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


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 hours ago

Double roller 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 in no-drying (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 maintain.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
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Dakar au Senegal en Octobre. Meme platforme pour la 2e "Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day."

oct
04

AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS INCUBATION CONFERENCE & EXPO 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  04 October 2017 - 09:00 to 06 October 2017 - 15:45
  Dakar, Senegal

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

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sep
14

Coffee Technology Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  14 September 2017 - 09:00 to 16 September 2017 - 18:00
  Kampala, Uganda

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”.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 11:44

Sustainable business and responsible consumption

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.

Alb

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted yesterday at 10:32

Feeding Dar es Salaam: a symbiotic food system perspective

PhD Thesis by Marc C.A. Wegerif


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 July 2017 at 04:29

2nd Annual Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day Challenge

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

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jul
22

Certificate - Management of Project Cycle

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  22 July 2017 to 22 November 2017 - All Day Event
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Dear Partner,

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.

Specific Objectives

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 July 2017 at 12:29

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF EXTENSION SERVICES 

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Sounds good Pascal MUR MURASIRA, are you in contact with Anatole Majyambere as well on this matter?  

1 day 13 hours ago

nov
29

Africa NGO  Leadership Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 November 2017 to 01 December 2017 - All Day Event
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Dear Partner,

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

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sep
12

Results-Based HRM Strategies

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  12 September 2017 to 15 September 2017 - All Day Event
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Dear Partner,

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)

Workshop Brief

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

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nov
06

Financial Analysis, & budgetary Control

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  06 November 2017 to 11 November 2017 - All Day Event
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Dear Partner,

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;

  • Apply various Financial Analysis Tools with ease
  • Apply the Outcomes of Financial Analysis to Decision Making Processes
  • Equip participants with tools to Strengthen Capacity for Efficient Financial Management
  • Bring about Accountable and Transparent Financial and Budgetary Governance and Control Systems among Organizations
  • Ensure Financial Reporting adheres to set Standards including Donor Reporting Requirements
  • Improve ability to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 July 2017 at 01:21

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans?

Check the study on Finance for Smallholders and the workshops held in different country networks

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

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL All i think is that they are more worried    of the negative outputs of the loans


4 days 12 hours ago

Anne Marie Kortleve

I can imagine MUWANGUZI SAMUEL When I read the overall conclusion of the participants of the workshops I see there is an urgent need for appropriate, flexible and timely financial services tailored to the production cycle of small farmers and that government support is needed through a regulatory framework and stimulation of innovation and finally that donors and investors are to take a facilitating role, also supporting innovation, partnership and high risk investments. Do you agree or do you ahve other suggestions?

1 day 20 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji

in Mali this formidable work was restored by

The workshop to share the results of the study entitled "FINANCES FOR SMALL PRODUCERS - RISK MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS"

1 day 17 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji Nous restons convaincus que les résultats de ses études serviront de base à l'amélioration des différentes politiques et stratégies de facilitation d'accès au crédit des petits producteurs agricoles.  Vous pouvez suivre la vidéo de l'atelier de restitution de l'étude en cliquant sur ce lien  https://agriprofocus.com/post/587cac31a93f251491aac11a        MERCI, on est ensemble

1 day 17 hours ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 21 July 2017 at 12:08

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.

Kevin, Kisumu

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:03

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.

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Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“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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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

4 days 20 hours ago

Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

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Posted 20 July 2017 at 11:56

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. 

5 days 15 hours ago

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Posted 19 July 2017 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? 

5 days 21 hours 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.

5 days 10 hours ago

CHARLES GUMIRA This is great information. 

3 days 22 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 July 2017 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.