Agriterra

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 22 September 2017 at 04:45

Scoping mission for farmers in Myanmar’s Dry Zone by Agriterra

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

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 organizations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation and other stakeholders.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 September 2017 at 11:08

A Seven Days’ Experience in the Ugandan Youth Agribusiness Caravan 2017

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

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Mugisha Richard Excellent! Phionah, this is a very good story. I am sure my fellow readers can prove that; the caravan is the most effective way to facilitate learning. Let’s promote it and make our business stories unforgettable.  Given the shared lessons, I clearly see a lot of potential in Phionah becoming one of the great entrepreneurs in the region. But Phionah, remember potential is potential only when it is exploited. I would therefore; like to encourage you and all honorable youth agripreneurs to pursue your business goals with focus and commitment, and then you will possess them.

1 week 5 days ago

Taremwa Joseph Phionah, this is great. I am exceedingly happy that as part of the organizers, our efforts were not put to waste!!

1 week 5 days ago

Ronald Miggadde Great inspiration story Phionah, Keep the fire burning.

1 week 5 days ago

Francis Lulahali Hello Phionah, am so pleased for such a wonderful and encouraging story really that is a very good indicator that we didn't waste time in the caravan and it is the best way to learn than sitting in the hotels. God bless you #Frahari International Limited 

1 week 5 days ago

Dorina Prech This is a beautiful story Phionah! Thank you for sharing your experiences of how the caravan went, and sure enough there's a lot that we can learn from with as regards to youth engagement in agribusiness. 

1 week 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 September 2017 at 12:59

MY YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN EXPERIENCE

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

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PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO True Ronald, we were inspired to inspire other youths in the four different regions of Uganda and thus making a difference. Agriculture indeed can be practiced by the youths to solve the unemployment problem and also feed the many lives in Uganda and beyond.

2 weeks 1 day ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Ronald, great to read your positive feedback! Good Job guys at AgriProFocus Uganda. 

1 week 6 days ago

Jacob Olanya Great Ronald, its good to see you learned alot from the Caravan, am looking forward to see your passion fruit farm grow.

1 week 6 days ago

Mugisha Richard Waoo! Ronald, this is an amazing story!  Its nice to read this inspiration message from you. I am inspired again by your memorable story. I can now confirm that learning took place. Please take action and make every day a caravan day in order to bring about sustainable change in self and your constituency.  To those  who missed this year's edition, next year for you. Just begin to prepare around same time but different route and perhaps different country. Its gonna be massive!! Yes, no success without a story. AgriProFocus gives you a story and you gain success.

1 week 6 days ago

Taremwa Joseph Miggadde, thanks for the active participation in the entire caravan. I am astonishingly pleased that you were able to practically learn and as well as have meaningful fun.For the first time, I saw selfies being taken using a Kodak camera!!!Great day

1 week 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 31 August 2017 at 08:34

Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

AgriProFocus Zambia hosted the 2017 Regional Agribusiness Platform (formally known as Agribusiness Finance Fair) on 24th to 25th of August, 2017 in Chipata, eastern province. We would like to thank the sponsors, exhibitors, Agro-dealers, farmers and the government for making the event a great success.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 August 2017 at 08:02

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN: 

Day 6

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 August 2017 at 07:25

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN:

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.

Objectives

· To explore food production throughout the seasons using farrow irrigation system.

Discussions/ Interactions

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

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Humphrey Mutaasa The reason why Gender has not been appreciated in Agribusiness development even though it is a very key ingredient, Its in the way it is packaged  and how it is promoted and by who. Men being the creatures they are need better packaging and involving them just like it has started being done. It shouldnt be mis-understood that its a women thing to take away the leadership and asset ownership component from the men. but rather together developing a livelihood.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 August 2017 at 08:12

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN: 

DAY 4

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.

Objectives

· 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

Discussions/ Interactions

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

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Humphrey Mutaasa This is running and being appreciated well on Top radio and FMJ

3 weeks 5 days ago

Mugisha Richard Thanks Mutaasa for promoting youth in agriz through media. Today the youth are taking the mantel to feed the world and change lives

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 August 2017 at 07:31

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN:

DAY 3

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

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Kabunga James Well done

1 month 1 day ago

Humphrey Mutaasa well done and this is encouraging youths join Agric at different levels of the value chain

3 weeks 5 days ago

Mugisha Richard The youth were able to identify the entry points at this point with Kazire Health Products, especially supplying raw materials like Carrots, beetroots and purple  cabbages. The other business opportunity identified was for the youth to open distribution centers for the ready to drink products in their respective regions

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 August 2017 at 06:31

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN: 

DAY 2

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.

Click here to download the daily report.

To follow the action live and view the outcome of the debate you could simply follow the Hashtag #Agric4youth 

Or simply click here.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 August 2017 at 09:32

The Youth in Agribusiness Caravan: 

Day 1

18th August 2017

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.

Anne Marie Kortleve Nice to see some impressions of the first day, looking forward to hear more of the other days, keep us informed Jacob Olanya :) 

1 month 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 17 August 2017 at 10:00

Join us @Regional Agribusiness Platform

Theme: Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

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

See you there!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 15 August 2017 at 08:54

Cooperation in Agriculture: New beginnings in Myanmar

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 10 August 2017 at 11:29

OFFRE D'EMPLOI AOUT 2017

Agriterra RDC cherche à recruter un conseiller en entreprise basé à Goma.

Pour plus d'information télécharger le fichier ci-joint.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 3 August 2017 at 01:16

Agriterra is Hiring!

Vacancy – Business Advisor
(based in Eastern Province; Zambian nationals only)
Closing date: 18th August, 2017

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.


See attached for full details.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 01:33

Highlights of the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day

AgriProFocus participated in the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day commemoration which was held under the theme "Inclusion" and the slogan "Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind".

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 July 2017 at 08:05

Holland Pavilion at the National Agrishow 2017

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

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Sajji RYAKUNZE This was a great opportunity for  APF Rwanda to   explain to agri business professionals about our linking , learning and leadership in the agri show !

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 3 July 2017 at 06:26

Rwamagana & Gicumbi Districts Dairy Learning Lab report


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. 

You can read the full report here.

You can  also find the the dairy cost calculation template here

You can also see some of our photos. 

hi anatole, do you also have some more photos on facebook? Please indicate page or link


2 months 2 weeks ago

Anatole Majyambere Yes, photos can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/apfrwanda/photos/?tab=album&album_id=621106488097237

1 month 4 weeks ago

Posted By in FrieslandCampina - Dairy Development Programme
Posted 19 May 2017 at 10:16

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.  


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 May 2017 at 05:04

Presenting the AgriProFocus Network in Rwanda

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

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!


4 months 1 week ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

4 months 1 week ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Thank you Leah Banda and Innocent SIMPUNGA

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 April 2017 at 05:08

Agriterra Myanmar is hiring

Job Description

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

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