AgriProFocus in partnership with the Kenya Horticultural Council and Nairobi County Government held a food safety stakeholder meeting on behalf of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). The meeting was held on 16th October 2018 at Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi and in attendance were: researchers, private sector actors, development partners as well as public sector actors from county and national government.
SNV and its consortium of partners are currently implementing a project on Market-led Horticulture Programme which has three focus areas namely: – Food safety in fruits and vegetables, Food loss reduction and inclusion of small holder farmers in agricultural value chains.
A lot of studies and reports have been done on food security unfortunately, the implementation of study findings have been poor; the meeting therefore aimed at moving from studies to practice with the aim of piloting a traceability system within Nairobi City Park Market through the finding... Read more
A delegation of four participants will represent Rwanda in a three-day International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) exhibition scheduled for the 7th - 9th, November, 2018 in Vijhuizen, the Netherlands. The three exhibitors from Bella Flowers, Bloomhills and Floramatt were nominated among key floriculture sector players to attend the exhibition. The participants in this year’s exhibition are facilitated through a joint collaboration of the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in the Netherlands and the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB).
The IFTF is one of the largest and important trade shows in the world. The exhibition provides a platform where the world floriculture industry gets together during a 3-day trade show. Over 3,000 companies and exhibitors from over 115 different countries will attend the exhibition this year. The exhibition will be an excellent oppor... Read more
This primary agri-business envisaged is of a regenerative high input ‘incubator’ farm focused on cash crops and high value crops which can be processed (specifically spices). This farm will provide the best performing subsistence/smallholder farmers with a pathway to commercial production. The idea is that the development of such a company fits into the wider landscape vision of the SCC and will be a key example of best practice in the landscape.
As the farm is in its infancy, the role will concentrate on spearheading up the necessary training, inputs, and infrastructure acquisition, start-up processes, relationships and market linkages to get the business off the ground before moving into operational and general management over time.
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Stawisha Ltd is a non-for-Profit Company that aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the agricultural sector in Tanzania. Stawisha is the implementer of the Centre for Development of the Potato Industry in Tanzania (CD-PIT) project. This project is a public-private partnership of the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, The United Republic of Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture and private sector from both countries. These collaborative efforts aim at; developing a robust, competitive sector, with focus on facilitating private sector sustainable development and creation of jobs; building capacity of farmers and companies in Tanzania involved in the value chain for sustainable potatoes production and marketing; creation of added value; enhancing sustainable business relations between Dutch and Tanzanian partners; and improve food security, more safe and healthy food.
Stawisha is organizing the... Read more
The government Tanzania has received Sh265 billion in new financial assistance from the European Union (EU) to promote productivity and competitiveness in the agricultural sector.
The financing support, dubbed "agri- connect," would help to promote horticulture, coffee, tea, food production and nutrition security in the country.
The statement was made by the permanent secretary in the ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Dotto James, yesterday during the Agri-Connect programme signing ceremony.
Tanzania and the European Union's cooperation is anchored on the continuous partnership agreement whose main objectives are to;
* reduce poverty,
*promote sustainable development and
*support the integration of Tanzania into the world economy
This support has come at an appropriate time when the government is implementing the Agriculture Sector Development Programme Phase Two (ASDP... Read more
HortiFresh is a programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which has prioritized commercial agriculture in its strategic plan of moving from aid to trade. The programme’s mission is to establish “a sustainable and internationally competitive fruit and vegetable sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth, food and nutrition security” in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The objectives include improving productivity in the vegetable sector; facilitating more efficient markets, including linking vegetable producers and other value chain operators with the Dutch private sector; improving the business climate and further professionalizing the value chain for vegetable production and consumption. It also aims to reach 15,000 farmers and increase their productivity by 20% by 2021.
Under its ‘Access to Finance’ component HortiFresh is supporting four so-called financial p... Read more
Citrus production can be very profitable, if you get the basics right.
Citrus tree cultivation is limited to areas having mild, frost-free winters where temperatures never drop below -2°C. In fact, if there is no protection against frost, the temperature should not drop lower than 2°C to 3°C.
Fruit will go into a dormant state below 13°C and the threshold for root activity is a soil temperature of 15°C. Temperatures higher than 39°C are also detrimental to trees.
will run for four years and is situated in six areas in the North-West of Rwanda with a focus on production and quality improvement of passion fruit, avocado and vegetables. Different project partners (including SNV, Agriterra, Holland Greentech, IDH and Wageningen University and Research – WUR) are collaborating, with each partner taking a core focus on one component.
Genesis farm was established a couple of years ago by a Dutch entrepreneur who started off with a vegetable farm in Debre Ziet, Ethiopia. Through imported seeds from Holland and by making good use of the circumstances in Debre Ziet, this farm grew high quality crops for which a big market existed and expanded production and activities. Local people were involved in crop production and were stimulated to improve their own lives with good and healthy food. The Farm is currently engaged in a year round production of vegetables due to availability of water from boreholes as well as dairy, poultry, horticulture, feed production and several ornamental flowers, plants and trees.
