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 Myanmar
Posted 18 April 2018 at 07:59

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

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Theint Yadanar Zaw can you post Franks message on social media as well? For some more outreach? Thanks!

1 day 7 hours ago


AFMASS Conference & EXPO- Zambia Edition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  02 October 2018 - 08:00 to 03 October 2018 - 17:00
  To be Announced

Africa's food, beverage, milling, dairy and processed food conference and expo

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 April 2018 at 08:54



International Livestock Expo & National Milk Week 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  30 May 2018 to 01 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, TASO NaneNane Grounds

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 30 March 2018 at 06:25

Kindly contact me if you are in need of piggery plans, Poultry plans of different demensions and can also be designed to your specifications they are all compiled in one booklet. call/whatsapp +260966328525

Maumo Mubila Hi Keith, thanks for your willingness to share your expertise with other network members. This post would perform better if you added it on the marketplace by choosing the option t "add a product/service" when you are posting. If you need help with this don't hesitate to let us know. Goo day!

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 March 2018 at 09:49

Outreach on Dairy Farm Record Keeping

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

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Fred MWUMVANEZA it's good job that you have done, but i would like ask about the seed, i see you have talked to milk only but also i had the way that we could increase the seed value and demand through using liquid manure during planting until it's maturity but i don't have an access to that and no any support but it can help the farmers to develop but not only the farmers but also country in genenal.

2 weeks 3 days ago

Anke Baselmans Dear Fred, thanks again for your interest. The SEAD Project is not looking for new colleagues at the moment. When this changes, we will share any job vacancies on social media. Best,Anke BaselmansSEAD Communication Team

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 March 2018 at 01:28


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 20 March 2018 at 03:48


Dear Moderator,

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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 March 2018 at 08:22

Smallholder dairy cattle feeding technologies and practices in Tanzania: failures, successes, challenges and prospects for sustainability

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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.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 9 March 2018 at 06:17

Dutch animal nutrition firm starts manufacturing in Thilawa

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္း ေအာက္တြင္ေလ႔လာဖတ္ရႈႏိုင္ပါသည္။

It is a great news for the poultry and swine farmers and clients of Trouw Nutrition in myanmar. The Netherlands-based producer of animal feed and nutritional service specialist, Trouw Nutrition, opened its first manufacturing unit in Myanmar last week. Thilawa is the only SEZ in operation in the country, whereas Kyaukphyu SEZ in Rakhine State and Dawei SEZ in Tanintharyi Region are in the planning stage.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 March 2018 at 12:22

International Women's Day is coming. Let's get ready. March 8, 2018

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,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 March 2018 at 11:45

ENTAG Poultry Platform Meeting entitled “Poultry Research Towards the Expansion of Private Sector Investment”

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

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Masterclass Access2Finance Livestock sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 June 2018 to 29 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Barneveld, The Netherlands

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.

Masterclass Access2Finance for livestock 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

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Dairy Learning Lab - Hai District

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  12 March 2018 to 20 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Machame, Hai District, Kilimanjaro

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


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Posted By in FrieslandCampina - Dairy Development Programme
Posted 14 February 2018 at 12:35

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.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing your results from last year Tanja! I'll promote through our social media channels as well.

2 months 4 days ago

Cornelis van Riet Interesting: Friesland Campina, promoting dairy production in Indonesia too (Malang Area, East Java), I certainly would like to get involved in efforts of Fiesland Campina, to increase the farmer's income (small holders) in this area, Not easy task, because the dairy production from Australia imported cows, is not easy. (taken into account the culture and attitude of local rural farmers in general in East Java.  Cornelis van Riet / PT PalmHijauLestari, (export and cultivation of high value ornamental plants for interior decoration, East Java - The Netherlands.   palmhijau@gmail.com

2 months 11 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 13 February 2018 at 11:11

Strengthening of Vocational Education and Training for Food Security

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 February 2018 at 11:54

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. 

Dorina Prech This sounds really interesting, milking with robots. Thank you for sharing with us, and will definitely recommend for anyone planning a dairy study tour to NL. 

2 months 1 week ago

CASTORY WILLIAM thank you Lisannne Oskam for that information i am  real also excited with that trip to come in Netherlands for that matter contact me via this email castroyngonji@gmail.com

2 months 1 week ago

Joseph Sekiku I am called JOSEPH SEKIKU from Karagwe district, Kagera Region, NW Tanzania. The region has set itself towards establishing a diary industry.. meat and milk production. But also looking into value addition of diary products.. milk, meat ... to leather tanning. Whereas local resources are available.. what I see as biggest missing link is TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE. Perhaps any interested person(s) could think of coming to Kagera region for a visit... I can help mobilize local farmers and even local logistics. My contacts +255 754 605682 email: sekiku2018@gmail.com

2 months 6 days ago

Haggai Sinkolongo this very interesting and good piece of information i would love to come to Netherlands my email. haggaisinks@gmail.com 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Tony Aditya Hi Lisannne! Greetings from East Java. I'm currently working on project with several vocational schools in agriculture and We're interested to do a study trip there. Please contact me for more information: tony.aditya@hotmail.com

1 month 3 weeks ago


Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Kenya)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  13 February 2018, 08:00-14:30
  Azure Hotel, Lantana Road


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: kenya@agriprofocus.com 


Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Ethiopia)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 February 2018, 09:00-13:30
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole area), Addis Ababa

Invitation to the Inception workshop for the research and scaling-up project Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains

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 mritmeester@agriprofocus.com 

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!! 

2 months 3 weeks ago