''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”
The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.
The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo... Read more
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Kenya is pleased to invite applications to its third Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018! This call is applicable to companies registered and operating in Kenya, targeting the low-income consumers with safe and nutritious diets.
The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector engagement. It does this through improving access to knowledge, networks, technical assistance and funding by means of the following strategies: a) A Community of Practice for knowledge and networking; b) Innovation Accelerator to evaluate and provide advanced financial support and technical services to businesses showing the greatest potential for positive nutritional impact and business strength and; c) links eligible businesses with potential investors for further investment.
T... Read more
This session is on Climate Smart Water in East-African Horticulture, as water is increasingly an hot issue in horticulture. It is an interactive exchange and learning event for max 15 experts.
What is in it for you: we will share tools, examples and lessons learned. And we exchange ideas for replication and upscaling.
AgriProFocus is co-organizing this event with Food and Business Knowledge Platform and experts Aart van den Bos and Frank van Schoubroeck.
Contact me for more information !
Course: Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit
Key skills for inclusive business brokerage
For professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale
farmers, processors and professionals working in agricultural education.
You’ll get practical tips on e.g. building trust and improving your negotiation skills. Watch this video demonstrating the two steps necessary to negotiating a win-win situation.
A few places are stil available for our November 2018 course
For details contact Irene Njogu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food start-up & social enterprise Janta Meals is looking for an entrepreneurial country manager with strong hospitality background to take the lead in its expansion to Kenya. Its successful small-restaurant chain offers affordable, nutritious, tasty and hygienically prepared meals in lower income urban areas. With support from Janta Meals India and Enviu East Africa, the country manager will take up the opportunity to adapt the concept to the local context, successfully start-up operations, launch the brand and scale the venture into a full-fledged restaurant chain.
Application deadline: 21 September 2018.
About Janta Meals
Janta Meals is an award-winning social enterprise and restaurant chain from Delhi, India, contributing to solving the major issue of malnutrition. The objective of Janta Meals is to provide a tasty, affordable, nutritious, hygienic meal option, based on menu items insta... Read more
We need to demystify the agribusiness ecosystem before we jump to advocacy and insistently calling youths to embrace agriculture. While working as a volunteer at AgriProFocus Kenya, where my interest in supporting agriculture has been nurtured over a year now, i learnt of this program Promoting Agribusiness Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) they are launching soon; but i think there is need to understand Agribusiness Ecosystem before we dive into promoting this wonderful program.
Reading through Wilkin (2015) I discovered that if we have to promote agribusiness it is imperative to first define the disconnectedness and linkages that define an agribusiness ecosystem. According to Wilkins agribusiness does not only mean growing of commodities but involve processing, packaging, logistics and marketing agro-commodities. Therefore, there are vast opportunities in the agribusiness ecosystem that can be explo... Read more
Are you a woman owned or managed company in
• Agriculture(including coffee,tea &Horticulture)
• Textiles& apparel
• Services (in one of the sectors listed)
ITC,the joint agency of the world trade organization and united Nation is implementing SheTrades in the common wealth project,funded by the UK DFID, a 2 year project from April 2018-march 2020.The aim is to increase economic growth and job creation by enabling the increased participation of women in international trade.
For more information about the project and how to be part of, kindly email me ASAP on email@example.com. I can also be reached on 0735 145 307
Or talk to Anne: 0721384915 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Must be 30% owned, managed and/or controlled by women,legally registered business enterprises in Kenya. Enterprises must be actively trading in listed sectors for either local,regional or international m... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-special-arf-01/
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 (email@example.com)
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