AgriProFocus Rwanda

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

We offer:

Linking:

+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities

Learning:

+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs

Leadership:

+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

The 2017 factsheet can be found here or watch how our network members appreciate our linking, learning and leadership activities below:



oct
04

AFRICA AGRIBUSINESS INCUBATION CONFERENCE & EXPO 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  04 October 2017 - 09:00 to 06 October 2017 - 15:45
  Dakar, Senegal

The largest spectacle and business platform in African incubation, the Africa Agribusiness Conference and Expo 2017 is set for Dakar, Senegal for another 3 days of pure business from the 4th to 6th of October.

High on the agenda is the role of agribusiness incubation and thematic side-events addressing existing bottlenecks to job creation for more youth through agribusiness development in Africa with the guiding theme of “Youth Engagement in Agribusiness Trade and Investment.”

Like the inaugural edition launched by among others HE Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, the then African Union Commisioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, the second 5th October Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day will be hosted by the youth at the centre with all events tailor-made for the youth.

From 450 delegates in Nairobi, Kenya in 2015 to 900 in Accra Ghana 2016, this business boosting spectacle is calling for more seats to accommodate the demand come October 2017 in Dakar.


Read more: http://africaain.org/779-2/&nb

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sep
14

Coffee Technology Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  14 September 2017 - 09:00 to 16 September 2017 - 18:00
  Kampala, Uganda

In 2016, Brazafric Enterprises Limited [BEL], the leading supplier of coffee technologies in Africa together with the Africa Coffee Academy [ACA] – the leading business and technical supporter of the coffee value chain in Africa joined hands to host the first annual Coffee Technology Expo (CTE).

The general objective of the CTE is to create awareness and demand for coffee related technology and services along the value chain to the coffee stakeholders in Eastern Africa region by exhibiting, showcasing, and training visitors on an annual basis.

The 2nd Coffee Technology Expo will take place from 14-16 September 2017, at the Uganda Manufacturers Association [UMA] show grounds in Lugogo - UMA Multi-Purpose Hall. The theme of this year’s expo is “Building Resilience of the Small Holder Coffee Farmer through Improved Technology”.



Posted By in Publications
Posted yesterday at 12:05

Journal FINAGRI Niger 2017 disponible!!!

Chers membres, le réseau AgriProFocus Niger à le plaisir de partager avec vous le journal de la Deuxième édition de la foire sur le financement de l'agriculture au Niger, tenue du 16 au 17 mai 2017 à Niamey sous le Thème: Financement de l'agriculture "focus sur les jeunes entrepreneurs".

Télécharger le Journal:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 July 2017 at 04:29

2nd Annual Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day Challenge

Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 35? Do you have a passion for youth participation in the transformation of agribusiness in Africa?

Here is your chance to win sponsorship from the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and partners to represent the youth from your country at the 2017 edition of the  5th October “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” during the forthcoming 2017 Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo that will run from the 4th to the 6th of October in Dakar, Senegal.

How to participate

1. Get acquainted with the history of the “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” and the “Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo”. Do your homework on global business incubation, opportunities in ICT integration in agribusiness, AAIN core investment areas, the 2017 theme of the African Union, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 July 2017 at 12:29

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF EXTENSION SERVICES 

Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives. 

If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become. 

AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services. 

For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc

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Anne Marie Kortleve Sounds good Pascal MUR MURASIRA, are you in contact with Anatole Majyambere as well on this matter?  

1 day 13 hours ago

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

4 days 20 hours ago

Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

4 days 19 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 July 2017 at 07:16

Who Fed Kenya in June 2017. The Perspective of an African Woman Trader.

Maize meal continued to be a big topic of discussion in June 2017, and towards the end of the month Nairobi, started experiencing shortages of rice, a probable indication, that Kenyans were unwillingly consuming more rice than maize meal. In June 2017, Kenya was the Leading Net Importer (66,312MT), a 324% increase in comparison to May 2017 net import (20,449MT). Kenya imported (68,626MT) and exported (2,314MT). The leading imports were maize and beans, while wheat (2,194MT) was the leading export.


Uganda was the Leading Net Exporter (64,304MT) in June 2017 having exported (70,952MT) and imported (6,648MT). The leading exports were beans (34,096MT), a huge increase in comparison to May 2017 (9,803MT). Uganda exported beans to Kenya (30,552MT), to DRC (3,232MT), and to Tanzania (10MT). Uganda’s combined commodity exports were to Kenya (65,243MT), to Rwanda (2,326MT), and to DRC (3,232MT). Mai

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Dorina Prech Fostina Mani, many thanks for sharing these great insights on the food situation in the country. Interesting to note that there was increased demand for rice that Kenyans unwillingly resorted to in place of the maize meal. I think the recent food shortage situation called for the need to diversify our diets; as well as to explore climate smart ways to ensure abundant harvest rather than depending on rainfed agriculture as has always been the case. What do you think? 

