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. ICCO’s portfolio in Ethiopia is managed by its Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda. The Regional Office for Central and Eastern Africa is contractually responsible for the implementation of this fund. (More on FSRE Fund: www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund)
[Full Call Advert, Application Guideline, Budget Format, and Scoring Criteria can be found here: //agriprofocus.com/matching-grant-fund]
Last Friday, the Fund Mangers announced the fifth round Call for Proposal on the Matching Grant Facility
The purpose of this call for proposal is to provide a fair and competitive opportunity for interested organizations, institutions and companies to submi... Read more
RECRUTEMENT D'UN DIRECTEUR DE PROGRAMME ICCO-MASTERCARD FOUNDATION
l'ONG ICCO Coopération est à la recherche de candidat qualifié pour le poste de "Directeur du Programme pour son programme ICCO-Fondation Mastercard.
Le programme a pour objectif d'améliorer l'accès au financement pour les producteurs et développer les chaines de valeurs dans 4 pays( Sénegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopie et Rwanda) pour une période de 5ans.
La date limite de dépot des candidatures est fixé au 6 novembre 2015
Pour plus d'infos, telecharger l'appel à candidature ci dessous
Programme Director “Energizing Smallholder Farmers”
The ICCO, international development cooperation (www.icco-cooperation.org) working in 44 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and operating from 7 regional offices and 15 national offices is currently accepting expressions of interest from qualified candidates for a potential Programme Director’s position on a ICCO-MasterCard Foundation program which increases access to finance and Value Chain Development for smallholder farmers. The Programme Director will be responsible for the implementation of the ICCO MasterCard Foundation programme in 4 countries (Burkina Faso, Senegal, Rwanda and Ethiopia and this is a 5 year program.
For more information read the attached Terms of References
Dans le cadre des activités de la Communauté d’Innovation « Accès à la commercialisation », dont ICCO est chef de file, AgriProFocus – Mali en collaboration avec le Centre International pour le Développement des Engrais (IFDC) a organisé, le 10 septembre à l’Auberge Titi de Fana, un atelier de facilitation de la commercialisation du sésame entre les acteurs de la chaîne de valeur. Facilité par le Groupe pour le Développement du Business Agricole (GDB-AGRI), l’atelier avait pour objectif de promouvoir des ententes sous forme contractuelle entre les acteurs de la chaîne de valeur pour la campagne 2015/2016. Il a regroupé 14 organisations paysannes et 2 exportateurs (PROSEMA, MANE AGRO), soit au total 30 participants.
Les temps forts de la rencontre :
- la présentation des exigences du marché international sur la qualité du sésame : présence de matières étrangères (1%) , taux d’acidité (1,5%), teneur en huile (5... Read more
August 23, 2015
ICCO Cooperation, which manages the FSRE Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, announced on Friday the top 20 shortlisted Concept Notes for the 4th Call for Proposal of FSRE Fund, Innovation Grant Facility.
July 10 was the closing date, and 95 Concept Notes were submitted for the Fund Managers. Out of these Concept Notes 16 of them were automatically disqualified by reasons of not submitting on time (deadline), not keeping the page limit rule, not following the Concept Note format as outlined on the Application Guideline, and failing to provide own contribution.
The 79 Concept Notes have been assessed by independent bodies based on detailed scoring criteria which can be found HERE. Finally the top 20 Concept Notes are shortlisted to submit their Full Proposals until September 7, 2015, 5:00PM.
This 4th Call focuses on four specific value chains, and horticulture seems to take the larg... Read more
Regional Advisor for Lobby and Advocacy, ICCO Cooperation
As ICCO Cooperation ventures in to t... Read more
Dans le cadre de la promotion du secteur agricole au Sud-Kivu, les Banques ainsi que les institutions de micro Finance sont déterminées à octroyer aux agriculteurs le crédit agricole. Au cours des deux dernières émissions organisées par AgriProFocus en collaboration avec son partenaire IFDC, les responsables des certaines Banque et IMF ont réaffirmé leur ferme volonté d’octroyer les crédits agricoles aux agriculteurs en général et surtout aux jeunes afin de les stimuler à intégrer le secteur agricole.
