AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.

AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.

Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.

Check our factsheet 2018 for more information

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Business Drinks!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  20 September 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

You are invited for the 5th of 2018 Business Drinks!

Dear Members and Partners,

We are pleased to announce the fourth Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday September 20 at Black Rose Lounge (Inside Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK

In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences. And, of course, you will do all this while enjoying 2 Free Drinks offered by the organizers.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs an

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MOOC Climate Smart Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event

Climate Smart Agriculture is one of AgriProFocus' main themes. 24 September starts the massive open online course Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture. WUR is one of the experts that contributed. You can follow this free course here. 


Training - Resilient Livelihoods

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 October 2018 - 09:00 to 02 November 2018 - 17:00

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training course on International Training on Resilient Livelihoods. This course takes participants through among other things how to improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor and develop and strengthen community-based livelihoods management and disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.

Join us by registering for this scheduled training. The training will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other actors in the agriculture sector such as agricultural extension officials, policymakers as well as other professionals working in disaster preparedness and response from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.

Modules Covered:

· Threats to food and nutrition security

· Effects of climate change and disaster risks

· Disaster Risk Reduction for food and nutrition security

· Approaches and practices for building resilient livelihoods

· Enabling environment for resilien

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Looking for multidisciplinary teams of Ethiopian Fresh graduates to solve a business problem for agribusinesses. APPLY HERE! 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted yesterday at 11:47

Big opportunity for Agribusiness Startups!

OCP GROUP, in particular OCP Foundation, is organizing an African wide competition of agribusiness startups in October/ November this year in Morocco.

The plan is now to have about 200 startups shortlisted for the competition from all over Africa. The startup must be at least 3 years old.

20 startups will participate in the event.

Each winner will get:

Financial support

Business Specific support (internal and external expertise)

Use of OCP infrastructure

Contact person: Victoria Endeshaw, Business Development Manager via email

Maris Davis bb

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Mahder Akalu, thank you for sharing with us!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 September 2018 at 11:55

  Leaving Uganda and back to Rwanda. Tonight we fly back to Holland. Nice trip and we will come back in 3 months  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 September 2018 at 12:44

Effective targeting of farmers

Looking for good practices from AgriProFocus network members

Key question

Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?


Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.

As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.

What cases are we looking for?

A project/programme that used a particular targeting str

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MUBARAK INUWA Effectiive Targeting Of  Farmers:If  an Agririan is asked, how can he effect targeting farmers, in his farming operation for the benefit of farmers who produce crops or animal husbandry.The answer perhaps, might be by adapting the knowledge of Agricultural services skills.This would give a farmer how he would achieved in raising a profitable farming practices.Either rainfed  season operation or irrigated season practices.

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MUBARAK INUWA By advising farmers on the right time of planting crops, so that the planted crop would reach of to the optimum period of growth before the yield could be harvested.Though these could be on the case of annual crops only not the perennials.

3 days 15 min ago

Richard Kanyarukiga Nicole's posting/idea indeed deserves a serious consideration when proposing interventions for impact. For agribusinesses in Rwanda - likely all Africa & other developing countries, programmes need not only focus on specific value chains - e;g; banana, potato, maize, rice, etc; but also on specific & special needs of various categories: subsistence, small-holder commercial, to medium-large scale. There is also need do override generalization e.g. "horticulture" and start focusing on individual chains - e.g. wine banana, dessert banana, cooking banana, spices, etc.Hi Nicole?

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Nicole Metz Thanks Mubarak Inuwa and Richard Kanyarukiga for your comments. Let me try to respond: Mubarak I think you refer to well-targeted Agricultural extension and support services. That is helpful, could you give an example of such well-targeted services in your country/region? Richard, indeed we are looking for examples of interventions adapted to specific and special needs of various categories indeed. The categorisation may be according to value chain, as you point out, but it may be according to e.g. socio-economic, cultural or market access differences in addition. If you have examples, Richard, of organisations or companies that have found good practices to adapt their way of working with different categories, that would be helpful. best regards, Nicole

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Susan Mbanda Am very much impressed with the video and what was discussed.  I agree with Ben on design and implementation part.  It would be good when the target in this case poor farmers are thought of during the designing phase and have their user requirements in mind.  This would then  be passed on upto implementation and so they will not end up being left out.  Thanks for the video