5 days 21 hours ago

Fostina Mani Thanks for taking the time to read.  With regard to maize vs rice, considering the nature of work many Kenyans do, especially manual work, its fair to say that rice may not be as sustaining as a  meal like good old Ugali or Githeri.  With regard to rain-fed agriculture there are a lot of innovations out we just need to adopt and implement.

5 days 10 hours ago

CHARLES GUMIRA This is great information. 

3 days 21 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 02:07

Fall army worm

CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.

http://www.invasive-species.org/Uploads/InvasiveSpecies/FAW-inception-report.pdf

- http://www.cabi.org/projects/controlling-invasive-species/fall-armyworm/

For more information, contact

Dr Janny Vos

Strategic Partnerships Director

CABI

Email: j.vos@cabi.org

Visit us at: www.cabi.org

jul
20

Engaging Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  20 July 2017 to 12 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Online Discussion Forum: Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate  

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017 till August 12

The online discussion forum

The online discussion forum is to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month to commemorate World Youth Skills Day (July 15) and International Youth Day (August 12) and will culminate in a webinar to wrap up the online discussion and develop a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness. The discussions will be focused on the

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KICUKIRO URBAN FARM

Fresh vegetables and mushrooms supplied upon harvest and freely delivered. The farm proximity with hotels and restaurants in Kigali city will ensure that this is achieved.

This business aims to feel a gap; to produce high end food products for Hotels and restaurants in Kigali city. These food items will include mainly vegetables and mushrooms which most of the times are not grown in urban areas.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda

Posted 18 July 2017 at 10:20

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 18 July 2017 at 08:03

LE DG DE LA BAD-RÉGION AFRIQUE CENTRALE APELLE LA RDC À TRANSFORMER SES OPPORTUNITÉS AGRICOLES

La RDC a pour priorité de savoir comment placer le secteur agricole au centre du développement. Il est donc question de se pencher sur les opportunités agricoles de la RDC pour transformer l’économie nationale.

Pour plus d'information, cliquez sur ce lien.

http://www.lepotentielonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17164:le-dg-de-la-bad-region-afrique-centrale-apelle-la-rdc-a-transformer-ses-opportunites-agricoles&catid=87&Itemid=474

Akibodé Djodji Il est grand temps , nous devons passer à l'acte et donc arrêtons de parler de potentiel agricole. Le potentiel est là, et tout le monde le sait depuis des décennies. A l'instar du réseau AgriProFocus, nous devons faciliter la structuration et le renforcement des capacités des petits producteurs ,faciliter l'accès au crédits ,  aux intrants de qualité, et surtout l'accès au Marché. Bref les défis sont grands et sont autant d'opportunités . Il est toujours important de rappeler que sans la PAIX, pas de développement. Merci pour ce partage, et mes salutations aux producteurs de la grande RDC. On est ensemble

6 days 14 hours ago

Dan Arhagerwarwa Vous avez raison Djodji, il est temps de passer à l'acte et changer les choses.

5 days 16 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci mon cher Arhagerwarwa. Je veux aussi profiter de l'occasion pour partager ce magnifique doc avec nos chers membres et visiteurs de la plateforme .

Quel développement agricole pour la RDC - eraift www.eraift-rdc.org/index.php/telechargements/.../1-presentations?..    

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sep
04

Free online course: Inclusive Agribusiness - 2SCALE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2017 to 25 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.  

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creation a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

1 week 1 day ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 July 2017 at 10:25

A look in the life of a Gender in Value Chains Coach

Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's. 


Loes van Dijk Great to hear you talking about passion and a change in mindset, Knox Kalubi.  That is what matters!

1 week 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Thanks for sharing. The video is to see and review because it is full of learning

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 July 2017 at 12:43

Marketing Nutrition: Shaping businesses for better nutrition

Consumers shop for food and not for Nutrition. People choose foods based on appearance, taste, convenience and cost. Educating consumers around the importance of better, more nutritious foods can help them make better food choices- but education alone will not change behavior. It is essential that we work together to create and foster businesses that provide foods that are desirable, accessible, nutritious and safe.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 July 2017 at 11:01

Networking for success: forming new business contacts at the 8th Agribusiness Club meeting

On the 30th June,  65 people attended the business cocktail during the 8th Agribusiness Club meeting at City Blue Hotel - Kacyiru,  interacting and “networking”, a way to be updated on innovations & trends in the rwandan agribusiness sector and to be introduced to entrepreneurs, senior executives in various organisations, – government, NGOs, etc.

