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... Read more
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:
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- 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
- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)
- ARF Country workshop in Uganda
- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa
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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.Potato
The participation of the DRC and Burundi teams in the Potato Week (funded by Agriterra and co-organ
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... Read more
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... Read more
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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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.
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The Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) and the International Potato Center (CIP) will be co-hosting the 10th Triennial Conference of the African Potato Association in Ethiopia. It will be held October 9th to 13th, 2016 in Addis Ababa at the UN Conference Center.
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The 10th Triennial Conference brings together researchers, development agents and the private sector to exchange experiences and recent research findings on potato and sweetpotato in Africa. The major focus of the international conference will be the potential of potato and sweet potato to address food security and malnutrition in Africa, in particular, the promising contribution of the two crops to rural economic growth in Africa and its promising economic value for farmers and entrepreneurs.
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Close to 200 participants including researchers, development practitioners, policy-makers and entrepreneur... Read more
Batu, 27 April 2016
On March 2015 AgriProFocus Ethiopia and OXFAM GB, in close collaboration with Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, organized in Batu a successful agribusiness finance fair which farmers took the stage. Read more about the previous Finance Fair HERE.
Yesterday, April 27 2016, the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair was organized in Batu with the objective of extending the dialogue started on last year’s Finance Fair between the farmers themselves and the relevant stakeholders. On this Finance Fair also the farmers were given to express their challenges relating to access to finance and agricultural extension services and to present their achievements with the support of OXFAM GB and Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization.
The event which included a panel discussion with two paper presentations and an exhibition by different organizations, opened... Read more
Editors: Jos Bijman and Verena Bitzer. Published: 2016 Pages: 274.
Improving product quality has become essential for food chains in developing countries. Quality and innovation in food chains: lessons from Africa presents a set of case studies on food quality improvement and innovation in African food chains, with cases from South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Uganda and Senegal.
The book is based on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. An interdisciplinary approach leads to better insights in the opportunities and constraints for quality improvement, and helps public and private actors in seizing the opportunities and removing the constraints.
This publication shows how a co-innovation perspective can be developed and applied. Co-innovation entails the combination of technical, organisational and institutional changes, the involvement of various chain actors, and the introduction of complementary innovations at... Read more
The potato transformation for food security
Faced with a number of challenges like high cost of labor, dependence on rain fed production, inability to enforce the 50 Kg packaging standards amongst others, potato still feeds a greater percentage of Kenya’s population.
‘For one to have better results, we have to start from quality seed production. Start by implementing ideas now because tomorrow is too late.’ Mentioned James Karanja from Kevian. Mr. Karanja was speaking at the national potato conference and exhibition that was held on 31st March 2016 at the KARLO headquarters and from his words you could tell that Potato is one of the most important food crops for nutrition as well as the next food crop after Maize.
The event brought together, producers, processors, input suppliers, financial institutions and all the stakeholders involved in the potato value chain. Being a first event of its kind, there was much to take home for all the participants.
AgriProFocus Kenya and Glo... Read more
Financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed ICCO Cooperation, on behalf of AgriProFocus, FSRE Fund has been supporting 68 projects in Ethiopia in different value chains with two windows of Call for Proposals – Innovation and Matching Grant Facilities.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia will organize a Learning Event for FSRE Fund projects engaged in the potato value chain on April 26, 2016 in Addis Ababa.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia has been organizing various Learning Events for the winner projects based on rounds of Calls. Recently, Learning Events were themed to target projects with similar value chains. Accordingly, poultry projects were joined to share experiences and learn together from existing challenges. There will be a Learning Event for projects in horticulture sector on 14 April 2016.
Afterwards, on 26th April, AgriProFocus will bring together most relevant stakeholders and actors who are working on potato.... Read more
The vegIMPACT program has published 2 new reports on their potato activities in Indonesia. The reports can be downloaded from www.vegimpact.com or by clicking on below links.
vegIMPACT report 17: Agronomics and economics of potato production in Indonesia
vegIMPACT report 18: Results of potato late blight demonstration in Indonesia
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vegIMPACT, improved vegetable production and marketing for small farmers in Indonesia
IFDC CATALIST- Uganda project is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands (EKN) with the objectives of increasing selected crops’ productivity for small scale farmers and promoting business to business strategy under case approach. The project also links farmers to inputs to improve production and productivity to produce for markets.
The project is organizing a market place event for potato that will bring together all value chain actors with the aim of knowledge exchange, business support service providers and environmental actors that play part in the potato value chain. The potato week will have presentations from different service providers,actors, implementing partners, ABC coaches and Business Support Services who will be explaining and marketing their products.
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A Technology Transfer workshop is being planned to build upon the ongoing technology transfer activities run by the CAVM Innovation to the local farmers.
Outputs of these activities have been the identification of
(1) Existing technology transfer interfaces in CAVM,
(2) Programs encouraging the farmers to collaborate with the CAVM,
(3) Linkages of technology transfer units within the farmer’s needs and
(4) Concrete action points for upgrading CAVM technology transfer valorization services.
To exchange experiences and provide knowledge on agriculture practices and support farmers agriculture services, as well as linkages between the existing farmer’s activities will help to take advantage of the efforts in the preparation of the technology transfer activities.
- To increase through specialized training the capacity and competence of corresponding between CAVM and farmers organizations in selected issues of valorization and TT.
- To promote exchange of expe... Read more
The Eldoret Agri-Trade Fair will feature potatoes in a big way. Apart from visiting potato demo fields to see, touch and compare the recently released Dutch potato varieties, you can witness potato harvesting demonstrations with state of the art machinery, get information on potato spraying programmes and talk “potato” with representatives of numerous seed potato companies, related industries, and farmers.
This year there is a special feature on potato storage technology. You can see for example a small scale potato storage unit with a capacity of 5-20 tonnes. This prototype unit is produced by sourcing mainly local items such as an insulated container and PV solar panels. Therefore this unit is plug and play, easy to operate and independent from the power grid.
For those who want to know more about innovations in (seed) potato development in Kenya, come and join mini-seminars that are organised daily in the Holland pavilion.
Nico Rozemeijer – project coordinator
The Fund Managers of FSRE Fund announced today that the deadline to submit applications for the 4th Call for Proposal for FSRE Fund Matching Grant Facility is extended to 29th September 2015, 5:00PM
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO-Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus.
Deadline: September 29, 2015; 5:00 PM
Full Call Advert, Application Guideline, Scoring Criteria, and Budget Format can be found at //agriprofocus.com/matching-grant-fund
The purpose of this call for proposal is to provide a fair and competitive opportunity for interested organizations, institutions and companies to submit proposals for Matching Grant funding for boosting food security and rural entrepreneurship in rural Ethiopia in the value chains listed below.
The Mat... Read more