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 innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
+ Change makers showcase portfolio
+ 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
+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Innovation Labs
+ 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.
More than 70% of the livestock in dairy sector are effected by MASTITIS.Unfortunately Mastitis cannot be easily detected even by careful monitoring of the udder region.
QMILK- Electronic Mastitis Indicator - A simple,unique & cost effective device to detect Sub-Clinical Mastitis at an early stage.
You are embarked in a Master of Science or Ph.D in the agricultural sector, a young professional, on Youth and Agribusiness domain and you wish to broaden your knowledge on them? This is for you.
Under the framework of his project, IITA is pleased to announce 20 research fellowships for 2018. The Call for Applications for the fellowships is meant to promote research on “Youth engagement in Agribusiness and Rural economic activities in Africa”. This is an action-oriented fellowship for young academics and professionals, and students at the post-course work/research stage of their programs. The research will be carried out in the following countries: Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Senegal, and Zambia.
Kindly consult the PDF file attached or go to http://bit.ly/2C57Gs for more information.
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Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) has come up with a mobile phone application to help farmers in horticulture sector to access information easily through their mobile phone.
The Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) is an apex private sector member based organization that advocates for the growth and competitiveness of the horticultural industry in Tanzania.
The association came up with the App named TAHAKILIMO APP, and is available at Playstore for Android users.
To download the APP follow this LINK.
APP FOR ANIMAL FEED THAT NEARLY DOUBLED THE PROFIT IN PILOT TEST IN TANZANIA
Feed Calculator, is an App co-created by a leading Dutch nutritionists and livestock experts in partnership with farmers in developing countries and tested by the NGO called BRAC and IITA in Tanzania. And the App is available now in Google Play Store, free for all smallholder poultry farmers all over the world.
Feed Calculator is an app that generates affordable qualify feed recipe for poultry from locally available ingredients, has the potential to be a game changer for poultry farmers as a result from its pilot testing saw a near doubling profits.
The pretest results showed that the broilers fed using recipes suggested by the app had an average 15% higher weight and that the app on average reduced the cost of feed by 31% compared to regular commercial feed. As a result, on average to 80% higher profit due to lower feed costs and higher weight of the birds.
IITA supported the pre... Read more
The course will be conducted in English language only, you can register HERE.
Application deadline is January, 26th 2018. Remember the course is free of charge therefore first come first served. And there are limited chances available and will be subject to selection process by FAO. Please register early to be considered.
Read more about the course through this LINK.
Photo Courtesy: FAO
Welcome to the Inclusive Innovation training – a collaboration between SEED and IBA.
After the training you will appear as a trained inclusive innovation advisor on IBA and will be granted access to the full inclusive innovation toolkit.
NOTE: This training is dependent on reaching a minimum number of participants.
To secure your spot, please email Saskia Rotshuizen (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
Innovation is by definition uncertain, unpredictable and complex. It is therefore difficult to manage... Read more
See interesting blog, link: http://www.tradeforum.org/news/How-the-European-Union-joins-trade-dynamism-with-sustainable-development/
Extract: The European Union (EU) is at the vanguard of marrying the values of sustainable development with the economic engine of trade. Through the incorporation of comprehensive commitments on environmental and labour provisions in all its bilateral trade agreements the EU aims to build free and fair trading relationships. This is a reflection of EU determination to strengthen and uphold the international community’s journey that began with the Millennium Development Goals and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and has culminated with the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Mapping across... Read more
CABI.ORG shared an innovation video for Good seed initiative program that aim to provide farmers in Africa and Asia with access to quality seed, they need to grow locally appropriate crops by strengthening seed systems.
In Tanzania the initiative focuses on increasing production and consumption of African indigenous vegetables and strengthen value chains to deliver seed and produce. By creating innovation systems for sharing and connecting increases market to farmers and access to quality seeds from seed stakeholders.
The goal of the Fellows Program is to build fellows’ capacity and skills in agro-entrepreneurship and agri-food system innovation and for them to learn about issues of women’s economic empowerment. Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan fellows will develop their leadership capacity and professional skills through a fully funded four-week fellowship program in the United States.
