Making Agribusiness Work for Development

moderated by Anne Marie Kortleve

What is the AgriProFocus network?

Since its foundation in 2004 the AgriProFocus network has been successful in bringing parties together to stimulate the sustainable development of agriculture in low and middle income countries in Africa and South-East Asia by supporting entrepreneurial farmers. The AgriProFocus network is a unique multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations.

The network has 32 Dutch member organisations, is active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and links 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. 

For whom?

We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development. The network focusses its collective attention on farmer entrepreneurs that are the real change makers in the sector. They:

+ are business driven and market oriented,

+ have a willingness to grow

+ are innovative and

+ contribute to development issues of food and nutrition security, inclusiveness and sustainability

The AgriProFocus network brings stakeholders together to strengthen their individual and collective impact. The role of AgriProFocus staff is to facilitate:

Linking: AgriProFocus members work through the network to be able to have access to each others resources, contacts, expertise, tools and knowledge.

Learning: Through the learning activities AgriProFocus facilitates members to explore, create and strengthen opportunities for synergy and joint action.

Leadership: Building on evidence based cases, our members jointly shape the discourse at national, regional and global level. Our leadership activities offer members leverage and improved visibility & credibility.

What can we do for you? 


+ Change makers showcase their portfolio

+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors

+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities

+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases

+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities


+ Agribusiness Development Monitor

+ Newsletters

+ Innovation Labs

+ System mapping and gap analysis

+ Masterclasses on multi-stakeholder cooperation & system thinking


+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work

+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning

+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s

+ Policy Briefs

+ Annual Leadership Summit

+ Joint Campaigns


Small farmer-inclusive agri-entrepreneurship:

Business models that improve the inclusiveness, durability and financial sustainability of relationships between small farmers and agribusiness.

Climate resilient agri-entrepreneurship

Business models for new products and services to manage and mitigate the effects of a changing climate

Circular economy agri-entrepreneurship

Business models on reducing post-harvest losses, using rest- and by-products and recover the materials and energy from used products

Nutrition sensitive agri-entrepreneurship

Business models for the production of nutritious foods

Dutch Partnership members in 2017:

The network is supported by a team of dedicated facilitators, based in the Netherlands. In every network country, a coordinator or coordination team supports the local network, click HERE for a full overview of colleagues around the different networks. Have a look around and see what this network can do for you! 

Visit us

AgriProFocus - Jansbuitensingel 7 - 6811 AA - Arnhem - The Netherlands

+31 (0)26 7600 392 -

Latest developments in the network:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 1 week 2 hours ago

Fitur Baru Online Platform AgriProFocus

1. Tagging: Sekarang kamu bisa menandai orang lain dalam posting maupun komentar dengan cara ketik '@' diikuti nama orang yang ingin ditandai. Orang yang ditandai akan menerima notifikasi sehingga interaksi di platform ini makin mudah!

2. Kontak: Tampilan baru kanal 'Contacts' di bawah kolom pencarian memudahkanmu membuat daftar kontak yang kamu ikuti (following) dalam ‘My Contacts’ sehingga bisa kamu hubungi dengan cepat. Selain itu, kamu pun makin gampang menemukan kontak lain di kolom ‘Connect’ dengan cara mengetik kata kunci yang ingin kamu cari.

3. Aktivitas orang yang kamu ikuti sekarang bisa terlihat di bagian kiri stream kamu.

Ayo berinteraksi online untuk berbagi, terhubung, dan belajar bersama!


New features on online platform you do not want to miss

1. Tag other users: You want to notify another user on something exciting on the platform? You can now mention him or her in your post or reaction. Us

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Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Vacature: Coordinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren

AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie waarin leden uit bedrijfsleven, maatschappelijke organisaties, kennisinstellingen en overheidsorganisaties samenwerken voor de betere ondersteuning van ondernemerschap bij boeren in Afrika en Zuid-Oost Azië. Het internationale secretariaat is gevestigd in Nederland en AgriProFocus heeft daarnaast 11 netwerk secretariaten in Afrika en 2 in Zuid-Oost Azië. AgriProFocus werkt in 2017 aan de implementatie van haar nieuwe strategie onder de titel ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’.

