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Professionalising Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  16 August 2018, 10:00-12:30

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The Agricultural Sector continues to be the most important sector in Uganda; it employs approximately 69% of the population and contributed about 26% to the GDP. Agro processing and Value addition in agricultural production can take different forms and levels ranging from the basic to more sophisticated level e.g. packaging, processing, cooling,drying, extracting or any other type of processes that differentiates the product from the original raw commodity. Investment opportunities in agriculture and agro-processing are vast, ranging from cut flower production for exports, oil seed production and processing, cotton production, ginning,spinning and weaving, the production and processing of livestock products.

Opportunities for investment exist in:

Commercial farming in both crops and animal industries, as well as aquaculture;

Value addition (Agro-industries -Ag

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 3 November 2017 at 03:30

What has been your biggest eye-opener since you started your agribusiness endeavours?

Join our online discussion from 03 November to 17 November on this platform.

Over the last years, there has been encouragement of Rwandan Youth to adequately utilize the technical and financial support that is being availed to them by the Government of Rwanda and Development Partners. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have formed, and time and money have been invested.

Please share your best practice as youth in agribusiness, to inspire others! Where did you start as a young agri-entrepreneur? 

Leave a reply below this message. The outcomes of your contributions will be shared at the Youth in Agribusiness Festival on November 22!

If you have questions or need assistance, contact:

At AgriProFocus Rwanda: Thacien Munyamahame, Assistant Coordinator / Mobile: 0788235357

At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, Director / Mobile: 0788309605

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you Gabriel for your feedback and i really appreciate them !  A compliment is that we use to raise our own seedling in pots  or just in the open field where we have arranged small nursery bed and then we grow  seeds/vegetative planting materials for us to keep having  rootstocks that are ready or being transplanted in the field and for sure this have worked out because last year before getting the advises from Prof .PHILLIP Cotton: Vice Chancelor of University of Rwanda and CAEVM Principal Dr.NYINAWAMWIZA ,They recommended us that we could start producing our own planting materials for ensuring that they will still available and enough rootstock  for transplantation! Therefore from these good recommendation we have established the nursery  where we raise our own seedlings! Maybe i there will be a time for presentation,I will share the documentary that shows how far we are producing the seedlings! Regards

1 year 1 month ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing@Blaise and Gabriel. Generally, the government of Rwanda is continually encouraging different stakeholders including young agripreneurs to engage in the seed/planting materials production. So it is a good initiative to see young agripreneurs who have already started working on producing their own planting materials. With follow up and advocacy, a good step will achieved!

1 year 1 month ago

Blaise Birinda Thacien MUNYAMAHAME About a start up capital,I would like to inform you that during my job, I was paid a salary of 280.000frw a mouth , and I started by hiring an old machine which I supposed to repair. I used that few resources as well as possible to achieve my goal. so I can tell to youth that no need how much resources you have to start a business, but it is a matter of how you use them to achieve your desire. 

1 year 1 month ago

Blaise Birinda I am agree with you Gabriel Niyimpa about the traditional farming and financial instability to afford new technologies in agriculture.But we have to know that we are pioneer in behavior changing to adopt that new technologies to our farmer by grassroots approach in their local village and organize extension of agricultural product/services as you said.Financial supports is undergoing through different government programs such as subsidizing mechanization and irrigation materials and equipment so that a farmer can easy afford new technologies with a very low price.

1 year 1 month ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for everyone who participated in our online platform! Your ideas/ experiences made a positive impact vis-a-vis a successful Youth in agribusiness festival we had last Tuesday in UR-CAVM, Nyagatare  campus!!

1 year 1 month ago


Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in changing climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2017 to 12 August 2017 - All Day Event

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017.

The context

Agriculture is a key sector in most African countries and accounts for nearly half of Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP). With rapid population growth in Africa in the past two decades, per capita food grain production has been reducing resulting in food scarcity coupled with imbalanced diets. A large part of the population has become malnourished. Agriculture in Africa is affected by risks such as climate change, increased market risk, and tightening resource constraints. With the removal of constraints to agricultural development, it is anticipated that

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:39


Agriculture is a critical sector to many developing economies such as Tanzania. The sector provides food, income and bio resources that sustain societies.  Circular economy principles can offer many opportunities for growth of this sector.

In definition, Circular Economy mode of production the manner in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, there is extraction of  maximum value from them whilst in use and finally there is the recovering  and regenerating of  products and materials at the end of each service life. It is in contrast to a ‘linear economy’ which is a 'take, make, dispose' model of production.

In this discussion we aim at exploring the role of circular economy in agriculture by answering this question:

What do you think is the role of circular economy in sustainable agriculture production?


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Hilda Okoth An example from Tanzania that is using the circular economy approach is the Hakika Organic fertilizer produced from poorly disposed organic waste from food markets and residential areas. I would like to invite  Azalia William to share with us more about their approach on produce this 100% organic fertilizer and what role he sees of this approach in producing other products for agriculture production

1 year 6 months ago

Marianga Baltazari Circular economy is about decoupling growth from resource consumption and maximising the positive environmental, economic and social effects. Its about designing products that are easier to reuse or recycle. Its about making sure that every product is biodegradable or fully recyclable. With the circular economy waste is eliminated from production and making sure any waste is recovered as a valuable resource whether its heat, slurry, nutrients, organic materials etc. This therefore involves engaging the end users throughout the product's life cycle and hence gaining competitive advantage. 

1 year 6 months ago

Hilda Okoth Thank you for your contribution. You have shed more light on what circular economy really is. My next question to you would be what then is the role of circular economy in agriculture production? Do you have examples from Tanzania that are already working in with this model? Or what examples in other parts of the world that can be adopted to Tanzania so we can enjoy the benefits of the circular economy model?

1 year 6 months ago

Michael Farrelly

What is the role of the circular economy in sustainable agriculture production? As I understand it, circular economy is an alternative to the current ‘linear economy’ and its ‘make, use, dispose’ approach. In agriculture we see this unsustainable wasteful and expensive practice across the board. Farmers are told by extension workers to buy hybrid seeds, which can only be used once then thrown away, and told to buy imported chemical fertilizer and reapply it every season.


Such is the faith in chemical fertilisers that it came as a complete revelation to farmers in Tanzania’s Dodoma region that you can fertilise your fields with animal manure. Agro-pastoralist farmer Gilbert Masiga explained: “The project has changed me. In the past I was not using farmyard manure in my farm but now it is a great resource. Combined with Good Agriculture Practices I am now getting enough food for my family and surplus for sale. I advise other livestock keepers to preserve livestock feed for use during the dry season and use farmyard manure to increase crop yield.”


So Gilbert is now applying the circular economy approach by making the most of his natural resources, collecting cattle manure from his animals, using it to fertilse his fields, increasing his yields, then collecting the crop residues and storing them for dry season animal feeding.

So why are farmers being told to buy imported fertilizer? Because it apparently makes more economic sense to pump non-renewable fossil fuel from beneath the ocean floor, convert it to chemical fertilizer, ship it halfway round the world, generating corporate profits and greenhouse gas emissions at every step, and then sell it for a dollar a kilogram to farmers like Gilbert living on less than a dollar a day.

But make sure you do not factor in to your economic calculations the downstream damage to the environment through chemical contamination of soils, rivers and oceans. Otherwise people might notice it makes no sense. 

1 year 5 months ago

Hilda Okoth Thanks Michael Farrelly for a good example of how circular economy is and can be put in practice even at farmer levels. Fr m your comment to me this is not a new thing however, the linear economy approach came in with so much emphasis that it overshadowed the circular economy. What do you think can be done to make more visibility of different example that have worked to promote more the circular economy and possibly eliminate the make-use -dispose approach?

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 28 March 2017 at 01:39

FAO Online Discussion & Discussion Paper on the Nutrion-Sensitive Value Chains Framework

Discussion Paper from the Committee on World Food Security

The Rome-based Agencies Working Group (Including FAO, WFP and IFAD) has developed a joint nutrition-sensitive value chain (NSVC) framework. The NSVC framework is a practical approach to navigate the complexity of food systems and identify investment and policy opportunities to ensure that food value chains contribute to improved food security and nutrition. Opportunities to enhance nutrition outcomes arise at all stages of the value chain, from production to consumption. Adopting a NSVC approach allows for analyzing the roles and incentives of different actors along the chain, and to consider what may be the impact on cross cutting issues such as gender and climate change, as well as what policy and regulatory environment is conducive for VC to contribute to nutrition.

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Posted By in Join the Discussion
Posted 25 August 2016 at 08:25

Online Discussion: Post-Harvest Management in Ethiopia

With the theme post harvesting and processing, members of the Innovation Community Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture had a workshop on 23 August 2016. Agreed up on the importance of post-harvest in our country, the members decided that the co-creation should start with inventorying the experience of AgriProFocus members towards enhancing post-harvest management. So the following question is developed to initiate an active online discussion.

What techniques/technologies, training materials, guidelines, manuals, tools, evidence-based researches, post-harvest management projects etc. are being used to tackle post-harvest losses in Ethiopia. Please share!

Starting sharing your idea by commenting under this post.

Fikadu Reta Alemayehu Thanks James for asking. I will send you if I get papers from our staffs. One way to convince them about postharvest loses might be to train them about how they can sort our damaged and wasted maize seeds after storage. That might need field visit at the villages and demonstrate to them the maize seeds damaged by storage or those left on farm land during harvesting.

2 years 4 months ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife Thanks very much Agri Pro focus for creating such a wonderful online discussion forum!! According to UN-FAO, by the year 2050 the world population is expected to reach 9 billion people, and demand for food will increase by 60 percent. In addition, One-third of the food that the world produces is lost between the time that it is harvested and consumed- a staggering 1.3 billion tons every year. When converted into calories, global food loss and waste amounts to approximately 24 percent of all food produced. Essentially, one out of every four food calories grown to feed people is not ultimately consumed by humans. Food loss and waste have many negative economic and environmental impacts. Economically, they represent a wasted investment that can reduce farmers’ incomes and increase consumers’ expenses. Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land, which in turn can lead to diminished natural ecosystems and the services they provide. Increasing food production is not enough. If we are to meet a pending worldwide food shortage, it is not just desirable but imperative that we save more of this food that is lost postharvest. Developing countries that live on the margins of food security are most threatened by the postharvest losses of food that can often amount to 50% of their harvested crop. Postharvest losses have repercussions on hunger, poverty alleviation, income generation and economic growth. The scale of post-harvest food loss is tragic. The phenomenon will be even worse in continent like Africa where the national food security is greatly dependent on nature's goodwill. In sub-Saharan Africa, about 4 billion dollars worth of grain is lost every year. This is more than the total value of food aid sent to the region over the last decade, and 4 billion dollars worth of grain could feed at least 48 million people. As a result, the potential benefits of reducing postharvest losses in developing countries are large. As a strategy for closing the food gap between food available today and food needed in 2050 to adequately feed the planet’s projected 9.3 billion people, can increase the amount of food available to farmers for their own consumption or for sale to market, can reduce the likelihood that small-holders become net food buyers, can lower household expenditures per unit of food consumed, lowers expenditures of processors and retailers per unit of food grown or harvest in the value chain, reducing quality losses can better maintain nutritional value of food. In addition to that, increases the return on investment of time spent farming and could reduce the total time needed to work in fields and reduce total household expenditures on food, freeing up resources for health, education, and other household benefits. Moreover, Better utilizing food already grown reduces the need to convert more ecosystems into food production or to harvest more wild food, reduces the need to withdraw more water from aquifers or add more agricultural chemicals that may pollute water bodies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture to levels consistent with stabilizing the climate and also reduces the need to convert more land, apply more fertilizers, raise more livestock, and use energy for producing, processing, transporting, and storing food. Yet as the World Bank, FAO, and others have shown, investment in reducing postharvest losses can be as cost-effective as other agricultural investments and can yield good returns, especially when food commodity prices rise. In general, postharvest loss and waste reduction science is less expensive than production research, in which multiple studies must be conducted over years or seasons.

2 years 4 months ago

Mekbib Hilegebrile Seife With the generous support and willingness of Dr. Lisa Kitinoja (Founder of Postharvest Education Foundation) and University of California, Davis, I translated the Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices Manual in to Amharic (Ethiopian Local language). The manual has around 260 pages with excellent small scale technologies. It is very useful for researchers, development agents, postgraduate students, professionals and exporters and importers of different agricultural products. Here is the link to the English and Amharic translation of the Small-Scale Postharvest Handling Practices Manual. The UC Davis website has recently been updated so the manuals have new hotlink. English: Amharic:

2 years 4 months ago

Gizaw Legesse Here is another Experience: GOAL Ethiopia has been implementing various successful development projects in Ethiopia for many years. I would like to share you here a project the organization has implemented to reduce post-harvest losses. The project entitled Grain Storage Technology Value Chain Set-up and Support was supported under the FSRE Fund financed by the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa. Its objective was to develop an affordable and effective locally produced technology to reduce grain-crop losses – this will include the technological development, modification, improvement, adaptation and management of Plastic Grain-store liners (PGLs). GOAL Ethiopia introduced an improved grain storage technology which have reduced the overall grain loss (16-18%) incurred in using traditional farmers’ storage to 9%. Subsequently, the organization introduced a simple plastic lining technology to further reduce the loss to 4%. A brief presentation about this project can be found here: Also the project summary can be found among the 75 FSRE Fund projects at

2 years 4 months ago

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Thank you all for sharing your thoughts, experiences and document. @Fikadu, can you also share us when you obtain the papers you mentioned? @Mekbib, thank you for the useful links! Finally, please continue contributing to this online discussion and you can invite relevant stakeholders. In the mean time, we will summarize your comments and share to the rest of the public.

2 years 4 months ago


Online Disc: 'How can business support women's empowerment'

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  19 May 2016, 10:00-11:00

How can business support women's empowerment through their value chains and beyond?

On-line Discussion

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BST 9-10 am and again at BST 3-4 pm

CEST 10-11 am and again at CEST 4-5 pm

How can business most effectively support women’s economic empowerment, through their value chains and beyond? Join this online discussion with DFID, Diageo and Care International UK.

Questions for discussion

This online discussion will address the Challenge question: How can business most effectively support women’s economic empowerment, through their value chains and beyond?

Specifically, we would like to explore the following questions:

1. How can business best support women’s economic empowerment working through their value chains?

2. How can companies’ internal policies and practices contribute to greater economic empowerment for women?

3. How can business use external marketing and customer engagement to support women’s economic empowerment?

4. W

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