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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2017 at 01:37

SoilCares-interview: Professor Johan Bouma aan het woord

SoilCares sprak met professor Johan Bouma, een gepensioneerde Nederlandse bodemwetenschapper die onder andere werkte bij de Wageningen University en het Research Center. Hij vertelt ons meer over het belang van de bodem bij het creëren van een duurzame wereld en hij laat ons zien waarom hij denkt dat SoilCares-technologie waarde toevoegt aan de landbouw. 

Professor Bouma, kunt u wat meer vertellen over het belang van de bodem bij het creëren van een duurzamere wereld?  

Johan Bouma: "Het concept van een duurzame wereld werd in 1987 voor het eerst in het Brundtland-rapport geformuleerd. Dit werd in september 2015 door de VN geconcretiseerd in 17 duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen (SDG's). Ik ben van mening dat dit een heel belangrijk moment was. Voor het eerst werd duurzaamheid vertaald in 17 concrete doelen die elk aspect van het leven bestrijken. De bodem speelt hierbij een hele belangrijke rol. Denk bijvoorbeeld aan voe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2017 at 12:37

Interview with Soil Scientist Johan Bouma

SoilCares interviewed professor Johan Bouma, a renowned soil scientist, about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world and how SoilCares can contribute to it.

SoilCares talks about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world with retired Professor Johan Bouma, a Dutch soil scientists with vast experience working for Wageningen University and Research Centre. He shares his views on soil’s role in attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how SoilCares can relate to this and contribute to making the world more sustainable.

Professor Bouma, can you elaborate on the importance of soil in creating a more sustainable world?

Johan Bouma: "The concept of a sustainable world was first articulated in 1987 in the Brundtland Report. Nobody is against a sustainable world, of course, but in the past it was difficult to make it clear what a sustainable world really would entail and how to make it operational. I think the acceptance

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice interview! Interesting read for your soil community in Ethiopia Meskerem Niesette RitmeesterSarah Assefa or Gizaw Legesse

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 25 August 2017 at 01:15

INTERVIEW DU MOIS

Chers membres ,partenaires et visiteurs de la plateforme en ligne,ensemble allons à la rencontre du Coordinateur National du réseau GYIN-Mali

Qui est Dramane Tounkara?

"Je suis un Jeune Entrepreneur Social soucieux et  engagé pour la promotion de l’autonomisation des jeunes (hommes & femmes) surtout ceux en milieu rural de mon pays, le Mali, par l’entrepreneuriat dans les secteurs porteurs notamment l’Agrobusiness et les autres activités connexes.

Je représente le Réseau Mondial des Jeunes Innovateurs (GYIN) en qualité de Facilitateur/Coordinateur pays au Mali depuis quelques années."

- Présentez-nous GYIN

"Le Réseau Mondial des Jeunes Innovateurs (GYIN) est un réseau intégralement d’inspiration jeune et dirigé par des jeunes pour des jeunes entrepreneurs et micro-entreprises qui se sont engagés à agir comme des combattants de la faim, des agents de changement, des innovateurs motivés par la passion de voir des transformations et c

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Mr Dramane, notre Cher Coordinateur National du Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN-Mali)

3 months 3 weeks ago

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Dramane , tout le plaisir est pour nous , de collaborer avec un réseau aussi dynamique que  GYIN MALI . Félicitation pour cette belle initiative du FOJEP ! On est ensemble

3 months 3 weeks ago

Dramane TOUNKARA Oui exactement! Merci pour tous les conseils et orientations à toute l'équipe d'AgriProFocus Mali!

3 months 2 weeks ago

Maiga Abdourahamane mohame Bonjour. Je peux avoir le contact de M Tounkara? Merci

3 months 2 weeks ago

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Maiga, vous pouvez joindre Tounkara par émail sur dtounkara@gyin.org. Merci 

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 24 January 2017 at 04:40

INTERVIEW DU MOIS DE JANVIER 2017


1- Présentez-vous à nos membres ? (Votre parcours et les différents projets que vous avez eu à piloter)

Je m’appelle Mouroucoro Niaré. Ingénieur des Eaux et Forêt de formation de base avec une spécialisation en pêche et pisciculture continentales, je suis tit ulaire d’une maîtrise en administration des affaires- MBA- de l’Ecole des Sciences de Gestion de l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

Mon expérience de gestion de projet a commencé il y a plus de vingt ans. En effet, dans le cadre de la coopération multi – latérale, j’ai dirigé en tant que directeur national le projet MLI/PNUD/UNESCO de gestion des ressources de la biodiversité de la Boucle du Baoulé. Le défi à relever pour ce projet était d’assurer une implication des populations riveraines en leur assurant des retombées socio – économiques tout en préservant le capital génétique.

