Dorina Prech

Marketing and Communications Facilitator

Nairobi, Kenya

About Me

Hello there! As the Marketing and Communications Facilitator for AgriProFocus Kenya, I am here to support you on any help you may need on this online platform: whether signing up or posting an update, or marketing your products on the market place.

I have 4 years of experience in communication and knowledge management, having previously worked as the Communication Assistant for a Regional Learning and Advocacy Program [REGLAP] a Consortium of international NGOs focusing on documenting the evidence base for good practices for water development, disaster risk reduction and advocacy in the drylands of the Horn of Africa. I was recently the Communication Officer for Drylands and Capacity building Initiative [DLCI], a capacity building and knowledge management organization registered in Kenya.

I also have a keen interest in gender development and community voice for underrepresented minority groups including youth and women. I got my Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from United States International University - Africa in Nairobi, graduating with honors.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


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Posted 18 October 2017 at 02:40

Short term consultancy at AgriProFocus Kenya!

Background

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network that brings together institutions and professionals in the agri-food sector and agribusiness that support agripreneurs. Our membership comprises of private sector, public sector, farmer organizations, knowledge institutions including research, and the development sector. Established in the Netherlands in 2005, AgriProFocus network has expanded to 11 country networks in Africa and two in South-East Asia. In Kenya, AgriProFocus has been in existence since 2009. AgriProFocus Kenya has a membership of over 110 organizations and over 7,000 professionals. The AgriProFocus network brings together stakeholders in the sector to strengthen their individual and collective impact. As a multi-stakeholder network, our members and partners bring together diversity of knowledge, expertise, practice and resources.

Goal

Youth in agribusiness is one of the focus areas within AgriProFocus Kenya network under t

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nov
15

AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 November 2017, All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

You are invited! AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:   

++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?

++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?

++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?

Read more in this concept paper

REGISTRATION

In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.

CONFERENCE COST

Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours

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Posted 12 September 2017 at 12:12

Our August 2017 Newsletter is out! 

We are pleased to share our August newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!

Read about the learning journey by Food security experts from 12 Dutch embassies from Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe and what they learned about the Kenya horticulture sector and the next steps in terms of supporting and developing the sector.

We also share with you outcomes of an exciting webinar that we recently announced here, which brought over 80 young people in agriculture from across the continent. The question was whether we can consider agribusiness as a silverbullet to youth unemployment. Read and listen to the recording. 

Learn about the farmer field days we recently organised across the country, and what the farmers considered as the most critical factor to the success of their farming. 

Finally, a big announcement about our NETWORK DAY 2017! 

Happy reading! :)

Read the newsletter

PS: If you like to receive the newsletter straight to your inbox eve

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Posted 11 September 2017 at 05:18

Bringing agricultural solutions to the farmers through Farmers' Field Days - Lessons from HortIMPACT business case 7

The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar

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Posted 7 September 2017 at 08:09

Is agribusiness the magic bullet for youth unemployment in Africa?

Source: CCAFS

 Africa has the largest population of young people in the world, with 226 million people aged between 15 to 24 years. Every year, young graduates from schools and colleges seek to enter the continent’s workforce, often with no success. What role can the agriculture play in addressing the unemployment challenge in Africa? According to a World Bank report on “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness”, Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods. National governments, however, need to work side-by-side with agribusinesses, to link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa.

To stimulate discussions on developing a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness in a changing climate, the

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Posted 1 September 2017 at 06:59

Job vacancy - PROLINNOVA Coordinator 

PROLINNOVA Kenya (PK) is recruiting a Coordinator and is seeking qualified candidates to apply. 

