AgriProFocus Myanmar

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

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.

In November 2016 we started setting up our network in Myanmar.

Our worldwide network offers:

Linking:

+ 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

Learning:

+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs
+ System mapping and gap analysis
+ Masterclasses on multi-stakeholder cooperation & system thinking

Leadership:

+ 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
+ Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

Questions:
You can read our factsheet HERE or please contact us through: bmeindertsma@agriprofocus.com.

Address:

Sein Lae Yeik Thar 42E J first floor

New University avenue, Yangon

Phone: (+95) (0)9767831876


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Posted 16 hours 34 min ago

Organic Compost Fertilizer Making Process:

After the well prepared wastes are fed to the composting bin or heap, the steps are:

1.Aeration, to supply oxygen and remove CO2;

2.Mixing the compensate for irregularities in the compost heap and to renew the structure for better aeration;

3.Moistening of dry material to improve microbial activity;

4.Drying of wet material by aeration or /and mixing to increase the free air pore space for microbial activity or to improve the structure of the compost for packaging;

5.Manual removal of impurities to improve the quality of the compost before marketing or use.

It may be necessary to prepare the compost for transport, storage, sale, and its application. The other products of the composting process are waste air, and drainage water (when the material is very wet) that are required to be properly disposed.

In commercial establishments, where composts are processed for marketing, a lot of post-processing is done to improve compost quality and life. The impo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 hours 35 min ago

Organic Compost Fertilizer Making Process:

After the well prepared wastes are fed to the composting bin or heap, the steps are:

1.Aeration, to supply oxygen and remove CO2;

2.Mixing the compensate for irregularities in the compost heap and to renew the structure for better aeration;

3.Moistening of dry material to improve microbial activity;

4.Drying of wet material by aeration or /and mixing to increase the free air pore space for microbial activity or to improve the structure of the compost for packaging;

5.Manual removal of impurities to improve the quality of the compost before marketing or use.

It may be necessary to prepare the compost for transport, storage, sale, and its application. The other products of the composting process are waste air, and drainage water (when the material is very wet) that are required to be properly disposed.

In commercial establishments, where composts are processed for marketing, a lot of post-processing is done to improve compost quality and life. The impo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 day 17 hours ago

Act Alliance: People will suffer if only investors' concerns are considered

The European Union (EU) and Myanmar have entered the final negotiations on an Investment Protection Agreement. The agreement aims to promote EU investment in Myanmar, investment intended to bring foreign capital, employment, new technologies, skills and know-how to the country. However, a new report, commissioned by ACT Alliance EU and Myanmar, warns that the agreement, alongside stimulating investment, may also lead to human rights violations and hinder future development.‘Investment agreements have failed to prevent human rights abuses by foreign investors. And I am sorry to note how we as European countries prioritize growth and trade above basic human rights. Many governments are eager to attract and promote investments, but if these come at the expense of human rights, development for poor and vulnerable people may be jeopardized’ says ACT Alliance EU Director, Floris Faber.On the one hand, investment a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 day 20 hours ago

Agriterra Myanmar is hiring

Job Description

The local business advisor will work according to the ‘Job description Business Advisor’ and under the direct responsibility of the manager Agri-Advice in the Netherlands. He or she will work in close collaboration with the other business advisors for Myanmar (currently 1 person) and of the Agriterra Asia Team. This person will provide expert advice, coordinate advisory trajectories with clients, and have an advisory and broker role in the closing of business deals aimed at building well-organised and operational cooperatives and farmers’ organisations. In order to achieve this, the successful candidate will initiate and maintain a network that will include cooperatives and farmers’ organisations, financial institutions, traders, service providers and other stakeholders in the value chain. He/she will initiate and guide change trajectories with clients, and will lobby, mediate and support negotiation processes, as well as prepare busine

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 days 16 hours ago

Test your ears: Heifer International Quiz!

But wait — do cows really moo? And what sound does an alpaca make? Or a goat? How about a pig?

It's time to find out: Can you match each animal to its sound? Even better, a generous donor has pledged to give 50 cents to Heifer International for every game played.

You might think this quiz will be easy, but we bet you'll be stumped, surprised and maybe even learn a thing or two about the life-changing animals that are the basis of our work.

This quiz is a quick and easy way to support our mission: Every game played will trigger a 50 cent donation. Plus it's really fun!

Go ahead, test your barnyard smarts by clicking on this link!

Good luck!

