Janine Schoeman

Executive & Communications assistant


About Me

I have started May 2016 as Executive & Communications assistant at the AgriProFocus Support Office in The Netherlands. My job is to provide you with the information needed for this platform and assist Anne Marie Kortleve with all marketing and communication tasks. Besides this I assist Roel Snelder and Sander Mager in the role of executive assistant.

Skills and Expertise


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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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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 2 weeks 8 hours ago

Would you lend your money to a farmer in Myanmar?

"10 million farmers in Myanmar's rice region Ayarwaddy often lack capital to buy input products such as seeds, pesticides, and machinery. Input's necessary to continue and improve food production in Myanmar. On top of that the region is struggling with a heavy rate of urbanisation: The youth is leaving the country side for a better perspective in Yangon. In order to compensate for this labor loss, farmers need to invest in machinery."

The issue
At the moment it is very difficult for the financial industry to provide loans and insurances to farmers.
The reasons
  1. It is unknown what specifc financial products farmers actually need
  2. There is no data to develop credit risk assessment models to evaluate the risks of lending to farmers or groups of farmers. Therefore it's difficult to assess the exact product structure and pricing
  3. Financial institutes deal with high transaction costs to provide loans and insurances to remote farmers
So what can mobile

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Participantenraad AgriProFocus

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  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 2 weeks 3 days ago

New Working Paper Series - ISSD Africa  

Message from KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am proud to announce a new series of Working Papers, this time dedicated to emerging issues in integrated seed systems and how these benefit smallholder producers. ISSD Africa has engaged in action research and network building on Integrated Seed Sector Development from 2014-2016.
Through targeted studies, documentation of case studies, and national and international seminars, ISSD Africa has identified and documented problems, opportunities and innovative approaches in seed sector development on the African continent. The results of these efforts are published in a first series of 9 working papers, in the KIT Working Paper Series, focusing on 3 themes:

Promoting seed entrepreneurship
1. Making business out of low profit seed
2. Effective seed quality assurance

Increasing access to varieties from the public domain

4. Access to information on varieties in the public doma

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Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Annual Report KIT

Kit has presented their annual report. Below a message from Mark Schneiders, CEO KIT.

Dear Sir / Madam,

For KIT, 2016 has been a positive year marked by remarkable progress in all the areas in which we are active. Therefore we are very pleased to present to you KIT's annual report 2016. In this annual report, we showcase the achievements of our units and impactful assignments we worked on together with our clients and partners.

For the coming year, we will continue to seek diverse and constructive partnerships and opportunities. There is a renewed energy in the building with a clear vision for the future of KIT. We will further deepen our knowledge and services and strengthen our reputation as an international applied knowledge institute. We will work towards fulfilling our mission to drive impact in the areas of sustainable development, public health and international cooperation.

Best regards,

Mark Schneiders


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Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Universal access to sanitation & hygiene services

Article by SNV

By 2030, the world has committed to achieving access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations. While mainstream sanitation and hygiene approaches are making progress, achieving this equitably and reaching 'the last mile' amidst rapidly changing socio-economic conditions and growing inequalities has proven one of the stickiest problems of this decade. In a new Dgroup discussion that ran from 30 March to 20 April 2017, we discussed what works in universal access and which groups are still to be adequately or equitably reached by current service delivery models, particularly in areas where sanitation coverage is increasing.

This discussion brought together government partners, practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and deepen our understanding about current sector experience and evidence

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Posted 1 month 8 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 1 month 2 weeks ago

Prioritising climate-smart agricultural interventions at different scales

Published by Agricultural Systems, February 1st, 2017  

This special of Agricultural Systems focuses on prioritising climate-smart agricultural (CSA) interventions at different scales. Currently, there are few tools that can comprehensively evaluate the range of potential technologies and practices and their possible impacts on food production, environmental sustainability, and mitigation in any context. Therefore, what remains is the prioritization of interventions for investment and broad dissemination. There is a growing body of work by several CGIAR centres and their partners on tools and methods that can be used to prioritise CSA interventions and investments at a range of spatial and temporal scales. This special issue brings together nine papers describing a wide range of approaches and tools. One of the papers (PDF) by Notenbaert et al. describe a generic framework for evaluating and prioritising poten

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Sustainable intensification in smallholder agriculture: An integrated systems research approach

