Posted By in Agri-Skills Platform
Posted 17 December 2018 at 05:41

SPCC visit to Jeldu Cooperative, producer of improved potato seed.

Jeldu is a place where potato seed tuber is one of the cash crops. Jeldu is located at 72km to the east of Ambo (Zonal town) and 115 km west of Addis Ababa, in this area there is a large number of people who are engaged in agricultural practice most of them are potato producers. The district is characterized by its mountain, plateau, and hills and has three types of soil such as nitosol, veritisol and sandysol. During our visit we got the chance to meet five farmer cooperatives From those cooperatives three of them are multipurpose cooperatives which facilitate; fertilizer, seed and other agricultural inputs for their members of the cooperatives during the on and off agri- season .

Farmers in this area face problems in input and market system when the input supply for agricultural production is absent or low, the productivity will decrease. At the same time, if the production and marketing system is inefficient, high produ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 September 2018 at 08:06

How big is the potato yield gap in Sub-Saharan Africa and why? A participatory approach


This study (PDF) in Open Agriculture is an attempt to develop an innovation consultation approach for yield gap assessment in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), based on syngergies between modelling techniques and historical non-published data of potato experiments.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 01:56

SPCC visit to Holetta Agriculture Research Center and Enchini area farmers association

The first SPCC (Strategic Partnership and Convening and Convincing) journey to HARC (Holetta Agriculture Research Center) and Enchini area farmers association is quite interesting and successful in sharing information and knowledge. The journey was done in collaboration with ECDD (Ethiopian Center for Disability Development), OSRA (Oromo self resilient association) and AgriProFocus Ethiopia. Here is a short report of the journey and we hope you will get lots of experience from it.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 18 August 2018 at 06:05

Plus de pommes de terre - alimentation sécurisé au Burundi

Entre 2014 et 2017,  les partenaires  CAPAD, ISABU, ITEC et Wageningen University ont developpe un project de recherche sur le pomme de terre.  Le résumé des résultats se trouve ci-dessous

Objectif: La recherche, le développement et le transfert de connaissances impliquant les producteurs dans le cadre d’une attention particulière pour s’assurer que les tubercules de semences de «semences» plantés sont bien germés et évitent les maladies.

Objectif: Contribution à la production de nourriture et de revenus pour les familles d’accueil à petite échelle.

Méthode: Développer et promouvoir des technologies de traitement et des innovations qui contribuent à la sécurité alimentaire et aux besoins commerciaux connexes dans le cadre du MASP de l'ambassade des Pays-Bas. Des recommandations pour une application appropriée de la réglementation sur les pommes de terre de semence seront élaborées.

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:30

Outreach Training on Potato Value Chain - Planting and fertilizing potato

In the week 07-11 May 2018, the SEAD project organized a 5-day training for the potato value chain on potato plantation and fertilization. The training was facilitated by Mr. Mink Vermeer, a senior consultant and potato value chain expert from the international partner Delphy. The training was divided in two sessions: training of trainers (ToT) and roll out to farmers. A team of nine people involved in the potato value chain from partner higher learning institutions (IPRC-Musanze, INES-Ruhengeri, UR-CAVM) and participants from the private sector: Seed Potato Fund (SPF), Imbaraga Farmer’s Federation were engaged in 3-day ToT to get capacitated on various aspects of potato planting and fertilizing to prepare outreach to farmers.

During the ToT, the team visited exemplary farmer, SPF - Ikigega and input suppliers in order to familiarize themselves with the settings and adjust site training focus and topics to what is a

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MUBARAK INUWA Carole Larlage-Solanum tuberosum,(Irish potato).It is the third largest consumable food crop after wheat and rice in world.It contain large percentage of starch and sugar.In africa, its production from 2011 was between 8 to 24 million metric tons.However, its growth in africa, is not so significant, it only carry 9% of global production.

