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
AgriProFocus Kenya is organizing the third E. A. Coffee Joint Learning Platform (JLP) that will bring together our project partners working in coffee, dairy and biogas sectors for local economic development. The JLP has been designed in close consultation with partners in two public private partnership programs namely: “Food Security through Improved Resilience of Small Scale Farmers in Ethiopia and Kenya (FOSEK)” and “Sustainable Smallholder Systems at Scale” (4S@Scale) being implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
The JLP shares a common learning cycle and approach, to compare the impact of the two programmes in the coffee sector. The platform is designed with the key objective of bringing FOSEK and 4S@Scale Partner organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia together to review and reflect on: Good farming practices, challenges, and interactively finds solutions for the two programs; integrate lessons, while documenting and supporting the key learning.
From... Read more
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) Tanzania Country Office seeks to recruit a dynamic and self-motivated individual for the position of Project Officer for the Sustainable Landscape Management Project in the Kilimanjaro Landscape in, Tanzania.
More information is found HERE
Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) is an ISO 9001:2008 certified
Not -For -Profit Organization based in Nairobi, Kenya and with country offices in Ethiopia,
Tanzania and Uganda. SECAEC is one of the nine (9) Regional Expertise Centres of the Solidaridad
Global Network Organization, with main office in Utrecht, Netherlands. Solidaridad brings
together supply chain actors and engage them in innovative solutions to improve production,
ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefits for all
hence “change that matters”.
SECAEC Tanzania Country Office seeks to recruit a dynamic and self-motivated individual for the
position of Financial and Administration Officer for the country Office in Arusha, Tanzania.
Find more information HERE.
Solidaridad (INGO, 1976) 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. We have gained experience over time in managing international programmes working with grass root organizations, producers, civil society and local government, identified core and supported role of private sector actors. Solidaridad with headquarters in Utrecht, The Netherlands has ten Regional Expertise Centres (RECs) in the world and is present in Africa, Europe, Central, North and Latin America, South Asia and South East Asia
Solidaridad Uganda is looking to recruit an inspired individual with passion and skills to fill the position of:
Position 1:... Read more
This study was done in close collaboration with the Ethiopian Cotton Producers Ginners and Exporters Association (ECPGEA). It provides an analysis of the key sustainability issues and challenges, giving a practical overview per region by identifying the gaps and risks and putting forward recommendation to mitigate these. The study has been validated in a workshop on 20 June with all stakeholders. It will be used to develop the cotton sector in a sustainable way, and enable it to achieve the targets set, together with the Ethiopian government and private sector.
The study can be found by clicking HERE.