Making Agribusiness Work for Development

 

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As a network, AgriProFocus is a neutral convener, bringing together agripreneurs, private sector companies, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and governments together around specific questions, issues and opportunities. We organise ánd facilitate the place for members to meet and work, learn and influence together. Our diverse membership base and presence in both The Netherlands and in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia offers unique opportunities for cross-boundary exchange. 

This online agribusiness platform with over 26000 registered agribusiness professionals facilitates easy access to relevant information and provides all our members with visibility and outreach within the network and beyond. The dedicated AgriProFocus staff is your navigator in the network, helping you find the right partners and the right information and build a strong culture of collaboration.

We do this by:

NETWORK BUILDING

Creating a collaborative culture by sharing information, opportunities, challenges and lessons learned and explore potential for joint action.

LINKING

Creating and facilitating the partnerships for different stakeholder to start working together

LEARNING

Creating and facilitating the learning environment for different stakeholders to learn from and with each other

LEADERSHIP

Creating and facilitating the space for different stakeholders to jointly set and influence the agenda

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 July 2018 at 09:35

Addis Ababa grabs attention in global dialogue on accessing healthy food in Africa’s cities

Wageningen University Alumni Day reveals the strong Ethio-Netherlands collaboration to increase sustainable food and nutrition security in Ethiopia.

On the occasion of its 100th birthday (1918-2018), the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands invited its alumni around the world to organize a Worldwide Alumni Day. With the support of Ethiopian WUR alumni, The Netherlands Embassy and the WUR-‘Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership’, the AgriProFocus Network in Ethiopia organized this Alumni Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 at ILRI, Addis Ababa. Since WUR has proven to be unique in understanding the entire food chain, the central theme of the Alumni Day was “Access to Healthy Food in Mega Cities’.

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MBONIHANKUYE Ferdinand c' est intéressant!!

6 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 June 2018 at 01:33

Brief AgriProFocus Beleidswerkgroep aan Tweede Kamer ivm notaoverleg 28 juni 2018

AgriProFocus reactie op "Investeren in perspectief"

Aan: Leden van de algemene commissie BHOS van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal

Betreft: Notaoverleg Beleidsnota Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking op 28-6-2018

Utrecht, 20 juni 2018


Geachte leden van de commissie BHOS,

Op 28 juni gaat uw commissie met Minister Kaag in debat over de BHOS nota ‘Investeren in perspectief’. Namens de beleidswerkgroep van AgriProFocus (eindnoot 1) willen wij u graag onderstaande vijf punten meegeven om in te brengen in dit debat, omdat die o.i. noodzakelijk zijn voor een effectiever beleid op voedsel- en voedingszekerheid wereldwijd, het behalen van SDG2 en het versterken van agribusiness in ontwikkelingslanden.

1. Preventieve inzet op voedselzekerheid is meest effectief

Het AgriProFocus netwerk onderschrijft het belang van het voorkomen van conflicten en aanpakken van grondoorzaken van conflict en instabiliteit. Armoede is v

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 27 June 2018 at 09:27

Business arguments for a gender sensitive business strategy

This article presents three examples of companies experiencing the benefits of addressing gender in their business strategy. It is based on an interview with Stella Ling, my colleague from Fair & Sustainable Consulting, and me. The article is published in the glossy magazine Making Gender Work, cultivating diversity, of AgriProFocus. Read the magazine for more interesting articles!

Women bring better business results

Instead of focusing on how women benefit from economic development, the question can be turned around: how does business benefit from including women. Experts of Fair & Sustainable Consulting discuss three cases. Three companies, each playing a different role in the value chain, benefit from actively engaging women in their business.

Companies can have different roles in agricultural value chains: buyer, input supplier, or employer. All types of company can benefit from including women in their businesses, in many differe

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benson lounga i also want to grow that plant

6 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 June 2018 at 07:28

Results Critical Capital workshop

During Foodfirst Conference - 1st June - at Rabobank Utrecht  


Now that we better understand the issues: what needs to be done by who?  


