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 

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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

3 weeks 20 hours 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.

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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? 

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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. 

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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   

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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 kdevries@snv.org and have more details about the fund!Good luck.

1 month 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  

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good to hear!Good luck

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 30 August 2018 at 09:04

Global Vegetable supply to dwindle by more than a third!

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?

Read the article through this link


Course: Horticulture sector development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

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:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 27 June 2018 at 12:33

Hello everyone,

 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!

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Thomas MUNEZERO, welcome on the platform. Use the search portal to follow other horticultural stakeholders!

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 27 June 2018 at 10:00

Results Enabling Policy Environment write shop

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 June 2018 at 01:41


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

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Wim Goris local sourcing for the tourism industry ! 

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 10 May 2018 at 08:27

Farmer finds millions in courgettes

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.

Apart 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

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 8 May 2018 at 11:44

Lukyamuzi’s money grows on citrus trees:

Since his days as a marketing executive on radio, he has gone on to become the country sales manager of Harris International, establishing his own media agency, Felma before he quit the high paying job to become a member of parliament and now a farmer. Busujju county Member of Parliament, David Lukyamuzi Kalwanga, is a definition of a hustler.

He is no longer worried about when the rains will fall. Farming in Uganda is so much dependent on the weather but being creative is what matters now the 39-year-old, said

Unpredictable rains are now the norm in most parts of Uganda including the central region that used to be wet most of the year. Most maize farmers are enduring the pain of the army worm attack while coffee is wilting yet other crops do not get enough rain to give a substantial yield.

Lukyamuzi has beaten all this by farming oranges and guavas which can thrive in such dicey weather conditions.

Research-based farming

Soil needs to be upg

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 May 2018 at 04:33

When not to use pesticides  (2m video) 

East West Seed Company shared its newsletter with a short video stating 5 situations in which pesticides are no use.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 April 2018 at 02:50

New vegetable seeds at Seed Co Rwanda.

As the African Seed Company that dedicates it's daily work in research to improve farmers livelihood with high yielding varieties in various crops that we sell on the African market. Seed Co Rwanda has new vegetable varieties as shown in the picture below.

Find more updates about Seed Co products here 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Roland Kayumbu, thanks a lot for sharing with us!Do you also have seeds of pepper?

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Roland Kayumbu Hi Thacien, yes we do have pepper as well. 

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Roland Kayumbu, good to hear that!

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