A delegation of 20 Finnish decision-makers and opinion leaders visited Amhara region during January 21-22, 2020 in a tour organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The purpose of the visit was to familiarise members of parliament, public and private sector representatives and journalists with Finland’s development policy and development cooperation. The delegation was led by Under-Secretary of State for Development Cooperation, Ms. Elina Kalkku, from the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
This year AgroBIG is promoting market linkages through Farmers’ Marketing Groups (FMG) and Marketing Task Forces (MTF) created in the eight AgroBIG target woredas. They will enable intensified information sharing between suppliers and buyers and facilitate farmer’s access to market.
During December 13-16, 2019, managers and experts of three Cooperative Savings and Credit Unions (COSACUs) were trained on Leadership and Management. The training was co-organised by Amhara Cooperative Promotion Agency (CPA) and ABIDAB consulting company with the support of AgroBIG. The content was tailored to match the needs of Tana, Adera Densa and Rib COSACUs which are all key partners of the AgroBIG programme.
National Finance Advisor for AgroBIG Programme
Overall role: Responsible for results-based planning, implementation and monitoring of activities that relate to the Programme’s matching grants for agribusinesses and to provision of loan finance to farmers and other agriculture value chain actors through Savings and Credit Cooperatives. In line with the Programme core objectives, responsible for developing the strategy, plans, instruments and guidelines, and their implementation to ensure an equitable access to finance by farmers, agri-MSMEs and other beneficiary groups, and that the financial products match with the needs of diverse clientele.Continue reading “Job opportunity:”
Programme for Agro-Business Induced Growth (AgroBIG) in Amhara National Regional State is an agribusiness development programme of the Ethiopian and Finnish governments under Bureau of Finance and Economic Cooperation (BoFEC) as the responsible government coordinating agency.Continue reading “Call for Proposals for Agro-BIG Matching Grant Fund”
Business Development Advisor for AgroBIG programme
Business Development Advisor/Cluster focal (BDA/CF), as a new member in the AgroBIG Programme Technical assistance team, will be responsible for facilitating technical support and capacity building for small-scale entrepreneurs, farmers, farmer groups and primary cooperatives in agribusiness development, business planning and management. Particularly women and youth are targeted. Moreover, the advisor will support sector offices in three woredas to coordinate and supervise AgroBIG activity implementation and reporting. AgroBIG targets eight woredas in total, located east and south of Lake Tana.Continue reading “Job opportunity:”
AgroBIG has been piloting affordable farm technologies developed by Aybar Engineering PLC in Addis Ababa. These tailored implements have been availed by the Programme to target districts for testing and demonstration, and have been found to save farmers’ time, energy and money. The technologies also help to reduce negative environmental impacts, while increasing crop productivity and quality.
The absence of an improved potato seed supply system is one of the critical constraints identified in the potato value chain in Amhara. AgroBIG implementation districts in particular are constrained by the unavailability of clean and healthy potato seed at affordable prices.
A cooperative bazaar and exhibition was organized by the Cooperative Promotion Agency in Bahir Dar between 29th May and June 4th 2019 with the objective to promote and connect with buyers and above all stabilize unusually high prices for urban consumers.
During April 2019, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Bureau of Finance and Economic Cooperation of Amhara region selected an independent expert team to undertake the mid-term evaluation (MTE) of the second phase of AgroBIG. The AgroBIG annual results monitoring survey has also just been undertaken from 27 May to 3 June.