Hilda Okoth

Network Facilitator

Arusha, Tanzania

About Me

I am a very open minded person eager to learn new things. As the network assistant i enjoy coordinating and developing the network by promoting the network through different on and offline activities, developing and publishing communication materials, as well as developing and managing various knowledge for AgriProFocus Tanzania.

Additionally i am passionate about gender in agriculture value chains. As a trained junior gender coach and expert i aim to assist AgriProFocus members and partners to be well equipped with expertise, tools and methodologies to help them integrate gender in their projects and operational activities.
Feel free to reach out to me for more about AgriProFocus Tanzania as well as Gender in Agriculture Value chains in Tanzania.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 January 2019 at 06:54


Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture is a member based organization that was established on 1988 at national level and 1994 at regional level with the support of Tanzania government to strengthen the private sector.

The main aims of the establishment of TCCIA are to promote business, provide access to member services at discounted rates, to provide opportunities that are best for businesses and to provide access to networks between businesses and opportunities for dialogues between the public and the private sector.

The chamber of commerce of Arusha wishes to engage reputable consultancy firms/ consortium for an expert study in the fishery sector in the Arusha Municipality.

Terms of reference for this consultancy and the Request for Proposal (RFP) document can be obtained at http://www.tcciaarusha.org. All queries quoting the above Tender title should be emailed tcciaarusha@gmail.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 21 December 2018 at 11:04

Rikolto Learning Initiative in Arusha

Are we romanticizing the economic potential of smallholder farmers? Does working on the inclusion of smallholder farmers in food chains increase the dominance of big business? Can NGOs be honest brokers to promote inclusiveness, or are they captives of big business?

These were the guiding questions in an exchange between Belgian funded NGOs, together with farmer organisations, researchers, national commodity associations and local governmental agencies in Arusha area, northern Tanzania.

Over the course of two days the participants visited farmer organizations and processors, examined successes and challenges of various business development approaches and models and explored areas of collaboration particularly between Belgian NGOs and their strategic partners in business development.

Read more about this initiative HERE


Agri-Business Drinks

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 February 2019, 16:30-18:30
  Arusha, Solidaridad Office -opposite Kibo Palace

AgriProFocus Tanzania is organizing its 1st ever AgriBusiness drinks meet up event for its members and partners in Arusha. 

The aim of this event is to :

1. Providing a network platform for organization in the Agri Food sector within Arusha.  

2. Facilitating exchange of experiences and learning among stakeholders in the Agri Food sector.

3. Cultivate opportunities and collaboration among stakeholders in the Agri Food sector.

Highlights of the event

1. Knowing AgriProFocus better

2. Speed date session

3. Pitching session from agripreneurs

4. Networking session

NB: This event is by invitation only! 


Community of Practice on Soil Fertility

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  05 February 2019, All Day Event
  Gold Crest Hotel, Arusha

Agrocares with AgriProFocus Tanzania aim to establish a Community of Practice on soil fertility in Tanzania in order to:

1. Jointly explore solutions to tackle soil challenges efficiently and effectively,

2. Provide a platform through which various actors can explore extensive partnerships

with each other; as well as explore workable solutions to make soil technology

appreciated, more accessible and affordable to farmers,

3. Create a constructive feedback channel on aspects of regulation, research, and

applicability and upgrade of technology to meet the ever-changing soil needs.

Target Audiences

The community of practice aims to bring together all relevant stakeholders, for example

from development agencies, farmer representatives, knowledge institutes, Cooperatives,

Government officials, private enterprises and individual farmers and organizations.

Here is a draft program for this event.


For more information do not hesitate to contact AgriProFocus throug

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5th ECHO East Africa Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  11 February 2019 to 15 February 2019 - All Day Event
  Naura Springs, Arusha

The ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa.

It will consist of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. Such as

- Conservation Agriculture

- Horticulture

- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques

- Best Livestock Practices

- Good Development Practices

-Environmental Concerns

Symposium Dates
11th February - Check-in and Fellowship
12th - 14th February- Meeting Days
15th February - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out

Find out more information HERE.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 December 2018 at 08:32

Call for Submission: FARA essay Competition  

''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”

The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.