Key responsibilities

  1. Coordination and implementation of PK activities according to the work plan
  2. Documentation, sharing and dissemination of platform experiences, outputs/results, outcomes and impacts
  3. Preparation of reports to be submitted to the NSC, international secretariat and donors in a timely manner
  4. Lead the process of resource mobilization through development of funding proposals and establishing strategic linkages with development partners.
  5. Managing the PK office - Maintaining office and inventory of PK assets, supervise hired PK staff, develop and up-date workplace policies etc.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • Minimum of first degree in a relevant field and preferably in Agriculture, Natural resource management, Economics or Social sciences. A Masters degree will be an added advantage
  • Working experience working in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Exp

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sep
18

Smart Water for Agriculture Learning Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 September 2017, 14:00-19:00
  Nairobi

Participation by invitation only!   

AgriProFocus Kenya, on behalf of The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), has organised a lesson sharing session on Smart Water Solutions for agriculture in Kenya. The learning event is anchored around EKN in Kenya-funded programme, Smart Water for Agriculture Programme implemented by a consortium that includes SNV, Meta Meta, Royal Tropical Institute, Aqua for All,  Tropica and Wageningen University. 

The four-year programme aims to increase water productivity, income and food security by developing climate-smart and market-led ‘smart water' solutions to 20,000 farmers in five counties. By using less water and energy to decrease their input costs, these small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers are expected to increase the income and profitability of their farms.

This session is open to stakeholders in the agri-food and water sectors, where we will be exploring potential areas for collaboration through:

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aug
30

Free Webinar - Engaging African youth in agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  30 August 2017, 14:00-15:00
  Online

About the live webinar

This webinar is a culmination of a month long online discussion organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation. The discussion, which commenced on World Youth Skills Day (15th July) and ended on the International Youth Day (12th August) explored the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate.

As a wrap-up to the online discussion, this webinar will discuss novel opportunities for youth, practitioners, policy makers, scientists, technical experts and other stakeholders emerging in the discussion and provide an impetus towards developing a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness within the context of a changing climate. The youth do not have the right skills and opportunities to develop their talents for a prosperous and sustainable

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Posted 28 July 2017 at 02:38

Dutch Embassies: Food Security Learning Journey to Kenya 2017- Key lessons

In June 2017, staff from Dutch embassies across Africa, Asia and the Netherlands visited Kenya for a learning journey. The journey was meant to jointly learn and reflect on the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) policy of the EKN. Participants visited programs in four sectors: dairy, horticulture, potato, and edible oils.

The delegation met with Kenyan and international farmers, processing companies, expertise centers and NGOs. The embassy staff will implement the ideas and insights developed during this learning journey in their work at national level. 

Read more in the comprehensive articles from the learning journey on this Embassy Special by the Food and Business Knowledge Platform. 

The full report is available here

The key take-home lessons from the journey include: 

Inclusive Business

• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour le partage, reconnaissons que l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas est très actif sur les questions de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. je sais de quoi je parle.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Dorina! The learning journey outcomes are relevant for all AgriProFocus networks across Africa and Asia. As a facilitator of this learning journey, I really enjoyed the open sharing that happened during the field visits and reflection sessions. I highly recommend all of you to watch the video (only 10 minutes) and read the different articles. Also check the original link if you like to http://knowledge4food.net/learning-journey-kenya-2017/  or the link to the 'Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands' page on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website: http://knowledge4food.net/partners/embassies-kingdom-netherlands/

2 months 2 days ago

Dorina Prech Nicole Metz indeed thank you for your wonderful facilitation at this learning journey. I also absolutely enjoyed the open sharing of experiences especially from the other countries. That's why it's great that all the AgriProFocus networks get to see what transpired during the journey. We look forward to the continued dissemination of the outcomes. 

1 month 4 weeks ago

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Posted 27 July 2017 at 03:40

Exciting job opportunity - IFAD Programme Officer


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Posted 26 July 2017 at 03:14

Consultancy - ToR for a mapping study in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Introduction

Freedom of expression is the main measure of openness in a society, but globally, the space for free expression is dwindling. Resistance to this development is led by young frontrunners: artists, musicians, hacktivists, vloggers, writers etc. As these ‘young makers’ challenge the perspectives of older generations, they can break through the hegemonic structures in society.

