We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!
Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.
While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.
Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.
Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!
Meru Farmer's Fair - Tanzania
The Meru farmers fair took place in 2016 and had 9000 visitors, and this year is expecting to have more than 4000 visitors a day which for three days will make it 12000 total.
Meru Farmer's Fair is organised by a group of farmers organisation in agricultural sector in Tanzania. The fair will bring an opportunity for peoples in this sector to meet, advertise, debate, learn and make business. Also the focus of the fair in commodities produced in Meru which are horticulture (vegetables and coffee), cereals and oil seeds, poultry and dairy (cows and goats).
The fair starts from 26 to 28 of October at USA River, Arusha from morning to evening.
For more information on how to participate and deadline for application see the attached document . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to share our August newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!
Read about the learning journey by Food security experts from 12 Dutch embassies from Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe and what they learned about the Kenya horticulture sector and the next steps in terms of supporting and developing the sector.
We also share with you outcomes of an exciting webinar that we recently announced here, which brought over 80 young people in agriculture from across the continent. The question was whether we can consider agribusiness as a silverbullet to youth unemployment. Read and listen to the recording.
Learn about the farmer field days we recently organised across the country, and what the farmers considered as the most critical factor to the success of their farming.
Finally, a big announcement about our NETWORK DAY 2017!
Happy reading! :)
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What are the main risks and shocks that face horticulture supply chain in Kenya?
The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar... Read more
We are also growing chilli in GAHARWA, GASHORA in BUGESERA district.
For more information about our activities, click here
On Wednesday 30th August 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda and National Co-operatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) organized a workshop “Organic certification for Horticulture value Chain‘’ at Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.
This workshop’s objective was to discuss on the issues challenges and gaps which limit the development of Horticulture cooperatives among which organic certification is major and discuss possible solutions to address the identified issues.
During this workshop, there were 31 different horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders. The participants came from Government Institutions (NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA), NGOs and INGOs (Oxfam, INADES-Formation, and DUTERIMBERE), PSF (Farmers and Companies), Horticulture Cooperatives federation including organic farmers (ROAM) and cooperative union.
This round table meeting brought in more awareness on what, why a... Read more
Improves soil structure
Improves soil aeration
Improves irrigation water uniformities in irrigated fields
Makes other farming operations like weeding, spraying, harvesting to mention easier thus reducing crop damages
By creating defined walk ways, beds reduce chances of hard pan development.
Reduces soil erosion
Disease and pest multiplication in the crop land is reduced.
Improves plant root development
Increases fertilizer utilization
Plant population can easily be determined
CALL FOR PROPOSALS- ROUND 5: MATCHING GRANT FACILITY (MGF) BY PSFU
The Competitiveness Enterprise Development Project announces of 5th round of call for businesses to apply for a matching grant. The MGF is only open to private enterprises and associations operating in the following sectors: tourism, Agribusiness (only coffee, grains and pulses, horticulture, edible oils and fisheries) and Information technology/ business process outsourcing.
Find more details here
In June 2017, staff from Dutch embassies across Africa, Asia and the Netherlands visited Kenya for a learning journey. The journey was meant to jointly learn and reflect on the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) policy of the EKN. Participants visited programs in four sectors: dairy, horticulture, potato, and edible oils.
The delegation met with Kenyan and international farmers, processing companies, expertise centers and NGOs. The embassy staff will implement the ideas and insights developed during this learning journey in their work at national level.
Read more in the comprehensive articles from the learning journey on this Embassy Special by the Food and Business Knowledge Platform.
The key take-home lessons from the journey include:
• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T... Read more
IRESO Project implementing partners meet
On 25th July, partners responsible for implementing activities within the IRESO project met to discuss practicalities for implementation of the project such as;
- recruiting community change agents
- selection of agronomists that will train farmers and youth
- designed strategies for mobilising 4000 farmers and 500 youth of whom 65% will be women
- defined criteria for selection of demonstration sites.
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... Read more
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 email@example.com or 0782 495 833
- Clara Mlozi through firstname.lastname@example.org or 0787 177 753
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.
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......
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... Read more
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
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
iii. Horticultural produce (Cabbage, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Nutmeg, Mangoes, Black pepper, Chillies, Okra, Lime, Pineapples, Dried Cloves, Ginger, Onions and Water melon)
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
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... Read more