AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Ethiopia Coordination

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

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Posted 15 June 2017 at 08:04

“When you grow, the challenges grow faster – the only option is to grow faster than your challenges”

Abrham Endrias

Extended Pitch at the Business Drinks

He is a young entrepreneur, 30 years old, and he is in love with agriculture. He has been a lecturer at Adama and Arsi Universities for more than seven years while keeping his relation with agriculture tight. In 2016, he won the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, and now he comes up with a new project that will hugely benefit smallholder farmers. He owns and runs a company called Green Agro Solutions, currently introducing a model called One-Stop Farming Solutions.

We invited Abrham Endrias to make an extended pitch on our Business Drinks on 25 May 2017, so he can share his entrepreneurial journey to our members and partners. Please read this interesting narration.

First Acquaintance

My acquaintance with the AgriProFocus network was two years ago. A friend named Shambachew told me that there was an announcement o

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Loes van Dijk This is great!

1 year 7 months ago

Marion Alyek This is a great article! Thank you for sharing!

1 year 7 months ago

Sajji RYAKUNZE This is super! thanks

1 year 7 months ago

Lucy Asiimwe Twinamasiko Great way to showcase entrepreneurs. This is really a nice piece. The Picture also communicates volumes.

1 year 7 months ago

ISIMBI Ariane Merci Oh really inspiring. Keep up the good work!!!

1 year 7 months ago


Contract Farming in Ethiopia

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  19 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Date: 19 April 2017
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM (Afternoon)

On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.

Book Launch

A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:

§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery

§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia

§ Seed Potatoes – Solagrow

§ Sesame

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Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

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  18 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

You are Invited!

Date: 18 April 2017

Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Afternoon)

Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

You are cordially invited to attend the FSRE Innovation Fund final event and a book launch to be held on 18 April 2017 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship (FSRE) Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The FSRE Innovation Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 75 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international co

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Posted 18 January 2017 at 01:43

SNV Seeking International Legal Framework Development Consultant

Closing Date: March 1, 2017

SNV is seeking an international consultant to support the USAID-funded Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD), a five-year, $41 million project aiming to 1) foster growth and competitiveness of meat, live animal, and dairy sectors; 2) ensure an enabling environment to support the growth and competitiveness of these livestock value chains, and 3) address the needs of the chronically vulnerable through nutrition-based interventions and linkages with other USAID-funded programs in Ethiopia. AGP-LMD’s overall objective is to improve smallholder incomes and nutritional status through investments in selected livestock value chains. These investments must in turn generate increased productivity and competitiveness of these value chains to the benefit of smallholders, both men and women.

The successful applicant will develop a legal framework to regulate the quality and safety o

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Posted 13 January 2017 at 08:54

Jobs at Woord en Daad



Application Deadline: 26th Jan 2017

Woord en Daad connects people throughout the world in their fight against poverty, from a Biblical perspective. In this way, we wish to contribute to sustainable change in the Netherlands and worldwide. Woord en Daad works in the following areas: education, technical and vocational education and training, job placement, inclusive agribusiness development, WASH, and emergency relief. In the Netherlands, Woord en Daad aims to make people, companies and the government aware of their responsibility with regard to poverty worldwide.

Woord en Daad is looking for a senior programme manager (click for more) and a senior MEAL programme officer (click for more) for the five-year programme Employable Youth in Ethiopia (EYE), which is a programme funded by the Addressing Root Causes of Migration (ARC) fund of the Dutch Ministry of

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Posted 25 August 2016 at 08:25

Online Discussion: Post-Harvest Management in Ethiopia

With the theme post harvesting and processing, members of the Innovation Community Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture had a workshop on 23 August 2016. Agreed up on the importance of post-harvest in our country, the members decided that the co-creation should start with inventorying the experience of AgriProFocus members towards enhancing post-harvest management. So the following question is developed to initiate an active online discussion.