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shared a post in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 26 July 2018 at 12:28

Posted by Yonas Alemayehu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 12:28

Introducing AgriProFocus Ethiopia’s new youth interns

Hello AgriProFocus Community, My name is Yonas Alemayehu. I am an environmental science and sustainable development student at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. I’m currently working as an intern at APF Ethiopia. I’m interested in Agroecology and Climate Smart Agriculture as it addresses food security and the relationship between climate change and agriculture. At APF Ethiopia, I’m assisting in the development of the Youth Business Challenge and also on the agroecology and urban agriculture platform development activities, as well as representing AgriPro Focus in ad-hoc external meetings and events. I’m super excited to be a member of this community!

Hi AgriProFocus members. My name is Lensa Girma. I am a new intern at AgriPro focus Ethiopia. I am specialized in bachelors’ degree in plant science from Addis Ababa University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture and now I am attending my masters

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2018 at 11:59

Potato Value Chain & Hybrid Potato Seed Workshop in Ethiopia

This workshop initiated by 2 researchers from Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and Utrecht University (UU) in cooperation with ENTAG BENEFIT- Partnership, the WUR project office in Ethiopia. The role of AgriProFocus Ethiopia network was to assist the facilitation of the workshop as part of its network building activities within the AgroFood Sector and with the SPCC Programme. 

Please find the full report of the Half-Day Workshop - Hybrid Potato Seeds in Ethiopia.  

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 February 2018 at 12:58

Vacancy: SPARK Rwanda Project Officer IPoVaf

(Deadline: 22nd February 2018)

SPARK is a growing, young, dynamic development NGO with 80 staff members in offices in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Juba, Kigali, Monrovia, Mitrovica, Pristina and Ramallah. SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity.

SPARK is achieving its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, SME coaching & mentoring, business incubation, SME financing, intensive higher vocational summer courses, curriculum development and quality assurance at universities and higher vocational education institutions.

SPARK is currently looking for a Project Officer Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF). The Project Officer will be responsible to provide technical support on the implementation of the Irish Potato Value chain financing (IPoVaF) project under the direct supervision of the Pro

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Faustin Ntawugashira Hello?I am Faustin Ntawugashira from Nyarugenge.I would like to know farming of bees.Thank you

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Faustin Ntawugashira, you can contact this person, he is an expert in beekeeping(//agriprofocus.com/profile/kelvin.odoobo.5768). They also do training for the people who are willing to do beekeeping project. For any other problem, please contact us. we ready to help you.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 January 2018 at 07:11

Large scale Irish potatoe Farming

Good morning t u all. Am kindly asking for any knowledge about Irish potato farming. I would also like to know whether it can be intercropped with beans on a large scale and the yields for both will still be good. Thanks. 

Janine Schoeman Dear Eron, thank you for posting on the platform. Please make sure you place the text in the actual post and only use tags for individual words/ names. For you the tags could be potato, beans. I have amended your post this time. Kind Regards 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 30 November 2017 at 02:05

Hello everyone,

 I am Byiringiro Boniface. I am a student at University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Environmental management and veterinary Medicine(UR_CAEVM). I am working with Twigire Muhinzi Rusebeya. Generally, I am a passionate farmer and i focus on potato farming.

I like farming and now am focusing on Irish potato farming. This network will help me in linking with other stakeholders involving in Potato value chain. I am very happy to join this network.

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Welcome on the platform Byiringiro Boniface! Use the search portal to meet different stakeholders with focus on potato value chain! Feel free to use the platform.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 November 2017 at 03:57

Vacancy: SPARK Rwanda Project Manager IPoVaf

Deadline: 27 November 2017

SPARK is a growing, young, dynamic development NGO with 80 staff members in offices in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Juba, Kigali, Monrovia, Mitrovica, Pristina and Ramallah. SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity.

SPARK is achieving its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, SME coaching & mentoring, business incubation, SME financing, intensive higher vocational summer courses, curriculum development and quality assurance at universities and higher vocational education institutions.

SPARK is currently looking for a Project Manager Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF)

The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF) project in order to ensure a successful implementation.

