Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 10 hours ago

2nd Annual Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day Challenge

Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 35? Do you have a passion for youth participation in the transformation of agribusiness in Africa?

Here is your chance to win sponsorship from the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and partners to represent the youth from your country at the 2017 edition of the 5th October “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” during the forthcoming 2017 Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo that will run from the 4th to the 6th of October in Dakar, Senegal.

How to participate

1. Get acquainted with the history of the “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” and the “Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo”. Do your homework on global business incubation, opportunities in ICT integration in agribusiness, AAIN core investment areas, the 2017 theme of the African Union, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and Agenda 2063.


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 July 2017 at 12:29


Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives. 

If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become. 

AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services. 

For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc

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Anne Marie Kortleve Sounds good Pascal MUR MURASIRA, are you in contact with Anatole Majyambere as well on this matter?  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 July 2017 at 08:41

AgriProFocus hosting an event Young Women Can Do It on Friday 21st July at Holeta

In collaboration with Development Fund of Norway and Young Women Can Do It , we host a visit to Holeta.

Janine Schoeman Dear Sewmehon Tamiru  thank you for posting this event. When you post it as an event, instead of a normal post like this one, it is also shown in the calendar which gives it more exposure. You can create an event the same way as creating a post, but than select the tab 'event'. If you need assitance my colleague Gizaw Legesse Kind Regards Janine

6 days 9 hours ago

Sewmehon Tamiru Okay Janine thanks !

5 days 16 hours ago

Posted By in Publications
Posted 12 July 2017 at 08:36

Trade Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa


J'ai le plaisir de partager avec vous une publication sur " les politiques commerciales en Afrique subsaharienne avec comme études de cas le Bénin, l'Ethiopie et la Zambie". Cette étude s'est appesantie sur la cohérence entre les politiques commerciales et les politiques agricoles et en quoi ces politiques affectent le développement agricole et rural. Aussi, l'étude a-t-elle touché les aspects tels que les accords commerciaux régionaux et internationaux signer par ces pays et en quoi ces accords pourraient restreindre leur aptitude à mener à bien leurs politiques de développement agricole .

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le document

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 July 2017 at 06:32

Value Prime enterprise limited is an agricultural based horticultural enterprise that was established in 2013 to solve these two agendas;

Ø To ensure that the farmers agricultural needs are adequately met

Ø To ensure there is a constant supply of quality and affordable agricultural products throughout all season of the year

We provide all our clients with the best agricultural products, practices and state of the art technology in order to enhance high returns to you as our client.

Below is the list of services that we offer;

Ø Greenhouses- We offer the state of the art modern greenhouses that will help your business in the maximization of profits( Check our catalogue or website

Ø Irrigation- We have a variety of irrigation equipment’s from sprinkler and the drip irrigation.

Ø Seeds

Ø Chemicals

Ø Fertilizers

Ø Gardening tools

Ø Bee-keeping materials

Ø For a detailed view of our product kindly check our catalogue or visit our website www.val

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 July 2017 at 12:03

Finance for a Fruitful Future
Dutch Aid for Agriculture, 2005-2015

Dutch ODA for agriculture has been on the rise in the last five years. However, it remains unclear whether Dutch ODA expenditures on agriculture are reaching female smallholder farmers. Empowering smallholders, specially women, is a proven solution for reducing hunger and poverty. This is particularly true of the rural poor, who are the worst affected by the impacts of climate change. This paper calls on the Dutch government to combine a strong ODA budget for agriculture with a solid strategy for resolving hunger by 2030, to scale up climate finance for adaptations in the agricultural sector, and to supply improved data on the impact of agricultural investments for each target group and gender.

Oxfam Novib published this paper which you can find here.
Oxfam Novib works on sustainable rural livelihoods for all people, to make it possible for communities to grow or buy enough food, now and in the future.

Madelon Meijer, madelon.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 June 2017 at 03:20

Land restoration in Ethiopia

A project to restore the land in Tigray, Ethiopia has created opportunities for livelihoods for young people who had been leaving in droves.

Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, but there is water in Gergera. 20 years of restoring its hills and river valley has brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north.

Gergera watershed covers 1382 hectares in the kebele (Ethiopia’s smallest administrative unit) of Hayelom in Atsbi-Wonberta district in the eastern zone of Tigray.

Read the full article from The Gardian

Photograph: Cathy Watson/ICRAF

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 June 2017 at 08:43

Hi everyone, 


I am doing a research for a thesis at the university. Are there any traditional  or modern games that farmers play in Kenya? How is the Participation (individual, team, family, community, organization)

What Tools, resources and capacities (skills) are used?

What are the basic principles governing the game? Competing? Collaborating? or both Competitive Collaboration?

