Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 December 2018 at 10:15

Rice value Chain B2B delivers commitments to attract investments and synergy among stakeholders

Kigali, Rwanda – 19 December 2018: Our rice value chain B2B event concluded Tuesday with ambitious commitments to design and introduce financial products that are responding to the needs of value chain actors.

The purpose of the Business to Business event was to link rice value chain actors and supporters to connect, collaborate, and create synergy in business. Around 100 stakeholders attended, including rice farmers, processors, government officials (MINAGRI and MINICOM), representatives of financial institutions like KCB Bank Rwanda, Equity bank Rwanda, Umutanguha ltd, Duterimbere IMF ltd, BDF fund, Access to Finance Rwanda, and representatives of development partners working in rice value chain in Rwanda, to name a few.

Participants were re-introduced to the STARS initiative. STARS is an acronym that stands for Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, a five-year initiative that aims to reac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 December 2018 at 08:08

Agriterra's top cooperatives

The Top 74 is a yearly ranking of Agriterra’s clients based on their performance. The clients are evaluated a financial ratio analysis, client’s contribution to Agriterra’s 2020 Goals, an evaluation by the business advisor, non-financial performance indicators, the availability of required documentation and a financial health check. Each category has its own weight, leading to a total score per client. 

156 clients could be analysed, of which 110 cooperatives, 27 farmer organisations and 19 savings & credit cooperatives. See below overview in pdf.

Godfrey LUtwama It's always good to rank such organizations as it boosts performance but clear parameters should be set to understand wheather Farmers have improved financially, yield per hectare, market access , financial base of coorpertives etc...these areas acts as a basis for future engagements of other partners

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 7 September 2018 at 01:04

Funding opportunity at HortINVEST project, SNV Rwanda

Deadline: 30 September 2018

The HortInvest project in Rwanda is opening the first window of its Investment and Innovation Fund (IIF) on 6 September. With this fund, HortInvest is able to co-invest with companies and cooperatives that want to invest in business cases and innovations in fruit and vegetable value chains in Rwanda.

The HortINVEST IIF will be an important instrument for the HortInvest project to support companies and farmer cooperatives to mobilise private sector investment and promote innovations in production and marketing of fruits and vegetables. These companies and cooperatives are encouraged to develop innovative business cases that are inclusive of small and medium sized farmers.



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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for your interest Uwayezu Sylvio, please kindly contact and have more details about the fund!Good luck.

4 months 1 week ago

Uwayezu Sylvio Thank you THACIEN For your advice , I contacted him and gave me a good answer ,and advised me to send idea , and fulfill the form  

3 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good to hear!Good luck

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 6 August 2018 at 08:25

Agriterra & Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission joining forces

Agriterra & TCDC (Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to express willingness of both parties to cooperate in the effort of strengthening Agricultural Cooperative Societies in Tanzania.

Read more HERE !

Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 2 August 2018 at 08:48

The power of Village Saving schemes through the eyes of a woman:

One woman's experience with VSLAs and a tale of how Ugandan farmers saved 300 Million UGX in one year

Agriculture is the largest provider of employment to the Ugandan workforce. It accounts for over 70% of the total labour force in Uganda, employing predominantly women (76%) and youth (63%) living in the rural areas (FAO, 2018). Farming however is largely subsistence and the majority of farmers face a variety of challenges; lack of: knowledge and skills, access to credit, information about what to produce and how to produce to earn more money and unpredictable prices, which are often low. 

Lending by financial institutions to the farmers is very minimal due to the high risks associated with farming and lack of collateral. This has forced many farmers to borrow from unscrupulous money lenders who lend at exorbitantly high interest rates.

The village savings and loan association (VSLA) scheme is a micro-finance model that was started by CARE to reduce

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Farmer Group Transformation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  20 June 2018, All Day Event
  Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka

Knowledge sharing and learning workshop & Business drinks

Theme: Farmer Group Transformation


AgriProFocus Network is hosting a network building event under the theme “Transforming Farmer Groups” on Wednesday 20th June 2018, from 08:00 – 17:00 hours at Radisson Blu Hotel.


There are a number of programmes and initiatives that leverage on the farmer group structures. This draws in the need for key stakeholders and members to share insights on the key drivers and limitations on working with farmer group structures. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for key stakeholders and members working with various types of farmer groups to exchange knowledge and learn from each other on the challenges, advantages and best practices of working and engaging farmer groups. The event will also seek to generate interest among stakeholders for the establishment of a coalition to work towards a Farmer Group Transformation programme to accelerate the development of sustainable

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 May 2018 at 02:43

The AgriProFocus Network, in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, facilitates the third Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems.

