Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 January 2018 at 07:32

A interesting GFAR blog: Learning about data for farmers and how it can help to “cross the donga” 

Read this blog summarizing highlights of a GFAR event, in which participants learnt, but also discussing passionately, about data that are needed by farmers: data that are actually available and data that are not; who is providing or is expected to provide such data; examples of data services and data-driven apps; as well as about the data that are produced by the farmers and what rights they have on these data. 

GFAR organized the event in collaboration with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA). via @wordpressdotcom


Short course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018 to 05 October 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 Tanzania
Posted 28 November 2017 at 06:38


Minister of Agriculture Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba wants financial institutions including the bank for agriculture, CRDB and NMB to provide loans to food processors and buyers of agricultural products and farmers since they depend on one another. 

The minister says that on a Television program of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC-1) named Tunatekeleza (which means "we are implementing") that aired every thursday, and  said farmers and agriculture stakeholders if they are provided with loans they can make agriculture more productive.

"Buyers and processors of agricultural products has a great opportunity to increase our market for Tanzanian farmers" Says Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba.

Also the minister congratulate the CRDB and NMB banks for their tremendous support towards farmers and also wants farmers to form groups so that it will be easier for them to get loans. 

Moreover, the minister wants farmers

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Ally Cosmas Salute hon. Dr Charles tizeba, to recognize the overwhelming contribution of the farmers and other agriculture stakeholders for development of our country, thanks for the motivation and desire to help we small farmers and food processors through this financial institutions together we can bring change and quicken the economic growth of our country. we have ceaseless struggle on farming agenda.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Tatah Susan Victoria Gama, thanks very much for sharing  as this article falls in line with the main goals of the  4days GAIEXPO in Tübingen -Germany  August 9 - 12, 2018 focused on Agriculture, Finance and development.  Contrary to banks, we see the Diaspora as potentials to invest in this sector by granting loans. therefore our aim is to mobilize the Diaspora to be loan givers to boast up the agricultural sector in sub-Sahara Africa. The focus country for the International Expo is Tanzania. Africa shall feed the world in the nearest future but this dream will only come true if farmers in homeland and the Diaspora work together. One of the most important project during the Expo days will be  creating the p2pnet - private to private network aim at providing small loans and education to farmers back at home.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Tatah Susan Victoria Gama, you can be of great help, we need a correspondent in Tanzania, we need you! contact me at

1 month 2 weeks ago

Tatah Susan Great initiative hon. Dr Charles tizeba. We from are on board, to mobilize the Diaspora to be loan givers.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Victoria Gama Thank you so much Tatah Susan for the opportunity you shared with us, I will contact you ASAP. 

1 month 2 weeks ago


Organic Farmers Market

Event posted by in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
  25 November 2017, 09:00-14:00
  In the compound of MIGBARE SENAY GENERAL HOSPITAL, near Aduwa Bridge, AA, Ethiopia

Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 November 2017 at 04:32

New cassava variety to boost productivity, feed Kinazi plant

Source: The New Times

Farmers, NGOs staff, district officials and other stakeholders from different ministries on 24 October visited Kinanzi Cassava Plant in southern province as part of the activities to mark the Cassava Week.

The three day event was presided over by the Minister of State in charge of agriculture, FulgenceNsengiyumva, who encouraged farmers in the Southern Province to apply best farming practices to improve on the Cassava value chain.

“We urge you farmers to use best farming practices in order to increase productivity since you’ve got the new cassava variety,” Minister of State Nsengiyumva told the farmers.

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ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello.good morning all members 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good morning Elysee, how do you see cassava value chain in Rwanda?can you share your experience with us?

2 months 2 weeks ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello,a gain . the cassava value  chain in Rwanda ,they still  having many problems related ,on inefficient  of production . but slowly ,with our partner ,the problems will be resolved. so  gene rally ,is very good project and profitable . nice day    

2 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Elysee, Thanks to share!But the good thing is that the private sector and public institutions have established a good partnership  for improving cassava value chain in Rwanda. Hope to see farmers/cooperatives boosting cassava production.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:27

SEAD seeks closer collaboration with IMBARAGA Farmer's Federation

During the first roll out of tailor made training to farmers and cooperatives in the Potato Value Chain, the SEAD project was much supported by the farmers’ organisation IMBARAGA, more specifically through it executive secretary, Eng. Denys Munzuyarwo. 

