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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 day 5 hours ago

Improving Agricultural Finance in Africa:

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.

Hedwig Bruggeman Thanks for the link, l a very relevant document indeed and good background for debate and discussion sessions during finance fairs

1 day 4 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 days 34 min ago

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 4 days 3 hours ago

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 topics.

The tool will become available online very soon. For more info you can check:

Full article can be found here:

Espérance Mukarugwiza It was a very interesting event!!! Companies and producer organisations will benefit from it

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 week 2 days ago

AgriProFocus Core Group up-date!


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

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Guylaine Mwamini Thanks Anne for the up date.but the link to visit for more information don't open. Regards

1 week 1 day ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for noticing Guylaine! I have fixed the link,please visit:

5 days 23 hours ago

Joackim Kessy Thanks Anne, will appreciate to share the proceedings. I am the CEO and founder of Agriculture and Innovations Microfinance Company, based in Tanzania (AIM). We are interested partner in financing. You may visit our website Regards

4 days 4 hours ago 1

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Joackim, welcome on our platform! Are you in contact with our colleagues from AgriProFocus Tanzania?

4 days 2 hours ago

Joackim Kessy Yes Anne I am in contact with Catherine!

3 days 10 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

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 :)

Matovu Abu Please do keep us posted

1 week 3 days ago 1

Wagianto Wagianto Hello Bu Dania, how are you? Don't forget to bring the souvenirs :)

1 week 3 days ago 1

TOTIN Henri :Président J' ai pu reconnaitre mon la gauche vers la droite il est en 13ème position..

1 week 2 days ago

Bonyo Buogha When for Kenya?

5 days 3 hours ago

MULINDWA RONNIE A big round of applause goes to the team.

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AgriProFocus Annual Core Group Meeting

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago


Laurent ULIMUBENSHI Tkx a lot, Wishing you all a fruitfully 2015!

1 month 1 week ago 1

TOTIN Henri :Président Félicitation à toute l'équipe et plus de luttes Vertes pour 2015

4 weeks 1 day ago

Emmanuel Kabaale Thanks

3 weeks 5 days ago

Adrian Austin test

2 weeks 5 days ago

NATHAN MWANGI KARIUKI wishing you the best in the new year

2 weeks 3 days ago 1

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

A Network Day that Served the Name

The Agri-ProFocus 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.

What happened?

  • Dr. B. Minten, from IFPRI, opened the event and warmed the audience with his well-presented research on agricultural developments, especially in Teff value-chain. His presentation initiated a wider discussion; the audience forwarded a number of interesting questions and additions which he responded in detail.
  • Post Harvesting Technology was one of the best experiences shared at the event. This is one of the many projects GOAL Ethiopia is engaged on. In fact, this particular project is funded by the Embas

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Yelleka de Nooy van Tol Gizaw, you did a great job, and the pictures and summary area good representation of the day

1 month 2 weeks ago

Kebede Dhuga Chaka Gizaw. It is nicely compiled report. It covers the events of the day.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Gerrit Holtland Many thanks Gizaw, Jelleke and Seble. The event was well prepared, and so is this concise report about it. I enjoyed it.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE good job Gizaw...thumbs up!!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Miressa Belay Dibaba Dear Gizew, really you doing an immense job. Go ahead!!.

1 month 1 week ago 1

Posted By in Expert Meeting Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

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.

Ben Lutta

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Ben, you can find all the information on Tanzania: Actually, you can search in our search-bar on top and you probably find what you need. Good luck!

1 month 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

AgriProFocus Appreciation and Results Survey 2014

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.

Please click here to enter the survey

Pour la version française de cette enquête 

Your feedback will help us to improve and to report to our contributors. We will share the results of thi

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ASIIMWE JOSEPH MAGAMBO @Roel Snelder-I can not fail to participate in this survey.Agrihub built my business.From an employee who earned 500$ to an entrepreneur earning between 1800-2000$ per month. Many thanks to AgriProfocus

2 months 1 week ago 4

Roel Snelder Thanks Joseph for the thumbs up. These are exactly the results we hope to achieve for our network members. Looking forward to your feedback on the survey.

2 months 1 week ago

mathai mathai First of all, thanks for the new online platform which is easier to navigate and post. I have already submited my survey and i want to sincerely thank Agriprofocus for giving me an opportunity that culminated in me being selected as an entrepreneurial fellow in the US. I have really learnt a lot and i am not only an empowered professional but also an empowered farmer as well. Keep up such initiatives as they will ultimately contribute to agricultural success in Africa and beyond. God bless you all.