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth-led organisations organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

In this 3rd Community of Practice meet-up, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) shares insights of recent studies on youth involvement in food systems. How are young people organising themselves and how do they influence food systems?  Insights are shared and some questions the studies raised are discussed. Look here for more information about this meet-up.

Place: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Date: May 22nd, 2018


Changing food systems and the power of youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 May 2018, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

The AgriProFocus Network, in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, facilitates the third Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems.   

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth-led organisations organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

Youth needs to be involved in agriculture, to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community development. We all agree. The assumption is that youth can act as change makers within their communities. There is a host of interventions to support them, from developing their skills to getting them organised. Despite, barriers persist for young people to succeed in agriculture. However, what do we know about how young people organise themselves and try to change food systems and how they work? There is much we can learn from youth here, from the diversity, the creativity and the organisational approaches through which they work and contri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 December 2017 at 11:00


Dear all,

I would like to share with you the below info regarding a new research article about the cooperatives revival in Uganda. Please get in touch regarding comments, ideas for collaborations, etc. ( It would be great to do more research on this topic, write policy briefs, and so on. We could also do respective research in other countries.

Wedig, K. and Wiegratz, J. (2017). The revival of agricultural cooperatives under neoliberalism: The case of Uganda's coffee sector, Journal of Agrarian Change, (2017), pp. 1-22.

Abstract: Agricultural cooperatives have seen a comeback in sub-Saharan Africa. After the collapse of many weakly performing monopolist organizations during the 1980s and 1990s, strengthened cooperatives have emerged since the 2000s. Scholarly knowledge about the state–cooperative relations in which this “revival” takes place remains poor. Based on new evidence from Uganda'

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Jorg! I'm tagging my colleagues Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa and Richard Mugisha, they can take this further within the Ugandan network and see if there are some members who like to comment or collaborate!

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Posted By in Ethiopian Network - Gender Equality in Agriculture
Posted 10 August 2017 at 01:09

Gender and Cooperatives

Dear ENGEA members,


I am working on a training manual on Gender in Cooperatives. I would like to get in touch with organizations and respective experts working in the area. Please let me know.


Hibiete Tesfaye (

Senior Gender Consultant – F&S Ethiopia

Wim Goris hi Hibieta, that is interesting. Did you meet with Agriterra Ethiopia on this already ?? I am sure they and others have material on this topic.

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Hibiete Tesfaye Dear Wim, thanks for the reminder. With the support of Tekle, I am trying to get in-touch with agriterra ppl and hope i will sit with them soon.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 February 2017 at 03:11

The 4th National Cooperatives Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium Opened Today

Dutch young farmers association shared experience

The 4th National Cooperatives Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium officially opened today by His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa.

Director General of the Federal Cooperative Agency (FCA), His Excellency Usman Surur, on his welcoming speech, explained that the event has an objective of bringing together governmental and non-governmental organizations that work with cooperatives, as well as agricultural input suppliers, manufacturing and consumer goods producers, and financial institutions for the purpose of creating sustainable market linkages.

According to FCA, the number of registered basic cooperatives in Ethiopia until June 2016 is 78,648, with nearly 15 million members. The number of cooperatives in the agricultural sector is 23,111 and they have about 9 million farmer members. T

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4th National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar & Symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  07 February 2017 to 15 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

The 4th National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium: Feb 7-15, 2017

The Federal Cooperative Agency of Ethiopia is inviting you for the 4th National Cooperatives’ Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium which will be held from February 7-15, 2017.

The event will be officially opened by symposium at UN-ECA Conference Hall on the 7th of February and the exhibition and bazaar continue on the next day at the Addis Ababa Exhibition Center.

The 4th National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium will be celebrated with a slogan “Cooperative Marketing the Power to Act for a Sustainable Future!”

Find the brief observation of the 3rd National Cooperatives' Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium last year.

Follow the event and the FCA on Facebook

About the event in Amharic

አራተኛው(4ኛው) አገር አቀፍ የኅብረት ስራ ማህበራት ኤግዚብሽን:ባዛርና ሲምፖዚዬም-2009፤በአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ከየካቲት 1-8,2009 ዓ/ም በድምቀት ይካሄዳል።


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 October 2016 at 01:56

Cooperatives and Development.

Cooperatives are pathway out of poverty for the developing world and in particular for the rural poor. 

Democratic pathway: promote democratic principles through membership and various appointments. 

