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, ...
Make an appointment.
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.
For further information please contact:
Documents related to the workshop
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... Read more
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?”
This short and explorative study focused on the question of... Read more
Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain
My name is Edd Colbert and I am a researcher working for an NGO in the UK called Feedback (www.feedbackglobal.org). 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... Read more
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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... Read more
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for any support.
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... Read more