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.
+ 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
+ Innovation & Learning Labs
+ Agribusiness Monitor
+ 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
fertilizer granulator is a newly developed granulating machine in fertilizer
industry. It uses squeezing principle to form fertilizer particles with
diameters of 3.5-10mm in one time.It has higher granulating ratio of over 85%.
Double roller fertilizer granulator is the most popular granulating methods
(2%-5% moisture content) fertilizer process at
room temperature.Less cost and quick granulating,thus it can bring fertilizer
investment a good economic returns.
Double Roller Fertilizer Granulator Application and Features
1.No-drying fertilizer such as 2%-5% moisture content fertilizer granulating
process,forming fertilizer particles in one time,little cost.
2.Reliable motor adopted, no three wastes released,stable granulating,simple to
3.Rational structure and advanced technology,good economic benefits.
4.Wide application to raw materials like compound fertilizer,organic fertilizer,feed,etc. Can be used to process compound fertilizer of various concentrations(inclu... Read more
The largest spectacle and business platform in African incubation, the Africa Agribusiness Conference and Expo 2017 is set for Dakar, Senegal for another 3 days of pure business from the 4th to 6th of October.
High on the agenda is the role of agribusiness incubation and thematic side-events addressing existing bottlenecks to job creation for more youth through agribusiness development in Africa with the guiding theme of “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Trade and Investment.”
Like the inaugural edition launched by among others HE Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the then African Union Commisioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, the second 5th October Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day will be hosted by the youth at the centre with all events tailor-made for the youth.
From 450 delegates in Nairobi, Kenya in 2015 to 900 in Accra Ghana 2016, this business boosting spectacle is calling for more seats to accommodate the demand come October 2017 in Dakar.
Read more: http://africaain.org/779-2/&nb... Read more
In 2016, Brazafric Enterprises Limited [BEL], the leading supplier of coffee technologies in Africa together with the Africa Coffee Academy [ACA] – the leading business and technical supporter of the coffee value chain in Africa joined hands to host the first annual Coffee Technology Expo (CTE).
The general objective of the CTE is to create awareness and demand for coffee related technology and services along the value chain to the coffee stakeholders in Eastern Africa region by exhibiting, showcasing, and training visitors on an annual basis.
The 2nd Coffee Technology Expo will take place from 14-16 September 2017, at the Uganda Manufacturers Association [UMA] show grounds in Lugogo - UMA Multi-Purpose Hall. The theme of this year’s expo is “Building Resilience of the Small Holder Coffee Farmer through Improved Technology”.
Together with four Albert Heijn employees with an assignment to produce ‘vlogs’, ICCO CFO Wim Hart visited the company AAA Growers in Nairobi. He wrote a blog about his trip: Sustainable business and responsible consumption.
Blog- Tenderstem. I had never heard of it, but since I spent the last few days in Kenya, this vegetable will have my special attention further on.
Together with four Albert Heijn employees with an assignment to produce ‘vlogs’, I visited AAA Growers in Nairobi. AAA Growers is a farm with five locations in Kenya that cultivates 6000 tons of vegetables - such as red peppers (‘chillies’), haricot verts, peas – and fruit a year, and a few tons of flowers (mainly roses). The company exports part of his huge harvest to one of the biggest retailers in The Netherlands: Albert Heijn. Tenderstem (‘bimi’ in Dutch), the broccoli-like vegetable with a long stem and a smaller 'flower' is one of those export goods.
Summary (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)
This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper... Read more
Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 35? Do you have a passion for youth participation in the transformation of agribusiness in Africa?
Here is your chance to win sponsorship from the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and partners to represent the youth from your country at the 2017 edition of the 5th October “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” during the forthcoming 2017 Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo that will run from the 4th to the 6th of October in Dakar, Senegal.
How to participate
1. Get acquainted with the history of the “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” and the “Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo”. Do your homework on global business incubation, opportunities in ICT integration in agribusiness, AAIN core investment areas, the 2017 theme of the African Union, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Pr... Read more
Asset Africa Institute, (www.assetafrica.co.ke) , is pleased to announce the following certificate level online course
Course Name: Certificate in Management of the Project Cycle
Target Participants: Worldwide
Language of Instruction: English
Course Training Duration: 12 Weeks (Participants can finish the course faster my studying modules and submitting assignments on time)
Cost: USD 375 .Discounts for group registration apply
Overall Objective: To enhance and accelerate the effective delivery of programmatic outcomes through the upgrade of key competencies in the management of the project cycle among organization staff.
