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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Mali
Posted 23 August 2018 at 08:39

Fertilizer transfer to the beneficiaries of the PEAJ

As part of the facilitation of the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Project (PEAJ) for training and insertion of young people in agribusiness, AgriProFocus Network and its partners; Fondation pour l'Egalte des Chances en Afrique (Foundation for the Equal Opportunities in Africa), the Directorate of International Cooperation of Monaco, Oiko-Credit and Bejo Zaden, delivered 77 bags of organic fertilizer to the 77 beneficiaries of the Bamako-Kayes axis. With a total cost of 1.500 euros, this support aims to give a boost to new producers exposed to the dangerous risks of migration and especially to facilitate the conversion of returning migrants into agricultural entrepreneurs.

The PEAJ is a follow-up to earlier projects of AgriproFocus and its partners. With this project they want to provide solutions to the problems encountered by start-ups, companies in consolidation and growing companies. In the long term, networking with service providers invol

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 23 August 2018 at 07:25

THE EMERGING YOUNG FACES OF COCOA FARMING IN GHANA

Also in Ghana, moving to the city in search of work is the norm for rural youth. They don’t consider agriculture as a viable alternative source of livelihood and part of the reason is lack of access to land, knowledge, capital and financial services. To motivate young people to go into agriculture, for the past two and a half years, Solidaridad and its partners have implemented the MASO Programme to create employment opportunities for rural youth in the cocoa sector.

You can read more about this program in this post on the Solidaridad web-site. Happy reading!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 22 August 2018 at 01:37

Remise d'engrais aux bénéficiaires du PEAJ

Dans le cadre de la facilitation du projet de formation et d'insertion des jeunes en agrobusiness, le Réseau AgriProFocus et ses partenaires a savoir la Fondation pour l'Egalte des Chances en Afrique, la Direction de la Coopération Internationale de Monaco, Oiko-Credit et Bejo Zaden ont procédé a  la remise de 77 sacs d'engrais organique au 77 bénéficiaires de l'axe Bakako-Kayes. D'un coûts total de 1500 euros, cet accompagnement a pour but de donner un coups de pouce aux nouveaux producteurs exposes  aux risques des migrations dangereuses  et surtout faciliter la reconversion des migrants de retour en entrepreneurs agricoles. 

Ces entreprises au stade de création (les start up) : il s’agit d’entreprises fraîchement créées (première année d’exercice). Les défis sont : la maîtrise des coûts de production, la logique de chaîne de valeur et la définition d’une stratégie commerciale. Le PEAJ est un par

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Habib De Nazaire Adjet Merci et grand Bravo aux partenaire du vrai développement au Mali AgriProFocus !!!

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 22 August 2018 at 10:53

Genre et pertes alimentaires dans chaînes de valeur alimentaires durables. Note d’orientation.

Je suis très heureux de voir que la FAO a récemment annoncé que la publication "Genre et perte de nourriture dans les chaînes de valeur alimentaires durables" est désormais disponible en français. Veuillez trouver ci-joint le résumé en français.

Abstract 

La présente publication vise à aider les décideurs politiques, les concepteurs de projets et les praticiens de terrain à conceptualiser le lien étroit (nexus) qui existe entre l’égalité des sexes et les pertes alimentaires, tout en offrant des conseils pratiques et des outils permettant d’intégrer les considerations de genre dans la planification et la mise en oeuvre d’études, de stratégies de réduction et d’interventions en matière de pertes alimentaires.

En reliant les concepts clés du développement des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre, avec la problématique des pertes alimentaires, il apparaît que les

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 22 August 2018 at 10:48

Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains. A guiding note.

I am very happy to see that FAO has recently announced, that the publication “Gender and food loss in sustainable food value chains” has been translated and is now also available in French and Spanish. Let me start with the abstract in English. Further down you will find the links to the publications in the English, French and Spanish!  

Abstract

This publication aims to help policy-makers, project designers and field practitioners to conceptualize the nexus between gender equality and food loss while offering practical guidance on and tools for integrating gender concerns into the planning and implementation of food loss studies and reduction strategies and interventions.

By linking key concepts from gender-sensitive value chain development and the issue of food loss, it emerges that gender inequalities affect the overall efficiency of the food value chain and generate a poor performance that may cause pro

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PETER KOLAWOLE I love this

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 August 2018 at 08:38

de Banking for Food-podcasts


Netherlands

Harm Edens (Dit Was Het Nieuws) voelt voor de Rabobank specialisten van binnen en buiten de bank tweewekelijks aan de tand over hun bijdrage aan ‘Growing a better world together’. In interviews van circa twintig minuten vertellen zij over de projecten waar ze nauw bij betrokken zijn.

