Hilda Okoth

Network Assistant

Arusha, Tanzania

About Me

I am a very open minded person eager to learn new things. As the network assistant i enjoy coordinating and developing the network by promoting the network through different on and offline activities, developing and publishing communication materials, as well as developing and managing various knowledge for AgriProFocus Tanzania.

Additionally i am passionate about gender in agriculture value chains. As a trained junior gender coach and expert i aim to assist AgriProFocus members and partners to be well equipped with expertise, tools and methodologies to help them integrate gender in their projects and operational activities.
Feel free to reach out to me for more about AgriProFocus Tanzania as well as Gender in Agriculture Value chains in Tanzania.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 July 2017 at 01:32

AgDevCo invests $225,000 in Kingchick Poultry in TANZANIA

AgDevCo, a social impact agribusiness investor has announced a $225,000 debt investment into a Tanzanian poultry business. The company, Kingchick Poultry, is scaling up its operations with the aim of establishing a food safe, quality controlled source of chicken for the Tanzanian market.

Kingchick Poultry is a Tanzanian owned and run broiler producer, founded by Rose Sweya in 2010. Since 2010 the business has enjoyed significant growth. Initially rearing 200 broilers per cycle, today Kingchick produces over 130,000 broilers per year. AgDevCo's investment will support the business to grow production in the coming years through the modernisation and expansion of its facilities, as well as provide additional support to the governance and management of the business as it grows.

Through a live sales offtake with one Tanzanian's biggest poultry processers, as well as local direct sales through agents and an outlet stor

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 July 2017 at 07:59

There’s More to Agriculture than Handhoes: Rising Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in African Agrifood Systems

Africa’s share of the global population is projected to rise dramatically from 12% in 2015 to 23% by 2050. This huge demographic trend will certainly amplify Africa’s political and economic impact on the rest of the world, and this impact will largely be determined by young Africans between 15-35 years who constitute about 55% of the labor force. At the same time, Africa faces a big employment challenge, about 11 million young Africans are expected to enter into the labor force each year until 2035. Yet formal job creation in Africa’s growing economies has not kept pace -- more than half of Africa’s un- and underemployed are youth. Research by Michigan State University in collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation, the Agrifood Youth Employment and Engagement Study (AgYees) examines the potential for African agrifood systems to prov

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 July 2017 at 07:48

A SESAME FARMER CHANGING SESAME PRODUCTION IN NORTHERN TANZANIA

Smallholder farmers in Tanzania are increasingly taking to sesame farming because of its drought resistant qualities. It is more resilient climate change related impacts.


Constantine Martin, a primary school leaver, who hails from Babati District in northern Tanzania has invented a simple and cost-effective machine that makes it easier to plant sesame seeds. Martin, 42, began developing his invention after receiving training in modern sesame farming by a London-based international development charity, Farm Africa, which helps farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more. He is also a member of one of Farm Africa’s co-operatives that brings members together to negotiate better prices for their crops and gain access to improved seed varieties, inputs and training.

The hand-pushed planting machine dubbed ‘Coasta Planter’ makes the planting of sesame seeds easier and upscale production.Sesame farming in Tanzania has t

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Posted By in Livestock Online Learning Lab
Posted 27 July 2017 at 12:17

Online Course: Dairy Learning Labs

Are you a dairy practitioner? Find an interesting online course to enrich your knowledge.

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Je wewe ni mdau kwenye sekta ya ufungaji ng'ombe wa maziwa? Angalia na sikiliza video kuhusu ufugaji wa ng'ombe wa maziwa uboreshe utaalamu wako.



oct
05

7th African Grain Trade Summit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  05 October 2017 to 07 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaa

The Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) is hosting her 7th edition of the African Grain Trade Summit (AGTS) on 5th to 7thOctober 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Summit is an internationally recognized policy conference,which attracts high-level policymakers, influential industry practitioners and leading researchers in the grain sector in Africa and beyond. This year’s discussions will reflect on the achievements and challenges in the Grain sector over the past decade and the new vision and strategic thrust for the transformation of the sector in Africa.

Theme: “Setting New Horizons: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa”

The 7th AGTS Program Committee hereby invites the submission of original, unpublished papers including but not limited to the following topics:
i.Doing Business in the African Grain Sector:Towards a New Policy for Sustainable and Prosperous Grain Trade
ii.Money Matters: Reshaping Financial

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 July 2017 at 09:15

KUDOS TO ALL AGRICULTURE PROFESSIONALS - TANZANIA GDP FROM AGRICULTURE INCREASED BY 29%

GDP From Agriculture in Tanzania increased to 2,929,358 TZS million in the first quarter of 2017 from 2,268,151 TZS million in the fourth quarter of 2016. GDP  From Agriculture in Tanzania averaged 2,122,428.61 TZS million from 2005 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 2,929,358 TZS million in the first quarter of 2017 and a record low of 1,496,675 TZS million in the third quarter of 2005.