Heifer International

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Posted 4 days 15 hours ago

East-West Seed supports Myanmar government in improving the productivity of vegetable farmers

Registered as a foreign company in Myanmar, East-West Seed is engaged in producing and distributing high quality vegetable seeds, as well as providing training to farmers through its Knowledge Transfer activities.

The Hague, 20 April 2017 -- A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other private Dutch companies who are operating in Myanmar.

Other members of the high level delegation are the minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, the chief minister of Yangon, H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, and the chief minister of Ayeyarwady, H.E. Mahn Johnny.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to share with the leaders of Myan

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 days 16 hours ago

New Book is Available Now for DOWNLOAD

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

Click HERE or Go to www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 days 8 hours ago

Affordability & Financing Models for the Smallholder Market

A playbook for enabling smallholder farmer customer uptake of products and services

June 2015, USAID and Fintrac


'Given the financing gap, and the fact that most farmer income is used to meet basic needs, businesses serving smallholder farmers must rely on innovative methods to enable customers to purchase products and services. Without doing so, companies risk having a limited market for their products and services.

There are a number of promising affordability and financing strategies available for companies to offer customers outside of traditional commercial lending. In many cases, companies can couple these strategies with product and service delivery to offer a comprehensive solution that increases customer adoption.

This playbook will assist partners in understanding the variety and viability of the strategies available to help customers afford a product or service and will help t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 week 1 day ago

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuni

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 week 2 days ago

Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course, August 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that we will offer the Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course in August 2017. This 5-day course will take place in The Netherlands from 14th to 18th August 2017.

This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. The course is offered by HPC and MDF, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers.

Course information can be found through this link. For more information, see also www.hposthumus.nl or email Hans Posthumus at hans@hposthumus.nl.

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Posted 1 week 3 days ago

The business case for gender-smart solutions in the private sector

Executive briefing International Finance Cooperation (IFC)

Equality of economic opportunity between women and men drives productivity, profitability, and performance. This executive brief of IFC provides examples and figures showing how managing talent of people (men and women) in a company’s workforce and in its supply chain pays back, and how women form an interesting potential market.

Examples

How in Indonesia farmers’ coffee productivity increased by 92 percent, improving ECOM’s access to a key commodity, as a result of IFC’s partnership with ECOM Agroindustrial Corporation targeting women coffee farmers in Indonesia.

How in Nalt Enterprise, a Vietnamese garment manufacturer, staff turnover fell by one-third after the establishment of a women’s clinic and a daycare for employees’ children.

How in Papua New Guinea (were employees lose an average of 11.1 work days per year as a result of gender vi

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alassane bagayoko Coolll image and job!!!!!!

1 week 2 days ago

PETER KOLAWOLE please how can I become a gender expert

3 days 23 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 21 hours ago

I-PLAN goes Vietnam

Last week I was in Vietnam, where I also participated in the Regional Food Security Conference ‘Let’s get to work. Building a food secure future’. In her key-note address vice-Minister Marjolijn Sonnema rightfully added the word ‘together’ to the title: building a food secure future together. 

I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).

Food losses

In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translat

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Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

A tool for assessing the gender-responsiveness of agribusiness initiatives

Evidence demonstrates that greater attention to addressing gender inequalities in the design and delivery of services or labour recruitment results in improved productivity and more sustainable outcomes. 

But, how to do this? Projects and companies can use the tool decribed in this blog in which Clare Bishop introduces a clear analytical tool with simple scores, spider diagrams, and comparisons, to help think through the spectrum from gender blindness to gender transformation when designing or assessing an intervention. 

The tool helps to: (i) analyse their current performance on gender-related activities at the field level and in project management; and (ii) identify future areas for action. The results of the study piloting this tool will be available in a forthcoming issue.  I found this tool in the Newsletter: What is New in inclusive business part I Click here to download this N

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

A new network and fresh perspectives on Nuffic Alumni food security event Yangon

On March 31 and April 1, MDF Myanmar, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar organized a Nuffic Alumni event about food security in Yangon.

All Myanmar professionals that studied in the Netherlands or received training from a Dutch institution were invited to network and learn about hot topics related to food security. Furthermore, Dutch and Myanmar companies, NGO’s, farmers organizations and even members of parliament active in the food security sector attended the two day event.

On the first day, Ohnmar Khaing, Myanmar Program Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), introduced the food security framework and current debates. Participants then were invited to share their own ideas about lessons learned and opportunities in shaping food security in Myanmar in a world cafe discussion.

Critical questions to the government

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Wim Goris thanks for the update. will you circulate presentations too?

