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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)
We did it in Poultry and we did it in Horticulture, now AgriProFocus in partnership with EKN bring you a a video on the investment opportunities in the Dairy sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian dairy value chain players and Dutch dairy and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.
AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie waarin leden uit bedrijfsleven, maatschappelijke organisaties, kennisinstellingen en overheidsorganisaties samenwerken voor de betere ondersteuning van ondernemerschap bij boeren in Afrika en Zuid-Oost Azië. Het internationale secretariaat is gevestigd in Nederland en AgriProFocus heeft daarnaast 11 netwerk secretariaten in Afrika en 2 in Zuid-Oost Azië. AgriProFocus werkt in 2017 aan de implementatie van haar nieuwe strategie onder de titel ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’.
Wij zijn op zoek naar een enthousiaste en overtuigende ‘Coördinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren (ME&L)’. In deze functie ben je verantwoordelijk voor het vertalen van de nieuwe strategie in een effectief en efficiënt ME&L-systeem op organisatie- en projectniveau binnen AgriProFocus. Als coördinator ben je in staat om de juiste data bijeen te brengen, maar nog veel belangrijker om te zorgen dat die data... Read more
Click here to read AgriProFocus interview with Jony Girma about his honey agribusiness called APIS Agribusiness P.L.C., which not only aims to become the number one organic honey producer but which is also determined to contribute to rural youth employment, rural development and natural forest conservation in Ethiopia.
Jony Girma is a member of the Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice that was launched in September 2016 to create a platform for all professionals working with youth agripreneurs to share expertise and experiences.
AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.
Here it is!
Yesterday evening, AgriProFocus and MDF celebrated the opening of their joint office in Myanmar. At the side of the beautyful Inya Lake in Yangon, we raised the glass with our first Dutch and Myanmar partners. Ambassador of the Netherlands Wouter Jurgens stressed the importance of capacity building and links between different stakeholders in the value chain in Myanmar. There embassy therefore warmly welcomed AgriProFocus and MDF in Myanmar, and wished us growth and success for the coming years.
AgriProFocus, the INCLUDE platform (INCLUDE) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (the F&BKP) present the results of a quick scan study providing some new insights into the challenges of the agricultural sector, food security and youth unemployment. It also looks at the extent to which current policies and programs are addressing these issues with the aim of stimulating constructive dialogue and debate.
Looking at the cases of Mali, Kenya and Ghana, the aim is to identify context specific approaches to stimulate constructive dialogue and debate with policymakers and practitioners.
Alinta and Alpha did the mapping in Mali and Kenya; the analysis is done by F&BKP and Include.
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
A 4-year agreement between the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Netherlands Foreign Affairs ministry has just been launched. Two Dutch consortium partners and AgriProFocus members, Aeres and MDF Asia just completed their first successful inception mission.
It concerns strengthening of 14 State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs), Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. There will be ample technical, subject matter expertise transfer between Netherlands and Myanmar. This aims to make the schools more adapted to their regional specific agricultural circumstances. Further, the project ensures that the SAI curriculum is better embedded into concrete to job profiles and actual job needs.
Our first mission was very successful, demonstrated high involvement and ownership by the ministry and a strong willingness from... 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 in partn... 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 ‘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