In de laatste podcast vertelt Gilles Boumeester, hoofd RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, over het gevecht voor stabiele en eerlijke voedselketens, van boer tot bord.

Alle tot nu toe gepubliceerde podcasts kan je HIER vinden.


Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 21 August 2018 at 06:44

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR A GRANT:

ICT-ENABLED MECHANISATION IN AFRICA

Deadline for receipt of proposals: Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 P.M. Netherlands Time

CTA is launching a Call for proposals to support the implementation of ICT-enabled mechanisation services in Africa. The overall indicative amount made available under this Grant / Call for Proposals is a maximum of Euro 250,000.

You can find the complete information about this call HERE

The objective of the ICT for agriculture programme of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is to explore and implement initiatives supportive of the effective use of digital technologies for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Centre also supports strategies promoting the engagement of youth and job creation in agricultural value chains. CTA is launching the current call for proposals against this backdrop.

The specific objective of this Call for Proposa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 12:49

Are you an Ethiopian or Dutch agribusiness in Ethiopia with a waste challenge?

If so, apply for the youth business challenge and get a team of young experts to help you solve your problems.

The Youth Business Challenge is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association, Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth & AgriProFocus Ethiopia where a group of interdisciplinary youth and a few seasoned technical experts come up with a business plan for waste management practices in different agribusinesses working in the agri-food sector.

Apply now or no later than the 11th of September through this form.


Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 20 August 2018 at 11:58

Rural women pitch their innovative start-up ideas in Vietnam


SNV's ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women Enterprises’ (FLOW/EOWE) programme focuses on supporting rural women in entrepreneurship by addressing the systemic barriers that many rural women face when launching their businesses. One of the key challenges for rural women to launch start-up initiatives is access to capital to promote their start-up initiatives and turn their ideas into a viable business. In mid-August 2018, SNV together with the Provincial Women’s Union organised the Women Business Start-up 2018 event in Binh Thuan, a South Central Coast province in Vietnam, where 16 women had the opportunity to present their innovative start-up ideas and to connect to relevant stakeholders to take their start-up to the next level.

The event was a follow-up of the National Platform “Women Business Start-up: Innovation and Connection” that was organised by SNV and the Vietnam Women’s Union in December 2017. The aim of the Pl

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 August 2018 at 10:52

Dear AgriProFocus Members,

I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers. 

This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.

The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.

Some experts have share

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oct
11

Partos Innovation Festival 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 October 2018, All Day Event
  Amsterdam

On October 11th 2018 we celebrate innovation in international development together, focusing on ‘A future we want’! Partos & The Spindle organise the annual innovation festival for the fifth time already to highlight innovative ideas in the field of development cooperation. A day full of inspiration, learning by doing and networking. A festival to obtain new skills and insights, with various international participants, speakers and inspiring sessions. Join us at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam!

More information and tickets you find HERE.



Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 20 August 2018 at 07:32

Carol Gribnau,  director of the Hivos global Green Energy and Green Food programs writes on IPC about

Joint Action Needed to Reform our Food System

Read the full article HERE.

Come 2030, we will not have healthy and affordable food if we continue with business as usual. But no one institution can single handedly change the course of our food system. The key to ensuring a sustainable food system is involving a diverse group of actors – from smallholder farmers to government – to generate ideas for change, together.

Everyone recognizes the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration, but it’s good to understand exactly what we’re talking about. 

Hivos applies a “Lab” approach in several countries. It allows for a tailored approach and helps the actors move from global to national and local platforms. Given the complexity of food systems, local platforms are likely to be the most effective. 

The transformation towards sustainable food systems requires involving key actors,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 06:06

First Special Business Drinks in Hawassa

For this special Agro-Industry & Nutrition Business Drinks, 70 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches and open-space networking. This event unique was special because it was the first time a Business Drinks was held out of Addis Ababa. Additionally, several of the participants were academicians and agro-industry experts participating in the International Nutrition and Agro-Industry Conference organized by Hawassa University's Center of Excelence for Human Nutrition.

The first pitch was made by Betelhem Lakew, from BeNu Manufacturing: a start-up company working on nutrition & healthy products. Their product is designed to be a high-protein, nutritious biscuit to address both under & over nutrition. According to Betelhem, their socially responsible business model of “buy one give one” is designed such that the company will give one biscuit for free to a child suffering from under nutrition for every biscuit you buy.

