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 Uganda
Posted 2 hours ago

Dakar au Senegal en Octobre. Meme platforme pour la 2e "Africa Youth in Agribusiness Day."

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 hours ago

Agriculture Activities the Major Driver of Deforestation

Forests and trees support sustainable agriculture. They stabilize soils and climate, regulate water flows, give shade and shelter, and provide a habitat for pollinators and the natural predators of agricultural pests. They also contribute to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, for whom they are important sources of food, energy and income. Yet, agriculture remains the major driver of deforestation globally, and agricultural, forestry and land policies are often at odds.

The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) 2016 shows that it is possible to increase agricultural productivity and food security while halting or even reversing deforestation, highlighting the successful efforts of Costa Rica, Chile, the Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Tunisia and Viet Nam. Integrated land-use planning is the key to balancing land uses, underpinned by the right policy instruments to promote both sustainable forests and agriculture.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted yesterday at 10:35

Fish Farming Seminar

Livestock services will be conducting a seminar on Fish Farming on Saturday 29th July 2017, time 08:00 -12:00 hours.

Registration at the LAB FRONT DESK or call +260 211 254 024/ 254 497/8.

The seminar will be focused on the steps for starting fish farming on a commercial scale.  

Fish farming means ‘raising fish commercially in tanks, ponds or other enclosures for the purpose of producing food’. Commercial fish farming has already established a profitable business venture throughout the world. Fish is a great source of food and protein. The demand and price of fish and fish related products are also increasing rapidly, in accordance with rapid population growth. This is the main reason of increasing this business around the world. Almost all countries around the world are somehow suitable for fish farming business Zambia inclusive. 

 Did you know that Livestock Services Offers free consultation services? - Visit the front desk to find out more about how Li

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted yesterday at 10:32

Feeding Dar es Salaam: a symbiotic food system perspective

PhD Thesis by Marc C.A. Wegerif


Summary  (please find link to PDF version at bottom of article)

This thesis is a sociological analysis of the agri-food system that feeds most of the over four and a half million residents of the fast-growing city of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is based on qualitative research that has generated a picture of the food system that supplies the important foods for the majority of residents of the city. The research took an actor orientated approach and started from urban eaters and then followed the food back through retailers, processors and transporters to the primary producers. Methodological lessons are derived from this process in particular the elaboration of the ‘ride-along’ as a research method. Foods followed include maize, rice, potatoes, green vegetables, eggs and milk. Other foods such as beef and chicken have also been touched on especially in relation to marketing and slaughtering oper

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 21 July 2017 at 06:59

Thinking diversification? Think grape farming

Major consideration in choosing table grape variety are market demand and in some cases regions, disease resistance of cultivars. Popular cultivars are Barlinka, Bonheur, Dauphine, Waltham Cross, Alphonse Lavallée, Red Globe, La Rochelle, Sunred Seedless, Thompson Seedless and Sultanas. Cultivars should match the climatic conditions otherwise can be grown under controlled temperatures.

All grapes are woody, climbing vines. Grapevines use tendrils to attach themselves to other tall-growing plants. Their shoots extend to nearly a metre a year because most of the energy goes into growth in length and not in girth. Tendrils occur opposite leaves at nodes and automatically begin to coil when they contact another object. Grapes are cultivated on a trellis, fence or other structure for support.

Leaves vary in shape and size, depending on species and cultivar. Buds are compound in grapes, meaning that they have multiple growing points or meriste

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Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

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Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 02:07

Fall army worm

CABI has produced an evidence note and further information on the army worm crisis.

http://www.invasive-species.org/Uploads/InvasiveSpecies/FAW-inception-report.pdf

- http://www.cabi.org/projects/controlling-invasive-species/fall-armyworm/

For more information, contact

Dr Janny Vos

Strategic Partnerships Director

CABI

Email: j.vos@cabi.org

Visit us at: www.cabi.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 July 2017 at 05:57

