AgriProFocus Tanzania

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 innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

We offer:

Linking:

+ 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

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.

Factsheet:

The 2017 factsheet can be found HERE and also in Swahili.


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jul
27

AgriProFocus Online Platform Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  27 July 2017 - 10:00 to 07 September 2017 - 12:00
  Arusha, Kijenge next to 40/40 Lounge

Online Platform Training now available for our members IN ARUSHA twice every month!

The AgriProFocus Online Platform is a unique platform where more than 1500 professionals in the agri-food sector meet and network, learn and exchange knowledge and expertise as well as showcase their work and advertise their products and services.

In order to equip our members with the required skills and knowledge to utilize our platform. we are organizing a series of training sessions, from July to September, on the use of the online platform every month twice. These will be personalized trainings limited to a maximum of 10 people per session running for a maximum of 2 hours.

Why you should participate in these trainings:

1. Learn more about the AgriProFocus Network

2. Learn on how to use the online platform to enrich your expertise in agribusiness and agriculture

3. Meet and network with like minded individuals during the training.

Note: Participation will be on first come first served basis. Please come with your

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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 AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted yesterday at 10:32

Feeding Dar es Salaam: a symbiotic food system perspective

PhD Thesis by Marc C.A. Wegerif


Summary  (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)

This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted yesterday at 09:15

KUDOS TO ALL AGRICULTURE PROFESSIONALS - TANZANIA GDP FROM AGRICULTURE INCREASED BY 29%

GDP From Agriculture in Tanzania increased to 2,929,358 TZS million in the first quarter of 2017 from 2,268,151 TZS million in the fourth quarter of 2016. GDP  From Agriculture in Tanzania averaged 2,122,428.61 TZS million from 2005 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 2,929,358 TZS million in the first quarter of 2017 and a record low of 1,496,675 TZS million in the third quarter of 2005.


Source: Forex of the Day

Anne Marie Kortleve That sounds impressive!

1 day 13 hours ago

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 21 July 2017 at 01:21

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans?

Check the study on Finance for Smallholders and the workshops held in different country networks

together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:

“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL All i think is that they are more worried    of the negative outputs of the loans


4 days 12 hours ago

Anne Marie Kortleve

I can imagine MUWANGUZI SAMUEL When I read the overall conclusion of the participants of the workshops I see there is an urgent need for appropriate, flexible and timely financial services tailored to the production cycle of small farmers and that government support is needed through a regulatory framework and stimulation of innovation and finally that donors and investors are to take a facilitating role, also supporting innovation, partnership and high risk investments. Do you agree or do you ahve other suggestions?

1 day 20 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji

in Mali this formidable work was restored by

The workshop to share the results of the study entitled "FINANCES FOR SMALL PRODUCERS - RISK MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS"

1 day 17 hours ago

Akibodé Djodji Nous restons convaincus que les résultats de ses études serviront de base à l'amélioration des différentes politiques et stratégies de facilitation d'accès au crédit des petits producteurs agricoles.  Vous pouvez suivre la vidéo de l'atelier de restitution de l'étude en cliquant sur ce lien  https://agriprofocus.com/post/587cac31a93f251491aac11a        MERCI, on est ensemble

1 day 17 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

aug
21

Training and Study Tour on New Agricultural Technologies

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  21 August 2017 to 01 September 2017 - All Day Event
  USA

Venue: USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.)

Dates: August 21 – September 1, 2017

Tours were very well planned. IFDC is very well connected and respected. Well done” - Operations Manager, Australia

“Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn a lot of interesting developments in crop farming, water and nutrient management in the U.S. Many of the technologies I saw will definitely help sharpen my thinking about simple things that can be done here in Nigeria to improve production of our farmers.” – Group Head Commercial Services, Nigeria

“I am glad to have attended this training, and I now have many friends from different countries. I will share my knowledge from this training with my partners, because it is very useful to agricultural production.” – Key Laboratory Manager, China

In all, the program was very beneficial with good facilitators and materials applicable to my job and country. Very good arrangements and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 July 2017 at 06:12

Responsible agriculture finance for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda

Published by Mastercard Foundation; RAF Learning Lab, June 20th, 2017, text from Food and Business Knowledge Platform

This report (PDF), commissioned by the MasterCard Foundation, analyses input credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda. Agricultural inputs (either cash or in-kind) are provided on credit and the farmer reimburses the provider after harvest. Input credit products for farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are often ‘bundled’ with other compulsory services and fees. As a result, smallholder farmers may not fully understand the pricing structure and compulsory nature of bundled credit products, and may be taking on more risk than they can handle. It appears there may be a number of smallholder farmers who are indeed struggling to comprehend input credit bundles and the associated relatively high but variable risks of input credit. The objective of the study was to improve The MasterCard Found

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 July 2017 at 06:44

VACANCY: OIL SEED PRODUCTION MANAGER ( SUNFLOWER & SAFFLOWER)

