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.

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Agri-Business Drinks

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 February 2019, 16:30-18:30
  Arusha, Solidaridad Office -opposite Kibo Palace

AgriProFocus Tanzania is organizing its 1st ever AgriBusiness drinks meet up event for its members and partners in Arusha. 

The aim of this event is to :

1. Providing a network platform for organization in the Agri Food sector within Arusha.  

2. Facilitating exchange of experiences and learning among stakeholders in the Agri Food sector.

3. Cultivate opportunities and collaboration among stakeholders in the Agri Food sector.

Highlights of the event

1. Knowing AgriProFocus better

2. Speed date session

3. Pitching session from agripreneurs

4. Networking session

NB: This event is by invitation only! 

Bangladesh Food Grade VOT Jute Sacking Bags for Coffee Packaging

Food Grade VOT Binola Jute Bag has become increasing surely in the recent past. On top of this, the material used to make them is purely natural fiber and comes in natural colors. This allows the Food Grade VOT Binola Jute Bag to come out being attractive and strong.


Food Grade VOT Binola Jute Bag especially used for packaging of various agri-commodities viz. Cocoa beans, Coffee beans, Cashewnuts, Peanuts, Sheanuts, Groundnuts, Palm kernels, Grains, Maize, Wheat, Paddy, Rice and also Cereals etc.

Product Specification





- DIMENSIONS: H: 44 X W: 26.5 INCH (112 X 68 CM)

- WEIGHT: 907 G (2.00 LBS)

- PORTER & SHOT: 6 X 7




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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 13 January 2019 at 02:54

WSA Innovations - Open FORA


Welcome to our weekly WSA Innovations-Open FORA activities at WSA Innovations, a place where we meet to discuss, resolve, understand business and project related dynamics. WSA Innovations we Management consultants, we are project planners, managers, project Evaluators, project Analysts, capacity building experts and advisors.

Goal of the FORA,

To be the leading booster of project and Business success in the EAST Africa Regional countries by the year 2030 and the general continent

Main objective of the FOR A

• To provide solid experts advises to all business owners experiencing challenges in their businesses and projects

• 2. To catalyze better business and project practices for both micro and macro projects

• 3. To boost the capacity of managers and inviduals in business and project management

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Posted By in Access to Finance Tanzania
Posted 12 January 2019 at 01:14

I would like to know if there are institutions providing loans or grants to dairy farming in Tanzania. Thank you for your extended cooperation and support.

Hilda Okoth Hi Bariki thank you for reaching out. I know of PASS Tanzania offers loans for dairy farming. Please get in touch with them. Their contact details can be found in this link Please feel free to contact again if you need any other assistance. Regards, Hilda 

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Bariki Mwasaga thank you for your assistance will get back to you in case of anything with regards to this issue

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 January 2019 at 03:39

Options and challenges for organic milk production by East African smallholders

(free download of article  until March 2 , 2019 via link: )

This article is co-authored by Gidi Smolders, who as an expert for PUM worked with AgriProFocus in various APF dairy learning labs.  It is an easy to read 11pager with some scenarios for improved crop-livestock interactions.


• Outdoor stay and grazing are major challenges to many organic smallholders with cattle.
• Local resource circulation can integrate dairy cattle into certified organic crop production.
• Involvement of communities for feed and grazing a beneficial option for smallholders.
• A secure market is paramount for developing certified organic milk production.
• Certification comprising whole farms is expected to stimulate animal-crop integration.

Go to full article here

Graphical abstract

CLIVE DREW A useless waste of effort. Anything organic has to be first market-led. and the whole supply chain has to be organic, including handling of raw milk and pasteurization and packaging in  dedicated organic facilities. and it can't work dealing with low productivity small scale producers where the majority of the high cost organically produced milk is consumed at the poor household level. On more technical issues, East Africa has ticks and tick-borne diseases plus other parasite and disease problems with no clinical evidence that "organic concoctions" are suitable remedies and may even expose the smallholder to financial ruin if the cow dies, or becomes severely debilitated. Organic pineapple has little value unless it is cull fruits or fruit peelings and cores. It's highly unlikely that cottonseed cake is organic, given the high pesticide use in conventional cotton - although most pesticides would be denatured during mechanical pressing or solvent extraction - but still considered an unacceptable feed source by the organic movement. In my gut feeling, an organic dairy cow would have to be producing a minimum 15 litres/day over a 300 day lactation period, with an intercalving interval of 420 days and organic milk would have to sell at about x2 the price of conventional milk.  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 January 2019 at 03:28

