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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Building a pasteurizer 2000 liter per hour in our working place in Holland
The Global Nutrition Report is the world’s leading report on the state of global nutrition. It is data-led and produced independently each year to cast a light on where progress has been made and to identify where challenges remain. The 2018 Global Nutrition Report shares insights into the current state of global nutrition, highlighting the unacceptably high burden of malnutrition in the world.
Every year, the Global Nutrition Report aims to inspire governments, civil society and private stakeholders to act to end malnutrition in all its forms. It also plays the important role of helping hold stakeholders to account on the commitments they have made towards tackling malnutrition.
The 2018 Global Nutrition Report identifies areas where progress has been made in recent years but argues that it is too slow and too inconsistent. It identifies where major problems still lie – and thus where actions are needed to consolidate progress and fill major ga... Read more
On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.
This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.
The full panel included:
Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business
Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA
Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t... Read more
We expect Irish potato farmers to reduce expenditure on pesticides since GE Irish potatoes are resistant to late blight which they control using expensive pesticides. We also expect to increase banana production and to improve nutrition when farmers grow GE bananas because they will be resistant to nematodes and weevils and richer in vitamins.
Last week Parliament passed the Genetic Engineering Regulatory Bill 2018 after a long struggle. Since 2008 when Uganda got the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Policy there has been a need to get a law to guide the implementation of that policy.
Finally the law is available and, despite some sections of it that might require amendment in future, we have some good ground from which to proceed.
It is an international obligation (Cartagena Protocol) that all countries using genetic engineering (biotechnology) must have such a law.
India, South Africa, Sudan, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nig... Read more
Online poll now open
The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.
Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote :
It is not the farm that makes a farmer; it is the love, hardwork and character.
Access to resources-markets, information and knowledge was one of the facilitated parallel sessions that attracted a high number of participants with majority of youths acknowledging lack of finance as one of the major hindrances in venturing into agripreneurship.
In 2013, Mr. Patrick Nderitu, Founder Mwihoko Community Based Organization in Gatundu, South Kiambu County realized that most farmers were borrowing money from “ch... Read more
In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.
Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.
The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map
Julius Bataamye, 49, is an accomplished commercial farmer. But as executive secretary at Uganda Petroleum College, Kigumba, few can imagine him on the farm pushing wheelbarrow-loads of animal waste, collecting chicken droppings and tending gardens. When Bataamye was in primary school, his father often sent him to a one Mulungwa, a resident of Butansi who was married to his (Bataamye's) auntie, to borrow cash to pay school fees. He was a farmer.
The professional lawyer owns a multi-million JB Farm in Naminage, Kamuli district. Sitting on 102 acres, JB Farm has a piggery with 1,250 pigs, 62 heifers and 39 calves, 409 goats, 79 sheep, 150 turkeys, 10,000 layers, 40 exotic rabbits and a modern incubator that hatches 1,500 chicks every month.
The farm also has a six-acre banana plantation, 1,000 mango trees, 2,000 coffee trees, nine acres of rice and a fish pond with 5,000 mmale (catfish) and tilapia.
When Bataamye was in primary school, hi... Read more
Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.
These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.
Best farmer 2018 winner; Betty Mbaziira has been keeping cows in western Uganda for over 20 years. She also processes yoghurt which she sells in western Uganda, Kampala and Entebbe regions.
Mbaziira was born in a cattle keeping family. Her father, Esau Rukumba was a cattle-keeper. "When my husband and I got married in 1999, we were given many cows as presents," she says. Mbaziira comes from an Ankole community where newlyweds are given cattle as presents.
My husband and I agreed to buy land and settle our cows there. She does not remember how much money they spent on the land, which has since turned into home to over 60 well-maintained dairy cattle.
Mbaziira was a businesswoman in Kampala for many years. In fact, until her husband died in 2003, farming was largely a hobby. Her husband, Mbaziira, left her with young children.
... Read moreI was also tired of buying expensive milk in Kampala, yet I had milk in the village at sh200 per litre," In 20
For its many uses, groundnuts (scientific name, Arachis hypogaea) find themselves satiating our appetite. Also known as peanuts, groundnuts are consumed as sauce or a confectionary roasted snack.
