Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:03

DfID to disburse Rwf24bn for agribusiness

The British Department for International Development (DfID) is set to disburse £23.5 million (about Rwf24 billion) through a new programme, dubbed “Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda” (IMSAR).

IMSAR, which was launched in Kigali, on September 27th 2016, will see the money paid out over a period of six years to support agribusiness, help farmers, develop the private sector, create jobs and promote economic growth and exports in a bid to support the commercialisation of agriculture.

DFID director for East and Central Africa Donal Brown said agriculture must be at the centre of economic development because it has real potential, especially in Africa.

“It’s clear that there is need for investment and DfID might be able to help. We are committed because our mission is to eradicate poverty and so many small producers are relying on subsistence agriculture. We see real potential here. We see many of the right ingredients to be succ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 October 2016 at 05:53

Agribusiness can generate wealth for Kenya farmers

From tea farming in the central region to sugarcane farming in the Western Kenya region, livestock keeping in northern Kenya, maize farming in the north rift and fishing in the Indian Ocean, smallholder producers face more or less the same hurdles to wealth creation.

The good news is that opportunities exist to make farming, including the small-scale types, a profitable venture for anyone. One of the ways of bringing shine to the much neglected sector is by adopting sustainable agribusiness.

Agribusiness is a broad area and covers the entire spectrum of food production with multiple players along the value chain.

It includes farming, the supply of various inputs, distribution, processing, wholesale and retail sales, research and development, marketing and financing as well as the end product: the food on the plate of the consumer.

The key players in the value chain include the farmers, co-operatives, regulators, government agencies, research institutions, companies, business associations, financial institutions, multilateral bodies, civil society, and the academia.

Sustainable agriculture is not singularly fixated on the profit motive. It considers the socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts of various activities along the value chain.

It supports the local economy through knowledge transfer, job creation, supporting local enter

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 October 2016 at 08:50

Did you know that...

Statistics indicate that from 2010 to 2014, the quantity of imported horticulture goods has been steadily increasing? 

In 2014 alone Zambia imported vegetables worth US$412.6m (ITC Trade Map). On the other note Zambia exported vegetables worth US$ 11.5m creating trade deficit of -US$ 401.1m.

What can we do to make the Zambian Horticulture sector more competitive?  

AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a study in 2015 mapping the Investment Opportunities in the Horticulture Sector. Read it HERE!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 September 2016 at 10:34


Story telling is a scientifically-proven way to capture a listener's attention and hold it. It makes your pitch unforgettable. So, tell your story and tell it right. You're bound to gain attention, and the funding will follow.

Whether you're looking for investors or to get people interested in your business, your victory depends on your ability to explain what makes your business unique and to catch your listener's attention in less than 2 minutes. One of the most important things a businessperson can do, especially the founder or the general manager or someone who is at the center of the business daily operations is sales and learning how to speak about the business to others. This therefore these two things become the main target for every business that wants to grow.

Are you an entrepreneur? Company? Cooperative?, today AgriProFocus, SNV -The Netherlands Development Organization, B-Space and Netherlands Uganda Trade & Investment Platf

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Bernard Mugume Am glad I will be part of this interesting sessions and i hope to network with investors and financiers to boost Focus Youth Forum Association in agriculture

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is great. We are looking at doing this in Kenya as well with the youth. Would be great to learn from your experience.

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Mugisha Richard I have not seen an immediate impacting event like PAINT, where clients confirm they are converted, where agribusinesses pitches turn into stories

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is great Richard. We need to do this more.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 September 2016 at 08:47

Introducing the New Agri-Business Television Network (ABN) in Zambia

African Agribusiness Network (ABN) is an innovative and developmental 24/7 broadcasting station that sees to fill the information gap relating to agribusiness and developmental activities with a view to inform, educate and entertain entrepreneurs as they grow their businesses and competitively participate in the national, regional and global business arena.

ABN is an ideal business platform that provides networking and information for the agriculture sector and its various value chains. We offer manufactures and distributors of farming inputs, farmers and aro-dealers an opportunity to advertise and also address the various challenges faced in the sector by engaging key stakeholders and policy makers.