Organised by: AgriProFocus, ICCO, Rabobank Foundation

Frank Bakx (Rabobank Foundation) presented the results of the study Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs that reviewed demand and supply of risk capital for agrifood SMEs in Sub-Sahara Africa, based on field studies in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Mali

Panellists:

Hans Docter: Director for Sustainable Economic Development at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Laura Smeets: Investment Director at BiD Network Foundation

Jaap Jan Verboom : CEO at Truvalu

Sean Patrick: Founder and Food Innovator at Green Banana

REPORT

Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. Private equity and venture capital provider

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 22 June 2018 at 01:34

Lancement  du Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture:FINAGRI 2018

Mise en relation, accès au finance et partage de connaissance

FINAGRI 2018 le ruban est coupé ; profitez-en !

C’est autour de la piscine de l’Hôtel du cinquantenaire que la cérémonie officielle du lancement de la cinquième Edition du FINAGRI a débuté aux environs de 10h sous la présidence de Son Excellence Monsieur Soumana Mori Coulibaly, ministre du Développement local ; en présence de plus de 200 invites dont le président du Conseil Régional de Sikasso ; le Directeur Général de l’Agence de Développement Régional de Sikasso ; le Maire de la ville de Sikasso ; la Directrice Régionale de ICCO ROWA ; et les élus locaux  de la région:

Depuis ce jeudi matin la ville de Sikasso vit donc au rythme des grands évènements avec un défilé incessant des acteurs de développement tels :les organisations paysannes ; les professionnels des associations des banques et institutions de micro finance ;

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Blockchain: the magical tool?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  28 June 2018, 16:30-18:30
  AgriProFocus office - Utrecht - FULL

YES! PIZZAPROFOCUS IS BACK!

Is blockchain technology the magical tool that will help solve many of the issues in sustainable food systems? From increased transparency in value chains to lower transaction costs and from improved chain collaboration to flawless traceability of fresh food and transformed food products?

Join us and listen to Dr. Lan Ge (WUR) explaining what blockchain is all about! She also presents the findings from the Blockchain for Agriculture and Food study conducted by WUR and TNO.

Participate, share ideas and experiences (already?)about the potential and opportunities for using blockchain technology in your work. In the work we, Dutch Diamond partners, do together to achieve innovative results for actors in the agrifood sector in low and middle income countries.

We hope to see you on the 28th on our 4th PizzaProFocus session! 

THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME



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Farmer Group Transformation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  20 June 2018, All Day Event
  Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka

Knowledge sharing and learning workshop & Business drinks

Theme: Farmer Group Transformation

What?

AgriProFocus Network is hosting a network building event under the theme “Transforming Farmer Groups” on Wednesday 20th June 2018, from 08:00 – 17:00 hours at Radisson Blu Hotel.

Why?

There are a number of programmes and initiatives that leverage on the farmer group structures. This draws in the need for key stakeholders and members to share insights on the key drivers and limitations on working with farmer group structures. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for key stakeholders and members working with various types of farmer groups to exchange knowledge and learn from each other on the challenges, advantages and best practices of working and engaging farmer groups. The event will also seek to generate interest among stakeholders for the establishment of a coalition to work towards a Farmer Group Transformation programme to accelerate the development of sustainable

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 June 2018 at 04:15

First successful Contract Farming Learning Event in Myanmar

On June 6, Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar hosted a learning event about contract farming in Myanmar. More then 130 representatives from the private sector, the development sector, knowledge institutes and the government in Myanmar participated to learn about different models of contract farming and factors for success. In this blog, you can read more about the experiences and inspiring examples presented during the day and understand more about the main issues in the current debate about contract farming in Myanmar.

In the past months, various members of the MAN and AgriProFocus networks indicated their interest to learn about contract farming to be able to start implementation in Myanmar. Therefore, we decided to dedicate our first joint learning and networking event to contract farming. This is an exciting first step in our joint learning agenda, that we agreed on in our Memorandum of Agreement last yea

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Wim Goris hi Theint, just read about this in the APF Myanmar newsletter. Thanks for all the details in this post.  The link to the presentations does not work. Also, I was curious if the discussions in this event discussed which crops are most suitable for contract farming arrangements.  That is one of the insights in this publication> https://agriprofocus.com/post/591c3af20b34d90703ab7d4b

6 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 13 June 2018 at 02:53

CoP Youth 22nd of May 2018

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.

