A new Borrel is planned! (Borrel = social drinks)
The social enterprise 'Green Banana Food Company' invites you to discuss and brainstorm on their business case during an exclusive tasting event!
Again we have interesting and challenging case questions for you. This time we meet up with the social enterprise Green Banana Food Company (GBFC). GBFC is making the traditional Italian pasta healthier, more nutritious, and gluten-free by using green bananas, a fusion of other pulses, legumes and vegetables, all while positively impacting small-scale farmers in Uganda.
Sign up for the event here: http://bit.ly/2wZ36wU
Extra feature: It will be an exclusive tasting event of GBFC's products. Be quick, only limited places available!
How can you help GBFC grow? 3 business case questions will be discussed:
1) Entry market channels
What market channels are suitable to sell GBFC's products? What is the best entry strategy?
2) Brand development (storytelling)
Tailoring main messages to customers why they should buy GBFC's products.
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I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:
Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A
Agroecology is not merely an agricultural approach that reduces the need for pesticides and fertilisers, recycles plant remains and harnesses biological processes to grow food. Rather, agroecology emphasises a particular perspective vis-à-vis our relationship to nature. Around this perspective, a social movement is growing, which encourages peer-to-peer exchanges of information between farmers. The chief goal being to develop locally adapted solutions for peasant farmers that work with the available resources.
The agroecological perspective invites us to embrace the complexity of nature and to see this complexity not as a liability, but as an asset. Farmers are discoverer: he or she proceeds experimentally, by trial and error, observing what consequences follow from which combinations, and learning from what works best in their local context. So-called ‘modern’ agriculture did the exact opposite. It sought to... Read more
Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives.
If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become.
AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services.
For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc... Read more
Food scarcity is not a new phenomenon. Food imports into Africa since 2014 have been estimated to be USD 50 Billion. Poor utilization of available arable land fit for agricultural production, post-harvest losses estimated to be at 40%, declining productivity, farm degradation and poor production management are all challenges that investors in agribusiness face.
Other key challenges for these investors include difficulty in marketing their produce, managing their farms while working in cities, evaluating viable agribusiness enterprises to venture into, accessing funding from financiers to fund their agribusiness ventures and falling prey to "fake" consultants, resulting in huge investment losses.
The program is also designed to help potential investors develop the right agribusiness investment ideas, equip themselves with research skills in a dynamic sector, develop viable business plans and manage their farm working capital.
Who should attend?
This program is designed for In... Read more
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TransForm is a Danish company specialising in constructing green technologies for the agricultural sector – transforming green waste into wealth. With the innovative BioFertilizer Unit, we offer farmers a customised and decentralised opportunity to produce their own bio-fertilizers meeting specific crop and soil conditions.
We would like to invite you to our first workshop in Kampala introducing the BioFertilizer Technology Solution – how it works and the benefits of using bio-fertilizers for crop, soil and land.
The workshop takes place Wednesday the 25th of May 2016 from 9 to 12.30 at Piato Restaurant & Café, Plot 20 Lumumba Avenue, Kampala, Uganda.
You can register your attendance with Katrine Jessen, email@example.com. Please let us know as soon as possible, if you would like to join us and how many you are. You are most welcome to forward this invitation to stakeholders and partners in your network. TransFo... Read more
Zambia has become the first country in the world to create a smart farming training centre.
The AGCO-Zambia Agriculture Training Centre launched this week will fast-track the country’s agricultural sector into the 21st century- as it moves away from its dependence on copper.
Farmers will be taught how to use high technology farming machines at the new centre - which will enable them to produce more crops.
International Trade Show on Agriculture & Poultry, Farming & Veterinary
Undercover Farming started as an industry magazine, and gave life to Conferences and Expo’s to bring farmers, new investors, service providers from foreign countries and locals together under one roof where the latest technology is exhibited and professionals in the trade deliver presentations on technical and management subjects during a conference. Since the first Expo and Conference, the term ‘undercover farming, became a household name and visitors were inspired to invest in this kind of farming.
