Dutch members 2018:
Please register you participation at the upcoming Youth in Agribusiness Regional Inspirational Conference (YARIC) scheduled for 30th and 31st October 2014 at Kati, Kati Kampala. please note participation will be by invitation only and as such are requested to register at the link below;
I bring to your attention the report on Situation Analysis Youth in Agribusiness in Uganda; Focus on agribusiness. Follow the link to access the report:
For those of you who actively followed the e-discussion Farm-Firm Relations and the methodology 2-2-Trade (formerly known as 2-2-Tango) it might be interesting to know that we are about to publish a 2-2-Trade book. The book is being written by the architects of the methodology: CDI/WUR, KIT and Agri-ProFocus. We expect to publish the book in early 2015. We will keep you informed through a/o this on-line platform.
‘It takes 2-2 Trade’ is a tool for the assessment and improvement of farmer-firm relations. 2-2 Trade focusses on bringing the most important perceived strengths and weaknesses of the relation between farmers and firms to the surface, by letting both groups score their perceptions on a number of topics. The result of the analyses is a perfect starting point for joint discussion between farmers and firms to bring their business relationship to the next level.
√ Is participatory: farmers and firms score a range of statements a... Read more
(Deadline Friday September 29, 2014 10:00 am)
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO-Cooperation on behalf of Agri-ProFocus and the Agri-Hub Ethiopia. ICCO’s portfolio in Ethiopia is managed by its Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda. The Regional Office for Central and Eastern Africa is contractually responsible for the implementation of this fund. Agri-ProFocus (APF) is a Dutch-rooted partnership promoting farmer entrepreneurship and food security. Agri-ProFocus/Agri-Hub has 57 organisation and 685 individual network members in Ethiopia including producer organisations, financial institutions, private agri-business, NGOs, government institutions and individuals.
Im are pleased to share with you a new publication entitled “Youth and Agriculture: Key Challenges and Concrete Solutions”produced jointly by CTA, FAO and IFAD. We can do a brainstorming and see if we can replicate the proposed solutions as in TYIAF.
Here is a short description of the publication:
New publication by FAO, CTA and IFAD
The Global population is expected to increase to 9 billion by 2050, of which, 14% are youth aged between 15 – 24 years. While the world’s youth population is will grow significantly, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth, esp
ecially those living in developing countries’ economically stagnant rural areas – remain limited, poorly remunerated and of poor quality. Few young people see a future for themselves in agriculture or rural areas. Some of the major challenges faced are: limited access to land; inadequate access to financial services; insufficient access to... Read more
The past few months Silja Heyland, student at Van Hall Larenstein University in Wageningen did a desk research commissioned by Agri-ProFocus entitled 'how gender inclusion improves commercial dairy chains'. The research resulted in a Bachelor thesis. Last week Silja presented her finding during a lunch meeting organized by Agri-ProFocus in Wageningen.
For more information (including the full thesis) and other back ground material (e.g. the PPt and the report of the lunch session) look at:
The video illustrates the case of dairy value chain development in Nicaragua. Even though the experience is taken from another continent, I think the situation will be recognizable for those of you active in dairy value chain development. If not, I am curious to learn in what way the situ... Read more
Women are highly involved in dairy production, but they are mostly not recognized as dairy farmers. Often women have limited access to credit, markets and business development services.
Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders) commissioned a study by Silja K. Heyland, student of International Development Management at Van Hall Larenstein Wageningen, on how gender-inclusion improves commercial dairy supply chains in the global south.
The research objective was to find attractive arguments for local business chain actors to address gender issues in their dairy supply chains and to give an overview of chain interventions that contribute to successful gender-inclusion. The research focuses on small-scale dairy farmers and their producer organizations, since this level gives an indication of who benefits and in which way from dairy chain development.
Eight semi-structured interviews have been conducted over... Read more
Women entrepreneurs in Uganda are encouraged to apply for an opportunity to participate in the Netherlands- Uganda Women in Business Program that aims at providing business development support and innovation creation by providing trainings, matchmaking opportunities, technical support and training and a trade mission to the Netherlands.
For details on how to participate, minimum requirements and who to contact, please visit the following link;
Please note that the deadline for submitting the application is 30th June 2014.
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The FSRE Fund Linking and Learning Workshop started to be held today (April 1, 2014) in ILRI compound. The three day workshop, which will include a field visit to two Agribusiness companies in Debre Zeit and a detailed learning review of the visit for the following two days, aims in linking and learning of ten FSRE Fund grantee organizations (Dorcas Aid, Christian Aid, DEC, GOAL Ethiopia, African Bamboo, HUNDEE, Agri Service Ethiopia, FC, ECO-COFFEE and Bere Sericulture). One up to three representatives of each organization attended the workshop.