Groundnut paste is mixed with mushrooms, beef, fish or even vegetables for a savoury taste.
Due to their popularity, groundnuts rank second to beans in legumes grown in Uganda.
As a legume, it improves soil fertility by fixing nitrogen. But with erratic weather conditions and increasing pests and diseases, the National Semi-Arid Resources Research Institute (NaSARRI) in Serere has since 1966 been researching on resistant varieties. Here is why and how you can grow groundnuts effortlessly.
Best agronomic practices
According to Dr Scovia Adikin, a breeder specialising in dry land cereals at NaSARRI, poor agronomic practices play a big role in low productivity.
Groundnuts do well in semi-arid tropical regions, below 1,500 metres above sea level with a temperature... Read more
''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”
The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.
The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo... Read more
Feeding poultry with nutritious feed is important for their proper growth.
However, the way you feed the birds is equally crucial as putting the feed on bare ground for the birds to feed, results in improper feeding and wastage.
If a farmer places the feeds on bare ground the birds find it hard to eat.
This is why a poultry farmer should feed the birds by putting feeds in chicken feeder troughs.
According to Hussein Kigozi, an animal husbandry officer and lecturer at Centenary Community College, Kayunga District, chicken feeders can be made from plastic or wooden material.
“An ideal chicken feeder should ensure easy access to food and also minimise wastage and contamination,” Kigozi says, adding, “Putting feed on the ground can be a source of diseases such as coccidiosis which is cause by contamination of feed and water.”
He says that wooden chicken feeders are cheaper than the automatic chicken feeders and can be made local... Read more
The global challenge is to provide sufficient food for a nutritious diet for healthy living for the growing world population that can be sustained for generations. This course explores the role of food systems in the provision of healthy and sustainable diets at national, regional and global levels.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Participants get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;
- Participants are able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;
- Participants are able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies
The course is open to international participants and to MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood gov... Read more
The Top 74 is a yearly ranking of Agriterra’s clients based on their performance. The clients are evaluated a financial ratio analysis, client’s contribution to Agriterra’s 2020 Goals, an evaluation by the business advisor, non-financial performance indicators, the availability of required documentation and a financial health check. Each category has its own weight, leading to a total score per client.
Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District has emerged the winner of the 2018 Best Farmer’s Awards, becoming the first woman to win the annual competition since it started five years ago.
After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened. My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit, she said. She was given a plaque and dummy cheque worth sh50m from dfcu Bank.
The 2nd overall winner, Alosious Lubega from Wakiso District and the third overall, Julius Bataamye from Kamuli district were also handed dummy cheques worth sh30m and sh20m, respectively.
The 2018 Best Farmer’ Competition award winners were unveiled on Friday night at colorful ceremony held the New Vision head-offices in Kampala.
The colorful ceremony started at around 6:30pm although the guests began arriving as early as 4:00pm. The awarding stage was decorated with fresh ready to harvest bananas, sugarcane, simsim... Read more
Betty Mbazira from Isingiro District was announced the winner, becoming the first woman to win the annual Best Farmer’s competition since it started five years ago. After reading her name, she walked to the stage raising her hands in the air in disbelief of what had happened.
“My story is long but with this victory, the sky is the limit,” she said.
Read the full story here
Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
The East African Common Market Protocol (EACM) presents unique opportunity for delivering food security in the region because increased regional trade that effectively utilizes comparative advantages and economies of scale in the production of food staples would increase availability, in space and time, of nutritious foods at affordable prices for the low-income earners, while increasing profitability and income security for producers.
In the past, most of the efforts and investment in the sector have consistently focused on increasing on-farm productivity but average yields for major commodities in the region remain largely unchanged. To turn the on-farm efforts into tangible results, attention should be to developing sustainable markets and enhancing market access by low-income producers as well as low-income consumers. This requires the development of a thriving and profitable market-driven food sector so as to provide su... Read more