AgriProFocus Zambia

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 PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts)
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PUM launches app!

PUM’s impact within easy reach

The PUM app is live, so you can stay up to date with the latest news. In this digital version of PUMmagazine you can read interviews, reports and background stories about our contribution to the sustainable development of small and medium-sized companies in emerging markets – in some thirty countries worldwide.

PUM topics

Experts and entrepreneurs share their stories through the app, talking about factors for successful growth, improving business operations and creating employment. And we hear from experts and partners about the positive impact of sharing practical knowledge. In the app, we focus on relevant PUM topics such as incubator programmes, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship, training and education, international corporate social responsibility, youth employment creation and aid & trade.

Our sustainable DNA

Fully in line with our sustainable DNA, the printed PUMmagazine has now made way for the app. We’ve been sharing stories

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20

Farmer Group Transformation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  20 June 2018, All Day Event
  Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka

Knowledge sharing and learning workshop & Business drinks

Theme: Farmer Group Transformation

What?

AgriProFocus Network is hosting a network building event under the theme “Transforming Farmer Groups” on Wednesday 20th June 2018, from 08:00 – 17:00 hours at Radisson Blu Hotel.

Why?

There are a number of programmes and initiatives that leverage on the farmer group structures. This draws in the need for key stakeholders and members to share insights on the key drivers and limitations on working with farmer group structures. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for key stakeholders and members working with various types of farmer groups to exchange knowledge and learn from each other on the challenges, advantages and best practices of working and engaging farmer groups. The event will also seek to generate interest among stakeholders for the establishment of a coalition to work towards a Farmer Group Transformation programme to accelerate the development of sustainable

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Agri Swift is a new firm based in Zambia and currently being run two youths. Its main goals is to empower youths in the Agric business sector which has shown so much potential in developing our Nation in term of poverty reduction and ensuring food security at National and household level.

What is Agri Swift doing today?

We are Organizing Farmers markets and monthly farmers shows or exhibition country wide.

We are promoting afforestation e.g currently our campaign is on moringa plantation which is a multi purpose tree.

Trying to develop rural youth projects such as raring of indigenous chicken for the boost Nutritional levels at National level.

Agri Swift is looking for partners that will help deliver its work by advicing and giving direction to the new firm as well as help it in its capacity building

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted yesterday at 04:20

EOWE publication series: Empowering women in agribusiness through social and behaviour change


The success of women in agribusiness is not only determined by the level of access to resources and business assets, but also by gendered-specific behaviour and roles, which influences women’s decision-making power and control around these resources and business assets. Tackling the inequalities that exist between men and women in many rural agricultural societies therefore also requires a change in the deeply entrenched gender norms that are at the root of these inequalities.

As an entry point to reflect on and transform restrictive gender norms and power relations, the EOWE programme of SNV Netherlands development Organisation organises facilitated Household Dialogues among targeted family and/or community members in Kenya and Vietnam to critically reflect and discuss around the key norms that prevent women from fully participating in and benefiting from economic activities.

The EOWE prog

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Shadrack Agaki This is an exemplary work by SNV, the communication model is simple but extremely effective. The communication model used here can be depended on to getting critical information on new technologies and innovations in agriculture to rural areas.  

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 14 June 2018 at 10:20

KIT Royal Tropical Institute: Income for female chicken farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Nigeria

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity') 


Many female farmers in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria have a few chickens for home consumption and for sale. To empower these women, several research institutes have partnered with governments and private sector actors within the African Chicken Genetics Gain programme (ACGG). The programme supports the female farmers with new productive breeds, and services to sustain these.

Research shows, however, that whenever chicken rearing becomes more profitable, men often take over the business. ‘For example, they may ask their wife for the income from selling eggs or chicks’, says Julie Newton, gender specialist at KIT Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. To guarantee that women really benefit, KIT has formulated a gender strategy.

The strategy helps to make the needs and position o

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Posted 13 June 2018 at 02:53

CoP Youth 22nd of May 2018

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.

Organizing of youth for changing food systems

This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve

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25

Africa Agri-Finance Forum

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  25 September 2018, All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

Adopting Best for Inclusive Lending For the Agricultural Value Chain


According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.

How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?

“Agriculture in African countries is massively under-funded”.

Topics


1. Financial inclusion and innovation in Agriculture· Inclusive investment

2. Value chain financing· Building competitive commercial Value Chains

3.Doing Successful Agribusiness in Africa· 1) Enabling farmers to think like business people 2) Important Business initiatives and skills

4.Public-private partnerships· 1) Source of le

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 June 2018 at 09:14

Cross cultural integration boosts the quality and scalability of a business

A Brief moment: with young entrepreneur Leyat Ali

Could you please introduce yourself and Fayalo Technology to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Leyat Ali, co-founder and CEO of Fayalo technology. Currently, I am also serving as the president of Agora Speakers Club, a non-profit organization that is devoted to develop people’s leadership and public speaking skills. Fayalo technology was formed on February 2018. It is a startup with a vision to become the biggest mobile enabled animal advisory and support service provider in Ethiopia.

Could you share the big achievements of Fayalo Technology in Ethiopia?

Our startup provides the first in Ethiopia service of a multi-lingual mobile advisory referral service that connects animal owners with qualified professionals according to language, specialty and proximity preferences.

How difficult is it to be a successful entrepreneur in Ethiopia?

Being a successful entrepren

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 12 June 2018 at 01:53

CBI in Ethiopia: A women-led company in the coffee business

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')  

Like many industries, coffee tends to be a male-dominated business, while 70 per cent of the work is done by women. This is one reason why the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), as part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) supports female entrepreneurs in its Ethiopia Coffee Program.

