The Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity (KCDMSD) is a five-year (Oct 2017– Sept 2022) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is funded as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative that helps to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya.
The project is being implemented by RTI International. It is operational in 12 counties including; Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga. The applicant need not be located within one of these counties but must be in a position to work with, sell to, or buy from, the population located within those counties. The Activity will focus on strengthening the followin... Read more
The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months.
The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support.
The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.
What to expect at the Expo
> An entrepreneur Showcase
>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks
for young agri-entrepreneurs.
>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.
Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event.
Sustainable Inclusive Business alongside SOCCA and SNV facilitated a parallel session "Enhancing Food Security and Business Opportunities Through Food Waste, Loss Reduction and Quality in a Changing Climate" during last year's Annual Network Day.
The objective of this session was to identify business opportunities to ehnance food security by cutting on Food Waste, Food Losses and increasing Quality across the agriculture value chain. There were great suggestions on how to go about it, as detailed in the attached report.
• Mindset change – move from agriculture is agribusiness
• Quality standards
• Linking all aspects of the value chain
• IT & Innovation are keys to successful solutions
• Consumer awareness
• Leaders to start the change
See the attached report for more detailed information. You are most welcome to share your thou... Read more
New Ag International will host in Kenya, from Wednesday 21st - Friday 23rd March 2018, their annual international conferences covering the world of High Tech Agriculture in depth.
The conference programme of international speakers will cover the following:
Biostimulants and Biofertilizers – New Products
Irrigation Technology (microirrigation-sprinkler irrigation, irrigation control & scheduling)
Precision Agriculture practical applications in Plant Nutrition, Plant Protection, Irrigation and Fertigation
Speciality Plant Nutrition (fertigation, foliar spray & micronutrients)
Special attention will be given to abstracts covering regional subjects about agronomics, economics and technological developments in Africa.
The conferences will feature speakers from academic, government and industry circles, whose aim will be to promote products and technologies that fit African conditions.
For more information about the conference and exhibition, click here.
Promoting Agri-Entrepreneurship among our Youths
Agro-Entrepreneurship refers to as the strategic planting of crops and keeping of animals. It can also be defined as the incorporation of entrepreneurship skills into farming and models to farming business. Agribusiness is a crucial sector in our economy, it is the biggest contributor to our GDP. It has been getting prominence in our industry as many young people are getting more involved in it but there is still a great void to fill for it to realize its full potential.
Agribusiness if fully optimized, can help us deal with the issue of food security. It is necessary that our agricultural capacity be utilized for us to achieve this. The elephant in the room is the practice of horticulture esp. in Kenya which fortunately generates a substantial amount of revenue to the economy but at the same time the practice uses a lot of water at the expense of putting food on the table. In addition, Kenyans have developed a craze of building on fer... Read more
Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Nairobi on February 13 from 08:00h-13.30h in Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands.
The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Kenya to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.
Download the programme here.
If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Dorina Prech: firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Africans are shaking up agriculture with new ideas and sky-high ambition, making agribusiness the next dominant employment generator for the millennials despite the effects caused by climate change. Younger generation are harnessing new techniques and experimenting with ways to add value with various agricultural products.However this efforts are being faced by a number of challenges.
There exists a myriad of good initiatives aimed at generating employment for youth in agribusiness among various stakeholders. However, these initiatives face huge challenges that prevent them from generating the number of jobs needed to meet the increasing demand.
In February 2018 in Nairobi ICCO Cooperation is convening a Partner Up event with the theme: Youth Agribusiness4Growth. The event aims at convening the public, private institutions and development donors/partners to deliberate and develop a shared commitment on how to bridge the gaps holding back youth innovation agribusiness.
The activities o... Read more
The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows’ capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States.
The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan.
The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Profes... Read more
RTI is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition. With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research, development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services. Universities in North Carolina founded RTI in 1958 as a centerpiece of the Research Triangle Park.
The Regional Operations Coordinator is responsible for the operations and administrative activities of the Africa Regional Office in Nairobi. He / she will organize and coordinate office administration procedures to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. This role is responsible for streamlining administrative procedures, coordination with projects on facilities management, supervision of administrative staff, management of the dispatch system, vendor engagement, facility management and procurement for the Africa Regional Office. In this capac... Read more
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.
Youth in agribusiness is one of the focus areas within AgriProFocus Kenya network under t... Read more
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.
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.
Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours... Read more
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! :)
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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... Read more
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
PROLINNOVA Kenya (PK) is recruiting a Coordinator and is seeking qualified candidates to apply.
Knowledge, skills and attributes
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:... Read more
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... Read more
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 key take-home lessons from the journey include:
• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T... Read more