The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.
We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
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A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
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Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs
African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.
Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.
On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide... Read more
Maize meal continued to be a big topic of discussion in June 2017, and towards the end of the month Nairobi, started experiencing shortages of rice, a probable indication, that Kenyans were unwillingly consuming more rice than maize meal. In June 2017, Kenya was the Leading Net Importer (66,312MT), a 324% increase in comparison to May 2017 net import (20,449MT). Kenya imported (68,626MT) and exported (2,314MT). The leading imports were maize and beans, while wheat (2,194MT) was the leading export.
Uganda was the Leading Net Exporter (64,304MT) in June 2017 having exported (70,952MT) and imported (6,648MT). The leading exports were beans (34,096MT), a huge increase in comparison to May 2017 (9,803MT). Uganda exported beans to Kenya (30,552MT), to DRC (3,232MT), and to Tanzania (10MT). Uganda’s combined commodity exports were to Kenya (65,243MT), to Rwanda (2,326MT), and to DRC (3,232MT). Mai... Read more
CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.
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Happening on 14-16 September & 27-28 October 2017 Kampala, Uganda
What is the SAG-SEED Starter?
The SAG-SEED Starter is a programme that supports young teams of entrepreneurs in developing and implementing their innovative ideas.
What will participants do?
Future eco-entrepreneurs begin by forming teams and coming up with business ideas to tackle one selected main challenge in South Africa. Under expert guidance, the teams will come together in a workshop to develop and refine their ideas. Next, the teams get to test the ideas with potential customers and partners. After that, the teams get together again to present and refine their findings. At the end of the SAG-SEED Starter, the teams will have developed a solid concept and be ready to engage partners and investors in the real world. Who is eligible to apply? Individuals who have a basic business idea or a problem they want to solve and teams in the very early stages of setting up their enterpr... Read more
This report (PDF), commissioned by the MasterCard Foundation, analyses input credit for smallholder farmers in Tanzania and Uganda. Agricultural inputs (either cash or in-kind) are provided on credit and the farmer reimburses the provider after harvest. Input credit products for farmers in Tanzania and Uganda are often ‘bundled’ with other compulsory services and fees. As a result, smallholder farmers may not fully understand the pricing structure and compulsory nature of bundled credit products, and may be taking on more risk than they can handle. It appears there may be a number of smallholder farmers who are indeed struggling to comprehend input credit bundles and the associated relatively high but variable risks of input credit. The objective of the study was to improve The MasterCard Found... Read more
This technical brief (PDF) from SNV, Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shares learning on the importance of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition and scale-up projects. The brief presents results from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) model in Uganda and Zambia. This new and innovative model aims to empower communities to reduce the causes of malnutrition themselves and ensure dietary diversity and overall nutrition goals are improved. Communities are supported to understand what they can do to improve the situation and formulate their own locally available solutions.To ensure sustainability and scalability of the approach, SN4A works with local and district level authorities, building their capacity to plan and implement nutritio
CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017 till August 12
The online discussion forum is to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month to commemorate World Youth Skills Day (July 15) and International Youth Day (August 12) and will culminate in a webinar to wrap up the online discussion and develop a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness. The discussions will be focused on the... Read more
Solidaridad is a global network organization with close to 50 years’ experience in design and implementation of gender inclusive and sustainable market oriented commodity supply chains. We provide producers training and capacity building as well as create linkages to affordable financial services, markets, and certification and beyond, as well as participatory facilitation towards enabling policy environment and sustainable landscapes.
Solidaridad works to create impact along the value chains of cotton, livestock, tea, sugarcane, horticulture, Gold, soy, cocoa, textile, palm oil, aquaculture, coffee and dairy. We envision a world in which all we produce and all we consume can sustain us while respecting the planet, each other and the next generations.
The Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa Expertise Centre (SECAEC) Uganda Country Office is one of the three country offices, the others being Ethiopia and Tanzania. The... Read more
"Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to hold into 2050. With this growth, street food is going to become one of the most important components of African diets. The formal sector will just not be able to keep up!
Enter my company, Musana Carts, which tackles the #FoodRevolution challenge from the end of the food value chain. Musana Carts, which currently operates in Uganda, streamlines and improves the production and consumption of street food."