In May 2017, Hivos launched its

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jul
18

Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in changing climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2017 to 12 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017.

The context

Agriculture is a key sector in most African countries and accounts for nearly half of Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). With rapid population growth in Africa in the past two decades, per capita food grain production has been reducing resulting in food scarcity coupled with imbalanced diets. A large part of the population has become malnourished. Agriculture in Africa is affected by risks such as climate change, increased market risk, and tightening resource constraints. With the removal of constraints to agricultural development, it is anticipated that

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Posted 18 July 2017 at 06:38

Enabling environment: a prerequisite for a thriving agriculture sector 

We recently attended the 16th Community of Practice Convening by GAIN's MarketPlace for Nutritious Foods, a platform designed to strengthen networks, foster innovations and provide investment to bring affordable nutritious foods to market.

The Community of Practice (CoP) is a network of local entrepreneurs, investors and institutions working in agriculture and nutrition. Through periodic meetings and online discussions, the members explore solutions, share lessons learned and exchange knowledge about market opportunities and policy changes to improve the quality and delivery of nutritious foods.

The overarching theme of this year's convening was “support ecosystems in the agriculture and nutrition space”. The session brought the stakeholders to discuss the findings of a recent survey to the members of the Community of Practice on how the CoP platform addresses needs of entrepreneurs at every stage of the value chain

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Anne Marie Kortleve Great insights here Dorina! I think the AgriProFocus network can really contribute here, what are the next steps? Will we be further involved in this CoP?

3 months 6 days ago

Dorina Prech Thanks Anne Marie, indeed we shall continue to be engaged with the CoP and we thank Jillian Kanaiza Makungu for inviting us to be on the panel and to exhibit. We had a couple of people registered on the online platform with lots of interests from the SMEs engaged in nutritious foods to exhibit at the Network Day in October. 

3 months 6 days ago

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Posted 11 July 2017 at 11:35

Call for application - Linking smallholders to commercial practices: the case of Farmer Organisations in the dairy sector in Kenya 

PROCASUR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a Learning Initiative (LI) on Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan Dairy sector. It is developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 - 2018)". This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Farmers Organizations.

Farmers organizations (FOs) are key contributors to achieving the goals and improving the livelihoods of poor rural people, reducing poverty and attaining food security. Through the services they o

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Posted 11 July 2017 at 08:58

Vacancy - Social Business Development Manager

Welthungerhilfe/German Agro Action is an International NGO operating in various Counties in Kenya and is currently looking for qualified personnel to fill the position of Social Business Development Manager for a fixed term period to be based at our Kakamega Field Office.   

Objective of the position: Manage and steer a newly established company (under the supervision of Board of Directors) in the area of biological pest control.  

Technical background: Agriculture, Biology and related fields  

Superiors: Board of Directors 

Company Description and Role 

The “Toothpick Company” in Western Kenya, is a Social Business with the purpose to support and promote access and adoption of biological control of Striga by using Fusarium Oxysporum f. sp. Strigae commonly known as the witch weed a parasitic flowering plant that causes considerable crop loses. This Social Business aims at contributing to improved food and nutrition

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Posted 11 July 2017 at 08:08

ICL-Africa Re-advertisement - Assistant Project Officer - SME Development, Mombasa

Background: I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) is a leading Kenyan NGO registered in 2004. ICL works using the Quadra Helix Model of partnering with the Government of Kenya, through the Ministries of Health, Education, Agriculture, Youth Affairs and Vision 2030 among others, Corporates, Universities and Civil Society Organisations, to design interventions to solve problems in different communities. ICL has programs around four pillars namely Jiimarishe (Health), Jiinue (Economic Empowerment), Jielimishe (Education), Jiongoze (leadership and Governance). The programs are anchored in over 234 learning institutions (Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions) across 23 Counties in Kenya that reach over 1 Million youth annually.