ABN TV will be launching soon and is looking to partner with, and advertise for, different players in the Agriculture sector.

Read more about ABN HERE.

If interested, contact:

Mr. Mwikisa Lubinda
Managing Director
+260 211

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 8 September 2016 at 01:30

APPLICATIONS OPEN for ICRA courses for professionals in Agricultural Education and Outreach, Research and Agribusiness: March - May 2017, The Netherlands

The following courses are open, including scholarships:

1. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 13 – 31 March 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

2. Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

Click the links above for more information and application forms. Applicants who arrange their own financial support for participation face less competition and have a bigger chance of getting selected. ICRA courses in the Netherlands qualify for Nuffic scholarships (60 countries). The scholarship application is open until 19 October 2016.


Youth in Agribusiness - Synergy Planning Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  16 September 2016, 09:00-12:00
  Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

You are warmly invited to participate in a Youth in Agribusiness Synergy Planning Workshop on Friday September 16th, 9:00am.  We can do more if we work better together!

Schedule for the day

9:00 am

Coffee and Welcome

9:15 am

Ministry of Youth Presentation on Latest GTP II plans to engaging youth in on-farm and off-farm employment activities

9:45 am

AgriProFocus presentation of findings of "Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project"

10:15 am

Interactive activity to map how different actors contribute to engaging youth in agribusiness

11:15 am

Discussion of how to increase synergy amongst actors to better engage youth in agribusiness

12:00 pm


Please confirm your participation by contacting Tihut Befkadu at 0923-10-61-54 or location for the event is Desalegn Hotel (around Bole Atlas) Addis Abeba.


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Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 26 August 2016 at 12:16

NABC facilitates the Dutch pavilion at the 12TH AFRICAN DAIRY CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION

Press release. August 22, 2016  

The Dutch participants to the AFDA, the largest dairy agricultural fair in Eastern and Southern Africa, will be united in a Holland pavilion. In total, seven Dutch agribusiness companies will participate to this event.

During the three-day AfDA (African Dairy Conference and Exhibition) from 31 August to 2 September, African companies will connect with the rest of the world and the latest developments in the field of agriculture will be shared. On behalf of the Netherlands, The Friesian Ante BV, De Bles Dairies, Van Den Heuvel and SNV will be present. Also Mueller, Scherjon and their local partner Inndigo will participate. Jan Maas, project manager on behalf of NABC: "By working together we are extra well positioned to show what the Netherlands has to offer. Potential customers of products can be passed on to each other. "

NABC organizes the Dutch participation in AfDA at the r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 August 2016 at 03:38

Call for Application: Msc in Agribusiness & Msc in Agroforestry and Soil Management for the Academic year 2016-2017

Deadline for applications: 21st August, 2016

The University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) , invites qualified candidates to apply for:

1. Msc in Agribusiness

The programme is focussing on the needs of private and public institutions , governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. The program is a gender sensitive and designed for people who aspire to become professional in Agribusiness, with sound skills in analytical techniques and capacity for conducting deep qualitative and quantitative analysis in the field of Applied Economics and Management in Agriculture.

CLICK HERE for more details, eligibility, mode of application and the required documents for application on this program.  

2. Msc in Agroforestry & Soil Management 

The programme is targeting decision makers, professionals, private practitioners w

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  05 October 2016 to 06 October 2016 - All Day Event

Promoting Agribusiness Investment, Networking and Trade (PAINT)

PAINT aims to bring together local, regional and international agribusinesses to build long term sustainable business relationships.

The initiative shall support the growth of the agribusiness sector by linking investable and profitable agribusinesses in the sectors of horticulture, coffee, oilseed, dairy & livestock to financing , technology, knowledge and markets.

Specific objective

1. To connect prequalified agribusinesses to financing

2. To link buyers to suppliers of inputs (commodities, equipment and services)

3. To link investors to investable businesses and opportunities

4. To facilitate transfer of knowledge and technology among businesses


We are currently receiving application from interested businesses in the sectors mentioned above who wish to participate in the trade and investment matchmaking event that will take place on 5th & 6th October 2

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Youth in AgriBusiness Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  01 September 2016 to 02 September 2016 - All Day Event
  UNZA Commonwealth Centre, Lusaka

Come to our Youth in Agri-business Event!

