Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 December 2018 at 06:24

Government revises irrigation targets

Source: The NewTimes

The government has said that the high cost of irrigation, land fragmentation as well as encroachment of land designated for farming activities by construction projects, have hindered irrigation targets, calling for a review.

The revelations was made last week as officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources met parliamentarians

MP Albert Ruhakana said that in the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the target was to irrigate 100,000 hectares of farmland, which he said was overambitious.

According to figures from the ministry, only 50,000 hectares are currently catered for by irrigation schemes countrywide.

“The target of 2024 is to irrigate 102,000 hectares. Why is the expectation of 2017 targeted to be realised in 2024? We should analyse the issue to exactly know the challenges that slowed the progress to achieve the target in 2017,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Jean Claude

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 December 2018 at 04:11

Work session on smart water for horticulture

Last week we had a most interesting work session in World Horti Centre, Netherlands. We presented our mapping on climate smart horticulture. We also had two presentations on tools that support decisions on investing in water harvesting and/or water efficiency. 

1. Farm Pond Planner 

For an ICRAF / World Vision project called DryDev, Frank van Schoubroeck analysed the cost and benefits of micro irrigation for horticulture producers in Machakos, Kenya. He visited farmers who had built a project-financed Farm Pond. Farmers visited were happy: “with the farm pond, I can grow crops year round’. DryDev wondered if Farm Ponds can be promoted commercially. With a pond, farmers’ choices have consequences: small ponds lead to water shortage if plot size is too big, or horticulture crops demand too much water. Crops timed well fetch a high price, and vice versa. Frank modelled in Excel a Farm Pond Planner based on data from field visits and

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Wim Goris Read about the cool farm tool on: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261832883X?via%3Dihub&utm_source=SFL+Main+Contacts+List&utm_campaign=eceac0c156-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_07_07_15&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_03d98741b6-eceac0c156-324486229

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Exploring Climate Smart Water in Africa's horticulture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  27 November 2018, 13:30-16:00
  World Horti Centre Naaldwijk

This session is on Climate Smart Water in East-African Horticulture, as water is increasingly an hot issue in horticulture. It is an interactive exchange and learning event for max 15 experts.

What is in it for you: we will share tools, examples and lessons learned. And we exchange ideas for replication and upscaling.

AgriProFocus is co-organizing this event with Food and Business Knowledge Platform and experts Aart van den Bos and Frank van Schoubroeck.

Contact me for more information !


Water Resources Management Training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  10 December 2018 to 14 December 2018 - All Day Event


Water is a key driver of economic and social development while it has a basic function in maintaining the integrity of the natural environment. Managers whether in government or private sectors have to make difficult decisions to apportion the diminishing water supplies with the ever increasing demands. Drivers such as demographic and climatic changes further increase stress on water resources. The traditional fragmented approach is no longer viable and a more holistic approach to water management is essential. This training is therefore designed to aid in the management of water resources in a more efficient, equitable and sustainable ways.


5 days


This course is intended for various Experts in Agriculture; Extension Officers, Agricultural officials and Decision makers working with local people, in governments, donor organization, Non-profit oriented organizations for Agriculture Development programs.


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Delivering on the transformational potential of PPPs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  20 November 2018, 09:30-16:30
  New World Campus, The Hague

Over the last four years, PPPLab, our partners and organisations engaged in PPPs have explored the transformational potential of PPPs. The emergence of the SDG-P facility is a good moment to concretely spell out how this potential should be delivered upon and what the implications for our collective roles are.

That means PPPs must:

• Aspire to deliver systemic change

• Be fit to realise their aspirations

• Rethink risk and blend finances

By the end of the day you will have a sharp idea of where you can take your PPP work to a next, necessary level and we will have formulated an action and learning agenda for a PPP community of practice.

More information & registration:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 October 2018 at 09:55

Call for proposals for youth-led Water and Climate projects. GET SUPPORT!

The Youth for Water and Climate #YWC Platform is looking for youth-led projects!

Deadline to submit: 16 October 2018.

This call for proposals has been designed to identify, encourage and support youth engagement related to water management and climate change adaptation. It is made possible thanks to the International Secretariat for Water and the contribution of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and will enable youth from around the world to access financial support to help implement innovative and creative water and climate projects.

