Lisette van Benthum

Network Facilitator

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

Currently I am working for Agri-ProFocus as the Network Facilitator for our AgriProFocus Country networks in Indonesia, Rwanda and Benin. Next to that I coordinate the knowledge theme Access to Finance within the worldwide network.

Previously I worked for SNV in Guinea Bissau as a Business Economic Advisor and a number of years for ICCO focussing a/o on the loans, guarantees and equity portfolio of ICCO. Just before moving to AgriProFocus I worked as a business development consultant for Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services.

For any questions related to Access to Finance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Skills and Expertise


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Affordability & Financing Models for the Smallholder Market

A playbook for enabling smallholder farmer customer uptake of products and services

June 2015, USAID and Fintrac

'Given the financing gap, and the fact that most farmer income is used to meet basic needs, businesses serving smallholder farmers must rely on innovative methods to enable customers to purchase products and services. Without doing so, companies risk having a limited market for their products and services.

There are a number of promising affordability and financing strategies available for companies to offer customers outside of traditional commercial lending. In many cases, companies can couple these strategies with product and service delivery to offer a comprehensive solution that increases customer adoption.

This playbook will assist partners in understanding the variety and viability of the strategies available to help customers afford a product or service and will help t

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Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course, August 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to inform you that we will offer the Results Measurement for Sustainable Private Sector Development Course in August 2017. This 5-day course will take place in The Netherlands from 14th to 18th August 2017.

This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. The course is offered by HPC and MDF, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers.

Course information can be found through this link. For more information, see also or email Hans Posthumus at


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Watermelon: Recommendations for Maintaining Postharvest Quality

This 4 page publication by Trevor V. Suslow of the California University gives you a short overview of recommendations of maintaining post harvest quality of watermelon. He a/o touches the following subjects: Maturity Indices, Quality Indices, Optimum Temperature, Optimum Relative Humidity, Rates of Respiration, Rates of Ethylene Production, Response to Ethylene, Responses to Controlled Atmospheres (CA), Physical and Physiological Disorders, Pathological Disorders, Special Considerations, Maturity and Quality and Disorders.

To access the publication please follow this link.

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Scaling up inclusive distribution in emerging markets

Business Fights Poverty recently published a discussion paper on how to scale inclusive distribution networks that enhance economic opportunities in downstream value chains ( This was an output of our Challenge on Inclusive Distribution, supported by Citi Foundation. The paper outlined three inclusive distribution models and eight key enablers to scale these models, and was intended to lay the foundation for further investigation and engagement.

Over the last couple of years, many Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies have employed new models of inclusive distribution that engage and expand opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises in downstream value chains to help increase sales and reach new markets.

Despite the promise of inclusive distribution networks, very few have been able to reach scale. Without scale, they are considered a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have for

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Effect of Colored Polyethylene Mulch on Soil Temperature, Growth, Fruit Quality and Yield of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.)

Authors: Tewodros Tesfaye, Endalew Tigabu, Yohannes Gedamu, Hayal Lemma
Publisher: World Journal of Agricultural Sciences

The experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different colored plastic sheets as mulching on the performance of tomato yield, quality parameters and soil temperature. The average fruit diameter varied from 38.57 mm (control) to 43.46 mm (Blue colored plastic mulch). Plastic mulches were superior over and significantly different from control considering the average fruit diameter. However, there is no any significant variation among tested plastic mulches. The variation within plastic was 42.94 to 43.46 mm. Average fruit firmness black and blue plastic mulches have above average fruit firmness as compare to control and clear plastic. Even if there is no significant variation among plastic mulches, black (4.102 kg)

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Easter GARDEN

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Effect of Low Density Polyethylene Bag and 1-MCP Sachet for Suppressing Fruit Rot Disease and Maintaining Storage Quality of Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L.)

Authors: T. T. Vo, P. Jitareerat, A.K. Uthairatanakij, S. Limmatvapirat, M. Kato
Publisher: International Food Research Journal, 2016

The effect of packaging bags on fruit rot disease suppression and fruit quality retention of mangosteens (Garcinia mangostana L.) was investigated at 13°C. Harvested mangosteen fruit at stage 3 of maturity (full red pericarp) were packed in either a perforated polyethylene (PPE) bag, a low density polyethylene (LDPE) bag, or an LDPE bag combined with a 1-MCP sachet (EthylBlocTM), with non-packed fruit used as the control. All samples were kept at 13°C for 30 days. Fruit incorporating an LDPE bag + 1-MCP sachet did not show fruit rot disease throughout the 30 days while those in a PPE bag showed the highest fruit rot disease. Fruit in the LDPE bag alone had lower fruit rot

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Lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l'innovation Paysanne

C’est avec énorme plaisir que Prolinnova Secretariat International vous partage la publication quelques lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l’innovation paysanne en français et anglais.

Lignes directrices en Français, suivi ce lien

It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.

Guidelines in English, follow this link

Cibarani Cibarani Thank you for that jewel... we were dessesperately lookinf for something treating that issue...thanks again

1 month 3 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Lisette , merci beaucoup pour le partage de cet document très intéressant qui pourra aider pour l'organisation des grandes foires .Je me ferais le plaisir de partager sur nos réseaux sociaux et le mailchimp ,pour une large diffusion !

1 month 2 days ago

Lisette van Benthum Daoulata, Oui s'il vous plaît partager le par d'autres canaux sociaux aussi

1 month 2 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Oui lisette c'est déjà partager  sur la page facebook , twitter et le news letter bientôt ! 

1 month 1 day ago

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Embassy of the Netherlands in Indonesia calls for climate adaptation and mitigation proposals!

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands partners with the Dutch private finance challenge ( for the ‘MoMo challenge Indonesia 2017’: a country wide competition of ideas how to attract private investment for mitigation or adaptation projects in Indonesia. The two most promising proposals of 2017 stand to win 25,000-Euro to further their business case.

MoMo4Climate is an initiative of IUCN Netherlands, ECN and the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs and was started to bring climate ideas and private climate finance together. The bridge to private finance is a good business case. The initiative tests the business cases presented with financial experts, offers advice and awards grant support to the most promising ideas.

See for criteria and past winners.

Today the first of three calls is launched for climate ideas in Indonesia. The panel of experts will m

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€ 25.000 for the best climate business cases

The MoMo challenge 2017 has been launched! Also this year, organisations and companies that have an innovative business case focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country can compete to receive € 25.000 seed finance for further developing their business case. Project proposals can be submitted on-line through this link. This round closes on 1 April.

MoMo is looking for promising projects that fulfill the following criteria:

* The project is focused on the clean tech, food, agro, or water sector

* The project’s intervention is aimed at a developing country

* The project contains the involvement of at least one Dutch organization

* The project is realistic and actionable

* The project is concrete and has potential for up-scaling

The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ cal

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Nkotanyi Francis Ngabirano This is wonderful.

1 month 1 week ago

Fortunatus MLYANDENA Thanks

3 weeks 4 days ago


SANEC Trade mission Benin & Togo

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  09 May 2017 to 12 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Benin and Togo

Handelsmissie: Landbouw, Water, Energie & Logistiek naar Cotonou, Benin en Lomé, Togo 09-12 Mei 2017

Bent u een ondernemer en heeft u interesse in de Beninese & Togolese markt? Ga dan mee met een uitgaande missie naar die twee landen. De missie staat open voor partijen uit alle sectoren, maar heeft een focus op de sectoren landbouw, water, energie en agrologistiek. 

SANEC organiseert deze missie in samenwerking met AFRIC, de Beninse Consulaat in Nederland, NAFTC-AFRICA, de Beninse en Togolese KvK’s en de Nederlandse Ambassade in Benin.

Deelname aan deze missie biedt Nederlandse bedrijven ingangen bij overheden en bedrijven in Benin en Togo, inzicht in de kansen en mogelijkheden in de markt en kennismaking met potentiële zakenpartners. Het programma bestaat o.a. uit individuele matchmaking, bezoeken aan bedrijven, organisaties en projecten in de desbetreffende sectoren, een seminar en een netwerkreceptie.

Waarom deelnemen aan een missie naar Benin & Togo?

