Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 31 May 2018 at 06:52

The Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility Call for Proposals 2018 is now open!

Established in 2006, IFAD’s Indigenous Peoples Assistance Facility (IPAF) is a unique facility based on the principle of Indigenous Peoples' self-determined development within the framework of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It funds small projects that indigenous peoples' communities and their organizations design themselves and that build on their culture, knowledge, natural resources, and human rights. The Facility provides small grants of US$ 20,000 to US$ 50,000 to small projects designed and implemented by Indigenous Peoples' communities and their organizations.

The 2018-2021 grant will finance the fifth cycle of IPAF.

The grant will support up to 35 demand-driven projects by Indigenous Peoples' communities through the co-management of partner organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

This new IPAF cycle will focus on indigenous youth and prioritize projects

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 30 May 2018 at 03:21

Very happy to share that we have worked for the past 3 days on the design of the new AgriProFocus Youth Program. Exciting to develop this program with our colleagues at the country platforms and see our network approach come to life! If you have suggestions on what value an AgriProFocus Youth Program could add for you or your organization, please let us know in the questions section of this post. 

Taye Teshome We would be happy if we can collaborate with you Hands on Consultancy Service

6 months 3 weeks ago

julius aine iwil be happy to hear from you am julius from uganda am looking for someone who can help me with some support to my projects and here is my email

6 months 2 weeks ago

Muhindo Nasani Kahuju I will be the happiest if we can collaborate. otherwise we the youth we need support. Muhindo. Kasese Uganda .Goat farmer.

6 months 2 weeks ago

Godfrey Ssekabira I am implementing anew strategy called Rural Youth Extension Workers where selected rural based youths are given comprehensive training , sit for exams and passed out as certified rural based service providers. These provide their services for a fee to the small holders and the intention is to create income for the youths, interest them into agriculture while at the same time solving the challenge of law adoption by farmers because of either being busy, old age or being luzy to work on their farms. Would be glad to scale the program up and also share it with you members if interested.

6 months 2 weeks ago

Godfrey Ssekabira We are now establishing a network for these service providers that will guide their activities, code of conduct in addition to enabling them bid for any other business or support.

6 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 17 May 2018 at 10:05

AgriProFocus veut concentrer ses efforts sur les agripreneurs* qui sont des artisans du changement dans le secteur.

Qui :

ont le potentiel de se consacrer vraiment aux affaires, orientés vers le marché;

ont la volonté de se développer;

sont innovants et

contribuent à l'amélioration de la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle, l’inclusion sociale et la durabilité.

* De l'entrepreneur agricole, aux PME, à l'entreprise agroalimentaire

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 May 2018 at 07:24

Brighter Living Scholarship to Attend the Young World Summit in The Hague 

For young Ethiopians and Zambians making a positive impact to reduce malnutrition and improve food value chains 

With the Brighter Living Scholarship, DSM will offer 4 scholarships to young leaders from Zambia and Ethiopia, who are working in the field of nutrition, towards eradicating malnutrition and tackling the issue of food security.

The scholarship builds on the Africa Improved Foods (AIF) partnership, which is an innovative public-private partnership making nutritious fortified foods locally in Africa for Africa with the objective of ending malnutrition. AIF is a partnership between DSM, IFC, CDC, FMO, Government of Rwanda and the World Food Programme. A short video by CEO and 2018 OYW Counsellor Feike Sijbesma on the start of this partnership can be found here.

Who should apply:

In line with the expansion objectives of DSM/AIF to more African countries, this scholarship seeks to support young leader

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 11 May 2018 at 07:50

Youth and Gender Specialist Position Malawi (18 May)

UIUC is soliciting expressions of interest in this position and this position is contingent on funding. We recommend submitting your application ahead of application deadline.

Summary of Position:

AgReach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks qualified Visiting Youth and Gender Specialist candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi. The primary objective of this initiative is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations including youth and women in rural areas by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs for increased economic impact. Over the longer-term, this will result in increasing economic opportunities for youth who stay in school.

The Visiting Youth and Gender specialist will be responsible for design and implementation of activities to enhance adolescent

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 May 2018 at 02:43

The AgriProFocus Network, in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, facilitates the third Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems.

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth-led organisations organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

In this 3rd Community of Practice meet-up, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) shares insights of recent studies on youth involvement in food systems. How are young people organising themselves and how do they influence food systems?  Insights are shared and some questions the studies raised are discussed. Look here for more information about this meet-up.

Place: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Date: May 22nd, 2018


Changing food systems and the power of youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 May 2018, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

The AgriProFocus Network, in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, facilitates the third Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems.   

