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nov
25

Organic Farmers Market

Event posted by in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
  25 November 2017, 09:00-14:00
  In the compound of MIGBARE SENAY GENERAL HOSPITAL, near Aduwa Bridge, AA, Ethiopia

Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.




Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 November 2017 at 08:28

Superheated Solution for Processing Cascara (Coffee Pulp)

This is my first post so please go easy on me : )  My area of knowledge is coffee, I live and breath it.  I can't speak for other industries, so this is specific to coffee. The cofffee value chain is incredibly disturbing.  Coffee farmers WW, are facing numerous challenges, especially in Ethiopia. 

What I struggle with is that technological innovation does not occur at the farm level.  It's upstream.  At the farm level is where I see an immense amount of opportunity for disruptive investments to be made to enhance farmer's livelihood and for positive environmental change to occur.  Coffee farmers could have 2-3 additional streams of income if investment was made at this level.  

Below is an article written on a technology I uncovered through a lot of research, super heated steam, that is likely applicable to other agriculture commodities.  I'm hoping to bring this to Ethiopia.  So

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 October 2017 at 05:29

Uganda’s coffee sector records good results in 2016/2017

(Ecofin Agency) - Uganda’s coffee sector recorded quite good results during the 2017/18 season ended last September. Indeed, the country’s coffee exports over the period rose by 39.4% to 4.3 million bags, valued at $545 million, thus 67% more than during the previous season.

This achievement is to be attributed to the many planting campaigns initiated by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) and other actors of the sector who boosted the country’s output. We should not also forget the greater involvement of farmers themselves.

“Farmers have become more organised and handling coffee and a business. When they get money, they re-invest it. That is why we have seen new crop coming into production,” said Joseph Nkandu, executive director of the National Union of Coffee Agribusiness and Farm Enterprises, NUCAFE).

Uganda is Africa’s second largest coffee producer and the 9th worldwide. The sector counts around 500,000 farme

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FRANCIS MUGISHA The crop year that ended in September was 2016/2017.  2017-2018 crop year has just started i.e started in October 2017. 

1 day 4 hours ago

Marion Alyek Dear Francis,Thank you for the correction

11 hours 59 min ago

FRANCIS MUGISHA welcome 

10 hours 44 min ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 27 September 2017 at 10:17

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Engaging ASEAN Coffee Player in ALSPEAC

Last 20 – 21 July, AgriProFocus Indonesia participated in ASEAN Learning Series and Policy Engagement on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALSPEAC) and meet coffee stakeholders from ASEAN countries. The event discussed the challenges and opportunities in coffee production, processing and marketing in ASEAN region through panel discussion on ASEAN coffee standard, best practices, existing policy, field visit activity, group discussion, and also cupping and brewing performances. In second day, we were visited coffee plantation in downhill of Mount Merapi and devided into four groups to observe and make recommendation regarding soil condition, agronomy of the coffee tree, shading tree condition, pest and natural enemy management. This session were very interesting as participants from different countries have various knowledge as well as experience to be shared to each other.

In third day, AgriProFocus Indonesia were as one of panelis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:22

FAO Indonesia is hiring!

National Consultant for Coffee Value Chain Assessment in North Sumatera


FAO Indonesia has concluded a livelihood recovery programme for communities affected by Mt

Sinabung eruption in Karo District by March 2017. One of the implemented activities was the support

for coffee farmers in developing their coffee products as one of the most resistant commodity during

eruption. The intervention covered the production, post-harvest, until marketing stage. In the latest

development, the intervention managed to provide additional income to the coffee farmer since they

have regular buyer from local coffee company.


To ensure that the good initiatives are sustainable and beneficial to the community, as well as to

identify the gap on coffee value chain that hasn’t been addressed in previous intervention, FAO

Indonesia is looking for short term consultant to conduct assessment on coffee value chain in the

area of Karo District - North Sumatera and the surrounding area. The assessment

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

CALL FOR PROPOSALS- ROUND 5: MATCHING GRANT FACILITY (MGF) BY PSFU

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 31 July 2017 at 06:08

Ethiopian Coffee Is Being Endangered by Climate Change


According to a recent study by Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in London, the effects of climate change could cause Ethiopian Arabica coffee beans to go extinct before the end of the century. The study finds that the number of locations in Ethiopia naturally suited to growing Arabica is projected to drop anywhere from 68 percent to 99.7 percent—or extinction—by 2080.

Climate change is affecting the conditions Arabica needs to grow. Higher temperatures and lower rainfall in Ethiopia are leading to warmer nights, a shorter rainy season, and significant and increasingly frequent droughts, all of which Ethiopian coffee farmers are noticing hurts coffee production.

The other main coffee species, Robusta, is easier to cultivate, more disease-resistant, and cheaper than Arabica, but it typically has a sharper and more bitter taste and is far less common. Arabica is indigenous to Ethiopia and comprises nearly all the county’s coffee production

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Gizaw Legesse Dear shimeles Desta, Thank you for sharing, please keep it up!!

