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