Anne Marie Kortleve

Communications Manager AgriProFocus

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Hello there! I am one of the community managers of this platform. I work as a Manager Marketing-Communications at the AgriProFocus Support Office in The Netherlands. My job is to make you feel at home on this platform and provide you with all the information you need. Besides managing this platform I am responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing for the AgriProFocus network.

I obtained my Master degree in Communication Sciences at Wageningen University in 2008 and worked as Marketing and Communications Officer at ICCO Cooperation from 2011 until 2013. Since February 2013, I work at AgriProFocus.

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 2 days 13 hours ago

AgriSkills4You: Ugandan youngsters start own business farms

Recently, ICCO finalized the program AgriSkills4You. Through this program, which lasted from 2013 till 2016, ICCO and its local partners taught young people throughout the country how to take up farming as a business.  We look back: how are these young farmers doing now?

About AgriSkills4You

AgriSkills4You skilled youth for sustainable self-employment in the agriculture sector in Uganda. In total, 2,700 youth and 10,000 farmers were trained in agribusiness skills. This enabled them to move from subsistence farming to farming as a business.

Auma Sudia (18 years old)

“Some of my friends from school studied but they had trouble finding a job afterwards. I decided to join the AgriSkills4You training because it is very practical and I could start working and earning money immediately. Because I am a Muslim, I couldn’t keep pigs. Therefore, I started growing vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, and I recently boug

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Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 February 2017, 10:00-18:00
  Hulstkampgebouw, Rotterdam

NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office are organizing the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aims 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 based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and smallholder farmers. Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is an important stimulus for financial institutions to provide financial services. At the same time, this information can directly reduce monitoring and transaction costs, further improving access to finance.

The conference will focus on the point where access to finance and technology mee

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Posted 1 week 3 days ago

Apply for the Africa Green - SEED Awards!

The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies. 

Is your enterprise small, locally driven and eco-inclusive with an ambition to be in the vanguard of green and inclusive growth?
Does your enterprise need tailored support to grow to its full potential? Apply!

The Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards will end on 8 March 2017!

Who can participate?

For the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards, the call for application is open to enterprises within Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South-Africa and Uganda and are active in agriculture, waste management, tourism or manufacturing. 

What do you win?

No two enterprises are the same, either internally or as regards to their operating environment. SEED offers each SAG-SEED Award Winner a

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Dairy & Poultry Trade Mission to Zambia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 April 2017 to 30 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Chisamba, Zambia

Are you a Dutch entrepreneur in the dairy or poultry sector? Join the Dutch trade mission to Zambia! Important part of the mission is to participate in the Holland Pavilion (27-29 April) at the major regional trade fair, the AgriTech Expo Zambia.

Participation in the mission is a great opportunity to introduce companies and organizations in Zambia and the region to Dutch knowledge and technologies in the dairy and poultry industries. Recent market surveys show that there are opportunities in the poultry and dairy sectors for Dutch businesses.

The Dutch Export Combination (NEC) is organizing this mission on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

Holland Pavilion at AgriTech

The Agritech Expo Zambia is a B2B platform for professionals in the agricultural sector. The 3rd edition in 2016 attracted over 17,500 visitors and more than 165 local and international exhibitors.

The Holland Pavilion at the Expo Agritech in Chisamba (about 100 kilometers north of Lusaka) can be used by parti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 weeks 13 hours ago

We wish everyone happy holidays and we hope to see you all again in 2017!

William Sebunje Marry Xmass and Blessed new year 2017

3 weeks 5 days ago

Agape Ishabakaki Thanks Anne. Wishing you the same.

3 weeks 3 days ago

Joseph Sekiku From Kagera Region,  send you my wishes for a prosperous year 2017! The ending year 2016, has been challenging for us in Kagera, because for the first time in decades, the region has succumbed to extreme food shortage, making several households  live by handouts provided as relief foods imported from other regions of Tanzania!! To me this was a shame......... and a sign of failure on my part as an agricultural expert, NOT being able to help this region, NOT AND NEVER TO SUCCUMB TO SUCH shameful FOOD SHORTAGE. Remeber Kagera region is one of the most endowed region in Tanzania with good soils, conducive climate.. but investment in agricultural production is at its LOWEST. Would agro-profocus TEAM UP with the few of us members in the Kagera Region, to create and restore the difference?  Expand the Arusha office please..

3 weeks 3 days ago

Janine Schoeman Dear Joseph, Happy New Year to you! Our colleagues in Tanzania are out of the office this week but on their return they will get in touch!

