Mahder Akalu

Marketing and Communications Facilitator

Addis ababa, Ethiopia

About Me

I am passionate about Research, Gender equality and Communications. Trained in Folklore (Cultural Studies) and Linguistics. I am experienced in ethnography, research, organizing events, language and related areas.

Skills and Expertise


Interests


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 May 2018 at 01:21

The 2nd Newsletter of 2018!

Do you know about the 23 June 2018 big event? As there are many Ethiopian Wageningen University alumni, the University asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in support of the Netherlands Embassy (EKN) and BENEFIT-Partnership, to organize a 100-year Celebration in Ethiopia around the theme "Access to healthy food in African mega cities" on June 23.

Do you want to participate on this big event? Or Are you looking for Job opportunities?

PLEASE READ THE 2nd NEWSLETTER OF 2018, WE HOPE THIS WILL HELP YOU TO KEEP UP TO DATE ON OUR LATEST NEWS.

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31

Business Drinks!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  31 May 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Bole Road Addis Ababa

You are invited for the 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks!


Dear Members and Partners,

We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday May 31st at Black Rose Lounge (Inside Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experien

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 May 2018 at 12:13

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. Click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

Nuru International Ethiopia

Agriculture Extension & Rural Livelihoods Program Manager (May 17, 2018)

Agri Service Ethiopia (ASE)

Value Chain and IGA Extension Expert (May 18, 2018)

Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG)

Internship for Agricultural fields of studies and Agribusiness Companies (Jun 6, 2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 May 2018 at 10:05

Brief moment with Mahder Admasu

"AgriProFocus Ethiopia platform is the best place for networking"

Could you please introduce yourself and Maheder Food Processing to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

I am Mahder and the manager of Maheder food Processing. Maheder food Processing produces Ethiopian traditional foods and drinks which include packaged products and Order based products. The packaged products are packed and available any time sales outlet of the organization. The main products include Shiro, Berebere, Mitimita, Beso, various spices powder and ketchup and mayonnaise, while the Ordered based Products are readymade stew & sauces (Doro or Chicken) Beef, Miser (lentil stew), Tej, Tella, and providing catering services. All products have high quality in terms of purity (raw material), taste and cleanness.

Could you share the big achievement of Maheder Food Processing in Ethiopia?

Maheder foods received so many awards from different organizations: we have four recognition c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 April 2018 at 12:04

Join the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Platform! 

In 2018 many exiting activities will take place, where we can partner up: like the Wageningen University Alumni Day with Netherlands Embassy in Ethiopia and the Hawassa University Food Conference. See more: 


TOLOSA ZEWDIE  it nice to me join agrifocus 2My name is Dr.Tolosa zewdie  I'm veteerinarian ,just i want to participate in this conferences

1 month 18 hours ago

Mahder Akalu Dear Tolosa Zewde, Thank you for showing interest to participate on the conference. I kindly recommend you to complete your profile and to use the link for the detail information.  Kind regards, https://agriprofocus.com/post/5ad728da26b72a0916310710

4 weeks 1 day ago

Janine Schoeman Hey Mahder, the link doesn't seem to work, can you add again? Thanks! Kind Regards Janine

4 weeks 16 hours ago

Mahder Akalu Hello Janine, thanks for your comment: it is working for me. The link is for  'Feeding the Mega Cities of Africa' which tells the 23 June 2018 full day event.  Kind regards, Mahder

3 weeks 6 days ago

Anteneh Wondimu DearMahder, I want to join the platform because i was worked USAID urban agriculture project for HIV/AIDS affected womens and children to assist nutrition gaps. i have a grass root experience so, i will work together we.Kind regards,Anteneh

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 April 2018 at 06:38

Improved market relations for youth and women agripreneurs – A blog series on the importance of relational capacity strengthening in local agribusiness partnerships

In March 2017, 2SCALE consortium partner ICRA organised a review and capitalization workshop. ICRA agribusiness trainers, who have been training and coaching supply chain actors in the 2SCALE programme for several years, came together from Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. The objective was to collectively reflect and draw lessons from their work. The gathering included a write-shop to translate these lessons into stories. This resulted in a booklet of 15 stories illustrating the importance of strengthening functional capacities, i.e. relational and organisational “soft skills” that make local actors function better in their value chain as agribusiness partners. Each blog in this 6-weeks series showcases two stories from this booklet and highlights how the stories address a specific theme in agribusiness development. This week f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 April 2018 at 12:01

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. Click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI) Ethiopia

Value Chain expert (1) - (Apr 20, 2018)

Senior Agricultural Expert (1) - (Apr 20, 2018)

Cooperative and development expert and assistant project manager - (Apr 20, 2018)


Desa Plants Plc.

