Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 June 2016 at 02:33

Regional trade facilitation: fostering (business) opportunities for resource poor producers, traders and consumers?

Headlines of a debate at Ministry Foreign Affairs Netherlands. With TMEA (Patricia Ithau), BoPInc (Henk van Duijn), ECDPM (Bruce Byiers).

In a public debate session at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands, experiences of Trade Mark East Africa were discussed and compared with those of BoPInc, in search of further Knowledge sharing on the key question above.

Trade Mark East Africa was created 5 years ago, focusing on regional integration, trade, competitiveness of businesses in the region, in order to reduce poverty in East Africa. Countries involved: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan. In total turnover of $USD 560 mio over 5 years.

Key orientation of TMEA:

- National implementation of regional policies

- Trade facilitation: hardware and software. Including reduction of non-tariff barriers. Capacity strengthening of officia

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MILTON OKELLO EBEK Thanks for the programmee of Business support

1 year 11 months ago


Horticulture sector development for emerging markets

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 May 2017 to 02 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Fellowship opportunity

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. The programme specifically addresses the following aspects:

  •  Broad expertise on horticultural production, both protected and open field;
  • The importance of post-harvest, quality and logistics processes;
  • Insights in domestic and international market systems;
  • In-depth knowledge on socio-economic aspects of horticultural value chains;
  • Value chain analysis, management principles and integrated strategies for horticultural development
  • Attention to international standards for good agricultural practices and quality issues in international trade;
  • Insight in the relevant international institutional and policy developments, as well as the relevance to your own country;
  • Understanding of the role of multi-stakeholder processes in developing vibrant markets.

For more information and onl

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2nd AgriBusiness Training and Farm Tour

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  04 June 2016, 09:00-15:00

2nd AgriBusiness Training and Farm Tour  

Welcome to the 2nd AgriBusiness training where we will help answer questions on how to start farming to how to scale to a multi billion agricultural enterprise.

After the success of our 1st Agribusiness Training, we look forward to share our experiences as well as bring in experts from the sector to shade light more on crop insurance, agri-loans and financing options.

We extend a warm welcome to our Agribusiness Training and Field Tour to be held at our office located in 3rd Floor Bishop Magua Centre opposite Uchumi Ngong Hyper along Ngong road. Nairobi, Kenya.

It will be a platform to share and learn on crop husbandry, ways to maximize output, market linkages, financial aspects of Agriculture and most importantly our new contract farming which shall be the highlight of the day.

For a more visual feel, (because we do believe in actions), we shall take a tour to visit one of our demo farms where we shall witness contract farming for exports practically

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 April 2016 at 02:26

Dialogue with the Farmers

On the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair

Batu, 27 April 2016

On March 2015 AgriProFocus Ethiopia and OXFAM GB, in close collaboration with Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, organized in Batu a successful agribusiness finance fair which farmers took the stage. Read more about the previous Finance Fair HERE.

Yesterday, April 27 2016, the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair was organized in Batu with the objective of extending the dialogue started on last year’s Finance Fair between the farmers themselves and the relevant stakeholders. On this Finance Fair also the farmers were given to express their challenges relating to access to finance and agricultural extension services and to present their achievements with the support of OXFAM GB and Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization.

The event which included a panel discussion with two paper presentations and an exhibition by different organizations, opened

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 26 April 2016 at 03:00


Well I am Mr Ahmed Hussein, from Tanga Tanzania. May I first thank you agriprofocus for such a wonderful website. I am a founder of to be Makaru Agro ltd, which will be incorporated soon. Our company will be dealing with Horticultural Produce. And the farm is located north east of Tanga

Hilda Okoth Dear Ahmed. Welcome to our online platform a market place where agriculture professionals meet, exchange and share knowledge. Its good to hear that you will soon incorporate your company. I wish you all the best. Feel free to use our website to share insights or knowledge in horticulture and the agriculture sector at large as well as advertise about an event or product/service. Also let us know if you need help in using this website.