The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo

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AgriFinance Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  06 December 2018 to 07 December 2018 - All Day Event
  AICC, Arusha

TAHA in association with Stanbic bank is organizing an agribusiness fair in Arusha aimed at showcasing different services and products offered by various financial institutions to the agriculture sector. 

This event is open for the public. 

For more information please contact TAHA directly

TAHA  kwa kushirikiana na benki ya Stanbic inakukaribisha kwenye maonesho ya taasisi za fedha kuhusu fursa na mitaji ya kilimo. Maonesho yatafanyika tarehe 6 na 7 Disemba 2018, kwenye eneo la maegesho ya magari kumbi za AICC Arusha. HAKUNA KIINGILIO WOTE MNAKARIBISHWA.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 November 2018 at 03:43


The Development of Kilimanjaro Landscape Investment Framework

Solidaridad is an international network organization with nine regional expertise centres worldwide. Its mission is to bring together commodity supply chain actors and to engage them develop innovative solutions to improve production, thereby ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all.

For the past twenty years Solidaridad has built a reputation as a catalyst for sustainable innovation across different commodity supply chains. Solidaridad has achieved this amongst others by supporting producers, such as farmers and miners, to improve their social and environmental practices in thirteen commodities, including cotton, coffee, cocoa, sugarcane, tea, livestock, soy and palm oil. Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre works on the above supply chains in eastern Africa region.

In its ambition to create long term impact, Solidaridad has emba

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Niek Hoorweg Dear colleagues / Hilda Okoth, for this assignment I pressed the button for more information HERE, but unfortunately I was not able to arrive...please help ! Best, Niek

1 month 1 week ago

Niek Hoorweg I managed to open Hilda, was it your service or my PC's problem ?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 November 2018 at 12:23

Meru Farmers Fair, a fair for the farmers by the farmers 

Many fair take place in Tanzania with a focus to link farmers to different input providers. However none of those fairs are organized by the farmers themselves. The menu farmers fair is the only one we know of that is by the farmers and for the farmers. 

The 2018 edition of the meru farmers fair just concluded on 3rd November where more than 600 farmers had an opportunity to meet with different service providers such as input suppliers, advisory services, financial institutions and development organizations for business linkages, obtaining knowledge, developing skills as well as networking. Additionally, farmers obtained and enhanced their knowledge on different issues such as proper inputs(seeds and fertilizer), access to finance, access to markets as well as entrepreneurship through workshops that were offered as a side event to the exhibition. 

Not only did farmers benefit since the fair also offered a platform for net

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 31 October 2018 at 10:18

Internship Opportunity: Marketing and Communication Intern

Are you a Marketing and communication graduate looking for an opportunity to learn and gain experience in marketing and communication? Here is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

AgriProFocus Tanzania is looking for a young dynamic and creative individual  who is passionate and eager to gain experience in Marketing  and communications

About the Opportunity

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 intern 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

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Gloriana Ndibalema I am looking for same internship position but for next year from mid April.Is there a possibility for this opportunity being it in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda?

2 months 3 hours ago

Badylon KAWANDA BAKIMAN That's nice !

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Badylon KAWANDA BAKIMAN We need more opportunities for agricultural journalists

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 31 October 2018 at 10:04

We are Hiring: Country Network Coordinator

AgriProFocus Tanzania is looking for a dynamic and creative individual to fill the position of Country Network Coordinator.

About the position

As a network, our vision is to be the “go to network” in the agribusiness sector in Tanzania. To achieve this, we need to position the network strategically in the sector. The main role of the Country Network Coordinator is to ensure that our strategy is implemented as well as develop the portfolio of the the Tanzania country Network. It entails building and maintaining relations with members, partners and donors in the country, identify thematic and financial opportunities for the network, and, spearhead resource mobilization for AgriProFocus services and products.

