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.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 21 February 2010 at 03:29

Dear All,

Thanks to the considerable and highly appreciated financial and other support from ICCO, the ForeFinance/AgriFinance "Mainstream Access-to-Finance Program for Sustainable Agricultural Producer Organisations in the South" has been launched !

We will start with the first pilots in Africa very soon.

We invite you to read the attached Summary Concept Note (only 1 Page + 1 Flow Chart !).

Looking forward to receiving your suggestions, critics, comments etc., if any.

Best Regards,

Guus Rozendaal

Summary Concept Note FF-AFPM&C (Update February 2010).doc

Annex to Summary Concept Note (Update February 2010).docx

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Posted 18 February 2010 at 10:02

Dear all,

I am happy to present you with the draft report of the Agri-ProFocus Kenya coordination meeting which was held on January 28th at SNV in Nairobi. You can download it from our cybrary together with the activity plan 2010.


The coordination team has evaluated what is going well and what needs to be improved. Our conclusion: the Agri-ProFocus Kenya initiative helps with putting agriculture on the agenda.


The relevance of the network so far is particularly on the sharing of knowledge and skills, the creation of new linkages and partnerships, and some first joint activities. There is a strong sense to become more active. This required us to focus, develop clarity on what we expect as results, and to revisit coordination.


Based on our joint work - we feel - we have come up with some relevant and clear choices! The meeting report captures these. Here I want to highlight three!


Strategic Focus

Emphasis for the coming year will be on the following four interlinked focus / result ar

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Edward Lekaichu Kateiya Dear Maina, The draft report reflects the meeting deliberations. KENFAP will submit the name of the person nominated to lead the policy dialogue before the deadline. Kind regards, Edward

8 years 11 months ago

Betty Prissy Muasya Hallo David This seems like you have reconstituted the thematic groups. Which are the thematic areas if so? Am also requesting you to please send us a list of the thematic groups point persons so we can liase with them to get updates in the thematic groups

8 years 9 months ago

Roel Snelder Dear Betty, first welcome to the platform and please give my regards to Zachary! Indeed we have reconstituted the groups to get a clearer focus. Thematic areas are the five subsectors, particularly focussing on agri-business innovation. We will kick off an action learning process on that in the week 0f 17 May with a workshop. Before (starting end of next week) we will invite both finished cases (to learn from) and ongoing work on agri-business development (from the 5 sub-sectors). Emphasis is on imrpoving farming as a business for small holders and related services. This might be of interest to pelum members (??) Next to that financial services is a strong thematic with a mapping study underway We expect to have an exchange event on the outcomes in the week of May 25th. Thematic leaders you can find in the mailing list under ' coordination' Another thematic is the policy - empowerment group. I can imagine that this group is of great interest to Pelum. Kenfap is coordinating this, but please contact David at +254 (0) 721 428 770 to find out more. Generally we invite also new topics. One of them will be gender in value chains which we hope to organise activities around. Seeing that Pelum is a network in itself it might be interesting to also invite more pelum members to become part of the apf-kenya network (e.g. In APF Uganda Stella Lutalo is doing quite some work on this). Looking forward to hear more from each other, Regards, Roel Snelder APF-support

8 years 9 months ago

Betty Prissy Muasya Thanks so much Roel for the fast response. Its great to hear that a lot has been happening in the groups. Please invite us to come and learn more on the finished cases-(starting end of next week). True PELUM-Kenya will basically be interested in aspects of agri pro focus-agri business, financial services and policy empowerment group. I will talk to David later in the day to get the progress on policy empowerment group. This is of a lot of interest considering am also the campaign, advocacy and lobbying officer for PELUM-Kenya. Please keep us in the loop particularly so we can participate even in the May Workshop I will also pass my regard to Zachary Regards Betty

8 years 9 months ago

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Posted 8 December 2009 at 09:25

Please find the work plan for the domestic horticulture Group in the Cybrary here Also, please find info on the coffee group's activities here.

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Posted 4 December 2009 at 07:08

Peter Gildemacher I noticed in the work plan for Value Addition that the focus is entirely on value addition after collecting products in 'micro-processing units'. I think there should also be attention for value addition at the level of the producer by: 1. Choosing varieties wanted by traders 2. Grading, sorting and other simple quality improvement 3. Special improved packaging This is not possible for all products, but should be considered as an additional way to add value. adding value is not only by processing. And processing is often best done at a larger scale, not at farm level, but also not at a collection center run by a producer organization. I think the best way to add vlaue is to produce the quality the traders and industry wants, at the time they want it. Furthermore I agree with linking with the potato group. Only I would not focus on imporving seed supply. As important as it is, there are more practical ways for the value addition group to initiatie action. Especially in the field of grading and sorting potatoes. For example initiating a specific brand of 50 kg bags of potatoes for making chips for example (large size, good frying variety, for example Tigoni variety). Or special 5 and 10 kg bags of good medium size potatoes for consumers. well graded, and with variety name and origin (for example: Asante from Meru; Tana Kimande from Nyandarua). When this is done with provate sector partners these are great examples of public-private-producer triangles the work plan talks about. Attached my comments on the workplan in track changes.valueadditionthematicgroupworkplan2010_PG.docvalueadditionthematicgroupworkplan2010_PG. Greetings, Peter

