agriculture

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 hours ago

Rural women pitch their innovative start-up ideas in Vietnam


SNV's ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women Enterprises’ (FLOW/EOWE) programme focuses on supporting rural women in entrepreneurship by addressing the systemic barriers that many rural women face when launching their businesses. One of the key challenges for rural women to launch start-up initiatives is access to capital to promote their start-up initiatives and turn their ideas into a viable business. In mid-August 2018, SNV together with the Provincial Women’s Union organised the Women Business Start-up 2018 event in Binh Thuan, a South Central Coast province in Vietnam, where 16 women had the opportunity to present their innovative start-up ideas and to connect to relevant stakeholders to take their start-up to the next level.

The event was a follow-up of the National Platform “Women Business Start-up: Innovation and Connection” that was organised by SNV and the Vietnam Women’s Union in December 2017. The aim of the Pl

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20

The Kampala Innovations Week 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  20 August 2018 - 17:00 to 24 August 2018 - 20:00
  The Innovations Village, Ntinda

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The KIW are hosting a Kampala Innovation Week Kick off this evening at The Innovation Village. Come out and enjoy happy hour drinks and great conversation to conclude the first day of Kampala Innovation Week! This is a great way to mix and mingle with local entrepreneurs, artists, designers and innovators across Kampala. See you there! 

Visit http://www.kiw.ug/ for more information



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 hours ago

The Kampala Innovation Week 2018

The Kampala Innovation Week is an annual event set to bring together all the various key players from different sectors to celebrate re-focus and energize the innovation efforts in Uganda and across the region.

At the core of the Kampala Innovation Week, is the fundamental belief that innovation can be a transformational tool to solve the biggest challenges in the private, public, academia and civil society of Uganda.

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

What to Expect at

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26

INITIATION A LA MISE EN PLACE DU SYSTÈME HACCP

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  26 September 2018 - 08:00 to 27 September 2018 - 17:00
  Cotonou

Professionnels de l’agroalimentaire

- Savez-vous comment garantir l’hygiène et la salubrité des aliments que vous produisez?

- Avez-vous le souci d’offrir à votre clientèle des produits sains et conformes aux normes sanitaires internationales?

- Souhaitez-vous en apprendre plus sur la maîtrise des risques au sein de votre unité de production?

Si vous vous retrouvez dans l’une ou l’autre de ces catégories, la présente formation organisée par le Cabinet LANDE est faite pour vous!

Du 26 au 27 septembre 2018, l'entreprise Groupe LANDE vous offre une invitation spéciale pour sa formation intitulée : Initiation à HACCP -Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point-, que l’on traduit en français par « Gestion des risques et Analyses des Points Critiques ».

Ladite formation vous permettra de/d’ :

√ comprendre les atouts de l’usage d’un sytème HACCP,

√ identifier les principaux risques de détérioration et d’insalubrité de la chaîne alimentaire,

√ découvrir de nouveaux outils p

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10

Rencontre B2B du WEDF

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Burundi
  10 September 2018 to 11 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Lusaka

Le Forum Mondial pour le Développement des Exportations (WEDF) organise l’événement B2B  à Lusaka en  Zambie qui rassemblera des agriculteurs, des fabricants, des exportateurs, des importateurs, des grossistes, des détaillants et des investisseurs intéressés à vendre, acheter ou investir dans certains produits et technologies agricoles.

Les entreprises opérant dans les secteurs qui suivent sont appelés à postuler pour  ce rendez-vous:

• Cultures agricoles et oléagineux (frais, secs, désséchés ou préservés) ;

• Préparations à base de céréales, de fruits, de légumes et d’oléagineux

• Miel et produits dérivés ;

• Machines pour l’agriculture et la transformation ;

• Systèmes d’entreposage post-récolte ;

• Emballage et conditionnement pour les produits agricoles (primaire, secondaire et machines).

