Gizaw Legesse

Communication Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am Communication Facilitator for AgriProFocus Ethiopia.

Previously I worked as a Journalist at Awramba Times, a weekly Amharic newspaper, for about four years as Deputy Editor-in-Chief and a columnist.

I am also a Graphic Designer, Photographer and Webmaster. I have a vast experience in writing Articles, preparing reports as well as legal documents.

I graduated from Unity University with LLB Degree in Law.

Apart from the above, I am now developing my experience in event organizing and facilitating in AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 August 2017 at 12:32

Feed Supplement Production made of Fish Fossils and Shell Powder

Extended Pitch at the 4th 2017 Business Drinks

On July 27, AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) organized the fourth Business Drinks of 2017. These Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness community in Ethiopia to create an informal networking and an opportunity to meet and greet among relevant stakeholders. On this last event over 50 participants attended and got the chance to meet with others and to listen interesting pitches. In the first round we listened two pitches from Assegid T. Gedamu of HEKS-EPER and Ahmed Mukred of Gasco Trading PLC.

HEKS-EPER is a Swiss based development organization, working in Ethiopia since 2003. Thematic areas include food security/ food sovereignty, market systems, water development, and pastoralist livelihoods development. Capacity development and resilient building are two major str

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 12 August 2017 at 11:48

We believe Youth in #Ethiopia can bring change! Let's involve them more! 

Celebrate the International Youth Day - 12 August 2017

#IYD2017 #YouthDay @AgriProFocus  

Joshua Godwin Hello guys,Am Joshua Godwin from Tanzania current working as the manager at the Tea farmer association,i would like to welcome you all  and know more about our us

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:24

Grant Opportunity for organizations engaged in youth programs 

Deadline for Proposal Submission: 21 August 2017

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce an opportunity for local non-profits and non-government organizations engaged in youth programs to administer the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Alumni Engagement Project. 

The award amount is a maximum of $25,000 with an implementation period of up to one year. 

Read more: et.usembassy.gov

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:17

Researchers in Wolaita Sodo managed to eliminate the "stranger American" maize pest

Assistant Professor Dawit Dalga had been working on researching the pest, and he said the new chemical was tested on farmlands in 14 villages and proved successful. The pest is locally being called the "strange American pest" because it made its way into Africa from the Americas.

More on: 

Fana Broadcasting Corporate (Amharic)

Anadolu Agency

Picture: aa.com.tr

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2017 at 02:36

Are you Young with Innovative ideas?
Apply for BlueMoon's Incubator Program

BlueMoon is seeking amazing, out-of-the-box, disruptive, highly innovative, scalable, and potentially transformational ideas from youth interested in Ethiopian agribusiness. 

 Twice a year, they run a national competition and accept a small number of startups (5 to 10) into their on-site 4-month program based in Addis Ababa. They accept two batches every year which run February to May (Belg Batch) and August to November (Kiremt batch).

The deadline for the current competition is July 28, 2017

Please read more and apply at www.bluemoonethiopia.com

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 07:39

“I want to be a key player in the battle towards the realization of food and nutritional security"

Breaking Ground: Dagne Wegary at a busy intersection on the maize value chain

BY Mike Listman / July 19, 2017

He has been involved since the early 2000s in promoting quality protein maize (QPM). The grain of QPM features enhanced levels of lysine and tryptophan, amino acids that are essential for humans and certain farm animals. Wegary took part in a CIMMYT project that supported the release of five new QPM varieties.  

Read the full Article from CIMMYT 

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

1 month 12 hours ago

Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 04:40

Barley for brewing: Improved malt for Ethiopia’s beer industry

Ethiopian researchers are collaborating with local breweries to produce improved barley varieties, reduce malt imports, and increase farmers’ incomes.

By Andualem Sisay Gesesse  

As demand for beer continues to rise in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Ethiopian breweries are providing improved malt barley seed varieties to local farmers. Geletu Tafa, who farms 5 ha in Arsi Tiyo district, is one of over 20,000 smallholder farmers producing improved malt barley varieties, such as ‘Traveller’ which originated from France, for Heineken Ethiopia.

“After I began using Traveller seed, my production on 1 ha has increased to 6-7 t from 2.5-3 t. The money I get from selling 1 t of the new variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around €38) from around 600 birr I used to earn 3 years ago from other crops such as wheat and other barley varieties,” says Tafa.

Read the full Article from Spore Magazine.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 02:49

Innovation Fund: 2nd Call for Projects (from ENTAG)

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers.

The Innovation Fund runs from September 2016 to December 2019. It will provide financial and technical support to at least 32 projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria.

The Innovation Fund is managed by the Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). ENTAG falls under the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT), which is implemented by Wageningen University & Research from The Netherlands and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.

Deadlines and Schedules

16 July 2017 - Announcement of call for projects

18 August 2017 - Deadline for submission of concept notes

29 Sept 2017 - Announcement of selected concept notes

27 Oct 2017 - Deadline for submission of proposals

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jul
27

Business Drinks: You are Invited!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  27 July 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: 4th of 2017  

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the fourth Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 27th July at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

- To promote yourself and your organization u

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aug
01

Fourth Poultry Platform Meeting at Bishoftu

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 August 2017, All Day Event
  Bishoftu

Dear poultry stakeholders

You are warmly invited to the fourth Poultry Platform meeting to be hold on Tuesday August 01, 2017 in Debre-Zeyit Bin international hotel. This, the 4th poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) Program in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

• Discussion on current Challenges of Biosecurity and vaccine failure in and around Debre –Zeite area and possible solutions

• Introduction and field business tour of new poultry slaughtering and processing company.

• Experience sharing with one private poultry farm

Besides the poultry farmers and micro enterprises all important stakeholders of MoLF, Oromia livestock and fishery development bureau , Investment bureau, Debre Zeite city administration MoLF office and others important stakeholders in related to the a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 03:16

Seed Grant for University Projects in Ethiopia

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce a competition for U.S.-Ethiopian University Linkage Seed Grant projects through the Public Diplomacy Grants program.

Three grant proposals will be funded up to $15,000 with a project duration of up to one year.

Agriculture and Food Security are among the key areas listed.

This funding opportunity will target seven first generation universities in Ethiopia: Addis Ababa University, Bahar Dir University, Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Jimma University, Mekelle University, and the University of Gondar.

Deadline: August 24, 2017

How to Apply: https://et.usembassy.gov/u-s-ethiopian-university-linkage-seed-grant-competition/


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:45

Call for Proposals: Innovations Against Poverty (IPA)
Deadline: July 24, 2017

Background of IAP

The IAP fund was initially launched in 2011, taking on a pioneering role in promoting innovations and social entrepreneurship aimed at the low income population. During the pilot phase from 2011 until 2016, 66 projects have received funding, 34 large grants and 32 small grants, and a total of €5,4m has been invested in various sectors across 30 developing countries in the world. Click here for further information on IAP phase 1 projects: http://www.inclusivebusinesshub.org/all-innovation-against-poverty/

Following the success of the pilot phase, Sida launched the second phase of the IAP fund in 2016, managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with Inclusive Business Sweden (IB Sweden) and BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc.). The second phase is designed for innovative inclusive business ventures in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambiaactive in one of the following sectors:

A

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 June 2017 at 03:20

Land restoration in Ethiopia

A project to restore the land in Tigray, Ethiopia has created opportunities for livelihoods for young people who had been leaving in droves.

Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, but there is water in Gergera. 20 years of restoring its hills and river valley has brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north.

Gergera watershed covers 1382 hectares in the kebele (Ethiopia’s smallest administrative unit) of Hayelom in Atsbi-Wonberta district in the eastern zone of Tigray.

Read the full article from The Gardian

Photograph: Cathy Watson/ICRAF

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 May 2017 at 06:48

RSVP to info@bluemoonethiopia.com

Janine Schoeman Hi Gizaw, will you post this as an event as well so it shows up in the calendar? Thanks

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 May 2017 at 08:46

New Job Opportunites - Ethiopia

Please find new job opportunities form different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application and click on the job to read more details and requirements. Good Luck!

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Consultant (May 27)


One Acre Fund

Ethiopia Innovations Associate/Manager (May 31)


Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Senior Advisor, Supply Chain Management and Safety and Security (June 8)


Population Services International (PSI)

Strategic Information Director, Ethiopia (June 16)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 May 2017 at 08:20

Challenges of poultry sector in Ethiopia discussed

On April 28, 2017 at Azzeman Hotel, all stakeholders of the Ethiopian poultry sector were invited to discuss on the challenges and opportunities of poultry. This happened on the Poultry Platform Meeting organized by Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), in collaboration with Ethiopian Poultry Producers Association.

Dr Thomas, advisor to the Ministry of Livestock and Fishery, made a speech on behalf of HE Minister Dr. Fekadu, indicating the current status of the sector and government plans. He said, " a lot of work is ahead of us."

Owner of a private poultry farm, Genene Tesfaye, made detail presentation explaining current challenges of the sector from the side of agribusiness owners. He mentioned that poultry challenge in Ethiopia lies in many areas such as market, feed, vaccine, lack of training, and legal system. He also said, "Government always promises, but no solutions yet."

The discussion continued with questions and answ

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woubshet mekonnen i cant find the challenges and difficulties asked by participants and business owners.please share us.

1 month 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 May 2017 at 11:05

Ethiopia seeks to boost honey production

Industry experts say the beekeeping sector is still a long way from harvesting its full potential as it is hampered by outdated, low-yield techniques, periodic droughts and uncompetitive prices.

Read the reporting by Sarah Jones from TRT World


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 May 2017 at 11:58

New Book Available for DOWNLOAD

Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice

Please read the foreword and download the book below, also take a look the brief presented by Wim Goris, AgriProFocus Network Facilitator, at the book launch on 19 April 2017.

FOREWORD

In agricultural development, Ethiopia and the Netherlands are strategic partners. The government of Ethiopia pursues its growth strategy by emphasizing agricultural transformation. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is supporting Ethiopian ambitions for food security and agricultural growth. This cooperation aims for an intensification of production and processing, which are necessary to feed the growing population and for export earnings.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is part of an international network with Dutch roots. AgriProFocus promotes the network approach as a growth diamond of collaboration between farmer entrepreneurs, companies, governments, knowledge institutions, consultancies, financial instituti

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may
25

Business Drinks: Third of 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  25 May 2017, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: Third of 2017

Dear members and partners,

We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2017 which will be held on Thursday 25th May at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK.

As you all know, AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity:

- To meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experiences.

... Read more