Activities and timeline

Submission deadline: 16 October 2018. All project submissions received in that period will be admissible.  
Announcement of the results to the project leaders: 9 November – 2 December 2018.
Showcase of winning projects: COP24 – December 2018

View the full details of the call here.

Download the project template here.

How to apply

To apply, fill out the pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 20 May 2018 at 04:49


Mali benefits from two rivers enabling at least two cropping seasons through irrigation, thus increasing production and settle population. Large irrigation systems (through dams) are very expensive to implement, while small scale irrigation systems can be implemented at relatively low costs to benefit communities. Adopting and scaling up such technologies could help increase agricultural land capacity and reduce rural poverty. For irrigation to be highly productive improved agronomic management practices should be adopted. 

The main constraints are farmers’ organization for inputs supply, water management and stocks storage. Farmers choose irrigation systems based on cost, management and revenues; for vegetable production they prefer Californian irrigation system, while for rice the preference is motor-pump. 

The study is conducted in Sikasso, Koulikoro and Mopti regions on small scale irrigation

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Daoulata MAIGA NOUVEAU RAPPORT FARA: IRRIGATION À PETITE ÉCHELLE AU MALI: CONTRAINTES ET OPPORTUNITÉS Le Mali bénéficie de deux cours d'eau qui permettent au moins deux saisons culturales grâce à l'irrigation, ce qui augmente la production et la population. Les grands systèmes d'irrigation (à travers les barrages) sont très coûteux à mettre en œuvre, tandis que les systèmes d'irrigation à petite échelle peuvent être mis en œuvre à des coûts relativement faibles au profit des communautés. L'adoption et l'extension de ces technologies pourraient contribuer à accroître la capacité des terres agricoles et à réduire la pauvreté rurale. Pour que l'irrigation soit hautement productive, des pratiques de gestion agronomique améliorées devraient être adoptées.Les principales contraintes sont l'organisation des agriculteurs pour l'approvisionnement en intrants, la gestion de l'eau et le stockage des stocks. Les agriculteurs choisissent les systèmes d'irrigation en fonction des coûts, de la gestion et des revenus; pour la production de légumes, ils préfèrent le système d'irrigation californien, tandis que pour le riz, la préférence est donnée à la motopompe.L'étude est menée dans les régions de Sikasso, Koulikoro et Mopti sur des systèmes d'irrigation à petite échelle pour fournir des informations et proposer des solutions aux décideurs. Les résultats attendus de l'étude comprennent: (i) la documentation des ressources en eau disponibles au Mali, (ii) l'identification des technologies d'irrigation à petite échelle disponibles au Mali, (iii) la sélection de technologies adaptées aux différentes régions du pays, (iv ) Évaluation de la rentabilité sociale et économique de certaines technologies.2 sec ago | 

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Zuid-Afrika meeting - Climate Smart Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 January 2018, 09:30-12:00
  Unie van Waterschappen, Koningskade 40, Den Haag

Zuid-Afrika bijeenkomst 25 januari en Scoping Report Climate Smart Agriculture

Op 25 januari organiseren NWP, RVO.nl, Verbos Business Development en de UvW een gecombineerde bijeenkomst in het kader van het Partners voor Water programma en de Water en AgriFood Nexus in Zuid-Afrika. Tevens zal de landbouwraad, Jack Vera aanwezig zijn en zijn visie met u delen. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst kijken we terug op de activiteiten van het Zuid-Afrikaplatform in 2017 en bereiden we ons voor op de daaruit voortgekomen acties. Zo hebben het bezoek van Minister Mokonyane aan de Amsterdam International Water Week, het City of the Future evenement in Durban en de Economische Missie in Kaapstad, gezorgd voor een goede positionering van de Nederlandse water sector in Zuid-Afrika in 2017.

Registeren voor deze bijeenkomst kan tot dinsdag 23 januari via deze link. Hier vindt u ook de details over de locatie en tijd. 

In 2018 wordt in juni de WISA conferentie (water) in Kaapstad georganiseerd en in augustus staat de

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 September 2017 at 08:30

I'd like to share some thoughts on the recent developments around Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Africa and Asia. Would love to hear your comments and experiences:

Aquaponics: A sustainable business model!?

