AgriProFocus Netherlands

Making agribusiness work for development!

Dutch Partnership members 2017:



Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 7 hours 16 min ago

Teso Value Addition Center is and organization in soroti Uganda using value addition to boost family livelihood, community development and income generation in the rural areas in Teso

This is Ajonyi Christian Development Initiative a group that was trained in self-help group management skill in Feb 2016 being Visited by the IFAD team.

if interested in the life changing agricultural field and exhibition visits 

any form of support and invites are welcome  

Contact Project Manage:

OBORE STEPHEN

+256 750 900 771

oborestyvn@yahoo.com

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 hours 22 min ago

Vermicomposting

Vermicomposting uses worms to aid the decomposition of organic material, as they provide the aeration by burrowing through the pile. This type of composting is more suitable for smaller quantities of organic waste and has the most restrictions for types of food waste.

In commercial composting, large scale compost turner machines are used.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 day 17 hours ago

For your updates on progress in job and wealth creation in Africa through agribusiness incubation by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), World Bank,FAO, CTA, the African Union, African Development Bank (AfDB), IITA and more strong partners, here is your free copy of the AAIN Digest e-version from the AAIN Secretariat. Policies and strategic partnerships that give the springboard to agri-prenuership and job creation through innovative agribusiness. The time is now. Get your free download here: http://africaain.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/AAIN-Digest-1st-Quater-2017-1.pdf

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 days 8 hours ago

Horticultural exports – a threat or a boost to food security?


This article (PDF) in Rural21 Journal assesses the impact of horticultural exports on food security in the exporting country. Horticultural produce is mostly destined for high-income countries and it contributes to food intake there, however it is unclear what their food security consequences are in the countries of origin. Many countries that have become important suppliers of horticulture produce to the world market – such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Peru and India – have high rates of poverty and food insecurity within their borders, and especially so in rural areas. In this article, a variety of direct and indirect effects of horticultural exports on food security in these exporting countries are discussed. Four components of food security are considered: food availability, food access, food utilisation and stability. The authors con

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
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Food & Business Knowledge Platform – Highlights 2016

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP or the Platform) has published its highlights of 2016. This third year of the Platform was marked by several important achievements: interaction and dynamics within the Platform intensified; the requests for support to knowledge trajectories increased; more traffic was visible on the website; and approximately 60 research consortia are now up and running.

Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) for the increasing global population poses an enormous challenge to governments, NGOs, researchers, and the private sector. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the F&BKP in 2013 to improve the Dutch contribution in this challenge. The Platform has contributed to long-term and systematic changes for FNS by facilitating the exchange of available knowledge, the co-creation of knowledge and as such by enhancing the use of knowledge. This has been done by connecting research, policy and

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 days 4 hours ago

Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness

Report by Food & Business Knowledge Platform of the workshop on March 7 & 8, 2017

Beginning March some 35 experienced practitioners came together to consider how to learn more effectively from the wealth of work being done on inclusive agribusiness, and to formulate key points for a global research and learning agenda. By the end of the workshop six collaborative action priorities for taking the inclusive agribusiness agenda forward were agreed upon.

The workshop “Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness” took place in Brighton to foster strategic action in the field of inclusive agribusiness. Participants represented the full range of parties working on inclusive agribusiness: private sector, knowledge institutes, donors & implementing agencies, governments from the Global South, producer organizations and NGOs. Initiaters of the event were Seas of Change, the Global Donor Platfo

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Posted By in FrieslandCampina - Dairy Development Programme
Posted 1 week 6 hours ago

Over the past few months FrieslandCampina and Agriterra organized three Farmer2Farmer missions to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. During these missions Dutch member farmers from FrieslandCampina have trained and advised their peers in Asia in order to support them to produce more and better quality milk. This enables them to get a better living. Find out more in this report on Thai national TV.  


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AGRITEC AFRICA 2017

Event posted by in Technology
  14 June 2017 - 09:00 to 16 June 2017 - 17:00
  30746-00100

The Agritec Africa Agriculture Exhibition and Conference in Kenya will be held in Nairobi, Kenya during June 14-16,2017 . Africa has huge potential for Agricultural growth, thanks to ample amount of Land and Water Resources. Yet, land and agricultural productivity are found to be one of the lowest in the world.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 week 3 days ago

Presenting the AgriProFocus network in Rwanda

Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services! 

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.


AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.

