Wim Goris

network facilitator

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Hi, I am based in Arnhem, Netherlands at the AgriProFocus support office. I am trained in animal husbandry and worked in Brazil before dedicating myself to farmer entrepreneurship in Africa. My job now is to support networks and network coordination in Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Ethiopia. My special interest is to support network activities in livestock sectors such as dairy, poultry, pigs and extensive livestock.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 weeks 13 hours ago

East-West Seed launch agricultural scholarship program to celebrate 35th anniversary

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, vegetable seed company East-West Seed is launching a scholarship program that will enable 35 children of farmers to pursue undergraduate courses in agriculture.

The Simon Groot Scholarship will support farmers children that study agriculture related subjects. Named the "Simon Groot Scholarship Program for Agriculture", the program will provide an opportunity for 35 students - sons and daughters of farmers - to pursue an agriculture degree in public agriculture colleges and universities.

"Agricultural education is one of the most powerful investments we can make for the future,” says Simon Groot, founder of East-West Seed. "We must encourage farmers' children to carry on the their parents' legacy by equipping them with scientific and practical knowledge to turn farming into a thriving business and a sustainable source of livelihood for their communities."

The scholarship

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Posted By in Van Hall Larenstein University
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago

hi all,

today I did a guest lecture for 40+ students MoD and APCM at Van Hall Larenstein. See one photo in this link event. Below is the photo from another angle.

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Wim, the picture looks cool! Can you tell us a bit more on what the lecture was about? And what is MoD and APCM? 

2 weeks 20 hours ago

Wim Goris Actually the lecture was about us. I showed the AgriProFocus video on our network approach, collected questions and answers. Some 16 students were multitasking, they registered for this online network during class !

2 weeks 12 hours ago

Wim Goris MOD (Management of Development) and APCM (agri product chain management) are the 2 main Master courses for international mid-career students.

2 weeks 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 weeks 1 day ago

Postgraduate course - Science and Leadership for Transforming Institutions.

Hi all, I am just sharing about this course. Find further details at end of message :)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in partnership with University of Dar es Salaam School of Business, the International Foundation for Science (IFS), and Regional Universities Forum (RUFORUM) invites you to participate in the course “Science and Leadership for Transforming Institutionsin Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 27 February through 10 March 2017. This course is part of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) 2015 -2020 Bilateral Capacity Building

Programme for Tanzania and other country programmes.

The overall objective of the course is to increase knowledge and competences in leadership and science to support young scientists in building more effective and robust institutions.

The course aims to give PhD students from African and European countries the opportunity to unders

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 2 months 1 day ago

Reports of Dairy Learning Lab Kagera

The report of the Dairy Learning Labs held between 28 November and 2 December 2016 in Kagera region, Tanzania are available. AgriProFocus likes to thank the organisers for their effort in organising the events and especially in making a Swahili translation of the report. 

Find Swahili report here

Find photo impression in the album on our facebook page. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 months 3 weeks ago

PTC+ launches two innovations in poultry knowledge

BARNEVELD, September 2016

PTC+ presents two innovative, international products on poultry knowledge and education, a blended learning (E-learning, distance learning) training on poultry management and the Poultry Innovation Lab.

Read more in their newsletter: http://www.ptcplus.com/en/Expertisecentra/Varkens-pluimvee-diervoeders/Nieuws/PTC%20launches%20two%20innovations%20in%20poultry%20knowledge

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 7 months 1 week ago


In many areas of Tanzania the natural high concentration of fluoride in water sources cause teeth to color brown and other health problems. Therefore, the removal of fluoride is one of the main objectives. In partnership TNO developed a new technology on solar heat, which was tested in Tanzania last months. The results are encouraging.

