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.
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
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.To confirm our collaboration, that will be anchored in a Memorandum of... Read more
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
(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.
Read more here: http://www.worldvet.org/news.php?item=347
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... Read more
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.
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.
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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.
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.
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... Read more
“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.”
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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.
Follow the link and see the experience from the farmers in piggery business: https://agriprofocus.com/search?keyword=newtimes
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 (email@example.com) before the 20th of October.
See you on Thursday the 26th!
Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting
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... Read more