  Yesterday discussion at Van Hall Larenstein university about Ante India   



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  17 October 2019 to 19 October 2019 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The 22nd FOODAGRO 2019 - International Trade Exhibition on Food & Kitchen is the largest trade event held annually in Tanzania, concurrently held with East Africa Trade Exhibition (EAITE). The exhibition attracts exhibitors from more than 30 countries and visitors from all over East & Central Africa, thus giving exhibitors an excellent opportunity to explore several countries at one time.

Over the past few years, Tanzania has emerged as a major regional trade centre. This is mainly due to the very friendly and businesslike atmosphere it offers to foreign investors and products. Duties are considerably low and re-exports to neighboring countries are either very low or exempted. Click HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 January 2019 at 06:54


Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture is a member based organization that was established on 1988 at national level and 1994 at regional level with the support of Tanzania government to strengthen the private sector.

The main aims of the establishment of TCCIA are to promote business, provide access to member services at discounted rates, to provide opportunities that are best for businesses and to provide access to networks between businesses and opportunities for dialogues between the public and the private sector.

The chamber of commerce of Arusha wishes to engage reputable consultancy firms/ consortium for an expert study in the fishery sector in the Arusha Municipality.

Terms of reference for this consultancy and the Request for Proposal (RFP) document can be obtained at All queries quoting the above Tender title should be emailed

The closing dat

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Posted 9 January 2019 at 04:20


My name is Neema Mollel, currently working as a marketing & communications intern in Agriprofocus, Tanzania. I will be in charge as a community manager in this platform. Feel free to share contents and experiences regarding agribusiness. Cheers!

Anne Marie Kortleve Welcome to the APF-family Neema!

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Hilda Okoth Welcome Neema. All the best here!

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Joseph Sekiku Greetings from Karagwe in Kagera Region, NW Tanzania. Kagera is one of the regions in Tanzania with highest malnutrition rates. This is according to a survey conducted by UNICEF. So personally I decided to invest in soya growing and value addition.I have been able to set up a small farm (5 acres) concentrating of soya beans growing. I have been able to produce seed and distribute it to a few farmers. My next level is to set up a value addition chain to produce soya fortified nutri foods for distribution in Kagera region as well as neighboring regions within the Lake Victoria zone.To do this, I am seeking grant funding for:1. Promotion of soya beans as a nutritious food base2. set up a full fledged soya processing business3. Train farmers on the importance and use of soya beansThis is main reason I am contacting you. If you have any information, please share it with me.Regards,Joseph SekikuManagerFADECO BIOCROPSKaragwe- Kagera RegionTanzaniaTel: +255 754 605682

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 January 2019 at 03:17

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as SDG2. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required to sustainably transform agrifood systems. 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

Are you with us in 2019?

Why AgriProFocus in 2019?

In a world dominated by competition between projects and stakeholders, AgriProFocus is a neutral convener. We help you find the right partners and relevant information quickly. Online, our network connects over 26.000 registered agribusiness professionals around specific questions, issues and opportunities.  

Our strength is recognized by embassies and ministries from all over the world, who turn to our network to organise diamond collaboration, mappings and explorations. 

Click here to read more about our LINKING - LEARNING - LEADERSHIP solutions

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL sounds great ,  we also started commercial rabbit farming  on our farm ( GREEN VILLE FARMS) PARTNERS AND MEMBERS ARE ALL WELCOMED 

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mini rice mill machine,small capacity rice milling machine for home use

The most important thing is that this rice mill machine is convenient for customers to use at home, with the automatic shelling function, it can meet all the needs of customers in home using.Just connect it to the power and press the button it will work. So you can see how it is easy to operate it. Besides, this machine is really multi-functional.

You can use it to get brown rice and white rice. So this mini rice mill is very popular now, especially in countries like USA, Canada, Thailand,

  This mini rice mill machine can make the paddy to white rice directly. And make the bran, rice, broken rice separate. This machine is with easy operation and high efficiency. It is with 2.2kw electric engine and 220v voltage. The productivity can over 180kg/h.

features of mini rice mill machine   

1.Complete rice milling machine 6N40-9FQ20 is combined with rice mill machine and grain crusher machine.

