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.
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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
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.
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 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... Read more
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 email@example.com or Tel: 00447542074190. This number uses Whattsapp.
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
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
"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
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.
The program will tackle the following topics:
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)
Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda
Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)
Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
Enhanci... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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)
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... Read more
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.
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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