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 6 December 2018 at 06:33

Procurement Management of Equipment and Works for World Bank Aided Projects Course (5 Days)

This course will enable participants understanding the Modernized Procurement Frameworks (WBPF) and be introduced to Best Practices in Planning a Procurement.

Click on the dates to view details and how to register for the course.

21st -25th January 2019 Kigali, Rwanda

28th January- 1st February 2019 Nairobi, Kenya

27th -31st May 2019 Nairobi, Kenya

22nd -26th April 2019 Kigali, Rwanda

jan
14

Training on GIS in Monitoring and Evaluation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  14 January 2019 - 08:30 to 18 January 2019 - 16:30
  Devimpact Institute Training Centre

 About the course

By using the GIS to link data from multiple programs the training will make it possible to understand the individual programs better but also better understand the relationship between the programs. Spatial analysis techniques will also help with deriving outcomes measures.

To achieve set objectives, the training will also explore the technical topic of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) methods that are used worldwide in many development projects and the application of technical tools of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for project monitoring and management.

Target Participants

This training is designed for professionals in projects/programs who want to apply GIS to improve their monitoring and evaluation systems.

Course duration

5 Days

What you will learn

By the end of this training the participants will:

· Understand key concepts in M&E and GIS

· Learn about the working of M&E information management systems

· Learn how to collect data using mob

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jan
14

Training on M and E in Food Security and Nutrition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  14 January 2019 - 08:30 to 18 January 2019 - 16:30
  Devimpact Institute Training Centre

About the course

In order to achieve a world free of hunger and malnutrition, it is vital to provide sustainable solutions that provide the largest impacts on development outcomes. Monitoring and Evaluation tools and techniques plays a key role in ensuring Food Security programs are designed, implemented as plan and that they improve the well-being of the target communities. This course equips the participants with adequate skills to develop and manage robust M&E systems for effective management of FSN programs. The learner is introduced to FSN indicators, tools and techniques for M&E in FSN.

Target Participants

This course is designed for researchers, project staff, development practitioners, managers and decision makers who are responsible for project, program or organization-level M&E in Food Security and Nutrition programs.

Course duration

5 days

What you will learn

By the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of FSN pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 December 2018 at 12:14

THIRD CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2018

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Kenya is pleased to invite applications to its third Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018! This call is applicable to companies registered and operating in Kenya, targeting the low-income consumers with safe and nutritious diets.

The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector engagement. It does this through improving access to knowledge, networks, technical assistance and funding by means of the following strategies: a) A Community of Practice for knowledge and networking; b) Innovation Accelerator to evaluate and provide advanced financial support and technical services to businesses showing the greatest potential for positive nutritional impact and business strength and; c) links eligible businesses with potential investors for further investment.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 December 2018 at 11:12


Upcoming Training Courses In Agriculture, M&E and Grants Management

International Training on M & E for Development Results Course (10th - 21st December 2018) 1 APPLY NOW → 1

Mobile Phone Based Data Collection Using ODK Course (14th - 18th January 2019) APPLY NOW →

Grant Management and Fundraising Course (14th - 18th January 2019) APPLY NOW →

Procurement and Supply Chain Management Course (28th Jan - 1st Feb 2019) APPLY NOW →

Gender Based Violence Course (04th - 08th February 2019) APPLY NOW →

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Causes and Minimization of Post Harvest Losses (21st - 25th January 2019) Kigali, Rwanda.

Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land…

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GIS and Remote Sensing, Analysis Mapping and Visualization with Quantum GIS Course (04th - 08th February 2019) Kigali, Rwanda .

This training workshop is aimed at helping our client understand how well they can apply GIS and RS in their d

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dec
13

Innovative financing opportunities 4 inclusive agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 December 2018, 10:00-11:00
  Online webinar

Join iBAN’s and BoPInc’s webinar: Innovative financing opportunities for inclusive agri-business

Time: 10.00 UTC 

In 2017, investors poured over US$ 200bn into companies that combine social and environmental goals with financial returns. This trend is growing with the recognition that public funding alone cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This one hour webinar lays out the new and emerging opportunities in innovative finance for agribusiness. Here are some of the new forms of financing that will be covered: Public Private Partnerships, Thematic Bonds, Project Finance, Blended Finance, Result-based financing, Agricultural value-chain finance and crowdfunding.

Register for the webinar via: https://bit.ly/2BEYXzu

More background information on: https://bit.ly/2zF5PeN



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 December 2018 at 04:11

Work session on smart water for horticulture


Last week we had a most interesting work session in World Horti Centre, Netherlands. We presented our mapping on climate smart horticulture. We also had two presentations on tools that support decisions on investing in water harvesting and/or water efficiency. 


