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Posted By in Climate Smart Agriculture
Posted 11 December 2018 at 12:26

AgriProFocus Zambia toasts to successful District Agribusiness platforms

Blissful and insightful was one of the ways it was described. The dates 21st and 23rd November, 2018 were not ordinary dates for farmers in Eastern Province particularly those in Lundazi and Katete Districts, as AgriProFocus Zambia was on site to host the Agribusiness Platforms in the districts.

The first stop was Lundazi District, situated 185 kilometers from the Provincial Capital Chipata, and known for being one of the highest producers of maize in the country coming mostly from small- scale farmers in the district.

As morning dawned of 21st November, it was clear that no farmer wanted to be left behind as the venue was flocked with a horde of farmers queuing up to register to be part of the event.

Dubbed “Enhancing Market Access Through Aggregation”, the event attracted 170 farmers drawn from 38 Farmer groups, including exhibitions from 14 companies that signed up to be part of the event. The objective of the ev

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 29 November 2018 at 08:55

DAY2 - Youth Caravan: Labor minister thrilled with ‘Youth in agribusiness’ market outlets as our caravan takes us to upcountry

Kigali – November 28, 2018: Our initiated and first ever agricultural caravan in Rwanda was launched in Kigali with a call on youth to work hard to transform their initiatives into viable agribusinesses as a key to achieve Rwanda’s sustainable development.

RYAF Youth shops

The call was made by the minister for public service and labor, Ms Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan, before the youth caravan kicked off in Kigali, while officiating the opening of RYAF SHOPS ltd, a private company owned by the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum RYAF.

This company was created to put into action a strategy that promotes a reform in food and agricultural trading mechanisms in Rwanda, by and for RYAF members as engine for positive agribusiness transformation.

Ms Rwanyindo was thrilled by the initiative and assured the youth that the government is committed to support all mechanisms

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 November 2018 at 09:35

Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition

‘We are not on track to realize Sustainable Development Goal 2, aiming to end hunger and malnutrition, by 2030. The number of people in the world affected by undernourishment, or chronic food deprivation, has increased from an estimated 804 million in 2016 to nearly 821 million in 2017, thus returning to levels from a decade ago, while overweight, obesity, and noncommunicable diseases are growing at alarming rates. Reversing these trends is critical, made more important by the close links between food security and nutrition and many other SDGs. A significant push to fast-track efforts at all levels is needed for the world to achieve the SDG target of hunger eradication by 2030.’

This conclusion from FAO and IFPRI forms the starting point for a three day event in Bangkok ‘Accelerating the End of Hunger and Malnutrition’ that brings together global practitioners, experts and leaders to explore how acceleration can best be achieved and what

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 November 2018 at 08:11

DAY 1-2018 Youth Caravan to provide agricultural guidance and linkages to market

Kigali – November 27, 2018: In collaboration with our partners Rwanda Youth In Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), the ministry of agriculture and animal resources MINAGRI, HortINVEST, Help a Child Rwanda, ICCO Cooperation, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, Rural Development Initiative and YEAN Rwanda we have launched today the agricultural caravan of the first ever “Youth in Agribusiness Caravan” in Rwanda.

Theme of this edition is “Youth Making Agribusiness “Cool”, a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”. Our goal is to establish and build the communication between agricultural agribusinesses and the youth in general and the agripreneurs in particular to closely learn about the untapped opportunities existing in the agriculture landscape in Rwanda.

Launch in Kigali

“The caravan aims at establishing linkages between successful farmers and agribusiness people and the youth innovators motivated about agribusin

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really cool to read this summary of day 1, looking forward to hear more of day 2 and 3! Keep us updated :)

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Egide SINAYOBYE Hello everyone, am Egide SINAYOBYE,  upcoming students in university of rwanda focusing on the development of rural areas. i would like to ask for an advise if there is any support or i can call it partnership just cause i need to do research on livelihood of people areas especially in rusizi district in the domain of agriculture sector. ThanksContact: +250788592126Email: sinaegide@gmail.com  

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Bosco KWIZERA Thank you Egide, I will call you for any possible advise!

