AgriProFocus Kenya is looking for a dynamic and creative individual to fill the position of marketing and communications facilitator.
As a network, our vision is to be the “go to network” in the agribusiness sector in Kenya. To achieve this, we need to position the network strategically in the sector. The main role of the marketing and communications facilitator is to profile AgriProFocus, both online and offline, through brand visibility, marketing the services of the network as well as develop and implement effective communication strategies both internally with the team and externally with network partners and stakeholders. This role supports the team to build and effective multi-stakeholder platform that promotes our core mission of making agribusiness work for development. The nature of the role dictates vibrancy, energy, self-drive and creativity.
The Marketing and Communications Facili... Read more
The 2ACCA will bring together politicians, farmers, policy makers, service providers, scientists and educationalist from Africa and the rest of world, along with financing organizations, and others stakeholders to identify the best solutions for all regions to support the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063. The 2ACCA, as the forum for the continental Conservation Agriculture Community to support the transformation of African agriculture, will be organized and consolidated as one of the most important meeting on the continent dealing with agricultural change as desired by the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063.
More information can be found on the official 2ACCA website: https://africacacongress.org/
Our newsletter which gets shared every two members to our mailing list subscribers contains a summary of updates from interesting events in that month, information on upcoming events (of AgriProFocus and other partners), and jobs and calls for proposals opportunities that you do not want to miss.
In this edition, we share an update on the Dairy Cooperatives Forum that we hosted in May, news about the Gender in Value Chains that AgriProFocus recently produced, as well as a number of calls for proposals and job applications from a number of stakeholders in the sector.
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The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to apply for support to help them access
Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals,
Agri-business incubation services and mentorship
Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities.
The intention of this support is to build existing businesses/start ups run by youth with a view of creating employment.
The support is intended to reach at least 10,000 youthful farmers in groups/individuals aged 35 years and below in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. If the applicants are youth groups, the group dynamics should have at least 70% youth as members. The project will last at least 3 years with the first round of support expected to culminate in possible business pitching t... Read more
Established in 2006, IFAD’s Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is a unique facility based on the principle of Indigenous Peoples' self-determined development within the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It funds small projects that indigenous peoples' communities and their organizations design themselves and that build on their culture, knowledge, natural resources, and human rights. The Facility provides small grants of US$ 20,000 to US$ 50,000 to small projects designed and implemented by Indigenous Peoples' communities and their organizations.
The 2018-2021 grant will finance the fifth cycle of IPAF.
The grant will support up to 35 demand-driven projects by Indigenous Peoples' communities through the co-management of partner organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
This new IPAF cycle will focus on indigenous youth and prioritize projects... Read more
ICCO Consortium members under the name “Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA)” in Kenya are in a Strategic Partnership on Lobby and Advocacy with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and have initiated a five year program (2016-2020) titled ‘Convening and Convincing.’ The program’s main objective is to ensure that civil society can contribute to decreasing inequality and injustice in societies in order to create the conditions for just economic, social and political development. It seeks to strengthen civil society organizations (CSOs) engagement in dialogue with policy makers and influencers to advocate for effective policy environment within four pathways namely:
Pathway-1: Creating space for civil society organizations,
Pathway-2: Realizing inclusive and sustainable food systems,
Pathway-3: Small-producers’ empowerment and access to markets, and
Pathway-4: Moving towards a sustainable p... Read more
Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Institutional reforms are essential for the establishment of environmental, social and economically sustainable fisheries and aquaculture management and development in Kenya. Aquaculture has experienced a growing trend and is increasingly being recognized for its economic benefits in Kenya. While small-scale fish production has been constant over the past years, aquaculture has emerged as a productive alternative by generating income and employment, and providing food security. The government in its effort to boost fish farming nationwide provided support to the aquaculture sub-sector through its Economic Stimulus Program.
This notwithstanding, Kenya’s aquaculture potential is under-utilized and poorly regulated.
Additionally the coordination and linkages between t... Read more
· Sharing and exchange of experiences and results of business cases; the business models used and the potential for scale to relevant sector stakeholders;
· Promotion of partnerships and links
Amazon Front Ltd's client who deals with honey products is looking to fill the above position. Reporting to the General Manager, the Head of Sales will be responsible for heading the sales function of the organization by providing required leadership and support to achieve the set sales target and grow brand equity.
i. Building and maintaining key customer relationships and takes an active role
ii. Preparation of sales budgets
iii. Preparation of sales targets and achieving them
Description of roles and responsibilities:
The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – a member of the CGIAR Consortium (www.cgiar.org) –
develops technologies, innovative methods, and new knowledge that better enable farmers, especially
smallholders, to make agriculture competitive and profitable as well as sustainable and resilient. CIAT conducts
research for development in tropical regions of Latin America, Africa, and Asia (www.ciat.cgiar.org).
