Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2018 at 09:38

Nine research projects funded to improve seed systems in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa

Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.

The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.

Aim of the research projects

The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may

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Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 17 August 2018 at 02:13

“Grafted Tomato” project launched in Uganda

The Applied Research Fund (ARF) project “Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (IRESO)” was launched by Josephat Byaruhanga, Senior Policy Officer Agribusiness of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala. The launch took place on August 14, 2018, at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Wakiso District in Uganda.

The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp

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Wim Goris hi Gloria, thanks for sharing. Keep us updates, as this may well be a breakthrough  ! 

4 months 4 weeks ago

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 AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 June 2018 at 01:41

Seeds of Gold to sprout in the Albertine region:

Hoima is poised to host the first ever Farm Clinic on July 7th where farmers, processors, marketers and other stakeholders in the Albertine districts will get a chance to interact under the Climate Smart farming theme.

Banking on his 25 years of agricultural research, Dr Sylvester Dickson Baguma, with a tinge of excitement and optimism, reveals BulindiZARDI is more than prepared to host the groundbreaking agribusiness learning moment on July 7.

Baguma added; Several exhibitors will showcase their technologies for improved farming practices ranging from land preparation, planting, and water for production, harvesting, value addition and marketing. We have lined up the best resource persons or trainers for each of the key enterprises. Those who will attend the farm clinic will leave to remember the day as it is going to be a life changing event.

Climate smart farming:

Like it has been the custom in Mbarara, Kabanyolo and Soroti, Climate smart farming will

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Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  26 May 2018, All Day Event

Mbarara Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MBAZARDI) will host a one-day farm clinic with a main practical-based session on May 26 in Mbarara. The clinic whose theme focuses on climate smart farming will conduct talk sessions on topics such as Seeds & varieties, Post-harvest handling, Value addition, Sustainable Land Management (SLM) & Economics.

Farmers attending the clinic will also learn more about grazing methods like zero grazing, rotational grazing and paddocking and free range grazing.  Dairy farmers will be shown how to move towards a system that maximises land use and produces milk at a least cost. Intensive dairy production (with or without minimal grazing) is predicted to replace the traditional open grazing systems. 

Farmers will also learn how to keep records about all farm operations and events. These may include, but not limited to, purchases, sales, feeding and health and breeding. The records should be as simple as possible for ease of interpret

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 April 2018 at 02:00

Agriculture ministry to award best seed-growing companies:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has announced plans to award private companies engaged in seed production and dissemination in a move aimed at promoting high quality seeds in the agriculture sector.

According to Opolot Okaasai, the director of crop production at MAAIF, seven companies have so far registered for the pilot project dubbed, AgResults ever since it was officially launched in February 2017 by agriculture state minister Christopher Kibazanga .

The seven companies that have registered include CAII seeds, Equator Seeds ltd, Pearl Seeds, CEDO, OTIS Garden Seeds, Grow More Seeds and Victoria Seeds.

The pilot projects are designed to incentivise the private sector to overcome market barriers and develop solutions to food security and agricultural challenges that eventually affect people living in poverty, Okaasai said.

This is one of the six global initiatives that are funded by five partners; B

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 April 2018 at 02:50

New vegetable seeds at Seed Co Rwanda.

As the African Seed Company that dedicates it's daily work in research to improve farmers livelihood with high yielding varieties in various crops that we sell on the African market. Seed Co Rwanda has new vegetable varieties as shown in the picture below.

Find more updates about Seed Co products here 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Roland Kayumbu, thanks a lot for sharing with us!Do you also have seeds of pepper?

8 months 3 weeks ago

Roland Kayumbu Hi Thacien, yes we do have pepper as well. 

8 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Roland Kayumbu, good to hear that!

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 12 April 2018 at 04:11


Good Nature Agro is a social enterprise that invests in Zambia’s small-scale farmers to bring them out of poverty and into the middle class. We identify premium agricultural markets and contract our growing network of farmers to deliver reliable, flexible, and quality supply. Good Nature provides year-round support to growers including business and agronomic training, custom farm advice, input financing, and a premium price.

Our first company, Good Nature Seed, applies the Good Nature Agro model to the legume seed market. In four years, Good Nature has scaled from 40 growers to 5,000 growers and over 1,000 metric tons in sales, with 2,500 metric tons expected in 2018. We sell the output of our growers’ efforts to farmers around the region to ensure all smallholders have access to quality, affordable seed that can improve their farms and lives.

Good Nature is at an inflection point and exploring more diverse market opportunities. The

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 January 2018 at 09:10

I have mucuna or lablab seeds for sale, is  about 2500kg.


