AgriProFocus Uganda

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

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.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 hours ago

BoU explains farming loans

The government of Uganda in partnership with Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) i.e. Commercial Banks, Micro Deposit-Taking Institutions (MDIs), Credit Institutions (CIs) and Uganda Development Bank Limited instituted the Agricultural Credit Facility (ACF/Scheme) in 2009 whose operations commenced in 2010.

The scheme is administered by the Bank of Uganda and its operations are guided by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all the stakeholders.
The government is represented by the ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED).
The key objective of the scheme is to facilitate the provision of medium and long term loans to projects engaged in agriculture and agro-processing as well as grain traders on more favourable terms than are usually available in financial institutions focusing on commercialisation, modernisation and value addition.

In the excerpts below, Rosette Bamwine the head credit analysis and marketing, agricultural credit fac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted yesterday at 12:04

Join the AgriProFocus Ethiopia Nutrition Sensitive Agriculture Platform! 

In 2018 many exiting activities will take place, where we can partner up: like the Wageningen University Alumni Day with Netherlands Embassy in Ethiopia and the Hawassa University Food Conference. See more: 


TOLOSA ZEWDIE  it nice to me join agrifocus 2My name is Dr.Tolosa zewdie  I'm veteerinarian ,just i want to participate in this conferences

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 20 April 2018 at 07:41

Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation — Pitch AgriHack 2018


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) launches the Pitch AgriHack 2018. The theme for this year’s edition is “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”. The competition is open to both male and female founders and co-founders of e-agri startups offering digital services to the agricultural sector. Applicants must be aged between 18 to 35 years and need to be nationals and residents of African, Caribbean or Pacific countries. 50% of finalists will be women founders or co-founders of startups. Up to nine winning companies will receive a cash prize of up to € 15 thousand each. The deadline for registration is 21 May 2018.

#Pitch AgriHack will:
[1] provide a business training boot camp to selected start-ups
[2] conduct a pitching competition
[3] offer grants and facilitate a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 April 2018 at 11:05

EU to subject Ugandan agro-products to rigorous checks over fall armyworms

The European Union (EU) will start this June subject Uganda's agro-products to rigorous checks due to the fall armyworm, a senior government official has said

Steven Byantware, Commissioner for Crop Protection told a farmers' meeting that EU's intention is to scrutinize Ugandan exports for the worms that are decimating crops.

The fall armyworm is technically classified as quarantined pest under the International Plant Protection Convention, an international agreement that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests.

Under the convention, countries are granted right to impose phytosanitary measures to stop imports of products in which outbreak of quarantined pests have been confirmed.

Byantware said the EU, one of the biggest importers of Ugandan flowers, vegetables and pepper has strict phytosanitary requirements which may require consignments from Uganda to enter through

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 April 2018 at 09:43

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries has embarked on training at the level of a Certificate in Safe Use and Handling of Agricultural Chemicals that is being awarded to trainees under the partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and Makerere University.

This training follows the countrywide crackdown on distribution and use of adulterated agro-inputs and is a requirement for registration for Agricultural Input dealers by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural Chemicals’ Board as recommended by the Agricultural Chemicals Control Act 2006.

Chapter 4, section 3 of the Act stipulates that “no person shall sell Agro-Chemicals in Uganda unless he or she and their premises are registered before start of business.”

During the a one week training in Amuru District, the Commissioner for Crop Inspection and Certification, Dr. Paul Mwambu, represented by the Agricultural Inspector (AI) Fred Muzira said that the process is a response guided by a d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 April 2018 at 03:06

Dear am all, am Godfrey Ssekabira aged 35 with MBA focused on ago-commodity trading and Sustainability formerly the Country Sustainability Projects for Kawacom Uganda Limited for over 8 years, an ECOM Agro Industrial Trading subsidiary in Uganda. I currently offer consultancy on sustainability systems, project management, resources mobilization,certification compliance ( Rain Forest, UTZ, Organic 4c among others). I have full knowledge of Ugandan coffee industry  & all the geogrpahical areas having participated in establishing small holder coffee projects for Kawacom and establishing coffee sourcing systems and structures. Since Mid 2016, have also participated in support of the Cocoa sub-sector through consultancy. In case any body/organization needs my services as consultant or part of the team, am readily available and can be reached on +256752116116 and or +256787864835(whattpp) and email: sekabilagodfrey@yahoo.com.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 April 2018 at 12:41

Big Bite: Food Sustainability in Cities

Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.

How are cities coping with feeding their populations?

Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.

The online discussion will include topics such as:

• Infrastructure

• Waste

• Urban farming

• Nutritional value and food miles

• Food deserts and processed food

• Urban food security and policy

This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.

The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:

• Hunger & Obesity

• Food & Fuel

• Starvation & Waste

Applications are open until May 31, 2018!

Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com

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Symposium- Best Practises to improve nutrition in drylands

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  07 August 2018 to 09 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

World Vision Tanzania, ECHO East Africa and Amaranth Institute are jointly organizing a symposium on Best practices to improve nutrition in drylands.

The public is cordially invited to join this important symposium which offers a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in dryland areas especially in the East Africa Region.

Symposium Fees
Registering is done simply online. The cost of registering for the Symposium is $175 USD or equivalent per person. This covers three mid-day meals, morning and afternoon teas, a banquet on the closing evening, and all materials.. It does not include accommodation or other meals during the week. Please note that spouses of a paying delegate will only be charged $100 USD equivalent. Payment may be made online in advance using the following link for registering OR payment may be made at the door on the 6th August, 2018 in the afternoon or 7th August, 2018 in the morning. If you wish to pay at the door, check th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 April 2018 at 10:49

As part of the Reporting Climate Change programme, the Thomas Reuters Foundation is organizing a 5-day workshop on 'Following the climate money' in Indonesia from 18 to 22 June 2018. The workshop organizers will cover all transport and subsistence costs of journalists participating in this programme from Asia. However any journalists who attend from Australia, New Zealand or Japan will have to cover their own costs of participation

Marion Alyek Hello Humphrey,Kindly post this as an event. I have tagged it as an event

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 April 2018 at 10:46

Young leaders between 18 and 30 years working in an NGO, health and/or care-giving sector, social entrepreneurship, medical facility to underserved communities, then you can get an opportunity from the Johnson & Johnson Company to attend the One Young World Summit 2018 to be held in the Hague, the Netherlands (17-20 October 2018) and the 2018 Johnson & Johnson One Young World Program.

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Humphrey! Is there a link available where people can find more information?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 16 April 2018 at 05:31

Hello, my name is Ruby Ross CEO and MD of organic agri product distribution in the Pilippines, we are currently looking for distribution partners across the globe for our latest Japanese Technology Microbial Inoculant for Farming crops, aquaculture, poultry and livestock including waste management. Please find below product flier. Kindly email us at rrmaribao35@gmail.com or contact us at whatsapp line +639499942114 should you be interested in this venture. Thank you. God Bless. I am currently in Nigeria expanding market, you may also reach me at +2348183002288. you may also check our facebook page: www.facebook.com/classnuniqueglobal Hope to hear from you! 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear ruby ross maribao, thanks for sharing the opportunity with us!As i see you are normally working in west Africa, so are you also interested to run your business in east Africa?

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Godfrey Ssekabira Interested but want to know more how the distribution/marketier partnership works. let me whatpp u using my whattpp ( +256787864835) or email sekabilagodfrey@yahoo.com.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 16 April 2018 at 08:51

Magazine Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity

Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector. 

This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.

This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!

You can find the online version of the magazine HERE

Mugisha Richard Thank you very much Caroline for sharing the Magzine. 

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Farmer financial literacy symposium

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

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

Email: ruyaassoc@gmail.com

ABOUT RUYAA

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

WHY YOU NEED FERTILIZERS AT YOUR FARM/GARDEN?

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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PLANTING MATERIALS AVAILABLE

we do have planting materials for different crops 

CASSAVA CUTTING

SWEETPOTATO VINES

MANGO SEEDLINGS

ORANGE SEEDLINGS

STRAWBERRY SEEDLINGS

BANANA SUCKERS ETC.

WE DO OFFER FIELD SETTING, FIELD LAYOUT FOR DIFFERENT CROPS.

WE DO OFFER ADVISORY SERVICES.

FOR MORE INFO. CALL, WHATSAPP, +256773722300. ssekyewahagric@gmail.com



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Posted 13 April 2018 at 03:11

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Posted 12 April 2018 at 07:01

I retired from Uganda Investment Authority where I was promoting the agricultural sector through crafting  of sub sector profiles in Agriculture and promoting the sub sectors through face to face meeting with both potential and existing investors, workshops and conferences. Now that I have retired from the office my desire is cause investments in the rural areas of Uganda. Mine is to do a demonstration of sinking water underground tank  of an ambitious capacity of a one million litres but  with a minimum of 100,000 litres from my iron sheets (baati) house. Once water is underground, solar pumps be used to pump water to a tank of of 10,000 litres standing high up 8 metres from the ground to irrigate 11 acres of land starting with 2 acres.  This year round project offering jobs, incomes, demonstrations and poverty leaving us in peace. I believe if this project takes I will back to the creator a very happy man. God BLESS.

OGWANG VALENTINE This project is to be in Kachuru, Kabwangasi, Butebo District curved out of Pallisa District. The land  and the iron sheet ( baati) house are available. Am currently looking for expertise in the following areas:Underground tank construction near the house for water harvestingFixing the solar system to pump water into 10,000 litre tank standing 8 metres from the groundSetting up of the a house for seedlings multiplication (seedbeds)Planning of the first two acres of land to grow vegetables according to soil results from EntebbeConstruction of the infrastructure for irrigation and laying of the irrigation infrastructure.Sourcing for funds as the available funds from my savings may not suffice

1 week 3 days ago

Yiki Habert You can contact me on habertyiki@gmail.com

1 week 1 day ago

Maktunu Brian Am just very pleased of the idea.

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Yiki Habert I am here with irrigation expert. What type crop are you looking at on 2 acres ?

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OGWANG VALENTINE we shall start with 2 acres of land but we hope to expand to 11 acres by the 6th year year: Fruits: water melons, passion fruits, pawpaw. Vegetables: Onions, tomatoes, local green vegetables, cabbages, carrots, Irish potatoes, egg plants, hot pepper, chilies any other that may be on contract farming. We could also test maize, millet and rice.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 April 2018 at 01:48

Phishing e-mails: please do not respond!

We heard that members have received phishing e-mails, stating that you have to send your ATM card. This is a scam, please do not respond to these messages. We are trying to catch the responsible people, but it is very hard with these kind of mailings.

Example:

Dear Lucky One,

You are entitle to a sum of $250,000.00 Kindly contact The Rev Father in charge to help you send your ATM Card to your home address in your Country.. Here is his email address c.ambassadorchurch@gmail.com
The AgriProFocus Mission International for the development of Agriculture and Re Plantations of Tree for the Climate Change in Global liase with UN for this Huge disbursement Compensation for the help of the Humanity in the Agricultural Development. YOU can visit their website here. https://agriprofocus.com

Your's Truly

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 12 April 2018 at 12:27

DELIVERING FARMER LED SUPPORT SERVICES THROUGH CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE

Producers Direct is an award winning enterprise led by farmers across East Africa and Latin America. We are a global network of over 600,000 farmers. We are led by farmers for farmers. We co-invest in creating lasting impact. The core of Producers Direct’s model is its Centre of Excellence network. Each Centre of Excellence (CoE) is a farmer-run enterprise hosted by a smallholder producer organization. Our goal is for each CoE to serve as a ‘one stop shop’, providing a complete bundle of support – including training, funding, market access and data – in a blend of in-person and digital services. 

Lwanda Keya http://producersdirect.org/

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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

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Mugisha Richard Waoo! this is great news. Congratulations Myanmar

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 10 April 2018 at 08:10

Scholarships for MSc and PhD at GENES

The GENES Project was established in anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics. GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to:

1) Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;

2) Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry;

3) Harmonize training programs and research agenda of the consortium members (universities) on the use of geno

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