7 AgriProFocus Country networks (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, RD Congo, Zambia) in cooperation with Rwandan partners NAEB and PSF, organised a regional event to stimulate innovations and trade between the different regions, with an emphasis on Fruits and Vegetables. The event took place from 25-27 November 2015 in Kigali, Rwanda.
This is the first event of its kind to
created a regional market place where companies can do business, promote farmer entrepreneurship, collect new
information and business solutions, and advocate for improved trade environment
and relations in the region. A new event is scheduled for 2016. For info to follow!
The FULL REPORT of the conference is available for download.
Organisers of the event in 2015:
Invitation to participate in this e-discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.
This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.
This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensification... Read more
With great pleasure we herewith share the final report of the regional event ‘Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture’ organised in November 2015 as a joint initiative by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), the National Agricultural Export Board of Rwanda (NAEB) and the AgriProFocus network, in collaboration with a group of national and international partners and sponsors.
The event provided a space to meet, exchange about innovations and do business in horticulture, for about 300 conference participants, 96 exhibiting companies, and 600 exhibition visitors. The conference and exhibition were considered as highly relevant by the participants: interviewed farmers said they developed useful contacts with suppliers of seeds, fertilizers, etc. Many participants to the event said they would use the insights right away to improve th... Read more
This breakout session facilitated by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and AgriProFocus (Nicole Metz).
This post includes the link to the powerpoint presentations used during the session as well as a short outline of the session's conclusions. The full conference report will be available later today.
* Botany Hang’ombe - Profit+ of Zambia (programme of USAID Zambia)
* Nicole Metz - Food & Business Knowledge Platform and AgriProFocus, Netherlands
Discussion and conclusions
Regarding impact on nutrition:
- Fruit and vegetable consumption patterns are highly influenced by cultural factors and people’s mind set. It depends for example on the mind set of people whether people sell vegetables instead of consuming them; on the culture of people whether they leave the consumption of fruits and vegetable to the children.
- Cooking... Read more
Please find below the powerpoint presentations used in this session, and a short summary of issues discussed and conclusions. This text is an extract of the full conference report which will be published later today.
Maarten Suzan - Financial Access East Africa, Uganda
Alexis Bizimana - Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya
Munyaneza Jackson - Urwego Opportunity Bank, Rwanda
- Input finance is risky and borrowing is expensive. Focus needs to be on saving mobilisation in rural areas. This will help to mitigate the risk and borrow less and generate more savings to make yourself less dependent on the bank
- Cold chain supply is challenging for banks to finance (capital expenditure) and currently no solution for this. This is been taken up in dialogue with stakeholders in different fora
- The risks are shared between many stakeholders, not only the bank wh... Read more
The importance of product and food safety was highlighted by many key note speakers during the conference. One breakout session dealt with food safety issues, it was chaired by ADECOR, Rwanda's consumer organisation, Mr. Alphonse Karabaranga. Key powerpoint presentations used in the session is available via the link below:
Ms. Antoinette MBABAZIi - Rwanda Standard Board
The full report of the conference is available HERE.
A key breakout session during the horticulture conference dealt with access to markets for horticultural producers. The session was facilitated by AgriProFocus Uganda, Ms. Lucy Asiimwe Twinamasiko. Powerpoint presentations used in the session are available via the links below.
1) For development partners: Enterprises (firms) and farmers should both be empowered to develop their technical and business management capacities for sustainable market access opportunities unlike the current limited focus on empowering farmers to supply to modern markets.
2) For horticulture value chain actors: There should be joint action, exchange and learning especially on capacity building initiatives and market information sharing at a regional level so as to promote sustainable development through effective and efficient regional trade initiatives.
3... Read more
A breakout session on product development in horticulture was facilitated by AgriProFocus Zambia's Claire van der Kleij. Key note speakers' powerpoint presentations are available via the links below. A few conclusions of the session are listed below too. The full conference report including this chapter is available HERE.
Best practices in value addition. Rodney Miselo - Ronipam, Zambia
Value addition involves transformation of raw produce for economic gain which is driven by consumer need for convenience on the product usage. Value addition brings uniqueness in products leading to a premium and stable price. Challenges in value addition include inefficient harvesting and poor storage of produce. Improved infrastructure, processing of a variety of crops and integrating barcoding in packaging can improve value addition and processing.Read more
During the regional conference organised in Rwanda, two breakout sessions concentrated on production innovations. The current post includes links to the powerpoint presentations used during this session, which was chaired by
Mr. Charles Murekezi (MINAGRI) and Mr. Jan Willem Eggink (AgriProFocus).
A full report of the conference is available HERE.
Please find the powerpoints of key note presentations here:
Women’s Leadership in Horticultural Planting Material Production: New Roles and Technologies
Mr. Olivier Habimana - Oxfam, Rwanda
Pollination in Horticulture Crops: its practices and farmer benefits
Mr. Kelvin Odoobo - East Africa Hive Group, Rwanda
Dr. Telesphore Ndabamenye - Rwanda Agricultural Board, Rwanda
During the regional conference organised in Rwanda, two breakout sessions concentrated on production innovations. The current post includes links to the powerpoint presentations used during this session, which was chaired by SNV's Rik van Keulen and Anja de Feijter, and included contributions of a number of Dutch companies and experts participating in a NABC trade mission.
