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.



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Posted 27 September 2018 at 01:14

Posted by Niek van Dijk in AgriProFocus Rwanda 27 September 2018 at 01:14

Webinar " Inclusive PPPs, Emerging Best Practices" October 9th 11:30-12:30 CET

RVO and BoP Innovation Center are pleased to invite you to the webinar: Inclusive PPPs, Emerging Best Practices; October 9th, from 11:30-12:30 CET. The webinar will present a number of best practices, but also dilemma’s, when it comes to promoting inclusiveness through a Public Private Partnership.

Commissioned by RVO, BoP Innovation Center and MDF have analysed the current portfolio’s of the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) and the Facility of Sustainable Entrepreneurship (FDOV) to gain more insights in how to best reach and engage the poor and vulnerable groups.

The goal of this 1 hour webinar is to share some of the key learnings of the report (which can be found here). These are further illustrated by interviews with the project managers of two PPPs that have been analysed in more detail, being the “Building with Nature” FDW project, consortium led by Ecoshape (to be confirmed) and the “Potato Processing in E

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oct
29

Training on Grants Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 October 2018 - 08:00 to 02 November 2018 - 16:30
  Nairobi, Kenya

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.

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

Main Topics

Introduction to Grants Management

Overview of Project Award Types

Types of Grants

Grants Lifecycle

Elements of Grants Application

Grants Budgeting

Accounting Essentials for Grant

Compliance

Contract Ma

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nov
05

Short Course: Disaster and Risk Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  05 November 2018 to 09 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi Kenya

Register online to attend

Organizer: Foscore Development Center

Introduction

With increasing magnitude and impacts of disasters due to factors that include climate change, rapid urbanization and other human causes, disaster risk management should be deeply embedded in organizational culture and structures. This course explores disaster risk management concepts and practices using practical examples at international up to family level.

Course Objective:

The aim of this course is to provide participant not only with a solid theoretical and conceptual understanding of DRM, but also takes you through the practical application of the concept and practices in different settings.

Duration

5 days

Who should attend?

The target audience are practitioners and people who want to develop a career in disaster risk management at national and international level. This includes disaster risk management professionals, development practitioners, government officials, policymakers, consultants, researchers and speciali

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nov
05

Establishing and Strengthening Farmer Organization Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  05 November 2018 to 09 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi Kenya

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Introduction

Farmers’ organizations (FO) are effective channels of communication between the member-farmers. Without them, a situation of isolated voices would arise, that lack coordination and general power to affect the behavior of agricultural service providers. Formation of groups and farmer organizations is at times done without training them properly in theory and practice on the basic principles of community organizations. Majority of the farmers do not have many skills and experience in the process of establishing these organizations. However, many government agencies have developed national policies for rural development and designed policy framework to help rural people become organized so that delivery of services could be channeled through the various types of farmer organizations or groups. This course will help participant to establish issues surround the establishment and functioning of farmer organizations and the most effe

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nov
26

Training Course on Irrigation and Operational Maintenance

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi Kenya

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Introduction

This 5-day course seeks to provide participants with insights and understanding of how

Irrigation systems, both large and small, are planned, designed and managed, and of the economic and livelihood benefits of irrigated agriculture. The course will draw on experience of water resources and irrigation development in a range of countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Course Objective:

Understand validated and participatory approach to designing and implementing effective ISHFM programs

Apply a participatory approach to designing and implementing an ISHFM program.

Understand soil fertility concepts.

Understand soil fertility enhancing strategies that maximize profits and agronomic use efficiency.

Understand the methodologies and tools to assess suitability, economic feasibility, and impacts of ISHFM on agricultural production, soil fertility, and the environment.

Understan

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nov
19

Flood Disaster Risk Management in Changing Climate Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi Kenya

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Introduction

Every year across the globe, floods cause the loss of a number of lives and considerable damage to properties, which severely sets back the development process. The climate change, global warming, rapid urbanization and socio-economic disparity are making the world, vulnerable to floods. The need to combat the perennial problem of floods and resultant destruction has been a forefront concern for most nations, which calls for a proactive approach to establishing a disaster risk reduction regime for safer and sustainable development.

Course Objective:

· Discuss dynamics of flood risk in a changing climate

· Evaluate the extent of flood risk and vulnerability and assess the capacity to response

· Develop comprehensive strategies for flood risk management in a changing climate

· Apply climate smart structural and non-structural measures for flood risk mitigation

· Develop preparedness and r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 September 2018 at 02:59

Webinar " Inclusive PPPs, Emerging Best Practices" October 9th 11:30-12:30 CET

RVO and BoP Innovation Center are pleased to invite you to the webinar: Inclusive PPPs, Emerging Best Practices; October 9th, from 11:30-12:30 CET. The webinar will present a number of best practices, but also dilemma’s, when it comes to promoting inclusiveness through a Public Private Partnership.

