Learning, action research and outreach in Higher Education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 October 2018 to 16 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA Course:    Learning, action research and outreach
                       Making higher education boost food security


With online elements you can do from home!

Are you a lecturer, instructor or researcher at a university or vocational training centre in agriculture and rural development? Would you like…

-  Your classes to be full of proactive students?
-  To be valued by employers because your graduates are practically skilled?
-  To get recognition from local communities because of the relevant services you provide?
To be a part of every (action) research team because you know how to engage external stakeholders? 

For details (incl course content and costs) please see our course webpage.

Candidates with funding can:  APPLY HERE,  the application deadline is 1 September 2018

To get updates on our courses and scholarship opportunities you can sign up here 

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ICSD 2019International Conference on Sustainable Development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2019 - 09:30 to 05 September 2019 - 19:45
  Rome, Italy

The International Conference on Sustainable Development is organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University.
The 7th ICSD 2019 is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.
The Conference venue is: Roma Eventi, Congress Center, Piazza della Pilotta, 4, Rome, Italy

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 18 April 2018 at 07:59

Let me first introduce myself. My name is Frank Schaminee and I'm a consultant at Aeres Training Center International formerly PTC + in Barneveld the Netherlands. This saterday I will take part in an Impact mission on Poultry to Myanmar. Our goal is to educate the people in the Poultry and Feed sector from Myanmar.

We make this possible through cooperation with the governments, educational institutions, integrators, supply industry, but also the individuals. For this we have standard training courses but also tailor-made training courses. One of these trainings, for example is, "Access 2 Finance" a course that teaches the CEO or CFO to walk the correct road to obtain a financing by writing a business plan. for more information look on our website,

Kind regards Frank Schaminee

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Theint Yadanar Zaw can you post Franks message on social media as well? For some more outreach? Thanks!

5 months 4 days ago

Theint Yadanar Zaw Hi! Anne and Frank, sorry for my late response. I was in the holidays and training last few weeks. I will post it on our social media today. Thank you for reminding me Anne!

4 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 February 2018 at 07:11

Kenya’s Agricultural Sector at a Glance

Agriculture in Kenya plays a vital role in contributing to its economy. The sector brings in 65% of total export earnings to the country and provides the livelihood for more than 80% of the Kenyan population (employment, income and food security needs). More remarkably, the sector employs more than 40 per cent of the total population and more than 70 per cent of Kenya’s rural people. Agriculture in Kenya is large and complex, with a myriad of parastatals, non-governmental, private and public sectors.

The sector is also a main drive of the non- agricultural sector. Operations such as tourism, transport, education, construction and other social services are in one way or the other intertwined with agriculture. It is also important to note, that Kenya’s population has increased significantly (growing from 10 million in 1970 to 40 million in 2012) and it is projected that in the next 20 years, that number will double to 83 million. Becaus

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13th International Conference on ICT 4Development&Educatn

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  26 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Center(KCC)

eLearning Africa

Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and Ministerial Round Table on ICT enhanced training, digital learning and educational technology. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development.

This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Republic of Rwanda,with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with the Rwanda Convention Bureau.

For interested applicants, there is also a Call for Papers  to be presented in the eLearning Africa event, the 13th International Con

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Lessons Learned & Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  19 February 2018 - 08:00 to 23 February 2018 - 17:30

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has over 35 years’ experience conducting research and providing training and technical assistance in all aspects of agro-input markets in the developing world. At the request of some governments, IFDC has provided technical support in the introduction of subsidy programs and also has provided capacity building though seminars and workshops to share lessons learned and best practices, working in collaboration with local and international partners.

This training program will draw on lessons learned and the latest research findings and recommendations from IFDC and partner organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Register here:

Workshop brochure is attached.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 November 2017 at 09:33



Gugu karoti kwa jina la kisayansi linaitwa Parthenium Hysterophorus, ni mmea hatari kwa wanyama na mimea pia.

Parthenium limetokea Amerika ya Kati na kuenea katika nchi nyingi. Gugu karoti limeanza kukua kwa kasi sana mkoani Arusha kuanzia miaka ya 2010.

