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ICCO Cooperation is a global non-governmental organization that works together with its partners on responsible and... Read more
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a joint project of AgriProFocus and 5 Dutch... Read more
From 20 to 24 November Agriterra organised the first My.COOP Pilot training in Myanmar. The event took place in Aungban, Southern Shan State and was opened by the Shan Minister of MoALI, U Sai Lone Kyaw.
MyCOOP is an abbreviation for Managing Your Agricultural Cooperative and is a training aimed at strengthening the management of agricultural cooperatives. Consequently, managers and board members of agricultural cooperatives are equipped to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to their members. In addition, My.COOP provides guidance to cater for member satisfaction, business opportunities and social considerations. My.COOP has been developed in partnership between Agriterra, ILO and other partners and has been a valuable asset for agricultural cooperatives all over the world.
In Myanmar, the Cooperative Department and Agriterra have agreed to embark on a trajectory to improve the member commitment of cooperative members. In order to do so, Agriterra tra... Read more
On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.
1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships
By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation
In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information http://www.snv.org/project/partnering-value-4p.
Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re... Read more
"Agriterra is known in Ethiopia as a club without money, but with great impact. They see us as a centre of innovation and would like us to be active in all regions. The government itself will ensure that this successful innovation is implemented Nationwide", says Blokland. "After Vietnam, Ethiopia is the second country where we have received an appeal from the government to roll out our advisory approach in a major way.
The signing of the 'Memorandum of Understanding' took place in Addis Ababa, during a symposium organised by Agriterra and in the presence of the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture Dr. Eyasu Abraha and Niek Bosmans of the Dutch embassy in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia is a truly cooperat... Read more
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... Read more
Deadline: November 04, 2017
Agriterra aims to professionalize farmers' organizations and cooperatives worldwide, with advice from experts from the Dutch agricultural sector. Our opinion is that strong farmers' organizations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better distribution of income. We focus on economic development and work closely together with the Dutch agribusiness.
Agriterra Rwanda is registered as a program under SNV Rwanda and our team cooperates with farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, in the value chains of coffee, dairy, maize, rice, sugar cane, horticulture and Irish potato.
Agriterra is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer business advisory services to cooperatives that have been selected as Agriterra clients. The Business Advisor will be based at Agriterra’s office in Musanze, under the wings of farmer’s... Read more
Unlocking the Coffee Chain - Weet u genoeg van uw kopje koffie om te ontsnappen?
14 oktober 2017 Mauritskazerne, Ede Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2 10:00-11:15
Agriterra nodigt u van harte uit voor de exclusieve opening van Unlocking the Coffee Chain op World Food Day 2017 in de Mauritskazerne in Ede. In deze Coffee Escape Challenge gaat de bezoeker op reis langs een serie puzzels naar de herkomst van de koffieboon.
World Food Day 2017 is een jaarlijks terugkerend publieksfestival dat de bezoekers betrekt bij wereldvoedselvraagstukken. Agriterra is partner van World Food Day. De Coffee Escape Challenge is ontwikkeld i.s.m. Moyee Coffee, Koffiebranderij Peeze en Zwarte Koffie. Op World Food Day kunnen bezoekers meedoen aan workshops, debatten en experiences en krijgen op excursie een kijkje in de keuken van voedselproducenten en verwerkers. Het is een ideaal dagje uit voor iedereen die van eten houdt en er zijn activiteiten voor het hele gezin.
De Escape Challenge bevindt zich in Het Ke
To determine the next steps with the farmer organizations in the Dry Zone, Agriterra started a scoping mission in the Dry Zone of Myanmar. In this scoping trip, Mr. Bob Jan Schoot Uiterkamp (Business Advisor), Mr. Richard van der Maden (Business Advisor), Mr. Kyaw Thu Win (Local consultant) from Agriterra lead the trip and worked to synthesize the information and to identify the potentials farmer organizations through its own network and with the help of various stakeholders.