What techniques/technologies, training materials, guidelines, manuals, tools, evidence-based researches, post-harvest management projects etc. are being used to tackle post-harvest losses in Ethiopia. Please share!

Starting sharing your idea by commenting under this post.

Fikadu Reta Alemayehu Thanks James for asking. I will send you if I get papers from our staffs. One way to convince them about postharvest loses might be to train them about how they can sort our damaged and wasted maize seeds after storage. That might need field visit at the villages and demonstrate to them the maize seeds damaged by storage or those left on farm land during harvesting.

2 years 4 months ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks very much Agri Pro focus for creating such a wonderful online discussion forum!! According to UN-FAO, by the year 2050 the world population is expected to reach 9 billion people, and demand for food will increase by 60 percent. In addition, One-third of the food that the world produces is lost between the time that it is harvested and consumed- a staggering 1.3 billion tons every year. When converted into calories, global food loss and waste amounts to approximately 24 percent of all food produced. Essentially, one out of every four food calories grown to feed people is not ultimately consumed by humans. Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase consumers’ expenses. Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystems and the services they provide. Increasing food production is not enough. If we are to meet a pending worldwide food shortage, it is not just desirable but imperative that we save more of this food that is lost postharvest. Developing countries that live on the margins of food security are most threatened by the postharvest losses of food that can often amount to 50% of their harvested crop. Postharvest losses have repercussions on hunger, poverty alleviation, income generation and economic growth. The scale of post-harvest food loss is tragic. The phenomenon will be even worse in continent like Africa where the national food security is greatly dependent on nature's goodwill. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 4 billion dollars worth of grain is lost every year. This is more than the total value of food aid sent to the region over the last decade, and 4 billion dollars worth of grain could feed at least 48 million people. As a result, the potential benefits of reducing postharvest losses in developing countries are large. As a strategy for closing the food gap between food available today and food needed in 2050 to adequately feed the planet’s projected 9.3 billion people, can increase the amount of food available to farmers for their own consumption or for sale to market, can reduce the likelihood that small-holders become net food buyers, can lower household expenditures per unit of food consumed, lowers expenditures of processors and retailers per unit of food grown or harvest in the value chain, reducing quality losses can better maintain nutritional value of food. In addition to that, increases the return on investment of time spent farming and could reduce the total time needed to work in fields and reduce total household expenditures on food, freeing up resources for health, education, and other household benefits. Moreover, Better utilizing food already grown reduces the need to convert more ecosystems into food production or to harvest more wild food, reduces the need to withdraw more water from aquifers or add more agricultural chemicals that may pollute water bodies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture to levels consistent with stabilizing the climate and also reduces the need to convert more land, apply more fertilizers, raise more livestock, and use energy for producing, processing, transporting, and storing food. Yet as the World Bank, FAO, and others have shown, investment in reducing postharvest losses can be as cost-effective as other agricultural investments and can yield good returns, especially when food commodity prices rise. In general, postharvest loss and waste reduction science is less expensive than production research, in which multiple studies must be conducted over years or seasons.

2 years 4 months ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife With the generous support and willingness of Dr. Lisa Kitinoja (Founder of Postharvest Education Foundation) and University of California, Davis, I translated the Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices Manual in to Amharic (Ethiopian Local language). The manual has around 260 pages with excellent small scale technologies. It is very useful for researchers, development agents, postgraduate students, professionals and exporters and importers of different agricultural products. Here is the link to the English and Amharic translation of the Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices Manual. The UC Davis website has recently been updated so the manuals have new hotlink. English: Amharic:

2 years 4 months ago

Gizaw Legesse Here is another Experience: GOAL Ethiopia has been implementing various successful development projects in Ethiopia for many years. I would like to share you here a project the organization has implemented to reduce post-harvest losses. The project entitled Grain Storage Technology Value Chain Set-up and Support was supported under the FSRE Fund financed by the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa. Its objective was to develop an affordable and effective locally produced technology to reduce grain-crop losses – this will include the technological development, modification, improvement, adaptation and management of Plastic Grain-store liners (PGLs). GOAL Ethiopia introduced an improved grain storage technology which have reduced the overall grain loss (16-18%) incurred in using traditional farmers’ storage to 9%. Subsequently, the organization introduced a simple plastic lining technology to further reduce the loss to 4%. A brief presentation about this project can be found here: Also the project summary can be found among the 75 FSRE Fund projects at

