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Short Description

ICRA is a non-profit foundation, dedicated to inclusion of small holder farmers in sustainable agribusiness. It does this by strengthening the capacity of people, organisations and networks to jointly innovate within the agricultural and food sectors. In its courses and projects it trains and coaches professionals working in agricultural education and outreach, research and agribusiness.

About this Project

ICRA FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN for the following courses:

1. Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security . 24 Sep – 12 Oct 2018 in the Netherlands, for professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations. More information from here: https://goo.gl/hrKepm

2. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security. 29 Oct – 16 Nov 2018 in the Netherlands, for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. More information from here: https://goo.gl/uTmrE3

3. Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage. 19 – 30 Nov 2018 in Uganda, for professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises. More information from here: https://goo.gl/N1VvNf

Short Description

ICRA is a non-profit foundation, dedicated to inclusion of small holder farmers in sustainable agribusiness. It does this by strengthening the capacity of people, organisations and networks to jointly innovate within the agricultural and food sectors. In its courses and projects it trains and coaches professionals working in agricultural education and outreach, research and agribusiness.

About this Project

ICRA FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION IS OPEN for the following courses:

1. Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security . 24 Sep – 12 Oct 2018 in the Netherlands, for professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations. More information from here: https://goo.gl/hrKepm

2. Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security. 29 Oct – 16 Nov 2018 in the Netherlands, for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. More information from here: https://goo.gl/uTmrE3

3. Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Key skills for inclusive business brokerage. 19 – 30 Nov 2018 in Uganda, for professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and other affiliated enterprises. More information from here: https://goo.gl/N1VvNf

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, EAFF, (www.eaffu.org) is a regional Farmers Organization covering 10 countries is seeking the services of Consultants to undertake scoping studies of existing services to youth in agribusiness in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Eastern Africa Farmers Federation, EAFF, (www.eaffu.org) is a regional Farmers Organization covering 10 countries in the East Africa Community and the Horn of Africa. EAFF is starting the implementation on “Scaling-up rural youth access to inclusive financial services for entrepreneurship and employment’ covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. It aims at creating favorable conditions for strengthening the capacities of rural youth in four ESA countries that allow them to set-up and run profitable agri-enterprises that lead to wealth and employment creation. It is in this context that EAFF is seeking the services of Consultants to undertake scoping studies of existing services to youth in agribusiness in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. More information can be obtained from here: http://eaffu.org/images/Call_for_application_3.pdf

Deadline: 2 February 2018

BioInnovate Africa Programme has announced a US$ 3.5 million grant funding over three years (2018–2020) to support scientists, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs in eastern Africa to link innovative biobased research ideas and technologies to business and the market.

The Bioresources Innovations Network for Eastern Africa Development (BioInnovate Africa) Programme is a regional initiative established in 2010 with support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). It assists countries in eastern Africa to benefit from the revolutionary advances in biosciences, by converting biobased research ideas and technologies into innovations that improve people’s lives. The Programme is based at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates in six eastern African countries, namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Thematic Areas

  • Value addition to agroproduce
  • Agro/biowaste conversion
  • Bioinnovation policy analysis and development

Funding Information

  • Total funding of approximately US$ 3.5 million is made available for this Call for a period of three years.
  • The funds are allocated in three categories of grants as follows:
    • Category 1 Grants: To develop and pilot innovative and economically viable biobased technologies or products (US$ 2.25 million)
    • Category 2 Grants: For biobased technology business incubation (US$ 750,000)
    • Category 3 Grants: For developing a regional innovation-driven bioeconomy policy and strategy (US$ 500,000)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants are eligible to apply for these grants if applicants are a scientists, researchers, innovators or entrepreneurs resident in any of the six eastern African countries, namely Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Applicants are individuals who must be formally affiliated with a university, public research organisation or private firm based in the region, e.g. as a full-time employee, and should not be current recipients of a BioInnovate Africa project grant.
  • For this Call, private firms include legally registered smallholder farmer or community organisations or groups. For purposes of promoting local and regional ownership, scientists and researchers from international research centres and organisations in the region may apply only as co-applicants and NOT as lead applicants.
  • Scientists and researchers from other parts of Africa and other organisations around the world may also participate in this Call, but only as collaborators in a project.
  • Collaborators should not be listed as co-applicants, i.e. as a part of the core team applying for the grant. They should only be described in the proposal, and their role and contribution to the project should be clear.
  • Postgraduate students who are already registered in local universities in the region for master’s degree or PhD (and have sources of funds to support their tuition fees) can be attached to the project team, but not as coapplicants.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