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth-led organisations organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

Youth needs to be involved in agriculture, to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community development. We all agree. The assumption is that youth can act as change makers within their communities. There is a host of interventions to support them, from developing their skills to getting them organised. Despite, barriers persist for young people to succeed in agriculture. However, what do we know about how young people organise themselves and try to change food systems and how they work? There is much we can learn from youth here, from the diversity, the creativity and the organisational approaches through which they work and contri

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 3 May 2018 at 07:58

Youth and Agripreneurship workshop during the Food First Conference - June 1st, 2018

The foodFIRST conference “Team Up with African Agripreneurs” is an international conference and takes place on Friday, June 1, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During this conference, AgriProFocus, together with YEP and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP)  will facilitate the workshop “Youth entrepreneurship in agricultural transformation”. 

The workshop starts at 11.00 with a macro perspective on the topic of 'youth agripreneurship in Africa'. This will be followed by a 'Youth Caravan', a Q&A session with several young entrepreneurs/ young professionals active in the field of agribusiness in Africa.

HERE You can register online for both the conference and the workshop and find more details about the programme. Be quick, because registrations are going fast! 

We hope to see you in Utrecht!


FoodFIRST: Team Up with African Agripreneurs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 June 2018, All Day Event
  Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht

This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat; with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory. The leading question is: How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions, business and civil society organizations) connect to these challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?  

Register HERE


09.00h Registration, coffee

09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods

10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO

10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR

11.00h Walk to workshop locations

11.10h Workshops

1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 23 April 2018 at 11:18

Présentation du projet SES4Food à l’ambassadeur des Pays-Bas et à son équipe ainsi qu'à un groupe de partenaires de l'ambassade des Pays-Bas dont le Réseau AgriProFocus Mali.

L’ambassade des Pays-Bas au Mali a accueilli ce vendredi 20 Avril 2018, un atelier animé par Mme Margreet, portant sur le lancement du projet SES4Food .

Margreet van der Pijl travaille depuis décembre 2017 pour l'Institut des Nations Unies pour la formation et la recherche (UNITAR). Au sein de l'UNITAR, une dynamique est en cours pour lancer un programme sur le soutien à l'entrepreneuriat social et la sécurité alimentaire (SES4Food), concept issu d'une cartographie, menée en 2016 en tant qu'entrepreneur social pour la Plateforme de connaissance alimentaire et commerciale de 7 pays:

Cet atelier fut l'occasion pour les différentes structures actives sur la thématique "Entrepreneuriat Jeune" d'échanger et aussi

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Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 April 2018 at 10:10

Pitch AgriHack 2018: Inviting Young and Female Entrepreneurs to Grow Start-Up!

Deadline: 21 May 2018

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria) and Suguba (regional), has launched a program entitled “Pitch AgriHack 2018” to contribute to the transformation of the agricultural sector and promotion of youth employment.

The theme for this year’s edition is “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”.


Two categories are available:

Early stage platform: This is for e-agriculture applications and platforms that have already been developed but that may still need software or business model improvements. Participants must be able to demonstrate the business potential and functional features of their applications or platforms.

Advanced pl

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Farmer financial literacy symposium

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  29 November 2018, 09:00-16:30

Rural Youth Agropreneurs Association-RUYAA is organising a one day symposium dubbed "Farmer financial literacy" aimed at bringing to light the significance of fincial literacy to farmers. 

The one summit will be held in mbarara on thursday 29th November 2018. The leading facilitator will be Dr.Mersian Turyahebwa and the guest of honour will be the western youth MP. 

Other presentions will be from lead farmers in the region.

More updates about the event shall be unveiled here.

For more info call +256781260064



Ruyaa is a youth farmers organisation operating in western uganda but currently in kamwenge and ibanda districts. The association aims to create a platform to share common experiences about problems and apportunities in farming. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 April 2018 at 06:05


All the nutrients in our food originally come from the soil. In order to create healthy crops full of nutrients, farmers need to work with healthy soil.

If you're a home gardener wanting to increase your garden's yield, organic materials may not always be practical, so knowing how to use commercial (also known as synthetic or chemical) fertilizer correctly and with care may be your best option. Here is some help on how to use these powerful chemicals wisely.

Fertilizer helps plants grow to be stronger, healthier and bigger. There are many ways to make your own fertilizer, from all-purpose recipes to simple household products that can naturally boost nutrient levels in your soil.

Soils naturally contain many nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, calcium, and potassium. These nutrients allow plants to grow. When soil nutrients are missing or in short supply, plants suffer from nutrient deficiency and stop growing. When the nutrient level is too lo

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness, Myanmar
Posted 12 April 2018 at 08:31

Myanmar youth present innovative business ideas at Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase event

On Friday, April 6, we successfully hosted the Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase Event in Nay Pyi Taw. The Showcase event was the closing of the Agrifood Bootcamp. 5 groups of highly talented Myanmar youth impressed the audience and the highlevel jury with their innovative business solutions for agrifood challenges in Myanmar.

An exciting training program

The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project organized by AgriProFocus Myanmar in collaboration with the Dutch agribusiness companies and organizations De Heus, East West Seed, Agriterra, Fresh Studio and ICCO Cooperation. Together, we supported Myanmar youth between 18 and 35 to participate in an exciting week long training program from April 2 to 6. We selected a talented and extremely motivated group of 40 participants with diverse backgrounds: Students from 5 different universities, young professionals and agri-entrepreneurs.

They learned about the daily affairs of agr

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Kay Thwe Moe - Thanks a lot

8 months 1 week ago

Mugisha Richard Waoo! this is great news. Congratulations Myanmar

8 months 1 week ago


Seminar: Youth in Markets

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  18 April 2018, 09:00-14:00
  Impulse building Wageningen Campus

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Agribussiness

In many countries across the world, food systems are changing fast, interlinked with the dynamics of population growth and urbanization. At the same time, the largest number of young people ever is growing up. Youth, particularly in low and middle income countries, struggle to find decent jobs, make the transition from education to work and mature in terms of independence. Young people should have the opportunity to fully participate in the economy especially in areas where agriculture is the main sector. Young people increasingly do not see farming as a viable livelihood for the future and tend to migrate to other (urban) areas.

A shaking up of the sector is needed to engage youth in its future development. Entrepreneurship and innovation are key in making this connection. Young people have the potential to find profitability and promise in doing things differently: they can link food markets, develop new food products with added value and new

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 28 March 2018 at 12:02

Remise des attestations de la Formation en technique de production maraichère  dans le cadre des activités du Projet « Entrepreneuriat Agrricole, Alternative Durable à la Migration Irrégulière », une initiative soutenue financièrement par la Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique.

Penda Diallo Merci à AgriProFocus pour la formation

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 25 March 2018 at 09:01


                                                          PROJET ENTREPRENEURIAT AGRICOLE JEUNE

Ce vendredi 23 Mars 2018, la salle de conférence du Ministère de la promotion des investissements et du secteur privé a servi de cadre d'une importante cérémonie de signature en presence des partenaires de mise en oeuvre du projet et surtout le Coordinateur National du réseau AgriProFocus Mali.

Le présent Protocole d’Accord a pour objet de définir les

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Bon vent pour le Réseau AgriProFocus Mali dans la mise en oeuvre du Projet Entrepreneuriat Agricole Jeune.

8 months 3 weeks ago

Dramane TOUNKARA Toutes mes félicitations et plein succès au projet en faveur des jeunes ruraux

8 months 3 weeks ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci  chers MAHAMANE et Dramane

8 months 3 weeks ago

Guylaine Muhindo Mwamini Félicitation au Réseau AgriProFocus Mali et courage pour ce travail que vous faites dans le secteur de entrepreneuriat des jeunes 

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 March 2018 at 09:21

Apply for the Young Women Transform Prize: Prizes of $15,000 to $35,000 to youth-led or youth-serving organizations in LMICs

Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment 

How to apply: here

Sector: Gender & Youth

Deadline: 30th April, 2018 Washington D.C. local time

The Challenge

The 1.8 billion young people in the world today represent the largest youth population in history. In many parts of the world, youth lack opportunities for education and meaningful employment; an estimated 21 percent of youth are neither employed nor enrolled in education or training opportunities leaving these youth disaffected and with little hope for their future prospects.

Youth unemployment disproportionally affects young women. Globally, only 37 percent of young women participate in the labor force, compared to 54 percent of young men. When young women are excluded from economic opportunities, gender inequality is reinforced and they are less able to invest in their own health, education and safety – and that

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Business Drinks: 2nd of 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 March 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Bole, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: 2nd of 2018


We are pleased to announce the second Business Drinks of 2018, which will be held on Thursday January 22nd at Black Rose Lounge (upstairs from Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

You are cordially invited to participate. Please confirm your attendance using this LINK (If the link is not working, you can confirm via email *Please note, people who do not register/confirm will not be able to attend. There are limited spaces for this event, so registration is mandatory for participation.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 16 March 2018 at 09:28

 Projet Entrepreneuriat Agricole Jeune (PEAJ)

Dans le cadre de la facilitation de cet ambitieux projet de promotion de l'entrepreneuriat des jeunes dans le secteur de l'agrobusiness, votre réseau a tenu ce vendredi 09 Mars 2018, une séance de travail au ministère de la promotion de l'Investissement et du secteur privé. Ladite rencontre avec le SEGAL du Minitère Mr Sissoko et  Mr Demba Tounkara le Conseiller Technique du Ministre a permis de revenir sur l'historique du projet et surtout préparer la signature de la convantion d'accord entre la principauté de Monanco et la République du Mali dans le cadre de la coopération entre les deux pays.

L’objectif principal du Projet est de contribuer à réduire la vulnérabilité des jeunes dans les régions de Kayes, Koulikoro et Ségou à travers l'amélioration des perspectives d'insertion économique pérennes dans le secteur agricole.

Les objectifs spécifiques se déclinent comme suit’ :

1. Elaborer et diffuser l'état des

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