2 weeks 3 days ago

Hilda Okoth Dear @Joseph Sekiku, Happy New Year 2017. Its sad to hear about the situation that Kagera was in last year. We hope this year will be good. Replying to your question if the AgriProFocus can Team up with members from the Kagera i would say this - We will be having network session where members can pitch ideas on circular agribusiness, climate smart agriculture and inclusive agribusinesses. You are welcomed to join us in such sessions and we can together explore what to do. Regards

1 week 4 days ago

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Posted 4 weeks 16 hours ago

Vacature: Coordinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren

AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie waarin leden uit bedrijfsleven, maatschappelijke organisaties, kennisinstellingen en overheidsorganisaties samenwerken voor de betere ondersteuning van ondernemerschap bij boeren in Afrika en Zuid-Oost Azië. Het internationale secretariaat is gevestigd in Nederland en AgriProFocus heeft daarnaast 11 netwerk secretariaten in Afrika en 2 in Zuid-Oost Azië. AgriProFocus werkt in 2017 aan de implementatie van haar nieuwe strategie onder de titel ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’.

Wij zijn op zoek naar een enthousiaste en overtuigende ‘Coördinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren (ME&L)’. In deze functie ben je verantwoordelijk voor het vertalen van de nieuwe strategie in een effectief en efficiënt ME&L-systeem op organisatie- en projectniveau binnen AgriProFocus. Als coördinator ben je in staat om de juiste data bijeen te brengen, maar nog veel belangrijker om te zorgen dat die data

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 6 days ago

How can you leverage Monitoring & Evaluation to generate new opportunities within a project?

Interested in the lessons learned from M&E in the AIM Coalition? Listen to this PodCast where Marijke de Graaf (ICCO) and Marlene Roefs (WUR-CDI) tell about their experiences with 2 AIM-projects: The vegetables for all project in Tanzania and the SPAR Rural Hubs project in South Africa. 

Main questions they will answer:

+ What are reasons for doing M&E?
+ What are opportunities?
+ What are best practises?

Check the PodCast!

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Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Avez-vous bénéficié du réseau AgriProFocus en 2016?  

Avez-vous participé à l'une des activités du réseau AgriProFocus face à face ou en ligne dans votre pays ? Ou avez-vous été co-organisateur actif? Nous aimerions savoir quelle appreciation vous en faites!

L'année prochaine, notre réseau mettra en œuvre une nouvelle stratégie intitulée : «Catalyser les artisans du changement qui font que l'AgriBusiness est au service du développement». Nous sollicitons vers la fin de cette enquête votre opinion et vos suggestions sur la façon d'améliorer la valeur de notre réseau pour votre organisation. Ces opinions et suggestions seront extrêmement utiles dans le renforcement de cette stratégie.

Veuillez prendre environ 10 minutes pour réfléchir et remplir notre enquête en ligne. Votre concours sera très apprécié!

      Participer à l'enquête!

Vos commentaires nous aideront à améliorer nos services dans votre pays et dans le monde entier. Nous

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Gbétoho Boris LANDE Super!!!

1 month 3 weeks ago

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Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

How did you benefit from the AgriProFocus network in 2016?

Did you participate in any of the AgriProFocus network activities face-to-face or online in your country? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!

Next year our network will implement a new strategy titled ‘Catalyzing Change makers that make Agribusiness Work For Development’. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation, that are asked for towards the end of this survey, will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.

Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey. It is very much appreciated!

          TAKE THE SURVEY  

Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!

SSEKYEWA HENRY Surely this platform has done  a great impact on different communities  as far as agriculture is concerned thanks.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Henry! Please fee free to let us know your appreciation through the survey:

1 month 3 weeks ago

Francis Mubanga I have been less than 4 month on this network and have benefited tremendously, unlike any other network i have ever been on. The platform has a wealth of information for ALL agribusiness. I truly appreciate your work, keep it up.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear Francis Mubanga If you have ny suggestions for improvements, let us know! 

1 month 3 weeks ago


28th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 August 2017 to 22 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Herrsching, Germany

Unique in the world, this workshop enjoys an excellent reputation in the rural youth movements of all continents. In 2017, interested rural youth work leaders are being invited to Herrsching for the 28th International Workshop.

Current and future rural youth work leaders will gain qualifications for their local, regional and supraregional tasks with new, modern contents and methods.

Skills will be conveyed to the participants so that they can help young people in rural areas to improve their living conditions. They will be inspired to take on responsibility for the sustainable development in their region and learn to plan, organise and conduct their own activities and campaigns to suit their requirements.