Understand key aspects of project design, planning, implementation, administration and Monitoring and Evaluation
Understand ways to design, implement, monitor and evaluate projects
Educate Learners on how to link a logical framework and translate it into a concise and transparent budget and work plan
Use the logical framework to de... Read more
Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives.
If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become.
AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services.
For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc... Read more
Asset Africa Institute, (www.assetafrica.co.ke), is pleased to host the following symposium set to take place in November- December 2017.
Event Title: Africa NGO Governance, Leadership & Management Symposium
Date: 29th November-1st December 2017
Venue: Two Rivers Mall, Nairobi, Kenya
Close of Registration: 27/10/2017
12 high level speakers from across 3 continents discussing the most topical issues ,a serene scenic atmosphere, probably the best networking opportunity you have had in 2017…you want to be there!
About the Organization
Asset Africa Institute (www.assetafrica.co.ke)-AAI- has distinguished itself as the training provider of choice among development organizations. AAI specializes in the research, design and delivery of high quality and affordable training programs for development workers worldwide. We work with a team of high end consultant base of more than 140 highly educated and experienced professionals many of whom are involved in post doctoral res... Read more
Asset Africa Institute, (www.assetafrica.co.ke), is pleased to announce the following workshop.
Workshop Title: Designing and Installing Results-Based HRM Strategies
Date: 12th -15th September, 2017
Venue: Hennessis Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
Cost: USD 975 (We offer partial scholarships to Relief, Humanitarian staff and Post-Graduate Students)
Principal among the responsibilities of HR Managers/Coordinators/Officers is the provision of results-based and measurable leadership in the design and implementation of systems that offer most favorable working conditions and quality of employment for optimal service delivery.
This four day intensive and participatory forum furthers the competencies of HR staff in the Promotion of HR Functions, Preparation of donor compliant HR budgets, Generating management and other institutional roles, Performing comprehensive internal and external HR Audits, Designing and applying Strategies for the Monitoring and Eval... Read more
Asset Africa Institute, (www.assetafrica.co.ke), is pleased to announce the following workshop coming up in November 2017
Workshop Title: Financial Analysis, Management and Budgetary Control
Date: 6th -11th November 2017
Duration: 6 Full Days
Venue: Hennessis Hotel, Nairobi Kenya
Cost: USD 1195(We offer partial scholarships to Relief, Humanitarian staff and Post-Graduate Students)
Benefits of the Workshop
Amongst others, this senior training aims to deliver the following key outcomes among participants;
together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:
“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz... Read more
Hello Dorina, thanks for the amazing work you are doing in enlightening the youth. Is there a way the organization can support a prospective agri-entrepreneur with information, advice and mentorship on how to set up a profitable agribusiness venture? I would like to venture in agribusiness but currently lack info on the ideal crops and animals to grow or rear based on the soil fertility and climate respectively. I would also like to know if the organization can link a farmer to a ready market for a particular product.
Thanks so much. Will really appreciate your response.
East Africa Regional Grain Trade Analysis for the Week Ending 21st July 2017
Maize (9,489MT) was the highest traded commodity in the region in the week ending 21st July 2017, a decrease from the previous week (11,304MT). The price of maize is on a decline across all Kenyan markets, as many parts of the country have started harvesting fresh maize. The Government of Kenya’s promise to import more maize at a much lower price seems to have finally pushed the price of maize on a downward trend. Zambians and Malawi traders continue looking at exporting maize to Kenya, which seems to offer a much more favourable price, despite unconfirmed reports of Tanzania’s continual barriers towards Kenyan imports from Southern Africa region. Maize wholesale prices were highest in South Sudan, Juba Ksh83($0.80)/kg, and Burundi Gitega, Ksh72($0.69)/kg. The lowest prices were in Tanzania, Mbeya Ksh21($0.20)/kg and Uganda, Kampala Ksh24($23)/kg. Kenya reported the following wholesale prices Kisumu, Ksh60($0.... Read more
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.
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... Read more
CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.
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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.