Social pathway: increase trust and solidarity among its members, and through programs i.e developmental and capacity building programs, cooperative members learn to improve their relationships in respect of ensuring the effectiveness of their cooperatives as well as serving their needs 

Economic pathway: Designed as business models, cooperatives help households especially smallholder producers improve their income and in turn livelihoods.

 Cooperatives as business entities; Cooperatives are business entities that allow the entrepreneurs to; 1,)Reduce transaction cost thus increasing production(Economies of scale) 

2.)Increase efficiency along the value chain through networking and information access

3.)Promote collective agreements resultin

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Workshop on Youth Engagement in Cooperatives Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  06 October 2016 to 07 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Nyeri County

In collaboration with Agriterra, AgriProFocus will convene a 2 day workshop for 60 youths drawn from cooperatives working with Agriterra. This workshop fits well with our vision of seeing more youths in leadership positions within the agribusiness sector.

The aim of the 2 day workshop is to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra organize themselves better to be able to advocate for inclusion in the cooperative management. This will involve looking at what their responsibility as young farmers is towards the cooperative. In addition, the young farmers will look at the role of the cooperatives in enhancing more youth participation in management.


· To provide a platform to share and learn from each other on already existing best practices from the Netherlands [Dutch Young Farmers Organisation] as well as local cooperatives that have successfully set up youth councils within their management structure.

· To develop an engagement strate

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 July 2016 at 11:10

Civil Society Organizations and Cooperators Petition Government

Whereas the Cooperative Movement has had various challenges in the past years, at least today, we see a slight increase in the formation and registration of new cooperatives as well as old ones being revived. There is a deliberate effort by Government towards the revival of the cooperative movement and recognition of the cooperative agenda as evident by the appointment of the Minister of state for Cooperatives

Notwithstanding, the cooperative movement continues to limb due to unresolved policy and institutional related issues, such as; unclear and weak regulatory framework, absence of the cooperative personnel at all levels, department being underfunded to implement the Cooperative Policy 2011 among others.

It is against such a back ground that, the Civil Society Organizations and Cooperators country wide petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, on the 28th June 2016. The petition reflected 10 demands which include the following;

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 June 2016 at 09:37

Agriterra third best cooperative capacity builder of Ethiopia

At the International Cooperative Day in Ethiopia Agriterra received an award and certificate to her great contribution to cooperative development in the country.

Through professionalising cooperatives, Agriterra aims to assure that members benefit from the services of their cooperatives and receive better incomes. The Government of Ethiopia envisions an important role for cooperatives to contribute to economic growth and agro-industrial development in the country, but also acknowledges that the capacity of cooperatives is often weak.

The Ethiopian president Dr. Mulatu, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture Mr. Tefera, gave an award to business advisor Mascha Middelbeek from Agriterra for being in the top 3 of cooperative capacity builders.

Agriterra is proud for the recognition of its work in Ethiopia. With a team of 10, Agriterra strengthens 24 unions in 4 regions of Ethiopia in different agricultural sectors.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 May 2016 at 11:32

2-2 Trade International Training

Are you responsible for the local sourcing of your company?

Are you supporting farmers or producer organizations who deliver to traders, processors or other companies?

Then the 2-2 Trade approach for Farmer – Firm relations is what you are looking for.

Join our training and e-coaching trajectory!

You are invited to participate in the first open 2-2 Trade training and e-coaching trajectory that will be organized during the months July, August and September 2016 in Uganda. The trajectory can be attended by a maximum of 20 participants.

What do you get:

- Five e-coaching and e-feedback sessions: from June 2016 until September 2016

- Training session 1 : 4-day session from 11-15 July 2016

- Training session 2 : 3-day session from 23-26 August 2016

Check our special training page on this online platform for more information: //

Daoulata MAIGA Formation Internationale sur ''2 to 2 et e-coaching trajectoire Vous êtes responsable de l'approvisionnement local de votre entreprise? Est-ce que vous soutenez les agriculteurs ou les organisations de producteurs qui livrent à des négociants, des transformateurs ou d'autres entreprises? Ensuite, l'approche 2-2 Trade pour des relations agriculteurs-entreprises, c'est ce que vous recherchez. Joignez-vous à notre formation et e-coaching trajectoire! Vous êtes invités à participer à la première ouverture 2-2 Trade formation et e-coaching trajectoire qui sera organisée pendant les mois Juillet, août et septembre 2016. La trajectoire peut être suivi par un maximum de 20 participants. Qu'est ce que tu obtiens: - Cinq e- coaching et des sessions e-feedback : de Juin 2016 jusqu’en Septembre 2016 - Session de formation 1 : Session 4 jours 11-15 Juillet 2016 - Session de formation 2 : Session 3 jours 23-26 Août 2016 Consultez notre page spéciale de formation sur cette plate-forme en ligne pour plus d'informations :

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Rolf Schinkel Merci Daoulata MAIGA pour l'interpetation en français. SVP notez que la langue utilisée dans la formation et e-coachinge sera l'anglais.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 April 2016 at 05:11

USAID injects Shs520b towards revamping farmer cooperatives

Article by Steven Otage

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has injected $159m (Shs527b), towards revamping over 40,000 cooperative unions scattered across the country to make them viable businesses.