Read more : https://www.tno.nl/en/about-tno/news/2016/7/successful-test-with-new-clean-water-technology-tanzania/


6 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 7 months 1 week ago

Focus on agriculture, TZ urged by UN

this article in the citizen, THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016 is about the new development assistance plan for Tanzania. Read the article here http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/News/-/1840340/3294278/-/lef3rc/-/index.html

Find the Development Assistance Plan for Tanzania 2016-2021 via this link



6 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 months 1 week ago

Weighing scales to transform NRT Trading livestock business 

July 08, 2016 (article from site Northern Rangeland Trust Kenya)

The new livestock purchase method using weighing scales promises to transform NRT Trading's livestock business, as more accurate prices can be paid to pastoralists. This is the first time NRT Trading have ever used a scale at livestock markets.

The portable scale will ensure more accurate prices are paid to pastoralists, leading to a fairer market and giving better incentives for healthy rangelands  


NRT Trading's Livestock Manager, Patrick Ekodere, describes the cattle markets as organised chaos. As pastoralists trek their cattle from near and far to the market destination, each is looking to get the best price for his cow. In theory, the aim of the livestock business is for NRT Trading to purchase livestock directly from conservancies, cutting out the need for pastoralists to trek cattle for days to the nearest town market. NRT Trading tries to bu

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6 months 2 weeks ago



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  20 November 2016 to 27 November 2016 - All Day Event

Tanzanian and European spice producers will facilitate new business relationships during an outgoing trade mission, set to take place in Tanzania 20-27 November. Activities will include seminars, company and field visits, business dinners and matchmaking activities. NABC will organize meetings with processors, logistic partners, quality bureaus, representatives from the financial sector and government representatives. See the website for more details, and contact Daphne Meijer-Willems via daphne.willems@nabc.nl for more information.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 7 months 3 weeks ago

Britain’s EU exit: What implications for Tanzania?

Trade, Investment and Development Aid Perspectives

Read more here in an article from lawyer Paul Kibuuka


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

Cotton in Zambia today.

Joseph Nkole is national coordinator of the Cotton Association of Zambia, which unites cotton farmers. He has stopped by the Cordaid headquarters to express his gratitude for the support that his organization got from Cordaid between 2006 and 2010. “Cordaid has literally planted a seed in Zambia that has led to new jobs, better livelihoods, better nutrition and making villages come alive again.”

Read more in this post at the Cordaid website:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 8 months 2 weeks ago

Why Bill would raise Chickens?

Hi, I share this June 7 blog from Bill Gates about poultry: "It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens."

Here’s why:
  • They are easy and inexpensive to take care of.
  • They’re a good investment. 
  • They help keep children healthy. 
  • They empower women. 

Read more at:


Wim Goris Read this interesting comment from Joe Hanlon in Mozambique. Bill Gates Tuesday (7 June) announced a plan to donate chickens to Africans to turn them into commercial farmers. Gates said a farmer starting with five hens could earn more than $1,000 a year. Fewer than 2% of farmers in Mozambique earn that much money. Meanwhile, Odebrecht, the large Brazilian construction company which built Nacala airport and is building the Maputo bus rapid transit system wants to build an $82 million installation to produce one quarter of Mozambique's chickens. The company would go from field to fork, producing maize and soy for feed; having a hatchery, slaughterhouse and processing plant; and marketing. It would be located north of Mocuba, Zambezia. Odebrecht has already received $550,000 from the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (set up by the US, Sweden and Denmark) and the Africa Development Bank. It hopes to raise money from the World Bank's International Finance Corporation. If successful, the project put out of business thousands of Mozambican small commercial chicken producers, who could not compete. Is this really the best way for the World Bank and African Development Bank to promote development? But could either succeed? A large integrated project of the type produced by Odebrecht has never succeeded in Mozambique; indeed, all large agricultural plantations have failed. And on 9 March, Marcelo Odebrecht, the boss of the construction company, was jailed for 19 years for corruption. Bill Gates, on the project's web page, says chickens "are easy and inexpensive to take care of." That has not been the experience in Mozambique, where commercial chicken raising has proved difficult. In our book "Chickens and beer: A recipe for agricultural growth in Mozambique" we looked at the successful value chain for soya and chickens. Eight years ago, local chickens were more expensive in the market than imported frozen Brazilian or South African chickens. It has taken a decade of work by TechnoServe and others to promote local soya production and bring the cost of chicken production down to competitive levels. This works only in a tightly controlled system. Several larger local chicken companies are profitable, and Novos Horizontes in Nampula is successfully promoting outgrower schemes. Keeping costs down, even for family producers, means 1) buying day old chicks and not hatching eggs (which is quite complex for commercial production), 2) having the right food and feeding regime so chickens grow fast enough, and 3) have disease control to limit losses. Of course families have chickens scratching around the yard and some eggs hatch and some chickens grow, and this works well for family consumption - but it is not commercial. No one will make $1000 a year that way. Indeed, a very common use of the "7 million" rural development funds has been in the form of grants to people to start chicken production, because, with Bill Gates, people think it is "easy". But nearly all fail, because it is so hard both to keep costs down and to ensure a market. Having to feed the chicken for just one extra week wipes out all profit. Mozambique has succeeded in tightly controlled small scale chicken production. Should development banks support Odebrecht to replace those successful producers? And, so far, just giving people a few chickens has been fine for family consumption, but has always failed to become commercial. Has Gates discovered something new?