AgriProFocus Myanmar also involved in this trip to und... Read more
With anticipation and a mind full of concern of what lay ahead of me, I boarded the bus to join the long awaited Agribusiness Caravan that was to commence from Kampala according to the road map. By the way, they call me Kyomuhendo Phionah, an Entrepreneur in Piggery and Juicy Passion fruit, located in Mbarara district, S.W.Uganda.
The first two days of the caravan were impressive, with motivational speakers and seasoned entrepreneurs who inspired me and provided a learning platform for experience with the likes of Okello L., Richard M., Minister Christopher K., to mention but a few.
I was impressed with what I could do differently as a youth starting with having a “positive mindset”. It seems everything revolved on my mindset. As the Ugandan state minister for agriculture said, “Agriculture is said to be historically a punishment but this is a myth that had to change”. My mind started rolling back; looking at t... Read more
The Youth in Agribusiness Caravan is the most beautiful agricultural tour I have ever participated in. We were welcome everywhere. It was so easy and friendly for us to ask questions and shared our experience with the farmers. The tour was perfectly organized (interesting and appropriate “professional visits”, good hotels, good food apart from Baguma Restaurant in Mbarara!, nice touristic places like The Equator in Kayabwe, Kitagata hot springs, Nkugute crater lake, Kichwamba Rift valley and also Queen Elizabeth Park). I discovered a wonderful country, amazing landscapes from Mbarara to Fort portal. Every day was different, every day was surprising. I made wonderful friends in the caravan; Agaba Keneth, Phionah Kyomuhendo, Jimmy Ouni, Sharifah Najjuma, Creddy Lakot to name a few, all Agripreneurs from different regions of the country, then Brenda Namirembe, Joy Lwanga and Zurah from Action Aid Uganda and not forgetting Maik Voets and Adinda Lo... Read more
The platform was characterised with official opening by the Eastern Region Permanent Secretary Mr. Chanda Kasolo then followed exhibitions, workshops (Knowledge exchange) and lastly award giving ceremony.
Themes of discussion during the workshops included:
1. Sustainable Integrated Land Management Systems by SNV
2. Cooperative governance by Agriterra
3. Importance of using weights by Spruceland
4. Agribusiness Finance by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission
5. Safe handling of chemicals by Zambia Environmental Management Agency
6. Farming Inputs by Zambian fertilizers and MRI
7. Post harvesting handling by Po... Read more
24TH AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO DIVINE VEGETABLES FARM, BIGLAD ORGANIC FARM AND KABAROLE RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTRE IN FORT PORTAL DISTRICT
The caravan visited Divine Vegetables Farm and Biglad Organic Farm in Fort Portal district.
Divine Vegetables Farm was started in 2014 and the vegetables grown are of both local and exotic variety. On the other hand, Biglad Organic Farm was started by Mr. Julius Bigabwa in 2008 and has since turned into an agritourism farm on 8 acres of land with bananas, mangoes, fish tea plantation and others.
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre focuses on producing an alternative source of protein extracted from greens with an ultimate aim of promoting environment conservation and ecosystems.... Read more
Day 5 : 23RD AUGUST, 2017
VISIT TO MUBUKU IRRIGATION SCHEME IN KASESE DISTRICT
The caravan team traveled to Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Kasese district. The area around Mubuku Irrigation Scheme receives little and unreliable rainfall and because it is close to the equator, its low altitude makes the temperature relatively high. With this justification, the scheme was established in 1964.
· To explore food production throughout the seasons using farrow irrigation system.
Mr. James Nabulu, the supretendant of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme told caravan participants that the scheme currently works with 160 farmers who operate on 8 acres of land each under a land tenancy system. He encouraged the youth to join cooperative and associations in order to bargain for favorable prices on the market.