Speaking at the launch of the programme last week, Mr Jo Lesser Oltheten, the director economic growth at the US mission in Kampala, said ''instead of calling them farmers cooperatives, the five-year project targeting small holder farmers will rename them as producer organisations.''

This is so that they become strong businesses which will create market linkages for member farmers dealing in maize, coffee and beans so they start benefiting from extension services, market linkages, good governance and proper management of the organisations.

We want to build linkages where we have an alliance of agricultural businesses working with the farmers’ federation, civil society organisations, funding agencies and re

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Moses Komagum Marion, is this new funding opportunities which is open for companies to apply of it's already being implemented

2 years 8 months ago

Charles Olanya I am looking for funding to purchase machine to add value to my agri-commodities trading. What is the application process and the requirements?

2 years 8 months ago

Marion Alyek Dear Sam, The funding is going to be given to cooperative unions and your organizationis an NGO so that doesn't count. You are not eligible to apply. @ Moses, This is closed to only cooperative unions and USAID is already working with the government. They launched last week but the implementation process is under way. @ Charles, I am still following up on the process and requirements for this funding but i would suggest that you also post this on the platform and tag finance to it. When you talk of agri- commodities, can you please specify?

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Charles Olanya Marion, I am a farmer growing beans, maize, millet, sorghum, cassava on a bigger scale and also buying from out-growers rice etc. I am looking for finance to buy cleaning, grading and packaging equipments.

2 years 8 months ago

Ignatius Loyola Apuda I am surprised the U.S is promoting cooperatives in Uganda. We're now very individualistic (as is the nature of Capitalism led by the USA, Japan, etc). It's hard to convince farmers in Teso to form cooperatives in the hope that individuals will gain. Perhaps the idea of 'growth poles' would be workable, ie. Alfred Pareto optimum which would require individuals to be supported in certain locations and products, then these growth poles form production loci. For example, USAID could sign an MOU with a strong farmer like myself through agriculture mechanization and crop finance. I will then support contract farmers that I will recruit as out-growers, the out-growers sell their products to me for cash; then I will process, warehouse, transport and find the market. What does USAID think (Marion Alyek)? Cooperatives are slow in giving farmers cash to pay school fees, go to hospital for treatment. etc. and that's why farmers shun them.

2 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 February 2016 at 04:23

Cooperatives: Towards Tackling Marketing Challenges

On the 3rd National Cooperatives’ Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium

Last week, from 3rd to 8th February, cooperatives from all over the country came together to exhibit and sell their various types of products and services at Addis Ababa Exhibition Center. The event was organized for the third time by the Federal Cooperative Agency of Ethiopia (FCA).

With a theme “Cooperative marketing for fairness”, the event gave a good opportunity for the residents of the Capital to buy agricultural and industrial products directly from the farmers. Coffee, lentils, honey, butter, wheat, onion, avocado, . . . agricultural products from every value chain were brought to be sold with relatively cheap piece. A number of agricultural inputs and machineries were also exhibited by innovators and suppliers.

Moreover, saving and credit cooperatives explained their services and achievements to visitors using detailed graphs in banner and posters. Self-hel

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Prosper KOUTCHAINOU It's simply super

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 February 2016 at 12:53

Book presentation during LANDforum 2016

On Thursday 4 February, at LANDforum 2016 in Utrecht, a copy of ‘Cooperatives, economic democratization and rural development’ was presented to Theo de Jager, Chairman of the Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO).

Published on 29 January, this book, edited by Jos Bijman (Wageningen University), Roldan Muradian (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil) and Jur Schuurman (formerly of Agriterra), is about the role played by cooperatives in rural developments and the alleviation of poverty.

For a wider audience, the volume outlines all aspects of a cooperative, the importance of cooperatives for farmers and the role of cooperatives in the supply chain. On the basis of a series of international case studies, the authors highlight various challenges facing agricultural cooperatives in developing countries.


More information about the book’s authors and its content can be found at

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