Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 December 2018 at 05:19

Woman wins Uganda 2018 best farmers award

Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District was announced the winner, becoming the first woman to win the annual Best Farmer’s competition since it started five years ago.  After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened.

“My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit,” she said.

Read the full story here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 December 2018 at 02:09

Netherlands Embassy (EKN): "Development of horticulture in Kunzila improves food security in Ethiopia" 

Five Dutch floriculture companies are going to develop a sustainable large-scale horticultural area in the Ethiopian Kunzila area, with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) programmes DGGF and GRO. The project sets an example for food-producing farmers: it can enhance the productivity and food security with minimal negative impact on the local community, nature and climate.

Read the full blog post on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) here

Posted By in Pertes post-recoltes
Posted 5 December 2018 at 10:50

Food Connection Challenge, une alternative pour réduire les pertes post-récoltes

Le rideau est tombé le jeudi 29 novembre sur le Food Connection Challenge 2018.  Partir de 80 candidats au démarrage du processus, 5 dont 3 femmes et 2 hommes sont arrivés en finale . Il s’agit de :

- Mme Célia Fiogbe, CEO de AgroDynamique

- Mr Steve Hoda, CEO de Afririce

- Mr Armel Ahimakin, CEO de Huilerie Royale TED

- Mme Chantal Adiko, CEO de Africacompost

- Mme Assiba Carine Bokovo, CEO de Assiba Fée. 

L'évenement a réuni plus de 41 personnes dont 16 femmes. Démarré à 15H30 par l’installation des membres du jury (Mr AKPINFA Edouard, Mme AKPLOGAN Huguette (rapporteur), Mr DADJO Michaël, Mr RIBOUX Roland (Président), les finalistes ont eu droit chacun à 5 mn pour présenter leur projet. S’en est suivi les questions-réponses pour mieux comprendre les projets exposés.  Après concertation du jury, les noms des deux (02) gagnants ont été dév

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Mes vives félicitations aux gagnants de ce prix. Nos encourageons les heureuses gagnantes à mettre en oeuvre leur projet pour un développement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin qui débouchera sur l'autonomisation des femmes en Afrique.

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Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 29 November 2018 at 12:36

SNV school milk programme continues to thrive:

The SNV Uganda school milk the programme reaches 210 primary schools with over 70,000 children now drinking milk while at school.

SNV Uganda through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) funded Inclusive Dairy Enterprise Project (TIDE) established a sustainable and innovative school milk programme within the six program target districts in southwestern Uganda, Bushenyi, Isingiro, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Ntungamo and Sheema. The driving aim behind the School Milk Program, was to;

Alleviate malnutrition and temporary hunger among school children and subsequently increase school enrollment and class attendance

Develop the dairy sector by increasing milk sales in the short term and milk demand and market in the long term.

The school milk programme target was initially designed to reach 5,000 primary school going children within the 6 target districts. The programme which started as an invention of the TIDE project was later modified and became a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 November 2018 at 04:02

Engage youth in farming to end poverty, envoy tells govt

The Deputy Ambassador and head of Development Cooperation and Economic Affairs at the Netherlands Embassy, Mr Joris Van Bommel, has called on the government of Uganda to position the youth at the centre of agriculture.

Mr Bommel, who was on Friday touring the Netherlands funded projects under SNV–a Netherlands Development Foundation, in Kiruhura District, said tapping capabilities of youth into the agriculture sector can create better opportunities for them and spur development.

The country needs to strategically engage the youth in agriculture. Other assistance such as expertise can enhance this potential,” Mr Bommel said.

He said the arable land (40 million acres of land ) and favourable climate can enable agriculture in the country to flourish. 

