Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 October 2017 at 09:04

Applications Open for MasterCard Foundation’s Fund for Rural Prosperity 2017 Competition!

Deadline: 30 November 2017

Is your business working to scale up a financial product or service to transform more lives in Africa? If yes, then apply for the MasterCard Foundation’s Fund for Rural Prosperity Competition.

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) is seeking applications for the third collection period of its 2017 Competition to support innovative financial products, services or processes from organizations that will design, pilot and test new ideas, as well as those that aim to expand proven ideas into new geographies or a new customer segment in rural and agricultural areas.

Applications made to the 2017 Rolling Competition should be for support of between US$250,000 and US$2,500,000.

For more information visit; Fund for rural prosperity

Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi,

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 3 October 2017 at 09:56

Eric Bleumink Grant Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries to Study in Holland

 (Deadline: 1st December 2017)

The Eric Bleumink Fund, established on 23 May 2000, provides financial support to Master’s students from developing countries wishing to study in Holland at the University of Groningen a Master’s degree. This initiative will not only improve the cooperation between the University of Groningen and universities in developing countries, but will also raise the level of academic expertise in these countries.


Candidates for the Eric Bleumink Fund scholarships to study in Holland should:

 Have obtained conditional admission to the program of choice (see: )

 Have excellent academic performance, preferably to be confirmed by letters of recommendation

 Have excellent grades during their bachelor/undergraduate studies;

 Have excellent English language proficiency, in accordance with the admission requirements of the progr

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Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 June 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

ICRA course:

This course is for agribusiness service providers and coaches working with smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs.

As a professional in business support services, you want to contribute to local entrepreneurial development and food security. By offering professional capacity support and coaching and assisting in accessing startup capital you try to help small-scale producers and processors move towards farming as a business.

In two weeks you will learn how to build trust to establish sustainable business relationships, to improve your negotiation skills and you will get tips on how to secure a steady income.

This video shows the two steps necessary to negotiate a win-win situation.

For more information and application, see the course webpage.

Scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
Application deadline for candidates with f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 20 September 2017 at 07:10


Spark is a non-profit organization that develops higher education and entrepreneurship so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity.

SPARK has launched the 'Rebuilding Futures: Startup Competition' for entrepreneurs in fragile states. There is a trip to the Netherlands and a €10,000.00 startup grant available for the winner! 

Interested applicants (entrepreneurs/startups) might fit the following criteria:

-Business idea or existing business under 1 year old

-An idea that addresses 'rebuilding futures' (aka a social enterprise, contributing to rebuilding of post-conflict -communities)

-Based in one of the countries SPARK works in (

More information and the application form are available here on our website (link:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 September 2017 at 01:56

The INNOVATE Call for Proposals (the Call) is seeking applications from eligible organizations, companies and institutions: to pilot a NTF product/service focused on rapid testing and learning to document through a case study an ongoing or completed initiative related to NTF. The initiatives should demonstrate the potential and/or ability of products, services, or delivery channels that can catalyze and/or foster the adoption of agricultural innovations. For more info visit

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. Thank you Humphery 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 September 2017 at 01:28

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is seeking proposals for its 2018 Research Grants Program that address the resiliency of organic systems to challenges like climate change and/or have economic and social considerations to complement on-farm research. OFRF offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities

Humphrey Mutaasa This is the Organic World Congress this November

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:04

Call for Consultants - Tanzania - Venture Capital Research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia, Mali and Tanzania.

While local consultants from Kenya, Zambia and Mali have alrea

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Simon Ngwira I recently graduated from from Natural Resources Development College  (NRDC) studied agriculture and majored in crop science science with more than 3 year work experience do i stand a chance??.

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Lisette van Benthum Dear Simon, thank you for your question. We are looking for consultants who have 5-10 year experience with Financial Service / Venture Capital and SME development.... If you have that experience, please do not hesitate to apply.

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Simon Ngwira Thank you.

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Aart van den Bos Hi LIsette. you already  have the senior consultant?

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Lisette van Benthum Hi Aart, in the Netherlands we already have a senior consultant who has started his research. At the moment we are only looking for a consultant located in Tanzania, who can be senior or somewhat junior.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 5 September 2017 at 09:02

Ongoza Youth entrepreneurs mentorship and coaching intake in on!

        ++ Are you an entrepreneur aged 35 and below?  

        ++ Does your business have a turn over of minimum 100,000 per month?  

        ++ Do you believe mentorship and coaching will lead to doubling your turnover and increasing your                      competitiveness? 

