Marion Alyek

Network Administrative Assistant

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 18 December 2017 at 06:40

Agriculture takes a leap forward at Bonn Climate Talks

UNDP-FAO Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans (NAP-Ag) Programme highlights need for sectoral adaptation planning

Bonn, Germany – The signature decision on agriculture coming out of this year's climate talks in Bonn, called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, provides a new opportunity to address how climate change impacts on agricultural production have put millions of lives and livelihoods at risk worldwide.

"This bold landmark decision brings agriculture to the forefront of the international climate change agenda, and looks directly at important issues such as assessing adaptation and mitigation benefits of agriculture, improving soil health, nutrient management and livestock systems, and addressing the socio-economic and food security issues associated with climate change in the agriculture sectors," said Julia Wolf, Natural Resource Officer and Coordinator from the Food and Agricultural Organization of the Un

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Posted 2 November 2017 at 01:05

TERMS OF REFERENCE: UGANDA FRUITS AND VEGETABLES SUB-SECTOR PARTNERS CAPACITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOCUSING ON THE TEA VALUECHAIN

Solidaridad is a global network organization with over 45 years of sustainable market oriented supply chain development knowhow, develop and implement farmer training modules and tools, certification and beyond certification modelling, and pre and trade financial products and linkages related to commodities such as livestock, coffee, tea, cocoa, cotton, aquaculture, oil palm and others

Solidaridad Eastern and Central Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is one of the regional expertise centres of Solidaridad headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It is currently implementing development projects in a number of commodity value chains including Coffee, Cotton, Gold, Horticulture, Livestock, Sugarcane and Tea. SECAEC operates in seven countries including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda (www.solidaridadnetwork.org/regions/east-and-central-africa).

Solidaridad with fu

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Paschal Nyabuntu Dear Marion, the advert above is on Fruits but the details are on tea. Kindly clarify. With thanks, Paschal 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Marion Alyek Dear Pascal, yes it is but with focus on the tea value chain

2 months 2 weeks ago

Paschal Nyabuntu With thanks.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 November 2017 at 08:39

Job Vacancy at TRIAS Uganda

Trias Uganda has been working in Uganda since 2002. Our focus is in supporting Member Based

Organizations (MBOs) in Agriculture, Micro Finance and Small Scale Entrepreneurship. Trias

supports them in Organizational Strengthening; Microfinance; Market Access; Sustainable

Development and Networking. The programme in which the Agribusiness Business adviser will

be employed is financed by the Belgian Federal Government and by a Netherlands Social Impact

Investor, MWH4Impact

The overall objective of this programme is to support family farmers and small-scale

Entrepreneurs to improve their livelihood. There are 11 partners in this programme: 4 District

Farmers Associations (DFAs in Bunyoro and West Nile), 3 Sacco’s, Hofokam, UNFFE, USSIA

and Tunado.

We are looking for a qualified person to fill the position of;

Position 1: Senior Agribusiness Development Advisor

Application Deadline: by 9th November 2017

Contract Duration: 2 years with possible extension

Salary: between 5M to

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ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello members,good morning. nice work

2 months 2 weeks ago

Marion Alyek Dear ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA, Thank you for appreciating!

2 months 6 days ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA Dear  Marion ,good morning. nice work

2 months 3 days ago

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Posted 31 October 2017 at 04:59

Fresh Dairy to train farmers to increase its production

Written by Justus Lyatuu

Fresh Dairy intends to deepen its network of milk supply by training farmers in better ways of handling milk.

The company said it would engage farmers during field days on aspects of animal breeding, feed preparation and conservation as measures to ensure Fresh Dairy meets its milk production targets throughout the year. John Gethi, the procurement director at Fresh Dairy, said the company has enhanced its daily processing capacity to 600,000 litres as it seeks to satisfy increasing demand for its products both in the domestic and foreign markets.

“We are currently partnering 80 farmer groups by training them on ways of improving production. We are emphasizing animal feed preparation and conservation as a way of increasing milk production,” Gethi told more than 3,000 farmers who attended the company’s field day, which was held in Sembabule district recently.

During the field day, farmers complained about

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Robert Baldwin so when and where is the training ???

