Value Added Agriculture Expo to offer free training workshops to farmers, agro processors in Ghana,

Ghana’s agriculture sector will get a boost in August, when the country hosts the Value Added Agriculture Expo and co-located Value Added Aquaculture Expo West Africa for the first time at the Providence Events and Recreation Centre.

Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa is West Africa’s biggest exhibition to promote solutions for value added agriculture and aquaculture. Featuring three days of in-depth practical training covering everything from crop and horticulture care to livestock care; as well as over 70 exhibitors and an opportunity to learn and network.

The expo aims to fast-track development for farmers and agro-processors in the region.

The “live demo” area will not only demonstrate to farmers and processors the use of equipment, but tractor handling and commercial truck test drives will be available daily at the show. We would like to welcome Agro Positive, BABCO, AFRGI Ghana, CropLife Ghana, Dizengoff, Interplast, Irrigate, LK International, Mac Ghana, Mechanical Lloyd, OCP and RST who will be leading these daily demo programmes.

Frederick Boampong, Programme Manager of CropLife Ghana says, “CropLife Ghana is excited to partner Reed Exhibitions the Organisers of the Value Added Agriculture Expo, which enable our members to increase their market share at this premium expo. CropLife Ghana will also run extensive training workshops on crop nutrition and protection over the 3 days at the expo, all farmers are welcome to attend. CropLife Ghana is affiliated with CropLife Africa Middle East (CLAME) which a regional association is representing leading global manufacturers of crop protection products, seeds and biotechnology products in more than 26 national associations spread throughout Africa and the Middle East. CropLife Ghana association is legally fully independent but maintains strong link with the Global CropLife network.”

With an endorsement by the Ghana Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Value Added Agriculture Expo and Value Added Aquaculture Expo West Africa will support the government’s goals of helping the sector move from subsistence to big business.

“Everyone from farmers and agricultural associations, through to buyers, distributors and agro-processing businesses will benefit from attending the Value Added Agriculture Expo and Value Added Aquaculture Expo West Africa,” says Adele Eloff, the Africa Manager of expo international organisers Reed Exhibitions. “The show brings together all the major players in offering product services and products in the agri- business industry. More than just showcasing products and solutions, the expo will actively teach farmers, processors and industry stakeholders how to overcome common problems and improve the volume and quality of their outputs,” she says.

Dr Gyiele Nurah, the Minister of State in charge of Agriculture, has welcomed the Expo, saying it will bring out the best in the industry and create a good platform for exchange and networking among industry players, and offer the opportunity to foster business relationships and partnerships.
He said the introduction of modern technology had also been acknowledged as a very important factor in doubling agricultural productivity. He therefore expected the Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa to help bring about a lasting turn-around result in the agriculture sector.

The Minister says the event is in line with the President’s policy to modernise agriculture. The country’s ongoing efforts to bolster the sector also include its Planting for Food and Jobs programme, which has created 745, 000 jobs and empowered 200, 000 farmers with improved seed and farming inputs.

Hon Dr Gyiele adds that in addition to improved farming techniques, economic growth also depends on enhanced value addition. “We must develop value chains that will make all the difference in our earnings for the rich resources of our land,” he says.

Cherrylyn Ruiz Emarketplace and Operations Manager of Ecommodity says “As a global business to business (B2B) platform, we are honoured to be one of the sponsors of Value Added Agriculture Expo. We believe in this event as an opportunity to inspire farmers to grow and produce more crops and see how taking their fruit of labors to global trade would benefit them and the consumers. This is a milestone event that everyone in agriculture community shouldn’t miss.”

The event is presented by Diamond Sponsors Barclays and Interpalst, Platinum Sponsors Kingdom of Netherlands, Mel Consulting, Gold Sponsors Interplast, Ecommodity Express and Bronze Sponsors AFGRI and Irrigate, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions.

The Value Added Agriculture Expo West Africa and co-located Value Added Aquaculture Expo West Africa and SMARTFactories expo will be held at the Providence Events and Recreation Centre, Accra, Ghana, from 2 – 4 August 2018.

Visit www.valueaddedagri-wa.co.za for more information.

Limited exhibition space is still available at this premier event. For further information, place contact Adele Eloff Africa Manager Reed Exhibitions at email: adele.eloff@reedexpoafrica.co.za Contact: 0027 84 658 6551.