The Research Assistant-Social Economist has the responsibility to support field activities, data management, data analysis and scientific writing. He/she will work in close collaboration with experts in various projects to deliver on the required duties.
Main duties and responsibilities include:
Support development of survey tools for qualitative and quantitative data collection
Designing study tools in Survey CTO or ODK for data collection
Supervising data... Read more
Hivos East Africa is currently implementing a project called Open Up Contracting with the overall objective of opening up public contracting, improving financial efficiency of public spending – getting better value for money - as well as creating a more equitable and favourable business environment. This project seeks to improve public procurement through three core elements;
1. Public disclosure of open data and information about the planning, procurement, and management of public contracts.
2. Participation and use of contracting data by non-state actors at appropriate points in the planning, award... Read more
To push the transition towards green and inclusive energy systems, Hivos, ENERGIA, IIED and national civil society organisations (CSOs), are partnering with the Dutch government in a five-year lobby and advocacy programme called: Green and Inclusive Programme. The programme kicked off in 2016 and aims to influence energy policies and practices by executing effective lobby and advocacy strategies.
The programme links and influences the energy policies at international, regional and national level. East Africa as a region as well as Kenya and Tanzania are part of this programme. The programme is led from the global Hivos office and implemented in close collaboration with the regional offices. In East Africa, the programme is working... Read more
Pursuant to our mandate, we are currently implementing a project called Open Up Contracting with the overall objective of opening up public contracting, improving financial efficiency of public spending – getting better value for money - as well as creating a more equitable and favourable business environment.
This project seeks to improve public procurement through three core elements;
1. Public disclosure of open data and information about the planning, procurement, and management of public contracts.
2. Participation and use of contracting data by non-state actors at appropriate points in the planning, awarding, and monitoring of contracts. Participation involves appropriate communication, consultation, and collaboration to make sure i... Read more
AgriProFocus recently organised a half day forum with dairy cooperatives in Kiambu County to explore their role in enhancing the adoption of climate smart technologies and practices. The forum brought together executive board members and managers from 7 dairy cooperatives in Kiamb... Read more
In 2016, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) launched the 'Geodata for Agriculture and Water - G4AW program. The goal of the program is more effective use of inputs, improve the output of agricultural, pastoral and fishing sector and increase sustainable food production.
G4AW is a program is a program that promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite-based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGOs, farmer cooperatives, satellite data service providers and transmission operators developing space for food security.
At present, 23 projects are under implementation, 8 of which are in East Africa. A mid-term review of the program carried out in 2017 indicated that the outlook in some projects is positive while a number of issues also need... Read more
The Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Development Activity (KCDMSD) is a five-year (Oct 2017– Sept 2022) program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is funded as part of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative that helps to increase agricultural production and reduce poverty and malnutrition in Kenya.
The project is being implemented by RTI International. It is operational in 12 counties including; Kitui, Makueni, Taita Taveta, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Kisumu, Siaya, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia and Vihiga. The applicant need not be located within one of these counties but must be in a position to work with, sell to, or buy from, the population located within those counties. The Activity will focus on strengthening the followin... Read more
The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months.
The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support.
The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.
What to expect at the Expo
> An entrepreneur Showcase
>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks
for young agri-entrepreneurs.
>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.
Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event.
Sustainable Inclusive Business alongside SOCCA and SNV facilitated a parallel session "Enhancing Food Security and Business Opportunities Through Food Waste, Loss Reduction and Quality in a Changing Climate" during last year's Annual Network Day.
The objective of this session was to identify business opportunities to ehnance food security by cutting on Food Waste, Food Losses and increasing Quality across the agriculture value chain. There were great suggestions on how to go about it, as detailed in the attached report.
• Mindset change – move from agriculture is agribusiness
• Quality standards
• Linking all aspects of the value chain
• IT & Innovation are keys to successful solutions
• Consumer awareness
• Leaders to start the change
See the attached report for more detailed information. You are most welcome to share your thou... Read more
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
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.
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... Read more