The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.
We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
+ Change makers showcase portfolio
+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities
+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Innovation Labs
+ System mapping and gap analysis
+ Masterclasses on multi-stakeholder cooperation & system thinking
+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Policy Briefs
+ Annual Leadership Summit
+ Joint Campaigns
A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
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The 2017 factsheet can be found HERE
C’est avec énorme plaisir que Prolinnova Secretariat International vous partage la publication quelques lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l’innovation paysanne en français et anglais.
It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.
A tool for responsible business practice among SMEs- The Online Roadmap for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
About the CSR Online Roadmap
The Online CSR Roadmap is a user-friendly online tool to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in developing a CSR action plan. The Online CSR Roadmap helps understand and break down sustainability issues such as human rights, environmental impact, labour practices, fair operating practices, customer interest, supply chain responsibility, impact on local communities and governance. The overarching goal is to create awareness among SMEs regarding the importance of CSR and create a plan based on their strengths and weaknesses. Companies that complete the tool end up with two concrete outcomes: 1) a CSR action plan enabling them to work on various important CSR aspects, and 2) a communication poster, which helps them to demonstrate their CSR performance and ambitions to their stakeholders.
Onli... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya hosted a Youth in Agribusiness stakeholders round table breakfast meeting on the 22nd of March at the Jacaranda Hotel in Nairobi. This meeting brought together stakeholders working in the youth in agribusiness space from development, private sector, research and academia, young entrepreneurs and government.
The objective of the meeting was to share our
journey as a network on what we have been able to achieve, our plans for
the future in light of the new strategy; and to have the
various stakeholders share and learn from each others experiences and
Key from the meeting was the need for more collaborations and partnerships as well as more sharing of our work as stakeholders which reduces duplication of efforts. The stakeholders committed to supporting each other, as well as contributing to the success of the planned flagship projects for 2017. This includes learning labs, business t
During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.
You can download the book via this link.
SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania.
The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women.
Summary of the Assignment
Gender in Value chain Analysis
Link / Lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/
- Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems
- Stakeholder perceptions & future outlook of Food & Business Knowledge Platform
- Potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa
- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)
- ARF Country workshop in Uganda
- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa
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There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems.
Meet Taban, Gloria and Mary, who will tell their story and see how Agribusiness Works for Development!
Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.
The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant inform... Read more
Today, the world is marking the World Water Day whose theme is “Why Waste Water?” It is a time to reflect on how we are saving water as actors in the agriculture sector, which is considered one of the greatest users of water.
It is no doubt that access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is an important part of the millennium development goals (MDGs). According to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation should be reduced in half by 2015. In fact, water and wastewater treatment is significant for the realization of the MDGs. For example, goal 1 (to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger) is related to water treatment because the access to safe drinking water can save the time and cost to collect daily water, thus people may have more time to work and to get food.
MDG Goal 2 aims to achieve universal primary education. Some children cannot go... Read more
Agribusiness Consultant for Schooner Africa Fund
About Schooner Africa Fund
Schooner Africa Fund is a start-up impact investment fund that seeks to support early stage companies that are innovating and addressing inefficiencies within the agricultural value chain in East Africa. Our mission is to help bring smallholder farmers into the marketplace. We believe that a more inclusive agricultural ecosystem is the answer to the challenges of food insecurity and poverty in the region.
Schooner Africa Fund works with a broad range of asset classes though PRIs (Program Related Investments) to grow and develop promising companies that are using technology and business-based innovations within the fields of sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, and related fields of biotechnology.
We have a medium to long-term investment horizon and social, environmental and financial return expectations. We bring to bear, not only ‘patient’ capital, but experience, a strong network of partners and collabora... Read more
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).
The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.
Members of this platfo... Read more
I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the w... Read more
Merci à Funke Palm Oil, Orabank et Ambassade des Pays-Bas près le Bénin pour leur disponibilité
Agribusiness for development: short video on access to finance in Bénin (English subtitles)
I have harvested more than 20 bags of Ginger and looking for buyers
Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a leading global supplier of production equipment and processing lines for the grain processing and compound feed industry.
Founded in 1909, Ottevanger Milling Engineers is today still an independent, privately owned, successful Dutch company, managed by the fourth generation of the Ottevanger family.
At our modern and well-equipped manufacturing facilities in Aalten and Moerkapelle in the Netherlands, Ottevanger designs and produces a comprehensive range of process equipment incorporating to the latest standards and techniques.
Our expertise lies in; engineering, production and installation of machinery and complete installations in the dry-cereal and grain processing industry such as:
• Feed mills
• Premix and concentrate plants
• Aqua feed and Pet food installations
• Cereal processing lines
• Biomass installations
We continuously support and create solutions for our partners in their effort of producing the best result in their local environment. Th... Read more
How many youth-related conferences have you been to where youth issues are being articulated by an older generation? For me, there have been so many I have lost count.
That’s why being at the Young Africa Works Summit 2017 was a breath of fresh young air. This Summit was a departure from the norm in four key ways:
Fifty young people were invited to attend the conference either as speakers, delegates or session panelists and even more were attendees. At a Summit of more than 300 people, young people were well represented in a number of diverse roles.
Imagine being at an event where keynote addresses are delivered by young people and they introduce their peers. Now stop dreaming because that was the reality at the Young Africa Works Summit.
Youth co-hosts Laetitia Mukungu, Founder of Africa Rabbit Centre and Rita Kimani, the Co-founder and CEO of FarmDrive introduced the keynote speakers, thre... Read more
Greetings to you from Eldoret, Kenya
Agrismart Kenya seeks to address the constraints affecting rural households’ performance in the food sector, with the aim of increasing their productivity, profitability and sustainability using a holistic approach. Our smart agriculture programme seeks to empower communities to use new agricultural methods such as water harvesting, greenhouse farming, drip irrigation, conservation, among others, to grow food. The network seeks to encourage communities, especially women to grow more drought resistant crops that were depended on in times of hardship in the old days. These include cassava, millet, sorghum and potatoes. Further, the network seeks to support
Deadline: 30th April 2017
I'm glad to invite you to apply for - ICT for Social Good - a grant for creative ideas, using digital technology for social aims.
If you are a local innovator, using ICTs for facing social issues with a bottom-up approach, you probably are the right person to apply!
In order to apply for the Grant, developing a new technology is not necessary. You only have to provide the use of an existing technology - in one of the geographical areas as specified in the guidelines: http://ictforsocialgood.org/en/
Food security, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and citizen activism are the central themes of the Grant. Any initiative regarding these sectors promoted by any local entities (association, cooperative, NGO, small and medium enterprises) with the support of ICTs will be more than welcome. All the projects, including those that won’t reach the final selection, will be presented o... Read more
Module II: Finance and Technical Resource Mobilisation
The objective of this session is to introduce delegates to various institutions providing various types of funding for agriculture and agribusiness in Africa. The program will also discuss the importance of business plan development in securing finance and review key components of comprehensive business plans and investment memoranda. Lastly, the program will discuss the value of joint ventures, mergers and acquisition as a method of expansion and resource mobilization.
The program will feature speakers from various types of financial institutions and also delegates will be asked to write down and, in small groups, develop a short action plan indicating the type and amount of funding they need to expand their business/ meet current needs and develop a 6 – 9 month (or faster if desired by the delegate) strategy to acquire these funds. The program... Read more