Innovation

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:39

Meet Remy Rutayisire: A university student on a mission to build a livestock business empire

Jean Remy Rutayisire is quite different from most youths. Unlike the majority of young men and women who find agriculture unattractive, Rutayisire says that this is an industry that has fascinated him since his childhood.

Desperate to raise money to start up an agricultural project, the Chief Executive Officer of the Muhanga based Urugwiro Poultry Farm Ltd took up a part-time job in photography in 2015. Since he was a high school student by then, he was only able to work during holidays, earning a daily wage of Rwf2,000.

He used some for his pocket money at school and saved the rest. By December last year, he had saved up to Rwf200,000—inadequate to see him venture into a significant farming project.

He was looking for Rwf2 million. However, efforts to mobilise capital from friends and relatives were unsuccessful. With his meagre savings, he decided to start a small poultry farm. o his

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Aime Hagabimana it is a great achievement project as youth!!!! big it up...

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 17 October 2018 at 09:54

Stage méthodologique pour la conception de projets en appui à l’innovation en agriculture familiale

Pendant 14 semaines en Belgique (de septembre à décembre 2019)

Vous avez la possibilité de bénéficier d’une bourse ARES-CCD.

L'objectif est de développer des compétences individuelles afin de renforcer les institutions qui emploient ces acteurs du développement.

Information et candidature : https://www.eclosio.ong/stage-methodologique-pour-la-conception-de-projets-en-appui-a-linnovation-en-agriculture-familiale/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 October 2018 at 08:03

‘Women in Science, Business and Leadership for Development’   

Call for Papers: The 2nd Mekelle University International Conference

Globally, despite efforts, not only that women are disproportionately represented in science, business and leadership, but also that, currently, women sexual harassment are rampant in many industries in developing and developed countries. Women have low involvement in Science and Research. Women in power and decision making (both political and non-political) are very rare. The African, with special focus to Ethiopia, the situation gets worse. Hence, the status of women shows that there are plenty of gaps, which require systematic and strategic interventions. 

Themes of conference: 

*Institutional and political/transitional justice issues around promoting the involvement of women in science and development 

*Women in science and innovation: Challenges and opportunities 

*Women in business and leadership: Challenges and opportuniti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2018 at 03:25

Take care when upscaling innovations

(Credits: Resource, WUR, author: Roelof Kleis)

Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored. 

Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.

Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th

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Richard Kanyarukiga Appraisals for sustainability (socio-economic, environmental & political) should be central to any plan.. Question is linking policy decisions to evidence based appraisals.

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sep
01

Arusha Sparks - Register Now!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  01 September 2018, 14:00-17:30
  Obuntu Hub, Arusha

Obuntu Hub in partnership with Sahara Sparks is excited to present Arusha Sparks 2018 for all those passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship in Northern Tanzania (Arusha, Moshi, Tanga...).

REGISTER NOW:

- Startups register to pitch: https://goo.gl/forms/7yIEYQcNyHEm854D3

- Attendeees registration: https://goo.gl/forms/PQ11QKgy6Vp3BlHT2

The event will focus on a pitching competition, exchange of ideas and networking. The Top 5 startups from the pitching competition will all get prizes with the Top 2 getting fully funded tickets to Sahara Sparks 2018 + AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2018 in Dar es Salaam.

Time: 2:00pm - 5:30pm, 1st September 2018

Location: Obuntu Hub, 6th Floor, Mega Complex (close to Stendi Kuu), Arusha

Obuntu Hub is a youth innovation hub in Arusha, Tanzania. Our aim is to empower young entrepreneurs by providing co-working space, practical skills development and a supportive community.



oct
11

Partos Innovation Festival 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 October 2018, All Day Event
  Amsterdam

On October 11th 2018 we celebrate innovation in international development together, focusing on ‘A future we want’! Partos & The Spindle organise the annual innovation festival for the fifth time already to highlight innovative ideas in the field of development cooperation. A day full of inspiration, learning by doing and networking. A festival to obtain new skills and insights, with various international participants, speakers and inspiring sessions. Join us at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam!

