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Dutch Partnership Members 2016
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On Friday December 2, 2016, AgriProFocus Ethiopia brought together its members to celebrate the Annual Network Day with different fruitful activities. Over 140 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. Primarily, for this successful event, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event, our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programmes, and our guest presenters (including in parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and to provide their perspectives to our network members.
So, what really happened?
In the Morning . . .
The day began with the informative presentation entitled “Poverty and Resilience” by Dr. George Gray, who is a Lead Consultant at the Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP). As Ethiopia is struggling to cope with the current dro... Read more
You will agree with farmers from Meru that the Annual Agriculture trade fairs in Tanzania that takes place every first week of August (nane nane) are more than agriculture shows as it comprises exhibitions from almost all sectors. For this reason, three years ago, Farmers from Meru District in Arusha Tanzania with support from the Access to input working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania formed a platform dubbed Jukwaa la Wakulima Meru ( Meru Farmers Platform). They thirsted for a farmer friendly agriculture fair. Good for them, they have for 3 consecutive times quenched this thirst.
The fairs aims at linking farmers to reliable agriculture input service providers as well as provide a platform where farmers learn. Additionally the fairs offer a market place for the service providers and a platform to expand their clientele through promoting their products. Parallel to the exhibitions, seminars and workshops are held on specific topi... Read more
Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.
I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.
We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the priv... Read more
“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation
SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project... Read more
Did you participate in any of the AgriProFocus network activities face-to-face or online in your country? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!
Next year our network will implement a new strategy titled ‘Catalyzing Change makers that make Agribusiness Work For Development’. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation, that are asked for towards the end of this survey, will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.
Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey. It is very much appreciated!
Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
On Friday November 04, 2016, SPARK, RICEM and AgriProFocus, organized a twofold event to celebrate official launch and graduation of Rwanda’s ﬁrst Agri BDS Network and Course at Kigali Serena Hotel, in Rwanda.
SPARK in partnership with RICEM undertook a one-year capacity building pilot programme to a limited number of agri BDS providers wishing to offer professional BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and agri SMEs, which for years had been characterized by lack of agri BDS providers in the field . The first intake of 35 professionals completed a 9- month programme course consisting of 6 months devoted to an intensive course of 5 modules and 3 months to a field-based mentorship. Upon the completion of the training, these professionals produced reports, developed business plans and tested their business cases, likely to be funded. During the graduation ceremony, 3 graduates who ou... Read more
Sander Mager (Managing Director) introduced our members to the concepts of the strategy: “the networks entry point is to work with entrepreneurial farmers that are the real ‘change makers’ in the agriculture sector. These farmers are business driven, market oriented, have a willingness to grow, are innovative and contribute to development issues of inclusiveness, food & nutrition security and sustainability.”
The network wants to empower these change makers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works i... Read more
L'atelier a démarré ce jour 26 octobre 2016 à Novotel Hôte et prendra fin le 29 octobre 2016.
La cérémonie d'ouverture a connu la présence de Mme Cora Govers, Représentante de Nwo Wotro, du Pr HOUNHOUIGAN Joseph, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, du Pr FAROUGOU, Vice recteur chargé de la coopération internationale, de Mme Vanessa Nigten, Représentante de Food & Business Knowledge Platform et de Mr Marcel DJIHOUN, Coordonnateur d'AgriProFocus Bénin.
Apres la cérémonie d'ouverture, s'en est suivi un atelier sur la théorie du changement e... Read more
Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.
i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.
ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for D... Read more
On Wednesday, foreign minister Bert Koenders opened a new Dutch embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the first time in nearly 50 years that the Netherlands has an embassy in the Asian country. ‘This is the right moment to strengthen our ties,’ Mr Koenders said at the opening ceremony.
In a meeting with foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi earlier in the day, Mr Koenders expressed his support for democratic developments there. He affirmed the Netherlands’ intention to provide support to the peace process through various channels.
The embassy will work to further enhance economic relations. ‘On the one hand, the Netherlands is keen to contribute to the economic development of one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. On the other, Myanmar’s need for good water/delta management, clean drinking water, navigable rivers and better defences against natural disasters offers great opportu... Read more
On Friday 15th October 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rwanda organized a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund. The workshop brought together 44 participants from research institutions, knowledge institutes, government institutions, insurance companies, private companies, NGOs, Dutch Embassy, etc.
The workshop kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator, Mrs Sajji Ryakunze.
‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies"
Next, followed an overview of the ‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies" of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda by Mr Pieter Dorst, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the past years, the Dutch Embassy works in Rwanda emphasized on programs improving Food S... Read more
The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action pl... Read more
Under the HortImpact project which AgriProFocus is a part of, a number of companies exhibited their services and products. Bayer, SGS, Future Pump, Real IPM, Koppert, Bayer, MEA, Illuminum, Soil Cares, Crop Nutrition were some of the companies that showcased their
We value your opinion!
We as AgriProFocus value the opinion of our members greatly and are always looking for ways to improve our services. We are well known for our training and coaching in the field of Gender in Value Chains. In order to make these services even better and reach more professionals, we have made a super short online survey to identify needs and wishes of our members.
You don’t have to have experience with gender or be familiar with the AgriProFocus gender support services to fill in this survey. We are looking for responses from a broad spectrum of people: from farmers to input suppliers, consultants and students and from a variety of organizations: companies, farmer organizations, universities and government agencies. You can find the survey via this link, your responses will be treated confidentially.
The third edition of NABC’s conference promises to be a prominent B2B platform which focuses on Africa’s growing economies, particularly in light of innovations developing in the financial sector.
This year the theme is ‘Innovation in Finance’. With its unique resources and sheer size, Africa is now taking the lead in the development of inventive products and services that require smart, innovative, and practical financing solutions.
The AgriProFocus network will be present as well, hosting a workshop around “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations.” together with NpM and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
The study “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations” by NpM, AgriProFocus and FBKP revealed that 1) risk management should be a common agenda, 2) access to finance relies not... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more