Kwanini Gugu karoti ni hatari?

-Inapunguza kukua au kuota kwa mazao.

-Ni hatari kwa afya ya binadamu na wanyama

-Inaweza kusababishwa jangwa

- Inasababisha pumu/aleji ya ngozi

- Linavamia sehemu ya kando kando ya barabara


Punguza kueneza kwa gugu karoti kwa kung’oa na kuchoma kabla ya kutoa mbegu.


- Upungufu wa hadi 90% ya mavuno kwenye zao la mahindi, kunde na dengu.

- Upungufu wa zaidi ya 90% ya majani ya malisho pamoja na mimea mingine ya asili.


- Udhibiti wa kibiolojia ni njia salama kwa mazingra ikilinganishwa na matumizi ya kemikali.

- Tumia wadudu marafiki

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Wim Goris thanks Victoria for the effort of translating.  I went to the source for English

10 months 3 weeks ago

Rose Marijani Thanks Victoria for good information about gugu karoti

10 months 2 weeks ago

Victoria Gama Thank you Wim Goris Rose Marijani do not forget to share!

10 months 2 weeks ago


ICSD 2018International Conference on Sustainable Development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  12 September 2018 - 09:38 to 13 September 2018 - 19:38
  Rome, ITALY

The International Conference on Sustainable Development is organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University.

The 6th ICSD 2018 is inspired from the critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations in a global-scale context.

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Edukans Skills Conference in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  11 October 2017, 10:00-17:00
  Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa

Edukans Skills Conference in Ethiopia 

The growing number of unemployed youth in Africa is one of the most challenging issues we face – and that’s while African economies are growing and there is increasing demand for a skilled workforce. But how do we ensure that young people’s skills match the demand from the market?

Join the Edukans Learn4Work event and find out how we can maximize youth employment together!

Keynote speaker

We are delighted to announce that Education State Minister Teshoma Lemma will be our keynote speaker. As head of the Federal Technical and Vocational Education and Training Agency (FTVETA) he will share his view on the developments within the labour market and the education sector.


Wednesday 11 October 2017


Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa


10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

Followed by a networking cocktail party until 6.00 p.m.

Places are limited, so please register soon: USE THIS LINK:

More information

Morning progra

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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 Ethiopia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:47

AgriProFocus facilitated the Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture

In Ethiopia tree seedling are planted every year but the survival rate is very low. The Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project was organizing a tree competition event aimed at speed up tree planting with a higher rate of survival. The Surviving Tree Competition and tree planting activities took place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture (a youth-run integrated urban farm, with permaculture vegetable plots, poultry, pigs, sheep and cows) hosted a tree planting event on the side of Kebena river. The event were opened by the song by the Ethiopian Environmental Club children on Endemic trees, Global warming, River health and Sustainable development continued from the song indigenous tree seedlings like Cordi Africana (Wanza), Croton (Bisana), Juniperus Procera (Tsid) , Olive (Weyra) etc from seedling supplier at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources were planted. Peace and Green also pro

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing this article Sewmehon! It is really nice to get a feel of what the day was like, keep it up.

1 year 2 months ago


Strengthening linkages between SAIs and private sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  28 June 2017, 11:00-15:00
  CARTC, Hlegu

MDF Asia, Aeres and AgriProFocus Myanmar would like to invite you to participate in a workshop on Wednesday, June 28, on modernizing and diversifying the curriculum of State Agricultural Institute (SAIs) and assessing the requirements of the private sector for future students.

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.

Capacity for curriculum development starts with a clear understanding of the requirements of the labour market. From June 27 to 29, five pilot SAIs will participate

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 May 2017 at 06:45

Nakasongola gets agricultural college

The training complex whose ground breaking ceremony was performed in Nakasongola District over the weekend, is to train agriculturalists in Uganda and the East African region.

The implementation is being undertaken by Seohyun Foundation, a Korean Missionary NGO that is headed by its founder Dr. Lee Hyunsoo who is also the brainchild behind the project.

