Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 8 August 2018 at 06:54

Strengthening Agribusiness ethics:

Agriculture is a science, art, practice and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock; farming. The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, and its development has been driven and defined by greatly different climates, cultures, and technologies. However, all farming generally relies on techniques to expand and maintain the lands suitable for raising domesticated species. Agriculture is the only culture on the earth which doesn't have an alternative. Which is why a research project on the Agribusiness community in Uganda has been launched under the theme: "Progress and Impact of AGRI-QUEST" 


The AGRI-QUEST project was premised on the foundation that despite the benefits of embracing ethical behaviour and quality standards in agri-businesses to strengthen competitiveness and sustainability for accelerated transformation, value chain actors (VCAs) in Uganda do not exhibit sufficient competence in e

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Uganda
Posted 27 July 2018 at 08:38

Empowering women in agribusiness through social and behaviour change:

The baseline studies of the EOWE programme show that the success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. 

Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities. 

As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme developed a contextualised Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) strategy in order to create more equal income and business opportunities and a socially enabling environment for women entrepreneurship in agricultural value chains.

The household dialogue sessions also facilitate

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 23 July 2018 at 08:34

Amuru's visually impaired get beehives:

Selected blind persons and those with visual impairment in Pabbo sub-county, Amuru district have been trained in beekeeping and supplied with bee hives as a means to help them become self-sufficient.

Consy Grace Adong said they trained the people on how to invest in beekeeping as a business to help them earn a living. The 16 beneficiaries were selected from Pabbo sub-county and each got four local bee hives made from palm trees.

Adong said they decided to train and equip the blind with assistance from Hive Uganda because they are neglected persons in society.

We are trying to train them and prove to them that they are able to earn a living through beekeeping, she said.

Francis Okello Oloya, a blind person who was training the beneficiaries, himself a beneficiary and master trainer for the blind people in Pabbo, said the project is disability friendly and can be managed by all people with disability. He said if properly managed, the beneficiaries

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 July 2018 at 08:58

Food & Business Knowledge Platform Newsletter July 2018

This newsletter includes interesting articles on the following issues:

- Dutch Food Security Policy Evaluation (2012-2016) was published by IOB and discussed in a multistakeholder dialogue in The Netherlands on 31 May. Blogs with outcomes of that dialogue, as well as links to the full Evaluation report can be found here.

Youth and Agripreneurship workshop, including the Youth caravan and Youth market, which the Platform co-organized together with AgriProFocus during the foodFIRST conference on 1 June.

- Studies on the Learning Platforms for land-based investments (Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda)

- Final report of a study on Agribusiness-Based Advisory Services by KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the F&BKP, which was discussed during a workshop on June 19.

- Report explaining the Food Systems Approach  (by Wageningen University Economic Research, commissioned by Ministry of Agricultu

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Course: Landscape Governanc

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 April 2019 to 12 April 2019 - All Day Event

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states.

This course challenges NRM professionals to adopt an integrative landscape perspective, building bridges between the public and the private sector, and develop innovative governance mechanisms at the landscape level, for more inclusive spatial decision making.

Date: 01 - 12 April 2019
Registration deadline – general: 18 February 2019
Registration deadline – Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowships: 16 October 2018
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands


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World's top tea and sustainability conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  19 June 2018, All Day Event
  London, United Kingdom

TEAM UP 2018 Catalysing Change 


There are only 4 weeks left until TEAM UP 2018 Catalysing Change takes place at Glaziers Hall (London) and tickets are selling fast! To reserve your place for the world’s top tea and sustainability conference brought to you by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative, and Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) please click here.

Great speakers
We recently shared our packed agenda full of high profile expert speakers for this year’s TEAM UP. We are equally delighted to announce that Oxfam’s Director of Gender Justice and Women’s Rights, Nikki van der Gaag, will be sharing expert insight on how businesses that embrace equality are reaping the rewards, and the importance of gender equality.We’ll also be exploring how new technologies and business models can disrupt the status quo and improve the lives and livelihoods of thousands of tea workers and farmers around the world. Technologies, such as blockchain, can help us create a more prosperous tea s

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Emergent Strategy Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  01 June 2018, 17:45-19:00
  Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC, AAU) Lideta

On Friday May 28th, at the Swedish Pavilion of EiABC, Sarah Assefa will lead an interactive workshop based on the principles of Emergent Strategy by Adrienne Marie Brown on how we can incorporate natures wisdom into our work to build more sustainable lives. We will learn from ants and trees and skin and starlings lessons such as adaptation, resilience, non-linear change processes, interdependence, etc. We will look for nature’s lessons from our life experiences, and look for ways to apply those lessons in our work to build a more sustainable food systems and cities.

Knowledge of sustainability is not enough for sustainability to be functionally woven into our lifestyles. Realizing sustainable lifestyles requires a movement: personal and interpersonal transformation is required to build sustainable systems. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 April 2018 at 12:41

Big Bite: Food Sustainability in Cities

Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.

How are cities coping with feeding their populations?

Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.