Application deadline
2017-08-10
Business / Employer name
Great African Food Product (GAFCo)

Job Duties:

• Overall responsible for coordinating with internal GAFCo stakeholders including sales, operations, processing & logistics, and third-party oil extraction partners to ensure quality and timely delivery of client orders for sunflower and safflower oils.
• Drive planning & quality control initiatives with internal stakeholders based on client orders, including:
a. Mapping client orders to out-grower production plan;
b. Timely ordering of stock seed for import;
c. Verify stock seed import processes and documentation;
d. Allocation of stock seed to out-grower locations;
e. Verifying proper germination testing & seed dressing;
f. Monitoring Planting Campaigns and Growing Activities in Farm force to ensure adherence to crop protocols, field traceability and yield forecasting.
g. Monitor third parties who provide oil extr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 July 2017 at 02:12

We joined the food revolution - and you can, too

World Bank Blog by Nataliey Bitature and Manon Lavaud, 13 July 2017.

"Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to hold into 2050. With this growth, street food is going to become one of the most important components of African diets. The formal sector will just not be able to keep up!

Enter my company, Musana Carts, which tackles the #FoodRevolution challenge from the end of the food value chain. Musana Carts, which currently operates in Uganda, streamlines and improves the production and consumption of street food."

Full blog text: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-joined-food-revolution-and-so-can-you?CID=AGR_TT_agriculture_EN_EXT

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 July 2017 at 10:08

An Empowered woman empowering others women in agriculture value chains.

Women are usually the main producers of many crops such as sunflower and wheat in Rukwa region in the southern Highlands of Tanzania. But unfortunately they benefit less from these production activities. However Mama Mzindakaya a teacher turned farmer and agrodealer believe that women producers can do better if given opportunities such as access to resources such as land, credit or finances as well as decision making power and access and control over benefit of agriculture production.As a teacher mama Mzindakaya was always passionate with agriculture.

Women are important players in agriculture value chains

In Rukwa region of Tanzania a lot of women engage in agriculture production. Fortunate or unfortunately most of the activities that women are more involved in are the most important ones that determine the yields of the crop such as land preparation, sowing or planting, weeding, harvesting and post harvesting activi

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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 Tanzania
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:33

DEMONSTRATION FARMS ARE SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICA'S AGRICULTURE


Farms that are used to teach agricultural techniques and technologies – known as demonstration farms – are a smart investment that can help accelerate the adoption of game-changing innovations. Farmers can learn new ways of doing things without having to do it on their farms.

Demonstration farms are used to teach various agricultural techniques and technologies, showcase new or improved crops. They also serve as a venue to research and test new methods alongside traditional ones.

Their sizes can vary widely, ranging from small to big farms. Depending on what’s being tested or showcased, the demonstration farm could have different types of crops and crop varieties, livestock or poultry breeds, fertilizer treatments or technology, such as drip irrigation. They are often owned and operated by universities, government or private research institutions, private industries or agriculture focused start-ups and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 14 July 2017 at 01:33

CONSULTANT NEEDED: GENDER STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SUNFLOWER VALUE CHAIN

SNV Tanzania is looking for a Gender Consultant with experience in developing agricultural gender strategies. Consultant should be able to submit a Gender strategy document with a keen focus in agricultural value chains that they have worked in the past, A Financial proposal and proposed work plan as a pre-requisite of getting short-listed/considered for the assignment and up to date CV. Please find more details on the attached Terms of Reference.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 14 July 2017 at 07:37

Jana tumekuwa na Kikao kizur cha wadau wa Mikunde kunde Tanzania na moja ya mambo tumekubaliana ni Kusajili Mtandao wa Mikunde Kunde Tanzania. Kwa kipindi cha mwaka.mzima toka Mradi wa Masoko ya Mikunde kunde uanze mwaka 2015, sekretariat ya Mtandao wa mikunde kunde ilikuwa ikitolewa na Barqza la Nafaka Ukanda wa Afrika ya mashariki (EAGC).
Pia wawakilishi wa vikundi vya wakulima, wakulima binafsi, watafiti, wakusanyaji na watoa huduma wa katika mnyororo wa Thamani wa Mikunde kunde (Pulses) wameweza kukutana na kujadilianna kutumia fursa kufikia hitaji la soko kuzingatia ubora, muda na aina.

Makampuni makubwa ya wanunuzi yakiwemo ETG, QPE, EV Exporters, MAVIGA na KILIMO MARKET waliweza kukutana na wawakilishi wa vikundi vya wakulima kutoka Babati, Mtwara, Lindi, Dodoma, Karatu, Shinyanga,Iringa na Mbeya.

Pia wawakilishi kutoka wizara ya Kilimo,   Viwanda, na vituo vya utafiti walishiriki.

Ili kufikia malengo ya kusajili Mtandao kamati ya mpito ikiwa na wawakilishi toka TCCIA, EAGC, AMSHA

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