Ongoza is recruiting high-potential young social entrepreneurs who will be provided with up to two years of customized weekly business advisory, market linkages, and debt financing to scale their employment and social impact.  


Apply and be part of the September 2017 cohort today! Get in touch with Lucy on or call 0724 456 101.

Read more about Ongoza in this brief

Dorina Prech Hi Lucy Kerei, thanks for sharing this information, which I have slightly edited. I am also sharing this in our newsletter for wider circulation. Best regards, Dorina

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 September 2017 at 08:09

International short courses for mid-career professionals

We offer a wide range of courses which will help you to develop the capacities, leadership qualities needed to be creative, adaptive and responsive to the dynamics of a rapidly changing world. In our courses we connect WUR’s technical and scientific expertise with cutting-edge processes of innovation and learning.

Whether you are a development practitioner, an entrepreneur, or a policy-maker, our highly interactive training methods stimulate you to reflect and share your experiences to generate new insights. In our courses we offer a rich mixture of state-of-the-art theoretical insights and practical expertise.

See all our courses on our website:

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Waow! this is an interesting course! Let's hope that the application process is direct and simple!!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 29 August 2017 at 04:35

Business Innovation Window


The DaNa Facility’s Business Innovation Window (BIW) will provide grant funding to innovative business projects that empower the poor, women and other disadvantaged groups to better participate in, and benefit from, Myanmar’s economic development, and help shape the growth of more inclusive, competitive and wealth-creating markets.

Eligible sectors

  • Garments and textiles;
  • Agribusiness;
  • Community forestry; and/or
  • Financial inclusion.

Funding size and duration

Matching grant co-funding for projects will be between GBP 150,000 and GBP 750,000 (British pounds sterling).Each application will be expected to clearly justify the level of funding that is being requested, particularly in terms of the anticipated development impact the business project aims to deliver.The duration of grant funding by the DaNa Facilit

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 22 August 2017 at 10:39

Call for Consultants -

Venture Capital research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia and Mali.

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Gerlance KAMBALE MUSAVULI Very nice!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 August 2017 at 07:36

Another shot at € 25.000 for your business idea

MoMo4Climate is inviting you to submit your creative ideas for the third call of 2017. You are challenged to submit an innovative business proposal that attracts private investment for a climate mitigation or adaptation project in a developing country. This year, the reward for the two most promising proposals is € 25,000. Have a look at and submit your plan on 17 September latest.

Additionally, a special opportunity is offered for entrepreneurs in Indonesia. This year, in cooperation with the Dutch embassy in Jakarta, one of the winners will be selected from the project proposals that are to be located in Indonesia. The other winner will be selected from the regular proposals.

What is in it for you?

Since 2014 we have received about a hundred business proposals in total. MoMo4Climate has helped several of these proposals a step forward. The prize money has enabled Royal IHC, one of last year’s winner, to conduct a pilot stu

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Akibodé Djodji Un autre tir à € 25.000 pour votre idée d'entreprise   MoMo4Climate vous invite à soumettre vos idées créatives pour le troisième appel de 2017. Vous êtes confronté à un souci de soumettre une proposition d'entreprise novatrice qui attire des investissements privés pour un projet d'atténuation climatique ou d'adaptation dans un pays en développement. Cette année, la récompense pour les deux propositions les plus prometteuses est de 25 000 €. Regardez et soumettez votre plan le 17 septembre dernier.   En outre, une opportunité spéciale est offerte aux entrepreneurs en Indonésie. Cette année, en coopération avec l'ambassade des Pays-Bas à Jakarta, l'un des gagnants sera sélectionné parmi les propositions de projets qui seront situées en Indonésie. L'autre gagnant sera sélectionné parmi les propositions régulières.   Qu'y a-t-il pour vous?   Depuis 2014, nous avons reçu une centaine de propositions d'affaires au total. MoMo4Climate a aidé plusieurs de ces propositions à faire un pas en avant. Le prix en argent a permis à Royal IHC, l'un des gagnants de l'année dernière, de mener une étude pilote sur l'amélioration durable de la récolte d'algues. La Fondation OPIN, l'autre gagnante, a stimulé le développement d'une alternative durable à l'utilisation du charbon en Afrique de l'Ouest, grâce à MoMo4Climate. Mais en plus du prix en argent, MoMo a plus d'avantages à offrir. MoMo4Climate conseille les promoteurs de propositions présentant un potentiel particulier sur les exigences et les possibilités de soumission aux fonds et sur les possibilités de soutien dans le renforcement des capacités, l'assistance technique ou le développement de cas d'affaires.   Comment ça marche?   Toutes les propositions seront examinées sur la viabilité du business case, le potentiel de mobilisation des investissements privés, le potentiel de mise à l'échelle et la contribution qu'il apporte à l'atténuation ou à l'adaptation au changement climatique par un panel d'experts. Le panel offre des conseils pour rendre votre proposition commerciale plus rentable et récompenser les deux gagnants avec le soutien nécessaire pour mettre en œuvre et étendre votre idée.   Les propositions - y compris celles pour l'Indonésie - peuvent être soumises maintenant sur Ici, vous pouvez également trouver les conditions de participation, les critères d'évaluation et les informations sur les finalistes du passé. La date limite de soumission des propositions est le 17 septembre 2017.   À propos de MoMo4Climate   MoMo4Climate est une initiative de l'UICN NL, ECN, NWP et le ministère néerlandais des Affaires étrangères pour mobiliser plus de capitaux privés pour s'attaquer aux impacts et aux causes du changement climatique dans les pays en développement en réunissant des entrepreneurs, des décideurs et des investisseurs.   Nous attendons vos idées, vos propositions et vos projets!   Cordialement,   L'équipe MoMo

