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.


MOOC Climate Smart Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  24 September 2018 to 12 October 2018 - All Day Event

Climate Smart Agriculture is one of AgriProFocus' main themes. 24 September starts the massive open online course Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture. WUR is one of the experts that contributed. You can follow this free course here. 


Training - Resilient Livelihoods

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  29 October 2018 - 09:00 to 02 November 2018 - 17:00

Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training course on International Training on Resilient Livelihoods. This course takes participants through among other things how to improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor and develop and strengthen community-based livelihoods management and disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.

Join us by registering for this scheduled training. The training will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other actors in the agriculture sector such as agricultural extension officials, policymakers as well as other professionals working in disaster preparedness and response from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.

Modules Covered:

· Threats to food and nutrition security

· Effects of climate change and disaster risks

· Disaster Risk Reduction for food and nutrition security

· Approaches and practices for building resilient livelihoods

· Enabling environment for resilien

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 hours ago

Cooperatives to increase the efficiency of the Tanzania Dairy Industry

Statistics show that milk production increased to over 2.4 billion litres in 2017/18 compared to 2.1 billion litres in the preceding year, falling slightly below annual market demand of 2.6 billion litres.

Mr Temu, Acting Registrar of the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) said the huge demand for milk could be met by forming more farmers' cooperatives that can allow farmers to access sources of finance from lending institutions to increase investment.

There is huge potential for farmers to increase milk production, productivity and quality through use of dairy cooperatives  - TANZANIA Dairy Board (TDB)

Currently, there are 76 milk industries ranging from 500 litres to over 120,000 litres processing capacity per day.The increased investment in milk processing facilities is creating huge demand for milk production and investment in high milk yielding heifers.

One of the success stories of dairy cooperatives is the Tanga Dairy Coop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted yesterday at 11:47

Big opportunity for Agribusiness Startups!

OCP GROUP, in particular OCP Foundation, is organizing an African wide competition of agribusiness startups in October/ November this year in Morocco.

The plan is now to have about 200 startups shortlisted for the competition from all over Africa. The startup must be at least 3 years old.

20 startups will participate in the event.

Each winner will get:

Financial support

Business Specific support (internal and external expertise)

Use of OCP infrastructure

Contact person: Victoria Endeshaw, Business Development Manager via email

Maris Davis bb

1 day 17 min ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Mahder Akalu, thank you for sharing with us!

6 hours 38 min ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 September 2018 at 11:55

  Leaving Uganda and back to Rwanda. Tonight we fly back to Holland. Nice trip and we will come back in 3 months  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 September 2018 at 12:44

Effective targeting of farmers

Looking for good practices from AgriProFocus network members

Key question

Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?


Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.

As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.

What cases are we looking for?

A project/programme that used a particular targeting str

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MUBARAK INUWA Effectiive Targeting Of  Farmers:If  an Agririan is asked, how can he effect targeting farmers, in his farming operation for the benefit of farmers who produce crops or animal husbandry.The answer perhaps, might be by adapting the knowledge of Agricultural services skills.This would give a farmer how he would achieved in raising a profitable farming practices.Either rainfed  season operation or irrigated season practices.

3 days 23 min ago

MUBARAK INUWA By advising farmers on the right time of planting crops, so that the planted crop would reach of to the optimum period of growth before the yield could be harvested.Though these could be on the case of annual crops only not the perennials.

3 days 16 min ago

Richard Kanyarukiga Nicole's posting/idea indeed deserves a serious consideration when proposing interventions for impact. For agribusinesses in Rwanda - likely all Africa & other developing countries, programmes need not only focus on specific value chains - e;g; banana, potato, maize, rice, etc; but also on specific & special needs of various categories: subsistence, small-holder commercial, to medium-large scale. There is also need do override generalization e.g. "horticulture" and start focusing on individual chains - e.g. wine banana, dessert banana, cooking banana, spices, etc.Hi Nicole?