Wij zijn op zoek naar een enthousiaste en overtuigende ‘Coördinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren (ME&L)’. In deze functie ben je verantwoordelijk voor het vertalen van de nieuwe strategie in een effectief en efficiënt ME&L-systeem op organisatie- en projectniveau binnen AgriProFocus. Als coördinator ben je in staat om de juiste data bijeen te brengen, maar nog veel belangrijker om te zorgen dat die data

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Posted 1 month 2 days ago

Brief Moment With: Honey Agripreneur Jony Girma

Click here to read AgriProFocus interview with Jony Girma about his honey agribusiness called APIS Agribusiness P.L.C., which not only aims to become the number one organic honey producer but which is also determined to contribute to rural youth employment, rural development and natural forest conservation in Ethiopia.

Jony Girma is a member of the Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice that was launched in September 2016 to create a platform for all professionals working with youth agripreneurs to share expertise and experiences.

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Posted 1 month 3 days ago

What are the investment opportunities in the Horticulture Sector?

 AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.

Here it is!  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 month 3 days ago

Welcome drinks AgriProFocus and MDF Myanmar

Yesterday evening, AgriProFocus and MDF celebrated the opening of their joint office in Myanmar. At the side of the beautyful Inya Lake in Yangon, we raised the glass with our first Dutch and Myanmar partners. Ambassador of the Netherlands Wouter Jurgens stressed the importance of capacity building and links between different stakeholders in the value chain in Myanmar. There embassy therefore warmly welcomed AgriProFocus and MDF in Myanmar, and wished us growth and success for the coming years. 

Janine Schoeman Congrats with the official opening! It looks like you picked an amazing spot to celebrate!

1 month 3 days ago

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Quick Scan Study: Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation

AgriProFocus, the INCLUDE platform (INCLUDE) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (the F&BKP) present the results of a quick scan study providing some new insights into the challenges of the agricultural sector, food security and youth unemployment. It also looks at the extent to which current policies and programs are addressing these issues with the aim of stimulating constructive dialogue and debate.

Looking at the cases of Mali, Kenya and Ghana, the aim is to identify context specific approaches to stimulate constructive dialogue and debate with policymakers and practitioners.

Alinta and Alpha did the mapping in Mali and Kenya; the analysis is done by F&BKP and Include.

Read the full report here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Our Annual Network Day: Connecting Members with Similar Objectives

Watch Slide of Pictures

On Friday December 2, 2016, AgriProFocus Ethiopia brought together its members to celebrate the Annual Network Day with different fruitful activities. Over 140 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. Primarily, for this successful event, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event, our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programmes, and our guest presenters (including in parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and to provide their perspectives to our network members.

So, what really happened?

In the Morning . . .

The day began with the informative presentation entitled “Poverty and Resilience” by Dr. George Gray, who is a Lead Consultant at the Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP). As Ethiopia is struggling to co

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Wim Goris thank you for the excellent image coverage !

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

New NICHE project to strengthen agricultural vocational schools in Myanmar 

A 4-year agreement between the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Netherlands Foreign Affairs ministry has just been launched. Two Dutch consortium partners and AgriProFocus members, Aeres and MDF Asia just completed their first successful inception mission. 

It concerns strengthening of 14 State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs), Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. There will be ample technical, subject matter expertise transfer between Netherlands and Myanmar. This aims to make the schools more adapted to their regional specific agricultural circumstances. Further, the project ensures that the SAI curriculum is better embedded into concrete to job profiles and actual job needs. 

