Development

may
06

Course: Integrated Seed Sector Developm.

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Burundi
  06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Integrated seed sector development (ISSD) is an approach aiming to increase farmers’ access to quality seed through the development of market-oriented, pluralistic and vibrant seed sectors. In this course participants learn how to design demand driven interventions tailored to specific crops, value chains and seed systems.

In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the capabilities to translate the ISSD concept into strategies for making seed programmes and policies that seek enhancement by connecting to present practices. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organisations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.

Date: 06 - 24 May 2019

Registration deadline – general: 25 March 2019

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 8 June 2018 at 01:07

Agribusiness: Northern Uganda gets tractor boost.

Before 2015, Seraphine Adibakum, a Moyo-based farmer and his workers took a month to cultivate his 20 acre piece of land using the hand hoe. So he could not plan the cassava at the same time and therefore had less for the market.Besides, Adibakum says he was spending most of the little money from the cassava sales on workers’ food, transport and wages every month.


However, this changed in 2015 when Adibakum bought an old tractor to mechanise his farming and increase output. He has since opened up more land for cultivation and bought a second tractor, a new one. In addition to his own farm work, Adibakum hires out the tractors to other farmers. He says he earns more from agriculture having ventured into rice and from the tractor hire.


Adibakum’s is an example of how mechanism in agribusiness enterprises is improving farms in northern Uganda and has boosted people’s incomes, food security and created employment. Small scale farmers have ex

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Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 May 2018 at 12:51

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS

SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION is looking for innovations in city region food systems that can reach millions of people living in poverty.

Deadline: 11th June 2018

Who can apply

1. Any local or international institution or consortium with experience in the above-mentioned field

and able to demonstrate a capacity to develop and implement projects of similar volume and

complexity may participate.

2. Consortium of complementary institutions are allowed.

3. Applicants, which already receive a programme contribution from the SDC, through the

Institutional Partnership Division, will not be eligible for proposing a project. The conditions of the

federal department of foreign affairs regarding contributions are applicable.


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Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 May 2018 at 06:39

AGOVA Is Recruiting! (2)

Agova (formerly Business Development Services Africa)

Consultant - Agribusiness Accelerator

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Contract Length: 1 year

Contracted hours: Between 60-80% of time (dependent on client contracts)

Remuneration: ~ ZMW 13,990 per month gross (pegged to a rate of $1,475) – proportional to the percent of contracted hours.

Agova is a consultancy service and its mission is to make shared value the new way of doing business. Shared value refers to ‘a management strategy in which companies find business opportunities in social, environmental, or economic problems’. Their mandate is to leverage capital, data and innovative ideas to develop a sustainable form of poverty reduction; we focus on creating win-win business models within our client organizations such that commercial and competitive mandates can be met while improving the livelihoods of an organization’s customer and supplier segments, who are generally the urban and rural poor and emergent agropreneurs.


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Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 May 2018 at 06:35

AGOVA Is Recruiting! (1)

Agova (formerly Business Development Services Africa)


Client Relations Manager

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

Contract Length: 1 year

Contracted hours: Between 60-80% of time (dependent on client contracts)

Remuneration: ~ ZMW 13,990 per month gross (pegged to a rate of $1,475) – proportional to the percent of contracted hours.

Agova is a consultancy service and its mission is to make shared value the new way of doing business. Shared value refers to ‘a management strategy in which companies find business opportunities in social, environmental, or economic problems’. Their mandate is to leverage capital, data and innovative ideas to develop a sustainable form of poverty reduction; we focus on creating win-win business models within our client organizations such that commercial and competitive mandates can be met while improving the livelihoods of an organization’s customer and supplier segments, who are generally the urban and rural poor and emergent agropreneurs.

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may
21

Agro-Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  21 May 2018 - 09:00 to 25 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya

Event: Agro Entrepreneurship & Market Facilitation Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 21st – 25th May 2018

NITA CERTIFIED

RECENT CLIENTS

Offers: Register Today as a Group and get 25% discount. Offer valid till 31st of May 2018

INTRODUCTION

Markets are important for rural transformation and poverty alleviation. They provide the direct means through which the poor participate in economic activity as producers (farmers, business groups); as employees (providers of labor); and as consumers (of goods and services).

Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable bene

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jun
26

ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

Event posted by in Jobs & Call for Proposals
  26 June 2018, All Day Event
  Plot 2735 Liberia Road Show grounds, P.O. Box 71058, Ndola, Zambia.

