Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 October 2018 at 07:54

Government to set up fund to incentivise model farmers!

Over14,000 model farmers who advise fellow farmers on best agricultural practices will soon start receiving different incentives thanks to a “Farmer Promoters’ Fund”.

Farmer promoters are model farmers whose agricultural yields are comparatively higher owing to improved agricultural practices.

It is such farmers that the Government is seeking to work with to extend best practices and skills to other farmers to improve yields.

The fund has been launched to motivate them to train fellow farmers as they have been doing this as volunteers without any incentives.

According to Dr Charles Bucagu, the Deputy Director General in charge of Agriculture Research and Technology Transfer at Rwanda Agricultural Board, the initial investment in the fund is estimated around Rwf100 million per year and will be sourced from revenue on every kilogramme of seeds and fertilisers sold by agro-dealers.

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 7 September 2018 at 01:04

Funding opportunity at HortINVEST project, SNV Rwanda

Deadline: 30 September 2018

The HortInvest project in Rwanda is opening the first window of its Investment and Innovation Fund (IIF) on 6 September. With this fund, HortInvest is able to co-invest with companies and cooperatives that want to invest in business cases and innovations in fruit and vegetable value chains in Rwanda.

The HortINVEST IIF will be an important instrument for the HortInvest project to support companies and farmer cooperatives to mobilise private sector investment and promote innovations in production and marketing of fruits and vegetables. These companies and cooperatives are encouraged to develop innovative business cases that are inclusive of small and medium sized farmers.



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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for your interest Uwayezu Sylvio, please kindly contact and have more details about the fund!Good luck.

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Uwayezu Sylvio Thank you THACIEN For your advice , I contacted him and gave me a good answer ,and advised me to send idea , and fulfill the form  

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good to hear!Good luck

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 May 2018 at 09:19

Civil society roots for emergency fund for armyworm:

Civil society organisations have called on the finance ministry to set aside sh20b to counter emergencies such as the armyworm and the foot and mouth disease that have become persistent in the recent times. Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM), a network of civil society organisations, said there have been persistent outbreaks of diseases, such as foot and mouth disease in cattle corridor districts of Sembabule and the armworm in the districts such as Kween and Luwero, among others.

Stella Lutalo, the country coordinator of PELUM, during a breakfast meeting on agriculture financing at the Golf Course Hotel in Kampala, said while the agriculture ministry indicates they are in need of sh12.5b to sustain the fight against the armworm, only sh2.5b had been allocated, leaving a shortfall of sh8b. A total of sh10b is needed for testing various tick-resistant acaricides by National Agricultural Research Organisation, but only sh4b has b

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 02:49

Innovation Fund: 2nd Call for Projects (from ENTAG)

The objective of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers.

The Innovation Fund runs from September 2016 to December 2019. It will provide financial and technical support to at least 32 projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria.

The Innovation Fund is managed by the Ethiopia-Netherlands Trade Facility for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG). ENTAG falls under the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT), which is implemented by Wageningen University & Research from The Netherlands and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.

Deadlines and Schedules

16 July 2017 - Announcement of call for projects

18 August 2017 - Deadline for submission of concept notes

29 Sept 2017 - Announcement of selected concept notes

27 Oct 2017 - Deadline for submission of proposals

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:45

Call for Proposals: Innovations Against Poverty (IPA)
Deadline: July 24, 2017

Background of IAP

The IAP fund was initially launched in 2011, taking on a pioneering role in promoting innovations and social entrepreneurship aimed at the low income population. During the pilot phase from 2011 until 2016, 66 projects have received funding, 34 large grants and 32 small grants, and a total of €5,4m has been invested in various sectors across 30 developing countries in the world. Click here for further information on IAP phase 1 projects:

Following the success of the pilot phase, Sida launched the second phase of the IAP fund in 2016, managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with Inclusive Business Sweden (IB Sweden) and BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc.). The second phase is designed for innovative inclusive business ventures in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambiaactive in one of the following sectors:


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 April 2017 at 09:03

New Book is Available Now for DOWNLOAD

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

Click HERE or Go to

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru What a cool learning document! Thanks Gizaw :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 April 2017 at 04:05

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuniti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 30 March 2017 at 07:45

Call for Application: Geodata for Agriculture and Water

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

Administrative rules have been published in the Dutch Government Gazette (Staatscourant No. 13493, March 17, 2017)


The available budget for the G4AW call of 2017-2018 is 19.8 million euro.