'We work with local organizations, to identify women’s needs from the start of a project’, explains Lisanne van Beek, gender coordinator of RVO.nl. For example, CBI supported Sara Yirga, owner of YA Coffee Roasters. Yirga’s ambition is to roast and export traceable, high quality Ethiopian coffee. CBI helped her to develop an export marketing plan, offered her advice on the market potential, and supported her with branding and packaging. Furthermore, CBI connected her to the international organization Women in Coff

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 12 June 2018 at 01:41

From pineapple juice to agri-tech: Investors hungry for piece of Africa’s food industry

Africa’s agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during the past month of May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

African and International investors are also getting in on the action. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in food production and distribution – and venture capital investors are taking note.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 June 2018 at 09:00

Zambia Dairy Value Chain Project Newsletter 2nd Edition

The second edition of SNV's Zambia Dairy Value Chain Project Newsletter is out! Highlighting the Choma District Dairy Cooperative Union's successful journey despite it's challenges and and inspiring testimonial from an emerging successful dairy farmer!

Read more about how the project is changing the dairy landscape in the Southern Province of Zambia by downloading the newsletter.

Enjoy the read!


Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 June 2018 at 03:24

Empowering women to start their own enterprises

Watch this new video telling the story of  Jennifer Nzioka Mutunga, a chicken farmer from Kenya, who turned chicken rearing from a household task into an enterprise with support from SNV's Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises (EOWE) programme

The video was developed by the EU delegation to Kenya as part of this year's European Development Days under the theme ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest.’


Vincent M. Akamandisa Yes excluding women is leaving half the population of your targeted beneficiary

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 7 June 2018 at 01:31

Results Gender in Value Chains programme AgriProFocus

The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive. 

Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 June 2018 at 12:03

RESEARCH FINDINGS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE E-VOUCHER IN 2017-2018 FARMING SEASON


Zambia's Public Policy Think Tank concluded its study on the implementation of the E-Voucher system implemented by government in the year 2017-2018 farming season. This timely brief has come at a time Government is reconsidering reverting to the Farmer Input Support Programme in some areas due to a number of challenges which are included in this study.


See link to report below:

http://www.pmrczambia.com/research-findings-of-the-implementation-of-e-voucher-in-the-2017-2018-farming-season

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02

Commercialising Moringa in Zambia and COMESA Region-Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  02 August 2018 - 08:00 to 03 August 2018 - 17:00
  Radisson Blu,Lusaka

This event will be a networking and experience sharing event with several Moringa stakeholders including farmers, processors, consumers, financiers and other interested groups. Come and learn all about the Moringa Value chain, Moringa farming, trading and export potential.

Speakers: We Inviting those who have expertise to submit their presentation and Papers. Moringa Dev Corporation: you can mail gilbert@mocat.zm OR call  +260977848320/0963201397



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 June 2018 at 09:11

Blamed for being born a girl

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')  

Intan Darmawati is a gender trainer in Indonesia. Her commitment to gender issues comes from her own experiences as a girl in a patriarchal family.

‘My engagement began with my personal experience of being born a girl in a minority patriarchal family. People blamed me for being born a girl (rather than a boy) to justify the reason why our father left us. At the same time, family members criticized my mother because she had now become a single parent. I was also a victim of sexual abuse. These experiences have made me realize that there is something ’wrong’ with our social structure. I am now more sensitive to discrimination, and highly motivated to do something against it.

Tradition

I have seen many women and men who are not aware of discrimination, because they considerexisting relationships to be normal, as taught by tradition and religion, and controlled by laws an

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Moringa seedlings going for K12 ($1.2)/plant. call or whatsapp +260966328525

Moringa is rich in Vitamins, Amino Acids and Mineral both are good for Human consuption and Livestock production.

we are encourage most of our Zambian farmers to set up such plantations



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Posted 5 June 2018 at 04:14

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 June 2018 at 01:02

New SDG Partnership Facility started

The Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Facility (SDGP) focuses on sustainable entrepreneurship and food security. The facility is the successor of the well-known Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). Through public-private partnerships, SDGP contributes to achieving sustainable development goals: SDG 2 (end of hunger), SDG 8 (decent jobs and economic growth) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

Read here how to apply

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 June 2018 at 12:49

FDOV is niet meer.

Nieuwe SDG Partnerschapfaciliteit gestart

De Sustainable Development Goals Partnerschapfaciliteit (SDGP) richt zich op duurzaam ondernemen en voedselzekerheid. Via publiek-private partnerschappen draagt SDGP bij aan het realiseren van duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelen: SDG 2 (einde aan honger), SDG 8 (fatsoenlijke banen en economische groei) en SDG 17 (partnerschappen voor de doelen).

Dien uw projectvoorstel in

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 4 June 2018 at 10:37

Six ways to include gender in your work

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')

These tips will enable you to seriously address gender in your programme. Women will benefit, and even better, you will discover that paying attention to gender will increase the success of your programme. 

1. Be explicit about gender 

To get companies, NGOs and other partners on board, it is important to be explicit about the benefits of including women throughout the project. In many developing countries, women play an important role in agriculture, but lack access to resources. Addressing the constraints faced by women leads to better performing value chains, better agricultural production in general, and economic empowerment of women. The benefits of including women throughout the project should be specified, not only in the introduction of your proposal, but also in the strategy and monitoring. When dealing with companies, it can be useful to stress the economi

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Alemnew Kassegne Great!

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CUMA BALOLAGE JEAN MARIE VIANNE It's great, for me i wanted To talk about stevia et mouringa , i'll post it next week.

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Knox Kalubi Very educative and encouraging. We are gender  ambassadors 24/7 

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