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Youth in Agribusiness Caravan

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  27 November 2018 to 29 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Umubano hotel&Field visits

AgriProFocus Rwanda in close collaboration with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), Rural development Initiative, SNV-HortINVEST RwandaUSAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, YEAN Rwanda and Help a Child Rwanda are organizing a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2018, with a theme “Youth Making Agribusiness “cool” a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”

This is a 3-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kigali, with the inspiration forum, go throughout the Northern and Eastern provinces for farm field visits and then back to Kigali for sharing the learnings from the field visit.

In the caravan, different issues will be discussed and discussions will be led by facilitators experienced in the following but not limited to Youth access to finance, Market and Soft skills, Youth employment and Agriculture Entrepreneurship.

The caravan will gather 100 participants; 60 youth and 40 other stakeholders from different organizations and financial instit

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 12 November 2018 at 03:01

YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN IN RWANDA

The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).

The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.

AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, ex

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 November 2018 at 01:36

Job Opportunities in Ethiopia

Dear all,

Please check out these job opportunities from SNV. The date in the bracket is the deadline for application. Click on each job title for more description and requirements. Don't forget to share!!

SNV

CLUSTER COORDINATOR - Bora (Alem Tena), Oromiya Region (November 17,2018)


Woreda Coordinator - Zeway Dugda Woreda, Oromiya Region (November 17, 2018)


CLUSTER COORDINATOR - Zeway, Oromiya Region (November 17, 2018)

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DISTRICT AGRIBUSINESS PLATFORM: LUNDAZI

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  21 November 2018, All Day Event
  Lundazi

2018 Theme: Enhancing Market Access Through Aggregation

ARE YOU ….?

  • Looking to ENHANCE your MARKET for your PRODUCTS and SERVICES in one big stride?

  • Looking to RAISE your PROFILE, Become VISIBLE and BUILD your REPUTATION as a KNOWLEDGEABLE, RELIABLE & SUPPORTIVE Business/Person?

  • Looking for RELEVANT CONNECTIONS for your NETWORK and BUSINESS?

  • Looking for OPPORTUNITIES for JOINT VENTURES, CLIENT LEADS, PARTNERSHIPS, BUSINESS or ASSET SALES?

COME and PARTICIPATE in District Agribusiness Platforms organized by AgriProFocus Network with support from SNV through the SIDA funded Project SILMS!

You can contact me for more information through lshonga@agriprofocus.com




Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:38

FOOD SAFETY DIALOGUE

AgriProFocus in partnership with the Kenya Horticultural Council and Nairobi County Government held a food safety stakeholder meeting on behalf of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). The meeting was held on 16th October 2018 at Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi and in attendance were: researchers, private sector actors, development partners as well as public sector actors from county and national government.

SNV and its consortium of partners are currently implementing a project on Market-led Horticulture Programme which has three focus areas namely: – Food safety in fruits and vegetables, Food loss reduction and inclusion of small holder farmers in agricultural value chains.

A lot of studies and reports have been done on food security unfortunately, the implementation of study findings have been poor; the meeting therefore aimed at moving from studies to practice with the aim of piloting a traceability system within Nairobi City Park Market through the findings

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JACOB OGONDA Hello Sharon, I want some technical assistance from you, +254718227127

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Sharon Anyango Hi Jacob, will contact you shortly through email

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 October 2018 at 10:50

WUR and SNV look for a dairy research and innovation coordinator


JOB OPPORTUNITY IN ETHIOPIA


Job Description

Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and SNV Ethiopia will jointly implement the BRIDGE project (Building Rural Income through Inclusive Dairy Growth in Ethiopia, 2018-2023), which aims at strengthening the dairy value chain in four clusters in Ethiopia. The impact of the project is to contribute to an “improved performance in the dairy sector in Ethiopia”, for 120.000 farming households, with four main outcomes:

1) improved milk production,

2) improved milk collection, processing and marketing,

3) improved consumption of nutritious foods, and

4) Improved enabling environment.

