Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 12 August 2017 at 11:48

We believe Youth in #Ethiopia can bring change! Let's involve them more! 

Celebrate the International Youth Day - 12 August 2017

#IYD2017 #YouthDay @AgriProFocus  

Joshua Godwin Hello guys,Am Joshua Godwin from Tanzania current working as the manager at the Tea farmer association,i would like to welcome you all  and know more about our us

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 21 June 2017 at 03:20

Land restoration in Ethiopia

A project to restore the land in Tigray, Ethiopia has created opportunities for livelihoods for young people who had been leaving in droves.

Ethiopia is suffering from severe drought, but there is water in Gergera. 20 years of restoring its hills and river valley has brought life back to this area of the Tigray region in the country’s far north.

Gergera watershed covers 1382 hectares in the kebele (Ethiopia’s smallest administrative unit) of Hayelom in Atsbi-Wonberta district in the eastern zone of Tigray.

Read the full article from The Gardian

Photograph: Cathy Watson/ICRAF


History of Agroecology in Ethiopian Agriculture Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  28 April 2017, 03:30-05:00
  Africana Restaurant and Bar, Carl Square, Addis Ababa

A presentation on the history of Ethiopian agricultural policy and institutions shall be given by Dr. Demese Chanyalew on Friday April 28th at 3:30 pm at Africana Restaurant and Bar (Carl Square, near the South African Embassy). After Q&A pertaining to the presentation subject, participants are invited to network over drinks. To attend, please RSVP to

Dr. Demese is an independent consultant based in Addis Ababa with over 25 years of research and consulting experience covering agriculture sub-sectors, and agriculture sector-wide analysis and policy. His clients include UNECA, USAID, World Bank, COMESA, EU, AfDB, international NGOs, UNDP and FAO. Dr. Demese’s analysis and reviews have shaped the Ethiopia CAADP program, and he remains a key resource person for REDFS and donors involved in agricultural development and food security in Ethiopia. He holds a PhD from Kansas State University.

This event is organized by the Agroecology Network and its lead partners, Ag

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 21 March 2017 at 04:41

A gender and value chains training, observations from a facilitator

I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.

While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.

So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.

Lessons and observations:

In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the worksho

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing your experiences with the community Els! Looking forward to hear more!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 February 2017 at 10:27

What can Ethiopia learn from Kenya in Horticulture Sector Development?

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AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing  a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya.  The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries. 

Objectives of the tour:

     · To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.

     · To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.

The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national dir

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 December 2016 at 10:22

New fertiliser plant in Ethiopia by OCP (investor from Morocco)

Article in Financial Times about a $3.7bn OCP investment from Morocco in Ethiopia.

Morocco’s Office Cherifien des Phosphates, the world’s largest phosphate exporter, has signed a deal with Ethiopia to build a $3.7bn fertiliser plant in the east African country. 

OCP, which is 95 per cent state-owned, said the deal was among the largest joint ventures in Africa between two developing economies and would create one of the world’s largest fertiliser facilities, with an initial capacity of 2.5m tonnes.



CIMMYT: Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture Workshop

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  30 November 2016, All Day Event
  Getfam Hotel, Addis Ababa

CIMMYT organizes a one-day workshop on “Nutrition-sensitive agriculture: the role of zinc and agronomic biofortification to improve nutrition in Ethiopia,”.

This workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Getfam Hotel, starting at 9:00 a.m.

The workshop has two objectives: (1) present key research results on potential of zinc agronomic biofortification in Ethiopia, and (2) conduct interactive sessions that will allow participants to contribute to the enrichment of the current understanding as well as guide the future direction of the project’s next phase. Your active participation is highly appreciated.

Register here.

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 7 November 2016 at 07:13


1. National Consultant for Economic Development Sector - 17 November 2016

2. Regional Program Leader (ILRI) - 2 December 2016

3. Senior Learning Advisor (Tufts University) - 30 November 2016

4. Regional Nutrition Project Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016

5. Regional SBCC Manager (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016

6. Regional Project Manager Livelihoods/Agriculture (Save the Children) - 14 November 2016

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2016 at 08:17

Ethiopia: Results of Climate Change On Smallholder Farmers

By Lyndal Rowlands

Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture," Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO said.

"The good news," he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.

The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.

The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared to f

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The Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  08 December 2016, All Day Event
  Bahir Dar

On behalf of SMIS, AgroBIG and One Acre Fund, I am pleased to invite you to:

The Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016

The aim of this Forum is to share our project results, plans and research and explore the potential for future collaboration in the Amhara region. The Forum will have presentations from a variety of organisations working in Amhara. Topics will range from value chains to crop production, from gender to marketing and export. In addition the Forum will have workshops, great food and drinks, music and of course the possibility to network. The Forum will be held in the Jacaranda Hotel, Bahir Dar, Amhara, Ethiopia. Advanced registration is a must so please make sure you register today at Eventbrite.