IPoVaF is a 2 years pro

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BARWANISHYAKA Jean de Dieu thank you thacien for your link

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 22 August 2017 at 01:29


Dans le cadre des journées portes ouvertes organisées du 26 au 27 juillet 2017 par l’Ambassade des Pays Bas au Burundi, les organisations IFDC et ICCO Coopération ont partagé leur approche de collaboration complémentaire pour développer la chaîne de valeur Pomme de Terre cas de la coopérative IMBANZAGUSERUKA de la Province de Kayanza.

Au Burundi, La Pomme de Terre est classé 1ère en terme de revenu pour les producteurs 22% et contribue à hauteur de 16, 7% à la sécurité alimentaire du Pays. Le programme Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) d’IFDC qui intervient dans le développement de l’entrepreneuriat semencier appui la coopérative IMBANZAGUSERUKA spécialisée en multiplication des semences à travers le système de précommande au niveau de l’ISABU. A son tour le Programme Microfinance, Agri finance and Value Chain (MAVC) de ICCO Coopération facilite La commercialisation

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 April 2017 at 08:15

Effectiveness of Networks in Seed Potato Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs. The project investigates the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions on sustainable upscaling performance in value chain clusters to understand the role of agro-based clustering in competitiveness.

The project encourages the active participation of private seed breeders and multipliers, farmer cooperatives/growers, local government representatives, NGOs and research institutes. It is piloted in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia to:

  1. Measure the sustainable upsc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 March 2017 at 02:53

F&BKP newsletter 2017 #01

Bulletin d'information Food & Business Knowledge Platform 2017 # 1

Link / Lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/


- Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems

- Stakeholder perceptions & future outlook of Food & Business Knowledge Platform

- Potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa

- RUAF analysis report “The role of private sector in city region food systems”

- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)

- ARF Country workshop in Uganda

- GCP Call with CCAFS on Climate Smart Agriculture

- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa

- Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security

Follow this link / suivez ce lien:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 9 February 2017 at 08:34

Regional AgriProFocus Country Coordinators meeting - November 2016

On 28-30 November 2016, three AgriProFocus country coordinators (Rwanda, DR Congo & Burundi) met in Kigali to discuss progress in their countries and look for possibilities of organizing some cross country activities among the 3 country networks in 2017. Among the topics discussed, ‘’Youth’’ and ‘’Potato’’ emerged as possible regional programs the 3 countries can focus on.


Engagement of youth in agribusiness is currently high on the agenda of development cooperation and the network approach applied in Rwanda in 2016 turned out very effective. The AgriProFocus approach regarding Linking and Learning really came out as added value. There is a need for the young of the countries to exchange experiences, evaluate the start of their businesses, hear successes and challenges on a regional level.


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Janine Schoeman Great picture guys!

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maureen munjua woooh i like this guys ... true team work 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 February 2017 at 03:08

Final Report _ Potato Week (Musanze, November 29 - 1 December 2016)

The 6th edition of the "Potato Week" took place in Musanze/Northern Province of Rwanda, from November 29 to December 1, 2016 with “Market access and access to finance for potato producers in Great Lakes region” as the main theme. As usual, this annual event was jointly organized by Farmer Organizations involved in the potato value chain in the Great Lakes sub-region, with the support of their international partners.

For this 2016 edition, 12 Farmer Organizations from 4 countries in Great Lakes sub region were involved, including those from the Democratic Republic of Congo (FOPAC North Kivu, FOPAC South Kivu, LOFEPACO, UPDI, ASOP, COOCENKI and SYDIP), Uganda (Kisoro District Farmers, Mbarara District Farmers and UNSPPD), Burundi (CAPAD) and Imbaraga of Rwanda that led the organization and hosted the event.

Two Dutch organisations, Agriterra and AgriProFocus were also involved, and have funded the activities of the event. D

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  29 November 2016 to 01 December 2016 - All Day Event

AgriProFocus, IMBARAGA et Agriterra organisent la «semaine pomme de terre», prévue  à Musanze du 29 novembre au 1er decembre.

La culture de la pomme de terre dans la région des grand lacs reste une culture très importante pour plusieurs raisons. Elle est à la fois une culture vivrière même temps une culture de rente.

Toutefois, sa production dans cette région n’est pas si bonne par rapport à la production maximale par hectare dans d’autres pays comme le pays Bas qui produit jusque a 44.7 t par hectare. Par exemple, au Rwanda, même si t le pays est le troisième producteur de l'Afrique subsaharienne, après l'Afrique du Sud et le Malawi le rendement maximale reste a 9 t par ha.

A l’instar de la chaine de valeur pomme de terre, les organisations paysannes de la sous-région évoluant en partenariat avec les institutions et organisations paysannes et/ou internationales organisent conjointement, chaque année, une rencontre dédiée à « la semaine pomme

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 15 November 2016 at 08:27

Workshop Kentang Nasional

AgriProFocus Indonesia bekerjasama dengan Wageningen University and Research, Fresh Dynamics Asia, and VegImpact mengorganisir Workshop Nasional tentang kentang. Workshop yang berlangung 27 Oktober 2016 di Gand Kemang Jakarta ini membuka perspektif lebih luas mengenai rantai nilai kentang. Mulai dari pembibitan, produksi, pengolahan, hingga pemasaran. Dengan mengajak berbagai pihak dari pembuat kebijakan, produsen, pengolah, perusahaan suplai, dan lembaga riset, workshop ini mengidentifikasi tantangan di sector kentang. Identifikasi ini penting untuk menemukan gap agar rantai nilai kentang baik di pasar segar maupun olahan dapat berkembang.

Workshop ini bertujuan menginformasikan pemangku kepentingan, pembuat kebijakan, dan pihak lain yang berminat tentang kondisi terkini sektor kentang di Indonesia. Selain menemukan gap dan kesempatan dalam rantai nilai kentang, workshop juga membuat road map nasional untuk menjawab berbagai tantangan sector kentang di masa depan.


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Mamat kpg saya tertarik dengan materi presentari workshopnya

2 years 2 months ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Sudah kami kirim ya, keep sharing!

2 years 2 months ago

Latifahtun Nisa saya tertarik dengan materi presentasinya, kebetulan tahun depan mau coba untuk tanam kentang dataran rendah. email saya tiffa.nisa22@gmail.com

2 years 1 month ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Sent ya Mbak.. keep on sharing :)

2 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 September 2016 at 09:17


am a Rwandan, we have a new technology of producing MINI-TUBER of Irish potato, by using AEROPONIC System.

am an expert in it, because am the first who learn to build an aeroponic, use it, all technology of it a was get it from the innovator of aeroponic system Dr victor otazz, an American originated in peru.

So, am an engineer in crop sciences, graduated whit a Bachelor's degree in crop production.

And also a have a knowledge on installation of aeroponic, installation of greenhouse use in healthy plant production.

Making an irrigation system in those greenhouse and aeroponic.

Didier MUYIRAMYE Dear Evariste, Thanks a lot for sharing with us this interesting innovation. Where are you based? Have you already installed (for farmers) some greenhouses with the aeroponic system? We would also appreciate if you could also share with us your contact details, and/or also update your profile (See more at: http://agriprofocus.com/post/57863de6a93f254ad2f8c604) Kind regards,

2 years 3 months ago

Lenny Gashugi Hi Evariste, we need you in GAB Group. Try to meet us for a discussion.

2 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 21 June 2016 at 07:32

Two new evaluation reports of Product Market Combination (PMC) projects have been published. Learn more on how the vegIMPACT program connected small shallot farmers in Brebes to modern markets in Jakarta and how we upgraded a potato crisps home industry supply chain in West Java, from farmer to processer to trader and retailer. In the reports we share both challenges & results.

SHALLOT (Bawang merah)


POTATO (Kentang)


Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Thank you Marijn for keeping us updated with insightful experience from VegImpact! Is the reports also available in bahasa version?

2 years 7 months ago

Marijn van der Laan No it is unfortunately only available in English.

2 years 7 months ago

Marijn van der Laan As all full PMC reports are only available in English, I now have added the Bahasa Indonesia version of the PMC leaflets online. Summary of lessons learned in all PMC's are described in the leaflets. Below a link. http://www.vegimpact.com/en/component/attachments/download/39

2 years 7 months ago