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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)


Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 9 March 2016 at 01:47

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 9 March 2016 at 10:03

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 3 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 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 29 February 2016 at 01:53

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 25 February 2016 at 10:01

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 24 February 2016 at 12:17

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 23 February 2016 at 07:40

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 22 February 2016 at 09:20

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 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 February 2016 at 04:23

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 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 19 February 2016 at 12:42

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 10 February 2016 at 06:43

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 4 months ago

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

1 year 4 months ago

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

1 year 4 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 4 months ago

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

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 8 February 2016 at 06:18

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 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 February 2016 at 02:19

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 2 February 2016 at 04:54

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 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 2 February 2016 at 03:40

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 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 February 2016 at 03:00

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 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 29 January 2016 at 05:21

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 4 months ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Merci

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 January 2016 at 03:27

Fostering Sustainable PPP’s for a Food Secure Nation

AgriProFocus in Partnership with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands successfully held a two day workshop in Nairobi. The two-day workshop that took place on 26th and 27th January, brought together 67 participants drawn from 22 Dutch funded Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) projects. The main objective was for project partners to meet and network for cross-learning and knowledge sharing on Sustainable Partnerships for Food Security in Kenya.

“Partnership is about people, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank AgriProFocus Kenya for taking up this challenge given to them by the Embassy of the kingdom of Netherlands and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.” Said Dr. Melle Leenstra

Food security has become a very important theme in the developing world that needs to be addressed. Looking at Kenya as a transition country, the Dutch government is looking to shift the approach f

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Nicole Metz Very intersting! For those who would like to read more materials about public-private partnerships (including some Dutch PPP programmes), please look at the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website under Partnerships http://knowledge4food.net/theme/partnerships/

1 year 5 months ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Thanks Much Alpha. Feel free to share this. Thanks Much Nicole. I have shared your information on twitter too.

1 year 5 months ago

Guigonou Freddy PADONOU Thank dear Jillian for your post. It become important to adopt an integrated approach to attend food security. Food security is not only the job of producers, but also of scientist, politicians and others actors of development job. Thank for the powerpoints too. I'll share it with my personnal network.

1 year 5 months ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Dear Guigonou Freddy For offering to share this information with your network. We are glad that you found this to be insightful.

1 year 4 months ago

BAJJA FRUIT FARM Thank Jillian & Nicole for sharing. Lets also plan the same here in Uganda.

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 28 January 2016 at 11:32

Atelier de Coaching en Business Plan  à Ségou

La formation des jeunes en techniques d’élaboration de plan d’affaires bancable a bien débuté ce jeudi matin à l’ESAP de Ségou. Coaching en Plan d'affaires et création d’entreprise est un programme de formation offert aux jeunes entrepreneur (se)s et aux travailleur(se)s  par AgriProFocus Mali et FSAS avec le soutien financier de l’ambassade du Canada . A travers sa communauté d’innovation, JEUNESSE ET ENTREPRENARIAT AGRICOLE, votre réseau AgriProFocus Mali crée un véritable parcours, centré sur le projet d'entreprise agricole par un exercice de réflexion stratégique et d'orientation quant à la meilleure façon d'atteindre la réussite professionnelle en étant son propre patron et crée des emplois durables.

Le plan de formation intègre ateliers théoriques, rencontres de cercle et de travail individuel, basés sur la gestion de l'entreprise et l'intermédiation financière.

En travaillant à partir

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 25 January 2016 at 01:28

Je voudrais partager un message important du Président du Conseil AgriProFocus, M. Wantenaar, à propos de notre nouveau directeur général!

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Chers membres de AgriProFocus,

Il me fait grand plaisir de vous présenter M. Sander Mager qui est le nouveau directeur général de AgriProFocus.

Sander a travaillé dans tous les domaines de la sécurité alimentaire et l'agriculture durable (gouvernement, secteur privé, instituts de connaissances et de la société civile).

Il a occupé le poste de vice-président et directeur du programme d'apprentissage de TransForum (un programme d'innovation public-privé), en tant que conseiller stratégique principal pour les ministères de l'économie et des affaires étrangères, il fut maître de conférences à l'Université VU d'Amsterdam, et plus récemment en tant consultant indépendant .

Il combine une vision claire sur l'agriculture durable et l'esprit d'entreprise avec une approche pragmatique de la

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Idrissa BA Merci Daoulata. Nous souhaitons la bienvenue au nouveau directeur. Nous espérons que son expérience de facilitation de liens public-privé, ainsi que sont expérience du secteur privé seront un atout important pour le futur du réseau dans le sens du développement de l'agribusiness et de l'entreprenariat Agricole. Welcome Mr Sander Mager.

1 year 5 months ago

Fanta Goïta Bienvenue au nouveau Directeur de AgriProFocus.

1 year 5 months ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci Fanta Goita ,c'est gentille

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 January 2016 at 03:48

Linking and Learning Kick-Off for 4th Round FSRE Fund Innovators

Linking and learning event for the FSRE Fund 4th Round Innovation Grant recipients organized today, 22 January 2016, at Dreamliner Hotel.

FSRE Fund is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. ICCO Cooperation manages the Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus. Through its two windows, Innovation Grant and Matching Grant, FSRE Fund has supported to date 63 innovative projects in Ethiopia. As a mandate, AgriProFocus has been organizing linking and learning events for Innovation Grant projects. Today, 10 projects who won the 4th Round Innovation Grant Call come together to start linking with each other and jointly learn for the success of their implementations.

14 participants attended the event. Annet Witteveen, Country Coordinator of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in her presentation described the purpose and the steps of the linking and learning agenda through the projects period.

The projects were given detailed le

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