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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 day 14 hours ago

Rapport de l'atelier de mise en place de la Communauté d'Innovation Jeunesse et entrepreneuriat agricole

L’atelier fut ouvert par M. Idrissa BA, Coordinateur National Agri Pro Focus –Mali : se réjouissant de la participation massive des invités, il ne tardera à rappeler les objectifs clés à savoir la mise en place de la ‘Communauté d’Innovation- Jeunesse et Entrepreneuriat Agricole’ et la ‘Caravane sur l’entreprenariat Jeunesse 2015’

Un tour de table permit aux dix-neuf (19) participants de se connaitre sinon de se redécouvrir.

Le projet de programme a été adopté sans le moindre amendement et servit ainsi de fil conducteur à l’atelier. Présentation du réseau AgriProFocus/Concept de la Communauté d’Innovation

Une vidéo-projection suivie de commentaire de M. BA permit de comprendre qu’Agri Pro Focus est une structure néerlandaise datant de 2005.

De nos jours, il est présent dans treize (13) pays dont douze (12) en Afrique et un

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Zeinabou Hamani très belle initiative! Plein succès à cette nouvelle communauté d'innovation.

1 day 11 hours ago

Nicole Metz Félicitations à tous les participants de la Communauté d'Innovation. Bonne chance pour les activités d'échange et d'apprentissage commun que vous entamez. L'équipe AgriProFocus aux Pays-Bas est là pour soutenir l'équipe au Mali dans son role facilitatrice.

20 hours 19 min ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 day 20 hours ago

AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Updates on activities of Innovation Communities

Summarized by Yelleke de Nooy, our Linking and Learning Facilitator 


Youth & Agriculture

Pathways to the future. The Youth & Agriculture/ ATVET community held its second cascading workshop on July 9. We elaborated on the 3 pathways that will lead us to a lot of employment and entrepreneurship amongst youth in Ethiopia by 2020. Next workshop, on THURSDAY MORNING September 17, we will discuss which actors will (need to) be involved to make those pathways into a real success.

Proud to be a farmer! July 15 in WUKRO, Tigray, saw a highly effective workshop carrying this title, with all local stakeholders involved, to support the 15 selected youths to become entrepreneur and start some joint business in the coming 6 months. This is a pilot project which, when successful, may be used as integrated approach in other parts of Ethiopia.

Gender in Value Chains

Gender manual+inventory. The AgriProFocus secretaria

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Ethiopia team for sharing these updates! Very valuable!

1 day 18 hours ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 1 week 17 hours ago

Making Agriculture Practical and Attractive to the Youth

On the 22nd Day of July 2015, AgriProfocus Kenya held the second youth in Agribusiness trendsetters caravan at the United States International University (USIU-A).

The event brought together about 80 young, trendy and innovative youth in agriculture drawn from different value chains in agriculture. We had a great presentation from the United States International University (USIU-A). This involved models that can help transform subsistence farmers who focus on producing food for survival to metro food entrepreneurs with managerial skills in agribusiness.

“We offer a multidisciplinary program where people can come up with practical solutions in agriculture and make agriculture a business. This will create awareness to the youth so that they can access markets, add value to their produces and fetch best prices in the market”. Said Professor Ruthie C, Rono, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic affairs- USIU-A.

The trendsetter’s carav

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Espérance Mukarugwiza Very interesting event

1 week 15 hours ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Thanks Much Esperance

6 days 15 hours ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Jillian and the other organisers of this interesting event. Congratulations! Would it be possible to share some further information about the winning pitch (of Kenya Organic Finest Aromas LTD - KOFAr, which I did indeed find on Facebook) and about the 7 other pitches? I am interested in the types of innovations highligthed during the event, and in the criteria the jury used to select the winning ones. Looking forward to further information! Thanks.

3 days 14 hours ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Dear Nicole, I am compiling all the information and hope to share with you once i am done. Thanks

1 day 19 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 week 2 days ago

The story of an entrepreneur in Chipata District.

“By developing many enterprises I am able to produce food all year around!’

Mr. Stephen Sinda attended the Agri-Business Finance Fair in Chipata District on June 18th-20th where he showcased his business Garden of Eden Agro Arts.

As a business man he has been looking at how to make his business ventures more profit. He explains that “by using an integrated approach my business is self-sustainable and nothing goes to waste”. Mr Sinda grows vegetables, bananas, Irish potatoes, guavas, avocados and has fish ponds, keeps pigs and goats. “In this way many enterprises are benefitting from one resource” he continues to explain. His approach is simple: he uses the manure from his livestock as fertilisers for his vegetable production and fish farming. He also uses the sugar cane chaf as feed for his livestock and for making composed manure, therefore no by-product goes to waste. With this arrangement there is a continued resour

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Lackson Phiri Let me congratulate Mr. Sinda for the good initiative and food security he is providing to the nation. Am motivated and would like to visit his place. Its unfortunate that i could not see the stand at the Financial fair. Am one of the people who attended and very much interested in doing horticulture . Continue with the same spirit Mr. Sinda. Claire let me know where he stays and the mobile number if possible.

