5th ECHO East Africa Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  11 February 2019 to 15 February 2019 - All Day Event
  Naura Springs, Arusha

The ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa.

It will consist of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers will be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts. Topics are currently being discussed for the event. Such as

- Conservation Agriculture

- Horticulture

- Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques

- Best Livestock Practices

- Good Development Practices

-Environmental Concerns

Symposium Dates
11th February - Check-in and Fellowship
12th - 14th February- Meeting Days
15th February - Optional Post Symposium Tours, and Check-out


1st National Livestock, Trade & Cultural Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  07 December 2018 to 16 December 2018 - All Day Event
  Jinja Show Grounds

The Uganda National farmers Federation has organized the first ever National Livestock, trade and Cultural Expo this December starting on 7th up to 16th, 2018. The show will bring together multiple organizations, companies and individuals to the trade, livestock and cultural industries in 9 days of business, networking and showcasing of new and different products.

The expo is expected to also host the first ever National Agribusiness Youth summit which is organized by UNFFE and intended to bring together different groups and individual youth in Agribusiness with other stake holders with interest in supporting youth in Agribusiness/ Agriculture. The National Agribusiness Youth Summit will foster an exchange of information among stakeholders (policy makers, development partners, the private sector, youth and women organizations, civil society organizations, research and academia) on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, I.C.T inno

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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 Ethiopia
Posted 8 October 2018 at 09:52

SNV and the Booming Biogas Business

I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa.  This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security. 

Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more

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Herman Scheepers I agree that the biodigesters are becoming more and more favourable to climate-smart solutions. My findings are that what is currently happening in the world is that NGOs present a business model that is too expensive for the poor and not equally accessible to all. Climate change solutions should not be available to those who has the personal income to apply it. Bert certainly knows this. Finding simple and cost-effective ways to still support SDGs 1 to 7 is something we focus on. Thank you for the info Wim.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Wim Goris Hi Herman, thanks for comment.  Do you see price of biodigesters coming down in next years? Under what conditions?  I am asking in comparison with solar panels.  People expect solar panels prices going down and volumes up. 

1 month 2 weeks ago

Herman Scheepers Wim, it is a very good question. The question of digester affordability has been around for a number of years between the two leading Dutch INGOs. My answer is certainly no, it will not become affordable based on the current SNV business model. The cost of labour and materials increase between 6 - 12% per annum. (Personal assessment in SE Asia). The business model should change where the cost of production reduces. The solar PV business model is a good example. I have spoken to a female agri-entrepreneur in biogas showing new possibilities for agri communities in need of free energy. We have established a working group for Africa to help "sandbox" new ideas around biogas creation that is cheap and effective for the poor. We have seen that farmers that need an energy source, do not have sustainable income to afford a "design" that could have been affordable otherwise. We will certainly provide updated stories from our "African geniuses" in our working group. (

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Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 25 September 2018 at 07:00

How livestock farmers can curb anthrax

There have been reports of Anthrax outbreak in the country affecting animals in western Uganda as well as the West Nile regions. The outbreak has caused panic among farmers and the communities in the affected regions.

What is anthrax?

Anthrax is a disease caused by a spore-forming bacterium called bacillus anthracis. The disease has existed for hundreds of years and still occurs naturally in both animals and humans all over the world in all continents except Antarctica. Due to the recent outbreak in the country, scientists majoring in animal husbandry are doing their best to curb the situation.

What causes outbreaks of anthrax?

Outbreaks are usually caused in response to unusual weather patterns, which can cause spores that were dormant in the soil to come to the surface where they are swallowed by ruminants.

The spores of the disease can stay in the environment for about 48 years. Usually, the bacteria are exposed when there is continuous rain and f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 September 2018 at 11:06

Help shape a livestock feed and forage strategy for international research

The availability of sufficient and adequate feed is one of the most significant constraints to livestock productivity in the tropics. It is an enormous challenge that requires innovation and concerted action towards agreed priority outcomes.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is committed to delivering evidence and developing capacities in feed and forage development as part of its strategy to achieve better lives through livestock.

To ensure the best response to the fast-changing demands and opportunities in this sector, ILRI is developing a strategy on feed and forage research for development.

As a first step, it seeks inputs from the wider community - not necessarily animal feeding experts - to take stock of the challenges in this area, identify priority outcomes and promising approaches to achieve them, and specify the precise contributions and added value of ILRI in this area.

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:34

Livestock look and learn tour

SEAD activities for April 2018 have been closed by the “look and learn” tour with participants from the livestock team. During the tour, the participants got insights on “Farming as an Enterprise concept” and learned various ways they can facilitate innovations within their respective institutions for agriculture development. The team visited different sites known for their remarkable innovations in agriculture namely: Rwanda Best, Lakeview, Musanze polytechnic and Burera Dairy.

