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 Netherlands
Posted 26 November 2018 at 03:13

The business case for women’s empowerment

A business case can be defined as a justification for an action that is expected to make corporate processes more valuable. If companies are aware of the business case for women’s empowerment, they may be more interested in investing in it.

AgriProFocus and Fair & Sustainable have described a number of cases illustrating the business case for gender equality and women’s empowerment for companies. The cases describe experiences of different types of companies from all over the world. They are meant for staff of companies, and/or organisations working with companies, in the context of sustainable development initiatives.

The cases will allow the professionals to put gender equality concerns on the agenda of businesses by answering the following questions:

Why is gender inequality a problem for a business?

What strategies address gender-based constraints?

What are the benefits for the company and fo

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Els Rijke Looking forward to it!

1 month 3 weeks ago

KIHUMURO VICTORIA we have aproblem of our ladies in uganda having low esteem and not innovative. they lack education and skills . in uganda .i wish i can get aplat form and educate these women build confidence and motivate them to work . i wish we fight and encorange ladies to own land ,i want to reach to ladies show them opportunities to use. and change their life.if you can facilitate me a plat form to move to stay home mothers and i teach them

1 month 3 weeks ago

NYAKATO MOREEN That's the way to go, Women we run the world.

1 month 2 weeks ago

nov
29

Agribusiness Linkage Breakfast

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 November 2018, 07:00-11:30
  Pride Inn - Westalnds, Muthithi road

Financial access and solution to the prevalent issues around access to funds for agricultural growth has been a topic that has not been adequately addressed.

The event to be held on 29th November at Pride Inn Westlands will address the problems in financial sourcing and the solutions thereof through a breakfast session. Incuded will be various NGO's, agribusiness SME's and goverment representatives.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 November 2018 at 04:09

Kenya launches framework to implement climate-smart agriculture

On 31 October 2018, the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries & Irrigation (MoALF&I) launched the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Implementation Framework 2018-2027 at Kilimo Grounds, Nairobi.

The framework sets guidelines for implementing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) approaches, strategies, practices and technologies in Kenya. The purpose is to promote climate-resilient and low-carbon growth sustainable agriculture that ensures food security and contributes to national development goals.

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The framework focuses on four objectives:

  1. Develop a sustainable system for achieving a coordinated, coherent and cooperative governance of climate resilience and low carbon growth in the agricultural sector;
  2. Mainstream CSA to support the transformation of Kenya’s agricultural sector into an innovative, commercially oriented, competitive and modern industry that contributes to poverty reduction and improved food securi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 November 2018 at 03:06

How to increase high hatchery rate in egg incubator

Chicks are born from eggs with egg incubator. As a poultry farmer , improve hatchery rate will help us make more money. And the failure of egg hatchery means a lose .So following us to get helpful tips .

Control hatching temperature

Chicken hatching period: 21days,1-6days:38.2℃, 7-14days:38℃, 15day:37.8℃, 16-21days:37.2-37.5℃.

The hatching time of broiler is longer than layer chicken.

The relative humidity at the earlier stage of hatching keep in 55%-60%,to ensure the embryo uniformly heated.It is beneficial to form the amniotic fluid of allantoic fluid.In the mid-term of hatching,the relative humidity should keep at 30%-50%,thus,beneficial for evaporation of water.In the anaphse of hatching,the relative humidity should raise to 65%-70%.In the high-humidity atmosphere,it is helpful for chick to break hull.When the hatching rate reached 20%,keep the relative humidity at75%.

Egg selecting

Select the fresh egg that store in 5 days(no more than 7 da

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Steven Wang why many of my posts is removed from this agriprofocus ?  please give me a reason . If this platform do not let other send breeding information , i will stop and change to other platform , will never send 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Dear Steven, this platform is meant for sharing experiences on agribusiness in relation to development. It is ok to occasionally post an update where you share tips, like this one. But we are not an advertising platform, so please keep that in mind. Kind regards.

1 month 3 weeks ago

nov
27

National Youth in Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 November 2018, All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

The National Youth in Agribusiness Forum (PAINT-Y) will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 7.00 am- 7.00 pm. The event themed, “Investing in Youth as the Next Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” will bring bring county, national, regional and international stakeholders working towards supporting the youth in the agri-food sector.

PAINT – Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Network and Trade for Youth) is a platform that appreciates the numerous initiatives that exist towards supporting youth in agribusiness and it is this rich pool of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise that PAINT-Y brings it all together with the goal of transforming agriculture and food systems for Kenya and the region. PAINT-Y is designed on the proposition that if all stakeholders can link to each other at their point of convergence, share and learn from each other’s experiences then collectively we can contribute to creating a sustainable and effe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 November 2018 at 11:04

New CEO starts at PUM Netherlands senior experts

On 1 November, Dick Ernste was appointed CEO of PUM Netherlands senior experts. With 1800 volunteer experts, PUM works on the sustainable growth of the SME sector in developing countries and emerging markets.