The youth also had the opportunity to tour the scheme and to experience a number of maize farmers working together to... Read more
22ND AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO KIRERE GREENER AFRICAN AGENCY, DELTA BEES FARM, AND THE PRESIDENTIAL INITIATIVE ON BANANA VALUE ADDITION
The caravan team traveled to Kirere Greener African Agency, Delta Bees Farm, and PIBID in Bushenyi district. While at these centers, the team explored investment opportunities in low cost operations with high returns, application of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) in livestock rearing, and got training on banana value addition.
· To explore inclusive green growth and investment opportunities in low cost operations with high returns
· To gain an understanding of the application of Indigenous Micro Organisms (IMO) in livestock rearing
· To get practical training on banana value addition
Mr. Kweyunga Emmanuel, the General Manager at Kirere Greener African Agency explained that since the far was started in 2011, he uses natural farming to rear h... Read more
21ST AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO KAZIRE AGRIPROCESSING PLANT AND ERICSON DAIRY FARM
The caravan team traveled to Kazire Agri-processing plant and to Ericson dairy farm in the districts of Mbarara Ntungamo respectively. While at these farms, the team explored the forward and backward business linkages at Kazire plant and product quality and safety management in the dairy value chain. Participants later visited the hot springs in Kitagata in order to appreciate the nature and beauty of Uganda.
While at Kazire plant, Dickson Musasizi, the production manager at Kazire health products gave participants a brief history of the plant, its successes, challenges that it has faced and how those challenges were resolved. He later gave participants a tour of the plant and the production process that is from the raw materials to the final product.
At Ericson Dairy Farm, Mr. Eli Nathan, the general manager advised youth on how to fully benefit from t... Read more
20th August, 2017
A VISIT TO KIBINGE COFFEE FARMERS’ COOPERATIVE ASSOCIATION
KIBINGE SUB COUNTY, BUKOMANSIMBI DISTRICT
The caravan team set off from Kampala to Masaka district and made its first stop at the equator. And later proceeded to Kibinge Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative association. While in Kibinge, participants were exposed to the entire value chain in the coffee business from the seed to the final coffee on the cup.
At Kibinge, the youth were taken to Mr. Mawanda Samuel’s coffee plantation where they were exposed to proper care of coffee trees and the benefits of venturing into the business.
The team later continued to Kibinge Coffee Farmers, Cooperative Association to visit coffee nurseries and share experiences on the coffee value chain.
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The 7 day Caravan has attracted 50 youth participants, that will be traversing the country to have a hands on learning experience on how to improve agribusiness!
Day 1 was an inspiration Forum where the participating youth were inspired to take agribusiness serious and focus on better productivity.
Its was officially launched by the minister for Agriculture Hon. Kibanzanga Christopher, who addressed a press conference together with 5 enterprising youth from all the 4 regions of the country. He informed the youth that agriculture alone can take Uganda to a middle income economy!
The activities of the day included:
- A Press conference.
- In special presentation on mindset change
- And a Debate on the GMOs. (Advantages and disadvantages)
To follow the action live and view the outcome of the debate you could simply follow the Hashtag #Agric4youth
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The following are the workshops to look out for:
Importance of using weights by Spruceland Technologies
Safe handling of chemicals by ZEMA
Cooperative governance by Agriterra
Sustainable Integrated Land Management project (SILMS) by SNV Netherlands Development Organization
Tuta Absoluta and Fowl Worm Control by MRI
Also workshops by CEEC and Zambian Fertilizers
Agriterra started its operations in Myanmar in March 2017. Since that moment Agriterra has focused on the identification of the key needs of farmers, farmer organisations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and other stakeholders. All stakeholders point out that one of the critical success factors to transform the agricultural sector is the ability and willingness of farmers to cooperate. Myanmar will not be able to develop internationally competitive agricultural sectors unless farmers unite to improve their position versus suppliers and customers and to invest in upscaling of their activities.
Despite a clear need for farmers to organise, a history of forced membership of state-led top-down cooperatives with limited benefits for members has resulted in limited trust in cooperatives. Given this background, Agriterra has adopted a two-fold approach to accelerate the agricultural transformation in Myanmar. At the one-hand si... Read more