Benin & Togo zijn de stab

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Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa

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  15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Accra, Ghana

Based on the success of previous training program editions on “Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa” conducted in both English and French, IFDC is proud to announce the seventh edition to be conducted in English in Accra, Ghana, May 15-19, 2017

Please feel free to pass this along to any colleagues that may be interested. Many thanks.


· Producer organizations and trade associations.

· Government officials dealing with formulating and implementing agricultural and trade policies.

· Service providers such as financial institutions, insurance companies, transporters, mobile phone services, ICT platform solutions, market information services, business development services, etc.

· Agribusinesses dealing with farmers: processors, exporters and importers, agro-dealers, etc.

· Representatives of national and international organizations involved in funding agricultural development and enterprise projects.


· Discuss the t

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Africa Agriculture Status Report 2016

AGRA, 2016

The 2016 Agriculture Status Report has as its main objective to:

(i) highlight major trends in African agriculture, the drivers of those trends, and the emerging challenges that Africa’s food systems are facing in the 21st century;

(ii) identify policies and programs that can support the movement of Africa’s farming systems from subsistence-oriented towards more commercialized farming systems that can raise productivity, increase incomes, generate employment and contribute to economic growth; 

(iii) identify areas that enable better targeting of investment resources to increase agriculture productivity;

(iv) identify the necessary conditions, appropriate technologies, and institutions that can propel and catalyze African agricultural transformation;

(v) examine the past and the present role of public and private sector investment in agriculture, and the success

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Idrissa BA Thanks Lisette for sharing

1 month 2 weeks ago


Nigeria & Benin Agro-Logistics Workshop/Atelier

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  06 March 2017, All Day Event
  The Hague, the Netherlands

Le 6 mars, NABC, RVO et WUR organiseront un atelier d'agro logistique sur le Nigeria et le Bénin. Cet atelier portera sur la question des pertes après récolte, des goulots d'étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur ainsi que sur les relations commerciales entre les deux pays. Le but est de découvrir comment la technologie et les solutions néerlandaises peuvent être mises en pratique ici, et si par une mission commerciale dans les deux pays, les membres du secteur privé hollandais seraient intéressés à s'impliquer. S'il vous plaît contacter Daan Vreeburg si vous êtes intéressé.

Pour plus d'informations et d'inscription, suivez ce lien.

On March 6th, NABC, RVO, and WUR will be organising an Agro-logistics workshop concerning Nigeria and Benin. This workshop will focus on the issue of post-harvest losses, bottlenecks in the value chain as well as trade relations between the two countries. The goal is to discover how Dutch technology and solutions can be put in practice here, an

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Innovative and Inclusive Finance for Youth in Agriculture

Authors Lamon Rutten, Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) Sehomi Landry Fanou, Wageningen University, Netherlands. Africa Agriculture Status Report 2015

Rural and urban youth have the potential to contribute to food security, economic development, social inclusion and stability. But sadly, three of every four youths in Africa live on less than USD 2/day (African Economic Outlook 2013). Securing youth access to credit, savings, and insurance will unveil their talent for entrepreneurship, boost their self-esteem and allow them to have a positive transformative role in their society. Financing youth in agriculture is already happening, and where African youth have had this opportunity, they have found innovative and creative strategies to secure a future for themselves while contributing to the development of the private sector and social stability in their countries. 

Key Messages 


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Launch of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund

25 Jan 2017

The European Union (EU), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) are working together to catalyse investment in the agriculture value chain with the launch today of the Yield Uganda Investment Fund. An initial EUR12mn (UGX46bn) has been made available to provide much needed access to capital for small and medium agri-businesses in Uganda.

This new impact Fund, being arranged by Deloitte Uganda and Pearl Capital Partners Uganda (PCP), is expected to attract additional EUR13mn (UGX49.8bn) by the end of 2017 to reach EUR25mn (UGX95.8bn) in total commitments. Yield is a partnership between public and private investors that will offer innovative and tailored financial solutions, using equity, semi-equity and debt, to about 20 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) having the potential to generate both strong financial returns and significant social impact.

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Denye Ronald This is great idea but in Uganda few project like this have worked and i keep wondering where this money goes even after announcing serious figures like above. Its now national concerned and we are now reaping the results in terms of famine, extreme poverty and few clicks enjoying. Therefore whats set for sector let it be and do so cause our people are dying for sure.

