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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 2017Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)
AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.
On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.
Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-wa... Read more
Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.
During the trade mission we offer you:
A tailor-made programme for your company
Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies
Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you
Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector
A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts
The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide... Read more
In many Sub-Saharan African countries, agricultural development is key to accelerating economic development and overcoming poverty. Increasing agricultural production and productivity is vital for food security, since it provides a source of food and generates income for smallholder farmers. Growth in agricultural production and agri business development also stimulates growth in other sectors of the economy. Limited availability of, and access to finance and services for SME farmers limits the development of the small and medium sized agri-entrepreneurs in Benin.
That is why the Dutch Embassy in Benin and SNV set up the Agribusiness Centres. The Agribusiness Centre’s mission is to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs by providing them advice, assistance and access to finance. They target Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and Micro enterprises with high growth potential.&nb... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya hosted a Youth in Agribusiness stakeholders round table breakfast meeting on the 22nd of March at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. This meeting brought together stakeholders working in the youth in agribusiness space from development, private sector, research and academia, young entrepreneurs and government.
The objective of the meeting was to share our
journey as a network on what we have been able to achieve, our plans for
the future in light of the new strategy; and to have the
various stakeholders share and learn from each others experiences and
Key from the meeting was the need for more collaborations and partnerships as well as more sharing of our work as stakeholders which reduces duplication of efforts. The stakeholders committed to supporting each other, as well as contributing to the success of the planned flagship projects for 2017. This includes learning labs, business t
During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.
You can download the book via this link.
There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems.
Meet Taban, Gloria and Mary, who will tell their story and see how Agribusiness Works for Development!
Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.
The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant inform... Read more
The G4AW Facility is a programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Space Office is responsible for the implementation of this programme. G4AW supports projects to develop and operate information and/or financial services to improve food security in partner countries. The projects are aimed to improve sustainable food production and to increase the efficient use of inputs like seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and water in agriculture by providing satellite information based products and services to smallholders. S... Read more
Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in Ségou. The recipients included:
• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.
• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promo... Read more
In this first vlog I take you to Wageningen, THE capital of agricultural knowledge in The Netherlands. I talked to Richard Hawkins, Director of ICRA. He explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for ICRA.
Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!
In this first vlog I take you to The Hague at the headquarters of Hivos. I talked to Frank Mechielsen, programme manager Sustainable Diets. He explains to us in 2 minutes how Hivos makes agribusiness work for development!
If you have any questions or comments on the video, please let me know in a comment below. Thanks!
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
AgriProFocus Kenya in 2016 organized 6 farmer exposure events in the lower Eastern counties – Machakos, Makueni and Kitui. The structure of the farmer exposure events provided a platform for farmers to learn and also share experiences with other stakeholders. The value chains of focus as per the DryDEV program included; pulses, indigenous poultry, goat, honey and mangoes. However other complimentary aspects for instance water management were also addressed in some of the field days. A lead farmer in each area was identified to host the farmer exposure visit. This provided an opportunity for peer learning.
The objectives of the exposure events are:
1. To provide a platform for farmers to link and learn about market requirement on quality, quantity and logistics
2. To expose and link farmers to value chain financing opportunities
3. Provide opportunity for farmers to learn about products, services and technolo... Read more
The office will move from Arnhem to Utrecht this year. We are hoping to start working there in May, of course we will keep you posted!
The reason for the move is that we will be more centrally located. There are (potential) member- and partner organisations in the same building which is a big plus. In the same building are The Hunger Project (our neighbours), BoPInc, Oiko Credit, Fair and Sustainable, MVO Nederland, GAIN, Max Havelaar and more.
Below you see the formal moment; handover of the key. As you can see the room is empty but work will start soon to make it a beautiful office!
Once we are settled in we will invite you all to officially open and celebrate the new office.
We seek an independent, energetic and compassionate free spirit person, who will provide leadership to the network, establish and maintain strong relationships with a variety of network stakeholders and will actively facilitate cooperation between the network stakeholders.
Since its foundation in 2004 the AgriProFocus network has been successful in bringing parties together to promote the sustainable development of agriculture in low and middle income countries in Africa and South-East Asia by supporting entrepreneurial farmers. The AgriProFocus network is a unique multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. The network has 32 Dutch member organisations, is active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and links 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide.... Read more
On Thursday evening 2nd February, the Dutch network of AgriProFocus gathered for an informal network meeting with pizzas: PizzaProFocus. The meeting took place at BoP Innovation Center, one of the organizations which had made the proposal to the network to start such informal gatherings to enable people in the network to meet, discuss, get new ideas, and establish new connections.
This time, the theme was Inclusive Business. 3 pitches were done by CBI’s Eva Smulders; ICRA’s Bertil Videt; and BoPInc’s Niek van Dijk. Other participants responded, which gave room for further open questions and exchanges. Some of the key areas of interest from that discussion that I recall:
CBI has developed a new tool, with support of Schuttelaar & Partners, to support SMEs in low- and middle-income countries with an interest to export to Europe, in developing more ‘responsible business’ practices. After the use of this tool, t... Read more
Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’ carried out by NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 15 cases of how Dutch investors have successfully realised access to financial services for smallholder farmers.
Lesson 1: Organised farmers have better financing opportunities
Lesson 2: Learning to mitigate risks can be done
Lesson 3: Geodata can increase financial inclusion and food security
Lesson 4: We need to work towards green inclusive finance
More on these lessons learned and the full article can be read here. This article appeared in NABC Magazine edition 2017.
On 16th February 2017 NpM organises a conference on the subject ‘Geodata for inclusive finance and food.’
From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/servic... Read more
How successful do you think The Netherlands is in linking Aid & Trade? How can we create stronger linkages between the different stakeholders of the 'Dutch Diamond'? Do the muddy boots from the field ever meet the shiny office shoes, are they different worlds or do they walk together? The AgriProFocus network has the pleasure to invite you to this unique event. Join us and learn by sharing and reflecting on experiences with the Aid & Trade policy, show leadership by looking ahead and explore opportunities to work together (better)!
At the end of the current government's term the AgriProFocus network looks back and forward on the Aid & Trade agenda. What are the experiences of the various stakeholders involved in agribusiness in developing countries? What is the added value of partnerships and cooperation? Which elements of this agenda have been successful for improving farmer entrepreneurship to increase food and nutrition security? What would ou... Read more
Last week, 26 January, we had our first Business Drinks of the year 2017. As usual, it has remarkably served members and partners to meet new people, chat about possible business opportunities, and introduce new agribusinesses.
More than 70 people attended the event, and we had the chance to listen interesting one-minute pitches.
Awot Berhane is a student at Addis Ababa University, and made a pitch about Green Innovation Hub, which he is a member. He told us that GIH is a student led initiative which channels youth ideas towards tackling climate change and promotes sustainable development.
Wendewesen Kebede is another young pitcher on our Business Drinks. He represents a group of Dairy Advisors who are well experienced on the dairy sector and have received practical trainings from well-known experts arranged by DairyBISS program and Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia. Wendewesen explained on his pitch that the Advisors group provides various d... Read more