2 days 7 hours ago

Claire van der Kleij Hi Lackson. Thank you for your comment! I have sent you his details by email.

1 day 21 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

Formation sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole du 24 au 26 juin 2015

Le réseau AgriProFocus a organisé une formation sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole du 24 au 26 juin, au centre BANDARI/Bukavu, en faveur des jeunes et autres acteurs œuvrant dans le secteur agricole.

Cette formation avait pour objectif de renforcer les capacités des jeunes sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole, afin de les amener à s’intéresser et investir dans l’agriculture.

Elle a connu la participation de 21 personnes (dont 4 femmes et 17 hommes), soit une moyenne de participation des femmes de 19%. Ces participants sont venus des différentes institutions : 7 de universités, 1 de l’Ecole secondaire, 7 de ONGs locales, 1 agriculteur, et 4 du secteur privé.

Durant ces 3 jours, les participants ont étés formés sur 4 thèmes, à savoir:

1. L’entrepreneuriat et le financement de la chaine de valeur agricole par SAGE PASCAL

2. Le marketing des produits agricoles, par Mr MARCELIN SAFARI ;

3

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Très bonne initiative, la vraie richesse est et sera les ressourecs humaines.Une jeunesse bien formée et outillée est une bonne fondation pour le developpement durable.Les participants seront donc techniquement et moralement prets pour entreprendre dans le domaine de l'Agriculture pour relever le defi l'auto-emploi et faire ainsi face à la crise du chomage, tout en créant de la richesse.VIVEMENT LA PROCHAINE EDITION

1 week 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

CONFERENCE DEBAT SUR LA JEUNESSE ET L’ENTREPRENEURIAT AGRICOLE, A BUKAVU

Le réseau AgriProFocus RDC a organisé une conférence-débat sur la jeunesse et l’entrepreneuriat en date du 29 Mai 2015, en la salle de spectacle de l’ALLIANCE FRANCAISE.

Cette conférence avait comme objectif de créer un espace d’échange sur les opportunités d’affaires dans le secteur agricole en vue d’inciter les jeunes à s’intéresser à l’agriculture.

Elle réunie 158 participants (soit 30 femmes contre 128 hommes) venue, pour la plupart, des institutions universitaires avec une moyenne de participation de 19% des femmes.

Différents thèmes étaient développés par les jeunes entrepreneurs ; les institutions de micro finance et un échange d’expérience sur la jeunesse en Indonésie.

La culture de champignon (une expérience réussie)

CEREA/ UEA

L’Agro-business et l’éducation financière chez les jeunes.

SAGE Pascal

Le f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Un modèle à suivre 


La fédération des Groupements des pêcheurs du Niger s'engage dans la pisciculture


Au Niger, le secteur de la pêche est une composante importante du développement rural. Sa contribution à l’économie nationale et à la lutte contre la pauvreté est considérable. Pourtant, le secteur continu à être marginaliser, voire complètement ignoré lors de la formulation des politiques de développement et de lutte contre la pauvreté, de même que des différentes politiques publiques mises en œuvre.

Pourtant cette activité peut bien contribuer à l’économie du Niger ; pour preuve, dans les années de bonne production de poissons (pêche sur le fleuve et les mares permanentes); l’exportation du poisson fumé vers le Nigéria a rapporté pour l’Etat du Niger une devise de 7.409.225.000 F (Na- Andi, 2003) et rien que les recettes douanières sont de l’ordre de 102.241.297 F CFA. Sans oublier que plus de 30% de la production est destinée à la consomma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Now they get a word for it – Corporate Social Responsibility

On July 7, 8 & 9, private organizations who have won previous Calls of the FSRE Fund and are engaging in the agribusiness sector were taking training on Corporate Social Responsibility in Debre Zeit. A short summary of what was happening there can be found HERE. (Presentation Slides used for the training can be found below.)

This training, which had the objective of equipping the FSRE Fund organizations on how to deal with their environment and community, was organized by ICCO Cooperation. FSRE Fund is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus.

Corporate Social Responsibility is about giving back what one gained from the society to the society. Our business should not be operated in such a way that harms the community. And yet, it is a win-win concept – what you do for the benefit of your community pays a tremendous return in the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

Développer l’agriculture par l’entrepreneuriat des jeunes

Les responsables de l’Association Jeunesse Action en abrégé AJA-Mali et l’équipe du Réseau AgriProFocus Mali ont tenu ce Mardi une réunion de travail portant sur la question de l’entrepreneuriat  des jeunes dans le secteur de l’agriculture.

Les deux structures sont convaincus que des politiques gouvernementales incitatives pourraient encourager les jeunes à créer des emplois pour eux-mêmes, notamment dans l’agriculture, mais aussi pour d’autres jeunes dans les zones rurales à travers le pays

Le réseau AgriProFocus,l'Association Jeunesse Action,l'Agence pour la Promotion de l'Emploi Jeune,l'Agence Nationale pour la Promotion de l'Emploi,le Conseil National de la Jeunesse;la Jeunes Chambre Internationale et d’autres partenaires actifs sur les questions de l’entrepreneuriat jeune vont désormais unir leurs efforts pour une synergie d’action à travers la mise en place prochaine de la communau

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Business to Business meetings 2015: Linking production to markets!

AgriProFocus Tanzania recently organized 4 business to business meetings for producers, buyers and other key service providers for agribusiness such as financial service providers, business consultants, input service providers and extension service providers. These meetings took place during the 39th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The meetings hosted over 150 participants, mainly representatives of farmer organizations, support organizations and small-scale entrepreneurs with about 11 buyers of agriculture produce from food processing companies such as Darsh Industries, Bakhresa group and Twiga Feeds Limited.


The participants represented producers for Cashew nuts, Sesame, Horticulture, Honey and poultry. The sessions involved one on one business match making and also general presentations and discussions on available opportunities from the private sector and also from governmental insti

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Juma Bruno Ngomuo All the Best team....

3 weeks 2 days ago

NERRY CHIRAGWILE it was nice....

1 week 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Closing of Gender in Value Chains Trajectory I

Last week we successfully closed the first Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory in Zambia. All the coachees presented their case studies to their managers, participants from Trajectory 2 and other stakeholders interested in gender mainstreaming. All 6 participants were able to explain how to the tools have supported them to improve their strategies and how this has influenced how they do their work. Some results included targeted approaches to work with women groups, developing strategies to work with both men and women in production and trainings, trained field staff on gender mainstreaming, links to financing for women groups.

We would like to congratulate all the participants for graduating from this program: NWK, Cargill, Alliance Ginneries, SNV, IDE!

The organizations will continue to interact with the Gender network as needs arise and will continue to be part of the network so that others can learn from their experiences.

We wil

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Angelica Senders Hi Claire, Good to read that you have closed the first trajectory so successfully. I am very much interested to learn about the experiences of the participants, the tools they have used and the strategies put in place. I hope the participant will also share some of these experiences on the APF platform!

3 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 19 hours ago

Meet our Member of the Month....

Merit Tembo Phiri

“When you educate a woman, you educate the whole household. Women have been empowered through our initiatives”.

She is a participant of the first AgriProFocus Zambia Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory (read more about the Trajectory here). 9 months after the start of the Trajectory, we decided to meet with Merit Tembo Phiri, an active participant in the Trajectory to learn more about her, hear her views on gender and the work of Alliance Ginneries in incorporating gender in its cotton value chain.

Tell us about yourself.

“I am Merit Tembo Phiri, I am the Gender Focal Person at Alliance Ginneries. With my work I aim to ensure that both men and women are incorporated in the cotton value chain, I have a passion for gender mainstreaming".

How did you hear about AgriProFocus Zambia?

"Through our partners COMPACI that are members of the AgriProFocus Zambia network".

Has the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory met your expe

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Coffee Finance Fair, Lampung, Indonesia

Event posted by Lisette van Benthum in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  25 August 2015 to 27 August 2015 - All Day Event
  Lampung, Indonesia

AgriProFocus, 4C Association, Scopi (the Indonesian Coffee Plaform) and SCP (the Sustainable Coffee Program) will organize a finance fair focussing on Access to Finance for the Indonesian Coffee Value Chain. The fair will take place in Lampung from 25 till 27 August and will consist of;

Exhibition / Fair: open for financial service suppliers, coffee cooperatives, coffee processors and those offereing services to the coffee value chain, to disblay their products and services.

2 day conference: Where issues regarding Access to Finance in the Indonesian Coffee Value Chain will be discussed.

Field visit: the intention is to visit at least one coffee producer group and a processor.

and a coffee innovation contest.


To follow the program closely as it evolves, please check our Coffee Finance Fair Page regularly. If you would like to know more about possibilites to participate as an exhibitor or speaker during the conference, please so not hesitate to contact our AgriProFocus Indonesia coordin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

New Page:
Ethiopian Soil Campaign

Dear All,

As we all know, the United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. 

In that context, a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including AgriProFocus Ethiopia, have come together in organizing a National Soil Health Campaign in Ethiopia. 

