47

Poultry Trade Mission to Rwanda and Uganda

(Message from Daphne Meijer-Willems | Program Manager Agribusiness at NABC)

Dear all,

Hereby I would like to inform you about the upcoming Poultry Africa 2017 Expo and Leadership Conference in Kigali. This expo will take place on 4 and 5 October 2017. During the same week NABC will organize a trade mission to Uganda and Rwanda from 1 - 6 October.


We would be pleased to see you at the expo and leadership conference and do not hesitate to invite contacts in the poultry sector. This will be the ideal place for them to meet Dutch companies (already 16 companies subscribed for the trade mission) and in total 70 exhibitors will be at the expo.


We hope to welcome you all at the Poultry Africa in Kigali and please let me know if you are willing to attend.
We will also organize a matchmaking session during the expo, so poultry farms/companies interested are welcome to subscribe via the attached form.


Thank you in advance.


With kind regards, 


Daphne Meijer

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Fourth Poultry Platform Meeting at Bishoftu

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 August 2017, All Day Event
  Bishoftu

Dear poultry stakeholders

You are warmly invited to the fourth Poultry Platform meeting to be hold on Tuesday August 01, 2017 in Debre-Zeyit Bin international hotel. This, the 4th poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

• Discussion on current Challenges of Biosecurity and vaccine failure in and around Debre –Zeite area and possible solutions

• Introduction and field business tour of new poultry slaughtering and processing company.

• Experience sharing with one private poultry farm

Besides the poultry farmers and micro enterprises all important stakeholders of MoLF, Oromia livestock and fishery development bureau , Investment bureau, Debre Zeite city administration MoLF office and others important stakeholders in related to the a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 July 2017 at 11:35

Call for application - Linking smallholders to commercial practices: the case of Farmer Organisations in the dairy sector in Kenya 

PROCASUR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a Learning Initiative (LI) on Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan Dairy sector. It is developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 - 2018)". This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Farmers Organizations.

Farmers organizations (FOs) are key contributors to achieving the goals and improving the livelihoods of poor rural people, reducing poverty and attaining food security. Through the services they o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 July 2017 at 05:52

Anyone dealing in local chicken at a large scale please I need your contacts.


CHARLES GUMIRA 0774314999

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 July 2017 at 10:40

JUNE DAIRY MONTH CELEBRATIONS - MASINDI

28th & 29th June 2017

June Dairy Month is an annual “Dairy Month” celebrated worldwide to pay tribute to all dairy stakeholders along the entire value chain for their contribution towards providing fresh wholesome milk, milk products for all people to enjoy. This year’s June dairy month celebrations took place in Masindi with theme “Adopting Technologies for Enhanced Milk Production and Consumption”. Activities included exhibition by stakeholders, commissioning of the rehabilitated Masindi milk collection centre, school milk program in schools aimed at promoting milk consumption and corporate social responsibility at Masindi general hospital and Masindi army barracks.

AgriProFocus Uganda participated in the June dairy month celebrations with the objective of promoting the dairy multi-stakeholder platform and mobilising new members to join the platform. AgriProFocus exhibited during the event and also participated in the CSR activities. 5 new

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Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 3 July 2017 at 06:26

Rwamagana & Gicumbi Districts Dairy Learning Lab report

For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives. 

You can read the full report here.

You can  also find the the dairy cost calculation template here

hi anatole, do you also have some more photos on facebook? Please indicate page or link


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Posted By in Holland Pavilion - Agritech Expo 2017
Posted 26 June 2017 at 07:07

Doing Business in Zambia Meeting - 26th April, 2017 

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.   


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 June 2017 at 10:08

Dairy: Uganda’s un-milked sector

SNV's Rinus van Klinken examines the rise of Dairy in Uganda and why more attention needs to be paid to the sector that is rapidly overtaking the traditional export commodities.

As the world celebrates June dairy month, Uganda has more reason than most countries to put the dairy sector in the limelight. A quiet revolution has drastically changed the face of the sector, making it one of the outstanding agricultural success stories. The dairy value chain ticks the boxes of the government of Uganda's policy to promote commercial farming, encourage rural agro-processing and stimulate export. Surprisingly, policy makers do not seem to be aware of their own success, ignoring opportunities for further growth.

One of the reasons that dairy has not yet been profiled by government as a growth sector in agriculture is the lack of data. Who is aware that dairy has developed into the third agricultural export commodity, after coffee and fish? And well ahead of such esta

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 June 2017 at 11:39

How dairy farmers can mitigate & adapt to climate change

Watch how dairy farmers in South-West Uganda are innovating their farming practices to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.   


Anne Marie Kortleve HI Jacob, the link does not work for me and I'm curious to see. Can you add the correct YouTube-link? Thnx!

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Jacob Olanya Hello Anne Marie Kortleve, It seems we had a problem with the network but its now up.

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AVI AFRICA

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  20 June 2017 - 08:00 to 22 June 2017 - 06:00
  Johannesburg, South Africa

Our Valued Customers we are happy to invite you to visit our Stand number 90 in the biggest poultry event in Africa. Sponsored by South African Poultry Association. AVI AFRICA 2017, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 20-22 JUNE 2017.

whats app : +201118033394

email : info@el-masreya.net



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 May 2017 at 05:53

Vacancies at Dairy Development Authority (DDA)

Dairy Development Authority is a Semi- Autonomous Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. Its mandate is to develop and regulate the sector. It is established under the Dairy Industry Act, 1998 and its objectives are to provide proper coordination and efficient implementation of all Government policies which are designed to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in the production of milk in Uganda by promoting production and competition in the dairy industry and monitoring the market for milk and dairy products.