The online discussion will include topics such as:

• Infrastructure

• Waste

• Urban farming

• Nutritional value and food miles

• Food deserts and processed food

• Urban food security and policy

This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:

• Hunger & Obesity

• Food & Fuel

• Starvation & Waste

Applications are open until May 31, 2018!

Find out more:


Feeding the Mega Cities of Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  23 June 2018, All Day Event
  ILRI, Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:

• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.

• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).

• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 

• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.

To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.

To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst

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Food Security Policies Formulation & Implementation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  30 April 2018 - 09:00 to 04 May 2018 - 17:00
  Indepth Research Services, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event: Food Security Policies Formulation and Implementation Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Nairobi, Kenya.

Event Date: 30th April – 04th May 2018




Community food security is the condition which exists when all of the members of a community have access in close proximity; to adequate amounts of nutritious, culturally appropriate food at all times, from sources that are environmentally sound and just. Food security policies are developed to nurture the development of a food secure state in which all of its citizens are hunger-free, healthy and benefit from the food systems that impact their lives. The policies also affirms the commitment to supporting sustainable food systems that provide people with high quality food, employment, and that also contribute to the long-term well-being of the environment.

This five day training programme shall enlighten the participants on food p

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  20 November 2017 to 24 November 2017 - All Day Event

The Annual Regional BDS Conference is your premier thought leadership platform and marketplace on matters business development in Eastern Africa and beyond. For the last 12 years development practitioners, entrepreneurs and policy makers meet at the BDS Conference to reflect on growth of markets, emerging opportunities and progress towards realization of development goals in the Eastern African region. Over the years the conference has grown into a platform where participants forge partnerships, share lessons and successes and contribute to development policy in the region. The conference is organized by the Business Development Donor Coordination Group which is a congregation of donors and development agencies working in the areas of business and market development.

The objectives of the conference are:

1. Develop a community of practice and in market systems development

2. Facilitate learning, collaboration and joint action for organisations providing business development serv

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2017 at 12:37

Interview with Soil Scientist Johan Bouma

SoilCares interviewed professor Johan Bouma, a renowned soil scientist, about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world and how SoilCares can contribute to it.

SoilCares talks about the importance of soil in creating a sustainable world with retired Professor Johan Bouma, a Dutch soil scientists with vast experience working for Wageningen University and Research Centre. He shares his views on soil’s role in attaining the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how SoilCares can relate to this and contribute to making the world more sustainable.

Professor Bouma, can you elaborate on the importance of soil in creating a more sustainable world?

Johan Bouma: "The concept of a sustainable world was first articulated in 1987 in the Brundtland Report. Nobody is against a sustainable world, of course, but in the past it was difficult to make it clear what a sustainable world really would entail and how to make it operational. I think the acceptance

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice interview! Interesting read for your soil community in Ethiopia Meskerem Niesette RitmeesterSarah Assefa or Gizaw Legesse

11 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Publications
Posted 12 July 2017 at 08:36

Trade Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa


J'ai le plaisir de partager avec vous une publication sur " les politiques commerciales en Afrique subsaharienne avec comme études de cas le Bénin, l'Ethiopie et la Zambie". Cette étude s'est appesantie sur la cohérence entre les politiques commerciales et les politiques agricoles et en quoi ces politiques affectent le développement agricole et rural. Aussi, l'étude a-t-elle touché les aspects tels que les accords commerciaux régionaux et internationaux signer par ces pays et en quoi ces accords pourraient restreindre leur aptitude à mener à bien leurs politiques de développement agricole .

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le document

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 April 2017 at 12:04

What is Sustainability in Agriculture?

To sustain something means to maintain for an undetermined length of time. In reference to agriculture, it takes on the additional loaded meaning of conservation, preservation and safety. Consumers want to feel good about the food they eat, and the idea of sustainable farming gives them security and less guilt when they purchase food in the store. It gives them a comfortable position from which they live and feed their family. Sustainability is personal, emotional and eternal in its perception power.

Follow the link for more: LINK

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 December 2016 at 11:09

FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards & Conference 2017

Catalysing Finance and Disruptive Technologies to Boost Sustainable Solutions

This unique global programme highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to key development issues. Special attention for 2017 is being given to products and services that harness disruptive technologies and business models to achieve their goals. Crucial issues around land – ownership rights, governance and management – will also be highlighted, along with the continuing challenges around climate change, and the need to address poverty in all its forms.

The Awards will also continue to underline innovative and financially viable solutions that help meet key UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s Achievement in Sustainable Development awards include a prize for food and water security, with an additional emphasis on land governance.

The Transformational Business Awards are open to all financial and non-financial private

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JAFFAR RUSHIGAJE Thank you very much for sharing this great information. We are going to work on.

1 year 9 months ago

Famory SINABA Many thanks Nicole for charring this funds opportunities

1 year 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 June 2016 at 12:12

Call for Letters of Intent

The Conservation Agreements Private Partnership Platform (CAPPP) invites applicants to submit Letters of Intent to assess the feasibility of implementing conservation agreements. The feasibility analysis will follow the process and requirements specified in the Conservation Agreement Field Guide. Budget available per feasibility analysis is between $10,000 and $20,000, and the feasibility analysis report is expected to be ready in less than six months. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent in English to by July 15, 2016, using the form available here. For additional information on the geographies and selection criteria, please refer to theCAPPP operations manual. The CAPPP is an initiative financed by the GEF, with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the implementing agency.