A large group of farmers and cooperatives were identified and invited to the training that took place in IMBARAGA’s training centre in Musanze. The collaboration planted the seeds for further collaboration during the implementation of the SEAD project, more specifically in:

•The identification/articulation of training needs and priority themes for applied research among farmers and cooperatives in Rwanda

•The development of tailor made training for farmers and cooperatives

•The provision of tailor made training to farmers and cooperatives

To this effect, we are very happy to announce that preparations are underway to agree on a Memorandum of Understanding between SE

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Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  25 June 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

ICRA course:

This course is for agribusiness service providers and coaches working with smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs.

As a professional in business support services you try to help small-scale producers and processors move towards farming as a business.

In two weeks you will learn how to build trust to establish sustainable business relationships, to improve your negotiation skills and you will get tips on how to secure a steady income.

This video shows the two steps necessary to negotiate a win-win situation.

For more information and application, see the course webpage.

Application deadline for candidates with funds is 15 March 2018

You can check us out on:
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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 July 2017 at 09:03

Investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture

Why investing in small scale agriculture?

This report will aim to increase knowledge, awareness and discussions about investments in small-scale sustainable agriculture among farmers’ organization, NGOs, institutions and investors working in agriculture, especially in developing countries. Also provides facts about the current situation for the investments in and support for small-scale sustainable agriculture.

Most of about 800 million people suffering from hunger and extreme poverty are peasants and their families. An estimated 2 billion of the world’s poorest people live in households in developing countries and depend on agriculture in some form for their livelihoods. Small-scale food producers – farmers  – provide  the food to the majority of the world population. They also constitute the largest group of “economic active people”. Small-scale farmers are facing many challenges, not only financial resources and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 June 2017 at 08:43

Hi everyone, 


I am doing a research for a thesis at the university. Are there any traditional  or modern games that farmers play in Kenya? How is the Participation (individual, team, family, community, organization)

What Tools, resources and capacities (skills) are used?

What are the basic principles governing the game? Competing? Collaborating? or both Competitive Collaboration?

Thank you all very much,

Dorina Prech Hi Vivienne, thank you for your interesting question. It would be great to clarify what you mean by games that farmers play. You mean sporting activities or more video games? Please clarify and let's see what members of this platform know concerning this. Regards, Dorian

7 months 1 week ago

Vivienne Likhanga Hi Dorine, 

Thanks a lot for your quick feedback. By games, I mean any recreational activities they engage in outside of their farm work. It could be sporting or team / community building activities or video games (in they event they do have these facilities or option). 

Kind regards,


7 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 June 2017 at 03:26

Terms of Reference for Documentation: Voices from Farmers: Climate Resilient Agricultural in ASAL Kenya.

1. Introduction and Background.

CAFOD is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and part of Caritas International. Across the world we bring hope and compassion to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. We work with people of all faiths and none. Inspired by Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching, and the experiences and hopes of people living in poverty, CAFOD works for a safe, sustainable and peaceful world.

CAFOD and implementing partners (CARITAS MARALAL, CARITAS KITUI and CARITAS MARSABIT) are implementing a Climate Resilient Agriculture (CRA) project funded by DFID UKAM with CAFOD also funding some of the project’s streams. The project is targeting 300,000 poor women, men and children in marginalised rural areas of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. In Kenya the project is being implemented in t

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Isaac Sitienei Hi Dorina,

My name is Dr. Sitienei, I am an international scholar and a Kenyan. This might not be directly related with climate but can fit in as "Voices from Farmers". I am concerned about the recent Fall Armyworm infestation in Kenya and most parts of the East Africa region. Is there a way we can use this platform to create some public awareness regarding this endemic (actually it qualifies as a national disaster as it posses threat to Kenya's food security)? Is there a way we can help determine its spread, magnitude of loss, and probably some documented mitigation strategies? Please let me know if i can be of any help in trying to address these issues? 
Thanks. Isaac 

7 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Hello Isaac, indeed it has been confirmed that Kenya is going to achieve very poor harvest this year as a result of the fall armyworm infestation so we should expect food shortage across the country and the region. It would be wonderful for you to share via this platform if you have done any work regarding this, or if you know people that could share information on the spread and magnitude of loss and what can be done to reduce this spread. This is the right channel to create public awareness around this challenge. 

