Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 June 2017 at 10:08

Dairy: Uganda’s un-milked sector

SNV's Rinus van Klinken examines the rise of Dairy in Uganda and why more attention needs to be paid to the sector that is rapidly overtaking the traditional export commodities.

As the world celebrates June dairy month, Uganda has more reason than most countries to put the dairy sector in the limelight. A quiet revolution has drastically changed the face of the sector, making it one of the outstanding agricultural success stories. The dairy value chain ticks the boxes of the government of Uganda's policy to promote commercial farming, encourage rural agro-processing and stimulate export. Surprisingly, policy makers do not seem to be aware of their own success, ignoring opportunities for further growth.

One of the reasons that dairy has not yet been profiled by government as a growth sector in agriculture is the lack of data. Who is aware that dairy has developed into the third agricultural export commodity, after coffee and fish? And well ahead of such esta

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 June 2017 at 12:00

DFID funded WASH project in Uganda surpasses its 2016 sanitation target

An article by SNV

SNV Uganda has once again surpassed the sanitation target of one of its WASH projects, with 770,000 people now having latrines for the first time. This is a 45% increase from the target in 2016 of 530,000 people gaining access to sanitation.

Within the Sustainable Sanitation & Hygiene for All Results (SSH4A Results) project in Uganda, SNV has focused on training local actors to trigger communities to invest in sanitation at household level, which lead to a reduction in open defecation. This is supported by findings in the 2017 Mid-term Monitoring Report. As a result, the project currently has a resource pool of 100 Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) promoters.

Open defecation has reduced by 11% – from 16% in 2014 to 5%. Environmentally safe sanitary facilities (latrines that have a drop hole cover to prevent human contact with faeces) have grown by 20% and more households are now constructing them.

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Loes van Dijk Great work!

1 year 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 June 2017 at 08:40

An improved relationship leads to a better life

An article by SNV

Hussein Ahmed and Worknesh have been married for more than 20 years. They experienced many problems in their marriage. Now their relationship has improved significantly as a result of their participation in the 'Gender and youth empowerment in horticulture markets' (GYEM) project.

Hussein and Worknesh were selected as champion farmers for the GYEM project. As a part of that, Hussein took part in a training session. SNV brought together champion famers, men and women, from different villages who all experience problems in their household such as alcoholism or domestic abuse.

The champion famers create a vision on what they would like to reach in their lives, such as a car or a better house, and the steps they need to take to realise their dream. As a part of this process, participants discuss their household situation, for example their relationship with their spouse and the division of labour at home, and what changes are neede

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 May 2017 at 06:49

Northern Region Agribusiness Finance Fair - In Pictures. 

On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity. 

You can view the entire event in Pictures.   

Click here for more information about the event.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 May 2017 at 08:13

Promoting Sustainable Energy Sources

Are you a livestock farmer who is wondering what to do with the animal waste? Do you know that you can produce electricity and bio-slurry out of that waste? Have you heard about the Zamdigester Model?

Energy for Agriculture (E4A) project  implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has introduced a fixed-dome biodigester named Zamdigester. It is entirely made with locally available materials and local labour. When the Zamdigester is fed with the animal waste/any organic waste, it produces electricity for household use and bio slurry which is good organic fertilizer for your garden. The following are the benefits of using a Zamdigester;

1. Up to 40% increase in agriculture production due to use of high quality organic fertilizer- bio slurry.

2. Can use the electricity produced for milk chilling and radiant heating, cooking, etc.

3. Saving of traditional cooking fuel such as firewood up to 4,000 to 6,000 KG/year and  c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 11 May 2017 at 08:33

Grants for Grabs!

Prior to the Holland Pavilion at the Agritech expo, AgriProFocus Zambia organized a “Doing Business in Zambia” Seminar. The seminar was meant to highlight the status of the Poultry and Dairy sector in Zambia and the nature of the business environment with regards to the agriculture sector.

All the key stakeholder that were present including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority,  PACRA, Poultry Association of Zambia and Dairy Association of Zambia identified the potential investment opportunities in the poultry and dairy sub-sectors to be:

1. Feed additives and premixes

2. Vaccines and medicines for poultry and dairy

3. Improved poultry and dairy genetics

4. Diagnostic facilities

5. Commercial extension services as the government is slowly moving away from providing free extension services to farm

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Nathan Mwanaumo Hi Leah, the link doesn't open

1 year 7 months ago

Chali Nyirenda

As part of the mission, the Doing Business in Zambia Meeting was held on 26th April, 2017 at the Southern Sun Hotel. This meeting was held to give insight to the Dutch and Zambian Businesses on the business landscape and the opportunities that are in Zambia. This occasion was graced by the Director of Zambia Development Agency and we had presentations from Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA), Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority, Poultry Association of Zambia and the Dairy Association of Zambia. Each of these institutions gave an insight on the rules and regulations in respect to their mandate in the event that the business would be interested in participating in doing business in the Zambian business environment. Below are the presentations that were shared during the meeting    

