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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 p

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

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 November 2018 at 12:28

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day - Cultivating Collaboration

On Thursday November 22, 2018, AgriProFocus Ethiopia celebrated its Annual Network Day to strengthen the relations between AgriProFocus and its members and among the members themselves. The central theme of the Network Day was “Sustainable and inclusive agribusiness in Ethiopia”. Over 120 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event and our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programs. We also thank our guest presenters (including in the afternoon parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and provide their perspectives on sustainable commercial agriculture and agroecology to our network members.

What happened during this big event?

In the Morning . . .


The morning session began by an overview of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia network achi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 November 2018 at 09:35

Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition

‘We are not on track to realize Sustainable Development Goal 2, aiming to end hunger and malnutrition, by 2030. The number of people in the world affected by undernourishment, or chronic food deprivation, has increased from an estimated 804 million in 2016 to nearly 821 million in 2017, thus returning to levels from a decade ago, while overweight, obesity, and noncommunicable diseases are growing at alarming rates. Reversing these trends is critical, made more important by the close links between food security and nutrition and many other SDGs. A significant push to fast-track efforts at all levels is needed for the world to achieve the SDG target of hunger eradication by 2030.’

This conclusion from FAO and IFPRI forms the starting point for a three day event in Bangkok ‘Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition’ that brings together global practitioners, experts and leaders to explore how acceleration can best be achieved and what

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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



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 November 2018 at 08:11

DAY 1-2018 Youth Caravan to provide agricultural guidance and linkages to market

Kigali – November 27, 2018: In collaboration with our partners Rwanda Youth In Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), the ministry of agriculture and animal resources MINAGRI, HortINVEST, Help a Child Rwanda, ICCO Cooperation, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, Rural Development Initiative and YEAN Rwanda we have launched today the agricultural caravan of the first ever “Youth in Agribusiness Caravan” in Rwanda.

Theme of this edition is “Youth Making Agribusiness “Cool”, a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”. Our goal is to establish and build the communication between agricultural agribusinesses and the youth in general and the agripreneurs in particular to closely learn about the untapped opportunities existing in the agriculture landscape in Rwanda.

Launch in Kigali

“The caravan aims at establishing linkages between successful farmers and agribusiness people and the youth innovators motivated about agribusin

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really cool to read this summary of day 1, looking forward to hear more of day 2 and 3! Keep us updated :)

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Egide SINAYOBYE Hello everyone, am Egide SINAYOBYE,  upcoming students in university of rwanda focusing on the development of rural areas. i would like to ask for an advise if there is any support or i can call it partnership just cause i need to do research on livelihood of people areas especially in rusizi district in the domain of agriculture sector. ThanksContact: +250788592126Email: sinaegide@gmail.com  

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Bosco KWIZERA Thank you Egide, I will call you for any possible advise!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 November 2018 at 03:20

I am looking for hydroponics projects in Ethiopia or organisations who promote this or educate people

Pim Marijs Bert Schuilenburg is a Dutch expert in aqua farming, previously working in Ethiopia. Check his website: www.aquafarmingconsult.com 

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Ed van der Post Thanks..I know this project. But Aquaponics is a little bit different

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Yonatan Kassu when I review this hydroponic technologies for my seminar work i come up across Behaylu Abraha is one of young man who, has been working on hydroponic fodder for smallholder farmers in Mekelle, Ethiopia.

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Ed van der Post Thank you Yonatan. I have found him on internet.

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Ed van der Post Hello Yonatan. I have one question. I noticed that the information is old. Do you have some more resent information about him?

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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 Uganda
Posted 27 November 2018 at 04:02

Engage youth in farming to end poverty, envoy tells govt

The Deputy Ambassador and head of Development Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy, Mr Joris Van Bommel, has called on the government of Uganda to position the youth at the centre of agriculture.

Mr Bommel, who was on Friday touring the Netherlands funded projects under SNV–a Netherlands Development Foundation, in Kiruhura District, said tapping capabilities of youth into the agriculture sector can create better opportunities for them and spur development.

The country needs to strategically engage the youth in agriculture. Other assistance such as expertise can enhance this potential,” Mr Bommel said.

He said the arable land (40 million acres of land ) and favourable climate can enable agriculture in the country to flourish. 

Read the full article here

Bayo Herbert Sam of us are already taking up agribusiness but the obstacles hindering our development is the lack of credit and high intrest rates from our banks Am working with a group of eight youth on fish farm in entebbe rearing 10,000 fish and we are into our second but we have a shortage of good fish cages and fish feeds 

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Marion Alyek Dear Herbert,There is an Enable youth program receiving applications currently. Deadline for receiving applications is 30th November 2018. I think you should apply. Here are the details: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5be2829226b72a71f45d4e4e

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Bayo Herbert Thank uI have already applied 

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Marion Alyek Great. I wish you the best!

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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!

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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

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 November 2018 at 10:57

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Human Urine in Hydroponics

It is possible.! Use human urine safely, get clean water and at the same time grow food, all in one step! Why? Because the daily amount of urine per person per day is good for almost 3 kg of lettuce.

We see that water scarcity and water pollution are increasingly causing serious health and environmental challenges throughout the world. An important reason is that a good infrastructure is often absent to discharge the waste water responsibly. There is too little circular thought about water. The future wastewater infrastructure should therefore be seen more as a combined recycling plant & wastewater treatment plan, and depending on local needs and constraints. Some regions are faced with water stress and groundwater depletion because of climate changes, population growth, and the frequent occurrence of drought (low rainfall). A first step could be that we collect domestic waste water in a special system and separate toilet waste. Gray water comes from

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Wim Goris Hi Edwin, thanks for sharing this detailed article on circularity for nutrients.  I was at the Dutch Design week, but missed the peeponics. Are you aware of the all the work that APF members Hivos and SNV do on biogas. See for example : https://agriprofocus.com/post/5767b54ea93f2543ab06f8f9

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Ed van der Post Hi Wim, not quite. But when it comes to methane, I find it interesting. Gas from vegetable residual waste. Other gasproducts....I don't now. Especially when methane gas can be linked to hydroponics I am in favor or solar energy

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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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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 AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 November 2018 at 06:51

AgroSpecial on Food Security in times of Climate Change (in Dutch)

Food security in times of climate change is the theme of the new Special on Agroberichten Buitenland. In 35 contributions, Dutch agricultural councillors outline the developments in the various countries to make agriculture more robust for climate change, and the role that Dutch companies from the agrofood and horticulture sector and knowledge institutions can play in this. 

Filter throught this list and use google translate 

https://www.agroberichtenbuitenland.nl/specials/voedselzekerheid?utm_source=e-mailnieuwsbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Highlights+Landbouwradennetwerk


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 November 2018 at 11:27

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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 Ethiopia
Posted 8 November 2018 at 05:49

Youth Business Challenge Launch

During the annual network day of AgriProFocus we will officially launch our new program "Youth Business Challenge". The Youth Business Challenge is developed by AgriProFocus and the Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) in support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Youth Business Challenge seeks to bridge the gap between university graduates and agrofood private sector actors in Ethiopia.

In the past weeks we have done the selection of five teams, who will participate in this program. They are fresh graduates and will focus on a waste challenge of a poultry and a potato processing company. The teams will be supported by training and coaching in order to complete the assignment as expected. 

On November 22 the partners in this program will present themselves, including their role in the Youth Business Challenge. You will be able to meet the teams who are selected and talk to the companies who partner

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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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nov
07

Working with power in MSPs (seminar)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2018, 09:00-12:30
  Wageningen

A seminar on working with power in MSPs

Join us in sharing your experiences and be inspired to facilitate change processes to address structural power inequities. Also in attendance are 25 professionals from 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America participating in the Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation facilitated course on Facilitating multi stakeholder partnerships to foster sustainable and inclusive food systems.

Schedule

Two key note speakers have been invited. The event will be facilitated and the presentations will be followed by interactions and debate.


09:00Welcome and introduction by the organizers
09:30Power in and over cross sector partnerships, Prof. Dr. Art Dewulf, Wageningen University
10:15Coffee break
10:45Deliberative capacity in MSPs, Dr. Greetje Schouten. The Partnerships Resource Centre, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
11:30Plenary interaction and debate
12:30Lunch