At least 106 farmers have received insurance pay outs for the losses incurred in the last session. This has come as a way to encourage the farmers to continue with agriculture amid challenges.
Speaking to a group of farmers in Zirobwe, Ms Carol Kyazze Kakooza, the chief of party, Technical centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the head Muiis project, which spear headed the drive said that insuring the crops is the only way of recovering the damage caused at the end of the season.
We do not want our farmers to lose morale, that’s why we have come with the Muiis project to help you recover some of what you lose in the season to help you push ahead, she said. Ms Kakooza said the project is meant to compensate 13 percent of what the farmers lose.
... Read moreIn the last season the famers did not lose much. The highest pay out in Zirobwe lost half of the yield and got Shs180, 000 while the lowest got Shs18, 0
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.
E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current... Read more
Soil analyses from several African countries indicates multiple micronutrient deficiencies appear to be common. Trial results from many countries confirm significant and widespread response to micronutrients. In response, fertilizer manufacturers and blenders are bringing a host of new fertilizer products to Africa. However, challenges still remain in developing and delivering balanced fertilizers to smallholders at the massive scale required.
The purpose of this workshop is to assist participants, in their various roles, in bringing balanced crop nutrition to smallholder farmers. Participants will have many opportunities to interact and understand the added value of the multiple stakeholders working together to bring balanced crop nutrition to farmers.
Get more info and register here.
Farmers affected by different weather disasters are appealing for scaling up of agricultural insurance schemes as well as interventions by the disaster management fund to help them recover from losses.
The concern was raised during a recent agricultural summit held alongside East African Legislative Assembly session in Kenya last week.
Farmers’ representatives and civil societies called on member states of East African Community to lobby for the setting up of reliable agricultural finance so as to solve woes suffered by farmers due to disasters.
Business Times caught up with Esperance Nyirahabiyambere, a woman farmer from Rwanda’s Karongi District in Gitesi sector who was expressing farmers’ challenges on behalf of Rwandan smallholder farmers.
She is the president of Tuzamure Agaseke Cooperative growing maize and beans with 32 members most of whom are women. Read more
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.
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:
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