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.

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Rural women pitch their innovative start-up ideas in Vietnam


SNV's ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women Enterprises’ (FLOW/EOWE) programme focuses on supporting rural women in entrepreneurship by addressing the systemic barriers that many rural women face when launching their businesses. One of the key challenges for rural women to launch start-up initiatives is access to capital to promote their start-up initiatives and turn their ideas into a viable business. In mid-August 2018, SNV together with the Provincial Women’s Union organised the Women Business Start-up 2018 event in Binh Thuan, a South Central Coast province in Vietnam, where 16 women had the opportunity to present their innovative start-up ideas and to connect to relevant stakeholders to take their start-up to the next level.

The event was a follow-up of the National Platform “Women Business Start-up: Innovation and Connection” that was organised by SNV and the Vietnam Women’s Union in December 2017. The aim of the Pl

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The Kampala Innovations Week 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  20 August 2018 - 17:00 to 24 August 2018 - 20:00
  The Innovations Village, Ntinda

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

The KIW are hosting a Kampala Innovation Week Kick off this evening at The Innovation Village. Come out and enjoy happy hour drinks and great conversation to conclude the first day of Kampala Innovation Week! This is a great way to mix and mingle with local entrepreneurs, artists, designers and innovators across Kampala. See you there! 

Visit http://www.kiw.ug/ for more information



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The Kampala Innovation Week 2018

The Kampala Innovation Week is an annual event set to bring together all the various key players from different sectors to celebrate re-focus and energize the innovation efforts in Uganda and across the region.

At the core of the Kampala Innovation Week, is the fundamental belief that innovation can be a transformational tool to solve the biggest challenges in the private, public, academia and civil society of Uganda.

This year in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), we are excited to host the Innovation week with single focus on “Financing Uganda’s Innovation Ecosystem” This will be a first step to converge and build initial awareness for the multiple ecosystem partners on opportunities to finance the ecosystem through collaboration. The Week will highlight the role of capital in stimulating entrepreneurship and also discovering various ways in which industry players might collaborate with entrepreneurs and SMEs.

What to Expect at

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
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Dear AgriProFocus Members,

I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers. 

This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.

The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.

Some experts have share

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Posted by Mugisha Richard in AgriProFocus Uganda 6 hours ago

AgriProFocus Youth Think Tanks;

Joining the World to Celebrate the International Youth Day, 12th August 2018AgriProFocus International Youth Think Tank is constituted by a team of 9 whose major role is to champion a Global Youth Program that will help stakeholders to identify issues for change that need collective action. While this is still work in progress, the program is expected to bring together civil society, businesses, young agripreneurs, knowledge institutes and governments in an environment that allows for exchange, learning, collaboration and joint leadership. Additionally, the stakeholders will have an opportunity to reflect on current practices and co-create innovative solutions for supporting Youth agripreneurship around the world.
Aware that Agriculture, which is the backbone of many emerging economies, is now facing a low involvement of Youth resulting in an ageing sector with limited innovation. Young people face a lack of access to resources and of skills to earn a living thr

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  Clients from Uganda visiting our demonstration dairy Chawakim in Tanzania. Ante Tanzania will offer them a full dairy plant 1000 liter per hour  

Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 17 August 2018 at 02:13

“Grafted Tomato” project launched in Uganda

The Applied Research Fund (ARF) project “Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (IRESO)” was launched by Josephat Byaruhanga, Senior Policy Officer Agribusiness of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala. The launch took place on August 14, 2018, at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Wakiso District in Uganda.


The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp

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Wim Goris hi Gloria, thanks for sharing. Keep us updates, as this may well be a breakthrough  ! 

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Posted By in EPE Project - Fruits and Vegetables Component
Posted 17 August 2018 at 07:00

Pumpkin processing made easy

Joyce Kyalema is a youth processing pumpkin into flour packages and markets it to make a living. Kyalema’s stall has attracted a lot of show goers who are busy testing porridge which she has prepared using pumpkin flour. The young lady is so enthusiastic in handling everyone who comes to her stall. 

Beginning

“It is now approximately four years that I have been involved in this initiative. I started this after completing my studies in Business Administration at Makerere University Business School in 2014 where I vigorously engaged in sensitizing rural women in Mubende, Masaka and Mityana districts about the importance of growing Pumpkins,” says Kyalema. During the sensitization exercise she told farmers that those who venture into pumpkin growing get returns within days of planting.

As soon as the crop starts to trail, a farmer starts earning from the leaves, he/she can pick and sell them as green vegetable. At times farmers dry the

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Dina Mvula Wow I never thought of making flour from pumpkins ,this is good keep it up

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:53

aBi Trust has given Alutkot SACCO a grant worth 450 Million Uganda to boost on its Agricultural product finance. the fund helped in the opening of Alutkot SACCO Bala Branch office in Kole District.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 16 August 2018 at 12:01

FAO Boosts Uganda Govt’s Efforts To Fight Fall Armyworm; Donates Equipment

In a bid to respond to the Fall Armyworm (FAW) outbreaks and minimize the pest’s destruction of crops, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations working with the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), have rolled out the use of a mobile phone application –Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS), for FAW monitoring and early warning.

The equipment which included 126 mobile phones loaded with the FAMEWS app will be used in 15 districts to pilot a community based FAW monitoring and early warning system.

These districts include; Mukono, Iganga, Bulamburi, Nakapiripirit, Oyam, Adjumani, Kiryandong, Kibaale, Kasese, Lira, Kayunga, Soroti, Busia, Masindi and Luwero.

Other items handed over to MAAIF included 700 pheromone traps and 6000 lures facilitate detection of the presence and build-up of FAW and to capture adult moths.

The use

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Professionalising Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  16 August 2018, 10:00-12:30
  Online

Join our online discussion on Google Hangouts about: Professionalizing Agriculture; What does it take?
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The Agricultural Sector continues to be the most important sector in Uganda; it employs approximately 69% of the population and contributed about 26% to the GDP. Agro processing and Value addition in agricultural production can take different forms and levels ranging from the basic to more sophisticated level e.g. packaging, processing, cooling,drying, extracting or any other type of processes that differentiates the product from the original raw commodity. Investment opportunities in agriculture and agro-processing are vast, ranging from cut flower production for exports, oil seed production and processing, cotton production, ginning,spinning and weaving, the production and processing of livestock products.

Opportunities for investment exist in:

Commercial farming in both crops and animal industries, as well as aquaculture;

Value addition (Agro-industries -Ag

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Conférence sur l'emploi des jeunes dans l'agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  20 August 2018 to 21 August 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

Il s'agit de mobiliser les jeunes grâce aux technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) et à l‘entrepreneuriat. 

La conférence vise à favoriser les échanges entre les parties prenantes sur les connaissances et les meilleures pratiques au sujet des interfaces entre l'agriculture, l'emploi des jeunes, l’entrepreneuriat, les innovations dans le domaine des TIC, afin de prioriser les interventions pour aller de l’avant.

Trois grandes thématiques seront abordées à savoir : 

1-Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat

Portera sur les solutions offertes par les nouvelles opportunités en matière d’entrepreneuriat des jeunes, le long des chaînes de valeur agricole. Ce thème se penchera sur des exemples stratégiques et financiers de mesures incitatives visant à favoriser les services commerciaux dirigés par les jeunes ou axés sur les jeunes.

2-Des solutions numériques pour surmonter les contraintes associées aux filières agricoles

Se penchera sur les solutions technol

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 15 August 2018 at 01:35

Uganda's food waste warrior aims to help farmers

Food wasted every year in Africa could feed up to 300 million people, according to the United Nations. Lawrence Okettayot, a 23-year-old engineering student in Uganda, hopes that his food dehydrator will tackle not just his country's food waste problems but the world's.


Lawrence Okettayot is on a road trip across Uganda.

He's spreading the word about a device he's created which could be a solution to Africa's food waste crisis. Food wasted every year in the continent could feed up to 300 million people, according to the United Nations. In just Uganda alone, up to 40% of fruit and vegetables end up being discarded.

But Lawrence, a 23-year old engineering student, hopes that his invention, the Sparky Dryer, will change everything. The device is a dehydrator running on garden waste that dries fruit and vegetables quickly, making them last for months instead of days.

It looks like a small fridge and uses organic waste instead of electric

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Posted By in Farmer-Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:10

Stephanie Lynch writes in SPORE magazine about 

Agriculture’s potential for peacebuilding

Read the full article here.

In recent years, agriculture has become increasingly recognised as an entry point for building peace and resilience in fragile states. With up to two-thirds of employment and one-third of GDP in countries experiencing prolonged crises linked to agriculture, investment in the sector can be transformative for the resilience of vulnerable populations. To prevent fragile situations descending into crises and ensure the sustainable recovery of vulnerable populations, rural communities need the capacity to monitor and predict crisis and disaster risks, as well as to develop strategies to help minimise the impact of such risks on food production.

Connecting farmers to markets

With increased capacity to grow surplus produce, farmers need access to finance and markets to add value to their products and further increase their incomes. However, in fragile states, neither f

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Shadrack Agaki Rolf Schinkel i have read through the whole article by Stephanie Lynch , in deed i believe agriculture is like a center bolt that would holds prosperity of the world. This conversation should be encouraged on this platform with a view of  finding the best way to lead the way in linking and providing critical information that would help in making agriculture work in countries the Network has presence.   

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Rolf Schinkel Thank you Shadrack Agaki for your reply and interst in the article. It is an important issue indeed. I know a bit about it from my own experience, or rather the experience of the AgriProFocus platform in DR Congo. Agriculture fairs were organised by the AgriProFocus team there, at places that knew for longtime only war and insecurity . Only having the fair and meeting other people involved in agribusiness was already something special and re-assuring for many people there. It brought the sense of revival.By the way, did you notice Stephanie has her profile on this platform: https://agriprofocus.com/profile/stephanie.lynch.25346 . 

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Posted 15 August 2018 at 08:55

Farmers to learn backyard technology at Farm clinic:

The Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic returns to Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) in Gayaza with particular emphasis on backyard farming that will also stretch to greenhouse farming. Companies such as Spark Agro Initiatives Company are minting hefty money from promoting, educating and helping various farmers to start backyard gardens.

According to seasoned agronomist Dr Allan Ahimbisibwe, of Spark Agro Initiatives, backyard farming is mainly a practice of growing crops and keeping some animals in the urban homes specifically in the small backyards and front yards. It can also be called home gardening.

Almost all of us in the urban centres have tried this out, at least we have a flower, a herb or a spice at home. This is backyard farming, Ahimbisibwe stresses.

Benefits of backyard farming

The organisers of Farm Clinic noticed the shortage of farming land in urban centres visa vie the growing market and need

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Seeds of Gold- Farm Clinic

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  01 September 2018, All Day Event
  Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK)

The Seeds of Gold Farm Clinic returns to Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK) in Gayaza with particular emphasis on backyard farming that will also stretch to greenhouse farming.

According to seasoned agronomist Dr Allan Ahimbisibwe, of Spark Agro Initiatives, backyard farming is mainly a practice of growing crops and keeping some animals in the urban homes specifically in the small backyards and front yards. It can also be called home gardening.

“Some of the benefits of backyard farming include nutrition and health, reduced expenditure and additional income from home,” the agronomist reveals. Ahimbisibwe says farmers that will come to Kabanyolo next month should expect to learn about the best practices of how to mix soil before planting, mix charcoal dust, sand, ash, manure and pack in containers.



Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 15 August 2018 at 06:21

Kalumamba’s switch from potatoes to ‘Assila’ tomatoes yields handsome reward

After he completed his agricultural training course from Bukalasa Agricultural College Luwero in 2007, Micheal Kalumamba, 29, dived straight into farming, and started off by growing a variety of crops such as maize, sorghum, beans and potatoes. However, after two seasons of toiling, Kalumamba wasn’t impressed one bit with the income he got after selling his harvest, because of the low prices his produce fetched in spite of the fact that they had a long gestation period. 

“I would sell for example potatoes and beans to nearby markets and get about Shs 300,000 profits a season. This frustrated me and I thought of other crops to grow,” he said.

In 2011, Kalumamba decided to switch to tomatoes after he discovered that their demand had gone up. In fact, he specifically opted to grow ‘Assila’ because it is a type that has a lower gestation period—of only three months and with a long shelf-life sinc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 August 2018 at 12:38

There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems

08/08/2018 - Press release

Food systems are situated at the crossroads between the many issues and contradictions surrounding sustainable development: food and nutritional security, human and ecosystem health, natural resource renewal, climate change, territorial dynamics, political stability, and social justice. An international group of experts, including researchers from CIRAD, is calling for profound changes in food systems in order to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the UN in 2015, and the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate. The authors propose a four-pillar strategy.


"There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems". This call for change was issued by an international group of experts dubbed the "Milano Group" (see box), whose members have written an article published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 August 2018 at 01:56

Regional coffee players target domestic market!

Regional coffee growers, exporters and sector policy makers are turning their focus to domestic consumption, a move they say is intended to cushion them against fluctuations on the international market, which sometimes adversely affects their incomes.

They were speaking Friday at the official launch of the 17th African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition (AFCC&E) in Kigali. The event is running under the theme, ‘Specialty Coffees at the Heart of Africa’, and it is focusing production and marketing of high quality coffee.

The event was organised by African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA) and Rwanda’s National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). Read more here