Organizing of youth for changing food systems

This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 8 June 2018 at 09:13

First Step of Agrifood Youth Ambassadors


Are you wondering what our young ambassadors do after the Agrifood Bootcamp 2018? Last week of May, we could organize the youth leadership training for the winners of Agrifood Bootcamp 2018. Our Main facilitator May from MDF Asia Myanmar also could facilitate the youths to be active leaders in their community. It took three days from 30 May to 1st June at Ibis style hotel, Yangon.


All participants prioritized to attend this training even they have personal, work related important cases because they really want to be active as a youth leader in their community. Training days are spent with interesting activities, concepts, discussion and brainstorming about how to be a leader for the youths in agricultural sector. HE. Wouter Jurgens, the Netherlands ambassador also visited the training to encourage the Agrifood youth ambassadors. Even the training is finished, it is not a finish, just a start for them.

Training objective is to know more about themselves

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 7 June 2018 at 01:31

Results Gender in Value Chains programme AgriProFocus

The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive. 

Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2018 at 09:15

AgriProFocus New Strategy presentation Meeting

On Wednesday 9th May 2018 at Chez Lando Hotel, AgriProFocus Rwanda invited all Dutch members working in Rwanda to a half day workshop in which AgriProFocus Rwanda wanted to share with the members new directions of the network.

The objectives of the workshop were:

1. Sharing with Dutch members APF new strategy and annual plan 2018,

2. Co creating together with Dutch members what to collaboratively work on together that brings up member coalition.

3. Discuss on how AgriProFocus Rwanda can be relevant to Dutch members intervention in Agrifood sector

The workshop started with a welcoming message from the AgriProFocus Network Country Coordinator, Madam Sajji RYAKUNZE and a brief introduction about AgriProFocus new strategy and annual plan 2018. In her speech, Madam Sajji said that “The network is currently in a transition phase from Promoting Farmer Entrepreneurship to Making AgriBusiness work for Development. With this new strategy, AgriProFocus wi

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Roel Snelder Thanks for posting and seeing the good spirit. Looking forward to the synergy

7 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME The good is spirit there!Let's have a focus!

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 June 2018 at 07:18

New markets for shea nut harvesters in Mali

In Mali, collecting nuts of the native shea tree is popular among female farmers. After having eaten the sweet flesh, they sell the nuts directly, or they process them and sell shea butter and oil for food production and cosmetics. To strengthen this women-led sector, ICCO, USAID-Mali and two shea-oil companies supported more than 12,000 women harvesters by facilitating the certification of their shea products and by linking them to new markets.

Altogether, 25 women-led cooperatives received training to improve harvesting, boiling, drying, storing and packaging. They also enhanced their entrepreneurial and marketing skills. ‘They now produce better quality butter and oil, and know how to negotiate, giving them a better price’, says Jaap ’t Gilde from ICCO. The trained women cooperatives obtained long term contracts from the shea oil companies (SOATAF and Olvea), together with a 200 per cent increase in the shea price per kilo.

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Akibodé Djodji Nouveaux marchés pour les cueilleurs de noix de karité au MaliAu Mali, la collecte des noix de l'arbre de karité indigène est populaire parmi les agricultrices. Après avoir mangé la chair sucrée, ils vendent les noix directement, ou ils les traitent et vendent du beurre de karité et de l'huile pour la production alimentaire et les cosmétiques. Pour renforcer ce secteur dirigé par des femmes, ICCO, USAID-Mali et deux compagnies de karité ont soutenu plus de 12 000 femmes récolteuses en facilitant la certification de leurs produits de karité et en les reliant à de nouveaux marchés.Au total, 25 coopératives dirigées par des femmes ont reçu une formation pour améliorer la récolte, l'ébullition, le séchage, le stockage et l'emballage. Ils ont également amélioré leurs compétences entrepreneuriales et marketing. «Ils produisent maintenant du beurre  de meilleure qualité et savent négocier, en leur donnant un meilleur prix», explique Jaap 't Gilde d'ICCO. Les coopératives de femmes formées ont obtenu des contrats à long terme auprès des compagnies  de karité (SOATAF et Olvea), ainsi qu'une augmentation de 200% du prix du karité par kilo.Des projets qui font la différenceLes membres d'AgriProFocus soutiennent les femmes entrepreneures dans une entreprise à prédominance masculine, renforcent les secteurs dominés par les femmes ou appuient les agricultrices tout en faisant participer leurs maris. Six projets ont été publiés qui illustrent ce que ces différentes approches peuvent signifier pour les femmes et la chaîne de valeur. Les projets et autres articles intéressants sont publiés dans le magazine Gender 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'

