Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 19 June 2018 at 04:20

EOWE publication series: Empowering women in agribusiness through social and behaviour change

The success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.

As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme of SNV Netherlands development Organisation organises facilitated Household Dialogues among targeted family and/or community members in Kenya and Vietnam to critically reflect and discuss around the key norms that prevent women from fully participating in and benefiting from economic activities.

The EOWE prog

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Shadrack Agaki This is an exemplary work by SNV, the communication model is simple but extremely effective. The communication model used here can be depended on to getting critical information on new technologies and innovations in agriculture to rural areas.  

1 month 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 May 2018 at 01:01

Making Climate Smart Agriculture a reality in Africa: Lessons from Aid and International Development Forum Africa Summit Nairobi.

It is no secret Africa is the front-runner continent in the race of saving the world from future food insecurity and poverty. For this to happen though, a number of issues have to be solved. Like Dr. Richard Munang, Regional Climate Change Coordinator observed in his Keynote speech as he opened the AIDF Africa conference, “It takes more than one bracelet to jingle.” Hence for Climate Smart Agriculture to take root in Africa it is imperative for deliberate cooperation and collaboration to be embraced by all stakeholders from all over the world.

For Agriculture to succeed in Africa a critical mass of youth need to be involved. As AfDB’s President Akinwumi Adesina says , “To achieve food sufficiency and turn the continent into a net food exporter, Africa must empower smallholder farmers, who constitute 70% of the population and produce 80% of the food cons

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for this excellent analysis Shadrack Agaki! Sharing it with our social media followers. 

2 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 March 2018 at 01:11

Applied Research Projects

Special newsletter with updates on projects financed from the Applied Research Fund (ARF-1), facilitated by Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO/WOTRO

The projects funded by the ARF tackle challenges related to Food and Nutrition Security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. They all stem from the knowledge and innovation needs of farmers, practitioners and policymakers. The research-driven innovations support new tools and technologies for Food and Nutrition Security that should ultimately benefit the world’s most vulnerable people. 

Follow this link:

masseni sanogo je suis sur la finition de mon plan d'affaire. Merci.

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 January 2018 at 09:46

Agriprofocus 2018: The majors and minors that would propel Agriculture Agenda

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

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Inclusive Innovation Training for Business Advisors

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  30 January 2018 to 01 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

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. 


  • Duration: 3 days
  • Date: January 30th to February 2nd, 2018
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Format: Participants work with the tools in groups and exchange insights in plenary
  • Fee: 750 euros p.p.

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:…/

Or email Saskia Rotshuizen (


AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  15 November 2017, All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

You are invited! AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

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

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Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 25 November 2016 at 11:41

Investing in Kenya with a DGGF loan

Short video (2-3 minutes) explaining the role of a Dutch company's involvement in the Kenyan dairy sector. The particular use of the DGGF loan instrument (of the Dutch government) is explained.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 October 2016 at 12:34

Climate-Smart Farming Helps a Community in Kenya Thrive in the Face of Climate-Change

Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.

What does a climate-smart farm look like? Farmers in Kenya are cultivating farms that earn higher incomes and produce more nutritious food-- showing that climate-smart agriculture can help smallholders prosper in the face of climate change.

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?

Thank you!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 October 2016 at 11:15

Call For Abstracts and Papers

1st All Africa Post Harvest Congress & Exhibition: Reducing Food Losses and Waste - Sustainable Solutions for Africa

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 October 2016 at 07:32

Strengthening the concept of Early Warning, Early Action in the area of food security

Call for Discussion Papers, deadline: 23rd October 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

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AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 October 2016, 07:00-18:00
  Karura Forest, Nairobi



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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Network Day 2016
Posted 14 September 2016 at 09:44

REGISTER HERE for the Network Day 2016 and select your preferred option: delegate or exhibitor. If you need any clarifications, email us at or Phone: +254 735145 307. 

Simon Wachieni Great. Have just registered. Looking forward for the day.

1 year 10 months ago

Dorina Prech That's wonderful Simon Wachieni! We look forward to hosting you too!

1 year 9 months ago

MARTIN AKETCH How should one make the payment? Is it in advance or at the gate ?

1 year 9 months ago

Dorina Prech If you are participating as a delegate, the payment will be made at the entrance. I see you have already registered for iShamba. Thank you, we look forward to hosting you.

1 year 9 months ago


Nairobi Agro-Tech Farmers Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  18 March 2016 to 19 March 2016 - All Day Event
  Nairobi Railway Club, Haile Selassie Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya


EVENT DATE: MARCH 18-19, 2016


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: 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 27 November 2015 at 07:48

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!

Wycliffe Oyunga Hi. SoilCares are doing great work and at very affordable rates. Could your services be decentralized or better still be devolved. Kindly come down much more to the grassroots where i believe your services are more in demand and more relevant. A good entry point could be through the COUNTY GOVERNMENTS and working with their agriculture departments to have extensive soil tests that can provide guidance on soil nutrition and even management of soil borne pests

2 years 7 months ago

Posted By in International
Posted 23 October 2015 at 02:25

PhD scholarship - agribusiness and food security 

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2015 at 10:31

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 23 July 2015 at 11:09

Portable Soil Testing Kits

In an effort to support farmers improve soil fertility,  we are looking for portable soil testing kits that we could use in our project.  I would appreciate any contacts on where we can find them.

Wim Goris Hi thomas, are you familiar with ? This is a Dutch company, formerly known (to older dutch people) as BLGG I'll ask around for more leads.

2 years 11 months ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 19 June 2015 at 11:22

Why are women important for agricultural cooperatives?

Results from the Agriterra workshop for female leaders of agricultural cooperatives in Embu Kenya 

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

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NAHAYO Pierre Claver Women are very important for agricultural cooperatives because they are representing more than 60%; they are also decision makers.

3 years 2 weeks ago

Jules Jules It have been proved that women are good manager than man especially financial management. Cooperatives with women or with two gender managers are well managed than cooperatives with men as managers.

2 years 12 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 June 2015 at 01:09

Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain

Dear all,

My name is Edd Colbert and I am a researcher working for an NGO in the UK called Feedback ( 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

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Hi Edd, You can share with me some photos and maybe a short write up with quotes then i can include links to the report.

3 years 1 month ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Share with me through

3 years 1 month ago

Nicole Metz Dear Edd, Good to know about your research. Please also check the Food & Business Knowledge Platform's website about the theme Food Wastage (f you hadn't) via this link ( ) and the proceedings of these days conference in the Netherlands No More Food to Waste ( ).

3 years 1 month ago

Baraka Songa Thanks Edd for sharing with us this report,I have found it so useful and informative..!!There is a need for reviewing policies and ABC's of conducting international trade on horticultural produce due to the fact that some restriction are too much for a local farmers to match with i.e cosmetic specification

3 years 1 month ago

Edd Colbert Hi Baraka - please email me on address above as it would be great to speak more! Thanks Nicole, my colleagues were at the conference last week which I hear was a success. I will look at the platform now.

3 years 1 month ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 16 June 2015 at 12:38

Job opportunity at the Netherlands Business Hub

Position : Managing Director

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

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