The four-week U.S. program will include a professional internship with Michigan organizations focused on agriculture, innovation, agro-entrepreneurship, and women’s empowerment and additional seminars and trainings with professionals from Michigan State University and throughout the state of Michigan.
The Advancing Young Women Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Profes... Read more
Bridging the rural/urban divide, this course uses an adapted version of Porter's Diamond to analyse local sub-sectors for boosting urban and rural wealth through agribusiness cluster development. How local communities and youth can play a role in co-creating interventions for positive change in this field, is zoomed into.
Upon completion of the course you will:
Learn how to start a business and build your network in various cultural and social contexts in emerging markets.
This course will introduce you to entrepreneurship for global challenges in emerging markets. You will get to know other like-minded entrepreneurs around you, and discover how institutions in your target region are working on innovation and entrepreneurship.
As an entrepreneur in an emerging market, you may be faced with many challenges that need to be solved. These might include scarcity of fossil fuels, climate change or water, food and health security. This Delft University of Technology course will provide you with examples from partner universities and affiliated entrepreneurs in emerging markets which explain the opportunities and obstacles that they faced as they established themselves and created value.
You will acquire a set of practical
With support from the Metlife Foundation, Women’s
World Banking documented best practices in serving low-income women profitably
and sustainable. Debuted at the Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dar es
Salaam, Tanzania, these four best practices are based on our experiences
working with three institutions: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (India),
Compartamos Banco (Mexico) and Lead Foundation (Egypt). WWWB shares these practices with the industry to enable more financial institutions
to serve low-income women and help accelerate financial inclusion for
low-income women around the world. The best practices with catchy lessons learned can be found via this link . They are organised according to the following key topics:
This scan was presented and discussed during a seminar hosted by PPPLab on 30 November 2017 in the Netherlands. The notes of the presentations and discussion are presented below.
Introduction - Jan Ubels and Floortje Jacobs (SNV)
Scaling is needed for a variety of reasons: reaching more people, higher efficiencies, achieving system change. A new scan to assess the potential for scaling was developed by PPPLab, and it includes 5 key concepts:
1. Delivery mechanisms. It is about the delivery mechanism(s) for a range of elements that enable the adoption and sustainability of the improved solution or practice (so, not the technical solution only). So it is not what you scale, but how you scale it.
2. Horizontal and vertical scaling. Horizontal : rolling out, replication to as many people as possible. Vertical scaling, is about the other system levels (solution, organization... Read more
OPPORTUNITY TO SPREAD KNOWLEDGE ABOUT NUTRITION
Nestle East African Region (EAR) are looking for a creative and innovative idea that will improve the health of the generations to come through knowledge of nutrition.
If you have an innovative idea that can help spread nutrition knowledge and empower people to improve health, Sign up, submit your idea and you could get funding of US$50,000.
The deadline for the application is 4th February 2018.
To apply for this go HERE and see more details.
Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.
Improving farmers’ performance and business relations
This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.
Upon completion of the course you will:
The U.S. African Development Foundation invites proposals for grant financing and local support, from African enterprises, cooperatives, and producer groups with innovative solutions that extend their own capabilities to increase revenues, create jobs, improve farmer incomes, and achieve sustainable market-based growth.
The deadline for the application ends at January 29th 2018.
Maximum awards is $250,000. And proposals will be accepted only from registered agricultural cooperatives, small- scale producer group and agricultural processors (from the mentioned countries find them from the application link.)
Read more about the application HERE and also you may find the Swahili, English and Francais document for application more details.
Course announcement: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 2018 (Wageningen, the Netherlands, 17 – 28 September)
Managing the crop supply chain for increased food security Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.
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Join us in Tübingen, Germany as we bring African small and medium sized enterprizes, Ngo's, Organizations, Knowledge advocates in the other sectors but particularly in the Agri-business-food sector. The 4days Expo is a meeting marketplace for transactions, industry visitations and knowledge sharing with emphasis on Diaspora remittances on finance this sector in sub-Sahara Africa. Tanzania is the focus country 2016, slogan is Business Meets Culture. More information & Contacts for Registration & Participation under www.gaiexpo.com