8 months 1 week ago

Wim Goris 30 more reactions about this on this linked in group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/862657/862657-6146724433500401666

8 months 1 week ago



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  20 June 2016 to 24 June 2016 - All Day Event

The Agriculture, Nutrition & Health (ANH) Academy is a global research network in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health to serve as a platform for learning and sharing.

The aim of the ANH Academy is to foster a global community of interdisciplinary researchers working on agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

The objectives of the Academy are to:

1. Share innovative research in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health;
2. Stimulate the development and harmonisation of new research;
3. Help strengthen the capacity of the research community to undertake inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research;
4. Facilitate the uptake of robust evidence in policies and programming in agriculture and food systems for improved nutrition and health.

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AIPEX Poultry and Livestock exhibition and conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  25 May 2016 to 27 May 2016 - All Day Event
  KICC Nairobi

Why Attend AIPEX 2016

  1. 100+ EXHIBITORS / 300 AFRICA-WIDE BUYERS / 5000 TRADE BUYERS; AIPEX 2016: largest display of products, Services and solutions with substantial number of Overseas Buyers and Trade Buyers in Agribusiness Industry in East Africa.
  2. DELEGATIONS: Buyers from across Africa shall visit AIPEX 2016 to explore trading and partnership opportunities. Govt & Business delegations from East Africa Community & COMESA.
  3. DEDICATED B2B SESSIONS WITH BUYERS FROM AFRICA; AIPEX 2016 facilitates one to one business meetings with your prospective buyers in a best environment to establish long lasting business relationships.
  4. DISPLAY OF NEW AGE TECHNOLOGIES; AIPEX 2016 provides a business platform for Technology companies to display their Future Ready products to early adopters from all across Africa.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 months 1 week ago

KCB targets small firms in Sh50bn training plan

KCB chief executive Joshua Oigara  during the launch of the bank’s Youth Empowerment Programme at Kasarani Safaricom Gymnasium on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

KCB chief executive Joshua Oigara during the launch of the bank’s Youth Empowerment Programme at Kasarani Safaricom Gymnasium on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

KCB Group has launched a Sh10 billion-a-year scholarship scheme to benefit 500,000 small-scale entrepreneurs over the next five years in sectors like construction, beauty, hospitality, agriculture and mechanics. The bank, through its foundation, expects to trigger 2.5 million new jobs through the 2Jiajiri programme that aims to build local skills among artisans and ease their access to capital.

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is great news.Will follow up from here and find areas of synergy.Thanks Wim

11 months 1 week ago

Martine Ogutu Great move,kudos KCB!!!

10 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

Kenya has two poultry markets

There’s a peculiar predicament within the Kenyan poultry sector. The most popular bird is the traditional Kienjeji chicken. However, only the less admired broiler chicken can meet the demand of the emerging supermarkets and restaurants. What goes for chicken, goes for turkey, explains a new report on poultry in Africa. 

Meat consumption is expected to double between 2000 and 2030. The consumption of poultry will even triple as a combined effect of increasing consumption and population growthPoultry farming has great potential. For African standards, the poultry sector is well developed, with a complete and professional production chain.

