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I have been looking for the right person for three years, today I got the opportunity to meet, chat and set a formal appointment.
That was Wagnew Ayalneh, from Wasa Mushroom Farm. He is one of our member who found our Business Drinks event as a great opportunity to broaden his business network.
The Business Drinks #2 was organized on 16th April, by AgriProFocus Ethiopia, ABSF and Ethiopian Climate Innovation Center. Nearly 40 people from different organizations, sectors and value-chains came to Black Rose Lounge for various reasons, and went with plenty of possibilities and opportunities to widen their business perspectives.
The real fascination for the organizers was to see members introducing themselves to another fellow member, chat about their respective business activities, and sort out any future engagements. Little circles everywhere, exchanging addresses, even suggesting important contacts and new directions.... Read more
With Rahel Bekele, Agriculture Service Advisor (OXFAM, Ethiopia Programme)
"It is always good to join hands in any development efforts, as partnership and alliance building is strength."
Please tell us about yourself
My name is Rahel Bekele graduated with a Masters Degree from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, USA on Advocacy, Planning and Program Development. I have a diverse... Read more
On the morning of 27th March, 2015, representatives of producer organizations, Laikipia county government officials, media, representatives of Laikipia business community and other agribusiness stakeholders converged at the Thompson Falls lodge for a business to business forum. AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with Kenya Livestock Producers Association (KLPA), Agricultural Industrial Network (AIN) and the Laikipia County government joined together to host the business forum.
The Forum objective was to provide a forum for interaction and debate on agribusiness related issues in Laikipia county. Topics for discussion included;
- Agricultural policy at national and county level and how it affects agribusiness
- Agribusiness investment opportunities in Laikipia county
- Showcasing successful agribusiness enterprises in Laikipia
The key note address was delivered by Laikipia county governor Hon. Joshua Irungu. In his address,... Read more
BRIEF ABOUT THE 2015 NATIONAL SEED EVENT
Date: 26th February 2015
Venue: Kati Kati Africa
Theme: "Access to Quality Seed for Improved Livelihoods"
Event Report: View details here
Sneak peek: View more photos of the event here
The seed sector continues to face several challenges such as; low quality seed, limited availability and accessibility of foundation seed. Overcoming these challenges requires collective actions from the different stakeholders in the seed sector. It is therefore against such a background that AgriProFocus Uganda in partnership with Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Uganda organized the national seed event with the objective of (I) raising awareness amongst stakeholders on production and access of quality seed (II) providing networking and product promotion opportunities to stakeholders in the seed sector. The event drew over 300 participants out of which 170 were male and 130 femal... Read more
Since 2012, AgriProFocus Ethiopia has been organizing agribusiness Finance Fairs which comprise not only agricultural market places, but also paper presentation and panel discussions focused on access to finance, as well as field visits as experience sharing opportunity.
The eighth Finance Fair was organized in Batu (some 165 km south of Addis) in collaboration with OXFAM and its local partner Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, on March 27 and 28, 2015. And it was in this event that farmers took the stage to explain their current situations regarding access to finance.
As Batu, a city in central rift valley, is the center of enormous Oromo people traditions, the Finance Fair was opened by the respected blessings from Aba Gedas (elders and leaders of the Oromo ‘Geda’ system). A group of Oromo women, wearing attractive traditional clothes and singing their spirit-lifting Oromifa songs,... Read more
Today, exactly 10 years ago, 19 partners signed an agreement for cooperation. AgriProFocus was born! Time to celebrate! These pictures are taken in our support office in Arnhem, The Netherlands. In the first picture, our managing director, Hedwig Bruggeman, cuts the cake. The second picture shows the signatures of our partners that signed the agreement 10 years ago. The last picture show a big part of the staff in The Netherlands.
In the future we keep on promoting farmer entrepreneurship!
The AgriProFocus Rwanda network Day event took place on March 25 at Chez Lando Hotel. This day was comprised of celebrations of 2014 achievements, and sharing the 2015 plan and Networking & Marketplace sessions! This yearly event brings together AgriProFocus Rwanda network members. This year, the event was attended by 114 participants. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda.
The Network Facilitator for the Rwanda, Indonesia and Benin country networks, Mrs. Lisette van Benthum, kicked-off the workshop by giving the current updates from AgriProFocus Netherlands. Mrs. Lisette then introduced Mrs. Esperance MUKARUGWIZA, the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator who also gave the current picture of the Rwanda network, by presenting the 2014 achievements and plans for 2015.
