farming

oct
03

Borrel of the Pyramid meets Green Banana Food Company

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  03 October 2017, 19:30-22:00
  Impact Hub Amsterdam

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.

3)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

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:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

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

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above: https://agriprofocus.com/post/58c2ca460b34d915e2e9155e

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:52

I am Eric from Kigali, Rwanda,  I am new on this platform  and I have recently graduated from college.

I look forward to share  and to learn from here. Thank you

Janine Schoeman Welcome Erik, happy to see you on the platform! Looking forward to seeing more of you here. Kind Regards Janine

2 weeks 2 days ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI welcome Erik,feel free to post anything positive and helpfully.Geofrey here from Tanzania

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Posted By in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
Posted 27 July 2017 at 01:41

Better and Different!

Transforming Food Systems through Agroecology

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 July 2017 at 12:29

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE FUTURE OF EXTENSION SERVICES 

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Sounds good Pascal MUR MURASIRA, are you in contact with Anatole Majyambere as well on this matter?  

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apr
26

Investing in Agribusiness Primary Production.

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 April 2017 to 28 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Strathmore Business School

Program Overview

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 November 2016 at 10:40

Uganda farming classes transform refugees into entrepreneurs


http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2016/10/581300654/uganda-farming-classes-transform-refugees-entrepreneurs.html

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 August 2016 at 08:44

African Farmers need ‘Farmers Today’

Dutch agriculture differs much from African agriculture. The costly highly technologized agricultural system may seem too different for many small scaled African Farmers to learn from. Stephen Dradenya however gives it a try with his magazine Farmers Today.

Farmers Today for farmers in Uganda
Farmers Today is the only free agricultural magazine of Uganda. The first edition is published in august 2015 with a circulation of 3.000 copies. With this publication chief editor Stephen Dradenya has proven to have all the skills, the network and possibilities to publish a professional independent agricultural magazine. The first edition is published without any income from advertisers or subscribers. At the moment he is looking for advertisers and other funding’s to publish his second edition.


Anyone who might be able to contribute to this magazine, please contact farmerstoday@farmingafrica.net.

Want to read more? Click here.


may
25

Workshop about own production of bio-fertilizer

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  25 May 2016, 09:00-12:30
  Piato Restaurant & Café, Plot 20 Lumumba Avenue, Kampala

Invitation to workshop about production of BioFertilizers

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, kj@greengrowthafrica.net. 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 April 2016 at 11:34

Zambia is the First Country to Create a Smart Training Centre

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.

Read More Here!

oct
14

Agro & Poultry Kenya 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  14 October 2016 to 16 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Sarit Expo Centre, Nairobi

International Trade Show on Agriculture & Poultry, Farming & Veterinary



mar
15

5th Undercover Farming Expo 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 March 2016 to 17 March 2016 - All Day Event
  Pretoria, South Africa

5th Undercover Farming Expo 2016

Technologies adopted by Southern African Hydroponic Farmers for increased production

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 



apr
15

Agritech Expo Zambia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  15 April 2016 to 16 April 2016 - All Day Event
  Chisamba, Zambia

  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.

Register for the event today!



Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 23 November 2015 at 07:02

Menguak Peran Orang Muda dalam Sektor Pertanian di Pedesaan

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?

AKATIGA membeberkan hal di atas dalam penelitian yang cukup dalam. Untuk membaca abstrak dan hasil penelitian silakan kunjungi website AKATIGA di sini.

Anda juga bisa membaca artikel yang mengacu pada penelitian di atas pada link ini.

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Discovering the Role of Youth in Agriculture Sector in Rural areas in Indonesia

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 October 2015 at 01:01

The Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA) currently has a number of Senior level positions, including:

1. Senior Director, 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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 August 2015 at 05:25

Our latest interview with the Toolbox on WeatherSafe Coffee plans and ambitions in Rwanda and beyond


How Satellite Technology Is Aiding Agriculture

“While software keeps ‘eating the world’, I believe that data will eat agriculture,” Francesco Liucci – WeatherSafe Ltd


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. 

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Kenneth Ngetich Kiplimo It makes technology near and relevant to the common farmer. We appreciate, thanks

2 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 25 February 2015 at 02:53

The "Farming is Cool" Rwanda project launched!

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.

For more, read http://www.focus.rw/wp/2015/02/20/cool-image-to-get-youth-into-farming/

Inger Janssen Nice one Didier! I'm wondering: is Agri-ProFocus Rwanda involved in this initiative? Do we know people or organisations who are involved?

2 years 7 months ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Inger, AgriProFocus was not involved in this initiative: we came to know it at the end of its final preparations and couldn't partner with the organizers. But we are planning other similar activities in this year

2 years 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 February 2015 at 07:39

Henya at YESE

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

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 27 January 2015 at 09:47

FAO launches new training handbook for farmer field schools:

'On-farm practices for the safe use of waste water in urban and peri-urban horticulture'

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.

Lisette van Benthum There was a problem with the links in the message above. Please find the links here; more information: http://wle.cgiar.org/blog/2012/10/01/fao-launches-new-training-handbook-for-farmer-field-schools/ The handbook can be found here; http://www.fao.org/docrep/016/i3041e/i3041e.pdf

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 19 January 2015 at 09:33

Interested in Fish farming? A report on fish farming using local methods..... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDGWI_3x8kk