In order to strengthen education and improve agricultural development in Rwanda, the SEAD project makes use of several pillars, Curriculum revision is of them. UR-CAVM is currently engaged in an internal review of all programmes it offers, since these have not been undergoing a review since the merger of the institutes in 2014. It is in this regards that during the week of 16th-20th April 2018 at Fatima hotel, the SEAD project has provided support by offering its expertise for the revision of the programme of Agribusiness of UR-CAVM.
The process involved the education teams of UR-CAVM and other higher education institutions with higher learning expertise in agribusiness, government officials in strategic positions for agribusiness development, representatives of the private sector involved in the agribusiness and students & Alumni of the agribusiness programme at higher learning institutions.
The participants of the workshop assessed the current curriculum of the Bac... Read more
In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”
Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).
The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at... Read more
Agriculture is a science, art, practice and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies. However, all farming generally relies on techniques to expand and maintain the lands suitable for raising domesticated species. Agriculture is the only culture on the earth which doesn't have an alternative. Which is why a research project on the Agribusiness community in Uganda has been launched under the theme: "Progress and Impact of AGRI-QUEST"
The AGRI-QUEST project was premised on the foundation that despite the benefits of embracing ethical behaviour and quality standards in agri-businesses to strengthen competitiveness and sustainability for accelerated transformation, value chain actors (VCAs) in Uganda do not exhibit sufficient competence in e... Read more
The Africa Green Revolution Forum, the world’s most important and impactful forum for African agriculture, pulling together stakeholders in the agricultural landscape, will this year host a Dealroom connecting investors with business owners and projects across the agriculture value chain seeking investments.
We invite all entrepreneurs working along the Agriculture value chain to apply for the AGRF Dealroom. The Dealroom is specially designed for entrepreneurs looking to raise capital and connect, directly, with potential investors and development partners.
Businesses seeking investments between $100k-$5m will be considered. We are seeking companies in the growth development phase and looking for expansion capital to scale up their businesses.
It is 2.30pm as the youth from various places in the country gather at Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo (MUARIK) for the launch of the fifth CURAD-Swiss contact agribusiness innovations challenge and to show case of their agricultural products they are marketing.
It is an initiative where a number of development partners such as CURAD, Swiss Contact and Stanbic Bank have signed a collective MOU in trying to help impart skills in youths across the country by engaging in agriculture as a business.
Stanbic Bank has come in to provide a revolving fund for the youth to be able to participate in agribusiness initiatives by participating in business incubations for skill gaining in a particular agriculture product. Simon Obanyo one of the youth Mbarara District who is busy offloading different packages of honey for display. He stands out among the rest of the youth as one can see the passion and zeal he has in handling his apiary... Read more
CTA appelle à l’enregistrement numérique des agroentreprises dirigées par des femmes en Afrique de l’Est et australe. Cet enregistrement facilitera la création d’une base de données en ligne de ces entreprises, qui sera le premier réseau de renseignements sur l’agribusiness dédié aux agroentreprises dirigées par des femmes. L’objectif est de créer un réseau d’agroentreprises de femmes, ainsi que de renforcer le flux d’informations au sein des réseaux d’agroentreprises dirigées par des femmes et avec les marchés, chaînes de valeurs et autres fournisseurs de services, y compris les partenaires financiers.
Les agroentreprises enregistrées:
seront invitées à participer à un salon B2B international organisé par le programme VALUE4HE;
Seront éligibles à une formation en deux phases sur la gestion d’agroentreprises et le le... Read more
This course is meant for agribusiness service providers working with smallholder farmers, processors, affiliated enterprises ànd for professionals working in producer organisations, educational institutes and development organisations with agribusiness as their domain.
You’ll get practical tips on e.g. building trust and improving your negotiation skills.
For details (incl course content) please see our course webpage.
Candidates with funding can: APPLY HERE ,
application deadline is 1 October for those who need a visa for Kenya
application deadline is 1 November for those who do not need a visa for Kenya
To get updates on our courses and scholarship opportunities you can sign up here
The central theme of the Symposium Day was ‘Youth in agribusiness for income generation and job creation.’ Many of the stakeholders at the Symposium recognise the important role of young women and men in realising a sustainable agri-food sector in the near future. They are also aware of the many challenges young people face as agripreneurs in the sector.
The Symposium thus focused on collaboration and sharing of experiences, debate forums amongst the youth; as important factors to inspire, increase synergy, to improve and be more effective in tackling challenges in convin... Read more
Are you a woman owned or managed company in
• Agriculture(including coffee,tea &Horticulture)
• Textiles& apparel
• Services (in one of the sectors listed)
ITC,the joint agency of the world trade organization and united Nation is implementing SheTrades in the common wealth project,funded by the UK DFID, a 2 year project from April 2018-march 2020.The aim is to increase economic growth and job creation by enabling the increased participation of women in international trade.
For more information about the project and how to be part of, kindly email me ASAP on email@example.com. I can also be reached on 0735 145 307
Or talk to Anne: 0721384915 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Must be 30% owned, managed and/or controlled by women,legally registered business enterprises in Kenya. Enterprises must be actively trading in listed sectors for either local,regional or international m... Read more
Live discussion on "Whether agribusiness can be the major sector for income generation and employment of the Youth in Uganda."
The thrilling discussion, live on the Hangout conversation platform; will be moderated by AgriProFocus Uganda Network Facilitator- Richard Mugisha.
Aim of the discussion is to jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful agripreneurs in the agri-food sector and to have their voices heard among decision makers.
The discussion will further identify current knowledge needs on agribusiness in order to stimulate more synergy in this field and to create a coherent knowledge agenda for further follow-up during the National Youth Symposium to be held on July 20th 2018.
