The produce-and-then-sell mentality of the commodity business is being replaced by the strategy of first determining what attributes consumer want in their food products and then creating or manufacturing products with those attributes. With the continuous shifting to a global economy, the international market for value-added products is growing. Market forces have led to greater opportunities for product differentiation and added value to raw commodities because of
Producers have a challenge to be responsive to consumer demands by producing what is desired. Attentiveness to consumer demands in quality, variety and packaging are important, because demographic trends show growth in the convenience-oriented, health-conscious and environmentally concerned sectors where price is no... Read more
The World Bank Group and the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (ZATP) in partnership with BongoHive and AgriProfocus Zambia launched the Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Zambia with support from The World Bank Group in January 2017 to support Agro-processing enterprises in Eastern, Copperbelt, and Lusaka provinces.
The Zambia Agribusiness Bootcamp is a competitive mentoring and training program designed to help growth-oriented agro-processing SMEs who operate in value added agribusiness to derive concrete and feasible expansion plans. The 5-day bootcamp between 19th and 23rd March 2018 will support participating enterprises through coaching, market contacts and peer learning. The bootcamp is a precursor to the up-coming MarketConnect, an advisory, brokerage and financial support service provided by the Zambia Agribusiness and Trade Project (ZATP) under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. The best 10 participants of the bootcamp will become the first bene... Read more
Agribusiness is Africa’s untapped goldmine. According to a World Bank report, Africa’s agribusiness industry is expected to be worth $1 trillion by 2030. With up to 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, fertile soils, abundant labour, and all-year sunshine, sub-Saharan Africa surely has the potential to become the world’s biggest exporter of food products. Even if Africa decides to ignore export markets, the continent’s one billion people provides a huge and ready market for agribusiness.
Interestingly, more international entrepreneurs are tapping into the vast opportunities in Africa’s agribusiness market. And with the continued harsh impacts of low crude oil prices in 2016, sleeping agribusiness giants like Nigeria and Angola are finally putting a strong focus on agribusiness as a means to diversifying their economies.&nbs... Read more
Warm greetings for the day! IRES Kenya would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming trainings for the month April 2018 on Agriculture development, Food security and Livelihoods at Indepth Research Services training facilities, Nairobi, Kenya.
The main role of these training workshops is to equip all Agricultural experts together with mid-level policy-makers, with knowledge and skills in understanding the context of the Agriculture Sector with the overall goal of strengthening technical capacity for increased consideration and use of Agriculture in decision-making aimed at tackling development issues.
A preliminary agenda has been devised; a more specific and detailed programme will be sent to any interested candidate who registers for any of our scheduled courses for April 2018.
NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations.
Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course (02nd to 06th April 2018)
Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase... Read more
THE AGRIBUSINESS LEGAL CLINIC IS RIGHT HERE! NO MORE WORRIES.
Have you been struggling in accessing Agribusiness legal support services? Are you looking for business legal information? Here comes a lasting solution for your business to receive legal information support in real-time through mobile phone devices.
AgriProFocus in partnership with Puliida Uganda Limited, The Consortium for enhancing University Responsiveness to agribusiness Development (CURAD) and The Uhuru Institute of Social Development will be unveiling a Micro-enterprise Legal Support Program that links agribusinesses, cooperatives and social enterprises to transactional legal support through mobile phones.
This program provides transactional/business legal information on various issues including; business formation, contracts, agreements, trademarks, licenses, certifications, taxes, and more. However; this program does NOT support litigation and criminal matters.
1. Easy access of leg... Read more
Le réseau AgriProFocus Niger en collaboration avec ses partenaires organise la troisième édition de la foire sur le financement de l’agriculture au Niger du 12 au 13 avril 2018 à Niamey. La FINAGRI 3 vise à contribuer à l’amélioration du financement des filières agricoles porteuses a travers le développement des relations entre les institutions de financement et les acteurs du secteur agricole. Elle sera l’espace pour casser la barrière entre les banques/IMFs et acteurs du secteur agricole.
De façon spécifique, il s’agira de :
- Partager des informations et expériences sur le FISAN
- Faire connaitre les expériences et opportunités de financement de chaines de valeur par les banques et IMFs
- Faire connaitre les principales filières agro sylvo pastorales porteuses du Niger, les ONGs. Les OPS et autres acteurs qui soutiennent le secteur agricole
- Echanger sur les maillons de la chaine de valeur... Read more
Inspirafarms, a leading innovator in agrifood and renewable energy technology is looking for a dynamic and seasoned individual that will lead in the development of new business opportunities in Eastern and Southern Africa.
Our customers are innovative, growing food companies in Africa and Latin America.
We are looking for a competent person to fill the following position of
Position: Business Developer
Value chain: Agribusiness and Renewable Energy Technology
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline: 5th March 2018
Consultancy Duration: 2-year basis with the possibility of extension
Job details here
InspiraFarms: Competitive. Sustainable. Agribusiness.
