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.
+ Change makers showcase portfolio
+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities
+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Innovation Labs
+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Joint Campaigns
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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In 2016, Brazafric Enterprises Limited [BEL], the leading supplier of coffee technologies in Africa together with the Africa Coffee Academy [ACA] – the leading business and technical supporter of the coffee value chain in Africa joined hands to host the first annual Coffee Technology Expo (CTE).
The general objective of the CTE is to create awareness and demand for coffee related technology and services along the value chain to the coffee stakeholders in Eastern Africa region by exhibiting, showcasing, and training visitors on an annual basis.
The 2nd Coffee Technology Expo will take place from 14-16 September 2017, at the Uganda Manufacturers Association [UMA] show grounds in Lugogo - UMA Multi-Purpose Hall. The theme of this year’s expo is “Building Resilience of the Small Holder Coffee Farmer through Improved Technology”.
Summary (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)
This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper... Read more
I attended the 25th Source of the Nile Agricultural and Trade Show yesterday 22/07/2017 in Jinja District specifically to;
1. Network with organisations promoting youth in agriculture
2. Connect with those in Herbal Medicine Industry
3. Learn new innovations in Agriculture and Herbal Medicine Industry
All the three objectives were achieved 75%. Looking forward to my Camkwoki Organisation and Company self help and sustained projects
Are you a young African between the ages of 18 and 35? Do you have a passion for youth participation in the transformation of agribusiness in Africa?
Here is your chance to win sponsorship from the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) and partners to represent the youth from your country at the 2017 edition of the 5th October “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” during the forthcoming 2017 Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo that will run from the 4th to the 6th of October in Dakar, Senegal.
How to participate
1. Get acquainted with the history of the “Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day” and the “Africa Agribusiness Incubation Conference and Expo”. Do your homework on global business incubation, opportunities in ICT integration in agribusiness, AAIN core investment areas, the 2017 theme of the African Union, the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Pr... Read more
Most of us have heard of a buzz word ''Artificial Intelligence'' or simply ''AI''; which is increasingly popular in tech circles. However, most people do not realise how AI is affecting their daily lives.
If you have ever received a recommendation about what video to watch on Youtube or what song to listen to on Spotify, that's AI. While video and music recommendation services are rather simple when compared to other AI systems, they do accomplish a useful task: recommending music and videos based on interests you've expressed and judgements you've made in the past. The more personal preferences data you provide to these platforms, the better AI recommendations become.
AI is here and it is poised to continue revolutionising how we access services.
For sometime now, I have been involved with a British company developing artificial intelligent medical doctors. The prototype AI doctor has been proven to be more acc... Read more
together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:
“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz... Read more
Impact Booster is an intensive six-month acceleration program, which enables SME entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service to enter emerging markets. For the last round 275 entrepreneurs from all over the world applied, from which 9 have been selected. Its shareholders are It’s shareholders are ICCO and Woord en Daad. Currently we are starting regional focused seed-funds and acceleration rounds and are shortlisted in the bidding process for the Enable Youth program. Part of the acceleration program is online and the validation phase is in the region. Therefore, we are looking for a program manager who has experience with accelerating start-ups and running an investment fund, to run four rounds of iMPACT Booster in Uganda and a USD 700.000 seed fund.
Duration: October 2017 – October 2021
Capacity: first two years full-time, then part-time
Deadline: 30th July, 2017
Job details here
Wha... Read more
Impact Booster is an intensive six-month acceleration program, which enables SME entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service to enter emerging markets. Its shareholders are ICCO and Woord en Daad. iMPACT Booster is shortlisted to prepare a full proposal for the Enable Youth Challenge Fund. This is a 2 million fund to run 5 acceleration rounds in Uganda. The most important requirement for final selection of the proposals is the quality and expertise of the team. To create a solid team the following experts are required.
Enable Youth Uganda is a pilot challenge fund aimed at identifying and supporting, through training, mentoring and investment support, selected motivated youth in five districts in rural Uganda who wish to set up their own rural or agri-sector-based enterprise.
The following experts are needed to successfully implement the Enable Youth program;
Position 1: Fund management expert and legal exp... Read more
APPLY NOW for the SAG SEED replicator workshops targeted at future entrepreneurs who want to start a business but don’t have a specific business idea yet, business owners wanting to expand or refine their business model, and NGOs wanting to finance themselves through revenues.
In a unique one-day workshop we enable you to adapt an already existing, proven business model to your local market. Selected future entrepreneurs come together during a one-day Replicator Connect Workshop in Kampala (3 and 4 August 2017), funded by SWITCH Africa Green For the upcoming SAG-SEED Replicator Connect Workshops, participants can work on cases from the following sectors:
· From Bee Hives to market.
· Collaborative Business Model for small holder farming.
· ICT Solutions for Agriculture.
· Biomass to Briquettes.
Participa... Read more
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.
For more information, contact
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