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


sep
05

AGRF 2018 in Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  05 September 2018 to 08 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Center

AFRICAN GREEN REVOLUTION FORUM 2018, Kigali, Rwanda

The 2018 AGRF will take stock, evaluate actions, and learn from compelling evidence across the continent, presented by many of the most inspiring leaders turning agriculture into thriving enterprises. These leadership will include farmers, public sector thought leaders, private sector champions and agripreneurs, and many others.

Expected Outcomes: 

1. Follow up on the 2016 and 2017 commitments: Showcasing progress made on commitments of the last two years to advance political and economic contributions to African Agriculture while aligning what is needed to support the Malabo Declaration and the SDGs.

2. Political and Policy Leadership from African governments: Showcasing leadership of 3-5 African Heads of State and 15+ ministers, particularly the progress made and the lessons learned from their agricultural transformation efforts, so that they serve as champions for the rest of the continent.

3. Political and financial support from develop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 10:17

Investing in local business

Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs

"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "

Link to the full blog:

https://www.government.nl/topics/business-for-development/weblogs/2018/investing-in-local-business


Follow Marcel Vernooij on twitter: https://twitter.com/Marcel_Vernooij if you like to read more blogs

Posted By in Oikocredit International
Posted 9 August 2018 at 09:37

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report.

CSAF convenes 12 of the world's leading agricultural lenders, including Oikocredit, to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and develop industry standards. Its members aim to create a thriving, sustainable, and transparent market to serve the financing needs of agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2017, CSAF members issued loans totalling $716 million to 794 businesses. These loans connected 2.2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to local and international markets. CSAF’s State of the Sector report was developed in partnership with MIX with support from the Small Foundation.

Read the report or view the annual State of the Sector webinar to learn more about the evolving cr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 August 2018 at 12:49

Did you see our latest newsletter?

We are so happy to share our latest Newsletter with you. If you didn’t get it yet: sign up HERE to make sure you never miss the next newsletter and new updates! 

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aug
16

Nutrition & Agroindustry Business Drinks, Hawassa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  16 August 2018, 17:30-19:00
  Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia

Special Business Drinks in Hawassa at Haile Resort, Thursday August 16th

Agriculture sector professionals with an interest in nutrition and agro-industrial development are welcome to participate in this networking event. Registration to participate in this event is required. You may contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com to register. 

This event is organized as a side event of the International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference organised by the Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition of Hawassa University, and made possible by AgriProfocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). 

For more information on the International Nutrition and Food Industries Conference, or to participate in agro-industry visit to meat processing and beverage processing facilities on August 15, you may contact sassefa@agriprofocus.com.   

(Photo Credit: Haile Resort Hawassa, www.expedia.com)



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 August 2018 at 02:51

Manage point of laying till old layer

 Few days ago , i see a new poultry farmer ask manage point of layers . So we let our team give tips for new farmer. In this article , layers is breed in layer chicken cage , chicks cage . So if you feed layer on ground or use pan feeding , the operation is different from this article , please noted.

(Ⅰ)Phases 1—— Chicks layer

Time: before put chicks layer into shed .

Target : supply no bacteria , warm and comfortable environment

Manage Point: Disinfect when the shed is empty. Improve the temperature to 32℃~33℃ before put layer chicks in shed.

Time: Put chicks layer into shed

Target: Reduce stress reaction, make sure high live rate

Mange point: Prepare warm water(25℃) in advance 30 minutes. Give water in time , then feed chicks layer by feed pan.

After 2 hours of put chicks layer into shed , improve temperature into 35℃~37℃ gradually. Keep this temperature 3 days , and make sure moisture 60%. Also have medicine protection at the same time.

Time:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 August 2018 at 10:06

CALL FOR RUFORUM YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS APPLICATIONS

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 85 Universities in 35 African countries is pleased to announce the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) whose overall purpose is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas among African youth. RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs and incubates to compete for 20 awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. Download the Call [English] [French] , and Application Form [English] [French]

Deadline for submissions is 31st August, 2018.

More information can be found HERE

Mahder Akalu Thanks for sharing Hilda Okoth, it's great opportunity! 

5 months 1 week ago

Isaya Japhet Thanks Hilda for caring

5 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 August 2018 at 02:09

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO COOPERATION). The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. Click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

Business Development Field Officers (August 10, 2018)

Livelihood Program Officer (August 10, 2018)

Agricultural Finance Field Officers (August 10, 2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 August 2018 at 10:13

Are you an Agribusiness seeking funding/investment?