Innovation Communities also presented their planned activities (for more info, you can visit this page to see each I.C.... Read more
On March 25th and 26th in Siavonga, AgriProFocus kicked off the second Gender Coaching Trajectory with Musika. The participants are agribusinesses including Syngenta, Munzuma, Vet 24, ATS Agrochemicals, and Keegy. The companies see an opportunity to have gender inclusive business strategies to improve the growth of their business and corporate social responsibility.
The coach introduced tools that will support the businesses to strengthen their knowledge and ability to see their value chain from a gender perspective. The businesses worked on value chain analysis from a gender perspective; analysed different cases that showed different strategies to mainstream gender, and finally each business developed their own action plan.
The workshop was a great success, and the members shared a lot of new insights and are now ready to implement the tools in practice.
I would like to thank the participants and thank Mus... Read more
By Angelica Senders, network facilitator gender in value chains AgriProFocus
Contribution to the on- line consultation ‘Promoting inclusiveness in the Dutch policy agenda on trade and international cooperation, on Include knowledge platform.
Inclusive development is not only in the benefit of those previously excluded, but also makes optimal use of capacities of a broader range of people. There are serious business arguments for including women and youth in economic development. Dutch policy should promote inclusion of women and youth in business partnerships by actively supporting systematization and dissemination of experiences illustrating the business case for inclusiveness.
This has been proven in the coffee sector where the inclusion of women has had positive results.
Women form the majority of the world’s estimated 25 million coffee farmers, yet coffee is seen... Read more
AgriProFocus Niger a organisé le jeudi 19 mars 2015 un business cocktail à son siège. le cocktail a vu la participation des organisations non gouvernemental (Oxfam, SNV, PUM, Prodex), des institutions bancaires (Banque Agricole du Niger), des représentants des organisations paysannes (AREN,CAPAN,Mooribeen,FCMN Niya, ANFO), des entreprises privés (laitière du sahel, Froni) et des Communautés d'innovations (la CI agroforesterie, la CI valorisation des produits locaux).
l'ouverture du Business cocktail a été faite par la coordinatrice adjoint AgriProfocus Niger, qui a souhaité la bienvenue aux participants et les a remercié de leur présence. Après s'en est suivi le discours de la facilitatrice du réseau AgriProFocus Niger. Dans son discours elle a parlé de la dynamique du réseau AgriProFocus aux participants, ensuite du changement d'organisation hôte après avoir vivement remercié Oxfam au nom d'AgriProFocus et de la Direct... Read more
Le Salon a été fortement médiatisé avec deux passagaes aux éditions du soir des journaux télévisés de l'ORTM le 6 et le 8 mars, un reportge sur la presse écrite le 7 et 10 mars. Nous avons été aussi invité dans l'emission Actu-hebdo de la télévision malienne le 8 mars pendant 1h.
Au total, il y'a eu :
beaucoup plus d'institutions fiancières que lors de la première éditions.
16 communications, lors des conférences thémtiques, sur la problématique deu financement de l'agricultureont fait l'objet d'echanges et de partage,
des séances B2B prometteurs pour les porteurs de plans d'affaires (une plus grade confiance des banques),
et une présence remarquée de notre colégue du Bénin Marcel Coffi D... Read more
2015 is a special year as we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. Since its foundation in 2005 AgriProFocus has built up a considerable track record. It has been able to mobilize and facilitate tens of thousands of stakeholders in various countries. AgriProFocus and the country networks are widely recognised as an independent entry point for debate, learning and agricultural business development. On the other hand, it is too soon yet to be content and sit back. As a reader of this article I am sure that you look ahead to a challenging future with eagerness and enthusiasm.
First priority for the... Read more
On Thursday, March 05th 2015 at Grand Legacy Hotel – Kigali was held a workshop to disseminate the findings of the study: Finance for Smallholders: “Opportunities for Risk Management by Linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organisations’’; the study was initiated in early 2014 by the NpM (Platform for Inclusive Finance), in cooperation with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and AgriProFocus. It was carried out in 4 countries: Mali, Rwanda, Uganda and Ethiopia.
NpM has worked with AgriProFocus for a number of years on the topic of rural finance. Joinltly, the working group and AgriProFocus have coordinated the content of this research with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), CGAP, Rural Finance and Innovation working of the European Microfinance Platform, Agriterra and Wageningen Univeristy. Terrafina Microfinance coordinated the working group.
A total of 33 people were present in this workshop, with 14 being from Financial Institutions and Donor organ... Read more
The first Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter of 2015 has been sent out!