2 months 1 week ago 4

Musabyimana Jean Baptiste Merci de la reprise de nos discutions

2 months 1 week ago 1

Posted By in Agriprofocus
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

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.

Anne Marie Kortleve Nice to see this Nicole, thanks for sharing! And we are aware of the lack of access to internet in some areas. We are exploring ideas around sms-services for our members, we will keep you informed about this.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Agriprofocus
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

AgriProFocus joins Dutch economic mission to Rwanda and DR Congo

From November 10 till November 13, Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation will go on an economic mission to Kinshasa, DR Congo (10-11) and Kigali, Rwanda (12-13). The mission will focus on the following sectors: agri-business; renewable energy; infrastructure, maritime and port development. 

Hedwig Bruggeman, managing director of AgriProFocus, will be one of the participants in this mission. She is interested in finding out how the AgriProFocus network can accelerate its support for joint action and learning between Dutch and local SME’s in Agri&Food value chains. In DR Congo she will look into the option of extending the Agri-ProFocus Bukavu activities towards other parts of DR Congo. 

The economic mission offers an excellent opportunity to Dutch companies and knowledge institutions to build relationships with potential business partners and local authorities in DR Congo and Rwan

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Emile NIYONZIMA That is nice

2 months 3 weeks ago 1

Wim Goris Is there a report on this trade mission?

2 days 3 min ago

Posted By in Agriprofocus
Posted 2 months 4 weeks ago

New release: Coffee Toolkit, approaches and tools to integrate women and youth, into all stages of the value chain

Coffee toolkit Sustainable coffee as a family business. Available online for download now!

The first toolkit to include women and youth in the coffee sector has been released today- a joint collaboration between the Sustainable Coffee Program, Hivos and Agri-ProFocus to address the inequalities that women and youth in the coffee supply chain experience in relation to access to trainings, land ownership, inputs and income. These issues create a generation demotivated to stay in coffee farming, which poses a great threat to coffee production as a whole. 

Therefore, this toolkit provides practical approaches and tools, which serve to motivate and assist coffee roasters, traders and their practitioners to apply an inclusive approach to de-veloping better functioning coffee chains, benefitting both men and women of different age groups equally. It synthesized the learnings of

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Hedwig Bruggeman Very proud that the initial AgriProFocus gender and value chain toolkit is now through joint network action adapted to serve a specific value chain. Congrats ! And I'm with full confidence looking forward to the impact.

2 months 6 days ago

Hance R. Melchior Congrats of the nice and simple technology that can be used by the majority farmers including women, men and youth in coffee harvesting. It is my hope that this new technology will simplify the work for farmers.

2 months 6 days ago

Posted By in Agriprofocus
Posted 3 months 5 days ago

Invitation: Public lecture H.E. Minister Akinwumi Adesina 14 November 2014 at Wageningen Campus

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).

On Friday 14 November 2014 Hon Dr Akinwumi Adesina will give a lecture entitled: “Unlocking Africa’s potential for Growth and Prosperity”. Note: all the African Ambassadors in the Netherlands have been invited for this lecture. The lecture will take place at the Orion Building at Wageningen Campus. Please register in case you want to attend this lecture HERE. 

Dr Akinwumi Adesina
Dr Adesina is the honorable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Federal Government of Nigeria. During the past couple of years, Dr Adesina has meticulously concentrated his energy on the transformation of the Agricultural sector of Nigeria. According to the Minister, ‘poverty

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Posted By in Agriprofocus
Posted 3 months 6 days ago

Join our workshop ‘Milk quality at stake!’

Saturday 1 november, 2014: workshop during ‘Afrikadag’ at KIT in Amsterdam
Time: 14.45 – 16.00 hrs
Entrance: € 12,50 (for whole day)
Title: ‘Milk quality at stake! Solutions from Ethiopia, India and the Netherlands for the reduction of antibiotic use in dairy farming’
Resistance against antibiotics is a global threat. Antibiotic use is a widespread phenomenon amongst smallholder dairy farmers worldwide, and often linked to dairy development programs aiming for increased milk production. Over the past 60 years the Netherlands has played an important role in this process, which is now further enhanced by government policies through topsector Agri&Food.

Now milk quality is at stake, due to widespread use of antibiotics. In this workshop experts from Ehtiopia and India working with smallholder dairy farmers will describe the influence of such dairy programs in their local situations, and indicate their local solutions for these challenge

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Shamba Shape Up Sounds interesting, shame we missed it. We have been focusing last series on antibiotic use in chickens, yet maybe it is time to focus on cows too?

2 months 2 weeks ago 1

Wim Goris Dear friends at Shamba Shape Up, where can I find your info on medicines in chickens??

2 months 1 day ago