2 months 2 weeks ago

Marion Alyek Dear Robert, I suggest you contact Dr. Robert Walimbwa to get more information on where the training will be. Reach him on 0772 448 562

2 months 6 days ago

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Posted 28 October 2017 at 08:06

Uganda Government awards 25 best youth farmers

By Henry Sekanjako

The agriculture ministry has awarded 25 youth farmers engaged in agri-enterprises and livestock farming. Awarded on Thursday in Kampala, the 25 youth farmers have been taken on by the Government as model farmers, to interest and guide other youth in the farming business.

According to Prof. Augustus Nuwagaba, the chief judge at the National Youth Champions in agriculture, the finalists were drawn from the over 500 youth farmers who participated in the competition. “The 25 youth farmers are from five regions (central, eastern, northern, south western A and south western B) of Uganda. They were selected after a national search,” Nuwagaba said.

At the ceremony, the winners were given plaques, certificates and money. The overall winner Charles Kisembo from Kagadi district, walked away with a prize of sh3.5m. Fatuma Namutosi who came second was given sh2.5m. During the selection process, the judges looked at value additio

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AGABA KENETH the youth innovation hub kayonza has also geared change in lives of communities through group projects in agribusiness and this has been boosted through peer exchange, farmer to farmer visits and youth cooperatives in value addition.

2 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 27 October 2017 at 05:29

Uganda’s coffee sector records good results in 2016/2017

(Ecofin Agency) - Uganda’s coffee sector recorded quite good results during the 2017/18 season ended last September. Indeed, the country’s coffee exports over the period rose by 39.4% to 4.3 million bags, valued at $545 million, thus 67% more than during the previous season.

This achievement is to be attributed to the many planting campaigns initiated by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and other actors of the sector who boosted the country’s output. We should not also forget the greater involvement of farmers themselves.

“Farmers have become more organised and handling coffee and a business. When they get money, they re-invest it. That is why we have seen new crop coming into production,” said Joseph Nkandu, executive director of the National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises, NUCAFE).

Uganda is Africa’s second largest coffee producer and the 9th worldwide. The sector counts around 500,000 farme

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FRANCIS MUGISHA The crop year that ended in September was 2016/2017.  2017-2018 crop year has just started i.e started in October 2017. 

2 months 1 week ago

Marion Alyek Dear Francis,Thank you for the correction

2 months 6 days ago

FRANCIS MUGISHA welcome 

2 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 October 2017 at 04:41

Can Index Insurance Make African Farmers Climate-Resilient?

By Wambi Michael

Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.

A number of African governments have either introduced or are piloting index insurance while some are still waiting and watching to see if it will have any tangible impact. Various experts attending the Global Green Growth Week conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia discussed and shared experiences with index insurance as an innovation in agriculture for climate and food security in Africa.

Uganda is among the African countries that have just introduced an index insurance scheme run on a public private partnership basis between insurance firms, the insurance regulatory authority and the Central Bank of Uganda, which holds the money.

The Government of Uganda allo

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Sarah Assefa Members of our Agroecology network have commented that the total rainfall in the season is not the critical indicator of crop success - rather whether or not rain comes at critical times in the growth of the crop - especially the flowering time for many grains and fruits. The critical time will be different for each crop! So this is one reason that Ethiopians point to the index not being targeted enough to be well correlated to economic output.  I do find this kind of support for managing risk at the smallholder level to be important and I hope that it will take off one day.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Marion Alyek Dear Sarah,Thank you for sharing your insight!. Its good to know that the Ethiopians art the small holders level find this very important. I can only hope that we can all try and sensitize our farmers public about the importance of index Insurance!

2 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 03:42

Edible Oil Demand Study

The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is conducting an edible oil demand study in Northern Uganda in order to understand the market demand for distinct products from edible oil seeds such as sunflower oilseed, soya beans, palm oilseeds, sesame/simsim and other oilseeds. This study will help in better understanding the demand for sunflower and other edible oil seeds grown in Northern Uganda and other parts of the country.