Georges Djodji Akibodé <<< Appel de lettres d'intention Les accords de Conservation Private Partnership Platform (CAPPP) invite les candidats à soumettre des lettres d'intention d'évaluer la faisabilité de la mise en œuvre d'accords de conservation. L'analyse de faisabilité suivra le processus et les exigences énoncées dans l'accord de Conservation Field Guide. Budget disponible par analyse de faisabilité est entre 10 000 $ et 20 000 $, et le rapport d'analyse de faisabilité devrait être prêt en moins de six mois. Les candidats doivent soumettre une lettre d'intention en anglais à par 15 juillet 2016, en utilisant le formulaire disponible ici. Pour plus d'informations sur les zones géographiques et les critères de sélection, veuillez vous référer au manuel des opérations theCAPPP. Le CAPPP est une initiative financée par le FEM, avec le Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement en tant que l'agent d'exécution.

2 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 April 2016 at 12:30

Dear Ugandans, we are looking for eco-entrepreneurs who want to find solutions for one of the main challenges in Uganda: Sustainable agriculture, Manufacturing and Tourism. If you want to receive support to turn your idea into reality apply now with your team for the SAG-SEED Starter Months 2016 in Kampala, Uganda! Deadline: 1 May, more information:

Alex Byamukama Am looking for funds

2 years 5 months ago


Talkshow: We Grow!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  14 April 2016, 15:00-17:00
  Jakarta Convention Center

Perubahan iklim secara nyata memberikan dampak kepada seluruh masyarakat baik diperkotaan maupun di pedesaan. Karenanya semua pihak memiliki tanggungjawab yang sama untuk mengatasinya. Salah satunya adalah dengan melakukan urban farming sebagai upaya mengurangi emisi dengan mendekatkan sumber pangan ke meja makan.

Menyikapi hal ini KRKP bekerjasama dengan OXFAM akan mengadakan Talkshow: We Grow! Empowering Youth Through The Sustainable Urban Farming sebagai bagian dari rangkaian kegiatan Climate Change Education Expo. 

Talkshow ini bertujuan untuk memberikan informasi dan gambaran pada generasi muda mengenai model pertanian di perkotaan yang berkelanjutan, serta menawarkan softskill tentang cara bertanam di lahan terbatas dalam konteks pertanian di perkotaan.

Untuk konfirmasi kehadiran dapat menghubungi CP. Widya (085364473739) via sms/wa/line. Terima kasih. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 June 2015 at 01:09

Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain

Dear all,

My name is Edd Colbert and I am a researcher working for an NGO in the UK called Feedback ( Today I share with you a recent report (attached) produced by Feedback entitled Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain.

Feedback have been investigating food waste in Kenya for the last three years, however the most recent visit occurred in December when we met many exporters and farmers  to better understand the social and economic impacts of food waste in this supply chain. We got a lot of support from AgriProFocus Kenya to interact with the exporters and farmers.

The main results from the research concluded that:

· All of the farmers and exporters interviewed for this report expressed having experienced problems with food being rejected on the grounds of cosmetic specifications.

· All farmers interviewed had experienced financial

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Hi Edd, You can share with me some photos and maybe a short write up with quotes then i can include links to the report.

3 years 3 months ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Share with me through

3 years 3 months ago

Nicole Metz Dear Edd, Good to know about your research. Please also check the Food & Business Knowledge Platform's website about the theme Food Wastage (f you hadn't) via this link ( ) and the proceedings of these days conference in the Netherlands No More Food to Waste ( ).

3 years 3 months ago

Baraka Songa Thanks Edd for sharing with us this report,I have found it so useful and informative..!!There is a need for reviewing policies and ABC's of conducting international trade on horticultural produce due to the fact that some restriction are too much for a local farmers to match with i.e cosmetic specification

3 years 2 months ago

Edd Colbert Hi Baraka - please email me on address above as it would be great to speak more! Thanks Nicole, my colleagues were at the conference last week which I hear was a success. I will look at the platform now.

3 years 2 months ago


Kiswahili Permaculture Design Course(PDC)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  22 June 2015 to 03 July 2015 - All Day Event

Food Water Shelter(FWS) is very happy to offer you its first Permaculture Design Course(PDC) in 2015.We'd love you to have to join us in Arusha as from 22nd June 2015 to 3rd July 2015 as we host our 7th PDC.

  This is an incredible 10 day course that provides you with concepts and skills in improving self-reliance and sustainability.Our courses have been attended by over 140 students from 27 different countries,from East Africa to Europe,India to Chile,the USA to Australia.Whether you are a gardener or a small scale farmer,live in the city or in the country,support your family or the whole community,this course offers so much.

  For those of you who don't know what Permaculture has to offer please visit to read a summary of what will be taught in the two weeks,and how the learnt content can help you.your family and your community.

  For this course we are excited to bring together a teaching team led by Nicolas Syano of Kenya and a num

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