Solidaridad shared on their website about their approach to professionalize the dairy industry in Africa and avoid rising carbon emissions as a result of increasing dairy production. The business case for dairy farmers has been calculated in a recent feasibility study in Ethiopia and is currently being implemented in Tanzania. This approach enables dairy farmers in Africa to move from subsistence farming to professional dairy businesses, while using climate-smart production methods. Dairy farmers can mitigate climate change — emissions will be halved compared to the business-as-usual scenario — as well as become an attractive partner for impact investors. Commercial dairy hubs are a key enabler in this concept, providing services and milk collection facilities to farmers.
Read more here (including downloadable pdfs) via this link:
https://www.solidaridadnetwork.org/news/climate-smart-dairy-in-africa-from-subsistence-to-entrepreneurship... Read more
Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI) in partnership with AgriProFocus Network member Solidaridad Network Foundation, will be holding a Youth in Agriculture Conference planned to take place from 19th – 22nd November, 2018.
The conference which aims to enhance Private Sector Participation and Contribution to Agribusiness Growth for Youth Empowerment will be held under the theme ‘’Advancing Youth Empowerment in Agriculture through Youth inclusiveness in Agribusiness”.
It aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.
The event is expected to attract delegates from government, private sector, civil society organizations, academic institutions, cooperating partners, youths from different provinces.
It is hoped that the conference will provide areas f... Read more
The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp... Read more
Deadline: 16th June, 2018
Are you passionate about sustainable market oriented agricultural value chain development?
We are seeking to identify two key experts for a three years project focused on sustainable coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda. Experience with EU funded value chain projects with a political framework is highly valued.
As a Consortium (Enclude, Profound and Solidaridad), we are bringing expertise, synergy and co-creation towards packaged solutions backed up by experience at the global and local levels related to sustainability, market development as well as future proofing identified supply chains that have opportunity to create impact in the local economies and contribute to global welfare.
We understand the need for public private partnerships and people innovations, speeding up change and taking success to scale.
You are joining a team effort on design and delivery of... Read more
SaFal is Solidaridad’s food security programme in the southwest of Bangladesh, implemented together with local partners and the Dutch Embassy. So far, the partners have supported 57,000 families (women and men) to become successful entrepreneurs in dairy, vegetables or aqua fisheries. Altogether, 1,500 producer groups now deliver their products to 20 local companies.
‘We pay special attention to creating togetherness’, says Emma Feenstra from Solidaridad. ‘We empower women and bring men on board.’ Women have benefitted from equity interventions such as financial literacy training, and training to improve family health. Men and women have benefitted from mixed leadership training courses that increased their skills as entrepreneurs. In one of the ‘life stories’ collected by field staff, Jolly Mondol from a village called Jessore explains what such training courses mean for her community: ‘My mother and grandmot... Read more
Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector.
This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.
This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!
Are you passionate about making a contribution to “Change that matters” in the sustainable Coffee
sector? Solidaridad offers you a challenging career opportunity in her Uganda Country Office setting to make a real difference in the World.
Solidaridad strives to be an organization that understands the signs of modern times. It seeks to be a Civil Society Organization (CSO) with its own place and role in society, while simultaneously interacting with Governments and markets. Solidaridad envisions a world in which all we produce, and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations. Our ambition is to influence market processes to produce more socially and ecologically desirable outcomes to help to sustain the planet for future generations. Solidaridad embraces the public-private partnerships to test innovations, speeding up change an... Read more
Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Solidaridad and Fairtrade Foundation will introduce and sell FOR THE FIRST time in Kenya Coffee grown and sold by our smallholder mothers and daughters from Kabng'etuny & Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Associations in Kericho and Nandi Counties respectively - called ZAWADI COFFEE. We shall also unveil Rift valley's hidden gem from 32 coffee cooperative societies affiliated to Kipkelion District Union Coffee Mill for sale in Kenya - called KIPKELION UNION CHAMPION COFFEE! These two products have been developed jointly with the coffee farmers and host communities towards adding value to a crop traditionally destined for export under a a 3-year Fairtrade Africa's project called 'Growing Women in Coffee' (March 2015 -February 2018) funded by The Big Lottery Fund, Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and Dutch Postcode Lottery. We invite all to celebrate with us as we make history in Kenya! Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Solid... Read more
Solidaridad is a global network organization with over 45 years of sustainable market oriented supply chain development knowhow, develop and implement farmer training modules and tools, certification and beyond certification modelling, and pre and trade financial products and linkages related to commodities such as livestock, coffee, tea, cocoa, cotton, aquaculture, oil palm and others
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is one of the regional expertise centres of Solidaridad headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It is currently implementing development projects in a number of commodity value chains including Coffee, Cotton, Gold, Horticulture, Livestock, Sugarcane and Tea. SECAEC operates in seven countries including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda (www.solidaridadnetwork.org/regions/east-and-central-africa).