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Gerlance KAMBALE MUSAVULI Merci pour la traduction Cher Akibodé Djodji 

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Merci infiniment l'infatigable Akibodé! nous sommes ensemble pour une planète sans contrainte climatique, c'est-à-dire un monde en équilibre.

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Akibodé Djodji Merci chers MEMBRES et PARTENAIRES du réseau.La force du réseau, c'est les membres et la force des membres c'est le réseau.On est ensemble.

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Humphrey Mutaasa Will follow through. We have two life changing programs we shall write

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:52

FARA is seeking to engage a Gender, Youth and Agribusiness Consultant (end 28 aug)

Main Purpose

To formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA

Duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall perform inter-alia the following key duties but not limited to:

  • Facilitates the effective integration of gender and broader social development dimensions in FARA core programs, including (i) gender equity and equality, (ii) benefit sharing, (iii) social safeguards, (iv) grievance redress mechanisms with a focus on women, youth and other marginalized groups, and (v) social accountability including good governance.
  • Develops and refine responsive policy elements and inputs for FARA management to consider incorporating in ongoing and planned

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Akibodé Djodji Le FARA cherche à recruter un conseiller en genre, jeunesse et agrobusiness (fin 28 août)Objectif principalFormuler des politiques, mettre en œuvre des programmes, des modules de recherche et de formation pour promouvoir et renforcer l'inclusion et l'intégration des questions de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social dans les programmes et projets de recherche et de développement agricoles par FARADevoirs et responsabilités Relevant du directeur, de la recherche et de l'innovation, le candidat retenu doit exécuter entre autres les fonctions clés suivantes, mais sans s'y limiter:  Facilite l'intégration effective des dimensions du genre et du développement social dans les programmes de base du FARA, y compris (i) l'équité et l'égalité entre les sexes, (ii) le partage des avantages, (iii) les garanties sociales, (iv) les mécanismes de recours en matière de règlement des griefs axés sur les femmes et les jeunes Et d'autres groupes marginalisés, et (v) la responsabilité sociale, y compris la bonne gouvernance. Élaborer et affiner les éléments de politique réactifs et les intrants pour que la direction du FARA envisage d'intégrer les programmes en cours et planifiés.Fournit des conseils stratégiques et techniques à jour pour renforcer la capacité du Secrétariat et des constituants du FARA.  Aider le FARA à concevoir, mettre en œuvre et surveiller des programmes et des projets de recherche et de développement agricoles ayant des dimensions solides en matière de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social; Et contribuer à l'analyse sexospécifique et sociale des données et à la déclaration de l'impact des interventions sur les bénéficiaires ciblesPour plus d'info:    

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Posted By in Business Brokering Uganda
Posted 4 August 2017 at 07:26


The Competitiveness Enterprise Development Project announces of 5th round of call for businesses to apply for a matching grant. The MGF is only open to private enterprises and associations operating in the following sectors: tourism, Agribusiness (only coffee, grains and pulses, horticulture, edible oils and fisheries) and Information technology/ business process outsourcing. 

