AgriProFocus Kenya

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

We offer:

Linking:

+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities

Learning:

+ Innovation & Learning Labs
+ Newsletters
+ Agribusiness Monitor

Leadership:

+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

Factsheet: The 2017 factsheet can be found HERE


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“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Posted 15 hours ago

Am an animal scientist are there more of us here

Dorina Prech Hi WAIRIMU KINYUA a very warm welcome to the platform. Could you may be tell us a bit more on what you do? I am sure there are a number of professionals from that field in this network.  Karibu sana. 

13 hours 30 min ago

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Posted yesterday at 07:16

Who Fed Kenya in June 2017. The Perspective of an African Woman Trader.

Maize meal continued to be a big topic of discussion in June 2017, and towards the end of the month Nairobi, started experiencing shortages of rice, a probable indication, that Kenyans were unwillingly consuming more rice than maize meal. In June 2017, Kenya was the Leading Net Importer (66,312MT), a 324% increase in comparison to May 2017 net import (20,449MT). Kenya imported (68,626MT) and exported (2,314MT). The leading imports were maize and beans, while wheat (2,194MT) was the leading export.


Uganda was the Leading Net Exporter (64,304MT) in June 2017 having exported (70,952MT) and imported (6,648MT). The leading exports were beans (34,096MT), a huge increase in comparison to May 2017 (9,803MT). Uganda exported beans to Kenya (30,552MT), to DRC (3,232MT), and to Tanzania (10MT). Uganda’s combined commodity exports were to Kenya (65,243MT), to Rwanda (2,326MT), and to DRC (3,232MT). Mai

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Dorina Prech Fostina Mani, many thanks for sharing these great insights on the food situation in the country. Interesting to note that there was increased demand for rice that Kenyans unwillingly resorted to in place of the maize meal. I think the recent food shortage situation called for the need to diversify our diets; as well as to explore climate smart ways to ensure abundant harvest rather than depending on rainfed agriculture as has always been the case. What do you think? 

19 hours 54 min ago

Fostina Mani Thanks for taking the time to read.  With regard to maize vs rice, considering the nature of work many Kenyans do, especially manual work, its fair to say that rice may not be as sustaining as a  meal like good old Ugali or Githeri.  With regard to rain-fed agriculture there are a lot of innovations out we just need to adopt and implement.

8 hours 39 min ago

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Posted yesterday at 02:07

Fall army worm

CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.

http://www.invasive-species.org/Uploads/InvasiveSpecies/FAW-inception-report.pdf

- http://www.cabi.org/projects/controlling-invasive-species/fall-armyworm/

For more information, contact

Dr Janny Vos

Strategic Partnerships Director

CABI

Email: j.vos@cabi.org

Visit us at: www.cabi.org

jul
20

Training Workshop on Mobile applications on Legumes Research

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  20 July 2017, 09:00-16:00
  PAUSTI (FIrst Floor) , AICAD, JKUAT

The ICT Support Project of the Legume Centre of Excellence in Food and Nutrition Security (LCEFoNS) is running a Workshop on Mobile Applications at PAUSTI (First Floor, Block C, AICAD).

The workshop is intended to build JKUAT’s capacity in technologies for the development of mobile-based applications for participatory/crowd sensing.

The workshop facilitator is from the Free University of Belgium.



jul
20

Engaging Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  20 July 2017 to 12 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Online Discussion Forum: Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate  

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017 till August 12

The online discussion forum

The online discussion forum is to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month to commemorate World Youth Skills Day (July 15) and International Youth Day (August 12) and will culminate in a webinar to wrap up the online discussion and develop a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness. The discussions will be focused on the

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Rensas Group UK: Importers of Horticultural Produce

We are looking for exporters of Fruits and Vegetables to Europe. We are a business supplying

horticultural produce to large company  that supplies big supermarkets in CEE. You can get in touch

with us at rensascz@gmail.com or Tel: 00447542074190. This number uses Whattsapp. 



