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



Introduction to Inclusive Business  - online course

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  06 June 2017, All Day Event
  Online course

Online course: Introduction to Inclusive Business  

The course is aligned to a number of existing activities done by MDF, CDI and the Inclusive Business Accelerator consortium, and is supported by the Food & Knowledge Business Platform. After the launch on June 6, 2016, the course will always be available on the IBA.ventures platform.

Inclusive business refers to sustainable business solutions that go beyond philanthropy and expand access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.

Inclusive Business ventures deliver high socio-economic value by engaging the poor as producers, distributors, suppliers, or consumers, and present an exciting opportunity for the private sector because they are good for business. A variety of commercial returns–market entry, market share, secure supply chains, product line innovation, and competitive advantage–all help to build market value.

Target groups

Since this educational programme i

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Webinar Agents of Change

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  01 March 2017, 14:00-15:30
  Webinar - online

Webinar “Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation”

“Agents of Change in Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation: The Value of Facilitators” is one in a series of GFAR webinars. The Tropical Agriculture Platform (TAP) is bringing together several presenters to engage the agri-food research and innovation community around the topic of capacity development.

About TAP

TAP is an active partner in GFAR’s efforts in fostering collective initiatives to improve capacity in agri-food research and innovation.

The main focus of TAP is the development of national capacities for agricultural innovation in tropical developing countries, where the capacity gap is especially wide. By helping to bridge the capacity gap, TAP aims to pave the way for agricultural innovations that meet the demands of its principal users – small farmers, small and medium-sized agribusinesses and consumers.


In this webinar, TAP Secretariat will share a framework and process

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SIMA International Agribusiness Show

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  26 February 2017 to 02 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Paris Nord Villepinte, France

SIMA International Agribusiness Show

The SIMA Paris International Agribusiness Show 2017 will take place from February 26 to March 2, 2017 at Paris Nord Villepinte, France.

Sunday February 26, 2017, the opening day, will bring together African ministers and African institutional partners, who will present their agricultural development strategy.

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, a conference will be held entitled “Agricultural mechanisation in Africa: what strategy for progress?”

Organized by AXEMA and SIMA, with the participation of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the European Agricultural Machinery Committee (CEMA), Bpifrance Export, FNCUMA, and the Pan African Farmers Organizations (PAFO).

Feedback from entities operating in Africa will also contribute to this event aimed at African professionals (farmers, breeders) and exhibitors.

Read more here or download the brochure


SAG-SEED starter Uganda 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  23 March 2017 to 25 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Kampala, Uganda

4 days left to apply!
Want to set up your own eco-inclusive enterprise in Uganda?

Apply for our upcoming Starter Workshop in Kampala!

Do you want to become an eco-entrepreneur and find solutions for one of the key challenges your country is facing? Then the Starter is what you have been waiting for. Building an enterprise takes many different tasks, from stepping into the shoes of potential customers in order to design a product or service to running a marketing campaign. A single person, or even most teams of motivated people, can easily feel overwhelmed. The Starter shows future entrepreneurs where to start to turn their ideas into reality. By asking the right questions, it guides you through the process of setting up your enterprise. What it does not do is to offer ready-made solutions – with a bit of guidance you are about to discover the best solutions yourself!

How does it work?

During the application period for the SAG-SEED Starter Months future eco-entrepr

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Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems

A report from the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

On a global scale, more and more people are making the decision to become social entrepreneurs in business while aiming for impact in food security. Those entrepreneurs are trying to fill gaps that the private sector, public sector, and civil society actors have left open; issues that need improvement when tackling food insecurity and malnutrition. To gain more insight into their potential contributions, within the F&BKP, social entrepreneurs that work in food value chains in the seven Dutch partner countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Indonesia, Ghana and Benin) and their related challenges and opportunities have been mapped within their supporting and surrounding ecosystems.

