Lessons Learned & Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  19 February 2018 - 08:00 to 23 February 2018 - 17:30

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has over 35 years’ experience conducting research and providing training and technical assistance in all aspects of agro-input markets in the developing world. At the request of some governments, IFDC has provided technical support in the introduction of subsidy programs and also has provided capacity building though seminars and workshops to share lessons learned and best practices, working in collaboration with local and international partners.

This training program will draw on lessons learned and the latest research findings and recommendations from IFDC and partner organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Register here:

Workshop brochure is attached.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 November 2017 at 10:58


Karoti ni zao zuri sana na kwa kuzingatia vitu kadhaa mkulima anaweza pata mavuno mazuri na yenye ubora. Zifuatazo ni vitu vya kuzingatia kuweza kufanya ukafurahia mavuno ya zao hilo la karoti.

- Chimba shimo urefu wa mita 20 na tifua vizuri kabla ya kupanda.

-Udongo uliotifuliwa husaidia mizizi ya karoti kupenya kwa urahisi na kuwa mirefu.

-Usiweke mbolea kabla au baada ya  kupanda maana husababisha kufunga. 

-Kwa mavuno mazuri, nunua mbegu bora toka kwa wasambazaji waliosajiliwa.

-Changanya mbegu ya karoti na mchanga kabla ya kupanda ili kurahisisha kushika mbegu hizo ambazo ni ndogo ndogo sana.

Source: Shamba chef 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 7 November 2017 at 08:51

Hi everyone, I'm really glad and also excited for joining this network. I'm Dharma, and currently as CEO Vestifarm. We're helping farmers to get capital from investors in the city through a digital platform. We're now one of the most-hyped agriculture investment platform with thousands of investors looking for agriculture project that can be invested every month. I'm hoping to collaborate with anyone of you who are willing to foster agriculture sector in Indonesia. Nice to see you all

Dharma Anjarrahman Thanks for the warm welcoming Janine Schoeman & Maula Paramitha Wulandaru :) I'm very interested with your platform, because i believe it is very improtant to keep the agriculture ecosystem being connected to each other. I still learn myself to use your platform. Does Agri Pro Focus have some community empowerment programs specifically to farmers? We are very happy and open for farmers if they need some funding to scale-up their project. And are you open for some coffee meeting? just for keeping in touch. Thanks in advance :)

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Coffee talk would be nice, you are very welcome to stop by to our office in Jl Kemang Selatan XII No.1 (Hivos office) or we could arrange it in Kuningan as well. I will email you.Regarding the direct program to farmers, we have some members who done that in several commodities like coffee, pig, palm sugar, cattle and horticulture. We also have young farmers too.. I believe your business will match to them.

2 weeks 8 hours ago

Agus Riyanto Hi Dharma AnjarrahmanThanks for introduction your self, I am Agus riyanto and nice to meet you here, base on your info,  i already send to your email : opportunity in agricultural business, hope you can check and feedback. :)

6 days 7 hours ago

Dharma Anjarrahman Thanks for the email Agus Riyanto, very well-received and it's on our review. We will reply and attach our feedback to you soon. :)

6 days 7 hours ago

Agus Riyanto Thank Dharma Anjarrahman for your willingness to review my proposal, hope can match with your platform and or your future vision.  

6 days 7 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 26 October 2017 at 08:22


Habari njema kwa wakulima, mifuko ya PIC'S imebuniwa kwa ajili ya kuhifadhi mazao kwa wakulima wadogo na wakubwa na kuyalinda mazao dhidi ya wadudu wharibifu.

Mifuko ya PIC'S ( Purdue Improved Crop Storage) ambayo ni mifuko yenye tabaka tatu zinazofanya kuwa mfuko mmoja. Tabaka mbili huwa ndani na zimeundwa na nyloni  mbili na tabaka la nje ni mfuko mzito wa kiroba.


- Uhifadhi wa mazao bila kutumia madawa

-Gharama nafuu

- Kuwa na chakula salama, lishe bora na kuzuia njaa

- Ongezeko la thamani ya mazao

Upatikanaji wa mifuko ya PICS,

Pee Pee (Tanzania) Limited

Kange Industrial Area,

New Korogwe Road, 

P.O.Box 34,

Tanga, Tanzania, East Afrika


Kujua faida hizo kiundani zaidi, aina ya mazao unayoweza kuhifadhi, nini cha kuzingatia katika utumiaji wa mifuko ya PICS na mengine mengi pitia kiambatanishi hapa chini.


