Cereals, cheese, spices, herbs, greens, veggies, oil, all organic! Outside Natani Cafe's new farm-to-fork restaurant, Bole (across bole road from Millennium Hall).
(Photo of organic produce from Holeta area farmers organised by ISD at the Organic Farmers Market in July, by Sarah Assefa)
A Brief Moment with Mr. Tafach Meaza and Mrs. Shetu Huba
Mr. Tafach Meaza is an organic farmer from Holeta, Goro Kerensa Kebele in Ethiopia. He is currently working as an organic farming facilitator at ISD (Institute for sustainable development). He earned a Bachelor’s degree in computational sciences from Addis Ababa University and used to be a former high school Biology teacher. He grows oranges, cabbages, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, lettuce etcetera. The reason he grows organic products is because it’s healthier than conventionally grown products. Since organic products are fresh, rich in nutrients, and free from chemicals, they can minimize or avoid the risk of cancer and other related diseases as well as can last longer with no preservatives. He suggested that people should consume organic products to lead a healthier and eco-friendly life style. He also mentioned that going organic avoids cost for chemicals and provides better taste for consumers as well as pres... Read more
Natani Café is a family business, named after the child of one of the owners, because she believes that everyone should have access to the same good quality of food as that she would feed to her own child. The café is committed to having connection to the farmers that supply the inputs they cook, so they can know the quality of the food they serve right from the production stage on the farm, and have a win-win relationship with the farmers that supply to them. Natani Café has just been renovated, and is now open for business, continuously serving a new menu of healthy, farm-to-plate offerings.
The farmers’ market taking place right outside the café at the launch celebration featured organic greens, herbs and citrus from Holeta supplied by farmers organized by ISD, organic Cheese from Slow Food, organic... Read more
It’s the middle of harvest season and Oruchinga Refugee Settlement in Western Uganda is buzzing with activity. A group of refugee farmers are filling a big plastic tub with freshly harvested onions from their green house. Eggplants, peppers and spinach will be harvested soon after.
The vegetables and tub belong to members of Twitezi Imbere group, one of the various greenhouse groups established within the settlement through UNDP’s ‘Climate Resilient Livelihoods Project.’ The project was implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA), as part of efforts to promote climate resilient livelihoods in the settlement where the environment has been heavily degraded by the large number of refugees.
... Read more“Just last month, we got a good harvest of cabbages which we sold to restaurants and hotels,” Niyorugira Pascasin, a refugee
When Mable Namubiru took out a bank loan of Shs25m, part of her plan was to go into agriculture. She wanted to supplement her income in the formal job as an environmental assessment officer at National Environment Management Authority (Nema).
With the money, she bought six acres of land in Kapeeka, Semuto, in Luwero District, located about 70 kilometres from Kampala. She planted eucalyptus trees on two and a half acres and a banana plantation on the same land size.
She set up a poultry project and planted vegetables such as onions, tomatoes, green pepper and eggplants on the remaining acre of land. Namubiru has been a farmer for two years and like many corporate employees, she has learnt the hard way. When she started out, she recounts managing her farm projects via the phone. This had its hard lessons, for example employees would call her and peddle lies of sick chicks just to get money from her. She would send mobile money.
She star... Read more
Joseph Magami is an urban farmer based in Kawempe, a Kampala suburb. For over three years, Magami has been planting egg plant and Nakati in his quarter acre plot for home consumption. However, the introduction of Magami to Zucchini (Courgette) eight months ago is changing fortunes for the father of three. He currently reaps over Ush 5million per harvest from his plot thanks to the adoption of Zucchini, a high value crop.
Magami is among a group of innovative farmers in Uganda who are fast adopting the cultivation of courgettes as the demand for the high value crop soars thanks to the fast rising middle class. According to Magami, the only challenge to farmers is exposure to the high value crops that are on demand.
... Read moreApart from market challenges that every farmer grapples with, most of us are not enlightened to better high yielding crops and therefore labour with the traditional maize and beans which at the end fetch so little in the market because they are
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Prime Seed Co cordially invites you to attend our field day on the 06th of February 2018 at 09:00 hours - 14:00 hours at Mulindi Show Ground, Kigali Rwanda.