Eligible Countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

For more information, please visit http://bioinnovate-africa.org/

The Uganda Development Bank (UDB) Limited in partnership with ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Makerere University and Joadah Consult are pleased to announce the UDB i-Growth Accelerator 2017 program.

Theme: A Smart and Sustainable Agricultural and Manufacturing Sector

Purpose: To support individuals to grow and expand start-up enterprises in Agricultural and Manufacturing sectors.

Sub Themes:
1. Production
2. Post-harvest handling and Transportation
3. Value addition standardization & Branding
4. Access to Market & Capital Opportunities
5. Manufacturing & Agro – Processing

The UDB i-Growth Accelerator 2017 will focus on supporting commercialization of local start-ups and stimulating a culture of innovation in Uganda so as to contribute to the country’s social economic development. The i-Growth Accelerator Program is an annual initiative that will support individuals to grow and expand their start-up enterprises in all sectors. For 2017/2018, the Accelerator will focus on the Agriculture and Manufacturing sectors.

Are you working on an innovative idea or approach that has potential to Accelerate communities in the above areas?

For mor information and application, please follow the link: http://grants.ranlab.org/

Deadline: 25th January 2018

Deadline: 12 February 2018

Applicants are invited to apply for the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) to reward research based innovation and highlight the global impact of African researchers and entrepreneurs.

On 26-28 March 2018, the Next Einstein Forum will host its second Global Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. A critical component of the NEF is its unique innovation competition, the Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i). Young African scientists and innovators under 42 years of age are invited to present their research driven innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to a panel of experts in a pitch style competition.

The NEF Ci2i focuses on innovations of high impact globally and locally that a ready to be scaled up. Judges and participants come from major pan-African and global business, pharmaceutical and technological companies providing an unparalleled opportunity for researchers and entrepreneurs, both in terms of feedback and mentorship and in terms of funding to scale and expand R&D efforts.

Program Categories

Candidates will be invited to submit presentations under three main categories:

  • Climate Smart Innovations (Energy, Agriculture, Circular Economy etc.)
  • Deep-tech Innovations (Data driven innovation, Autonomous Systems, AI, Machine Learning, Digital Innovation, Fintech etc.)
  • Personalized Health Innovations

Award Information

  • The monetary prizes for Ci2i winners and runner ups will be announcing during the unveiling of the selected Top 15 innovators to pitch at the NEF Ci2i.
  • In addition to a monetary prize, winners will get significant media exposure and benefit from the NEF’s global network to further scale up funding and connect with partners and collaborators.

Eligibility Criteria

Participation in the competition is open to Africans of all nationalities under 42 years of age. In the case that teams are led by a non-African, one of the co-founders or chief executives must be African.

Selection Criteria

  • During the first round of the competition, the jury will use score sheets to choose the top 2 presenters. The score sheets will assess the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10:
    • Clarity of the presentation
    • Originality, novelty or innovativeness of the work or idea being presented
    • Potential for or evidence of impact and application of the presented work or idea to human needs
    • Scalability including business plan
  • In the second round, the winner will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • Scalability
    • Potential Impact
    • In case of a tie, the jury will decide the victor through a quick vote.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via given website http://gg2018.nef.org/ci2i/

Deadline: 12 February 2018

Applicants are invited to apply for the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) to reward research based innovation and highlight the global impact of African researchers and entrepreneurs.

On 26-28 March 2018, the Next Einstein Forum will host its second Global Gathering in Kigali, Rwanda. A critical component of the NEF is its unique innovation competition, the Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i). Young African scientists and innovators under 42 years of age are invited to present their research driven innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to a panel of experts in a pitch style competition.

