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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 31 October 2017 at 09:07

Smart Water For Agriculture Program: Transforming Lives In Kenya

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Shadrack! I really like your contributions that gives us more insight on how we can make agribusiness work for development!

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Shadrack Agaki Anne Marie Kortleve thanks for complement. We all have an obligation to share information that can help the network deliver on its  promise.

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing this Shadrack! I also agree with Anne Marie that your contributions provides insights on how we can all work together to make agribusiness work for development. Keep up the good work! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 October 2017 at 01:22

"Give up speaking for communities" - V4CP

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 October 2017 at 03:15

Download SNV Uganda 2016 Annual report for detailed insights into SNV's performance in 2016.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 October 2017 at 11:01

Voice for Change Partnership: 'Nothing for us without us'


On 29th September 2017, AgriProFocus, IFPRI, SNV, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Kenya together with several stakeholders started a journey that will see critical transformation and development in Kenya- the launch of the Voice for Change Partnership project. 

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 03:42

Edible Oil Demand Study

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

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 16 October 2017 at 01:31

CHECK OUT THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT!!

SNV Rwanda/Agriterra program is looking for a Business Advisor

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

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 October 2017 at 09:53

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SNV RWANDA

Deadline: October 20, 2017

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

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Niyungeko Remy Nice opportunity.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 2 October 2017 at 08:59

An interesting initiative in Vietnam worth following: 

Gender-responsive Inclusive Business Support Package

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 22 September 2017 at 11:57

OYE bootcamp in supporting youth entrepreneurs!

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. 

 Katarina says "youth who attended OYE bootcamp and business plan competition

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Juma Bruno Ngomuo Great work @SNV Tanzania And @AgriProfocus Tanzania Katarina Mungure @Awadh Milas for keeping on the Spirit

1 month 3 weeks ago

MUWANGUZI SAMUEL Am really appreciate of such great work but i also pray to God to give Favor on us  the Ugandan Youths also to participate in such tacks 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 September 2017 at 05:18

Bringing agricultural solutions to the farmers through Farmers' Field Days - Lessons from HortIMPACT business case 7

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 7 September 2017 at 05:32

Formation des jeunes en pisciculture

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. 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 September 2017 at 10:22

Young agri-business group in Tanzania: "Yes we can!"

Article by SNV

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 Twaweza group, made up of 25 youth, is one of the 80 Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) groups in the country who are involved in a variety of agricultural activities.

A ready local market
Amina and her group have built an efficient trading network selling their own cash crops as well as other produce like rice and plantain procured in bulk from the nearby town. Their own village of Mundu is in a Tanzanian military base in Morogoro which has proven to be a ready market for their produce. Amina supplements her sales by purchasing plantain bananas in bulk at 30,000 TZS (13 USD) and selling them in batches at 10,000 TZS (4 USD) per batch, “I usually come home with about 60,000 TZS (26 USD), and make a profit of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 31 August 2017 at 08:34

Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

AgriProFocus Zambia hosted the 2017 Regional Agribusiness Platform (formally known as Agribusiness Finance Fair) on 24th to 25th of August, 2017 in Chipata, eastern province. We would like to thank the sponsors, exhibitors, Agro-dealers, farmers and the government for making the event a great success.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 August 2017 at 02:51

Young women dominate 2017 OYE Tanzania boot camp competition

An article by SNV

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.

The 2017 OYE Boot Camp was the first edition that included participants from both the MasterCard Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)-funded OYE projects. A selection of 30 young people was made, representing 100 high-performing businesses. The businesses were established by OYE participants in 2015 and 2016, and are active in sectors like agriculture, energy and WASH.
Boot Camp participants enjoyed two days of training and learning and were taken on study tours to an organic fertiliser company as well as an organic coal manufa

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Smart Water for Agriculture Learning Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 September 2017, 14:00-19:00
  Nairobi

Participation by invitation only!   

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:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 July 2017 at 02:38

Dutch Embassies: Food Security Learning Journey to Kenya 2017- Key lessons

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 full report is available here

The key take-home lessons from the journey include: 

Inclusive Business

• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour le partage, reconnaissons que l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas est très actif sur les questions de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. je sais de quoi je parle.

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Dorina! The learning journey outcomes are relevant for all AgriProFocus networks across Africa and Asia. As a facilitator of this learning journey, I really enjoyed the open sharing that happened during the field visits and reflection sessions. I highly recommend all of you to watch the video (only 10 minutes) and read the different articles. Also check the original link if you like to http://knowledge4food.net/learning-journey-kenya-2017/  or the link to the 'Embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands' page on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website: http://knowledge4food.net/partners/embassies-kingdom-netherlands/

3 months 9 hours ago

Dorina Prech Nicole Metz indeed thank you for your wonderful facilitation at this learning journey. I also absolutely enjoyed the open sharing of experiences especially from the other countries. That's why it's great that all the AgriProFocus networks get to see what transpired during the journey. We look forward to the continued dissemination of the outcomes. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 July 2017 at 04:41

Logistics Officer job at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:45

Agricultural finance fair 2017 - Kabale

 “I am a potato farmer and have been having a challenge of accessing good seed, however during this event i have had access and got contacts of good quality seed producers. Thank you Agriprofocus and partners of this event.” - Tumukunde Annet, a female farmer.  

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 July 2017 at 05:57

The power of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition

Published by SNV, WUR, KIT, SDC, June 1st, 2017

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 01:33

Highlights of the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day

AgriProFocus participated in the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day commemoration which was held under the theme "Inclusion" and the slogan "Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind".

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

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