9 years 1 month ago

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Posted 1 December 2009 at 05:21

Potato group held meeting on 27.11.2009 at SNV offices to develop work plan for the year 2010. The key issues idenfied to be undertaken include: 1. Revitalizing KENAPOFA-based on an analysis of the present situation-KENFAP 2. Lobby for implementation of task force report and seed master plan-KENFAP 3. Quarterly sharing/convening between Kenyan partners and Dutch partners-Agriterra, KIT, ICCO and private sector-Agriterra and KENFAP to follow up 4. Developing and strengthening a knowledge-sharing platform-ELRECO/KIT 5. Lobby for enforcement of the existing legal notices legal notices No 44 of 2005 and adoptive by-law 113 of Sept 2008 6. Lobby for more Public Private Partnership (PPP) in promotion of extension services 7. Promote collection centres for grading and sorting 8. Lobby for good infra structure in potato growing districts an monitoring of funds for infrastructure development 9. potatoes to be packed at 50kg bag to meet international labour organization standards The above issues

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Phoebe Abongo Owuor Hi Edward, Thanks for the insight on the meeting. Just wondering aloud does this Potato group include the sweet potato? If not is there any initiative in the making to streamline the sweet potato chain-I am very keen! Best, Phoebe

9 years 1 month ago

Roel Snelder Hi Edward, I added the workplan in attachmentWork plan for Potatoes(2010) (1).doc

9 years 1 month ago

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Posted 30 November 2009 at 11:32

The Financial Services Working Group has now concluded the Financial Services Value Chain Analysis Terms of Reference. Please send to any Consultants you may have used before and you feel would do a good job. The closing date is 11th December 2009. Best regards, Carol Mulwa TOR_FS_Value Chain Analysis_v1.0.doc

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Posted 26 November 2009 at 12:12

The coffee group disseminated the report on the survey conducted. It will be exciting to have more partners on board towards making a difference in the lives of farmers in Rachuonyo- see the attached report as you jion us to be part of the team.final report Organic Coffee Assessment ReACTION PLAN.docACTION PLAN.doc

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Posted 20 October 2009 at 07:22

Dear all, On October 1st we sat together with the theme / sub-sector leaders in Nairobi to discuss progress on the Agri-ProFocus Kenya initiative. And on October 12th a follow-up meeting was held in the Netherlands with the Agri-ProFocus members there. Please find attached: - The report of the Nairobi meeting which contains overviews for the various areas and follow-up actions. - The minutes of the follow-up Agri-ProFocus member meeting in Utrecht Both reports combined formulate the next steps which are: - Specific action points to be taken up within each theme / sub-sector - Developing the 2010 work plan within each group and from there on collectively - The drawing up of a joint strategy document to form the basis of our ongoing collaboration Please find the draft work plan formats and the draft strategy document here for your comments and use. Mehrdad

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Posted 7 October 2009 at 02:14

Dear platform members, Oikocredit and Pamoja Women Development programme (PAWDEP) have developed a draft terms of reference for a Market study on financial services needed across the five Sub-sectors. Please comment on ToR before it is send to potential services providers. You can download the terms of reference by clicking here Please leave your comments in the financial services sub-group by replying to Elikanah's Ng'ang'a discussion here. Note that you first have to click on 'join financial services' in the top right corner before you can reply to the discussion. Roel

Pieter Bas Schrieken I think the ToR are quite clear. There are two issues I would like to rais. First, in the objectives c) is about developing new products. This objective is not specified in the activities. I think developing new products is perhaps a bit too big for this assignment. Perhaps it is more in the sense of pointing at products needs that should be developed further. Another issue is the period of time in which the consultant assumes initiatives on financing will be financial sustainable. So how long will it take before a certain fianncial construction will be profitable. Best, Pieter bas

9 years 3 months ago

Roel Snelder Hi Pieter Bas, thanks for this, I have communicated this to Elikanah from Oikocredit. If you want to follow the discussion on this topic, please also register as a member of the financial services group. Just click here and then on 'join..'. Roel

9 years 3 months ago

Edward Lekaichu Kateiya The initiative is good and well intended. the objectives are too broad and should focus on smallholder farmers challenges, covers aspects of risk management and peg deadlines to deliverables. Kind regards, Edward Kateiya

