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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)


Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 1 year 1 month ago

A day out with the young agribusiness entrepreneurs

Agriculture is the major sector in Kenya yet young people do not want to venture in it to sustain themselves and create employment. The youth will always think of agriculture as something to do when they retire from offices. There are many parties coming together to ensure that the youth are empowered to venture into agribusiness and promote food security in the world.

It is with this reason that AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with USIU-Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management and entrepreneurship (GAME) Center hosted a youth in agribusiness trendsetter’s caravan on 24th March 2016. The event was held at USIU-Africa and was officially opened by Professor Francis Wambalaba from USIU-Africa.

One of the most interesting activities that took place during the forum is the ideation through simulation. The simulation activity is a practical guide to running a successful enterprise. Youth in the forum found the activity very involv

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Annette van Andel Great event once more!

1 year 1 month ago

Sanya Wandera Would you share a full report on this! To help us understand the kind of resolutions made, how feasible are the innovations, how practically are they scaling up the stated sectors.

1 year 1 month ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Hi Sanya, We are working on a report which will be shared soon. Thanks Much

1 year 1 month ago

Michael Ondialla Photos too? ;-)

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Going beyond stereotypes to strengthen your Farmer-Firm trade relation


Around 100 participants gathered on March 24 at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam for the AgriProFocus Expert meeting: 'It Takes 2-2-Trade'.


A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.

The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.

Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been ap

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

The Agribusiness Club Meeting of 18 March 2016 was Wonderful!


On the 18th of  March 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with Spark organized an Agribusiness Club meeting around 5:30-8pm local time. This exciting event aimed at at introducing the Agri-BDS Network Association and the new AgriProFocus Rwanda Country Coordinator to the network.

Given that the event was planned to be on Friday in the evening, the time that most of people like; “the beginning of the weekend", organizers prepared different kind of drinks and snacks so that people enjoy their weekend while networking with each other, exchange business cards, share business experiences.

The event attracted 71 participants including but not limited to: Agri-BDS network members, AgriProFocus Rwanda coordination team and other key network members & partners.

After the introduction remarks, the Assistant Coordinator and the facilitator of the event Mr.Anatole Majyambere invited Mr. Desire Mushumba the Progam Man

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Sajji RYAKUNZE Thank you Elyse for sharing , this was so interesting !

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

"EGALITE DES OPPORTUNITES DANS L'AGRIBUSINESS AU BURUNDI", 8 MARS 2016

AgriProFocus Burundi à travers sa Communauté d'innovation genre en partenariat avec l'Association des Femmes Entrepreneurs du Burundi AFAB ont organisé un événement pour célébrer la journée Internationale de la femme célébré chaque 8 mars. Le thème choisit pour cette journée est "Egalité des opportunités dans l'agribusiness au Burundi".
L'événement s'est tenu à la détente et a connu une participation de 121 personnes issues des organisations des producteurs, des entreprises privées, des Institutions financières, des organisations internationales et locales intervenant dans l’agriculture ainsi que les représentants des ministères.
La journée était partagé entre les conférences débat sur trois thèmes qui sont les suivants ; « mettre en valeur la contribution de la femme à la sécurité alimentaire ; Changement climatique au Burundi et agriculture ; et groupement associatif, une optio

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Annette van Andel Je suis tres fiere que vous avec organise cette evenement pour celebrer la journee internationale de la femme. Egalite des opportunites, tres important!

1 year 2 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Oui aussi très content pour vous pour cette activité. Mais je pense qu'on ne doit pas toujours attendre le 8 mars pour organiser ces gens d'événements. Les femmes rurales acteurs de l'économie locale sont dans le besoin de ces événements bien sûr dans leurs langues locales et non en français ou anglais pour ce sentir appartenir à ce monde remplir d'inégalité. Citation «... si les femmes disposaient du même accès à ces ressources que les hommes, elles produiraient 20-30 % de nourriture en plus… » – La FAO au Travail 2010-2011/AGRIPROFOCUS Chez nous à GLOBAL NOVAT, outre l'expertise en Ingénierie Agricole (études techniques, économiques/stratégiques en agriculture) ; Innovations Technologiques en Agriculture et Vulgarisation/Conseil Agricole; TICs en agriculture, l'entreprenariat, nous travaillons pour l'intégration du genre pour le développement des chaines de valeur agricole. globalnovat@gmail.com, 0022966264461

