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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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!

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

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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 

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

2 months 4 weeks ago

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

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GEOFREY MTEMBELI that's   wonderfull.

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 December 2015 at 09:10

How to Grow Wetland Crops Upland

Wetland crops like arrowroots don’t really need wetlands. With a little help, they can easily grow upland.

Wetland Crops growing upland © Simon Wachieni | Nutri-Fresh Farm & Agri Hub

Arrowroots are typical wetland crops. They need a soil full of moisture. That’s why they are grown mostly in swampy areas. But they can easily grow without a swamp, even in semi-arid areas as Simon Wachieni in Thika, Kenya demonstrates.

Moist-soil management

Well managed moist-soil can be retained in an artificial but organic way. ‘All you need is polyetheen foil and a good soil’, Wachieni explains. ‘And of course water.’ But not too much, as the foil preserves the water.
Read the full story on Farming Africa

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing your blog Marc! We'd love to see more contributions from your side!

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Kigali International Trade Fair for Organic Products

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  31 July 2015 to 03 August 2015 - All Day Event
  Kigali - Mulindi Agricultural Showground

The venue of the exhibition is Mulindi Ground Show at Kigali-Rwanda, at 10 minutes from the Kigali International Airport. The exhibition will be held on July 31 to August 3, 2015, the best time to visit Rwanda. The timings for the exhibition are from 9:00 in the morning till 8:00 in the evening.

This exhibition will surely benefit the visitors who want organic products and also policy markers, operators, donors, exporters, importers, researchers, processors, investors in organic sector from Africa, Europe, America, Oceania and Asia.

Want to exhibit? Find the APPLICATION FORM HERE: 

Application Form for exhibitors at Kigali International Trade Fair for Organic and Natural Products.pdf

For more information,  do not hesitate to contact 



Organic and Fair For Life Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  13 May 2015, All Day Event

Dear AgriProFocus Member,

Thank you for your interest in certified organic and Fair for Life Social and Fair Trade farming practices.

We will be holding a one day introduction training on Wednesday May 13th from 9am to 5pm at our Jakana Foods factory to review your eligibility for becoming NOP and EU organic certified and Fair For Life (FFL) certified under Jakana Foods Ltd certification.

Requirements to participate

1) Have at least 1 to 20+ acres of land which you would commit to farming under strict organic certification rules. If any chemicals used in last 3 years, it will require a conversion period. At first, we prefer to concentrate in Kayunga/Luwero/Mukono Districts based on the location of our driers, but we are open to other locations.

2) Commitment to follow social and fair trade practices, including environmental protection, under the FFL certification rules.

3) Products required: M2 Pineapple, dodo "salad" mango, yellow/orange-flesh(not red) papaya, jackfruit, an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 April 2015 at 09:23

Aart van den Bos is sharing a 7p summary of the “100% Organic Egypt” study conducted by Soil & More in 2012. It aimed to find out which agricultural system – organic or “business as usual” - will be more sustainable in the long run with regards to both, ecological and economic performance. The tools and standards used in this study are:

• The carbon footprint was calculated using the Cool Farm Tool which was developed by the Sustainable Food Lab and is supported by Unilever.

• Calculations of water footprints were carried out according to the standards of the Water Footprint Network.

• To determine the farm economics part, actual costs of agricultural inputs for producing one tonne of crop were used, taking into consideration government subsidies, water tax and carbon tax but excluding subsidies on seeds and pesticides.
The results clearly show that already on mid-term, organic farming practices are economically more feasible than “business as usual” farming system. This i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 January 2015 at 06:39

Help farmers in Machakos County, Kenya access organic fertilisers that can help them achieve transformations like the one below on their farms. Join the #WandaRevolution and help farmers in Machakos increase their yields, boosts their incomes and harvest food of higher nutritional quantities!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 20 January 2015 at 08:17

To all that may help us,

we are looking for Lodges and Restaurants interested in our organic products.

Our farmers produce a good range of varieties, among those:

Avocado, banana, beetroot,cabbages (red & green), carrot, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, various herbs, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms (fresh oyster), onion (red & white), papaya, potato, pumpkin, roquette, rhubarb, green peppers, tomato, turnips.

Everything is organically grown following the principles of the bio-intensive agriculture. Fertilization is done through green manures, animal manure, enriched compost, bio slurry from bio digestion (where available)

Crop protection is done through application of natural pesticides, either commercial or produced at the farms.

If someone is interested, or knows someone that might be, you can contact me at the address

Many thanks for any support.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 19 January 2015 at 06:36

African Organic Agriculture Training Manual/Mwongozo wa Mafunzo ya Kilimo-Hai Afrika kwa wakufunzi

From the Organic Africa website/Kutoka tovuti ya Organic Africa.

The African Organic Agriculture Training Manual aims at delivering best farming practices to farmers, farmer groups, extension workers and trainers in Africa. Among many others, some of the topics covered in the manual include; Soil fertility management, Pest, Disease and Weed management and Crop management. Enjoy reading the manual HERE.


 Mwongozo huu wa mafunzo ya kilimo-hai, umelenga kutoa mafunzo bora kwa wakulima, vikundi vya wakulima, wataalamu wa kilimo na wakufunzi Afrika. Baadhi ya mafunzo yaliyomo ndani ya mwongozo huu ni pamoja na maelezo juu ya usimamizi wa rutuba ya udongo, wadudu, magonjwa na magugu, kupanda pamoja na mengine mengi. Ili kujisomea muongozo huu, Ingia HAPA.

Edgar Masawe Thank you for sharing.

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Hance Richard Melchior Hi Katarina, Thank you a lot for this potential information for my field.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 January 2015 at 09:17

Uganda earns big from organic agriculture

Uganda, the pearl of Africa, has taken important steps in transforming conventional agricultural production into an organic farming system, with significant benefits for its economy, society and the environment. Organic Agriculture (OA) is defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission as a holistic production management system, which promotes and enhances agro-ecosystem health, including biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It prohibits the use of synthetic inputs, such as drugs, fertilizers and pesticides. An Agribusiness Expert in Uganda shared with our reporter the future of organic agriculture in the Uganda.

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