The report that synthesizes the mapping results has revealed that resource, awareness, and knowledge gaps exist between the social entrepreneurs’ demand for s

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Nine Ugandan Food & Business projects gathered to enhance their policy relevance

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Representatives of nine Applied Research Fund (ARF) projects – from research, the private sector and NGOs and governmental agencies – gathered for a country workshop in Entebbe on January 26 and 27. They discussed and reflected upon emerging findings and results of research on food security and private sector development, mainly in Uganda but also with a more global focus. The engagement with policy, to enhance the conditions for an enabling environment, was the main theme of the event.

The workshop was organized by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and RUFORUM. It provided room for acquaintance, exchange and reflection, through presentations, discussions, working group sessions and a field trip. The workshop was aimed at learning, about the respective projects, the ARF programme and the F&BKP as well as a

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Golden Paddy ("Shwe Thee Nhan")  

Impact Terra's mobile app for farmers, retailers, brokers/traders and wholesalers

Shwe Thee Nhan is Myanmar's biggest online farmer community. With both our mobile application and our popular Facebook Page we help farmers' improve their productivity, and give them access to markets.

We bridge the gap between farmers, and you. 

What is new?

  1. Register fast & easy due to our personalized registration process
  2. Browse the app faster due to smart improvements that make the app even better in bad, or no internet situations
  3. Share our know-how articles on Facebook, Viber, Beetalk and many more
  4. Invite Facebook Friends through our in-app share function
  5. Send customized surveys to our Golden Paddy Users
  6. Submit farming activities offline in Manage My Farm

The platform and android application provide users with an easy-to-use and visual interface and content regarding weather forecasts, input product prices, crop market prices, product information and usage instructions

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Poultry trade Mission to Uganda and Rwanda

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  02 October 2017 to 06 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

Poultry trade Mission to Uganda and Rwanda

From October 2nd to October 6th, 2017, a Poultry Trade Mission to Uganda & Rwanda will be organised by Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) in close collaboration with VNU Exhibitions and the Dutch Poultry Centre. Part of this trade will take place at Poultry Africa 2017 in Kigali, Rwanda. 

The participants of the trade mission will have free entrance tot he Leadership Conference of the Poultry Africa 2017. Also the congres, lunch on October 4 and 5, netwerk cocktail and entree to the exhibition are included. In Uganda and Rwanda several company visits and matchmaking sessions will be organized. 

To register, please sign up here


Niger Trade Mission

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  06 March 2017 to 10 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Niamey, Niger

NABC invites companies interested in exploring agricultural business opportunities with Niger on a trade mission to Niamey from March 6th till March 10th 2017. 

The outgoing mission follows on the incoming mission from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso which was received in August 2016. Fifty-three representatives of Dutch agribusinesses met with this delegation and were very pleased with the quality of the Nigerien companies. A
fact sheet from this visit can be found here and a video here. Interested in exploring agri-opportunities in Niger and seeing it with your own eyes? Join this mission!

Registration deadline: Wednesday 22 February  

For more information and registration please visit NABC's website

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AgriProFocus will move office!

The office will move from Arnhem to Utrecht this year. We are hoping to start working there in May, of course we will keep you posted!

The reason for the move is that we will be more centrally located. There are (potential) member- and partner organisations in the same building which is a big plus. In the same building are The Hunger Project (our neighbours), BoPInc, Oiko Credit, Fair and Sustainable, MVO Nederland, GAIN, Max Havelaar and more.

Below you see the formal moment; handover of the key. As you can see the room is empty but work will start soon to make it a beautiful office! 
Once we are settled in we will invite you all to officially open and celebrate the new office. 


Disrupt! Open Source Seeds

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  17 February 2017, 08:30-14:00
  Kenya Climate innovation centre, Nairobi

Invitation Disrupt! Open source seeds!

Market based solutions for open source seeds in Africa

Next week Hivos will organise a workshop at Kenya Climate innovation Centre - a coworking place in Nairobi - for social seed entrepreneurs followed by a PUBLIC EVENT!