More information and tickets you find HERE.



Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 14 August 2018 at 07:30

Go Kenya! Kenyan Startups Dominate List Of Finalists In The Latest Edition Of Zambezi Prestigious Award

In a feat which has all the makings of an unprecedented coup, four Kenyan startups have been named in the final ten of the 2018 edition of the prestigious Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion.

The competition is committed to recognizing and unearthing some of the most promising and innovative early-stage startups that are making significant strides in the area of promoting and advancing financial inclusion on the continent.

Four (4!) Kenyan startups are looking to dominate proceedings. They are Apollo Agriculture, Bidhaa Sasa, FarmDrive, and Tulaa. All four start-up providing services to rural areas. The rest of the top ten is made up of South Africa’s LanteOTC and Wala, Ghana’s Farmerline and OZE, and the duo of RecyclePoints and MaTontine from Nigeria and Senegal respectively. 

Read more HERE and also learn about the South African and West African startups that as well made the list.

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 9 August 2018 at 07:11

Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Government of Rwanda and the African Union, are co-organizing a regional conference on “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship” on 20 and 21 August 2018. 

Follow this link for more information.

The conference will focus on the three major cross-cutting themes related to youth issues:

Youth and Entrepreneurship focusing on youth entrepreneurship, particularly how to develop and sustain youth-led, or youth-focused, business products and services geared towards agriculture and ICTs.

Digital Innovation focusing on innovative solutions to support digital innovation and modern production technologies in agriculture, youth-focused networking and engagement around entrepreneurship, innovation and agr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 6 August 2018 at 10:06

CALL FOR RUFORUM YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS APPLICATIONS

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a network of 85 Universities in 35 African countries is pleased to announce the 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The 2018 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) whose overall purpose is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas among African youth. RUYAEC invites young (<35 years) African entrepreneurs and incubates to compete for 20 awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. Download the Call [English] [French] , and Application Form [English] [French]

Deadline for submissions is 31st August, 2018.

More information can be found HERE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 05:28

‘Waste food could feed 48m people’

ESTHER MSETEKA, Lusaka, July 10, 2018
THE Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says crops which go to waste due to poor storage facilities could feed about 48 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Post-harvest loss refers to a reduction in the quality and quantity of food such as cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and milk, between the farm and the point-of-sale before consumption.
According to FAO estimates issued in a statement on Friday, post-harvest losses is expected to reach up to 20 percent for cereals, 30 percent for dairy and fish while fruit and vegetables, it will be around 40 percent READ MORE

https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/waste-food-could-feed-48m-people/

Wow! This is interesting! An opportunity for Agripreneurs.

Perhaps there is also need as a country to undertake an inventory of the innovations that have been developed to mitigate Post Harvest Losses and there after Improve on the existing Innovations and commercializing them.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 17 July 2018 at 08:08

Youth to benefit from national agriculture show:

Several youth are to benefit from source of the Nile national agriculture show which is to be officially launched today by President Museveni in Jinja District, minister Vincent Bamulangaki has said. This is the 26th show to be hosted in Uganda.


The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja said yesterday that government’s mission is to transform agriculture from being pre-dominantly subsistence to commercial for food security, increased household incomes and promoting exports.


‘’We recognize the need to empower sector players especially the youth with Knowledge of opportunities along the value chain, including value addition and marketing from which one can earn income without going to the farm because most of the young people in Uganda are unemployed. So we are sure that they will learn a lot from this show,’’ he said.


He further noted that since 80 percent of the households are engaged in agriculture, there are

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:39

Young innovators develop solar-powered technology to manage farming remotely

Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators.

The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil moisture, nutrient needs and water needed to foster crop growth.