Currently the farm has expanded and engaged in many activities and links with other local farms. Vegetables are still being grown where seeds are imported and the crops grow at more than 100 hectares of the farm. Drip Irrigation system is used for the growing of crops. Besi
Call for Concept Notes: Innovation Fund – Vegetable & Fruit Sector
Inputs and Agronomic Services for the Vegetable & Fruit Sector
Do you have an innovative company providing input, judicious selection and use of these inputs, or more direct relations between producers and wholesalers in the fruit or vegetable sector? Than this this innovation fund is something for you! This new call for proposals of 'Hortifresh' programme (former Ghanaveg) includes opportunities for stakeholders outside Ghana too.
Find the call for proposals on this website.
The training is aimed at strengthening the horticultural sector in the North-Western Province of Zambia.
Nsabo Yetu wishes to address the most pressing matter which has now emerged: poor performance of the horticultural sector. Current horticultural practices are low yielding and unsustainable, the women work with local varieties of vegetables leading to low yield and unfavourable quality. Meanwhile, there is a demand of high quality vegetables from the mining community. However, the women are not able supply the need of the community starting with the lack of quality seedlings. The women have to travel 700 kilometres to access seedlings i.e. from Chisamba, Sunshine Seedlings.
Through this Tailor Made Training a large part of skills and knowledge, required for the basic production of vegetables, can be acquired. Through this TMT, Delphy and AgriProFocus wish to improve the... Read more
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.
Climate change and food security is ever becoming a key area of discussion. A recent study by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine predicted that global average yields of vegetables and legumes such as soy beans and lentils are predicted to be reduced by 35% and 9% respectively. What does this mean for the local Zambian horticulture farming communities?
Course: Horticulture sector development for emerging markets
Current developments in emerging economies offer new opportunities for the horticulture sector. To seize these opportunities, a transition to a more professional sector is required. Enhanced value chain management and stakeholder collaboration play a vital role and are addressed during this course.
This course gives access to the latest insights of world leading Dutch knowledge organisations and private companies from the horticulture sector and covers the complete horticulture value chain.
Date: 06 - 24 May 2019
Registration deadline – general: 25 March 2019
Registration deadline - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowship: 16 October 2018
Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands
For more information
and online registration please visit the website:
I am Thomas MUNEZERO, a young agripreneur with horticulture sector. We do farming of tomatoes, and pepper in Kayonza district. I am very happy to join AgriProFocus Network. I hope to learn a lot of things from other fellow network members!
During the Enabling Policy Environment in the Horticulture sector.
Alex Lwakuba (Department of Crop Production; Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries-MAAIF) presented an overview of the Tea, Cocoa, Fruits and Vegetables value chains, MAAIF policy frameworks that reviewed the Government policy direction for each sector, formulation of a bankable HortiDep program, mobilising resources and implementing this program.
Dr. Ezra Munyambonera (Economic Policy Research Centre) made a presentation on the Situation Analysis of Uganda’s Tea sub-sector, challenges and opportunities.
Tea is traditionally Uganda’s third largest agricultural export commodity by value, contributing an annual average of about US$70M to US$80M since 2010. The tea sub-sector has employed more than 60,000 households and been a source of livelihood to over 500,000 Ugandans. Therefore, the tea sub-sector provides an opportunity for Uganda to fight poverty in the rural areas an... Read more
On 30th August 2018 at Umubano Hotel held a meeting on horticulture value chain certification organized by OXFAM. Objective of the workshop was to bring together different actors in the Horticulture sector to brainstorm on the Horticulture Certification and take required measures to make horticulture farmers business oriented for bright future and economic growth. One of its recommendations, a steering committee on the organic certification has been established composed of the following institutions:
● Representative member from each of the following development organizations: OXFAM Rwanda, INADES Rwanda and AgriProFocus Rwanda as a network.
● Representative member from each of the following concern government institutions: NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA.
● Representative member from each of the following farmers’ organizations: NCCR(National Cooperatives Confederation of Rwanda) and RFHC (Rwanda... Read more
Joseph Magami is an urban farmer based in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb. For over three years, Magami has been planting egg plant and Nakati in his quarter acre plot for home consumption. However, the introduction of Magami to Zucchini (Courgette) eight months ago is changing fortunes for the father of three. He currently reaps over Ush 5million per harvest from his plot thanks to the adoption of Zucchini, a high value crop.
Magami is among a group of innovative farmers in Uganda who are fast adopting the cultivation of courgettes as the demand for the high value crop soars thanks to the fast rising middle class. According to Magami, the only challenge to farmers is exposure to the high value crops that are on demand.
... Read moreApart from market challenges that every farmer grapples with, most of us are not enlightened to better high yielding crops and therefore labour with the traditional maize and beans which at the end fetch so little in the market because they are