Les entreprises participantes auront l’occasion de rencontrer de nouveaux partenaires, d’explorer des nouvelles pistes de coopération et

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 August 2018 at 12:01

FAO Boosts Uganda Govt’s Efforts To Fight Fall Armyworm; Donates Equipment

In a bid to respond to the Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreaks and minimize the pest’s destruction of crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations working with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), have rolled out the use of a mobile phone application –Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS), for FAW monitoring and early warning.

The equipment which included 126 mobile phones loaded with the FAMEWS app will be used in 15 districts to pilot a community based FAW monitoring and early warning system.

These districts include; Mukono, Iganga, Bulamburi, Nakapiripirit, Oyam, Adjumani, Kiryandong, Kibaale, Kasese, Lira, Kayunga, Soroti, Busia, Masindi and Luwero.

Other items handed over to MAAIF included 700 pheromone traps and 6000 lures facilitate detection of the presence and build-up of FAW and to capture adult moths.

The use

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20

Conférence sur l'emploi des jeunes dans l'agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  20 August 2018 to 21 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

Il s'agit de mobiliser les jeunes grâce aux technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) et à l‘entrepreneuriat. 

La conférence vise à favoriser les échanges entre les parties prenantes sur les connaissances et les meilleures pratiques au sujet des interfaces entre l'agriculture, l'emploi des jeunes, l’entrepreneuriat, les innovations dans le domaine des TIC, afin de prioriser les interventions pour aller de l’avant.

Trois grandes thématiques seront abordées à savoir : 

1-Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat

Portera sur les solutions offertes par les nouvelles opportunités en matière d’entrepreneuriat des jeunes, le long des chaînes de valeur agricole. Ce thème se penchera sur des exemples stratégiques et financiers de mesures incitatives visant à favoriser les services commerciaux dirigés par les jeunes ou axés sur les jeunes.

2-Des solutions numériques pour surmonter les contraintes associées aux filières agricoles

Se penchera sur les solutions technol

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 13 August 2018 at 05:05

Museveni Asks Youth To Take Interest In Commercial Agriculture, Finished Products

President Yoweri Museveni has urged the youth in the country to wake up and contribute to the development of Uganda so that they are able to come out of poverty and joblessness. The President was this afternoon addressing the National Youth Council meeting at the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Conference Hall at Lugogo in Kampala.

“I want the youth to wake up so that we develop our country in order to come out of poverty and joblessness,” 

President Museveni said. He asked the youth to familiarize themselves with the ideology and strategy of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) as this will make it easy for them and him to work together.

Museveni encouraged the young people to form groups and undertake different production activities with a view to adding value to products made locally in the country as a way of reducing import expenses.

Full story here

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 August 2018 at 02:34

Dear AgriProFocus network,


Grounded is looking for suppliers of solar dryers in Zambia. If you know companies that can help us out, please let me know. Your help is much appreciated. 

Thank you once more!


Warm regards,

Gijs, Grounded

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Gijs, maybe my APF colleagues Lawrence Shonga or Yvonne Mtumbi in Lusaka can help you out! Lawrence or Yvonne, what do you think? Good luck Gijs!

1 week 3 days ago

Lawrence Shonga Hi Gijs. You can check with TDAU (Technology Development Advisory Unit) located at the University of Zambia. You can find their contact details via this link https://www.unza.zm/l/units/tdau/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=85&Itemid=78

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 August 2018 at 06:04

Jobs at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

 Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. They build strong local and global partnerships, incorporate innovative approaches into their programs, and foster inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups.  CNFA programs strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of agribusinesses, cooperatives, and associations (including women’s and youth groups) to support farmers and promote the uptake of improved technologies and techniques to enhance productivity and natural resource management. 

Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $510 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 42 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.  

Position: Monit

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 7 August 2018 at 02:04

L'accroissement du revenu des menages dans le viseur de Caritas Burundi

Caritas Burundi a conclu ce lundi un partenariat avec le Fond International pour le Développement Agricole (FIDA) sur la pérennisation des acquis des projets déjà clôturés.    