Read the full article here

Bayo Herbert Sam of us are already taking up agribusiness but the obstacles hindering our development is the lack of credit and high intrest rates from our banks Am working with a group of eight youth on fish farm in entebbe rearing 10,000 fish and we are into our second but we have a shortage of good fish cages and fish feeds 

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Marion Alyek Dear Herbert,There is an Enable youth program receiving applications currently. Deadline for receiving applications is 30th November 2018. I think you should apply. Here are the details: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5be2829226b72a71f45d4e4e

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Bayo Herbert Thank uI have already applied 

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Marion Alyek Great. I wish you the best!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 November 2018 at 05:49

Youth Business Challenge Launch

During the annual network day of AgriProFocus we will officially launch our new program "Youth Business Challenge". The Youth Business Challenge is developed by AgriProFocus and the Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) in support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Youth Business Challenge seeks to bridge the gap between university graduates and agrofood private sector actors in Ethiopia.

In the past weeks we have done the selection of five teams, who will participate in this program. They are fresh graduates and will focus on a waste challenge of a poultry and a potato processing company. The teams will be supported by training and coaching in order to complete the assignment as expected. 

On November 22 the partners in this program will present themselves, including their role in the Youth Business Challenge. You will be able to meet the teams who are selected and talk to the companies who partner

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 28 September 2018 at 12:54

Journée de réseautage: 

Dans le but de favoriser le réseautage et la synergie d’action nécessaires pour le développement des activités des partenaires néerlendais et le réseau AgriProFocus; une rencontre d’échanges a été organisé ce jeudi 27 septembre 2018 dans la salle du réseau APF à partir de 09 heures.

Au programme le partage des activités de 2018 des partenaires et la projection sur 2019 . L'étape de mutualisation des activités entre le réseau et les partenaires a mis fin à cette rencontre.

Les partenaires néerlendais invités à cette rencontre sont:

L'Ambassade des Pays-Bas; Oxfam; SNV; Oikocrédit; ICRA; PUM et ICCO.

A l'issue de cette séance de travaille ; une rencontre trimestrielle à tour de roule se tiendra pour developper des actions communes et échanger sur les objectifs communs .   

Posted By in Youth Business Challenge
Posted 18 September 2018 at 06:43

Looking for multidisciplinary teams of Ethiopian Fresh graduates to solve a business problem for agribusinesses. APPLY HERE! 

Filippo Dibari so bad i missed this. F

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 14 September 2018 at 02:32

Atelier de réflexion au Niger sur le Plan Sahel –Pays-Bas

Le Réseau AgriProFocus Niger a facilité ce jeudi 13 Septembre 2018 dans la grande salle de réunion de l’hôtel sahel à Niamey un atelier de réflexion. Cet atelier s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un processus de rédaction d’un Plan Sahel -Pays-Bas-, initié par le Ministère des affaires étrangères du Royaume de Pays-Bas. Après avoir souhaité la chaleureuse bienvenue aux participants la coordinatrice du réseau AgriProFocus Niger a décliné l’objectif de l’atelier, celui de définir les axes ou domaines prioritaires pour le Niger. Pour lesquels les Pays-Bas peuvent accompagner le Niger dans son processus du développement socio-économique. Dans son intervention le conseiller de l’ambassadeur du Pays-Bas pour le Burkina Faso, le Mali et le Niger baser au Mali a rappelé les domaines pour lesquels, son pays souhaite appuyer le Niger. Il s’agit de :

1. La démographie,

2. Les ressources naturelles en liens avec le ch

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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 kdevries@snv.org and have more details about the fund!Good luck.

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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  

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good to hear!Good luck

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 September 2018 at 11:09

Youth Business Challenge - now accepting team applications from young graduate teams 

The Youth Business Challenge Developed by Ethio-Netehrlands Trade for Agricultural Growth, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and AgriProFocus Ethiopia seeks to bridge the gap between university graduates and agri-food industries in Ethiopia.

With a focus on circular economy, the Youth Business Challenge connects businesses with a waste product with teams of interdisciplinary graduates ready to help these businesses find a profitable way to use their waste.