7 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Here's an interesting article on the case of Uganda's unpreparedness to the army warm invasion and what the government needs to do:

7 months 2 weeks ago

Isaac Sitienei Thanks Dorina for sharing the article.

Glad to know that interventions have been implemented to abate the loss. Though insufficient, it is a way to go. I am planning putting up a survey to help us understand the extend of spread and damage/loss that the armyworm has gone/caused. Another colleague, a professor in a US university is collaborating with me in this course. We intend to document this before suggesting possible control measures and/or strategies that have already been adopted and proven to work. We may ask participants in this forum to participate in one such survey to boost the validity of our final reports. I will get you posted on this. A number of agencies (CIMMYT, IITA, etc.) have undertaken similar studies recently but we realized a gap that can link them all.  

7 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 April 2017 at 08:12

Help needed! What are the main obstacles when starting out in farming?

Dear all,

My name is Lucy van Rijswijk, I am currently working on my graduation project together with my colleague named Rick Relou. We are both students at the HAS University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, studying "International Food and Agribusiness (Lucy) and "Agribusiness and Administration" (Rick).

As we are busy with our graduation project we would really appreciate your help! We would like to know from you what you see as the main challenges or obstacles when starting out in farming. Below, you can find our survey and it would be great if you could fill it in please.

Thank you in advance!


Rick and Lucy

Anne Marie Kortleve I am sure there are some members of our community that would like to help you! Jacob Olanya or Marion Alyek, can you share their request on the AgriProFocus Uganda Facebook and Twitter as well?

9 months 1 week ago

Jacob Olanya Hello Van+Rijswijk Lucy i would be glad to share this with  people on our other platforms including social media. I too have taken the survey. :) 

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 17 February 2017 at 07:56

Golden Paddy ("Shwe Thee Nhan")  

Impact Terra's mobile app for farmers, retailers, brokers/traders and wholesalers

Shwe Thee Nhan is Myanmar's biggest online farmer community. With both our mobile application and our popular Facebook Page we help farmers' improve their productivity, and give them access to markets.

We bridge the gap between farmers, and you. 

What is new?

  1. Register fast & easy due to our personalized registration process
  2. Browse the app faster due to smart improvements that make the app even better in bad, or no internet situations
  3. Share our know-how articles on Facebook, Viber, Beetalk and many more
  4. Invite Facebook Friends through our in-app share function
  5. Send customized surveys to our Golden Paddy Users
  6. Submit farming activities offline in Manage My Farm

The platform and android application provide users with an easy-to-use and visual interface and content regarding weather forecasts, input product prices, crop market prices, product information and usage instructions, farming best practi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 October 2016 at 09:01

Government Starts Registering Farmers Across the Country

Government has set 34 centres across the country for farmers to get registered and be captured in the economy as legal entities to benefit from government incentives.

Speaking at the launch of the joint regulatory compliance handbook for agro-input businesses today, Mr Patrick Mwijukye, the inspector of local governments in the ministry of Local Government said the 34 regional centres are one stop points where farmers will get services from the ministry, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), ministry of Agriculture and Uganda Registration Services Bureau. The regional centres will advise farmers on improved crop production and food and nutrition security, employment and widened export base.

"Previously, these agencies have been working in silos but now when they come together, farmers should not be having the trouble of moving from one office to another which makes it a cumbersome exercise for them," he said.

Mr Patrick Opolot, the supervisor tax

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 October 2016 at 12:31

Food Security through Innovation and Technology Transfer – Outcomes of the September 2016 Eldoret Fair

The Netherlands proved its ever growing interest in Kenya’s agribusiness during this year’s agribusiness trade fair at the University of Eldoret. Hosted from the 21st – 23rd September, the fair attracted over 60 Dutch companies involved in the agribusiness sector who exhibited their products and services. As AgriProFocus, we were very honored as to facilitate a seminar where Dutch companies presented their businesses to farmers and other potential investors. Last year’s seminar attracted only 14 companies; therefore this year’s can be cited as a success in terms of attracting interest from diverse companies. 

Under the HortImpact project which AgriProFocus is a part of, a number of companies exhibited their services and products. Bayer, SGS, Future Pump, Real IPM, Koppert, Bayer, MEA, Illuminum, Soil Cares, Crop Nutrition were some of the companies that showcased their work,

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PETER KOLAWOLE please I need the copy of this presentation

1 year 3 months ago

Dorina Prech Hi Peter, this is an article I just did from the Eldoret trade fair. It is part of an annual exhibition and trade fair so am afraid there were no presentations.

1 year 3 months ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Thanks so much I will like to know you more

1 year 2 months ago

JUSTUS Nzamuhiki please i need the copy of the same.thanks

1 year 2 months ago

PETER KOLAWOLE is not detail

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 August 2016 at 12:18

More updates from the farmer field days! 

In my opinion, agribusiness is the future for Kenya's development and growth, and needs to be supported. AgriProFocus and SNV organised farmers field days on the 3rd and 9th August in Kieni West - Gatarakwa in Nyeri County and Olkalao-Kanjuiri Ridge in Nyandarua County respectively. 


The field days showcased the latest in technological advancements in field crop production. Step by step technologies on farming were introduced to the local farmers who attended the event in large numbers.
Royal Seeds  Ltd, one of the exhibitors taught and demonstrated to the farmers on how to setup a greenhouse and how to grow tomato crops from nursery stage to harvesting in the greenhouse. Koppert, another exhibitor, taught and demonstrated to the farmers on how to use and implement crop chemicals for pest and disease control which was very helpful to the farmers. 

Equity Bank attended the farmers field day in Olkalau-Nyandarua county and educate

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 August 2016 at 07:35

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.

The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.

The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with interes

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 8 August 2016 at 06:23

All the way to the Central Region of Kenya, farmers came in large numbers in anticipation for a day that would liberate their minds into better farming techniques and practices.

The event went down at Wambugu Farm where service providers had fully stocked up their stands and their staff armoured with every bit of information for the farmers.

Down to the demo site greenhouse,the crop had flourished and one would tell of the much input and hard work involved to bring out the best of the crop.

The event stood out as we had so many of the farmers trained previously in other forums and so the feedback was impressive.

The newly established farmers yearned to implement on the techniques trained on and more so to grow the varieties favourable.

One farmers caught my attention.He majorly grows the snow peas but was challenged to other crops.Despite that,he feels more training should be given on other crop varieties.


Horticulture sector development for emerging markets

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 May 2017 to 02 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Fellowship opportunity

This course gives access to the latest insights of world leading Dutch knowledge organisations and private companies from the horticulture sector and covers the complete horticulture value chain. The programme specifically addresses the following aspects:

  •  Broad expertise on horticultural production, both protected and open field;
  • The importance of post-harvest, quality and logistics processes;
  • Insights in domestic and international market systems;
  • In-depth knowledge on socio-economic aspects of horticultural value chains;
  • Value chain analysis, management principles and integrated strategies for horticultural development
  • Attention to international standards for good agricultural practices and quality issues in international trade;
  • Insight in the relevant international institutional and policy developments, as well as the relevance to your own country;
  • Understanding of the role of multi-stakeholder processes in developing vibrant markets.

For more information and onl

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 April 2016 at 08:56

I am currently following up on farmers to see the challenges and successes on potatoes and beans trying to forge a way through those challenges.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 March 2016 at 12:30

Rwanda Agricultural Study Tour 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As you are well aware, Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) organizes an Agricultural Study Tour to Kenya every year. This year, we have initiated similar study tour to Rwanda with the same ideology and we hope this will be another exciting and learning event for our farmers. We continue to thank all those who have always supported our Kenya annual program, and we encourage you to adopt and consider this new innovation. Preparations for this agricultural study trip are already in progress.

The Study Tour will include visits to various Agricultural enterprises for Dairy Farms, Piggery, Poultry, Horticulture, Agro-forestry, Commercial Farms, Agro-processing Industries and the Rwanda National Trade Fair.

The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to invite participants from Local Government, Local leaders, Institutions, Farmers, Agriculturalists, and Individuals with interest to learn, explore, discover more agricultural innovation and fa

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