Through the international exchange of experiences and build-up of a network of experts during the workshop, the participants are given important impulses for rural youth work in their home coun

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

How can we build and activate a multi-stakeholder coalition with ambitious goals and diversified partners?

Lessons learned from developing the multi-sector AIM coalition 

According to the FAO (2015) close to 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. In most cases, this is due to high prices and limited availability on the market.

In 2009 GAIN started the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM). AIM's goal is to reduce malnutrition in Africa and Asia via nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive practices. By leveraging market based approaches developed in partnerships between business, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organisations, AIM is committed to making a significant contribution to the global targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The AIM coalition leads seven projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sout

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Commercializing Food Security in Tanzania

Like many regions in East Africa, Northern Tanzania has the potential to become an agricultural powerhouse. A Public-Private Partnership of the FDOV meets the needs of maize producers around the city of Arusha. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has provided financial resources, shared technical knowledge and coordinated the contacts among the partners of this project.

Watch this film to see the results of this public-private partnership!

Partners in this PPP are: Quality Food Products in Arusha, East African Grain Council, Wageningen University and Research Centre,  Dutch Embassy in Tanzania, New Bogaloo Ltd, National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

'Fresh Assembly Points' as distribution model for fresh produce 

In Africa produce is moved over hundreds of kilometers from rural farmers to urban-based distribution centers. Part of this produce is then moved back to an expanding network of rural retailers. Such distribution models are very difficult to enter for smallholder farmers.

The SPAR Rural Hubs initiative - one of the AIM projects- in South Africa focuses on improving rural community access to fresh produce from smallholder farmers by setting up a new distribution network. 'Fresh Assembly Points' (FAPs), strategically located near farmers, rural retailers and consumers, provide logical alternatives for the produce to travel a shorter distance from farmer to FAP to retailer, thereby reducing cost and preserving freshness longer.

Want to know more about this innovative approach? Listen to Kenneth Carden, project manager of SPAR, who explains it HERE 

AIM (the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition) brings togethe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Network energy during Dutch Members Meeting!

Sure you have asked yourself the question one time: ‘What is the added value of the AgriProFocus network for my work or organisation?’ This question (and getting the answer) was the aim of our Dutch members meeting on November 1st in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In a visual way, our members where taken through the strategy direction 2018-2022.

Sander Mager (Managing Director) introduced our members to the concepts of the strategy: “the networks entry point is to work with entrepreneurial farmers that are the real ‘change makers’ in the agriculture sector. These farmers are business driven, market oriented, have a willingness to grow, are innovative and contribute to development issues of inclusiveness, food & nutrition security and sustainability.”

The network wants to empower these change makers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works i

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Rorian! What kind of training did you do? I hope you will benefit from this network!

2 months 2 weeks ago

Okello Justine Am more impressed with these where by we are welcome you to join us in educating and empowering our youth here in Eastern Uganda Serere and Uganda at large check our facebook page wwww

2 months 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Justine, will follow your Facebook page!

2 months 1 week ago

Nesale Rorian Hello AgriProFocus  team. I was out of network for almost 3 weeks. thank Anne but late reply. i got the notification through my email. For my first time i tried to visit your website and read different written training's doc. posted there, and i took my time to join the team as i was also interested to start a small shamba work (small scale cultivation) in my area. 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Rorian, good to hear! Our search bar is the place to look for any tips/training or materials you need. Good luck with your start-up and keep sharing with us.

1 month 3 weeks ago

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Posted 3 months 4 days ago

Vidéo de la mission entrant du commerce agro-alimentaire du Mali, du Niger et du Burkina Faso aux Pays-Bas

En Août 2016, 48 entreprises du Mali, du Niger et du Burkina Faso ont visité les Pays-Bas lors d'une mission commerciale organisée par le Conseil d'affaires des Pays-Bas-africain. Nous suivons entrepreneur Aichatou Nasser du Niger au cours de cette visite. Les participants visitent un membre de notre partenariat néerlandais Bejo Zaden.

In August 2016, 48 companies from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso visited The Netherlands during a trade mission organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council. We follow entrepreneur Aichatou Nasser from Niger during this visit.  The participants visit one of our Dutch partnership member Bejo zaden.


How to Manage Risks in Financing Smallholder Investments?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 November 2016, 15:30-17:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

The third edition of NABC’s conference promises to be a prominent B2B platform which focuses on Africa’s growing economies, particularly in light of innovations developing in the financial sector. 

This year the theme is ‘Innovation in Finance’. With its unique resources and sheer size, Africa is now taking the lead in the development of inventive products and services that require smart, innovative, and practical financing solutions.