Are you between the ages of 18-35 looking for new opportunities and innovations in the agriculture sector? Would you like to express your opinions on youth involvement in agriculture? Or put your business skills to the test? Or perhaps you are an organisation that would not like to miss out on the business opportunity of engaging more youth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this event is for you!

You spoke, and we listened! AgriProFocus would like to present its first Youth in Agri-Business event!

AgriProFocus, in partnership with the Young Emerging Farmers Initiative, Agricomm, Agriterra and BongoHive would like to invite selected youth and organisations to a two-day Youth in Agri-Business Event.

This event creates an opportunity for participants to participate in panel discussions, business-case competitions, a hackathon, sharing testimonials and networking sessions.

Register here to be one of the many organisations and selected 100 youth par

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 July 2016 at 01:01

Hello everyone, i have recently developed prototypes for a soybean roaster (uses briquettes, a clean energy fuel but also has a 20% increase in efficiency) together with an automatic chicken feeder. The challenge am currently facing is the commercialization and scaling of these prototypes, any gracious soul here to help me with advice or support for scaling and commercialization is welcome. my contact is 0771654397 or email: I am also interested  in bio-gas generation and usage, a field am trying to implement and assess the potential for scalability. thanks and be blessed

Fortunatus MLYANDENA hi

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Mugisha Richard Share your view on agri-insurance

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Hello Mugisha please i hope to hear more from agri- insurance

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 20 July 2016 at 09:38


What difference does it make to be a female entrepreneur in Africa among male peers and the community? Why is it important to support women entrepreneurship? What is the best way of doing so? And what inspiration can women entrepreneurs offer for women leadership and inclusive business in the African agro-food sector?

These questions and many more are addressed in two interactive activities organized by 2SCALE in 2016. 

They do this in close collaboration with three inspiring women entrepreneurs who partner with 2SCALE: Ruth Kinoti (Shalem Investments, Kenya), Ruth Okiror (Acila Enterprises, Uganda) and Oluyemisi Iranloye (Psaltry International, Nigeria).


Webinar (online seminar): Tuesday August 23rd, 2016 | 12.00 – 13.15 pm (Nigeria time) / 14.00 – 15.15 pm (East Africa time).

Bootcamp (online course): During the week of 14 – 18 November 2016.

Follow this link for more informations, http://

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 June 2016 at 12:05

Job Vacancy at AVSI

Organisational Description:

AVSI Foundation is an International NGO which has been operating in Uganda since 1984, implementing various programmes in Health, HIV/AIDS, Disability, Education, Food Security, Agriculture, Livelihoods and Nutrition.

Programme background:

AVSI is implementing a 5 year project titled “Skilling Youths for Employment in Agribusiness (SKY)” which is funded by the Royal Dutch Embassy in Uganda. The goal of the project is to enhance sustainable creation of employment of youths in the agribusiness sector. 

Avsi is looking to hire;

Title: Private Sector Development Specialist – SKY Project - 1 position

Duty Station: Based in Kampala, Uganda

Find job details here

Application procedure:

A convincing cover letter, accompanied with an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating 3 work-related referees, plus copies of relevant certificates, should be addressed to: The Human Resource Manager, AVSI Foundation, P.O.Box 6785, Kampala, Uganda and sent to hr.ka

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 22 June 2016 at 09:32

Africa’s Future Farmers

In order to face the food security and nutrition challenges of the future there is a need to develop the capacities of the next generation of agricultural producers, by identifying ways to engage and empower youth – both women and men. Approximately 90 percent of young people between the ages of 15 and 24 live in developing countries, where agriculture employs as much as 60 percent of the labor force, and yet the majority of youth do not currently see agriculture as a viable career path given the low productivity rates and the difficulties they know to have been faced by previous generations. Farming has always been associated with poverty and punishment from our  parents and grandparents.I remember when i was growing up anytime i failed my exams my parents told me they would take me to my rural home to dig.Anytime i failed in school my parents would threaten me that i would end up in the farm where people with no education goes to.