FoodForward Global Foodtech Accelerator 2018

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 28 July 2018

The FoodForward Global Foodtech Accelerator 2018 is open for applications. The Program seeks startups with innovative solutions and international partners to improve agrifood and retail sectors. Selected projects will receive an economic contribution of €20 thousand, office space, mentorship and networking opportunities. Eligibility extends to Italian and foreign companies and individuals.

WHO SHOULD APPLY:  MOST PROMISING FOODTECH STARTUPS READY TO ROCK THE AGRIFOOD & RETAIL INDUSTRY, WITH A DISRUPTIVE SOLUTION IN ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

QUALITY & TRACEABILITY

FOOD SAFETY
PLANT QUALITY
FOOD QUALITY

CIRCULAR ECONOMY

SHARING ECONOMY
FOOD WASTE
SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

PRECISION NUTRITION& COACHING
MEAL REPLACEMENT SUPPLEMENTS

ALTERNATIVE INGREDIENTS

PLANT BASED PROTEINS
INVITRO CELL CULTURE
NOVEL AND SUPERFOOD

DELIVERY REVOLUTION

DIRECT TO CONSUMER & MEAL KIT

DIGITAL RESTAURANTS

NEW DELIVERY VEHICLES

OMNICHANNEL

CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT & SMART PACKAGING

DIGITAL EXPERIENCE

DIGITAL NATIVE BRANDS

AGRITECH

PRECISION FARMING

ANIMAL HEALTH

VERTICAL AND INDOOR FARMING

CLEAN COMMODITIES

The application deadline is 29 July 2018. Find more information here:  Foodtech Accelerator

 

Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation — Professional Courses in Israel 2018

MASHAV funds professional courses organized and hosted by Israeli institutions in subject areas that include agriculture, energy, natural resources, health, education, and social development. The remainder of the 2018 calendar in English-language courses includes one on

Agricultural Engineering Technologies (October-November 2018), Application deadline : 05 August 2018;

Agroecological Approaches for Sustainable Intensive Agriculture (October-November 2018),                                                                                    Application deadline : 20 August 2018;

Urban Water Technologies and Management (November 2018),            Application deadline : 24 August 2018; 

Renewable Energy as a Catalyst for Regional Development (November-December  2018),                                                                                                                                Application deadline : 31 August 2018;

and Intensive Fish Farming (December 2018),                                                          Application deadline : 28 September 2018.

MASHOV offers additional courses in Spanish, French, and Russian. Applications are submitted through Israel’s diplomatic missions. For most courses,

MASHAV covers course fees, accommodation, medical insurance, and other expenses in Israel (but not international airfare). Link

African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), Journalist Agriculture Fellowship,

Deadline: JULY 31, 2018

Journalists interested in telling the story of rural development can apply for a fellowship to participate in this event.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, with funding from the United Nation’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will select journalists to attend the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The event will take place Sept. 3 to 7 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Participants will build specific expertise and increase familiarity and knowledge of issues faced by rural communities, including how small-scale agriculture can respond to the growing demand for food, and the essential need to support rural transformation and smallholder agriculture.

Applicants must be working as journalists or regular contributors to print, broadcast or online media organizations. They must have at least two years of experience and a good level in spoken and written English. Candidates should include professional evidence of their interest in rural peoples’ issues and development.

Fellowships cover air travel expenses, accommodation, local transfers and meals.

The deadline is July 31.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Feeding Futures Africa 2018 Forum for young Nigerians

Deadline: 10th August 2018

In creating the much needed awareness and pushing for the active participation of youth in the country’s agricultural sector while campaigning on food security, HEDA Resource Centre has come up with a forum tagged ‘Feeding Futures Africa’ that is aimed at discussing with about 500 Nigerians issues as they relate to Agriculture and policy making on the 14th and 15th of August 2018 at Lagos City Hall, Lagos.

Feeding Futures Africa is one of the major events that will be happening in 2018 in collaboration with OXFAM Nigeria.

About the Event

 It’s a two-day youth focused agro-summit and exhibition that will bring together 500 young farmers / agropreneurs as well as key policy and business stakeholders in the agriculture sector to analyze and explore ideas and initiatives for addressing critical issues for the sector in Nigeria.

The 1st day will be focused on policy talks and agro-connect launch, while the 2nd day will be focused on innovations and business talks.

As part of the 2nd day activities, there will be an idea-fair where young agropreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of judges who will in turn select the 5 top bankable ideas which will be rewarded.

It’s the coolest hangout for young and aspiring farmers and value chain entrepreneurs.

Who Should Attend?