3 weeks 1 day ago

Bente Meindertsma Yes, we sent around the presentations to all the participants. If you're interested, I can share them with you too. 

2 weeks 6 days ago

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Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: Fair & Sustainable

The AgriProFocus network consists of 32 Dutch members organisations. In a new vlog- series we are introducing all Dutch members to you. Watch it and see what they can do for you!

In this third vlog I take you to the headquarters of Fair and Sustainable Advisory Services in Utrecht. I talked to Wilfried Schasfoort, the director, and he explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for Fair&Sustainable.

For more vlogs on our Dutch partnership, check: http://agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership 

Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!


Dorina Prech Great job Anne Marie!

3 weeks 3 days ago

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Posted 3 weeks 3 days ago

Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance & Food Security

An article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Innovative developments – An overview  

On Thursday February 16, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) organized the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aimed to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.

Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. Geo-data and information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as geographic information systems, drones, and cloud computing are now being used to boost smallholder’s production and their income.

Current innovations and possibilities of satellite data and other ICT applications we

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Global food policy report 2017

Published by IFPRI, March 23rd, 2017  

The Global Food Security Report (PDF) is a reoccurring IFPRI publication that provides a synthesis of all major developments regarding food policy. This edition pays special attention to the challenges of urbanization for food and nutrition security (FNS) since rapid urbanization and population growth are expected to put growing pressure on the global food system as agricultural production comes under stress. In addition, urban poor face unique challenges since they are highly dependent on the informal sector, are more vulnerable to income and price shocks and have limited access to basic services. While informal markets are key to ensure FNS, government policies tend to focus on control, regulation or eradication of urban informal food economy. Urbanization also reshapes the agricultural value chains since commercial flows of agricultural goods increase, diets change, and commercial markets become more important.

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA East Africa Economic Corridor especially in cooperative society need more training in mobile internet skill for the power of information.

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Posted 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Take a moment, sit back, and enjoy your trip through rural Myanmar. 

Shwe Thee Nhan: Farming Connected Through Mobile. A video via Impact Terra  


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Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Which trends offer opportunities on the European tea market?

An article by CBI

European tea consumers are increasingly looking for high value specialty teas. They want a unique and authentic experience when drinking tea, and are more knowledgeable about tea varieties and origin. Young consumers are also increasingly searching for innovations and healthy teas, which offers opportunities for producers of unique tea blends, flavours, and ready-to-drink teas. As sustainability remains a relevant issue in the European tea market, so do certifications and transparency in tea trade.

“Although so far a small niche in the tea market (experts estimate: 5%), specialty tea is becoming very trendy in Europe. The search for individual, gourmet quality tea follows the same path coffee has travelled. Tea will become very fashionable for young people.”
Joost Pierrot – CBI tea consultant

Visit the website to read more on:
+ Premiumisation trend in the tea market
+ Specialty teas are becoming increasingly

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Guylaine Mwamini

Quelles tendances offrent des opportunités sur le marché européen du thé?
Un article de CBI
Les consommateurs de thé européens recherchent de plus en plus des thés spécialisés de grande valeur. Ils veulent une expérience unique et authentique lors de la prise de thé, et sont mieux informés sur les variétés de thé et leur origine. Les jeunes consommateurs cherchent de plus en plus d'innovations et de thés sains, ce qui offre aux producteurs des mélanges de thé, des arômes et des thés prêts à boire. Comme la durabilité reste un problème pertinent dans le marché européen du thé, les certifications et la transparence dans le commerce du thé sont donc importantes.
"Bien que jusqu'à présent une petite niche dans le marché du thé (les experts estiment: 5%), le thé de spécialité devient très tendance en Europe. La recherche d'un thé individuel et de qualité gastronomique suit le même chemin que le café a parcouru. Le thé sera très à la mode pour les jeunes. "
Joost Pierrot - consultant en thé de CBI
Visitez le site Web pour en savoir plus sur:
+ Tendance de Premiumisation dans le marché du thé
+ Les thés spéciaux sont de plus en plus populaires
+ Sophistication du brassage dans le segment de marché haut de gamme
+ Les consommateurs recherchent la commodité
+ Innovations et saveurs expérimentales dans le thé
+ Sensibilisation croissante à la santé des consommateurs de thé
+ Persistance de la demande de traçabilité dans le commerce du thé
+ Les engagements de durabilité des grands emballeurs de thé poussent le marché durable du thé
+ Le thé certifié devient de plus en plus important
+ Le changement climatique est une menace pour la production de thé

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