Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 March 2017 at 01:21

Looking for opportunities in the fresh produce sector in Kenya? Join the mission!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 March 2017 at 03:46

Grow Vertical: Appreciating the work of Algae

A vertical farm using used plastic bottles as hydroponics

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

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Cibarani Cibarani Jolie rémède aux  manques d'espace des gens de la ville

4 months 1 week ago

Yihun Seid First off all I would like to express my gratitude for gizaw and agriprofocus for your concern,your visit to my hydroponic farm and posting what you sow will enevitbly bring partners to impliment my new idea to the intended target.once again thank you Gizaw.yihun seid 0964272152

3 months 3 weeks ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

3 months 2 weeks ago


Afrisem Field Days

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  16 January 2017 - 09:00 to 17 January 2017 - 16:30
  Afrisem Doli Estate Usa River Arusha

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, ...

Make an appointment.

Contact: Abel Kuley ( 0677000405)

                Mathew Ngoma (0677000404)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2016 at 05:28


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 February 2016 at 03:49

Report "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture"

Outcomes of the conference, business innovation competition and exhibition, 25-27 November 2015

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

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Geoffrey Lugalia Thank you Nicole for all that you have shared. I've managed to go through all and I must say its quite impressive.

1 year 5 months ago

Jan Willem Eggink Great conference deserves a great report. And we got it. Thank you Nicole!

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 February 2016 at 03:18

Food and nutrition security

Chapter of the conference report 'Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture' November 2015. 

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.

Links to the powerpoint presentations used:

* 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 27 October 2015 at 01:40

Kayonza's hi-tech farmer grows vegetables without using soil  

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

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Maali Wilson Great work, thank you.

1 year 5 months ago

Wim Goris The cost benefit of hydroponics is a topic for discussion in the dairy learning lab. There are some doubts expressed here:

1 year 4 months ago

Innocent Chamisa more of this and similar stories here

4 months 1 week ago


Workshop on Farmer Organization Models for Market Access

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  27 August 2015, All Day Event
  Kampala, Uganda

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.

For further information please contact:

Sylvia Natukunda

Documents related to the workshop

 summary report

Concept Note

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 23 July 2015 at 10:22

L'importance des légumes locaux
(The importance of local vegetables)


Nouveau vidéo très informatif sur la valeur des légumes traditionnels locaux au Bénin, et la contribution de ces légumes au revenu des producteurs, des commerçants, et d'autres acteurs de la chaîne de valeur. Et sur les bénéfices nutritionnelles de ces légumes, dans le cadre des systèmes alimentaires locales.

Produit par Biodiversity International et les partenaires au Bénin.

(English) (Please note you can use the subtitle function of youtube, to get English subtitles)

A new very informative video about traditional leafy vegetables in Benin tells us about their important nutritional benefits and how they are grown, bought and sold in local food systems.

Watch the video, to learn more about these nutritious vegetables and the contribution they make to the livelihoods of farmers, market ven

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NAHAYO Pierre Claver Agri pro focus a commandité une étude sur les légumes indigènes. le constat est que ces produits agricoles ont une importance capitale; non seulement au point de vue nutritif, mais aussi au point de vue économique. Economique, dans la mesure où ils sont moins exigeant en terme de superficie de production, coûts de production faible, productivité élevée.

1 year 12 months ago

DJEGBENOU Romuald Je voudrais aussi completer l'importance de ces poduits locaux en disant qu'ils ont aussi une valeur culturelle et culturelle. - See more at:

1 year 12 months ago

Nicole Metz Oui, je suis tout à fait d'accord: la valeur culturelle est également important!

1 year 12 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 9 July 2015 at 01:21

150 TONNES OF Pumpkins & 100 TONNES of Watermelon ; FOR SALE (MONTHLY) from October 2015

150 TONNES OF Pumpkins & 100 TONNES of Watermelon (FRESH/ORGANIC) , MONTHLY for Sale, from Amuru, Northern Uganda, East Africa. Expected harvest of Watermelon from October’15. Excellent for export to Great Lakes region(s), Europe, America, Middle East, North Africa and other regions. Contact Farm directly Mobile: +256 704 49 34 77. E: 5% commission for the successful business connection. Thanks.


Opio Oluka Thanks for the like :)

2 years 1 week ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Thanks Opio, I have share the same with out networks and we hope to get someone who will be interested. Thanks

2 years 1 week ago

Opio Oluka @Jillian, you are so kind. Many thanks. We are looking forward to a positive outcome to this search for large buyers. Shalom.

2 years 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2015 at 07:56


How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector in low- and middle-income countries contribute to Food and Nutrition Security?

Following the initial idea of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials, an explorative study has been conducted by LEI Wageningen UR within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) on the potential of the Fruits & Vegetables Sector for Food and Nutrition Security. Although there are many initiatives and programmes to support the horticultural sector in Africa, among which several key programmes of Netherlands Embassies, this study is among the first endeavours to explore the relationship with food and nutrition security. Please find below the link for the full report and study summary titled, “How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector contribute to Food and Nutrition Security?”

Download the report How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector contribute to Food and Nutrition Security? 


This short and explorative study focused on the question of

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Claire van der Kleij @ Charity. As discussed when we met today, I will send you an email about the Horticulture Event in Rwanda.

2 years 2 weeks ago

Roel Snelder Hi Angelica can you highlight this on our gender pages as well

2 years 1 week ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for the different reactions so far. Readers could also look at the new thematic page on Fruits and Vegetables on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. It includes a few other very interesting resources about gender & horticulture (see links in the right-hand side of the thematic page). Click this link:

1 year 12 months ago

Lackson Phiri Claire when are coming to Chipata? Am stuck in some areas i where i need help from you. Any way let me know the key players for me to access money. Am now a member of Zambia national farmer s association and got a recommendation from the ministry of agriculture and having an account with Investrust. Have got quotation from Saro for the solar pump but things are not moving.