The first day of the workshop started with an opening remark from Ato Michael Assefa (from ICCO/FSREF). Michael welcomes the participants of the workshop and reminded them of the importance and benefits of the learning & linking event.
Mr. Gerrit Holtland (from F&S) made a recapitulation presentation on what has been done so far regarding the FSRE Fund linking and learning Agenda. Mentioning that the aim of FSRE Fund is to support innovatio... Read more
The FSRE-Fund second round call for proposal for "innovative fund" is just launched!
Hoping you could benefit from the call, hereby we would like to share the information.
please refer to the call advertisement attached Here.
you also can find the call Here
At the advertisement you will find:
The Agri- Hub Coordination team wishes you the best of luck!!
It may be of interest.
As it is remembered, a Call for Proposal–Matching Grant Fund ( FSRE- Fund) was posted on October 7, 2013 at 13:30.Please refer Here for the detail. you may also find the contact details there.
However, due to the fact that the office of FSRE-Fund have decided to extend the final application date up to October 28,2013 3:00pm, for those who have the interest to apply for the call,now is the time to give it a try.
Please contact directly the FSRE- Fund office as per the contact detail stated at the form attached with the call for proposal- matching grant Fund.
Once again the Agri- Hub Ethiopia coordination team wishes you luck!!
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) has been set up to finance activities that improve the food security of farming families and enhance income, investment and jobs in smallholder farmers, Producer Organisations (PO) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) linked to smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO on behalf of Agri-ProFocus and the Agri-Hub Ethiopia. ICCO’s portfolio in Ethiopia is managed by its Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda.
The FSRE- Fund is calling for the 2nd call for proposal, 1st for matching grant Fund call, which aims at providing a fair and competitive opportunity for interested organisations, institutions and companies to submit proposals for matching grant funding from the ICCO – Cooperation for boosting food security and rural entrepreneurship in rural Ethiopia in th... Read more
We summarized the succesful first week of the eDiscussion. You will find the summary here: Summary Edisc Farm Firm Week 1. Please take 5 minutes for our survey in which we ask your input & opinion regarding the results of week 1.
We invite you to the next phase of our discussion:
What is the role of farms, firms and supporters (NGO’s, government, BDS suppliers, etc.) in establishing and improving the understanding between farms and firms?
Let us know your thoughts, opinion and experiences. Should it be a trajectory ideally initiated by the farmers, by the firms or by thirds? What can and should be done by the farms themselves? What by the firms themselves and where and how should supporters like NGO’s, government, BDS suppliers, etc. support (or coordinate? or initiate?) this process?
In the meantime, please feel free to add to the challenges identified and proposed activities so far through:
- The survey asking your opinion & input regaring the resul... Read more
eDiscussion Farm-Firm Relations
Follow-up Discussion Questions
Many thanks for you active contribution already on day 1! In order to keep focused we are preparing a summary of all contributions consisting of you observations, opinions and experiences regarding:
- The need for understanding between farms & firms
- The issues to be discussed, understood or agreed upon between farms & firms
- The proposed activities in order to improve mutual understanding
Today we share with you some observations, opinions and experiences regarding the need for understanding between farms & firms. Tomorrow the issues en proposed activities will follow. Feel free to contribute to the existing string of discussion launched on 2 April. Click here to access this 1st string of discussions.
In the meantime we ask your opinion, o... Read more
‘Firms understand Farmers, but Farmers do not understand Firms’
…or is it the other way around?
To kick-off our discussion on Farm-Firm Relations, we present to you two different views on the issue.
THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD FARM-FIRM RELATIONS
‘Players in the various market chains have been working in isolation which precipitates inadequacies in understanding each player’s challenges and realities of operations. This brings about suspicions against each other on prices and quality assurance where they point at one another as exploiters and quality adulterators which turns the relationships into a blame game and in the process further compromises the effectiveness and efficiency of the market chain’, states Mr. Frederick Musisi Kabuye of the Africa 2000 Network in Uganda.
DO FIRMS UNDERSTAND FARMERS?
‘Firms that want to work with farms should understand that farms often operate in a context where there exists inadequate infrastructure, a la... Read more
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund),financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO on behalf of Agri-ProFocus and the Agri-Hub Ethiopia, aims to receive innovative projects which have a potential to contribute to improve food security and rural entrepreneurship in rural Ethiopia.
Please refer to the attached document for the details here under.