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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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Nouveaux locaux AgriProFocus au Niger:


Chers membres,

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 :

AgriProFocus Niger

Avenue Zarmakoye

Telephone : 20753633

BP 10110

Niamey

Niger

Nous serons ravis de vous accueillir dans nos locaux!!!

Georges Djodji Akibodé Merci chère Zeinabou pour cette information. Nous nous réjouissons de ce déménagement qui vous assure encore plus de visibilité et de proximité avec la SNV. Bonne et heureuse année à tous les membres du réseau AgriProFocus Niger.ON EST ENSEMBLE

1 year 2 months ago

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Posted 1 year 2 months ago

I'd like to share an important message from the Chairman of the AgriProFocus Board, Mr Wantenaar, about our new Managing Director!

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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

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Bonjour chers tous, Nous souhaitons la bienvenue au DG Mr Sander Mager. Nous sommes convaincus que sa très grande expérience mise au service du réseau AgriProFocus nous permettra de continuer la grande marche de promotion de entrepreneuriat agricole pour l'atteinte de la sécurité alimentaire. ON EST ENSEMBLE.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Youth Entrepreneurship Training: Done in December 2015


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

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Clet IYAMENYE NIBEHO This sounds wonderful!!! My sincere congratulations to #AgriProFocus Rwanda and #SNV. for the amazing job you are doing equipping the Rwandan #youth with these skills that matter today!! Keep up the good job. Our #agriculture sector has a bright future.

1 year 2 months ago

Georges Djodji Akibodé Merci chère Elyse pour ce partage. La problématique de l’insertion des jeunes, dans le tissu économique de manière générale et dans le secteur agricole de manière particulière est au cœur de toutes les stratégies et dispositifs d’emploi des jeunes dans les pays en développement, eu égard, d’une part á l’arrivée massive sur le marché d’emploi de cette frange de population chaque année (180 000 jeunes ruraux arrivent sur le marché du travail au Mali), et d’autre part au fort potentiel d’insertion que constitue l’Agriculture.Le réseau AgriProFocus Mali mène un travail appréciable pour l'attractivité du secteur agricole comme alternative à l’émigration . La prochaine édition du salon du financement de l'agriculture prévue du 08 au 10 Mars à Sikasso sera une grande opportunité offerte aux jeunes entrepreneurs pour des rencontres B2B avec les banques et IMF du Mali.ON EST ENSEMBLE

1 year 2 months ago

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AgriProFocus Niger Plan Annuel 2016

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

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Famory SINABA Merci chère Rokiatou pour les docs. Bravo

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Are middlemen facilitators or barriers to improve smallholders' welfare in rural economies? Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia

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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

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Rolf Schinkel I think there are. I addresed directly some people and organizations of whom I think they can add interesting new perspectives from their point of view. Let's see what happens!

1 year 2 months ago

Gumataw Kifle Abebe That's great! Looking forward to it

1 year 2 months ago

Paschal Paul Dear all,these middle men encourage what we call batter system trade by doing so they increase money circulation in rural economic development Without middle men in rural economy, smallholder farmers may suffer to meet their basic need requirement due to the fact,basic social economic requirements are far from them,for instances bank,microfinance, development institution which may encourage money circulation in rural areas are not enough available and which are there like local authorities officers, primary and secondary personnels are payid low salary with no incentive hence rural farmer cannot avoid to secure financial assistance from the middle man in any way of commodity exchange

1 year 2 months ago

Gizaw Legesse Dear All, it's has been a very informative discussion, thank you for Mr Gumataw for initiating it. We have been also trying to attract more participant by promoting this post on other social medias. We hope the discussion continues and reached to a concrete lesson to the rest of our members. Having said that, I have a question to Paschal Paul on the last comment - just seeking more clarification. Does the role of middlemen amount to assisting smallholders financially? The not availability of infrastructures may make their role important, like providing market information and so on. But are there middlemen, say who give payment of goods to the farmers beforehand?

1 year 2 months ago

Gumataw Kifle Abebe Thanks Gizaw for your compliments and taking this important discussion into other platforms. I hope we'll have someone willing to provide us a summary of the outcome of this discussion sometime in the future.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

FSRE Fund Projects on EKN-FDOV Learning Event

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

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Nicole Metz Dear Ethiopia team, Happy New Year 2016! Thanks for having shared the outcomes of the EKN/FDOV Learning Event already. The links to the presentations are very useful

1 year 2 months ago

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Dairy Learning Labs Tanzania: Feeds, Animal Health and Reproduction

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

GTP II and the Agricultural Transformation Agenda 

On the Annual Network Day of AgriProFocus Ethiopia


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Feedback on AgriProFocus Tanzania Annual Network Day

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

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Joseph Sekiku I am sorry I missed to attend, much as I had warmed up for the event. Any way, you are welcome to Karagwe, fadeco bio-crops

1 year 3 months ago

Tanzania Graduate Farmers Hilda and APF Tanzania secretariat. Congratulations for good work.

1 year 3 months ago

Paschal Paul we all looked nice and we shared views wonderfully

1 year 3 months ago

Rodgers Akwilini How did I Miss this, But Congrats to the team see you on the Next one

1 year 2 months ago

Hance Richard Melchior Dear Hilda, Congratulation for the best work you did for the year 2015. We look forward to cooperating with you in 2016.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

FOKAYES2015, c’est parti pour cinq jours d'agrobusiness.

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.

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

IMPROVING GENDER EQUITY IN AGRICULTURAL VALUE CHAIN DEVELOPMENT

“From the coaching track, I’ve learned how to mainstream Gender in the Value Chain, using the different tools e.g. the chain mapping, where we look at the chain actors & levels of participation of men, women and youth along the chain"

“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.

Anne Marie Kortleve Congratulations to all gender coaches!

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

Business cocktail

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.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 year 3 months ago

World Soil Day Celebration, Ethiopian Soil Campaign

5th December 2015
At Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) Compound, Addis Ababa
See Pictures HERE.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 4 months ago

Please take our AgriProFocus annual survey!

Did you participate in any of our AgriProFocus activities face-to-face or online? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!


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!

Click here to take the survey!

Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey with the whole network.


Juma Bruno Ngomuo Good work here.....thanks for monitoring

1 year 3 months ago

Solomon Kalema Musisi done

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 year 4 months ago

MAISCO LTD IN PROMOTING INNOVATION & TRADE IN HORTICULTURE-Kigali

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 atPROMOTING 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

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chisulo david Wooow your innovation is just amazing. Congrats

1 year 4 months ago

Elyse Mahoro Congratulations MAISCO, looking forward to taste tomatoes and potatoes from one single plant here in Rwanda.

1 year 4 months ago

Diane Uwanyirigira Yes Elyse let's keep in touch u will have the seedlings and grow them in ur garden.thanks once again for ur great work we are now gathering the fruits from ur hard work.

1 year 4 months ago

Prosper Dutonnyekumana Proud of you guys!

1 year 3 months ago

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. It was a great idea....

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 4 months ago

Coffee toolkit available in Spanish version now!!

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

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Idrissa BA Félicitations. A quand la version française Angelica?

1 year 4 months ago

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Posted 1 year 4 months ago

Africa's Milk Dilemma in online video

DutchFarmExperience is happy to share the english version of the film Africa's Milk Dilemma is now available on-line! You can find the link here: https://youtu.be/d0J11O4TSZg


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

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Kick off Conference 'Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture'!

Today the conference on horticulture started in a big room packed with participants eager to find out more about the opportunities and innovations in regional trade in horticultural products.


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!

Twitter live-stream: @RwandaHorti2015 or follow #RwandaHorti2015

Facebook: Event-page

Guylaine Mwamini c'est très bien de nous mettre à jours du déroulement des activités au Rwanda!

1 year 4 months ago

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. It is great pleasure to part of the conference. Thank you Agripro focus Uganda

1 year 4 months ago

Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture has started!

The first day of the Exhibition is a fact. One of the highlights was the Matchmaking event, organised by NABC and AgriProFocus. 


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!

Rita Kusasira We are sure waiting!

1 year 4 months ago