2.Two function: Rice milling and Grain grinding, such as rice bran, cassava, corn,

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Posted 8 January 2019 at 02:17

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 January 2019 at 10:34

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (December 2018)

In the December Newsletter, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) indicates that Food and Nutrition Security in conflict sensitive areas is nowadays high on the policy agenda and a priority theme of the Platform. In the newsletter a report is presented about the recent Food _ Stability mission to the Horn of Africa, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and FAO, joined by the F&BKP.

Furthermore the Platform shares an inventory by Nuffic on Dutch-African partnerships in support of SHAEA; an update on the food systems approach and insights of the 2018 Global Nutrition Report.

The rewarded projects under the LEAP-Agri and the Seed Systems Development call are also presented; and the findings of several Global Challenges Programme (GCP) projects and an interview with a team member of the research consortium of the successful GCP aquaponics project.

Please continue to follow the Platform on Social media Twitter and Facebook

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Tanmia Agric Solns. My name is Namutidde Norah, i work with Tanmia Agriculture solutions located in Mutungo,kampala. we manufacture vermicompost (organic fertilizers) and liquid fertilizers. vermicompost can be applied to any type of crop in any country. Our organic fertilizers and bio-pesticides are all organic products, suitable to all kinds of crops, animals, birds and fish. please feel free to visit of website or for more call please call 0704863507 for inquires.Thanks......Regards

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 January 2019 at 06:51

There are a lot of question about the use  off  the foddersystem  in Africa. A lot of people are reading my site about the fodder. ( Therefore this article.

7 Reasons Why Hydroponic Fodder is a “Viable” Option for Feeding Livestock

7 Reasons Why Hydroponic Fodder is a Viable Option for Feeding Livestock

On the surface, the concept of producing hydroponic fodder in a hydroponic system is quite appealing to farmers because 1kg of grain provides 6 to 10kgs of hydroponic fodder in 6 to 10 days. However, when you scratch below the surface, you realize that hydroponic fodder is not quite a viable option for feeding your cattle and especially sheep, cows, and goats.

What is Hydroponic Fodder?

Fodder is food given to livestock. Thus, hydroponic fodder is the livestock food produced using hydroponics. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil in a hydroponic system.

  1. The statistics published by Maryland Small Ruminant Page,

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Gidi Smolders 1 kg of grain provides 6 - 10 kg of hydroponic feed. Or 950 gram of dry matter (in 1 kg of grain) provides 900 gram dry matter and 5 - 9 kg of water (in 6 - 10 kg of hydroponic feed). So (at least) 50 grams of dry matter lost, besides the costs to produce the hydroponic feed. How is compensated for that?

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Ed van der Post The cheaper your system the less costs. That my advice in this article. You can buy one for €30.000 euro or you built one for 2000,-And not every seed wil germinate. So what do you want  to compensate?

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Gidi Smolders For the loss of feeding-value. Hydroponic systems make from 1 kg of grain with 950 gram of dry matter on average 8 kg of feed with in total maximum 900 grams of dry matter. So from every kg dry matter input you get only 900 grams dry matter output in 8 kg hydroponic feed. Or in other words:  instead of feeding 1 kg of grain with 50 grams of water you feed 8 kg hydroponic feed with 7100 grams of water.  

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Ed van der Post I dont now where you get your data, but I have other numbers:Simple math with 50# bagsSay a bag of pig and sow costs you $20 for 50 pounds at the local TSC. That works out to $0.40 cents per pound. Not horrible. Unless you are buying 30 bags every two weeks! That quickly becomes $600 every two weeks and only gives me 1500 pounds of feed.Now lets look at a bag of seed for the purposes of sprouting. I buy a 50 pound bag of organic (no less) seed for $30 per bag. Wow that already sounds expensive. But using simple math and knowing that I can always get at least 5 pounds of fodder out of every 1 pound of seed (we will learn how to get a 10:1 conversion in later chapters) I know that the 50 pounds of seed becomes 250 pounds of feed. That is $0.12 cents per pound! Working backwards to see how many bags of seed I need to generate the same 1500 pounds of feed in the end: 6 bags of organic seed. Cost? $180 My pigs can eat all they want at that rate.So let’s talk in terms of bulk. Go buy 2,000 lbs of all organic seed at 37¢/lb (or $18.50 per 50lbs) and you are down to 7.4¢/lb! 7.4¢ for organic, non-gmo, no animal byproducts, feed me as much as I want fodder! The higher your yield the lower your cost.