We are making a conference booklet about all the visiting organisations. Please send us your logo and a story of max. 300 words about your organisation before the 28th of November.

If you have any questions about the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hanneke van Veghel a

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Youth in Agribusiness - Synergy Planning Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  16 September 2016, 09:00-12:00
  Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

You are warmly invited to participate in a Youth in Agribusiness Synergy Planning Workshop on Friday September 16th, 9:00am.  We can do more if we work better together!

Schedule for the day

9:00 am

Coffee and Welcome

9:15 am

Ministry of Youth Presentation on Latest GTP II plans to engaging youth in on-farm and off-farm employment activities

9:45 am

AgriProFocus presentation of findings of "Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project"

10:15 am

Interactive activity to map how different actors contribute to engaging youth in agribusiness

11:15 am

Discussion of how to increase synergy amongst actors to better engage youth in agribusiness

12:00 pm


Please confirm your participation by contacting Tihut Befkadu at 0923-10-61-54 or location for the event is Desalegn Hotel (around Bole Atlas) Addis Abeba.


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Symposium Best Practices Sustainable Agriculture & Livestock

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  01 November 2016 to 03 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016. 

The programme you can find HERE and it is promising! 

The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet. Su

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Next Business Drinks: Thursday 25 August 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  25 August 2016, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge (Inside the Boston Spa Hotel)

Next Business Drinks: Thursday 25 August 2016

You are invited!

Dear members,

We are pleased to invite you to the Business Drinks event, jointly organized by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopian-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), to be held on Thursday 25 August 2016.

Same place, same time – Black Rose Lounge, from 5:00PM to 6:30PM (Late Afternoon).

One Minute Pitch

You are also welcome to use the one minute pitch session to promote yourself, your organization, or your products and services.

Free Drinks

The organizers, APF & ENTAG, offer you the first 2 drinks for free

Who is invited?

All members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia are invited. If you are going to invite someone important, you are allowed in one condition – make them sign up at to become a member of our network.

Requirement to Attend

If you wish to attend this exciting Business Drinks event, attendance confirmation is mandatory! You can do that easily by filling the REGISTRATION FORM HERE.

Don’t be late!


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 May 2016 at 07:18

The awakening of sleeping giants


In Ethiopia, farmer cooperatives and unions fulfil a very limited role in collective output marketing and processing of their members’ produce. Only 5-10% of the available produce is collected and marketed or processed through cooperatives and their unions. As both the government and various other stakeholders like companies and research institutes have identified their marketing potential as enormous, they clearly seem to be the sleeping giants of the Ethiopian agricultural sector.

Cooperatives for Change

The Cooperatives for Change (C4C) project, a joint SNV Ethiopia and Agriterra project, aimed to improve the business performance of agricultural cooperative unions and their member cooperatives. C4C seeks to establish innovative changes to rein

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Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 20 April 2016 at 07:16

Quality and innovation in food chains.

Lessons and insights from Africa

Editors: Jos Bijman and Verena Bitzer. Published: 2016 Pages: 274.

Improving product quality has become essential for food chains in developing countries. Quality and innovation in food chains: lessons from Africa presents a set of case studies on food quality improvement and innovation in African food chains, with cases from South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Uganda and Senegal.

The book is based on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. An interdisciplinary approach leads to better insights in the opportunities and constraints for quality improvement, and helps public and private actors in seizing the opportunities and removing the constraints.

This publication shows how a co-innovation perspective can be developed and applied. Co-innovation entails the combination of technical, organisational and institutional changes, the involvement of various chain actors, and the introduction of complementary innovations at

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Georges Djodji Akibodé La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires. Leçons et perspectives de l'Afrique Editors: Jos Bijman et Verena Bitzer. Publié: 2016 Pages: 274. L'amélioration de la qualité des produits est devenue essentiele pour les chaînes alimentaires dans les pays en développement. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique présente un ensemble d'études de cas sur l'amélioration de la qualité des aliments et de l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires africaines, avec des cas en provenance d'Afrique du Sud, l'Ethiopie, le Bénin, l'Ouganda et le Sénégal. Le livre est basé sur des projets de recherche en collaboration interdisciplinaires. Une approche interdisciplinaire conduit à de meilleures perspectives dans les opportunités et contraintes pour l'amélioration de la qualité, et aide les acteurs publics et privés à saisir les possibilités en éliminant les contraintes. Cette publication montre comment une perspective de co-innovation peut être développée et appliquée. Co-innovation implique la combinaison de modifications techniques, organisationnelles et institutionnelles, la participation des différents acteurs de la chaîne, et l'introduction d'innovations complémentaires à différents niveaux de la chaîne alimentaire. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique est une lecture essentielle pour toute personne impliquée dans l'étude, le soutien et la mise en œuvre des améliorations de la qualité et des innovations dans les chaînes alimentaires. La publication complète, aussi comme des chapitres distincts, disponible en ligne (Open Access). - Voir plus:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 April 2016 at 05:16

