AgriProFocus Tanzania

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.

AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.

Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.

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.

New Strategy 

Find out more about our new strategy 2018 - 2022 HERE 

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 July 2018 at 03:06

Evaluator concludes: SNV’s youth employment approach works.

Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?

Find more details here


Course: Integr. Pest Mgmt. & Food Safety

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  03 June 2019 to 21 June 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Public and private standards for pesticide residues have become stricter than ever before. Pesticide residues exceeding the maximum residue limits can hamper trade between upcoming economies and the EU. Implementation of Integrated Pest Management is necessary to minimize pesticide applications. But while there are plentiful technical solutions, the application of Integrated Pest Management is still a struggle for many farmers.

The course is aimed at creating mechanisms that will support Integrated Pest Management though looking at pesticides-related policies, the role of the various stakeholders and innovative (technical) solutions. Participants will enhance their ability to identify and solve problems in Integrated Pest Management and food safety. It entails a mix of lectures, discussions, group work, excursions and fieldwork. Meeting colleagues from other countries with similar interests leads to mutual learning.

Date: 03 - 21 June 2019

Registration deadline – general: 22 April 2019

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Course: Integrated Seed Sector Developm.

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Integrated seed sector development (ISSD) is an approach aiming to increase farmers’ access to quality seed through the development of market-oriented, pluralistic and vibrant seed sectors. In this course participants learn how to design demand driven interventions tailored to specific crops, value chains and seed systems.

In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the capabilities to translate the ISSD concept into strategies for making seed programmes and policies that seek enhancement by connecting to present practices. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organisations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.

Date: 06 - 24 May 2019

Registration deadline – general: 25 March 2019

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 19 July 2018 at 10:40

Tanzania Zambia Railway

Tanzania and Zambia are planning a law review to accommodate private investors in the running of their joint railway company, Tazara.

Tazara, which runs from Dar es Salaam to Kapiri-Mposhi in Zambia, was built in the 1970s with Chinese aid. However it has suffered a cash crunch in recent times, bringing it almost to a halt. Dar es Salaam said a review of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority Act would allow private investors to buy shares in the railway and help boost efficiency.

“We are eager to improve operations so as to boost trade between Tanzania and Zambia, the Great Lakes region and Southern Africa,” said deputy Minister for Works, Transport and Communications Atashasta Nditiye.

In 2016, Tanzania, Zambia and China unveiled a plan to extend the railway to the planned Bagamoyo port — some 75km from Dar es Salaam.

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Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:55

High-tech packaging means less food waste

Rabobank, 19 April 2018

New types of packaging can extend the shelf life of produce, helping to combat food waste. Wageningen University & Research is one of the bodies worldwide testing prototypes to see what works best.

How can we reduce food waste through packaging? It’s a question research centers around the world are focused on. The answer is not straightforward, says Dr. Jenneke Heising, who specializes in smart packaging that monitors food quality.

Different packaging materials affect the quality of food differently, she explains. “At Wageningen we are conducting research into new solutions with extra features, like active and intelligent packaging.”

Active packaging: extra protection

Heising: “Active packaging protects food by reducing negative factors. For example, oxygen in the air affects the quality of many products. You can embed oxygen scavengers into the packaging material. These scavengers ensure the oxygen level inside th

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:46

Oikocredit outperforms sector in microfinance outreach to women

Press release Oikocredit - 12 July 2018

Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017.

In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey1, which presents sector data for 2016.

Oikocredit also surpassed the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients in 2014, 2015 and 2016 when comparing year-on-year with the Symbiotics data for the same period2.

The latest report shows how Oikocredit used over € 980 million to finance almost 750 organisations in 2017, reaching 36 million financial inclusion clients and over half a million farmers.

Oikocredit also saw gains in its renewable energy indicators.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 July 2018 at 09:29

Food Outlook

Biannual Report on Global Food Markets 

released by FAO, July 2018

Amid increased uncertainties from recent rising trade disputes, agricultural markets have so far remained relatively stable thanks to generally good supply conditions across most commodities. Nonetheless, in the context of heightened food import bills, food markets remain vulnerable, with weather shocks and external developments always difficult to predict. Read the full report here.



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2018, 14:00-15:00

RAF Learning Lab Partners, AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are committed to investing in women’s empowerment across smallholder and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Join this webinar to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.


Course: Horticulture sector development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Course: Horticulture sector development for emerging markets

Current developments in emerging economies offer new opportunities for the horticulture sector. To seize these opportunities, a transition to a more professional sector is required. Enhanced value chain management and stakeholder collaboration play a vital role and are addressed during this course.

This course gives access to the latest insights of world leading Dutch knowledge organisations and private companies from the horticulture sector and covers the complete horticulture value chain.

Date: 06 - 24 May 2019

Registration deadline – general: 25 March 2019

Registration deadline - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowship: 16 October 2018

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

For more information and online registration please visit the website:


Course: Contemp. approaches to genetic resource conservation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  08 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Large-scale production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. Worldwide, strategies are developed to conserve genetic resources for food and agriculture.

This course provides the latest development in plant genetic resources management strategies including the role of gene banks and on-farm management and relevant international policies that impact food- and nutrition security.

Date: 8 - 26 April 2019
Registration deadline – general: 25 February 2019
Registration deadline - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowship: 16 October 2018
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

For more information and online registration please visit the website:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 12 July 2018 at 01:53

Cost of layer cage for chickens 3layers4nests

Layer cages, or battery cages, are galvanised wire cages for chickens. They are used in poultry houses, specifically layer houses, for the easy management of hens and the eggs they lay. Layer cages for small chicken houses are usually 2 tier, which means that they are stacked up 2 levels.

