Appreciation of the role of aggregation and developing action plans towards its implementation was the focus of a workshop held by Agriterra and facilitated by Agriprofocus in Lundazi and Katete.
The capacity building which was Kicked off with a training workshop in August in Lundazi and Katete, provided an opportunity to deepen and expand farmer engagement with focus on Aggregation of produce.
The workshop brought together participants from leadership positions from over 8 cooperatives that are supported by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) under its Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions project (SILMS). The SILMS project is focused on improving market access of farmers practicing climate smart agriculture interventions.The capacity building programme in aggregation is aimed at enhancing market linkages.
Speaking during the opening of the workshop, AgriProFocus Zambia... Read more
AgriProFocus (APF) Zambia continues to highlight the opportunities that lie in the various Agricultural sub sector ecosystems in Zambia. This was the case when AgriProFocus Country Coordinator Ms. Yvonne Mtumbi made a presentation at the Moringa Development Corporation SADC Conference dubbed “Strategies for Commercialization of Moringa in Southern African Development Community (SADC)”, on August 27 -28, 2018 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia.
The event was a networking and experience sharing platform with several Moringa stakeholders including farmers, processors, consumers, financiers and other interested groups present.
Ms. Yvonne Mtumbi, highlighted the need for joint efforts to develop a productive Moringa Eco-System that will deliver impact especially to the small scale producers. Her presentation focused on how to reduce the risk of the Moringa being added to the list of crops... Read more
The importance of dairy farming and its contribution to the economic growth of a country cannot be over emphasized. In most countries, dairy farming is not only seen as a source of nutrients for millions of consumers but is also an important source of income for farmers and plays a significant role in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of these countries.
Therefore milk, and dairy are an important subsector in the national economies of many developing countries.
However, just like any other industry, the African dairy industry faces many challenges resulting from a number of factors, one particular challenge that has gripped the sector is lack of cold chain facilities.
Emerging dairy sectors in developing African countries cannot cool raw milk on-farm due to the lack of reliable electricity. Often the quality of the evening milk is lost because it doesn’t survive the overnight heat.
This h... Read more
Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI) in partnership with AgriProFocus Network member Solidaridad Network Foundation, will be holding a Youth in Agriculture Conference planned to take place from 19th – 22nd November, 2018.
The conference which aims to enhance Private Sector Participation and Contribution to Agribusiness Growth for Youth Empowerment will be held under the theme ‘’Advancing Youth Empowerment in Agriculture through Youth inclusiveness in Agribusiness”.
It aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.
The event is expected to attract delegates from government, private sector, civil society organizations, academic institutions, cooperating partners, youths from different provinces.
It is hoped that the conference will provide areas f... Read more
Delphy and AgriProFocus have embarked on a tailor made training program for the A Zambian based Women Organization, Nsabo Yetu to strengthen the horticultural sector in the North-Western Province of Zambia.
The training which is projected to run until May 2019, will address the under performance of the horticultural sector in the area.
According to the project brief, it was noted that poor horticultural practices coupled with limited access to effective soil management technologies and lack of consistency in the production of horticultural produce has limited the farmer’s capacity to penetrate the chain store markets and potentially the export market.
‘’Current horticultural practices are low yielding and unsustainable, the women work with local varieties of vegetables leading to low yield and unfavourable quality. Meanwhile, there is a demand of high quality... Read more