Phone. +256 779418606

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 January 2018 at 08:49

I have mucuna or lablabl seeds for sale. It's about 2500kg. 
Contact me on // phone +256 77941 8606

Posted by  Store Francis to agrprofocus uganda

Janine Schoeman Dear Ayo, thank you for your post. Please post the information in the post itself and not in the tags. You can use the tags for the words Seeds / Sale . I have amended for you this time. Kind Regards Janine

11 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 July 2017 at 06:32

Value Prime enterprise limited is an agricultural based horticultural enterprise that was established in 2013 to solve these two agendas;

Ø To ensure that the farmers agricultural needs are adequately met

Ø To ensure there is a constant supply of quality and affordable agricultural products throughout all season of the year

We provide all our clients with the best agricultural products, practices and state of the art technology in order to enhance high returns to you as our client.

Below is the list of services that we offer;

Ø Greenhouses- We offer the state of the art modern greenhouses that will help your business in the maximization of profits( Check our catalogue or website

Ø Irrigation- We have a variety of irrigation equipment’s from sprinkler and the drip irrigation.

Ø Seeds

Ø Chemicals

Ø Fertilizers

Ø Gardening tools

Ø Bee-keeping materials

Ø For a detailed view of our product kindly check our catalogue or visit our website www.val

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1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 19 May 2017 at 01:24

Job opportunity for Myanmar National at Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Myanmar project

Executive Assistant – ISSD Myanmar Project 

Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme in Myanmar (ISSD Myanmar) 

Duty station: Seed Division, DOA, Nay Pyi Taw 

Closing date of application: 29 May 2017 

The position 

The job advertised by this vacancy is for the position of Executive Assistant in the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) in Myanmar Project. You will work in a small team based at the Seed Division, consisting of a national project coordinator (fulltime), a project officer early generation seed (EGS) production (fulltime), two EGS advisors (part-time), a platform advisor (part-time) and a project advisor (part-time).The team closely collaborates with a second team based in Mandalay, consisting of four seed business experts (full-time). You will be supervised by the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 19 May 2017 at 01:05

Job opportunity for Myanmar National at Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Myanmar project 

National Project Coordinator ISSD Myanmar 

Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme in Myanmar (ISSD Myanmar) 

Duty station: Seed Division, DOA, Nay Pyi Taw 

Closing date of application: 29 May 2017 

The position 

The job advertised by this vacancy is for the position of national project coordinator. You will lead the project on a day to day basis. You will provide guidance and oversight to a small team of fulltime and parttime staff based at the Seed Division. Staff include a project officer early generation seed (EGS) production (fulltime), two EGS advisors (part-time), a platform advisor (part-time), a project advisor (part-time) and an executive assistant (fulltime). Moreover, you will ensure close collaboration with another project team based in Mandalay, consisting of four

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 May 2017 at 12:12

Can seeds help smallholders diversify?

Summary and video of the 3rd Food For All talks session under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership

On April 13, the third Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place. Ethel Sennhauser, Director Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank Group, welcomed guest speakers from Access to Seeds Index and East-West Seed to discuss the role of seed companies in helping smallholder farmers diversify into growing vegetables for income and better nutrition.

In this third edition of the Food for All Talk series, Ido Verhagen (Executive Director of the Access to Seeds Index) and Mary-Ann Sayoc (East-West Seed company) shared their experiences on what seed companies can do for smallholder vegetables farming.

East West Seed’s tailored business model focuses exclusively on smallholders, and extends far beyond seeds – they offer knowledge transfer on the farming system, thereby creating the basis for future sales. Ms. Sayoc noted t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 April 2017 at 10:20

East-West Seed supports Myanmar government in improving the productivity of vegetable farmers

Registered as a foreign company in Myanmar, East-West Seed is engaged in producing and distributing high quality vegetable seeds, as well as providing training to farmers through its Knowledge Transfer activities.

The Hague, 20 April 2017 -- A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other private Dutch companies who are operating in Myanmar.

Other members of the high level delegation are the minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, the chief minister of Yangon, H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, and the chief minister of Ayeyarwady, H.E. Mahn Johnny.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to share with the leaders of Myanma

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Disrupt! Open Source Seeds

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 February 2017, 08:30-14:00
  Kenya Climate innovation centre, Nairobi

Invitation Disrupt! Open source seeds!

Market based solutions for open source seeds in Africa

Next week Hivos will organise a workshop at Kenya Climate innovation Centre - a coworking place in Nairobi - for social seed entrepreneurs followed by a PUBLIC EVENT!

