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


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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 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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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

4 days 10 hours ago

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

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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.

1 month 1 week 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

1 month 6 days ago

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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.

1 month 3 weeks ago

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

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Hance Richard Melchior Dear Hilda, Thank you for sharing.

1 month 1 week 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.

2 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 August 2018 at 07:29

Call for Proposal: Mobilising more finance for climate action

Do you have an idea for climate mitigation or adaptation in Tanzania that has the potential to attract private investors? Join the Mobilising More (MoMo) Challenge and submit your idea before August 31st. The best proposal will win € 25,000 to further develop their business case.

How it works

  • Do you have an idea how to involve the private sector in climate adaptation or mitigation in Tanzania?
  • Go to the website www.momo4climate.org to submit your idea
  • The MoMo Panel, consisting of financial experts, will assess your business case to determine its viability and the potential to mobilise private investments
  • Late 2018 the best ideas will be presented in Tanzania for a live audience of investors that will select the winning proposal
  • The winner will receive a € 25.000 price to strengthen and scale up their business case, with the support of the MoMo Panel
  • Deadline for submitting proposals is 31st of August

About MoMo Challenge

MoMo is

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Solar Power Tanzania Expo 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  27 September 2018 to 29 September 2018 - All Day Event
  JNICC, Dar Es Salaam

Mikono Expo group invites the public to participate in the Solar Power Tanzania Expo 2018 which is the global platform that aims to connect International Companies to showcase their products and services with the developing market of Tanzania & other East African Countries. Exhibitors from over 12 countries are participating at this event while visitors will attend from the entire East African countries.

See more information HERE or call +255717109362

Register Here to participate at this event.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 August 2018 at 10:15


Solidaridad Network is an international civil society organization, present in 37 countries, that focuses on sustainable supply chains and poverty alleviation through inclusive economies.

We focus on the development of value chains of global importance where changes have significant impact: coffee, tea, cocoa, fruits & vegetables, textiles, cotton, soy, palm oil, sugarcane, gold and livestock. Solidaridad Tanzania is currently implementing initiatives in the Coffee, Gold, Landscapes, fruit & vegetables, Livestock & Dairy Sectors.

Our mission is to bring together supply chain actors and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all stakeholders. We strive to accelerate innovation through interventions in Land Use, ICT, Gender Inclusivity and Impact Investment.

Solidaridad East Africa has its headquarters in Nairobi – Kenya, with country offic

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 August 2018 at 05:30

Call for proposal:SAGCOT Investment Project Matching Grant Fund 

SAGCOT Investment Project (SIP) aims to increase the integration of smallholder farmers into competitive agribusiness value chains to help create the opportunity for technology acquisition, productivity improvement and income growth of farmers.

As part of the process of strengthening smallholder business linkages, the SAGCOT Catalytic Trust Fund invites concept notes from agribusinesses in Tanzania for a financial grant to support innovative strategies to generate agricultural growth and poverty alleviation, through building successful partnership between smallholder communities and agribusiness investors in the SAGCOT Region. 

The Matching Grants Fund (MGF) is a USD 40 Million fund, with a USD 5 million management contract between the SCTF and KPMG, for KPMG- Tanzania to manage the MGF.

If you are interested in this funding opportunity please visit the SAGCOT Catalytic Trust Fund for more information.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 August 2018 at 10:06


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 85 Universities in 35 African countries is pleased to announce the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) whose overall purpose is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas among African youth. RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs and incubates to compete for 20 awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. Download the Call [English] [French] , and Application Form [English] [French]

Deadline for submissions is 31st August, 2018.

More information can be found HERE

Mahder Akalu Thanks for sharing Hilda Okoth, it's great opportunity! 

3 months 1 week ago

Isaya Japhet Thanks Hilda for caring

3 months 10 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:33

Stay Tuned for Tanzania Youth in AgriBusiness Forum 2018

The youth working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania is planning and organizing a youth forum in 2018. We aim to make it bigger and better so come join us! 

1.Are you working with Youth in Agribusiness and want to meet like minded individuals and organizations?

2. Do you offer services to young agri prenuers?

3.Are you a young agriprenuer that wants to showcase your products and services to a wider community?

