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


mar
21

16th New Ag International Conference and Exhibition

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  21 March 2018 to 23 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi

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

  • Greenhouse Cropping

  • 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

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Posted 19 February 2018 at 07:10

Posted by Indepth Research Services in AgriProFocus Kenya 19 February 2018 at 07:10

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

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Indepth Research Services Thank you Dorina Prech for sharing!

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Indepth Research Services Thank you Dorina Prech for sharing!

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feb
13

Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Kenya)

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  13 February 2018, 08:00-14:30
  Azure Hotel, Lantana Road

INVITATION TO THE INCEPTION WORKSHOP FOR THE RESEARCH AND SCALING-UP PROJECT INCLUSIVE AND CLIMATE SMART BUSINESS MODELS IN ETHIOPIAN AND KENYAN DAIRY VALUE CHAINS

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: kenya@agriprofocus.com 




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Posted 23 January 2018 at 11:54

Do you wish to be part of 1000 young leaders to develop innovative solutions for UN SDGs? Here is the chance for you; go to www.unleash.org and apply for this opportunity. #UNLEASHLAB2018 


feb
28

PARTNER UP! EVENT

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  28 February 2018, 09:00-15:00
  Azure Hotel, Nairobi

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

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 6 December 2017 at 12:33

United States Department of State Professional Fellows Program—Advancing Young Women Agribusiness Entrepreneurs and Innovators: A Tanzania-Kenya-Uganda-U.S. Partnership

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

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Victoria Gama Thanks for sharing Dorina Prech

2 months 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Cool! Did you share on social media as well?

2 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Yes Anne Marie Kortleve, please share it from your end too. Thanks

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Posted 29 November 2017 at 01:33

JOB VACANCY - REGIONAL OPERATIONS COORDINATOR, RTI 

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

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Posted 18 October 2017 at 02:40

Short term consultancy at AgriProFocus Kenya!

Background

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.

Goal

Youth in agribusiness is one of the focus areas within AgriProFocus Kenya network under t

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nov
15

AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

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  15 November 2017, All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

You are invited! AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

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

REGISTRATION

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.

CONFERENCE COST

Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours

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Posted 12 September 2017 at 12:12

Our August 2017 Newsletter is out! 

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! :)

Read the newsletter

PS: If you like to receive the newsletter straight to your inbox eve

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Posted 11 September 2017 at 05:18

Bringing agricultural solutions to the farmers through Farmers' Field Days - Lessons from HortIMPACT business case 7

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

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Posted 7 September 2017 at 08:09

Is agribusiness the magic bullet for youth unemployment in Africa?

Source: CCAFS

 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 September 2017 at 06:59

Job vacancy - PROLINNOVA Coordinator 

PROLINNOVA Kenya (PK) is recruiting a Coordinator and is seeking qualified candidates to apply. 

Key responsibilities

  1. Coordination and implementation of PK activities according to the work plan
  2. Documentation, sharing and dissemination of platform experiences, outputs/results, outcomes and impacts
  3. Preparation of reports to be submitted to the NSC, international secretariat and donors in a timely manner
  4. Lead the process of resource mobilization through development of funding proposals and establishing strategic linkages with development partners.
  5. Managing the PK office - Maintaining office and inventory of PK assets, supervise hired PK staff, develop and up-date workplace policies etc.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • Minimum of first degree in a relevant field and preferably in Agriculture, Natural resource management, Economics or Social sciences. A Masters degree will be an added advantage
  • Working experience working in a multi-stakeholder environment
  • Exp

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sep
18

Smart Water for Agriculture Learning Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 September 2017, 14:00-19:00
  Nairobi

Participation by invitation only!   

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:

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aug
30

Free Webinar - Engaging African youth in agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  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.

6 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Dorina! The learning journey outcomes are relevant for all AgriProFocus networks across Africa and Asia. As a facilitator of this learning journey, I really enjoyed the open sharing that happened during the field visits and reflection sessions. I highly recommend all of you to watch the video (only 10 minutes) and read the different articles. Also check the original link if you like to http://knowledge4food.net/learning-journey-kenya-2017/  or the link to the 'Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands' page on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website: http://knowledge4food.net/partners/embassies-kingdom-netherlands/

6 months 4 days ago

Dorina Prech Nicole Metz indeed thank you for your wonderful facilitation at this learning journey. I also absolutely enjoyed the open sharing of experiences especially from the other countries. That's why it's great that all the AgriProFocus networks get to see what transpired during the journey. We look forward to the continued dissemination of the outcomes. 

6 months 9 hours ago

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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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jul
18

Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in changing climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  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?

7 months 1 week 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. 

7 months 1 week ago