7 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 4 June 2018 at 10:37

Six ways to include gender in your work

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')

These tips will enable you to seriously address gender in your programme. Women will benefit, and even better, you will discover that paying attention to gender will increase the success of your programme. 

1. Be explicit about gender 

To get companies, NGOs and other partners on board, it is important to be explicit about the benefits of including women throughout the project. In many developing countries, women play an important role in agriculture, but lack access to resources. Addressing the constraints faced by women leads to better performing value chains, better agricultural production in general, and economic empowerment of women. The benefits of including women throughout the project should be specified, not only in the introduction of your proposal, but also in the strategy and monitoring. When dealing with companies, it can be useful to stress the economi

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Alemnew Kassegne Great!

7 months 2 weeks ago

CUMA BALOLAGE JEAN MARIE VIANNE It's great, for me i wanted To talk about stevia et mouringa , i'll post it next week.

7 months 2 weeks ago

Knox Kalubi Very educative and encouraging. We are gender  ambassadors 24/7 

7 months 2 weeks ago

PETER KOLAWOLE This is educative

5 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 June 2018 at 09:39

Meet Young Entrepreneurs

The 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity to members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.

For the 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks, over 40 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches. Among other things, what makes this event unique was that the number of participants who are young entrepreneurs was higher.

ADHENO is a non-profit, non-governmental grassroots organization established in 2002 and re-registered in 2009 as an Ethiopian Charity Organization. The purpose of this organization is to contribute towards alleviation of poverty and improving t

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Alemnew Kassegne It was enjoyable and informative event. I learned a lot of things in a short time. I thank the organizers. It could be a habit to motivate and initiate conditions for networking. I believe that such types of events will create motivated and all rounded individuals that can play their part for the betterment of the country. This is one of the gaps in developing counties: unable to connect the needy. 

7 months 2 weeks ago

Mahder Akalu Thank you Alemnew, for attending the 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks and the idea that you shared for the participants. 

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 June 2018 at 02:30

MISSION COMMERCIALE ET ÉCONOMIQUE MALI/PAYS-BAS

En juin prochain, une mission commerciale et économique composée d’opérateurs économiques maliens se rendra aux Pays-Bas pour des opportunités d’affaires. En prélude à cette mission, le bureau de la Chambre de commerce et d’industrie du Mali (CCIM) a tenu, samedi dernier, dans la salle de réunion de l’institution consulaire, un séminaire informatif en vue d’un encadrement technique de la délégation.  

La cérémonie présidée par le Vice-président de la CCIM dans, Mamadou Baba Sylla, a eu lieu en présence du représentant de l’Ambassadeur des Pays-Bas au Mali, M. Landouré.
Le vice-président de la CCIM a expliqué que le but de la rencontre était d’édifier les participants sur les différentes opportunités qu’offrent les Pays-Bas aux opérateurs économiques de notre pays, en matière d’échanges commerciaux et économiques, de création et de promotion des entreprises et de création d’emplois. Tout en

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 31 May 2018 at 01:56

Le Salon International de l'Agriculture du Mali ( SIAGRI) 

Le SIAGRI, Salon International de l’Agriculture, s’impose comme un rendez-vous majeur des acteurs du monde agricole malien, ceux de la sous-région et de l’international. La hollande très avancée dans le secteur Agroalimentaire était au cœur de cette 7ème édition qui s’est tenue du 05 au 13 Mai 2018 à Bamako. Au cœur de ce grand rendez-vous, un Pavillon Hollandais comportant plus d’une trentaine de Stands. Ce fut l’occasion pour les visiteurs de connaître les entreprises agroalimentaires néerlandaises, leurs partenaires au Mali et celles d’autres pays relevant de la juridiction de l’Ambassade des Pays Bas au Mali (Burkina Faso, Niger).

