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.
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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.
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Business Development Advisor for AgroBIG programme
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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“In the family, the husband is viewed as the repository of household knowledge. By empowering women, there will be two sources of knowledge, which will enhance learning and uptake of new practice by all family members. If I can at least show five women farmers that they are good enough, that will be meaningful to make a change”, states Ms Mantegbosh Awoke, a 23-year-old agriculture extension agent in Ambeshen kebele (ward), North Achefer.
Ms Asmogn Gashu, 50-year-old mother of seven, is a lead farmer engaged in tomato production in Gug kebele, North Achefer. She explains that joining the Farmer Field School (FFS) scheme has opened up a whole new world: “Earlier I was staying at home. Now I am out and I meet different people and am learning from different experiences. Also, I am becoming more assertive in my communication and my ideas.”
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Edget Lerobit Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO) in Robit kebele in Bahir Dar Zuria district has received ETB 600,000 in loanable funds for the AgroBIG Women and Youth Loan Fund (WYLF). To date, a total of 16 women and 6 men have received a loan via this fund for developing their agribusinesses.
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