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 8 June 2017 at 09:08

WeatherSafe and Burundi government sign agreement to develop new precision farming project to automatically detect coffee trees from space

WeatherSafe Coffee – An Agri Tech company specialising in the application of big data analytics to

meet challenges within the coffee industry, has teamed up with a distributor of Earth Observation

imagery and services to support the coffee farmers of Burundi.


In partnership with the World Bank and the International Development Fund, the Government of

Burundi has launched a programme for the Productivity and Development of Agricultural Markets

(PRODEMA), which aims to “improve food security through increased production and improved

market access for agricultural and livestock products important for domestic consumption”.


To assist PRODEMA in meeting the goals of its coffee sector support project, WeatherSafe will fulfil a

number of vital functions. These include combining satellite imagery – provided by British built

DMC3 satellites – with bespoke a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 6 June 2017 at 05:00

Networking Event for Coffee Players

On March 14, 2017, AgriProFocus Indonesia with Scopi, Anomali Coffee, and Ceritain Kopi Indonesia organized a networking event for coffee sector actors. The purpose of this event is to provide space for members of the AgriProFocus Indonesia network, especially for those working in the coffee sector, to do networking informally. More than 60 actors from the coffee sector came from coffee farmers, farmers' organizations, cooperatives, roasters, coffee shops, traders, exporters, financial institutions and NGOs.

Participants use this event to share information, seek opportunities and business cooperation, and promote products. The event consists of pitching sessions, matchmaking, and product exhibitions. There are 20 participants who signed up for pitching and more than 15 products on display. Here are some organizations that did the pitching:

CV Royal Ontosoroh, represented by Adri, is a trading unit of coffee exporters, especially from Java and Flores. This CV

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 May 2017 at 04:42

New policy to reform coffee trade

A document drafted by a group of 20 people representing the public and private sector, and refined by an institution called Economy Success Planning Sector, formed under the Office of the Prime Minister and led by Arkebe Oqubay (PhD), which attempted to figure out how to improve the coffee trade has recommended the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) terminate some process it uses for trading coffee. It also raised concerns about how effective EXC has been in trading coffee. ECX begn operating nine years ago in an attempt to modernize the trading system and coffee was its first commodity. However eventually, exporters and international buyers including the Specialty Coffee Association of America began expressing their disappointment to the former Prime Minster because they were unable to obtain premium products. To address this, specialty trading was introduced at ECX. . . .

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 March 2017 at 02:49

10 tips for finding European coffee buyers

Source: www.cbi.eu 

Europe has the largest number of coffee buyers in the world and each has its own approach to business, its own expectations and specific demands. As a result, finding the right buyer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Be prepared that it takes time. Work through the following tips to help you find your European buyers.

+ Explore your target market
+ Use sector and trade associations
+ Participate and visit trade fairs and events
+ Contact trade promotion agencies, embassies and chambers of commerce
+ Use online trading sites
+ Get to know your buyers
Use the trade press for market information
+ Use online marketing
+ Tell your story – make it marketable
+ Be persistent

Extended information on these tips can be found on the website of CBI.

CBI is the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, a lot of useful information can be found on their website. CBI is a member of the AgriProFocus Dutch pa

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 13 March 2017 at 09:18

Kenya plans to double coffee exports to the United States of America 

Kenya plans to double its coffee exports to the United States in order to tap into the lucrative North American market, officials said on Wednesday.

Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) Kenya Interim Head of Coffee Directorate Grenville Melli told a coffee forum in Nairobi that Kenya currently exports 4000 metric tons of coffee annually the US.

“Our target is to double exports to reach 8000 metric tonnes in the next three years,” Melli said during a meeting on Kenya’s preparations to participate in the Global Specialty Coffee Expo that will take place in the United States next month.

Kenya plans to leverage on the Expo in order to intensify its marketing efforts so as expand coffee exports. Melli said that the United States is an ideal market for Kenya’s coffee because it attracts premium prices.

“We therefore want to concentrate on selling specialty coffee to U.S. consumers,” he added. In 2016, Kenya produc

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oct
18

International Coffee Conference on Climate Change and Soil

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  18 October 2017 to 20 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Bali, Indonesia

International Coffee Conference on Climate Change and Soil Degradation (IC4SD 2017)

“Enhancing Strategic Coffee Science & Technology in the Changing of World Climate and Soil Degradation”

in Conjunction with World Plantation Conference & Exhibition 2017

Bali, 18 – 20 October 2017

IC4SD 2017 will be held in conjunction with World Plantation Conference and Exhibition 2017 (WPLACE-2017) under a theme of Plantation in the Current and Future Challenges. WPLACE-2017 will discuss various development aspects of six main plantation commodities (oil palm, rubber, cocoa, coffee, sugar cane, and tea), arranged from global perspective of plantation business up to field technological innovation, in a one package of conferences and exhibition.

