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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)
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 ‘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 entrepreneurial farmers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works... 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
AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.
It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event.
The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.
A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.
Check out the following hashtags on facebook a... Read more
AgriProFocus had it's 4th Finance Fair (and 2nd in Chipata) on 25th - 26th August, 2016. The Fair was successful and we had 14 Organisation participating with 513 farmers and Individuals coming through to the event on the first day and 413 on the second day. We had 10 exhibitions, 6 workshops and 4 awards.
The event was officially opened by Provincial Agricultural Coordinator (PACO) - Mr. Roy Lumumba
Congratulation to the following Organisations for receiving awards based on the outcome survey from the Farmers that attended the event.
COMACO- Best Exhibition Stand
Seed Co. - Most Farmer Friendly Input Product
Vision Fund - Most Farmer Friendly Financial Product.
Amulauzi General Dealers - Best Business Plan
The farmers appreciated the workshops as each topic covered was unique and beneficial. A special thank you to Nutri-Aid Trust for Sponsoring the award for the Best Business Plan won by Mr. Mabvuto Nkhoma from Amulauzi General Dealers in Lundaz... Read more
Roel Snelder, Programme Director AgriProFocus, has visited Myanmar 15 till 23 July 2016. The goal of the trip was to follow-up conversations to explore and validate entry points for AgriProFocus in Myanmar. Roel also met with stakeholders and potential members of an AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and with the Dutch embassy to talk about the current situation in Myanmar, their needs and in what way AgriProFocus can assist.
With 2 network organisations, Myanmar Agricultural network (MAN) and the Food Security Working Group, already operating in Myanmar, it’s important to see where our niche would be. There was a lot of positive energy for an AgriProFocus Network.
Some characteristics of the Agriculture sector in Myanmar:
Farm labour on the decline - many rural people now seeking jobs overseas.
Government control (telling farmers what to produce).
Agriculture needs to become more technology intensive, increase yields, better
Philip O’Dwyer was the first person to arrive at the Business Drinks and to register for the pitch. His organization is called Maggrow East Africa Ltd. During his pitch, Philip introduced and offered us a new agricultural technology. It is a patent-protected Magnetic Spraying technology that reduces drift by up to 80% while reducing the amount of liquid and increasing productivity.
Zegeye Teklu was one of the ten people who made pitches on our Business Drinks event on 25th August 2016. He is from Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), and he said “ATA is there to solve systematic problems of agricultural development in Ethiopia.
What the organizers of these Business Drinks – AgriProFocus and ENTAG - continue to be proud of is that more and more new people are using the opportunity to introduce themselves and to promote their organizations. Dave Blackwell and James Allen are from Clinton Health Access Initiativ... Read more
Organised by a consortium of organisations in the Agriculture sector and farmer representatives, the Meru Agribusiness Expo is an opportunity for actors in the agriculture sector to meet and network, market their products and services, learn and debate on various issues in the sector and forming potential synergies for improving the sector. Focused on horticulture, cereals (maize and beans), poultry and dairy (cows and goats) value chains, the Expo will be composed of:
1. Exhibitions from various service providers
2. Lectures and debates sessions
Participate at this sector changing event by:
a. Exhibit your products and services.
b. Sponsor this event and contribute to the improvement of agribusiness and agriculture in Meru and its neighbouring areas
c. Visit the exhibitions to learn of new developments and innovations in the agriculture sector
Please register to Exhibit or Sponsor the event HERE.
For more information,contact us at email@example.com or 0689 869 565
The event was held on the 17th and 18th August 2016 and In attendance were over 400 participants majority of whom where youth that were supported by partner organisations, AFARD, West Nile on Line, Self Help Africa, Technoserve, West Nile Youth Network, SNV YES Programme, ADINGON, CEGED, Arua NGO Forum, ZOA,CEFORD, Tecnoserve, Caritas Arua and the Red Cross.
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For the eighth time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event in Ruhango on 11-12 August 2016.
The aim of the two-day event was to bring together farmers from the Southern Province, finance service providers, agribusiness companies and Development partners operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction to address various burning issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including Access to Finance, Access to Market, and Information on quality inputs and equipment.
On a ground next to Umuco Hotel where this fair was held, it presented to the farmers, inspiring practical information & knowledge on access to finance & access to markets, in forms of exhibitions, dialogue and interactions. The exhibitors and numerous visitors met each other;.
During the 2 days, the fair brought together 24 exhibitors and attracted more than 2000 farmers who visited... Read more
AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.
The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.
The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with in... Read more