A full report of the conference is available HERE.
Please find the powerpoints of key note presentations here:
Demand Driven vegetable breeding for Africa. Adrian Roelofs – RijkZwaan, Tanzania
Importance of nursery raising in vegetable productions. Anja De Feijter – SNV, Uganda
The African Greenhouse. Anne Elings – Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Netherlands
Safe solutions for increased crop health, resilience and production. Patrick Koome – Koppert Biological System... Read more
During the regional conference in Rwanda, plenary presentations and a panel debate concentrated on the opportunities of regional trade in horticultural products. The key recommendations from the panel session are as follows:
Urgent steps to reduce obstacles farmers face in accessing regional markets in horticulture:
1. Harmonisation in regulatory functions of countries in the region (EAC or COMESA members) makes it easier to do business; streamlining operations of regulatory authorities.
2. Governments need to reduce trade tariffs, and limit the non-tariff barriers to ease the movement of products across borders.
3. Tax exemptions on agricultural inputs that support the horticultural export business e.g. packaging material, improved production equipment.
4. Stable policies on export bans.
5. Higher investment in road and railway infrastructure to facilitate easy... Read more
Documentary of the first East African Horticulture event held in Kigali, Rwanda between 25-27 november 2015. The event comprised of a exhibition with international horticuculture businesses, an interactive conference and a business innovation competition.
Thanks to everyone who made the event a success! See you next year!
The first ever Regional Horticulture Expo dubbed Promoting Innovation and trade in Horticulture took place on 25th – 27th November at the EXPO ground Gikondo, Rwanda. The event presented opportunities for companies within the east Africa region to trade, learn from each other and share experiences. AgriProFocus partnered with the ministry of foreign affairs of the Netherlands, Netherlands African business council (NABC), RHI, Spark, Private Sector Federation of Rwanda (PSF) and SNV to present a platform for participants to understand issues around market access, breeding, finance, food safety and nutrition.
The event which brought together participants from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC Congo, Burundi and Zambia was rich in content with unique innovations around the horticulture sector. Kenya was well represented by 5 companies (EcoHolding Limited, Agritech, KOFAr, Kiambu Strawberries Processors and growers and Strathmore... Read more
FOLLOWING UP ON THE HORTICULTURE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
One week after the successful Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda. The newspapers and some online media have published about it, in the meantime. See picture and this hyperlink
AgriProFocus teams in Rwanda and the Netherlands are now producing a report for participants and the broader audience. To be shared as soon as possible!
It's been a wonderful networking and business experience in Kigali- Rwanda between 25 - 27 November 2015. East Africa Fruits Co Ltd attended as exhibitor and one of the participants in Business Innovation Competition. Our outstanding focus on post-harvest waste received a number of traction and business synergies that can help us scale our current operations. We thank Agriprofocus for counting on us and we hope to participate in other resourceful events.
From 25 to 27 November 2015, Modern agri inputs supply and Consultancy (MAISCO Ltd) attended and participated actively in joint Conference, exhibition and Competition organised by 7 AgriProFocus Country Networks (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo, Zambia) together with Rwandan partners NAEB, PSF and RHIO aimed at “PROMOTING INNOVATION & TRADE IN HORTICULTURE”
MAISCO Ltd won the third place in a tight and interesting HORTICULTURE BUSINESS INNOVATION CHALLENGE for its innovation based on vegetables seedlings grafting aiming at promoting the production of healthy , higher yield and environmental friendly seedlings with the introduction of Irish potatoes and tomato production on a single plant by Grafting a tomato scion on Irish potatoes rootstock.
MAISCO Ltd would then like to extend its gratitude and thank AgriProFocus, NAEB, PSF of Rwanda and RHIO , SNV for organizing such constructive events whi... Read more
COPAD Grands Lacs organise une formation de 25 animateurs agricoles en territoire de Masisi dans le cadre de nos activités agricoles,
Opening remarks where made by the CEO of NAEB Amb. George William Kayonga, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mrs. Frederique de Man, Acting Managing Director of AgriProFocus Roel Snelder and the key-note speech was delivered by Hon. Minister Gerardine Mukeshimana. Follow our Twitter-page and Facebook page for live updates and quotes by our speakers!
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The Dutch Horticulture business-delegation that is visiting Rwanda met new business contacts, clients or partners active in the horticulture sector today @ the Holland Lounge at the Expo Grounds (see picture).
Dutch ompanies involved were: Orinso, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, Koppert Biological Systems, RijkZwaan, DLV Plant, Holland Green Tech, TAHMO, Wageningen-UR, BoP Inc, SNV, Greenport Holland, Agriterra.
We will update you soon with more info coming from Kigali, Rwanda!
The winner with the most likes from our platform will win a prize during 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture' 25-27 november in Kigali, Rwanda!
The peasant woman with no means to keep the remaining unsold pineapple fruits on the market after record time, face multiple obstacles. These pineapples deteriorating rapidly, this situation does not allow her to fully meet her needs.
Buying from her unsold pineapple fruits on the market will encourage her in her work, but also help to contribute to the improvement of socio-economic conditions of her household, increasing her revenues.
Here, the innovation idea is to cultivate and multiply the yeast on molasses (pineapple residues) obtained after juice extraction. This yeast, once i... Read more