Our first mission was very successful, demonstrated high involvement and ownership by the ministry and a strong willingness from

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Dolly Kyaw Very happy to know about the new project of NICHE for strengthening agri vocational schools in Myanmar !

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Meru Agribusiness Expo 2016 Bigger and Better

You will agree with farmers from Meru that the Annual Agriculture trade fairs in Tanzania that takes place every first week of August (nane nane) are more than agriculture shows as it comprises exhibitions from almost all sectors. For this reason, three years ago, Farmers from Meru District in Arusha Tanzania with support from the Access to input working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania formed a platform dubbed Jukwaa la Wakulima Meru ( Meru Farmers Platform). They thirsted for a farmer friendly agriculture fair. Good for them, they have for 3 consecutive times quenched this thirst.


The fairs aims at linking farmers to reliable agriculture input service providers as well as provide a platform where farmers learn. Additionally the fairs offer a market place for the service providers and a platform to expand their clientele through promoting their products. Parallel to the exhibitions, seminars and workshops are held on specific topi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

A positive start in Myanmar  

Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.

I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.

We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the priv

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“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation 

SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project in partn

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Mugisha Richard The relationship between the farmers and services providers is getting stronger each time a finance Fair is organized. Farmers are steadily gaining confidence to interact with the banks. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Okello Justine Thanks a lot for the Good work done this what our farmers need.

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How did you benefit from the AgriProFocus network in 2016?

Did you participate in any of the AgriProFocus network activities face-to-face or online in your country? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!

Next year our network will implement a new strategy titled ‘Catalyzing Change makers that make Agribusiness Work For Development’. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation, that are asked for towards the end of this survey, will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.

Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey. It is very much appreciated!

          TAKE THE SURVEY  

Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!

SSEKYEWA HENRY Surely this platform has done  a great impact on different communities  as far as agriculture is concerned thanks.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Henry! Please fee free to let us know your appreciation through the survey:

1 month 3 weeks ago

Francis Mubanga I have been less than 4 month on this network and have benefited tremendously, unlike any other network i have ever been on. The platform has a wealth of information for ALL agribusiness. I truly appreciate your work, keep it up.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear Francis Mubanga If you have ny suggestions for improvements, let us know! 

1 month 3 weeks ago

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Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Innovation in Finance at Africa Works!

Last week the AgriProFocus network joined the AfricaWorks! conference organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council. In light of this year’s theme ‘Innovation in Finance’, we hosted an interactive workshop on “how to manage risks in financing small-holder investments” together with NpM and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (FBKP). The workshop was fully booked with close to 40 participants from a wide variety of organizations. After a short introduction on the problem statement by Lisette van Benthum (AgriProFocus); Josien Sluijs (NpM) and Mariel Mensink (NpM Rural Finance Working group) explained the results of the various case studies and African expert meetings. To further build upon these results, the participants were asked to be that day’s expert panel and discuss amongst each other one of three burning issues: 1. using value chain partnerships to decrease risks in financing small holders, 2. enhancing ag

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 months 4 days ago

Information about Dutch Business Instruments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.

On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development

Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.

PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.

For more information and contact details see:

PUM presentation here

Business instruments presentation here

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On Friday November 04, 2016, SPARK, RICEM and AgriProFocus, organized a twofold event to celebrate official launch and graduation of Rwanda’s first Agri BDS Network and Course at Kigali Serena Hotel, in Rwanda.

SPARK in partnership with RICEM undertook a one-year capacity building pilot programme to a limited number of agri BDS providers wishing to offer professional BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and agri SMEs, which for years had been characterized by lack of agri BDS providers in the field . The first intake of 35 professionals completed a 9- month programme course consisting of 6 months devoted to an intensive course of 5 modules and 3 months to a field-based mentorship. Upon the completion of the training, these professionals produced reports, developed business plans and tested their business cases, likely to be funded. During the graduation ceremony, 3 graduates who ou

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Rwanda Best SMART Project 

Thumbs up to our member and CEO of Rwanda Best, Mr Jean Claude Ruzibiza 

Rwanda Best, Wageningen University, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, RijkZwaan, Koppert and Holland Greentech are working together in Rwanda to support growers to reach the next level.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Network energy during Dutch Members Meeting!

