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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)
On the 4th November 2015, a Technology Transfer Workshop took place at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus). The main objectives of the workshop were as follows:
Â· To increase through specialized training the capacity and competence of corresponding between CAVM and farmers organizations in selected issues of valorization and TT.
Â· To promote exchange of experiences and creation of linkages among CAVM and farmers forward to networking their activities in the CAVM technology transfer.
Â· Identify the services delivered by CAVM for helping the farmers to contact CAVM staffs in case they need some help.
Â· Identify the improved capacity development and technical assistance given by CAVM needed to achieve integrated agriculture sustainable development.
The workshop was... Read more
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE-Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and managed by ICCO-Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus. ICCOâs portfolio in Ethiopia is managed by its Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda. The Regional Office for Central and Eastern Africa is contractually responsible for the implementation of this fund. (More on FSRE Fund: www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund)
[Full Call Advert, Application Guideline, Budget Format, and Scoring Criteria can be found here: http://agriprofocus.com/matching-grant-fund]
Last Friday, the Fund Mangers announced the fifth round Call for Proposal on the Matching Grant Facility
The purpose of this call for proposal is to provide a fair and competitive opportunity for interested organizations, institutions and compani... Read more
âDFID aims at helping Kenya eliminate poverty and my aspiration is that livestock will be firm and productive to achieve elimination of poverty. We need more market information to connect livestock farmers as well as encourage private sector to participate moreâ. Said Lisa Phillips - DFID.
Stakeholders discussed ways of increasing livestock outputs and access to markets and urged farmers to put in more efforts in producing the best for the market. The Expo opened ways of improving the potential of farmers to earn more from livestock, converting existing research into action and enabling them explore, policy makers to unders... Read more
On Friday 6th November 2015, Kees Wantenaar - AgriProFocus Board chairperson and Gijs Aarts, accompanied by AgriProFocus staff went to visit a practical farm in Matasia, Kajiado County. Kees and Gijs came to Nairobi to attend the regional extensive livestock expo which took place from 4 - 6 November 2015. In line with this, they saw the need to visit a practical farm. 2 years ago, Jolly footprints was discovered under the leadership of Teresiah Ngâangâa. Jolly Footprints thrives in breeding and supply of Improved Kienyeji chicken commonly known as Kuroiler chicken.
This variety is a special species of chicken that takes about 4 months to mature and it tastes better than the common broiler chicken. As a master graduate from Wagenigen University, Teresiah has no regrets whatsoever venturing into agribusiness. She is a living example that youth can make up decisions to employ others and not chase the white collar jobs.
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November 3, 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Frenesh Mekuria, State Minister for the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources
gave a press conference on the launch of the Ethiopian Soil Week as part of the
Ethiopian Soil Campaign at Etege Tayitu Hotel, Addis Ababa.
On the press conference the State Minister was accompanied by a number of national and international personalities involved on the Ethiopian Soil Campaign: Professor Tekalegn Mammo, Special Global Ambassador for the International Soil Year; Mr. Mohammed Salih, the UN-FAO Deputy Representative; Mrs. Yelleka de Nooy, representing AgriProFocus Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Soil Campaign Organizing Committee; and Artist Sileshi Demissie (Gash Abera Molla) and Musician Munit Mesfin.
The 68th UN General Assembly has declared 2015 as International Year of Soil and December 5, 2015 as the International Day of Soil. The global campaign is coordinated by FAO under the theme "He... Read more
The two day fair attracted over 300 participants that included but not limited to producer organizations, financial service providers, agribusiness entrepreneurs and professionals, farmer organizations, insurance providers, cooperators, NGOs focusing on agribusiness and other agricultural value chain actors.
during the fair, both farmer groups and individual farmer entrepreneurs had an opportunity to interact with d... Read more
Key note Address at the AgriProFocus Uganda Network Day | Celebrating 6 years in Uganda
Thoughts about the value of networks and why the mission of AgriProFocus is so important.
Agribusiness development is no longer about access to finance, access to knowledge or access to markets. Itâs about the human factor. There is enough finance available for agriculture, but there arenât enough eligible agribusinesses to invest in.
We often assume that forging agribusiness relationships and bringing businesses together is based upon common interests and a professional calculation of business threats and opportunities in the marketplace, creating shared value between moral, rational and intelligent partners, based upon agreements that are respected.
How different is reality. In Uganda and regrettably many places in the world, we actually live in a low trust environmen... Read more
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Recrutering van onze nieuwe managing director verloop via Ebbinge.
Nederlands initiatief. Professionele, innovatieve netwerkorganisatie. Ondersteunt actief agrarisch ondernemerschap en voedselzekerheid in opkomende landen (w.o. Afrika, ZO-AziĂ«). Breed draagvlak.
Vanaf 2005 maakt AgriProFocus haar ambitie waar als kennis- en actienetwerk. Focus op positieversterking van de primaire, duurzame voedselproducent (âboeren en boerinnenâ) en hun bedrijven. In aangegeven regioâs. Leden zijn kennisinstellingen, NGOâs, NL (internationale) agrofood, overheid, agro-professionals. Directeur heeft combi rol van verbinder, leider en ondernemer. Onderhoudt groot extern relatienetwerk (w.o. bedrijfsleven, NGOâs, NL Ministeries, ambassades en internationale donoren), ontwikkelt zakelijke kansen en weet deze te benutten,mede vanwege veranderende inkomstenstromen. Is creatief en oplossingsger... Read more
On 13-14 October we enjoyed a very fruitful and effective workshop "Partnering in Food Security". There were about 70 participants of 10 projects and Programmes funded through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and 9 projects sponsored by FDOV, also a Dutch fund. All projects contribute to Food security in Ethiopia.
Please read the journalist impression below.
Also here are the presentations:
First day, October 13
1st. presentation Netherlands Embassy on dutch policies for Food Security, click HERE
2d. presentation ATA on Ethiopian policies, click HERE
3d. presentation FDOV, click HERE
4th. presentation, IncoTec about setting up a PPP, click HERE
5th presentation, SNV-EDGET, on how to deal with training large groups of farmers, HERE
Second day, October 14
1st presentation, on Contract Farming, by Gerrit Holtland, click HERE
2d. presentation, access to markets, with focus on improved maize seed, n.a.
3d. presentation, Gender in Value... Read more
The book 'It takes two to trade - Understanding and improving farmer-firm relations in Africa' was released on 24 September 2015 during the 10-year anniversary party of AgriProFocus.
As well as the downloadable excel spreadsheet and workbook.
Under the umbrella of AgriProFocus Uganda Network, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Send a Cow, Heifer International/East African Dairy Development (EADD), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), and Renaissance Livestock network (RELINE), Brookside Dairies/Sameer organized a two day dairy stakeholdersâ event.
360 (279 males and 81 females) attended the event and these comprised of processors, input dealers for drugs, pasture management, agrochemicals and fertilizers; individual farmers, farmersâ organizations, dairy cooperatives, financial institutions, providers of agro-machinery, equipment... Read more
AgriProFocus a cĂ©lĂ©brĂ© son 10e anniversaire le 24 septembre 2015 au Pays-Bas, en prĂ©sence de tous les partenaires NĂ©erlandais et Ă mĂȘme temps, dit au revoir Ă la directrice gĂ©nĂ©rale de AgriProFocus: Hedwig Bruggeman . Elle va nous manquer, mais l'esprit de AgriProFocus reste en vie et nous ne cesserons jamais de faire la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat paysan!
The Core Group meeting of AgriProFocus Ethiopia is being held in Entebbe, Uganda. Country Coordinators and Assistants of all AgriProFocus country networks are attending the meeting.
While a number of important issues relating to Annual Plans and review of implementation are among the agenda of the meeting, all country networks are sharing their experiences.
The Core Group Meeting started on 6th Oct and will continue till 14th Oct.
The participants have also the pleasure of Uganda Annual Network Day on 13th October.
All the members of our Dutch Partnership were present to celebrate this special day. Keynote was given by Mr. Kees Rade, director of the department of Inclusive Green Growth of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He emphasized the power of networks and the growing importance of food security on the agenda of the Dutch government.
In the afternoon we tested the power of networks! Our participants were divied into groups and played a special trading game. And AgriProFocus wouldn't be AgriProFocus if we didn't choose some very special settings and suprised people. The groups walked through the Dutch Open Air Museum and enjoyed performances of different kinds: an capella vocal group, musical theatre and cabaret.
In the evening all the spotlights were on... Read more
The 6th National Market Information Symposium was organized with an overall objective of creating partnerships and promoting the use of ICT tools in the sourcing of market information for the improved decision making in the agribusiness value chains. It was organized by the members of Market Information Innovation Community under the AgriProFocus Network namely AgriNet, Uganda Commodity Exchange, KRC, RIC-NET, CEFORD, Eastern and Southern African Farmersâ Federation, KULIKA, HIVOS, SNV, East African Grain Council and Ssemwanga Centre.
The 2 day symposium drew 139 attendees (80male and 59 female) comprising of producers, input providers, transporters, bankers, insurance firms, consultancy firms, farmers, Government, civil society organizations, media and agri-businesses. The symposium was structured accordi... Read more
The Young Expert Programme Agrofood (YEP Agrofood) is now official; the Partnership Agreement has been signed! Marcel Beukeboom â Head of Food and Nutrition Security at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands - , Lennart Silvis â Managing Director of the Netherlands Water Platform (NWP) and Hedwig Bruggeman - Managing Director of AgriProFocus (on behalf of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform) â signed the agreement for the implementation of the YEP Agrofood.
YEP Agrofood can place 22 Young Experts a year: 11 Dutch en 11 local professionals in 68 countries. We aim to hold three rounds a year, for organisations to apply for a Young Expert position. The number of rounds will however also depend on how quickly the positions fill up. Deadline for the 2015 round, as stated in earlier communications, is set for next Monday 14 September. Next opportunity to apply will only be February 2016... Read more
Each year, AgriProFocus holds market events in the lower eastern region. In 2014, we had a very successful market event in Kibwezi East at Kambu Livestock Shed which brought together over 800 participants. The event generated partnerships between the county government of Makueni, farmer organizations in Makueni and AgriProFocus Kenya. This led to hosting a second market event at Kambu Livestock shed.
On 3rd September 2015, AgriProFocus in partnership with Makueni county government held a follow up market event at Kambu Livestock shed. The market Event brought together farmer organizations, private sector and government to trade at a market place. The market place attracted about 800 participants and 29 exhibitors of which 17 of them were farmer organizations. âWe have always participated in the AgriProFocus market events and we are glad that our name is growing big because of such events, we would l
On August 28th 2015, was held a first Agri BDS Workshop at Ninzi Hill Hotel. This workshop was jointly organized by SPARK and AgriProFocus Rwanda. The purpose of this one day workshop was to bring together Rwandan Agri-BDS providers, for a possibility of setting-up a network of Agri-BDS providers.
This workshop was attended by a total of 49 participants, drawn from various consultancy companies, agribusiness companies, NGOs, government institutions, with proven experience in providing technical support to the Agribusiness projects / ideas to the Rwandan farmersâ associations, NGOs / government agri-projects, etc.
The Opening Session facilitated by Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda commenced with introductory note, which were followed by the Opening remarks by Desire MUSHUMBA, Program Manager at SPARK. Mushumba started his opening remarks by thanking all participants for attending the workshop.
He went... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania and Techfortrade EA recently hosted a business forum on unlocking access to working capital finance for SMEâs sourcing agriculture produce from small scale farmers through trade transparency. A total of 35 participants were hosted who were mainly traders, farmer representatives, support organizations, financial institutions and government institutions.
The forum consisted of presentations from key speakers, plenary discussion and a business networking session. Immediate outcome of the business forum included; business relations were triggered, exchange of know-how and expertise among participants.
SMEâs were exposed to services offered by Tan Trade such as Food balance sheet program that provides information on stock control and prices, capacity building programs on export readiness. Tan Trade was urged to look into international certification that will make Tanzania exporters... Read more
AgriProFocus ,Ă travers la communautĂ© d'innovation ,accĂšs Ă la commercialisation ,dont le lead est assurĂ© par ICCO,organisĂ© ,le 06 juillet Ă lâhĂŽtel Radisson Blu ,un atelier de facilitation pour la commercialisation des amandes de karitĂ© entre les acteurs de la chaĂźne de valeur.
Cette occasion a Ă©tĂ© fructueuse car ,au-delĂ des promesses faites par les diffĂ©rentes parties ,elle a permis surtout la signature dâun contrat de plus de 15.000 tonnes entre acheteurs et producteurs.
Cet atelier ,Ă en croire le coordinateur de AgriProFocus Mali,Idrissa Ba,sâinscrit en droite ligne de son plan dâaction .Cela ,Ă travers sa communautĂ© dâinnovation accĂšs au marchĂ© et Ă la commercialisation des produits agricoles .Dans le cadre du plan dâaction 2015 ,il est prĂ©vu de faciliter des ateliers de contractualisation entre les acteurs des chaines de valeur karitĂ© ,sĂ©same et oignons .
A cet Ă©gard ,Ă travers cette renco... Read more