Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 July 2017 at 04:31

Fruits and Vegetables Project Officer Job, Central Region of Uganda, IRESO Project

Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains. We provide producers training and capacity building as well as create linkages to affordable financial services, markets, and certification and beyond, as well as participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes.

Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy. We envision a world in which all we produce and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.

The Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) Uganda Country Office is one of the three country offices, the others being Ethiopia and Tanzania. The

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SEVIA'S Farmer Field Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  19 July 2017 to 20 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Lambo Mferejini, Moshi

Seeds of Expertise for the Vegetable Industry of Africa (SEVIA) is organizing a two days farmer field days aimed at exposing farmers and other stakeholders to different vegetable varieties and technologies in order to improve productivity and farmers' livelihood.

TIME: 8:00 am - 2.00pm

VENUE: SEVIA IVT, Lambo Mferejini

Why you should attend this farmers' field days?

1. To exhibit your work, services and products to various horticulture stakeholders and farmers

2. To meet and interact with like minded individual and expand your network

3. To learn new technologies used in the horticulture industry.

For more information, contact

- Epaphras Milambwe through epaphras.milambwe@sevia.biz or 0782 495 833

- Clara Mlozi through clara.mlozi@sevia.biz or 0787 177 753


Agribusiness Finance Fair - Kabaale

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  12 July 2017 to 13 July 2017 - All Day Event

Agribusiness Finance Fair 2017 - Kabaale 

AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, GIZ, The Hunger Project, Bank of Uganda, Solidaridad Network, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, PELUM Uganda, IFDC, Caritas Kabale, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI, A2N, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda National Seed Potato Association, among others are organizing a regional Agribusiness fair focusing on horticulture with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services providers including insurance companies for increased agribusiness investment, improved agricultural production and productivity and influencing an enabling environment.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 June 2017 at 04:48

Dear Members,

I would love to take this opportune time to thank ISSD, NUTIP, AgriProFocus Uganda and Wageningen University for the Seeds for Business & Business for Seeds seminar in Masaka, which gave Global Fruits Parlour Ltd a huge platform to network with new like-minded contacts, I got a chance to network and build relation with Holland GreenTech Uganda who promised to share with us the designs of constructing low cost Technological Green Houses using local resources and the experts from Namulonge, it was really a remarkable day for us.

God Bless AgriProFocus for connecting us to good networks......

Janine Schoeman Happy to hear that the networking event has worked for you, it is exactly what we are here for! Thank you for sharing your experience with the platform. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 June 2017 at 09:06



Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmers training and capacity building, linkages to affordable financial services, markets, certification and beyond, participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes and has experience in managing international programmes working with grassroots organizations, producers, civil society organizations and Central and Local Governments as well as with core and supportive private sector actors. Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy.

SECAEC through her Uganda Country Office and with funding from NWO – WOTRO Science for Global Development, in the Science for G

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 May 2017 at 08:25

Horticultural exports – a threat or a boost to food security?

This article (PDF) in Rural21 Journal assesses the impact of horticultural exports on food security in the exporting country. Horticultural produce is mostly destined for high-income countries and it contributes to food intake there, however it is unclear what their food security consequences are in the countries of origin. Many countries that have become important suppliers of horticulture produce to the world market – such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Peru and India – have high rates of poverty and food insecurity within their borders, and especially so in rural areas. In this article, a variety of direct and indirect effects of horticultural exports on food security in these exporting countries are discussed. Four components of food security are considered: food availability, food access, food utilisation and stability. The authors conclu

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Business to Business Meetings

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  02 July 2017 to 06 July 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar Es Salaam

The 41 st DITF, Buyer/Seller meetings aims at linking sellers and buyers of agricultural produce to establish business relationships for selected sectors. The sectors are:

i. Oil seeds – Sunflower and Sesame

ii. Dairy

iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)

iv. Poultry

Both buyers and sellers will be provided with platform to discuss the sector and assess the product availability, quantity and quality, varieties, delivery logistics, sales agreements and new market opportunities.

Find More details HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 May 2017 at 08:11


In efforts to promote and support transformation of agriculture from subsistence to commercial undertaking, the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB) and the Tanzania Horticultural Association (TAHA) are in the process to develop partnership to safeguard horticultural industry.

The Bank wants to address limited financing challenges that face horticultural industry in the country mainly by addressing issues such as commodity trading, high interest rates, short-term loan maturities and rigid repayment terms without flexibility to accommodate the seasonal and/or cyclical nature of agriculture.

As an apex private sector association, TAHA has been actively engaging with government institutions and agencies, Development Partners, Private Sector companies and platforms, regional and international bodies in its strategy to promote inclusive industry growth and sustainability and advocacy for the growth and competitiveness of the hort

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  20 May 2017, 09:00-13:00
  luteete gayaza road

On Saturday 20th May 2017 Agromax will be conducting training in Luteete, Gayaza road from 09:00a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Ø Are you a farmer that is looking to increase his productivity and profitability through modern agriculture

Ø Do you want to learn how to manage labor, inputs and cost of production on your farm

Ø Do you want to understand agronomic practices associated with greenhouse farming, open field production, nursery management and more?

Ø Do you want to maximize on your land use by combining enterprises/practicing mixed farming principles

Ø Can you make a profit analysis?

At a fee of 50,000/= per person learn this and more.

Register today by calling our front desk on: 075(6)622465/ 077(6)622466

For special group rates, please email us on sales@agromaxug.com

Posted By in SEAD
Posted 2 May 2017 at 08:46

Updating the Labour Market Needs Assessment

The SEAD project is in essence, a capacity building project that is set out to address the skills gaps in the Value Chains of Irish Potato, Dairy, Poultry and Horticulture/Vegetables. It is key to determine the gaps in formal education, applied research and outreach services/non-formal education as provided by the education sector (both by TVET and Universities). Through the support under the NICHE-1 programme (a concerted activity conducted by CAVM and Q-Point), several Labour Market Needs Assessments (LMNA) were conducted that shed light on the needs of the labour market, especially from the private sector (farmers, cooperatives and agri-businesses). The SEAD Project gratefully used the available information for prioritizing its interventions, in especially the Poultry and Irish Potato chains. For the dairy and horticulture chains, valuable information was available from studies performed by SNV and Livestock research/WageningenUR.

The consorti

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Myanmar Mango & Tea Festival, Horti Trade Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  20 May 2017 to 22 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Institute of Sport & Physical Education in Mandalay

The event is organized by the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) Yangon & Mandalay.

The goals of the event are:

· To boost the quality of existing Myanmar Mango and Tea varieties for export to International markets

· To identify new kinds of Myanmar Mango and Tea and give their names

· To distribute the awarded varieties to different regions of Myanmar

· To create the market linkages with producers, buyers, exporters and others

· To display different kinds of Agricultural fresh produces and other commodities

The 3 Day event will be attended by:

· Exhibitors showcasing their companies

· 88 Booths with Chinese Exhibitors

· Farmers/Producers

· Importers / Exporters

· Buyers

· Input suppliers

· Agricultural

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 April 2017 at 10:20

East-West Seed supports Myanmar government in improving the productivity of vegetable farmers

Registered as a foreign company in Myanmar, East-West Seed is engaged in producing and distributing high quality vegetable seeds, as well as providing training to farmers through its Knowledge Transfer activities.

The Hague, 20 April 2017 -- A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other private Dutch companies who are operating in Myanmar.

Other members of the high level delegation are the minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, the chief minister of Yangon, H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, and the chief minister of Ayeyarwady, H.E. Mahn Johnny.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to share with the leaders of Myanma

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Tanzania Agri-Infra event

Event posted by in Horticulture in Tanzania
  31 May 2017, All Day Event


On May 31st, there will be a Tanzania Agri- Infra Event, organized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and NABC. The event will take place at RVO, and will focus on the following sectors: Agrologistics, Infrastructure, Fruit & Vegetable Sourcing and Potatoes. Registration will open soon.

Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 11 April 2017 at 08:51

Uganda Horticulture MSP Meeting outcomes

The Horticulture Multi stakeholder platform Met and discussed important issues affecting the horticulture sector in Uganda. The following is what was agreed upon;

  I. Registration and Launch of the Horticulture MSP

Members proposed to have the platform registered as a network association so it can be recognised as a legal entity; to enable the platform mobilize financial resources through partnerships with member organisations. The launch of the MSP will proceed after the completion of the registration process.

   II. Increase Visibility of the Platform.

Members proposed that there is need to mobilise more stakeholders to join the platform using the diamond approach of Government, private sector, research and Knowledge institutions to be interested to join the platform. The working committee was entrusted to identify potential stakeholders.

  III. Capacity Building

Following the European Union ban

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 April 2017 at 12:54

Empower East Africa 


Empower East Africa was founded in 2010 with the aim of providing the markets with safe and quality food through effective training of outgrowers and using the best seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, tools and equipment. The Company is a limited company registered in Uganda and licensed to export fresh fruits and vegetables.

The fruits and vegetables export

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables is one of the fastest growing sectors in Uganda and it is listed as a strategic export in the Uganda Strategic Exports Program. Uganda has unmatched comparative advantage for growing fruits and vegetables due to its warm, less humid climate, plentiful rainfall and vast opportunities for irrigation. Soils of PH 5 to 6.5 are most ideal for most fruits and vegetables and vast areas of Uganda have this PH. The sector employs a large number of people and horticulture exports are worth US$35 million per year. Uganda is currently the second largest producer of FFV in sub-Saharan Afri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 April 2017 at 04:07

In case you missed it, the Business Drinks event was great

AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.

On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-water

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 March 2017 at 01:21

Looking for opportunities in the fresh produce sector in Kenya? Join the mission!

Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.

During the trade mission we offer you:

  • A tailor-made programme for your company

  • Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies

  • Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you

  • Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector

  • A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts

The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide wh

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 March 2017 at 03:30

Effect of Colored Polyethylene Mulch on Soil Temperature, Growth, Fruit Quality and Yield of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.)

Authors: Tewodros Tesfaye, Endalew Tigabu, Yohannes Gedamu, Hayal Lemma
Publisher: World Journal of Agricultural Sciences

The experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different colored plastic sheets as mulching on the performance of tomato yield, quality parameters and soil temperature. The average fruit diameter varied from 38.57 mm (control) to 43.46 mm (Blue colored plastic mulch). Plastic mulches were superior over and significantly different from control considering the average fruit diameter. However, there is no any significant variation among tested plastic mulches. The variation within plastic was 42.94 to 43.46 mm. Average fruit firmness black and blue plastic mulches have above average fruit firmness as compare to control and clear plastic. Even if there is no significant variation among plastic mulches, black (4.102 kg) and

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 April 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event

Hands-on training program for youth aged 18-35 years in principles and practices of commercialized agriculture, greenhouse management, open field production, irrigation system installation and management, entrepreneurship and business development. 

We offer both 3 months and 6 months training program with residential facilities on site.Our next intake commences on 18th April 2017.

Limited slots available so apply today.

For more information, contact us on 


cc: vanessa@agromaxug.com

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 March 2017 at 06:27

Invitation to participate and spread the word -FAO-e-discussion: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems 

I am delighted to extend this invitation to you to participate in the above mentioned e -discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and g

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