Ensuite j’ai travaillé sur un projet de la coopération

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Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 21 October 2016 at 09:42

Brief Moment with:

Food Science & Nutrition Expert Melese Temesgen


"Many rural households in Ethiopia face food and nutrition insecurity not knowing that nutritious root crops are growing all around them"


Melese Temesgen is a PhD fellow of the Addis Ababa University in the area of Food Science & Nutrition. He has been involved in a variety of vital innovation projects, including the promotion of nutritious root crops and the reduction of post-harvest losses for tomatoes. Based on his expertise in these areas, he published more than 13 papers in different journals. Also, he is one of AgriProFocus most engaged and motivated members of the Nutrition-Sensitive Agriculture innovation community.


"Awareness creation is the key to increase the nutritional density of the diets of rural households"  


Read the full interview here.

Melese Temesgen Thank you Meskerem for the post that recognize my little works. I wish to contribute a lot for the introduction and promotion of nutrition sensitive agriculture in a wider areas of the country and every aspects of food and nutrition security in the future through hardworking and duty mindedness.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 July 2016 at 02:13

Staving off famine in Ethiopia

“We need to have a long-term perspective, because ... every three, four or five years, you’re going to have a major drought, which can set you back to zero,” Andrew Catley.


In an interview with Tufts Now, Andrew Catley gives insights on the efforts to tackle the current drought effects in Ethiopia and how future strategies should be. Andrew Cately is a research director at Tufts' Feinstein International Center who has been leading research projects in Ethiopia since 2005.

He described the response of the Ethiopian government in the following way: "The response of the Ethiopian government is, I think, widely seen as a success story. It seems they've now committed up to $700 million of their own money—saved thanks to lower oil prices—which is unprecedented. If we compare that to previous major droughts in 1984-1985 and 2002-2003, one of the things we're seeing is this huge government commitment and leadership. The government was the first major responde

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 April 2016 at 03:33

The next Africa is the one in transition

A Brief Moment: with Aubrey Hruby

I had this great opportunity to have a brief moment with Aubrey Hruby three weeks ago when she was here in Addis for Wharton Club of Africa’s Executive Investment Summit & CEO Forum 2016.

She is a successful investment advisor. She consults investors and companies doing business in Africa. Aubrey has consulted extensively in more than 20 African markets, including Ethiopia. She is a Senior Fellow at the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, the co-founder of Africa Expert Network (AXN), and the co-author of the award-winning book, The Next Africa. Aubrey served as the Managing Director of the Whitaker Group, where she helped facilitate over $2 billion in investment and capital flows to Africa. (Full Profile)

Aubrey has a lot to tell us about variety of issues in this short interview. Please enjoy reading her very interesting responses.

As you have been working with a lot of entrepreneur, what do you thi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 March 2016 at 09:53

A Brief Moment

With Alem Greiling

She is not an ordinary member of AgriProFocus Ethiopia. She actively participates on online discussions, offline events and activities of our Innovation Communities. She is an innovator and a business woman with deep-rooted objectives. She is the winner of the recent LovePulses Product Innovation Competition in Ethiopia. In this short interview you will read about her ongoing effort to bring nutrition in our food table. Have a brief moment with this exemplary woman – Alem Greiling.

About Herself
The founder of a company called Nutri-Dense, Alem has completed her first degree in Chemistry at Addis Ababa University, and has been working in an international research organization. After a short period of experience on food analysis, she left to Germany for further study on food engineering and nutrition. There, she completed her study on Food Engineering.
Returned back to Ethiopia, she had been working as a Nutrition Advisor for different international organ

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wagnew Ayalneh Congratulations Alem!!! you deserve it my friend.

1 year 9 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Congratulations Alem Greiling.

1 year 9 months ago

Berhanu Gebremichael Great minds always create and change. Congra, Alem.

1 year 9 months ago

Humphrey S. Chilewa Congrats Alem

1 year 9 months ago

betelihem betty dear Alem i want to say congratulations,i'm student environmental sciences, at this semester we are take farming and food system courses,so we just need such experienced person who share us about food processing,plans and such other thing related to our subject,if u are interested please contact me. thanks email-meselu.bete@gmail.com phone-0943184153

1 year 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 February 2016 at 02:19

Interview of the Month
The Critical Importance of Organic Matters in Our Soils

Dr. Eshetu Bekele is a soil scientist in the applied chemistry program of Adama Science and Technology University. As a member of the organizing committee of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign, he has played a significant role for the success of the campaign since 2015. As part of the campaign activities, this interview was conducted and documented by Sarah Assefa, an Instructor of Environmental Science and Sustainable Development at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. In this short interview, Dr. Eshetu tells us the critical importance of organic matters in our soils.