Find more details here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 03:24

Grant Opportunity for organizations engaged in youth programs 

Deadline for Proposal Submission: 21 August 2017

The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Embassy to Ethiopia is pleased to announce an opportunity for local non-profits and non-government organizations engaged in youth programs to administer the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) Alumni Engagement Project. 

The award amount is a maximum of $25,000 with an implementation period of up to one year. 

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 28 July 2017 at 08:53

Call for young people for the 4th Africa-Europe Youth Summit and the EU-AU Youth Plug-In Initiative! 

E.U is looking for young people for the Youth Summit and the Youth Plug-In Initiative between the age of 18 and 35 from Africa, Europe and Diaspora, to help develop recommendations and solutions to put forward to Heads of State at the 5th AU-EU Summit in November. If this has caught your interest, please  visit this page :

Application for this call can be submitted until 06August 2017

Akibodé Djodji

         Appel à candidature des jeunes

        pour le 4ème Sommet Afrique-Europe de la jeunesse et l'Initiative UE-AU Youth Plug-In!

 L'UE recherche des jeunes pour le Sommet de la jeunesse et l'initiative Plug-In jeunesse entre 18 et 35 ans en provenance d'Afrique, d'Europe et de la diaspora afin d'aider à élaborer des recommandations et des solutions à présenter aux chefs d'État à la 5ème AU-UE Sommet de novembre.

  Si cela vous a intéressé, visitez cette page   

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 27 July 2017 at 03:28

"Scaling-up my agribusiness-Agripreneurs"

AgriProFocus network in collaboration with partners is working on a youth platform “Scaling-up my business”. The purpose of this platform is to provide a platform for learning and business to business linkages that will foster the growth of Youth-led agribusinesses and networks.

The objectives are to:

1. Facilitate business-to-business sessions that will match youth entrepreneurs with industry players. (Agribusiness company industry leaders, investors, financial institutions (bank & non-bank))

2. Provide learning opportunities for business growth through intense masterclasses offered by experienced organisations.

The network is therefore looking for youth who meet the following criteria:

· Aged between 17 – 36 years

· Understand basic spoken English

· Have clear identification of gaps in scaling up their business

· Have a registered company

· Are involved in horticulture (to

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Samson Ocheyo Good idea. I think this should also be emulated in Tanzania. @Hilda Okoth 

2 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 July 2017 at 04:53

Funding Opportunity:

CNC and Africa Lead NSA Grant Call for Concept Notes

Africa Lead II and the CAADP Non-State Actors Coalition (CNC) are excited to announce a small grants program to strengthen the network of Non-State Actors supporting CAADP in Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda, and Kenya. We invite interested organizations to submit a brief concept paper in order to earn the chance to apply for resources and support, build relationships and networks with key actors in CAADP, and put your idea into action. Grant activities will be funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help surface creative and effective approaches to improve citizen engagement in national food security investment priorities (as outlined by the CAADP themes). To accomplish this, proposals shall focus on:

  • Aligning NSA program design and development to the CAADP agenda to support relevant NAIP priorities;
  • Making use of agricultural performance data relevant to specific CAADP themes for adv

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 02:49

Innovation Fund: 2nd Call for Projects (from ENTAG)

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers.

The Innovation Fund runs from September 2016 to December 2019. It will provide financial and technical support to at least 32 projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria.

The Innovation Fund is managed by the Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). ENTAG falls under the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT), which is implemented by Wageningen University & Research from The Netherlands and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.

Deadlines and Schedules

16 July 2017 - Announcement of call for projects

18 August 2017 - Deadline for submission of concept notes

29 Sept 2017 - Announcement of selected concept notes

27 Oct 2017 - Deadline for submission of proposals

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 July 2017 at 11:35

Call for application - Linking smallholders to commercial practices: the case of Farmer Organisations in the dairy sector in Kenya 

PROCASUR and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) are pleased to announce a Learning Initiative (LI) on Farmers Organizations in the Kenyan Dairy sector. It is developed under the Large Regional IFAD-Procasur Grant Programme "Strengthening capacities and tools for scaling-up and disseminating innovations (2016 - 2018)". This topic was selected resting on the consolidated results of the (i) online survey lunched by PROCASUR in April 2016 in the ESA region, (ii) in depth interviews to project managers of IFAD funded projects in the ESA region, and (iii) experts’ consultation undertaken among specialists in the area of Farmers Organizations.

Farmers organizations (FOs) are key contributors to achieving the goals and improving the livelihoods of poor rural people, reducing poverty and attaining food security. Through the services they o

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