Successful FSRE Learning Event on Horticulture

Challenges and Opportunities

Today - April 14, 2016 - an interesting learning event, which brought together important stakeholders in the horticulture sector in Ethiopia, took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The objective of the event was to provide a learning opportunity for the 4th round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant winner projects. AgriProFocus who is responsible in organizing FSRE Fund Learning Events for projects being supported by the Fund has recently taken a new approach – connecting projects with similar value chains for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a few months ago a Learning Event for poultry projects was organized.

Today’s event focused on horticulture. To meet the objective, a number of horticulture development stakeholders from both the Government and private sector, as well as from NGOs, were part of the learning event. The diversity of the 26 participants has playe

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Nicole Metz Further resources on horticulture: 1. Report and video from regional horticulture event East Africa (Rwanda, Nov 2015) 2. Lots of relevant background papers on horticulture (fruit & vegetables) in low and middle income countries: 3. Interesting case study about Ethiopia, is included in a study report on the role horticulture can play for food security: Enjoy reading!

1 year 4 months ago


EKN Gender Workshop- Half day gender analysis workshop

Event posted by in EKN Gender Learning Events 2016
  13 May 2016, 09:00-12:00
  Dutch Embassy, Addis Ababa

This EKN Gender Learning Event on May 13 is meant for all those (working for Netherlands supported projects) who want to learn how to develop an adequate gender analysis of their project; and by doing that, generate indicators for monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

We will use a real life case from one of the Dutch-funded projects (probably from the Sesame Business Network)

Want to join or do you have questions? Please send an email - not later than April 30 - to Meskerem Ritmeester at

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 March 2016 at 08:28

2 Ethiopian Entrepreneurs to Represent Ethiopia in Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair

Two Small and Medium Enterprise holders from Ethiopia will represent their country in the coming Agribusiness Innovation and Trade Fair in May this year. The two: Abrhame Endrias of Green Agro Mechanization Company and Senai Wolderufael Gebru of Feed Green Ethiopia Exports Plc impressed a panel of judges during the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition that was held at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania. The competition’s main focus is to equip youth with skills to establish and run sustainable enterprises along agricultural value chains.

The two are part of the 120 successful applicants of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness 2015 Competition aged between 18 – 35 drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia in the competition’s Startups and SMEs category whose enterprises fell in the production, manufacture, value addition, marketing, innovation, kno

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 January 2016 at 02:30

Call for 1000 entrepreneurs all over Africa

I was selected to participate in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme of last year's edition along with other 1000 entrepreneurs from all over Africa. There were three winners in agriculture from Ethiopia. As a winner, you will receive $5000 seed capital, 12 week robust training on Startup development (which is very important), you will be assigned a mentor, you will connect to other African entrepreneurs and venture investors when you participate at all expenses-covered bootcamp which was last year in Lagos. 

There were only persons fewer than 10 from Ethiopia while other countries such as Ghana, Uganda and Kenya had in hundreds. If you want to ask me how to apply and generally write a winning proposal, you can contact me at   ...I don't in no way represent the organisation. But as a participant and currently developing a high-profile agri-startup in Ethiopia, I could assist you and provide you experiences in a

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Gizaw Legesse Dear Fikrie, thank you for sharing this! I am sure our members will benefit from this, we will disseminate the information further.

1 year 7 months ago

Alem Greiling It’s great we will apply and tell others to do so!

1 year 7 months ago

Alem Greiling Yes Gizaw, we will. Thanks so much Fikire

1 year 7 months ago


Annual Network Day, Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  11 December 2015, All Day Event
  Friendship Hotel, Addis Ababa

Annual Network Day: AgriProFocus Ethiopia

11th December 2015, Friendship Hotel, Addis Ababa

At the end of every year, AgriProFocus Ethiopia organizes a Network Day which brings all its members together to discuss important occurrence and developments in Ethiopian Agriculture and related sectors.

New research findings will be featured; best practices will be shared. Also implementations of our network and our Innovation Communities will be reviewed, while next year plans will be developed with members' inputs. Our Network Day is also an opportunity for members and partners to promote their organization, programs, and products and services with a Market Place organized for this purpose.

Current Developments on Ethiopian Agricultural Sector

Guest Speakers will forward the current agricultural efforts and developments in Ethiopia. Thorough discussions, questions and answers will follow the presentations. Members will get the opportunity to understand the present challenges and achievements fr

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