Why are you interested in soil health?

Soil is the basis of everything as the food we eat, the energy and medicine we use are derivatives of soil, soils through their structure and the great variety of species they host, perform numerous functions including food production, nutrient and water storage, filtering, detoxifying and pu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 February 2016 at 03:50

                   Interview du mois de Janvier

1- Présentez vous à nos membres?

Je suis Mme Aissatou Nobre,Sociologue de formation avec entre autre comme expertise le coaching. À cet effet, j'ai assuré sur le projet "Développement Economique à la Base par les Pôles d'Entreprise Agricole" financé par l'Ambassade du Royaume des Pays Bas Mali, le coaching des partenaires acteurs des Pôles d'Entreprises Agricoles (PEA) pour la mise en œuvre et la coordination des activités de constitution de 50 Pôles d'Entreprise Agricoles ayant développé 25 chaînes de valeurs.

2- Parler nous de la formation des coach en entreprenariat que AgriProFocus et FSAS ont organisé en partenariat avec l’ambassade du Canada?

L'absence de certains services est un frein pour le développement des MPME. Ce qui fait que la plupart des jeunes entrepreneurs (Start up ) n’ont pas d’expérience dans le domaine d'entreprenariat, quand bien même leurs b

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MARIAM SIDIBE Merci Mme Nobre, ce fut une expérience très enrichissante!

1 year 10 months ago

Georges Djodji Akibodé Merci notre chère maman PEA,. Faisant suite à la formation des formateurs(coach), votre réseau AgriProFocus a lancé dans les régions du Mali, le projet de Business Plan Coaching qui stimule les participant(e)s à développer leur produit ou service dans un contexte d'économie de marché. Les entrepreneurs agricoles confrontent ainsi leur projet à la réalité économique afin de s'assurer que le projet est rentable et éligible au Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture les 08,09 et 10 Mars 2016 à Sikasso. Avec ce nouveau concept de Business Plan Coaching ,les entrepreneurs acquièrent des connaissances sur les principes, les concepts et les théories fondamentales de la gestion d'une entreprise et du plan d'affaires. Ils développent un vocabulaire et un système de référence appropriés à un plan d'affaires. L'impact sera donc mesuré après la FINAGRI. ON EST ENSEMBLE

1 year 10 months ago

Aissatou Nobre Merci Georges pour cette précision. C'est bien l'occasion pour les jeunes entrepreneurs de mettre en application les connaissances acquises au cours de leur formation. Et qu'ils saisissent cette opportunité pour monter de bons projets bancables

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 August 2015 at 05:39

Interview of the Month

With Dr. Angeline Nguedjeu

Regional Advisor for Lobby and Advocacy, ICCO Cooperation


In July, ICCO Cooperation had organized a three days training on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for FSRE Fund winners engaging in the agribusiness sector. Dr. Angeline Nguedjeu, Regional Advisor for Lobby and Advocacy for ICCO Cooperation, was leading the training. At the end, when they are asked their comment on the training, all the participants were lacking words to express her talent. She is funny, she does not run out of examples, and she clarifies everything easily. We had the opportunity to have this short interview with the Cameroonian lady. She will tell us the benefits of CSR, the role of government, how CSR can go hand in hand with achieving food security, and more.

(Reports on the training can be found HERE, and please also find reflections and previous experiences of the participants on CSR HERE)


What do you expect from the CSR training?

As ICCO Cooperation ventures in to t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 4 August 2015 at 04:23

INTERVIEW DU MOIS DE JUILLET

Présentez vous à nos membres ?

Je me nomme Massamba Faye, je suis ingénieur agro-alimentaire et actuellement agent au niveau de PRCA -SA Projet de Renforcement des Chaines de Valeur Agricole pour la Sécurité Alimentaire au Mali, mais je suis dans le développement communautaire et dans le développement de la PME PMI depuis pratiquement une vingtaine d’année, où j’ai eu à travailler dans les sociétés industrielles mais également dans l’accompagnement des PME PMI au Sénégal ,et ici au Mali, au PCDA, PAFA où j’ai eu à encadrer et travailler avec beaucoup d’organisations .

Que pensez vous de l’organisation de cette formation ?

J’ai été vraiment ravi, ça a été une grande opportunité pour moi de participer à la formation ‘’Genre et chaine de valeur’’, j’avais déjà reçu en une formation sur le genre et chaine de valeur agricole mais il y a 10 ans. Cette formation a été pour moi une actualisation des connaissances d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 6 June 2015 at 12:43

MAI 2015:  INTERVIEW DU MOIS

Présentez- vous aux membres du réseau AgriProFocus

Je me nomme Cheick Oumar SOUMANO, je suis juriste d’affaires fiscaliste de formation et expert, des questions de l’entrepreneuriat jeune. Je suis le Manager Général du Club Entrepreneuriat Mali (CEMA) qui a initié avec AgriProFocus le concours de plan d’affaires dénommé « Coup de main » entre les jeunes du Mali. Je suis également enseignant dans beaucoup d’universités et business school de la place.

Pourquoi ce concours « Coup de main »

Vous savez, la question de l’emploi des jeunes se pose et continue de se poser avec la même acuité. Au regard des chiffres disponibles, 180 000 nouveaux demandeurs d’emplois se présentent chaque année sur le marché de l’emploi, et viennent grossir le nombre déjà élevé estimé à plus de 3 millions. Le taux d’insertion de ces jeunes est de moins de 3%. Face à cette question pressante, la seule alternative qui reste est de favoriser l

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 May 2015 at 05:27

Interview of the Month

With Mr. Usman Surur, Director of the Federal Cooperative Agency

"Agricultural cooperatives are lungs for the agriculture sector."

The 1st National Conference on Cooperative Development was organized in Mekele on July 3 & 4, 2014 by the Federal Cooperative Agency (FCA), with Mekele University. Almost a year later, FCA organized the 2nd National Conference in Hawassa with Hawassa University on May 7 & 8, 2014. The growing role of Cooperatives in the country’s economy generally, as well as in improving the rural lives of most Ethiopians has been noticeable for the last couple of years. Especially, “agricultural cooperatives are lungs for the agriculture sector”, said the Director of the Federal Cooperative Agency, Ato. Usman Surur.

Appreciating the Director for giving us his precious time while hosting this huge national conference, we invite you to read the brief interview we had on relevant matters of cooperative development. (For the summary of the Nati

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 April 2015 at 02:26

Interview of the Month

With Rahel Bekele, Agriculture Service Advisor (OXFAM, Ethiopia Programme)

"It is always good to join hands in any development efforts, as partnership and alliance building is strength."

She was not only one of the Core Team members who handled the organization of the 8th AgriProFocus Agribusiness Finance Fair in Batu. Rather, she was also the motor of the Core Team, as the rest of the team gave their witness. She speaks direct, and she always gets the job done – they described her. Rahel Bekel is Agriculture Service Advisor for OXFAM (Ethiopia Programme), the co-organizer of the Finance Fair. In this brief interview, she will tell us about herself, the role of OXFAM, and the partnership with AgriProFocus Ethiopia in organizing the Fair.

Please tell us about yourself

My name is Rahel Bekele graduated with a Masters Degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, USA on Advocacy, Planning and Program Development. I have a diverse work exper

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 February 2015 at 08:32

Interview of the Month (MUST READ)

With Desta Damena, the new FSRE Fund Manager

"1,400 jobs are created and the income of 11,189 individuals is improved. Moreover, the food security status of 15,000 farming households is improved."

If you have a few words with him, you will realize that he is the most humble person you have ever known. In any circumstance, he is very much ready to cooperate. Of course, his recently acquired responsibility, requires exactly that. Desta Damena has taken the responsibility of managing the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund in November. In order to introduce him to our members as well as to hear updates on activities of the FSRE Fund, we have managed to make him our guest in this Interview of the Month. Enjoy Reading!

Can you please tell us about yourself?

I can say I am inborn agriculturalist:) with a very good understanding of the rural context. I was born and grown up in rural area. Though I am not an agriculturalist by profession, I am very passiona

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Marion Alyek Good Job Gizaw! Desta was a very active member in the Uganda Food Security group! He is knowledgeable and will be a great asset to you!

2 years 10 months ago

Gizaw Legesse @Atnafu, Thank you very much for your comment; please keep on participating here as Desta said to all members. @Marion, yes he is an asset, I am glad to have him nearby!

2 years 10 months ago

Atnafu Woldegebriel thank you Dear Gizaw for you kind advice.

2 years 10 months ago

Shiferaw Tafesse This is great. Keep up the good work!

2 years 10 months ago

Sara Peeters Hi Desta, so nice to see you again. I enjoyed working with you in Lira with the Food Security Cluster. Hope to meet you soon in Addis, when I visit our partner Send a Cow and AKAM! Heifer Netherlands

2 years 10 months ago