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
Or simply click here.
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
Agriterra is an agri-agency founded by farmers’ organisations and cooperative
agribusinesses in The Netherlands. Agriterra’s mandate is to professionalise farmers’
organisations and cooperatives worldwide with advice from experts from the Dutch
agricultural sector. Agriterra’s agri-advice team supports farmer-led economic
development across Africa, Asia and Latin America, in the belief that strong farmers'
organisations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better
distribution of income.
AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.
Insightful views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;
1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus
2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive
participation by Agriterra
3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization
4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE... Read more
From the 22nd until the 25th of June 2017, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the Rwandan Agricultural Show in Kigali.
The expo was organized for the 12th year by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). This year’s theme was: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. MINAGRI stressed that Rwanda is in need of technologies that can help fight against climate change and the effects. Also, there is a need for sufficient quality seeds, fertilizers, water, and training and advice to ensure productive farming (source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/214727/).
This year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with Dutch NGO’s active in the agri-business sector in Rwanda.
AgriProFocus stand received many visitors who were interested in... Read more
For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives.
Over the past few months FrieslandCampina and Agriterra organized three Farmer2Farmer missions to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. During these missions Dutch member farmers from FrieslandCampina have trained and advised their peers in Asia in order to support them to produce more and better quality milk. This enables them to get a better living. Find out more in this report on Thai national TV.
Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services!
AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.
Featuring in this video:
1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda
2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra
3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom of... Read more
The local business advisor will work according to the ‘Job description Business Advisor’ and under the direct responsibility of the manager Agri-Advice in the Netherlands. He or she will work in close collaboration with the other business advisors for Myanmar (currently 1 person) and of the Agriterra Asia Team. This person will provide expert advice, coordinate advisory trajectories with clients, and have an advisory and broker role in the closing of business deals aimed at building well-organised and operational cooperatives and farmers’ organisations. In order to achieve this, the successful candidate will initiate and maintain a network that will include cooperatives and farmers’ organisations, financial institutions, traders, service providers and other stakeholders in the value chain. He/she will initiate and guide change trajectories with clients, and will lobby, mediate and support negotiation processes, as well as prepare business deals