The AgriProFocus network will be present as well, hosting a workshop around “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations.” together with NpM and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The study “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations” by NpM, AgriProFocus and FBKP revealed that 1) risk management should be a common agenda, 2) access to finance relies not

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Posted 4 months 1 day ago

Making Agribusiness work for Development: AgriProFocus Strategy Week 2016

AgriProFocus is shaping its new strategy: What will be our network approach in the coming 5 years? We gathered from 12-16 September in Schoorl, The Netherlands, to define the basis of our new strategy together. We can already give you a sneak preview of the direction we are heading below.

Our network approach

AgriProFocus is convinced that our network can significantly contribute to tackling the current challenges we face in food and nutrition security worldwide. Being an international, multi-stakeholder network that is active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, which counts 22,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide today, we engage a wide diversity of stakeholders. No one stakeholder can bring about the desired systemic changes alone. From the experience we have built up engaging these stakeholders, we know that more sustainable results are possible if actors in the agribusiness sector are more effect

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks very much anne maria,, am a college student taking bachelor degree in human resource from Tanzania but am interested in agribusiness but i don't have enough education on how to start so i would like to join with you so as to make my dream become true

3 months 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Castory, thank you for your reply! By joining this platform you are part of a big network of agri-professionals. If you want to participate in any of the activities organised in Tanzania you can contact my colleague Hilda Okoth

3 months 2 weeks ago

CASTORY WILLIAM Hi Anne, thank a lot for your reply and give me a way to start, so i will get in touch with Hilda Okoth to start participating in any activity am so happy to join here i expect to learn a lot of things from you

3 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Votre profil sur notre plate-forme en ligne est comme votre carte de visite en ligne, mettre à jour maintenant!

Augmenter votre visibilité en ligne par ces temps de croissance numérique ! Compléter votre profil, c’est facile, ne prend que quelques minutes et vous permettra d’entrer en contact avec des milliers d’acteurs de l’agrobusiness dans le monde entier.

3 étapes faciles pour mettre à jour de votre profil :

1. Connectez-vous à ;

2. Cliquez sur votre nom dans le coin supérieur droit -> vous serez redirigé vers votre page de profil

3. Prenez quelques minutes pour mettre à jour entièrement en cliquant sur la barre grise appelée: "Modifier les paramètres de profil"

Le profillage de votre entreprise ou organisation (coordonnées, contacts téléphoniques, activités, etc.) vous offre les avantages ci-après :

- Accroitre en ligne la visibilité de votre entreprise et atteindre plus de 20 000 professionnels de l’agrobusiness.

- Promouvoir vos produits et

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 months 1 week ago

Your profile on this online platform is an online business card, update now!

Your online visibility becomes more and more important in these increasing digital times. Completing your profile on this platform is easy, only takes a few minutes and will connect you to thousands of agribusiness practitioners worldwide!

Updating your profile is done in 3 easy steps:

1. Log-in or sign-up at

2. Click on your name in the upper right corner -> you will be re-directed to your profile-page

3. Take a couple of minutes to fully update it by clicking on the grey-bar called: ‘Edit Profile Settings’

 Add your company or organisation profile and:

• Increase your company visibility online and reach over 20,000 agribusiness professionals

• Promote your business and services to our platform visitors (500,000 pageviews a year)

• Get access to collaboration opportunities both local and international

• A professional and completed profile with contact details will increase your r

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5 months 2 weeks ago

Wycliffe Natweeta Much appreciated.

2 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 6 months 3 weeks ago

Network energy during strategic conference AgriProFocus!

Development of and support to agri-entrepreneurship is at the heart of the AgriProFocus network. 

Through AgriProFocus, agribusiness professionals from the corporate sector, CSO’s, knowledge institutes and governments join forces, share knowledge and combine resources to fully unlock the potential of agri-entrepreneurship for food and nutrition security. Through our Dutch roots and the 20.000 registered professionals in 12 country networks, we are able to facilitate linking and learning and demonstrate that the Dutch Diamond really works in practice.

We are ready for a new phase: to further improve the impact and significance of our network, and to further strengthen the value for our members, partners and key-stakeholders. That is why on 28 and 29 June (in Doorn, The Netherlands) we generated the ingredients for an ambitious strategy and a new businessplan, together with our Dutch partnership members and other strategic

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Marc NKENGURUTSE Very good

6 months 2 weeks ago

NicholaS Amartey Inspiring

6 months 2 weeks ago

Charity PM Chileshe Yes please keep us in the loop on this interesting topic.

6 months 1 week ago