Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 24 October 2017 at 07:29

Auction of 1,100 Cattle Seized for Illegally Entering Tanzania

This article appeared in the Tanzania Daily News, Oct 22. 

The State has auctioned 1,115 head of cattle seized for entering the country in contravention to the laws of the land. The event, conducted by Meripalento Brokers at Mgagao, saw cattle said to have originated from Laitoktok, Kajiado County, in Kenya being auctioned. The sale took place after the government sought an order to that effect from the court. A crackdown against cattle that enter the country illegally was ordered by the Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Luhaga Mpina, recently.

Read the full article here


Meru Farmer's Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  26 October 2017 - 09:00 to 28 October 2017 - 05:00
  Arusha, Tanzania

Meru Farmer's Fair - Tanzania

The Meru farmers fair took place in 2016 and had 9000 visitors, and this year is expecting to have more than 4000 visitors a day which for three days will make it 12000 total. 

Meru Farmer's Fair is organised by a group of farmers organisation in agricultural sector in Tanzania. The fair will bring an opportunity for peoples in this sector to meet, advertise, debate, learn and make business. Also the focus of the fair in commodities produced in Meru which are horticulture (vegetables and coffee), cereals and oil seeds, poultry and dairy (cows and goats). 

The fair starts from 26 to 28 of October at USA River, Arusha from morning to evening. 

For more information on how to participate and deadline for application see the attached document . Email: 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 September 2017 at 06:48

How Shirimpumu became a model farmer, thanks to BDF

Source: The New Times 

Fourteen years ago, he was a well paid worker at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) earning a monthly salary of Rwf1 million.

Many in his shoes would not even think of giving up such a well paying job in exchange for the ‘hoe.’

But for Jean Claude Shirimpumu, a resident of Gicumbi District, after 8 years at RBC, he quit his job to start a new life as a farmer.

Now the Managing Director of Vision Agribusiness Farm in Gicumbi, Shirimpumu earns millions from rearing pigs, chicken, cows, goats and sheep. He also grows beans and maize on large scale.

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME If you have been inspired by the pig project from Jean Claude Shirimpumu, you can follow the link and learn more about his farming activities! We hope to see piggery industry (same as poultry industry we have now) supporting pig farmers in Rwanda.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 September 2017 at 02:14

Book Release: The Quest for Change - Ethiopia's Agriculture and Policies, Strategies and Institutions

This book outlines briefing the reader to existing agriculture, pastoral and related policies and strategies with synoptic descriptions which are informed by the latest five-year development plan, i.e., the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II). The book is designed to help policy and strategy analysts have a quick reference and a swift guide for dialogue in their endeavors to study policies and strategies in the agriculture and allied sector. It also has a reasonable coverage on institutional issues. This book may also help policy makers and those implementing policies, strategies and programs give answers for questions of change that may originate from various actors and stakeholders. The book may also be used as a reference and a guide to direct different questions that might have been raised in various forums and need to be channeled to policy and strategy dialogue and r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 August 2017 at 03:37



WE are manufacturing AGRICULTURE & DAIRY & LIVESTOCK machineries and equipments.

By using our product groups dairy farmers can increase their milk yield and also their animals can make more effective digestion which also affected milk yield and animal health.

To learn a lot about us please check our links;

Our web page

Our location from GOOGLE MAP

Please check our small electronic online catalogue link;


Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 22 August 2017 at 11:43

Beyond nutrition, investing in livestock can also deliver on health

Frank Berthe, 17 August 2017 on WBG website

Interesting blog describing how the livestock sector could contribute to nutrition and publich health, while also describing the risks on the human-animal interface. I copy-paste the final sections here, but please refer to the original blog via the link below.

'The global demand for livestock products is set to increase by 70% in the next 30 years and nearly all that growth will occur in developing countries. The increasing demand for animal-sourced food and the associated expansion of livestock production systems are likely to raise the risk of emerging infectious diseases at the human animal interface; because of increasing livestock numbers, accelerating animal turnover, confinement of large numbers of animals in small spaces, as well as habitat fragmentation and encroachment with wildlife.'

'Another possible consequence of this increasing demand is an expected increase of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 August 2017 at 12:32

Feed Supplement Production made of Fish Fossils and Shell Powder

Extended Pitch at the 4th 2017 Business Drinks

On July 27, AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) organized the fourth Business Drinks of 2017. These Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness community in Ethiopia to create an informal networking and an opportunity to meet and greet among relevant stakeholders. On this last event over 50 participants attended and got the chance to meet with others and to listen interesting pitches. In the first round we listened two pitches from Assegid T. Gedamu of HEKS-EPER and Ahmed Mukred of Gasco Trading PLC.