Poultry Association of Zambia presentation 

Dairy Association of Zambia presentation 

Ministry of Livestock presentation  

Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA)/

Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) 

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 May 2017 at 09:26

Universal access to sanitation & hygiene services

Article by SNV

By 2030, the world has committed to achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. While mainstream sanitation and hygiene approaches are making progress, achieving this equitably and reaching 'the last mile' amidst rapidly changing socio-economic conditions and growing inequalities has proven one of the stickiest problems of this decade. In a new Dgroup discussion that ran from 30 March to 20 April 2017, we discussed what works in universal access and which groups are still to be adequately or equitably reached by current service delivery models, particularly in areas where sanitation coverage is increasing.

This discussion brought together government partners, practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and deepen our understanding about current sector experience and evidence acro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 April 2017 at 11:23

Innovations Against Poverty Program

On 30th March SNV launched Innovations Against Poverty Program in Uganda.

We are now open to receive applications and are inviting companies to apply. 

IAP is a specialized fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low income people, while advancing the inclusio

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1 year 9 months ago

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1 year 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 March 2017 at 01:21

Looking for opportunities in the fresh produce sector in Kenya? Join the mission!

Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.

During the trade mission we offer you:

  • A tailor-made programme for your company

  • Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies

  • Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you

  • Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector

  • A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts

The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide wh

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 March 2017 at 10:09

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Finance - Benin

In many Sub-Saharan African countries, agricultural development is key to accelerating economic development and overcoming poverty. Increasing agricultural production and productivity is vital for food security, since it provides a source of food and generates income for smallholder farmers. Growth in agricultural production and agri business development also stimulates growth in other sectors of the economy. Limited availability of, and access to finance and services for SME farmers limits the development of the small and medium sized agri-entrepreneurs in Benin.

That is why the Dutch Embassy in Benin and SNV set up the Agribusiness Centres. The Agribusiness Centre’s mission is to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs by providing them advice, assistance and access to finance.  They target Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and Micro enterprises with high growth potential.&nbsp

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Philippe AKPAKI Thanks you Anne Marie for this publication. I'm enjoying for Benin entrepreneurs 

1 year 9 months ago

Louis Pangop I might be joining the discussion a little too late. That not withstanding l should thank  Anne Marie for the publication. Furthermore, I would like to know if the Dutch Embassy in Cameroon and SNV have set up Agribusiness centers or similar structures to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs in Cameroon 

11 months 1 week ago

Louis Pangop I might be joining the discussion a little too late. That not withstanding l should thank  Anne Marie for the publication. Furthermore, I would like to know if the Dutch Embassy in Cameroon and SNV have set up Agribusiness centers or similar structures to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs in Cameroon 

11 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 March 2017 at 09:31

Book Launch: Dairy Matters

During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.

You can download the book via this link.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 March 2017 at 08:13

The power of dialogue in accelerating gender equality

Blog from SNV

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to transform the world for the better by 2030 and Gender Equality (SDG5), is without a doubt integral to achieving all these ambitions.

But progress in achieving gender parity is still slow. At the end of 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report estimated that, at the current pace, it would take another 170 years for the gender gap to be closed. This calls for immediate action. Everyone, from individuals and households to organisations and policy makers, needs to commit to accelerating gender equality and ensure that half of the world’s population gets an equal chance to realise their full potential. In addition to being a moral imperative, gender equality is bound to have a great impact on economies.

According to FAO studies, if women had the same access to production resources as men, they could increase their farm yields by 20–30%. This could reduce the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 March 2017 at 08:15

Women driving adoption of improved cookstoves in Rwandan villages

Blog by SNV
One cooperative in the Mushishiro sector of Muhanga district, Rwanda, is fully sold on renewable energy technologies. The awakening came through the president, Epiphania Mukarubariza.

The cooperative began in 2010, conceived by women who wanted to collectively farm and market maize. Now, the group of 19 women and two men, own 2ha of land on which they produce arrowroots, sweet potatoes, maize and cassava. Their biggest customers are schools in the sector.

“We encourage people to join and take advantage of the collective marketing. Being a group increases our chances of getting funds for new ventures we embark on”, Epiphania explained, adding that the purchase of improved cookstoves is one such fringe benefit. “I cannot tell you how much SNV has helped us; even the poorest member has a stove!”.