This AgriProFocus initiative which started more than 3 years ago

(1) Provides the Rwandan agribusiness practitioners with a platform to discuss, debate and learn about issues and opportunities along the different Rwandan agribusiness value-chains

(2) Provides agribusiness professionals an opportunity to expand professional connections and opportunities.

(3) increases agribusiness companies and practitioners’ visibility

During all these years, this networking cocktail has involved more than 300 professionals and entrepreneurs from va

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 July 2017 at 07:48

AgriTech mobile trading platform to aid sub-Saharan farmers

A Cambridge company aiming to lift sub-Saharan farmers out of poverty by creating a market for their surplus was one of two winners in Agri-Tech East’s GROW agri-tech business plan competition.

Farming Data’s mobile trading platform uses mobile money and SMS texting on a basic phone to allow smallholders and buyers to communicate and trade more effectively. Smallholders grow 50 per cent of the world’s food and 40 per cent of global food production relies on irrigation.

Dr Belinda Clarke (pictured), Director of Agri-Tech East, said that the entries this year were looking at global challenges: “Smart water use, enhancing data available for decision support and improving profitability by finding markets for edible waste were strong themes among the entries this year. Many were looking for partners and investors for pilot studies and this is where the agri-tech cluster in the east of England is particularly strong.“

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Bakary DIARRA Thanks for the information, can you give me more details?

1 week 6 days ago

Akibodé Djodji My dear mister Diarra, for more informations, just folow this link   http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/news/agriculture/agritech-mobile-trading-platform-aid-sub-saharan-farmers

1 week 6 days ago

Bakary DIARRA Ok good Mr Akibodé Djodji

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 July 2017 at 01:47

Poultry Trade Mission to Rwanda and Uganda

(Message from Daphne Meijer-Willems | Program Manager Agribusiness at NABC)

Dear all,

Hereby I would like to inform you about the upcoming Poultry Africa 2017 Expo and Leadership Conference in Kigali. This expo will take place on 4 and 5 October 2017. During the same week NABC will organize a trade mission to Uganda and Rwanda from 1 - 6 October.


We would be pleased to see you at the expo and leadership conference and do not hesitate to invite contacts in the poultry sector. This will be the ideal place for them to meet Dutch companies (already 16 companies subscribed for the trade mission) and in total 70 exhibitors will be at the expo.


We hope to welcome you all at the Poultry Africa in Kigali and please let me know if you are willing to attend.
We will also organize a matchmaking session during the expo, so poultry farms/companies interested are welcome to subscribe via the attached form.


Thank you in advance.


With kind regards, 


Daphne Meijer

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 11 July 2017 at 08:05

Euromena Awards 2017

C'est un concours organisé par Euromena Consulting pour récompenser l’innovation africaine. Une opportunité de levée de fonds pour les starts-up ( 10 000€ à partager pour les 3 premiers lauréats), une opportunité de renforcer ses capacités ( accompagnement personnalisé des équipes Euromena durant 6 mois pour le vainqueur).

CRITÈRES D'ÉLIGIBILITÉ :

* Etre une start-up implantée en Afrique;

* Avoir un projet défini, déjà opérationnel ou en cours de lancement à caractère innovant et offrant un bénéfice à la société africaine.

DÉLAI DE FIN DE DÉPÔT DES CANDIDATURES : 22 OCTOBRE 2017


Vous trouverez toutes les informations concernant les Awards ainsi que la procédure d’inscription sur le site internet : https://euromenaconsulting.com/euromena-awards-2/?lang=fr

Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage , une belle opportunité pour les entrepreneurs.

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 July 2017 at 12:42

Here is a great Virtual Incubation site for Startups! 

Are you an early stage entrepreneur in Africa?

Would you like help with your business model?

Do you want to be connected to mentors to support your business?

Would you like to be informed of upcoming activities, opportunities for funding, and service providers?

If so, sign up to StartupWave! It’s free for entrepreneurs. Get your dream business started today!

StartupWave is Intellecap’s free virtual online platform that supports early stage entrepreneurs with one-on-one feedback to validate their business models and better prepare them for incubation and acceleration programs.

Register here


If you have any questions, get in touch with Victor Esendi by sending an email to kenya@agriprofocus.com