Fifth Network Thematic Discussion – COMING!

Event posted by in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
  03 November 2017, 13:30-18:00
  ILRI compound, Lalibella auditorium,CMC road, Gurd Sholla

You are cordially invited to a participatory workshop hosted by CIMMYT:

Transforming gender inequality in agriculture: promising methodologies

Date: Friday November 3rd 2017 13:30 start

Location: Lalibella auditorium, ILRI compound, CMC road, Gurd Sholla. When you arrive tell security you are here for the presentation and ask them to advise you on parking.

This workshop will present seven participatory methodologies that have been implemented in Ethiopia’s agriculture sector. Come and experience first-hand the type of tools used in these methodologies and why they are leading to transformational gender changes. Breakaway sessions will be facilitated by organizations with on-the-ground experience in applying these methodologies to strengthen and empower whole communities, groups and households while creating more egalitarian relationships.

Some of the methodologies are problem driven, and some are asset or strength based. All methodologies help communities, groups or househol

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 20 October 2017 at 10:59

Findings and Recommendations Agriterra scoping mission in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

Agriterra is an agri-advisory organization founded by farmer organizations from the Netherlands and has 20 years of experience in advising governments, farmer organizations and cooperatives in over 17 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Agriterra provides training, advisory services and exchange visits to entrepreneurial farmers with a willingness to cooperate, a clear ambition and a strong business mindset. The Agriterra focus is two-fold. As a starting point it is essential to focus on the development of robust governance structures, develop house-rules that stimulate member commitment and bringing financial management systems in tune with the demands of banks and micro-finance institutions. Once these internal basics are in place, Agriterra supports clients to realize their business ambitions. This can be done via supporting clients to get improved market access or to upscale business activities t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 October 2017 at 12:26


FAO Tanzania published a report based on the option for reducing fertilizer prices for small holder farmers. This technical report reviews issues related to fertilizers access in Tanzania and identify policy options that would enable smallholder farmers to continue to access fertilizer at reasonable prices, also in the absence of subsidies. Where possible, the options have been assessed against their potential impact on input cost reduction; the implications for the government budget, mostly in qualitative terms; and the time and coordination required for their implementation.

The report recommends to consider a balanced package of options to address the aspects currently undermining the effectiveness and efficiency of the fertilizer sector with a view to increase access to and reduce the retail price of fertilizer for smallholder farmers. In particular, a gradual phasing out of farm-level fertilizer subsidi

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Kris De Pooter Hello Victoria, what about a locally produced, fully certified, +50% cheaper organic fertilizer guaranteed to increase yield and regenerating of the soil....Napier grass based and completely self-sustainable, which door do I need to knock to get this project of the ground ?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 17 October 2017 at 02:52

Myanmar youth in agriculture

Last week the first part of the tailor-made training on ‘Partnerships for Youth and Gender Sensitive Food Security, and Food Safety’ took place in Bogolay and Ngwe Saung (Ayerwaddy Region, Myanmar). The training, supported by Nuffic and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was commissioned by Radanar Ayar Development Association (RDA) in collaboration with Wageningen UR – Centre for Development Innovation, and ICCO Cooperation.

ICCO has been cooperating with RDA for over one year now. ICCO/Kerk in Actie supports its work in and around Paungde township (Bago region), where RDA works on capacity building and market linkages for 1,200 smallholder farmers producing blackgram and other crops. As part of ICCO’s Civic Engagement Alliance for lobby & advocacy, RDA advocates for better access to good quality pulses and rice seeds for smallholders. RDA is also collaborating in a number of other partnerships, such as the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 October 2017 at 11:37

Food Insecurity in the Country continues to Threaten People's lives.

What could be the problem?

Today is World Food Day but about 69% of the total population of Uganda is food insecure, a report released by the Office of the Prime Minister's Department of relief, disaster preparedness ad Management titled; Food security assessment says. The report further says, food insecurity has been a great threat to Uganda as some Ugandans hardly access a meal a day. It states that, majority of people especially in rural areas survive on porridge and wild roots.

It is believed that; political instabilities in the neighboring countries have led to many immigrants to come to Uganda thus creating tensions where resources especially; land are scarce, poor climatic changes and other related factors have caused food insecurity in the Country. Poor soils and low participation of youth in Agriculture are also lined as a cause of hunger in the Country.