The hens are kept in these layer cages for the 2nd phase of the laying cycle. (A laying cycle is made up of 2 parts. The first part is the rearing cycle - the chickens are raised from 0 - 20 weeks. The second part is thelaying stage where the hens lay eggs, 21 weeks to 60 weeks - this is 40 weeks long - about 10 months). Prices of layer cages and the cost of a layer cage depends on the size and installation of the chicken cages.

A layer cage is made up of 2 parts - the starter section, which has the medication tanks, and supplies water to the rest of the layer cages, and follower sections. You can add as many follower sections to a starter section as you wish (t

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Webster Mbewe this is the good platform  for young ngos. cbos among others

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perry Kasongo Yes Mr Webster lets use it .

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Theophile HATEGEKIMANA How much is the unit that can accommodate 96 chickens?

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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.

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Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari Hilda,hili baraza litafanyika wapi

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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.

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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. 

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:25

Coaching fosters self-confidence

‘Using coaching tools allows us to understand the challenges people face, and to jointly identify goals and actions. Coaching is based on the assumption that the client is resourceful and active in realizing change. Coaching unleashes the coachee’s potential and fosters self-confidence. It is thus more sustainable than giving advice or training, which are less customized to the client’s needs and are usually provided over a shorter period of time.

Relationship of trust

What I personally enjoy about coaching is the relationship of trust with the clients. I like adapting myself to their different agendas. For example, some organizations begin with an internal focus: how can discriminatory practices be changed in their own organization? Others focus on their work in the field: are the women, men, and young people in the cassava, vegetable or fish value chain fairly remunerated for their contributions? How can we eliminate barriers to their participation?


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Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, in our organization it will be helpful because we have women who need this training . capacity building is needed for them. Thank you help. M.Louise

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Mukamusoni Marie Louise Thank you for help, sorry.

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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.

More information will follow soon. Stay Tuned 


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. Awamu hin ya maonesho haya yanatazaniwa kuwakutanisha wakulima na atoa huduma mbalimbali wa kilimo na mifugo ili kuboresha uzalishaji wa kilimi wilayani Meru.

Kauli Mbinu: Kilimo Endelevu kwa maendeleo ya viwanda.

Taarifa zaidi zitafuata hivi karibuni. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 July 2018 at 09:53

Global SME Finance Awards

The Global SME Finance Awards will recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients.

In the last year, if your institution has successfully launched an innovative product or service for SME clients, achieved remarkable results in providing finance to SMEs, or is an innovator in digital financial services, submit your nomination in these categories (each institution can be considered for up to two categories). Winners will be announced at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid.

Award Categories

- Product Innovation of the Year

- SME Bank of the Year

- Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year

                                                Deadline for submission: 23 July 2018

Judging Criteria

Reach: What is the number of MSMEs served/financed and volume of fina

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Global SME Finance Forum

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  05 November 2018 to 07 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Madrid, Spain

“Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs”

The conference will showcase unique perspectives of industry leaders, rich experiences of successful practitioners, and the impactful financial innovations that contribute to improved access to financing for many micro, small and medium sized enterprises from around the world. Under the theme “Reaching the Informal: the Role of Finance in Improving the Growth and Productivity of SMEs”, the forum will explore how innovation in technology, regulation and partnerships can help overcome various informality problems, and open up a far larger market for profitable, sustainable, responsible financial services.

Furthermore, the winners of the Global SME Finance Awards - that recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering innovative products and services to their SME clients - will be announced during the event! The deadline for submission of nom

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21st FoodAgro Africa 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  22 November 2018 to 24 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The FoodAgro Africa returns to Dar Es Salaam in November. This is an opportunity for different stakeholders in the food and agriculture sectors to showcase their services and products as well as network with like minded individuals.

For more information visit:


Maonesho ya FoodAgro Africa yanarudi tena Dar es Salaam. Hii ni kursa kwa wadau wa chakula na kilimo kuonesha bidhaa pamoja na huduma zam mbalimbali na pia kukutana na wadan mbalimbali.

Tembelewa wovuti hii kwa maelezo zaidi:


Impact Insurance Academy

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  10 September 2018 to 14 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Turin, Italy

A unique opportunity to learn from ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance!
International Training Centre of the ILO • Turin, Italy

The ILO’s Impact Insurance Academy is a unique opportunity to learn from the ten years of experience and innovations in inclusive insurance facilitated by the ILO’s Impact Insurance Facility.

By combining plenary sessions with specific electives by the choice of participants, participative activities, case studies and intensive discussions, the Academy offers a dynamic learning environment for participants and experts from all over the world to discuss ways of developing inclusive insurance.

Target audience

The Impact Insurance Academy targets mid-to senior-level insurance practitioners exploring and setting up inclusive insurance programmes in their organizations. Regulatory and supervisory authorities willing to support inclusive and responsible insurance in their countries are also invited to attend. The Academy is also tailored fo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 10 July 2018 at 11:55

A change maker turning Garbage to Cabbage

As a child growing up in Tanzania, Azalia William Kyando always dreamed of making a difference. He watched as his hometown of Dar es Salaam quickly became the largest growing city in East Africa and the third largest on the continent. As Kyando grew, the city grew as well, experiencing a level of development and change that has left the metropolis grappling with massive waste.

While studying business and marketing at the University of Dar es Salaam, Kyando and his friends Noah Bendera, Ahad Katera and Latifa Mafunbi, were concerned about the amount of waste being produced by the city and decided to act.

"We spent a lot of time thinking about different options to address the need we had identified while still being able to make a living," Kyando said. "Then we realized that in Tanzania, a country of farmers, 95% of fertilizer is imported into the country."

It was through that realization that Guavay Company Limited was born. Guavay is the first company in

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