As such, it is critical to understand the ability of locally produced edible oil products to compete against other products on the markets. The questions below will provide the understanding required of the edible oil demand in the country. This survey is confidential and voluntary, and any information that we obtain will only be used anonymously, for the study purposes. We will be most grateful if you could take about 8 minutes of your time to answer the questions

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 October 2017 at 04:50

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) boss routes for Agroecosystems

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) boss Mr. Igbokwe noted that global agricultural production is already being affected by changes in rainfall and temperature thus compromising food security.   “Many studies reveal that small farmers who follow agro-ecological practices cope with, and even prepare for climate change. Through managing on-farm biodiversity and soil cover and by enhancing soil organic matter, agro ecological farmers minimize crop failure under extreme climatic events,” he explained. 

Igbokwe noted that global agricultural production is already being affected by changes in rainfall and temperature thus compromising food security. 

 Full article here


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 31 July 2017 at 05:13

The African Development Bank (AfDB) to invest US$24 billion in agriculture

 

President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said this in a speech he delivered at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will invest US $24 billion dollars in agriculture as part of its Feed Africa programme- a strategy for agricultural development in Africa. President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, said this in a speech he delivered at the 50th anniversary celebration of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Adesina emphasized that the goal of the Bank is to “ensure that Africa feeds itself within 10 years, and unlocks the full potential of its agriculture.” The IITA hosted a series of events to celebrate 50 years of excellence in research. Dignitaries attended the event from across the continent. The Institute recognized Adesina’s immense

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Posted 28 July 2017 at 08:32

Youthconnekt Summit in Kigali, Rwanda raises prospects for youth-led innovation and investment

Article by AAIN

The Rwandan capital, Kigali was host to over 2500 delegates for the 2017 Youth Connekt Africa Summit from the 19th to the 21st of July organized by the Rwandan ICT Ministry and a host of partners in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) under their “Prosperity for all” campaign.

“This was a unique platform that brought together government officials, international experts, investors, entreprenuers, youth leaders and strong partners that AAIN identifies with in working towards the creation of dependable jobs and wealth for the youth in Africa through opportunities presented by agribusiness.”- Dr Alex Ariho, CEO of the African Agribusiness Incubators Network while in Kigali after the summit.

Strong commitments for a brighter future

In his speech at the summit, H.E. Paul Kagame, P

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 July 2017 at 04:41

Logistics Officer job at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organizational founded in the Netherlands in 1965; and currently maintains a global presence in 30 countries; across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV has been present in Uganda since 1989 and currently undertakes donor funded programming within 100+ districts across the country. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors and maintains the belief that no one should have to live in poverty; and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to programming within the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors by strengthening the capacities of targeted partners and communities at the field level; in order to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels, expand employment; improve food security; while paying special att

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 July 2017 at 09:55

VACANCY: PROGRAM LEAD YOUTH ENABLE BUSINESS ACCELERATOR UGANDA

Impact Booster is an intensive six-month acceleration program, which enables SME entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service to enter emerging markets. For the last round 275 entrepreneurs from all over the world applied, from which 9 have been selected. Its shareholders are It’s shareholders are ICCO and Woord en Daad. Currently we are starting regional focused seed-funds and acceleration rounds and are shortlisted in the bidding process for the Enable Youth program. Part of the acceleration program is online and the validation phase is in the region. Therefore, we are looking for a program manager who has experience with accelerating start-ups and running an investment fund, to run four rounds of iMPACT Booster in Uganda and a USD 700.000 seed fund.

Location: Kampala

Duration: October 2017 – October 2021

Capacity: first two years full-time, then part-time

Deadline: 30th July, 2017

Job details here

Wha

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 July 2017 at 09:44

Jobs at Impact Booster: Expert Profiles - Positions for staffing

Impact Booster is an intensive six-month acceleration program, which enables SME entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service to enter emerging markets. Its shareholders are ICCO and Woord en Daad. iMPACT Booster is shortlisted to prepare a full proposal for the Enable Youth Challenge Fund. This is a 2 million fund to run 5 acceleration rounds in Uganda. The most important requirement for final selection of the proposals is the quality and expertise of the team. To create a solid team the following experts are required.

Enable Youth

Enable Youth Uganda is a pilot challenge fund aimed at identifying and supporting, through training, mentoring and investment support, selected motivated youth in five districts in rural Uganda who wish to set up their own rural or agri-sector-based enterprise.