Source: Forex of the Day

Anne Marie Kortleve That sounds impressive!

6 months 2 days ago

aug
21

Training and Study Tour on New Agricultural Technologies

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  21 August 2017 to 01 September 2017 - All Day Event
  USA

Venue: USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.)

Dates: August 21 – September 1, 2017

Tours were very well planned. IFDC is very well connected and respected. Well done” - Operations Manager, Australia

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn a lot of interesting developments in crop farming, water and nutrient management in the U.S. Many of the technologies I saw will definitely help sharpen my thinking about simple things that can be done here in Nigeria to improve production of our farmers.” – Group Head Commercial Services, Nigeria

“I am glad to have attended this training, and I now have many friends from different countries. I will share my knowledge from this training with my partners, because it is very useful to agricultural production.” – Key Laboratory Manager, China

In all, the program was very beneficial with good facilitators and materials applicable to my job and country. Very good arrangements and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 July 2017 at 06:44

VACANCY: OIL SEED PRODUCTION MANAGER ( SUNFLOWER & SAFFLOWER)

Application deadline
2017-08-10
Business / Employer name
Great African Food Product (GAFCo)

Job Duties:

• Overall responsible for coordinating with internal GAFCo stakeholders including sales, operations, processing & logistics, and third-party oil extraction partners to ensure quality and timely delivery of client orders for sunflower and safflower oils.
• Drive planning & quality control initiatives with internal stakeholders based on client orders, including:
a. Mapping client orders to out-grower production plan;
b. Timely ordering of stock seed for import;
c. Verify stock seed import processes and documentation;
d. Allocation of stock seed to out-grower locations;
e. Verifying proper germination testing & seed dressing;
f. Monitoring Planting Campaigns and Growing Activities in Farm force to ensure adherence to crop protocols, field traceability and yield forecasting.
g. Monitor third parties who provide oil extr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 July 2017 at 10:08

An Empowered woman empowering others women in agriculture value chains.

Women are usually the main producers of many crops such as sunflower and wheat in Rukwa region in the southern Highlands of Tanzania. But unfortunately they benefit less from these production activities. However Mama Mzindakaya a teacher turned farmer and agrodealer believe that women producers can do better if given opportunities such as access to resources such as land, credit or finances as well as decision making power and access and control over benefit of agriculture production.As a teacher mama Mzindakaya was always passionate with agriculture.

Women are important players in agriculture value chains

In Rukwa region of Tanzania a lot of women engage in agriculture production. Fortunate or unfortunately most of the activities that women are more involved in are the most important ones that determine the yields of the crop such as land preparation, sowing or planting, weeding, harvesting and post harvesting activi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:33

DEMONSTRATION FARMS ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICA'S AGRICULTURE


Farms that are used to teach agricultural techniques and technologies – known as demonstration farms – are a smart investment that can help accelerate the adoption of game-changing innovations. Farmers can learn new ways of doing things without having to do it on their farms.

Demonstration farms are used to teach various agricultural techniques and technologies, showcase new or improved crops. They also serve as a venue to research and test new methods alongside traditional ones.

Their sizes can vary widely, ranging from small to big farms. Depending on what’s being tested or showcased, the demonstration farm could have different types of crops and crop varieties, livestock or poultry breeds, fertilizer treatments or technology, such as drip irrigation. They are often owned and operated by universities, government or private research institutions, private industries or agriculture focused start-ups and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 14 July 2017 at 01:33

CONSULTANT NEEDED: GENDER STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SUNFLOWER VALUE CHAIN

SNV Tanzania is looking for a Gender Consultant with experience in developing agricultural gender strategies. Consultant should be able to submit a Gender strategy document with a keen focus in agricultural value chains that they have worked in the past, A Financial proposal and proposed work plan as a pre-requisite of getting short-listed/considered for the assignment and up to date CV. Please find more details on the attached Terms of Reference.



jul
27

AgriProFocus Online Platform Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  27 July 2017 - 10:00 to 07 September 2017 - 12:00
  Arusha, Kijenge next to 40/40 Lounge

Online Platform Training now available for our members IN ARUSHA twice every month!

The AgriProFocus Online Platform is a unique platform where more than 1500 professionals in the agri-food sector meet and network, learn and exchange knowledge and expertise as well as showcase their work and advertise their products and services.

In order to equip our members with the required skills and knowledge to utilize our platform. we are organizing a series of training sessions, from July to September, on the use of the online platform every month twice. These will be personalized trainings limited to a maximum of 10 people per session running for a maximum of 2 hours.

