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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
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Atelier sur le  financement  des acteurs de la CV EO de la région de ségou

Ce vendredi 23 septembre 2016 à l’hôtel esplanade de Ségou, à 09 h 00, s’est tenu un l'atelier co-organisé par AgriProFocus Mali et Jege ni Jaba, pour la facilitation du financement des acteurs de la chaîne de valeur échalote et oignon.

Ce présent atelier fait focus sur la définition d'un modèle d’affaire adapté, pour faciliter l'accès des producteurs d’échalotes et oignons, de la région de Ségou, au crédit de campagne.

Cette facilitation se fait à travers une mise en relation entre les IMFs et les producteurs et la mise en place d'un dispositif d'accompagnement du modèle d'affaire, avec les parties prenantes : producteurs, coopératives (une vingtaine), Soro Yiriwaso (IMF), AMASSA Afrique verte et Jege ni Jaba, avec la participation d'AgriProFocus Mali.

Le programme s’est déroulé comme suit

L’introduction de l’atelier et Approche du Pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
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Making Agribusiness work for Development: AgriProFocus Strategy Week 2016

AgriProFocus is shaping its new strategy: What will be our network approach in the coming 5 years? We gathered from 12-26 September in Schoorl, The Netherlands, to define the basis of our new strategy together. We can already give you a sneak preview of the direction we are heading below.

Our network approach

AgriProFocus is convinced that our network can significantly contribute to tackling the current challenges we face in food and nutrition security worldwide. Being an international, multi-stakeholder network that is active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, which counts 22,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide today, we engage a wide diversity of stakeholders. No one stakeholder can bring about the desired systemic changes alone. From the experience we have built up engaging these stakeholders, we know that more sustainable results are possible if actors in the agribusiness sector are more effect

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
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AGRIPROFOCUS AT AGRF 2016-NAIROBI, Kenya,05th-10th September

The just concluded African Green Revolution forum organized by AGRA dubbed "Seize the moment: Securing Africa's rise through agricultural transformation" from 05TH -10TH September 2016, brought together more than 1000 delegates from across the world. The participation was drawn from Academia and research, Private sector, Governments and development organizations. AgriProFocus was glad to be represented by our own Managing director Mr Sander Mager, Kenya Country coordinator Ms. Maureen Munjua, the Youth in agribusiness thematic facilitator Mr. Alphaxrd Gitau and our very own young entrepreneur"Trendsetter Elizabeth Mbogo of Botanic Treasures.

Together with the African Agribusiness Incubation network, AgriProFocus was privileged to host a session on how to promote and enhance Incubation of small business dubbed "scale and Alignment- Agribusiness Incubation"

Below are the various interventions and contributions from the entire te

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing the highlights from the AGRF Alpha. There is certainly a lot that can be learned by our network members. We hope they join in the discussions of how to promote sustainable incubation programs in our work.

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STEPHEN OBORE waooo thanks for the great presentation you put there. surely we me change makers and i know we are part of it as Agri Pro Focus

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
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A New Breed of Entrepreneurs!

AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.

It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event. 

The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.

A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.  

Read more about our youth programme HERE
See more pictures from the event HERE

Check out the following hashtags on facebook a

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 week 6 days ago

One Finance Fair Down, One to Go! 

AgriProFocus had it's 4th Finance Fair (and 2nd in Chipata) on 25th - 26th August, 2016. The Fair was successful and we had 14 Organisation participating with 513 farmers and Individuals coming through to the event on the first day and 413 on the second day. We had 10 exhibitions, 6 workshops and 4 awards.

The event was officially opened by Provincial Agricultural Coordinator (PACO) - Mr. Roy Lumumba

Congratulation to the following Organisations for receiving awards based on the outcome survey from the Farmers that attended the event. 

COMACO- Best Exhibition Stand
Seed Co. - Most Farmer Friendly Input Product
Vision Fund - Most Farmer Friendly Financial Product.
Amulauzi General Dealers - Best Business Plan

The farmers appreciated the workshops as each topic covered was unique and beneficial. A special thank you to Nutri-Aid Trust for Sponsoring the award for the Best Business Plan won by Mr. Mabvuto Nkhoma from Amulauzi General Dealers in Lundaz

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Atelier d'échange entre BEJO, les Producteurs d'EO et les Institutions de Micro finances 

Lancement ce jeudi 08 septembre 2016 à la Direction des Finances et du Matériel de l’ atelier d’échange entre les producteurs d’Echalote / Oignon et les institutions de micro finance AgriProFocus et son partenaire Bejo passent donc à l’acte. 

Nous ne le dirons jamais assez, au Mali plus de la moitié des producteurs agricoles n’ont pas accès au crédit car le financement du secteur agricole est considéré comme un investissement à haut risque ce qui a motivé le réseau AgriProFocus Mali à initier le Salon du Financement de l’agriculture pour créer un véritable cadre de rencontre et d’échange entre le monde Agricole et les acteurs de la finance. Ils sont venus des cercles de Diré, de Tombouctou, de Niono, de Ségou et de Sikasso ont un grand potentiel de production d’échalote et d’oignon. Une production qui pourrait s’étendre sur toute l’a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Visit of Roel Snelder to Myanmar

AgriProFocus Network Myanmar

Roel Snelder, Programme Director AgriProFocus, has visited Myanmar 15 till 23 July 2016. The goal of the trip was to follow-up conversations to explore and validate entry points for AgriProFocus in Myanmar. Roel also met with stakeholders and potential members of an AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and with the Dutch embassy to talk about the current situation in Myanmar, their needs and in what way AgriProFocus can assist.

With 2 network organisations, Myanmar Agricultural network (MAN) and the Food Security Working Group, already operating in Myanmar, it’s important to see where our niche would be. There was a lot of positive energy for an AgriProFocus Network.

Some characteristics of the Agriculture sector in Myanmar:

  • Farm labour on the decline - many rural people now seeking jobs overseas.

  • Government control (telling farmers what to produce).

  • Agriculture needs to become more technology intensive, increase yields, better

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Finance for Smallholder Farmers 

Here is a highlight video from the Expert meetings that took place in July in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The report of the meeting in Tanzania can be found HERE 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Today is my first day as the new country coordinator for Myanmar. I am very excited to start this new adventure and look forward to get to know my new hometown Yangon! But first of all I will start with a three week training course to learn about personal effectiveness, project management, intercultural communications and many other things. This is part of the Young Experts Programma (YEP), a 2 year Dutch traineeship I'm participating in. 

After the training, I will work at the AgriProFocus office in the Netherlands for a few weeks to prepare everything. I intend to start working in Yangon by early November. 

I'm looking forward to this new challenge and hope to get to know you all soon! 

AgriProFocus Indonesia Welcome Bente, looking forward to work with you in the near future!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

How intensive is Dutch investment in Ethiopia?

A documentary broadcasted on EBC highlights how Dutch businesses have successfully invested in Ethiopia.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago


It is with pleasure that we introduce and announce AgriProFocus Tanzania new country coordinator Katarina Mungure. She takes over Tom Ole Sikar who will now take an advisory role in the network.

Katarina joined AgriProFocus Tanzania in March 2013 as a Business and Partnership advisor where she has facilitated innovation communities and other multi-stakeholder processes in co creating solutions towards common problems. She has also been involved in brokering agribusiness deals and facilitating linking and learning among the network members.

Please join us in congratulating and wishing Katarina all the very best in her new position

Abdul Kagonji Well done Katarina. Many congratulations in your new role. Wishing you the best of luck.

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OMARY A. MWAIMU Well done Katarina. Congratulation. AMSHA is very ready to support you particularly on Youth in Agribusiness IC to achieve its target

3 weeks 3 days ago

Johnson Yessaya Mwambola Congratulation Katarina you deserve it, Shambani Solutions has full support for you and your team

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Business Drinks: Even More New One-minute Pitches

Philip O’Dwyer was the first person to arrive at the Business Drinks and to register for the pitch. His organization is called Maggrow East Africa Ltd. During his pitch, Philip introduced and offered us a new agricultural technology. It is a patent-protected Magnetic Spraying technology that reduces drift by up to 80% while reducing the amount of liquid and increasing productivity.  

Zegeye Teklu was one of the ten people who made pitches on our Business Drinks event on 25th August 2016. He is from Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), and he said “ATA is there to solve systematic problems of agricultural development in Ethiopia.

What the organizers of these Business Drinks – AgriProFocus and ENTAG - continue to be proud of is that more and more new people are using the opportunity to introduce themselves and to promote their organizations. Dave Blackwell and James Allen are from Clinton Health Access Initiativ

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  27 October 2016 to 29 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Kikatiti, Arusha

Organised by a consortium of organisations in the Agriculture sector and farmer representatives, the Meru Agribusiness Expo is an opportunity for actors in the agriculture sector to meet and network, market their products and services, learn and debate on various issues in the sector and forming potential synergies for improving the sector. Focused on horticulture, cereals (maize and beans), poultry and dairy (cows and goats) value chains, the Expo will be composed of:

1. Exhibitions from various service providers

2. Lectures and debates sessions

Participate at this sector changing event by:

a. Exhibit your products and services.

b. Sponsor this event and contribute to the improvement of agribusiness and agriculture in Meru and its neighbouring areas

c. Visit the exhibitions to learn of new developments and innovations in the agriculture sector 

Please register to Exhibit or Sponsor the event HERE.

For more information,contact us at or 0689  869 565

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

The WestNile Agri-Finance Fair

The event was held on the 17th and 18th August 2016 and In attendance were over 400 participants majority of whom where youth that were supported by partner organisations, AFARD, West Nile on Line, Self Help Africa, Technoserve, West Nile Youth Network, SNV YES Programme, ADINGON, CEGED, Arua NGO Forum, ZOA,CEFORD, Tecnoserve, Caritas Arua and the Red Cross.

Anne Marie Kortleve HI Jacob, sounds good! Can you tell us more about conclusions and follow-up? Thnx!

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Mugisha Richard This event was very unique in the History of AgriProFocus. We had only expected 300, but we were overwhelmed by the huge turn of up to 453 participants. What stood out uniquely was out 453 youth that attended the event, 281 (60%) were female participants.

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Mugisha Richard During the finance fair event in Arua, it came out so clearly that; the money which the Government channels through commercial Banks targeting youth does not actually reach the target beneficiaries. It was further revealed that, even when youth make an effort to approach these banks for these Government funds (an example was the Youth capital venture fund), they are instead advised to go for business loans with all the associated complex requirements and high interest rates of not less than 25%. As such, youth have decided to ignore the Government funds, saying they are not accessible at all. The question is, what solutions is Government putting in place to address these bottlenecks?

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Jacob Olanya Amazing out comes. lets watch out for a one page summery of the outcomes for this event.

1 month 4 days ago

omia Razak Iganachi Thanks a lot to AgriProFcus for coming to the region. The event showed that the youth are ready to work and commit but most are normally frustrated by the people who lead them.

1 month 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

8th Edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ Event

Ruhango, 11-12 August 2016

For the eighth time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event in Ruhango on 11-12 August 2016.

The aim of the two-day event was to bring together farmers from the Southern Province, finance service providers, agribusiness companies and Development partners operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction to address various burning issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including Access to Finance, Access to Market, and Information on quality inputs and equipment.

On a ground next to Umuco Hotel where this fair was held, it presented to the farmers, inspiring practical information & knowledge on access to finance & access to markets, in forms of exhibitions, dialogue and interactions. The exhibitors and numerous visitors met each other;.

During the 2 days, the fair brought together 24 exhibitors and attracted more than 2000 farmers who visited

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Posted By in Entreprenariat des Jeunes
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Célébration journée internationale de la jeunesse :

A l’occasion de la journée internationale de la jeunesse, AgriProFocus Niger, à travers la Communauté d’Innovation « entreprenariat des jeunes » a organisé le vendredi 12 Aout 2016, dans ses locaux une journée de mise en relation des jeunes entrepreneurs avec les partenaires techniques et financiers.

L’objectif de cette rencontre est de mettre en relation les jeunes entrepreneurs entre eux d’une part et d’autre part les mettre en contact avec les partenaires techniques et financiers ayant des programmes et projet pour nouer des relations de partenariat et d’affaires.

Une centaine de personnes ont participé à cette rencontre dont : trois ONGs, deux institutions de financement, trois ministres (Ministre Déléguée au ministère de la décentralisation, le Ministre de l’entreprenariat des jeunes, le ministre de la renaissance culturelle des arts et de la modernisation sociale), le commissaire à l’organisa

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TAMBO DJIBO Alhousseini C'était une journée riche et pleine d’opportunités. Je pense qu'elle sera le point départ de l’éclosion d'un entrepreneuriat dynamique de la part des jeunes.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
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TANZANIA and Tanzanians are keen at observing their traditions and culture. Last week, we again marked an annual national event that brought together policy makers, farmers, consumers, agribusiness technologists and innovators as well as producers and suppliers of farm products such as seeds, fertiliser and insecticides.

They all came together and showcased their products and services to farmers as well as members of the public. The event is commonly known as ‘NaneNane’, because it is marked on every 8th day of August thus 8/8. NaneNane is therefore an honour to small, medium and large scale farmers and agriculture key stakeholders in the country.

The colourful event was celebrated at the national, regional and district level in the country and a public event. It is usually complemented by brand speeches, awards and traditional dances (‘ngoma’s’)

Tanzanians got time to reflect and strategise new ways to overcome persistent challenges to improve o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Outcomes of the 3R Kenya Inception Workshop, July 2016


AgriProFocus in collaboration with the 3R (Resilient, Reliable, Robust) Kenya Project organized a successful multi-stakeholder inception workshop on the 19-20th July 2016 in Nairobi. The aim of the forum was to collaboratively identify the challenges faced by the horticulture, aquaculture and dairy sectors; and explore opportunities for scale and synergy through evidence based market-led interventions in the various sectors.

This workshop engaged the stakeholders to identify priority sector issues or opportunities as well as key cross- sector opportunities to inform 3R project action plan. It also explored areas for synergy in the existing networks to facilitate learning and co-creation in relation to the 3R Kenya project. Below are the highlights from the workshop:

# The 3R Kenya project will build on the existing innovations and knowledge platforms to accelerate growth of 3 sectors;

# There exist cross-cutting

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Veronica Muniu Please see the contribution that Strathmore University Business School is making to grow the agriculture sector so that we become self-reliant in terms of food security and nutrition. We are always ready to work with stakeholders who have the same vision and goals in the areas of research and training/capacity building.

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Dorina Prech Many thanks Veronica for the great work you are doing. Indeed we need to utilise cross-learning and experience sharing to grow this very important sector.

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.

The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.

The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with in

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
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AgriProFocus Zambia is hosting its Financial Fair to be held from 25th – 26th of August, 2016 at Chipata Golf Club, Chipata Eastern Province. The event expects to host financial institutions, farmers, input suppliers, processors, donors and the media, among others.


AgriProFocus Zambia intends to link Small and Medium Agribusinesses to Financial Institutions during the 2016 AgriProFocus, Agri – Business Financial Fair. The Fair will consist of a Match Making Session where agribusinesses will have an opportunity to have one on one discussions with Financial institutions, input or technology service providers with possibility of closing a deal. The session will not be limited to Financial Products but also products such Equipment and Stock loans.


The documents submitted should include the following but not limited to:

1.0 Executive Summary

2.0 Business Description (company history, ownership, lo

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