Featuring in this video:

1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda

2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra

3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!


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Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 4 hours ago

Can seeds help smallholders diversify?

Summary and video of the 3rd Food For All talks session under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership

On April 13, the third Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place. Ethel Sennhauser, Director Agriculture Global Practice of the World Bank Group, welcomed guest speakers from Access to Seeds Index and East-West Seed to discuss the role of seed companies in helping smallholder farmers diversify into growing vegetables for income and better nutrition.

In this third edition of the Food for All Talk series, Ido Verhagen (Executive Director of the Access to Seeds Index) and Mary-Ann Sayoc (East-West Seed company) shared their experiences on what seed companies can do for smallholder vegetables farming.

East West Seed’s tailored business model focuses exclusively on smallholders, and extends far beyond seeds – they offer knowledge transfer on the farming system, thereby creating the basis for future sales. Ms. Sayoc not

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

Quiroga G and Flink I. 2017.

Prolinnova International Secretariat and Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). 12 pp.


In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair. The following guidelines reflect the network’s experiences in organising and hosting such fairs, with a focus on the experiences gained from the West African Farmer Innovation Fair held in Ouagadougou in May 2015, hosted by Inades Formation Burkina and the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) multistakeholder platform in Burkina Faso:

Copied from PAEPARD website (and received printed copy from KIT, our NL network member): http://paepard.blogspot.nl/2017/03/guidelines-for-organising-farmer.html

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Leah Banda This indeed provides a unique opportunity for small-scale farmers and a platform for support organizations to understand communities and how best to intervene.


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16

Free webinar on Scope Tools and how to implement them

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 May 2017, 15:00-16:30
  online

Free webinar on the SCOPE tools and how to implement them

Would you like to get a preview of the SCOPE App by our member Scope Insight and understand how you can use the tools in practice in a few simple steps? Fill in the form below to sign up for our Webinar on 16th of May, at 3 pm – 4:30 pm CEST.


In this webinar we will give you:

  • A brief recap of the SCOPEinsight methodology and solutions.
  • A step-by-step process on how you can implement the SCOPE methodology in your program.
  • A preview of the SCOPE App, which is used to gather the actual assessment data.
  • A check list of what needs to be in place to maximize your results.

You can fill in the application form HERE



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Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Expression of Interest: Partner with CGAP to Open APIs

5 may 2017

Are you interested in exploring how open APIs could help your business contribute to more useful, sustainable, and scalable financial solutions for low-income customers?

CGAP is looking to work with digital financial service (DFS) providers, fintechs, and other organizations that have well-established financial inclusion assets and capabilities to share via open APIs. CGAP will provide financing and technical assistance to implement an open API business and motivate third-party developers to explore and use APIs to build innovative products and services. Our goal is to help industry explore business models based on open APIs and produce new and successful demonstration cases.

Submit Expression of Interest by June 9, 2017

Is your organization a good fit?

CGAP is looking for digital payments providers, financial institutions, and other financial service providers that have:

* Assets that are relevant to a range of third part

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Digitizing Value Chain Finance for Smallholder Farmers

24 April 2017, Max Mattern


CGAP notes in a recently released publication, “Digitizing Value Chain Finance for Smallholders,” innovations in digital financial services offer an unprecedented opportunity to extend the reach of value chain finance. By increasing the information available on smallholders’ financial and agricultural lives and reducing transaction costs, these services have the potential to provide excluded smallholder segments with a range of products and services designed to increase productivity, manage risk, and access new markets. For example, aggregation and analysis of digital data related to sales, payments, and seasonality of cash flows among value chain actors promise to overcome barriers to providing credit not only to smallholders, but also to the traders, processors, and retailers that serve them. At the same time, branchless banking and the rise of mobile devices are making payments to and from sma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Combatting the AMR Crisis in the African Livestock Sector


My colleagues Sylvia Natukunda business & partnership manager and Wim Goris network facilitator discuss steps needed to curb the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector. This article appeared on FarmingFirst and the monthly newsletter of the World Farmers Organisation.

Antibiotics are crucial in human and animal health and yet growing levels of resistance to these drugs pose an increasingly serious threat to public health. One of the key contributing factors to such antimicrobial resistance is irresponsible use of antibiotics in the livestock sector.

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots that promotes farmer entrepreneurship as a contribution to food and nutrition security in developing countries. Food quality is a growing concern in many of these countries. But the awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance is still low.

