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AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their individual and collective impact increases.

Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 23.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.

The AgriProFocus network members collaborate to strengthen the position of farmers and other agri-entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains. Entrepreneurs, small and medium scale, who are market oriented, business driven and willing to learn, innovate and grow. Entrepreneurs who together can, and will, make a difference for sustainable food and nutrition security at national, regional and international level.


Dutch Partnership Members 2017Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 June 2017 at 09:30

A good crop starts with good seed!

Every farmer will tell you that a good crop starts with good seed. Whatever the size of the company, the type of product or the type of consumer – the seed needs to generate a good yield, be resistant to diseases and produce a nutritious harvest. 

The Dutch seed sector is active throughout the world. Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed, seed for ornamental plants and seed potatoes. This success is a result of the unique Dutch approach of strong collaboration between businesses, government, inspection bodies and the research and education sector, creating a conducive climate for innovation and production.

Have a look at this brochure that contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade compiled by the Dutch government. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making quality seed available to farmers worldwide.

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Akibodé Djodji

Seeds are the key to sustainable and productive agriculture. With a seed you can feed the world.

The importance of seed as a factor in improving agricultural productivity and production is clear. The use of quality seeds contributes to a large extent to the increase in crop yields (30-40%). In Mali, we can recognize the essential place of Dutch seed companies like Bejo Seeds, which has become a reference through the quality of its seeds. The AgriProFocus network has positioned itself for the organization of seed fairs with Partners such as the Mali Seed Association and the Bejo Corporation.Thanks Anne Marie for sharing

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Nicole Metz For all with an interest in seed systems, seed sector development, etc.: please also visit this knowledge portal: http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/seed-systems/

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Mahamadou Guindo You're right. No ood seed no good yield

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 15 June 2017 at 08:04

“When you grow, the challenges grow faster – the only option is to grow faster than your challenges”

Abrham Endrias

Extended Pitch at the Business Drinks

He is a young entrepreneur, 30 years old, and he is in love with agriculture. He has been a lecturer at Adama and Arsi Universities for more than seven years while keeping his relation with agriculture tight. In 2016, he won the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, and now he comes up with a new project that will hugely benefit smallholder farmers. He owns and runs a company called Green Agro Solutions, currently introducing a model called One-Stop Farming Solutions.

We invited Abrham Endrias to make an extended pitch on our Business Drinks on 25 May 2017, so he can share his entrepreneurial journey to our members and partners. Please read this interesting narration.

First Acquaintance

My acquaintance with the AgriProFocus network was two years ago. A friend named Shambachew told me that there was an announcemen

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Loes van Dijk This is great!

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Marion Alyek This is a great article! Thank you for sharing!

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Sajji RYAKUNZE This is super! thanks

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Lucy Asiimwe Twinamasiko Great way to showcase entrepreneurs. This is really a nice piece. The Picture also communicates volumes.

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ISIMBI Ariane Merci Oh really inspiring. Keep up the good work!!!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 June 2017 at 11:34

Investeer in voedseltransitie voor gezond, duurzaam en voldoende voedsel voor iedereen!

Een brede coalitie van partijen, roept de formateurs in dit manifest op om voedseltransitie op te nemen in het Regeerakkoord. De ambitie is om een duurzaam voedselsysteem te realiseren dat bijdraagt aan het behalen van SDGs en de klimaatdoelstellingen. Wij vragen het volgend kabinet hierin te investeren, samen mét bedrijven, consumenten, maatschappelijke organisaties, boeren, onderwijs en wetenschap. 

Nú aanpakken 

Wereldwijd heeft iedereen recht op gezond, duurzaam en voldoende voedsel dat eerlijk en transparant is geproduceerd. Met onze gezamenlijke expertise, kennis en ondernemerschap kunnen we bijdragen aan een gezonde voedselvoorziening voor iedereen die past binnen de grenzen van de planeet. Wij staan klaar om de transitie naar een werkelijk duurzaam mondiaal voedselsysteem mogelijk te maken en dringen er bij het nieuwe kabinet op aan om dit samen met ons op te pakken!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 12 June 2017 at 04:55

Roundtable Discussion on Post Harvest Loss for Nutrition in Mango & Tongkol

After the workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition on March 21st 2017, GAIN futher explored post harvest loss in Mango and Tongkol with an in-depth study by Dalberg. The aim is to assess the post-harvest losses in these two value chains and identify potential intervention to bring Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in Indonesia by engaging key relevant stakeholders. Together with GAIN and AgriProFocus Indonesia, Dalberg presented their preliminary findings on Mango and Tongkol value chains through a round table discussion, on May 23 – 24th 2017 in Jakarta.

