AgriProFocus Kenya

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.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 hours ago

  Building a pasteurizer 2000 liter per hour in our working place in Holland  

Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted yesterday at 01:14

the 2018 State of Inclusive Business

On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.

This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.

The full panel included:

Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business

Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA

Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan

Check out this page for the full webinar presentation deck and recordings: https://globescan.com/webinar-recap-inclusive-business-survey/


Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t

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Mobile Data Collection solution and application that empowers field teams

Dear Colleagues,

Have you always wanted to learn how to collect data using mobile phones?

We take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming 5 days training courses in Mobile Data Collection using ONA and KoBo Toolbox in Nairobi Kenya.

Become intimately familiar with all the four components of mobile data collection: data collection, hosting, visualization and analysis. This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and manage mobile data collection platforms using ODK, KoBo Toolbox, ONA and Magpi.

Who Should Attend

This training course is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning how to collect and manage data using mobile devices.

Duration

5 Days

Course Objectives

The course will introduce participants to tools and techniques to collect data for project/programme outcomes to stakeholders using innovative Mobile data gathering tools.

At

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 08:03

Vote for the winner of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018!

Online poll now open

The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.

Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote : 

https://knowledge4food.net/vote-for-the-winner-of-the-agrofood-broker-of-the-year-award-2018/

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Posted yesterday at 07:18

My Journey in Community Banking

It is not the farm that makes a farmer; it is the love, hardwork and character.

Recently, AgriProFocus hosted the National Youth in Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y) which brought together key stakeholders in the agrifood sector among them youth agripreneurs. Promoting Agribusiness, Investment, Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is a platform that appreciates efforts by different stakeholders in supporting youth in agribusiness through initiatives that enable them access information, knowledge, resources, experiences and expertise.

Access to resources-markets, information and knowledge was one of the facilitated parallel sessions that attracted a high number of participants with majority of youths acknowledging lack of finance as one of the major hindrances in venturing into agripreneurship.

In 2013, Mr. Patrick Nderitu, Founder Mwihoko Community Based Organization in Gatundu, South Kiambu County realized that most farmers were borrowing money from “ch

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Eugene Ndwiga Partnerships for socioeconomic development is the way to go. We are in Kikuyu, Kiambu county and we will be glad to talk to partners on agricultural value chains, especially Local Poultry. We are welcoming Partners supporting community-based initiatives to engage with us.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 December 2018 at 03:41

2019 Call for P4G Partnership Applications

Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030

P4G is seeking to fund and support public-private partnerships with innovative sustainability projects in developing countries. Partnerships can apply for start-up funding of up to USD 100,000 or scale-up funding of up to USD 1 million for projects in five Sustainable Development Goal areas: food and agriculture, water and sanitation, energy, cities, and circular economy.

P4G facilitates partners through the development of business models and linking to the right organisations and people, funding, and generating exposure for partnerships during high-level events. 

For more information: https://p4gpartnerships.org/content/2019-call-p4g-partnership-applications


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 December 2018 at 01:20

AGRIPROFOCUS PARTICIPATES AT THE GlobE PAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE

The GlobE Pan-African conference was held from 2-4 December at Sawela Lodges, Naivasha, Kenya. The German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) funded six African-German Research Networks from 2013-2018 to develop promising strategies and practical solutions to strive for global food security within the funding initiative GlobE. Since the project is coming to an end, the conference aimed at communicating the research outputs to all stakeholders in the agrifood sector and provides inputs into the design of future international research cooperation.

The project was implemented by RELOAD, Wetlands, UrbanFood, HORTINLEA, Trans-SEC and BiomassWEB in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania. Some of the research outputs include: technical, organizational, institutional and social innovations; resource management and development strategies; management rec

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feb
25

Training on M&E & KoBO Toolbox for Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  25 February 2019 - 08:00 to 01 March 2019 - 17:00
  Nairobi

Dear Colleague, Have you always wanted to learn how to collect data using mobile phones? We take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming 5 days training courses in Mobile Data Collection for M&E using ODK and KoBoToolbox in Nairobi Kenya.

Become intimately familiar with all the four components of mobile data collection: data collection, hosting, visualization and analysis. This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and manage mobile data collection platforms using ODK, KoBo Toolbox and Magpi.

Target Participants

This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. No prior knowledge of ODK, KoBo Toolbox or Magpi is required.

Course Dates

· 28thJan to 1stFebruary 2019Register online here

· 25thFeb to 1stMarch 2019Register o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 December 2018 at 08:15

About the NDC partnership

In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.

Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.

The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map 

Wim Goris PS: forgot to mention that the Netherlands (minister Sigrid Kaag of Foreign Affairs) is co-chair of the NDC partnership, per 2019.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 12 December 2018 at 11:13

Socially responsible fruit growing

The experience of Afrifresh, in partnership with IFC: the business case for better work for women on fresh fruit farms in South Africa

Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.

These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.

Read the 2-pager to learn about the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 December 2018 at 08:32

Call for Submission: FARA essay Competition  

''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”

The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.