2 years 3 months ago


2nd Batu Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  27 April 2016, All Day Event
  Batu, Ethiopia

2nd Batu Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair

Batu, 27 April 2016

A year ago AgriProFocus Ethiopia and OXFAM GB, in close collaboration with Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, organized in Batu a successful agribusiness finance fair which farmers took the stage.

In continuation of the results observed through that event the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair will be held on 27 April 2016 in the same city with the focus of assessing agricultural extension activities and the challenges of access to finance for horticultural farmers.

This event will include paper presentations from key actors in relation to access to finance for smallholder farmers, discussions with relevant government and private stakeholders, and an Exhibition by horticultural agribusiness organizations and farmers’ cooperatives in the area.

This is for the 9th Agribusiness Finance Fair for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to organize in different parts of the country with active partners like OXFAM GB.


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 21 April 2016 at 03:34

Des fibres de coco, pour une production hors sol des cultures maraîchères de qualité!!!

Ne jetons plus les fibres de coco!!! Elles constituent dans l'horticulture un support de croissance supérieur pour la production à petite et grande échelle!!!  Lisez plutôt "http://www.cannagardening.ca/fr-ca/cultiver_dans_la_fibre_de_coco"...

Georges Djodji Akibodé Merci pour le partage ma chère Tania. C'est vraiment un bon article, à vulgariser en langues locales. c'est une réelle opportunité pour les producteurs maraichers, surtout des zones côtières.

2 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 April 2016 at 08:35


Bench marking the tea, coffee fruits and vegetable sub sectors and Enabling Policy Environment interventions in Uganda  

Solidaridad with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Royal Kingdom of the Netherlands, and in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala and AgriProfocus Uganda, identified member Fruits and vegetable Associations in Uganda, selected core and support role private sector actors, knowledge Institution and other stakeholders who are implementing a five year project titled ‘Enabling Policy Influencing for Improved Livelihoods in Uganda (EPE – Uganda) – Fruits and vegetables component.’

The overall goal of this component is: ‘To contribute towards policy influencing on food safety, institutional capacity, traceability and national policy for enhanced sustainability and livelihoods of actors


1. The

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 April 2016 at 05:16

Successful FSRE Learning Event on Horticulture

Challenges and Opportunities

Today - April 14, 2016 - an interesting learning event, which brought together important stakeholders in the horticulture sector in Ethiopia, took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The objective of the event was to provide a learning opportunity for the 4th round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant winner projects. AgriProFocus who is responsible in organizing FSRE Fund Learning Events for projects being supported by the Fund has recently taken a new approach – connecting projects with similar value chains for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a few months ago a Learning Event for poultry projects was organized.

Today’s event focused on horticulture. To meet the objective, a number of horticulture development stakeholders from both the Government and private sector, as well as from NGOs, were part of the learning event. The diversity of the 26 participants has playe

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Nicole Metz Further resources on horticulture: 1. Report and video from regional horticulture event East Africa (Rwanda, Nov 2015) http://www.agriprofocus.com/horticulture-event-2015 2. Lots of relevant background papers on horticulture (fruit & vegetables) in low and middle income countries: http://knowledge4food.net/theme/fruits-and-vegetables/ 3. Interesting case study about Ethiopia, is included in a study report on the role horticulture can play for food security: http://knowledge4food.net/explorative-report-how-does-the-fruit-and-vegetable-sector-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-contribute-to-food-and-nutrition-security/ Enjoy reading!

2 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 8 April 2016 at 01:20

Greenhouses in Rwanda / Burundi ?


while travelling in Rwanda, I saw these installations (see pictures below). My question: Are these installations greenhouses? Or a protection against insects?

In any case, I'm curious if someone could help me with this. It would as well be interesting for me to know what kind of plants are cultivated there.

Additionally, I'd like to know if the use of greenhouses has been already tested in the heights of Rwanda and Burundi where it may be cold during night, and if it has a real advantage for farmers in these areas?

I could imagine that it may be useful to have a system like a greenhouse where you can assure that the temperature does not drop below a certain limit, so that growth of seedligs and plants may be longer or earlier over the year. If yes, there must be than a system to keep the heat constant during night.