The Africa Green Revolution Forum, the world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape, will this year host a Dealroom connecting investors with business owners and projects across the agriculture value chain seeking investments.

We invite all entrepreneurs working along the Agriculture value chain to apply for the AGRF Dealroom. The Dealroom is specially designed for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital and connect, directly, with potential investors and development partners.

Businesses seeking investments between $100k-$5m will be considered. We are seeking companies in the growth development phase and looking for expansion capital to scale up their businesses. 

Apply Here

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 31 July 2018 at 01:39

I am looking for a new role in food security i have a good experience if you are in need of food security expert i would be here. please know that i have a reach East African Practical experiences

Eskender Mulugeta Food Security expert needed!  please see the profile. 

4 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 31 July 2018 at 11:34

What happened during the 4th Business Drinks of 2018?

On this last Thursday’s event 60 members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Mr. Misteru Tesfaye (EIAR) pointed out that in Ethiopia most of the oil products that imported from foreign countries are low in quality and has excess amount of fat content, which is not advisable for human healthy that can cause different health related problems such as cancer, cholesterol and heart disease which eventually results to death.

Mr. Mesteru is looking forward to work with anyone who is interested in his idea for creating healthy product for the community at all.

Mr. Jiregna Tadese :- An Environmentalist and Human Right Activist from Top River Project at Ginfile, who works in the rehabilitation an

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Polivios Valendis Would appreciate if you could include contact information of the presenters in your future summaries of Business Drinks events.  Thank you. Polivios

5 months 1 week ago

Mahder Akalu Dear Polivios Valendis, thank you for your suggestion: we always do post their contact addresses, when it is needed. 

5 months 1 week ago

Polivios Valendis When is it needed? Those who do their presentations, do it to in order to come into contact with any interested party.

5 months 1 week ago

Mahder Akalu Thank you for your concern. Yes, we put their contacts when it is needed and when the presenters allow as to do so.  

5 months 1 week ago

Eskender Mulugeta hello Mahder, i was happy to participate in  i think you forgot me to mentioned  i am ready to shear my African Agriculture experiences

5 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 July 2018 at 11:25

Job Opportunities for Business Advisers

Agriterra is looking for people who are entrepreneurial, focused on performance, clients and results, and able to work in a team.

Category: Business and Administration, Economics, Management

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: As per the organization scale

Deadline: Aug 19, 2018

Read more: https://www.ethiojobs.net/display-job/174773/Business-Advisor.html

Eskender Mulugeta Thanks Meskerem Nisette  Ritmeester for encourage me

5 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 26 July 2018 at 12:32

Posted by Mahder Akalu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 12:32

We all want a better future

A Brief Moment: with Selam Wendimu

 Could you please introduce yourself and Grohydro to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Selam Wendimu and I am CEO of Grohydro. Global population is projected to increase 65 percent by 2050, and two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Almost all of the increased urbanization, 90 percent, will be in Asia and Africa. With population and income growth, land and water resources become more and more scarce and the fight to grow more with less is real. Grohydro started with a vision to grow more food without needing more land and with much less water. How?

We design, manufacture, install, and maintain low-cost, easy-to-use, hydroponic growing systems for both small-scale and commercial farmers, rural and urban farmers. Our systems are vertical shelf structures that enable farmers to grow dramatically more output using only water and added nutrients. Our hydroponic systems, adapted to fodder a

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Atsede Mariam Assefa In support of Selam's work I would recommend people look up hydroponics on Youtube-it really is an eye opener. I started researching this area because I have a dairy and cows need grass all the time-which is almost impossible in the summer. Many farmers are growing fodderfor their animals using a variety of hydroponic systems. My experiment at home was basic but successful. 

4 months 3 days ago

Atsede Mariam Assefa In support of Selam's work I would recommend people look up hydroponics on Youtube-it really is an eye opener. Many farmers are growing fodder for their animals using a variety of hydroponic systems. 

4 months 3 days ago

Atsede Mariam Assefa In support of Selam's work I would recommend people look up hydroponics on Youtube-it really is an eye opener. 