2 years 4 months ago

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, experiences and document. @Fikadu, can you also share us when you obtain the papers you mentioned? @Mekbib, thank you for the useful links! Finally, please continue contributing to this online discussion and you can invite relevant stakeholders. In the mean time, we will summarize your comments and share to the rest of the public.

2 years 4 months ago

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Posted 20 June 2016 at 07:10

Annual Report 2015: AgriProFocus Ethiopia

Dear Members and Partners,

We are pleased to present you our Annual Report of 2015.

We are looking back upon a very good and fertile year for AgriProFocus Ethiopia indeed. Not only the new born babies of 3 colleagues of ours, also the very successful National Soil Campaign bear the promise of healthy growth and development. The FSRE learning agenda and the EKN learning events have been appreciated by the many participating professionals.

The bi-monthly business drinks we co-organise with ABSF are lively events with interesting pitches by a wide variety of members, here we have set a trend. Because of this, AgriProFocus Ethiopia has become positively known in Ethiopia. We like to thank all our members and partners for their contributions.

2015 has laid a strong base for development of the network in 2016. We also experienced a both sad and happy moment when our Country Network Coordinator, Gerrit Holtland, left his post after three years. Meanwhile, A

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Posted 2 June 2016 at 02:43

Project Director for Ethiopia Dairy Development Activity

Job Opportunity at CNFA, New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAID)
Deadline: June 13, 2016

Project Description

The New Zealand Aid Programme (NZAID) for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is planning a new five-year Ethiopia Dairy Development Activity. The goal of the Activity is to develop a commercially sustainable Ethiopian dairy sector that is inclusive of smallholder dairy farmers. The Activity will be carried out in two phases: Phase 1 will consist of the design of the Activity and the production of an Activity Design Document (ADD). Phase 2 will consist of the implementation of the Activity.

Position Summary

CNFA seeks a Project Director to lead Phases 1 and 2 of the anticipated Ethiopia Dairy Development Activity. The ideal candidate will have commercial dairy experience and exemplary relationship management skills, as well as experience in designing and implementing private sector development programs, familiarity with market systems

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Posted 2 June 2016 at 02:37

Short-Term Technical Assistance - Dairy Sector

Job Opening at CNFA, AGP-LMD
Deadline: June 18, 2016

Project background: USAID-Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development (AGP-LMD) Project is a five-year project implemented as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative. This investment, in concert with the crop value chain program (AGP-AMDe), serves as part of USAID’s contribution to the Government of Ethiopia’s Agricultural Growth Program (AGP). The AGP’s goal “to end poverty and enhance growth” aligns with Feed the Future’s goal to “sustainably reduce poverty and hunger.” The Project aims to foster growth and reduce poverty through improving the productivity and competitiveness of selected livestock value chains: meat, live animals and dairy. Program operations take place in AGP-targeted woredas of Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), in order to effectively reach large n

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Posted 15 March 2016 at 09:21

First Workshop on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture

At EU Office, Addis Ababa

The EU jointly with AgriProFocus organised a first workshop on Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture, NSA, last week on March 8, 2016. The workshop was meant for a much larger audience than just EU member countries and implementing organisations, because its purpose is to share experience on nutrition sensitive agriculture countrywide. More than 30 interested professionals from various organisations turned up and contributed greatly to the good discussions we had.

Purpose of the workshop: to pay attention to Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture (NSA) in Ethiopia and to find out if there is a demand for a knowledge exchange platform on this topic.