L’objectif est de développer une agriculture familiale commerciale, rentable, et durable pour permettre l’accroissement du revenu des ménages. ODAG Caritas Gitega qui est chargé de mettre en exécution ce partenariat, va encadrer les populations locales à sauvegarder les acquis des projets déjà clôturés pour continuer à en tirer profit.

Pour plus de détails, cliquez ici:

NIYONKURU Albert Le viseur de CARITAS Burundi est de développer une agriculture familiale commerciale, rentable, et durable pour permettre l’accroissement du revenu des ménages, comment y arriver alors que nous avons une agriculture de subsistance.

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Joseph Nsabiyabandi L’important c’est la prise de conscience sur la nécessité de changer les anciennes pratiques agricoles. Aujourd’hui, certains intervenants dans ce secteur commencent à manifester cette prise de conscience. Ce qui reste c’est de rendre collective cette conscience individuelle et de chercher les moyens qui s’y rapportent. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 2 August 2018 at 09:10

Une opportunité en or pour les agripreneurs en quête d'investissements et de partenariats 

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF)  appelle à l'enregistrement les  institutions et organisations engagées dans l'agrobusiness pour participer dans le Forum africain pour la révolution verte  2018 qui se tiendra  du 5 au 8 septembre prochain  à Kigali, Rwanda.

Le forum est organisé pour dresser le bilan, évaluer les actions, et apprendre des preuves irréfutables sur le continent, présentés par de nombreux dirigeants les plus inspirants pour transformer l'agriculture en entreprise prospère. Des  dirigeants,  agriculteurs, secteur public, leaders d'opinion, champions du secteur privé, agripreneurs et bien d'autres sont attendus dans ce forum.

L'activation de nouvelles voies pour transformer les petits exploitants dans les futurs agrobusiness, c'est l'un  des objectifs visés.

Quant aux résultats attendus, c'est entre autres  de nouveaux engageme

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 1 August 2018 at 02:01

Bees give Obanyo honey and money:

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

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Mugisha Richard Mugisha Richard Simon is such a great youth entrepreneur. We were inspired by his story and rich experience of 16 years in bee keeping. This was during last year's (2017) AgriProFocous Youth Caravan at his farm in Bushenyi.  He started his bee business with nothing but 2000 shillings and now he is one of the few rich youth in Mbarara. He actually says, interest + determination + hardwork =success. We are proud of you Simon!

2 weeks 4 days ago

CHARLES GUMIRA Simon is very inspiring. I had a chat with him during the Soil Cares community of practice meeting and his story is amazing. Let it be a lesson for other youths

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Mugisha Richard Charles, i know you too have a story. Could you please share with us on the online

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 July 2018 at 02:48

A successful learning and Networking workshop on Agri-Extension services

On July 20th, 2018 at Umubano Hotel; the USAID Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) and Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity, in close collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) organized a learning and networking workshop on agriculture extension services, that aimed to share and disseminate information on available public and private agriculture extension services models and how can they be strengthened further in the country.

Background of the workshop

Rwanda is committed to the “strengthened private sector service delivery and investment along the 4 pillars of the Strategic Plan for the Agriculture Transformation in Rwanda (PSTA IV).Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity in collaboration with RAB and MINAGRI, conducted the national extension program “Twig

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Thacien. Those interested in Agricultural extension services, could also be interested in reading the findings of another learning trajectory that studied advisory service delivery to small-scale farmers http://knowledge4food.net/agribusiness-based-advisory-services-abas-project-report-and-workshop/ (organisers: KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform)

1 week 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Nicole Metz, thanks for sharing with us, this is very useful and helpful as much as agri-extensions services are concerned!

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 26 July 2018 at 07:23

Expert en Suivi et Evaluation, Bujumbura

Le Centre International pour le Développement des Engrais (IFDC) au Burundi recherche un Expert en Suivi et Evaluation pour ses programmes de développement de la fertilité des sols et d'augmentation durable de la productivité agricole.

RESPONSABILITES ET TACHES

Elaborer des plans de suivi – évaluation des projets, en définissant si nécessaire des indicateurs sur le modèle SMART, recueillir, compiler, suivre et actualiser des données de monitorage selon les indicateurs du cadre logique, identifier les questions - clés et les paramètres pour les enquêtes et les études d’impact, contribuer à la prise des décisions sur la base des données d’évaluation, coordonner toute activité de monitorage et d’évaluation des projets, élaborer les plans d’actions pour le suivi des recommandations des évaluations, collaborer avec les autres membres des équipes des projets pour la planification des activités relatives, assister le Service

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NIYONKURU Albert Salut. Merci beaucoup et continue 

3 weeks 1 day ago

Joseph Nsabiyabandi Cher Albert NIYONKURU, merci à vous aussi d'avoir consulté notre plateforme. Nous vous encourageons  de le faire quotidiennement afin de tirer profit de nos publications car nous sommes ici pour vous!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 July 2018 at 07:21

The 4th Edition of the Newsletter of Office of The Agriculture Attaché at the Dutch Embassy in Rwanda.

Did you know that the Dutch embassy in Rwanda and the Dutch organizations are making an impact with agriculture sector in Rwanda?Are you willing to learn from Dutch NGOs and Companies working in Rwanda?Here is your change to read more news and updates from the 4th edition of the newsletter of the Netherlands embassy’s agricultural office for Rwanda and Uganda, with news from June and July, 2018. 

Read the Newsletter Here

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Learning, action research and outreach in Higher Education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 October 2018 to 16 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA Course:    Learning, action research and outreach
                       Making higher education boost food security

NEW 

With online elements you can do from home!

Are you a lecturer, instructor or researcher at a university or vocational training centre in agriculture and rural development? Would you like…

-  Your classes to be full of proactive students?
-  To be valued by employers because your graduates are practically skilled?
-  To get recognition from local communities because of the relevant services you provide?
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To be a part of every (action) research team because you know how to engage external stakeholders? 

For details (incl course content and costs) please see our course webpage.

Candidates with funding can:  APPLY HERE,  the application deadline is 1 September 2018

To get updates on our courses and scholarship opportunities you can sign up here 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 05:11

North farmers to get modern farming training

TRYNESS TEMBO, Lusaka, July 5, 2018
THE Ministry of Agriculture targets to teach over 300,000 farmers in Northern Province in modern farming practices to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Northern Province agricultural coordinator Charles Kapalasha said most farmers in the area are practising old methods which are negatively affecting crop output.
In an interview yesterday, Mr Kapalasha said rice farmers are still using the broadcast method, which is a system that involves scattering seed, by hand or mechanically, over a relatively large area which does not give room for weeding.
He also said the ministry will teach farmers to adopt conservation farming to help them increase their production and CLICK TO READ MORE

https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/north-farmers-to-get-modern-farming-training/

This will be a good intervention and the same should be done in the other provinces too. Modernization of farming practices or rather modernization

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Posted By in Publications
Posted 19 July 2018 at 04:48

Transforming Food and Agriculture to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals: 20 interconnected actions to guide decision-makers

Feeding the 10 billion people projected to live on planet earth in 2050 must aim to go beyond producing more with less to balancing the focus on quality and diversity, linking productivity to sustainability and addressing the needs of people. A fundamental premise for delivering sustainable food and agriculture is the creation of an enabling policy environment and the need for sectoral ministries to change the way they work and coordinate policies across government. 

The transition to more sustainable agriculture and food systems requires action that builds political alliances and coalitions with actors beyond food and agriculture. Consistent with the 2030 Agenda’s call for transformation, many of the approaches presented in this guide cut across sectors and depend&nbsp

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 July 2018 at 09:29

Food Outlook

Biannual Report on Global Food Markets 

released by FAO, July 2018

Amid increased uncertainties from recent rising trade disputes, agricultural markets have so far remained relatively stable thanks to generally good supply conditions across most commodities. Nonetheless, in the context of heightened food import bills, food markets remain vulnerable, with weather shocks and external developments always difficult to predict. Read the full report here.