Download the job description HERE

If you fit the profile of candidate we are looking for, please send a copy of your CV and a motivation letter [indicating your current and expected salary] to recruitment.secaec@solidaridadnetwork.org and copy

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Niek Hoorweg Dear colleagues, so far I did not manage to download the job description for the Country Network Coordinator... your assistance is highly appreciated here, best, Niek

2 months 1 week ago

Hilda Okoth Niek Hoorweg i have updated the link and also sent you the Job description directly to your mail just in case.

2 months 1 week ago


Tutoke Vipi - Agriculture Sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  03 November 2018, 13:30-15:30
  Mega Complex (6th Floor), Arusha

Hey young Tanzanian,

Ever asked yourself what business you should start?

Obuntu Hub is excited to launch a new programme called "Tutoke Vipi". It is a series of interactive conferences with experts in different sector who will share their practical experiences and business opportunities available for young entrepreneurs in the particular sector. 

The first edition will focus on Africa's 'green gold' - Agriculture.

Obuntu Hub is honored to host Neema Lugangira who has been been driving entrepreneurship and policy innovations in agriculture in Tanzania and abroad.

Join Obuntu hub from 13.30 to 15.30 pm on November 3rd in Arusha at Mega complex 6th Floor to discuss what opportunity the agriculture sector can offer you.

Interested? Find out more HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 October 2018 at 08:20

Joint efforts by Govt, FAO help to restore lives in Kagera

Women are critical actors in food and nutrition security through their primary responsibilities in household activities, and have been the core of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)’s support in the region.

After the devastating earthquake of 2016 in the region, the ministry responsible for agriculture made a request for FAO technical assistance towards restoring agricultural livelihoods among its residents. Regional authorities, with support from FAO, set up a network of Farmer Field Schools as mediums for learning, exchanging agricultural knowledge, and multiplying quality seeds.

Since then, most smallholder farmers in the 16 mitaa hamlets of Bukoba municipality and 26 villages in Bukoba, Missenyi, Kyerwa, and Muleba districts have been fully involved in production of quality food crop seeds and planting materials to improve household food security availability, nutrition security, and incomes.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 October 2018 at 08:35

New Venture capital targets agri-start up financing 

Agribusiness start-ups in Tanzania can now look forward in new ways to new means of financing their operations beyond traditional sources, thanks to an initiative by an outsourced corporate venture capital fund - The East Africa AgroFund. The fund is set up to invest up to $500,000 (about TSh14 billion) in any startup firm within the agricultural value chain.

The EA AgroFund is the first outsourced corporate Venture Capital which allows organizations in agri - industry to find and invest in promising agri -startups for strategic and financial benefits. This fund is managed by SSC capital, a financial and advisory firm.

Agriculture plays a better role in building an industrial economy and this fund will provide better means of financing agriculture. It is also highly believed that the industrialization in Tanzania will easily take off if the primary focus is on agro-based industries and given the competitive advantage, the fund will s

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Matthew Kamba a major step in the right direction.

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Stawisha potato fair open day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  10 October 2018 to 11 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Nane Nane Grounds, Mbeya

Stawisha Ltd is a non-for-Profit Company that aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector in Tanzania. Stawisha is the implementer of the Centre for Development of the Potato Industry in Tanzania (CD-PIT) project. This project is a public-private partnership of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture and private sector from both countries. These collaborative efforts aim at; developing a robust, competitive sector, with focus on facilitating private sector sustainable development and creation of jobs; building capacity of farmers and companies in Tanzania involved in the value chain for sustainable potatoes production and marketing; creation of added value; enhancing sustainable business relations between Dutch and Tanzanian partners; and improve food security, more safe and healthy food.

Stawisha is organizing the 

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  12 November 2018 to 18 November 2018 - All Day Event
  The launchpad House, Mikocheni Dar es Salaam

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 12-18, 2018.