This public event is the final part of a competitive ideathon event. Social seed entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa will pitch their improved ideas in front of jury and public.
The jury consists of William Kithui (Alphamundi), Paul Ohaga (KCIC) and Gloria Otieno (Bioversity International).
We are looking forward to a nice fruitful inspiring meeting with entrepreneurs, impact investors, policy makers, researchers, ngos ..... 

Please join to help bring the best ideas to the next level and meet your peers over lunch!

You can register via Ernest Chitechi - echitechi@kenyack.org or 
Willy Douma - wdouma@hivos.org 


Facing rural innovation challenges

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 September 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Facing rural innovation challenges 

Linking research to inclusive development for food security

Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities if it is to have any value. And agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations may lack up to date information on how to most effectively improve food security.

This course will introduce you to new approaches and tools for designing and managing participation in rural innovation that will help to resolve both problems and find complementary solutions. It will enable you to create and support effective partnerships, collaboration and dynamic stakeholder networks to co-create new knowledge for better agri-business deals and higher farmer income.

Why choose this course?

  • Participants come from all around the globe, and provide a unique enriching learning context in which professional networks can grow and lifetime friendships are built.
  • The course is challenging, varied and hands-on, incl

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Coping with climate change in a key vulnerable continent

Article 2 february 2017 - Climate Observer

Focus Africa is a series of country-specific articles produced by Climate Policy Observer on the current and planned climate policies of over fifteen African states.

Outstanding polluters and climate influencers, such as Nigeria and Egypt, have been analyzed as long as green, promising small nations – some of which presented very ambitious pledges on the road to the 2015 Paris COP21. A great degree of complexity clearly emerges by comparing, for instance, the promising Kenyan solar market with oil-tied rentier nations as Algeria, or the low degree of electrification and electricity production of the smaller states with South Africa’s coal-reliant energy economy.

Starting from the Kingdom of Morocco, which hosted the 2016 COP22, the series also highlights some major social and economic data about each country. Data and informations were taken from official statistical

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Report: How to amplify agroecology

17 november 2016

A report by ILEIA brings together the insights from a landmark meeting on building the agroecology movement. Over 70 individuals shared the fruit from decades of hard field work, research and activism.

They came together to discuss factors for successful amplification of agroecology, as opposed to traditional ‘scaling up’, and identified key lessons from their work.

The four day Agroecology Learning Exchange took place in Uganda and was organised by the AgroEcology Fund and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa in May 2016.

ILEIA facilitated the event, and also compiled the rich insights of the meeting in this new document.

You can download the report via this link. 

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Social Impact Media Awards

The annual SIMA Awards celebrate the best impact filmmaking from around the world that inspires activism, compassion and social transformation. Each year, films are selected from over 140 countries, competing for awards, cash prizes, industry accolades, media features, distribution opportunities, and entry into SIMA’s signature film programs. 

Three videos created by BrandOutLoud for SNV were shortlisted from 301 submissions in 100 countries for the SIMA Awards: 

Balancing Benefits - Tanzania
In Tanzania, farming and food production depends heavily upon women, who form the majority of the workforce.  Portraying a young couple sharing authority over their farm and income. Showing the people involved improving equality between women and men, at home and in business. This is their story. 

Balancing Benefits - SNV - Tanzania from BrandOutLoud on Vimeo.

Farming in Sneakers - Tanzania 

Worldwide, 74 million young people are unemployed, many

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Bridging the gap between banks and farmers

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’ carried out by NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 15 cases of how Dutch investors have successfully realised access to financial services for smallholder farmers.

Lesson 1: Organised farmers have better financing opportunities

Lesson 2: Learning to mitigate risks can be done

Lesson 3: Geodata can increase financial inclusion and food security

Lesson 4: We need to work towards green inclusive finance

More on these lessons learned and the full article can be read here. This article appeared in NABC Magazine edition 2017.

On 16th February 2017 NpM organises a conference on the subject ‘Geodata for inclusive finance and food.’