1 year 2 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Yes also very happy for you for this activity. But I think we should not always wait for March 8 to organize these events people. Rural women actors of the local economy in need of such course events in their local languages and not in English or French for that feel part of this world complete inequality. Quote "... If women had the same access to resources as men, they would produce 20-30% more food ..." - FAO at Work 2010-2011 / AGRIPROFOCUS GLOBAL NOVAT home, in addition to expertise in Agricultural Engineering (technical, economic / strategic in agriculture); Technological Innovations in Agriculture and Extension / Agricultural Council; ICT in agriculture, entrepreneurship, we are working for gender mainstreaming in the development of agricultural value chains. globalnovat@gmail.com, 0022966264461

1 year 2 months ago

NSENGIYUMVA Janvier Bien pour l'organisation de cette activité aussi importante. Il faut aussi savoir que la main d'oeuvre au niveau du secteur agricole c'est la femme, donc il faut investir dans la femme pour augmenter la production

1 year 2 months ago

Yacouba Zanga Koné Félicitation à vous pour l'organisation de cet événement à l'honneur des femmes. La femme reste et restera au cœur de la promotion de tous les segments du développement agricole surtout si les événements de ce genre contribuant à faire sortir son travail de l'invisibilité sont promus.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Le mardi 08 Mars 2016, l'HÔTEL DU CINQUANTENAIRE DE SIKASSO a accueilli le 3 ème salon du Finagri.

Son Excellence Monsieur Konimba Sidibé, Ministre de la promotion de l’investissement et du secteur privé a présidé la cérémonie de lancement de la troisième édition du Salon du Financement de l’Agriculture. Il avait à ses cotés, le gouverneur de Sikasso, le député de la région, le président du conseil régional, le maire de Sikasso, le président du conseil de cercle, et les services déconcentrés et décentralisés de l’état. Cette cérémonie qui a mobilisé près de 378 acteurs, a marqué ainsi le coup d’envoi de trois jours d’activités de promotion de l' entrepreneuriat agricole, faite d’échange et apprentissage mutuel entre acteurs du secteur. La FINAGRI demeure un incontournable lieu de rencontre et d’échange entre acteurs financiers et porteurs d’affaires avec pour cette édition près de 200 plans d’affaires à discuter dans le cadre

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

AgriProFocus Corporate Annual Plan 2016

The world of 2015 has shown us that interconnectedness is the norm. More than ever, we depend on each other for our safety, economic development and food security, for example. The Global Goals For Sustainable Development are a timely and urgent backdrop to take up many of the present challenges together. In the light of its mission to promote farmer entrepreneurship, AgriProFocus has a solid basis to contribute to: Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 15: Life on land. 

Policy pillars Dutch government

The AgriProFocus network underscores the key policy pillars for food security of the Dutch government: eradicating hunger and malnutrition; sustainable and inclusive growth of the agricultural sector and creating ecologically sustainable food systems. Within this broader policy framework, AgriProFocus supports the Dutch government pledge for increased coherence. More in particular the

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Humphrey S. Chilewa Great. This is a good platform to discuss issues related to agricultural development. Together we will be able to make a difference.

1 year 2 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT I share with joy, Selected objectives AgriProfocus occurrence in Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 15: Life on land, to contribute to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition; sustainable and inclusive growth in agriculture and the creation of environmentally sustainable food systems. In Benin, the Global Novat firm will actively collaborate with AgriProfocus Benin for achieving these goals in metrs possible. Yours Ms Anne Marie. globalnovat@gmail.com

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Agri Business Development Services Providers (Agri-BDS) workshop

On Friday, 26th February 2016 a second Agri-BDS workshop co-organized by AgriProFocus and SPARK took place at Chez Lando Hotel and attracted 56 members. The purposes of this event were to present the work done by the Agri-BDS Steering Committee, the Agri-BDS registration pathway, share comments and discussion, choose the network’s committee and discuss the way forward.