4 months 3 days ago

Ed van der Post I do not entirely agree with you. Hydroponics does have negative aspects and is certainly not a hobby. A fodder system is not really hydroponics in the sense that it is used worldwide. It's a brother of this. Just like aquaponics or aeroponics ... etc. There are many initiatives that fail because it is underestimated

1 week 2 days ago

Ed van der Post I do not entirely agree with you. Hydroponics does have negative aspects and is certainly not a hobby. A fodder system is not really hydroponics in the sense that it is used worldwide. It's a brother of this. Just like aquaponics or aeroponics ... etc. There are many initiatives that fail because it is underestimated

1 week 2 days ago

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Posted 26 July 2018 at 12:28

Posted by Yonas Alemayehu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 12:28

Introducing AgriProFocus Ethiopia’s new youth interns

Hello AgriProFocus Community, My name is Yonas Alemayehu. I am an environmental science and sustainable development student at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. I’m currently working as an intern at APF Ethiopia. I’m interested in Agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture as it addresses food security and the relationship between climate change and agriculture. At APF Ethiopia, I’m assisting in the development of the Youth Business Challenge and also on the agroecology and urban agriculture platform development activities, as well as representing AgriPro Focus in ad-hoc external meetings and events. I’m super excited to be a member of this community!

Hi AgriProFocus members. My name is Lensa Girma. I am a new intern at AgriPro focus Ethiopia. I am specialized in bachelors’ degree in plant science from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and now I am attending my masters

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Posted 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Posted by Mahder Akalu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  


A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 July 2018 at 10:30

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO COOPERATION). The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. Click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

Agricultural Finance Field Officers (July 31, 2018)

Livelihood Program Officer (July 31, 2018)


Business Development Field Officers (July 31, 2018)


Value Chain Development Field Officer (July 31, 2018)

nov
19

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  19 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nakuru, Kenya

ICRA course:  Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit
                    Key skills for inclusive business brokerage

This course is meant for agribusiness service providers working with smallholder farmers, processors, affiliated enterprises ànd for professionals working  in producer organisations, educational institutes and development organisations with agribusiness as their domain.  

Candidates with funding can approach me by email:  saskia.vleer@icra.global

application deadline is 1 October for those who need a visa for Kenya
application deadline is 1 November for those who do not need a visa for Kenya

To get updates on our courses  and scholarship opportunities you can sign up here 



Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 12:25

WHY GO ORGANIC ?

A Brief Moment with Mr. Tafach Meaza and Mrs. Shetu Huba

Mr. Tafach Meaza is an organic farmer from Holeta, Goro Kerensa Kebele in Ethiopia. He is currently working as an organic farming facilitator at ISD (Institute for sustainable development). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in computational sciences from Addis Ababa University and used to be a former high school Biology teacher. He grows oranges, cabbages, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, lettuce etcetera. The reason he grows organic products is because it’s healthier than conventionally grown products. Since organic products are fresh, rich in nutrients, and free from chemicals, they can minimize or avoid the risk of cancer and other related diseases as well as can last longer with no preservatives. He suggested that people should consume organic products to lead a healthier and eco-friendly life style. He also mentioned that going organic avoids cost for chemicals and provides better taste for consumers as well as pres

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 11:30

Hi All my name is Eddie from namibia, I work for a telecommunications company. I am born with so much love for birds now i have decided to go into poultry farming partly and with time fully.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 08:36

Successful launch of farm-to-plate café and organic farmers’ market in Addis Ababa on July 23, 2018

Celebration of safe, healthy, local, sustainably produced, delicious food!

Natani Café is a family business, named after the child of one of the owners, because she believes that everyone should have access to the same good quality of food as that she would feed to her own child. The café is committed to having connection to the farmers that supply the inputs they cook, so they can know the quality of the food they serve right from the production stage on the farm, and have a win-win relationship with the farmers that supply to them. Natani Café has just been renovated, and is now open for business, continuously serving a new menu of healthy, farm-to-plate offerings.

The farmers’ market taking place right outside the café at the launch celebration featured organic greens, herbs and citrus from Holeta supplied by farmers organized by ISD, organic Cheese from Slow Food, organic

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Polivios Valendis How could we be informed about the dates and time of the coming markets?

5 months 1 week ago

Sarah Assefa Hello, We will be posting events here on the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Events page, and I will also take your contacts and share with the organizers, hopefully they will have a list of people they share announcements with in the future. 

5 months 1 week ago