Application period

Requests for an advisory opinion can be submitted from 15 April to 15 June 2017.

Applications may be submitted until 15:00 CET on 14 September 2017. If the application is submitted less than two weeks before the deadline of 14 September 2017, the applicant runs the risk that, if it is incomplete, the Minister will not use his or her discretionary powers to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 March 2017 at 02:28

Launch of ‘Innovations Against Poverty’ challenge fund

Take the Challenge, Make the Change!

Kampala, Uganda. Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) launches its first call for proposals on 30th March 2017.

IAP is a specialised fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low income people, while advancing the inclusion and economic empowerment of women and youth. IAP is funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.

Private companies have proven to be effective catalysts of change when it comes to creating opportunities for low income people to lift themselves out of poverty, through new job opportunities, increased income and access to basic goods and services. At the same time, low income markets represent a large business

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Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund Launch

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  28 March 2017, 09:00-14:00

Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund Launch in Zambia

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden, has been selected by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) to manage the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund.

IAP is a specialised fund aimed to identify and support innovative inclusive business models that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefit for the low income population, prioritising women and youth. The support provided by IAP includes a mix of advisory and non-reimbursable funding for up to EUR 200,000.

The IAP Fund launch is being held on 28th March 2017. The main objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Introduce the concept of innovative inclusive business and IAP

2. Introduce the application guidelines for the concept note.

3. Clarify any doubts or questions regarding the fund or application process.

Click here to read more about the IAP fund 

Want to attend? Email Mr. Alina

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 20 January 2017 at 02:29

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research — Grants for Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, and Field Days

Deadline: 01 October 2017

ACIAR offers sponsorship assistance to individuals wishing to attend a conference, seminar, workshop or field day that directly benefits agricultural research for development. ACIAR also supports organisations seeking sponsorships for this same objective. The priority is for events and sponsorships in ACIAR partner countries and related to ACIAR projects. However, direct involvement in an ACIAR project is not a prerequisite to apply for funding. The application deadlines are the first Wednesday of April and the last Wednesday of October in each calendar year. Link

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thank you Didier for sharing this opportunity :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 November 2016 at 01:29

Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF)


Promoting transparency and innovation to scale-up and deepen microfinance outreach in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Government of Spain, established the Microfinance Capacity Building Fund (MCBF) with the primary objective of scaling-up capacity building efforts to the financial sector for the benefit of poor and low-income people in Africa, with a special emphasis on women and rural areas. The Fund was launched with Euros 5 million in funding from the Government of Spain. The AfDB expects to mobilize additional funding as the Fund transforms from a Bi-lateral Fund to a Multi-Donor Fund.

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Gizaw Legesse Thank you, Dereje, for the info! I hope institutions in Ethiopia will benefit through this. Interested members should follow the link which Dereje provided above to know more about the application.

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 30 May 2016 at 12:52

Call for Grant Applications

The Feed the Future Livestock Systems Innovation Lab (LSIL) is based at the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida and it works in partnership with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). The LSIL is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through a five-year Leader with Associates Cooperative Agreement Award No. AID-OAA-L-15-00003.

The aim of LSIL is to improve the nutrition, health and incomes of the poor by sustainably increasing livestock productivity and marketing and consumption of animal-source foods. This aim will be achieved using by introducing new location-appropriate technologies, by improving management practices, skills, knowledge, capacity and access to and quality of inputs across livestock value chains, and by supporting the development of a policy environment that fosters sustainable intensification and increased profita

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 May 2015 at 08:59

Happening Now:  Kick Off Meeting

Introducing 3rd Round FSRE (Innovation) Fund Winners

On May 25, AgriProFocus Ethiopia  starts the linking and learning activity for the 3rd round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant Winners.

Nine projects who won this 3rd Call Innovation Fund are here with us, and Gerrit Holtland, our Country Coordinator is giving presentation about previous projects, what the objectives of the Innovation Fund are, and on practical challenges of implementation.

