Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 January 2019 at 03:39

Options and challenges for organic milk production by East African smallholders

(free download of article  until March 2 , 2019 via link: )

This article is co-authored by Gidi Smolders, who as an expert for PUM worked with AgriProFocus in various APF dairy learning labs.  It is an easy to read 11pager with some scenarios for improved crop-livestock interactions.


• Outdoor stay and grazing are major challenges to many organic smallholders with cattle.
• Local resource circulation can integrate dairy cattle into certified organic crop production.
• Involvement of communities for feed and grazing a beneficial option for smallholders.
• A secure market is paramount for developing certified organic milk production.
• Certification comprising whole farms is expected to stimulate animal-crop integration.

Go to full article here

Graphical abstract

CLIVE DREW A useless waste of effort. Anything organic has to be first market-led. and the whole supply chain has to be organic, including handling of raw milk and pasteurization and packaging in  dedicated organic facilities. and it can't work dealing with low productivity small scale producers where the majority of the high cost organically produced milk is consumed at the poor household level. On more technical issues, East Africa has ticks and tick-borne diseases plus other parasite and disease problems with no clinical evidence that "organic concoctions" are suitable remedies and may even expose the smallholder to financial ruin if the cow dies, or becomes severely debilitated. Organic pineapple has little value unless it is cull fruits or fruit peelings and cores. It's highly unlikely that cottonseed cake is organic, given the high pesticide use in conventional cotton - although most pesticides would be denatured during mechanical pressing or solvent extraction - but still considered an unacceptable feed source by the organic movement. In my gut feeling, an organic dairy cow would have to be producing a minimum 15 litres/day over a 300 day lactation period, with an intercalving interval of 420 days and organic milk would have to sell at about x2 the price of conventional milk.  

1 week 1 day ago


Organic Farmers' Markets!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 December 2018, 09:00-12:00
  Addis Ababa: 1. Bole Natani Cafe, 2. Behind Bole Medhanialem Church

Two Organic Farmers' Markets on Saturday Morning

The main market location is at Natani Cafe on Bole Road in front of the Millennium Hall. There is a second market location behind Bole Medehanealem church which was started a month ago.

There will be fresh ecological organic vegetables ( Green beans, Beet root, Swiss Chard, Lettuce, Potato, Gomen) herbs ( Ethiopian basil,Rue, Rosmary, Kosert) fruit ( avocado) oil crops ( flax / linseed) Legumes ( broad bean) from Holeta. There will be processed oats (from North Shoa ) and cheese from (from Bale) available along the fresh produces.

Organic food is fresher tastes better, lasts longer and nutritious than other vegetables of non EOA ones.  Come and visit us! 

Thanks to the co-organizers, and especially Institute for Sustainable Development.


Organic Farmers' Market

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 September 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Bole, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Cereals, cheese, spices, herbs, greens, veggies, oil, all organic! Outside Natani Cafe's new farm-to-fork restaurant, Bole (across bole road from Millennium Hall). 

(Photo of organic produce from Holeta area farmers organised by ISD at the Organic Farmers Market in July, by Sarah Assefa)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 08:36

Successful launch of farm-to-plate café and organic farmers’ market in Addis Ababa on July 23, 2018

Celebration of safe, healthy, local, sustainably produced, delicious food!

Natani Café is a family business, named after the child of one of the owners, because she believes that everyone should have access to the same good quality of food as that she would feed to her own child. The café is committed to having connection to the farmers that supply the inputs they cook, so they can know the quality of the food they serve right from the production stage on the farm, and have a win-win relationship with the farmers that supply to them. Natani Café has just been renovated, and is now open for business, continuously serving a new menu of healthy, farm-to-plate offerings.

The farmers’ market taking place right outside the café at the launch celebration featured organic greens, herbs and citrus from Holeta supplied by farmers organized by ISD, organic Cheese from Slow Food, organic

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Polivios Valendis How could we be informed about the dates and time of the coming markets?

5 months 2 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Hello, We will be posting events here on the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Events page, and I will also take your contacts and share with the organizers, hopefully they will have a list of people they share announcements with in the future. 

5 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 06:32

Organic pesticides you can use for increased productivity:

Pests and diseases cause a great deal of economic loss to crop farmers. Besides reducing yields and lowering harvest quality, pests and diseases also increase production costs. It would be cheaper for a farmer to prevent or take control measures with the readily available resources. Worldwide, there is a decreasing market for farm products with a chemical content.

Many farmers are now going organic as a new trend that is likely to increase market for their products and probably at higher prices. This ranges from the selection of good seeds, using natural fertilisers such as droppings and dung from poultry and livestock instead of the manufactured fertilisers.

Pesticides are one of the causes of water pollution, and some pesticides are persistent pollutants and contribute to soil contamination. There is a need therefore to use more environment friendly pesticides.


When it comes to spraying to protect plants from pests,

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Ayikobua Peace This works wonders indeed. On sack gardens, my plants appeared greener after just four days of application !. Double benefit (fertilizer/pesticide) from the rich nitrogen content in the ingredients such as Neem, Marigold and Tithonia spp.

6 months 1 week ago

PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO Hi. Will try in my vegetable garden and see what happens 

6 months 1 week ago

Margaret Nakabiri Is it ok for someone to send their above information about making natural pesticides by Gloria Kyomugisha to my email address? If it is ok, my email is

6 months 1 week ago


Natani Organic Cafe & Market Opening

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  21 July 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Natani Cafe, Accross Bole Rd from Millenium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Farm-to-plate healthy food celebration will be held on Saturday the 21st of July as Natani Cafe expands to offer organic dishes, and kicks off a regular organic farmers market on the cafe premises, featuring organic farmers and their produce from Holeta (with ISD) and other organic producers. Map of location available HERE.   Invitation flyer attached. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 7 May 2018 at 01:32

*Rincian pembukaan Lahan perkebunan Lada Perdu*

Berikut ini coba saya jabarkan tentang rincian pembukaan lahan untuk perkebunan lada perdu dari belukar menjadi kebun sampai tanam

1. Pendahuluan
2. Tanaman lada merupakan salah satu komoditas perkebunan yang memiliki peluang strategis untuk terus dikembangkan. Lada menjadi salah satu andalan tanaman rempah di Indonesia, yang sudah sejak jaman dahulu dibudidayakan oleh masyarakat. Lada juga memiliki nilai ekonomi yang cukup tinggi, karena lada menjadi salah satu komoditas rempah yang diekspor oleh Indonesia. Di daerah pedesaan, tanaman ini banyak ditanaman di kebun-kebun masyarakat, yang dibudidayakan secara tumpang sari dengan tanaman kebun lainnya.
3. Para petani budidaya lada, selama ini mengalami kesulitan dalam budidaya tanaman lada karena tanaman ini membutuhkan tegakan, atau media rambatan dalam pertumbuhannya. Tegakan ini bisa berupa tegakan mati yang dibuat dari bambu, kayu, atau bahan lainnya yang bisa dijadikan rambatan tanaman lada. Se

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Gea Acikgenc Pak Toto, terima kasih atas partisipasinya berbagi informasi mengenai tanaman lada perdu. Jika nantinya ada permintaan untuk mengetahui lebih jauh mengenai lada perdu melalui AgriProFocus Indonesia, saya dapat menghubungkannya ke Pak Toto untuk berkomunikasi lebih lanjut. Salam. 

8 months 2 weeks ago

Toto suryawan sama sama mbak...makasih udah di izinkan berbagi di sini

8 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Horticulture
Posted 17 April 2018 at 12:50

Greetings everyone. I am very happy to join this network. I am a budding urban farmer from Nairobi. I have ventured into organic strawberry farming for the local market. I look forward to learning more about farming and about agribusiness as I come from a different discipline.

warm regards Pauline

Anne Marie Kortleve Welcome Pauline! 

9 months 1 week ago

Dorina Prech Hi Pauline, a very warm welcome to the network! I hope you find all the information you need to be able to grow your strawberry business. Please be on the lookout for events that will be taking place in Kenya under the 'Events' page. 

9 months 1 week ago

LUIFARM LIMITED kindly reach us via am for strawberry growers.

4 months 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 February 2018 at 12:16

Degraded Land Transformed into a Botanical Garden and Organic Farm

Over the course of 9 years Seblewongel Sedesse has created a productive organic farm and biodiversity sanctuary on 10 hectares of formerly barren and degraded land situated near Holeta, Ethiopia. 

When Seblewongel acquired her land it was covered with gullies, Eucalyptus stumps and no vegetation. Since then, she has rehabilitated the land naturally, by manually removing the Eucalyptus stumps, levelling the gullied land, applying mature chicken and cow manure, and promoting natural regeneration with indigenous plants such as agam and kaga. A new stream has sprung up on her property as a result of her land rehabilitation efforts.

At this time, over 4000 species have been documented in Seblewongel’s botanical garden. Her organic farm produces indigenous varieties of wheat as well as potatoes and teff. She also has livestock - goats and mixed-breed cows - from which she raises organic meat, and makes traditional cheese.

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Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa It is a very nice job!!! I want to visit the Botanical Garden. Would you please attach the google map of the Botanical garden?

10 months 4 weeks ago

Sarah Assefa Thank-you Kflay. Please contact Seblewongel Sedesse at or 0911664588 to visit. Best regards!

