Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 31 August 2018 at 03:52

Engrais organique: 

Le dispositif en silo meilleur compost, selon des chercheurs de l’IPR-IFRA de Katibougou

Des chercheurs Maliens ont pu déterminer le meilleur dispositif de compost dans les conditions soudano-sahéliennes du Mali. Ils ont comparé le besoin d’eau, l’accumulation de la matière sèche et la quantité de compost produit de trois types de composts. Leurs travaux ont été présentés au 10e Symposium Malien sur les Sciences appliquées du 22 au 27 juillet 2018 à Bamako. Cliquez ICI pour plus de comprehension 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 August 2018 at 08:47

Beverage Industry Visit to Castel Winery, Ziway, Ethiopia

As part of the Hawassa University’s Nutrition and Agro-Inudstry Conference, a visit to Castel Winery was organized on Wednesday August 15, 2018.

On the site of the winery, 10 species of grape are grown: 5 white & 5 red, which are grown internationally as well. Grapes are grown for three main products: raisins, wine and table grapes. At this time only 6 varieties are used in production of wine, more will be used in the future. In the future it may also be possible to process grape seed oil, which is valuable and has many uses e.g. for eating and in the beauty industry. Leaves of the grape are also edible.

This winery has very little post-harvest loss or waste as all value addition (production to packaging of the final product) all occurs on one site. The one bi-product is compost, an organic agricultural input. Out of concern for quality control, however, the winery is not using recycled bottles at this time.

The Castel Windery has

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 22 March 2018 at 07:23


Small entrepreneurs have many opportunities that they can explore successfully, all they need a is a great business idea. All good business ideas do not require spending of greater funds but surely need to be well researched before you take a plunge. However, make sure that you give your time and have some clever marketing plans in place to get a good start.

Small scale compost fertilizer business play a big role in the economic development of a developing country like India. Additionally, entry level organic fertilizer production business is easy to start and run primarily because of less infrastructure cost.

The success of a small business largely depends on choosing the right niche. You need to figure out the gap where big players are not playing.

Some of the most lucrative business opportunity sectors at present are light engineering, agro-based, packaging, retail, healthcare, paper, food processing, rubber, leather, chemical, and agroche

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Semaine Nationale du Compost (SNC)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Niger
  19 January 2018 - 09:00 to 20 January 2018 - 18:00
  CERRA/INRAN/Gamkalley (Niamey)

La Fédération des Coopératives Maraîchères du Niger (FCMN-Niya) a l’honneur d’invité le public à la foire sur le compost dénommée « Semaine Nationale du Compost », qu’elle organise 19 au 20 Janvier 2018 à la devanture du CERRA/INRAN sis au quartier Gamkalley (Niamey).

La Semaine Nationale du Compost vise la promotion d’une Agriculture écologique et durable. Les objectifs assignés à la semaine:

Echanger sur les merveilles du compost après deux années d’intenses expérimentations ;

Trouver ensemble les moyens à déployer pour mettre les résultats à l’échelle nationale et

Promouvoir le compostage dans notre agriculture.


Workshop:Compost Theory and Practice

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 November 2017 - 08:30 to 23 November 2017 - 16:30
  Addis Ababa University EIABC, Lideta, Addis Ababa

Learn all about compost from experts and practitioners. Practically make a compost heap and build your own vermicompost box!  Organized by AAU EIABC Landscape Architecture Department in collaboration with Boku and Hamburg Consult. To register to participate, please fill online registration form available via this LINK developed by AgriProFocus.

UPDATE: The PowerPoint Presentations from this workshop are now available upon request by emailing

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:01

AgriProFocus Facilitates Mapping of Soil Fertility and Tree Seedling Value Chains

This quarter AgriProFocus facilitated two sustainable value chain workshops in Ethiopia:  one on mapping soil fertility value chains for the Fertile Grounds Initiative held in Ziway, and one on mapping tree seedling value chains for GiZ at Menagasha. Members of the AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.

The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkits was used in both instances; workshop participants were supported to identify social, economic and environmental constraints and opportunities to the core and extended value chain of specific agricultural products (highland tree seedlings, lowland tree seedlings, compost, biochar, vermicompost, biofertilizer, and green manure seed).

Feedback from the tree seedling value chain workshop was very positive, feedback from the soil fertility works

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Wim Goris close to 200 views, this is a sign of network interest in the topic !

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 28 April 2017 at 08:54

Organic Compost Fertilizer Making Process:

After the well prepared wastes are fed to the composting bin or heap, the steps are:

1.Aeration, to supply oxygen and remove CO2;

2.Mixing the compensate for irregularities in the compost heap and to renew the structure for better aeration;

3.Moistening of dry material to improve microbial activity;

4.Drying of wet material by aeration or /and mixing to increase the free air pore space for microbial activity or to improve the structure of the compost for packaging;

5.Manual removal of impurities to improve the quality of the compost before marketing or use.

It may be necessary to prepare the compost for transport, storage, sale, and its application. The other products of the composting process are waste air, and drainage water (when the material is very wet) that are required to be properly disposed.

In commercial establishments, where composts are processed for marketing, a lot of post-processing is done to improve compost quality and life. The impor

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 September 2016 at 10:12

Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture, Nairobi

A must read for everyone with an interest in soil fertility!

Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about uses, challenges and potentials of organic nutrient sources was among the core objectives of a regional workshop by the Fertile Ground Initiative and CIAT held in Nairobi 12-13 September 2016.

The workshop “Compost for Sustainable Agriculture – facts, myths, potentials and business opportunities” addressed quality and quantity issues linked to the use of such resources, and how and if they can make existing farming systems more sustainable. It discussed the quality of compost samples that were gathered and analyzed beforehand; and discussed several existing and possible business models for resource recovery. More than 50 participants from different sectors including research, NGO’s, governmental organizations, private sector (mostly from the composting sector), networks and platforms with differe

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks very much for that good report

2 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 February 2016 at 02:19

Interview of the Month
The Critical Importance of Organic Matters in Our Soils

Dr. Eshetu Bekele is a soil scientist in the applied chemistry program of Adama Science and Technology University. As a member of the organizing committee of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign, he has played a significant role for the success of the campaign since 2015. As part of the campaign activities, this interview was conducted and documented by Sarah Assefa, an Instructor of Environmental Science and Sustainable Development at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. In this short interview, Dr. Eshetu tells us the critical importance of organic matters in our soils.

Why are you interested in soil health?

Soil is the basis of everything as the food we eat, the energy and medicine we use are derivatives of soil, soils through their structure and the great variety of species they host, perform numerous functions including food production, nutrient and water storage, filtering, detoxifying and pu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 27 November 2015 at 09:12

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 March 2015 at 12:54

Which organisation or Agri-business is interested to join the Fertile Grounds Initiative in Ethiopia? It is  a concerted action to link the supply - organic waste producers like farms factories and households- to the demand:  farmers that need nutrients  and compost. all this to improve food prodction and food security. Please read the website and contact Christy van Beek through the contact form on

Fertile Grounds Initiative 

Posted By in Soil Health Management
Posted 25 November 2014 at 02:32

On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 November  we had a most interesting Theory of Change workshop on soil health management, organised jointly by the Fertile Grounds Initiative and  APF Ethiopia. With about 16 participants, from different organisations, all involved in soil health management, we jointly made a VISION for 2024. After that we designed pathways of change involving all necessary actors. it will probably lead to a programme. The Vison:

All stakeholders work aligned

To enable farmers

To understand their soils

Using the right inputs and tools

To secure soil health sustainability

Leading to food and economic security in Ethiopia