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.
A reminder: Register now for Meru Farmer's Fair!!
Have you registered for a 3 day Meru Farmer's Fair yet, which will take place in this coming October on 26th to 28th. Register early for the great offers incase you missed out the first offers now, first come first served. To register and get all updates about the event through this LINK.
Crop pests and diseases are the devastating effects on smallholder farmers today due to climate change. Cassava brown streak diseases is spreading westward across African continent, cassava mosaic disease threatens the food and income security of over 30 million farmers in East and Central Africa. Also, banana is facing fungal and bacterial and fungal diseases and banana bunchy top virus while sweetpotato is faced with viruses and Alternaria fungi.
Farmers are always unable to identify properly these diseases, while health authorities and extension organization lack the data to support them. To overcome these issues, a team under the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), are working on a revolutionary app to accurately diagnose diseases in the field, which will be combined with SMS services to send alerts to thousands of rural farmers.
Painstaking field work using cameras, spectrophotometers and dr... Read more
This Course: Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security is highly valued by its participants. It is taking place in Wageningen, the Netherlands
Professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations can apply. For more information see the course webpage (click on title above).
Get some tips on the art of listening in this video by our trainer Mariette Gross.
The scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
You can check out all our courses on: www.icra-edu.org/courses
Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security,
12 - 30 March 2018, Wageningen, the Netherlands
for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. What can you learn from this course? Listen to what our alumni have to say in this video.
After attending this course one participant said:
“Since I apply methods from this course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.
More information is available on the course webpage
Scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
Application deadline with own funding is 20 January 2018
Our September Newsletter is out!
Dear members, we are happy to share with you our latest newsletter for this september which has updates for you to learn, explore and opportunities.
In this newsletter you will learn about the event Meru Farmer's Fair, the IFCD training and more events. Also get to meet a young lady from Kilimanjaro who goes beyond Agribusiness into making spices.
And what's interesting is the vlog made by our Communication expert Anne Marie and the Food Challenge video.
Read the newsletter HERE.
Kagera region (estimated at 41% of national figures). This has ranked Kagera among regions with highest malnutrition levels and children stunting. To start with, I am doing 8 acres of soya beans farm now (Sept- Oct. 2017) with hope of harvesting by Jan-Feb 2018. Thereafter, I want to set up a small scale food processing unit for manufacturing NUTRITIOUS CORN- SOYA BEANS FLOUR (CSB)
1. I am looking for anyone one within or outside the agriprofocus network with knowledge and experience about the right formulas for CSB
2. I am looking for interested investors / partners to work with.
RSVP here or directly to my emailL email@example.com or tel: 0754 605682
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Making your own butter - very good investment
your money which you pay for machine, is going to return to you in very short time.
who wants to be dealer of our products ?
OYE bootcamp in supporting youth entrepreneurs!
In supporting youth in agribusiness, our partners SNV partnered with MasterCard Foundation in a project named Opportunity for Youth Employment (OYE) and held a boot camp between 11th-14th September. The bootcamp involved youth from four zones of Tanzania including Southern Zone (Mbeya), Northern Zone (Arusha), Central Zone (Dodoma/Morogoro) and Lake Zone (Mwanza).
The Bootcamp held for 3 days, of which 2 days of learning, networking and study tours to organic fertilizer company and organic manufacturer company. Out of 30 participants, 3 winners were chosen whereby the first winner won a startup kit worth 1 million, second 900,000 and third 800,000 start up kits.
The panel of judges from SNV and AgriProFocus Tanzania Country Coordinator Katarina Mungure chose the competition winner named Elizabeth from Haki Leather Group in Dodoma.
... Read moreKatarina says "youth who attended OYE bootcamp and business plan competition
Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) prepares a five day training in Managing Crops Business and Electronic - Cooperation in Tanzania, which starts from 25th to 29th of November in Moshi, Tanzania.
The training will focus on current issues, models, successful cases and scenarios based on internet and competitive business environment, managing industrial opportunities, products innovation and more.
The course will be delivered by experienced lectures in industrial and crop business transformation, rural-urban cooperative development as well as collaboration from experienced experts from respective fields and cases.
Who should attend the training; all personnel from Agribusiness, Service provider, NGO's, Company, Farmer's Association and related fields.
Venue;Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre at MoCU.
For registration and contact details read the attached file below.
"I started out my business with only 12,800 Tanzanian shilling" Fransisca Massawe from Moshi Kilimanjaro said that during the interview with us. Fransisca is a 25 years old woman who after finishing her studies did not get an opportunity to go for further education but had an idea of making spices (mango pickle, tea and pilau masala).