Sure you have asked yourself the question one time: ‘What is the added value of the AgriProFocus network for my work or organisation?’ This question (and getting the answer) was the aim of our Dutch members meeting on November 1st in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In a visual way, our members where taken through the strategy direction 2018-2022.

Sander Mager (Managing Director) introduced our members to the concepts of the strategy: “the networks entry point is to work with entrepreneurial farmers that are the real ‘change makers’ in the agriculture sector. These farmers are business driven, market oriented, have a willingness to grow, are innovative and contribute to development issues of inclusiveness, food & nutrition security and sustainability.”

The network wants to empower these change makers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works i

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Rorian! What kind of training did you do? I hope you will benefit from this network!

2 months 2 weeks ago

Okello Justine Am more impressed with these where by we are welcome you to join us in educating and empowering our youth here in Eastern Uganda Serere and Uganda at large check our facebook page wwww

2 months 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Justine, will follow your Facebook page!

2 months 1 week ago

Nesale Rorian Hello AgriProFocus  team. I was out of network for almost 3 weeks. thank Anne but late reply. i got the notification through my email. For my first time i tried to visit your website and read different written training's doc. posted there, and i took my time to join the team as i was also interested to start a small shamba work (small scale cultivation) in my area. 

1 month 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Rorian, good to hear! Our search bar is the place to look for any tips/training or materials you need. Good luck with your start-up and keep sharing with us.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Deuxième atelier international du Fonds de la Recherche appliquée pour l'alimentation et les affaires (ARF)

Cet atelier a réuni une trentaine de participants venus du Bénin, du Kenya, de l'Indonésie, de Bangladesh, de l'Ouganda, des Pays bas, de Mozambique, Tanzanie, Ghana, Ethiopie et Allemagne. Au tolal, 17 projets ont été séléctionnés dans ce cadre.

L'atelier a démarré ce jour 26 octobre 2016 à Novotel Hôte et prendra fin le 29 octobre 2016.

La cérémonie d'ouverture a connu la présence de Mme Cora Govers, Représentante de Nwo Wotro, du Pr HOUNHOUIGAN Joseph, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, du Pr FAROUGOU, Vice recteur chargé de la coopération internationale, de Mme Vanessa Nigten, Représentante de Food & Business Knowledge Platform  et de Mr Marcel DJIHOUN, Coordonnateur d'AgriProFocus Bénin.  

Apres la cérémonie d'ouverture, s'en est suivi un atelier sur la théorie du changement e

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Anne Marie Kortleve Salut Sabihat, pouvez-vous nous expliquer au sujet de l'atelier s'il vous plaît? Je voudrais en savoir plus.

2 months 3 weeks ago

SALOUFOU Moussabihatou Anne Marie, c'est votre droit. J'attendais d'avoir plus d'informations sur l'atelier pour en partager le contenu avec vous. C'est fait maintenant. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.

Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for D

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2 months 3 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 months 2 days ago

Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs opens Netherlands Embassy in Yangon 

On Wednesday, foreign minister Bert Koenders opened a new Dutch embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the first time in nearly 50 years that the Netherlands has an embassy in the Asian country. ‘This is the right moment to strengthen our ties,’ Mr Koenders said at the opening ceremony. 

In a meeting with foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi earlier in the day, Mr Koenders expressed his support for democratic developments there. He affirmed the Netherlands’ intention to provide support to the peace process through various channels.   

 The embassy will work to further enhance economic relations. ‘On the one hand, the Netherlands is keen to contribute to the economic development of one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. On the other, Myanmar’s need for good water/delta management, clean drinking water, navigable rivers and better defences against natural disasters offers great opportu

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