Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 23 October 2018 at 12:59

Rwandan coffee gets global honours

Coffee produced by Ngororero Coffee Washing Station in Western Province has scooped both the “Best of the Best” and “Coffee Lover’s Choice” awards in a competition that attracted brands from nine countries.

The awards were announced last week in New York, during third annual Ernesto Illy International Coffee Award (EIICA).

The awards are organised by Illycaffè – a global company specialised in high quality coffee trade—which operates in 140 countries worldwide.

It is the first time both honours were bestowed on one coffee lot in the history of EICCA, after rounds of blind tastings by an international independent jury of top culinary and coffee experts, as well as consumers across the globe.

Philotée Mukiza, the production manager at Rwacof Exports Limited – a Rwanda based coffee processor and exporter – received the awards on behalf of the company which owns the Ngororero-based washing station among other stations in the country.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 October 2018 at 09:24

EU and Tanzania Government to promote productivity and competitiveness in the Ag Sector through Agri Connect Programme

The government Tanzania has received Sh265 billion in new financial assistance from the European Union (EU) to promote productivity and competitiveness in the agricultural sector.

The financing support, dubbed "agri- connect," would help to promote horticulture, coffee, tea, food production and nutrition security in the country.

The statement was made by the permanent secretary in the ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Dotto James, yesterday during the Agri-Connect programme signing ceremony.

Tanzania and the European Union's cooperation is anchored on the continuous partnership agreement whose main objectives are to;

* reduce poverty, 

*promote sustainable development and 

*support the integration of Tanzania into the world economy

This support has come at an appropriate time when the government is implementing the Agriculture Sector Development Programme Phase Two (ASDP

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simon Nguye In a world that is constantly changing, presenting new challenges and obstacles, it can be difficult to think about the sustainability of today, the agricultural sector can be resolution for youth employment.

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Hilda Okoth Good observation simon Nguye. What are so of your ideas on how to engage youth in agriculture programs such as this Agri Connect

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 1 October 2018 at 12:40

Women in Coffee- celebrating International Coffee Day:

Every first day of October, the 77 Member States of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and dozens of coffee associations from around the globe join in celebration of the annual International Coffee Day. International Coffee Day (ICD) is a global celebration of coffee’s journey from the farm to your local shop — an opportunity to honour the women and men who grow and harvest the coffee we love. In Uganda, the International Coffee Day will be celebrated on Thursday 4 October 2018 at Mukono Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MUZARDI).

Under the theme ‘Women in Coffee’, the International Coffee Day celebrations will be attended by members of the IWCA Uganda Chapter and interested members of the general public. The Guest of Honor will be the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. The IWCA Uganda Chapter President will deliver the Keynote Address. The Managing Director of the U

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 6 September 2018 at 05:12

SCOPI is looking for a program manager!

SCOPI (Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia) is a nonprofit association initiated by multi-stakeholders coffee in Indonesia in March 2015. The objective of SCOPI is to promote and enhance public private partnership in coffee commodities to achieve economic opportunities for farmers, food securities and environmental sustainability. To achieve the complete sustainability chain of coffee, SCOPI continuously engages and collaborates with other parties including the government, who fully endorses the platform, and members of the private sector. Please click here to know more about SCOPI.

Posted By in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
Posted 31 August 2018 at 03:20

Conservation Agriculture Practice by Coffee Farmers around Jimma and Mizan

Some of the highest quality coffee in the world is grown in Ethiopia. Practice of conservation agriculture in the coffee sector promotes sustainable resource management, as well as maintains coffee quality and reduces labor associated with the crop management.

Conservation agriculture has three primary elements, and all of these are demonstrated in forest coffee:

1. Minimum soil disturbance

2. Permanent Soil Coverage

3. Crop integration

The famous forest coffee of Jimma and Mizan is grown under shade trees. Temporary shade from fast-growing trees like sespania and castor (gulo) are grown together with coffee seedlings until larger, higher-canopy shade trees (such as Acacia abyssinica, Abbiza gummifera, Cordia africana etc.) have the chance to grow and protect the coffee trees.

When grown on hillsides, rows of verifier grasses keep terraces in place, promoting water retention and reducing soil erosion, while also providing biom

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 20 August 2018 at 07:32

Carol Gribnau,  director of the Hivos global Green Energy and Green Food programs writes on IPC about

Joint Action Needed to Reform our Food System

Read the full article HERE.

Come 2030, we will not have healthy and affordable food if we continue with business as usual. But no one institution can single handedly change the course of our food system. The key to ensuring a sustainable food system is involving a diverse group of actors – from smallholder farmers to government – to generate ideas for change, together.

Everyone recognizes the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration, but it’s good to understand exactly what we’re talking about. 

Hivos applies a “Lab” approach in several countries. It allows for a tailored approach and helps the actors move from global to national and local platforms. Given the complexity of food systems, local platforms are likely to be the most effective. 

The transformation towards sustainable food systems requires involving key actors,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 August 2018 at 01:56

Regional coffee players target domestic market!