The second pitch mad

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 August 2018 at 01:50

  Clients from Uganda visiting our demonstration dairy Chawakim in Tanzania. Ante Tanzania will offer them a full dairy plant 1000 liter per hour  

Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 17 August 2018 at 02:13

“Grafted Tomato” project launched in Uganda

The Applied Research Fund (ARF) project “Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (IRESO)” was launched by Josephat Byaruhanga, Senior Policy Officer Agribusiness of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala. The launch took place on August 14, 2018, at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Wakiso District in Uganda.


The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp

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Wim Goris hi Gloria, thanks for sharing. Keep us updates, as this may well be a breakthrough  ! 

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 August 2018 at 10:01

INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION AND FOOD INDUSTRIES CONFERENCE

“Partnership for Food/Nutrition Training and Sustainable Development” hosted by Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition, Hawassa University.

16-18 August 2018

Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia

The objectives of this conference: -

- To create forum for networking opportunities

- To prioritize areas of partnership

- To share experiences and success stories

- To acknowledge organizations that support Hawassa University

- To get feedback about Hawassa University graduates and labor market

- To experience hosting international forums

Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition (ACEN) was launched in 2015 at School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University. Its major successes to date: -

- Produced manpower in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology

- Hosted two National Nutrition Conferences

- Laid a foundation for Human Nutrition program in other sister universities in Ethiopia

- Made a success

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Mahder Akalu @Sarah Assefa, Do you have something to share with us?

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 August 2018 at 07:22

 ANTE BV HOLLAND in Rwanda!

Today we established together with our partner Ante Rwanda in Kigali. Now we can do direct import from Holland,service and maintenance.   

Posted By in Farmer-Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:10

Stephanie Lynch writes in SPORE magazine about 

Agriculture’s potential for peacebuilding

Read the full article here.

In recent years, agriculture has become increasingly recognised as an entry point for building peace and resilience in fragile states. With up to two-thirds of employment and one-third of GDP in countries experiencing prolonged crises linked to agriculture, investment in the sector can be transformative for the resilience of vulnerable populations. To prevent fragile situations descending into crises and ensure the sustainable recovery of vulnerable populations, rural communities need the capacity to monitor and predict crisis and disaster risks, as well as to develop strategies to help minimise the impact of such risks on food production.

Connecting farmers to markets

With increased capacity to grow surplus produce, farmers need access to finance and markets to add value to their products and further increase their incomes. However, in fragile states, neither f

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Shadrack Agaki Rolf Schinkel i have read through the whole article by Stephanie Lynch , in deed i believe agriculture is like a center bolt that would holds prosperity of the world. This conversation should be encouraged on this platform with a view of  finding the best way to lead the way in linking and providing critical information that would help in making agriculture work in countries the Network has presence.   

4 months 2 days ago

Rolf Schinkel Thank you Shadrack Agaki for your reply and interst in the article. It is an important issue indeed. I know a bit about it from my own experience, or rather the experience of the AgriProFocus platform in DR Congo. Agriculture fairs were organised by the AgriProFocus team there, at places that knew for longtime only war and insecurity . Only having the fair and meeting other people involved in agribusiness was already something special and re-assuring for many people there. It brought the sense of revival.By the way, did you notice Stephanie has her profile on this platform: https://agriprofocus.com/profile/stephanie.lynch.25346 . 

4 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:05

Apply now for the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition

Are you a nutrition sensitive SME in Malawi, Ethiopia or Kenya ? Does your product address a local diet quality gap and increase the consumption of safe and nutritious foods ? Apply and stand a chance to win a trip to Nairobi to compete in the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.

The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organizes the first edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition, that will be held during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Kenya on the 16th of October 2018.  For this application process, SBN in partnership with BoPinc will select the cohort of SMEs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi that will participate in the SUN Pitch Competition. 

Apply now or no later than September 1st, through https://vc4a.com/sun-business-network/sbn-regional-pitch-competition/application/

Application Process and Timeline

1) Ap

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Niek! Sarah Assefa, maybe you can announce this during the nutrition conference in Hawassa these coming 2 days?

4 months 2 days ago

Niek van Dijk That would be great Sarah Assefa !

4 months 2 days ago

Mahder Akalu Of course! We will! 

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30

Agri-Finance Fair and Market Linkages

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  30 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 - All Day Event
  KAYONZA DISTRICT

Improving Agribusiness!

In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”

Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).

The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at le

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