Marion Alyek

Network Support Officer

Kampala, Uganda

About Me

Hello, I am Marion. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Community Psychology. I am the administrative Network Assistant for AgriProFocus Uganda Office and my job is to support the coordination team in their daily activities. I moderate the online platform and perform secretarial duties assigned.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 December 2018 at 05:19

Woman wins Uganda 2018 best farmers award

Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District was announced the winner, becoming the first woman to win the annual Best Farmer’s competition since it started five years ago.  After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened.

“My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit,” she said.

Read the full story here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 December 2018 at 04:50

Invitation for Accreditation

Application Deadline: 21st December 2018

Non-refundable fee: 50,000ugx

A pre-accreditation meeting: 12th December 2018 at 10:00 am in the Ministers Boardroom     

The Government of Uganda has received financing from the World Bank toward the cost of the Agriculture Cluster Development Project and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards a matching grant that will help finance the purchase of key production inputs and on-farm storage materials. MAAIF, therefore, requires accrediting agro-input dealers to supply inputs through the E-voucher system these include;

Lot 1. Bean Seed, Lot 2. Maize Seed, Lot 3. Rice Seed, Lot 4. Cassava Cuttings, Lot 5. Fertilizer, Lot 6. Pesticides and Lot 7. Post-Harvest Handling Materials and Farming Equipment 

See details attached


Kabunga James Thanks for sharing

4 days 14 hours ago

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 

2 weeks 3 days ago

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

2 weeks 3 days ago

Bayo Herbert Thank uI have already applied 

2 weeks 3 days ago

Marion Alyek Great. I wish you the best!

2 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2018 at 09:30

Investors climbing into Africa’s agri and food sectors, backing everything from blueberries to beef

Many commentators have touted Africa as the future breadbasket of the world, which is plausible given the continent’s large areas of open arable land. Investors, too, are seeing the promise in the agriculture sector. Africa Private Equity News, an industry information service, reported a significant number of agribusiness and food-related investments throughout 2018, and the month of October was no different. Some of the most notable deals that took place are highlighted below

 In Uganda, the Yield Uganda Investment Fund committed Ush5.1bn ($1.37m) to Central Coffee Farmers Association Ltd (CECOFA), a farmer-owned primary coffee processor located in the capital Kampala. The fund is managed by Pearl Capital Partners (PCP) and was set up with financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and quasi-governmental agency National Social Security Fund Uganda (N

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 November 2018 at 07:56

AIA: Making agriculture ‘sexy’ will end the African youth unemployment crisis

Agriculture is perceived as socially non-prestigious by most unemployed youths who are surrounded by agricultural opportunities but they refuse to see them

Agricultural activities seem uncomfortable and unsafe for the youth fuelling the unemployment crisis in Africa.

People dedicated to agriculture are perceived to go through a lot of things, ranging from stress associated with work to unproductivity due to infestations.

Youths usually want to look their best and have a comfortable work condition, and because starting to farm involves digging, tilling lands, watering, removing weeds, burning, and maybe encountering snakes, scorpions, and other earth creatures, they would rather remain at home than to join the farming train.

In education, the evolved African educational curricula fail to include material agriculture. Some schools teach agriculture but mostly the soft aspect of it, with few or no practical sessions.

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Humphrey Mutaasa hahahaha Now my word "sexy Agric" has caught fire.... I totally Agree

4 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 October 2018 at 08:33

Vacancy at LINC

Position 1: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialists, Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets

Job details and how to apply here

Position 2Institutional Capacity Building Specialist, Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets

Job Details and how to apply here

Job levels: Senior

Status of employment: Full-time staff positions

Location: Uganda

Deadline: 31st October 2018

Organisation brief:

LINC is a US-based small business that assists local and international organizations to design effectively, increase institutional capacity, forge lasting partnerships, and measure impact. We have developed ground-breaking tools to map organizational networks, measure social capital, and leverage systems-based approaches to development. We understand the unique constraints local organizations face and offer practical solutions via training, consulting services, research and advocacy. At LINC, we believe that a practical approach to engaging committed, capable local organizations

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 October 2018 at 07:36

Vacancy at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

PositionChief of Party – FtF Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity

Job level: Senior 

Status of employment: Full-time staff position

Location: Uganda

Job details here

Note:

This organization is responding to a call for proposals and offering a role subject to project award


Project background:

CNFA is currently seeking applications from qualified candidates for an anticipated USAID-funded Feed the Future (FtF) Inclusive Agricultural Markets Activity in Uganda. The purpose of this Activity is to increase incomes and improve livelihoods of households through agricultural-led inclusive economic growth. The Activity will increase the institutional capacity of Government institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations, and will create incentives for agribusinesses to invest in the market system and be more responsive to changes in it.


Organization brief:

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an inte

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Odamah Brian hello Marion, i am Brian from Liraany placements in agriculture for Diploma level available?

