Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 December 2012 at 08:40

Agri-Hub Ethiopia organized another Agri-Finance Fair in Hawassa last Saturday 8 December. The fair was held with the aim of linking farmers to financial institutions and to sensitize farmers about value addition.  This time, the fair was hosted by Hawassa University. 


About 460 farmers and professionals attended the fair, which is twice the amount of participation of the first finance fair in October.  They visited the 16 banks and MFIs who were exhibiting their financial products and attended the debate and learning sessions. One of the key issues raised during the debates and presentations was the limited possibilities for farming as a business within the current macro-economic climate.  The difficulty of getting finance was also a point of debate. One of the exhibitors, Sidama MFI, presented their plans to open a micro-bank department in the coming 3 years to serve the missing middle: loans between 5,000 and 50,000 dollar.

Overall, the fair was a success.  Farmers were able to get rel

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 October 2012 at 07:19


In Uganda ICCO is the lead for the food security thematic group of APF-Uganda-Hub. As the result, being with other members, we are in charge of facilitating linking and learning among FNS stakeholders. We organized the first learning event in August 2012. The key learning agenda was Methodologies, Approaches and Strategies that can be used to empower farmers in increasing market access while safeguarding food security and sustaining Natural Resources Management.

This learning agenda was identified by FNS stakeholders in 2011 followed by stakeholders mapping to identify partner with best experiences to be shared with others. Based on the conducted mapping exercise, ZOA was identified to have better experiences and hosted the event in one of her project areas, Pader district in Northern Uganda, Acholi sub-region.

Learning actions points identified during the workshop and fieldvisit include:

  1. multi-stage methodological and progressive dedicated work with farmer groups to building sustaina

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Bernard Conilh de Beyssac

Thanks!! Very good idea for the next learning theme. Here are some ideas that propose to not limit risk to production only:

The risk issues of farming are commonly classified as below

- Production Risks (farming is riskier if good choices are not made about seeds, better farming practices, water usage, diversification, storage, machinery and technology, etc.)

- Price/Marketing Risks (farming is riskier if there is not good understanding of markets and pricing, and if good marketing practices are not implemented)

- Financial/Credit Risks (farming is riskier without adequate business planning, financial management, credit and asset management)

- Human Risks (farming is riskier if there is not good personnel management, training of workers, safety practices on farm, health of key operators, etc.)

- Legal Risks (farming is riskier if there is not good understanding of or assistance with contracts and other legal matters)

- Policy Risks (farming is riskier if government policies don't help, or actually obstruct, farm success)


To these, I would add two categories that are worth special focus:

- Catastrophic Risks (farming is riskier if there is not some on-farm preparation or insurance or other risk-sharing for catastrophes of weather, pests, disease, etc.)

- Value-Chain Risks (farming is riskier if any actors on the value chain from input providers to markets beyond the immediate buyer are weak in any way.)

All of these are very relevant to food security... Agriculture and Food Security is a lot more than just farming and production.



6 years 3 months ago

Jjemba Wasswa Eddie

I would really like to have more knowledge on this please advise.


6 years 2 months ago

Bernard Conilh de Beyssac

Dear Eddie,

You can contact directly a specialist that actually works in South Sudan on this issues: Mr Steve Hodges (stevehodges2011@gmail.com). He can tell you more about it in theory and in practice.


We will be working on this as well soon.

6 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 27 August 2011 at 12:43


(CONNECT 4 CHANGE consotiun consists of: ICCO,Edukans,Cordaid, AKVO and IICD)

The highly motivated C4C round table workshop went on very well at Courtyard Hotel in Lusaka. A 2 day workshop brought together various stakeholders from, and supporters of the economic development sector in Zambia.It was was organised and facilitated by IICD, OPPAZ and Agri-ProFocus Zambia. 

The workshop was well attended by key personel from various institutions who participated and contributed very well to the workshop. Selected institutions presented their experiences on crucial issues linked to " improving the flow of information, and the system of communication,among value chain actors and suppoters" while the rest joined in to discuss key issues either in smaller groups or general platform. the atmosphere of the workshop was very enthusiastic.

The workshop explored various challenges facing the Organic Producers and Processors Association Zambia(OPPAZ)during their implementation of various progr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 October 2010 at 12:59

Dear all,

With near to 50 participants we experienced a very dynamic and fruitful network day. The network day has given the opportunity to establish and strengthen bilateral contacts as well as indentify new inroads into collective activities. 

You can download the full report here.

Find other network day materials here

In summary the agenda for the near future (and moving into 2011 and beyond) looks as follows:

Ongoing activities

Access to finance

  • A reference group has been established
  • A terms of reference will be developed around 4 focal strands presented (business economic capacity of producers producer organisations; knowledge on agri-financing in financial institutions; financial product design; risk mitigating instruments)
  • Relevant stakeholders are to be identified to link up
  • The previous work (study report and outcomes of the VCF validation event) will be used to develop a joint agenda
  • ICCO and SNV to lead
Action Learning on agri-business facilitation
  • Participating organisations are improving their understanding and practice
  • Currently 15+ cases operational in various sub-se

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Fred McOloo This is great. It was unfortunate that i could not make it to the event. Looking forward to participate in both on-going and future activities.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 October 2010 at 12:13

ICCO and ZOA are inviting interested organizations to join us in a thematic discussion on "food security in post-conflict areas in Uganda" as we come across a number of unique challenges and issues that apply to Northern Uganda as people move back from the camps to their original homesteads.

Topics we would like to discuss include:

- Empowerment of households to access and utilize food security in a sustainable way. Empowerment includes addressing psycho-social issues such as gender based violence and land related conflicts;

- Supporting farmers in the shift from subsistence towards more commercially oriented production in an environment with limited infrastructure and services; and

- Integrating "Disaster Risk Reduction"/"Adaptation to climate change" in promoting food security interventions.

A thematic website related to food security has been created and can be accessed from http://apf-uganda.ning.com/page/food-security.

For more information, contact:

Wilma Rozinga, ICCO, Wilma.Roz

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Mr. Martin Odoch Dear Astrid, the faculty of Agriculture and Environment on behalf of Gulu University will be interested in the thematic discussion especially under topic 2 and 3. Rgds Martin

8 years 3 months ago

Justine Mwanje Northern Uganda is a post-conflict region. Such a situation has both challenges and opportunities, which should be carefully identified. We need to consider the past and present, and look to the future with a positive attitude. Although development in the region is a concern for many, it is largely the responsibility of the people therein. It involves putting in place meticulous and integrated plans, which respond to the needs and perceptions of the people, right from the grassroots. Integrating DRR/adaptation to climate change into plans and programmes is of paramount importance. Specifically, this could be done as follows: 1. Sensitization on climate change and its impacts. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), “climate change is the defining human development issue of our generation”. 2. Climate change and the MDGs: The MDGs are both a challenge and an opportunity. The effect of climate change on the MDG promise, and how MDG7 is particularly important. 3. Community-based Adaptation (CBA) as a framework for integrating adaptation to climate change into plans and programmes for development. These three points will contribute to putting the region on the road to sustainable development, and ensure that the fruits thereof are enjoyed by all the people.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 June 2009 at 11:00

Dear all,
Herewith I am sharing my notes of a discussion between Cordaid, ICCO, ILEIA and ProFound. The action points are:
1. bring this discussion to the ning (done!)
2. APF to check with Agriterra and SNV on their interest in bringing a case.
3. ICCO and ILEIA to meet on the consortium case with the baseline survey.
4. Cordaid RR to consult their staff and partners in Ethiopia on their interest in bringing the livestock marketing case for learning purposes.
5. APF/Cordaid RR to discuss scope for joint support on pastoralism/livestock.
6. ILEIA/APF to check with DGIS/RNE Addis on their interest in bringing in a case on productive safety nets & challenges of graduation.

Especially Agriterra and SNV indicated their interest and are requested to contribute thru this ning.


Frank van Schoubroeck Farming for Food Building on Wim’s notes, here are some further ideas on how to proceed on a Farming for Food learning trajectory in Ethiopia; this is thinking in progress! What we propose We suggest that case studies be conducted that address the link between farming, food security in a number of different settings (at least three cases). How does farming, which can be for market and/or self consumption, contribute to achieving food security: a) within participating households; b) within the communities to which participating households belong; c) linking local practice and local / national policy. What are the major constraints and opportunities in the different cases? What are the ‘hot issues’ in relation to sustainable food production and food security, and how can they be tackled? In addition we will be looking, more broadly at other experiences in promoting sustainable food production and food security. Possible cases During our meeting on 18th May two possible settings were identified wherein such studies could be conducted: - ICCO case: six partner organisations have a history in working with grain banks and now form food security consortium. Strategies of these farmers is to enhance local market access. - Cordaid case: Reinforce resilience of pastoralist communities through improvement of animal health, livestock marketing, income diversification and savings & credit groups We suggest that at least two additional cases be studied as well: - A mixed farming situation where small-scale farmers have a diversified strategy producing for markets and local consumption. ILEIA. - Productive safety nets case. RNE? - Possibly a Payment for Ecosystems Services case study. ? POs / Opportunities for scaling-up - if cases are “hot” for farmers, Producers Organisations can play a constructive role in scaling-up - Do the farming target groups of the food security programme need support in forming POs? Or form particular sub-groups in existing POs? - What are the institutional conditions POs need to advocate for so that large groups of farmers can benefit for productive opportunities? Process We propose to have one preparatory meeting with concerned case study implementers where we agree on a common time frame and key aspects of methodology to be followed. This could possibly be part of the Stakeholder meeting scheduled for August. The idea is that once we have agreed on a common broad framework, all organisations involved will conduct their own case studies. Case study results will be presented and discussed in a ‘lessons learned’ workshop. In-between there will be an exchange of experiences and findings though ning or other forms of e-communication. We propose that for each case, institutional conditions (“policy chains”) for scaling-up are mapped. These can feed into the advocacy agenda of NGOs and POs. Aim of the lessons learned workshop, and of the entire process, should be to draw lessons on the potentials and constraints vis-à-vis achieving food security in different contexts – commonalities, differences, scope for cross-learning. But we also aim to identify the potential for future action, networking, upscaling of good practices etc. Value addition By agreeing on a common focus, approach and time frame for the studies we create an opportunity for cross-learning and sharing between the different cases. At the same time there is flexibility for each participating organisation to zoom in on specific issues and take into account specific contextual factors of their case. ILEIA would be glad to play an active role in designing the methodology, and in facilitating the workshops and the cross-learning process, besides implementing a case study. Comments are welcome! Edith van Walsum and Frank van Schoubroeck, ILEIA

9 years 7 months ago