At this event we will be displaying some new hybrid varieties and offering technical support to farmers. There will be an open discussion between the participants of the event for the purpose of exchanging ideas.
Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.
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Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.
During the trade mission we offer you:
A tailor-made programme for your company
Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies
Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you
Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector
A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts
The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide wh... Read more
March 3, 2017 (More Pictures)
Ethiopia’s urban population is more than 19.5%, according to 2015 data. One should even more be concerned about the urbanization rate – 4.89%. In a country with food security the first priority, it should be called being conscious to think of options for the future. And Yihun Seid says, “Urban agriculture is inevitable.”
Vertical Farming + (semi) Hydroponic System
You might recall an Article posted here, on AgriProFocus, about one of our member whom I visited his vertical farm made of bamboo structures. Today, I will introduce you another member who constructed a vertical farm in his compound (around Goro, Addis Ababa) while installing a unique hydroponic system by considering not only food security and economic advantages, but also environmental and social values.
Yihun’s vertical vegetable farm rested on 24m2 land, and has four level vertical platforms s... Read more
Come and walk with the experts in vegetable growing. A wide range of vegetables on show for indoor and outdoor growing, drip irrigation, mulching, trellising, hydroponics. Tomato, melon, cucumber, sweet pepper, ngogwe, aubergine, carrots, beetroot, cabbage, radish, lettuce, fennel, hot peppers, spinach, ...
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Contact: Abel Kuley ( 0677000405)
Mathew Ngoma (0677000404)
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
With great pleasure we herewith share the final report of the regional event ‘Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture’ organised in November 2015 as a joint initiative by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), the National Agricultural Export Board of Rwanda (NAEB) and the AgriProFocus network, in collaboration with a group of national and international partners and sponsors.
The event provided a space to meet, exchange about innovations and do business in horticulture, for about 300 conference participants, 96 exhibiting companies, and 600 exhibition visitors. The conference and exhibition were considered as highly relevant by the participants: interviewed farmers said they developed useful contacts with suppliers of seeds, fertilizers, etc. Many participants to the event said they would use the insights right away to improve th... Read more
This breakout session facilitated by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and AgriProFocus (Nicole Metz).
This post includes the link to the powerpoint presentations used during the session as well as a short outline of the session's conclusions. The full conference report will be available later today.
* Botany Hang’ombe - Profit+ of Zambia (programme of USAID Zambia)
* Nicole Metz - Food & Business Knowledge Platform and AgriProFocus, Netherlands
Discussion and conclusions
Regarding impact on nutrition:
- Fruit and vegetable consumption patterns are highly influenced by cultural factors and people’s mind set. It depends for example on the mind set of people whether people sell vegetables instead of consuming them; on the culture of people whether they leave the consumption of fruits and vegetable to the children.
- Cooking... Read more
A few metres off the Kigali-Kayonza highway, next to Silent Hill Hotel in Mukarange Sector of Kayonza District, lies a fenced farm, which is the Centre for Innovative Technologies in Agriculture and Construction (CITAC). It is a special farm and a training centre to-be.
The centre stands out, thanks to its unique farming systems – land optimisation by growing crops vertically in a greenhouse, where specially-created containers or beds are filled with stones to keep nutrient-laden water sift through, a farming practice commonly known as ‘soilless’ culture, Livingstone Byandaga, the CITAC proprietor, says.
The enterprise is applying an agricultural concept called hydroponic, which Byandaga says is defined as ‘working water’. “Simply put, hydroponic farming is the art of growing plants without using soil,” he adds.
This reporter was amazed by the farming systems used at the farm. There is, for instance, nature aut... Read more
This Workshop will bring together value chain actors, development actors, farmer organizations, government and private sector players to share experiences and lessons learned on how to organize farmers for markets, with special focus to fruit and vegetables sector.
The main objective is to share lessons learned in organizing smallholder farmers to access markets with the idea that successful model and practices are replicated by farmer organizations in the horticulture sector, value chain partners, development organizations and governments in supporting smallholder farmers to capitalize on local and export market opportunities
It will be held at Hotel Africana, Kampala, Uganda on 27th August 2015.
Kindly find attached the concept note for more information.
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Documents related to the workshop