Regional coffee growers, exporters and sector policy makers are turning their focus to domestic consumption, a move they say is intended to cushion them against fluctuations on the international market, which sometimes adversely affects their incomes.

They were speaking Friday at the official launch of the 17th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition (AFCC&E) in Kigali. The event is running under the theme, ‘Specialty Coffees at the Heart of Africa’, and it is focusing production and marketing of high quality coffee.

The event was organised by African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) and Rwanda’s National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). Read more here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 10 July 2018 at 09:46

Hi.  I am MD of Sabanan company Ltd from Myanmar.  I am a processor of natural coffee from Than Daung Gyi, Karen state of Myanmar.  You can see my products at City Marts and ocean supermarkets under "Pride of Myanmar" section.  My brand name is "Karen coffee".  I promote Robusta coffee from Karen state where Robusta's only area in Myanmar.  I am looking for export market.

AgriProFocus Indonesia Hi! Thank you for sharing. You can use the search tab and insert "kopi" (it's 'coffee' in Indonesian language) to find out our network members who work in the sector. We hope this helps! Kind regards.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 July 2018 at 09:46

Gender in coffee, a documentary

Are you curious about the people behind the coffee? Then watch this documentary that is now available on-line.

It is a documentary that uses a gender lens while following coffee from producer to consumer. It gives an intimate insight in the lives, work, concerns and joys of three generations of a coffee farming family in Chiapas, Mexico and makes us understand what it means to be young, a woman or a men in such a context. During the documentary we get to know the way traders, processers, companies, consumers perceive gender equity. It shows that gender equity is not (only) about women, it is about all of us. And it is not just addressing inequalities in producing countries, but also in our businesses, organizations and societies. It forces us to look at ourselves, our system of values and start the conversation about what equality means and how to achieve it.

Filmmakers Xavier Hamon and Hannah Stapleton have self-released “Gender in Coffee: A Documentary,”

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Joy Tushabe Very interesting documentary! Thanks Francois for sharing this information!

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Muhammad Djufryhard Thanks for share

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 25 June 2018 at 01:28

Digitizing Agricultural Payments: Uganda's Coffee Value Chain

CGAP - Amani M’BaleRashmi PillaiNathan Were - 19 June 2018

Digital bulk payments have the potential to connect millions of poor farmers to digital financial services. This report from CGAP and UNCDF recounts UNCDF's efforts to digitize payments to coffee farmers in Uganda, where just 29 percent of adults actively used mobile money in 2014. It shares lessons for donors, financial services providers and agricultural firms that are interested in digitizing agricultural value chains. 



Gender in Coffee Documentary Screening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  23 June 2018, 09:30-11:30

From Rainforest Alliance and others:

Xavier Hamon and Hannah Stapleton’s Gender in Coffee – A Documentary offers an intimate look at coffee farming through the lens of gender equity. Backed by Rainforest Alliance, Lutheran World Relief, Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung, The CQI’s Partnership for Gender Equity, and the SAFE Platform (powered by the IDB and managed by Hivos), the film follows the path of coffee from a smallholder farmer’s household in Chiapas, Mexico into the roasters and cafés where it’s enjoyed.

The Queen Maxima Hall at the Royal Tropical Institute will host the next screening of the documentary as part of the "We Make the City" Festival and the World of Coffee Conference and Exhibition on Saturday, June 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 am.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 June 2018 at 01:59

For People involved in the coffee sector

I am currently working on the sustainability project in the coffee supply chain that is from cultivation to consumption. I look at all inputs and outputs e.g. seedlings-types and how they are treated, land preparation, fertilizer application, up to the stage when coffee is consumed by the customer at home.

I would like to have an interaction with different players, farmers, processors, middle men etc.

This project helps the stakeholders involved to understand their processes sustainability. That is showing them how to maximize benefits, reduce on the costs and be environmentally friendly.

This is for all the coffee stakeholders in Uganda. The report will be published under Life Cycle Initiative-UN Environment.

It is a great opportunity for stakeholders who want to know how there processes compare to others across the world. If you have been looking on how to produce organic coffee-this is your opportunity to.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 June 2018 at 11:39

Program: Agriculture Value Chains Course

Venue: Nairobi, Kenya

Date: 23rd – 27th July 2018

Register as an Individual | Register as a group

NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations (3 or more participants).


Value chains are a key framework for understanding how products move from the producers to the customers. The value chain perspective provides an important means to understand the business to business relationships, mechanisms for increasing efficiency, and ways to enable businesses to increase productivity and add value.

The workshop is aimed to provide intensive training that will cover the fundamental concepts and tools for scanning and improving AVC. By attending this course, the capacity of Development professionals who are actively engaged in the AVC related support activities in governmental and non-governmental organizations will be built/ enhanced

Who should attend?

This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture value chain working

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 June 2018 at 07:12

Rwanda coffee to be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

Rwandan coffee will be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from June 21 to- 23, the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has confirmed.