10 months 4 weeks ago

Kflay Gebrehiwot Yaynemsa Thanks Sara

10 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 3 January 2018 at 09:36

Launching Rainforest Alliance Certification PT BIOCert Indonesia  

PT BIOCert Indonesia merupakan adalah lembaga inspeksi dan sertifikasi pertanian dan perkebunan organik serta produksi yang ramah lingkungan dan bertanggungjawab secara sosial. BIOCert merupakan anggota dari Cert All (Certification Alliance), yaitu aliansi lembaga sertifikasi pangan organik di Asia Pasifik untuk memberikan layanan inspeksi dan sertifikasi organik untuk pasar nasional, ASEAN, Uni Eropa, Swiss, Amerika Serikat dan Kanada. BIOCert memberikan layanan sertifikasi untuk standar organik SNI, organik EU, organik COR-NOP, sertifikasi UTZ, verifikasi C.A.F.E Practice, dan verifikasi 4C.

Dalam rangka meningkatkan pelayanannya kepada klien, BIOCert Indonesia terus-menerus memperbaiki kualitas layanan serta lingkup layanan yang dimilikinya. Berbagai upaya untuk dapat menyediakan ragam skema layanan sertifikasi di "satu meja" terus dilakukan untuk memastikan kemudahan dan kepuasan klien dalam memperoleh layan

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 2 January 2018 at 09:49

Dear Members, l am a fertiliser manufacturer with a based headquarter and line in Belfast, UK and also factory based in Turkey. I would like to promote and supply my products in Indonesia and looking for a local distributor. As a company we have wide range of products for Biostimulants, Drip Irrigation Fertilizers, Granule Fertilizers, Organic Products, Humic Acid, Fulvic Acids, Foliar Fertilizers, Micro Elements, Special Products (growth regulators). These are registered, licensed high standard product ranges which can be used all over the world because it has been manufactured and designed according to all type regional conditions. If you think you can co-operate with me on this matter or recommend a contact that l can supply, l would be most grateful.

You can also find us on, my work e-mail: or mobile phone UK +44 7999 632 058 and mobile for Turkey +90 546 498 6806

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Mehmet, thanks for your posting. Will spread the words!

1 year 2 weeks ago

Mehmet Toksoz Thanks very much for your kind response Maula. Hope to hear something soon. Happy New Year!

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 November 2017 at 09:26

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

Scientific article & YouTube video

Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems, but its feasibility is also contested. In this video, FiBL researcher Adrian Müller presents a food systems model that addresses agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture to analyse the role that organic agriculture could play in sustainable food systems. The results show, that a 100% conversion to organic agriculture needs more land than conventional agriculture but reduces Nitrogen-surplus and pesticide use. However, in combination with reductions of food wastage and food-competing feed from arable land, with correspondingly reduced production and consumption of animal products, land use under organic agriculture remains below the reference scenario. Other indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions also improve. Besides focusing on production, sustainable food systems need to

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Paul Marivate I like the discussion 

1 year 2 months ago

NIYONKURU Albert Yes, Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems. Thanks

1 year 2 months ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME That's a nice article @Nicole!Thank you very much for sharing with us!

1 year 2 months ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI that's   wonderfull.

1 year 2 weeks ago


Organic Farmers Market

Event posted by in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
  25 November 2017, 09:00-14:00
  In the compound of MIGBARE SENAY GENERAL HOSPITAL, near Aduwa Bridge, AA, Ethiopia

Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 28 September 2017 at 02:04

Click read more to see english version

Network Event #2 Jaringan AgriProFocus Indonesia

Network Event #2 AgriProFocus kali ini digabung dengan Learning Event, bekerjasama dengan Workout.ID. Acara ini merupakan kegiatan rutin AgriProFocus dengan tujuan menyediakan ruang bagi berbagai pihak yang bekerja di pertanian untuk berinteraksi dan berjejaring secara informal. Selasa, 12 September lalu tak kurang dari 35 anggota jaringan dan partner hadir memanfaatkan kesempatan berjejaring ini untuk untuk mendapatkan kenalan baru, promosi produk atau kegiatan, dan berbagi informasi seputar pertanian. Kami merangkum pitching yang dilakukan beberapa anggota selama acara berlangsung agar anggota yang tak sempat hadir tak ketinggalan informasi. Pitching tersebut dilakukan oleh:

Putra Aditya (YSEALI - Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat)

YSEALI adalah platform untuk anak muda seluruh asia tenggara berusia 18-35 tahun, yang memiliki inisiatif kegiatan di masyarakat dengan tema besar pendidikan, pembangunan berkelanjutan, partisi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 September 2017 at 09:27

Organic Certification Workshop for Horticulture Value Chain in Rwanda

On Wednesday 30th August 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda and National Co-operatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) organized a workshop “Organic certification for Horticulture value Chain‘’ at Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.

This workshop’s objective was to discuss on the issues challenges and gaps which limit the development of Horticulture cooperatives among which organic certification is major and discuss possible solutions to address the identified issues.

During this workshop, there were 31 different horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders. The participants came from Government Institutions (NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA), NGOs and INGOs (Oxfam, INADES-Formation, and DUTERIMBERE), PSF (Farmers and Companies), Horticulture Cooperatives federation including organic farmers (ROAM) and cooperative union.

This round table meeting brought in more awareness on what, why a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 June 2017 at 11:35

Vote for Apis Agribusiness HERE

Hey Friends,

No Tree, No Bee, No Honey, No Money

I am Jony in organic honey business working with rural unemployed youth in natural forest area. The my pilot project of developing sustainable supply chain was among top ten finalists from 338 projects as part of the Solutions Search competition. 

Can you help by clicking on the link below and voting for my entry "Apis Agribusiness" ? I would be mega grateful if you also ask your friends to do the same. The more votes I get, the more likely to win. The vote will end on July 7.  

Thanks everyone!!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 February 2017 at 09:05

Internal Kontrol Sistem Mengantar Perajin Gula Kelapa Organik dari Jatirogo ke Pasar Ekspor

Dengan membangun sistem kontrol internal (ICS) gula kelapa organik Jatirogo, 1.554 petani anggota memiliki posisi tawar leih kuat dalam pemasaran gula kelapanya. Sistem ini telah sukses mengekspor gula semut organik ke berbagai negara. Setelah memperoleh sertifikasi internasional (EU, regulation, NOP-USDA, dan JAS) KSU Jatirogo berkolaborasi dengan perusahaan ekspor mampu mengekspor gula semut organik ke berbagai negara seperti Amerika Serikat, Australia, Eropa dan Asia.

Banyak orang mempertanyakan kemampuan petani mengekspor produknya. Dengan mengorganisasi diri untuk memproduksi secara organik, petani gula kelapa organik dari pegunungan Menoreh membuktikan kemampuannya mengekspor gula semut. Sejak 2011, mereka juga telah mampu membiayai sertifikasi internasional secara mandiri tanpa bantuan donor. Baca kisah mereka lebih lengkap di


Through Interna

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 8 December 2016 at 07:24


Kenya Urban Farmers Network is a project of DanTony real Estate Our experienced urban farmers make gardening simple, fun, and rewarding for people in Nairobi and other counties across the country.

We believe in local, organic, and sustainably-grown food you can feel proud of eating and sharing with your friends and family. Our best urban farming and backyard gardening products include raised beds, self-watering containers, hanging planters, and a lot of garden accessories.

We deliver herbs of your choice in containers saving the cost and time to visit your grocery every day for herbs.  

Food and eating unite us all. URBAN FARMING IS PROFITABLE!
Mkulima Kamau Muguko

Call/Text/WhatsApp 0722 281679



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  15 February 2017 to 18 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Nuremberg, Germany

BIOFACH 2017 offers outstanding presentation possiblities for new products, innovations and trends, high media focus and to cultivate personal contacts with regional and global players. Additionally. Germany is a strategic market for Tanzanian products taking into consideration the preference to become a part of world leading trade for organic sector.

For more information contact:

Christian Beyer, Tel No. +49911.8606-8998 or email website:

Deadline for application is 9th September 2016

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 21 July 2016 at 07:10

Kisah Lewi Cuaca Membangun Bisnis Produk Premium

Click HERE to read the interview in english

AgriProFocus Indonesia terhubung dengan Lewi Cuaca di Workshop Nasional Pengembangan Industri Kecil Gula Kelapa dan Aren, Desember tahun lalu. Lewi, begitu ia biasa disapa, adalah CEO PT Profil Mitra Abadi (PMA) yang memiliki banyak mitra penderes nira di Purwokerto dan sekitarnya. Lewat PT PMA, Lewi mengekspor produk-produk premium Indonesia ke Eropa seperti gula semut kelapa, chips singkong, kacang lurik Flores, buah naga kering, kacang mete, selai kacang yang semuanya organik. AgriProFocus Indonesia mewawancarai Lewi untuk mengetahui bagaimana ia terjun ke bisnis premium , setelah sekian lama bekerja di perusahaan multinasional.

Mengapa Anda memutuskan untuk menjalankan usaha sendiri padahal sudah punya posisi yang mapan di Perusahaan?

Saya memutuskan keluar dari perusahaan ketika saya merasa bisa melakukan pekerjaan lebih baik. Saat itu saya pikir saya lebih pintar dari siapapun di perusahaa

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