Sunday, March 15, 2020

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has opened its application portal ( for applications from African entrepreneurs across all African countries, for the 2020 cohort of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme. In 2019, 3,050 African entrepreneurs benefited from the Programme, a number which will meaningfully increase in 2020.

The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is open to startup entrepreneurs, with innovative business ideas or businesses that have been in existence for less than 3 years, in any sector, from across Africa. The Programme is the $100 million commitment by African investor and philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu to empower 10,000 entrepreneurs in 10 years, with the goal of creating millions of jobs and new revenue on the continent. The programme implements Mr Elumelu’s Africapitalism philosophy, which positions the private sector as the catalyst for African economic transformation, and an investment approach that values the creation of both social and economic wealth.

In commemoration of its 10th year anniversary, the Foundation will announce further enhancements to the Programme, providing additional benefits to Africa’s rapidly growing youth demographic. The changes in the 2020 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme emphasise a personalised entrepreneurship journey for every applicant and opening the platform to ensure a higher number of people trained, amplifying the Programme’s impact and reach. In just five years, the Programme has empowered over 9,000 beneficiaries from all 54 African countries, with training, mentorship and seed funding.
Speaking at the launch of the 2020 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, said: “The transformation of Africa begins with empowering our young African entrepreneurs. With the recent enhancements made to our Programme and our growing list of partners, the Tony Elumelu Foundation is significantly increasing its impact across the continent. We encourage all startup African entrepreneurs across the 54 African countries to apply for the Programme, as we continue to empower the very best ideas that will create the much needed employment and revenue on the continent”.

The multilingual Application Portal is open on, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs, from January 1 to March 31, 2020.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

On 1:34 PM by Shambani Solutions   9 comments
Shambani Solutions Tanzania is the Tanzanian based NGO that works in agribusiness with the aim of reducing poverty and improving livelihood of rural farmers and young people through capacity building, Advocacy and community based project . Our activity includes training and consultancy, youth in agriculture, ICT in Agriculture, rural development, business and entrepreneurship coaching and access to finance.

With funding from GIZ and East Africa Community,  Shambani Solutions is implementing a one year project in Babati called Green Beans for Youth Job Creation project (GB4J) under the umbrella of Incubator for Integration and development  in East Africa (IIDEA)

GB4J Project is a one year project (2019-2020) which aims to improve livelihood of 2,200 young people – 18 to 30 years (including 50% youth male and 50% youth female) by connecting them to gainful employment through contract farming in green beans value chain in Manyara Region, Tanzania.

The project has cross border nature and implemented in collaboration between Shambani Solutions Tanzania and Frigocan limited a Kenyan Based vegetable processing company which provide market to youth in this project.

GG4J Stakeholders meeting at Whiterose Hotel in Babati
Youth from Farab together with Frigocan Staff and Shambani Solutions Staff at Mkuyuni
Introducing The project at Pimbi B village meeting with village leaders

Meeting with youth at Kiru Six village office during Mobilization session

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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As Tanzania heads to the ballots on 25th October 2015, members of the Network of farmer groups in Tanzania, MVIWATA (Mtandao wa vikundi vya wakulima Tanzania) by recognizing their role as main feeders of the nation and their majority (80% of the population) met on 8th and 9th October to discuss their expectations in the coming elections. The discussion aimed at raising important issues concerning smallholder farmers that should be incorporated in the various agendas of the different political parties. Farmers urged that their majority also makes the majority of the voters hence their views needed to be heard.
The meeting was attended by representatives of farmers from various regions of the country, MVIWATA partner organizations, Government Institutions and Non-Governmental Organizations.
The Regional Commissioner of Morogoro, Dr. Rajab Rutengwe who officiated the meeting, emphasized that the election provides a chance for the farmers to elect leaders that will help solve challenges faced by farmers such as; access to good quality inputs and finance, land ownership and land disputes, reliable markets as well as lack of farmers involvement in establishment of agriculture policies.
In summary, the following was discussed and agreed by farmers
• Since the future of the smallholder farmers depend on the next Government, MVIWATA members will show up in big numbers to vote considering their expectation and not on the confluence of the various parties
• MVIWATA to strengthen the network of farmers in all regions of Tanzania
• The Green Revolution in Agriculture Program only favours the commercial farmers, hence the Government is urged to change the program and focus on small scale farmers who are the majority.
• The Government was urged to solve the land disputes that exists between farmers and herders to avoid loss of lives, destruction of water sources and environment
• Farmers experience and knowledge should be valued and should be developed further through participatory research
• In order to implement the green revolution policy, markets should be built in the villages where farmers will trader directly with buyers to avoid middlemen who are unfair to the farmers in terms of quality and prices of the produces and build processing plants owned by the Government and farmers.
Lastly, farmers agreed that they will support a party/ parties and candidates that will show a firm commitment in removing an oppressive system and who will cooperate with farmers to create a system that will work for the farmers in the above mentioned issues to develop agriculture in the country.
MVIWATA also used this meeting to plan for 2016 and the priority was given to strengthening farmers groups and networks to increase their lobbying power.
AgriProFocus was honoured to be invited to this one of a kind meeting that aimed at shaping the future of Small holder farmers. We wish MVIWATA and its members a productive 2016 in implementing its plans.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

On 7:50 PM by Shambani Solutions   14 comments
The African poultry industry is dynamic with change the only constant factor. Using an experienced poultry consultant in your poultry business can accelerate your growth path to success.