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Posted 18 July 2017 at 07:45

Poultry Cages, incubators, drinkers, Feeders,kienyeji chicks

Engoho Kuku farmer is a leading Supplier of poultry equipment like egg incubators, cages, feeders, drinkers etc. In addition, Engoho Kuku Farmer has a poultry farm for training, hatching of eggs and selling chicks, chicken meat and fertilized eggs. Engoho Kuku Farmer was started in attempt to encourage the use of modern poultry farming practices by farmers to increase the profitability of their businesses and promote commercial poultry farming in Kenya.


Development House, 1Floor, Nairobi

0727474045




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Posted 18 July 2017 at 07:31

jul
18

Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in changing climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2017 to 12 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017.

The context

Agriculture is a key sector in most African countries and accounts for nearly half of Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). With rapid population growth in Africa in the past two decades, per capita food grain production has been reducing resulting in food scarcity coupled with imbalanced diets. A large part of the population has become malnourished. Agriculture in Africa is affected by risks such as climate change, increased market risk, and tightening resource constraints. With the removal of constraints to agricultural development, it is anticipated that

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Posted 18 July 2017 at 06:38

Enabling environment: a prerequisite for a thriving agriculture sector 

We recently attended the 16th Community of Practice Convening by GAIN's MarketPlace for Nutritious Foods, a platform designed to strengthen networks, foster innovations and provide investment to bring affordable nutritious foods to market.

The Community of Practice (CoP) is a network of local entrepreneurs, investors and institutions working in agriculture and nutrition. Through periodic meetings and online discussions, the members explore solutions, share lessons learned and exchange knowledge about market opportunities and policy changes to improve the quality and delivery of nutritious foods.

The overarching theme of this year's convening was “support ecosystems in the agriculture and nutrition space”. The session brought the stakeholders to discuss the findings of a recent survey to the members of the Community of Practice on how the CoP platform addresses needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of the value chain

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Anne Marie Kortleve Great insights here Dorina! I think the AgriProFocus network can really contribute here, what are the next steps? Will we be further involved in this CoP?

2 days 19 hours ago

Dorina Prech Thanks Anne Marie, indeed we shall continue to be engaged with the CoP and we thank Jillian Kanaiza Makungu for inviting us to be on the panel and to exhibit. We had a couple of people registered on the online platform with lots of interests from the SMEs engaged in nutritious foods to exhibit at the Network Day in October. 

2 days 18 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:08

Hi my name is Nelly,  I am currently based in the UK.  I am in the business of importing horticultural produce

to Europe.  Exporter of Fruits and vegetables  are always welcomed to get intouch. 

Collins Ngeera Hi, specifically what type of vegetables

2 days 23 hours ago

Dorina Prech Hi Nelly, thanks for posting on the platform. As Collins Ngeera asks, can you specify what type of vegetables you import and how people can get in touch with you. It would be nice if you could post on the market place too: https://agriprofocus.com/agri-profocus-kenya/marketplace. Thanks! 

2 days 16 hours ago

Nelly mwenda Hi Collins, We import different types grown for export around East Africa. This include exotic products such as Aubergines, chilies, runner beans, French beans, Habanero, Passion Fruits, Mangoes, Banana, pineapples etc. Our destinations are Germany, Holland and UK. Our contact are rensascz@gmail.com. Tel 00447542074190. We are always looking for suppliers with competitive prices. 

2 days 7 hours ago

Collins Ngeera Hi Nelly, what are the phytosanitary requirements, MRLs.

2 days 7 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 July 2017 at 02:12

We joined the food revolution - and you can, too

World Bank Blog by Nataliey Bitature and Manon Lavaud, 13 July 2017.

"Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to hold into 2050. With this growth, street food is going to become one of the most important components of African diets. The formal sector will just not be able to keep up!

Enter my company, Musana Carts, which tackles the #FoodRevolution challenge from the end of the food value chain. Musana Carts, which currently operates in Uganda, streamlines and improves the production and consumption of street food."

Full blog text: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-joined-food-revolution-and-so-can-you?CID=AGR_TT_agriculture_EN_EXT

sep
04

Free online course: Inclusive Agribusiness - 2SCALE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2017 to 25 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.  

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creation a

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Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 July 2017 at 10:25

A look in the life of a Gender in Value Chains Coach

Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's. 


Loes van Dijk Great to hear you talking about passion and a change in mindset, Knox Kalubi.  That is what matters!

1 week 12 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji Thanks for sharing. The video is to see and review because it is full of learning

5 days 16 hours ago

sep
13

Leadership, Innovation & Change Mgmt

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  13 September 2017 to 15 September 2017 - All Day Event
  +250

Dear Partner,

Asset Africa Institute, (www.assetafrica.co.ke), is pleased to announce the following seminar set for September 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Workshop Title: Leadership, Innovation and Change Management

Date: 13th -15th September 2017

Venue: Nobleza Hotel, Kigali Rwanda

Cost: USD 895(We offer partial scholarships to Relief, Humanitarian staff and Post-Graduate Students)

Need for training

In a context of exponential pipelines of ideas, accelerating innovation, improving your leadership outcomes and embracing change is the surest way of remaining relevant and “competitive” and this powerful seminar aims at enabling participants to develop critical leadership and innovation skills to turn innovation into action for immediate solutions to workplace challenges through expansion of mindsets.

Needless to say, change is not only necessary but an inevitable part of life and work and staff will have to adapt to various organization changes- restructuring, HR policy

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aug
29

Finance & Budgeting for non-Finance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 August 2017 to 02 September 2017 - All Day Event
  +250

Dear Partner,

Asset Africa Institute, (www.assetafrica.co.ke), is pleased to announce the following training coming up in August 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda

Training Title: Finance, Budgeting and Communication Management for Non-Finance Managers

Date: 29th August-2nd September 2017

Venue: Nobleza Hotel, Kigali Rwanda

Duration: 5 Days

Cost: USD 1295(Organizations sending in 3 participants get 1 attending for free)

Training Brief

A critical component of most program staff-Program Directors, program managers, officers, coordinators, advisors—have not had any formal training on fiancé and budgeting skills yet the nature of their work requires them to make financial related decisions, are expected to interact and communicate financial matters to with program accountants, donors and stakeholders on a daily basis.

In many organizations, lack of crucial financial skills leads to poor communication especially between program and finance departments resulting in suspicion, poor cooperation

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Posted 12 July 2017 at 12:43

Marketing Nutrition: Shaping businesses for better nutrition

Consumers shop for food and not for Nutrition. People choose foods based on appearance, taste, convenience and cost. Educating consumers around the importance of better, more nutritious foods can help them make better food choices- but education alone will not change behavior. It is essential that we work together to create and foster businesses that provide foods that are desirable, accessible, nutritious and safe.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 July 2017 at 07:48

AgriTech mobile trading platform to aid sub-Saharan farmers

A Cambridge company aiming to lift sub-Saharan farmers out of poverty by creating a market for their surplus was one of two winners in Agri-Tech East’s GROW agri-tech business plan competition.

Farming Data’s mobile trading platform uses mobile money and SMS texting on a basic phone to allow smallholders and buyers to communicate and trade more effectively. Smallholders grow 50 per cent of the world’s food and 40 per cent of global food production relies on irrigation.

Dr Belinda Clarke (pictured), Director of Agri-Tech East, said that the entries this year were looking at global challenges: “Smart water use, enhancing data available for decision support and improving profitability by finding markets for edible waste were strong themes among the entries this year. Many were looking for partners and investors for pilot studies and this is where the agri-tech cluster in the east of England is particularly strong.“

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Bakary DIARRA Thanks for the information, can you give me more details?

1 week 1 day ago

Akibodé Djodji My dear mister Diarra, for more informations, just folow this link   http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/news/agriculture/agritech-mobile-trading-platform-aid-sub-saharan-farmers

1 week 1 day ago

Bakary DIARRA Ok good Mr Akibodé Djodji

1 week 1 day ago