Towards the end of 2017 I was initiated into Agriprofocus family as a volunteer in communication department in Kenya. My short stint at the organization opened floodgates of insight and understanding of Agriculture issues. My hunger towards understanding what ails agriculture and how that can be solve is now insatiable. In fact, I am persuaded that Agriprofocus Network is among the few leading minds in advancing appropriate Knowledge and skills in the agricultural sector.
However, we have a long way to go in achieving Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger . An opinion today 04/01/2018 by Bitange Ndemo in Business daily in Kenya indicated that over 15 million people in three countries Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing dangerous food shortage due to prolonged drought that affected the said countries in 2017.
Because of the prevailing circumstances, and future prediction of food insecurity due to rapidly... Read more
Are you… An experienced inclusive business advisor?
Interested in expanding your knowledge portfolio in order to address a larger market?
Welcome to the Inclusive Innovation training!
The Inclusive Innovation toolkit captures the experiences, insights, methods and tips from experienced practitioners, and translate them into concrete tools for use in various phases of the innovation process.
After the training you will appear as a trained inclusive innovation advisor on IBA and will be granted access to the full inclusive innovation toolkit.
Learn more and express interest here: https://iba.ventures/inclusive-innovation-toolkit-training…/
Or email Saskia Rotshuizen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:
++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?
++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?
++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?
Read more in this concept paper.
In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.
Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours... Read more
Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.
My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:
- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?
- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?
- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?
All the Abstracts & Papers for oral or poster presentation MUST be aligned to one of the following sub themes:
1. Perishable food crop commodities (fruits, vegetables, roots & tubers, edible fungi)
2. Perishable livestock and fish food products (including milk, meat, eggs, fish)
3. Non-perishable food commodities (grains, including cereals and pulses, processed foods)
4. Capacity development including training, education, research and extension/ outreach programs
5. Gender, Policy and Governance issues affecting post harvest management
Click here to read more about the Call. Deadline is 31 November 2016
Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Kenya office would like to invite practitioners, scholars and State and
Non State institutions to submit discussion papers as per the topics in the attached paper. The objective of the
Call is to bring out perspectives and ideas that may help to generate, refine or improve knowledge on
early warning mechanisms at the national level and in the two counties of Baringo and West Pokot
where KAS is currently implementing a Project dubbed “Crisis Prevention through the Promotion of
Good Governance in the Area of Food Security. The project is supported under the special initiative
framework of, One World, No Hunger.
Benefit for participation
KAS will award each of the paper that will be selected per topic of interest in the three areas of focus. The papers will form part of KAS’ publication in her Early Warning... Read more
EXHIBITIONS - THE MARKET PLACE
Category A - KES. 7,000 - This cost includes a shared tent by 4 exhibitors, co-branding, table & chairs, power-access point, 2 vouchers for staff participation and a delegate pack.
Category B - KES. 15,000 - This includes one exhibitor per 3m x 3m tent, your own branding, table and chairs, power -access point, 4 vouchers for staff participating and a delegate pack.
The objective of the network day is to explore with institutions, companies, development partners and existing partnerships - where the business opportunities exists for food and nutrition security. The critical question we will be exploring during the day will be “What are the business models that will drive the change that we all desire - A food and nutrition secure nation? The theme of the day is “Unlocking business opportunities for food & nutrition security in the wake of climate change”. DETAILED PROGRAM
Food and nutrition security – the undeniable lin... Read more
EVENT NAME: NAIROBI AGRO-TECH FRAMERS EXPO
EVENT DATE: MARCH 18-19, 2016
EVENT VENUE: NAIROBI RAILWAY CLUB, HAILE SELASSIE AVENUE, NAIROBI, KENYA
Farming Comes into the City!! Save the Date and Join us for FREE!!
All roads lead to the Nairobi Railway Club Nairobi on March 18-19, 2016 as farmers, agro-processors, packers, importers and exporters, NGOs, CBOs and development organisations gather at the region's biggest trade fair, focused on farmers.
The Nairobi Agro-Tech Farmers Expo is more than just that - it is an expo that brings together the agribusiness stakeholders in the region to TRADE, NETWORK and LEARN for two days of exhibition and workshops.
The event is set to attract urban, peri-urban and farmers surrounding Nairobi, plus many more from the Eastern and Central Africa region who consider Nairobi as a hub for agribusiness
Think the event will be of interest to you? Visit the website for more: www.agribusinessafrica.net/agroevents/index.php/nairobi
With the International Year of Soil 2015 coming to an end at the end of December, we at SoilCares are looking forward to World Soil Day 2015, on the 5th December.
To celebrate this day, SoilCares has big plans!
Join us all of next week (30th Nov - 4th Dec) to reach our target of 500 tests, 5 days, 5 locations, 500 Ksh! SoilCares Africa will be celebrating World Soil Day 2015 by doing 500 soil tests, in 5 days, in 5 locations in Kenya (including 1 day in Nairobi's CBD!) for a discounted price of 500Ksh! This will be starting from Monday 30th November until 4th December.
We will also be organising a Press Morning from 10-12pm on Friday 4th December in their offices in Karen, Nairobi. We will be inviting press and supporters of SoilCares Africa to have a look around our new lab, our mobile lab and learn more about our soil testing operations.