  1. Young Farmers
  2. Policy makers
  3. Business Developers
  4. Investors
  5. Tech Enthusiast
  6. Researchers
  7. Students

How to Apply to Attend

To apply, register at Feeding Futures  http://united4food.ng/feeding-futures-2018. You will be contacted if finally selected. Limited slots available.

For more information: Email –  a.oladipo@hedang.org or Call: 08057794378

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Feeding Futures Africa

Agro-Park Graduate Trainee Programme 2018 for young Nigerians

Application Deadline: July 9th 2018

Agro-Park Graduate Trainee Programme is now opened to interested individuals. Application closes 9th of JULY 2018. The programme is scheduled to run for 6 months between 16th of JULY – 14th DECEMBER 2018

Opportunities available in:

  • Agricultural Leadership and Communication
  • Agricultural Management Practices
  • Candidate can only apply for one Category

Send your application and C.V. to : careers@agropark.ng

Telephone: 07012121096, 08178628232

  • Office: Suite 201, Cella’s Place, Plot 413B Omofade Street, Omole Phase 1, Ikeja Lagos
  • Farm:
    Agro-Park Farm Estate Ijale-Orile, Aiyetoro road, Abeokuta Ogun state

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Agro-Park Graduate Trainee Programme 2018

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF)/IFAD call for rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises

Application Deadline: June 6th 2018

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to apply for support to help them access
  • Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals,
  • Agri-business incubation services and mentorship
  • Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities.
The intention of this support is to build existing businesses/start ups run by youth with a view of creating employment.
Application
  • The support is intended to reach at least 10,000 youthful farmers in groups/individuals aged 35 years and below in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.
  • If the applicants are youth groups, the group dynamics should have at least 70% youth as members.
  • The project will last at least 3 years with the first round of support expected to culminate in possible business pitching to potential investors.
1st pitching in 2018, 2nd pitching 2019 and 3rd pitching in 2020.
The next two rounds of support will focus on scaling up capacity building with practical trainings and linkages to potential funding support. We shall also form a national and a regional knowledge sharing platforms through which information, support and opportunities will be shared. The support will seek partnerships with re-known business schools, business incubators, experts and mentors who will assist in developing a tailor made approach to capacity building.
Submission:
Submission of innovative ideas in any of the following areas of Agribusiness:
The support cuts across all sectors of agriculture–crops, livestock, agroforestry,apiary etc. see below more areas in agricultural investments
a) ICT in agriculture and agribusiness sector
b) Appropriate technology and innovations ready for scale up/ commercialization/ investments e.g. irrigation, storage, cultivation
c) Agricultural Production, Post Harvesting and value addition/ processing
d) Agriculture finance and services
e) Aggregation, supply chain management and distribution.
f) Agriculture inputs (seeds, fertilizer, pesticides etc.)
g) Business development service providers (BDS)
h) Cottage industry
i) Any other relevant areas
Application format
The proposal should have the following
  • Name/ title of the project/ enterprise
  • Contact persons details
  • Introduction
  • Goal, objectives;problem statement and justification
  • Business plan– (logic of work, work already done–outputs/ results achieved)
  • Structure of governance and management (state position and qualifications) if in group
  • Project revenues; contracts in place; lessons; investment or financing structure, risks and mitigations and expected project impact
  • Cash flow– with break even points, return on investment
  • Attach the business registration certificate and excel list of members (names, age, sex, ID number) signed by the group chair, treasurer and secretary).
For unregistered groups EAFF will assist them with the registration process with the social services.
Important dates
  • This call shall be open for 3 weeks from 16th May 2018 to 6th June 2018 Please note: Eligible applicants should be from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.
  • Send applications to
    To EAFF secretariat Youth entrepreneurship and employment program
    P.O. Box 13747-00800 Nairobi
    Email: youthproposals@eaffu.org

Download Call for Application

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the EAFF)/IFAD call for rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises 

Agri Hack Competition :CTA and Women in Tech Africa

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRA), Women in Tech Africa, Wennovation Hub (Nigeria) and Suguba (regional), is launching Pitch AgriHack 2018.

Pitch AgriHack competition, part of the Agrihack Talent Initiative of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), aims at accelerating e-agriculture entrepreneurship for improved livelihoods.

This year, the competition will be organised under the theme: Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

Benefits

  • Access to boot camps for finalist, training, mentoring and exchange sessions.
  • Potential grants and funds for winners to develop their products.

Eligibility

  • It is open to young innovators and entrepreneurs or owners of ICT platforms offering e-agriculture services.
  • Applicants must be a female

How to Apply

Women in Tech Africa will advise on the call for application dates and corresponding modalities. But noteworthy is that there will be a one-day Pre-hackathon workshop in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago and Nigeria.