Theme: PRIVATE SECTOR KEY TO INDUSTRIALISATION

Zambia International Trade Fair invites all exhibitors to book for the 2018 exhibition in various categories including Agriculture. The 2018 exhibition will mark as an outstanding continuation and commitment of promoting creativity of both public and private sector to spur development.

Exhibitors should utilize the opportunity of booking and paying for exhibition space between now and 28th February, 2018 @ 8%.

For more details visit: https://www.zitf.org.zm/index.php/en/ and download the brochure attached. 




apr
01

Join Us At Our Upcoming Agricultural Trainings in April 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  01 April 2018 - 09:00 to 30 April 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Service, Nairobi, Kenya.

Dear All,

Warm greetings for the day! IRES Kenya would like to invite you to take part in our upcoming trainings for the month April 2018 on Agriculture development, Food security and Livelihoods at Indepth Research Services training facilities, Nairobi, Kenya.

The main role of these training workshops is to equip all Agricultural experts together with mid-level policy-makers, with knowledge and skills in understanding the context of the Agriculture Sector with the overall goal of strengthening technical capacity for increased consideration and use of Agriculture in decision-making aimed at tackling development issues.

A preliminary agenda has been devised; a more specific and detailed programme will be sent to any interested candidate who registers for any of our scheduled courses for April 2018.

NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations.

Causes and Minimization of Post-Harvest Losses Course (02nd to 06th April 2018)

Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase

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apr
16

Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  16 April 2018 - 09:00 to 20 April 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Nairobi Kenya.

Event: Gender Approaches to Agricultural Extension Practices Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 16th - 20th April 2018.

NITA CERTIFIED


RECENT CLIENTS


INTRODUCTION

Gender sensitivity in agricultural practices and extension is an important area that affects people from all walks of life. It entails gender equity, gender roles and further implies that roles should not be ascribed for instance to the females alone, or the males exclusively as this will amount to set back to the progress of agriculture. Gender equality refers to equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and men, girls and boys. It is the absence of discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex in opportunities, in the allocation of resources and benefits, or in access to services such as agricultural advice. It implies that the interests, needs, and priorities of both women and men are taken into consideration, recognizing the diversity among different groups o

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sep
17

Start course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018, All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 October 2017 at 03:06

I'm Sylvain NDAGIJIMANA, I'm working in Rural Environmental and Development Organisation. Our mission is to enhance the development of rural communities. Indeed, am very happy to join this platform. 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Sylvain, Welcome on the platform, feel free to learn and share your experience with other entrepreneurs on the platform!

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 September 2017 at 04:57

Meet Dr. Demese Chanyalew at the Business Drinks

He is an agricultural economist who has devoted himself in research, academic and consultancy works for over 40 years. As a lecturer, consultant and trainer, Dr. Demese Chanyalew has served in various governmental and non-governmental, public and private, bilateral and multilateral organizations, including the United Nations. He has published a number of articles and books. A 2015 book entitled “Ethiopia’s Indigenous Policy and Growth: Agriculture, Pastoral and Rural Development” is his major contribution with nine hundred pages of critical observations and analysis.

And yet, a few weeks ago, he published another book called “The Quest for Change: Ethiopia’s Agriculture and Pastoral Policies, Strategies and Institutions”. We invited Dr. Demese to have an Extended Pitch at the next Business Drinks event jointly organized by AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) to be held on 28 September 2017

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 August 2017 at 10:25

About agricultural market systems development

What does business and private enterprise have to do with reducing poverty? And how does this compare with more conventional aid? Using a practical example, this short video animation (4 minutes) explains the market systems approach: creating widespread and lasting improvements in access to income, jobs, services and products for people living in poverty.

thank you Andre Vording for referring me to the interesting BEAMexchange website: https://beamexchange.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 17 August 2017 at 10:00

Join us @Regional Agribusiness Platform

Theme: Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

The following are the workshops to look out for:

  • Importance of using weights by Spruceland Technologies

  • Safe handling of chemicals by ZEMA

  • Cooperative governance by Agriterra

  • Sustainable Integrated Land Management project (SILMS) by SNV Netherlands Development Organization

  • Tuta Absoluta and Fowl Worm Control by MRI

Also workshops by CEEC and Zambian Fertilizers

See you there!

Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 10 August 2017 at 01:27

Youth development and entrepreneurship in rural Ethiopia 

Reflections from the Young Lives and WIDE longitudinal research projects by Dr Alula Pankhurst and Catherine Dom

AgriProFocus facilitated Dr. Alula Pankhurst Presentation on Rural Youth Dev. & Entrepreneurship

On June 1st 2017, a fireside chat event organized by AgriProFocus and BlueMoon Ethiopia was held at BlueMoon Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa.

Dr Alula Pankhurst and Catherine Dom provided their insights on youth transformation to adulthood and independence, Young women’s economic participation and successful youth entrepreneurship.


Please find the power point slides here

Some highlights from the presentation:

Work & community transitions: unleashing youth potential

• Youth work transitions affected by limited land access, un(der)employment leading to tensions between generation and siblings

• Non-agricultural youth cooperatives more successful; youth cooperatives faced problems of credit, training, leadership, management and compe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 July 2017 at 07:44

Mengenal Ekonomi Sirkuler di Indonesia

Penelitian Faktor yang Mempengaruhi Promosi Ekonomi Sirkular di Indonesia untuk Kebangkitan Kerjasama Agribisnis oleh Sahat M. Pasaribu

Konsep ekonomi sirkuler sebenarnya telah dilakukan sejak lama di Indonesia, khususnya pada industri besar dan menengah, namun belakangan ini perencanaan pembangunan ekonomi kurang memperhatikannya. Perusahaan-perusahaan pabrik kertas dan perkebunan besar termasuk diantara usaha ekonomi yang melaksanakan konsep ini. Pada skala ekonomi yang lebih kecil dalam bidang pertanian, kerjasama antara perusahaan besar dengan pertanian rakyat sudah berlangsung dengan baik, memberikan keuntungan ekonomi, memperbaiki kualitas lingkungan dan menjanjikan persaingan yang kompetitif. Masyarakat sebenarnya sudah menerapkan konsep ekonomi sirkuler pada sistem usahatani terintegrasi yang mereka lakukan, namun perkembangannya masih kurang memuaskan.

Faktor-faktor yang terkait dengan kelembagaan sangat berperan dalam mempromosikan

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dec
02

AgriProFcus Ethiopia Annual Network Day 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  02 December 2016, All Day Event
  AZZEMAN HOTEL, Addis Ababa

You are INVITED!

Dear Members and Partners,

You are cordially invited to attend the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Annual Network Day, to be held on Friday 2nd of December 2016 in AZZEMAN Hotel, Addis Ababa.

As you may recall, at the end of every year we organize this Annual Network Day to bring together our members and partners for exciting and fruitful activities:

  • We will learn new findings, developments and achievements in Ethiopian agriculture sector from Guest Presenters;
  • The AgriProFocus Ethiopia Coordination Team will highlight the 2016 activities of the network to its members and partners, and look forward to what we envision for 2017 together with you;
  • Members and Partners, in turn, will review and comment on the ending year activities, and indicate new topics of focus or new ways of networking methods to be incorporated in our 2017 Annual Plan;
  • Market Place by member and partner organizations who wish to reserve an exhibition booth to pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 March 2016 at 04:19

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program 

Makerere University entered a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023. This is a project worth US $ 20,989,965.15 implemented at Makerere University with the aim of developing the next generation of African Leaders and also to promote the strategic objectives of Makerere University and The MasterCard Foundation in contributing to Africa's higher education sector and development. The project is implemented under the leadership of the Makerere University Gender Mainstreaming Directorate.

The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Makerere University will have six cohorts of Scholars with the first cohort of 50 Scholars beginning 2014/2015 Academic Year. The Program offers comprehensive student support, that include;

  1. Tuition and Functional fees
  2. Accommodation, Feeding and stipend
  3. Laptop, books and other learning materia

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 October 2015 at 10:58

Exciting!! AgriProFocus Rwanda has empowered its members and other agriculture actors on use of the online platform as way of: marketing, sharing opportunities, communicating to other members as well as getting to know what others have done so far in Agriculture development and other cross-cutting issues.

This is a very important path that stimulates Rwandan actors to actively engage collectively in integrated development pathways as well as an opportunity for entrepreneurs to attract potential customers.

Big up APF Rwanda.

John Ndikuwera Was soo inspiring. Thanks Didier and Anatole for making it happen!

3 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 July 2015 at 09:45

Job vacancy: One Acre Fund, New Country Project Specialist, Zambia