In this newsletter the Platform proudly presents the new website section featuring all Food & Business Research projects funded by NWO-WOTRO. Other items of interest include news from various partner networks as well as upcoming events. Of special interest is the article about the Kenyan Horticulture and Food Security Programme, as AgriProFocus Kenya was leading on the knowledge management of this programme in which Solidaridad, SNV and Hivos as well as the Dutch Embassy were key partners.
The next edition will be published by the end of March: please click here to subscribe to the F&BKP newsletter.
By visiting the Platform's website (www.knowledge4food.net) and following the Platform's twitter account you can stay informed of all the developments and opportunities for you to join the Platform and contribute... Read more
(in Dutch only)
AgriProFocus in samenwerking met het YEP Water programmabureau en het Food & Business Knowledge Platform zoeken een senior voor de functies:
AgriProFocus Agrofood networkfacilitator & YEP Agrofood projectmanager
(36 uur per week)
AgriProFocus faciliteert landennetwerken in opkomende markten en ontwikkelingslanden met het doel boerenondernemers en hun organisaties te versterken door samenwerking tussen boeren en markten, verwerkers, kennishouders en banken. De lokale netwerken van AgriProFocus in 13 landen zorgen ervoor dat professionals elkaar online en face-to-face kunnen ontmoeten en dat alle schakels van de keten samen kunnen komen.
AgriProFocus zoekt voor 20 uur per week een Agrofood netwerk-facilitator die vraag en aanbod aangaande kennis, kunde en partnerschappen komende uit de AgriProFocus landennetwerken kan verbinden met Nederlandse en internationale Agrofood bedrijven.
Het Young Expert Programme Agrofood (YEP Agrofood) wil de professionaliteit en... Read more
Celebrating Horticulture Program Experiences
AgriProFocus Kenya in collaboration with Solidaridad, HIVOS and SNV brought together the Horticulture sector stakeholders to a dissemination forum on the Horticulture and Food Security Program (HFSP) on the 19th February 2015 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi.
HFSP was a 3 year program implemented by Solidaridad (Lead), SNV and Hivos. The program was funded by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. AgriProFocus took the lead in the knowledge management component of the program. The program took the model of PPP and involved various private sector companies and farmer groups.
The aim of the dissemination forum was to share experiences, successes and challenges of the HFSP program. AgriProFocus on behalf of the program had compiled publications as well as audio visual materials documenting experiences within the program. The materials were unveiled by the Ambassador Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya H.E Joost Reinjtes. &nb... Read more
AgriProFocus Ethiopia, with ABSF and CiC, organized its first Business Drinks event yesterday at Black Rose Lounge. Some sixty members attend the event, and not only got the opportunity to broaden their respective network but also created new business relations with fellow members.
Members from a variety of background, ranging from agronomists, business development experts, entrepreneurs, consultants, producers, processors, suppliers, exporters, innovators, market researchers, as well as development workers happened to be in one place not just to meet and greet, but to learn what others have and to offer theirs.
Apart from allowing an informal introduction and discussion among members, the event also included a two minutes pitch where anyone interested can tell to all people what he/she has, offers or needs. In this part of the event nine members stand at the center and used the opportunity to introduce the product and services, as well as new innova... Read more
ICCO Cooperation, which manages the FSRE Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, announced nine (9) proposals that win the third call under the Innovation window.
As reported previously, 139 concept notes were submitted for this third call, and going through detailed selection process 20 of them were shortlisted. Today, nine (9) full proposals with respective value chains are announced as winners.
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Ethiopia. The Fund has two Windows: Matching Grant Funding (MGF) and Innovation Fund (IF). Under each window two Calls were out and in total 34 Projects from various sectors are being supported.
The value chain focus of this third call Innovation Fund is Horticulture, Potatoes, Poultry and Aquaculture (fish farming). Among the nine winner proposals four of them are on poultry, two on potato, one on aquaculture, one... Read more
The majority of the Rwandan population shares the same profession: farming. Most of these farmers lack access to financial services that could help them to develop their profession, buy the seeds, fertilizers, adopt new technologies, etc. This was the key concern of the recent "High Level Consultation Meeting on Access to Agricultural Finance" that took place at Top Tower Hotel on Friday, 13rd February 2015.
The meeting brought together 23 people mainly from financial institutions but also from NGOs and Government institutions. These people discussed together what can be achieved through the AgriProFocus network that could contribute to more access to finance by farmers while achieving each organization’s goals.
Yes Agriculture is often perceived as much riskier than other sectors, particularly by financial institutions but in the meeting it was proven that sometimes these financial institutions lack expertise on agriculture.... Read more