Please get in touch if you are interested to learn more about either event - we look forward to as much involvement as possible!
The research consortium consisting of International Development Studies (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), St. Mary’s University (Ethiopia), Solidaridad (the Netherlands, Ghana and Kenya) and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (the Netherlands and Ethiopia) has recently started a research project that aims to assess the effects of private agribusiness investments in African agriculture on local food security.
The research project has room to offer a 4-year scholarship to 1 PhD student to work on a research study that will focus on Kenya and/or Ghana.
Please find the full call for applications attached. Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 13.
Newsletter 8, Food & Business Knowledge Platform
The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform presents the study, “The impact of food standards on inclusive growth in agriculture: the case of Bangladesh”. The study was conducted by the BoP Innovation Center on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).
We also update you about the YEP Agrofood partnership agreement which has officially been signed. The Office announces the first and upcoming Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop on knowledge co-creation and research uptake that will be held in Uganda beginning October. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to read four new articles published within the Platform, including two articles in the context of the International Year of Soils 2015, one on the theme Inclusive Business, and one expert opinion from the Embassy in Kenya on the topic of needed expertise in t... Read more
It is 18th of May 2015, 29 female leaders of 10 agricultural cooperatives meet in Embu Kenya. The participating women are farmer leaders, managers and staff of cooperatives. They participate in a 3-day workshop on the role of women in their cooperatives. The workshop is organized by Agriterra and supported by AgriProFocus. Both organizations believe that including women is important for the business strategy of agricultural cooperatives. The workshop is facilitated by Angelica Senders, gender in value chain expert from AgriProFocus in The Netherlands, together with Trienke Elshof. Trienke is a female dairy farmer from the Netherlands and experienced board member in several cooperatives and other agriculture related policy bodies.
The first day starts with comparing ideas on the roles and capacities on men and women in the past and presen... Read more
Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain
My name is Edd Colbert and I am a researcher working for an NGO in the UK called Feedback (www.feedbackglobal.org). Today I share with you a recent report (attached) produced by Feedback entitled Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain.
Feedback have been investigating food waste in Kenya for the last three years, however the most recent visit occurred in December when we met many exporters and farmers to better understand the social and economic impacts of food waste in this supply chain. We got a lot of support from AgriProFocus Kenya to interact with the exporters and farmers.
The main results from the research concluded that:
· All of the farmers and exporters interviewed for this report expressed having experienced problems with food being rejected on the grounds of cosmetic specifications.
· All farmers interviewed had experienced financial... Read more
The Netherlands Business Hub is a new entity to be established in Nairobi that will facilitate economic and business interests between the Netherlands and East--‐Africa. The Hub is an initiative by the Dutch
Business community, the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi, the Netherlands African Business Council (NABC) and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP). It intends to promote, support and service Dutch business in East--‐Africa and to contribute to strong (economic) relations between the Netherlands
And East--‐Africa. The Hub provides members and clients with e.g. market information and networks,
Participation in programs targeting business Opportunities and hands--‐on services like partner search, trade missions, representation and serviced office space.
The Hub is a financially self--‐sustaining commercial organization that has secured start--‐up funding from the Dutch government and is scheduled to open in... Read more
KPMG is a leading provider of professional services. KPMG International Development Assistance Services (IDAS) manages and implements donor funded programmes across Africa, employing full time and part time experienced development experts and leveraging on a network of champions across the continent.
KPMG is looking for a range of renewable energy and climate professionals for potential short and long term assignments on various programmes across Africa, ranging from programme implementers and young professionals to experienced team leaders. Engagement will likely be on a contract basis. Both African nationals and international experts are encouraged to apply. Women are encouraged to apply. Specific skill sets we are looking for include:
• Experienced team leaders – with a track record of managing successful programmes and delivering results in the areas of climate change (adaptation, mitigation, institutional reform, climate change and... Read more
AgriProFocus as a network is familiar with the fact that involvement of youth in the food production and agribusiness is essential for health world food system. In many cases young people have seen agriculture as a poor man’s practice or something people venture into as a retirement plan. The poor image of persons involved in agriculture needs to be changed and the people who are bringing this change are the youth. Given the propensity to adopt new ideas, concepts and technology, they can change the way agriculture is perceived. It is with this reason that AgriProFocus in partnership with Strathmore business school brings together young farmer entrepreneurs who are already established in the agriculture sector to a business cocktail.
Objectives of the Forum
. To provide a platform for youth in agribusiness to share experiences and learn from each other
• To create an opportunity to network with other leading industry players as well as fo... Read more
Medium-sized, mixed family farms to feed the future: A vision for farming in Africa
"Agricultural development programmes have too long focused on semi-subsistence smallholders in an effort to achieve food security. This has not contributed to the African green revolution that is sorely needed to feed the future. We have to aim instead for an agricultural sector based on medium-sized, mixed family farms", argues Melle Leenstra, First Secretary for Economic Development and Food Security at the Netherlands embassy in Nairobi.
Mr. Leenstra has published an article on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website, which is worth reading for AgriProFocus network members from Kenya and other countries! Please click on the link below, and feel welcome to post your comments on the article on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
Link to the full article