Need for upscaling proper advice and monitoring

Dairy pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Mystery Shopping for Digital Financial Services

Michelle Kaffenberger, Danielle Sobol, 19 April 2017

Mystery shopping is a tool used externally by market research companies, watchdog organizations, or internally by companies themselves to measure quality of service, or compliance with regulation, or to gather specific information about products and services. The mystery consumer's specific identity and purpose are generally not known by the establishment being evaluated.
Mystery shoppers perform specific tasks such as purchasing a product, asking questions, registering complaints or behaving in a certain way, and then provide detailed reports or feedback about their experiences.

In a mystery shopping study in Zambia, most shoppers were able to register for a digital financial services account without showing the necessary identification. These shoppers were able to bypass over-the-counter transaction limits. And most agents who quoted transaction fees to shoppers told shoppers the wro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

Grants for Grabs!

Prior to the Holland Pavilion at the Agritech expo, AgriProFocus Zambia organized a “Doing Business in Zambia” Seminar. The seminar was meant to highlight the status of the Poultry and Dairy sector in Zambia and the nature of the business environment with regards to the agriculture sector.

All the key stakeholder that were present including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia Development Agency, Zambia Bureau of Standards, Zambia Revenue Authority,  PACRA, Poultry Association of Zambia and Dairy Association of Zambia identified the potential investment opportunities in the poultry and dairy sub-sectors to be:

1. Feed additives and premixes

2. Vaccines and medicines for poultry and dairy

3. Improved poultry and dairy genetics

4. Diagnostic facilities

5. Commercial extension services as the government is slowly moving away from providing free extension services t

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Nathan Mwanaumo Hi Leah, the link doesn't open

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

BSR: Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance 

BSR has launched the Gender Equality in Codes of Conduct Guidance to help companies and standards-setting bodies integrate gender equality considerations across nine traditional code of conduct principles, with a specific focus on developing and emerging market-based supply chains. BSR developed this guidance with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with the technical health-related expertise of the Evidence Project/Meridian Group International, Inc.

With women holding 60 to 90 percent of jobs in the labor-intensive stages of the apparel and fresh produce global supply chains, it would make sense for companies in those industries to consider women’s specific challenges when focusing on ethical supply chain management. However, until now, women have rarely been a focus of such strategies, with businesses either unaware of the issues women face or unsure how to address them—or both.

Moreover, supply chain

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18

Participantenraad AgriProFocus

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  18 May 2017, 15:00-17:00
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht

Wat is er gebeurd sinds de Participantenraad van november 2016, waar staat ons netwerk nu en wat biedt de toekomst? Tijdens deze middag kijken we daar graag samen met onze leden naar!

Ruben van Wendel de Joode inspireerde ons tijdens de strategiedagen in Doorn al met zijn visie op netwerken. Hij zal deze keer ingaan op de dos and don’ts van samen een netwerk vormen. Daarna gaan we met elkaar het gesprek aan en gaan we in groepen de thema's WIE, WAT of WAAR bespreken.

WIE - Wie kent het netwerk? Hoe zorgen we dat AgriProFocus meer 'top of mind' wordt binnen jouw organisatie? En hoe zorgen we voor meer visibility van jouw organisatie binnen ons netwerk? 

WAT - Wat moeten we doen om voedselzekerheid op de beleidsagenda te houden? Opvolging van het Aid & Trade event van 21 maart 

 WAAR - Waar moet AgriProFocus als netwerk opereren? Wat is de focus en waarom? Hoe leggen we een sterkere verbinding tussen de landen netwerken en Nederland?

Voordat we starten met dit onderdeel worde

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 weeks 3 days ago

Dutch Trade Mission: Bring Technology Closer to the Farmer

Given the potential of the agriculture sector, with particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector's and the continent's economic transformation is premised, investments that empower farmers can help reduce poverty five times more than any other economic sector.

As AgriProFocus, we are committed to bring technology and information closer to the farmer. To this regard, AgriProFocus collaborated with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Netherlands Export Combination and hosted 18 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions active in dairy and poultry at the 4th Agritech Expo in Zambia. The Dutch agricultural companies exhibited their products and were also present to provide information. It was an interesting 3 days program of learning about new technologies and linking.

The Holland Pavilion saw a thousand of farmers dedicated to acquiring expert knowledge in the sector. The government of the republic of Z

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