"What kind of precision agriculture do smallholders need"

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 October 2017, 11:00-12:00
  online FREE webinar

 Join us for our online discussion on Wednesday, October 4, from 11am – noon CET. We have a high-calibre panel of experts, including representatives of eKutir, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bayer, Farmerline and WARC.

This event is free for all to join! Click here to view to attend the discussion:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 September 2017 at 08:14

Smallholder farmers’ adaptation to climate change and determinants of their adaptation decisions in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia

Abrham Belay, John W. Recha, Teshale Woldeamanuel and John F. Morton



The agricultural sector remains the main source of livelihoods for rural communities in Ethiopia, but faces the challenge of changing climate. This study investigated how smallholder farmers perceive climate change, what adaptation strategies they practice, and factors that influence their adaptation decisions. Both primary and secondary data were used for the study, and a multinomial logit model was employed to identify the factors that shape smallholder farmers’ adaptation strategies.


The results show that 90% of farmers have already perceived climate variability, and 85% made attempts to adapt using practices like crop diversification, planting date adjustment, soil and water conservation and management, increasing the intensity of input use, integrating crop

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 August 2017 at 09:45

Seeds, not diamonds, will make Africa great

BY Kanayo Nwanze

. . . My vision for Africa’s future is not built on a foundation of extractive industries. These riches have not translated into wide-ranging job creation, or social welfare and stability. They have not fed hungry people. They have not reduced poverty.

I see Africa’s economic growth predicated upon unlocking and fully tapping into the potential of smallholder farmers who make up 70% of our population. When I insisted for many years that small-scale farms were as much businesses as large-scale operations, my views were considered at best romantic and at worst foolish. I am glad to note that the concept of smallholder farms as a business has become commonplace today. . .

Ethiopia, for example, has reaped huge benefits for the last two decades from visionary leadership and by honouring its development commitments. The government set up the growth and transformation plan (GTP) to bolster smallholder farmers’ productivit

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for sharing  this article with us.i think it can help for our agriculture development!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 February 2017 at 11:35

ICCO Cooperation Launched STARS

In partnership with The MasterCard Foundation  

ICCO Cooperation with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation launched the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program in Ethiopia. This five-year initiative will directly support 210,000 farmers (50% of whom are women) and reach more than one million people in rural Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Rwanda and Senegal. STARS will address challenges that smallholder farmers face such as poor farming techniques, lack of credit, minimal access to markets, and limited access to appropriate financial products.

STARS program was launched at Golden Tulip hotel, Addis Ababa on February 15, 2017. On the occasion, Mr Toshome Nigussie, Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development of Oromia Regional Government, said "the STARS program, will contribute to the realization of the Growth and Transformation Plan of the Ethiopian government, which is an overarching strategy for 2015/6

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 November 2016 at 08:17

Ethiopia: Results of Climate Change On Smallholder Farmers

By Lyndal Rowlands

Farmers are already experiencing the effects of climate change but can also help to fight it, according to a new report released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"All farmers have to both adapt to climate change and will have to make a contributions to mitigate the emissions coming from agriculture," Rob Vos, Director of Agricultural Development Economics at FAO said.

"The good news," he added, is that a lot of the techniques farmers can use to adapt to climate change will also help to reduce their emissions, and vice versa.

The 2016 State of Food and Agriculture report focuses on the links between climate change, agriculture and food security.

The agriculture sector, including forestry, fisheries and livestock production, is responsible for producing around one fifth of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

Some of the biggest effects come from deforestation, including land that is being cleared to f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 24 October 2016 at 12:34

Climate-Smart Farming Helps a Community in Kenya Thrive in the Face of Climate-Change

Published on Oct 18, 2016. 6 minute clip on YouTube. Produced by World Bank.

What does a climate-smart farm look like? Farmers in Kenya are cultivating farms that earn higher incomes and produce more nutritious food-- showing that climate-smart agriculture can help smallholders prosper in the face of climate change.

My question to you as AgriProFocus members would be:

- how innovative are the diversification practices shown in the video?

- do you know other (more innovative) cases similar to the practices shown in the video?

- do you know other cases, which include a more explicit entrepreneurship strategy?

Thank you!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:27

Training Opportunity: ''Promoting Agriculture Technology to Improve Productivity and Net Returns for Smallholder Farmers''

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) announces an international training program on ''Promoting Agriculture Technology to Improve Productivity and Net Returns for Smallholder Farmers'' 

Venue: Accra, Ghana Dates: December 12- 16, 2016


Program Fee:

Early Bird - Registration and Payment by October 21

      Regular - Registration and    Payment by November 21

Late - After November 21






· Youth and women in agriculture and innovative farmers.

· Agronomists, soil scientists, researchers, and extensionists from national and international agricultural research institutes and universities.

· Policymakers from governments and ministries in charge of agricultural productivity and planning.

· Executives and managers of fertilizer and agricultural input

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Workshop on Finance for Smallholder Farmers

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  21 July 2016, 08:30-13:00
  Hotel Africana-Kampala

AgriProFocus Uganda, in collaboration with the members of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, the 13 largest investors in the Netherlands, are organizing a dissemination workshop of the Research entitled; Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations.

The workshop is scheduled to take place on Thursday the 21st July at Hotel Africana-Kampala at 8:30am. For this workshop we have prepared a Summary Report of the main findings of the research, and we would like to get your inputs for the discussion.

This meeting will bring together over 80 different stakeholders in the agricultural finance sub-sector including financial service providers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and professionals, farmer organizations, Agri-insurance providers, NGOs focusing on supporting small holder farmers to access Agrifinance.

For confirmation or enquiries, please contact Richard Mugisha: Tel: +256 (0)772-960057

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 7 June 2016 at 02:59

New Report from the ACB: Integration of small-scale farmers into formal seed production in South Africa

‘Integration of small-scale farmers into formal seed production in South Africa: A scoping report. ‘ Available here.

The report found that while there is extensive reference across government policies to indigenous knowledge and biodiversity conservation, economic development, transformation, job creation, and food security, government does not consider small-scale farmer involvement in seed production a priority. Integration of                           small-scale farmers into formal seed                           production in South Africa

Government policy and programmes accept that multinational corporations (MNCs) control seed production and there are very few public sector efforts to integrate black small-scale farmers into commercial seed production. Nevertheless the report does outline a few projects on community seed production, indigenous crops and black-owned private sector seed production efforts. These few efforts highlight important lessons for the support of small-scale farmer seed production, including: the importance of participatory

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 June 2015 at 11:46

Rabobank Foundation and FAO to expand partnership

22 June, 2015, Utrecht - FAO and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa.

"This is a flagship partnership for FAO," Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said in an address today to the foodFIRST conference here, which this year is focused on the future of farming and food security in Africa.

In 2013, FAO and Rabobank Foundation began a partnership by collaborating on three projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya, all oriented to improving smallholder farmers' incomes, access to financial tools and ability to invest in more efficient production of food crops.

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some more info on the 3 projects here: