FOLLOWING UP ON THE HORTICULTURE CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION
One week after the successful Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda. The newspapers and some online media have published about it, in the meantime. See picture and this hyperlink
AgriProFocus teams in Rwanda and the Netherlands are now producing a report for participants and the broader audience. To be shared as soon as possible!
In the past few weeks, AgriProFocus Zambia has had various meetings with Finance, Dairy and Horticulture stakeholders in which we asked for feedback on the Finance Fairs and Market Studies currently being conducted. We have compiled these discussions into reports and minutes and are happy to share these with you.
The Lusaka and Choma Network Days evaluated the Chipata and Choma Finance Fairs and brought together exhibitors and stakeholders that participated or had an interest in the Fairs. At these meetings, we also planned activities for next year. The Chipata Network Day Evaluation meeting was postponed to early next year. Please see the reports of these meetings HERE.
In partnership with our members SNV, DAZ and Agrittera we have conducted an Artificial Insemination Validation Business Model Assessment and initial findings as well as a summary of discussions can be found HERE and please find the presentation attached.
In p... Read more
You’ll be surprised to learn that potatoes planted in sacks produce three times more than potatoes planted on bare land, in the traditional way.
This highly effective Israeli-pioneered farming method is working wonders in Zimbabwe, where it is creating a huge opportunity for many agro entrepreneurs.
For more details please click here
It's been a wonderful networking and business experience in Kigali- Rwanda between 25 - 27 November 2015. East Africa Fruits Co Ltd attended as exhibitor and one of the participants in Business Innovation Competition. Our outstanding focus on post-harvest waste received a number of traction and business synergies that can help us scale our current operations. We thank Agriprofocus for counting on us and we hope to participate in other resourceful events.
Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture
Pitch Presentation at 2.55pm today at the conference hall.
Innovation Solution: Re-use of Plastic (PET) Bottles for Cold Rooms (Eco-Cold Storage)
EcoLife foods has established a low cost insulation technology for cold storage facilities by recycling plastic waste bottles. The plastic (PET) bottles are collected from all the hotels, restaurant and collection centres in the suburbs of Kampala. These are cleaned, closed and re-used as source material for insulation in the cavity wall for Eco-cold storage® facilities.
Insulation is very important in cold rooms in achieving energy efficiency and maintaining temperature conditions which can extend the shelf-life of the perishable fruits and vegetables. The facility helps to curb the rate of high post-harvest loses faced in the horticulture and therefore farmers can have more stable prices/income.
You are all invited for the pitch presentation and Promote innovation idea by pressing the thumb (like)... Read more
Shoprite general manager, Charles Bota, said while local farmers have increased vegetable supplies, the production of fruits is still a challenge in Zambia. Mr. Bota said as a result of lack of fruit supplies, the retail giant still stocks imported apples, grapes and strawberries.
Mr Bota said, although sourcing from Zambian suppliers remains a challenge because the climate and soil in the country do not favour cultivation of fruits such as apples, strawberries and grapes, some local farmers are using modern technology to commercialise production.Click here to find the full story.
We have organised a business innovation competition around horticulture in 6 different countries. 3 winners per country will travel to our event 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture' to be held in Kigali, Rwanda next week (25-27 Nov). They will pitch their innovations during the conference for an expert jury. The expert jury will select 3 overall winners.
The innovation with the most likes will win a special prize next week during our event!
Here is the list with innovations and the link to their innovation. You can vote for your favourite innovation by pressing the like-button (the thumb) beneath the innovation itself.
4. East Afr... Read more
Once again we are hosting a Meat Processing workshop in lusaka . This is a full day course which starts at 09:00 to 15:00hours and the fees are k200 only. WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
1. Meat cuts 2. Making vienas 3. Making polonies 4. Making sausages
For more details you can contact 0977848320,email@example.com
AgriProFocus Zambia is involved in generating market intelligence through undertaking studies in agriculture. One of these studies includes the “Investment Opportunities in the Horticulture Sector”.
This study aims at mapping and quantifying the investment opportunities in the horticulture sector and associated market channels. This will be in terms of potential for; scalability, viability, smallholder farmer participation, private sector investment and social impact agency participation for job creation and increased incomes.
It is in this context, that AgriProFocus in collaboration with the AgriBusiness Incubation Trust (AgBIT) and SNV would like to invite members to this meeting to share and validate the findings on 19th November, 2015 from 14 – 17hrs. To be part of this meeting, kindly email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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 email@example.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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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!
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
We have developed interesting sessions, with amongst oth... Read more
25-27 nov, Kigali, Rwanda
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:Read more
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
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.... Read more