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.

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 23 October 2018 at 01:45

Apply for the Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarships

(Deadline: December 1, 2018)

For the 2019 – 2020 academic year, TU Delft Global Initiative will once again offer 4 Sub-Saharan Africa Excellence Scholarships to talented, motivated and broadly interested students. The Global Initiative aims to support capacity building in the Global South and to advance future leadership focusing on sustainable global development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a guiding principle for the TU Delft.

Check out if you're eligible for the scholarship, and apply before  HERE

You can also ask for  more information at Education Service Centre

Sharon Anyango Thanks for sharing.

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Mahder Akalu Thanks for sharing!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 October 2018 at 07:47

A Brief Moment: with Samson Eshetu (PhD) ICRA, Member of AGRINATURA CDAIS Ethiopia Project Lead National Innovation Facilitator

Skype: samsoneshetu1
Email: eshetusamson@gmail.com
Website: www.icra-edu.org

Could you introduce yourself and your Organization to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

I am Samson Eshetu (PhD) currently working for Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project in Ethiopia as a Lead National Innovation Facilitator. The Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation System (CDAIS) project, which has started operation in Ethiopia in May 2016, is an initiative of Agrinatura (association of European research and universities), represented by ICRA and FAO in eight developing countries of the world which is designed to try out a new model of development framed by the innovation systems perspective. The project is financed by the European Union and is aimed at strengthening the functional capacities of actors involved in agricultural innovation syst

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 22 October 2018 at 08:18

Climate & Agri Call for Ideas (deadline 19 dec 18)

The Sustainable Agriculture Lab for Smallholders sponsored by IFAD is a ground-breaking innovation accelerator on environment and climate change designed to support IFAD's effort in developing new innovative instruments to unlock investments in low carbon, climate resilient and profitable smallholder agriculture programs in West and Central Africa. As mentioned above, this partnership was possible thanks to Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) 2, and the generosity of Sweden and NORAD, our two main donors for this phase of the Programme.

The Lab just launched this year’s call for ideas for innovative ideas to develop and implement their innovative solutions that address SDG challenges and the Paris Climate Deal with a special call for best ideas that target sustainable, climate resilient and profitable agriculture for smallholder farmers in West & Central Africa. Deadline to submit an idea is 19 December 2018

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 October 2018 at 12:02

Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018

It is that time of the year again! The nomination round for the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018 is open. Since last year, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform annually awards a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. Starting today, you can nominate someone who has been actively and enthusiastically connecting actors to align policy and/or practices with knowledge (development) in order to contribute to FNS in 2018.

You can nominate a candidate here.

In December 2017, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) handed out the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award for the first time. The winner, Addis Teshome (IFDC) was merited for his work on the 2SCALE portfolio of public-private partnerships in Ethiopia, which was developed under his leadership. He was honoured for “bringing key actors together to discuss how to move the development of critical value chains forward”.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 October 2018 at 06:30

Job opportunities from Woord en Daad 

PLANNING, MONITORING, EVALUATION & LEARNING OFFICER (M/F) AND PROJECT MANAGER (M/F) FOR THE 6-YEAR PROJECT WATER PRICING FOR SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH AWASH AREA, ETHIOPIA.

Please click Profile PMEL and Profile PM for the details. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 October 2018 at 07:45

hi am new here, am graduated in agriculture and this net work is helpful and i sign up immediately  as i got ur network i hope we learn more each other and thank you for creating this network.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 October 2018 at 08:56

Share your idea on World Food Day live from anywhere via Skype or FaceTime live broadcast on www.i4nature.world 

For more information ; WWW.I4NATURE.WORLD

Daniel Mechale world food day should have celebrated by creating food access with youth.

3 months 3 days ago

MUBARAK INUWA When a day is set aside,to deliberate on food production globally, it is indeed a time to describe on the modern food sustainability and security.The poor nations of the world, are the ones who suffer the scourge of hunger and starvation perhaps due to lack of required quantities of food and nutrition productions.Green revolution policies are always being urged to be adopted in order to produce HYV.To supplement the unfertilized soil food production.Also, livestock productions, there is a great need for the industrialised nations to embark on research work to come with improved variety of animal husbandry.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 October 2018 at 06:55

SNV Ethiopia shares dairy practice briefs and training manuals from EDGET


SNV places high priority on internal and external learning and knowledge development on inclusive dairy value chain. 

