Horticulture Conference 2015 - Kigali - Rwanda

Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture

moderated by Anne Marie Kortleve

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:






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Posted 9 March 2017 at 03:08

FAO-e-discussion (6 to 27 March 2017)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems

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

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Innocent Chamisa Thanks for sharing Nicole

6 months 2 weeks ago

Innocent Chamisa Further to this -continuation Save & Grow Series - You can participate in the on going Global e-Forum  here :                                                                                                                                     https://dgroups.org/fao/scpi-hortcrops. 

Welcome to the online discussion forum on sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI) of horticulture based systems (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers.)

How can we produce more with less?

With this discussion forum, FAO aims to bring together experts of all levels from scientists who study the potential of sustainable crop production, to the practitioners who apply sustainable horticultural practices - to exchange their experiences, new findings and challenges faced. FAO recently launched three “Save and Grow” guidebooks accessible at http://www.fao.org/ag/save-and-grow/ that explain principles of an ecosystem-based approach to sustainable crop production intensification.

Future generations will rely more and more on resilient food supply systems because of known challenges such as a growing world population, urbanization, land degradation, and climate change. We need to find ways to produce more from the same area of land while conserving natural resources, reducing negative impacts on the environment and enhancing natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services.

You can participate by sending your contributions to the proposed discussion questions to:

SCPI-Hortcrops@dgroups.org.
Alternatively, you can share your contributions directly on the discussion board.The message will reach all members and will be automatically stored on the platform.




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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

5 months 3 weeks ago

Innocent Chamisa Fortunatus , looking forward to your contributions, in case any  difficulties..., please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards.

5 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 03:49

Report "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture"

Outcomes of the conference, business innovation competition and exhibition, 25-27 November 2015

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

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Geoffrey Lugalia Thank you Nicole for all that you have shared. I've managed to go through all and I must say its quite impressive.

1 year 7 months ago

Jan Willem Eggink Great conference deserves a great report. And we got it. Thank you Nicole!

1 year 7 months ago

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 03:18

Food and nutrition security

Chapter of the conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015. 

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.

Links to the powerpoint presentations used:

* 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

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 02:41

Finance and insurance in horticulture

Breakout session during the regional conference on horticulture (November 2015).

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.

Powerpoints are available here:

Maarten Suzan - Financial Access East Africa, Uganda

Alexis Bizimana - Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya

Munyaneza Jackson - Urwego Opportunity Bank, Rwanda

 Discussion topics

- 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

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 02:34

Food safety 

Procedures to guarantee food safety & quality for regional and international markets

Chapter of the conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015.

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.

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 02:04

Market access and efficiencies

Chapter of the final conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015.

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.

Conclusions from the discussions

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

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 12:47

Product development in Horticulture

Chapter of the final conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015. 

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.

Artisanal pineapple co

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 12:30

Horticultural Production Innovations (II)

Chapter of the overall report of "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture" November 2015

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

Capacity Building for all Rwandan farmers/ Successful Model for Extension Services

Dr. Telesphore Ndabamenye - Rwanda Agricultural Board, Rwanda

Lucy MAARSE Dear Telesphore, With regard to the presentation called ' TWIGIRE MUHINZI NATIONAL EXTENSION SYSTEM', I am wondering how the fe/male farmers pay for the services? For instance, the group representatives which are reaching out to others, how are these paid for and if not, how can the system be sustained. The extension workers are these Government employees, and is there long terms involvement as service providers secured? Next, you indicate that they work with Transfer of Technology, which is by nature a top down approach, and therefore does the extension system generate and anticipate on traditional / indigenous knowledge? Otherwise, I enjoyed reading the nice presentation. Regards, Lucy

1 year 7 months ago

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 11:49

Horticultural Production Innovations

Chapter of the overall report of "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture" November 2015

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 productionPatrick Koome – Koppert Biological System

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Thanks Much Nicole. I have just shared the same via twitter to Koppert and the rest

1 year 7 months ago

ELYSE MUHORAKEYE Thanks Nicole for sharing

1 year 7 months ago

Abdul R Kagonji Thank you Nicole for sharing such a valuable report. Definitely, I have learned a lot from it.

1 year 7 months ago

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Posted 1 February 2016 at 11:21

Horticulture national and regional markets

Chapter of the overall report of "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture" November 2015

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

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Posted 14 December 2015 at 07:29

Watch now: official movie 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'

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!


Emile NSENGIYUMVA Thanks for information of that event

1 year 9 months ago

Emmanuel M Gondwe Congratulations to the Agriprofocus team and their collaboration partners for the successful event. It is high time that the horticulture value chain gains its rightful recognition in Africa. It is a multi-billion industry which can liberate most scale farmers from abject poverty and limitation...CONGRATULATIONS!

