Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 22 May 2018 at 07:12

The loan that made me a thriving farmer:

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

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Muhindo Nasani Kahuju True. The same happened on me in my goat farm were  I lost some young one like10 of them in 1 week but since I started attending to my farm, everything is at least now moving on well.

3 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 10 May 2018 at 08:27

Farmer finds millions in courgettes

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.

Apart 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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 April 2018 at 02:50

New vegetable seeds at Seed Co Rwanda.

As the African Seed Company that dedicates it's daily work in research to improve farmers livelihood with high yielding varieties in various crops that we sell on the African market. Seed Co Rwanda has new vegetable varieties as shown in the picture below.

Find more updates about Seed Co products here 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Roland Kayumbu, thanks a lot for sharing with us!Do you also have seeds of pepper?

1 month 3 weeks ago

Roland Kayumbu Hi Thacien, yes we do have pepper as well. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks Roland Kayumbu, good to hear that!

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 March 2018 at 12:51

  Think Farm to Fork. Think #FarmERP. Manage Outgrowing, Procurement, Quality Control, Packing, Cool chain ,Exports and Traceability on single digital platform. Adopt industry best practices for Fresh fruits and vegetables exports.To Know more visit: #Freshfruitexports #Vegetables #FoodSafety


Vegetable Field Day!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  06 February 2018, All Day Event
  Mulindi Show Ground, Kigali Rwanda

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 Farmers Market

Event posted by in Ethiopia Agroecology Platform
  25 November 2017, 09:00-14:00
  In the compound of MIGBARE SENAY GENERAL HOSPITAL, near Aduwa Bridge, AA, Ethiopia

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 07:41

1.5 acres of assila tomatoes for sell..ready for harvest in two weeks. Whole sell price friendly 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:22

Hello everyone,

I would like to request if someone/institution can share with me data and reports on chilli and vegetables since 2008-17 in Uganda,market trends,fluctuations in price and likely causes,price expectations,challenges faced by farmers and exporters involved,recommendations given,its contribution and other vegetables and fruits to the GDP,...more information please.


CLIVE DREW Main contribution of vegetables and fruits to GDP is local consumption. UBOS Census of Agriculture reports (available online) have useful data. UBOS may also have data on exports of chillies, etc, UEPB may have some data, or maybe HORTEXA (who could also provide additional input on Opportunities and Challenges. There is a diversity of opinions and (mis)information, so try to triangulate any statements that are made by respondents. 

8 months 3 weeks ago

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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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

1 year 2 months ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

1 year 2 months ago

mary madonnah However, it can't be hydroponics if soil is used..

9 months 2 days ago

Cibarani Cibarani Your experience is simply onderful. It may be useful to many women association around here in Jitumu facing land access troubles...

9 months 19 hours ago

Yihun Seid thank you Cibarani and Mary for your comment .the thing i make is mearly for improving the urban poors to let them produce clean and ample vegetable four to five times a year where there is limitation of land .in cities like addis ababa production land for vegetable is very little.yes my technology is not purely hydroponic (without soil) the system it uses is like the hydroponic ,not man made chemical fertilizer it is Algae which substitutes the man made fertilizer.the medea they use is still clay type soil material or wheat bran or wood chips made materials.hear the very important thing is cost of operation and construction ,as we know the hydroponic technology reqaures huge investment.the final result is clean and healthy production for consumers,for this i thought this will incourage the low income group of developing countries .  thank you once again for the comments you post..

8 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.

2 years 4 months ago

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

2 years 4 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.

2 years 4 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:

2 years 3 months ago

Innocent Chamisa more of this and similar stories here

1 year 3 months 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.

2 years 11 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:

2 years 11 months ago

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

2 years 11 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

2 years 11 months 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:

2 years 11 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.

2 years 10 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.

2 years 10 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.