The first lady and minister for education and sports, Janet Museveni who was represented by the State Minister for Higher education, J.C.Muyingo, lauded the Koreans for choosing to establish the institution in Uganda and investing in training the youths as entrepreneurial farmers.

Mrs.Museveni said in her speech that was read for her by the State Minister for Higher Education, J.C.Muyingo that the proposed Nakasongola based Agricultural College could enable Uganda realize its agricultural potential and dream to become the food basket of the East African Region.

The grandiose ground breaking ceremony whi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 February 2017 at 10:59

Do you work in agricultural education, research, agribusiness or rural advisory? Scholarships are now available for ICRA's autumn courses!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 February 2017 at 05:00

East-West Seed launch agricultural scholarship program to celebrate 35th anniversary

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, vegetable seed company East-West Seed is launching a scholarship program that will enable 35 children of farmers to pursue undergraduate courses in agriculture.

The Simon Groot Scholarship will support farmers children that study agriculture related subjects. Named the "Simon Groot Scholarship Program for Agriculture", the program will provide an opportunity for 35 students - sons and daughters of farmers - to pursue an agriculture degree in public agriculture colleges and universities.

"Agricultural education is one of the most powerful investments we can make for the future,” says Simon Groot, founder of East-West Seed. "We must encourage farmers' children to carry on the their parents' legacy by equipping them with scientific and practical knowledge to turn farming into a thriving business and a sustainable source of livelihood for their communities."

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Posted By in Van Hall Larenstein University
Posted 6 February 2017 at 04:37

hi all,

today I did a guest lecture for 40+ students MoD and APCM at Van Hall Larenstein. See one photo in this link event. Below is the photo from another angle.

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Wim, the picture looks cool! Can you tell us a bit more on what the lecture was about? And what is MoD and APCM? 

1 year 7 months ago

Wim Goris Actually the lecture was about us. I showed the AgriProFocus video on our network approach, collected questions and answers. Some 16 students were multitasking, they registered for this online network during class !

1 year 7 months ago

Wim Goris MOD (Management of Development) and APCM (agri product chain management) are the 2 main Master courses for international mid-career students.

1 year 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 30 January 2017 at 09:11

Narrative Report on NICHE project at SAI Shwebo Township

State Agriculture Institute (Shwebo) situated on Shwebo- Yeu older road of Shwebo in Sagaing Region. It was opened dated on 18-1-1982. There is 488 students in Academic Year 2015-16, and number of staff 107 inclusion teachers. It is total land area 200 acres and cultivated land is low land ( Paddy) 56 acres and Upland 8.8 acres, Animal husbandry 22.6 acre including fish ponds, Horticulture 22,6 acres and Fallow land 48 acres and rest acres 42 acres is Building and road.

Current situation is there is one library but no facilities, laboratories are lack of facilities For example- In Chemistry Lab, They needs pH meter for soil test box , moisture test , event balance is very old. Multimedia class room also empty materials even no tables and chairs. Although there is 5 computers, they can used 3 computer for only office uses. One projector was used only demonstration.

This year total students are 573 and male students 375 and female students ar

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 January 2017 at 04:41

ICRA Courses for professionals working in higher education and outreach, agricultural research and agri-business

For application deadline and for detail information, click on the courses below:

- Linking research to inclusive development for food security - Facing rural innovation challenges, 15 May - 2 June 2017, Wageningen, the Netherlands

- Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security, 25 Sept - 13 Oct 2017

- Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security, 6 to 24 November 2017

ICRA is an independent non-profit organization, founded in 1981 as the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture. ICRA’s goal is to help end poverty and hunger and to promote sustainable resource use, through inclusive innovation partnerships and by the strengthening individual, organizational and institutional capacities required to make these partnerships work.

ICRA is a member of the AgriProFocus and Agrinatura networks.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 November 2016 at 10:40

Uganda farming classes transform refugees into entrepreneurs

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 September 2016 at 07:19

PTC+ launches two innovations in poultry knowledge

BARNEVELD, September 2016

PTC+ presents two innovative, international products on poultry knowledge and education, a blended learning (E-learning, distance learning) training on poultry management and the Poultry Innovation Lab.

Read more in their newsletter: