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 International Secretariat 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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 days 23 min ago

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


Pitches

ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tac

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jun
07

Handelsmissie Myanmar: ontdek de nieuwste ASEAN markt

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 June 2017 to 09 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Myanmar

Heeft u ervaring met zakendoen in de ASEAN-regio? Wilt u de kansen en mogelijkheden in Myanmar verkennen? Ga dan mee met de eerste handelsmissie naar Myanmar van 7 t/m 9 juni 2017.

Tijdens de missie maakt u kennis met deze unieke markt, die een sprong in de tijd maakt. Op het programma staan netwerkevenementen, bedrijfsbezoeken, matchmaking en presentaties bij relevante instellingen.

Opkomende markt

De Nederlandse Ambassade in Myanmar en de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO.nl) kunnen u ondersteunen om de stap naar deze jonge markt te zetten.

U ontmoet ondernemers die de stap al hebben gezet, zowel start-ups als multinationals als Shell, De Heus, Heineken, Unilever, East West Seed, Control Union, Royal en Haskoning DHV.

Volgt u de ontwikkelingen in deze nieuwste opkomende markt in Azië al langer en heeft u interesse om deze van dichtbij te leren kennen? Dan bent u van harte welkom om aan deze eerste regionale handelsmissie deel te nemen.

Deelname

De missie is gericht op bedrijven d

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apr
20

Share a Slice: Climate Resilience - wat werkt voor boeren?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  20 April 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Arthur van Schendelstraat 500, Utrecht

Climate Resilience van boeren verhogen, wat werkt?

Klimaatverandering vormt een groeiende bedreiging voor de mondiale voedselzekerheid. Het ontwikkelen van adaptatiestrategieën valt niet mee: de diversiteit in landbouw vraagt ​​om verschillende en vaak zeer context-specifieke oplossingen. Welke strategieën passen wij als AgriProFocus leden toe? Wat kunnen we van elkaar leren? En waar vullen we elkaar aan?

Het AgriProFocus netwerk organiseert maandelijkse Meet&Eats, door en voor leden, na werktijd, onder het genot van een stuk pizza. Heifer Nederland is de host van deze tweede Meat&Eat in het kantoor van AgriProFocus in Utrecht. De aftrap werd gedaan door BoP Innovation Center met het thema Inclusive Business. Hier kan je meer lezen over de eerste meet-up.

Het programma is als volgt:

17.30 - 18.00 uur : Inloop en een lekker stuk pizza

18.00 - 18.15 uur : Pizza Pitch van Heifer, Soil & More en SCOPEinsight

18.15 - 19.15 uur : Inleiding thema door Heifer + discussie

19.15 - 19.30

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 4 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!

2 weeks 4 days ago

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Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Finance - Benin

In many Sub-Saharan African countries, agricultural development is key to accelerating economic development and overcoming poverty. Increasing agricultural production and productivity is vital for food security, since it provides a source of food and generates income for smallholder farmers. Growth in agricultural production and agri business development also stimulates growth in other sectors of the economy. Limited availability of, and access to finance and services for SME farmers limits the development of the small and medium sized agri-entrepreneurs in Benin.

That is why the Dutch Embassy in Benin and SNV set up the Agribusiness Centres. The Agribusiness Centre’s mission is to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs by providing them advice, assistance and access to finance.  They target Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and Micro enterprises with high growth potential.&nb

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Philippe AKPAKI Thanks you Anne Marie for this publication. I'm enjoying for Benin entrepreneurs 

1 week 4 days ago

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Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Seed - Uganda

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!  


Dorina Prech Great video and insightful information there!

1 month 6 hours ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Easter Garden.

1 week 6 days ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Happy Resurrection Day - Palm Sunday and Easter Garden.

1 week 6 days ago

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

#HEFORSHE: 2SCALE AND AGRIPROFOCUS CELEBRATE MEN WHO EMPOWER WOMEN

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic position in value chains and improving their access to agricultural training, seeds, fertilizers, and land.

Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in Ségou. The recipients included:

• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.

• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promo

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage. He for she très bon concept, nous trouvons que c'est dans l'ordre naturel des choses, car la discrimination est venue par les hommes et c'est toujours avec  les hommes que nous pouvons envisager des solutions durables.  Ici au Mali ONU-FEMME est réprésentée par un homme, et je vous assure que ça produit des effets. Nous disons merci à l'engagement du partenaire IFDC et à l'efficacité de la démarche 2SCALE. Et vivement la prochaine formation sur le genre dans les chaines de valeur agricole car cette formation est vraiment utile.On est ensemble

1 month 1 week ago

Cibarani Cibarani Belle initiative....De quoi donner envie à d'autres de redoubler davantage les aides qu'ils apportent aux femmes...

1 month 1 week ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci CIBARANI, le mérite vous revient car votre  action à Ouéléssébougou est très regardant sur la démarche genre.Nous suivons avec beaucoup d’intérêt vos activités.

1 month 1 week ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci beaucoup Anne Marie pour ce partage très intéressant, ce fut un moment de reconnaissance et de mérite pour ses braves hommes qui se battent chaque jour pour la cause des femmes ,ils  seront  désormais des références ! 

1 month 1 week ago

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: ICRA

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

In this first vlog I take you to Wageningen, THE capital of agricultural knowledge in The Netherlands. I talked to Richard Hawkins, Director of ICRA. He explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for ICRA.

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


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: Hivos

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

In this first vlog I take you to The Hague at the headquarters of Hivos. I talked to Frank Mechielsen, programme manager Sustainable Diets. He explains to us in 2 minutes how Hivos makes agribusiness work for development!

If you have any questions or comments on the video, please let me know in a comment below. Thanks!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Wanted: 40 businesses looking to achieve growth for themselves and for Africa

Starting today, young entrepreneurs looking to do business with Africa can join in with a new initiative: Making Africa Work. This year, some 40 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to obtain support in establishing a business in Africa. The assistance offered them in finding local partners and developing their business plan is expected to help them achieve a faster and better business launch. The project also hopes to boost employment opportunities in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. After all, the best guarantee for new jobs and local growth is new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to set up business in these countries and who see opportunities for their business can get in touch with PUM and Africa in Motion, starting today.

Making Africa Work is aimed both at African migrants and students wishing to start up a business in their country of origin, and Dutch entrepreneurs who see Africa

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is indeed a great opportunity worth sharing more Anne Marie.Thanks for this.

1 month 4 weeks ago

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Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture. 


The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). 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 a

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feb
15

Strengthening the onion value chain in West-Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 February 2017, 09:30-13:30
  Utrecht, The Netherlands

Are you involved in the onion value chain in West Africa? Would you like to share your experiences and contribute to strengthen this value chain? Then we are looking for you! AgriProFocus member Bejo Zaden has the ambition to sustainably improve the onion value chain in West Africa and is looking for partners to collaborate.

You are invited to:

  • Share your knowledge and experience about the onion value chain in West Africa.
  • Learn with other professionals to gain better insight in the challenges and opportunities.
  • Explore possibilities of taking part in a consortium to strengthen the onion value chain in West-Africa.
Who? 

Members of the AgriProFocus network and key stakeholders. Language will be Dutch or English depending on the participants.

Programme 

09:00-09:30 Arrival 

09:30-10:00 Introduction by Bejo Zaden and AgriProFocus 

10.00-12:00 Exploring challenges and opportunities 

12:00-12:30 Wrap-up: conclusions and next steps 

12:30-13:30 Network lun

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 5 days 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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feb
16

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 By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 3 months 1 week 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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apr
25

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 months 1 day 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 months 4 weeks ago

Agape Ishabakaki Thanks Anne. Wishing you the same.


3 months 3 weeks 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 months 3 weeks 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!

3 months 2 weeks 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

3 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 4 months 1 day 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 4 months 1 week 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!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 5 months 23 hours 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!!!

4 months 3 weeks ago