Five Dutch and Ethiopian companies working in the agri-food sector have joined the challenge. Teams of youth are now invited to apply to help these business find profitable ways to deal with their waste. The youth teams will be invited to learn about the waste challenges that these companies face, connected with a local technical expert on the waste issue at hand, given basic training in business problem solving, then charged to find and assess

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 4 September 2018 at 05:02

Bulletin Special Ambassade des Pays-Bas au Mali

Nous avons l'honneur de vous présenter ce numéro spécial dédié aux activités que nous avons facilité à travers l’initiative du PAVILON HOLLANDAIS lors des différentes foires et d'autres activités connexes . Au nom de tous les bénéficiaires du Niger, du Mali en passant par le Burkina-Faso et les Pays-Bas, nous tenons à manifester toute notre reconnaissance à l’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali et à son partenaire la NABC. Merci de bien vouloir Lire  et partager ce spécial mensuel dédié à l'Ambassade  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 12:49

Are you an Ethiopian or Dutch agribusiness in Ethiopia with a waste challenge?

If so, apply for the youth business challenge and get a team of young experts to help you solve your problems.

The Youth Business Challenge is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association, Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth & AgriProFocus Ethiopia where a group of interdisciplinary youth and a few seasoned technical experts come up with a business plan for waste management practices in different agribusinesses working in the agri-food sector.

Apply now or no later than the 11th of September through this form.

Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 17 August 2018 at 02:13

“Grafted Tomato” project launched in Uganda

The Applied Research Fund (ARF) project “Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (IRESO)” was launched by Josephat Byaruhanga, Senior Policy Officer Agribusiness of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala. The launch took place on August 14, 2018, at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Wakiso District in Uganda.

The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp

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Wim Goris hi Gloria, thanks for sharing. Keep us updates, as this may well be a breakthrough  ! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 10 August 2018 at 12:38

Brainstorming/Financement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin

Linking-Learning-Leadership :une approche réseau au service des membres et partenaires de AgriProFocus

Ce lundi 06 Aout 2018, la salle de réunions du réseau AgriProFocus Mali a accueilli cinq représentantes des jeunes bénéficiaires des formations en entrepreneuriat au compte du programme Next Economy, via un partenariat IMPACT-HUB \ SOS Village d’Enfant. La problématique du financement des startup de l'agrobusiness etait au cœur des discussion. L'approche  APF est bien appréciée par les jeunes porteurs

La Next Economy est un programme triennal financé par le Ministère Néerlandais des Affaires Etrangères mis en œuvre par SOS Villages d’Enfants Mali en collaboration avec son partenaire Impact Hub Bamako.

La Next Economy a pour objectifs :

Inspirer, former, encadrer les jeunes et faciliter la création de leur propre entreprise ;

Encadrer et former les jeunes en les dotant de compétences qui répondent aux exigences

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Adama SANOGO Bonjour,Pouvez vous nous dire plus sur ce financement sur l'entreprenariat féminin, comment procéder, s'il y a formulaire ou coordonnées, merci

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Georges Djodji Akibode Merci cher Adama, ce financement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin débute naturellement par la validation d'un business plan et les facilitations de garantie a travers les projets et programmes en charge de la promotion de l'autonomisation de la femme. Le Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture reste un formidable cadre de rencontre entre les différents acteurs de l’entrepreneuriat agricole. C;est aussi le lieu de rappeler le formidable travail des incubateurs et aussi les models innovants de financement comme les crowfunding 

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shared a post in Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Platform
Posted 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Posted by Mahder Akalu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  

A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 07:26

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  

A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 July 2018 at 03:13

Holland Pavilion at the 13th National Agrishow 2018

From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.

The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.

With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 8 June 2018 at 03:09


Are you interested in joining an Organisation with a long-term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for Horticulture district coordinators. These coordinators will be based in Rubavu, Korongi, or Muhanga district.

Find more information here and How to Apply

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2018 at 09:38

Best Farmers in the Netherlands!

Winners of New Vision’s 2017 Best Farmers’ Competition on Saturday flew to the Netherlands on a week-long agro-business tour. Ten farmers emerged winners of the fourth edition of the Best Farmers Competition held last year. 

They were on Thursday flagged off at dfcu Bank headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala. The 2017 competition was sponsored by the royal Netherlands embassy in Kampala, dfcu Bank, Vision Group and KLM Airlines.

Read more here