1 year 9 months ago

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Posted 9 December 2015 at 09:09

Towards improving regional and international Market Linkages

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

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Fred Walakira I missed the event but from the readings, it was marvelous..

1 year 9 months ago

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Posted 4 December 2015 at 02:47

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!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 November 2015 at 06:14

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.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Elia, good to hear!!

1 year 10 months ago

Marie Laetitia Kayitesire I am Marie Laetitia a farmer in Eastern province of Rwanda.I learn a lot during the days 26-27 november.thank you very much to invite me in that event.

1 year 10 months ago

Hilda Okoth Dear Elia, thank you for your post. Congratulations on participating at the Business Innovation Competition. Please do not be a stranger her on the platform!

1 year 10 months ago

Elyse Mahoro Dear Marie Laetitia, thank you for your presence in the Horticulture event. We hope you will stay active on our platform so that we continue to share various experiences.

1 year 10 months ago

Tom Ole Sikar We will keep you in the loop. We are already think of an innovation community for horticulture in Tanzania. Could be a good idea for EAFC Ltd to join and work with others, TAHA to to support further development of the horticulture industry in Tanzania.

1 year 9 months ago

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Posted 28 November 2015 at 08:16

MAISCO LTD IN PROMOTING INNOVATION & TRADE IN HORTICULTURE-Kigali

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 atPROMOTING 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

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chisulo david Wooow your innovation is just amazing. Congrats

1 year 10 months ago

Elyse Mahoro Congratulations MAISCO, looking forward to taste tomatoes and potatoes from one single plant here in Rwanda.

1 year 10 months ago

Diane Uwanyirigira Yes Elyse let's keep in touch u will have the seedlings and grow them in ur garden.thanks once again for ur great work we are now gathering the fruits from ur hard work.

1 year 10 months ago

Prosper Dutonnyekumana Proud of you guys!

1 year 9 months ago

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. It was a great idea....

1 year 9 months ago

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Posted 27 November 2015 at 07:43

COPAD Grands Lacs organise une formation de 25 animateurs agricoles en territoire de Masisi dans le cadre de nos activités agricoles,

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Posted 27 November 2015 at 07:38

Chers membre , 

juste vous partager les activités du Cadre Œcuménique pour la paix et le développement '' COPAD GRANDS LACS '' COPAD Grands Lacs a produit 15 tones de pomme de terrain en territoire de Masisi,  Pour l'année de 2016 va faire le drainage d'un marais de 250 à Buroha,

Guylaine Mwamini Courage et félicitation à COPAD GRAND LAC pour ce grand travail abattu Si possible nous partager les photos.

1 year 10 months ago

Jospin BAHATI Bonjour Madame , Nous allons essayé de vous faire les photos, Jospin

1 year 10 months ago

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Posted 26 November 2015 at 09:19

Kick off Conference 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'!

Today the conference on horticulture started in a big room packed with participants eager to find out more about the opportunities and innovations in regional trade in horticultural products.


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!

Twitter live-stream: @RwandaHorti2015 or follow #RwandaHorti2015

Facebook: Event-page

Guylaine Mwamini c'est très bien de nous mettre à jours du déroulement des activités au Rwanda!

1 year 10 months ago

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. It is great pleasure to part of the conference. Thank you Agripro focus Uganda

1 year 10 months ago

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Posted 25 November 2015 at 04:18

Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture has started!

The first day of the Exhibition is a fact. One of the highlights was the Matchmaking event, organised by NABC and AgriProFocus. 


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!

Rita Kusasira We are sure waiting!

1 year 10 months ago

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Posted 23 November 2015 at 12:50

VOTE NOW for your favourite Business Innovation Competition winner!

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!

Winner 14

Name: JeunA (Jeunesse Active): Marie Angelique Kajibwami Cikuru/
Production of yeast (saccharomyces cerevisiae) using pineapple molasses''.
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo


Innovation:

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

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KIRIZA OLIVIER Toutes nos chances Marie Ange je vote

1 year 10 months ago

BAHATI Cimanuka Emmanuel J'ai beaucoup aimé cette innovation et vous encourage à aller jusqu'à produire la levure sous forme sèche que l'on peut conserver sans beaucoup de peine

1 year 10 months ago

Anne Marie Kortleve The online voting is closed as of now. A big thank you to all people who voted!

1 year 10 months ago

ekyellah kahiko C'est une bonne conception, reste qu'à rendre cette levure sous usitable à moyen terme

1 year 9 months ago

ekyellah kahiko Forme*

1 year 9 months ago