The power of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition

Published by SNV, WUR, KIT, SDC, June 1st, 2017

This technical brief (PDF) from SNV, Center of Development Innovation of Wageningen University & Research (WUR), The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), shares learning on the importance of multi-sectoral governance to address malnutrition and scale-up projects. The brief presents results from the Sustainable Nutrition for All (SN4A) model in Uganda and Zambia. This new and innovative model aims to empower communities to reduce the causes of malnutrition themselves and ensure dietary diversity and overall nutrition goals are improved. Communities are supported to understand what they can do to improve the situation and formulate their own locally available solutions.To ensure sustainability and scalability of the approach, SN4A works with local and district level authorities, building their capacity to plan and implement nutritio

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Engaging Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  20 July 2017 to 12 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Online Discussion Forum: Engaging African Youth in Agribusiness in a Changing Climate  

CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), CGIAR Research Program on Livestock, the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), AgriProFocus, and ICCO Cooperation have put together an online discussion forum to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month, starting July 12, 2017 till August 12

The online discussion forum

The online discussion forum is to dialogue on the challenges and opportunities for engaging youth in agribusiness in a changing climate. The online discussion will run for one month to commemorate World Youth Skills Day (July 15) and International Youth Day (August 12) and will culminate in a webinar to wrap up the online discussion and develop a framework for concrete youth engagement in agribusiness. The discussions will be focused on the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 July 2017 at 02:12

We joined the food revolution - and you can, too

World Bank Blog by Nataliey Bitature and Manon Lavaud, 13 July 2017.

"Africa’s urban areas are booming, experiencing a high urban growth rate over the last two decades at 3.5% per year. This growth rate is expected to hold into 2050. With this growth, street food is going to become one of the most important components of African diets. The formal sector will just not be able to keep up!

Enter my company, Musana Carts, which tackles the #FoodRevolution challenge from the end of the food value chain. Musana Carts, which currently operates in Uganda, streamlines and improves the production and consumption of street food."

Full blog text: http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-joined-food-revolution-and-so-can-you?CID=AGR_TT_agriculture_EN_EXT

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Free online course: Inclusive Agribusiness - 2SCALE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2017 to 25 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.  

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creation a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:42

GROWING CASSAVA 

A training manual from production to post harvest

Cassava is either the first or the second most important staple food in many sub-Saharan African countries. Cassava production and processing practices remain largely habitual in most of the producing countries despite the high potentials for its commercial production and processing, its export potential, and its use in local industries to reduce import expenditure on substitute imported products. Most cassava farmers are either not aware of available modern technologies for growing and processing cassava or lack the ability to use them.

Although new commercial, medium-scale cassava farmers are beginning to emerge in Zambia, most of them use only some and not all available or recently developed modern techniques that can increase efficiency of growing and processing cassava. Inability to apply modern technologies in a holistic or consolidated manner for cassava growing and processing operations reduces the prospect to

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 July 2017 at 10:25

A look in the life of a Gender in Value Chains Coach

Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's. 


Loes van Dijk Great to hear you talking about passion and a change in mindset, Knox Kalubi.  That is what matters!

1 week 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Thanks for sharing. The video is to see and review because it is full of learning

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 July 2017 at 10:50

Call for applications for the Africa Agri-Food Development Programme

Government of Ireland Africa Agri-food Development Program (AADP) for African Agricultural Organisations 2017. The programme is a joint initiative by the Ireland Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Ministry of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support partnerships between Irish and African agri-food companies.

The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

It is intended that any investment by the AADP will be catalytic support with co-funding from the private sector. The fund is designed to leverage greater expertise, experience and investment from the Irish agri-food sector and projects should demonstrate results with a long-term developmental impact that will ultimately lead to

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Posted By in Publications
Posted 12 July 2017 at 08:36

Trade Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa

CONSISTENCY WITH DOMESTIC POLICIES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE AND INCLUSIVE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ( JOHANES AGBAHEY ET AL, 2017)

J'ai le plaisir de partager avec vous une publication sur " les politiques commerciales en Afrique subsaharienne avec comme études de cas le Bénin, l'Ethiopie et la Zambie". Cette étude s'est appesantie sur la cohérence entre les politiques commerciales et les politiques agricoles et en quoi ces politiques affectent le développement agricole et rural. Aussi, l'étude a-t-elle touché les aspects tels que les accords commerciaux régionaux et internationaux signer par ces pays et en quoi ces accords pourraient restreindre leur aptitude à mener à bien leurs politiques de développement agricole .