1 year 11 months ago

Claire van der Kleij Hi Lackson! I responded to your earlier post on Mr. Sinda by email which as my contact details. Please get in touch with me so we can discuss this further.

1 year 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 July 2015 at 05:17


150 TONNES Pumpkins & 100 TONNES Watermelon(FRESH) FOR Sale.

MONTHLY, expected harvest from OCTOBER 2015  is 150 TONNES Pumpkins & 100 TONNES Watermelon (FRESH)

From our base in Amuru, Northern Uganda, East Africa. Contact Farm directly Mobile: +256 704 49 34 77. E: 5% commission for the successful business connection. Thanks.

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.

2 years 1 month ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Share with me through

2 years 1 month 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 ( ).

2 years 1 month 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

2 years 4 weeks 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.

2 years 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 June 2015 at 02:52

A horticulture business-delegation from Rwanda visits the Netherlands 

From June 15-19 a horticulture business-delegation from Rwanda -including the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Mrs. Gerardine Mukeshimana- will visit the Netherlands. This incoming mission is being organized in close cooperation with SPARK, GreenPort Holland, VDS-Acampo, and EKN Kigali. 

The delegation consists of around 12 companies active in the production, trade and processing of agricultural produce (mostly fruit & vegetables, incl. tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, bananas) and distribution of machinery and input-supplies like seed and fertilizers.

Read more on this trade mission here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 June 2015 at 09:14

Fresh from the Garden Tomatoes and Sweet Green Peppers available for sale in Jinja. Can also discuss delivery to surrounding areas. 3,500UGX per KG for Tomatoes and 3,000UGX per KG for Green Pepper. 20-30 Kg weekly supply. 0753067970. Open up a free Seller shop on today Sell all your Food products, Agriculture produce, Appliances, Services, etc. Join the global food market today!

2 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 May 2015 at 07:16

The ICCO Agribusiness Innovation Challenge

Boosting small holder farmimg in Uganda

The Agribusiness Innovation Challenge is organized by ICCO Cooperation, an international Dutch development organization that works towards a world without poverty, injustice and exclusion, and is being facilitated by Enviu and FIT Uganda Ltd.

Its objective is to attract and boost innovative and scalable agri-business models that can substantially improve the quality of life of smallholder farmers in Uganda. Focus lies on agri-tools and technologies that have already been proven in similar contexts, but lack a sustainable business model or successful implementation in Uganda. 

A challenge that runs from 29th of May until September 2015 has been organized To find these entrepreneurs and their concepts


The top 3 businesses will be awarded with the following cash prizes to roll-out their business models:

Winner – 20.000 EUR

Runner-up – 10.000 EUR

3rd prize – 5.000 EUR

All 3 winners will receive ta

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 May 2015 at 03:58

I wonder whether we really have "farmers" on this platform,  we and many others keep posting agricultural products we need to buyer both for local markets and international markets and what amazes us (Global Fruits) no one shows up to take up the opportunities. We have huge UK & USA market for Asian Vegetables but no one seems to have them. I bet prove me wrong. we need farmers or suppliers who can get us; Teasle Gourd, African Flat beans Seem, Lychess, Turia (thin and long), Long Aubergine, Guavas green, Cayenne chilli and Green Lemons long. on a weekly basis please contact James on +256700848787, +256774975983 or email us at

Joel BALIDDAWA We are not in production but have the potential to produce. Can we talk?

2 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 20 January 2015 at 08:17

To all that may help us,

we are looking for Lodges and Restaurants interested in our organic products.

Our farmers produce a good range of varieties, among those:

Avocado, banana, beetroot,cabbages (red & green), carrot, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, various herbs, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms (fresh oyster), onion (red & white), papaya, potato, pumpkin, roquette, rhubarb, green peppers, tomato, turnips.

Everything is organically grown following the principles of the bio-intensive agriculture. Fertilization is done through green manures, animal manure, enriched compost, bio slurry from bio digestion (where available)

Crop protection is done through application of natural pesticides, either commercial or produced at the farms.

If someone is interested, or knows someone that might be, you can contact me at the address

Many thanks for any support.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 December 2014 at 08:30

    Farmers' fair in Meru district, 2014: A step towards a farmers' led value-chain district platform

Farmers in Meru District, Arusha region, recently organized a three day farmers’ fair in a bid to bring agricultural companies and agriculture support services, closer to their farms and needs.

To achieve their objective, the farmers, in collaboration with support organisations’ under the Agri-ProFocus Tanzania access to input thematic group, designed and implemented a multi-stakeholder process which involved a series of farmers and actors meetings, to precisely define their shared challenges, opportunities, desired solutions and outcomes.

As a result of the multi-stakeholder process, the Meru Farmers’ fair was organized to offer opportunities for actors in the agriculture sector to meet, to advertise, to debate, learn and do business.

During the opening of the fair, the Guest of Honour, Ms. Grace Solomon, who represented the Regional Commissioner of A

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Hance Richard Melchior Dear Katarina, Congratulation for successes of Agri-ProFocus Tanzania. Let us keep on engaging the farmers. Regards, Hance

2 years 7 months ago

Katarina Mungure Thank you Hance.

2 years 7 months ago

Jasmine Mushi Congratulations Katarina,I could not make it but made sure MUVIKIHO attended with a group of 20 farmers by facilitating their transport.

2 years 7 months ago

Katarina Mungure Thank you Jasmine, your support is well noted and appreciated.

2 years 7 months ago