Why you should participate in these trainings:

1. Learn more about the AgriProFocus Network

2. Learn on how to use the online platform to enrich your expertise in agribusiness and agriculture

3. Meet and network with like minded individuals during the training.

Note: Participation will be on first come first served basis. Please come with your

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 July 2017 at 07:43

Government of Ireland Africa Agri-food Development Program (AADP) for African Agricultural Organisations 2017

The programme is a joint initiative by the Ireland Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Ministry of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support partnerships between Irish and African agri-food companies.

Application Deadline: 17th August 2017.

Eligible Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

About the Award: The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

It is intended that any investment by the AADP will be catalytic support with co-funding from the private sector. The fund is designed to leverage greater expertise, experience and investment from the Irish agri-

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hailemikael mossie its good i will try to participet

6 months 1 week ago

hailemikael mossie Hello, How are you I want to participate on this funding program before submitting this application needs some clarification what shall i do

6 months 1 week ago

Hilda Okoth hailemikael mossie find more information on this link http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/euinternationalpolicy/africaagri-fooddevelopmentprogrammeaadp/

6 months 1 week ago

jul
19

SEVIA'S Farmer Field Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  19 July 2017 to 20 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Lambo Mferejini, Moshi

Seeds of Expertise for the Vegetable Industry of Africa (SEVIA) is organizing a two days farmer field days aimed at exposing farmers and other stakeholders to different vegetable varieties and technologies in order to improve productivity and farmers' livelihood.

TIME: 8:00 am - 2.00pm

VENUE: SEVIA IVT, Lambo Mferejini

Why you should attend this farmers' field days?

1. To exhibit your work, services and products to various horticulture stakeholders and farmers

2. To meet and interact with like minded individual and expand your network

3. To learn new technologies used in the horticulture industry.


For more information, contact

- Epaphras Milambwe through epaphras.milambwe@sevia.biz or 0782 495 833

- Clara Mlozi through clara.mlozi@sevia.biz or 0787 177 753




Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:39

ONLINE DISCUSSION: WHAT DOES CIRCULAR ECONOMY MEAN FOR AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION

Agriculture is a critical sector to many developing economies such as Tanzania. The sector provides food, income and bio resources that sustain societies.  Circular economy principles can offer many opportunities for growth of this sector.

In definition, Circular Economy mode of production the manner in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, there is extraction of  maximum value from them whilst in use and finally there is the recovering  and regenerating of  products and materials at the end of each service life. It is in contrast to a ‘linear economy’ which is a 'take, make, dispose' model of production.

In this discussion we aim at exploring the role of circular economy in agriculture by answering this question:

What do you think is the role of circular economy in sustainable agriculture production?

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Hilda Okoth An example from Tanzania that is using the circular economy approach is the Hakika Organic fertilizer produced from poorly disposed organic waste from food markets and residential areas. I would like to invite  Azalia William to share with us more about their approach on produce this 100% organic fertilizer and what role he sees of this approach in producing other products for agriculture production

6 months 2 weeks ago

Marianga Baltazari Circular economy is about decoupling growth from resource consumption and maximising the positive environmental, economic and social effects. Its about designing products that are easier to reuse or recycle. Its about making sure that every product is biodegradable or fully recyclable. With the circular economy waste is eliminated from production and making sure any waste is recovered as a valuable resource whether its heat, slurry, nutrients, organic materials etc. This therefore involves engaging the end users throughout the product's life cycle and hence gaining competitive advantage. 

6 months 2 weeks ago

Hilda Okoth Thank you for your contribution. You have shed more light on what circular economy really is. My next question to you would be what then is the role of circular economy in agriculture production? Do you have examples from Tanzania that are already working in with this model? Or what examples in other parts of the world that can be adopted to Tanzania so we can enjoy the benefits of the circular economy model?

6 months 2 weeks ago

Michael Farrelly

What is the role of the circular economy in sustainable agriculture production? As I understand it, circular economy is an alternative to the current ‘linear economy’ and its ‘make, use, dispose’ approach. In agriculture we see this unsustainable wasteful and expensive practice across the board. Farmers are told by extension workers to buy hybrid seeds, which can only be used once then thrown away, and told to buy imported chemical fertilizer and reapply it every season.

 

Such is the faith in chemical fertilisers that it came as a complete revelation to farmers in Tanzania’s Dodoma region that you can fertilise your fields with animal manure. Agro-pastoralist farmer Gilbert Masiga explained: “The project has changed me. In the past I was not using farmyard manure in my farm but now it is a great resource. Combined with Good Agriculture Practices I am now getting enough food for my family and surplus for sale. I advise other livestock keepers to preserve livestock feed for use during the dry season and use farmyard manure to increase crop yield.”

 

So Gilbert is now applying the circular economy approach by making the most of his natural resources, collecting cattle manure from his animals, using it to fertilse his fields, increasing his yields, then collecting the crop residues and storing them for dry season animal feeding.