Maybe someone has an idea? Thanks in advance.

Nicole Metz I posted it on the Rwanda platform too, as well as on the platform of a few other countries in the region working on horticulture. Thanks Benedikt for your interest!

2 years 4 months ago

Pieter van Schaik Hi Benedikt, the pictures that you posted are indeed of greenhouses. Most of those greenhouses in Rwanda are empty or abandonned. There are two main reasons for it. First of all, most of those greenhouses have soil-born diseases. Since there was no soil-labaratory in Rwanda, most farmers did not know what was wrong with their soil. Second, those greenhouses are build with price as on of the most important criteria. Due to this, the ventilation is often lacking; leading to a bad climate inside and an increase in pest and diseases. Holland Greentech (the company I am working for) is developing a concept of products (e.g. an improved greenhouse) and services (e.g. better training) to overcome those challenges. Let me know if you want to know more.

2 years 3 months ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Pieter van Schaik for your interesting comments. These challenges you refer to were also part of the conversation between the participants to the regional horticultural event last year. Choosing the right combination of agricultural practices and technologies, including the appropriate greenhouse technology, is certainly challenging. Your company and the companies and Knowledge instutitions involved in the SMART project may have interesting expertise to share indeed.

2 years 3 months ago

Benedikt Maibaum Thanks Pieter, now I understand the situation better

2 years 3 months ago

Pieter van Schaik Last comment to Benedikt initial question: as far as I know growth of plants slow down at temperatures below 8-10 degrees Celsius, and stops below 5 degrees Celsius. Temperatures at night in Rwanda go rarely below 9 degrees. So consequently it will not increase the yield significantly, especially if you compare it to the investment costs. Only thing that might be (but I am not sure about economics on that) it a kind of blower that will dry the leaves faster from the dawn in the morning. The sooner the leaves are dry, the lower the pest pressure.

2 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 April 2016 at 08:08

Une innovation pour lutter contre les pertes post récolte et favoriser la promotion de la tomate, l’une des principales cultures maraîchères en Afrique subsaharienne.

Lisez plutôt « http://www.cta.int/fr/article/2016-03-30/le-sechoir-a-charbon-une-innovation-fait-coup-double-pour-le-business-et-le-climat-au-niger.html »


FSRE Learning Event: Horticulture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  14 April 2016, All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

FSRE Learning Event: Challenges and Opportunities in Horticulture

Invitation Only

AgriProFocus Ethiopia will organize a Learning Event for FSRE Fund projects engaged in the horticulture sector on April 14, 2016 at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.

Though the event is organized for the purpose of supporting the FSRE Fund projects, relevant stakeholders from the government and private sectors will attend to share experiences and discuss the challenges and opportunities in the horticulture sector.

Financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed ICCO Cooperation, on behalf of AgriProFocus, FSRE Fund has been supporting 68 projects in Ethiopia in different value chains with two windows of Call for Proposals – Innovation and Matching Grant Facilities.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia has been organizing various Learning Events for the winner projects based on rounds of Calls. Recently, Learning Events were themed to target projects with similar value chains. Accordingly, poultry pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 24 March 2016 at 07:17

Quelle politique agricole faut-il pour un pays riche (disponibilité sol, bon taux de fertilité des sols, climat favorable) que le nôtre?

Philippe AKPAKI Il faut une bonne organisation des filières et un accompagnement technique et financier. Avec un bon encadrement technique, on peut avoir un bon taux de fertilité des sols et cela permettra d'avoir un bon rendement que le climat soit favorable ou non.

2 years 4 months ago

Marie Legonou oui ça c'est bien vrai. mais M.Philippe comment faire pour combiner tout cela??

2 years 4 months ago

Philippe AKPAKI Pour combiner tout cela, il faut une volonté politique et une volonté des acteurs du monde agricole

2 years 4 months ago

Georges Djodji Akibodé Donc la société civile à travers les organisation paysannes doivent réclamer l'application stricte des engagements et la loi d'orientation agricole???Les ploitiques doivent rendre des comptes et doivent clairement s'engager car la sécurité alimentaire est une question de souveraineté

2 years 4 months ago

Tania Attiba un engagement des politiques soutenu par des organisations professionnelles fortes. D'où l'intérêt de commencer par professionnaliser l'agriculture. que l'agriculture de subsistance laisse place au business agricole.

2 years 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 21 March 2016 at 02:47

Recently the first two evaluation reports of Product Market Combination (PMC) projects have been published. Learn more on how vegIMPACT has set up these demand driven supply chain projects to connect small hot pepper en bell pepper farmers to modern markets in Indonesia. In the reports we also share the results and challenges of these two projects.
HOT PEPPER (Cabeh besar)


Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any quiestions.



ZUL MARTINI INDRAWATI Hi Marijn, thanks alot for these documents, and helpful to have picture on M4P approach

2 years 4 months ago

Lyssens Philippe Hi Marijn; Interesting reports. If the reports show how models “do” work, they also remind us that continuity in supply and collaboration among the farmers for standard quality remains a big challenge. An opportunity for a closer collaboration between networkers / consultants and traders?

2 years 4 months ago

Marijn van der Laan I fully agree with you Philippe. We are currently disseminating the lessons we have learned through workshops and seminars (to various participants of horticulture supply chains and supporters of supply chains). According to our experience of key importance, for developing demand driven horticulture supply chains that include small farmers, are: strengthening farm group organizations, implementation of plant schedules for continuous/stable supply (in quantity and quality) and formalization of contracts with traders/retail. Closer cooperation between traders and consultants might indeed be an opportunity, but vegetable traders in Indonesia are not yet ready to pay for that (traders in other commodities might be more advanced.........?). Still I do believe long term presence of supply chain facilitators along inclusive supply chains is necessary for sustainable development. So the question is, who else could (should) have a role in this? Ngo's, national/local governments, supermarkets, seed businesses, and/or other input providers? An interesting discussion :-)

2 years 4 months ago

Lyssens Philippe Lessons learned from other commodities (especially cocoa) point towards the large buyers / distributors. All chocolate producers appear to agree that quality cocoa is / risks to be in short supply over time and that therefore it makes sense to collaborate to produce more / better cocoa. It might be interesting to find out if there is a similar perception with the supermarkets in (some regions of) Indonesia. We know that Carrefour is quite active at this level. What about the other ones?

2 years 4 months ago

Marijn van der Laan Most supermarkets are not that far yet in Indonesia as to my experience. We already scheduled a cup of coffee so lets exchange further thoughts then.

2 years 4 months ago


Dutch Trade Mission to Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 May 2016 - 06:00 to 20 May 2016 - 23:00
  Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Want to do business in Ethiopia? Join the economic mission to Ethiopia from 17 - 20 May, 2016 along Jeroen Verheul, Ambassador for Foreign Trade and Development at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

During the mission you will have extensive contact with Ethiopian businesses and government parties. You will meet and share experiences with Dutch entrepreneurs and potential business partners from Ethiopia. In addition, you will have the opportunity for business meetings as well as  individual matchmaking, collective visits to relevant companies, government agencies and network events such as the Dutch Business Day.

Participation in this mission is open to companies and research institutions from all sectors. During the mission will be special attention will be paid to the sectors: Agri & Food and Horticulture & Propagation Materials.

More information can be found HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 March 2016 at 12:30

Rwanda Agricultural Study Tour 2016

Dear Colleagues,

As you are well aware, Uganda National Farmers Federation (UNFFE) organizes an Agricultural Study Tour to Kenya every year. This year, we have initiated similar study tour to Rwanda with the same ideology and we hope this will be another exciting and learning event for our farmers. We continue to thank all those who have always supported our Kenya annual program, and we encourage you to adopt and consider this new innovation. Preparations for this agricultural study trip are already in progress.