The participants’ expectations were:

- To learn from each other, about best practices in NSA, to know who is doing what

- Better collaboration between projects working with NSA

- To have a good forum for exchange

- To learn together on specific aspects of

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Posted 14 March 2016 at 07:17

FHI 360: Nutrition Advisor Needed

Deadline: March 23

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Nutrition Advisor


The Nutrition Advisor will provide overall technical director for nutrition interventions under the anticipated Growth through Nutrition Activity. The Advisor will play the lead role in guiding the implementation of technically sound and innovative approaches, in close collaboration with Government of Ethiopia stakeholders, to increase optimal nutrition, WASH, and agriculture b

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Posted 14 March 2016 at 07:06

Financing Opportunity


Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is inviting applications for support of commodity development activities in its member countries. Ethiopia is one of the member countries.

CFC, an intergovernmental financial institution, provides financing to organisations and enterprises engaged in commodity value chains in its member countries. Through a range of financial instruments, the CFC seeks to support business activities in the field of commodity development, including agriculture, minerals and metals in Developing Countries. The intervention should, besides giving a sound financial return, also provide for a measurable social and environmental return.

Type of Financing

Term Loans

• Loan amount between USD 300,000 and USD 1,500,000 (or EUR equivalent);

• Loan period up to seven years with maximum grace period of two years;

• Collateralized with pledge/mortgage over fixed assets an

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Posted 25 November 2015 at 01:34

New Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear Members,

Please find a number of job opportunities from various National and International Organizations, such as ATA, SNV, HoAREC&N, Save the Children, CARE Ethiopia, Carana Corporation, TETRA TECH, and so on.

Each jobs has their own application deadlines which you can see in brackets, and the shortest is November 30 and the longest is December 18.

For more details on job descriptions and on how to apply, please click on each jobs.

Please share this post to others and expand your network!

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)

Project Team Leader - Tef International Market Access (TIMA) Project (Deadline: Nov 30)

Recruitment, Training and Professional Development Specialist, Analytics Team (Deadline: Nov 30)

Senior Project Officer - Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert (PPD) (Deadline: Dec 4)

Programmer Analyst (Deadline: Dec 4)


Senior Technical Specialists (Deadline: Nov 30)


Deputy Chief of Party (Dea

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Posted 13 August 2015 at 01:08

Expert Needed: Pastoral land tenure/animal husbandry

Also Ethiopian (and international) partners

IAK Agrar Consulting is a German consulting company specialised in agricultural and rural development projects, working for donors such as the European Commission, GIZ, the World Bank and the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

They are currently preparing a bid for a GIZ project aiming at improving the services of 5 selected Ethiopian Agricultural Technical Vocational and Education Training (ATVET) institutes and their teaching capacity for issues around sustainable land management and pastoralism.

Part of the project is to develop up to two new occupational standards for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists and implement these in collaboration with the MoE in two ATVETs located in Afar and Somali, respectively.

They are currently looking for a qualified expert on pastoral land tenure and/or animal husbandry in a pastoral/agro-pastoral context to propose as staff in our project bid.

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Posted 29 July 2015 at 07:55

AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Updates on activities of Innovation Communities

Summarized by Yelleke de Nooy, our Linking and Learning Facilitator 

Youth & Agriculture

Pathways to the future. The Youth & Agriculture/ ATVET community held its second cascading workshop on July 9. We elaborated on the 3 pathways that will lead us to a lot of employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth in Ethiopia by 2020. Next workshop, on THURSDAY MORNING September 17, we will discuss which actors will (need to) be involved to make those pathways into a real success.

Proud to be a farmer! July 15 in WUKRO, Tigray, saw a highly effective workshop carrying this title, with all local stakeholders involved, to support the 15 selected youths to become entrepreneur and start some joint business in the coming 6 months. This is a pilot project which, when successful, may be used as integrated approach in other parts of Ethiopia.

Gender in Value Chains

Gender manual+inventory. The AgriProFocus secretariat

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Ethiopia team for sharing these updates! Very valuable!

