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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30

Free Webinar - Engaging African youth in agribusiness

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  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.

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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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18

Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in changing climate

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  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?

1 month 3 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. 

1 month 3 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

1 month 3 days 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. 

1 month 3 days ago

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Posted 10 July 2017 at 12:42

Here is a great Virtual Incubation site for Startups! 

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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 

2 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. 

2 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

2 months 1 week 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.  

2 months 1 week ago

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:15

Call for applications: Manager - Leadership and Innovation Training Programs (Kenya)   

Amani Institute is seeking a passionate, committed, and entrepreneurial changemaker to join our growing team in Kenya to drive, implement and grow our flagship learning programs over the next years. The Manager of Leadership and Innovation Training Programs will work closely and collaboratively on all fronts with the Country Director of Amani Institute Kenya. 

You will be responsible for implementing all learning activities especially training in our various social innovation training programs, as well as management responsibilities across a suite of different programs. These programs include the Amani Leadership and Management for Impact (targeting leadership skill building in small businesses in East Africa) program, and our Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Innovation Management (SIM) Program. 

Key responsibilities will include: 

A. Implementation of Learning Programs (~60% of tim

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:03

Vacancy - Portfolio Manager - Women in Business

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) is a US$ 265 million private sector challenge fund that provides catalytic funding to enterprises in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund supports innovative commercial businesses in the agribusiness, renewable energy and adaptation to climate change technology sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient rural communities and creating jobs through private sector development. We invest in businesses that are seen as “risky” and that struggle to meet traditional risk-return standards for commercial investors and which offer significant impact on poverty alleviation by creating jobs and sustainable incomes.

The AECF was launched at the World Economic Forum as an initiative of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). Since 2008, it has been supported by donor governments namely Australia, Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, and intern

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Posted 2 June 2017 at 01:56

Call for Papers -  Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa", Nairobi, Kenya, 16-18 Oct 2017

The book “Climate Change Adaptation and Droughts Resilience in Africa: building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa” will be published, with all accepted papers. This will be a further volume of the award-winning book series “Climate Change Management” published by Springer, which since its creation in 2008 has become the world´s leading book series on climate change management.

The symposium is being organized by Strathmore University in Kenya, the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Manchester Metropolitan University (UK) and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). 

The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing aid workers, donors, scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental and non-gover

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Posted 31 May 2017 at 03:48

“SMS solutions can be like information falling from the sky”- AgriFin Accelerate Reverse Hackathon 

AgriFIn Accelerate seeks to address the inclusion gap for smallholder farmers (SHF) who lack access to affordable, accessible, demand-driven financial products and services that drive higher productivity and income for farm families.

To further this discussion, AgriFin Accelerate organised the reverse hackathon workshop on 26th May 2017 to share and ideate on high-level insights from reverse hackathon held earlier in the week with 12 leading digital information service (DIS) providers from across the region around future development of DIS for farmers.

The reverse hackathon, took the approach that working with existing solutions - it is possible to meet farmers needs who are the end users of the DIS. The hackathon used a human centred design, a process that started with the needs of the farmers, in order to come up with solutions that suit their needs.

Key question to DIS

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Posted 29 May 2017 at 02:00

Kenya launches a Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy 2017-2026

Kenya declared drought a national disaster and appealed for local and international help in February 2017. Drought has become more frequent in the past 10 years, affecting about 23 counties in 2017. This is not surprising given that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to climate change and extreme weather events. Media reports indicate the rate of malnutrition is above emergency levels in some areas while other parts of the country have serious acute malnutrition levels.  

The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy (KCSAS) has been developed to guide investments and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) activities guaranteeing productivity and food security, while addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

The overall objective of the strategy is to build resilience and minimize emissions from agricultural farming systems for enhanced food and nutritional security and improved livel

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Simon Wachieni Thanks for sharing this. Am very interested with the government strategy on Climate Smart Agriculture since I work on training smallholder farmers on climate smart farming practices.


2 months 2 weeks ago

CORNELIUS MOSS These is very timely information. With the changing climate and increase in human population there is need to adapt to the change for survival.

2 months 1 week ago

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Posted 26 May 2017 at 12:33

Job Vacancy: Agriculture Specialist, Program Support for USAID Kenya East Africa

Project Summary:

The project objective is to evaluate the performance and progress of the USAID/Kenya and East Africa (KEA) Kenya Feed the Future Innovation Engine (KIE) program. The KIE activity aimed to bring new and innovative technologies in horticulture, dairy, maize and staple food crop to market through identifying, incubating and scaling innovative agriculture value chain, private sector led businesses. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the project’s design, in order to inform relevant future designs for innovation activities.

Position Summary:

The Agriculture Specialist will contribute to the evaluation from a technical perspective, including examining whether the technologies promoted are viable and scalable along the agriculture value chain. In collaboration with the Team Leader, he/she will contribute to the development of the evaluation methodology, develop the data collection instruments a

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31

WEBINAR - AGRICULTURAL LEASING: EXPANDING ACCESS TO FINANCE

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  31 May 2017, 16:00-17:30
  Web based

SAVE the date! Webinar -Making Finance Work for Africa 

Agricultural Leasing: expanding access to finance for smallholders

DATE: 31 MAY 2017

TIME: 16:00 HRS

Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), Financial Sector Deepening Africa (FSD – Africa) and Nathan Associates are pleased to present a webinar based on, Agricultural Leasing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Although leasing is a growing form of asset finance in African markets, its use in agriculture remains a nascent concept. Why is this the case? How could leasing help to bridge the finance gap in the sector and ultimately improve rural livelihoods? More specifically, what role can Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) play in expanding agricultural leasing in order to support much-needed growth in the African agriculture sector? 

If  you are looking to have a better understanding of leasing and its relevance to growth in the African agriculture sector,  register here

The webinar will discuss agricultural leasing in Sub-Saharan Africa based on a recent study undertaken by Nat

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