The Study Tour will include visits to various Agricultural enterprises for Dairy Farms, Piggery, Poultry, Horticulture, Agro-forestry, Commercial Farms, Agro-processing Industries and the Rwanda National Trade Fair.

The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to invite participants from Local Government, Local leaders, Institutions, Farmers, Agriculturalists, and Individuals with interest to learn, explore, discover more agricultural innovation and fa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 8 March 2016 at 10:01

Twende would like to test market its low cost drip irrigation kit. It irrigates an area of 3m x 8m and is designed primarily for vegetables. It consists of a plastic bag holding 20 litres of water, feeding a header pipe which in turn feeds 7 lateral pipes of 8m length. These lateral pipes are fitted with emitters – very small plastic pipes which just pass the water very slowly. The plastic bag is fitted with loops from which it can be hung from two poles fixed in the ground. (Poles not supplied.) The life of the kit is expected to be in excess of one year but actual life testing has not yet been completed.

The standard kit costs TSh15,000 only and other specifications can be made to order.

Contact jim@twende-tanzania.org for further details.

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Wim Goris Hi Jim, Tzs 15,000 is about 7 USD, so for 3x8 m this comes down to 30 dollarcents per square meter. True?

2 years 5 months ago

Jim Elsworth Hi Wim, Yes I agree with your maths.

2 years 5 months ago

Godfrey Nyariki I like this and will contact.

2 years 4 months ago


5th Undercover Farming Expo 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 March 2016 to 17 March 2016 - All Day Event
  Pretoria, South Africa

5th Undercover Farming Expo 2016

Technologies adopted by Southern African Hydroponic Farmers for increased production

Undercover Farming started as an industry magazine, and gave life to Conferences and Expo’s to bring farmers, new investors, service providers from foreign countries and locals together under one roof where the latest technology is exhibited and professionals in the trade deliver presentations on technical and management subjects during a conference. Since the first Expo and Conference, the term ‘undercover farming, became a household name and visitors were inspired to invest in this kind of farming.

More info: http://www.undercoverfarmingexpo.co.za

Link to Program 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 19 February 2016 at 11:29

Après Sikasso, le Centre mondial des légumes ouvre un bureau à Mopti au Mali

Le Centre mondial des légumes (AVRDC) a ouvert en janvier un bureau à Sevaré sur la route de Mopti  au  Mali pour mettre en œuvre dans la région le projet financé par l’USAID « Déploiement des technologies améliorées de légumes pour surmonter la malnutrition et la pauvreté au Mali ». Ce projet implanté avec succès à Sikasso, selon l’AVRCD, vise à réduire la pauvreté, la faim et la malnutrition en favorisant la production, la transformation et la consommation de légumes et  la création d’activités basées sur l’eau, l’assainissement et l’hygiène (WASH).

Les activités dans la région seront mises  en œuvre à Koro et Bankass avec dix Vegetable Technology Immersion Clusters (VTICs)  et un Best Practices Hub (HBP).


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GES-ONG DONALD Merci pour l'information

2 years 5 months ago


Horticulture Multi-Stakeholder Platform meeting- 10th Feb

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  10 February 2016, 10:00-12:00
  SNV Offices, Kampala

AgriProFocus Uganda wishes to invite you to the 1st Horti MSP planning meeting 2016 which will be held on 10th February 10am- 12pm at SNV offices.

We are consulting with our stakeholders to define activities for 2016 for the horticulture subsector. As the AgriProFocus mandate dictates; to bring together stakeholders to co-create and innovate, we hope to accomplish this by mobilizing horticulture stakeholders through the Horticulture Multi-Stakeholder Platform (Horti MSP). Horti MSP stakeholders will meet and agree on activities they will jointly do together.

Attached is the Concept Note Horti MSP with specific activities that AgriProFocus proposes for 2016. However, note that these are just proposals, final activities to undertake will be decided on in the upcoming meeting. Please be sure to attend this meeting so as to contribute in enriching the Horti MSP plans.

If you wish to participate in this meeting, please write to Sylvia at snatukunda@agriprofocus.com