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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)
C’est avec plaisir que je vous informe de notre déménagement du deuxième forage à Maurice Delens dans les mêmes locaux que la SNV.
Notre adresse :
Telephone : 20753633
Nous serons ravis de vous accueillir dans nos locaux!!!
I'd like to share an important message from the Chairman of the AgriProFocus Board, Mr Wantenaar, about our new Managing Director!
Dear AgriProFocus members,
It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Mr. Sander Mager as the new Managing Director of AgriProFocus.
Sander has worked for all four sides of the so-called 'Dutch Diamond' in the areas of food security and sustainable agriculture (Government, Private Sector, Knowledge Institutes and Civil Society). He worked as vice-president and director of the learning program of TransForum (a public-private innovation program), as senior strategic adviser for the Ministries of Economic and of Foreign Affairs, as lecturer at VU University Amsterdam, and more recently as an independent consultant at Licence to Grow.
He combines a clear vision on sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship with a pragmatic approach to fostering multi-stakeholder cooperation between public and private sectors, knowl... Read more
On the 17th, 19th and 21st December 2015, a 3days training entitled ‘Youth entrepreneurship training’ took place at Ninzi Hill Hotel/ Kacyiru, Kigali. The training aimed at providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes in entrepreneurship that will best meet the youth employment needs and develop positive attitude towards self employment, judicious use of material and time on the field.
The Youth entrepreneurship training was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda in Partnership with SNV. The contents of the training mainly focused on: Self Assessment Sessions, Entrepreneurial Competencies, Assessing Business Opportunities, Business Management Sessions and various instructive, entertaining and relaxing games and exercises (Kind of sessions that enable to be equipped with useful knowledge and skills needed to start up new ventures).
Among 68 applicants, only 30 candidates were selected to attend the training and 25 youths... Read more
AgriProFocus Niger vous présente ses meilleurs vœux pour l’année 2016, pour laquelle une gamme d’activités sont prévues pour rendre le réseau encore plus vibrant et plus attractif !!!
Vous trouverez ces activités dans le Plan Annuel 2016 que j’ai le plaisir de partager avec vous.
Nous apprécions hautement les contributions de nos membres qui sont au cœur de nos actions, par conséquent, ce plan a été élaboré en collaboration avec les différentes parties prenantes du réseau. De même nous veillerons à ce que 2016 soit une année fructueuse et pleine d'opportunités pour encrer l’entrepreneuriat agricole dans l’agenda du Niger.
Nous vous offrons :
1. Une plate forme de débat et d’apprentissage pour discuter, partager et découvrir les dernières innovations dans les domaines de l’agriculture et de la sécurité alimentaire ;
2. Des évènements de courtage d’affaires et de valorisation du savoir faire agricole (Semaine... Read more
Middlemen play an important role by linking farmers to traders and final markets. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where market failure is ubiquitous and food chains still consist of many stages. This paper analyzes the factors affecting the farmers' decision to trade through middlemen and the impact of this choice on income and commercialization. We conceptualize middlemen both as an economic institution and as a social network structure. On the basis of data from 345 farmers in Ethiopia we found that several socioeconomic variables – particularly age, education, farm size, wealth and location – and social network variables – notably ethnic and religious ties – have an influence on farmers' choice of sales arrangement.
Regarding income effects, gross profit was 225% higher for farmers without intermediation. This could b... Read more
On December 16, AgriProFocus Ethiopia organized the fourth EKN-FDOV Learning Event at Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa. EKN Learning Events have the aim of providing an opportunity for food security programs and projects that are being supported by the government of the Netherlands to learn from each other. Moreover, peer-review and experience sharing among the projects are their objectives. AgriProFocus Ethiopia has taken the mandate to organize four learning events in 2015 on an agreement with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa.
