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.



nov
19

Resilient Livelihoods Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 November 2018 to 23 November 2018 - All Day Event
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Event Details: Resilient Livelihoods Training 

INTRODUCTION

Secure livelihoods are characterized by households that have different activities within the community that provide income, shelter, and other factors to ensure their well-being. This ensures that the society has adequate resources to fall back on in times of need.

Livelihood security can be promoted through improving diversity and security of resources, skills, and technologies that are available to agricultural communities. This training event is therefore intended to enable households, communities, and countries build resilience so as to strengthen their ability to manage change by maintaining or transforming their living standards in the face of shocks or stresses without compromising their long-term prospects.

DURATION

5 days

COURSE OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Gain basic skills in livelihoods.
  • Improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor.
  • Acquire knowledge on agricultural livelihoods.

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nov
19

Linking Emergency Aid to Food and Nutrition Security Trainin

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 November 2018 to 23 November 2018 - All Day Event
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Event Details: Linking Emergency Aid to Food and Nutrition Security Training

INTRODUCTION

Food insecurity and disasters are directly related; therefore, institutions dealing with food and nutrition security should be prepared for such adversities and device means to respond. Relief aid institutions also play part in maintenance of food and nutrition security in emergencies by providing relief aid. Food aid is all about providing food and related assistance to tackle hunger, either in emergency situations, or to help with deeper, longer-term hunger alleviation and achieve food security. Thus, this training programme is designed to enable participants to gain skills on how to prepare, measure, and respond to nutrition emergencies to sustain food security.

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, fundin

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nov
19

Value Chain Development Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 November 2018 to 23 November 2018 - All Day Event
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Event Details: Value Chain Development Training

INTRODUCTION

A value chain can is a set of linked activities that work to add value to a product. It consists of actors and actions that improve a product while linking commodity producers to processor sand markets. In agriculture, this includes activities such as product design, production, marketing, distribution and support services up to the final consumer.

A market linkage is comprised of one or more organizations that facilitate end to end integration of the entire supply chain, it provides necessary infrastructure, supply inputs, provide capacity building and by back the finished products This training programme is therefore designed to help the farmers and all other stakeholders in agriculture to develop sustainable value chains.

DURATION

5 days

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Learn basic skills in value chains.
  • Understand the need for connecting farmers to market.
  • Under

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 October 2018 at 07:43

Stakeholder meeting PAINT-Y!

AgriProFocus, Kenya in collaboration with Kenerava Group will today hold a stakeholders meeting on Youth in Agribusiness and how they can harness opportunities for collective action for scale and impact. The aim of the meeting is to share insights from the scan done by AgriFocus on the status of Kenyan youth in Agribusiness, provide a platform for youths in agribusiness to share their struggles, successes and the role of stakeholders in creating an effective support ecosystem for youth to thrive and grow. Lastly, there will be a launch of PAINT-Y, a platform that uniquely puts youth in the driving seat of their agenda. PAINT-Y aims to Inspire, Connect and facilitate Collaboration.

The meeting will be held at Dusit D2- 14Riverside Drive from 4 p.m to 7.30 p.m. You can also follow the conversation on twitter using the hashtags #PAINTY #PAINTY2018 #AgribusinessTalk254

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 October 2018 at 06:57

Morning all,

this is Christian Hülsebusch of the German Instiutute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL) in Witzenhausen Germany www.ditsl.org - working since a long time with partners in Kenyan research oprganisations Egerton University, Nairobi University, Kenya Museums and others. Our main topics are dryland based livestock systems in Northern Kenya (mainly Marsabit County) and Smallholder Dairy Develpment mainly in Nakuru County. In this context we follo a value chain and agri-business development approach and this is why I have registered to AgriProFocus

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 October 2018 at 10:12

Hello,

I am interested in   farming   chilli  for  export. Kindly  link  me   to  horticulture  exporters  buying  chillis  from  farmers.


regards,


Virginia

oct
30

Boost Better Business Program

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  30 October 2018 to 31 October 2018 - All Day Event
  KEPSA, Shelter Afrique Bdg, Mamlaka Road

Do you want to know how sustainable and inclusive your business/organisation operates? 