The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo

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jan
14

Mobile Data Collection using Kobo Toolbox (ICT4Agriculture)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  14 January 2019 - 08:00 to 18 January 2019 - 17:00
  Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya

Dear Colleague, Have you always wanted to learn how to collect data using mobile phones? We take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming 5 days training course on Mobile Data Collection using Kobo Toolbox in Nairobi Kenya.

Become intimately familiar with all the four components of mobile data collection: data collection, hosting, visualization and analysis. This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and manage mobile data collection platforms using ODK, KoBo Toolbox and Magpi.

Target Participants

This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. No prior knowledge of ODK, KoBo Toolbox or Magpi is required.

Registration

· 14th to 18th January 2019 - Online Registration

· 11th to 15th February 2019Online Registration

· 11th

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sep
09

Food systems: towards food security in an urbanising society

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 September 2019 to 20 September 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen

The global challenge is to provide sufficient food for a nutritious diet for healthy living for the growing world population that can be sustained for generations. This course explores the role of food systems in the provision of healthy and sustainable diets at national, regional and global levels.

Upon completion of the course you will:

- Participants get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;

- Participants are able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;

- Participants are able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies

The course is open to international participants and to MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood gov

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 December 2018 at 08:50

AFLAZ research cooperation on aflatoxin in maize and dairy, Kenya

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 10 December 2018 at 08:49

CALL FOR INNOVATORS: SOCIAL INNOVATION CHANGE 2019


The Civil Society Academy in collaboration with Welthungerhilfe and Impact Hub are currently receiving applications from out-of-the-box thinkers and innovators with a passion for Zero Hunger and Social Justice who are willing to take part in the Social Innovation Challenge.

Winners will have the opportunity to receive up to 40,000 Euro in 2019 to operationalize/realize their idea against hunger and social injustice.

Challenge 1: How might we support rural women and their families to access public services that truly help them escape hunger and injustice?​

Solutions that...

Support vulnerable women improving their awareness, access and quality of services and help ensuring their rights at the local level

Improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability of state services

Provide radical alternatives to current models of service delivery

Challenge 2: How might we support social activists and concerned citizens to become more powerful in combating

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 December 2018 at 08:08

Agriterra's top cooperatives

The Top 74 is a yearly ranking of Agriterra’s clients based on their performance. The clients are evaluated a financial ratio analysis, client’s contribution to Agriterra’s 2020 Goals, an evaluation by the business advisor, non-financial performance indicators, the availability of required documentation and a financial health check. Each category has its own weight, leading to a total score per client. 

156 clients could be analysed, of which 110 cooperatives, 27 farmer organisations and 19 savings & credit cooperatives. See below overview in pdf.



Godfrey LUtwama It's always good to rank such organizations as it boosts performance but clear parameters should be set to understand wheather Farmers have improved financially, yield per hectare, market access , financial base of coorpertives etc...these areas acts as a basis for future engagements of other partners

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 December 2018 at 08:31

Mobile Data Collection for M&E using ODK and KoBoToolbox (Most suitable for people working the Agricultural sector)    

Dear Colleague, Have you always wanted to learn how to collect data using mobile phones? We take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming 5 days training courses in Mobile Data Collection for M&E using ODK and KoBoToolbox in Nairobi Kenya.

Become intimately familiar with all the four components of mobile data collection: data collection, hosting, visualization and analysis. This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and manage mobile data collection platforms using ODK, KoBo Toolbox and Magpi.

Target Participants

This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. No prior knowledge of ODK, KoBo Toolbox or Magpi is required.

Registration

· 28th Ja

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 6 December 2018 at 02:41

Why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector: 

Case from the Ethiopian Flower sector

Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.

At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement. 

IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur

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jan
28

Mobile Data Collection Solution that empowers Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  28 January 2019 to 01 February 2019 - All Day Event
  Nairobi

Dear Colleague, 

Have you always wanted to learn how to collect data using mobile phones?

We take this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming 5 days training courses in Mobile Data Collection for M&E using ODK and KoBoToolbox in Nairobi Kenya.

Become intimately familiar with all the four components of mobile data collection: data collection, hosting, visualization and analysis. This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. Upon completion of the course, you will be able to set up and manage mobile data collection platforms using ODK, KoBo Toolbox and Magpi.

Target Participants

This course is for professionals who want to strengthen their capacity in mobile data collection using innovative technologies. No prior knowledge of ODK, KoBo Toolbox or Magpi is required.

Course Dates

· 28th Jan to 1st February 2019Register online here

· 25th Feb to 1st March

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jan
21

Training on Grants Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  21 January 2019 - 08:00 to 25 January 2019 - 16:30
  Devimpact Institute Training Centre

About the course

Most of the development projects are financed through grants from donors. It is the responsibility of the project management team to ensure that the limited resources are used optimally and efficiently to achieve maximum impact. This course is designed to equip the participants with best practices and essentials skills in effective grants management.

Target Participants

This training is designed for grants management officers/managers, financial managers and the project managers of donor funded projects.

Course duration

5 Days

What you will learn

By the end of this training the participants will learn to:

· Handle pre-award activities that will set your program on the right track

· Oversee post-award start-up, operation, and closeout duties

· Ensure compliance with funder requirements

· Address the critical aspects of managing grant finances

· Effectively report grants management progress to stakeholders

Course Outline

Introduction to Grants

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