So, if you are a female founder with an innovative tech solution that addresses a need in the agriculture sector, you might want to hit this button to indicate interest. Also, you can register to attend the workshop through this website.

CTA/Women in Tech Africa Partnership to Encourage More Women in AgriTech

Opportunity for Pacific Agro-SMEs to Grow their Business: Innovation Grant Facility (IGF) 2018

Application Deadline:  25 April 2018 at 16:00 (Fiji Time).

The Innovation Grant Facility (IGF) provides funding to agro-based small & medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in seven Pacific Island States; Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu to access knowledge, technologies or expertise and build staff capacity to improve product quality, expand product offerings, enhance process efficiency, increase market share or competitiveness.

In 2016, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a four-year project on “Leveraging the Development of Local Food Crops and Fisheries Value Chains for Improved Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems in the Pacific Islands” which is being implemented in partnership with the Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO). The project targets seven Pacific Island States: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.

The overall project goal is to; “strengthen the capacity of the Pacific Island Governments, Farmer and Private Sector Organizations, and Sub-Regional institutions to develop strategies and programmes, as well as mobilize financing, that can increase poor rural people’s access to nutritious and healthy food”. The IGF is to be used by Pacific agro-SMEs to “take the next steps” to grow their business and contribute, directly or indirectly, to the sustainable development of the agriculture and fishery sectors.

Requirements:

  • SMEs contributing, directly or indirectly, to the sustainable development of the agriculture & fishery sectors with a focus on the development and/or upgrading of nutritionally, culturally & environmentally sensitive local food crops & fisheries value chains in the seven target countries.

Criteria for Eligible SMEs

  • Registered in and fully or majority owned by citizens of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
  • Be a legal entity (e.g. sole proprietorship, or limited liability or public company with maximum 20% government share).
  • Employ a minimum of three full time equivalent staff members and/or has a minimum annual sales turnover of EUR 17,000 (USD ≈ 20,000).
  • Can contribute at least 20% of the total project budget (cash and/or in-kind).

Examples of IGF funded activities

  • Facility design
  • Feasibility/market studies
  • Marketing plan or business plan development
  • Research and product development
  • Employee or business to business training
  • Laboratory testing & technical support
  • Small equipment purchase (< Euro 2,500 ≈ USD 2,940)

Application Procedure

Interested parties are invited to read the guidelines with great attention and submit the requested documents before the deadline of 25 April 2018 at 16:00 (Fiji Time).

Note to Applicants

  1. All applicants are required to complete and submit the official IGF Application Form using the templates available for download within the stated deadline.
  2. The service provider(s) selected by the SMEs should have the necessary expertise and be registered in the IGF database
  3. All IGF funded activities are to be completed within 12 months.

The completed application, originals and copies, must be received in hard-copy at PIPSO, Level 1 Korobasaga House, 31 Gorrie Street, Suva, Fiji and an electronic copy of all documents (PDF, Word and Excel format) must be scanned and sent to the following email address – igfpacific@cta.int on /or before the deadline.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Innovation Grant Facility (IGF)

Agrinatura Travel Grants to Tropentag Conference 2018

AGRINATURA are offering 8 travel grants for MSc and PhD students participating at Tropentag Conference this year again.

AGRINATURA will support the annual Conference on Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (Tropentag) with the general theme for 2018: ‘Global food security and food safety: The role of universities’

The conference will be held at the Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), September 17-19, 2018.

AGRINATURA will grant max. 8 students from AGRINATURA network by travel grant of amount 300 EUR.

Students are challenged to submit their abstract to the Tropentag Conference till April 15 and in the same time to send the abstract and request for travel grant to AGRINATURA Secretariat (email: secretariat@agrinatura-eu.eu) till May 15. As soon as the abstract will be accepted by Tropentag conference committee, AGRINATURA selection committee will select 8 students who will receive the travel grant.

Eligible student will have to:

  • be a student of AGRINATURA member institution (here) except Belgian universities this year.
  • be first author of the contribution
  • be personally present at the venue
  • place the logo of AGRINATURA on the contribution (poster or presentation) and agree with publication on the website.
  • write a short profile (CV)
  • confirm not to be subsidised by another grant

Deadline for submitting abstract to Tropentag is April 15, and the deadline for Agrinatura travel grant requests is May 15!

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Agrinatura Travel Grants to Tropentag Conference 2018