Therefore, this event will be attended by no less than 1,000 participants from around the world. Special events for coffee such as the 9th Indonesian Specialty Coffee Competition, Indonesian Specialty Coffee Auction, Barista Competition and other specia

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shared a post in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 13 February 2017 at 12:34

Posted by Jacob Olanya in AgriProFocus Uganda 13 February 2017 at 12:34

Coffee farmers to get drought insurance cover

"To access the cover, farmers will be required to pay annual premiums of 5% of the value of the crop being insured. "

Coffee farmers will soon have their incomes guaranteed irrespective of the weather conditions if the planned coffee drought insurance that seeks to mitigate losses is launched next month.

The Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants will in partnership with the National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (Nucafe) launch the insurance cover at the second Uganda National Coffee festival slated for November 4, at Namboole Stadium to help coffee farmers mitigate risks of drought.

Speaking at a pre-second National Coffee Festival meeting last week, Robert Serwanga, the Agriculture Reinsurance Consultants, country manager, said coffee production in Uganda has declined from 7kg per tree to 1.5kg due to severe drought brought about by climate change.

“People are abandoning gardens because of declining yields which are impacting

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Posted By in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
Posted 19 December 2016 at 02:00

Report: East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016 

Download Report Here


The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.


Key highlights

1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).

2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some women int

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 24 November 2016 at 05:51

Call for proposals 

Competitiveness & enterprise development project: deadline 30th November 2016

Herewith attached is a call for proposals for the matching grant facility offered by Private Sector Foundation Uganda (PSFU).  Sectors of interest are horticulture, tourism, coffee, grains, pulses, edible oils, fisheries and ICT

See Fourth call proposals attached for details

Good luck!

shared a post in Gender in the Value Chains Indonesia
Posted 18 November 2016 at 07:02

Posted by Angelica Senders in AgriProFocus Netherlands 18 November 2016 at 07:02

Addressing Gender ineQUALITY in coffee- A starting point for constructing sustainable value chains?!  

By Nora Fedisch (originally posted on this platform 3 years ago, but still relevant!!) 

Women play crucial roles in coffee value chains; however, their contribution often remains invisible, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/ or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpetuated. Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders and Marjoleine Motz) commissioned a study to Nora Fedisch, Bachelor student Fair Trade Management of Van Hall Larenstein to identify key success factors for a gender inclusive approach to the development of coffee value chains.

Research has shown that women are the key source of labor in the East African coffee sector; women execute important tasks of harvesting, drying, hulling and sorting the coffee beans. Men are inv

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2016 at 04:37

Addressing Gender ineQUALITY in coffee- A starting point for constructing sustainable value chains?!  

By Nora Fedisch (originally posted on this platform 3 years ago, but still relevant!!) 

Women play crucial roles in coffee value chains; however, their contribution often remains invisible, this can lead to inefficient chains. In consequence, business opportunities may suffer and profits will be lower and/ or unequally distributed. Moreover, existing gender inequities will be perpetuated. Agri-ProFocus and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (Angelica Senders and Marjoleine Motz) commissioned a study to Nora Fedisch, Bachelor student Fair Trade Management of Van Hall Larenstein to identify key success factors for a gender inclusive approach to the development of coffee value chains.

Research has shown that women are the key source of labor in the East African coffee sector; women execute important tasks of harvesting, drying, hulling and sorting the coffee beans. Men are inv

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Angelica Senders Thanks Fridah yes indeed the coffee sector is a very interesting sector where a lot is happening regarding involvement of men and women on equal footing. Have you watched the video we made of Kyagalani coffee company? This company participated in a gender in value chain coaching trajectory we organised in Uganda, watch this video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn1T1Qk8pVg  

1 year 2 hours ago

FRIDAH MBAYA have watched the video, hope we can work on something of the same here in kenya.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Angelica Senders Good idea Fridah, please let me and the agriprofocus office in Nairobi know if you have any concrete suggestions!!

11 months 3 weeks ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello .greettings

2 weeks 1 day ago

Angelica Senders hello :) 

2 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 9 November 2016 at 07:52

Job Vacancy: Project Team Leader


The foundation Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung designs and manages sustainable agricultural development projects worldwide. With over twenty years of experience in project design, implementation and management, the foundation contributes to improving the living conditions of smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers through a business approach to sustainable development.

Financed by private and public donors, HRNS has started implementing 2 projects to promote sustainable smallholder Robusta coffee production in OKU Selatan, Southern Sumatra. These projects aim to create a long term viable living for Robusta farmers by capacity building and facilitating access to technology, agri-input and financial services.

The program includes farmer training on good agricultural practices, product quality, marketing, and farmer organizational development. In the second phase of the program topics such as access to finance, gender mainstreaming, coffee & climate, integrated

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nov
08

The East Africa Coffee Joint Learning Platform 2016

Event posted by in Joint Learning Platform (Coffee Sector)
  08 November 2016 - 08:30 to 11 November 2016 - 19:00
  Meru County

AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.

From

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