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 4 January 2019 at 09:49

Call for Registration 

2019 IPBO summer course: Modern breeding techniques for potato improvement

Tuesday June 11th – Friday June 28th 2019
Ghent – Belgium

Target  Audience:

Students, scientists and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (potato) improvement or GM regulatory programs

Admission requirements:

Holder of at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) in Science, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural or Bioengineering Sciences

Good knowledge of English

Preference will be given to participants from Africa involved in potato breeding

A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

VLIR-uos scholarships:

A number of scholarships with support from VLIR-UOS for registration, accomodation and travel expenses are available for applicants from the VLIR country list. Preference will be given to participants from the public sector in Africa who are professionally involved in the topic.

Eligibility criteria:

1) STI-scholars must be nationals

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 December 2018 at 03:27

  2018 – what a blast! A year full of new projects, happy clients (and delicious products made with our machinery ;-)) We would like to say THANK YOU! to everyone who trusts us, our clients and also our partners. This year we installed many efficient, but simple dairy processing machinery from Holland throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. We’re looking forward to another year like this and give our best wishes to everyone around  

Herco Hekking Hi Asanda. Thanks for your message. Please sent me your email address and we will sent you some information to start discussion. Thanks in advance. My email address is

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Asanda Tiwana i appreciate your response sir hopefully thisvis start of many things

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Herco Hekking Hi ,I sent you a email

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Asanda Tiwana Thank you i have received the mail

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Tanmia Agric Solns. This is my humble request I have  market for chia seed in case you have an occupied land please clear the bushes and prepare it for chia seeds just contact me we need chia in tons it takes 2 and half months to be ready and needs no spraying just some rains and it will catch if interested call me for details 0703669762,0786426605

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Posted 24 December 2018 at 01:13

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 21 December 2018 at 11:04

Rikolto Learning Initiative in Arusha

Are we romanticizing the economic potential of smallholder farmers? Does working on the inclusion of smallholder farmers in food chains increase the dominance of big business? Can NGOs be honest brokers to promote inclusiveness, or are they captives of big business?

These were the guiding questions in an exchange between Belgian funded NGOs, together with farmer organisations, researchers, national commodity associations and local governmental agencies in Arusha area, northern Tanzania.

Over the course of two days the participants visited farmer organizations and processors, examined successes and challenges of various business development approaches and models and explored areas of collaboration particularly between Belgian NGOs and their strategic partners in business development.

Read more about this initiative HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2018 at 09:38

Nine research projects funded to improve seed systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.

The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.

Aim of the research projects

The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 20 December 2018 at 02:10

Improvements in the production of ‘women’s gold’

The experience of ICCO and Fair Match Support: the business case for shea nut production by women in Burkina Faso

OLVEA Burkina Faso is a French company that was established in 2008 in Bobo-Dioulasso in Western Burkina Faso, in the heart of the production area of shea nuts. The company produces shea butter which is highly appreciated by the cosmetics industry. At the start the company bought the bulk of its products from middlemen. As the quality and continuity of the production were far from optimal, OLVEA Burkina Faso looked into the possibilities to guarantee a sustainable supply chain by going straight to the producers and producer organisations.

98% of the shea producers in Burkina Faso are women. The income gained with the shea nut production makes many of them financially independent. The full potential of the shea nut production is however not realized, due to inefficiencies in the shea value chain. The OLVEA case shows t

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Course:  Making Innovation Work

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  03 June 2019 to 14 June 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Course: Making innovation work 

                                     Coaching partnerships for inclusive agribusiness

For:  Professionals working in agricultural research, rural advisory services, farmer organisations and private  sector.

When:  more than two month programme that runs from the 1st of May until mid July 2019. The face to face part from 3 - 14 June in the Netherlands, is preceded and succeeded by online sessions, assignments, coaching and individual feed-back. The online activities are expected to take you a few hours per week.

Where:  Wageningen, the Netherlands and online part in your home country

How to apply and more information you can find on the course page, see:

Application deadline: 1 April 2019

Earlier participants in this course are enthusiastic about the programme and characterise it as eye opening a

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