10th Triennial APA Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  09 October 2016 to 13 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa UN Conference Center

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.


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.


Close to 200 participants including researchers, development practitioners, policy-makers and entrepreneur

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 April 2016 at 02:26

Dialogue with the Farmers

On the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair

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

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Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 20 April 2016 at 07:16

Quality and innovation in food chains.

Lessons and insights from Africa

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

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Georges Djodji Akibodé La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires. Leçons et perspectives de l'Afrique Editors: Jos Bijman et Verena Bitzer. Publié: 2016 Pages: 274. L'amélioration de la qualité des produits est devenue essentiele pour les chaînes alimentaires dans les pays en développement. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique présente un ensemble d'études de cas sur l'amélioration de la qualité des aliments et de l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires africaines, avec des cas en provenance d'Afrique du Sud, l'Ethiopie, le Bénin, l'Ouganda et le Sénégal. Le livre est basé sur des projets de recherche en collaboration interdisciplinaires. Une approche interdisciplinaire conduit à de meilleures perspectives dans les opportunités et contraintes pour l'amélioration de la qualité, et aide les acteurs publics et privés à saisir les possibilités en éliminant les contraintes. Cette publication montre comment une perspective de co-innovation peut être développée et appliquée. Co-innovation implique la combinaison de modifications techniques, organisationnelles et institutionnelles, la participation des différents acteurs de la chaîne, et l'introduction d'innovations complémentaires à différents niveaux de la chaîne alimentaire. La qualité et l'innovation dans les chaînes alimentaires: les leçons de l'Afrique est une lecture essentielle pour toute personne impliquée dans l'étude, le soutien et la mise en œuvre des améliorations de la qualité et des innovations dans les chaînes alimentaires. La publication complète, aussi comme des chapitres distincts, disponible en ligne (Open Access). http://www.wageningenacademic.com/doi/book/10.3920/978-90-8686-825-4 - Voir plus: http://www.agriprofocus.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 April 2016 at 07:51

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

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FSRE Learning Event: Potato Value Chain

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  26 April 2016, All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

FSRE Learning Event: Potato Value Chain

Invitation Only

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 3 February 2016 at 04:25

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

If you would like to follow our activities in Indonesia more closely, 'like' our facebook page.



vegIMPACT, improved vegetable production and marketing for small farmers in Indonesia

AgriProFocus Indonesia Thank you for sharing Marijn! The reports will be a valuable information regarding the potato sector in Indonesia.

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  09 December 2015 to 11 December 2015 - All Day Event
  Kabale Stadium, Uganda

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.

Please find more details here


Linking farmers to CAVM through Technology Transfer

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  04 November 2015, All Day Event

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

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Eldoret Agri-Trade Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  24 September 2015 to 26 September 2015 - All Day Event

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.

Warm regards,

Nico Rozemeijer – project coordinator

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 September 2015 at 03:02

Deadline Extended to 29th September 2015, 5:00PM
Call for Proposals - FSRE Fund
4th Matching Grant Facility

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 August 2015 at 01:10

Top 20 Concept Notes Announced

4th Call for Proposal, FSRE Fund, Innovation Grant Facility

August 23, 2015

ICCO Cooperation, which manages the FSRE Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, announced on Friday the top 20 shortlisted Concept Notes for the 4th Call for Proposal of FSRE Fund, Innovation Grant Facility.

July 10 was the closing date, and 95 Concept Notes were submitted for the Fund Managers. Out of these Concept Notes 16 of them were automatically disqualified by reasons of not submitting on time (deadline), not keeping the page limit rule, not following the Concept Note format as outlined on the Application Guideline, and failing to provide own contribution.

The 79 Concept Notes have been assessed by independent bodies based on detailed scoring criteria which can be found HERE. Finally the top 20 Concept Notes are shortlisted to submit their Full Proposals until September 7, 2015, 5:00PM.

This 4th Call focuses on four specific value chains, and horticulture seems to take the larg

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing. I realise this was already posted a few weeks ago and that the date for submissions is today. Good luck to all interested companies, NGOs and universities.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 20 July 2015 at 09:14

How Rwandan Potato Growers will benefit from a New Distribution System

Friday 17th July 2015, was the ''Launch of the New Organization of Irish Potato Value Cain and the Wholesale Market of Irish Potato''. The event took place in Musanze.  Official agreements of modernizing the entire Potato Value and Supply Chains were signed between the Ministry of Trade and Industry (represented by Honorable Minister Francois Kanimba), FECOPPORWA (represented by Isaac Nzabarinda), PSF - Chamber of Farmers (represented by Christine Murebwayire).

From the 25th July 2015, the potato farmers will bring their produce to the collection centres and will be paid immediately. The collection centres will then sell the potatoes to either the wholesale market through the newly formed company called  ''Regional Potatoes Trading Ltd (RPT)'' or to any other buyer. 

Thumbs up to the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Private Sector federation for establishing this modernized system of potato trade. &nb

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Agri-Business trip to Zambezi Valley - Mozambique

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 August 2015 to 04 September 2015 - All Day Event
  Zambezi Valley

Wageningen UR - CDI, NABC and ADVZ are co-organising an agribusiness trip to Mozambique. On their event page executive summaries of all business cases are available.

Please visit the event-page for more information on the (free of charge) business development trip to Mozambique (August 31- September 4) during which personal matchmaking-meetings in line with your personal interests can be arranged!

More info : https://nabc.nl/en/what-we-do/trade-missions/189/mozambique

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 July 2015 at 11:50

CASCAPE’s Newsletter 11, July 2015

Dear all,

Please find attached the CASCAPE Newsletter 11, featuring activities and achievements of the CASCAPE project and – this time special attention for agriculture-nutrition linkages.

Kind regards,

On behalf of the CASCAPE project,

Nina de Roo

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mozambique
Posted 17 June 2015 at 03:26

Agribusiness Opportunities in Mozambique

Cold Chain - Potatoes - Fish - Dairy - Poultry -

Interested in exploring business opportunities in the agricultural sector in Mozambique?

Wageningen UR's Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) has cooperated with the Zambezi Valley Development Agency (ZVDA) on the creation of a set of interesting business cases in Mozambique’s agriculture sector, all of which are the result of extensive local research.

The Netherlands-African Business Council would like to introduce these business cases to you, as we believe they provide a strong starting point for (further) exploring business opportunities in Mozambique



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 April 2015 at 11:41

10 PhD positions in collaborative research programme Wageningen UR (deadline May 28)

Duration: January 2016-December 2019

Apply before: 28 May, 17:00

Wageningen University (The Netherlands), the CGIAR Research Programme on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics and other international partners are recruiting PhD students for their collaborative programme entitled: ‘Responsible Life-sciences Innovations for Development in the Digital Age’

For each of the five case studies below they are looking for 2 PhD students who will closely collaborate as part of an interdisciplinary team. All PhD students will be supervised by both natural and social scientists.

• Case 1: a crop and disease management expert system in potato production in Ethiopia;

• Case 2: water monitoring and irrigation management for food production in Ghana;

• Case 3: a malaria mosquito radar as a digital citizen science platform in Rwanda;

• Case 4: tick-borne disease and livestock-wildlife manageme

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 November 2014 at 12:49

Hi People, I represent a farm called happy pride and we are currently changing farms. In our store we have over 300 bags of Seed potato of the Dutch Robjin and Tigoni variety. We initially bought certified seeds and then multiplied them for our own use which we sold to a couple of Processing companies. 

We are selling the seeds and looking for willing customers who would like to buy them. We are selling at Ksh 3500 for a bag of 100kg bag negotiable.  

Below are some picture of some of the plant when we stared planting. 

Who ever is interested shoot me a mail at kevragui@gmail.com thanks. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 November 2014 at 07:40

Hey people, Our network day is finally here. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 November 2014 at 01:26

AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2014

The Agri-ProFocus Kenya network day will be held on 13th November 2014 at Safari Park Hotel Nairobi. The day brings together over 350 agribusiness professionals and practitioners to debate, share and make business deals.

During the day, several sub-workshops will be hosted focussing on;

1. AFFA and Crop Acts - The New agricultural laws; are they our boon or our Bane?

2. Firm to Farm: where is the power balance between traders and farmers?

3. Linking Conservation to Agribusiness Entreprises

4. Potato value chains

5. Match making - Development meets business

We will also have a general marketplace where institutions can exhibit their products and services and make business deals.

RSVP Through networkday@agri-hubkenya.com

Brenda Cheruto Maritim My team and I at Farm Capital Africa are looking forward to the event!

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Shadrack Oyugi I work for AFFA,hope the Director General has been invited especially that AFFA will be discussed

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