Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 January 2019 at 02:40

6th Edition of Agriculture Newsletter-Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda

Dear fellows, 

Kindly find a lot of news and events about agriculture shared by Agriculture department of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda.

Read more detailed news from the attached newsletter!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 January 2019 at 08:10

Hello,  this is an opportunity for Ugandan final year students, recent graduates and mid career professionals in the field of agriculture/horticulture. The Ohio program of the Ohio State University will officially start accepting Ugandan applicants effective this year. Please note that this is an on-job training.  You will work and live in the United States for up to 18months. For more info,  refer to the University website. For applications,  contact me thru email (E. Joshua@royalvanzanten.com (country coordinator)).  No applicants WILL be directly admitted. 

Lokiru Musa Hassan It's quite a great opportunity

2 weeks 10 hours ago

John Osidi It's quite a good one. I will email you for detail 

1 week 5 days ago


Rijk Zwaan Afrisem Field Days      21-25 January 2019

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  21 January 2019 - 09:00 to 25 January 2019 - 16:00
  Dolly Estate, Afrisem, Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania

National Field Days at Rijk Zwaan Afrisem

For the 5th year in a row Rijk Zwaan Tanzania organizes Field days and welcome vegetable farmers to our demo with our total assortment for indoor and outdoor crops.

For more information please contact/ Kwa maelezo zaidi piga: +255 789 765 062


5th ECHO East Africa Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  11 February 2019 to 15 February 2019 - All Day Event
  Naura Springs, Arusha

The ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa.

It will consist of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. Such as

- Conservation Agriculture

- Horticulture

- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques

- Best Livestock Practices

- Good Development Practices

-Environmental Concerns

Symposium Dates
11th February - Check-in and Fellowship
12th - 14th February- Meeting Days
15th February - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out

Find out more information HERE.


AgriFinance Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  06 December 2018 to 07 December 2018 - All Day Event
  AICC, Arusha

TAHA in association with Stanbic bank is organizing an agribusiness fair in Arusha aimed at showcasing different services and products offered by various financial institutions to the agriculture sector. 

This event is open for the public. 

For more information please contact TAHA directly

TAHA  kwa kushirikiana na benki ya Stanbic inakukaribisha kwenye maonesho ya taasisi za fedha kuhusu fursa na mitaji ya kilimo. Maonesho yatafanyika tarehe 6 na 7 Disemba 2018, kwenye eneo la maegesho ya magari kumbi za AICC Arusha. HAKUNA KIINGILIO WOTE MNAKARIBISHWA.


Exploring Climate Smart Water in Africa's horticulture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 November 2018, 13:30-16:00
  World Horti Centre Naaldwijk

This session is on Climate Smart Water in East-African Horticulture, as water is increasingly an hot issue in horticulture. It is an interactive exchange and learning event for max 15 experts.

What is in it for you: we will share tools, examples and lessons learned. And we exchange ideas for replication and upscaling.

AgriProFocus is co-organizing this event with Food and Business Knowledge Platform and experts Aart van den Bos and Frank van Schoubroeck.

Contact me for more information !

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:38


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 findings o

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JACOB OGONDA Hello Sharon, I want some technical assistance from you, +254718227127

2 months 1 week ago

Sharon Anyango Hi Jacob, will contact you shortly through email

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 30 October 2018 at 08:48

Rwandafresh flowers to be exhibited at International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair 2018

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

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JAFFAR RUSHIGAJE nice flowers. keep on farming them

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 October 2018 at 02:38

VACANCY: Grounded is looking for an operational manager for the Simalaha Incubator Farm

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.

More information attached. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 16 October 2018 at 12:57

Bonjour, je suis heureux de vous rejoindre sur Agri pro focus afin de partager avec vous, le quotidien du monde horticole malien, salut  et bonne journee

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Mr Bamba; soyez les bienvenus sur le réseau . Nous sommes très heureux de vous compter parmi nos membres et n'hésitez  surtout pas  à partager avec nous ; les activités du l'UNCPM( Union Nationale des Cooperatives de  Planteurs  et Maraichers du Mali). Bon courage 

3 months 3 days ago


Stawisha potato fair open day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  10 October 2018 to 11 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Nane Nane Grounds, Mbeya

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 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 4 October 2018 at 09:24

EU and Tanzania Government to promote productivity and competitiveness in the Ag Sector through Agri Connect Programme

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

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simon Nguye In a world that is constantly changing, presenting new challenges and obstacles, it can be difficult to think about the sustainability of today, the agricultural sector can be resolution for youth employment.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Hilda Okoth Good observation simon Nguye. What are so of your ideas on how to engage youth in agriculture programs such as this Agri Connect

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 October 2018 at 07:06

Markt lost ondervoeding niet op

Article Ellen Mangnus (Universiteit Utrecht, 'Follow the Food' consortium)

(in Dutch, copyright Volkskrant) 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 October 2018 at 10:10

Greenhouse Technical Assistance

Tender Hortifresh Ghana (former Ghanaveg)


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.

Terms of Reference

Under its ‘Access to Finance’ component HortiFresh is supporting four so-called financial p

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MUBARAK INUWA The average temperature of Nigeria, in relation to the vegetable production in Ghana and Ivory coast is much more required by the crops which are produced in commercial quantities

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Horticulture in Zambia
Posted 28 September 2018 at 08:47

FRUIT PRODUCTION: Success with citrus comes from planning

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.

Read more: https://www.africanfarming.com/fruit-production-success-citrus-comes-planning/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 27 September 2018 at 01:55

The HortInvest project in NW Rwanda 

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.  

Read more on the website of IDH

Wim Goris a related read is this reflection on avacado consumption in Europe: http://www.thebrokeronline.eu/Blogs/Inclusive-Economy-Europe/Avocado-consumption-in-Europe-from-green-gold-to-SDG-turmoil

3 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Wim Goris, Thank you for sharing with us. This is a very interesting article!

3 months 3 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Wim. I'd like to share that AgriProFocus and Food & Business Knowledge Platform are now developing further knowledge-learning activities on the horticulture (vegetables) sector. Building on earlier work of individual programmes, like those funded by Dutch embassies and/or those implemented by AgriProfocus network members in different African and Asian countries. And building on the earlier work of F&BKP, see here: http://knowledge4food.net/theme/fruits-and-vegetables/ More news will follow on this platform.

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 September 2018 at 08:39


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

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Sarah Assefa Thanks! I am curious about the sustainability aspect of the farm - other than conserving water with drip irrigation, how is the farm demonstrating agroecological principles? 

3 months 3 weeks ago

Worku Janka Negawo Thank you Yonas for great presentation of Genesis Farm:) It really gives a lot of inspiration to visit this farm. I visited the farm in 2010 with my students and we learnt a lot about integrated farming from our observation. 

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 14 September 2018 at 04:06

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 September 2018 at 07:45

Delphy and AgriProFocus starts a tailor made training program for the Zambian Women Organization-Nsabo Yetu

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

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Victor Himbayi This concept is very good I am one of the operator in this concept providing the Technical support from inception to production   

3 months 4 weeks ago

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.



4 months 1 week ago

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

4 months 1 week ago

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  

3 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good to hear!Good luck

3 months 3 weeks ago