More info: http://www.undercoverfarmingexpo.co.za
Link to Program
Agritech Expo Zambia is a business-to-business platform for agricultural professionals, from small scale farmers to commercial enterprises, to engage and conduct business with some of the world’s leading suppliers to the agricultural industry. From live crop trials and machinery demonstrations, to technical and practical workshops for emerging farmers and VIP business lounges for commercial players, Agritech Expo is simply the only business event servicing the needs of the entire agri-value chain in Zambia and its neighbouring countries.
This year, the Agritech Expo Zambia looks forward to welcoming some 15,000+ farming professionals, from emerging, to smallholder to commercial farmers, and agri-experts, in Chisamba in April. The Expo allows the farming community to get together to discuss the current challenges and share success stories in the sector.
Bagi orang muda yang hidup di pedesaan, sektor pertanian tak lagi dianggap menarik. Meski begitu, para orang muda ini tetap terlibat dalam beberapa praktik pertanian di pedesaan. Bagaimana realitas yang melingkupi para orang muda ini untuk terus menekuni bidang pertanian atau memilih bekerja di sektor non-pertanian?
Anda juga bisa membaca artikel yang mengacu pada penelitian di atas pada link ini.
Nowadays, young people in rural areas are no longer attracted to work in the agricultural sector, especially small scale agriculture. On the other hand, small scale agriculture in Indonesia is still the nation’s biggest absorber of labour.
AKATIGA held this research and discover intere... Read more
The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) currently has a number of Senior level positions, including:
Agribusiness and Markets – deadline November 15, 2015
2. Project Team Leader, Tef International Market Access – deadline October 18, 2015
3. Senior Technical Expert, Commercial Farm Development – deadline October 16, 2015
4. Senior Technical Expert, Cooperative Business Development – deadline October 20, 2015
5. Senior Technical Expert, Gender – deadline October 21, 2015
Full details can be found on our website at http://www.ata.gov.et/careers/.
If interested in any of these positions, please submit an Application Form, Cover Letter and CV (maximum 5 pages)
to Recruitment@ata.gov.et. Please feel free to pass along the info to anyone you think maybe interested.
Our latest interview with the Toolbox on WeatherSafe Coffee plans and ambitions in Rwanda and beyond
UK based startup, WeatherSafe, has created an app that
harnesses data from satellite technology in order to give coffee farmers in
Rwanda a better idea of how to care for their crops. The marketing and sales
director of WeatherSafe, Francesco Liucci, gave The Toolbox Magazine the inside scoop on
this blossoming company.
The Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, has said that agribusiness can curb unemployment among youth and to attract more young people to the sector, the ‘Farming is Cool Rwanda’ project was launched last week that is set to empower Rwanda’s youth through a agribusiness.
Farming is Cool Rwanda is aimed at changing the mindset of youth regarding agribusiness and making available modern technologies, knowledge, financing and markets to them.
She was seated there at the bus terminal of Easy coach, waiting for a YESE staff to pick her up. When we finally met, Ann was in top spirits inspite of traveling for more than 650km from Kenya's capital Nairobi to Uganda's capital, Kampala all in the name of seeking answers to her questions about these so called Kuroiler Improved chicken breeds.
What Ann didn't know was that the next three days of her training at our YESE farm in Kyanja between 25 and 28th January, 2015 would be both her learning as much as teaching us all at YESE important life lessons.
Her enthusiasm, passion and courage that inspired her to travel by bus on a round trip of more than 1300km to visit and learn our farm was a big lesson for us at YESE. Even more so were the questions she asked and her strong desire to learn and share too from the wealth of her experience.
YESE provided Ann during the three days that she stayed at our farm with lessons from our experience with Kuroilers straight from how to plan f... Read more
This training handbook, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is a field guide for training urban and peri-urban vegetable farmers in safe practices when using wastewater in vegetable production.
The best practices described in this handbook were designed and field-tested as part of a Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) Phase 1 project under the coordination of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the International Water Management Institute(IWMI)
More information about the handbook can be found here
Or download the guide here.