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AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their individual and collective impact increases. 

Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 23.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains. 

The AgriProFocus network members collaborate to strengthen the position of farmers and other agri-entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains. Entrepreneurs, small and medium scale, who are market oriented, business driven and willing to learn, innovate and grow. Entrepreneurs who together can, and will, make a difference for sustainable food and nutrition security at national, regional and international level.

Dutch Partnership Members 2017

Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT) 

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 1 year 8 months ago


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)


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

SAGE Pascal

Le f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 1 year 8 months 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 1 year 8 months 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 1 year 8 months 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 1 year 8 months 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....

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NERRY CHIRAGWILE it was nice....

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Rebecca Kileo-Kamenge It was nice

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 year 9 months 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!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 year 9 months 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 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 year 9 months 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 year 9 months 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:


Livestock & Horticulture Trade Mission to Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 November 2015 to 27 November 2015 - All Day Event

From November 22-27, NABC will organize a trade mission to Rwanda for the Dutch private sector active in livestock & horticulture. With a GDP growth of more than 7%, a stable government and fast economic growth, the Rwandan market is full of opportunities.

The dairy sector is in the fast lane, with a reported milk-surplus. This creates chances in the whole chain, for breeding organizations, roughage and fodder production, milk quality control and processing etc. Rwanda is landlocked and can easily serve its surrounding neighbour countries as well.

The poultry sector is less well developed. The production of chicken meat increased with 78% over the last 10 years but is still low compared to the surrounding countries. Egg production stalls at 32% growth over the last 10 years. More than half of the eggs consumed in Rwanda are imported. Opportunities in the poultry industry are in most parts of the chain; hatchery, fodder production, egg production etc.

The horticulture sector in Rwand

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 1 year 9 months 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.

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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 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 9 months 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 year 9 months 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 year 9 months 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 year 9 months 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!

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 1 year 10 months ago


Le réseau AgriProFocus RD Congo a organisé, en date du 8 mai 2015, dans la salle de conférence de l’Auberge Exodus, par le truchement de l’Innovation et Formation pour le Développement et la Paix (IFDP)/ Leader de La communauté d’innovation Accès à la Terre, un atelier portant sur le processus de réforme foncière en cours en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).

Deux objectifs majeurs ont été assignés à cet atelier :

1. Améliorer les capacités des acteurs étatiques et non étatiques dans l’analyse des enjeux liés à la problématique foncière dans la perspective de la réforme foncière ;

2. Inciter les acteurs à réfléchir sur des pistes de solution par rapport à la sécurisation de la tenure foncière paysanne au regard des questions de sécurité alimentaire et d’amélioration des investissements paysans dans le sol.

L’atelier a réuni 38 participants, dont 29 hommes et 9 femmes, mem

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 10 months ago


Évaluation et restitution des résultats du FINAGRI 2015

Le Mercredi 27 Mai 2015, dans le verdoyant jardin de la toute nouvelle Hôtel ONOMO, le réseau AgriProFocus Mali a offert un cocktail de reconnaissance et de remerciement à tous les partenaires du Salon du Financement de l’Agriculture organisé du 06 au 08 Mars 2015 dans la capitale des balanzans.

Ce cocktail fut précédé dans la matinée d’une session de formation sur la plateforme en ligne avec une forte participation des membres, et surtout des chefs de file de différentes communautés d’innovations..

Dans l’après-midi, les différents invités et membres du réseau AgriProFoscus au nombre duquel ont pouvait citer l’ex ministre de l’agriculture Mr Idrissa Traoré,la représentante du ministre des investissement et de la promotion du secteur privé, du représentant de la Direction Nationale de l’Agriculture ,du représentant de la Banque Nationale du Développement Agricole

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IFDERDIOILA FORMATION C était intéressant le cocktail et avec une très belle initiative de remise de diplômes de reconnaissance

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci IFDER DIOLA d'avoir participer au Cocktail

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 year 10 months ago

Scaling up the hortIMPACT

Ending on a high note, the Horticulture and Food Security Program [HFSP] provided a perfect launch pad for the new program – The Kenya Market led Horticulture Program [KMHP] also known as hortIMPACT. The new program has also borrowed key lessons from a similar program being implemented in the dairy sector in Kenya by SNV. The kick off workshop was held at Panafric Hotel on 28th May 2015, bringing together a perfect mix of 100 participants drawn from government, private sector which formed the bulk of participants, farmer representatives, as well as the NGO and development sector.

The program was officially opened by the Deputy Ambassador, Ms Marielle Geraedts from the Embassy of The Kingdom of Netherlands. Highlights from her opening remarks affirmed the Netherlands Government support to the horticulture sector as a strategic investor.

Mr Karugu Macharia shared with the participants key findings from an external evaluation of the HFSP. In his pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 year 10 months ago

Submit Your Business Plan.

..and Stand a Chance to Have an Interview with a Bank/Microfinance Institution at our Finance Fair (June 18th - 20th at Chipata Golf Club, Chipata).

With support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, the Dairy Association of Zambia, Image Promotions and Radio Café, AgriProFocus Zambia is hosting a Finance Fair in Chipata from 18th – 20th June, 2015 with the objective of “supporting the development of agri-businesses by improving access to financial services and credit”.

At the Finance Fair in Chipata Golf Club, farmers/agribusinesses will be provided with an opportunity to have one-on-one meetings with the different financial lending institutions attending the fair through “Match-matching Sessions”. During these sessions, the farmer/agribusiness will have a discussion with the lending institution regarding taking out a loan and their business plan.

To take advantage of this opportunity, submit your B

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