In her introductory remarks, Ms.Maia Gedde, the Country Director of SPARK recalled:” the Agri-BDS network has been initiated in order to increase the professional standards of the services delivered in Agriculture, facilitate network members to learn from each other, work together, share experience, network more and find solutions together.”

During the presentation of the work done, Mr. Laurent Ulimubenshi, the Secretary of the steering committee highlighted the objective of the Agri Business Development Services Providers network which is:” To accele

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Vacancy: Executive & Communications Assistant AgriProFocus Netherlands

Fulltime, 36hrs/wk, based in Arnhem

AgriProFocus is an international network with Dutch roots that promotes and drives agri-entrepreneurship to contribute to food security and economic development in low and middle income countries. Our network is active in the Netherlands as a partnership with 35 member organisations consisting of private sector, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and government. Outside the Netherlands we have 12 country networks in Africa and Asia.

For our team in Arnhem, the Netherlands we are looking for a full-time, enthusiastic and creative Executive & Communications Assistant. In this job you will work 50% as Executive Assistant and 50% as Communications Assistant.

Job description:

• You offer executive support to our Managing Director and Director of Programmes: calendar management, drafting of letters, handling phone calls and correspondence.

• You liaise with the AgriProFocu

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Posted By in ASDF Facility
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Successful ASDF Learning Event took place

On February 18th 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda successfully organized the ‘’ASDF Learning Event’’ at Chez Lando Hotel. The purpose of this event was to provide an opportunity for the funded projects to come together, share experiences, briefly learn from each other.

The ASDF (Agri-Sector Development Facility) was financed by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda and managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus Rwanda since December 2013, the facility was closed on 31st December 2015.

Comprised of 2 distinct windows:

- the ‘’Agri-Sector Innovation Fund'' (ASIF) ) with a maximum grant of 100,000 Euros and

- the ''Capacity Building and Small Investments Fund'' (CaBIF), with a maximum grant of 10,000 Euros.

As agreed since the inception phase of the facility, AgriProFocus Rwanda was assigned to organize a learning event on behalf of ICCO. The event held at Chez Lando Hotel, on Thursday 18th February 2016 brought together 99 participants from key s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Happening Now: EKN Learning Event at Dreamliner Hotel

23 Feb 2016

The topic is Gender, and the main goal is to share experience on how each organization is streaming gender issues on their activities.

Sossena Demissie from AGP-AMDE and Amleset Haile from CASCAPE are making presentations.

Also Jan Willem from Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) gave a nice introduction for today's event.

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains Zambia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Gender Track III Kick-off Workshop

AgriProFocus Zambia held a three-day kick-off for the Gender in Value Chain Coaching trajectory which took place from Monday 15th February to Wednesday 17th February. Participants were coached by Gender specialist Namwinga Mumbi. During this workshop, participants were involved in various thought-provoking activities and were introduced to a number of tools and strategies to develop a gender inclusive value chain. Participants left the workshop with a lot of insight into:

        - The importance and benefits of a gender inclusive value chain

        - Key concepts for analyzing agricultural value chains from a gender perspective

        - How they can apply the tools in the Gender in Value Chains toolkit

        - How their current gender action plans can be improved

At the end of the workshop, participants applied eve

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Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Hello dear Maumo Mubila. Thank you for this AGRIPROFOCUS Zambia organized training. This training as you had highlighted that will include gender in the value chain and therefore different players have sustained and equitable income. Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT, suggest you get really involved with structures (office, NGOs, center) at the base to a support board monitoring of these participants and farmers in the pants. It is only on this condition that you can have the desired result '' participants' progress and farmers in the near future! ''. Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT good continuty wish you agriprofocus 2016 activities globalnovat@gmail.com

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Cooperatives: Towards Tackling Marketing Challenges

On the 3rd National Cooperatives’ Exhibition, Bazaar and Symposium

Last week, from 3rd to 8th February, cooperatives from all over the country came together to exhibit and sell their various types of products and services at Addis Ababa Exhibition Center. The event was organized for the third time by the Federal Cooperative Agency of Ethiopia (FCA).