Cliquez ici pour télécharger le document

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 July 2017 at 07:48

AgriTech mobile trading platform to aid sub-Saharan farmers

A Cambridge company aiming to lift sub-Saharan farmers out of poverty by creating a market for their surplus was one of two winners in Agri-Tech East’s GROW agri-tech business plan competition.

Farming Data’s mobile trading platform uses mobile money and SMS texting on a basic phone to allow smallholders and buyers to communicate and trade more effectively. Smallholders grow 50 per cent of the world’s food and 40 per cent of global food production relies on irrigation.

Dr Belinda Clarke (pictured), Director of Agri-Tech East, said that the entries this year were looking at global challenges: “Smart water use, enhancing data available for decision support and improving profitability by finding markets for edible waste were strong themes among the entries this year. Many were looking for partners and investors for pilot studies and this is where the agri-tech cluster in the east of England is particularly strong.“

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Bakary DIARRA Thanks for the information, can you give me more details?

1 week 6 days ago

Akibodé Djodji My dear mister Diarra, for more informations, just folow this link   http://www.businessweekly.co.uk/news/agriculture/agritech-mobile-trading-platform-aid-sub-saharan-farmers

1 week 6 days ago

Bakary DIARRA Ok good Mr Akibodé Djodji

1 week 6 days ago

Advice needed for legal set up of companies in Zambia

Dear all,

My organisation is looking for people or organisations that can take care of setting the companies and corresponding legal structures in Zambia. 

Kind regards,

Gijs Boers



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Posted 11 July 2017 at 02:58

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 July 2017 at 07:43

Government of Ireland Africa Agri-food Development Program (AADP) for African Agricultural Organisations 2017

The programme is a joint initiative by the Ireland Ministry for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Ministry of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to support partnerships between Irish and African agri-food companies.

Application Deadline: 17th August 2017.

Eligible Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

About the Award: The Objective of the AADP is to develop partnerships between the Irish Agri-Food Sector and African countries to support sustainable growth of the local food industry, build markets for local produce and support mutual trade between Ireland and Africa.

It is intended that any investment by the AADP will be catalytic support with co-funding from the private sector. The fund is designed to leverage greater expertise, experience and investment from the Irish agri-

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hailemikael mossie its good i will try to participet

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hailemikael mossie Hello, How are you I want to participate on this funding program before submitting this application needs some clarification what shall i do

1 week 20 hours ago

Hilda Okoth hailemikael mossie find more information on this link http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/agri-foodindustry/euinternationalpolicy/africaagri-fooddevelopmentprogrammeaadp/

1 week 19 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 01:33

Highlights of the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day

AgriProFocus participated in the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day commemoration which was held under the theme "Inclusion" and the slogan "Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind".

AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.

Insightful  views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;

1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus

2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive

participation by Agriterra

3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization

4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:44

VLOG #6! KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Meet Bart and Gabriela, they work for the Gender and Sustainable Economic Development Unit at KIT! In this vlog they share their experiences with our network, like the coopration around the Farmers Innovation Fair held in West-Africa. Check it out!

For more vlogs from our Dutch members, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership


Bakary DIARRA Indeed, I listened to it is interesting!

1 week 6 days ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Bakary, that's nice to hear!

1 week 5 days ago

Loes van Dijk Very interesting to listen to this VLOG and read the Farmer Innovation Fair publication:
https://agriprofocus.com/post/59144e7f0b34d90703ab7c93


1 day 19 hours ago