Two markets

As in most East-African countries, Kenya has two different poultry markets. The market of the traditional, home kept chicken which roams around. Besides that, there are the fast growing hybrid broiler chickens.

The amount of hybrid

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Alphaxrd Gitau Hallo Wim .Hope you are well.good piece of information.The market demand for poultry is very huge.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Wycliffe Ondoro Thanks Wim, it is a business that pays.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Eddy Nyadwa Turkey rearing could be the next frontier in poultry farming in the country...

11 months 2 weeks ago

Kiros Abebe It's basic information which can motivate Turkey production in all countries. Thanks Wim.

7 months 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 months 3 weeks ago

ILRI LIVES WORKING PAPER 10 on Village Poultry.

This study aimed at developing a baseline understanding of producers, use of inputs, production performance,marketing, institutional and infrastructural environment and support services in order to identify potential areas ofimprovement for action research and poultry value chain system development.

Baseline data on poultry production and marketing was collected from 2797 households in 10 zones, 71 districts and 484 peasant associations (PAs) in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR. Some findings:

- Majority (60%) of rural households in the study areas practiced village poultry, firstly for economic and secondly for nutritional purposes. The number of birds and eggs households sold was twice higher than consumed by the households. However, the use of birds for socio-cultural functions was less common where only limited portion of the households reported they gave out live birds and eggs as gifts.

- The scale of poultry production of the household

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9 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 months 4 days ago

Call for articles: Valuing underutilised crops (April 1, 2016)

As family farming, nutrition and agrobiodiversity are increasingly put in the spotlight, Farming Matters focuses its attention on ‘underutilised’ crops. These are plant species that have been used for centuries or even millennia as food, fibre, fodder, oil or medicine, but are no longer very common. Many of these crops are of great value for nutrition, climate resilience and risk diversification. The globalisation of food systems, however, has led to a situation where currently a mere fifteen crops provide 90% of the world’s food, with three crops - rice, maize and wheat - making up twothirds of this total (FAO).

Different factors have pushed the revaluation of underutilised species. In rural and urban communities India, there is a revival of minor millets as nutritious and climate resilient food. Andean chef cooks ‘rediscovered’ a diverse range of potatoes, beans, tubers, and traditionally used vegetables and grai

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Wim, thank you for the information. This is interesting call and it seems many stories about underutilised crops in Indonesia. I need further information, though, is this call only for farming matters (AgriCultures) network country or the other country could apply?

12 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 2 weeks ago

Big data for Smallholder Finance

The enormous gap between the supply and demand of formal credit for smallholder farmers is caused, in part, by the extreme lack of information available to lenders on potential borrowers. The lack of information create risks for financial institutions and limits their willingness to lend to smallholder farmers and other “thin file” borrowers in developing countries.

New research from the Initiative for Smallholder Finance explores how innovative lenders are using new data sources and analytics to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers. From mobile phone usage data to e-wallet data, lenders are experimenting with a variety of approaches to unlock credit in underserved markets in the developing world.
While credit scoring models that use alternative data are still new in the agriculture sector, our research on several trends suggests that this market will soon be better served – thanks in part to the increasing penetration of smartphones

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Eat or Feed, that's the question

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  17 February 2016, All Day Event
  Royal Library, Brussels

Conference about (un) sustainable livestock policies and practices.

Simultaneous translation is foreseen in English-French and vice-versa. Participation is free of charge, but registration prior to the event is compulsory.To register, please do so online on the website of be-troplive (www.be-troplive.be) or send an email to info@be-troplive.be, before Wednesday February 10th, 2016.

Presentations and debate with the following speakers:

Thierry Kesteloot, Policy Advisor at Oxfam Solidariteit/Solidarité will focus on the direction the system of global food production and consumption is taking and how this affects farmers in both the North and the South. His approach will be based on the ‘right to food’.

Ced Hesse, principal researcher on climate change at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, will focus on how drylands and dryland economics are evolving and what their importance is regarding climate change. Particular attention will be given to pastoralism an

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