Epiphania lights up when she remembers how she came across the revolutionary cookstoves that have transformed lives

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 February 2017 at 12:05

Call for Proposals | SNV | Horti-LIFE

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2017, 6:00PM 

Netherland Development Organisation (SNV)
Grant Opportunities
Smallholder Chain Integration Projects in Fruit and Vegetable Sector


SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international organisation founded in the Netherlands SNV Ethiopia works in 310 woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Aligning with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia in agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene, we implement innovative solutions to increase people's income and employment opportunities.

Currently, SNV Ethiopia implements a 3 year horticulture project called Horti-LIFE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). The overall goal of the project is to increase export and the food and nutritional security level

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Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, i am  interested in this fund of horticulture. The vegetables we develop are carrots and tomatoes. We want to enlarge our land. 

1 year 10 months ago

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 February 2017 at 10:06

Social Impact Media Awards

The annual SIMA Awards celebrate the best impact filmmaking from around the world that inspires activism, compassion and social transformation. Each year, films are selected from over 140 countries, competing for awards, cash prizes, industry accolades, media features, distribution opportunities, and entry into SIMA’s signature film programs. 

Three videos created by BrandOutLoud for SNV were shortlisted from 301 submissions in 100 countries for the SIMA Awards: 

Balancing Benefits - Tanzania
In Tanzania, farming and food production depends heavily upon women, who form the majority of the workforce.  Portraying a young couple sharing authority over their farm and income. Showing the people involved improving equality between women and men, at home and in business. This is their story. 

Balancing Benefits - SNV - Tanzania from BrandOutLoud on Vimeo.

Farming in Sneakers - Tanzania 

Worldwide, 74 million young people are unemployed, many

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 February 2017 at 02:24

Presentations from Amhara Agricultural Forum

Are you interested to be a Committee Member to the Forum?

Small Scale and Micro Irrigation Support Project (SMIS) is one of the projects funded by the Dutch Government through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. SMIS aims to support the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) through the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) with the implementation of the adopted Small Scale Irrigation (SSI) Capacity Building Strategy.

On December 8, 2016, SMIS organized the Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016 (AAF ’16) in collaboration with AgroBIG and One Acre Fund. The aim of the Forum was to improve collaboration between organizations working in agriculture in Amhara.

There were a number of important presentations from different agricultural programs working in the region. Please find the presentations below:

One Acre Fund – Developing Appropriate Technology for Smallholders

SNV – Improving Extension services

Koga Veg Ethiopia – smallholders inclusion

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 February 2017 at 07:05

SNV partner with SIDA to Support Entrepreneurs to alleviate poverty at the BoP through Inclusive Business

Are you a commercial company working in either of this 4 sectors; Agriculture, WASH, Renewable Energy and ICT with aspiration to innovate your business offering to tap market at the base of the pyramid and well as provide opportunities for the people at the base of the pyramid to earn income, access affordable products and service and improve their living conditions?

If this is your goal but constraint by financial resources and skills to do this, then there is an opportunity for you. Read the magazine this magazine for more information.

Soon we shall send out calls for entrepreneurs to respond to this call. And for details contact 0755227262

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 February 2017 at 10:27

What can Ethiopia learn from Kenya in Horticulture Sector Development?

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AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing  a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya.  The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries. 

Objectives of the tour:

     · To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.

     · To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.

The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national dir

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National Dairy Debate Platform

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  15 March 2017, All Day Event
  Government Complex, Lusaka

The Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) in collaboration with AgriProFocus and SNV Netherlands Development Agency conducted a research last year to validate key lobby issues identified at the two regional dairy stakeholders platforms held in Monze and Choma.

The research established that the Zambian dairy industry is characterised with high cost of production for raw milk and high cost of dairy breeding stock.

It is from this background that the Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) in collaboration with AgriProFocus, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and Oxfam is holding a National Dairy Debate Platform to discuss the issues with government, find joint solutions and agree on joint actions to address the challenges affecting the Zambian dairy industry.

The theme of the National Dairy Debate platform is “Enhancing Competitiveness of the Local Dairy Industry”.

For information on how to be part of this event, please contact Mr. Kapoche Mwale - (Dairy Association of Zambia

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District Nutrition Learning Platform

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  21 February 2017 to 23 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Chinsali and Isoka, Northern Zambia

AgriProFocus, in partnership with SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, is organizing Nutrition Learning Platforms in 2017.  This activity will focus on bringing all stakeholders together that work on nutrition and agriculture as a way to build on existing networks and develop a more cohesive exchange for information, learning from experiences and creating innovations together. AgriProFocus in collaboration with SNV and other key nutrition players are organising district platforms (in Isoka and Chinsali) which will focus on sharing lessons learned and innovations and looking at innovative solutions to build on these experiences. These learning platforms will create an enabling environment for partnerships and policy dialogue.

For more information please contact Ms. Nosiku Siyumbwa -