AgriProFocus Zambia

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

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.

We offer:

Linking:

+ 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

Learning:

+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs

Leadership:

  +   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.

Check our 2017 factsheet! 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 hours ago

Online course on 'Gender-Sensitive Value Chain'

Join a free online course on 'Gender-Sensitive Value Chain' offered by the joint of FAO and UNITAR (United Nation Institute for Training and Research) on February, 12th to March, 09th 2018. 

The course will be conducted in English language only, you can register HERE.

Application deadline is January, 26th 2018. Remember the course is free of charge therefore first come first served. And there are limited chances available and will be subject to selection process by FAO. Please register early to be considered. 

Read more about the course through this LINK.

Photo Courtesy: FAO 

How to Process Chicken Manure into Organic Fertilizer

During the feeding process, chicken cannot digest and absorb the feed completely, which leads to about 40% – 70% nutrients expelled from body, therefore, fowl manure is the best type manure among poultry dung and livestock manure to use as fertilizer. Compared with horse, cow or steer manure, organic fertilizer made from chicken dung can provide more Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium to soil and plants. According to the testing of relevant department, fresh chicken manure contains about 70% water content, 25.5% organic matter, 1.63% nitrogen, 1.54% phosphorus and 0.85% calcium, which makes chicken dung suitable to be used as raw materials of organic fertilizer production. Moreover, with high nitrogen content and relatively lower carbon content, it is necessary to add rice husk or straw to increase C/N ratio and reduce moisture when making chicken manure fertilizer. Meanwhile, people should also add humic acid to fix ammonia-nitrogen as ammonium humate, reducing nutrient loss and enhancing

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya

Posted 19 hours ago

feb
26

TRAINING OF ADVISORS

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  26 February 2018 to 28 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

Are you…

  • An experienced inclusive business advisor?
  • Interested in expanding your knowledge portfolio in order to address a larger market?

Welcome to the Inclusive Innovation training – a collaboration between SEED and IBA.

Details:

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Date: February 26th to February 28th, 2018
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Format: Participants work with the tools in groups and exchange insights in plenary
  • Fee: 750 euros p.p.

After the training you will appear as a trained inclusive innovation advisor on IBA and will be granted access to the full inclusive innovation toolkit.

NOTE: This training is dependent on reaching a minimum number of participants.

To secure your spot, please email Saskia Rotshuizen (saskia@iba.ventures) with the following information:

  • Your full name, phone number, mailing address and email address
  • A short description of your current experience as an advisor

Why Inclusive Innovation?

Innovation is by definition uncertain, unpredictable and complex. It is therefore difficult to manage

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 December 2017 at 12:10

How the European Union joins trade dynamism with sustainable development

Embedding a multilateral approach is pivotal to the EU’s ethos on trade and sustainable development

See interesting blog, link: http://www.tradeforum.org/news/How-the-European-Union-joins-trade-dynamism-with-sustainable-development/

Extract: The European Union (EU) is at the vanguard of marrying the values of sustainable development with the economic engine of trade. Through the incorporation of comprehensive commitments on environmental and labour provisions in all its bilateral trade agreements the EU aims to build free and fair trading relationships. This is a reflection of EU determination to strengthen and uphold the international community’s journey that began with the Millennium Development Goals and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and has culminated with the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mapping across

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oct
22

Local economic development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 October 2018 to 02 November 2018 - All Day Event
  South Africa

Bridging the rural/urban divide, this course uses an adapted version of Porter's Diamond to analyse local sub-sectors for boosting urban and rural wealth through agribusiness cluster development. How local communities and youth can play a role in co-creating interventions for positive change in this field, is zoomed into.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • have a good understanding of conceptual frameworks to identify development opportunities for rural communities and spin-offs for rural wealth creation;
  • be able to appreciate the linkages between poverty and livelihood strategies, the role of agribusiness development and effective services delivery, and the potential of rural markets, local trade and value chains to ‘work for the poor’;
  • be able to facilitate participatory approaches and methodologies for innovation and change processes;
  • be able to apply tools and instruments for strategic and effective interventions catalysing pro

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jan
09

FREE ONLINE COURSE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  09 January 2018 - 14:00 to 13 February 2018 - 16:00
  Delft

Entrepreneurship for Global Challenges in Emerging Markets

Learn how to start a business and build your network in various cultural and social contexts in emerging markets.

About this course

This course will introduce you to entrepreneurship for global challenges in emerging markets. You will get to know other like-minded entrepreneurs around you, and discover how institutions in your target region are working on innovation and entrepreneurship.

As an entrepreneur in an emerging market, you may be faced with many challenges that need to be solved. These might include scarcity of fossil fuels, climate change or water, food and health security. This Delft University of Technology course will provide you with examples from partner universities and affiliated entrepreneurs in emerging markets which explain the opportunities and obstacles that they faced as they established themselves and created value.

You will acquire a set of practical

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 December 2017 at 08:27

Women’s World Banking; Best Practices in Serving Low-Income Women

With support from the Metlife Foundation, Women’s World Banking documented best practices in serving low-income women profitably and sustainable. Debuted at the Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, these four best practices are based on our experiences working with three institutions: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (India), Compartamos Banco (Mexico) and Lead Foundation (Egypt). WWWB shares these practices with the industry to enable more financial institutions to serve low-income women and help accelerate financial inclusion for low-income women around the world. The best practices with catchy lessons learned can be found via this link . They are organised according to the following key topics:

  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Customer Centricity
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Data Collection

Do  not forget to Watch this video on YouTube summarizing the main lesson

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Waow!Nice article, happy to see sustainability of relevant projects in many developing countries! Thanks for sharing Angelica Senders!

5 days 16 hours ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Angelica, interesting to see there is a process to find better financial services, that work for women. The video misses a 'gender' perspective however, unfortunately.

3 days 18 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 December 2017 at 02:19

The Scaling Scan

The Scaling Scan is a tool to help you to analyze, reflect on, and sharpen your scaling ambition and approach.

This scan was presented and discussed during a seminar hosted by PPPLab on 30 November 2017 in the Netherlands. The notes of the presentations and discussion are presented below.

Introduction - Jan Ubels and Floortje Jacobs (SNV)

Scaling is needed for a variety of reasons: reaching more people, higher efficiencies, achieving system change. A new scan to assess the potential for scaling was developed by PPPLab, and it includes 5 key concepts:

1. Delivery mechanisms. It is about the delivery mechanism(s) for a range of elements that enable the adoption and sustainability of the improved solution or practice (so, not the technical solution only). So it is not what you scale, but how you scale it.

2. Horizontal and vertical scaling. Horizontal : rolling out, replication to as many people as possible. Vertical scaling, is about the other system levels (solution, organization

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sep
17

Short course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018 to 05 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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sep
17

Short course:  Lost Harvest and Wasted Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  17 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Course announcement: Lost Harvest and Wasted Food – 2018 (Wageningen, the Netherlands, 17 – 28 September)

Managing the crop supply chain for increased food security Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.

Course objectives Upon completion of the course you will:

  • understand the link between primary production, post-harvest management, the supply chain and food security;
  • be familiar with alternative uses of food waste;
  • have insight into the public and private responsibilities in the supply chain for post-harvest handling and food waste management;
  • be able to design solutions for minimising the amount of ‘missing

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sep
10

Course: Food Security in an Urbanising Society

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 September 2018 - 09:00 to 21 September 2018 - 17:00
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Join us in Wageningen, the Netherlands for our 4th edition of the International course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society (10 – 21 September 2018).

You will get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas. Will be able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues. Participants will be able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies.

For more information about our course and fellowship opportunities:

https://www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/Short_courses_2018/CDIcourse_food_security_urbanizing_society_2018.htm




Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 1 December 2017 at 08:13

Gender in advisory services

Hi all, I found this module in the New Extensionist Learning Kit at the G-FRAS website. The Learning Kit contains 13 modules designed for self-directed, face-to-face, or blended learning and can be a useful tool for ao individual extension field staff, managers, lecturers and non-governmental organisations, and other training institutions.

Module 12: Gender in Advisory Services

In order to deliver on their mandates and contribute to positive change, extensionists need a well developed understanding of, and the skills necessary to address critical issues around gender in rural livelihoods. Men and women, young and old, all play vital roles in rural livelihoods, but assumptions are often made about who does what and who makes the decisions. These details of gender and decision making are critical to targeting efforts and helping everyone involved in rural livelihoods and agriculture benefit from innovations and improved technologies.


Every mod

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PETER KOLAWOLE Sir I want you to be my mentor

1 week 1 day ago

Wim Goris Hi Peter, thank you for your interest. I recommend you a) complete your profile with respect to gender and value chanins and b) look for others interested in the topic near you. The point is you can then search for 'gender nigeria' .    

1 week 18 hours ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Thank you sir

1 week 9 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2017 at 11:09

Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO host a conference

Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact

This conference takes place tomorrow 1 Dec 2017 in the Netherlands and will be attended by approx. 120 guests, of which about 30-35 are from Africa and Asia. The guests are representatives of GCP and ARF research consortia, involved in these research initiatives touching upon a range of specific topics related to Food and Nutrition Security and to agri-food sector development. (see http://knowledge4food.net/research-projects/ ) and representatives from policy, civil society and private sector.

The conference will be used to discuss interim findings of research with Dutch policy makers and a broader multi-stakeholder community.

The concept notes for the different sessions are worth reading also if you don't attend yourself. You may download them through the links below:

Session 1 – Innovations for food security: concept note

Session 2 – Nutrition and consumpti

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Anne Marie Kortleve Good luck tomorrow Nicole! A very nice programme and I love the title :)

1 week 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 November 2017 at 09:08

Working towards making agricultural service providers more responsive to female farmer’s specific needs…

The case of Amarin Financial Group, a business development service provider in Uganda

During the training of coaches organized by AgriProFocus-Uganda in Kampala from Nov. 20 to 23, the group of trainees met with service providers to undertake an organizational scan. This guided self-assessment aims at determining if and how service providers meet the specific needs of female farmers working in different value chains. Although value chain support services are usually business-oriented and for-profit organizations, they acknowledged the relevance of looking at their internal capacities to deliver gender responsive services and reach-out to a female client-base.

According to Kevin Asinde, MD of Amarin Financial Group and Kathryn Harrison, Director of Impact Analysis, female small-scale business owners tend to lack the “entrepreneurial” mind set and skills in financial mana

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Angelica Senders Thanks Jacqueline for sharing this experience from the AgriProFocus training for gender in value chain coaches. Good to hear that tools you (as the trainer) have presented during the training are appreciated and will be used! 

1 week 3 days ago

Mugisha Richard Thank you Jacqueline for sharing this experience. 

4 days 20 hours ago

nov
29

Growtech EuroAsia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  29 November 2017 to 02 December 2017 - All Day Event
  Antalya

INTERNATIONAL GREENHOUSE, AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGIES FAIR

With more than 50 years of experience in the event business, UBM the leading B2B event organizer in the world, gathers agriculture industry in Growtech Eurasia. 85.000 industry professionals from 85 different countries will meet with more than 800 exhibitors from 30 countries in 50.000 sqm exhibition area. 

I will be attending this fair to meet my business network, if any member of Agri Pro Focus are happen to be there, please come along and meet me there. My mobile is +44 7999 632 058. You can also add me on whatsapp or Skype: mehmettoksoz

Read more about the event: https://www.growtech.com.tr/



Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 November 2017 at 09:54

Hi Everyone, I am Asimenye Chitika a recent participant of the just concluded Gender in Value chains coaches training in Kampala. I am from Malawi, working with Dan Church Aid as the Right to Food Programme Officer.  The training was such an enlightening experience for me, learning the so many tools that will help us uncover how best we can make value chains more gender responsive was priceless. Value chains will never be the same again in my organisation:), I am looking forward to applying the knowledge I gained and providing updates on the progress made. Thank you Agri Pro Focus until next time

Janine Schoeman Dear Asimenye Chitika and Musariri Diza, thank you for sharing your experiences. Hope to see you active on the platform sharing your experiences. If you need assistance with this you can always contact me or Richard Mugisha. Let's expand the gender community together!

2 weeks 11 hours ago

Janine Schoeman Dear Michael Kisa, we do not have an office in Israel or neighboring country. Have not heard of the course you mention, am afraid it's out of our region really. 

2 weeks 11 hours ago

Tatah Susan Hi, I am new here and  find the discussions extremely informative and educative. I am organizing GAIEXPO - German African International Expo from 9 - 12 August  2018 in Tübingen, University town in southern region of the federal republic Germany. Registration is open to all interested companies, organizations, Ngo´s ...worldwide. The focus country is  the republic of Tanzania,  Theme of the 4days Expo is " Agriculture, agribusiness, finance & Development"           Website: www.gaiexpo.com, visit our page and do not hesitate to contact us for more information

1 week 5 days ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Please when next training coming up I miss the last because of my financial status

1 week 1 day ago

Caroline van der Molen Dear Peter, we don't have a date for future trainings. Once we are organizing a new training, we will post it here on the online platform.

1 week 16 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 27 November 2017 at 09:29

Assessing regional integration in Africa VIII

Bringing the continental free trade area about

Report by African Union, ECA, AfdB.

Interesting reading for those with an interest in the potential of regional trade, also in the agrifood sector.

https://www.tralac.org/images/docs/12366/assessing-regional-integration-in-africa-viii-eca-auc-afdb-november-2017.pdf

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 24 November 2017 at 11:21

Life Beyond Maize

Video on the need to diversify food production and consumption (Hivos, IIED)

Life Beyond Maize shows a farmer and father, the Minister of Agriculture, and a mother, who all became convinced of the need to diversify: their crops, their consumption patterns, and also the national policies that support those. Zambia's double malnutrition burden - stunting and overweight - has a major cause, i.e. the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption: 94 per cent of agricultural produce is maize.

The Hivos and IIED Sustainable Diets for All programme helps develop and implement policies that diversify Zambian production and supports consumers to diversify their diets. "Food diversity counts!"


For AgriProFocus network members: this video could help developing your ideas on how to create (more) nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. Feel free to show this video in public meetings, it can inspire fruitful debate on the importance of food s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 November 2017 at 02:08

Hello Everyone, my name is Peterson Muthui. I am a Mechanical Engineering professional with over 15 years working experience in the same field. Am a Kenyan citizen and currently in Botswana. I have great passion in Mechanical Agri-Innovations. To be more specific I love water raising or pumping Innovations. As you all know African Small Scale farmers face great challenges in irrigating their crops or watering their animals. Most of them use Fuel, Solar or manual pumps  to pump water. To majority, these pumps are not cost effective. It is this reason that makes me think of ways of less costly if not free ways of pumping water to serve the same purpose. I design and fabricate these pumps to suit each farmer according his/her source of water. In this case I mean I visit the farms and advise the farmer on which pump suits him/her best.

I welcome everyone to feel free and contact me through cell phone +267 74 536 815 or Email: muthuipeterson@gmail.com

Thank you.

Anne Marie Kortleve Welcome on this platform Peterson! Much has been shared on this platform around irrigation adnd water pumps. Feel free to use our search bar in top for useful articles, events and contacts around this topic. You can always contact my colleague Dorina Prech at our office in Nairobi for more information or questions. Good luck!

2 weeks 4 days ago

Peterson Nthiga Thank you very much Anne Marie.

2 weeks 3 days ago

Dorina Prech Hello Peterson Nthiga, a very warm welcome to this platform, and many thanks for sharing your expertise with the members of this platform. Indeed there are a number of stakeholders working on innovative water technologies for irrigation. As a matter of fact, we recently held a learning event for a Smart Water for Agriculture Programme being implemented by a consortium of organisations. You can read the details in this blog: https://agriprofocus.com/post/59f83d6826b72a09161f1711. We look forward to having you in future meetings. 

2 weeks 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 22 November 2017 at 12:01

Findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI)  

I just received this invitation for a brown bag lunch, as it is happening at AGRA Nairobi. Still, the interesting part are the links in the invitatation text. Courtesy TASAI. 

Timely availability of improved seeds at affordable prices is critical to increased productivity by smallholder farmers in Africa. Improved seeds can deliver state of the art technology to farmers including higher yields, disease and pest resistance, climate change adaptation, and improved nutrition. Over the last two decades, formal seed systems in Africa have been gradually liberalized resulting in increased participation of private seed enterprises (multinationals, regional and domestic companies). This presentation shares the latest findings from The African Seed Access Index (TASAI), a tool that appraises the structure and economic performance of formal seed sectors. For the top four grain and legume crops in each country, the index tracks 20 indicators in five categories: Research and Development, Industry Comp

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