With a theme “Cooperative marketing for fairness”, the event gave a good opportunity for the residents of the Capital to buy agricultural and industrial products directly from the farmers. Coffee, lentils, honey, butter, wheat, onion, avocado, . . . agricultural products from every value chain were brought to be sold with relatively cheap piece. A number of agricultural inputs and machineries were also exhibited by innovators and suppliers.

Moreover, saving and credit cooperatives explained their services and achievements to visitors using detailed graphs in banner and posters.

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Prosper KOUTCHAINOU It's simply super

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

EKN - AgriProFocus Kenya -- Exploring collaboration 

Insightful meeting with Agriculture counselor, Bert Rikken and Agriculture officer Liz Kiamba at the Dutch embassy in Nairobi during our Managing Director's Mr Sander Mager visit to Kenya accompanied by the network facilitator. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

ATELIER DE PLANIFICATION DES ACTIVITES DE LA CI JEUNESSE & ENTREPRENEURIAT APF-BENIN

Aujourd’hui 10 Février 2016 au siège de l’organisation Néerlandaise pour le développement (SNV) s’est tenu l’atelier de planification des activités de la communauté d’innovations Jeunesse & Entrepreneuriat du réseau AGRIPROFOCUS-BENIN pour le compte de l’année 2016.

Notons avant tout que la communauté d’innovation Jeunesse & Entrepreneuriat fait partie des nouvelles communautés installées par le réseau au Bénin.

Il a été question au cours de cet atelier de passer en revue les différentes activités de la communauté afin d’énumérer les sous-activités, leur période de réalisation ainsi que les potentielles parties prenantes. C’est donc dans une ambiance participative que les idées ont fusées au cours de cette activité, tant la communauté d’innovation suscitait l’adhésion et l’intérêt des membres du réseau étant donné qu’une attention particulière

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Abel HOUANDEKON c'était super l'atelier

1 year 3 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Tout simplement super, bonne suite CI JEUNESSE & ENTREPRENEURIAT. La jeunesse au service du développement

1 year 3 months ago

Cabinet GLOBAL NOVAT Le cabinet est disponible pour accompagner CI JEUNESSE & ENTREPRENEURIAT dans l'exécution des ses activités.

1 year 3 months ago

Awanabi IDRISSOU Bravo à vous. Courage à nous tenez-nous informes de la suite. Qu'en est-il de la communauté du genre SVP?

1 year 3 months ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU L'atelier de planification n'a pas encore eu lieu. Tu seras informé en son temps. Merci

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

8 Mars, Journée Internationale de la FEMME ; Lancement de la troisième édition du salon du financement de l'agriculture à Sikasso

Il s’agit donc pour votre réseau  de donner libre cours au potentiel des femmes lors du FINAGRI2016. Un tel agenda devrait faire progresser l'éducation des femmes et l'accès à l'information ; affirmer leurs droits, leur faciliter l'accès aux intrants agricoles et garantir la sécurité sur leurs terres. Il s’agira aussi de promouvoir l'entrepreneuriat féminin et accroître la participation des femmes à la gestion de la chose publique.

Cette Journée internationale de la femme est pour nous l’occasion de rendre hommage  à la femme africaine, tant pour leur esprit d’endurance que pour les sacrifices consentis par elles. Cette commémoration nous permet aussi d’apprécier l’ampleur des opportunités manquées de prendre à bras le corps les nombreux obstacles qui continuent de parsemer le parcours de la gent féminine en Afr

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou En dehors de la journée mondiale de la femme, celle de 08 mars de chaque année, la femme nigerienne a une autre journée, le 13 mai. donc felicitation à la femme mère de l'humanité.

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Interview of the Month
The Critical Importance of Organic Matters in Our Soils

Dr. Eshetu Bekele is a soil scientist in the applied chemistry program of Adama Science and Technology University. As a member of the organizing committee of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign, he has played a significant role for the success of the campaign since 2015. As part of the campaign activities, this interview was conducted and documented by Sarah Assefa, an Instructor of Environmental Science and Sustainable Development at Hope College of Business, Science and Technology. In this short interview, Dr. Eshetu tells us the critical importance of organic matters in our soils.