HEKS-EPER is a Swiss based development organization, working in Ethiopia since 2003. Thematic areas include food security/ food sovereignty, market systems, water development, and pastoralist livelihoods development. Capacity development and resilient building are two major str

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 July 2017 at 12:29


Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives. 

If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become. 

AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services. 

For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc

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Anne Marie Kortleve Sounds good Pascal MUR MURASIRA, are you in contact with Anatole Majyambere as well on this matter?  

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 May 2017 at 12:00

Pre-selection for  training livestock value chain actors

AAIN in collaboration with AU IBAR are organizing a training targeting youth in livestock ventures in East and West Africa.

If you are between the age of 18-35 and are engaged in the livestock value chain at different levels training is for you. 

Fill in the form also on the link below whose info will be used to select final participants during the training which will take place in Dakar- Senegal in the third week of June 2017

Deadline for consideration is tomorrow the 24th May 2017  

NB/ the form is a Pre-selection tool and doesn’t guarantee your participation since we have limited slots.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 March 2017 at 07:07

The prolonged drought has forced more than 6,000 Turkana pastoralists (Kenya) to cross over in Uganda with about 90,000 heads of livestock in search of water and pasture.

See the video below and read more here.  

Dorina Prech Thanks for sharing Wim. Indeed nomadic pastoralism necessitate even cross-border movement if need be. The government of Kenya has also launched insurance payouts for a number of pastoralists. More on this link:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 22 February 2017 at 08:18

Improvement of farmer’s knowledge about modern pig production and management

During the period 13th- 17th February 2017, the UR-college of agriculture, animal science and veterinary medicine (UR-CAVM) in collaboration with ZAMURA feeds factory and the Netherlands’ government funded project (NICHE RWA 173) delivered a 5 days training to pig farmers in Musanze district. 

The training was officially opened by Dr. NYINAWAMWIZA Laetitia, the principal UR-CAVM who in her welcoming remarks, Dr Laetitia, reminded participants that “the objective of the training falls within UR-CAVM mission of “contributing to the ongoing poverty reduction, economic development and sustainable food security through technology transfer and innovations in agriculture. She further emphasized to participants that CAVM is here for them, approaching UR-CAVM for technical and capacity building is highly encouraged.

Pig farming is not solely a way of living, but it’s also a means to make money. Pig product

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 18 January 2017 at 02:25

New Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Please find new jobs from different organizations and programs in Ethiopia. The application deadline is indicated in brackets and click on each jobs for more information and how to apply.

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

Communications and Knowledge Sharing Specialist (12 Feb)

ICT Endpoint Officer (24 Jan)

World Vision International

Resource Development Team Leader (26 Jan)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 19 December 2016 at 09:51

Call for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultants For Pig Farming Project

Hivos call for Expression of Interest (EOI) Consultants to Develop Training Modules and Facilitate Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop For Pig Farming Project
Vacancy Name:
Consultants to Develop Training Modules and Facilitate Training of Trainers (ToT) Workshop For Pig Farming Project
Number of hours:
January to March 2017 - 30 working days
Southeast Asia
Surabaya, West Flores, East Flores and Sumba Island areas

Background and Introduction

Since 2014, Hivos Southeast Asia has been implementing a Making Markets Work for the Poor (M4P) project on behalf of the DFAT-funded Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture (AIP-PRISMA) program. The project, entitled “Commercial Pig Rearing in Nusa Ten

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Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture and Appropriate Tech

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 February 2017 to 09 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Naura Springs, Arusha, Tanzania

The ECHO Symposium will provide a networking and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in East Africa. Three mornings 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.
Potential topics for the sessions will include:
1. Conservation Agriculture
2. Horticulture
3. Innovation in Farming Practices and Techniques
4. Best Livestock Practices
5. Good Development Practices

Find more information HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2016 at 06:39

Job Opportunities at Heifer International

Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.

We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a hand-out. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.

When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.

Heifer is looking for suitable candidates to fill in the following vacancies;

1. EAYIP Access to Finance Manager (Uganda)

2. Training and Social Capital Development Manager (Uganda)

3. Administrative Assistant – EAYIP (U

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 November 2016 at 10:03

Effect of Drought on Pastoralist Livelihood

Drought is one of the costly events in pastoral settings and it is number one threat for pastoral communities. Drought causes challenges on human health, livestock health, food security, natural resource, social and economic challenges. Drought is happening more rapidly, more unpredictably and more frequently and is hitting pastoralist more unprepared. Drought causes a vicious poverty cycle ranging from crop-yield failure to livestock losses, land degradation to soil erosion, assets erosion to unemployment, income decrease to deteriorated living standards, poor nutrition to malnutrition, reduced coping capacity to vulnerability of all kind of shocks. Natural and man-made hazards including drought have been witnessed for the last couple of decades in eastern Africa including Ethiopia. In the last 2-3 decades, both the occurrence and frequency increases as its negative effect on livelihood increases too. There is quite a number asset losses due to the i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 19 September 2016 at 07:47

Lemna, si Kecil yang Punya Manfaat Besar

Masyarakat sering menganggap Lemna sebagai gulma, tanaman air penggangu yang tak punya manfaat. Lemna berukuran sangat kecil, helai daunnya hanya sebesar 6-8 mm, namun punya kemampuan tumbuh dan memperbanyak diri sangat cepat. Lemna memiliki nama lokal di berbagai daerah seperti kiambang, ganggeng, kakarewoan, mata lele, mata iwak, atau kembang aik.

Di balik ukuranya yang super mini, Lemna memiliki kandungan protein lebih tinggi daripada kedelai dan mencapai 40% dari berat keringnya. Karena kandungan gizinya ini, Lemna sangat cocok menjadi pakan ternak baik dalam bentuk segar maupun olahan.

Menambah Lemna dalam pakan ternak terbukti meningkatkan kualitas produk ternak tersebut. “Berdasarkan penelitian, bebek yang diberi pakan Lemna menghasilkan daging dan telur dengan kandungan kolesterol lebih rendah dibanding bebek dengan pakan konsentrat,” ujar Uhud Abdullah, Dosen Universitas Mataram, pada Seminar Nasional Gading/Profarm project. Penelitian

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Ence Suhana Azolla Micropyla ya itu...di jawabart yg sdh membudidayakan di daerah padalarang d sbg baru saya sendiri tp pernah gagal pada mati..

1 year 1 month ago

Sativana Nilawati Halo Pak Ence Suhana, yang di gambar adalah golongan Lemna bukan Azolla. Lemna ini tanamannya kecil biasanya terdiri dari 3 bagian yang menyerupai daun dan satu akar. Biasanya dari ujung bagian yang menyerupai daun akan muncul calon tunas calon Lemna baru. Di Jawa Barat biasanya disebut dengan kiambang dan tumbuh di kolam kolam atau di sawah. Azolla tumbuh melebar dan gampang patah karena patahan ini akan membentuk tanaman baru. Azolla memiliki lebih dari satu akar sehingga tumbuhnya lebih cepat karena daya pengambilan nutrisinya lebih kuat. Mudah mudahan informasinya membantu.

1 year 1 month ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Makasi Mbak Sativana atas informasinya. @Kang Ence mudah-mudahan sudah lebih jelas ya, Mbak Sativana ini dari Yayasan Rumah Energi yang fokus mendorong pemanfaatan Lemna. Untuk budidaya Lemna ini cukup mudah dan perkembangannya sangat cepat, patut dicoba untuk pakan ternak.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 September 2016 at 03:17

Ethiopia, Sudan draft MoU on cross-border animal health, livestock trade programs

IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) organized a cross-border meeting in Khartoum, Sudan from 15th to 17th August 2016 between Sudan and Ethiopia.

The main aim of the cross-border meeting was to initiate development of a binding agreement between Sudan and Ethiopia to provide a framework for stronger cooperation and collaboration along their bilateral border in order to address disease surveillance, disease control and timely sharing of animal health and trade information.

The meeting brought together 30 participants from Sudan, Ethiopia, and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR). Participants consisted of veterinary staff, foreign affairs experts from national governments and experts from IGAD and AU-IBAR.

In his remarks, Dr Joseph Magona, on behalf of Dr Solomon Munyua, the Acting Director of ICPALD n

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Symposium Best Practices Sustainable Agriculture & Livestock

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  01 November 2016 to 03 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

We have the pleasure to inform you that an ECHO East Africa Highlands Symposium II entitled “ Best practices of sustainable agriculture and livestock development” will take place at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa from 1st -3rd November 2016. 

The programme you can find HERE and it is promising! 

The call for presentations is now out; please send your submission to and also as an online submission with the following link: Best Practices in Highland Areas - Presenter form. The deadline for your submission is 30th September, 2016 but it is better to be early! Notifications of acceptance will be sent to early applicants within a month from submission, and for late submissions, by 15th October, 2016. The symposium language is English. We request your submission to include your theme title, a 3 sentences summary of the theme, and 3 sentences for your biodata to be included in the Symposium booklet. Su

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