What is Uganda doing about this? Uganda through the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 5 October 2017 at 04:57


Les agriculteurs familiaux constituent de loin la majorité des agriculteurs dans le monde. Ils contribuent à créer de la richesse, des emplois et à assurer de nombreuses fonctions, de la production de nourriture à l’aménagement du territoire. L’agriculture familiale est souvent confondue avec une agriculture de subsistance alors que la part de la production mise en marché est très souvent majoritaire. Œuvrer à des conditions de mise en marché suffisamment rémunératrices est donc crucial, d’autant plus que les petits agriculteurs sont les premières victimes de la faim.

Télécharger le document

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 5 October 2017 at 04:36

Agriculture de conservation ou Conservation Farming / Guide de formation.

L’agriculture de conservation repose sur 3 principes à l’échelle de la parcelle : le travail minimal du sol, les associations et les rotations culturales et la couverture permanente du sol.

C’est un moyen efficace de concilier production agricole, amélioration des conditions de vie et protection de l’environnement, dans un contexte de changement climatique. Elle englobe des méthodes très simples de culture qui comportent une perturbation réduite du sol pendant la préparation des terres, le non-brûlage des résidus de culture après la récolte, une rotation des cultures et le recours à des sources organiques comme le compost et le fumier animal. Cela permet d’améliorer la structure du sol et sa capacité de rétention en eau, et d’obtenir les nutriments des cultures en remplacement (partiel au moins) des engrais chimiques.

Ce manuel est un guide de formation des producteurs souhaitant mettre en

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 September 2017 at 09:30

A sack garden: A sustainable way of gardening

A sack garden is a garden in a sack, that gives an opportunity to plant more than one type of vegetables. A sack garden serves time, space and it is flexible to move from one place to another. This type of gardening can help grow food for their families, due confined and challenging spaces.

To make your own sack garden you will need the following;

- A sack 50 -90 kg (can be a compost sack, compost)

- A fertile soil

- Manure (can be cow,chicken etc) 

-wood ashes

- a drainage pipe and 

- small stones or pebbles

Place your sack at the final place where you want it to be and can be reached by the sunlight, then mix soil,ashes and manure in one pile. After that place your pile in the middle of the sack and put your small stone but if you can find a pipe also a water bottle can be used (with the top and bottom cut). 

Start filling your sack by putting a shallow layer of soil at the bottom, place the drainage pipe at the centre and fill it with

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Juvent Magoggo Sounds interesting. I have started growing tomatoes, spinach and carrots in old buckets, old refrigerators, microwave ovens, you know ... the kind of stuff that usually needs getting rid of. It's early days yet but the plants are coming out quite well. The exciting thing about this is that I can place my "garden" on shelves along the walls, for example. So it does't require a lot of space and it's kind of decorative. And maintenance? it's a breeze. And it seems to be fun for the children too so they are learning with pleasure. In fact I have delegated the record keeping and watering to them. I'll be letting you know after my (sorry, our) first harvest.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 22 September 2017 at 05:46

Support our research on gender and entrepreneurship by filling out the survey!

Kami sedang mencari usaha kecil menengah (UKM) di bidang pertanian, perikanan, atau kehutanan untuk mendukung riset kami:

Wanita dalam Kewirausahaan dan Akses ke Finansial: Tantangan dan Kesempatan

langsung ke survei di sini:

UNDP, bersama ANGIN dan didukung oleh pemerintah Kanada, sedang menilai tantangan-tantangan yang dihapi oleh wanita dalam usaha kecil menengah (UKM), terutama di sektor agrikultur, perikanan, dan perhutanan. Tujuan utama dalam riset ini adalah untuk meningkatkan kesetaraan gender dan pemberdayaan perempuan melalui kewirausahaan sosial.

Kami ingin menanyakan pendapat dan input Anda tentang isu ini melalui survei. Survei ini dapat diselesaikan dalam 10 menit. Semua jawaban Anda akan disimpan dan tidak akan disebarkan ke pihak apapun. Sebagai bentuk apresiasi kami, Anda akan menerima hasil dari riset ini.

Silakan teruskan survei ini ke seseorang yang Anda pikir

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AgriProFocus Indonesia Thank you Bilan, will spread the survey within our network. Keep on sharing.

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 19 September 2017 at 09:40


OIKOCREDIT est en pleine phase de renouvellement stratégique et d’expansion et recherche une personne ressource pour orienter sa nouvelle stratégie et accompagner cette croissance attendue, notamment au niveau des opérations d’Oikocredit en Afrique de l’Ouest.