3 years 5 months ago


Seventh Poultry Platform Meeting

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  30 June 2015, 08:30-13:30
  Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa

Dear members of the Poultry Platform,

You are cordially invited to the seventh Poultry Platform meeting to be held on June 30, 2015 from 8:30am – 1:30pm, in Addis Ababa Dreamliner Hotel.

The meeting is organized by the Agri-Business Support Facility (ABSF) Project in cooperation with the Ethiopian Poultry Development Association (EPDA).

For further information and confirmation please contact:

Mr Auke Boere, and Dr. Mebratu Legesse,

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Posted 26 June 2015 at 04:28

Financing sesame production in northwest Ethiopia
An analysis on production and credit costs

Most sesame producers do not have sufficient own capital to finance the activities that are needed for production and marketing of their sesame. They can often borrow small amounts from primary cooperatives or microfinance institutes, but the amounts are not sufficient. This forces producers to turn to informal moneylenders who can provide higher loans, yet for very high interest rates. The high costs for credit, and hence sesame production, decrease the net benefits.

The Sesame Business Network (SBN) is an informal network that is driven by local stakeholders to work towards more competitive, sustainable and inclusive sesame value chains. Recently SBN published its analysis on production and credit costs of sesame production in northwest Ethiopia, and the excerpt you read above is taken from the introduction part of the document.

Please find the analysis HERE.

Picture: Cover Page

Wim Goris nice pic! and interesting report.

3 years 5 months ago

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Posted 14 June 2015 at 04:02

Ethiopian Agricultural Hotline Surpasses 1 Million Caller Mark

Less than one year after its nationwide launch, Ethiopia’s first agricultural hotline, the popular 8028 call-in system, has achieved a major milestone, surpassing a full one million registered callers, with nearly 6.5 million phone calls received. A collaborative effort between the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR), Ethio Telecom, and the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), the 8028 hotline is revolutionizing traditional agricultural extension services by providing smallholder farmers with direct access to “best practice” agronomic advice.

“Hitting the one million caller mark in under a year is a tremendous endorsement of the 8028 system,” stated ATA CEO, Ato Khalid Bomba. He further explained that, “out of the one million registered callers, 730,000 have identified themselves as farmers.”

“This is a major validation of the system’s potentia

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Posted 10 May 2015 at 12:36

Sup-Hort, “a Project that Showed Tangible Results”

Summary on Horticultural Farmers Day

On April 29, there was a Horticulture Farmers Day, organized by Sup-Hort, in collaboration with Ministry of Agriculture, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ILRI/LIVES Project, FAO, IDE, PEPE, and CNFA.

Sup-Hort, an Italian development organization which have been supporting the horticulture sector in Ethiopia for more than three years, organized this event in order to review the progress status of the sector and create an experience sharing opportunity among farmers.

The event was held at ILRI compound and over 130 people attended, of which 65 of them were horticultural farmers from different regions. Exhibition and public seminar were the two major programs of the event.

13 organizations, including NGOs, farmer organizations, input suppliers, agro-processers, and producer organizations exhibited their product. New technologies were also introduced for the participants, such us solar water pump and water level d

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Posted 8 May 2015 at 04:20

Training on Contract Farming

We have space for 16 participants 

Dear Members,

On Friday 22 May AgriProFocus Ethiopia will organise a one day training on Contract Farming. The training is based on eight different cases that we have studied in the last six months. The Agenda will be:

1. What is contract farming?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages

3. Issues that to be addressed in designing a Contract Farming system:

a. The partners

b. The contract elements (inputs, TA, quality, prices, payment)

c. The interface between the firm and the farmers

d. Enforcing the contract

4. Critical success factors and the role of outside supporters (projects, NGOs)

5. Participants will be given concrete assignments to work on other own cases.

We have space for 16 participants. The own contribution will be 500 ETB (incl. VAT) per participant. You get a receipt for this.

Please register HERE

Those who register first, have the f

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