The World of Coffee exhibition is Europe’s largest coffee gathering and one of the world’s distinguished coffee events.

Over 6000 coffee professionals will convene in Amsterdam for the event organized by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), which Rwanda subscribes to.

Rwandan Coffee with its complex and diverse flavours will be exhibited and tasted by prominent European specialty coffee importers, roasters and retailers.

Officials say the 2018 edition of the World of Coffee will be another opportunity for Rwanda Coffee to reach thousands of coffee industry stakeholders as the exercise will generate business deals and seek more investment opportunities within the coffee sector in Rwanda. Read more

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Joy Tushabe Great news! We will be part of the event next year. Keep us updated and thanks!

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Well noted Joy Tushabe!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 June 2018 at 03:36

Hello Dear friends,

I am Joy Tushabe, the founder of Women in Coffee Initiative ltd. Our Mission is to empower Rural Women through Coffee.

The way we do it:

1. The Company has a Coffee Washing Station which employs 40-65 women each year for 4 months.We process good quality coffee which is sold as "Ishema Women's Coffee". Ishema means Pride"in other words women are proud of who we are and what we can achieve". We are currently selling to our Coffee through the Coffee Service Provider but we will very soon export directly to buyers when we get a buyer.

2. Women who have coffee farms deliver coffee cherries to the Coffee Washing Station and they get a second payment after the season.

3. We mobilize women to be actively involved in Coffee chain. Here we work with the district and give those women land who want to grow coffee.

The coffee season is now in progress, the production was enough and quality of cherries was great!

Those who are in Rwanda, visit us any time and enjoy the cup of coffee. The Washing Station

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Joy Tushabe For more information our website:

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The Coffee Technology Expo 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  07 September 2018 - 07:30 to 08 September 2018 - 20:30
  Lake View Hotel - Mbarara

Dear Stakeholder,

This Coming Month of September - 2018, all coffee Value Chain Actors are heading to the land of milk and honey – Mbarara to get enriched with what the Coffee Technology Expo 2018 has to offer with regards to the Uganda Coffee 2025 Road Map. 

With pleasure and on behalf of The Coffee Technology Expo 2018 – You are invited as A COFFEE VALUE CHAIN DISTINGUISHED ACTOR to attend this once a Year Event.

Entry fee: 2,000 ugx that will be charged at the venue

Looking forward to your participation. 

For More information visit:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 April 2018 at 02:42

Rwandan winner of the African Diaspora Projects Initiative 2018

The competition 'Sustainable Technology for Africa' (SusTech4Africa), is organised by Belgian organisations Entrepreneur Entrepreneurs, VITO, The African Diaspora Projects Initiative and Thomas More highschool.  SusTech4Africa helps (aspiring) entrepreneurs with African roots by developing their idea and transforming it into a complete business plan. During the past weeks, eleven young shoots were intensely accompanied and assisted.

Project of the year is from Zilipa Nyirabyago - a circular economy based social project in Rwanda, supporting rural farmers to grow mushrooms on coffee waste and using the waste from mushrooms as compost for farming.

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 12 April 2018 at 03:38

Job Vacancy: Senior Program Manager Coffee & Cocoa

To support the scale-up of the Indonesian coffee & cocoa sectors, Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (IDH) is recruiting  Senior Program Manager Coffee & Cocoa. This role is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Senior Program Manager (SPM) is an essential component of coffee & cocoa programs and will be crucial for continued development of the programs. The position reports directly to the Indonesia Program Director and will focus on convening in multi-stakeholder platforms, implementing existing projects and developing additional projects in line with the existing Coffee & Cocoa Programs strategy. The Senior Program Manager will provide leadership and strategic guidance to the Coffee & Cocoa Programs by building networks and partnerships that result in effective implementation, and through developing the capacity of the existing team. The SPM will develop and implement strategies in Coffee & Cocoa Programs in close collaboration w

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 January 2018 at 05:47

Job opportunity for Coffee Project Officers – Uganda at Solidaridad East and Central Africa

Are you passionate about making a contribution to “Change that matters” in the sustainable Coffee

sector? Solidaridad offers you a challenging career opportunity in her Uganda Country Office setting to make a real difference in the World.


Solidaridad strives to be an organization that understands the signs of modern times. It seeks to be a Civil Society Organization (CSO) with its own place and role in society, while simultaneously interacting with Governments and markets. Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Our ambition is to influence market processes to produce more socially and ecologically desirable outcomes to help to sustain the planet for future generations. Solidaridad embraces the public-private partnerships to test innovations, speeding up change an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 January 2018 at 01:58

Thanks,  I have been operating in coffee for seven years, from the farm, training coffee farmers and vegetables as well. I was elevated up to production and marketing manager of Riis Coffee and Trading Limited. Currently I work with Reciprocal Holdings Limited USA as a consultant in Uganda. They have subsidiary companies such as Coffee co-mission, Blue marble chemicals etc. I have expertise in coffee value chain, Vegetables and agro -chemicals.