Article from Routledge.com

Sustainable intensification has recently been developed and adopted as a key concept and driver for research and policy in sustainable agriculture. It includes ecological, economic and social dimensions, where food and nutrition security, gender and equity are crucial components. This book on Routledge by Ingrid Oborn, Bernard Vanlauwe, Michael Phillips, Richard Thomas, Willemien Brooijmans and Kwesi Atta-Krah, describes different aspects of systems research in agriculture in its broadest sense, where the focus is moved from farming systems to livelihoods systems and institutional innovation. Much of the work represents outputs of the three CGIAR Research Programs on Integrated Systems for the Humid Tropics, Aquatic Agricultural Systems and Dryland Systems. The chapters are based around four themes: the conceptual underpinnings of systems research; sustainable intens

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Improving nutrition through biofortification: A review of evidence from HarvestPlus

Article from sciencedirect.com

This review article (PDF) in Global Food Security Journal summarizes key evidence from the HarvestPlus program on how biofortification has helped improve nutrition worldwide between 2003 and 2016. Delivery experiences in various target countries (Bangladesh, DR Congo, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia) are discussed, as well as farmer and consumer adoption. Since 2003, HarvestPlus and its partners have demonstrated that this agriculture-based method of addressing micronutrient deficiency through plant breeding can be successful. More than 20 million people in farm households in developing countries are now growing and consuming biofortified crops. The article highlights a few common themes that have emerged among successful delivery programs. First, multiplication of sufficient planting material is a crucial first step. Second, demonstration trials have be

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Do you want to set up a challenge? Best practices from the Food Connection Challenge

Article of IBA, by Rosanna Martucci on March 6, 2017

The Food Connection Challenge Ghana (FCC), an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and CrossWise Works facilitated by F&BKP and IBA, was launched as a business-led response to post-harvest losses in Ghana. The FAO indeed reports that post-harvest loss amounts up to 30-40% of the total food produced in Ghana, due to poor harvesting, storing and transportation facilities.

In June 2016, After an open application process targeting Ghanian agribusiness SMEs, FCC selected four Ghanaian agribusinesses producing tilapia, pineapple, peanut and groundnut products. Lack of proper storage facilities being one of the main causes of losses in their operations, FCC matched them with Dutch companies offering cold and non-cold storage facilities. Four student teams were involved to adapt the Dutch technologies for scaling in the context of the Ghanaian entrepreneurs.


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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 1 month 3 weeks 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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Effectiveness of Networks in Seed Potato Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs. The project investigates the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions on sustainable upscaling performance in value chain clusters to understand the role of agro-based clustering in competitiveness.

The project encourages the active participation of private seed breeders and multipliers, farmer cooperatives/growers, local government representatives, NGOs and research institutes. It is piloted in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia to:

  1. Measure the sustainabl

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

“The Gold Standard: Exploring the added value of the Dutch knowledge platforms”

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Dutch Knowledge Platforms are said to ‘have gold in their hands’. A recently launched learning review provides insight into the achievements and added value of the five Knowledge Platforms since their kick-off three years ago.

While the Knowledge Platforms are diverse in their organization and strategy, the reviewers identify common “gems”. These include the multi-stakeholder approach that lies at the core of their institutional strategy. The Platforms do not operate in a vacuum, they are positioned in a context of diverse actors (ministries, NGOs, research institutes, consultancies, businesses, etc.). This shows that their approach is not installed to fulfil only the needs of the Dutch government, but a meaningful way to take stock of multiple perspectives in order to achieve a greater good. Other achievements mentioned in the learning review are t

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks 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 1 month 3 weeks 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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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Project Manager Myanmar 

(Dutch nationality only)

Impact Terra:

Impact Terra is a fast growing start up technology company based in Yangon. We at Impact Terra develop and implement mobile solutions for farmers, agribusinesses, and other agricultural stakeholders. Our mission is to improve the livelihoods of rural population and improve food security and safety.

Our Mobile Application: Shwe Thee Nhan

Our mobile application Shwe Thee Nhan provides our users, whom are mostly farmers in Myanmar, with an easy-to-use visual interface and real-time, targeted content such as weather forecasts, input crop market prices, product information, farming best practices, news, risk announcements, and much more.


Project Manager

We are looking for a motivated, hard-working, social and entrepreneurial strong Project Manager. As Project Manager you will take part in the YEP programme, financed by the government of the Netherlands. As part of the programme, you will have a three weeks trainin

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Posted 2 months 3 days ago

Book Launch: Dairy Matters

During the AgriProFocus event Making Business Work for Development the book Dairy Matters was launched. Rik Overmars from SNV, handed a copy to Jeroen Steeghs from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

The Kenya Market-led Dairy Programme is run by SNV Kenya plus partners and is financed by the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi. The inspiring book showcases eighteen case studies of farmers, cooperation's and businesses. Most of the stories in this collection describe the changes that dairy farmers have made in their own farms and the impact of their dairy business on their families and peers. After all, development is not about projects, but about people.

You can download the book via this link.