In the case of the EDGET project (Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia 2013-2017) the learning and knowledge strategy involved: 

EDGET

  • joined and became an active member of the livestock platform and Livestock Task Force;
  • organised dairy good practice events at woreda and zonal levels;
  • participated in various technical working groups and multi-stakeholder meetings to contribute to cross-organisational learning, collaboration and knowledge sharing;
  • facilitated exposure and learning visits;
  • developed and disseminated extension related and good practice materials in dairy production, processing, marketing and development;
  • shared the knowledge materials organising events.

The project developed and disseminated nine practice briefs, eight farmer extension materials and nine extension training manuals u

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 04:36

Assessment of Public and Private Agri-Skills and Agricultural Extension Services Delivery System in selected woredas in Arsi, West Arsi and West Shewa Zones in Oromia region in Ethiopia


The attached research presentation was made and delivered presented by Mr. Sebsibie Zuber in collaboration with Mr. Victor van der Linden at the September 3 and 5 SPCC validation workshops in Holeta and Asela on behalf of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia.

For more information on Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, for more information, please see their website: http://fs-ethiopia.com/


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 04:15

SPCC research findings: Access and Sustainable Use of Agrochemicals in the Malt Barley Value Chain

The attached research presentation was made and delivered presented by Mr. Sorsa Debela in collaboration with Mr. Victor van der Linden at the September 3 and 5 research validation workshops in Holeta and Asela on behalf of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia. 

For more information on Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, for more information, please see their website:  http://fs-ethiopia.com/


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 12:21

Nutrition, youth and mental health

World mental health day recognized with an event about youth and mental health in Addis Ababa

"Globally, 65% of people suffering from mental health challenges are youth," explained Mogus Mogussie, founder of AHA Psychological Services in Addis Ababa.  "There are many factors that can trigger mental health challenges. Youth face all kinds of pressures that can increase their propensity to suffer from mental health difficulties, including unemployment. Severe disorders with genetic roots are most likely to reveal themselves between ages 12 and 24. Almost one out of every three persons in Ethiopia is under the age of 26, so the mental health of our youth should be a big concern to us." 

W/ro Martha Tesfaye explained, "Poor maternal and childhood nutrition can increase the likelihood of troubles with mental health."  

"Its ok not to be ok," was one of the messages of the celebration of World Mental Health Day at Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Abab

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 October 2018 at 07:06

10 Amazing Fish Farming Facts That You Should Know!

Fish farming and aquaponics are gaining popularity rapidly because of the increasing demands of protein and health benefits of fish. If we depend on wild fish alone, most of our fish will be gone by the year 2050 if we don’t start aquaponic fishing. But many of us don’t know some of the facts about fish farming or fish farmers. In case you don’t have an idea of how a fish farmer works, here are some facts about fish farming given below.

Fact #1: Fish is a major source of protein for over one billion people around the world, especially in the developing countries. In America, the awareness of protein from fish consumption and other health benefits from fish and fish farming is rapidly growing, making fish farming a profitable business.

Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up

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Grace Li Qualified Fish Feed Extruders and Feed Production Line by Expert Manufacturerhttps://www.fish-feed-extruder.com/

2 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Grace Li, thank you very much for sharing with us that useful link.!

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:56

A Lucky iron fish for everyone?

Business opportunities & “wacky” solutions for strengthening nutrition at the BoP

What can be done to support the consumption of more healthy food products by the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, the people at the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP)? That is an urgent challenge, given the fact that globally 155 million children are still stunted, 52 million children are wasted, and 2 billion people lack key nutrients like iron and vitamin A1


This challenge is addressed by several actors in these countries and their international partners. Small, medium and larger enterprises from different sectors are those who use market-based solutions to produce, distribute and sell nutritious food products to consumers. In addition, NGOs and the public sector also contribute to tackling the different forms of malnutrition, including in countries with emergencies.


An event in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 4, 2018, facilitated

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:03

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BLOCKCHAIN USE CASES IN AGRICULTURE

CTA: The objective of this call is to support the implementation of blockchain use cases addressing the agri-food sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, in order to contribute to its transformation.

A maximum of six grants will be awarded. The maximum amount that will be allocated to a winning proposal is Euro 60,000.

Applications must be submitted by email address by Monday 12 November 2018 @ 23:59 Netherlands time.

