From the 22nd until the 25th of June 2017, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the Rwandan Agricultural Show in Kigali.
The expo was organized for the 12th year by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). This year’s theme was: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. MINAGRI stressed that Rwanda is in need of technologies that can help fight against climate change and the effects. Also, there is a need for sufficient quality seeds, fertilizers, water, and training and advice to ensure productive farming (source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/214727/).
This year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with Dutch NGO’s active in the agri-business sector in Rwanda.
AgriProFocus stand received many visitors who were interested in... Read more
For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives.
My name is Mazvita Andrew Tafangombe, am agro business dealer based in Mutare Zimbabwe. By attending one of the PUM -ZIMTRADE workshop held in Harare, l now have a broad spectrum on doing business outside of the country. In my province most horticulture farmers waste precious commodities while trying to find better markets, some even going for days without shelter waiting for the right truck to ferry them to possible markets. By these situations l would like to invite possible abroad market dealers to partner with us in developing countries in ways to minimize losses through training and development programmes that boost lively hoods from peasant farmer to small scale commercial farmers in the marginalized areas of the countries.
In my region of trade and farming, crops grown are tropical fruits and crops such potatoes, avocados, bananas, macdemia nuts. The interesting part of it is that, most of these commodities are non genetic modified goods, super natural organic products wit... Read more
Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services!
AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.
Featuring in this video:
1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda
2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra
3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom of... Read more
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda organised a half day ‘’Public Sector Development Instruments awareness workshop’’ which was held on Thursday, 04th May 2017.
The workshop took place at Umubano Hotel and was meant for the private sector stakeholders who are in the agriculture, water, infrastructure & energy sectors. More than 90 stakeholders participated, drawn from the private sector, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, government institution, knowledge institutes & a few NGOs.
Dutch financial instruments which were shared are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop was to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.
The Dutch... Read more
AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Agriterra and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana and Gicumbi Districts. This time, the learning lab will focus on:
. Data Recording
. Cost & Price Calculation
Participants can also bring in other topics as a result of the learning lab.
About the Learning Lab
The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:
1. Farm visits in the morning
2. Training sessions in the afternoon
Two cooperatives will be visited: DUKUTAMATUNGO (Rwamagana) and IAKIB (Gicumbi)
Why should you participate?
· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management
· Improve your training materials and skills
Who should participate?
Participants have been selected by organizers but few seats are still available for independent participants who are willing to contribute 20 000 RWF (F... Read more
Starting today, young entrepreneurs looking to do business with Africa can join in with a new initiative: Making Africa Work. This year, some 40 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to obtain support in establishing a business in Africa. The assistance offered them in finding local partners and developing their business plan is expected to help them achieve a faster and better business launch. The project also hopes to boost employment opportunities in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. After all, the best guarantee for new jobs and local growth is new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to set up business in these countries and who see opportunities for their business can get in touch with PUM and Africa in Motion, starting today.
Making Africa Work is aimed both at African migrants and students wishing to start up a business in their country of origin, and Dutch entrepreneurs who see Africa a
For the second time, on 23-24 November 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda and partners organized a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana District.
AgriProFocus Zambia (in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts) organised Poultry Masterclasses in Kitwe and Lusaka last month. The aim of the Poultry Masterclass was to improve agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.
Want to learn what the participants learned, here are the presentations from the 3 days.
1. Bio Security (Disease Control) - Presentation
2. Feed making - Presentation
3. Feeding Broilers - Presentation
4. Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 1)
Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 2)
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
Senior Poultry Expert from PUM, Mr. Joost Gerrits never visited Ethiopia before but seems well informed about the country. When he arrived last week, he came with a great objective – to share his 45 years of experience and knowledge in a simple and practical manner to small scale poultry farmers in Bishoftu.
Five basic things a chicken needs:
1. Feed 2. Water 3. Oxygen 4. Temperature 5. Light
Learning Labs have been implemented in other AgriProFocus country networks, such as Tanzania and Zambia. The objective is to equip farmers with practical knowledge in a short term training which includes field visits and question-answer sessions.
To that objective, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in collaboration with PUM, Netherlands Senior Experts, and with three FSRE Fund innovators in Bishoftu, organized a three days Poultry Learning Labs from July 19-21, 2016 to around 60 small scale poultry farmers... Read more
It is common practice in Tanzania for people to replicate what a neighbour or friend is doing. And it’s very common in the poultry sector. Poultry keepers just learn from each other. Rarely do they get expert advice. Thanks to AgriProFocus Tanzania and its members SNV, MVIWATA and US Grain Council, for a big transformation in the sector.
3 poultry labs were organized in Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
The labs consisted of farm visits and a training offered by a PUM expert
Mr.Joost. Please find the report of the poultry learning labs attached.
Find a photo impression of the Poultry Learning Labs Here
The Dairy Learning Lab is a training opportunity for dairy professionals who train farmers and processors in the dairy sector. The learning lab aims to share training materials, to review these materials and methods among peers and to jointly improve access to training materials and improve existing training practices.
AgriProFocus Zambia, in partnership with SNV, PUM Netherlands Senior Experts and Kasisi Agriculture Training Centre, produced training videos on Record Keeping, Artificial Insemination, and Water Harvesting and Feeding and can be accessed here.
cadre de sa mission de facilitation de la mise en relation des différents acteurs,
pour promouvoir l’esprit d’entreprise et la croissance économique, AgriProFocus
Mali a reçu la visite de Monsieur N’douré Allaye, représentant du
programme PUM Netherland-Mali dans ces locaux, le mercredi 16 mars 2016.
Le représentant du PUM a partagé les modalités de travail entre le PUM et les entreprises et organisations professionnelles membres du réseau, qui ont besoin d’appuis techniques. PUM offre des conseils sur le terrain aux petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) et aux organisations liées qui manquent de connaissance et qui n’ont pas les moyens de payer des conseillers commerciaux. Plus de 35 ans d’expériences, 3200 seniors fournissent des conseils bénévoles avec 70 ans d’expériences, dans le secteur de l’économie. PUM est actuellement actif dans plus de 70 pays, Il a souligné que les conseils sont fournis par des seniors experts qui partagent bénévolemen... Read more
PUM NETEHRLANS - Mali
Bonjour à tous et à toutes. Je souhaite juste partager avec vous des informations sur notre programme PUM Netehrlands Senior Expert.
PUM est un programme d'aide aux entreprises et aux organisations professionnelles dans les pays en voix de Développement et émergent, à travers l'appui technique. Nous disposons de plus de 3 000 experts dans divers domaines (dont l'Agriculture, Entrepreneuriat, Élevage...). Nos experts néerlandais ont en moyenne 25 ans d'expérience dans leur domaine et sont prêts à partager leurs expertises avec vous pour vous aider à développer votre entreprise/ vos activités.
Nos services sont gratuits; en fait vous n'aurez pas à payer pour les services de l'expert, car c'est notre programme qui prendra l'expert en charge (billet d'avion, assurance, ...).
Au Mali, plusieurs entreprises et organisations professionnelles ont déjà bénéficié des services de nos experts dans divers domaines.
Nous savons que plusieurs... Read more
The dairy learning labs held from 23rd November to 1st December 2015 in Tanga and Arusha were co-organised by SNV, AgriProFocus, Tanzania Association of Milk Producers (TAMPRODA), Tanga Dairy Platform, Tengeru Livestock Training Agency (LITA), ECHO, and facilitated by PUM expert. With topics on feeds, animal health and reproduction, the learning labs aims at reviewing and sharing materials and methods used for training dairy farmers and to jointly improve existing practices among dairy practitioners and professionals. A total of 105 participants attended the learning labs.
Find the report of the dairy learning lab HERE
This is the second part of the powerpoint from Gidi Smolders, trainer from PUM.
Bonjour chers camarades, je représente une organisation néerlandaise, appelée PUM NETHERLANDS qui apporte, volontairement, l'appui technique aux PME à travers le monde, dans le domaine de l'Agriculture, l'élevage, l'agroalimentaire et beaucoup d'autres domaines. Alors si vous travaillez dans un de ces domaines et que vous souhaitez avoir l'appui d'un expert, merci de nous contactez. Nous pouvons vous envoyez des experts néerlandais ayant plus de 20 ans d'expériences dans leurs domaines d'intervention.
NB: Nos services sont gratuits, c'est notre organisation qui prend en charge tous les frais de l'expert (billet d'avion aller - retour, assurance...).
Pour plus d'informations : firstname.lastname@example.org / www.pum.nl / tél : +223 65 94 94 48 / +223 76 31 36 54
The Dairy Learning Lab is a 2 day training opportunity for dairy professionals who train farmers and processors in the dairy sector. The learning lab aims to share training materials, to review these materials and methods among peers and to jointly improve access to training materials and improve existing training practices.
Today marks the first day of the learning lab, being held at Golden Valley Research Trust in Chisamba, Zambia and is focusing on roughage for dairy production. Participants at this learning lab include; the Dairy Association of Zambia, Agri-Vet Africa, various dairy cooperatives, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre and Livestock Services Cooperative Society, among others.
Look out for more information and the outcomes of this Dairy Learning Lab here.
The picture below shows the PUM Netherlands Senior Expert at GART, sharing... Read more
Sign up for the Dairy Learning Lab NOW!
20 participants have already signed up for the first Dairy Learning Lab on March 17th and 18th in collaboration with GART, DAZ, SNV, and PUM. This learning workshop will take place at the GART Research Centre in Chisamba.
There are 5 spaces left! Are you a dairy practitioner and you are interested to learn more about roughage and fodder you can still contact me for more information.