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Nicole Metz Thanks Mubarak Inuwa and Richard Kanyarukiga for your comments. Let me try to respond: Mubarak I think you refer to well-targeted Agricultural extension and support services. That is helpful, could you give an example of such well-targeted services in your country/region? Richard, indeed we are looking for examples of interventions adapted to specific and special needs of various categories indeed. The categorisation may be according to value chain, as you point out, but it may be according to e.g. socio-economic, cultural or market access differences in addition. If you have examples, Richard, of organisations or companies that have found good practices to adapt their way of working with different categories, that would be helpful. best regards, Nicole

1 day 3 hours ago

Susan Mbanda Am very much impressed with the video and what was discussed.  I agree with Ben on design and implementation part.  It would be good when the target in this case poor farmers are thought of during the designing phase and have their user requirements in mind.  This would then  be passed on upto implementation and so they will not end up being left out.  Thanks for the video

8 hours 15 min ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 September 2018 at 10:35

  Today meeting at SNV Mbarara Uganda and later field visits   

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 13 September 2018 at 03:17


This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).

The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.

The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction

Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r

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Inclusive aquaculture development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 March 2019 to 29 March 2019 - All Day Event

For this course fellowships are available.

Small-scale aquaculture producers can access inputs, improve productions and connect successfully with more profitable markets using collective actions. This course will focus on empowerment and professionalisation of fish farmers' business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as the main objective.

Practical information:

Date: 18 - 29 March 2019

Deadline okp Fellowships: 16 October 2018

Deadline: 04 February 2019

For more information and online registration please visit our website:

Farm Business Accounting Services

Keeping farm records is an important aspect of farming as a business regardless the size of the farm. It is more efficient to use electronic means (such as accounting software) to keep records. Depending on the reports required, a farm can acquire accounting software for free.

We provide advisory and ERP implementation services (software customisation, training and post implementation user-support).

For further inquiries email us: or call: +255 786 007 757

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Posted 12 September 2018 at 10:15

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2018 at 05:05

  Rwanda,so many possibilities for milk processing  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2018 at 03:25

Take care when upscaling innovations

(Credits: Resource, WUR, author: Roelof Kleis)

Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored. 

Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.

Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th

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Richard Kanyarukiga Appraisals for sustainability (socio-economic, environmental & political) should be central to any plan.. Question is linking policy decisions to evidence based appraisals.

1 day 4 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 September 2018 at 09:30

Solid-liquid Separation of Vinasse

The effective solid-liquid separation of vinasse is one of keys for the comprehensive utilization and advanced treatment of alcohol waste, which needs dewatering machine to achieve. To be specific, with fluid pump, vinasse would be transmitted into the solid-liquid separator and gradually pushed to the front of machine, while improving the pressure continuously, so as to force the water in vinasse out of the screen, discharging from drain pipe. Users can adjust the clump weight to grasp the discharging speed and water content, in order to achieve a satisfactory discharge state. With large daily capacity and low power consumption, this machine is highly automated and suitable for continuous working, easy to operate and maintain.

See how to make vinasse to organic fertilizer.

MUBARAK INUWA Thank you Jane Whirlston, In fact the new technological innovation of organic fertilizer, is indeed commendable.Especially, you hinted that the new idea is practice in Kenya.Kenya is north eastern Africa.i hope, kenya has embarked on Agricultural food production as Nigeria.Nowadays, the government of Nigeria, has given Agricultural as its priority.In western African region,Nigeria, is the largest producer of RICE.So also, kenya, it has a tremendous grade of Maize production.

5 days 22 hours ago

MUBARAK INUWA MUBARAK INUWA Thank you Jane Whirlston, In fact the new technological innovation of organic fertilizer, is indeed commendable.Especially, you hinted that the new idea is practice in Kenya.Kenya is north eastern Africa.i hope, kenya has embarked on Agricultural food production as Nigeria.Nowadays, the government of Nigeria, has given Agricultural as its priority.In western African region,Nigeria, is the largest producer of RICE.So also, kenya, it has a tremendous grade of Maize production.