Solidaridad with fu... Read more
Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains. We provide producers training and capacity building as well as create linkages to affordable financial services, markets, and certification and beyond, as well as participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes.
Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy. We envision a world in which all we produce and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.
The Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) Uganda Country Office is one of the three country offices, the others being Ethiopia and Tanzania. The... Read more
Today is the start of the High-level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York! It is a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This campaign by some of our Dutch members, raises awareness on Women Economic Empowerment.
AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, GIZ, The Hunger Project, Bank of Uganda, Solidaridad Network, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, PELUM Uganda, IFDC, Caritas Kabale, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI, A2N, Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda National Seed Potato Association, among others are organizing a regional Agribusiness fair focusing on horticulture with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services providers including insurance companies for increased agribusiness investment, improved agricultural production and productivity and influencing an enabling environment.
AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017
ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tackle... Read more
Fairtrade Africa is recruiting a full time agronomist to train Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Association member on Good Agricultural Practices for Coffee and other food crops under 'Growing Women in Coffee' project. This is is a 3-year initiative (March 2015-February 2018) directly targeting 450 Fairtrade-certified smallholder women coffee farmers in Kabng’etuny FCS, Kapkiyai MCS and indirectly 20,000 coffee smallholder farmers affiliated to Kipkelion Union in western Kenya.
Activities are implemented by Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Fairtrade Foundation (UK) and Solidaridad Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC). Project donors include the Big Lottery Fund (BLF-UK), Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission (GOAC), Jersey Overseas Aid Commission (JOAC) and Dutch Post Code Lottery Fund.
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is currently seeking professional services of a qualified agronomist with specific focus on smallholder coffee production to t... Read more
Invitation to Solidaridad Working Session “Agribusiness in Landscapes” during African Landscape Dialogue in Addis Ababa (7 March 2017)
Are you an entrepreneur in agribusiness in Ethiopia and keen to discuss social and environmental impacts in your landscape? Join the “Agribusiness in Landscapes” Working Session!
When? Tuesday morning March 7th 2017 (9 AM – 13 PM)
Where? Gullele Botanic Garden, Addis Ababa.
Solidaridad works together with private sector to realize sustainable production practices in agribusiness supply chains and landscapes. On March 7 2017, during the African Landscape Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Solidaridad will host a working session together with Dutch and Ethiopian entrepreneurs to discuss landscape level challenges around food security and land rights, which directly affect the business environment in Ethiopia.
The idea of this working session is to invite 5 or 6 agribusiness entrepreneurs with extensive experience in Ethiopia to discuss the role an... Read more
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) wishes to procure the services of an audit firm for the purpose of auditing its Uganda office Projects financial reports. The audit shall be carried out in accordance with the International Standards on Auditing and carried out by an external, independent and qualified auditor.
Deadline: 31st January, 2017
Find details here
Interested firms should submit the following;
a) An expression of interest to provide the above mentioned consultancy services.
b) An organization profile including previous related experiences
c) Proposed detailed methodology to deliver required services
d) A work plan and budget for the activities and final deadline
The completed proposal in Hard copy and in a sealed envelope clearly marked should be submitted to:
Country Project Manager
SOLIDARIDAD Eastern & Central Africa Expertise Centre
Uganda Country office
Plot 21,Bazarabusa... Read more
The third East Africa Joint Learning Platform (JLP) was held from 8th to 11th November 2016 in Meru and Tharaka Nithi Counties, Kenya. The learning activity involved two days of field learning’s culminating in a conference on the third day. 59 participants were in attendance, drawn from farmer co-operatives, implementing partners from Uganda and Kenya, financial sector (banks and insurance companies) and County government who provided policy perspectives for coffee, dairy and related sectors.
1. Some farmers have installed bio digesters and they testified to have accrued many benefits such as saving on cost of purchasing cooking fuels, no need to plant shade trees, the use of bio slurry has resulted in reduce usage fertilizer and better health (no smoke, no bending).
2. Women are accessing and controlling the benefits of coffee and dairy farming at household level. Some women int... Read more
Solidaridad is a global network organization with expertise in developing sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmers training, certification and credit linkages. Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is one of the Regional Centres of the Solidaridad Global Network; registered and based in Nairobi, Kenya since 2008 and is currently implementing development projects in a number of commodity value chains including Coffee, Cotton, Horticulture, Livestock, Sugarcane and Tea as well as Artisanal Gold mining. SECAEC operates in seven countries including Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda
Solidaridad with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala, AgriProfocus Uganda, the Uganda Fruits and Vegetables Expo... Read more
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is a global network organization with expertise in developing sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains, farmer training, certification and credit linkages. The organization has experience in managing international programmes working with grass-roots organizations, producers, civil society and governments, as well as core and support role private sector actors.
Solidaridad with funding from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala, AgriProFocus Uganda, the Uganda Tea Association (UTASSo) an umbrella body of companies and individual actors engaged in the business of tea production, processing and trading, other stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), National Agriculture Advisory Service (NAADS), Nationa... Read more