The project will be implemented by a consortium of: SNV Netherlands Development Organization and Wageningen University & Research. SNV will be responsible for overall coordination and financial management as well as being the first accountable for implementation work at community development level in all the outcom

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 October 2018 at 09:52

SNV and the Booming Biogas Business


I read an interesting interview with Bert van Nieuwenhuizen, chief technical advisor on shaping biogas markets in Africa.  This interview comes in two episodes; part one focuses on the fine art of building viable biogas markets, part two will explore the value of biogas in relation to climate change and food security. 

Quote: "We expanded our activities to Africa in 2009, when we started the Africa Biogas Partnership Programme. To date, we have supported the installation of more than 60,000 digesters in five African countries. Uptake was not as fast as in Asia, due to the lower level of income and the prevalence of zero grazing (when cows roam around freely it is hard to collect the dung). However, current dynamics are promising. The Kenyan market is vibrant, sales this year has already doubled compared to last year, partially because companies have now introduced prefab digesters onto the market. Also, biodigesters are becoming more

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Herman Scheepers I agree that the biodigesters are becoming more and more favourable to climate-smart solutions. My findings are that what is currently happening in the world is that NGOs present a business model that is too expensive for the poor and not equally accessible to all. Climate change solutions should not be available to those who has the personal income to apply it. Bert certainly knows this. Finding simple and cost-effective ways to still support SDGs 1 to 7 is something we focus on. Thank you for the info Wim.

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Wim Goris Hi Herman, thanks for comment.  Do you see price of biodigesters coming down in next years? Under what conditions?  I am asking in comparison with solar panels.  People expect solar panels prices going down and volumes up. 

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Herman Scheepers Wim, it is a very good question. The question of digester affordability has been around for a number of years between the two leading Dutch INGOs. My answer is certainly no, it will not become affordable based on the current SNV business model. The cost of labour and materials increase between 6 - 12% per annum. (Personal assessment in SE Asia). The business model should change where the cost of production reduces. The solar PV business model is a good example. I have spoken to a female agri-entrepreneur in biogas showing new possibilities for agri communities in need of free energy. We have established a working group for Africa to help "sandbox" new ideas around biogas creation that is cheap and effective for the poor. We have seen that farmers that need an energy source, do not have sustainable income to afford a "design" that could have been affordable otherwise. We will certainly provide updated stories from our "African geniuses" in our working group. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1172949912852267/?fref=nf)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 28 September 2018 at 12:54

Journée de réseautage: 

Dans le but de favoriser le réseautage et la synergie d’action nécessaires pour le développement des activités des partenaires néerlendais et le réseau AgriProFocus; une rencontre d’échanges a été organisé ce jeudi 27 septembre 2018 dans la salle du réseau APF à partir de 09 heures.

Au programme le partage des activités de 2018 des partenaires et la projection sur 2019 . L'étape de mutualisation des activités entre le réseau et les partenaires a mis fin à cette rencontre.

Les partenaires néerlendais invités à cette rencontre sont:

L'Ambassade des Pays-Bas; Oxfam; SNV; Oikocrédit; ICRA; PUM et ICCO.

A l'issue de cette séance de travaille ; une rencontre trimestrielle à tour de roule se tiendra pour developper des actions communes et échanger sur les objectifs communs .   

Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 21 September 2018 at 09:23

Rural youth empowerment to mitigate international migration?

Understanding the relations between jobs and skilled youth in agriculture and migration

What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed during the Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.

The insights from both Edukans and SNV confirm that it is difficult to pinpoint to a direct effect of skills training and education on migration decisions, as there are so many influencing

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Kenneth Opige I agree with this article like in Uganda there are many qualified youths but the potential to begin their own initiative is a prime challenge 

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 6 September 2018 at 07:45

SNV’s youth employment approach works:

Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?