5 days 21 hours ago

Jane Whirlston Congratulations that Kenya has tremendous grade of Maize production. Crops straw is also a kind of raw materials to produce organic fertilizer:

1 day 7 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 September 2018 at 06:36

  Milk collection in Rwanda  

Posted By in Programme MAVC
Posted 11 September 2018 at 12:24

Vin de banane: une nouvelle apparence et expérience dans les supermarchés de Bujumbura

Le vin de banane est très apprécié et consommé au Burundi . Il est toujours  présent lors des cérémonies importantes dont le mariage, la baptême et le deuil.  Cette boisson populaire est principalement faite à la maison et bue à partir d’une cruche pour les traditionalistes, les plus évolués utilisent les verres. 

Pour rendre  cette boisson traditionnelle plus attrayante, l'usine d'Imena, soutenue par le projet MAVC, a mis en place une nouveau système de proposer et de promouvoir la boisson. Du coup, le vin de banane a changé au-delà de toute reconnaissance. Dans l'usine cette Usine construite dans la province de Kaytanza (au nord du Burundi), le vin de banane,  assaisonné par le miel pour sa saveur, est produit industriellement à grande échelle. Avec un pourcentage d'alcool (13%), hygiène garanti, emballé dans des bouteilles aux noms et étiquettes a

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Joseph Nsabiyabandi La transformation de vin de banane est une bonne expérience qui pourrait inspirer les acteurs du secteur agricole. Bravo à ICCO et à l'Usine Imena

6 days 6 hours ago

NIYONKURU Albert Usine IMENA, un bon exemple du projet Agri-finance et Chaînes de Valeur (MAVC).Nous invitons le projet MAVC à venir dans la filière Palmier à Huile (OHP), maillon de transformation et commercialisation, prêt à une bonne coopération. Courage

5 days 7 hours ago

Georges Djodji Akibode Voila donc un nouveau débouché pour certains producteurs de banane , j'aimerai bien en deguster pour en faire une promotion active' La Fédération des organisations des producteurs de banane du Mali, membre de la Coordination nationale des organisations paysannes du Mali, a pris l’engagement à  tout mettre en œuvre pour la professionnalisation du secteur, et je crois que le maillon de la transformation reste une grande opportunite pour plus de valeur ajoutee 'Nous allons donc contacter ICCO Burundi pour mettre l'agrobusiness au service du developpement.MAW4D

5 days 4 hours ago

Oscar NIYONZIMA Chers amis des pages du programme MAVC, dans une semaine, nous allors vous partager comment le programme MAVC est entrain de créer des economies circulaires au niveau de cette usine notamment par la gestion et la valororisation des déchets post production. Nous suivons vos commentaires avec anthousiasme. Nous vous remercions pour vos message combien encourageant pour le programme MAVC au Burundi.

3 days 4 hours ago

Philippe AKPAKI Belle initiative. Le développement de l'Afrique passera par don industrialisation

1 day 15 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 September 2018 at 02:03

  Partners in Ante Rwanda Ltd  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 September 2018 at 01:00


Evaluation of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform 2013-2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to do a review for the first phase of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), 2013 – 2018. AgriProFocus is among the consortium members that had set up and implemented the Office facilitating this Platform. The Evaluators Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek were appointed to look at the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Platform and based on this to formulate recommendations for the future outlook of the Platform. And as such to provide input to the Ministry for decision making on a possible second phase of the F&BKP. Please find below the review highlights; a link to the full PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.

The relevance of the F&BKP in the Food and Nutrition Security field

The activities of the F&BKP enhance all three strategic Dutch policy goals for Food and Nutrition Security, with most emphasis on the two first goals (Eradicating existing hunger and mal

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 September 2018 at 08:56


Natasha Aulia Good

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Gloria Kyomugisha Happy Ethiopian New Year!!

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Mahder Akalu Thank you Gloria Kyomugisha! 

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Posted 10 September 2018 at 08:36

Please check out AgriProFocus Ethiopia's latest newsletter

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 September 2018 at 08:35

  Traveling from Amsterdam to Kigali Rwanda  

MUBARAK INUWA Hello Herco Hekking,The above flights  on certain airport are good picture.

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Andi Setiawan hello 

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Sulbi Sulbi Hello

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ANTONIUS NGAMA Sallam bergabung...

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