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Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)
In June 2011, during the conference organized by Making Finance Work Africa (MFW4A) Principles were established and agreement was reached on a common set of policy principles to improve agricultural finance in Africa. One of the conference outcomes is the synthesis report “Agricultural Finance Policy Coordination in Africa – lessons from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Zambia”. The outcomes of the five country case‑studies work, undertaken for the Agricultural Finance Stakeholder Working Group (AFSWG), will enable country-level stakeholders to take well-informed decisions and action, to strengthen policy and its coordination through either existing or new agricultural finance policy coordinating bodies, and to provide the relevant background and orientation to the AFSWG for the advocacy/implementation phase envisaged in its scope of work. Read the full report here.
FSRE Fund Recipients Receiving Training
On Marketing and Contact Farming
On 27th and 28th January, the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) recipient organizations are receiving a training on Marketing and Contact Farming at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.
As the Fund Manager, Desta Damena, from ICCO Cooperation, spoke at the beginning of today’s session, it has been recognized that most of the recipients are facing marketing challenges in their respective value-chains. Moreover, a significant number of them are also with out-growers. Hence, the objective of the training is to support the organization in overcoming the market challenges they are facing and in enhancing their involvement with smallholder farmers in connection with contract farming.
Accordingly, the topic of the first day training was marketing, and Ayalew Abebe, Market Development Expert, explained various technics and methods of marketing for the participants. In the afternoon, all the partic... Read more
Launching the Book on Farm-Firm relations
On the 23rd January
2015, a new book: “It takes two to trade- A tool for understanding and improving farmer–firm relations in Africa” written by experts from CDI/WUR, KIT and AgriProFocus, was launched at Umubano Hotel. Hedwig Bruggeman, managing director of AgriProFocus, was proud to officially hand over the first book to the Minister of State for Agriculture of Rwanda (see picture).
‘It takes 2-2-Trade’
(formerly known as 2-2 tango) is a tool for the assessment and improvement of
farmer-firm relations. 2-2-Trade focuses on bringing the most important
perceived strengths and weaknesses of the relation between farmers and firms to
the surface, by letting both groups score their perceptions on a number of
The tool will become available online very soon. For more info you can check: agriprofocus.com/two-to-trade
Full article can be found here: http://agrifoprwa.org/?p=1999
A big part of the AgriProFocus team is gathering in Gisenyi, Rwanda. We discuss many important topics for our network. Yesterday we discussed one of our global themes: access to finance for agri-preneurs. All our country networks are working on this topic, for example by organising Finance Fairs. If you want to know more, visit our global Finance page.
Our colleague Nicole Metz presented the Food and Business Knowledge Platform. The Food and Business Knowledge Platform is one of the five Knowledge Platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is one platform for each of the main themes of Dutch development policy. Food security, the theme of the F&BKP, is one of them. Nicole explained the Applied Research Fund, this fund provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. All research is jointly... Read more
The AgriProFocus team has arrived in Rwanda! A full week of exchanging experiences, learning from eachother, making plans for the future, launching our new 2-2-trade book and many more things!
For now we proudly present to you our Core Group, from old to newest colleagues. Starting with Hedwig Bruggeman, our managing director, who was at the start of AgriProFocus almost 10 years ago, to our newest colleague Rolf Schinkel, Network Facilitator for Burundi, DRC and Uganda, who joined us only 2 weeks ago :)
Event posted by Anne Marie Kortleve
19 January 2015 to 23 January 2015, 09:00-17:00
From January 19th until the 23th a big part of the AgriProFocus team will come together in Gisenyi, Rwanda for our annual meeting! We have a lot to discuss: what are our plans for this year (exchange on our Annual Plans), what is our business plan for the future, sharing our success stories, how do we engage more with our members, how to further develop the online platformetc.
Colleagues from 11 African countries and Indonesia will join, including staff from the Support Office in Arnhem. A special moment!
During the week, we will update you,our online members, with the progress made.
A Network Day that Served
Ethiopia Annual Network Day
Today, Agri-ProFocus Ethiopia successfully organized the 2014 Annual Network Day which happens to be exactly the name indicates. Over 100 members of Agri-ProFocus Ethiopia gathered at Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, to share what they have and to learn what their co-members have been doing, and “this, we should have more often” was the common saying of the day.
Report - AgriProFocus Expert Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture & Value Chains
Now available on this website: the final report of the AgriProFocus Expert meeting “Vision 2030: Making current approaches work for sustainable agriculture. How can agro-ecology and other approaches support farmers to feed the world sustainably by 2030?”
During the meeting, participants shared a sense of urgency to support the further greening of agriculture in the context of the combined global food, environmental and climate challenges. It became clear that different approaches to greening agriculture (agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, the landscape approach, etc.) all have their merits. Greening of agriculture needs a multi-scale and multi-stakeholder approach in which public sector, civil society, companies and knowledge institutions all have a role to play, with a special focus on entrepreneurial farmers producing for local and regional food markets. Whereas producers, consumers and... Read more
So delighted to know about the existence of what is known as network facilitator/network country coordinator and coordination team. As such, will appreciate to know who or which team facilitates interested parties from Tanzania for ease of other operation issues.
Did you participate in any of our AgriProFocus activities face-to-face and/or online in one of our 13 focus-countries or in the Netherlands? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this! In 2014 the AgriProFocus network has offered various services to promote farmer entrepreneurship in low and middle income countries. And we want to find out how you and your organisation or company benefited from our activities.
Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey.
Your feedback will help us to improve and to report to our contributors. We will share the results of thi... Read more
This week, Agri-ProFocus Uganda-team and I promoted the new online platform. Both among participants of the Agri-ProFocus regional matchmaking event in Mbarara; and among international research consortia from RUFORUM and PAEPARD research networks from Uganda, Benin, Kenya, Ghana and Burundi. We noticed lots of interest, see the picture of Emmanual Baranzi from South-West Uganda who registered immediately. He was impressed by the opportunities to find people with an interest to buy mushrooms! At the same time, it was very clear that many farmers and farmer's cooperatives don't have regular access to internet! Agri-ProFocus was asked to be aware of that.
Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) and FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa) are pleased to announce a special lecture to be presented by Hon Dr Akinwumi Adesina (minister of Agriculture, Nigeria).
Title: ‘Milk quality at stake! Solutions from Ethiopia, India and the Netherlands for the reduction of antibiotic use in dairy farming’