“Talking with restaurant owners all around Ethiopia we picked up many frustrations about the supply of vegetables they were receiving. Often vegetables were out of stock for weeks, arriving half rotten or even delivered with traces of pesticides. After observing their response to our aquaponics vegetables, we realized that with aquaponics we had to key to solving many of these urban food supply issues.”  

Commercial aquaponics has rooted itself in the growing sustainable food movement in the west. Production numbers are increasing, improvements are made on organic pest management and nutrient control is being optimized. Despite these positive developments, profitability still is an issue for many western growers, but not so in emerging urban markets of Asia and A

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Gizaw Legesse A few months ago, we featured an entrepreneur who use plastic bottles to grow vegetables in a semi aquaponic system using Algae as source of nutrients. This member thinks, his project is cost effective, a means for achieving food security, a solution for getting healthy food, and a contribution for environment protection. Personally, I liked the idea - and sure would like to try it home. Dear Bouke, thank you for sharing this, and please take a look at this article about the project I mentioned above: https://agriprofocus.com/post/58c2ca460b34d915e2e9155e

1 year 3 months ago


Smart Water for Agriculture Learning Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 September 2017, 14:00-19:00

Participation by invitation only!   

AgriProFocus Kenya, on behalf of The Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), has organised a lesson sharing session on Smart Water Solutions for agriculture in Kenya. The learning event is anchored around EKN in Kenya-funded programme, Smart Water for Agriculture Programme implemented by a consortium that includes SNV, Meta Meta, Royal Tropical Institute, Aqua for All,  Tropica and Wageningen University. 

The four-year programme aims to increase water productivity, income and food security by developing climate-smart and market-led ‘smart water' solutions to 20,000 farmers in five counties. By using less water and energy to decrease their input costs, these small and medium-sized entrepreneurial (SME) farmers are expected to increase the income and profitability of their farms.

This session is open to stakeholders in the agri-food and water sectors, where we will be exploring potential areas for collaboration through:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 1 August 2017 at 04:39

Pompa Barsha in Sumba, Indonesia

Yayasan Comunnitas Radio Max Waingapu memberikan penyewaan dua unit pompa air untuk dua kelompok tani yakni kelompok wanita tani Tapawalabadi dan kelompok laki-laki tani Tapawalabadi di Desa Mbata Kapidu, kecamatan Kota Waingapu, kabupaten Sumba Timur.

Direktur Yayasan Comunnitas Radio Max Waingapu, Heinrich Dengi, ketika ditemui Pos Kupang di lokasi saat pemasangan satu unit mesin pompa air untuk kelompok laki-laki Tani Tapawalabadi di kali Mbata Kapidu desa setempat, Selasa (1/8/2017), mengatakan, pihak yayasan menyediakan mesin pompa air tersebut bersifat pinjam pakai atau sewa. Kelompok tani wajib membayar setelah panen nantinya.

Baca artikel lengkap di http://kupang.tribunnews.com/2017/08/01/video-proses-pemasangan-pompa-air-di-mbata-kapidu-kabupaten-sumba-timur-ini-keunggulannya

AgriProFocus Indonesia Hi Pratap, thanks for sharing this! This online platform is good place to showcase a tech like Barsha Pump. Keep posting!

1 year 4 months ago

Farida Mahri pompa seperti ini berapa ya harganya? atau bisa dibuat sendiri?

1 year 4 months ago

Annisa Anindita Hallo, Mbak Farida Mahri, saya baru baca komentar Mbak. Salam kenal, saya Dita dari aQysta (www.aQysta.com). Sementara pompa ini belum bisa dibuat sendiri, Mbak. Kalau Mbak tertarik untuk tahu lebih jauh tentang pompa ini, Mbak bisa kontak saya di +6281807861571. Terima kasih, Mbak (:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 April 2017 at 03:27

Indigenous Agroecology in Konso, Ethiopia

In Konso, communities have been terracing for over 600 years. The steep hillsides of Konso are sculpted by generations of human hands that have carefully laid stones in line with the natural horizontal contours designed to catch and keep the soil and water necessary for viable hilltop agriculture. Agroforestry has been combined with other forms of intercropping to keep the terraces in-tact, the soils fertile, and diversified nutrition available year round: For example, perennials like cassava are planted at the top of the stone terraces to support the terrace structure with their roots; in the cups of soil between terrace walls, crops such as beans, maize and sorghum are planted amongst one another; trees such as coffee, moringa, acacia, and terminalia are interspersed at greater distance along the terraces.

In addition to formation of terraces, various other water management techniques are actively used. To catch and sink runoff, circul

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 23 March 2017 at 08:05

Grant Opportunity:  Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility - 3rd round

Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017  

Dear members,

With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.

The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant informat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 22 March 2017 at 04:43

World Water Day 2017: Why Waste Water?

Today, the world is marking the World Water Day whose theme is “Why Waste Water?” It is a time to reflect on how we are saving water as actors in the agriculture sector, which is considered one of the greatest users of water.

It is no doubt that access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is an important part of the millennium development goals (MDGs). According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation should be reduced in half by 2015. In fact, water and wastewater treatment is significant for the realization of the MDGs. For example, goal 1 (to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger) is related to water treatment because the access to safe drinking water can save the time and cost to collect daily water, thus people may have more time to work and to get food.

MDG Goal 2 aims to achieve universal primary education. Some children cannot go to

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G4AW information and matchmaking workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  16 March 2017, All Day Event

By mid March 2017, a third call for proposals will be announced for the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) facility.  To inform all relevant stakeholders and support the setup of public-private partnerships for G4AW, Netherlands Space Office and AgriProFocus will organize a workshop in Yangon. If you are interested to join this workshop, please contact Bente Meindertsma by sending an email to bmeindertsma@agriprofocus.com

G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service operators, businesses and transmission operators, developing space for food security.  Please find more information here. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 February 2017 at 06:29

Netherlands Space Office visits Myanmar to support food security

From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.

G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service o

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NW Myanmar Agriculture and Community Development Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  07 February 2017 - 08:00 to 10 February 2017 - 17:00
  Kalay Myo, Sagaing Region

ECHO Asia, in partnership with the CSSDD of the Myanmar Babtist Convention, is pleased to offer training in NW Myanmar. 

Some of the 14 topics presented may include: 

- Biochar and water filters

- Seed banking and seed saving

- Integrated agriculture options for sustainable land use

Presented in both English and Birmese. 

Registration fee: $110, including workshop, meals and basic accomodation. 

For more information or to register please contact: 

Expats: Echoasia@echonet.org, or register at echocommunity.org

Myanmar nationals: CSSDD at Myanmar Babtist Convention, mbc.cssdd@gmail.com

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 16 September 2016 at 01:40

Youth for Water and Climate - Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects (Deadline: 14 October 2016)

Source: Global Water Partnership

We are looking for young activists to join forces for water & climate!

Five awards of €1,000 each are available for youth-led projects which are based on thewhite paper recommendations made at COP 21.

The aim of the competition is to support youth in leading and organising water management activities, as well as to develop capacity and skills.

We want young people to share concrete actions that are being done at the national and regional level and provide youth with an incentive to continue best practices in water and climate change, already in place. With the competition, we would like to contribute to expanding the momentum gained since COP 21 in terms of moving the recommendations from talk to action.


  • Application period: 14 September – 14 October 2016
  • Announcement of Results on the Youth Portal page andFacebook: 28 October 2016
  • Implementation D

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 6 September 2016 at 07:20

Securing Water for Food : Call for Innovations 

Are you a scientist, entrepreneur, or a passionate problem solver interested in helping produce more food with less water in developing countries? Do you have a piloted innovation or technology that you seek to share with others, highlight before experts, publicize, and accelerate?

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Foreign Ministry of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Government of South Africa has officially opened the Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development 4th Global Call for Innovations.

Through this competition, Securing Water for Food anticipates disbursing $7.5 million USD in award funding.

Individual awards are expected to be between $100,000 USD and $2 million USD depending on the type of funding requested. The period of performance for individual awards is up to three years; the actua

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 16 July 2016 at 12:43


In many areas of Tanzania the natural high concentration of fluoride in water sources cause teeth to color brown and other health problems. Therefore, the removal of fluoride is one of the main objectives. In partnership TNO developed a new technology on solar heat, which was tested in Tanzania last months. The results are encouraging.

Read more : https://www.tno.nl/en/about-tno/news/2016/7/successful-test-with-new-clean-water-technology-tanzania/


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