She gathered other people and make a group of six and receive training from SIDO (Small Industry Development Organization) and later on introduced to SNV project named OYE (Opportunity for Youth Employment) to receive training more in market, skills and capacity development in her business.
Despite receiving the training later on her friends left to do some other activities Fransisca said "It was a challenge that i had a group but most of the time I was the only one to run things because i believed in the idea and when everybody left i stood up". Fransisca said with the training my eyes were open and learnt about brandi... Read more
The East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference is only three weeks away and more than 200 delegates have already registered for the event, which will take place between 9th to 11th October in Maputo Mozambique.
The conference is expecting over 300 delegates in Maputo for this meeting of key people influencing the future direction of the fertilizer agribusiness industry in the region.
Why should you attend, over 30 speakers confirmed at the conference from Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa and Malawi. To learn about the speakers profile read HERE.
During the conference you will be able to hear the key debates on the following;
-View from the private sector: African fertilizers leader panel
-Policy development to support regional fertilizer trade and agribusiness
-Understanding African soils and their nutrient needs
-Opportunities for investment in agribusiness in Mozambique
-Meeting Africa's rice promise
-Build... Read more
Recently our team visited a project based in Rukwa in Sunflower Value chain with our partner SNV, the project involves a question of "Women and youth have been historically and systematically excluded from participating in the Sunflower value chain".
The financial institution manage to increase access to financial products that meet the needs of small farmer holder, among the bank that provide the services are CRDB (Cooperative Rural Development Bank). The Business Manager states that "we finance sunflower processors and we have special scheme for crop trading- maize, rice and sunflower", through this women enjoy a special discount on fees and commissions for loans which is 0.25% instead of 5%. CRDB introduced the Women Access to Fund guarantee (WAF) and 4 women benefited to get a loan with low interest. Apart from CRDB Bank also there is another financial institution in the area NMB (National MicroFinance Bank)... Read more
Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.
We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!
Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.
While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.
Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.
Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!
The vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.
This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will monitor progress towards... Read more
The African Grain Trade Summit is a regular high level, international recognized grain industry conference that bring together business influencers, policy makers and other critical stakeholders from across the African continent and beyond that include heads of state and government, ministers, private sector business leaders, researchers and development partners for discussion about key issues and emerging trends in the grain sector on the continent.
The event will take place at White Sands Hotel in Dar es salaam Tanzania from 5th to 7th October 2017, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Summit will have 4 session and 2-3 papers will be presented by experts and industry practitioners in the relevant field.
Theme of the Summit "Setting New HorizonS: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa".
On how to register click here in order to attend and price for attending the Summit.
Need help with taking care of your soil, here is your solution!
Soilcare is the solution to all of your problems concerning soil problem, be it type, diseases, information and more.
Soilcare provide solution on how to manage your soil fertility, soil testing and know what inputs to produce. Also by putting knowledge in the hands of farmers and give them access to the knowledge from the experts. Through softwares they provide update about practical information of soil to farmers, the one thing you need to do is visit their website and learn more as instructed below.
Read more about soilcare and get the answer to all your soil problems.
How to prepare organic fertilizer for local farmers.
Due to an increase use of high inorganic fertilizer and high price, here is an alternative which is easy and affordable for a local farmer "organic fertilizer". This fertilizer facilitate a sustainable farming and increase production.
Organic fertilizer comes from material that are always going to waste such as vegetable remain, grass and weeds cutting and leaves. Also organic compost gives crops natural test and enriches the soil.
Organic fertilizer can be made by using dry grass, pig manures, cow dungs, wood chips, saw dusts, papers, kitchen waste, chicken manure etc. Then mix the materials with water on a concrete floor and measure by using wheelbarrow or a bucket. After that make a pile and leave it for three to four days, while observing add water at your pile if it is dry or more materials if wet. Then measure using the thermometer, in three or four months your pile will be ready to use.
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AgriHub is a free mobile agricultural trading place. Whether you deal in agricultural machinery, organic foods, fruits and vegetables, inputs, poultry, dairy and much more, AgriHub allows you to share you products with buyers in East Africa and beyond.
COSTS: As a buyer or seller, AgriHub is available for use at no cost. The app only requires that you have an internet connection to enable you post a commodity and browse available products
NO REGISTRATION: No need for registration and username, simply post your product and a contact phone number. AgriHub was designed with the user in mind so simplicity was priority. It only takes 2 steps;
1. Go to google playstore, search for 'AgriHub' and install
2. Open app, browse available products and / or post your product
My name is Dr. Lunna Kyungu. I am Nutritionist by profession but also a keen farmer.