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 SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:12

Tailor made training in financial record keeping for dairy farmers

In October, we also had the tailor-made training on financial record keeping for dairy farmers. The training was facilitated by Mark Bos, from consortium partner Q-Point. 


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

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME ThanksCarole Lelarge!Record keeping is one of the major problems faced by farmers!Most of them, don't know  if there is a loss or profit from their farming projects!!It is glad to see SEAD project supporting farmers on this issue!!Keep following up!! 

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:10

Collaboration between SEAD and the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA)

With the worldwide food security emerging as a major policy issue, strengthening and optimizing key agriculture value chains is of growing importance. SEAD is strengthening the capacities of the actors in 4 value chains, among which the poultry chain. 


For establishing the highest impact, it is important that the project engages with all actors in the chain, from service & input providers, to farmers, cooperatives, processors, traders and, not to forget, the customers. Having a single point of access into the value chains is a deliberate strategy of the project, witnessed by established collaboration with IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and the Rwanda National Dairy Platform. For the poultry chain, the SEAD project engaged in a collaboration with the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA), of which Mr. Jean Claude Ruzibiza is the president.

imageTo confirm our collaboration, that will be anchored in a Memorandum of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 January 2018 at 10:00

At the end of 2017, Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) had important platform meeting under the four agricultural sub-sectors: Spices, poultry, aquaculture, and legumes.

Please find the following newsletter to read highlights about their meetings and to find relevant information.

Download here: 5th platform meetings-Newsletter-ENTAG

If you want more info on ENTAG, visit www.entag.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 November 2017 at 09:36

Follow ENTAG Program on their social media outlets


ENTAG is Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth Program under the umbrella of #BENEFIT partnership. They are supporting, facilitating, and creating network on different value chains such as poultry, aquaculture, sesame, spice, legumes, and so on. ENTAG has been our partners since 2015 in jointly organizing the bimonthly Business Drinks.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 22 November 2017 at 08:02

MSD and WorldVet - 2017 Scholarship call

(deadline January 1)

Based on the successful deliverance of the MSD Animal Health/WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2016, MSD Animal Health and WVA agreed to continue the good collaborations and to launch the Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2017 to include 41 scholarships of US 5000$ (of a total of $205,000) to be delivered to selected students from countries in the regions of Latin America (16 grants), Africa (10 grants), North Africa/Middle East (10 grants) and Asia/Oceania (5 grants) by mid-2018.

Eligibility requirements for students:

  • Citizen of one of the countries under the grant coverage.
  • Second or Third year veterinary students (accomplishment of first year exams).
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at a recognized school of veterinary medicine in their country.

Read more here: http://www.worldvet.org/news.php?item=347

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Wim Goris, this is a great opportunities for our veterinaries!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 21 November 2017 at 04:29

Dairy products poised to boom in Myanmar.

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

As demand soars among well-off urban residents for butter-rich cakes, pastries and croissants, efforts continue to boost the domestic production of milk, a crucial source of nutrition in a country where one third of the children are malnourished.

ON A DAY like any other, Yangon’s hippest bakery is a bustle of tong-wielding customers choosing pastries under the warm glow of vintage-style lights. A human conveyor belt of 20 chefs, shoulder-to-shoulder in tall paper hats, can be seen through ceiling-high windows filling shelves with green tea muffins, hotdog puffs and croissants. Ko Sai woon Si, 24, is sitting by a wall of lush plastic foliage sharing a swiss roll and chicken floss with four friends. A red G-Shock watch dangles from his wrist as he speaks about his favourite, the black forest dream

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 November 2017 at 11:26

For the last five years,Uganda has been hit by foot and mouth disease. Currently the disease is now in 12 districts including mine.This has affected the areas interms of socio economic status. The government has not provided adequate vaccine and also facilitated the veterinary personel to fight in the control of the disease. A number of cattle has died and livestock farmers can not sell the milk.

Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa Dear Bosco, May I know which district you come from? Indeed it is true FMD is a challenge that all dairy stakeholders are grappling with. What I know is that Government has put in place quarantine measures to prevent the movement of cattle to control further spread of the disease. However, given cattle farming is a key income generating activities for farmers, they do not respect the quarantine and continue moving the animals. In addition some vaccines are being released to vaccinate some of the animals that have not been affected, however, the vaccines are not enough and these must be complemented by farmers by purchasing their own vaccines. Drug companies like ERAM sell these drugs. I believe controlling FMD is a combined effort by all stakeholders. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 November 2017 at 09:48

THE AGRIFOOD YOUTH LAB LAUNCH! 

The Mastercard Foundation and Michigan State University launch a 5 year program for youth which will benefit 15,000 youth in Nigeria and Tanzania aged between 18-24 years, named "Agrifood Youth Opportunity  Lab (Ag Youth Lab)". On 10th November the Agri Food Lab held a Focus Group Discussion for the program and joined together different stakeholders from agriculture sector(whereby AfriProFocus took part).

The Agri Youth Lab will ignite opportunities to youth in 5 agrifood sector which  are poultry, aquaculture, horticulture, cassava and oil seeds. Through training, youth will be able to employ themselves and get job opportunities in the agrifood sector.