Commissioned by RVO, BoP Innovation Center and MDF have analysed the current portfolio’s of the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) and the Facility of Sustainable Entrepreneurship (FDOV) to gain more insights in how to best reach and engage the poor and vulnerable groups.

The goal of this 1 hour webinar is to share some of the key learnings of the report (which can be found here). These are further illustrated by interviews with the project managers of two PPPs that have been analysed in more detail, being the “Building with Nature” FDW project, consortium led by Ecoshape (to be confirmed) and the “Potato Processing in Ethiopia” FDOV project

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nov
19

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nakuru - Kenya

Course:    Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit
                      Key skills for inclusive business brokerage 

For professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and professionals working in agricultural education.

You’ll get practical tips on e.g. building trust and improving your negotiation skills. Watch this video demonstrating the two steps necessary to
negotiating a win-win situation.

A few places are stil available for our November 2018 course 

For details contact Irene Njogu:  irene.njogu@icra.global



may
13

Milking to Potential course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Wageningen University and Research - Milking to Potential course

13th to 31th May 2019


Full scholarship application deadline : 16/10/2018


3 weeks in a friendly and international environment to discover the Dutch dairy sector, to learn to encompass the multiple aspects of dairy systems, and to design transition paths that are socially, economically and ecologically balanced.

The course is conceived for dairy professionals from all around the world and full scholarships are available.

Learn more on : https://www.wur.nl/en/activity/CDIcourse_milking_to_potential_2019.htm

Hope to see you soon in the Netherlands!



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 September 2018 at 11:51

Newsletter Food  & Business Knowledge Platform September 2018 (#5)

In its September newsletter the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) presents reports of several workshops, among them the session about the UNSC resolution 2417 on conflict and hunger; the Food Systems Approach workshop at the WUR SDG conference; and the CoP on Youth, employment and migration.

And information is shared about two calls under the NL-CGIAR partnership, one for senior experts and one for a PPP and Research Uptake expert.

Furthermore, the Platform refers to the evaluation 2013/2018 “Co-creating (Dutch) diamonds, gold (standards) and silver (bullets) in the food security and agricultural business maze” by Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek, which is available at the F&BKP website.

Moreover, a new topic on the Knowledge Portal, is highlighted, where Food and Nutrition Security professionals can find relevant cutting-edge knowledge products on Food security & stability. To stay tuned to specific topics of t

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MUBARAK INUWA Thank you Nicole Metz,It is very important approach, to have such a Newsletter on food and business platform For September 2018#5.Alot of guidelines and principles on Agricultural skills and ideas would be derived.I hope, all the stalkholders on the themes would have a closer exchange of ideas on their deliberations.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 September 2018 at 11:31

What happened during the 5th Business Drinks of 2018?

On this last Thursday’s event around 50 members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Ms. Victoria Endeshaw from OCP, a multi-dimensional company which has around 12 offices in different countries working in agribusiness competition for starters in order to support and strengthen agribusinesses. OCP promotes its agribusiness competition with around 200 company in Morocco. Please find more info about this competition here.

Mr. Cor Jan Zee is a senior consultant at Meset Consult Plc, a company involved in supporting the agricultural sector such as livestock production, crop production and dietary service for long and short time in way to work in the achievement of the sector.

Mr. Getaneh Sha

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Getaneh Shambel It was really a wonderful opportunity and great pleasure to present how www.kedamegebeya.com could contribute to support smallholder farmers and unions in Ethiopia. Thank you team Agriprofocus for the facilitation.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 24 September 2018 at 09:12

Study on regional dynamics in poultry sector East Africa (WUR, NABC))

This study and learning trajectory by Wageningen Livestock Research and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) analyses the way in which national poultry value chains in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda are influenced by the dependency on inputs from and market outlets in other countries in East Africa (EA). The growth of the poultry sector in the various countries has not been equal. This has inevitably led to a situation whereby the poultry sector in some countries depends on the poultry sector in other countries, e.g. for inputs (day old chicks, vaccines) or for market outlets of eggs and poultry meat. This inter dependency is not necessarily always conducive for a more sustainable development of poultry sectors.


read more on FBKP platform here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 21 September 2018 at 08:41

Appel à candidature pour un Programme de formation

African Women  In Agricultural Research and Development  (AWARD) appelle à candidatures pour la seconde édition du programme de formation qui débutera en Février 2019.

Le programme de formation panafricain d’AWARD a été lancé en 2017 avec le soutien de la Fondation Agropolis, la Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) et l’Agence des États-Unis pour le développement international (the United States Agency for International Development, USAID).