1. Farm Pond Planner 

For an ICRAF / World Vision project called DryDev, Frank van Schoubroeck analysed the cost and benefits of micro irrigation for horticulture producers in Machakos, Kenya. He visited farmers who had built a project-financed Farm Pond. Farmers visited were happy: “with the farm pond, I can grow crops year round’. DryDev wondered if Farm Ponds can be promoted commercially. With a pond, farmers’ choices have consequences: small ponds lead to water shortage if plot size is too big, or horticulture crops demand too much water. Crops timed well fetch a high price, and vice versa. Frank modelled in Excel a Farm Pond Planner based on data from field visits and

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Wim Goris Read about the cool farm tool on: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261832883X?via%3Dihub&utm_source=SFL+Main+Contacts+List&utm_campaign=eceac0c156-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_07_07_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03d98741b6-eceac0c156-324486229

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 4 December 2018 at 03:04

More and better milk

The business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers

As announced in my Monday post of last week I will publish a set of case studies illustrating the business case for gender sensitive business strategies. Today I will share with you the experiences of the partnership of FrieslandCampina and 2SCALE in Nigeria. It shows the business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers.

In Nigeria the 2SCALE programme is bringing in technology, training and market linkages to help the Fulani produce milk on a commercial scale for FrieslandCampina. How to secure the supply of enough milk of good quality turned out to be a challenge. Especially the bacterial contamination of fresh milk was a serious problem to be addressed.

This case shows how initially gender-based constraints of women related to the milk production were overlooked: lack of clean water to clean milking utensils, women not participating in training and the fact that women did not have a

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jan
07

Agriculture Training Courses (January - June 2019)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  07 January 2019 - 09:00 to 28 June 2019 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training courses on Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development to take place in Nairobi, Kenya and Kigali, Rwanda. These courses equip all Agricultural experts together with mid-level policy-makers, with knowledge and skills in understanding the context of the Agriculture Sector with the overall goal of strengthening technical capacity for increased consideration and use of Agriculture in decision-making aimed at tackling development issues.

Join us by registering for these scheduled training courses. These training courses will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other monitoring and evaluation professionals’ and project management officials from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.


Integrated Water Resource Management and Climate Change Course

This course takes participants through among other things the principles and practices of integrated water resources management.

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Posted By in Nutrition-sensitive Agribusiness
Posted 3 December 2018 at 10:34

Kindly advise  in  funding  for action  research

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 December 2018 at 10:30

I would  like to venture into chilli farming for  export purpose. I would  kindly  request  if   you   could  link me  up with an  exporter.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 December 2018 at 10:50

My name is Timothy kimunguyi, an Agronomist. I offer agricultural advise to farmers especially the youth who do not have adequate knowledge in farming but they are interested in farming. 

Sharon Anyango Welcome to the AgriProFocus network Timothy!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2018 at 01:08

Covenant Plant-Based Proteins 

Globally boosting sustainable production & consumption of plant protein

The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.

How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:

- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions

- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’

- By promoting a favourable international policy climate

- By strengthening local sustainabl

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Helene Ndindabo Tuyisenge Yes,I am firstly greeting to everyone.I believe that,night yield crop production will will make also the contribution of conserving our environment. Environment must be taken into account to reduce the impact of climate change.I also make my request ,university students need to be recognized in this program. We really want to be trained how Agri Pro Focus works.Especially to those who study rural development.I end by saying that projects to be sustainable, there must be an inclusiveness of rural interventions to reduce rural poverty. Thank you

1 month 2 weeks ago

ABDOUL RAZAK ISSAKA thank you for this informative post, it is important for developing countries like Niger to focus on more sustainable alternatives to fight against malnutrition, we must know how to diversify food and vegetable proteins are solutions. with us, we have legumes very rich in these proteins are very unfortunately put in the background.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Richard James Onyai I'm very interested in this program and would like to link up with the Uganda focal point. 

1 month 1 week ago

Nicole Metz Dear all, thank you for your interest in this post. We at AgriProFocus office in Netherlands are actively engaged in network activities and learning around the challenge of making agribusiness work in such a way that it enhances climate resilience. This domain of exploring the potential of increased use of plant-based proteins is part of that agenda. Our team will contact MVO-Nederland to check how we can collaborate further on this, and will keep you informed.    and for further reading, check this paper:  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0950329318306050?via%3Dihub

1 month 2 days ago

MUWANGUZI SAMUEL Friends i have a farm known as GREENVILLE FARMS,we deal in rabbit farming ,vegetable & fruit farming,We welcome all Farmers for an excellent cooperation follow us on Facebook. GREENVILE FARMSor email us on : xtianbravson@gmail.comcontact us : +256780250518

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 November 2018 at 06:52

AGRIPROFOCUS HOSTS THE NATIONAL YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS FORUM

The National Youth in Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y) took place on 27th November 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi. The event themed, “Investing in the Youth as the Next Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” brought together over 300 stakeholders in the agrifood sector among them; development partners, researchers, academia, government, private sector actors and farmers.