At Rwanda Best the livestock team learned best practices for poultry production and poultry value chain management such as incubation, hatchery, feed production, feeding and feed management.

Fish farm and Lakeview is a private owned fish-farm located in Bugesera district in Gashora sector. The entrepreneur produces fingerling through fish egg incubation, fish hatchery and fish production exclusively on commercial basis. The participants learned from the entrepreneur not only how

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Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 25 July 2018 at 09:15


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to lead the dairy value chain activities for PRDAIGL project in Burundi.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa .

 Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate

Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate

Post location: Burundi

Duration: This is a consultant position, initial appointment is for six months with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued project needs.

Expected places of travel: Loc

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INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 Expo & Forum

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  04 July 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta will once again host the 13th Indonesia's No.1 Livestock, Feed, Dairy, and Fisheries Industry Show in Indonesia - INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 Expo & Forum incorporating with Indo Feed 2018, Indo Dairy 2018 and Indo Fisheries 2018  at Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta - Indonesia.

Hosted by the Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health, Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia, INDO LIVESTOCK Expo & Forum is today a 'must attend' event for decision makers and buyers across Asia. More than 12,000 trade visitors and delegates are expected to attend the Expo, Seminar and Technical Presentation in 2018. More importantly, over 370 exhibitors from 42 countries are expected to once again participate in Indo Livestock Expo & Forum. 

INDO LIVESTOCK 2018 is proven to be the preferred venue for buyers to source for new technology and equipment and where industry professionals get update on the latest technological advances and industry trends. Europe, America & Austral

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 29 June 2018 at 11:07

Have you ever heard about E-Hinga App?

World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.

World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.

E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 29 April 2018 at 06:37

Economic considerations for livestock farming

The functions of livestock are an integral part of the total agriculture. Livestock is well known for converting non-edible (pasture) and low quality edible feed-stuffs into food for human consumption. Many farmers go for livestock production due to different reasons. To be successful, farmers need to consider financial viability before going into actual production. The article will highlight key economic areas in commercial livestock farming.

Market and demand analysis

Sustainable livestock production is market driven. Successful farmers invest their time and resources in market research. This is very important especially in livestock as any delays in sales come at a cost. Farmers need to be equipped on market knowledge.
Marketing involves logistics, time and form to the end market. With proper research and planning, the processes involved need to be efficient and achieved at the lowest possible cost. This means distance to the market is one of the ke

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Karim Ibrahim As a young entrepreneur I am very keen on starting a poultry  because I have a already established market through a chain of restaurant s.what steps must begin with

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 April 2018 at 11:39

6 reasons why Uganda’s pig business will grow

Uganda’s pig business has been increasing since the late 1980s and ever since, can be characterised as ‘growing bit by bit’. There is reason to believe that in the future there’s more growth to come.

Pig farming is widely practised in all regions of Uganda with high concentrations around the central region. Unlike other key agricultural enterprises, over the last 3 decades, pig farming has experienced fundamental improvement in the number of both pigs reared and households that rear at least 1 pig.

 Uganda at a glance

Uganda, twice the size of Pennsylvania, is in East Africa. The country, which lies across the equator, is divided into 3 main areas:

  1. swampy lowlands,
  2. a fertile plateau with wooded hills,
  3. a desert region.

 In terms of swine production, the country is one of the larger players on the African continent. Especially in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the total pig population made a sudden jump from 250,000 to over 1 million in just

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 April 2018 at 08:54



National Livestock Expo & National Milk Week 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  30 May 2018 to 01 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, TASO NaneNane Grounds

Tume ya Taifa ya Kilimo nchini Tanzania (ACT) ikishirikiana na Bodi ya Maziwa ya Tanzania na TANTRADE inaandaa maonesho ya kwanza ya mifugo niching Tanzania kuanzia tarehe 30 Mei hadi Juni Mosi. Maonesho haya yatafanyika kwenye viwanja vya maonesho Themi maarufu kama viwanja vay nanenane, Arusha Tanzania.

Maonesho haya yanalenga kutambua mchanga wa sekta ya mifugo kwenye ucumi wa Tanzania na maendeleo ya kijamii.  Ni fursa ya kipekee kubaini mikakati sahihi itakayowezesha Tanzania ya viwanda. 

Sajili HAPA kushiriki kwenye maonesho haya.

Taarifa zaidi zinapatikana HAPA.


The Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) in collaboration with Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) under the support of key Ministries of: Agriculture; Livestock and Fisheries; Industries Trade and Investments through TANTRADE is planning to stage the first National Livestock Expo in Tanzania, which will be held from 30th May to 1st June 2018, at Themi Exhib

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 9 March 2018 at 06:17

Dutch animal nutrition firm starts manufacturing in Thilawa

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္း ေအာက္တြင္ေလ႔လာဖတ္ရႈႏိုင္ပါသည္။

It is a great news for the poultry and swine farmers and clients of Trouw Nutrition in myanmar. The Netherlands-based producer of animal feed and nutritional service specialist, Trouw Nutrition, opened its first manufacturing unit in Myanmar last week. Thilawa is the only SEZ in operation in the country, whereas Kyaukphyu SEZ in Rakhine State and Dawei SEZ in Tanintharyi Region are in the planning stage.

Trouw Nutrition Myanmar Co was incorporated at Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in July 2017. The manufacturing plant, located in Zone A, is expected to start operation in two weeks. The Thilawa facility is part of Trouw Nutrition’s €5 million (US$6.16 million) investment in Myanmar. The plant, employing 15 people, manufactures animal nutrition products, including premix, base

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Masterclass Access2Finance Livestock sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 June 2018 to 29 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Barneveld, The Netherlands

Aeres Trainingcentre has this masterclass in June 2018. This Masterclass is intended for (Financial) Managers and trainers / advisors of medium-sized companies active in the livestock sector in emerging economies. These could be livestock production companies, food processors, feed companies and others active in the livestock input supply and services sector.

Masterclass Access2Finance for livestock sector

Innovations and development of companies in the livestock sector are slowed down due to the fact that the financial and economic aspects of the technical and operational improvements are not adequately addressed. Investments in new facilities and production improvements require a thorough assessment of the financial viability and economic feasibility before these can be approved and implemented.

Attracting loans and/or equity for businesses in the livestock sector requires a detailed understanding of the markets, economic, financial and operational aspects of the proposed investments. Investors req

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Dairy Learning Lab - Hai District

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  12 March 2018 to 20 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Machame, Hai District, Kilimanjaro

AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with SNV- the Netherlands Development Organisation and PUM – Netherlands Senior Experts are organizing a dairy learning lab in Machame Ward in Hai District.

About the Learning Lab

A dairy learning lab is a network approach that boosts the exchange and learning among dairy

professionals. A learning lab is a two day session on specific topics. Typically, one learning

lab day has the following elements concerning one topic.

a) Morning guided farm visit

b) Q&A session on observations with expert

c) Afternoon class with theoretical backgrounds, exchange of experience.

 These learning lab will take place in 3 dairy cooperatives in Machame Ward of Hai District. The dairy cooperatives involved are;Nronga, Kalali and Marukeni dairy cooperatives.

 In each lab, a maximum of 30 farmers and cooperative staff will participate.

The major topics for the learning labs are:

● Pasture Management (Feeds and Fodder)

● Animal reproductive health

● General animal health


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Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  14 February 2018 to 16 February 2018 - All Day Event

The aim of the LEGS Training course is to build capacity to support the saving of lives and livelihoods

among livestock owning communities affected by disasters.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the training participants will be able to:

▪ Describe and apply the LEGS four-stage approach to response;

▪ Identify appropriate livelihood-based livestock interventions in emergency response;

▪ Design and implement response interventions according to LEGS standards and guidelines.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 22 November 2017 at 08:02

MSD and WorldVet - 2017 Scholarship call

(deadline January 1)

Based on the successful deliverance of the MSD Animal Health/WVA Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2016, MSD Animal Health and WVA agreed to continue the good collaborations and to launch the Veterinary Student Scholarship Program 2017 to include 41 scholarships of US 5000$ (of a total of $205,000) to be delivered to selected students from countries in the regions of Latin America (16 grants), Africa (10 grants), North Africa/Middle East (10 grants) and Asia/Oceania (5 grants) by mid-2018.

Eligibility requirements for students:

  • Citizen of one of the countries under the grant coverage.
  • Second or Third year veterinary students (accomplishment of first year exams).
  • Currently enrolled and in good standing at a recognized school of veterinary medicine in their country.

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Wim Goris, this is a great opportunities for our veterinaries!

1 year 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 November 2017 at 11:26

For the last five years,Uganda has been hit by foot and mouth disease. Currently the disease is now in 12 districts including mine.This has affected the areas interms of socio economic status. The government has not provided adequate vaccine and also facilitated the veterinary personel to fight in the control of the disease. A number of cattle has died and livestock farmers can not sell the milk.

Sylvia Natukunda Mwesigwa Dear Bosco, May I know which district you come from? Indeed it is true FMD is a challenge that all dairy stakeholders are grappling with. What I know is that Government has put in place quarantine measures to prevent the movement of cattle to control further spread of the disease. However, given cattle farming is a key income generating activities for farmers, they do not respect the quarantine and continue moving the animals. In addition some vaccines are being released to vaccinate some of the animals that have not been affected, however, the vaccines are not enough and these must be complemented by farmers by purchasing their own vaccines. Drug companies like ERAM sell these drugs. I believe controlling FMD is a combined effort by all stakeholders. 

1 year 3 weeks ago