Les femmes scientifiques dans la recherche agricole sont invitées à postuler pour ce programme   de formation. 

Les candidates doivent etre âgées de 40 ans maximum au moment de leur candidature et ressortissantes de l’un des pays suivants : Bénin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, République Centrafricaine, Tchad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, République Démocratique de Congo, Gabon, Guinée, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Rwanda, Sénégal, et Togo.

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BUSINESS TRAINING,COACHING AND MENTORING

I am an experienced business trainer, coach and mentor and do my work on part time basis and am looking forward to working with you. I started off as a mentee for my social enterprise while doing my undergraduate
studies in 1994 http://www.ke.emb-japan.go.jp/PeterOngeraProfile.html Then I became a mentor doing business training,mentoring and coaching with BID Network
I have trained, coached and mentored at Mentor Capital Network of USA, Unreasonable East Africa ROWAD of Bahrain,GRADIF(Kenya) and WECREATE Kenya
One publisher, David Barber once wrote the following about me : Peter Ongera,the African editor of Africa-The enslaved Continent, was born rural Kenya in 1972.He went to rural ordinary school system throug

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Posted 19 September 2018 at 10:44

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Posted 18 September 2018 at 07:20

sep
24

MOOC Climate Smart Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Online

Climate Smart Agriculture is one of AgriProFocus' main themes. 24 September starts the massive open online course Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture. WUR is one of the experts that contributed. You can follow this free course here.  https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/climate-smart-agriculture 



oct
29

Training - Resilient Livelihoods

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 October 2018 - 09:00 to 02 November 2018 - 17:00
  Nairobi

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training course on International Training on Resilient Livelihoods. This course takes participants through among other things how to improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor and develop and strengthen community-based livelihoods management and disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.

Join us by registering for this scheduled training. The training will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other actors in the agriculture sector such as agricultural extension officials, policymakers as well as other professionals working in disaster preparedness and response from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.


Modules Covered:

· Threats to food and nutrition security

· Effects of climate change and disaster risks

· Disaster Risk Reduction for food and nutrition security

· Approaches and practices for building resilient livelihoods

· Enabling environment for resilien

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oct
01

Agribusiness Tour

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  01 October 2018 - 08:00 to 07 October 2018 - 06:00
  Nairobi, Kenya

Agro-Tourism Association has organized an agribusiness tour to Nairobi International Trade Fair, the biggest agribusiness expo in East and central Africa. The event will take place from 1st-7th October, 2018. 

Agro-Tourism Association is an agricultural development company that offers a wide range of services, such as value chain analysis and development, agricultural marketing, agronomic principles and practices, agribusiness research, agribusiness development services such as financial inclusion, business plan development, value addition and processing, farmer institutional development (FID), and higher level farmer organization (HLFO). All its services are designed to enhance farmers' capacity to engage in farming as a profitable business.

So please book your space now. The tour full board fees is just 190 dollars including transport, accommodation, meals, training costs, training materials, etc. You can also support someone to attend. For more information contact 0772062903 or 0700161942

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 18 September 2018 at 07:58

Request for EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Development of Manual, Training Guide, and Delivery of Training on Composite Flour Production

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition is pleased to share with you this EXPRESSION OF INTEREST. Please note that this is not a request for quote nor a request for proposal. Interested candidates or companies should provide the information requested on the attached document to GAIN. Shortlisted candidates will be provided with a full request for quote and will be invited to submit a full financial and technical proposal for the scope of work to be executed.

If you are interested in being invited to submit a proposal for this work, please submit the requested documents to GAIN by 30 September 2018 via email AgNutProjectSupport@gainhealth.org.

Unsuccessful applicants will be kept on our database of service providers and will be contacted when work related to their area of expertise is available. 


oct
19

Soil Fertility Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 October 2018, All Day Event
  Nairobi

Dear Sir, Madam,

After a successful edition this May, SoilCares Foundation will organize its one day soil fertility training again. On Friday 19th October you will have the opportunity to learn what soil fertility really entails and why it is so important for current and future food production. 


You will learn more about:

  • Soil fertility and how the soil fertility status can be determined
  • Mineral and organic fertilizers
  • Nutrient uptake and how to calculate nutrient removal
  • Fertilizer recommendations, soil fertility and food security
This is a perfect training for you if you:
  • are interested in learning about the latest technology in agriculture
  • want to develop your soil science knowledge and skills.
  • are active in the agriculture value chain working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, research organization and NGOs.

Location The training will take place at the GIZ Office in Nairobi located on Riverside Drive 96 3rd floor Allianz Plaza.


Investment for this training 

The cost

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