Vision & Mission: ICL's vision is to see a ‘Healthy Africa, Empowered People!’ The organization seeks to support to the implementation of Vision 2030 through the cascading it to the Cou

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hailemikael mossie Hello, How are you I wana to participet on this funding program before submiting this application needs some clarification what shall i do

3 months 1 week ago

Dorina Prech Hello Hailemikael, this is a job opportunity and I have provided the application details in the link at the bottom of the post: http://www.teamiq.com/ICL/2711.  I hope that helps. 

3 months 6 days ago

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Posted 10 July 2017 at 12:42

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If you have any questions, get in touch with Victor Esendi by sending an email to kenya@agriprofocus.com

 

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Posted 22 June 2017 at 08:31

Vacancy: Programme Officer, Edukans International

Edukans is the development organization for education. Globally, 263 million children and young people do not go to school or they stop prematurely. Education gives children skills to build a good future. That is why we are working on better education in developing countries every day.

Aim of the job: The Programme Officer Skills contributes to the development of the skills programme in Kenya, based on the focus areas of Edukans International.

  • (S)he looks for new partners for joint implementation and strategic partners at Meso and Macro level, for sustaining and upscaling Edukans programmes.
  • He/she raises funds for skills programmes within and beyond Kenya and, in this way, contributes to the sustainability of Edukans Kenya and Edukans International. As skills expert, (s)he runs capacity building trajectories.
  • (S)he contributes to the development of Edukans’ Skills training approach through documenting lessons learned, methodologies and tools in cl

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Posted 7 June 2017 at 02:48

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Report 2016

We are pleased to share with you our 2016 Annual report! The report provides highlights of our last year's activities in our various thematic areas, and what we were able to achieve. It also provides into our network results, management and financial analysis. Read through and let us know if you have any questions by emailing us at: kenya@agriprofocus.com

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:26

Terms of Reference for Documentation: Voices from Farmers: Climate Resilient Agricultural in ASAL Kenya.

1. Introduction and Background.

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

CAFOD and implementing partners (CARITAS MARALAL, CARITAS KITUI and CARITAS MARSABIT) are implementing a Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) project funded by DFID UKAM with CAFOD also funding some of the project’s streams. The project is targeting 300,000 poor women, men and children in marginalised rural areas of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. In Kenya the project is being implemented in t

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Isaac Sitienei Hi Dorina,

My name is Dr. Sitienei, I am an international scholar and a Kenyan. This might not be directly related with climate but can fit in as "Voices from Farmers". I am concerned about the recent Fall Armyworm infestation in Kenya and most parts of the East Africa region. Is there a way we can use this platform to create some public awareness regarding this endemic (actually it qualifies as a national disaster as it posses threat to Kenya's food security)? Is there a way we can help determine its spread, magnitude of loss, and probably some documented mitigation strategies? Please let me know if i can be of any help in trying to address these issues? 
Thanks. Isaac 

4 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Hello Isaac, indeed it has been confirmed that Kenya is going to achieve very poor harvest this year as a result of the fall armyworm infestation so we should expect food shortage across the country and the region. It would be wonderful for you to share via this platform if you have done any work regarding this, or if you know people that could share information on the spread and magnitude of loss and what can be done to reduce this spread. This is the right channel to create public awareness around this challenge. 

4 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Here's an interesting article on the case of Uganda's unpreparedness to the army warm invasion and what the government needs to do: http://agriprofocus.com/post/5909a02a0b34d90703ab7b98

4 months 2 weeks ago

Isaac Sitienei Thanks Dorina for sharing the article.


Glad to know that interventions have been implemented to abate the loss. Though insufficient, it is a way to go. I am planning putting up a survey to help us understand the extend of spread and damage/loss that the armyworm has gone/caused. Another colleague, a professor in a US university is collaborating with me in this course. We intend to document this before suggesting possible control measures and/or strategies that have already been adopted and proven to work. We may ask participants in this forum to participate in one such survey to boost the validity of our final reports. I will get you posted on this. A number of agencies (CIMMYT, IITA, etc.) have undertaken similar studies recently but we realized a gap that can link them all.  

4 months 2 weeks ago