Cognizant of all the factors, combating

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 June 2016 at 06:01

Ethiopian Wins USD 5000 in Agribiz Contest

Abrhame Endrias of Green Agro Mechanization from Ethiopia took the first position in the 2016 Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition SMEs category held at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nairobi Kenya. He beat 14 other competitors from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi to receive USD 3000 seed capital. Edmond Murindahabi of Pebec Ltd from Rwanda took the second Position as Anzazi Kiti of Taste Afrique from Kenya secured the third position. The two received USD 3000 and 2000 respectively.

Abrhame’s company rents out tractors, planters, and harvesters to smallholder farmers. The company also offers ploughing, harrowing, planting, harvesting and farm credit services besides supply of crop chemicals.

Senai Wolderufael of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports PLC that produces, processes nd markets spices and roasted coffee also competed in the SME category.

The event at Crown Plaza involved 30 contestants from the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competit

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 10 June 2016 at 08:51

Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is sponsoring a competition for young African entrepreneurs (less than age 40) to showcase their business innovations in agribusiness at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference in October 2016. Although the focus of the competition is agribusiness, business innovations in other themes (e.g., natural resources, meteorology, urbanization, green economy, etc.) will also be considered. The winners will have their expenses paid for travel to the conference in Cape Town, and a cash award. Submissions are invited in English or French before 30 July 2016. For more information click HERE


RUFORUM inadhamini mashindano kwa ajili ya wajasiriamali wadogo wa Afrika (chini ya umri wa miaka 40) kwa kuonyesha ubunifu wa biashara zao katika kilimo wakati wa warsha ya RUFORUM Oktoba, 2016. Ingawa lengo la ushindani ni biasha

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 2 June 2016 at 12:07

Supa Youth in agribusiness Pictures:

Get All the Pictures  from the Supa you camp by simply click here  . 

Janine Schoeman Hi Jacob, maybe you are still working on it, but the link gives an error. Thought I'd let you know;)

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Jacob Olanya Let me have a look at it.

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Jacob Olanya Sorry if you were not able to access the link, i have reset it and it should be fine now, here is the alternative:

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Janine Schoeman Thanks, it works now! There are many great pictures:)

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AMBROSE ONORIA Thanks for the job well done Jacob

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 June 2016 at 07:05

Holland Pavilion at the 11th National Agricultural Show

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is organizing the 11th National Agricultural Show from the 14th to the 20th June 2016 in Rwanda. The Agricultural Show is one of several regional agricultural fairs in the region, aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in agricultural commercial exchange activities. The theme of this year’s show is ‘Invest in Agricultural innovations for prosperity’.

Holland pavilion

The Netherlands embassy is attending this coming agricultural show with a Holland pavilion in which Dutch agricultural companies, active and/or interested in doing business in Rwanda, exhibit their products, knowledge and are present to provide information. Besides, the Holland pavilion features an area where visitors of the pavilion can meet and talk with the Dutch.

Attending companies

The following companies are attending the agricultural show in the Holland pavilion:

· Heineken Bramin Farm


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HABIMANA CHRISTOPHE Hello Dear members! I would like to kindly ask if there is any planned way that can help members of this platform who will attend the AgriShow to know more each other through Acquaintances...Any feedback please.

2 years 7 months ago

AgriProFocus Rwanda Hi Christophe! What kind of help do you mean? Are you also attending the Agrishow?

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Ben Rutten Diddier, I see PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is not invited?

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Ben! Actually it is the EKN which was in charge of inviting the Dutch companies who were to attend the 2016 National Agricultural show! Our contribution was only in disseminating this information to our members, who were interested in meeting with one of the Dutch companies' representatives . 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 June 2016 at 11:30

Renewed call for youth to take up agribusiness

Ugandan youth have been advice to take up agribusiness as a way to reduce the problem of unemployment among the young people.

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Alphaxrd Gitau Great Discussion Jacob...Keep up

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