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 October 2018 at 05:05

Climate Change Job Vacancy at GIZ Uganda

Position: Junior Advisor Climate Policy, GIZ Uganda

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ Uganda)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Deadline for Application: 12 October 2018

Job details and how to apply here

GIZ brief:

We develop tailor-made solutions to challenging problems for our clients. As a competent service provider, GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives. Visit our website for more information

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 October 2018 at 09:55

Call for proposals for youth-led Water and Climate projects. GET SUPPORT!

The Youth for Water and Climate #YWC Platform is looking for youth-led projects!

Deadline to submit: 16 October 2018.

This call for proposals has been designed to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation. It is made possible thanks to the International Secretariat for Water and the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and will enable youth from around the world to access financial support to help implement innovative and creative water and climate projects.

Activities and timeline

Submission deadline: 16 October 2018. All project submissions received in that period will be admissible.  
Announcement of the results to the project leaders: 9 November – 2 December 2018.
Showcase of winning projects: COP24 – December 2018

View the full details of the call here.

Download the project template here.

How to apply

To apply, fill out the pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 September 2018 at 10:13

Vacancy at Women Deliver

Position: Regional Coordinator, Youth Engagement

Employment status: Consultant (on a part-time basis)

Duration: 3 years and approx. 20 hours per week

Location: Kampala, Uganda/ Nairobi Kenya

Deadline: 25th October, 2018

Job details and how to apply here

Women Deliver is a leading global advocacy organization. We build capacity, forge partnerships, create networks, develop messages and catalyze actions that spark political commitment and investment in the health, rights, and well being of girls and women throughout the world. We bring together diverse voices and interests to share solutions and drive progress in gender equality.

Note: 

There is a preference for Kenyan and Ugandan Nationals to apply; non-Nationals will also be considered assuming language proficiency.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 September 2018 at 09:44

Vacancy announcement at WFP

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. WFP cherishes and takes pride in its human capital; therefore, we seek to recruit competent persons for the position below;

Post Title 1Monitoring and Evaluation Officer 

Grade: SC8

Contract TypeService Contract

Duty Station: Arua

Latest date for submission of applications: 4th October 2018

Job details here

Post Title 2Programme Policy Officer (Post-Harvest Management)

Grade: SC9

Contract Type: Service Contract

Duty Station: Kampala

Latest date for submission of applications: 18th October 2018

Job details here

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ),

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 September 2018 at 06:21

Current Career Opportunities at aBi Trust

Q-Sourcing Limited on behalf of Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) is seeking to recruit experienced personnel for the Positions indicated below.

Company profile:

Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi), a group of registered companies namely aBi Trust and aBi Finance Ltd, is a multi-stakeholder entity co-founded in July 2010 by the Governments of Uganda and Denmark contributing to a competitive and sustainable agricultural sector in support for equitable wealth creation in Uganda.

The main focus of aBi Trust is to promote increase in agricultural production and value addition by extending matching grants and business development services.

aBi Finance Ltd promotes expansion of access to business finance for agricultural producers and agribusinesses by offering to Financial Institutions incentives and infrastructure that support agricultural lending.

Below are the positions;

1. Project Manager Food Crops (1 position)

This role is responsible for

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 September 2018 at 04:56

Vacancies at Self Help Africa Uganda

Self Help Africa (SHA) is an International Non-Governmental Organization implementing rural development, sustainable food and livelihoods security programmes in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. SHA’s vision is an economically thriving and resilient rural Africa with a mission to support sustainable livelihoods for Uganda’s smallholder farmers. SHA has been working in Uganda for close to 20 years. Self Help Africa Uganda urgently seeks to recruit suitable candidates to fill the following positions:

1. Job Title: Finance & Administration Assistant

Department: Finance & Administration

Reports to: Head of Finance and Administration

Location: Kampala

Job description and how to apply here

2. Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Associate

Department: Programmes

Reports to: Project Coordinator

Location: Kiryandongo

Job description and how to apply here

3. Job Title: Consultant/Baseline Survey

Job description and how to apply here

Deadline: 26th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 September 2018 at 11:27

Rooftop farming: why vertical gardening is blooming in Kampala

Ugandans are finding creative solutions to the growing challenges of urbanisation

When Martin Agaba realised his urban farm had run out of space, he decided the solution was not to expand outwards but upwards.

“We realised we had to use the roof,” he says. Of all the innovations that have galvanised people in his district in the Ugandan capital Kampala to grow their own food, these vertical box plantations remain his favourite.

Kwagala farm, located on half an acre of land, is the brainchild of Diana Nambatya, a professor in public health, who began growing vegetables to save money on food in 2010.

After receiving two cows as a dowry, she decided to use their dung to generate biogas for her home. Her burgeoning urban farm soon attracted the attention of the neighbours, and in 2012 she started training women at a small demonstration centre.