To know on how to get involved in the project below is the link that will guide you through what to do to be part it and get into training session.

Read more about Agri Youth Lab HERE.  

Tatah Susan Victoria, connect to tell me more on AG Youth LAB, this would interest my German farmers. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

Read more: http://knowledge4food.net/granted-gcp-projects-scaling-climate-smart-agriculture/

Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

A short description of the eight projects which have receiv

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/csa-country-profiles

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

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Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

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mar
18

Agro Poultry East Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  18 March 2018 to 20 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Dar es salaam, Tanzania

Agro Poultry East Africa is a 3 day event being held from 18th May to 20th May 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

This event showcases products like Agriculture Fibers, Tractors Toolbox, Animal Feeds, Agricultural Import & Export, Tractors Wheels Tyres, Animal Husbandry, Agro Chemicals, LED & HID Lights, Clinics, Agro Based Products & Commodities, Quick Hitch, Diagnostics, Dairy Products & Equipments, Pipes & Fittings etc. in the Agriculture & Forestry, Meat, Poultry & Seafood industries.

Read more about the event details  and visitors who are attending the event, including location and more HERE.

  




Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 October 2017 at 04:59

Fresh Dairy to train farmers to increase its production

Written by Justus Lyatuu

Fresh Dairy intends to deepen its network of milk supply by training farmers in better ways of handling milk.

The company said it would engage farmers during field days on aspects of animal breeding, feed preparation and conservation as measures to ensure Fresh Dairy meets its milk production targets throughout the year. John Gethi, the procurement director at Fresh Dairy, said the company has enhanced its daily processing capacity to 600,000 litres as it seeks to satisfy increasing demand for its products both in the domestic and foreign markets.

“We are currently partnering 80 farmer groups by training them on ways of improving production. We are emphasizing animal feed preparation and conservation as a way of increasing milk production,” Gethi told more than 3,000 farmers who attended the company’s field day, which was held in Sembabule district recently.

During the field day, farmers complained about

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Robert Baldwin so when and where is the training ???

2 months 2 weeks ago

Marion Alyek Dear Robert, I suggest you contact Dr. Robert Walimbwa to get more information on where the training will be. Reach him on 0772 448 562

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

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Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:12

Food for All Talk 05 - World Bank Group - Netherlands knowledge partnership

“Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”

On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).

In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.

Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 October 2017 at 07:29

Auction of 1,100 Cattle Seized for Illegally Entering Tanzania

This article appeared in the Tanzania Daily News, Oct 22. 

The State has auctioned 1,115 head of cattle seized for entering the country in contravention to the laws of the land. The event, conducted by Meripalento Brokers at Mgagao, saw cattle said to have originated from Laitoktok, Kajiado County, in Kenya being auctioned. The sale took place after the government sought an order to that effect from the court. A crackdown against cattle that enter the country illegally was ordered by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Luhaga Mpina, recently.

Read the full article here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 October 2017 at 08:24

Rwf13bn to modernise pig farming, improve value chain

Source: The New Times

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources will inject Rwf13 billion to improve the pig farming industry, especially by promoting new processing technologies to ensure standards.

Didace Rushigajiki, the livestock specialist at the ministry, said the money will also be used to build capacity of farmers and extension staff on pig breeding, as well as disease control and value chain development to enable market access.

Rushigajiki said policies that promote quality and market access were in the pipeline. The official was addressing pig farmers and other stakeholders on sector issues, including market access, standards and modern farming methods.

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Follow the link and see the experience from the farmers in piggery business: https://agriprofocus.com/search?keyword=newtimes


oct
26

Circular Agribusiness in Dairy: let’s close the loops?

Event posted by in Van Hall Larenstein University
  26 October 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Van Hall Larenstein University - Velp

Agri-Food chains are based on linear principles, the call for a circular economy is big. The dairy farming industry claims to be based on circular principles, however, in many countries it is solely linear.

Which solutions for circularity do we have in agribusiness? Are these solutions climate-smart or inclusive? And what can we learn from each other?

You are invited to discuss these topics, together with members of the network and students from Van Hall Larenstein University during an informal dinner meeting!

To join, simply send an e-mail to Janine Schoeman (jschoeman@agriprofocus.com) before the 20th of October.

See you on Thursday the 26th!

Marco Verschuur

Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 October 2017 at 12:31

A GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON POULTRY INDUSTRY, A WAY OF TRANSFORMING POULTRY BUSINESS IN AFRICA

The first edition of Poultry Africa 2017 event took place from the 4th to 5th at Kigali Convention Centre. It was a two days event which brought together over 1000 key stakeholders in poultry industry mainly from Europe, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa, to discuss the development of the poultry industry in Africa.

The event themed “Poultry Africa 2017” was organized by Netherlands - African Business Council (NABC) in close cooperation with VNU Exhibitions, the Dutch Poultry Centre and Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). The Stakeholders of poultry industry from international and national level discussed about the poultry industry development on the African continent.

Mr. Jean Claude Kayisinga, the Permanent Secretary in MINAGRI, opening this global event noted that this is a rare opportunity to bring together poultry industry stakeholders across the value chain from farmers

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