‘A commendable job’

The five-year (2013-2018) OYE project is coming to an end. SNV developed its OYE approach in partnership with Mastercard Foundation (MCF). OYE was implemented in Tanzania, Mozambique, and Rwanda in the Agriculture and Renewable Energy sectors. SNV has been involved in these sectors for many decades.

The final evaluation of the programme was done by an external party (eMJee Consult). You can access the full

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Smart Water Solution (SWS)-Questionnaire

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Online questionnaire

Namens het Netherlands Business Hub in Kenya (NL-HUB), wilen wij u voorstellen aan het Smart Water Solutions (SWS) Project.

Het Smart Water for Agriculture (SWA) project als geïmplementeerd door het SNV Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) vraagt hierbij uw hulp doormidden van een questionnaire. Het doel van de questionnaire is om te ontdekken wat de vereisten en beperkingen zijn voor u en uw investering om toe te treden in de Smart Water Solutions (SWS) sector in Kenia. De informatie afkomstig van de questionnaire wordt hoogstens gebruikt door ons opdracht gever voor interne doeleinden en zal niet gedeeld worden met andere partijen.

Tevens zal er op 17 oktober 2018 een informatieve seminar worden georganiseerd waarbij het SWS project verder zal worden uitgelegd. Voor deze seminar zal ter zijne tijde een uitnodiging worden verstuurd. Vooralsnog danken wij u voor het invullen van de questionnaire en kijken graag uit naar uw feedback.

Klikt u op de onderstaande knop om mee te doen a

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 July 2018 at 03:06

Evaluator concludes: SNV’s youth employment approach works.

Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?

Find more details here


Posted By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 19 July 2018 at 07:35

Uganda poised to become the largest dairy exporter in Africa:

SNV's Rinus shares his thoughts on why dairy may soon replace coffee and tea as the lead export in Uganda.

The dairy sector is slowly inching its way into Uganda’s top exports, next to coffee and tea. The pull of the exporters is largely responsible for this transformation. In the last 10 years, the value of milk and milk products exported from Uganda has increased astronomically from $5 million USD in 2008 to 130 million USD in 2017. Dairy exports in 2017 amounted to approximately 300 million litres, which is more than 10% of the total milk produced in Uganda; currently estimated at 2.5 billion litres per annum.


The dairy sector is currently growing at an average of 7% per annum, with some areas in South Western Uganda averaging at 10 – 15% per year. The growth in the sector can be attributed to favourable natural conditions as well as dairy development programmes instituted by government and development partners. 


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 July 2018 at 03:05

Access to correct financial information would accelerate agribusiness in Kenya: Lessons From SNV partners Day

“Romance without Finance has no chance”  This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.


Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 July 2018 at 03:13

Holland Pavilion at the 13th National Agrishow 2018

From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.

The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.

With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 July 2018 at 08:28

AgriProFocus, 7 ans dans la promotion de l’agrobusiness au Bénin

Créé en juin 2011 sous l’initiative de l’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas près le Bénin et des structures néerlandaises actives au Bénin, AgriProFocus Bénin est un Réseau d’échanges et d’apprentissages qui a pour vocation de réunir tous les acteurs de développement du secteur agricole dans un même creuset, en vue d’une meilleure coordination, efficacité et efficience de leurs activités. Il réunit les entrepreneurs agricole, les organisations paysannes, les institutions de connaissance, les structures étatiques, les ONG.

Actif sur toute l’étendue du territoire béninois, le réseau compte plus de 1752 membres et est axé sur les thématiques liées au financement agricole, à l’entrepreneuriat jeune, au genre dans les chaînes de valeur agricole, à la pisciculture, l’accès au marché, etc.

C’est une locomotive de promotion en matière d’entrepreneuriat Agricole et de l’Agro-Business da

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Roel Snelder C"etait vraiment memorable et une indication de la force de AgrProFocus Benin

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