Cette même détermination a été réaffirmée au cours de la Foire Financière et Agricole organisée par le réseau AgriProFocus en collaboration avec ses partenaires qui sont ICCO COOPERATION, IFDC, OXFAM NOVIB, CORDAID, ZOA et AGRITERRA à la Paroisse Catholique Saint PIE X de Murhesa dans le territoire de Kabare dans la Province du Sud-Kivu en RD Congo du 30 Juillet au 1er Aout 2015.
- Au cours de cette Foire Financière et Agricole qui avait comme objectif de conne... Read more
What is Corporate Social Responsibility? “It is about giving back!” says Dr. Angeline Nguedjeu, who is leading the training being given here at Debre Zeit for FSRE Fund recipient private organizations who are in the agribusiness sector.
The training is on how to do business without harming communities. Communities refer to the people and the environment around your business. It starts from how you take care your employees to the people who live around your business area, and extends to the whole population to.
Dr. Angeline Nguedjeu, based in Kampala, is the Regional Advisor for lobby and Advocacy for ICCO Cooperation who manages the FSRE Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus. The participants have the pleasure of having Mr. David Kamukama, Regional Business and Economic Development Advisor for ICCO Cooperation.
The sixteen participants who are receiving this t... Read more
Le siège social de PwC à Amsterdam a accueilli 100 participants du monde des affaires, de la société civile et du gouvernement. Le thème de la conférence sur les droits de l'homme et des affaires était «Vers l'impact social». Avec plusieurs orateurs et différentes sessions pour échanger des connaissances et des expériences.
Les femmes devraient être égales aux hommes. Pour y arriver, les femmes devraient être habilitées dans tous les secteurs du commerce. Ce fut le message de Selima Ahmads, conférencier principal lors de la conférence. Elle est venue du Bangladesh pour partager ses pensées et ses expériences en tant que femmes d'affaires et activiste.
Ahmad: «Opportunités se présentent toujours selon le procédé de votre vie. Dans ma vie, cela signifiait que je ne pouvais pas devenir un journaliste ou un artiste, mais je dû prendre ma chance de devenir un entrepreneu... Read more
Speaking during the launch recently, David Kamukama, the ICCO representative, explained that the challenge’s main focus was to improve and boost smallholder farming in Uganda through agri-tools and technology.
“We are looking for innovative and scalable agri-businesses that can substantially improve the profitability of smallholder farmers in Uganda,” said Kamukama.
Kamukama further explained that the different business models need to make use of technically-validated tools or technologies; be in their first three years of existence; operate within the local or regional market; and, put the social purpose of the business at the same level as profit gains.
Up to 10 entrepreneurs will be supported to develop their business concepts... Read more
Easy access and sharing of practical information on food and nutrition security in developing countries – that’s the purpose of the Food and Nutrition Security Portal within Akvopedia, which was launched recently. The portal is an initiative of ICCO Cooperation, one of our network members, and Akvo and can be found at http://akvopedia.org/wiki/Food_%26_Nutrition_Security_Portal
The portal is aimed at practitioners and decision-makers from local and international development organizations, government agencies, cooperatives and companies. It gives them access to practical information on all aspects of food security and healthy food, and at the same time provides a forum to share experiences. The portal is to improve the exchange of information, knowledge and practical examples, to contribute to mutual learning and innovation.
The information is grouped into four themes: the right to food, availability of food, access to food and... Read more
Are you interested in applying for an ASDF grant? Do you want to understand better the different requirement to apply for an ASIF grant (100,000 Euros) or for a CBIF grant (10,000 Euros)? Do you want to understand what the selection committee looks for in your application? Do you want some advice to better your application?
ICCO Cooperation wishes to invite you to:
COME & MEET (former) ASDF SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO BE ADVISED ON HOW TO BETTER PREPARE YOUR PROPOSAL
May 8th 2015
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Agri-Sector Development Facility (ASDF) is a flexible funding mechanism to boost innovation in the agricultural sector of Rwanda funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kigali. It aims to facilitate the introduction and application of new and innovative practices, partnerships and business models of Rwandan farmers, producer organizations, agri-business and their partners in value chains related to food security.
Please confirm your attendance by w... Read more
Linking ZOA to active farmers around Kampala
Under the ICCO AS4Y project, ZOA started development of a range of training videos.
These videos will be used at Vocational Training Institutes and youth organizations to provide technical support on enterprise production and create inspiration to venture into agri business.
The videos will be availed in English and translated into West Nile languages. Access will be open to the wider stakeholder community after final acceptance. Enterprises of interest are;
2. Tree Nursery Management
3. Horticulture: Tomato
4. Goat Rearing
6. Poultry: Chicken
While most of the videos were shot in West Nile, ZOA is in need to redo the filming of some few shots for each of the above enterprises. They plan to film these shots closer to town. Consequently ZOA is in need to find 1 operational farmer in each of the above enterprises within a close distance to town who is willing to demonstrate his skills.
For those interested in this venture, kindly c... Read more
ICCO Cooperation is the Inter-church organization for development cooperation and was founded in 1964 in the Netherlands. ICCO’s mission is rooted in the Protestant-Christian tradition and its partners in different ecumenical networks at national and international levels. The Central and Eastern Africa (CEA) Regional Office is based in Kampala, Uganda and currently runs programs in eight countries including Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia. The Rwanda Country Office is based in Kigali and currently runs both national and districts specific programs through partners. It works in the following two thematic programs:
• Fair Economic Development (FED)
• Conflict Transformation and Democratization (CT&D)
ICCO Rwanda is seeking the services of a consultant to review the current Regional Strategic Plan for the Central and Eastern Africa Regional Office along with the Corporate Multi-Annual St... Read more
En Décembre 2014, ICCO Coopération et Terrafina Micro finance ont lancé un nouveau programme de Développement des chaines de Valeur et de financement des petits producteurs agricoles (MAVC). Ce programme est le fruit de partenariat avec l’Ambassade des Pays-Bas au Burundi.
Le programme Micro finance, Agri-finance et chaine de Valeur (MAVC), d’un montant de 13 million d’Euro vise à atteindre 150.000 ménages ruraux à travers l’accès à la Micro finance rurale ainsi que 16.000 petits agriculteurs à travers des connections améliorées aux marchés agricoles dans 5 chaines de valeurs (Banane,... Read more
Dutch breweries investing in Ethiopia
The Dutch news programme ‘Nieuwsuur’ of Saturday 31st January included an item on Dutch breweries’ investments in Ethiopia. (most text in Dutch, though some English and Amharic)"The project is exactly what the Dutch government wants: combining trade and aid” says one interviewee.
The programme shows the new Ethiopian breweries of Heineken and Bavaria. Ethiopia is a grow market for beer; the two companies have the ambition to contribute to a higher beer consumption per capita. Different stakeholders are interviewed: representatives of the two companies, a representative of ICCO, a representative of the Dutch Embassy (Mr Hans van de Heuvel). The Embassy expects the investments to contribute to food security, generating income for farmers.
In my opinion, the programme could have been more informative if it had addressed challenging issues such as whether barley production com
Agri-ProFocus Youth In Agribusiness Event, 2014
Agri-ProFocus in partnership with its member organisations SNV, YEDMA, YAA, Agro-Tourism Association, ICCO Cooperation, ZOA, YESE, YADEN, and FIN Africa organised a regional conferences that aimed at motivating youth into Agribusiness at Kati Kati, Lugogo
We would like to thank you, our members, for participating and contributing to this event. For those of you who would like to get updates about the Youth Innovation community and other ICs, kindly subscribe to the "Innovation Communities" on the left side of the Uganda Page.
The youth presentations from the event can be found here
Orone Moses was among the farmers that were visited during the Disaster Risk Reduction learning event hosted by COU-TEDDO and organized by Agri-ProFocus Food Security Innovation Community led by ICCO Cooperation. The main objectives of the event were to reflect on last year's ZOA event and to learn from COU-TEDDO on how it facilitates its farmers and farmer groups in reducing risks to natural disasters like rains, droughts, famine, energy and strong winds among others.
Moses and his wife Immaculate were visited at their small-scale farm where they partnered with COU-TEDDO to install the biogas system to generate energy for cooking and lighting their hut. They have used the residuals from biogas as fertilizers to grow vegetables for home consumption and a few for sale, in addition to harvesting highly yielded bananas. In fact, this has enabled them to build a permanent house that they plan to finish in the coming 6 months.The couple has managed to convince other partners like World Vision... Read more