The broad topic areas covered during the roundtable are: an overview of the Mango and Tongkol value chains and associated Post Harvest Loss and Waste, the financing landscape for key actors involved in the Mango and Tongkol value chains, and potential opportunities and intervention areas as part of PLAN. Mr. Galopong Sianturi, Direct

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 12 June 2017 at 04:38

Workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition

According to FAO estimates about 1/3 of all food that is produced worldwide is lost or wasted between production and consumption. The impacts are social, economic and environmental as this wastage exacerbates hunger and under - and malnourishment of about 800 million people, leads to an estimated $940 billion in economic losses per year and has a significant impact on the use of water, cropland and greenhouse gas emissions (FAO, 2011). Turning this around we can also state that reducing food loss and waste offers opportunities for positive social, economic and environmental impact.

GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in order to decrease Post Harvest Losses and Waste (PHL/W) globally by “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains”, with a particular focus on those value chains that provide or have the potential

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 6 June 2017 at 05:00

Networking Event for Coffee Players

On March 14, 2017, AgriProFocus Indonesia with Scopi, Anomali Coffee, and Ceritain Kopi Indonesia organized a networking event for coffee sector actors. The purpose of this event is to provide space for members of the AgriProFocus Indonesia network, especially for those working in the coffee sector, to do networking informally. More than 60 actors from the coffee sector came from coffee farmers, farmers' organizations, cooperatives, roasters, coffee shops, traders, exporters, financial institutions and NGOs.

Participants use this event to share information, seek opportunities and business cooperation, and promote products. The event consists of pitching sessions, matchmaking, and product exhibitions. There are 20 participants who signed up for pitching and more than 15 products on display. Here are some organizations that did the pitching:

CV Royal Ontosoroh, represented by Adri, is a trading unit of coffee exporters, especially from Java and Flor

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2017 at 03:33

Holland Pavilion at National Agricultural Show Rwanda

(Message from the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands)

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is organizing the 12th Kigali Agricultural Show in June 2017. The theme for this year’s agrishow is: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. The Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda is organizing a Holland Pavilion in which Dutch agricultural companies and organizations, active and/or interested in Rwanda, exhibit their products and knowledge, and are also present to provide information on their activities.

The Holland Pavilion will be open for visitors from Thursday 22 June until Sunday 25 June. The following companies and organizations will be present in the Holland Pavilion:

· Holland Greentech (representing Hoogendoorn, Bosman van Zaal, Koppert, RijkZwaan, Soil Cares)

· Severe Weather Consult Ltd

· Africa Improved Foods

· Future Pump Solar Irriga

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 June 2017 at 02:34

Participantenraad AgriProFocus

De participantenraad van donderdag 18 mei 2017 vond plaats in Utrecht waar AgriProFocus nu gehuisvest is. De bijeenkomst werd gecombineerd met de feestelijke opening van het kantoor.

Bestuursbesluiten
Wim Hart (ICCO Cooperation) is herkozen als penningmeester van het bestuur en de toetreding van Ruerd Ruben (Wageningen UR) werd goedgekeurd.

Jaarverslag en jaarrekening 2016
Het jaarverslag en jaarrekening 2016 waren voorafgaand aan de bijeenkomst gedeeld met de participantenraadsleden. Roel Snelder gaf een toelichting op het jaarverslag, zijn powerpoint is hier te vinden. Zowel het jaarverslag 2016 als de jaarrekening 2016 werden goedgekeurd.

Highlights van het jaarverslag 2016 zijn weergegeven in een uitgave die hier te bewonderen is.

Bijdrage over do’s and dont’s van netwerken
Ruben van Wendel de Joode verzorgde een inspirerende bijdrage over netwerken. Hij startte zijn bijdrage met de vraag: Hoeveel keer het woord wij/we in het afgelopen half uur genoemd

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 June 2017 at 07:38

We proudly present our network highlights of 2016 with inspiring stories from our members and colleagues worldwide!


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Want to read our entire Annual Report? Go to: //agriprofocus.com/annual-report

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 May 2017 at 01:27

VLOG #5! ICCO Cooperation

Meet Marijke de Graaf, food security strategy and policy advisor for ICCO! In this vlog she explains some inspiring projects, like the AgriBusiness Booster and the STARS project from MasterCardFoundation. She also reveals her wishes for the future and topics we should explore as a network. Check it out!

For more vlogs from our Dutch members, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 May 2017 at 02:00

Kenya launches a Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy 2017-2026

Kenya declared drought a national disaster and appealed for local and international help in February 2017. Drought has become more frequent in the past 10 years, affecting about 23 counties in 2017. This is not surprising given that agriculture is the most vulnerable sector to climate change and extreme weather events. Media reports indicate the rate of malnutrition is above emergency levels in some areas while other parts of the country have serious acute malnutrition levels.  

The Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Strategy (KCSAS) has been developed to guide investments and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) activities guaranteeing productivity and food security, while addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation.  

The overall objective of the strategy is to build resilience and minimize emissions from agricultural farming systems for enhanced food and nutritional security and improve

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Simon Wachieni Thanks for sharing this. Am very interested with the government strategy on Climate Smart Agriculture since I work on training smallholder farmers on climate smart farming practices.