Thank you all very much,

Dorina Prech Hi Vivienne, thank you for your interesting question. It would be great to clarify what you mean by games that farmers play. You mean sporting activities or more video games? Please clarify and let's see what members of this platform know concerning this. Regards, Dorian

1 month 1 week ago

Vivienne Likhanga Hi Dorine, 

Thanks a lot for your quick feedback. By games, I mean any recreational activities they engage in outside of their farm work. It could be sporting or team / community building activities or video games (in they event they do have these facilities or option). 

Kind regards,


1 month 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 June 2017 at 01:18

Agriculture is at the heart of the SDGs!

The clock is ticking to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. One sector offers a broad solutions to the interconnected challenges of hunger - learn more about agriculture's pivotal role in the SDGs:


abdoulaye keita Salut comment allez vous ? 

1 month 1 week ago

Daoulata MAIGA Slt nous allons très bien et vous même, bienvenue sur le réseau.

1 month 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji

Very nice video that makes me proud to work in the field of agriculture to meet so many challenges.I realize that agriculture is a highway that leads us in 2030 to the objectives of sustainable development Thank you Anne Marie for sharing

1 month 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 June 2017 at 12:28

ZANACO Bank Upholds the Agriculture Sector

Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) has increased its financial support to the agriculture sector from K 600 million last year to K 1 billion this year to enable the industry to significantly contribute to economic growth.

The agriculture sector is a top priority in the country’s economic diversification agenda, as such, the financial institutions have to ensure that they attach great importance to the industry. This is because providing sufficient and affordable financing will significantly contribute to increasing productivity, income generation, poverty reduction and job creation, thereby supporting  the sector’s gross domestic product.

In response to calls for increased financial support to the agriculture sector, ZANACO has set aside about K 1 billion to support the agriculture sector in Zambia.

Follow the link below for more details.



6ème édition du SIALO

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  05 October 2017 to 10 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Lomè - TOGO

6ème édition du Salon International de l'Agriculture, de l'Agro-alimentaire de Lomé-Togo 

CENTAURE COMMUNICATION avec l'appui du Ministère de l'Agriculture , de l'Elevage et de l'Hydraulique du Togo organise la 6ème édition du Salon International de l'Agriculture et de l'Agroalimentaire de Lomé (sialo) couplée à la 3ème Exposition de l'Emballage et du Packaging qui aura lieu du 05 au 10 Octobre 2017 au Centre Togolais des Expositions et Foires de Lomé" Togo 2000"

Le sialo sur les précédentes éditions a pu mobiliser plus de 10.000 visiteurs autour de 600 exposants venus de 11 pays notamment du Bénin, du Burkina Faso, du Niger, de la Côte d'Ivoire, du Tchad, du Cameroun, du Ghana , de l'Italie, de la France, de l'Allemagne et du Togo

Organisé autour des expositions, des rencontres b2b, des ateliers de formations, des conférences thématiques et des concours, ce salon devient de plus en plus un espace incontournable pour les professionnels africains de l'agribusines

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 June 2017 at 02:34

Drought, Detached Service Sector Slow Uganda Growth Rate to 3.9%

Uganda is now projected to register its second lowest growth rate in two decades at 3.9 per cent, as a result of the drought that has ravaged large parts of the country leading to low agricultural output.

The lowest growth over these past two decades was registered in the 2012/13 financial year after a drought and austerity measures meant to mop up excess liquidity from an expensive election in February 2011 saw the economic growth slow down to 3.3 per cent.

For the 2016/17 financial year, the government is blaming the drought for the economy's poor performance.

Secretary to the Treasury Keith Muhakanizi says that the Treasury has had to revise the GDP downwards to 3.9 per from the projected 5 per cent due to the massive crop failure and low livestock productivity. A drought and an armyworm invasion devastated crops and livestock in many parts of the country.

Agriculture contributes a modest 26 per cent to Uganda's GDP compared with th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 June 2017 at 12:57

World Bank Group – WBG-NL Partnership “Food for All”

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

In May 2015, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group signed a “Food for All” Partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to increase knowledge, support job creation, and secure the long-term sustainability of agriculture in developing countries. “Food for All’’ brings together the World Bank Group and civil society, academia, government, private sector, and other stakeholders from the Netherlands.

The agreement focuses on strengthening collaboration in key strategic areas such as food, nutrition and health; inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth with a focus on pro-poor value chains and market transformations that better link farmers to markets; and ecologically sustainable food systems for climate-smart, resilient agriculture.

The aim is to match cutting-edge Dutch technical expertise and private sector innovation with programs and investments by the World Bank and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 13 May 2017 at 02:37

A quoi sert le potassium en agriculture?



1. maintient la plante dressée.

2. Favorise la photosynthèse (port de feuilles bien vertes)

3. Désinfecte les cultures

4. Prévient les attaques de champignons, d'insectes, de bactéries et des virus.

5. Régule le cycle de l'eau (permettant une plus grande résistance aux écarts de la température)

6. Régule la circulation de la sève brute ascendante.

7. Régule le chargement des assimilas (sucre, acides aminés) dans la sève élaboré vers les racines et les organes de réserve (grains, fruits et tubercules...) C'est-à-dire donne le vrai goût au fruit.

Alors, pour votre potassium, nous vous proposons le *KLIMTOTAL*. "Source de potassium organique" .

Il peut être appliqué sur tout type de plante, arbre fruitier, plante ornementale et autres cultures.

KLIMTOTAL est certifié par SOHICERT pour son utilisation en agriculture biologique selon le règlement de la communauté européenne (CE) N°834/2007en vigueur.

Prix: 5000f cfa le litre.

Disponible toute de suite et maintenant chez nous à Groupe LANDE.

Informations et commandes: 94567067 (Appel et SMS) 67611755 (Whatsapp)

Avec Groupe LANDE, cultivons durablement !!!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 May 2017 at 08:48

Thank you to everyone who has responded on our survey so far - and if you'd still like to answer we'd be delighted!


Kind regards,


Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear you received responses! If you have final results, I'd like to hear them here as well!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 20 April 2017 at 07:45


Dans le cadre de la coopération entre l’Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine (UEMOA) et la Région de Bretagne en France, la Chambre Consulaire Régionale de l’UEMOA basée à Lomé (au TOGO) a mis en place un programme de formation qui allie management, organisation du travail, connaissance de l’entreprise et citoyenneté intitulé « PROJET TALENTS DU MONDE /UEMOA » au profit des Jeunes Opérateurs Économiques de l’Union.

A cet effet, le Président de la Commission de l’UEMOA et le Président de la Chambre Consulaire Régionale de l’UEMOA lancent le présent appel à candidatures relatif à la sélection des opérateurs économiques avérés ou potentiels susceptibles de participer au Programme. pour le compte de la 17ème Promotion.

*** Cette promotion est exclusivement réservée aux candidats dont les entreprises sont dans les secteurs de l'Agriculture et de l'Agroalimentaire. ***

L'ANPME, des PME compétitive

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Aflatoxins and Extension in Zambia Webinar

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  26 April 2017, 15:30-16:30

Mark your calendars! You are invited to an INGENAES webinar focusing on how agricultural extension services can help support women’s strategies for reducing household exposure to aflatoxins.

Link to Invitation

When: April 26, 2017 at 8:30 AM Central

Time (US and Canada)/15:30 Central African Time (Zambia)

Topic and Background

  • What are the household-level factors that constrain Zambian women farmers’ ability to mitigate aflatoxin contamination of groundnuts?
  • What is the potential role of agricultural extension services (AES) for helping women decrease household mycotoxin exposure?

Dr. Alyson Young (University of Florida) will lead the discussion as we dive into this topic. Aflatoxin contamination of staple crops poses an important risk to nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa. Reducing aflatoxin contamination is complicated by its ubiquity in staple foods and the need for multisectoral approaches to address contamination issues.

This presentation is an overview of research on women’s kn

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 April 2017 at 12:04

What is Sustainability in Agriculture?

To sustain something means to maintain for an undetermined length of time. In reference to agriculture, it takes on the additional loaded meaning of conservation, preservation and safety. Consumers want to feel good about the food they eat, and the idea of sustainable farming gives them security and less guilt when they purchase food in the store. It gives them a comfortable position from which they live and feed their family. Sustainability is personal, emotional and eternal in its perception power.

Follow the link for more: LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 April 2017 at 01:26

South-South Cooperation - Agribusiness, and African Agricultural Development: Brazil and China in Ghana and Mozambique

This report by highlights the contribution of Brazil and China in agricultural development in Ghana and Mozambique. The paper examines the extent to which the concept of South-South Cooperation is creating more scope and space for African development initiatives, and whether it is resulting in new paradigms of development that favor the poor, or is resulting in a further deepening of capitalist accumulation and competition on the African continent.

Download the full report here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 April 2017 at 09:41

Dutch government unveils Shs80b to support Uganda’s agriculture

Article by Mark Keith Muhumuza

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has launched two agriculture support programmes valued at €22m (Shs80b) for improved seed quality and market linkages for farmers.

The two programmes set to run for the next five years, are targeting the entire value chain in the agriculture sector right from seed distribution to linking farmers to the private sector buyers of the produce.


“Uganda’s agriculture sector has a great potential to transform the country and the livelihood of Ugandans. Using our Dutch experience and success in agriculture, we believe that by end of 2020, at least 350,000 households will be positively impacted by the projects,” said HE Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands told reporters on the sidelines of the launch at his residence in Kololo, Kampala on Wednesday evening.


The Integrated Seed Sector Development Plus (ISSD Plus

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