I have read through a report prepared after SNV’s Smart water for Agriculture (SWA) learning event that took place on 18 September 2017 in Nairobi Kenya; it is clear new technologies in water harvesting, storage, and usage would lead to transformation of lives. This new knowledge and technologies if embraced would lead to eradication of poverty and ensure food security.
In the report one thing is evident – change of tact in SWA programs is necessary if we have to achieve SDGs No. 1,2 &13 . According to National irrigation Board (NIB) in Kenya, The government is re-looking into policies that have existed on irrigation, which have not borne fruits with intention of instituting changes. In fact the government is now seeking to empower and encourage private sector as strategic partners to take a bigger role in spearheading smart Water Agriculture technologies and practices.
Given that Agriculture is a devolved function in Ken... Read more
Voice for Change partnership launch was held on the 29th of September 2017 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel. It was an auspicious event that brought on board sixty five stakeholders drawn from national and county government departments, community based and national CSOs, research, think tanks and international development organizations.
The programme addressed four issues namely: food and nutrition safety, resilience, renewable energy, water, sanitation and hygiene. The day's programme was divided into several sessions aimed at getting perspectives from different stakeholders.
Mr Irungu Houngton, the Executive Director of Chapter One Kenya while giving his perspective on the role of CSOs in development noted that civil society organizations are at the front seat of the country's future as they point out issues that are not protecting the rights of citizens. He further noted that CSOs are at the voice of citizens at the local, national and intern... Read more
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It is clear through available statistics that by 2050 the world population would be over 9 billion and the biggest challenge would be food insecurity. The premonition, if we don’t act on the looming food crisis, many people are going to die of hunger. From human point of view and indeed Africa tradition, dying of hunger is not only painful but also shameful. It is imperative then for everyone to commit to work in order to avert the pain and shame of the encroaching calamity.
The urgency of the solutions to this peculiar problem of food insecurity especially in Africa cannot be underrated. From several researches, it is clear that the Africa continent has latent pote... Read more
The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is conducting an edible oil demand study in Northern Uganda in order to understand the market demand for distinct products from edible oil seeds such as sunflower oilseed, soya beans, palm oilseeds, sesame/simsim and other oilseeds. This study will help in better understanding the demand for sunflower and other edible oil seeds grown in Northern Uganda and other parts of the country.As such, it is critical to understand the ability of locally produced edible oil products to compete against other products on the markets. The questions below will provide the understanding required of the edible oil demand in the country. This survey is confidential and voluntary, and any information that we obtain will only be used anonymously, for the study purposes. We will be most grateful if you could take about 8 minutes of your time to answer the questions
Deadline: November 04, 2017
Agriterra aims to professionalize farmers' organizations and cooperatives worldwide, with advice from experts from the Dutch agricultural sector. Our opinion is that strong farmers' organizations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better distribution of income. We focus on economic development and work closely together with the Dutch agribusiness.
Agriterra Rwanda is registered as a program under SNV Rwanda and our team cooperates with farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, in the value chains of coffee, dairy, maize, rice, sugar cane, horticulture and Irish potato.
Agriterra is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer business advisory services to cooperatives that have been selected as Agriterra clients. The Business Advisor will be based at Agriterra’s office in Musanze, under the wings of farmer’s... Read more
The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is an international not-for-profit development organization working in over 30 developing countries for more than 40 years. SNV has been working in Rwanda since 1980 and is active in all of SNV's three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
SNV Rwanda in Dutch consortia led by BMB Mott MacDonald, and Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) of Rwanda are implementing the project “Education for Agricultural Development” (SEAD), contributing to sustainable food security in Rwanda (running until mid-2021). The project is funded through a grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the NICHE 2 program (Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education) which is managed by NUFFIC. The primary beneficiaries of SEAD project are the relevant universities of Rwanda and polytechnics/IPRCs and, ultimately, the private sec... Read more
A new initiative to support private sector actors to grow their agricultural businesses in an inclusive and gender-responsive way.
Under the competitive initiative, SNV provides advisory services, mentoring and financial support to private sector actors operating in agriculture, including small and medium enterprises and cooperative groups/production units, to develop, enhance and roll-out innovative gender-responsive inclusive business ideas. Gender-responsive inclusive businesses generate profit for the private sector actors by bringing women into the core business of the company as employees, producers, distributors and/or customers. Profit is generated by increased quality and productivity in the business or the creation of new untapped markets. At the same time, the benefits for women include opportunities for jobs and leadership positions, increased income, increased resilie... Read more
In supporting youth in agribusiness, our partners SNV partnered with MasterCard Foundation in a project named Opportunity for Youth Employment (OYE) and held a boot camp between 11th-14th September. The bootcamp involved youth from four zones of Tanzania including Southern Zone (Mbeya), Northern Zone (Arusha), Central Zone (Dodoma/Morogoro) and Lake Zone (Mwanza).
The Bootcamp held for 3 days, of which 2 days of learning, networking and study tours to organic fertilizer company and organic manufacturer company. Out of 30 participants, 3 winners were chosen whereby the first winner won a startup kit worth 1 million, second 900,000 and third 800,000 start up kits.
The panel of judges from SNV and AgriProFocus Tanzania Country Coordinator Katarina Mungure chose the competition winner named Elizabeth from Haki Leather Group in Dodoma.
... Read moreKatarina says "youth who attended OYE bootcamp and business plan competition
The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar... Read more
En partenariat avec AgroBusiness Center, la plateforme a initié une formation en pisciculture à l'endroit de 40 jeunes. La formation a duré 14 jours et s'est déroulée sur la ferme Kakalaka. Elle a porté entre autres sur la reproduction de Clarias et tilapia, l'alimentation des poissons, l'entretien des bassins et étangs, la production d'alevins, la gestion de sites piscicoles, etc.
A l'issu de la formation, les jeunes bénéficieront de l'accompagnement technique du formateur pour l'installation de leurs propres sites.
Members of the Twaweza group live in the mountain village of Mundu on the outskirts of Morogoro, Tanzania. But despite their isolated location, they have managed to become a strong agricultural trading network.
The platform was characterised with official opening by the Eastern Region Permanent Secretary Mr. Chanda Kasolo then followed exhibitions, workshops (Knowledge exchange) and lastly award giving ceremony.
Themes of discussion during the workshops included:
1. Sustainable Integrated Land Management Systems by SNV
2. Cooperative governance by Agriterra
3. Importance of using weights by Spruceland
4. Agribusiness Finance by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission
5. Safe handling of chemicals by Zambia Environmental Management Agency
6. Farming Inputs by Zambian fertilizers and MRI
7. Post harvesting handling by Po... Read more
We've just wrapped up the 2017 Oportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) Boot Camp. After three days of intensive workshops and a wealth of knowledge and experience gained, 30 ambitious participants anxiously waited to hear the names of the 2017 winners. The competition was fierce and in the end, female entrepreneurs dominated the field and took home most prizes.
AgriProFocus Kenya, on behalf of The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), has organised a lesson sharing session on Smart Water Solutions for agriculture in Kenya. The learning event is anchored around EKN in Kenya-funded programme, Smart Water for Agriculture Programme implemented by a consortium that includes SNV, Meta Meta, Royal Tropical Institute, Aqua for All, Tropica and Wageningen University.
The four-year programme aims to increase water productivity, income and food security by developing climate-smart and market-led ‘smart water' solutions to 20,000 farmers in five counties. By using less water and energy to decrease their input costs, these small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers are expected to increase the income and profitability of their farms.
This session is open to stakeholders in the agri-food and water sectors, where we will be exploring potential areas for collaboration through:... Read more
In June 2017, staff from Dutch embassies across Africa, Asia and the Netherlands visited Kenya for a learning journey. The journey was meant to jointly learn and reflect on the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) policy of the EKN. Participants visited programs in four sectors: dairy, horticulture, potato, and edible oils.
The delegation met with Kenyan and international farmers, processing companies, expertise centers and NGOs. The embassy staff will implement the ideas and insights developed during this learning journey in their work at national level.
Read more in the comprehensive articles from the learning journey on this Embassy Special by the Food and Business Knowledge Platform.
The key take-home lessons from the journey include:
• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T... Read more
SNV Netherlands Development Organization is a not-for-profit international development organizational founded in the Netherlands in 1965; and currently maintains a global presence in 30 countries; across Africa, Asia and Latin America. SNV has been present in Uganda since 1989 and currently undertakes donor funded programming within 100+ districts across the country. As an organisation, SNV focuses on the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors and maintains the belief that no one should have to live in poverty; and that all people should have the opportunity to pursue their own sustainable development. SNV contributes to programming within the Agriculture, WASH and Energy sectors by strengthening the capacities of targeted partners and communities at the field level; in order to realize increased skill sets and sustainable performance; reduce poverty levels, expand employment; improve food security; while paying special att... Read more
On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide... Read more
This technical brief (PDF) from SNV, Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shares learning on the importance of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition and scale-up projects. The brief presents results from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) model in Uganda and Zambia. This new and innovative model aims to empower communities to reduce the causes of malnutrition themselves and ensure dietary diversity and overall nutrition goals are improved. Communities are supported to understand what they can do to improve the situation and formulate their own locally available solutions.To ensure sustainability and scalability of the approach, SN4A works with local and district level authorities, building their capacity to plan and implement nutritio
AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.
Insightful views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;
1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus
2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive
participation by Agriterra
3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization
4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE... Read more