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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 4 days 16 hours ago

AgriProFocus Niger a organisé le Mardi 14 avril 2015 un café débat au tour de la dynamique du réseau  AgriProfocus Niger. cette rencontre à vu la participation de la FCMN-Niya, Plate forme Paysanne, la CAPAN, le CCD.

Georges Djodji Akibodé Bravo APF-Niger, la dynamique réseau doit etre une réalité pour créer la synergie d'action par l'interconnection des acteurs.L'entreprenariat agricole et la souveraineté alimentaire est un défi d'honneur.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 days 10 hours ago

New Connections, New Opportunities

Business Drinks #2: how it went

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 weeks 11 hours ago

Interview of the Month

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."

She was not only one of the Core Team members who handled the organization of the 8th AgriProFocus Agribusiness Finance Fair in Batu. Rather, she was also the motor of the Core Team, as the rest of the team gave their witness. She speaks direct, and she always gets the job done – they described her. Rahel Bekel is Agriculture Service Advisor for OXFAM (Ethiopia Programme), the co-organizer of the Finance Fair. In this brief interview, she will tell us about herself, the role of OXFAM, and the partnership with AgriProFocus Ethiopia in organizing the Fair.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

From farm to bank: Facing Laikipia County

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,

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Posted By in Seed Sector
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago


    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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

Farmers Took the Stage

on the 8th Agribusiness Finance Fair held in Batu

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,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

AgriProFocus 10 years!

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!

hailemikael mossie congrats! your effort will reflect on farmers change.

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AZONSI Djibril HBD à toute l'équipe

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Hance Richard Melchior Congratulation for the higher step you have achieved in offering network service so far. I wish you Good Luck for the next years of service. Happy Birthday AgriProFocus.

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jabo butera I've joined the network recently and from my experience of living and trading in Europe, network is the best ways of promoting businesses. So let us embrace and promote this platform to celebrate another successful ten years

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SSEKYEWA HENRY Good work being done keep it up!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 4 weeks 15 hours ago

2015 AgriProFocus Rwanda day Event, a success!

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.

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MUSHABIZI Dieudonné A Successful day for my company GAI Ltd/ Gira Agronome Iwawe. We are under discussion with two potential clients that we met in this event. As we provide proximity agribusiness advisory services to the farmers, we received around 8 calls asking us how we can meet to discuss the contract. We hope to share successful contracts in the future.

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MUSHABIZI Dieudonné I learnt about Youth in Agribusiness during the Event. However, I created a room for youth agronomists in agribusiness advisory services but still, youth demonstrates weakness to work with farmers. We want them to share their needs and capacity.

3 weeks 4 days ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Zambia
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Gender Makes Business Sense!

Second Gender Coaching Trajectory starts with Musika

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Inclusiveness pays back; business arguments for gender and youth inclusive value chain development

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 1 month 5 days ago

Business cocktail AgriProFocus Niger

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Le Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture FINAGRI s'est tenu en présence de 40 exposants, 200 participants et 3252 visiteurs du 5 au 7 mars 2105.

Il a été inauguré par le Minsitre de l'Investissement et de la Promotion du Secteur Privé. 

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

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Hedwig Bruggeman Felicitations

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Our Plans for 2015!

We have the pleasure to present to you the AgriProFocus Corporate Annual Plan. Our 2015 emphasis is on Farmer Entrepreneurship for Inclusive Green Growth. Besides context and reflection it represents a summary of the AgriProFocus country plans. We have also prepared a summary of the Annual Plan, containing only our key messages and planned deliverables for this year.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

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

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Kevin Asinde Dear Didier, We at Amarin Financial Group are linking farmer groups to available low interest loans in Uganda. We are working in the area of inclusive finance for both personal and commercial finance. How can we join the Platform for inclusive finance?

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Dear Kevin, thank you for your message. The NpM Platform is made of 13 members including social investors, commercial banks, co-financing organisations, but unfortunately, they are all from the Netherlands (see: I think they are also planning to present the study findings in Kampala, so may be you can link up with the AgriProFocus Uganda Coordination team and ask if you can participate in the workshop. Best, Didier

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Kevin Asinde Thank you. Didier

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Lisette van Benthum Dear Kevin, as soon as the study is ready for publication, we will post it on-line. Also as soon as a date has been set for the presentation in Uganda, we will announce the event on the platform. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact AgriProFocus Uganda and their Access to Finance Innovation Community for additional information and activities.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

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.

Please follow this link to read the complete fourth newsletter of the Platform.

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 (  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

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Vincent Mangeni Thanks Nicole for the heads up.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 15 hours ago

(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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 1 day ago

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

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joseph wanguhu I have farmers groups(CIGs) and cooperative societies growing snow peas,sugarsnaps and garden peas for export. This forum was good though i never attended. Kindly invite/inform me of such fora in future through email How can we benefit from Agriprofocus in capacity building of farmers with respect to international export market requirements?

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Dear Nicole, Thank you for the comment and thank you for sharing this.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Hello Joseph, It is unfortunate you did not get the invitation but the same was posted on this platform a few days before the event and also through the newsletter feeds. I will include you in our mailing list so that you can get updates on upcoming events. About capacity building, we also hold focused group forums which the ministry and other bodies participate, it will be a great idea if you keep checking our events page so that you can get to attend and link to such bodies through such events.

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Kamusenene Investments Ltd Dear Jillian, Kindly help me to look for passion fruit seed variety KPF1, Am in Uganda i can be reached on +256(0)782678051 or +256 (0)0706153933 Ivan Lwanyaga- Managing Director Kamusenene Investments Ltd.

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Dear Kamusenene Let me look around for some contacts and will get back to you As soon as possible. Sorry for the delayed response

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 3 days ago

A Well Consumed Business Drinks!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 6 days ago


Third Call Winner Proposals Announced

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

New partnerships to improve the "Agri-Finance" sector

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.

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Hedwig Bruggeman Great initiative, like to hear more and looking forward to the concrete next actions to match farmers and finance !

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