Food for all talks

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 February 2017, 14:30-15:30
  Netherlands - online

World Bank Group’s Agriculture Global Practice WBG-Netherlands Partnership Food for All invite you to the first in the series of:

Food for all talks

From Production System to Food System for Healthy Diets and Nutrition: What does it take?

With economic development, a greater proportion of value in the food system moves from primary agriculture to food processing, handling and retail. This transformation of food systems varies by country and thus considering national and sub-national food systems is important. The benefits of food system transformations are not always distributed equally and are also strongly associated with an unhealthy dietary transition. Low quality diets underpin all forms of malnutrition. Food systems are multidimensional, with multiple actors, managing multiple linked and nested agri-food value chains within dynamic and interactive food environments. Our food system research focuses on opportunities for healthy food system transformation in focus cou

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Making agribusiness work for development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  21 March 2017, 14:00-18:00
  Humanity House, The Hague

Making agribusiness work for development

How successful do you think The Netherlands is in linking Aid & Trade? How can we create stronger linkages between the different stakeholders of the 'Dutch Diamond'? Do the muddy boots from the field ever meet the shiny office shoes, are they different worlds or do they walk together? The AgriProFocus network has the pleasure to invite you to this unique event. Join us and learn by sharing and reflecting on experiences with the Aid & Trade policy, show leadership by looking ahead and explore opportunities to work together (better)!

At the end of the current government's term the AgriProFocus network looks back and forward on the Aid & Trade agenda. What are the experiences of the various stakeholders involved in agribusiness in developing countries? What is the added value of partnerships and cooperation? Which elements of this agenda have been successful for improving farmer entrepreneurship to increase food and nutrition security? What would ou

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Agromissie naar Vietnam             19-23 maart 2017

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  19 March 2017 to 23 March 2017 - All Day Event

Agromissie naar Vietnam

met Marjolijn Sonnema, directeur-generaal Agro & Natuur van het ministerie van Economische Zaken

Steden: Ho Chi Minh Stad en Hanoi

Wilt u zakendoen in Vietnam of in dit land nieuwe mogelijkheden verkennen? En is uw bedrijf actief in de agro-, tuinbouw- of watersector? Ga dan mee van 19 t/m 23 maart a.s. met de agromissie naar Vietnam onder leiding van Marjolijn Sonnema, DG Agro en Natuur.

De missie richt zich op agro-, tuinbouw en waterkansen in de Vietnamese markt en op de positionering van Nederland als agro-, kennis- en innovatieland.

De missie is gekoppeld aan een regionale conferentie op het gebied van voedselzekerheid die Vietnam in nauwe samenwerking met Nederland, de FAO en de Wereldbank organiseert.

Voor wie?
De missie staat open voor bedrijven en kennisinstellingen uit de sectoren agrifood, tuinbouw en water-landbouw nexus.

Het centrale thema is voedselzekerheid met daarbinnen focus op technologie voor vermindering voedselverliezen & voedselverspilling, klima

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Niger Business Seminar & Trade Mission

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  09 February 2017, 08:30-13:00
  NH Hotel, World Trade Center (WTC), The Hague

Niger Business Seminar & Trade Mission

On Thursday the 9th of February a Niger Business Seminar will be held in the NH Hotel in The Hague. The Business Seminar will focus on the major economic sectors of the country (such as agribusiness, water, energy and logistics) and is targeting businesses, NGOs and knowledge institutes.

During the day, the Nigerien Embassy based in Brussels will present business opportunities in the country and representatives of Dutch companies and organisations already active in Niger will share their experiences. In addition, economic instruments from the Dutch government for Niger will be highlighted and NABC will present the programme for the upcoming mission to Niger that will take place from 6 to 10 March. The presentations will be followed by a lunch, during which there is more time to ask questions and network.

The tentative programme is as follows:

08:30 - 09:00: Coffee and registration
09:00 – 09:15: Opening speeches by Inès Mazou (Economic Attaché of

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