AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.
On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.
Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-watering, self-aerating, self-draining, and self-composting plot or plot setups.”
Sitotaw Legesse is an innovator whose objective is to improve Ethiopia’s long standing agricultural practice. He pitched about his Anicytor innovation as “transforming animal pulling tools into animal pedaling so that climate smart driver of farming tools can be achieved and technological needs of small farm holders satisfied.” He also said, “It can be mounted on any animal we can tame and can be applied on one or two legs – it can be used even by human.” Sitotaw has posted a short video a while ago on the AgriProFocus Ethiopia platform – you can watch it here.
Yonas Fissha is from Abithrone Intelligent Farming Startup. The company aims in supporting the agriculture sector by applying ICT technologies. Their website and mobile applications give relevant information to farmers on weather and market, and provide marketing platforms. Abithrone is about “crop selection and crop yield prediction; crop disease prediction; marketing platform; and precise farming.” Their message is, “Say goodbye to uninformed farming with Abithrone.” Check out their website: www.abithrone.com.
Helina Abraham works for Jerusalem Children and Community Development Organization, which has a social enterprise wing in its implementations. On her pitch, she requested for collaboration and expertise on quality production and processing of horticulture products. Here is a summary of her pitch: “As you know there is scarcity in production of fruits and vegetables in Bahir Dar – so we are thinking to increase production and to solve the supply problem. We already have a land used as agricultural production demonstration site but we want to have an impact on increasing productivity. So I am here to request your collaboration and expertise.”
Fikru Tarekegn is the Country Director of a Dutch based international NGO called Dorcas Aid. In fact, Dorcas Aid Ethiopia is a partner of AgriProFocus in implementing one of the FSRE Innovation Fund projects – Briquette. On his pitch, he mentioned that Dorcas is a development and relief organization which works on food Security, WASH, health, dairy, capacity building, agriculture and PPP. “Dorcas is interested in learning and developing joint programs towards transforming the lives of the poor and the oppressed.” He also added, “We want to connect with innovators and private institutions that have the passion to contribute to development.”
Helen Getaw manages the ENTAG, which is also co-organizer of these Business Drinks. ENTAG stimulates agribusinesses in Ethiopia to contribute to enhancing food, income and trade sustainability. It focuses in inclusive business, and also manages the Agribusiness Innovation Fund financed by the Embassy of the Netherlands. The second call for proposal of this fund will be out soon. ENTAG is active on sectors - such as aquaculture, legumes, poultry, sesame and spices – and facilitates subsector platforms. By the way, the next poultry platform meeting is on April 26 and there will be thorough discussions on the challenges of the poultry sector which involves high level government officials. If you are engaged in poultry, you better read the event and contact them to attend.
I hope you get the whole picture of our Business Drinks which served as a good opportunity to meet and greet new people and to extend networks in agribusiness. Those attended have enjoyed and benefited – so should you! Don’t miss the next one in two months’ time.