4. Are you an inspiring young agriprenuer that wants to learn more on how to engage in different agriculture value chains?

If you are one of the above we would like to hear from you on some of the issues that you would like to raise concerning youth in agriculture value chains. How can we better involve youth? 

Join in the discussion by posting your comments below. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you.


Kaa Tayari kwa ajili ya Baraza la Vijana kwenye Kilimo Biashara 2018

Kikundi kazi cha Vijana chini ya Mtandao wa

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andrea exavery Habari,sisi vijana wengi taarifa kama hizi haziwafikii watu wengi sana hasa vijana wa vijijini wanao lima sana na kujihusisha na kilimo endapo watafahamu majukwaa kama haya ya vijana na jupatiwa elimu vijana tutafika mbali mfano sisi vijana wa shinyanga kilimo kinapatikana huku na watu wanlima sana ila sio cha kisasa.Jambo lingine taasisi nyingi zinazojihusisha na kilimo zikilimaliza tu kufanya semina au utafiti hawaludu kuendelea kufanya kazi na vijana hili ni tatizo kubwa sana hapa nchini tunaomba majukwaa kama haya mji hata mara moja kufanyia kufanyia mkoa wa shinyanga na waalike vijana wa wilaya zote sio kuwa zinafanyikia jijini.

4 months 14 hours ago

Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari Hilda,hili baraza litafanyika wapi

4 months 9 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Thank you all for your contributions. Juma Bruno Ngomuo thank you for your commitment. We hope to collectively contribute towards this agenda. Ally Michael your opinion is very valid and we have started working on it. I hope you did receive our latest newsletter that is both in English and Swahili. At AgriProFocus we have seen that it is important to also include those that would prefer or can only use Swahili so we are also trying as much as we can to also post in Swahili. On your second point I would invite you to join us during the roadshow so we can co create together and your idea can be heard and incorporated to the bigger plan of TYIAF.

4 months 8 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Andrea exavery asante sana kwa ushauri wako. Tutalifanyia  kazi. Mpango wetu nikufikia vijana wengi zaidi. Kwa hio tutaliweka wazo lako kwenye mipango yetu na tutawafahamisha jinsi gani tutafanya. 

4 months 8 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari yangu nzuri. Baraza litafanyika Dar. Tupo kwenye hatua  za awali za maandalizi wa baraza hili. Tutawapatia tariff tukishakamilisha.

4 months 8 hours ago


Nane Nane Trade Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  01 August 2018 to 10 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Lindi, Dodoma, Mbeya

The Nane Nane (Eight Eight) Exhibitions are the largest agricultural event in Tanzania. From the 1st onwards, events are organized throughout Tanzania, culminating in the Tanzania Farmers Day on the 8th. As these are regionally organized, the different fairs in the different locations are representations of the locally dominant industries. The national exhibition will this year be held in the Simiyu Region.


Maonesho ya nane nane ni maonesho makubwa ya kilimo nchini Tanzania. Maonesho haya huanza tarehe 01 hadi 10 kwenye mikoa mbalimbali na kilele hake hufanyika tarihe 8. Mwaka huu maonesho ya kitaifa yatafanyikia mkoani Simuyu 


Meru Farmers Fair 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  01 November 2018 to 03 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Kikatiti, Arusha

Meru Farmers Fair organized by a Farmers led platform JUWAME, ACT, Fert and AgriProFocus Tanzania will take place in November from 1st to 3rd. This edition of the fair will provide a platform for farmers and various service providers to meet learn and establish business linkages aimed at increasing the productivity of agriculture in Meru District.

The theme is: Sustainable Agriculture for the development of Industries.

Why should you participate:

1. Learn more about existing and new technologies for sustainable agriculture

2. Meet and network with like minded individual in the sub sectors of Horticulture, Cereals and pulses, Livestock and dairy, and Coffee

3. Showcase your products and services to the public in Meru and its surroundings

Find the program HERE


Maonesho ya wakulima Meru yanaandaliwa na jukwaa la wakulima wa Meru (JUWAME), ACT, Fert na mtandao wa AgriProFocus Tanzania. Maonesho haya yatafanyika kuanzia tarehe 1-3 Novemba 2018.

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