Re: Invitation to participate in the Northern Uganda Agribusiness Forum and Exhibition from 23rd to 25th 2018 Mayors Garden Lira
In trying to rejuvenate the development of Northern Uganda, Eye to Eye Consult Ltd in partnership with Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (UNCCI) Lira, the Private Sector Mid North and other stakeholders is organizing the “2nd Northern Uganda Agribusiness Forum and Exhibition 2018”.
Venue: Mayors Garden, Lira
Dates: 23rd - 25th March, 2018
100 Seater Tent - Ushs. 2,000,000
50 Seater Tent - Ushs. 1,000,000
Open space 30 Square Meters 700,000
Table - Ushs. 100,000 for the Groups (Women Groups, Farmer Groups, Youth Groups)
Table for individuals - Ushs. 50,000
Entrance to the Exhibition alone Ushs. 1,000
Exhibition and Training - Ushs. 5,000
It is the largest trade event in Northern Uganda for Agriculture, Aquaculture and Animal Health Industries. This event brings together over 250 Companies and fa... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda through its programme called Youth in Agribusiness, in close partnership with Rural Development Initiative (RDI), USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS), the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM), YEAN Rwanda, National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), organized the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 22nd November 2017 at UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus.
The objectives of this event were to:
- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.
- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth
- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness
- R... Read more
Harvest Money Expo – What Next for Agribusiness in Uganda?
Datang ke Roadshow kami!
Februari ini, UNDP Indonesia, Government of Canada, dan ANGIN akan berkunjung ke Lampung dan Manado! Kami mengadakan workshop dan talkshow yang ditujukan untuk membantu para wirausawahan lebih siap dalam mencari pendanaan.
Khusus untuk workshop kami, hanya terbatas untuk 20 peserta terseleksi. Peserta workshop terbaik akan mendapatkan kesempatan untuk mendapat konsultasi 1-on-1 mengenai fundraising dengan tim ANGIN!
Tempat dan Tanggal
Kamis, 22 Februari 2018: Manado, tempat akan di-email
Jadwal Acara (sama untuk Lampung dan Manado):
11.45-12.00: Sambutan dari UN Resident Coordinator/ UNDP Resident Representative, Anita Nirody
12.00-13.00: [Talk Show] Tantangan dan Kisah Sukses dalam Mengembangkan dan Mendanai Usaha Tahap Awal
14.00-16.00: [Workshop] Kesiapan Investasi: Hal-hal yang Harus Dipersiapkan dan Diperhatikan dalam Fundraising
16.00-17.00: [Workshop] Sca... Read more
Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance
Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya’s rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.
The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. Becaus... Read more
Join us at the launch of the first ever Agribusiness Bootcamp Zambia. The Agribusiness Bootcamp is a training and mentorship program to enhance and promote growth of local agribusinesses and agri-processors in Zambia.
If you are not in Lusaka and want to learn more about the bootcamp and its benefits, catch us at the info sessions in:
(I) Chipata (Venue: Crystal Spring Lodge Date: Wed 17th Jan, 2018 Time: 10:00hrs)
(II) Kitwe (Venue: Moba Conference Centre Date: Fri 19th Jan, 2018 at 10:00hrs)
When many university students complete their studies, one of their biggest preoccupations is how to land government or corporate jobs. For many, getting white collar jobs is the only alternative after campus.
However, for Evangeline Mukazigama, a graduate of accounting from Kigali Independent University (ULK), job-seeking was out of the equation, thanks to her passion for farming and entrepreneurship. Though the move surprised many, for her it was a natural choice having raised all her university tuition fees from farming activities.
“For me the thought of job-seeking was like a huge burden I couldn’t bear,” says the 30-year-old resident of Rurenge, Remera sector in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.
So I decided to apply the knowledge gained from university to carry out my own income-generating activities to make more money, Mukazigama added.
The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness.
Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers),... Read more
I am Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI, CEO&Co-founder of Umurage Flower Garden in Muhoza sector, located in Musanze District near the National police college at the road heading to Musanze Agro-market. I provide different horticultural services to different clients! These services include growing flowers, Raising seedlings and producing root stocks for other people who want to grow these flowers in their gardens.
By participating in different Youth in Agribusiness Festivals that are being organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Rural Development Initiative and other partners, I have got lots of experience and gained new skills that have empowered me for improving business and make it more viable and profitable as well. For instance, I was participated as an exhibitor in 2016_Youth in Agribusiness Festival that took place at UR-CAEVM, Busogo Campus and due to professional advice from AgriProFocus staff, presenters and different leaders that came from... Read more
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Australia Awards is inviting leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators of technology-enabled start-ups who want to develop their knowledge and skills in international business to apply for our two-week short course in Australia on 27 April – 13 May 2018.
The course aims to encourage, support and advance the involvement of Indonesian entrepreneurs or innovators in international business and connect their businesses with market opportunities for international expansion.
This is a fully funded scholarship. All course fees, travel, accommodation and per diems will be provided by Australia Awards.
more information, please find detailed flyer here
applications MUST be submitted before Sunday 31 December 2017 via this
Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.
Improving farmers’ performance and business relations
This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.
Upon completion of the course you will: