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).
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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.
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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:
THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE: BANKS SHOULD GIVE LOANS TO FOOD PROCESSORS AND BUYERS
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
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.
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.
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
WHICH GAMES DO FARMERS PLAY?
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,
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... Read more
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
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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,
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.
Equity Bank attended the farmers field day in Olkalau-Nyandarua county and educate
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... Read more
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.
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:
For more information and onl... Read more
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... Read more