The following experts are needed to successfully implement the Enable Youth program;

Position 1: Fund management expert and legal exp

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SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  03 August 2017 to 04 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Kampala

Kickoff your own business in just one day!

Do you want to replicate a tested and proven business model to set up your own eco-inclusive enterprise?

APPLY NOW for the SAG SEED replicator workshops targeted at future entrepreneurs who want to start a business but don’t have a specific business idea yet, business owners wanting to expand or refine their business model, and NGOs wanting to finance themselves through revenues. 

 In a unique one-day workshop we enable you to adapt an already existing, proven business model to your local market. Selected future entrepreneurs come together during a one-day Replicator Connect Workshop in Kampala (3 and 4 August 2017), funded by SWITCH Africa Green For the upcoming SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops, participants can work on cases from the following sectors:

· From Bee Hives to market.

· Collaborative Business Model for small holder farming.

· ICT Solutions for Agriculture.

· Biomass to Briquettes.

Participa

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Posted 18 July 2017 at 04:31

Fruits and Vegetables Project Officer Job, Central Region of Uganda, IRESO Project

Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains. We provide producers training and capacity building as well as create linkages to affordable financial services, markets, and certification and beyond, as well as participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes.

Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy. We envision a world in which all we produce and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.

The Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) Uganda Country Office is one of the three country offices, the others being Ethiopia and Tanzania. The

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 June 2017 at 09:06

TERMS OF REFERENCE: GRAFTED TOMATOES IN UGANDA (IRESO) PROJECT

BASELINE SURVEY

Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmers training and capacity building, linkages to affordable financial services, markets, certification and beyond, participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes and has experience in managing international programmes working with grassroots organizations, producers, civil society organizations and Central and Local Governments as well as with core and supportive private sector actors. Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy.

SECAEC through her Uganda Country Office and with funding from NWO – WOTRO Science for Global Development, in the Science for G

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Posted 30 May 2017 at 05:53

Vacancies at Dairy Development Authority (DDA)

Dairy Development Authority is a Semi- Autonomous Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. Its mandate is to develop and regulate the sector. It is established under the Dairy Industry Act, 1998 and its objectives are to provide proper coordination and efficient implementation of all Government policies which are designed to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency in the production of milk in Uganda by promoting production and competition in the dairy industry and monitoring the market for milk and dairy products.

In order to effectively fulfill the mandate, the Authority would like to fill the under-listed positions:

Position 1: Dairy Development Officer

Reports to: Senior Dairy Development Officer

Position 2: Dairy Inspector

Reports to: Senior Dairy Inspector

Position 3: Planner /Data Officer

Reports to: Senior Planning Officer

Position 4: Administrative Assistant

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Posted 12 May 2017 at 10:31

Project Manager Job at Farm Africa

Farm Africa is an international non-governmental organization working to end hunger and bring prosperity to rural Africa. We work to increase the incomes and improve food security of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, and forest dwellers in East Africa. A core part of our strategy is to ensure that our interventions are both economically sustainable and scalable. The systematic integration of market linkages in implementing programmes is crucial to our ability to scale our interventions cost-effectively.

Job Summary: The Project Manager will support a three-year project by taking responsibility to managing and delivering it to improve livelihoods and incomes of 1,000 farmers in Teso sub-region through developing the production and marketing of orange-flesh sweet potatoes (OFSP). It will be for a period of 31 months.

Position: Project Manager

Job Details and how to apply here

Deadline: Sunday 12th May 2017

Duty Station: Sorot

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Posted 11 April 2017 at 11:04

Job opportunities at GIZ Uganda

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is a state owned organisation. We work worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ International Services (InS) is an integral division of GIZ. We offer the experience, the regional and technical know-how of GIZ in the global market and provide international clients with expertise in terms of economic and result-oriented services.

GIZ International Services is going to submit a proposal for the EU-funded project “Promoting Commercial Aquaculture in Uganda”.

The overall objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is as follows: to contribute to a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient agriculture sector in Uganda.

The specific objective of the project of which this contract will be a part is as follows: to support the development of a competitive, job-intensive, environmentally-sustainab

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