For this purpose we have created a new Ethiopian Soil Campaign page which will serve as a good opportunity to share important information and activities regarding soils.

You will find relevant links and recommended readings with regard to 2015 International Year of Soils. On its post stream, you can also share your thoughts as well as useful documents.

You can easily find the Ethiopian Soil Campaign Page among the menus of the AgriProFocus Ethiopia home page.

Use Tag

Whenever you post on the topic of soil, especially on subjects related to the International Year of Soils and our Ethiopian Soil Campaign, please tag your post with "Ethiopiansoils" (without the quotation).

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 month 5 days ago

Cow Health and Reproduction

This week we had the first Dairy Learning Lab on Cow Health and Reproduction, hosted by LITA Tengeru near Arusha. Find reports and docs at this page:

http://agriprofocus.com/dairy-learning-lab-tanzania

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Why are women important for agricultural cooperatives?

Results from the Agriterra workshop for female leaders of agricultural cooperatives in Embu Kenya 

It is 18th of May 2015, 29 female leaders of 10 agricultural cooperatives meet in Embu Kenya. The participating women are farmer leaders, managers and staff of cooperatives. They participate in a 3-day workshop on the role of women in their cooperatives. The workshop is organized by Agriterra and supported by AgriProFocus. Both organizations believe that including women is important for the business strategy of agricultural cooperatives. The workshop is facilitated by Angelica Senders, gender in value chain expert from AgriProFocus in The Netherlands, together with Trienke Elshof. Trienke is a female dairy farmer from the Netherlands and experienced board member in several cooperatives and other agriculture related policy bodies.


The first day starts with comparing ideas on the roles and capacities on men and women in the pas

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NAHAYO Pierre Claver Women are very important for agricultural cooperatives because they are representing more than 60%; they are also decision makers.

3 weeks 1 day ago

Jules Jules It have been proved that women are good manager than man especially financial management. Cooperatives with women or with two gender managers are well managed than cooperatives with men as managers.

1 day 20 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

10 lessons on interventions in value chains

2 of our members, development organization SNV and knowledge centre KIT work together on clever solutions for agricultural development. They do so on the basis of practical, global knowledge and experience and in response to local opportunities.

But what exactly determines the success of chain interventions? Using five projects from their portfolios in which changes in the sector in question had large-scale effects, SNV and KIT distilled the most important elements for successful chain development.

This article was published in Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on development cooperation. Read the full article HERE.

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Empowering Aspiring Entrepreneurs for Economic Success

A team of young entrepreneurs from Kenya, South Africa and Uganda were sent to Oklahoma State University (OSU) on 1st of May 2014 to participate in the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs grant project. The project’s broad aim was to create professional collaborations and learning experiences between mid-level, emerging African and U.S. entrepreneurs as part of a two-way exchange program. The first group attended the learning and sharing forum in the United States for 32 days in May and June 2014 while the second group trained in October and November 2014. The project aimed at supporting the exchange of 24 fellows (8 per country; 12 during each of its two cycles) and 16 U.S. participants (8 per cycle) distributed among the African nations.

AgriProFocus Kenya was selected as the in country partner who undertook the role of sending out a national open call to apply. AgriProFocus thereafter vetted diffe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Making the potato value chain gender proof, experiences of the CATALIST 2 program in Rwanda

Setting: the region of Musanze in the North of Rwanda, a region famous for its potatoes. We are the guests of the Rwandan NGO Imbaraga partner of IFDC in the CATALIST program. This morning we meet with male and female farmers, all active in the potatoes value chain. ‘We’ are professionals involved in the CATALIST 2 program and two gender in value chain trainers from Agri-ProFocus, Angelica Senders and Jacqueline Terrillon. We want to find out how men and particularly women contribute to the quality of potatoes, and what constraints they face. For this purpose we use tools and methodologies from the Agri-ProFocus gender in value chains toolkit the CATALIST staff has just learned during a two-day classroom training. This field work challenges the participants of the training to apply these tools immediately in practice.

After an introduction to the farmers, men and women join separate session

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Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

AgriProFocus Participants Council meets in innovative environment of the New World Campus

Our bi-annual Participants Council, consisting of members of the Dutch AgriProFocus Partnership, was held on June 4 at the recently opened New World Campus.


The agenda included, among other items, the presentation of key results of 2014, an update of the new online platform in operation, and the progress report on the AgriProFocus Business Plan Development in Uganda. Nextto that, Hedwig Bruggeman reported on her trip to Washington (May 30-June 3), related to the Strategic Partnership “Food for all" between The Netherlands and the WorldBank.

The second part of the meeting was reserved for introductions of the New World Campus and the Young Expert Programme Agrofood. Truly inspiring initiatives of which AgriProFocus is part!