The subject heading of the email must bear the title “Blockchain use cases in Agriculture in African, the Caribbean and Pacific countries - Call for Proposals". Projects can be submitted in English or French.

Applicants may send questions by email no later than 21 days before the deadline for receipt of applications to: Ken Lohento, Senior ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator, CTA: lohento@cta.int. Only inquiries (and NOT proposals) will be sent to that address. The email to which proposals will be sent is i

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:38

Internship Opportunity at Technical Centre of Agriculture (CTA)

(Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018)

CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to support the ICT4Ag team.

Internship background

CTA has an opening for an intern within the Policies, Markets and ICTs (PMI) Programme. The successful candidate will support Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT for agriculture initiatives within the ICT4Ag team.

Duties & responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the ICT4Ag team leader, the intern will assist in the following activities:

Support the implementation of activities relating to youth, entrepreneurship, ICTs and agriculture including the following projects:

-AgriHack Talent initiative which supports ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Agriculture;

-The “Youth Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz) project;

-The Ideal Burkina project which enables delivery of digital services to young farmers and agripreneurs in -Burkina Faso;

-Blockchain

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Sylvie UWIHEREKEJE I would like to apply in this internship

3 months 6 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Sylvie, this is a what we call one chance in a life!I would encourage to try your best and apply this opportunity!

3 months 4 days ago

Sylvie UWIHEREKEJE Dear Thacien, Firstly, thanks for your encouragement ,i'm  going to try my best to apply and i think you will help me to get it because All request we need, I have it.

3 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:03

‘Women in Science, Business and Leadership for Development’   

Call for Papers: The 2nd Mekelle University International Conference

Globally, despite efforts, not only that women are disproportionately represented in science, business and leadership, but also that, currently, women sexual harassment are rampant in many industries in developing and developed countries. Women have low involvement in Science and Research. Women in power and decision making (both political and non-political) are very rare. The African, with special focus to Ethiopia, the situation gets worse. Hence, the status of women shows that there are plenty of gaps, which require systematic and strategic interventions. 

Themes of conference: 

*Institutional and political/transitional justice issues around promoting the involvement of women in science and development 

*Women in science and innovation: Challenges and opportunities 

*Women in business and leadership: Challenges and opportuniti

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:24

Gender * Climate sourcebook (FAO, IFAD, WB) 

This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently.  (98 pages with many cases).


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:15

AFRICA AGRICULTURE STATUS REPORT 2018

The main theme was Catalyzing Government Capacity to Drive Agricultural Transformation in Africa.

Please read full Report Here

Mahder Akalu Thanks for sharing  Thacien, I will also share it with our network. 

3 months 1 week ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Yes sure, it is an interesting report that shows gaps and interesting opportunities concerning Agriculture sector in Africa!! 

3 months 1 week ago

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 October 2018 at 09:52

SNV and the Booming Biogas Business


I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa.  This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security. 

Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more

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Herman Scheepers I agree that the biodigesters are becoming more and more favourable to climate-smart solutions. My findings are that what is currently happening in the world is that NGOs present a business model that is too expensive for the poor and not equally accessible to all. Climate change solutions should not be available to those who has the personal income to apply it. Bert certainly knows this. Finding simple and cost-effective ways to still support SDGs 1 to 7 is something we focus on. Thank you for the info Wim.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Wim Goris Hi Herman, thanks for comment.  Do you see price of biodigesters coming down in next years? Under what conditions?  I am asking in comparison with solar panels.  People expect solar panels prices going down and volumes up. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Herman Scheepers Wim, it is a very good question. The question of digester affordability has been around for a number of years between the two leading Dutch INGOs. My answer is certainly no, it will not become affordable based on the current SNV business model. The cost of labour and materials increase between 6 - 12% per annum. (Personal assessment in SE Asia). The business model should change where the cost of production reduces. The solar PV business model is a good example. I have spoken to a female agri-entrepreneur in biogas showing new possibilities for agri communities in need of free energy. We have established a working group for Africa to help "sandbox" new ideas around biogas creation that is cheap and effective for the poor. We have seen that farmers that need an energy source, do not have sustainable income to afford a "design" that could have been affordable otherwise. We will certainly provide updated stories from our "African geniuses" in our working group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172949912852267/?fref=nf)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 October 2018 at 02:21