L’intitulé du poste est: regional capacity building and social performance officer (West Africa). Le poste est basé au sein du bureau régional à Abidjan et l’intéressé sera amené à couvrir toute la région.

Le profil recherché est classique :

· Titulaire d’un diplôme de niveau BAC+4/5 en Finances/ Economie/ Développement/ Agronomie ou équivalent.

· Excellente maitrise de l’anglais,

· Solide expérience de travail en assistance technique et /ou en gestion de la performance sociale dans le contexte de la finance inclusive, de l’agriculture et/ ou des énergies renouvelables.

· Bon esprit d’initiative et goût du travail en équipe,


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ZOCLI Bienvenu cool..défaut c'est la maitrise en anglais

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 September 2017 at 08:09

Is agribusiness the magic bullet for youth unemployment in Africa?

Source: CCAFS

 Africa has the largest population of young people in the world, with 226 million people aged between 15 to 24 years. Every year, young graduates from schools and colleges seek to enter the continent’s workforce, often with no success. What role can the agriculture play in addressing the unemployment challenge in Africa? According to a World Bank report on “Growing Africa: Unlocking the Potential of Agribusiness”, Africa’s farmers and agribusinesses could create a trillion-dollar food market by 2030 if they can expand their access to more capital, electricity, better technology and irrigated land to grow high-value nutritious foods. National governments, however, need to work side-by-side with agribusinesses, to link farmers with consumers in an increasingly urbanized Africa.

To stimulate discussions on developing a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness in a changing climate, the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 September 2017 at 02:14

Book Release: The Quest for Change - Ethiopia's Agriculture and Policies, Strategies and Institutions

This book outlines briefing the reader to existing agriculture, pastoral and related policies and strategies with synoptic descriptions which are informed by the latest five-year development plan, i.e., the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II). The book is designed to help policy and strategy analysts have a quick reference and a swift guide for dialogue in their endeavors to study policies and strategies in the agriculture and allied sector. It also has a reasonable coverage on institutional issues. This book may also help policy makers and those implementing policies, strategies and programs give answers for questions of change that may originate from various actors and stakeholders. The book may also be used as a reference and a guide to direct different questions that might have been raised in various forums and need to be channeled to policy and strategy dialogue and r

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Posted By in Accès au Financement
Posted 30 August 2017 at 03:54

Accès au financement

Au Niger, comme dans la plupart des pays au Sud du Sahara, l’accès au financement reste un problème majeur du développement de l’Agriculture. Toutefois, si nous analysons la situation avec une certaine objectivité, les agri-preneurs sont confrontés à de multiples autres problèmes. On peut citer :

- Insuffisances d’organisation,

- Insuffisances de qualification

- Non maitrise du marché

- Inexistence de certains maillons des chaines de valeurs

Il est important que les acteurs reconnaissent ces manquements, les prendre en compte et aller vers les structures de financement.

Un cadre législatif et règlementaire existe. Les acteurs doivent à leur tour prendre en charge au moins leur restructuration pour amorcer un changement au sein de leurs structures respectives. Ainsi, on peut dire de ce secteur qui est le moteur de l’économie nationale peut se relancer progressivement pour la satisfaction de tous.


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Akibodé Djodji RESPECT, mon cher ISSA HABIBOU; La qualité de votre analyse est sans commentaire,claire,structurée et vraiment pertinente. Lisons et faisons lire ce texte autours de nous. Avec votre permission, nous en ferons une publication dans notre bulletin mensuel du mois de d'Aout.  Encore une fois, BIG RESPECT.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 August 2017 at 03:37



WE are manufacturing AGRICULTURE & DAIRY & LIVESTOCK machineries and equipments.

By using our product groups dairy farmers can increase their milk yield and also their animals can make more effective digestion which also affected milk yield and animal health.

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 8 August 2017 at 02:05

Agroecology for Food Security and


Proceedings of the FAO International SymposiuM

Our global food system is at a crossroads. Agriculture must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition – against a backdrop of population growth, increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. While past efforts focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach. We need to shift to more sustainable food systems – food systems that produce more, with less environmental cost. In many countries agriculture has been seen as an enemy of the environment, but there is increasing recognition that a regenerative, productive farming sector can provide environmental benefits while creating rural employment and sustaining livelihoods. Agroecology offers the possibility of win-win solutions. By building syn

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