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BOOST YOUR BUSINESS

➢ with a FULL ASSESSMENT

➢ and ASSISTANCE ON IMPROVEMENT PLAN with

➢ 4 DAYS OF TRAINING and 6 MONTHS of improvement.


The programme will be run through 2 tailormade workshops on: 30th & 31st October 2018

B Lab East Africa and Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya created the B3 Programme for you.

The key elements of the programme:

1. General insights on the why, what and how of inclusive businesses

2. Provide a full impact assessment of your business on Governance, Community, Customer engagement, Workers and Environment using the B impact assessment tool in 2 workshop days.

3. Receive a full improvement report to start with a focused improvement plan.

4. 2 day Improvement plan workshop that will define areas of improvement and outline clear goals; tailor made assistance to roll out your improvement plan

5. Become an awarded champion by February 2019 w

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 October 2018 at 03:29

Main Factors Affecting Manure Composting Process

◆ Carbon-nitrogen ratio

◆ Moisture content

◆ Temperature

◆ Ventilation for oxygen

◆ pH value

◆ Particle size of manure composting

In a word, it is quite essential to compost livestock and poultry manure properly before using them into crops and plants. In order to make manure compost faster and better, people also need to know the main factors affecting manure composting and fermentation process. Besides, for commercial and large scale composting business, professional compost turner machine is also of the essence in virtue of its outstanding turning efficiency, accelerating composting process significantly.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 October 2018 at 10:29

I have spotted an opportunity  of Value chain development to help rural farmers. There are needed structures in place, but unused.  Is possible to find a wiling partners to develop the proposal  and seek funding? The target beneficiaries are women and youth. Can provide more details.

Eugene Ndwiga Let's engage further on this.

3 months 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 October 2018 at 08:56

Share your idea on World Food Day live from anywhere via Skype or FaceTime live broadcast on www.i4nature.world 

For more information ; WWW.I4NATURE.WORLD

Daniel Mechale world food day should have celebrated by creating food access with youth.

3 months 4 days ago

MUBARAK INUWA When a day is set aside,to deliberate on food production globally, it is indeed a time to describe on the modern food sustainability and security.The poor nations of the world, are the ones who suffer the scourge of hunger and starvation perhaps due to lack of required quantities of food and nutrition productions.Green revolution policies are always being urged to be adopted in order to produce HYV.To supplement the unfertilized soil food production.Also, livestock productions, there is a great need for the industrialised nations to embark on research work to come with improved variety of animal husbandry.

3 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 October 2018 at 06:55

SNV Ethiopia shares dairy practice briefs and training manuals from EDGET


SNV places high priority on internal and external learning and knowledge development on inclusive dairy value chain. 

In the case of the EDGET project (Enhancing Dairy Sector Growth in Ethiopia 2013-2017) the learning and knowledge strategy involved: 

EDGET

  • joined and became an active member of the livestock platform and Livestock Task Force;
  • organised dairy good practice events at woreda and zonal levels;
  • participated in various technical working groups and multi-stakeholder meetings to contribute to cross-organisational learning, collaboration and knowledge sharing;
  • facilitated exposure and learning visits;
  • developed and disseminated extension related and good practice materials in dairy production, processing, marketing and development;
  • shared the knowledge materials organising events.

The project developed and disseminated nine practice briefs, eight farmer extension materials and nine extension training manuals u

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 October 2018 at 07:06

10 Amazing Fish Farming Facts That You Should Know!

Fish farming and aquaponics are gaining popularity rapidly because of the increasing demands of protein and health benefits of fish. If we depend on wild fish alone, most of our fish will be gone by the year 2050 if we don’t start aquaponic fishing. But many of us don’t know some of the facts about fish farming or fish farmers. In case you don’t have an idea of how a fish farmer works, here are some facts about fish farming given below.

Fact #1: Fish is a major source of protein for over one billion people around the world, especially in the developing countries. In America, the awareness of protein from fish consumption and other health benefits from fish and fish farming is rapidly growing, making fish farming a profitable business.

Fact #2: Over 70% of the world’s wild fish stock has been exploited or depleted due to over fishing, and therefore, fish farming or aquacultured fish has become a necessity, which is quickly stepping up

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Grace Li Qualified Fish Feed Extruders and Feed Production Line by Expert Manufacturerhttps://www.fish-feed-extruder.com/

2 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Grace Li, thank you very much for sharing with us that useful link.!

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:56

A Lucky iron fish for everyone?

Business opportunities & “wacky” solutions for strengthening nutrition at the BoP

What can be done to support the consumption of more healthy food products by the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, the people at the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP)? That is an urgent challenge, given the fact that globally 155 million children are still stunted, 52 million children are wasted, and 2 billion people lack key nutrients like iron and vitamin A1


This challenge is addressed by several actors in these countries and their international partners. Small, medium and larger enterprises from different sectors are those who use market-based solutions to produce, distribute and sell nutritious food products to consumers. In addition, NGOs and the public sector also contribute to tackling the different forms of malnutrition, including in countries with emergencies.


An event in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 4, 2018, facilitated

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:03

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: BLOCKCHAIN USE CASES IN AGRICULTURE

CTA: The objective of this call is to support the implementation of blockchain use cases addressing the agri-food sector in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries, in order to contribute to its transformation.

A maximum of six grants will be awarded. The maximum amount that will be allocated to a winning proposal is Euro 60,000.

Applications must be submitted by email address by Monday 12 November 2018 @ 23:59 Netherlands time.

The subject heading of the email must bear the title “Blockchain use cases in Agriculture in African, the Caribbean and Pacific countries - Call for Proposals". Projects can be submitted in English or French.

Applicants may send questions by email no later than 21 days before the deadline for receipt of applications to: Ken Lohento, Senior ICT4Ag Programme Coordinator, CTA: lohento@cta.int. Only inquiries (and NOT proposals) will be sent to that address. The email to which proposals will be sent is i

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:38

Internship Opportunity at Technical Centre of Agriculture (CTA)

(Deadline for applications: 21 October 2018)

CTA is looking for a highly motivated and result-oriented intern to support the ICT4Ag team.

Internship background

CTA has an opening for an intern within the Policies, Markets and ICTs (PMI) Programme. The successful candidate will support Youth Entrepreneurship and ICT for agriculture initiatives within the ICT4Ag team.

Duties & responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of the ICT4Ag team leader, the intern will assist in the following activities:

Support the implementation of activities relating to youth, entrepreneurship, ICTs and agriculture including the following projects:

-AgriHack Talent initiative which supports ICT innovations and entrepreneurship in Agriculture;

-The “Youth Economic Empowerment in Agribusiness in Kenya (VijaBiz) project;

-The Ideal Burkina project which enables delivery of digital services to young farmers and agripreneurs in -Burkina Faso;

-Blockchain

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Sylvie UWIHEREKEJE I would like to apply in this internship

3 months 1 week ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Sylvie, this is a what we call one chance in a life!I would encourage to try your best and apply this opportunity!

3 months 5 days ago

Sylvie UWIHEREKEJE Dear Thacien, Firstly, thanks for your encouragement ,i'm  going to try my best to apply and i think you will help me to get it because All request we need, I have it.

3 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2018 at 07:28

PUM AND THE GLOBAL DAIRY SECTOR IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

PUM has participated in several successful dairy programmes and is developing new dairy programmes with different stakeholders in the emerging economies such as Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, etc. Based on these experiences, PUM summarized their approach and shared lessons learned in this publication.

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MUBARAK INUWA Dairy production,all over the globe, has a great role in economic perspective.It is a great source of revenue and protein in the bodies of human beings.Infants, are fed with special milk produce,while it is treated chemically for that purposes.In a factory, where milk dairy are established, job provisions could be provided to the young graduates whole apply for services in the organisations.

3 months 3 days ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:24

Gender * Climate sourcebook (FAO, IFAD, WB) 

This Gender in Climate-Smart Agriculture module provides guidance and a comprehensive menu of practical tools for integrating gender in the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of projects and investments in climate-smart agriculture (CSA). The module emphasizes the importance and ultimate goal of integrating gender in CSA practices, which is to reduce gender inequalities and ensure that men and women can equally benefit from any intervention in the agricultural sector to reduce risks linked to climate change. Climate change has an impact on food and nutrition security and agriculture, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. It is crucial to recognize that climate change affects men and women differently.  (98 pages with many cases).


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:15

AFRICA AGRICULTURE STATUS REPORT 2018

The main theme was Catalyzing Government Capacity to Drive Agricultural Transformation in Africa.

Please read full Report Here

Mahder Akalu Thanks for sharing  Thacien, I will also share it with our network. 

3 months 1 week ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Yes sure, it is an interesting report that shows gaps and interesting opportunities concerning Agriculture sector in Africa!! 

3 months 1 week ago

Bathily Alioune Badara Bonjour,Suite a votre publication très intéressante, je vous demande de bien vouloir me contacter au 00223-66-51-32-33   afin de visiter le Mali ou le Sénégal.Cordialement,

3 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 October 2018 at 09:52

SNV and the Booming Biogas Business


I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa.  This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security. 

Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more

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Herman Scheepers I agree that the biodigesters are becoming more and more favourable to climate-smart solutions. My findings are that what is currently happening in the world is that NGOs present a business model that is too expensive for the poor and not equally accessible to all. Climate change solutions should not be available to those who has the personal income to apply it. Bert certainly knows this. Finding simple and cost-effective ways to still support SDGs 1 to 7 is something we focus on. Thank you for the info Wim.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Wim Goris Hi Herman, thanks for comment.  Do you see price of biodigesters coming down in next years? Under what conditions?  I am asking in comparison with solar panels.  People expect solar panels prices going down and volumes up. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Herman Scheepers Wim, it is a very good question. The question of digester affordability has been around for a number of years between the two leading Dutch INGOs. My answer is certainly no, it will not become affordable based on the current SNV business model. The cost of labour and materials increase between 6 - 12% per annum. (Personal assessment in SE Asia). The business model should change where the cost of production reduces. The solar PV business model is a good example. I have spoken to a female agri-entrepreneur in biogas showing new possibilities for agri communities in need of free energy. We have established a working group for Africa to help "sandbox" new ideas around biogas creation that is cheap and effective for the poor. We have seen that farmers that need an energy source, do not have sustainable income to afford a "design" that could have been affordable otherwise. We will certainly provide updated stories from our "African geniuses" in our working group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172949912852267/?fref=nf)

2 months 2 weeks ago

oct
15

Integrated Soil Health and Fertility Management Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  15 October 2018 - 09:30 to 19 October 2018 - 05:00
  Stipp Hotel, Kigali Rwanda

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INTRODUCTION

Given the escalating population growth, intensified cropping, widespread land degradation and shrinking agricultural land, sustaining agricultural production through improved soil management is critical to the issue of food security and poverty alleviation in developing countries.

Limited availability of additional land for crop production along with declining yield growth for major food crops have heightened concerns about agriculture's ability to feed the world population. Much currently cultivated land is being lost through soil erosion, nutrient depletion, desertification, deforestation, and salinization or overgrazing. As agricultural areas become even more crowded, arable land is likely to come under increasing pressure. This also sets the livelihoods of millions of subsistence farmers at risk.

Integrated soil health and fertility management (ISHFM) is the key in raising productivity levels while maintaining

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