On this last learning event of 2015, which over 60 people attended, Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) was the center of the agenda. FSRE Fund is a program financed by EKN and managed by ICCO Cooperation, on behalf of AgriProFocus. Read More on FSRE Fund: www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund
An exhibition of Projects’ activities and products was the unique session of t... Read more
The dairy learning labs held from 23rd November to 1st December 2015 in Tanga and Arusha were co-organised by SNV, AgriProFocus, Tanzania Association of Milk Producers (TAMPRODA), Tanga Dairy Platform, Tengeru Livestock Training Agency (LITA), ECHO, and facilitated by PUM expert. With topics on feeds, animal health and reproduction, the learning labs aims at reviewing and sharing materials and methods used for training dairy farmers and to jointly improve existing practices among dairy practitioners and professionals. A total of 105 participants attended the learning labs.
Find the report of the dairy learning lab HERE
AgriProFocus Ethiopia organized its Annual Network Day on the 11th December 2015 with nearly 100 participants. As indicated weeks ago the objective was to review the network’s activities of 2015 and to brainstorm plans of 2016 with members and partners.
However, most importantly, our Annual Network Day was planned to give an overview of the country-wide agricultural activities, challenges, achievements and future plans. And for that we are honored to have W/ro Lakech Michael of the Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA). Hence, our Annual Network Day was opened by her detailed and informative presentation on the second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II) of the Ethiopian government and the Agricultural Agenda.
W/ro Lakech, while giving an overview of GTP II, indicated five high level objectives included in the plan for agriculture sector. These are:
- Accelerated grow... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania held its annual network day on the 11th December 2015. This annual event aims at celebrating the progress of the network setting the stage for next year 2016 and build and expand professional networks among the network members. A total of 80 participants attended the network day that included AgriProFocus partners who have been involved in co-organizing events, agriculture professionals who are members of the online platform. Also members and partners brought along their colleagues that were new to the network.
A review of the 2015 network activities was presented and partners were later awarded certificate of appreciation for their active participation in the AgriProFocus network. Network members later planned for 2016 activities where new innovation communities of Dairy, Poultry, Pulses and Agro-processing were formed. The networking session saw a fruitful outcome where TanTrade and AMSHA institute started talk... Read more
La très attendue foire agricole de Kayes a débuté ce Jeudi 10 décembre 2015 dans la cité des rails à 600 Km de Bamako. Cette première journée fut essentiellement consacrée à l’installation dans les stands. Les exposants ont aussi apporté leur touche personnelle à la décoration intérieure des stands et travaillé à l’achalandage des produits. L’après-midi a connu un début d’affluence estimé à près de 2000 visiteurs, favorisé par les sorties de classe et les descentes de service au petit soir. Un important public est attendu pour les animations artistiques aux environs de 20 h
La cérémonie d’ouverture est prévue pour demain vendredi 11 Décembre 2015 à 10H avec le discours du Gouverneur, du Président du conseil régional de Kayes, du Directeur Régional de l’Agriculture et l’intervention du Coordinateur National du réseau AgriProFocus Mali.
“Being gender sensitive in the value chains is of paramount importance in realizing holistic growth and harmony in families”said one of the coachees.
We would like to congratulate our dear 2015 Gender coachees who successfully completed the AgriProFocus 3rd Gender in Value Chains Trajectory that started in February 2015. Out of the 6 participating organizations that participated in the 2015 Gender and Value Chains Trajectory, 14 Gender coaches graduated at the two day closing workshop held on 2nd -3rdDecember, 2015 at SNV/AgriProFocus Offices.
La fin de la semaine de l’entreprenariat Agricole a été couronnée par un business cocktail offert par Agriprofocus Niger le vendredi 20 novembre 2015, dans les locaux de la SNV, pour marquer la SEMEA et de la FINAGRI dans une ambiance festive et conviviale, servant également de cadre pour mieux se connaitre et nouer des contacts pour de futures partenariats.
Une cinquantaine de participants représentant des OPs, des banques, des entrepreneurs privés, des innovateurs, des ONGs nationales et internationales, des structures étatiques, des centres de recherches, des étudiants de la faculté d’agronomie et des élus locaux ont participé au cocktail.
For the aim of reviewing activities and achievements of the ongoing Ethiopian Soil Campaign as well as for brainstorming on its continuation, World Soil Day celebrated today in Addis Ababa.
While the Deputy Representative of FAO, Mr. Mohammed Salih, opens the day with a speech, followed by Dr. Negash Demissie, President of Ethiopian Soil Science Society (ESSS). Then a number of Soil Scientists, Policy Makers, and Researchers have made informative and educational presentations for the over 90 audiences attended the celebration. The presentations will be shared with the overall report of Ethiopian Soil Campaign.
In order to get a hint on the achievements of the Soil Campaign as well as to get reflections of the participants of all campaign events, including the Ethiopian Soil Week, a Smartphone survey using Akvoflow... Read more
In 2015 the AgriProFocus network has offered various services to promote farmer entrepreneurship in 13 different countries. 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. It is very much appreciated!
Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey with the whole network.
From 25 to 27 November 2015, Modern agri inputs supply and Consultancy (MAISCO Ltd) attended and participated actively in joint Conference, exhibition and Competition organised by 7 AgriProFocus Country Networks (Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, DR Congo, Zambia) together with Rwandan partners NAEB, PSF and RHIO aimed at “PROMOTING INNOVATION & TRADE IN HORTICULTURE”
MAISCO Ltd won the third place in a tight and interesting HORTICULTURE BUSINESS INNOVATION CHALLENGE for its innovation based on vegetables seedlings grafting aiming at promoting the production of healthy , higher yield and environmental friendly seedlings with the introduction of Irish potatoes and tomato production on a single plant by Grafting a tomato scion on Irish potatoes rootstock.
MAISCO Ltd would then like to extend its gratitude and thank AgriProFocus, NAEB, PSF of Rwanda and RHIO , SNV for organizing such constructive events wh... Read more
Last week I was in Guatemala for the launch of the Spanish version of the coffee toolkit!!! This book was produced a year ago in English under the title ‘ Sustainable coffee as a family business; tools and approaches to include women and youth’.
Thanks to Hivos Central America a Spanish version was produced. The book launch was part of a gender in value chain workshop organized and facilitated by Hivos Central America together with AgriProFocus in Guatemala city. Thirty-five (35) people participated in the workshop representing the development-, the cooperative - and the private sector active in different value chains. The coffee -, the honey - and the cardamom sector were well represented. The workshop was very motivating for the participants to address gender in the development of these value chains, not only for social reasons (gender justice) but also for economic ones (more competitive value chains). Hivos and its pa... Read more
This 30-minute film shows the side effects of importing Holstein-Friesian dairy cattle into Uganda. When repeatedly crossbred with local cattle these cows are more vulnerable to fatal tick-borne diseases, like East Coast Fever, than local cattle breeds. There is a substantial and rapidly growing use of antibiotics to counter these diseases, and as a result resistance to antibiotics is growing. Moreover, insecticides are widely used to control the ticks. Consumers buying milk produced by these cows are drinking a product that contains antibiotic and insecticide residues. Recent scientific reports predict that in the near future millions of people may die as a result of antibiotic resistance. Moreover, the widespread use of tick pesticides is affecting the country’s biodiversi... Read more
Opening remarks where made by the CEO of NAEB Amb. George William Kayonga, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mrs. Frederique de Man, Acting Managing Director of AgriProFocus Roel Snelder and the key-note speech was delivered by Hon. Minister Gerardine Mukeshimana. Follow our Twitter-page and Facebook page for live updates and quotes by our speakers!
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The Dutch Horticulture business-delegation that is visiting Rwanda met new business contacts, clients or partners active in the horticulture sector today @ the Holland Lounge at the Expo Grounds (see picture).
Dutch ompanies involved were: Orinso, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, Koppert Biological Systems, RijkZwaan, DLV Plant, Holland Green Tech, TAHMO, Wageningen-UR, BoP Inc, SNV, Greenport Holland, Agriterra.
We will update you soon with more info coming from Kigali, Rwanda!