The Launchpad Tanzania, a personal and professional development hub, has organised for a week long commeration of the event starting with a symposium on the 12th and 13th November, a 5 day incubator program, a mentorship cafe event and a piching competition. We are exercising our convening power as a stakeholder in the field by bringing together youth, stakeholders and actors in the entrepreneurship eco-system in Tanzania. The symposium will be colored by key note addresses from the respective industries, panel discussions, and focus group discussions. We invite aspiring and practicing entreprene

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 October 2018 at 09:24

EU and Tanzania Government to promote productivity and competitiveness in the Ag Sector through Agri Connect Programme

The government Tanzania has received Sh265 billion in new financial assistance from the European Union (EU) to promote productivity and competitiveness in the agricultural sector.

The financing support, dubbed "agri- connect," would help to promote horticulture, coffee, tea, food production and nutrition security in the country.

The statement was made by the permanent secretary in the ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Dotto James, yesterday during the Agri-Connect programme signing ceremony.

Tanzania and the European Union's cooperation is anchored on the continuous partnership agreement whose main objectives are to;

* reduce poverty, 

*promote sustainable development and 

*support the integration of Tanzania into the world economy

This support has come at an appropriate time when the government is implementing the Agriculture Sector Development Programme Phase Two (ASDP

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simon Nguye In a world that is constantly changing, presenting new challenges and obstacles, it can be difficult to think about the sustainability of today, the agricultural sector can be resolution for youth employment.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Hilda Okoth Good observation simon Nguye. What are so of your ideas on how to engage youth in agriculture programs such as this Agri Connect

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 September 2018 at 09:42

Cooperatives to increase the efficiency of the Tanzania Dairy Industry

Statistics show that milk production increased to over 2.4 billion litres in 2017/18 compared to 2.1 billion litres in the preceding year, falling slightly below annual market demand of 2.6 billion litres.

Mr Temu, Acting Registrar of the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) said the huge demand for milk could be met by forming more farmers' cooperatives that can allow farmers to access sources of finance from lending institutions to increase investment.

There is huge potential for farmers to increase milk production, productivity and quality through use of dairy cooperatives  - TANZANIA Dairy Board (TDB)

Currently, there are 76 milk industries ranging from 500 litres to over 120,000 litres processing capacity per day.The increased investment in milk processing facilities is creating huge demand for milk production and investment in high milk yielding heifers.

One of the success stories of dairy cooperatives is the Tanga Dairy Coop

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MUBARAK INUWA Another important aspect of  Dairy production, is how to preserve the Milk safely for long time, without any  change from milk  to yoghurt.

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Hilda Okoth MUBARAK INUWA very very true. Do you have a solution that you can propose on how to preserve?

3 months 4 weeks ago

Hance Richard Melchior Dear Hilda, Thank you for sharing.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 23 August 2018 at 11:51


This is a call for digital registration of women-owned agribusinesses in Eastern and Southern Africa. This registration will facilitate the development of a digital database for women-owned agribusinesses in Africa, the first agribusiness intelligence network targeting women agri-entrepreneurs.


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA in collaboration with its regional partners, African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN East Africa) and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), has recently launched a programme initiative named VALUE4HER. VALUE4HER is a continental initiative aimed at increasing incomes for women from agribusinesses through a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 August 2018 at 08:09

Food Fraud: Know about it and get a free assessment

Food fraud is the act of purposely altering, misrepresenting, mislabeling, substituting or tampering with any food product at any point along the farm–to–table food supply–chain. Fraud can occur in the raw material, in an ingredient, in the final product or in the food’s packaging.

Food Fraud is a growing concern and thats why Pwc and SSAFE have collaborated to release a food fraud vulnerability assessment that companies can use free of charge to help identify vulnerabilities and threat to the fraud. 

The free tool can be found HERE.


Uchakachuaji wa Chakula: Tambua ni nini

Uchakachuaji wa chakula ni kitendo cha kuongeza, kuweka label zisizosahihi, kubadilisha au kuweka vitu badala kwenye chakula au bidhaa ya chakula. Hali hii huweza kutokea kwenye mali ghafi, viungo au kwenye bidhaa ya mwisho au hata kwenye vifungashio.

Uchakachuaji huu ni wasiw

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Hance Richard Melchior Dear Hilda, Thank you for sharing.

4 months 1 week ago