The urban farm is just one of many springing up in and around Kampala, a city of more than

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Hilda Okoth interesting

2 months 3 weeks ago

Maarten Hermus Thanks for sharing!Rooftop farming looks nice and brings people closer to their food, which is a good trend. However it is expensive as most roofs cannot support soil and crops without additional investment. I like backyard farming more, backyard farming is not only bringing food production and understanding closer to people, but can even help a household sustain their own need for, for example, vegetables and herbs.I think that commercial urban farming should get more attention in this article. As for example KCCA Kyanja farm, but also we at Holland GreenTech, is promoting. For example greenhouse production can be a high income generator for people in urban or semi-urban areas. This enables not only self supportive production but development of sustainable business, and supplying food fort the cities beyond personal need! Check out www.hollandgreentech.com or https://web.facebook.com/HollandGreenTechUganda on how we support farmers. Cheers, Maarten Hermus - Holland GreenTech

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 September 2018 at 09:21

Using solar energy to irrigate your farm

Irrigation systems need to be powered. Unfortunately for Ugandans, national grid electricity is not yet in all corners of the country.

Rural Uganda, where most of the farming in the country takes place, is the worst-hit.

With an average of 75 kWh per year, Uganda has one of the lowest electricity consumption per citizen in Africa. Only about 15% of Ugandans are connected to the grid, leaving the rest languishing in darkness.

“According to available data, Uganda’s national grid electrification rate is 12% in urban and about 5% in rural areas. The majority of the people in rural areas strongly rely on lighting mechanisms like candles and kerosene lamps, which emit noxious fumes and present a hazard in terms of fires or burns, especially to children,” says energyprogramme.or.ug.

Solar energy-powered water pumps are coming onto the market.

“The beauty of solar-powered water pumps is that they are very mobile. They are also easy to install on a par

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 13 September 2018 at 10:31

Job opportunity at SolarNow

SolarNow is a Uganda-based company with Dutch origin selling and financing solar home systems. We transform the lives of East Africans by providing quality, sustainable energy solutions at affordable prices, through client focused, committed professionals. 

We pride ourselves on putting our clients at the heart of everything we do. We aim to serve every client’s energy needs for their whole life. Start today and upgrade with us for life. SolarNow is currently seeking to recruit a qualified person to fill the position of;

Position/title: Agricultural Products Engineer

Reports to: Products Development Manager

Deadline of this Job: 25th October 2018

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Employment Type: Full-Time

Full job details and how to apply here

For more information on SolarNow, Read more about our story here or call us on 0800 270 070

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 September 2018 at 07:14

Youth strikes gold in farming

Nsubuga fixing drip irrigation bottles arou

Nsubuga fixing drip irrigation bottles around the orange plant at his farm in Mukono District. Photo by Lominda Afedraru


Unlike most youth who like living in cities gambling and doing petty jobs, some are beginning to realise the importance of farming.

Nsubuga’s journey
One such youth is Hudson Nsubuga, 20, from Kiragira Village in Mukono District who abandoned city life and embarked on farming.

Nsubuga lived his life from childhood with his grandmother in Kampala with passion in pursing his education. He began paying his school fees right from primary until when he completed Advanced Level two years ago.

Throughout this period, he has been engaged in casual labour work with well-wishers and being a friendly child, people would give him handout cash to pay his tuition.

When he reached Senior Four, he started doing part time work as a taxi conductor for purposes of raising school fees.

Starts farming
However, upon completing advanced level, one of the elders in his

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 September 2018 at 04:49

K+S Expands Activities in East Africa

K+S Fertilizer have expanded their activities in East Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa is a region with very high growth potential that reminds us of Brazil, India or China in recent decades,” explains K+S CEO Dr. Burkhard Lohr. The entry point to sub-Saharan Africa already happened through an aid program in Uganda in 2013. Since then, a lot has happened. “Of course, our activities in Uganda are also about being economically successful. At the same time, however, it is also capacity building and, in my opinion, an approach to show the people the prospects they have in their own country. This I see as a key to answering the refugee question.”

K+S is currently investing in agricultural infrastructure in Uganda, such as fertilizer blending plants, grain handling processing, and storage facilities near the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

In a second step, K+S, together with local partners, will set up a digital trading platform. In the process, a Ugandan partner

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 September 2018 at 04:14

Call For Consultant to Conduct a PEA on the Youth Employment and Labor Export Bill

Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and  on Uganda Parliamentary Forum on youth Affairs (UPFYA) are soliciting proposals from individual consultants to conduct a Political Economy Analysis (PEA) on the Youth Employment and Labor Export Bill.  

Call details and how to apply: here

Deadline: 7th September, 2018 by close of business day


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 September 2018 at 07:14

Heed warnings on soil fertility

In Summary

The issue: Soil fertility.

Our view: A policy on soil, if passed and implemented, would benefit both the farmers who want high yields, and would ensure that Uganda remains the land that feeds us.

On Wednesday, the ministry of Agriculture rang an alarm bell regarding the fertility of Uganda’s arable land. Findings showed that 21 percent of Uganda’s arable land is infertile. This means that the soil on this land cannot support plant growth. 

Read full article here to find out the worrying reasons based on the findings