Youth members, members in organisations who are involved in working with youth, are invited to join the discussion(on Hangout) and to take the the opportunity to:
Share your recent work on youth in agribusiness.
Give input and feedback on the work of others.
Identify key questions... Read more
Pineapples in Luwero are a must bite for tourists destined to Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park. The organic fruit weighing more than 4kg has a price tag of less than sh3000. It all depends on one’s haggling skills.
“Soon, a trip to Uganda without tasting a pineapple will be declared incomplete,” said Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) spokesperson, Jonathan Baniah. “We are urging all tour operators to include a trip to Luwero as part of the itinerary.”
Destined to Murchison Falls National Park, two Japanese Midori Lsozaki and Kusano Kazuki had their tongues wagging for the juicy harvest when they made a stopover in Luwero to sample them on 40 acres of a pineapple garden and Sulma Foods processing plant.
“These fruits are bigger than my head!” exclaimed Losaki as she was served a whole fruit dripping with juice. “Give me chop sticks?” Losaki was told to wash her hands an... Read more
Emmanuella Yvonne Iradukunda, 19, saw opportunity in the flower and jumped on it.
The flower, known as Hibiscus is popular in Rwanda for its beauty when planted in gardens or used as decorations in homes
But for Iradukunda, it has a lot more use. It first restored her mother’s health and now it is a source of revenue.
“My mother suffered a lot from joint pains that sometimes she was not able to do basic household chores or take a walk,” Emmanuella added. Read more
AgriProFocus à travers ses communautés d'innovation , jeunesse et entrepreneuriat agricole en collaboration avec JOKKOLABS , organise le 15 Novembre 2018 la 1ère édition de la journée d'échange d’expériences sur l'entrepreneuriat agricole des jeunes sous le thème " Innovations agricoles et Opportunités d'emplois verts"
La présente journée vise à contribuer à stimuler auprès des jeunes et des femmes l'esprit d'entreprendre et la conscience écologique dans le domaine agricole en vue de relever le défi de l'auto -emploi et de garantir la sécurité alimentaire auprès des populations locales .
Do you know any youth:
The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform (GAAAP) seeks to foster development of Pan-African community of dynamics youthful Agri-preneurs; stimulate intra-African trade and investment; facilitate inter-generational knowledge transfer and collaboration through mentorship; facilitate exposure to continental and global good practice in agribusiness, and help participants grow their business over the next 3 years. Applications are open!
Deadline: 13th July, 2018
Where to apply
Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.
The future of African small-scale producers depends on their ability to play an active and meaningful role in market dynamics. By effectively participating in and influencing the value chains that link them to suppliers, traders and consumers, smallholders will be able to earn more from their crops, livestock and small businesses. This 5 days training programme equips researchers, rural development practitioners and service providers with the competencies needed to assist small-scale farmers, traders and businesses to strengthen their position in value chains and, by so doing, contribute to economic development and poverty reduction. Overall the workshop consists of a mixture of brief interactive lectures to introduce various concepts, principles and approaches (questions and discussions encouraged during the presentation), plenary exercises, brainstorms, role... Read more
and learning workshop & Business drinks
Theme: Farmer Group Transformation
AgriProFocus Network is hosting a network building event under the theme “Transforming Farmer Groups” on Wednesday 20th June 2018, from 08:00 – 17:00 hours at Radisson Blu Hotel.
There are a number of programmes and initiatives that leverage on the farmer group structures. This draws in the need for key stakeholders and members to share insights on the key drivers and limitations on working with farmer group structures. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for key stakeholders and members working with various types of farmer groups to exchange knowledge and learn from each other on the challenges, advantages and best practices of working and engaging farmer groups. The event will also seek to generate interest among stakeholders for the establishment of a coalition to work towards a Farmer Group Transformation programme to accelerate the development of sustainable... Read more
Before 2015, Seraphine Adibakum, a Moyo-based farmer and his workers took a month to cultivate his 20 acre piece of land using the hand hoe. So he could not plan the cassava at the same time and therefore had less for the market.Besides, Adibakum says he was spending most of the little money from the cassava sales on workers’ food, transport and wages every month.
However, this changed in 2015 when Adibakum bought an old tractor to mechanise his farming and increase output. He has since opened up more land for cultivation and bought a second tractor, a new one. In addition to his own farm work, Adibakum hires out the tractors to other farmers. He says he earns more from agriculture having ventured into rice and from the tractor hire.
Adibakum’s is an example of how mechanism in agribusiness enterprises is improving farms in northern Uganda and has boosted people’s incomes, food security and created employment. Small scale farmers have ex... Read more
Frontier Incubators will assist regional ecosystems to develop innovative enterprises that can secure investment, scale their impact, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. This program builds the capacity of incubators and accelerators in the Asia-Pacific region, increasing the quality of support services these organisations offer to innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises. To achieve this we will facilitate partnerships between global leaders in the field and emerging incubators and accelerators from the region.
If you would like to strengthen your program and improve the services you offer, apply here before July 31, 2018.
Since his days as a marketing executive on radio, he has gone on to become the country sales manager of Harris International, establishing his own media agency, Felma before he quit the high paying job to become a member of parliament and now a farmer. Busujju county Member of Parliament, David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga, is a definition of a hustler.
He is no longer worried about when the rains will fall. Farming in Uganda is so much dependent on the weather but being creative is what matters now the 39-year-old, said
Unpredictable rains are now the norm in most parts of Uganda including the central region that used to be wet most of the year. Most maize farmers are enduring the pain of the army worm attack while coffee is wilting yet other crops do not get enough rain to give a substantial yield.
Lukyamuzi has beaten all this by farming oranges and guavas which can thrive in such dicey weather conditions.
Soil needs to be upg... Read more