It is in line with a project of Precise Agriculture (PA), a modern farming management model using digital techniques to monitor and optimise agricultural production processes that the innovators, members of the Kicukiro District-based STES Group, a company which was founded by technical innovators and researchers, have undertaken. Read more

jun
27

Taking Business to the next level

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  27 June 2018, 14:00-17:00
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At Imuka Ventures, we offer business support and acceleration services to innovative, ambitious and community-minded entrepreneurs who want to speed up their business growth.

We are excited to invite you to attend our upcoming information session on the Imuka Accelerator Program and how to apply, to be held on:

DATE: Wednesday, June 27th

TIME: 2pm-5pm

LOCATION: School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-engineering Sciences Conference Hall, Makerere University

THEME: HOW TO TAKE YOUR BUSINESS TO THE NEXT LEVEL!

Featuring a Q & A with:

Emmanuel Emmodek - ChapChap Africa

Florence Okot - Yellow Star Agroprocessors

Stephen Kaganda - Aquadines Bureau

Amos Nyanga - Skyfoods and Beverages

If you are ready to make the next step and scale up your business, we are excited to see how we can collaborate.

Please sign up by registering for a ticket here.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you soon!




Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 7 June 2018 at 06:29

Best farmers visit World Horticulture Centre:

The best farmers from Uganda visited the World Horticulture Centre in Netherlands; where they learnt about the research and innovation that makes the Dutch the second biggest exporters of fruit and vegetables.


World Horti Center is the leading innovation center of the international greenhouse horticulture sector. A platform where business, education and government jointly innovate, connect, create and inspire. The center is visited annually by some 25,000 international professionals; among whom were Uganda’s best farmers.


The best farmers learned that the greenhouse with its 6,400 m2 research departments, has been built with state-of-the-art applications. Rainwater is used to grow the crops in the research departments. Climate-controlled windows provide natural ventilation and, in combination with horizontal screens, the indoor climate can be optimised. The four kilometre deep geothermal source Trias Westland at the nearby Lange Broekweg will

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 21 May 2018 at 06:37

NEW FARA REPORT: INNOVATION OPPORTUNITIES IN ORGANIC PINEAPPLE PRODUCTION IN UGANDA:

ABSTRACT

Pineapple is an important horticultural crop grown in many tropical countries as a major source of income. It is also consumed as fresh and dried fruit and has been found to have high nutritional and medicinal value. In Uganda, organic pineapple production is practised as part of organic agriculture (OA) systems that have been found to be particularly suitable for small-scale farmers. 

The purpose of this research was to conduct a rapid organic pineapple VCA toward identifying innovation opportunities to boost the organic pineapple production and marketing in Uganda. Uganda is leading in Africa with the largest organic area (240,197ha) and highest number of organic producers (190,552), courtesy of NOGAMU, which has been instrumental in organic farming certification in Uganda. Pineapples are produced exclusively as a small-holder crop, either as sole crop or inter-cropped with other crops such as ban

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Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 May 2018 at 12:51

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CITY REGION FOOD SYSTEMS

SWISS AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT AND COOPERATION is looking for innovations in city region food systems that can reach millions of people living in poverty.

Deadline: 11th June 2018

Who can apply

1. Any local or international institution or consortium with experience in the above-mentioned field

and able to demonstrate a capacity to develop and implement projects of similar volume and

complexity may participate.

2. Consortium of complementary institutions are allowed.

3. Applicants, which already receive a programme contribution from the SDC, through the

Institutional Partnership Division, will not be eligible for proposing a project. The conditions of the

federal department of foreign affairs regarding contributions are applicable.


CLICK ON DOCUMENT BELOW FOR FULL DETAILS 



Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 April 2018 at 10:55

Climate Smart Agriculture

The last half we worked together with the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) and the Netherlands Enterprise agency (RVO) on a scoping study  on innovations related to Climate Smart Agriculture. In principle with a focus on South Africa, however applicable to all countries who face  server challenges. The result is interesting for parties who want to use climate adaptation and mitigation technologies (such as drought resistant plant varieties, use of water efficient instruments, soil improvement, use of inputs, solare power for water production, early warning systems) in the primary agricultural area.

A report  can be downloaded via: http://bit.ly/2EA7fHx and and addendum was published after a succesful workshop held in January'18 after which also an addendum was published: https://bit.ly/2qiHqq9.   

In case you are interested in a little booklet with 25 innovations of Dutch businesses drop a short email to Mrs. K. van den B

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mar
28

Concours de l'innovation agroalimentaire du Bénin

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  28 March 2018 to 30 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Place des Marthyrs (Cotonou/Bénin)

Act for Development ONG organise du 28 au 30 Mars le «concours de l’innovation agroalimentaire», qui a vocation de reconnaitre les mérites des entreprises agroalimentaires du Bénin qui innovent.
Dans l’opérationnel, trois prix seront décernés à trois entreprises parmi celles qui exposeront leurs produits au salon de l’agroalimentaire.
Plus de précisions sur le lien: http://www.act-dev.org/article.php?id=26



may
08

10th global ICT4D Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  08 May 2018 to 10 May 2018 - All Day Event
  Lusaka Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC)

The 10th global ICT4D Conference brings together public, private and civil society organizations from across the humanitarian and international development community. Participants share how they are using innovations in information and communications technology to increase impact in addressing humanitarian and development challenges. This highly interactive and hands-on conference attracts a diverse audience of technical advisors, field-based program managers, executives, and others who offer a range of practical insights on applying technology to development challenges.

To find out more and register:

https://www.ict4dconference.org/



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 January 2018 at 10:02

Digital 4 development prize Belgium (new deadline feb 21)

French here: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/fr


Prize D4D is a biennial initiative in line with the policy priorities of the Belgian development cooperation to use digitisation and (new) technologies as a lever for development. The combination of both responsibilities, ' Development Cooperation ' and ' Digital Agenda ', in the portfolio or Minister Alexander De Croo offers a range of unique possibilities. One of these opportunities is the Prize D4D.

For more information, the entry rules and other documents, we refer to the Prize D4D website: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/en.

Closing of the call for applications: Wednesday February 21, 2018

The innovation fair and the award ceremony will take place at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in the autumn or 2018.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions regarding PrizeD4D.

Wim Goris The deadline for the Digital ' Prize for Development (D4D) ' is extended until Wednesday, February 21, 2018!

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Wim Goris Cher monsieur, Chère Madame,Maintenant que la date limite pour l'appel à propositions est passé, tous les projets présentés pour la catégorie ' iChoose ' (le prix du public) sont placés sur le site web. Tout le monde peut voter pour ses projets favorites jusqu ' à vendredi 11 mai 2018. Le but du Prix D4D est promouvoir la digitalisation the comme un levier pour le développement. La digitalisation n'est donc pas une fin and soi. Prière de vous assurer que votre choix pour le prix du public et directement au développement des initiatives envisage contributor spécifiquement durable.Voter est possible via le lien suivant: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/fr/ichooseCordialementDear,Now that the deadline for the Prize Digital for Development (D4D) has passed, we have posted all the entries for the category ' iChoose ' (public award) online. Everyone can now vote for his/her favourite submission (s) until Friday 11 May 2018. Prize D4D promotes digitisation as a lever for development. We would like to emphasize that digitisation is not considered as a goal in itself. While voting for your favourite submission, please take into account the extent to which the submission specifically and contributes directly to sustainable development.Voting is possible via the following link: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/en/ichooseBest regardsDiana Di NittoResponsible ' Price Digitization for Development 'Royal Museum for Central Africa/Musée royal de l'Afrique centraleLeuvensesteenweg 13B-3080 TervurenT + 32 (0) 2 7695734prized4d@africamuseum.be

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