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... Read more
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.
Th... Read more
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.
Business Fights Poverty recently published a discussion paper on how to scale inclusive distribution networks that enhance economic opportunities in downstream value chains (http://snipbfp.org/2n5DJEj). 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... Read more
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)... Read more
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... Read more
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.
It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands partners with the Dutch private finance challenge (www.MoMo4climate.org) 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 www.momo4climate.org for criteria and past winners.
Today the first of three calls is launched for climate ideas in Indonesia. The panel of experts will m... Read more
€ 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... Read more
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.
Benin & Togo zijn de stab... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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
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.
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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.
For the full artic
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
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.
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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.
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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: www.miehlbradt.com or email Holm Miehlbradt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.hposthumus.nl or email Hans Posthumus at email@example.com.
There is a 10% early bird discount for registrations and payments received before 31st December 2016.
Applications due February 15, 2016
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.
Global Virtual Learning: Over 4-6 months fellows complete a series of webinars, assignments, online courses, ass... Read more