This public event is the final part of a competitive ideathon event. Social seed entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa will pitch their improved ideas in front of jury and public.
The jury consists of William Kithui (Alphamundi), Paul Ohaga (KCIC) and Gloria Otieno (Bioversity International).
We are looking forward to a nice fruitful inspiring meeting with entrepreneurs, impact investors, policy makers, researchers, ngos ..... 

Please join to help bring the best ideas to the next level and meet your peers over lunch!

You can register via Ernest Chitechi - or 
Willy Douma - 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 13 December 2016 at 12:39

Strengthening Climate Change Resilience through Local Seed Businesses

Short video explaining how ISSD Uganda contributes to the effective use of improved seed varieties by Ugandan farmers. Crops mentioned in the video a/o. cassava, groundnut, pigeon peas.

ISSD Uganda is helping farmers to adapt to climate change by supporting local seed businesses to produce affordable certified quality seed of improved varieties of food security crops which perform well under changing climate conditions.

ISSD is a collaborative effort of NARO, WUR, EKN Kampala.

Published on Nov 23, 2016

License: Standard YouTube License

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 15 October 2016 at 11:01

Nature’s nutritious seeds:10 reasons why you should opt for pulses

Find out why you should include pulses in your diet

We see them each and every day: at the grocery store, the farmer’s market and as side orders served with your favorite dish. In many countries, they are part of the cultural heritage and are consumed on a regular basis. In other parts of the world, they hardly garner a mention except when served as soup on a cold winter’s day. However, these tiny, multi-colored seeds have been one of nature’s nutritious foods since time began. Here is why:

1. Pulses are naturally low in fat and contain no cholesterol, which can contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

2. Pulses are also low in sodium. Sodium chloride - or salt - is a contributor to hypertension and can be avoided by consuming foods with lower sodium levels such as pulses. It is recommended that a small amount of salt should be added to the cooking water or the final dish.

3. They are a great so

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 July 2016 at 11:19

Dutch Seeds Debate

Support small farmers with seeds, services and education

This is the report of a debate organised by Agriterra in April 2016 in the context of the Small Farmers, Big Deal campaign.

One of the action points listed at the end of the report: “Developing the seed sector needs an integrated supply chain approach with better products (seeds) but also education and services that stimulate good farming practices, financing and market linkages. “

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 January 2016 at 09:59


Dear Members of Agriprofocus platform. I am glad to join this network for sharing ideas thoughts and opportunities in Agriculture sector.

I am representing COOPROZOV Cooperative having its headquarters in Burera District, Northern Province of Rwanda. We are engaged in producing Irish potato seeds to farmers in the region.

For years ago, potato seeds has been a challenge at the start of each season but mostly seeds for Kinigi variety. This season is being more particular and most challenging to farmers. Now, Kinigi Potato seeds are being sold at Rwf 550 instead of Rwf 320 for previous season. This is an increase of Rwf 230 per kilo of seeds.

Other varieties also present same cases. PEKO Variety which used to be sold at Rwf 180 is now Rwf 220; an increase of more than 100%. Unfortunately,   seeds are expensive but are not even available. Our stores and stores of other seed multipliers are empty. This implies the

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Anatole Majyambere Dear Eugenie, Thank you very much for raising this issue on the AgriProFocus online platform. I also acknowledge that potato seeds is one of the biggest challenges to irish potato farmers. We have been discussing making recommendations on this issue but it looks more complicated than people think. I personally believe that the government has is and should be the key player in this sector as it has been the case in other sectors which has recorded a tremendous development. I recently visited CAVM, visited their potato seed lab. They have a very good infrastructure but there are a lot explanations to why they are not supplying farmers with seeds. I have not visited RAB lab but I hear they also have very good infrastructure but farmers have always claiming to do not get enough seeds. The recent studies showed that only around 3% of good seeds is available to what the market demands. Thanks to the Government of Rwanda, mainly through MINICOM, there have been a lot being done in organizing the commercialization of potato but one would argue on why not starting by organizing the producing! Lets join our hands to benefit from this gift from God, IKiRAYI CYACU

2 years 11 months ago

Hoving Egbert Best solution for production of seed potatoes is by private sector actors: individual farmers and/or coops. Try to initiate this in cooperation with a potato seed company from The Netherlands. I am ready to facilitate this. Email:

2 years 11 months ago

Anatole Majyambere Dear Egbert, you are right. There is already a good number of seed producers. Hope to see more initiatives

2 years 11 months ago