La cérémonie officielle, de ce grand rendez-vous est placée sous le haut patronage de Mr Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Président de la République. Le Chef de l’Etat, a témoigné de l’Excellence des relations de Coopération entre le Mali et les Pays-Bas, en v

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Mamadou Tambadou Agri pro focuis c'est unes exceptionnelles pour nous entrepreneurs 

4 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 May 2018 at 01:06

Fondsen en overheden moeten investeren in agrifood MKB Afrika

Rabobank Foundation, Food & Business Knowledge Platform, ICCO Cooperation en AgriProFocus presenteren het rapport ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. Het rapport evalueert de toegang tot risicodragend kapitaal voor midden- en kleinbedrijven (MKB) in de Afrikaanse agrifood sector. Deze bedrijven spelen een belangrijke rol in de voedselzekerheid van de sterk groeiende Afrikaanse bevolking, maar tegelijkertijd hebben zij nog weinig toegang tot passende financiering.

Bied agrifood MKB een breed scala aan financiële diensten

Het rapport focust op agrifood MKB die tussen wal en schip vallen: ze zijn te groot om in aanmerking te komen voor microfinanciering maar te klein voor een investering door banken en private investeerders. Een belangrijke conclusie van het rapport is dat er weinig investeringsfondsen bestaan die willen voorzien in de financieringsvraag van agrifood MKB. Deze vraag ligt vaak onder de 250,000 dollar,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 May 2018 at 09:04

Vacancy: Executive & Office Assistant 

AgriProFocus Netherlands - 32 hrs/wk - based in Utrecht 

AgriProFocus is an international network with Dutch roots that supports agripreneurship in low and middle income countries to contribute to food security and economic development. Our network is active in the Netherlands as a partnership with 35 member organisations consisting of private sector, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and government. Outside the Netherlands we have 12 country networks in Africa and Asia.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative Executive & Office Assistant for our dynamic team in Utrecht. This vacancy is a maternity leave replacement, from August 1, 2018 until February 1, 2019, with a possibility of extension. You will work closely together with the Operations Officer.

Job description

+ You liaise with the AgriProFocus Board, Participants Council, Working Groups and external contacts as extension of the Managing Director.
+ Provide executive sup

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julius aine thanks much for your opportunity and am julius from uganda 

7 months 2 weeks ago

julius aine please join me at juliuskasajja68@gmail.com

7 months 2 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Julius, thank you for your interest but the vacancy is in the Netherlands. Kind Regards Janine

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 30 May 2018 at 03:21

Very happy to share that we have worked for the past 3 days on the design of the new AgriProFocus Youth Program. Exciting to develop this program with our colleagues at the country platforms and see our network approach come to life! If you have suggestions on what value an AgriProFocus Youth Program could add for you or your organization, please let us know in the questions section of this post. 

Taye Teshome We would be happy if we can collaborate with you Hands on Consultancy Service @handsonconsultancyplc@gmail.com

7 months 3 weeks ago

julius aine iwil be happy to hear from you am julius from uganda am looking for someone who can help me with some support to my projects and here is my email juliuskasajja68@gmail.com

7 months 2 weeks ago

Muhindo Nasani Kahuju I will be the happiest if we can collaborate. otherwise we the youth we need support. Muhindo. Kasese Uganda .Goat farmer.

7 months 2 weeks ago

Godfrey Ssekabira I am implementing anew strategy called Rural Youth Extension Workers where selected rural based youths are given comprehensive training , sit for exams and passed out as certified rural based service providers. These provide their services for a fee to the small holders and the intention is to create income for the youths, interest them into agriculture while at the same time solving the challenge of law adoption by farmers because of either being busy, old age or being luzy to work on their farms. Would be glad to scale the program up and also share it with you members if interested.

7 months 2 weeks ago

Godfrey Ssekabira We are now establishing a network for these service providers that will guide their activities, code of conduct in addition to enabling them bid for any other business or support.

7 months 2 weeks ago