So why are farmers being told to buy imported fertilizer? Because it apparently makes more economic sense to pump non-renewable fossil fuel from beneath the ocean floor, convert it to chemical fertilizer, ship it halfway round the world, generating corporate profits and greenhouse gas emissions at every step, and then sell it for a dollar a kilogram to farmers like Gilbert living on less than a dollar a day.

But make sure you do not factor in to your economic calculations the downstream damage to the environment through chemical contamination of soils, rivers and oceans. Otherwise people might notice it makes no sense. 

6 months 1 day ago

Hilda Okoth Thanks Michael Farrelly for a good example of how circular economy is and can be put in practice even at farmer levels. Fr m your comment to me this is not a new thing however, the linear economy approach came in with so much emphasis that it overshadowed the circular economy. What do you think can be done to make more visibility of different example that have worked to promote more the circular economy and possibly eliminate the make-use -dispose approach?

6 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 July 2017 at 08:14

CONSULTANT NEEDED: IRRIGATION FINANCE ECOSYSTEMS AND FINANCIAL ANALYSIS


VECO and TAHA are seeking a highly qualified consultant to carry out a study of the irrigation finance ecosystem and financial analysis of different technological options and financing. The objective of this study is to prove the the investment case in order to increase financing by banks or any other form of financing the large/smallholder farmers, individual, cluster/groups of farmers. The consultant will be guided by various studies carried out on irrigation with the main documents being the Market Analysis and Options for Water-Productive Irrigation Financing in Tanzania undertaken by the 2030 WRG-Tanzania Partnership (2016) and the VECO, Nelson Mandela Institute (NMI) study on Potential energy and water efficient irrigation technologies for smallholder agriculture in Tanzania[1]. For more information please go to Veco website https://eastafrica.veco-ngo.org/en/news/conslutant-needed

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 14 June 2017 at 08:09

VACANCY: CONSULTANT (VALUE CHAIN/ECONOMIC DATA GATHERING) FOR POSTHARVEST IN TANZANIA

World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) is a nonprofit, autonomous international agricultural research center with headquarters in Taiwan and regional offices around the globe. The Center conducts research and development programs that contribute to alleviating poverty and malnutrition in the developing world through the increased production and consumption of nutritious and health-promoting vegetables. WorldVeg - Eastern and Southern Africa, located in Arusha, Tanzania, conducts vegetable research and training and provides information services for the benefit of its stakeholders in the horticultural sector in Africa. The Center is looking for a senior-level Tanzanian consultant for a postharvest assignment. The deliverable will be a reconnaissance level report for Tanzania.

Background: MSc level preferred; experience in postharvest preferred; experience in value chain and socio-economic analysis

Time frame: 1 July

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 June 2017 at 06:23

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT:LINKING AND LEARNING FACILITATOR

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network that brings together institutions and professionals in agriculture and agribusiness. Established in the Netherlands in 2005, the network has expanded to 13 country networks in Africa and to Indonesia. The key mandate of AgriProFocus is to promote knowledge sharing and co-creation in order to trigger innovative agribusiness enterprises. The AgriProFocus

Tanzania network is part of the global AgriProFocus network. AgriProFocus Tanzania has over 50 partner

organizations drawn from development sector, private sector, research and academia, public institutions

and farmer based organizations. AgriProFocus Tanzania has strategically placed itself as a neutral platform where institutions from various backgrounds converge and share experiences. Facilitating knowledge sharing and learning for the stakeholders within our network is one of the key services of AgriProFocus Tanzania.

AgriProFocus is hosted by SNV Tanza

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 May 2017 at 02:14

Opportunity for growth for Rungwe & Mbeya Dairy Sector

A group of thirty three (33) dairy farmers from Rungwe and Busokelo Districts; and 6 Livestock extension Officers from Mbeya, Rungwe, Busokelo, Iringa and Njombe benefited from a three days intensive capacity building training on dairy cattle best management practices through a dairy learning lab. The lab took place from 10th to 12th April 2017, and was led by Mr. Gidi Smolders, a Dairy Expert from PUM- The Netherlands and organized by SAGCOT Centre Limited in collaboration with AgriProfocus and ASAS Dairies Ltd.

The dairy learning lab was a combination of an in-door/classroom and out-door/on-farm training. It was a highly interactive and a learning experience for both the farmers and the local Government Livestock officers, thanks to Gidi Smolders who unleashed his long standing experience of working in the dairy sector, and articulated well the adult learning techniques: adults learn better with practice on something of thei

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jul
02

Business to Business Meetings

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  02 July 2017 to 06 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking sellers and buyers of agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:

i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame

ii. Dairy

iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)

iv. Poultry

Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.

Find More details HERE