Production Manager – (Apr 20, 2018)


Green Way Farms PLC

Farm Production Officer – (Apr 17,2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 March 2018 at 09:56

Launch of ENTAG Internship Program during Business Drinks!
March 22nd, 2018

In the extended pitch of the evening, Martin Koper, Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands in Ethiopia launched the second round of the Dutch-funded Internship Program. This program covers the costs for recent graduates from agriculture related studies to work in companies and organizations in the agriculture field in Ethiopia for four months. Companies can register to become involved online or by telephone, and perspective interns must register online. Selection of interns for companies can either be done by ENTAG, or companies can find their own interns for the program to support.

This internship program builds on the successful experience of a previous internship program which engaged 373 interns, after which between 50 and 60 percent were employed. “Things basically can’t go wrong!” Martin Koper explained.

Gertjan Becx, the project manager of ENTAG the organization which is executing the internship progra

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 March 2018 at 10:52

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

SNV

Consultancy for Producing Learning Briefs in Ethiopian Agribusiness Impact Investment Challenges - (March 30, 2018)


International Rescue Committee - IRC

Natural Resources Management (NRM) Officer (March 31, 2018)


CARE Ethiopia

Specialist - Monitoring and Evaluation (Mar 31, 2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 March 2018 at 07:20

The first Newsletter of 2018!

In this first newsletter of 2018, we would like to share important updates and opportunities emerging from our network. These updates are meant to increase linking, learning and leadership between our members.

Please read the first newsletter of 2018, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on our latest news.

Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 21 March 2018 at 07:18

Agroecology

Agroecology is an umbrella term for many different practices that have the systems approach in common.

All agroecological practices contribute to a more resilient, coherent and cyclic system for effective use of soil and water, nutrients, seeds, plants, animals, sun, rain, temperature and organic matter. The core of agroecology has to do with increasing capacity for location specificity in practices that influence local agroecological systems.

Climate resilience and circular economy are important issues in agroecology.

In 2018, network members seek to promote integration for sustainable agriculture in the following areas:

- Integrated soil fertility management

- Integrated pest management

- Agrobiodiversity

- Institutional integration

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 March 2018 at 10:58

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA)

Manager, MoANR Delivery Unit -(March 25, 2018)


ACTION AGAINST HUNGER

Food Security and livelihood Program Manager – (March 28, 2018)


Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)

Ethiopia Project Manager (March 31, 2018)

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Business Drinks: 2nd of 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 March 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Bole, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: 2nd of 2018

DEAR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS,

We are pleased to announce the second Business Drinks of 2018, which will be held on Thursday January 22nd at Black Rose Lounge (upstairs from Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

You are cordially invited to participate. Please confirm your attendance using this LINK (If the link is not working, you can confirm via email makalu@agriprofocus.com). *Please note, people who do not register/confirm will not be able to attend. There are limited spaces for this event, so registration is mandatory for participation.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 March 2018 at 10:26

Brief moment with

Mahalet Zewdineh, PUM Country Representative 

"The AgriProFocus network is an ideal platform to disseminate PUMs program to SMEs"

Could you introduce yourself and PUM to the AgriProFocus network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Mahalet Zewdineh, one of the local PUM Representatives in Ethiopia. PUM is a non-profit organization that is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main objective of PUM is to provide technical assistance to SMEs in developing countries. It has been doing this for 40 years now and has assisted more than 40,000 organizations worldwide.

Could you share the big achievements of PUM in Ethiopia?

PUM believes that capital Investment alone is not sufficient for companies to become competitive. Expert know-how is a very necessary ingredient in order to improve their operations and compete in today's global market place. Technical Assistance is provided through PUM Experts that have more than 30 years of experience in the

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Wim Goris thanks for highlighting the PUM rep in Ethiopia. I recommend they create their own profile on the Ethiopia pages with their contact details for easy reference. 

2 months 1 week ago

Richard James Onyai I need vetiver grass

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 March 2018 at 12:08

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

PROGRAM OFFICER MICROFINANCE

(Deadline Thursday 22nd March, 2018 17:00 hours EAT)

Organization profile

Inter-church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO Cooperation) is an international non-governmental organization working towards a world in which people can live with dignity and well-being, a world without poverty and injustice. Our core values are justice, compassion and stewardship.