Dick (54) is an economist by trade. He was formerly director of the organisation consultancy firm De Beuk and manager at the Aidsfonds charitable foundation. He was also employed as a consultant at the Bureau for Economic Argumentation and KPMG. Over the past six months, Dick has been employed at PUM as interim CFO. Dick explained, “PUM works according to a very practical approach on bringing about more solid companies, a more sustainable economy and more jobs in thirty countries across the world. I consider it a real honour to be able to work for PUM and to make a contribution to PUM’s goals."

Hans de Boer, chairman of the Supervisory Board of PUM and chairman of employers’ organisation VNO-NCW added, “PUM does magnificent work

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 21 November 2018 at 10:11

Searching for Pressing & Baling capacity / Equipment (Nairobi / Meru)                                                               

We are searching for Pressing & Baling equipment to test pressing and baling of dried stevia leaves.  We can rent capacity or even purchase equipment. Preferably in Meru, but any idea is welcome. Find here some pictures of similar equipment. 

We also welcome a contact of a local manufacturer who can build  this equipment. It is not rocket-science. 

If you have an idea please call:  Collins Mwenda : +254 (0) 722 870071 or email mwendaeco@gmail.com 

Thanks in advance !!  

mar
04

Food Security Courses For 2019

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  04 March 2019 - 09:00 to 08 March 2019 - 17:00
  Nairobi

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our International Training workshops on Food Security Analysis scheduled to take place next year (2019). This course takes participants through among other things a wide range of assessments that food security analysts use in order to identify hungry and food insecure populations and to establish the underlying causes.

Join us by registering for this scheduled training. The training will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other actors various actors from national governments, UN partners and NGOs across the world, whose work informs the policies and programmes that WFP and its partners adopt in order to fight hunger in different circumstances.


Modules Covered:

· An Introduction to the basic concepts of food security

· The causes of food insecurity and description on how to prepare and plan targeted food security interventions for the poorest sectors of a community.

· Food system resilience and indicators

· Prepa

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nov
27

Exploring Climate Smart Water in Africa's horticulture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 November 2018, 13:30-16:00
  World Horti Centre Naaldwijk

This session is on Climate Smart Water in East-African Horticulture, as water is increasingly an hot issue in horticulture. It is an interactive exchange and learning event for max 15 experts.

What is in it for you: we will share tools, examples and lessons learned. And we exchange ideas for replication and upscaling.

AgriProFocus is co-organizing this event with Food and Business Knowledge Platform and experts Aart van den Bos and Frank van Schoubroeck.

Contact me for more information !



Posted By in Inclusive & Climate Smart Business Models - DAIRY
Posted 19 November 2018 at 03:59

FREZHAR agroscience has researched and come up with a total mixed ration ,protein concentrate able to produce 40 ltrs per day for pedigree cows and an increment of 11-25% for the local breed.

kindly contact us via info@frezhar.co.ke,joseph@frezhar.co.ke.

for sales and samples of the said product.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 November 2018 at 09:42

NetBizImpact in partnership with Canadian Enterprise Development Organisation (MEDA) provides business and market development support to youth-led and women-led growth oriented agribusinesses in Kenya.  Please contact makeda@netbizimpact.com for further details.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 November 2018 at 01:04

Training in Agriculture, Food Security & Rural Development  (Rwanda & Kenya)

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training courses on Agriculture, Food Security and Rural Development to take place in Nairobi, Kenya. 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.

Resilient Livelihoods Course

This course takes participants through among other things how to improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the

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Badylon KAWANDA BAKIMAN Thank you so much for the information

2 months 3 days ago

Meseret Gurmessa I am from Ethiopia and I have interest to participate on the training, please direct me how  I can be participant!

2 months 2 hours ago

felix nzeyimana i am, from rwanda ,and i am university dtudent in field of agriculture ,please what are the conditions form attending this training and where exactly i.e -place,or region

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 November 2018 at 06:36

The Lloyd Empowerment Foundation would like to pitch Floyd Farm project for a venture capital of Ksh.70 Million for 10 ROI for 5-10 years to farm 100 acres and employ 100 persons.

#NOFOODSECURITYWITHOUTPRIMARYAGRICULTUREINVESTMENT 


@AgriFI_KE @selfhelpafrica @EUAgri @EUinKenya @SlovakAid @un_sif

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 9 November 2018 at 04:06

Record keeping accelerates women’s business growth in Kenya


As part of SNV's ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises’ (EOWE) programme, 5,453 rural women entrepreneurs in Kenya have been trained and guided on record keeping of their income and expenses over the past two years.