Promoting Agribusiness, Investment, Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is a platform that appreciates efforts by different stakeholders in supporting youth in agribusiness through initiatives that enable them access information, knowledge, resources, experiences and expertise. PAINT-Y therefore positions itself as a neutral platform to facilitate linking, learning and collective influencing by stakeholders who support youths in agribusiness.

Ms. Nynke Humalda, Food Security Expert at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands during her keynote address

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Douglas, Muchai Hello Sharonkindly contact me via my emaildougstifler829gmail.comthanks

1 month 2 weeks ago

Sharon Anyango Hello Douglas Muchai, I trust you are doing well. I will contact you via email as you have requested.

1 month 2 weeks ago

senthil kumar I require maize about 1000MT ,intrested persond can contact me  whatsapp +919994511224,mail address - ceo@germinateexim.com. www.germinateexim.com

3 weeks 1 day ago

Meidimi H. Sokoto Interesting. I am a farmer based in Nakuru. I am interested to know more about this and if there are any events in the future. 

1 day 9 hours ago

Sharon Anyango Please register to be a member via our online platform available at: https://agriprofocus.com/registration this will enable you receive constant updates of the ongoing activities in the network.

1 day 8 hours ago

jan
07

Food Security and Climate Change Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  07 January 2019 to 11 January 2019 - All Day Event
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Event Details: Food Security and Climate Change Training

INTRODUCTION

Food insecurity and climate change are the two major global challenges humanity is facing, and climate change is increasingly being perceived as one of the greatest challenges for food security. This is because reduces the productivity of the majority of existing food systems and harms the livelihoods of those already vulnerable to food insecurity. Conversely, agricultural activities including indirect effects through deforestation and other forms of land conversion account for about one-third of total global warming potential from GHG emissions today. This training is thus intended to equip participants with strategies to realize food security, reduce climate change effects in agriculture, as well as reduce the contribution of the agriculture sector to climate change presently and in the future.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • At the end of the training, the learner will be able to:
  • Integrate food security and climate change concerns.
  • Increase resilience of fo

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jan
07

Agribusiness Enterprise Development and Management Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  07 January 2019 to 11 January 2019 - All Day Event
  +254

Event Details: Agribusiness Enterprise Development and Management Training

INTRODUCTION

The agriculture sector plays an important role towards rural development which in turn plays a vital role towards economic development being one of the major sources of income in developing countries. It is a major creator of jobs and plays a key role towards the realization of food security in any particular nation. This training program is intended to help the participants embrace agribusiness enterprise development to promote rural development, economic development and act a means to sustain their livelihoods.

DURATION

5 days

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand basic in agribusiness enterprise development.
  • Gain knowledge on agribusiness diversification.
  • Gain skills on the role of agribusiness growth in rural development.
  • Understand the gender role in agribusiness enterprise development.
  • Gain skills farm management planning.
  • Understand how the economic forces affect both agribu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 November 2018 at 12:17

Greetings AgriProFocus, My name is Fredrick Magambo with a huge interest  in Agriculture specifically in farming and processing of onions.

Sharon Anyango Welcome Fredrick to the AgriProFocus Network!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 November 2018 at 09:12

Oikocredit preparing for new strategy 

This month, Oikocredit released an updated Vision and Strategy brochure, which shares our direction and aims for the next five years. They have set ambitious goals, such as doubling the number of end-borrowers reached directly to 2.3 million, and supporting partners to create and sustain over 500,000 jobs by 2022.

How they achieved these goals? Read about the changes on their website: 

https://www.oikocredit.coop/k/n171/news/view/295210/235625/a-new-operating-model-for-oikocredit-interview.html


See below in blue the countries for which Oikocredit has a growth strategy



oct
28

Global One Health

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 October 2019 to 08 November 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Healthy people, healthy animals, healthy planet
How do we produce and consume food whilst safeguarding our planet in view of around 9 billion people by 2050 and ongoing degradation of planetary resources? How do we handle the burden of infectious diseases accompanying these processes? The Global One Health course highlights approaches to human, animal and plant health using a transdiciplinary lens.

The overall objective of this course is to introduce the participants to the principles behind a Global One Health approach and to be able to apply these principles to health challenges for humans, animals and plants in their day-to-day work. In particular:

  • day-to-day work. In particular: Participants understand about the scope of the topic GOH and its range of consequences at multiple levels and learn about the interrelatedness animal, human, plant and environmental health;
  • Participants understand the concept of GOH, get familiar with applying different tools and feel equipped to pe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 November 2018 at 07:01

Yielder now starts testing the app in the potato sector in Kenya (before rolling out to other crops and other countries).

Become a tester, help us to develop the best agri information app and sign up on www.yielder.world

or click here for the test version: http://bit.do/eBEhe