horticulture

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 November 2015 at 08:40

Results from Horticulture Business Innovation Competition / Rwanda


On Tuesday, 10th November 2015, we successfully hosted the Horticulture Business Innovation Competition that attracted 35 people including competitors, judges and AgriProFocus Assistant Coordinators.

In total we had 17 competitors, from private companies, cooperatives and students. Each competitor was given 7 minutes to pitch his/her innovation to the three judges: Grace from PSF, John Ndikuwera from ICCO and Priscilla Ruzibuka from SPARK. Competitors were also given some time to be asked questions.

Even though many of them have awesome innovations, but only three had to be selected. That is why at the end of their pitches, judges joined together, compiled the competition results and came up with the same conclusion.

Three winners have been: Gashora Gold a company represented by 3 high schools girls, MAISCO a company represented by 2 agriculture experts who conducted a one year professional training in Israel and AGASARO

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Anne Marie Kortleve Great to see so many innovators and good luck to the winners who will represent Rwanda during the international competition from 25-27 nov!

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing these outcomes. Highly interesting! The AGASARO Organic company could be in touch with Mme Marie Jeanne Kahindo from DRC who will be among the speakers during our Conference programme 26-27 November, as she also specialises in pineapple processing.

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Elyse Mahoro That sounds good! Thank you for the great news!

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Roel Snelder CONGRATS TO THE WINNER LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING THEM

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2015 at 09:12

More confirmed speakers for Conference ‘Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture’!

25-27 Nov – Lemigo Hotel - Kigali - Rwanda

We are honoured that our conference will be opened by a key note speech from the Minister of Agriculture of Rwanda. We can also announce contributions from various respected authorities when it comes to horticulture: Mrs. Rachael Kemigisha (COMESA), Mr. Adrian Roelofs (RijkZwaan), Mr. Anne Elings (Wageningen UR), Mr. George William Kayonga (NAEB), Mrs. Josephine Makondo (Chamber of Commerce Zambia), Mr. Kelvin Odoobo (Hive group), Mr. Patrick Koome (Koppert biological Systems), Mr. Caudius Kurtna (AgriTech Kenya), Mrs. Mary Maina (VECO East Africa), Mr. Steven Trijsburg (BoPInc), Mr. Maarten Suzan (Financial Access East Africa) and many more!

We have developed interesting sessions, with amongst others:

· an exciting panel session about the potential of regional trade in horticultural products;

· pitches by the winners from each country of the Business In

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Nicole Metz Thanks Anne Marie for updating the whole network. As team preparing the conference programme, we are really happy with the number of experts from all over the network who will contribute during plenary and parallel sessions. Thanks to all collegues and members who have contributed ideas, suggestions for this programme.

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Anne Marie Kortleve We have a new updated program! Check it out here: http://agriprofocus.com/upload/Horticulture_Conference_Programv51448290365.pdf

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 November 2015 at 05:44

NEW RFP: CALL FOR TRELLIS PROJECT PROPOSALS 

The Horticulture Innovation Lab is seeking proposals from organizations in developing countries for small horticultural projects, through its Trellis Fund.

The Trellis Fund will offer 15 grants, up to $2,000 each, to local organizations for six-month projects that address horticultural challenges in the region. Organizations in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia are eligible to apply.

Project proposals must identify a problem faced by local farmers related to horticultural crop production, irrigation, plant nutrition, pest management, postharvest practices, marketing issues or related socio-economic processes.

Once selected for funding, organizations will be matched with a U.S. graduate student who will support the project as an agricultural consultant. The Trellis Fund provides additional support to

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cisse rabiatou COURAGE

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nov
25

Matchmaking session Dutch Horticulture business delegation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 November 2015, 12:00-17:00
  Holland Lounge, Expo Grounds, Kigali

On behalf of the NABC, SPARK and the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali you are hereby cordially invited to meet with the Dutch Horticulture business-delegation that is visiting Rwanda to meet new business contacts, clients or partners active in the horticulture sector.

Location: The Holland Lounge, AgriProFocus Horticulture Exhibition @ Expo Grounds, Gikondo

Including: a networking cocktail afterwards

Registration is compulsory!

Please send an email to Herma Mulder at hmulder@agriprofocus.com, with your company profile and indicate who you would like to talk to.

Company profiles of participating countries can be found in the attachment.




Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 November 2015 at 03:31

Job Vacancy

Northern Coffee Cooperation Limited (NCCL) wishes to invite suitably qualified candidates to apply for the job position of Coffee Out-Growing Programme Extension Officer (COPE).

NCCL COPE Officer will report to the Agriculture Manager and the E&S Regional Manager, and act as main focal point in the implementation of NCCL Coffee Outgrowing Programme. His/Her main responsibilities will be:

a. Developing, reviewing & improving NCCL’s coffee GAP training schedule and training content in order to ensure organized divulgation of coffee production and good agricultural practices;

b. Ensuring that Olam’s policies in regards of social, environmental and health & safety aspects are well integrated to NCCL’s GAP and adequately communicated to the coffee out-growers;

c. Being the focal point between the company and the other external stakeholders involved in NCCL’s programme (direct and indirect parties);

d. Ensuring set up targets and objectives are achieved in an agreed timely manner

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 3 November 2015 at 02:15

Update on the outcome of the Horticulture Business Innovation Competition

We successfully hosted the presentation of the Horticulture Business Innovation Competition Pitches. We had 8 applications that were approved and went through to the round of pitches. 8 applications were invited to present their pitches. The applicants included financial institutions, cooperatives, NGOs and private sector companies.

They pitched their innovations to the judges who were; Justine Ngulube-PROFIT PLUS, Mukwemba Habeenzu- Agribusiness Incubation Trust Limited (AgBIT), Tonderayi Makumire- United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and Claire van der Kleij (Backup Judge, AgriProFocus Zambia Coordinator)

The results have been compiled and we are happy to announce our winners; Rodney Miselo from Ronipam, Martin Simuchembu a Horticulture and Poultry Out-grower and David Chisulo from Zelo Foods Limited. The winners will get a fully sponsored trip to Kigali, Rwanda to attend the Regional Horticulture Even

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Isaac Mando Congratulations to the innovations and innovators representing Zambia!!!

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MacMillan Chanda Congratulations zero foods for making it to Kigali. ...all the best I know your products will go a long way...and also to the rest of the Zambian folks that have made it...Good luck all

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 3 November 2015 at 08:52

Agri Pro Focus online Platform

The launch of the new online Platform is giving power to network members and making us closer to each other. 

Let's us all get typing an encourage more people to use it and to post and participate in discussions.


Posted By in Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture
Posted 30 October 2015 at 08:44

NEW: Conference Program 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'

25-27 Nov – Lemigo Hotel - Kigali - Rwanda

The conference will offer space for sharing of experiences and knowledge. Businesses, public institutions, universities, farmers organisations, CSOs, from the countries in the region have the opportunity to learn from each other and showcase their good practices. So join us!


The conference will be opened by a key note speech from Minister of Agriculture of Rwanda. We can also announce contributions from various respected authorities when it comes to horticulture: Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Tanzania Horticultural Assocation (TAHA), Private Sector Federation of Rwanda (PSF), National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), Nakumatt Holdings, TechforTrade Kenya, E-prod. solutions, AgriTech Kenya, Ronipam Zambia, BoPInc, Financial Access East Africa, Kahindo Pineapple processors.


We have developed interesting sessions, with amongst oth

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Nicole Metz Looking forward to meeting you all - many different horticultural companies, producers, specialists - in Kigali during this conference! As organising team, we are proud to have high-level representation at the opening event, and a wealth of expertise to be shared by great panelists and speakers from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Zambia, Uganda and from regional bodies and international organisations!

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Posted By in Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture
Posted 26 October 2015 at 10:44

REDUCED PRICE: Conference & Exhibition 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture' 

25-27 nov, Kigali, Rwanda

Due to some generous sponsorships from our organising partners, we can announce that conference tickets and exhibition booths will be offered at a reduced price! A 2-day conference ticket is now only $50 and an exhibition booth will be $150 for 3 days! Register now and meet useful (international) horticulture partners from East Africa and The Netherlands!

REGISTER TODAY and:

1. Get your products known in the region and find new (export markets) for your products/services

2. Get new (international) business partners in horticulture 

3. Join key international, regional and domestic agri-business players and decision makers in highly interactive discussions during the conference: speakers will share existing investment and regional trade opportunities in Horticulture!

More information:

- Conference

- Exhibition

- Registration 

Take this unique opportunity and register now!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 October 2015 at 02:39

Boost your brand by becoming an exhibitor at 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'! 