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 September 2018 at 10:35

  Today meeting at SNV Mbarara Uganda and later field visits   

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 September 2018 at 05:06

Hello all, its 6 years since I established a small, urban dairy farm in Yeka, Addis Abeba. There's been immense highs and lows; a lot of challanges and a few disappointments but still, my passion for dairy farming remains.Ive been able to use much of my management skills as well as learning new ones in running my business. Resource wise, I have yet to discover a willing donor/grant maker-so ive done a lot with my own resources and it is satisfying. Unlike most sectors, I dont have a problem with creating a market, the quality of my product means I have loyal customers-mostly parents of young children plus a waiting list!!. I would love to expand, to establish a modern, spacious European style dairy (I spent most of my early life in the UK), so...any advice or suggestions regarding sources of funds for an ambitious, female dairy farmer would be most appreciated. Finally, there is a huge disconnect between urban dairy farmers, Minsitry of Agriculture and international donors- the focus is

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 13 September 2018 at 03:17


This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).

The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.

The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction

Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r

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Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 13 September 2018 at 12:20


A Brief Moment with Mrs. Alem Greiling

Mrs. Alem Greiling is an agriprenuer and a nutrition expert with a background in Chemistry (BSc) and Food engineering (MSc) from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She was a former Nutrition Advisor at Save the Children US and has also acquired a rich experience in the field by working as a nutrition advisor for various local and international organizations working in nutrition programs. She is currently engaged in the growing and market supply of organic oats, production of cereal bar which are targeted for young children in schools and cereal mix (Teff, Oats honey, sesame and other plants and fruits) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under her own established business venture, NUTRI-DENSE. She has been promoting her products at the organic farmers market for the second time now. She explains that oats traditionally known as ‘Aja’ but completely different is an unusual seed only found in limited locations in Ethiopia.

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Inclusive aquaculture development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 March 2019 to 29 March 2019 - All Day Event

For this course fellowships are available.

Small-scale aquaculture producers can access inputs, improve productions and connect successfully with more profitable markets using collective actions. This course will focus on empowerment and professionalisation of fish farmers' business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as the main objective.

Practical information:

Date: 18 - 29 March 2019

Deadline okp Fellowships: 16 October 2018

Deadline: 04 February 2019

For more information and online registration please visit our website:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2018 at 05:05

  Rwanda,so many possibilities for milk processing  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2018 at 03:25

Take care when upscaling innovations

(Credits: Resource, WUR, author: Roelof Kleis)

Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored. 

Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.

Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th

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Richard Kanyarukiga Appraisals for sustainability (socio-economic, environmental & political) should be central to any plan.. Question is linking policy decisions to evidence based appraisals.

1 day 4 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 September 2018 at 06:36

  Milk collection in Rwanda  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 September 2018 at 02:03

  Partners in Ante Rwanda Ltd  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 September 2018 at 01:00


Evaluation of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform 2013-2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to do a review for the first phase of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), 2013 – 2018. AgriProFocus is among the consortium members that had set up and implemented the Office facilitating this Platform. The Evaluators Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek were appointed to look at the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Platform and based on this to formulate recommendations for the future outlook of the Platform. And as such to provide input to the Ministry for decision making on a possible second phase of the F&BKP. Please find below the review highlights; a link to the full PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.

The relevance of the F&BKP in the Food and Nutrition Security field

The activities of the F&BKP enhance all three strategic Dutch policy goals for Food and Nutrition Security, with most emphasis on the two first goals (Eradicating existing hunger and mal

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 September 2018 at 11:06

Help shape a livestock feed and forage strategy for international research

The availability of sufficient and adequate feed is one of the most significant constraints to livestock productivity in the tropics. It is an enormous challenge that requires innovation and concerted action towards agreed priority outcomes.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is committed to delivering evidence and developing capacities in feed and forage development as part of its strategy to achieve better lives through livestock.

To ensure the best response to the fast-changing demands and opportunities in this sector, ILRI is developing a strategy on feed and forage research for development.

As a first step, it seeks inputs from the wider community - not necessarily animal feeding experts - to take stock of the challenges in this area, identify priority outcomes and promising approaches to achieve them, and specify the precise contributions and added value of ILRI in this area.

Please read the shor

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 September 2018 at 08:56


Natasha Aulia Good

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Gloria Kyomugisha Happy Ethiopian New Year!!

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Mahder Akalu Thank you Gloria Kyomugisha! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 September 2018 at 08:36

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 September 2018 at 08:35

  Traveling from Amsterdam to Kigali Rwanda  

MUBARAK INUWA Hello Herco Hekking,The above flights  on certain airport are good picture.

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Andi Setiawan hello 

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Sulbi Sulbi Hello

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ANTONIUS NGAMA Sallam bergabung...

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