Read how improved record keeping enabled these women entrepreneurs to sustainably grow their business and tap into opportunities to access government funds:

https://bit.ly/2T1Okxg

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 9 November 2018 at 12:39

Policies for Women’s Profitable Participation in Agricultural Market Systems

We know the important role that policies play in addressing the legal, institutional, and market constraints that agricultural market actors face. Teasing out how these laws and regulations affect women agri-entrepreneurs and wage workers can be more complicated, however. 

The Feed the Future program Enabling Environment for Food Security project has produced a technical note and a series of blogs on this topic. This post is based on the second blogauthored by Cristina Manfre of Cultural Practice with input from Fintrac Inc. Readers are encouraged to access the first, second, third, and fourth blog posts as well as the technical note.

This second blog concludes with the following recommendations:

So, what does an enabling environment that supports women’s profitable participation in agriculture look like? Among other characteristics, it is an environment that:

- Prioritizes the collection and an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 November 2018 at 05:27

Working with power in MSPs

Today I attended this seminar at Wageningen CDI https://agriprofocus.com/post/5be315fe26b72a71f45d4e5d It was part of an international training course on Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships.  And it was really interesting, especially for us working in coalitions and networks

A presentation by professor Aart DeWulf elaborated on sources of power: resources, legitimacy and authority. Power is present in any coalition where partners represent different stakes. There is also a common interest, an issue that requires joint action.  In this action, the stronger partners need the weaker partners, despite the systemic power imbalance.  There is power playing within the MSP: framing the problem, shaping the outcome. There is also power over the MSP: who sets the agenda, the rules and manages the information flow. 

A second presentation by Geertje Schouten discussed the Round Tables on Palm Oil and Soy. Both are MSPs that started around 2004 and ad

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 November 2018 at 09:55

Effective solutions to respond to Fall Armyworm in Africa 

E-conference outcomes, including videos and links.

The SDSN’s Thematic Network on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems hosted a virtual, e-conference on fall armyworm (FAW) in Africa from October 22 to 26, 2018. Fall armyworm is an agricultural pest native to the Americas but introduced to Africa in 2015 or 2016. In the 3-4 years since its introduction, it has spread across the entire continent and is responsible for maize yield losses ranging from 20-50%. This is especially challenging for smallholder farmers, where yield declines result in lost income and hunger, and who often lack the knowledge or financial resources to recognize and respond to new pest species.

A number of experts presented on the challenge of FAW and solutions, in particular how to move away from the overuse of broad-spectrum pesticides, which are often ineffective and potentially harmful to human and environmental health, towards more effective respo

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MUBARAK INUWA RE- EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS TO RESPOND TO FALL ARMYWORM IN AFRICA:It had been an important educative session of e-conference,on how to pave ways on how to tackle the damage done on maize by the  fall armyworm in africa.Especially the smallscale farmers, who have little investment in maize production,due financial insufficiency.

2 months 1 week ago

MUBARAK INUWA Perhaps,kenya, might be the biggest beneficiary of this major, because, it is the major maize producer in africa.

2 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 November 2018 at 07:35

  Visiting and reorganizing the mozzarella plant in Indonesia  

AgriProFocus Indonesia We have a network of skillful vocational student in dairy sector. Would the company interested to connect with them? For exchange learning, internship, etc. Thanks!

2 months 1 week ago

dec
17

Agribusiness Finance and Risk Management Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018 - All Day Event
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Event Details: Agribusiness Finance and Risk Management Training

INTRODUCTION

Agribusiness finance plays a key role in setting up an agribusiness enterprise being a major factor of production. Therefore; this training explores the use of specific management tools to improve decision-making within an agribusiness firm so as to ensure effective sourcing and application of financial resources.

Agricultural risk management, on the other hand, is fundamental as it determines the rate at which an enterprise is to thrive and even last in the market. The aims of this training is to help participants realize their long-term organizational goals and objectives which are profit maximization which can only be achieved through cost minimization and output maximization.

DURATION

5 days

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This course is intended for various actors in Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agenc

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dec
17

Food Security, Safety and Quality Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018 - All Day Event
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Event Details: Food Security, Safety and Quality Training

INTRODUCTION

Food security exists when all people have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life at all times. Food insecurity, on the other hand, is part of a continuum that includes hunger (food deprivation), malnutrition (deficiencies, imbalances, or excesses of nutrients), and famine. This training program is therefore designed to act as a guide on how to ensure access to safe and quality food is one of the human rights as well as a sustainable development goal.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

At the end of the training, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand basic skills in food security, safety, and quality.
  • Understand the classification of food into different food groups.
  • Understand what constitutes an adequate diet and optimal feeding to children.
  • Understand the relationship between nutrition and health.
  • Gain skills in cro

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