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 Horticulture in Zambia
Posted yesterday at 06:21

Army worm in your country?

The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect-pest which causes major damage to more than 80 crop species, including economically important crops, such as maize, rice, sorghum, wheat, sugarcane, several other vegetable crops and cotton.

It was first officially reported in Nigeria in early 2016 and has been officially confirmed in 11 and suspected in at least 14 other African countries, as of April 2017. Read more here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 June 2017 at 05:16

Promoting diversity on the farm – and the plate

As a recent meeting in Lusaka showed, Food Change Labs offer an innovative path towards greater diversity on the farm and on the plate in Zambia. Read below from IIED and Hivos



Tanzania Agri-Infra event

Event posted by in Horticulture in Tanzania
  31 May 2017, All Day Event


On May 31st, there will be a Tanzania Agri- Infra Event, organized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and NABC. The event will take place at RVO, and will focus on the following sectors: Agrologistics, Infrastructure, Fruit & Vegetable Sourcing and Potatoes. Registration will open soon.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 March 2017 at 07:25

Joint SDG research initiative - Tackling Global Challenges through Use-Inspired Research  (Call with deadline 23 May) 

NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).

The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.

Members of this platfo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 March 2017 at 09:09

Irrigation Managers and Commercial Farm Investors Sought For Three Agribusiness Opportunities in Zambia

The Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP), an initiative of the Government of Zambia financed by the World Bank, will finance and establish irrigated farming developments at multiple sites in Zambia. A procurement process has now begun to select an irrigation manager and commercial farm investor for three priority sites in Chirundu, Mulfira and Chisamba districts. 

Read more here , also for contacts at IDSP

Isaac Mando

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2 months 1 week ago

Wim Goris hi Isaac, strange I doublechecked myself. Find info here: http://www.agriculture.gov.zm/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=106&Itemid=1578

2 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 March 2017 at 07:07

The prolonged drought has forced more than 6,000 Turkana pastoralists (Kenya) to cross over in Uganda with about 90,000 heads of livestock in search of water and pasture.

See the video below and read more here.  

Dorina Prech Thanks for sharing Wim. Indeed nomadic pastoralism necessitate even cross-border movement if need be. The government of Kenya has also launched insurance payouts for a number of pastoralists. More on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hotVDQ2Kzro

3 months 2 weeks ago


Women entrepreneurs Netherlands trade mission to Tanzania

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  05 March 2017 to 10 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Dar es Salaam

A group of women entrepreneurs from the Netherlands will be visiting Tanzania. 

The programme includes a learning journey, company visits, a March 8 women conference at the Netherlands embassy, matchmaking and the annual meetup of SAGCOT. 

find more info in Dutch here: http://www.womennetherlands.com/#trades

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 February 2017 at 05:00

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 6 February 2017 at 04:37

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? 

4 months 2 weeks 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 !

4 months 2 weeks ago

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

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 January 2017 at 06:13

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 22 December 2016 at 02:03

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 27 September 2016 at 07:19

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 16 July 2016 at 12:43


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/


10 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 16 July 2016 at 12:41

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



10 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 July 2016 at 07:56

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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10 months 3 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 1 July 2016 at 12:46

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 10 June 2016 at 09:07

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 10 June 2016 at 07:35

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?

1 year 1 week ago

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

1 year 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.

Read much more here: