Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 3 December 2018 at 05:57

Bukomansimbi thrives on coffee:

As you descend towards Bukomansimbi Town, scenes of coffee processing factories on both the left and right hand of the road, welcome you. The town, which is the administrative and commercial centre of Bukomansimbi District, lies on the main highway between Masaka and Sembabule, is approximately 26km by road northwest of Masaka, the largest city in the sub-region

The area’s rapid growth was set off after Bukomansimbi got district status in 2010.

“One would lie to you if they told you that there is any other major income earning business apart from Coffee. We have over 10 coffee processing plants, each employing close to 20 youth,” says Dan Busuulwa, a coffee trader, adding, “any first time visitor in Bukomansimbi can easily smell this.”


A lot of business ventures flourish in the town. These range from schools, shops dealing in a number of merchandise, and coffee processing factories. Resty Namukwaya, a hotel worker in the area says the business

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 23 November 2018 at 06:33

Farmers find new market for fruits:

Some Ugandan farmers dealing in fruit production will next week head to the Turkish city of Antalya about 461 kilometres south of the capital Istanbul, to exhibit their produce as the European food processing industry grows interest in Uganda’s organic products.

The chairperson of Kampala Women Traders Association (KAWOTDA) Ms Akankwasa said at least 30 farmers from different parts of the country have been registered with the Turkish Embassy in Kampala to travel for the exposition.

“The Turkish have fallen in love with the fruits from Uganda because they are organic. They invited our farmers to travel to Antalya for the exposition on November 28. If liked, the Turkish will make orders straightaway,” Ms Akankwasa said.

The invitation for the exhibition was made two months ago when members of KAWOTDA visited Turkey for a study tour on how to do successful businesses.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 17 October 2018 at 07:21


Are you a young entrepreneur in agribusiness aged between 16 and 35? Do you face challenges in the following aspects:

1. Quality and safety of the products

2. Meeting the market required standards

3. Processing technology

4. Packaging

The ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources through the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) in partnership with Ministry of Commerce of People's Republic of China in Rwanda sent two RYAF members attend the training on biotechnology application in food industry in developing countries. After the completion of the training members will conduct a door to door consultancy to young agro-processors to help them improve on above mentioned aspects.

Fill the form HERE

Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 17 August 2018 at 07:00

Pumpkin processing made easy

Joyce Kyalema is a youth processing pumpkin into flour packages and markets it to make a living. Kyalema’s stall has attracted a lot of show goers who are busy testing porridge which she has prepared using pumpkin flour. The young lady is so enthusiastic in handling everyone who comes to her stall. 


“It is now approximately four years that I have been involved in this initiative. I started this after completing my studies in Business Administration at Makerere University Business School in 2014 where I vigorously engaged in sensitizing rural women in Mubende, Masaka and Mityana districts about the importance of growing Pumpkins,” says Kyalema. During the sensitization exercise she told farmers that those who venture into pumpkin growing get returns within days of planting.

As soon as the crop starts to trail, a farmer starts earning from the leaves, he/she can pick and sell them as green vegetable. At times farmers dry the

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Dina Mvula Wow I never thought of making flour from pumpkins ,this is good keep it up

4 months 5 hours ago

ssegujja slyvest great work and innovation

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 August 2018 at 02:34

Dear AgriProFocus network,

Grounded is looking for suppliers of solar dryers in Zambia. If you know companies that can help us out, please let me know. Your help is much appreciated. 

Thank you once more!

Warm regards,

Gijs, Grounded

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Gijs, maybe my APF colleagues Lawrence Shonga or Yvonne Mtumbi in Lusaka can help you out! Lawrence or Yvonne, what do you think? Good luck Gijs!

4 months 1 week ago

Lawrence Shonga Hi Gijs. You can check with TDAU (Technology Development Advisory Unit) located at the University of Zambia. You can find their contact details via this link

4 months 4 days ago

Gijs Boers Thank you very much!! We will check it out. 

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 July 2018 at 09:22

Dutch Roots: Uganda; Small Country, big solutions:

Each year, the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ), a non-partisan, professional association for agricultural journalists in more than 40 countries hosts an annual conference in one of its member countries.

This year, the congress was held from July 10 to 15 at Wageningen University and Research, a Dutch public university in Wageningen, Netherlands. The Dutch Roots Foundation, the organiser of the event, chose “Dutch Roots: Small Country big Solutions” as the theme for this year’s congress.

Lessons for Ugandan farmers

Rely more on technology

The Dutch agriculture is a world of genomics and robotics. The farmers are always looking for tools and technology that can help improve production. On Wednesday July 11, journalists visited Denkavit, a company in the Netherlands that specialises in the production of high quality feeds for young animals.

Journalists got an opportunity to see an automatic feeding robot that off

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The Coffee Technology Expo 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  07 September 2018 - 07:30 to 08 September 2018 - 20:30
  Lake View Hotel - Mbarara

Dear Stakeholder,

This Coming Month of September - 2018, all coffee Value Chain Actors are heading to the land of milk and honey – Mbarara to get enriched with what the Coffee Technology Expo 2018 has to offer with regards to the Uganda Coffee 2025 Road Map. 

With pleasure and on behalf of The Coffee Technology Expo 2018 – You are invited as A COFFEE VALUE CHAIN DISTINGUISHED ACTOR to attend this once a Year Event.

Entry fee: 2,000 ugx that will be charged at the venue

Looking forward to your participation. 

For More information visit:


AFMASS Conference & EXPO- Zambia Edition

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  02 October 2018 - 08:00 to 03 October 2018 - 17:00
  To be Announced

Africa's food, beverage, milling, dairy and processed food conference and expo

AFMASS Conference & Expo Zambia edition is a 3 day event being held from October 2-4, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia. This event the regional trade event that brings together stakeholders in the food and beverage, grains, milling, baking, foodservice and animal feed industries in the southern-central Africa region to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and food safety technologies and practices. The event is set for October 2-4, 2018 in Lusaka, Zambia.


Start course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018, All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 November 2017 at 03:33

How our youth end up in tears, and how to stop this being the usual story

Meet safina namaganda and read her story 

Safina Namaganda, a young lady who had a bright future in agricultural value addition and processing suddenly stopped because of the usual frustrations we hear youth in Uganda expressing – financing, corruption, inefficiency, bureaucracy…the list runs on and on.

Her last venture was a fruit juice business enterprise that was promised government funding from as high as ‘State House’ but the persons involved made such awkward noises that she gave up on it. Meanwhile, Lunghabo told me, another guy who went into the same business now has his products on supermarket shelves and employs about 30 people at his factory in Nansana who earned Ushs80million last year alone (his second in business). That success story, Lunghabo said, is even exporting products to Rwanda and Kenya!

“If she had gotten the funding without those (insert bad word here) approaches from that g

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Janine Schoeman Dear Simon, thank you for sharing this story. I'd like to ask you to include a bit of text in the following post, something like a summary, an intro and than use the hyperlink to the full story. I have amended this for you so you can have a look what I mean. Thanks in advance.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Simon Kaheru Thanks, Janine!

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 December 2016 at 10:55

Kigali Farms partnered with !nspiraFarms®  to bring the first solar powered cold storage plant to Rwanda

Worldwide the mushroom industry is valued at US$20 billion, and in Rwanda the national government has been promoting the cultivation of mushrooms both for their economic potential and nutritional value.

Laurent Demuynck, CEO and Founder of Kigali Farms in Rwanda, started the social enterprise in 2010 with the twin goals of massively improving nutrition in rural areas and supplying high value produce to urban markets, domestically and as exports to the East African Community and beyond.

Says Demuynck,“our new button mushroom facility positions us to be the leading mushroom supplier in East Africa, with quite possibly the best button mushrooms produced anywhere in Africa. At the same time, our Kigali Farms team is driven to make oyster mushrooms the cheapest and easiest to grow source of protein for thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of smallholder farmers. Africa produces thre

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Posted By in Dairy - Maziwa Tanzania
Posted 27 September 2016 at 12:54

Mueller cooling tanks now available in Tanzania!

Milk cooling tanks with different capacities, open and closed tanks, new and used ones, on electricity: one phase and three phases, on solar: high manufacturing quality, finish and cooling efficiency stainless steel tanks manufactured in the Netherlands and India!

For more information, don't hesitate to contact me!     

Neema Mollel This is good news for dairy farmers.

2 years 2 months ago

Mabiru Almas hi?Yvonne how much for the 150 ltrs?

1 year 8 months ago

masolo nathan Hi can you supply milk cooling tanks to Uganda please let me know

8 months 9 hours ago

masolo nathan Hi can you supply milk cooling tanks to Uganda please let me know

8 months 9 hours ago

masolo nathan Hi can you supply milk cooling tanks to Uganda please let me know

8 months 9 hours ago

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 21 July 2016 at 09:42

Our next workshop will be about (decrease of) post harvest losses and nutritious processing of food - which helps to diminish post harvest losses. It is obviously a hot topic. In November there will be a conference on ORGANIC PROCESSING in Sevilla, Spain, Europe. 

Cutting-edge developments in organic processing - programme online

Opportunities abound in the growing market for organic food, but organic processors also face many challenges in working to balance the need to meet customer demands, being environmentally friendly and ethically responsible. All while making the business succeed.

Join us at the 4th Organic Processing Conference from 24-25 November in Seville, Spain to hear organic leaders on market trends, integrity and responsibility in the supply chain, EU policies, as well as cutting-edge technological, organisational and product developments. more information at the IFOAM website

Fortunatus MLYANDENA I Hope to be there

2 years 4 months ago

Sjors Bijen Is it already known when the next workshop will take place?

2 years 4 months ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks for the invitation of 4th Organic Processing Conference from 24-25 November at the IFOAM website

2 years 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 March 2016 at 09:53

A Brief Moment

With Alem Greiling

She is not an ordinary member of AgriProFocus Ethiopia. She actively participates on online discussions, offline events and activities of our Innovation Communities. She is an innovator and a business woman with deep-rooted objectives. She is the winner of the recent LovePulses Product Innovation Competition in Ethiopia. In this short interview you will read about her ongoing effort to bring nutrition in our food table. Have a brief moment with this exemplary woman – Alem Greiling.

About Herself
The founder of a company called Nutri-Dense, Alem has completed her first degree in Chemistry at Addis Ababa University, and has been working in an international research organization. After a short period of experience on food analysis, she left to Germany for further study on food engineering and nutrition. There, she completed her study on Food Engineering.
Returned back to Ethiopia, she had been working as a Nutrition Advisor for different international organ

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wagnew Ayalneh Congratulations Alem!!! you deserve it my friend.

2 years 9 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Congratulations Alem Greiling.

2 years 9 months ago

Berhanu Gebremichael Great minds always create and change. Congra, Alem.

2 years 9 months ago

Humphrey S. Chilewa Congrats Alem

2 years 9 months ago

betelihem betty dear Alem i want to say congratulations,i'm student environmental sciences, at this semester we are take farming and food system courses,so we just need such experienced person who share us about food processing,plans and such other thing related to our subject,if u are interested please contact me. thanks phone-0943184153

2 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 February 2016 at 12:47

Product development in Horticulture

Chapter of the final conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015. 

A breakout session on product development in horticulture was facilitated by AgriProFocus Zambia's Claire van der Kleij. Key note speakers' powerpoint presentations are available via the links below. A few conclusions of the session are listed below too. The full conference report including this chapter is available HERE.

Best practices in value addition. Rodney Miselo - Ronipam, Zambia

Value addition involves transformation of raw produce for economic gain which is driven by consumer need for convenience on the product usage. Value addition brings uniqueness in products leading to a premium and stable price. Challenges in value addition include inefficient harvesting and poor storage of produce. Improved infrastructure, processing of a variety of crops and integrating barcoding in packaging can improve value addition and processing.

Artisanal pineapple co

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 February 2015 at 08:19

FrieslandCampina’s next challenge lies in East Africa.

“The region is one of the biggest African markets measured in terms of dairy consumption, and grows fast. The business environment, however, is radically different from other African regions. Because there is an established dairy market already, East-African countries impose a 60-per cent import duty to protect their farmers. Which makes it impossible to build a brand name using an export model like we did in West Africa – we are forced to start from scratch. The only way for us to enter the market is to start a production facility and produce locally. We are exploring partnerships with local players at the moment.”

Read full article here