9 years 3 months ago

Kees van den Burg good the initiative is put forward to conduct this market study on the 5 sectors mentioned. I agree with the earlier made comments about developing financial products being (too) ambitious for this first market study, and about objectives being too broad. Probably time and funds available will limit to tackle 5 sectors at the same time with one consultant who is knowledgeable in all sectors. Suggestions would be to start with one or two sectors and reach sufficient debt of analysis on the bottlenecks and the possible solutions. Include resource persons from farmer organisations and organisations working with farmer organisations (ngo, bank, mfi, input providers, buyers of commodities, transport, companies transforming commodities, wholesalers & exporters). Make best possible use of results of earlier studies/publications. Report should include references to resource persons, contact information and publications for further study. Define time frame and expected deliverables. Based on results, follow up on financial products and services development, and broadening by tackling a second and third sector. If resources permit: parallel studies by different consultants on different sectors. Success ! Best regards Kees van den Burg

9 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 July 2009 at 11:09

Dear all, I am happy to present you with the consolidated report of the Multi-Stakeholder Workshop that was held at lake Naivasha, Kenya from June 23 – 35. You can download the report here! This report presents the outcomes of the workshop in a concise and accessible manner. It summarizes the discussion on the focus areas chosen, opportunities for action and the commitment of both APF members and Kenyan stakeholders. As such it lays the foundation for building the collaborative network of APF members and their partners in Kenya in the months to come. If – apart from reading - you want to see additional ‘live impressions’ of the workshop, including short interviews with some of the participants, please visit our You Tube pages. Other materials available for download include workshop presentations, programme and background documents.

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Posted 7 July 2009 at 10:52

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Posted 20 June 2009 at 11:10

KENFAP invites you to the official launch of its micro projects scheme. The event is to be held on 26th June 2009 at Mwingi in Eastern Provice of Kenya. Some basic information - An initiative turning smallholder farmers into business entrepreneurs - A strategy of farmers fighting poverty - Integrated approach - Economic activities are initiated, owned and managed by farmers at local level - Executed through tripartite agreement (local farmers organization, KENFAP national and Agriterra - Resources are transferred direct to the farmers organization at local level

KENFAP feels this approach is also valuable to share at the multi-stakeholder workshop. To find out more have a look at: - A short powerpoint presentation on the micro projects scheme - The programme for the launching event Mascha Middelbeek (AGriterra) on behalf of Edward Kateiya (KENFAP)

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Posted 12 June 2009 at 09:36

As part of the preparations for the Naivasha workshop SNV-Kenya has asked a consultant to write up a synthesis paper on issues concerning farmer entrepreneurship. Please read it as food for thought for our discussions in the workshop. Click here to download the paper! Mehrdad Ehsani, SNV

Edward Lekaichu Kateiya KENFAP Jointly with Agriterra have elaborate a strategy of farmers fifghting poverty through innovative economic activities at local level. These economic activities are farmer initiated, owned and managed and the initiative referred as Micro projects and covering 50 District level Area Branches. They are executed under tripartite agreement under direct contracting of local organization. the launch of theses micro projects will be held on 26th June 2009 at Mwingi Aloe Vera value addition micro projects site.

9 years 7 months ago

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Posted 4 June 2009 at 01:42

Agri-ProFocus has invited its Kenyan development partners, and most prominently producer organisations, to explore and co-create a common agenda on farmer entrepreneurship. As the first step in the workshop programme we will set out for an improved articulation of the needs and chances of farmers and their organisations. Consecutively opportunities will be assessed to improve collaboration between the participating organisations on current and new actions to respond to the identified needs and chances. Finally the participating organisations will seek commitment of each other to further activities as part of a long term agenda. By the end of the workshop we hope to have: - A clear analysis of needs and opportunities to promote farmer entrepreneurship; - Identified collaborative activities among development partners present in specific areas / sub-sectors; - Obtained agreement on roles and responsibilities and follow-up steps. Below you can find relevant materials for the workshop. To

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Lillian Ogola Hallo, Iam in Naivasha to represent Eunita Majiwa. There seem to be several hotels/resorts with the same name. Which Lake Naivasha is this workshop? Please call me on +254-722-993-142. Lillian Ogola

9 years 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 March 2009 at 12:18

On Monday March 2nd at the LEI in The Hague we had a productive afternoon exploring the APF Kenya country focus among a number of Agri-ProFocus members. Present were Agriterra, DGIS/DDE, ETC, Heifer, HIVOS, KIT, Oxfam Novib, SNV, Solidaridad, and WUR. After a short presentation we shared information on what each organisation is doing in Kenya on farmer entrepreneurship and support to producer organisations. Also we explored possible entry point for the country focus. The attached minutes capture this in an overview. This overview will be shared with SNV Kenya to make sure that the current work on writing a synthesis paper builds on these ‘criteria and possible entry points’. The collective APF members present have decided to work towards a multi stakeholder workshop in which both local stakeholders and representatives from the APF members dialogue with each other to develop a joint strategy. Both ICCO and Oikocredit are very interested to participate but could not make it to the meeting.

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