Our newsletter which gets shared to our members on our mailing list, contains a summary of updates from interesting events we collaborate in, information on upcoming events (of AgriProFocus and other partners), it also shares jobs and calls for proposals; opportunities that you do not want to miss out on.
In this edition, we share an update on the Soil care consultative meeting that we hosted in July, news about the Youth Symposium, as well as a Q&A on our youth agripreneur and member of the month.
Access the June – July network updates in our newsletter HERE
Did you know that the Dutch embassy in Rwanda and the Dutch organizations are making an impact with agriculture sector in Rwanda?Are you willing to learn from Dutch NGOs and Companies working in Rwanda?Here is your change to read more news and updates from the 4th edition of the newsletter of the Netherlands embassy’s agricultural office for Rwanda and Uganda, with news from June and July, 2018.
Winners of New Vision’s 2017 Best Farmers’ Competition on Saturday flew to the Netherlands on a week-long agro-business tour. Ten farmers emerged winners of the fourth edition of the Best Farmers Competition held last year.
They were on Thursday flagged off at dfcu Bank headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala. The 2017 competition was sponsored by the royal Netherlands embassy in Kampala, dfcu Bank, Vision Group and KLM Airlines.
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The projects funded by the ARF tackle challenges related to Food and Nutrition Security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. They all stem from the knowledge and innovation needs of farmers, practitioners and policymakers. The research-driven innovations support new tools and technologies for Food and Nutrition Security that should ultimately benefit the world’s most vulnerable people.
Follow this link: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-special-arf-01/
Harvest Money Expo – What Next for Agribusiness in Uganda?
During 20~23 November 2017, AgriProFocus conducted Gender in Value Chain Coaches training in Kampala, Uganda. Altogether 15 people have been trained as Gender Coaches for value chain development during 4 days training. The participants are from Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The objectives of the training are 1) developing gender-mainstreaming capacities; 2) developing coaching skills and 3) reaching more equitable, inclusive & performed value chains. The training covered the following skills –
• Gender based analysis at different levels
• Gender sensitive strategic planning and design of gender sensitive action plans to address gender based constraints at different levels
• Gender sensitive M&E
• Peer-advice and coaching to solve gender & value chain related issues
Jacqueline Terrilon, who is an experienced gender consultant & coach, facilitated the training. The training covered gender & gender mainstr... Read more
The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has over 35 years’ experience conducting research and providing training and technical assistance in all aspects of agro-input markets in the developing world. At the request of some governments, IFDC has provided technical support in the introduction of subsidy programs and also has provided capacity building though seminars and workshops to share lessons learned and best practices, working in collaboration with local and international partners.
This training program will draw on lessons learned and the latest research findings and recommendations from IFDC and partner organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.
Register here: bit.ly/IFDCJinja2018
Workshop brochure is attached.
A new Borrel is planned! (Borrel = social drinks)
The social enterprise 'Green Banana Food Company' invites you to discuss and brainstorm on their business case during an exclusive tasting event!
Again we have interesting and challenging case questions for you. This time we meet up with the social enterprise Green Banana Food Company (GBFC). GBFC is making the traditional Italian pasta healthier, more nutritious, and gluten-free by using green bananas, a fusion of other pulses, legumes and vegetables, all while positively impacting small-scale farmers in Uganda.
Sign up for the event here: http://bit.ly/2wZ36wU
Extra feature: It will be an exclusive tasting event of GBFC's products. Be quick, only limited places available!
How can you help GBFC grow? 3 business case questions will be discussed:
1) Entry market channels
What market channels are suitable to sell GBFC's products? What is the best entry strategy?
2) Brand development (storytelling)
Tailoring main messages to customers why they should buy GBFC's products.
3)... Read more
This event highlights cassava value chain developments in Africa. Read summary below.
Full details on this event site: http://www.cmtevents.com/aboutevent.aspx?ev=171017& . Note that conference fee is USD 1295.
Zambia – Zambian Government in partnership with the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has launched a Cassava Mechanisation and Agro Processing Project (CAMAP), to boost production. This year, Zambian Breweries invested US$ 2.2 million to empower 4,000 small-scale farmers engaged in cassava cultivation in Luapula Province. Plus, a K1.2 million cassava starch processing plant will also start operating in Mansa this September.
Uganda – Cassava production is estimated at 11.3 million tonnes annually in Uganda – mainly from its northern and eastern regions. Projects such as an ethanol extraction factory in Lira District has helped local cassava farmers. Plus, a $248m agricultural project is expected to benefit cassava farmers build capacity –...