In order to effectively fulfill the mandate, the Authority would like to fill the under-listed positions:

Position 1: Dairy Development Officer

Reports to: Senior Dairy Development Officer

Position 2: Dairy Inspector

Reports to: Senior Dairy Inspector

Position 3: Planner /Data Officer

Reports to: Senior Planning Officer

Position 4: Administrative Assistant

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 May 2017 at 08:20

Challenges of poultry sector in Ethiopia discussed

On April 28, 2017 at Azzeman Hotel, all stakeholders of the Ethiopian poultry sector were invited to discuss on the challenges and opportunities of poultry. This happened on the Poultry Platform Meeting organized by Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), in collaboration with Ethiopian Poultry Producers Association.

Dr Thomas, advisor to the Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, made a speech on behalf of HE Minister Dr. Fekadu, indicating the current status of the sector and government plans. He said, " a lot of work is ahead of us."

Owner of a private poultry farm, Genene Tesfaye, made detail presentation explaining current challenges of the sector from the side of agribusiness owners. He mentioned that poultry challenge in Ethiopia lies in many areas such as market, feed, vaccine, lack of training, and legal system. He also said, "Government always promises, but no solutions yet."

The discussion continued with questions and answ

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woubshet mekonnen i cant find the challenges and difficulties asked by participants and business owners.please share us.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 May 2017 at 02:14

Opportunity for growth for Rungwe & Mbeya Dairy Sector

A group of thirty three (33) dairy farmers from Rungwe and Busokelo Districts; and 6 Livestock extension Officers from Mbeya, Rungwe, Busokelo, Iringa and Njombe benefited from a three days intensive capacity building training on dairy cattle best management practices through a dairy learning lab. The lab took place from 10th to 12th April 2017, and was led by Mr. Gidi Smolders, a Dairy Expert from PUM- The Netherlands and organized by SAGCOT Centre Limited in collaboration with AgriProfocus and ASAS Dairies Ltd.

The dairy learning lab was a combination of an in-door/classroom and out-door/on-farm training. It was a highly interactive and a learning experience for both the farmers and the local Government Livestock officers, thanks to Gidi Smolders who unleashed his long standing experience of working in the dairy sector, and articulated well the adult learning techniques: adults learn better with practice on something of thei

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 May 2017 at 12:00

Pre-selection for  training livestock value chain actors

AAIN in collaboration with AU IBAR are organizing a training targeting youth in livestock ventures in East and West Africa.

If you are between the age of 18-35 and are engaged in the livestock value chain at different levels training is for you. 

Fill in the form also on the link below whose info will be used to select final participants during the training which will take place in Dakar- Senegal in the third week of June 2017

https://goo.gl/forms/eeyaV897faVVOCmW2

Deadline for consideration is tomorrow the 24th May 2017  

NB/ the form is a Pre-selection tool and doesn’t guarantee your participation since we have limited slots.

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Business to Business Meetings

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  02 July 2017 to 06 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking sellers and buyers of agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:

i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame

ii. Dairy

iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)

iv. Poultry

Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.

Find More details HERE



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 May 2017 at 10:33

Dairy development in northern Uganda


“We are aiming at transforming the lives of 300 small holder farmers through pilot-testing a dairy micro-leasing model in Omoro and Gulu district by 2018,” said William Matovu, the Heifer Uganda Country Director.

To improve the dairy industry and therefore lives of the people, Heifer International is giving out exotic cattle to the people of Northern Uganda.

The Jinnai project which is going to last for two years is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Foundation. If it succeeds, it will be extended to other neighboring districts.

“We are aiming at transforming the lives of 300 small holder farmers through pilot-testing a dairy micro-leasing model in Omoro and Gulu district by 2018,” said William Matovu, the Heifer Uganda Country Director.

Matovu noted that if the project is successful, they will be job creation, increased incomes for small holder farmers and increased access to nutritious food in Gulu.

Speaking at the conference, Ambassador J

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 May 2017 at 07:03

Do you want to optimize feeding for your livestock? Download the feed Calculator App Now

The feed calculator 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.

In Tanzania, IITA, BRAC and Single Spark have piloted this app and the results are amazing. See the video HERE. To learn more about the app follow this LINK.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 May 2017 at 10:22

Combatting the AMR Crisis in the African Livestock Sector


My colleagues Sylvia Natukunda business & partnership manager and Wim Goris network facilitator discuss steps needed to curb the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector. This article appeared on FarmingFirst and the monthly newsletter of the World Farmers Organisation.

Antibiotics are crucial in human and animal health and yet growing levels of resistance to these drugs pose an increasingly serious threat to public health. One of the key contributing factors to such antimicrobial resistance is irresponsible use of antibiotics in the livestock sector.

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots that promotes farmer entrepreneurship as a contribution to food and nutrition security in developing countries. Food quality is a growing concern in many of these countries. But the awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance is still low.

Need for upscaling proper advice and monitoring

Dairy profess

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