Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.
AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.
Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.
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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Government must improve public spending on agriculture, implement policies and regulations, build and strengthen the current institutions if the country is to realise its agricultural output potential, a new World Bank report has recommended.
The report titled “Closing the potential performance divide in Ugandan agriculture” says weak public institutions for promoting agricultural productivity at the level of small farms, inefficiencies in public expenditures and implementation of regulation and policies remain some of the biggest issues affecting the agricultural sector.
Launching the report in Kampala yesterday, the World Bank country manager, Ms Christina Malmberg Calvo, said government must get its priorities right if the sector is to achieve the desired targets.
Ms Calvo said the issues of fake inputs, low investments in the agricultural sector and other challenges must be addressed. She called for a deliberate move for commercialisati... Read more
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Experts and entrepreneurs share their stories through the app, talking about factors for successful growth, improving business operations and creating employment. And we hear from experts and partners about the positive impact of sharing practical knowledge. In the app, we focus on relevant PUM topics such as incubator programmes, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship, training and education, international corporate social responsibility, youth employment creation and aid & trade.
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Fully in line with our sustainable DNA, the printed PUMmagazine has now made way for the app. We’ve been sharing stories... Read more
This farmers’ expo under the theme “Improving farmers’ incomes through access to genuine agro-inputs, value addition and markets” is being organized by Nama Balunzi Cooperative Society in partnership with Agro-Tourism Association and Mukono Local Government.
The 3-day expo that will be held at Nama Sub-county Headquarters, Mukono district, will take place on 29th June – 01st July, 2018. It will consist of technical trainings by practical experts, exhibitions of agribusiness chains in crop and animal sections (inputs, equipment, tools, technologies, feeds. etc), promotional literature, value addition/processed product samples, among others. Have gained experience and some lessons learnt from last year’s show, the organizers will ensure a conducive environment especially in terms of noise pollution to enable ample discussion between different value chains include, agricultural input dealers, primary producers, agribusiness service providers, processors, transpo... Read more
Cassava stems/ Cuttings (NASE 14) and tubers will be ready by mid July 2018. Eight acres in Agago.
For details contact me on Tel; 0758864630
The success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.
As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme of SNV Netherlands development Organisation organises facilitated Household Dialogues among targeted family and/or community members in Kenya and Vietnam to critically reflect and discuss around the key norms that prevent women from fully participating in and benefiting from economic activities.
The EOWE prog... Read more
For People involved in the coffee sector
I am currently working on the sustainability project in the coffee supply chain that is from cultivation to consumption. I look at all inputs and outputs e.g. seedlings-types and how they are treated, land preparation, fertilizer application, up to the stage when coffee is consumed by the customer at home.
I would like to have an interaction with different players, farmers, processors, middle men etc.
This project helps the stakeholders involved to understand their processes sustainability. That is showing them how to maximize benefits, reduce on the costs and be environmentally friendly.
This is for all the coffee stakeholders in Uganda. The report will be published under Life Cycle Initiative-UN Environment.
It is a great opportunity for stakeholders who want to know how there processes compare to others across the world. If you have been looking on how to produce organic coffee-this is your opportunity to.
Article by Richard Wangwe - the head of agriculture, Stanbic Bank Uganda
Facilitation. Commercial banks are instrumental in the modernisation of agriculture across the country, by enabling automation and mechanisation to take place. Banks provide farmers with vehicle and asset financing, making them more efficient and productive allowing them to scale up their operations to meet market demand.
There is a common misconception that commercial banks in Uganda have limited interest in financing farming or agricultural projects. After all, the sector is not efficiently organised, is largely uninsured and dominated by small holders with low income and, therefore, one would assume are unattractive to banks.
This role is accentuated during peak harvest and trading periods when banks provide large scale buyers and aggregates with the much needed short-term facilities in form of advances, revolving lines of credit and unsecure
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is looking to hire qualified professionals for the Climate Smart East Africa Project for the following vacancies;
Position 1: Agronomist/Climate Smart Agriculture Advisor
Position 2: Senior Agribusiness Expert
Position 3: Transport Facilitator
Position 5: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Deadline: 21st June, 2018
Contract Duration : 3 years
Contract Type: Local (open to Ugandan nationals only)
Duty Stations: Kampala
Desired Start Date: July 2018
For qualifications and how to apply, please refer to the job profiles.
Raised. The budget has been increased from the current Shs865.2b to Shs892b.By Franklin Draku
The 2018/19 budget for agriculture has seen several cuts in many departments, while others have witnessed marginal increments, although the overall figures have seen increment on the allocation to the sector.
Although the coming year has an increment in budget to about Shs892.9b, up from the Shs865b for the financial year ending June 30, 2018, a good percentage of it is going to wage and non-wage recurrent expenditure, amounting to about Shs270b.
With the National Development Plan II identifying agriculture as one of the primary growth sectors in the coming years employing up to 65 per cent of the population, government says through the sector, it aims to transform the Ugandan society from a peasant to a modern prosperous society in 30 years.
In the Agriculture Sector Strategic Plan, the sector aims to be a competitive, profitable and sustainable se
hello guys, i have been doing on line research on farming, and there is a crop (okra) that i have picked interest in, but I've less information on it i.e. ideal months for planting in uganda, pest and diseases plus their control measures, market ( local and international). can someone please help me!. thank you.
(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')
Many female farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria have a few chickens for home consumption and for sale. To empower these women, several research institutes have partnered with governments and private sector actors within the African Chicken Genetics Gain programme (ACGG). The programme supports the female farmers with new productive breeds, and services to sustain these.
Research shows, however, that whenever chicken rearing becomes more profitable, men often take over the business. ‘For example, they may ask their wife for the income from selling eggs or chicks’, says Julie Newton, gender specialist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. To guarantee that women really benefit, KIT has formulated a gender strategy.
The strategy helps to make the needs and position o... Read more
On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.
This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve... Read more
According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.
How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?
“Agriculture in African countries is massively under-funded”.
1. Financial inclusion and innovation in Agriculture· Inclusive investment
2. Value chain financing· Building competitive commercial Value Chains
3.Doing Successful Agribusiness in Africa· 1) Enabling farmers to think like business people 2) Important Business initiatives and skills
4.Public-private partnerships· 1) Source of le... Read more
A Brief moment: with young entrepreneur Leyat Ali
Could you please introduce yourself and Fayalo Technology to the APF network members in Ethiopia?
My name is Leyat Ali, co-founder and CEO of Fayalo technology. Currently, I am also serving as the president of Agora Speakers Club, a non-profit organization that is devoted to develop people’s leadership and public speaking skills. Fayalo technology was formed on February 2018. It is a startup with a vision to become the biggest mobile enabled animal advisory and support service provider in Ethiopia.
Could you share the big achievements of Fayalo Technology in Ethiopia?
Our startup provides the first in Ethiopia service of a multi-lingual mobile advisory referral service that connects animal owners with qualified professionals according to language, specialty and proximity preferences.
How difficult is it to be a successful entrepreneur in Ethiopia?
Being a successful entrepren... Read more
150 to 200 tones of maize for sale in Soroti by August. Please contact 0773241983
7 fish ponds with each having between 800 - 1000 fish. 7 months old. want to sell the fish in August. Please contact 0773241983