3 months 17 hours ago

Lisette van Benthum Dear Denye Ronald, thank you for sharing your concern. The fund was just launched. Too early to show its impact. As a network, with our on- and off-line members, we would like to follow the development in a constructive way. We invite you to follow the start-up of the fund and then share your views on its functioning based on facts.

2 months 4 weeks ago

Noeline Kabasomi Members any one with contact details or website for Uganda Investment Fund? I want to get more information. Thank you 

2 months 2 weeks ago

Lisette van Benthum Dear Noeline Kabasomi, I do not immediately see a website of the fund itself. herewith though a link to a press release with more information and at the bottom some contact information:

2 months 2 weeks ago

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DOB Equity invests in Countryside Dairy

15 Dec 2016

DOB Equity has taken up a stake in Countryside Dairy Ltd at a publicly undisclosed value as part of a commitment to increase social impact investment deals in Kenya.

By investing in Countryside Dairy Ltd, the Private Equity fund with offices in Kenya, Tanzania and the Netherlands will be seeking a slice of the KES100bn Kenya Dairy sub-sector. According to the Kenya National Dairy Master Plan 2010 estimates, the Kenya dairy sub sector is valued at more than KES100bn and is the single largest contributor to Kenya’s agricultural GDP-higher than Tea and horticulture.

This latest investment will expand DOB Equity’s current equity portfolio in the regional diary sector, where it already holds a stake in Tanga Fresh, the Tanzania-based dairy processor.

Brigit van Dijk-van de Reijt, CEO of DOB Equity, comments: “Our latest deal in the East African dairy sector will allow Countryside Dairy to beef up its supply chain and offer better purchase

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The Green Finance Academy

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  06 March 2017 to 10 March 2017 - All Day Event
  The Netherlands

The Green Finance Academy

An initiative from IUCN NL, Nyenrode Business University and Wageningen Environmental Research
takes place from 6 to 10 March.

In this five-day masterclass, you will learn how to access innovative private sources of investment to finance your environmental or development projects. Through interactive sessions you will be trained to transform current projects into bankable projects or to design new bankable projects. You will be mentored by professionals and experts in business development, marketing, private sector finance and climate change.

During the course, you will be challenged to apply business model thinking to your real-life project and you will meet with financial sector professionals. After five days, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary to persuade investors to financially support your bankable project.

Language: English.
Location: Campuses of Nyenrode Business University and Wageningen Environmental Research.
Tuition fee: 3.995 euro per perso

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Advanced Course in Results Measurement, 20-24 March 2017

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  20 March 2017 to 24 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Bangkok, Thailand

This five-day course will help experienced results measurement practitioners advance their skills in applying the DCED Results Measurement Standard in their PSD programs. The course will focus on challenging technical topics -such as assessing attribution and systemic change, critical soft skills - such as coaching implementation staff in results measurement, and emerging areas of results measurement for PSD– such as assessing women’s economic empowerment. 

The course will use a mix of learning methods including sharing experiences, case studies, group exercises, presentations, roles plays and discussion. 

Trainers: Aly Miehlbradt and Hans Posthumus. 

Please note: the course is only open to Results Measurement practitioners with at least two years of experience in applying the DCED Results Measurement Standard in practice. 

For more information or to apply, see: or email Holm Miehlbradt at


Course: Results Measurement 4 Sustainable Private Sector Dev

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  13 March 2017 to 17 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Bangkok, Thailand

This course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course flyer is attached.

Many practitioners have benefited from this reputed course over the past seven years. The course is offered by HPC, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers. 

For more information or to apply, see or email Hans Posthumus at 

There is a 10% early bird discount for registrations and payments received before 31st December 2016. 

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Posted 6 months 1 day ago

VV Grow Fellowship - Apply today !

Applications due February 15, 2016

What is the VV GROW Fellowship?

The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact. Through global and regional online and in-person trainings, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value paired with action-oriented plans. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and their communities to create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth and produce wider social benefits. Learn more about the fellowship here.

What does the fellowship include?

Global Virtual Learning: Over 4-6 months fellows complete a series of webinars, assignments, online courses, ass

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