Full blog text: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-joined-food-revolution-and-so-can-you?CID=AGR_TT_agriculture_EN_EXT
Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.
The program will tackle the following topics:
In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):
(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)
Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda
Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)
Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia
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AGRITOURISM - LATEST INNOVATION IN AGRIBUSINESS & AGRICULTURE
BUSAINO FRUITS &HERBS (BUFRUIT) Launched the First National AgriTourism Institute on July 5th, 2017, Wanyange Jinja. H.E excellence the Netherlands Ambassador to Uganda, Henk Bakker launched the event. It was exploration and discovery. The biggest fun, was Herbs Hunting . AgriTourism will be an annual event. Then every month there will be an activity: Herbs Processing, Herbs Packaging, Women and Men Well-being Weekends, Youth Holiday Training Camps, Youth Skills training : Juice Making, Honey and Bee Hives making, Wine Making, Herbs growing and Processing among others. All is blended with nature and culture.
Check New Vision Harvest Money of Tuesday July 11th, 2017. Bukedde TV aired the Event on July 13th, in Agataliko nfufu
Be part of the unfolding innovation in Agribusiness!
Africa Agribusiness Academy (AAA), located at Makerere -road Opposite Nana Hostel, is holding a Membership Interaction Day on July 27th, 2017. The Membership Interaction day starts at 2.00pm. In the Morning is the Annual General Meeting. Launch of the AAA small Loan Fund. All Best Farmers Award Winners will be there: 2014, 2015, 2016. Launch of the AAA Sacco.
Venue: Grand Global Hotel - Makerere opposite Makerere University, off Kagwa road, Tel 039 351 6620, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark you calendar July 27th at 2pm. For Registration call Angella 0772 495 382 and Patricia 0773 205424
International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences calls upon all partners, sponsors passionate youth and other stakeholders for this noble event!!!!!
Mark your calender and run for registration on this link
With 3 days in Uganda and 3 days in Kenya, Come let's promote agricultural clubs in both Primary and Secondary Schools to enhance student's dietary needs and fight global food security. Let's also discuss how we can achieve sustainable agriculture amidst the climate change as youth...
It will also be platform for sharing ideas and experiences in the field of agriculture and related sciences
A platform for meeting potential employers, policy makers, agri entrepreneurs hence creating employment linkages.
The target groups include: students doing agriculture and related sciences professions in East Africa and globally , primary and secondary students, unemployed youth,youth passionate for agriculture in transforming livelihoods
Early Registration fee is Ughs 25000/Kshs800
Onsite registration fee is Ugshs 30,000/Kshs 1000
Deadline for registration is 25th August
Read more about the event here: https://agriprofocus.com/post/5967e89126b72a19f3ce02ea
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My name is Kyasiimire Babra, a mashroom farmer from Kasheregyenyi, Kamuganguzi subscoutry, I came for the agricultural finance fair at kabale stadium. An i am very happy to join the Agriprofocus platform, i hope to learn more about murshroom farming and also get market for some of my mushrooms, and get agrocultural insurance services for mushrooms in Uganda. i belive the is need for more trianing in mushroon farming and i am looking forward to interact with and get contacts of people within the platform that could help me improve my mushroom growing. Otyherwise i would like to thank to organisers of the Agricultural finance fair in kabale, Agriprofocus, IFDC, ISSD, Bank of Uganda, Reign, Excel hort consult among others, this haas really been a great event.
Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's.
A Cambridge company aiming to lift sub-Saharan farmers out of poverty by creating a market for their surplus was one of two winners in Agri-Tech East’s GROW agri-tech business plan competition.
Farming Data’s mobile trading platform uses mobile money and SMS texting on a basic phone to allow smallholders and buyers to communicate and trade more effectively. Smallholders grow 50 per cent of the world’s food and 40 per cent of global food production relies on irrigation.
Dr Belinda Clarke (pictured), Director of Agri-Tech East, said that the entries this year were looking at global challenges: “Smart water use, enhancing data available for decision support and improving profitability by finding markets for edible waste were strong themes among the entries this year. Many were looking for partners and investors for pilot studies and this is where the agri-tech cluster in the east of England is particularly strong.“
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