On the 25-27th of November, AgriProFocus will host a unique event to promote innovation and trade within the horticulture sector in Africa. One of the first exhibitors we can confirm is East-West Seed. 
Will you be next?


Exhibit at our event and:

1. Draw attention to useful and innovative services or products in the fruits and vegetables sector

2. Get your products known in the region and find new (export markets) for your products/services

3. Learn from other companies

4. Spread the innovations over the country borders

5. Get new business partners in horticulture

For more information, visit: //agriprofocus.com/horti-2015-exhibition

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 October 2015 at 06:01

BUSINESS INNOVATION COMPETITION

Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture
We are looking for innovators in Horticulture! Participate in the Business Innovation Challenge and win a sponsored trip to Rwanda to attend the Event: Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE:

AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing a Business Innovation Competition. The objective of the business innovation competition is to award key innovations in horticulture in the categories of productivity, market access, and access to finance, regional trade and social impact (gender/youth environmental aspects). During the challenge, each participant will be given 5 minutes to present his/her innovation to a panel of independent judges selected by the different AgriProFocus networks. The public will also have a chance to vote for their favorite innovation for the final competition in Kigali via the online platform by liking the specific innovation they vote for which will contribute 10% of the total vote.

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nov
27

Business Innovation Competition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  27 November 2015, All Day Event
  Rwanda, Kigali

BUSINESS INNOVATION COMPETITION

AgriProFocus Zambia is organising a Business Innovation Competition on 27th November, 2015. The objective of this competition is to award key innovations in horticulture under the categories of; productivity, market access, access to finance, regional trade and gender/youth inclusion.

3 winners will be chosen, who will also compete regionally with winners from other countries for the ultimate prize. During the regional event, the winners will be given an opportunity to pitch their innovative products and their business cases to expand their horticulture businesses into the regional market. The winners will also get media coverage in newspapers and TV. The DEADLINE for submission of applications is 16th October, 2015. The pitches will be in Lusaka on 27th October, 2015.

For more information please follow this link: Business Innovation Competition or contact- Claire van der Kleij: cvanderkleij@agriprofocus.com, call- +20967992179 or +211255174/5.



sep
26

Upscaling Tomato production and processing in Ihemi cluster

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  26 September 2015, 08:00-14:00
  Iringa, Tanzania

The SAGCOT Center Limited and AgriProFocus Tanzania are organising a half day tomato stakeholder’s meeting in Iringa Tanzania aimed at establishing a network of stakeholders and fast-track the tomato partnership initiatives to promote tomato production and marketing in the Ihemi cluster, particularly in Iringa and Njombe Regions.

Rationale of the meeting;

Tomato farming is one of the crucial value chains for the economies of most famers in Iringa and Njombe regions. During the year 2008 farming season, Tanzania produced 107,190 MT; 72% of which was produced in Iringa Region.(SIDO, 2009). Tanzania imports preserved tomatoes, sources and ketchups amounting to 1,500 MT per annum (the average for the years 2004 to 2008). There is growing investment interest in tomato production due to increased local market demand. The newly established tomato processing plant in Iringa region demands over 200 MT per day while supply is below 20 MT per day.. Both Iringa and Njombe regions have potential of p

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Posted By in Conference
Posted 18 September 2015 at 12:02

Conference "Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture"

Your participation and contribution is most welcome!

During the Regional Horticultural Exhibition in Rwanda, a two-day conference will take place (26-27 Nov), which will offer the space for sharing of experiences and knowledge. Businesses, public institutions, universities, farmers organisations, CSOs, from the countries in the region have the opportunity to learn from each other and showcase their good practice.

AgriProFocus members and facilitating staff in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, DRCongo, Uganda as well as in The Netherlands have provided their first ideas and suggestions for this conference already. Thanks kindly to everybody who has contributed so far! Together we have developed an interesting first version of the programme, with amongst others:

- an exciting panel session about the potential of regional trade in horticultural products;

- pitches by the winners from each country of the Business Innovation Competition;

- p

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Posted By in Exhibition
Posted 18 September 2015 at 12:01

Boost your brand by becoming an exhibitor at 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'! 


On the 25-27th of November, AgriProFocus will host a unique event to promote innovation and trade within the horticulture sector in Africa. One of the first exhibitors we can confirm is East-West Seed. 
Will you be next?


Exhibit at our event and:

1. Draw attention to useful and innovative services or products in the fruits and vegetables sector

2. Get your products known in the region and find new (export markets) for your products/services

3. Learn from other companies

4. Spread the innovations over the country borders

5. Get new business partners in horticulture

For more information, visit: //agriprofocus.com/horti-2015-exhibition

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 September 2015 at 03:02

Deadline Extended to 29th September 2015, 5:00PM
Call for Proposals - FSRE Fund
4th Matching Grant Facility

The Fund Managers of FSRE Fund announced today that the deadline to submit applications for the 4th Call for Proposal for FSRE Fund Matching Grant Facility is extended to 29th September 2015, 5:00PM

The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO-Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus.

Deadline: September 29, 2015; 5:00 PM

Full Call Advert, Application Guideline, Scoring Criteria, and Budget Format can be found at //agriprofocus.com/matching-grant-fund

The purpose of this call for proposal is to provide a fair and competitive opportunity for interested organizations, institutions and companies to submit proposals for Matching Grant funding for boosting food security and rural entrepreneurship in rural Ethiopia in the value chains listed below.

The Mat

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oct
22

Tanzania - HORTICULTURE BUSINESS INNOVATION COMPETITION

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  22 October 2015, All Day Event
  Dar es Salaam

WE ARE LOOKING FOR INNOVATORS IN HORTICULTURE: PARTICIPATE IN THE BUSINESS INNOVATION CHALLENGE AND WIN A SPONSORED TRIP TO RWANDA TO ATTEND THE REGIONAL HORTICULTURE EVENT

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SAGCOT Center Ltd Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) and TAHA Fresh are organizing a Business Innovation Competition for Tanzania on 20th October with an objective to award key innovations in horticulture in the categories of productivity, market access, access to finance, regional trade and gender/youth inclusion. Each participants will be given 5 minutes to present to a panel of independent judges.


THE WINNER OF THE INNOVATION CHALLENGE:

The best 3 pitches will be awarded a a fully sponsored trip to attend the event in Kigali covering transport and accommodation. The 3 winners will also compete regionally with winners from other countries for the ultimate prize. During the event, you will be given an opportunity to pitch your innovati

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nov
25

Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 November 2015 to 27 November 2015 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

Are you a company or organisation looking for new market opportunities and solutions in the Horticulture Sector in Africa? Then this is the event for you!

7 AgriProFocus Country networks (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, North- and South Kivu and Zambia) are organising a regional event to stimulate innovations and trade between the different regions, with an emphasis on Fruits and Vegetables.

This is the first event of its kind to create a regional market place where companies can do business, promote farmer entrepreneurship, collect new information and business solutions, and advocate for improved trade environment and relations in the region.

Take this unique opportunity and:

1. Exhibit and showcase innovative horticulture products and services to event visitors in an appropriate and effective environment.

2. Share information, exchange experiences and do matchmaking with interested clients. Each company will have a booth to do business and conclude business deals.

3. Join key inte

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nov
10

Rwanda - Horticulture Business Innovation Competition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  10 November 2015, 09:00-14:00
  Kigali

BUSINESS INNOVATION COMPETITION- 10th November 2015

We are looking for innovators in Horticulture! Participate in the Business Innovation Challenge and win a sponsored participation to attend the Event: Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

AgriProFocus Rwanda will organise a Business Innovation Competition on 10th November, whose objective is to award key innovations in horticulture in the categories of productivity, market access, access to finance, regional trade and gender/youth inclusion. Each participant will be given 5 minutes to present his/her innovation to a panel of independent judges.

THE WINNER OF THE INNOVATION CHALLENGE:

The best 3 pitches will be awarded a sponsored participation to attend the event in Kigali covering transport and accommodation. The 3 winners will also compete regionally with winners from other countries for the ultimate prize. During the event, you will be given an opportunity to pitch your innovative product and your business ca

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 September 2015 at 12:19

Amhara Regional State Investment Guide by the Netherlands Embassy

If you are planning to invest in Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia, this investment guide will pave the way for you. It will give you detail information about the investment climate and available incentives in the Amhara region on different sectors, including horticulture and dairy. Please find it below:

Investment Guide - Amhara


You can also find the recently released Oromia Investment Guide through this link: //agriprofocus.com/post/55ef3491a93f253a8ed4a671