ICCO Cooperation has four thematic focus areas including;

· Economic Empowerment

· Food Security and Sustainable Consumption

· Responsible Business and

· Humanitarian Aid.

To strengthen its operation, ICCO would like to invite qualified applicants for the position of Program Officer Microfinance for Ethiopia Country Office.

Job Title: Program Officer Microfinance


For the detail information please find the attached PDF. 


Alem Greiling Thanks a lot Mahder.

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 March 2018 at 02:29

SECOND INTERNATIONAL AGRO-INDUSTRY INVESTMENT FORUM

                                                                              5 TO 8 MARCH 2018 ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

AGRO-PROCESSING – AN EPICENTER FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE ETHIOPIAN ECONOMY

The SECOND INTERNATIONAL AGRO-INDUSTRY INVESTMENT FORUM is organized by Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) from 5 to 8 March 2018.

The investment forum aims to mobilize additional private investment in light manufacturing, with a particular focus on agro-processing, textiles and garments, and leather and leather products, as well as allied sectors such as packaging and renewable energy. To ensure synergies between private and public investments as well as development programs, representative

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Edwin Kamau @mahder.akalu. Many thanks for sharing this information on this Forum. Kudos to your government too for this great intiative on the agro-industry forum. With regard to the 24Hr composting machine, this is a versatile technology that enables us convert organic food and animal waste (which contaminates the environment) into a resource that helps increase soil water holding capacity, microbial bio-diversity, plant root development while increasing crop quality production, as the compost is rich in plant nutrients, both macro and micro-nutrients. It also shortens the composting time, reduces the space required for composting and guarantees you quality compost. Thus, a tool for our farmers to increase crop productivity. For moreinformation visit our website www.ecoholdingslimited.com or contact me on email- edkamau@ecoholdingslimited.com. Thank you

2 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 March 2018 at 11:45

ENTAG Poultry Platform Meeting entitled “Poultry Research Towards the Expansion of Private Sector Investment”

The Ethiopia – Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) will held its Sixth poultry sub sector platform meeting which will be focusing on poultry research toward expansion of private investment Ethiopia.

This is therefore to warmly invite you to participant the Sixth Poultry Platform meeting to be held on Tuesday March 20, 2018 in Addis Ababa at Azzeman hotel. This poultry platform meeting is organized by Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) program in collaboration with Ethiopian Poultry Producers and Processors Association (EPPPA).  

The theme of the forthcoming meeting will be:

- Presentation and panel discussion on poultry research in Ethiopia for the development of private poultry sector

- Importation of poultry products

Expected value addition in the processing of poultry product which is believed to be an interested are

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 February 2018 at 10:05

Co-creation, research uptake and nutrition-sensitive value chains

Results of the third ARF international workshop in Ethiopia

How do we ensure that practitioners and researchers in a consortium exchange and create knowledge together? How do we stimulate that research is taken up by a wider community of stakeholders? And how do we improve attention to nutritional enhancements within food security work? 

These were the key questions during the third international workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), that took place from February 13 to 16, 2018, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop was organized by NWO-WOTRO and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), in collaboration with AgriProFocus and IFPRI Ethiopia.


Fifteen projects from the third ARF call came together to learn and exchange on the topics of co-creation and research uptake. Additionally, on the last day, to translate lessons into practice, a public seminar took place. The ARF project members were joine

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 February 2018 at 12:12

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from different organizations. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. Click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

ETHIOPIAN AGRICULTURAL TRANSFORMATION AGENCY (ATA)

Junior project Officer II – Analytical and program Management Support, CEO Office (Feb 11)

Program Manager– Analytical and Program Management, CEO Office (Feb 11)

Ethiopian Commodity Exchange

Sampling Inspector (Feb 9)

Supervisor, Quality Operations (Feb 9)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Senior Regional Advisor (Feb 15)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 January 2018 at 03:36

Innovative pitches during 1st edition Business Drinks of 2018!

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) are organizing bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity for members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.

For the first Business Drinks of 2018, over 65 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches. The program started by introducing the new AgriProFocus Ethiopia Team and a brief explanation about ENTAG by Auke Boere, Interim Deputy-Manager.

Extended Pitch

Our guest for the event was Mr. Addis Teshome, IFDC Ethiopia Country Representative, Agribusiness portfolio leader & Industry team leader. The 2SCALE program (Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribu

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