The NEF Ci2i focuses on innovations of high impact globally and locally that a ready to be scaled up. Judges and participants come from major pan-African and global business, pharmaceutical and technological companies providing an unparalleled opportunity for researchers and entrepreneurs, both in terms of feedback and mentorship and in terms of funding to scale and expand R&D efforts.

Program Categories

Candidates will be invited to submit presentations under three main categories:

  • Climate Smart Innovations (Energy, Agriculture, Circular Economy etc.)
  • Deep-tech Innovations (Data driven innovation, Autonomous Systems, AI, Machine Learning, Digital Innovation, Fintech etc.)
  • Personalized Health Innovations

Award Information

  • The monetary prizes for Ci2i winners and runner ups will be announcing during the unveiling of the selected Top 15 innovators to pitch at the NEF Ci2i.
  • In addition to a monetary prize, winners will get significant media exposure and benefit from the NEF’s global network to further scale up funding and connect with partners and collaborators.

Eligibility Criteria

Participation in the competition is open to Africans of all nationalities under 42 years of age. In the case that teams are led by a non-African, one of the co-founders or chief executives must be African.

Selection Criteria

  • During the first round of the competition, the jury will use score sheets to choose the top 2 presenters. The score sheets will assess the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 10:
    • Clarity of the presentation
    • Originality, novelty or innovativeness of the work or idea being presented
    • Potential for or evidence of impact and application of the presented work or idea to human needs
    • Scalability including business plan
  • In the second round, the winner will be selected based on the following criteria:
    • Scalability
    • Potential Impact
    • In case of a tie, the jury will decide the victor through a quick vote.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via given website http://gg2018.nef.org/ci2i/

Deadline: 31st August, 2017

Yunus Social Business (YSB) Uganda is seeking for applications from entrepreneurs keen to join its six weeks
Investment Readiness Program. The program offers several benefits to participants including sharing
knowledge and skills in developing a compelling value proposition to customers, building financially viable
business models; all aimed at strengthening small and growing social businesses to become business
leaders.
In addition, participants can expect to interact with local and international expert mentors, develop business
linkages and stand a chance to secure financing for your social business to a tune of up to USD 500,000 (But
not less than USD 200,000).

The businesses must be focused on any of the following subsectors;

  • Agri-business,
  • renewable energy,
  • Water
  • Sanitation
  • Environment conservation.

For more information, please visit http://www.uganda.yunussb.com

The African Union Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) is a specialized technical office of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. AU-IBAR’s mandate is to support and coordinate the utilization of livestock, fisheries and wildlife as resources for both human wellbeing and economic development in the member states of the African Union. Working with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat and with financial support from the European Union (EU) through the Reinforcing Veterinary Governance in Africa (VET-GOV) Programme, wishes to recruit the services of a local consultant to document all the key Livestock stakeholders in Uganda  for improved livestock development in the country. The consultant will be engaged for 20 working days under the general supervision of the EAC Secretariat and AU-IBAR. Download full ToRs here.

Kilimo Trust (KT) is an independent organization working on agriculture for development across the East Africa Community (EAC) Region - in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan. We promote regional solutions to local problems to make agricultural markets work better for the reduction of poverty and elimination of hunger. We are committed to supporting the people of East African Community (EAC) to achieve market-based solutions to food and nutrition security. Therefore, our core business is to support the transformation of food and nutrition security in the EAC Region away from high risk subsistence farming into lower risk trade-based systems. We implement and manage programmes and projects in partnership with and/or on behalf of governments, international and regional organizations, and the private sector.

 

Purpose of position:

Within the fast paced changing environment of the agricultural industry, the purpose of the position of CEO, KT is: To provide creative leadership focused at solutions; identify, and pursue emerging opportunities that favorably position KT as a hybrid, financially viable and sustainable institution that positively impacts the incomes of farming households and other agricultural related enterprises within the EAC region. Click here to download full advert

 

How to apply:

More details about the position can be accessed at www.kilimotrust.org. Qualified candidates should send their applications by email to recruitment@kilimotrust.org not later than 16th January 2017. The application should contain a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae (not exceeding 4 typed pages), names and contacts (phone number and e-mail) of three referees. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The first interviews will be held on 30th January 2017. KT is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, gender or disability.

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