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CORNELIUS MOSS These is very timely information. With the changing climate and increase in human population there is need to adapt to the change for survival.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 May 2017 at 06:49

Northern Region Agribusiness Finance Fair - In Pictures. 

On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity. 

You can view the entire event in Pictures.   

Click here for more information about the event.


Posted By in DutchFacilities
Posted 23 May 2017 at 03:38

''Dutch PSD Instruments'' - grants supporting the business in developing countries!

On Wednesday 17th May 2017 was held a ‘’follow-up workshop on the Dutch Private sector Development (PSD) Intsruments’’ at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Rwanda. Around 40 people participated.

This workshop was a follow-up of a first workshop which took place at Umubano Hotel (see: //agriprofocus.com/post/591333610b34d90703ab7c78).

After the first workshop, all interested participants were requested to send their concept notes. The Netherlands Embassy staff sat and selected who to invite in the follow-up workshop. AgriProFocus Rwanda facilitated the 2 workshops.

During this second workshop a delegation of RVO staff who came all the way from the Netherlands, gave more in depth presentation of the instruments and in groups per instrument more detailed Q&A and discussion took place. The objective of this workshop being, to seriously engage the participants with a concrete good qual

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 23 May 2017 at 03:47

Vacancy: Network officer AgriProFocus Myanmar 

Position: Full time

Period: June - 31 September (with possibility to extend the contract when performing well )

Location: Yangon

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch Roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

In November 2016 we started setting up our network in Myanmar. To develop relationships with Myanmar stakeholders from all different sectors and support the rollout of programs , AgriProFocus is looking for a network officer.

You will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Promote the network among Myanmar partners

  • Establis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 May 2017 at 05:04

Presenting the AgriProFocus Network in Rwanda

Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services! 

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.


AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.

Featuring in this video:

1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda

2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra

3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!


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Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Thank you Leah Banda and Innocent SIMPUNGA

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 May 2017 at 01:57

Northern Region Agribusiness Finance Fair - Summary report.  

Harriet Okunia, the Relationship Manager,Housing Finance Bank, Gulu Branch, confirmed that they have opened between 50-100 accounts for the youth in agribusiness during and after the agri finance fair. "Thank you AgriProFocus and partners for organizing this event “  


On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.  


The event attracted a total of 739 participants and 69 exhibitor

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Participantenraad AgriProFocus

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  18 May 2017, 15:00-17:00
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht

Wat is er gebeurd sinds de Participantenraad van november 2016, waar staat ons netwerk nu en wat biedt de toekomst? Tijdens deze middag kijken we daar graag samen met onze leden naar!

Ruben van Wendel de Joode inspireerde ons tijdens de strategiedagen in Doorn al met zijn visie op netwerken. Hij zal deze keer ingaan op de dos and don’ts van samen een netwerk vormen. Daarna gaan we met elkaar het gesprek aan en gaan we in groepen de thema's WIE, WAT of WAAR bespreken.

WIE - Wie kent het netwerk? Hoe zorgen we dat AgriProFocus meer 'top of mind' wordt binnen jouw organisatie? En hoe zorgen we voor meer visibility van jouw organisatie binnen ons netwerk? 

WAT - Wat moeten we doen om voedselzekerheid op de beleidsagenda te houden? Opvolging van het Aid & Trade event van 21 maart 

 WAAR - Waar moet AgriProFocus als netwerk opereren? Wat is de focus en waarom? Hoe leggen we een sterkere verbinding tussen de landen netwerken en Nederland?

Voordat we starten met dit onderdeel worde

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 May 2017 at 07:48

Dutch Trade Mission: Bring Technology Closer to the Farmer

Given the potential of the agriculture sector, with particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector's and the continent's economic transformation is premised, investments that empower farmers can help reduce poverty five times more than any other economic sector.

As AgriProFocus, we are committed to bring technology and information closer to the farmer. To this regard, AgriProFocus collaborated with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Netherlands Export Combination and hosted 18 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions active in dairy and poultry at the 4th Agritech Expo in Zambia. The Dutch agricultural companies exhibited their products and were also present to provide information. It was an interesting 3 days program of learning about new technologies and linking.

The Holland Pavilion saw a thousand of farmers dedicated to acquiring expert knowledge in the sector. The government of the republic of Z

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may
18

Opening new office AgriProFocus!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  18 May 2017, 17:00-19:00
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500 - Utrecht

We are officially opening our new office in Utrecht on Thursday May 18th! 

You are more than welcome to have a look at our new office and raise a glass with all of us from 17.00 - 19.00 hrs.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 May 2017 at 09:08

VLOG #4! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: Heifer Netherlands

Meet Rian Fokker, the director of Heifer Netherlands! She explains to us in 2 minutes what she values about the AgriProFocus network.  Check it out and see what they can do for you!

For more vlogs on our Dutch partnership, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership

Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!