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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 hours ago

First Special Business Drinks in Hawassa

For this special Agro-Industry & Nutrition Business Drinks, 70 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches and open-space networking. This event unique was special because it was the first time a Business Drinks was held out of Addis Ababa. Additionally, several of the participants were academicians and agro-industry experts participating in the International Nutrition and Agro-Industry Conference organized by Hawassa University.

The first pitch was made by Betelhem Lakew, from BeNu Manufacturing: a start-up company working on nutrition & healthy products. Their product is designed to be a high-protein, nutritious biscuit to address both under & over nutrition. According to Betelhem, their socially responsible business model of “buy one give one” is designed such that the company will give one biscuit for free to a child suffering from under nutrition for every biscuit you buy.

The second pitch made by Abinet Tekle from NEED Nutritiona

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 August 2018 at 10:01

INTERNATIONAL NUTRITION AND FOOD INDUSTRIES CONFERENCE

“Partnership for Food/Nutrition Training and Sustainable Development” hosted by Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition, Hawassa University.

16-18 August 2018

Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia

The objectives of this conference: -

- To create forum for networking opportunities

- To prioritize areas of partnership

- To share experiences and success stories

- To acknowledge organizations that support Hawassa University

- To get feedback about Hawassa University graduates and labor market

- To experience hosting international forums

Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition (ACEN) was launched in 2015 at School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University. Its major successes to date: -

- Produced manpower in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology

- Hosted two National Nutrition Conferences

- Laid a foundation for Human Nutrition program in other sister universities in Ethiopia

- Made a success

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 August 2018 at 11:32

The REACT SSA Ethiopia competition is now open to private sector enterprises

The SME-Award aims at identifying a number of companies out of specified sectors (garment and textile, agro-processing, leather and shoes, renewable energies) that have the potential to become partnership-ready by receiving an advisory service from a professional consultancy. Tackled shall be jointly identified challenges that hinder them to acquire partners. Additionally the initiative works together with a certain number of investors and donor-programmes in order to assist the selected companies to be matched to potential partners. 

For the detail please find the attached PDF file.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 August 2018 at 12:49

Did you see our latest newsletter?

We are so happy to share our latest Newsletter with you. If you didn’t get it yet: sign up HERE to make sure you never miss the next newsletter and new updates! 

CHECK OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 August 2018 at 02:09

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO COOPERATION). 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!!

Business Development Field Officers (August 10, 2018)

Livelihood Program Officer (August 10, 2018)

Agricultural Finance Field Officers (August 10, 2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 31 July 2018 at 11:34

What happened during the 4th Business Drinks of 2018?

On this last Thursday’s event 60 members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Mr. Misteru Tesfaye (EIAR) pointed out that in Ethiopia most of the oil products that imported from foreign countries are low in quality and has excess amount of fat content, which is not advisable for human healthy that can cause different health related problems such as cancer, cholesterol and heart disease which eventually results to death.

Mr. Mesteru is looking forward to work with anyone who is interested in his idea for creating healthy product for the community at all.

Mr. Jiregna Tadese :- An Environmentalist and Human Right Activist from Top River Project at Ginfile, who works in the rehabilitation an

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Polivios Valendis Would appreciate if you could include contact information of the presenters in your future summaries of Business Drinks events.  Thank you. Polivios

1 week 4 days ago

Mahder Akalu Dear Polivios Valendis, thank you for your suggestion: we always do post their contact addresses, when it is needed. 

1 week 4 days ago

Polivios Valendis When is it needed? Those who do their presentations, do it to in order to come into contact with any interested party.

1 week 4 days ago

Mahder Akalu Thank you for your concern. Yes, we put their contacts when it is needed and when the presenters allow as to do so.  

1 week 4 days ago

Eskender Mulugeta hello Mahder, i was happy to participate in  i think you forgot me to mentioned  i am ready to shear my African Agriculture experiences

1 week 14 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 July 2018 at 11:25

Job Opportunities for Business Advisers

Agriterra is looking for people who are entrepreneurial, focused on performance, clients and results, and able to work in a team.

Category: Business and Administration, Economics, Management

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: As per the organization scale

Deadline: Aug 19, 2018

Read more: https://www.ethiojobs.net/display-job/174773/Business-Advisor.html

Eskender Mulugeta Thanks Meskerem Nisette  Ritmeester for encourage me

3 weeks 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 July 2018 at 10:30

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO COOPERATION). 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!!

Agricultural Finance Field Officers (July 31, 2018)

Livelihood Program Officer (July 31, 2018)


Business Development Field Officers (July 31, 2018)


Value Chain Development Field Officer (July 31, 2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 07:26

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  


A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 July 2018 at 12:28

We all want a better future

A Brief Moment: with Selam Wendimu

 Could you please introduce yourself and Grohydro to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Selam Wendimu and I am CEO of Grohydro. Global population is projected to increase 65 percent by 2050, and two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Almost all of the increased urbanization, 90 percent, will be in Asia and Africa. With population and income growth, land and water resources become more and more scarce and the fight to grow more with less is real. Grohydro started with a vision to grow more food without needing more land and with much less water. How?

We design, manufacture, install, and maintain low-cost, easy-to-use, hydroponic growing systems for both small-scale and commercial farmers, rural and urban farmers. Our systems are vertical shelf structures that enable farmers to grow dramatically more output using only water and added nutrients. Our hydroponic systems, adapted to fodder a

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Ayikobua Peace Hydroponics is indeed a growing agribusiness given the increasing land shortage and demand for horticultural crop especially in urban areas. It would be nice to be part of it indeed !

1 month 1 day ago

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26

Business Drinks!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  26 July 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

You are invited for the 4th of 2018 Business Drinks!

Dear Members and Partners,

We are pleased to announce the fourth Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday July 26th 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 experie

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2018 at 11:59

Potato Value Chain & Hybrid Potato Seed Workshop in Ethiopia

This workshop initiated by 2 researchers from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Utrecht University (UU) in cooperation with ENTAG BENEFIT- Partnership, the WUR project office in Ethiopia. The role of AgriProFocus Ethiopia network was to assist the facilitation of the workshop as part of its network building activities within the AgroFood Sector and with the SPCC Programme. 

Please find the full report of the Half-Day Workshop - Hybrid Potato Seeds in Ethiopia.  


Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 July 2018 at 09:35

Addis Ababa grabs attention in global dialogue on accessing healthy food in Africa’s cities

Wageningen University Alumni Day reveals the strong Ethio-Netherlands collaboration to increase sustainable food and nutrition security in Ethiopia.

On the occasion of its 100th birthday (1918-2018), the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands invited its alumni around the world to organize a Worldwide Alumni Day. With the support of Ethiopian WUR alumni, The Netherlands Embassy and the WUR-‘Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership’, the AgriProFocus Network in Ethiopia organized this Alumni Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 at ILRI, Addis Ababa. Since WUR has proven to be unique in understanding the entire food chain, the central theme of the Alumni Day was “Access to Healthy Food in Mega Cities’.

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MBONIHANKUYE Ferdinand c' est intéressant!!

1 month 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 June 2018 at 09:14

Cross cultural integration boosts the quality and scalability of a business

A Brief moment: with young entrepreneur Leyat Ali

Could you please introduce yourself and Fayalo Technology to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Leyat Ali, co-founder and CEO of Fayalo technology. Currently, I am also serving as the president of Agora Speakers Club, a non-profit organization that is devoted to develop people’s leadership and public speaking skills. Fayalo technology was formed on February 2018. It is a startup with a vision to become the biggest mobile enabled animal advisory and support service provider in Ethiopia.

Could you share the big achievements of Fayalo Technology in Ethiopia?

Our startup provides the first in Ethiopia service of a multi-lingual mobile advisory referral service that connects animal owners with qualified professionals according to language, specialty and proximity preferences.

How difficult is it to be a successful entrepreneur in Ethiopia?

Being a successful entrepren

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 June 2018 at 09:39

Meet Young Entrepreneurs

The 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity to 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 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks, over 40 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches. Among other things, what makes this event unique was that the number of participants who are young entrepreneurs was higher.

ADHENO is a non-profit, non-governmental grassroots organization established in 2002 and re-registered in 2009 as an Ethiopian Charity Organization. The purpose of this organization is to contribute towards alleviation of poverty and improving t

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Alemnew Kassegne It was enjoyable and informative event. I learned a lot of things in a short time. I thank the organizers. It could be a habit to motivate and initiate conditions for networking. I believe that such types of events will create motivated and all rounded individuals that can play their part for the betterment of the country. This is one of the gaps in developing counties: unable to connect the needy. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Mahder Akalu Thank you Alemnew, for attending the 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks and the idea that you shared for the participants. 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 May 2018 at 07:03

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from two 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!!

Green Way Farms PLC

Senior Admin & HR Officer (Jun 7, 2018) 

Finance & Admin Manager (Jun 5, 2018)

NRC (Norwegian Refugee Council)

Livelihood and Food Security Project Officer (National Position) two (Jun 6, 2018)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 01:42

Stakeholder Workshop on Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is participating in the Official Inauguration of the Soil Health and Fertility Strategy Document and to jointly plan implementation together with regional governments on 29-30 May 2018 at Rift valley Hotel, Adama.

HE Dr. Kaba Urgessa on behalf of the new Minister of Agriculture, H.E. Ato Shiferaw Shigute introduced the workshop and new published strategy. In line with CRGE and the importance of the agricultural sector in the development of Ethiopia, a soil strategy has been developed, with interests of improving productivity as well as conserving soil and water conservation.

Introduction of Ethiopian soil strategy to regional governments and soliciting feedback, official inaugurate the strategy and layout the roadmap for the implementation are the main objectives of the workshop.

The Ministry of Agriculture and especially the Soil Fertility Directorate are inaugurating the finalized Soil

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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.

Alemnew Kassegne Great opportunity for actors of the field to network and share valuable experiences.

2 months 2 weeks ago

may
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

... Read more


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)