Representatives of nine Applied Research Fund (ARF) projects – from research, the private sector and NGOs and governmental agencies – gathered for a country workshop in Entebbe on January 26 and 27. They discussed and reflected upon emerging findings and results of research on food security and private sector development, mainly in Uganda but also with a more global focus. The engagement with policy, to enhance the conditions for an enabling environment, was the main theme of the event.
The workshop was organized by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and RUFORUM. It provided room for acquaintance, exchange and reflection, through presentations, discussions, working group sessions and a field trip. The workshop was aimed at learning, about the respective projects, the ARF programme and the F&BKP as well as approaches to a... Read more
Short video explaining how ISSD Uganda contributes to the effective use of improved seed varieties by Ugandan farmers. Crops mentioned in the video a/o. cassava, groundnut, pigeon peas.
ISSD Uganda is helping farmers to adapt to climate change by supporting local seed businesses to produce affordable certified quality seed of improved varieties of food security crops which perform well under changing climate conditions.
ISSD is a collaborative effort of NARO, WUR, EKN Kampala.
License: Standard YouTube License
Article by: Evgeny Latynskiy, Thomas Berger, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
Published in: World Development, Volume 78, February 2016, Pages 572–586.
BRAC Uganda is promoting the production of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) and developing supply chains among smallholder farming communities in Uganda to improve their nutrition and livelihoods. Here's a link to a video on an intergrated agriculture and health nutrition project. This video was shown at the 2016 World Food Prize event in early October. Enjoy!
By Jonathan Adengo
Kampala — Economists and agricultural experts have said agriculture will deliver the country to middle income status if its potential is well harnessed.
This was at the fifth National Agriculture and Food Security Forum held in Kampala on Tuesday.
Ms Sarah Sewanyana, the executive director of the Economic Policy and Research Centre (EPRC), said there is need to think how best to help Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) programme achieve the best in the agricultural sector.
In his Budget speech, Finance minister Matia Kasaija revealed that agriculture is key to creating wealth and employment.
He said the 2014 Population and Housing Census indicated that household reliance on subsistence farming had risen to 69 per cent from 68 per cent between 2002 and 2014.
Gen Julius Oketta, the deputy chairman OWC, while speaking at the forum, said agriculture is the cornerstone to achieving the long term vision of transforming the count... Read more
Editors: Jos Bijman and Verena Bitzer. Published: 2016 Pages: 274.
Improving product quality has become essential for food chains in developing countries. Quality and innovation in food chains: lessons from Africa presents a set of case studies on food quality improvement and innovation in African food chains, with cases from South Africa, Ethiopia, Benin, Uganda and Senegal.
The book is based on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. An interdisciplinary approach leads to better insights in the opportunities and constraints for quality improvement, and helps public and private actors in seizing the opportunities and removing the constraints.
This publication shows how a co-innovation perspective can be developed and applied. Co-innovation entails the combination of technical, organisational and institutional changes, the involvement of various chain actors, and the introduction of complementary innovations at... Read more
I was selected to participate in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme of last year's edition along with other 1000 entrepreneurs from all over Africa. There were three winners in agriculture from Ethiopia. As a winner, you will receive $5000 seed capital, 12 week robust training on Startup development (which is very important), you will be assigned a mentor, you will connect to other African entrepreneurs and venture investors when you participate at all expenses-covered bootcamp which was last year in Lagos.
There were only persons fewer than 10 from Ethiopia while other countries such as Ghana, Uganda and Kenya had in hundreds. If you want to ask me how to apply and generally write a winning proposal, you can contact me at email@example.com ...I don't in no way represent the organisation. But as a participant and currently developing a high-profile agri-startup in Ethiopia, I could assist you and provide you experiences in a... Read more
Uganda has the highest per capita consumption of pork in East Africa with 3.4kg/person/year (FAO2011). Uganda has 3.2 Million pigs scattered among 1.1 Million households.
Come learn how to exploit this potential in our upcoming pig farmers training 23rd - 24th OCT. 2015.
0773 422 445 or 0703 712 828. Chrismulindwa@pigfarmers.co.ug
Newsletter 8, Food & Business Knowledge Platform
The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform presents the study, “The impact of food standards on inclusive growth in agriculture: the case of Bangladesh”. The study was conducted by the BoP Innovation Center on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).
We also update you about the YEP Agrofood partnership agreement which has officially been signed. The Office announces the first and upcoming Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop on knowledge co-creation and research uptake that will be held in Uganda beginning October. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to read four new articles published within the Platform, including two articles in the context of the International Year of Soils 2015, one on the theme Inclusive Business, and one expert opinion from the Embassy in Kenya on the topic of needed expertise in t... Read more