As a poultry consultant with 30+ years experience in South Africa, I often get enquiries about poultry and related matters. Many potential new clients say they would like to start a poultry business and I also get enquiries from clients who have been in the poultry industry for many years requesting help because of a number of issues - productions are lower than standard or egg quality is poor or mortalities are high and we think we have a disease, or the profit margins are so thin our business is not making money or our staff require training and mentoring or we need to be more competitive in this very competitive market. As consultants we need to add value to your business over time - we can give all the information in one day but the farmer will only utilise a fraction of it if that as they will have what we call "information over load".

For the new clients starting out a number of questions need to be answered themselves before contacting a consultant. Here is a check list which may help:

1) Firstly how many chickens / birds would you like to start with - 500 or 5000 or 10000 or 15000 or 20000 or more? This question has a big impact on the size of the house/s you require as well as will the house be of a conventional type - manual operated and very basic or environmental controlled and automated. Cost also becomes a factor as poultry farming is capital intensive.

2) What type of chicken / bird would you like to farm with - Broilers for live or slaughtered meat or layers for eggs or are you wanting to do rearing - day old to point of lay? With this question one can then determine what type of equipment is needed such as cages, feeding and watering systems, heating systems, ventilation systems etc. Management is also critical to which type of chicken business you would like to do.

3) Do I have the right size ground for a chicken house or two or three? Is it level? Does it have enough water to give the birds at all times throughout the year especially in summer when temperatures rise to 35+ degrees Celsius and is this water of a good quality? Is it relatively close to a good growing market?

4) Where will I get my chickens / birds from - which supplier? Is there a feed mill close by to supply me in either bags or in bulk?

5) Am I going to manage this business myself or will I have a manager and do they have the skills and experience?

Answering these basic questions yourself can help a consultant to improve and expand on all those factors and so much more.

As a consultant we prefer to "partner" with our clients and to help their business's grow and be successful over a period of time. A good consultant should help you to develop, guide, troubleshoot and add constant value. I often get asked do existing poultry farms use a consultant and the answer is yes we are able to not only help trouble shoot problems and solve them but give the business a competitive edge within the market.

The cost factor of a quality consultant is negligible to what value they may continually add over a period of time. There are many benefits to having a consultant - some clients say it is like having a specialist in your business but they are not permanently employed but they are their when you need them. Seeing our clients on a regular basis ensures them that the skill, knowledge and experience is always at hand, to add value to their business and ensure that their poultry business is a success now and into the future.

For further details regarding the use and cost of a poultry consultant:
Email: or Mobile: +27 72 150 7063

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AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SAGCOT Center and Tanzania Horticulture Association (TAHA) are organizing a Business Innovation Competition for Tanzania to be presented in the Regional Horticulture event on promoting innovation and Trade in Horticulture . 

The objective of the business innovation challenge is to award key innovations in horticulture in the categories of productivity, market access, access to finance, regional trade and gender/youth inclusion. 

1.Private companies, producer groups, NGOs, research and academic institutions, and government institutions active in the horticulture sector
2.Posses a business innovation on Horticulture
Apply under any of the following categories: production, market on Horticulture access, access to finance, regional trade and inclusion (gender/youth). 

During the challenge, each participant will be given 5 minutes to present his/her innovation to a panel of independent judges . The public will also have a chance to vote for their favourite innovation via the online platform by liking the specific innovation they vote for which will contribute 10% of the total vote. 

The best 3 pitches will be awarded a a fully sponsored trip to attend the event in Kigali covering transport and accommodation. The 3 winners will also compete regionally with winners from other countries for the ultimate prize. During the event, you will be given an opportunity to pitch your innovative product and your business case to expand your horticulture businesses into the regional market. The winners will also get media coverage in newspapers and TV. 

1.Become a member of our online agri-platform:
2. Create your personal profile and your company profile. Check for instructions.
3. Please introduce your innovation in a posting on our dedicated page: Our members can vote for their favorite innovation by liking your contribution.
4. Fill out the application form HERE and email it to cc: by 15th September 2015.

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