Part of the event was to exhibit summaries of all previous and current projects using colorful posters.

Under the previous three Calls of the Innovation Grant, 29 projects are being supported by the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund).

FSRE Fund is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia, and ICCO Cooperation manages the Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, while the main role of AgriProFocus Ethiopia is to provide linking and learning events for winner project

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 February 2015 at 07:37

Buffett Foundation Commits Rwf345 Billion Toward Agricultural Development  

American Philanthropist Howard Buffett, through the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, has embarked on an ambitious plan to invest up to $500 million (about Rwf345 billion) to support Rwanda’s agricultural development.  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 February 2015 at 08:32

Interview of the Month (MUST READ)

With Desta Damena, the new FSRE Fund Manager

"1,400 jobs are created and the income of 11,189 individuals is improved. Moreover, the food security status of 15,000 farming households is improved."

If you have a few words with him, you will realize that he is the most humble person you have ever known. In any circumstance, he is very much ready to cooperate. Of course, his recently acquired responsibility, requires exactly that. Desta Damena has taken the responsibility of managing the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund in November. In order to introduce him to our members as well as to hear updates on activities of the FSRE Fund, we have managed to make him our guest in this Interview of the Month. Enjoy Reading!

Can you please tell us about yourself?

I can say I am inborn agriculturalist:) with a very good understanding of the rural context. I was born and grown up in rural area. Though I am not an agriculturalist by profession, I am very passiona

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Marion Alyek Good Job Gizaw! Desta was a very active member in the Uganda Food Security group! He is knowledgeable and will be a great asset to you!

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Gizaw Legesse @Atnafu, Thank you very much for your comment; please keep on participating here as Desta said to all members. @Marion, yes he is an asset, I am glad to have him nearby!

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Atnafu Woldegebriel thank you Dear Gizaw for you kind advice.

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Shiferaw Tafesse This is great. Keep up the good work!

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Sara Peeters Hi Desta, so nice to see you again. I enjoyed working with you in Lira with the Food Security Cluster. Hope to meet you soon in Addis, when I visit our partner Send a Cow and AKAM! Heifer Netherlands

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 December 2014 at 01:14

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (WOTRO) manages the Food & Business Applied Research Fund to provide grants to demand-driven applied research that contributes to innovation for food security in developing countries.

The program is active in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen. The Fund invites applications by consortia consisting of at least one practitioner organization (i.e. companies, NGOs, governmental organizations) from a partner country, and one research or higher education organization.

At least one Dutch partner is required in the consortium. Grants range from €50 thousand (for six months) to a maximum of €300 thousand (for 36 months). 

For more, click here: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research - Food and Business Applied Research, 2nd Call for Proposals

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 November 2014 at 12:31

FSRE-Fund 3rd Call Public Seminar Schedules and Locations


Dear All,

As you all already know the FSRE Fund is launching the third Innovation Fund Call for Proposals, and the Deadline for Concept Notes is November 28, 2014.

What is interesting about this Call:

- The focus is on horticulture, potatoes (irish/sweet), poultry and fish farming.

- The fund managers at ICCO are organizing a series of public seminars on the call in Addis Ababa, Bahar Dar, Hawassa, Mekelle, Harar.


For those who are interested to attend the Seminars here is the schedule and location: 

o In Addis Ababa on Saturday November 15, 2014, at 9:00 AM at Global Hotel.

o In Bahirdar on Monday November 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Homeland Hotel Bahirdar.

o In Hawassa on Tuesday November 18, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Gezahegn & Elfinesh Hotel Hawassa.

o In Mekelle on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Planet Hotel Mekelle.

o In Harar on Monday November 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Heritage Plaza Hotel Harar.

NOTE: In order to attend the seminar they ca

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shewit gebremedhin Thanks Gizaw for your information. I am Shewit Gebremedhin from Bahir Dar University and I am interested to participate in the seminar which will be held on at Bahir Dar, Homeland Hotel. regards

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Feyisa Assefa Thank you, I will participate on the seminar which will be held at Global hotel on 15/11/2014 Addis Ababa, Best Regards

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