Why are you interested in soil health?

Soil is the basis of everything as the food we eat, the energy and medicine we use are derivatives of soil, soils through their structure and the great variety of species they host, perform numerous functions including food production, nutrient and water storage, filtering, detoxifying and p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Bourse Nationale des Semences Echalote et Oignon à Niono du 30 au 31 octobre 2015


ADA MAHAMANE Habou c'est bon pour les étudiants.

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

ATELIER DE LANCEMENT DES ACTIVITES 2016 DE LA PLATEFORME AGRIPROFOCUS-BENIN

Aujourd’hui, 29 Janvier 2016 au chant d’oiseau de Cotonou s’est tenu l’atelier de lancement des activités du réseau AGRIPROFOCUS-BENIN pour le compte de l’année 2016.

Prévu pour débuter à 9h, cet atelier a débuté par le passage d’un élément visuel de la conférence tenue sur les CUMA (Coopératives d’utilisation des machines agricoles) en 2015 dont APF-Bénin était co-organisateur. Ensuite, il a été question pour la coordination après son mot de bienvenue de présenter les résultats obtenus en 2015 par le réseau et des réformes ainsi que la planification pour 2016. Il ressort de ces différentes présentations que la plateforme APF-Bénin a été active au cours de l’année 2015 à travers les différentes activités menées et que la barre est maintenue assez haute pour 2016 au regard des objectifs fixés de façon participative avec les membres du réseau.

Il faut noter que les c

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou bon courage

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Entrepreneuriat Jeune : DES COACHES POUR ASSISTER LES PORTEURS DE PROJETS PARTOUT AU MALI

Notre pays est fortement engagé dans la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat jeune. A cet effet, en collaboration avec les partenaires au développement plusieurs stratégies ont été développées pour élargir ce créneau. Des séries de formations on été initiées en faveur des jeunes.

Malgré cela des contraintes persistent qui entravent la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat dans notre pays. Après plusieurs années d’expérience dans les programmes de ce genre, l’écart reste important entre la formation des jeunes à la conception d’un plan d’affaires d’un côté et le nombre de plan d’affaires financés par les banques de l’autre.

Ce constat a incité le réseau AgriProFocus Mali en partenariat avec l’ONG, Fair&sustainable à développer un nouveau projet baptisé Business plan coaching . Ce projet qui a été lancé en Décembre dernier est financé par le Canada.

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Philippe AKPAKI Félicitations à vous pour cette initiative. Vivement que le suivi soit faite pour permettre le financement des projets des jeunes. Ailleurs, pareilles initiatives ont été implémentés mais malgré le coaching, les banques n'ont pas acceptés financer ces projets.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

ATELIER DE LANCEMENT DES ACTIVITES 2016 DE LA PLATEFORME AGRIPROFOCUS-BENIN

Aujourd’hui, 29 Janvier 2016 au chant d’oiseau de Cotonou s’est tenu l’atelier de lancement des activités du réseau AGRIPROFOCUS-BENIN pour le compte de l’année 2016.

Prévu pour débuter à 9h, cet atelier a débuté par le passage d’un élément visuel de la conférence tenue sur les CUMA (Coopératives d’utilisation des machines agricoles) en 2015 dont APF-Bénin était co-organisateur. Ensuite, il a été question pour la coordination après son mot de bienvenue de présenter les résultats obtenus en 2015 par le réseau et des réformes ainsi que la planification pour 2016. Il ressort de ces différentes présentations que la plateforme APF-Bénin a été active au cours de l’année 2015 à travers les différentes activités menées et que la barre est maintenue assez haute pour 2016 au regard des objectifs fixés de façon participative avec les membres du réseau.

Il faut noter que les c

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Partageant pleinement la vision du réseau AgriProFocus, je souhaite de tout mon coeur une année réussie et pleine d'activités aux 8 Communautés d'Innovation.On est ensemble

1 year 3 months ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Merci

1 year 3 months ago