AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017
ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tac... Read more
Agriterra et FOPAC Nord Kivu pour un partenariat d'appui aux coopératives de la pomme de terre de Masisi et du Café à Minova au Sud Kivu
Agriterra accompagne les cooperatives de la pomme de terre et du café a travers la FOPAC Nord Kivu. Un rapport d'articles publiés dans le cadre de leurs interventions aupres de quatre coopérative de la pomme de terre et une du café.
Arnhem, 28 March 2017
On Thursday, March 23rd managing director of Agriterra, Kees Blokland signed an agreement with the Vietnamese Cooperative Alliance regarding a national Masterplan on cooperative support. The alliance represents more than 15,000 cooperatives in Vietnam.
"We feel greatly connected to the Vietnamese pursuit of having farmers and their organisations benefit from the economic growth in this beautiful country”. And that can be done in one way only: by including farmers' organisations and cooperatives in the growing economic trade by providing training, unlocking resources and exchanging experiences, "said Blokland. The signing ceremony took place in Hanoi in the presence of the Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường, and Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs, Marjolijn Sonnema; during a regional conference on food security, organised by the Dutch and Vietnam... Read more
The 6th edition of the "Potato Week" took place in Musanze/Northern Province of Rwanda, from November 29 to December 1, 2016 with “Market access and access to finance for potato producers in Great Lakes region” as the main theme. As usual, this annual event was jointly organized by Farmer Organizations involved in the potato value chain in the Great Lakes sub-region, with the support of their international partners.
For this 2016 edition, 12 Farmer Organizations from 4 countries in Great Lakes sub region were involved, including those from the Democratic Republic of Congo (FOPAC North Kivu, FOPAC South Kivu, LOFEPACO, UPDI, ASOP, COOCENKI and SYDIP), Uganda (Kisoro District Farmers, Mbarara District Farmers and UNSPPD), Burundi (CAPAD) and Imbaraga of Rwanda that led the organization and hosted the event.
Two Dutch organisations, Agriterra and AgriProFocus were also involved, and have funded the activities of the even... Read more
Op woensdag 15 februari 2017 organiseren de ministeries van Buitenlandse Zaken, Economische Zaken, Infrastructuur & Milieu, VNO-NCWen MKB-Nederland het congres Tackle Global Challenges & Seize Opportunities. Hoe kan Nederland als innovatieve handels-en investeringspartner bijdragen aan oplossingen voor wereldwijde uitdagingen op terreinen als voedsel en water, circulaire economie en innovatie?
De Minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, mevrouw Lilianne Ploumen zal het congres openen. Andere sprekers zijn Frank Heemskerk (bewindvoerder bij de Wereldbank), Jan Willem Scheijgrond (Head of International Partnerships bij Royal Philips) en Jennifer Kockx (Head of Global Initiative bij de TU Delft).
In 2015 stelden de VN een agenda vast voor wereldwijde uitdagingen, de zogenoemde Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Deze doelen gelden voor alle landen. Er zijn forse inspanningen nodig op verschillende terreinen van IMVO t... Read more
For the second time, on 23-24 November 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda and partners organized a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana District.
AgriProFocus, IMBARAGA et Agriterra organisent la «semaine pomme de terre», prévue à Musanze du 29 novembre au 1er decembre.
La culture de la pomme de terre dans la région des grand lacs reste une culture très importante pour plusieurs raisons. Elle est à la fois une culture vivrière même temps une culture de rente.
Toutefois, sa production dans cette région n’est pas si bonne par rapport à la production maximale par hectare dans d’autres pays comme le pays Bas qui produit jusque a 44.7 t par hectare. Par exemple, au Rwanda, même si t le pays est le troisième producteur de l'Afrique subsaharienne, après l'Afrique du Sud et le Malawi le rendement maximale reste a 9 t par ha.
A l’instar de la chaine de valeur pomme de terre, les organisations paysannes de la sous-région évoluant en partenariat avec les institutions et organisations paysannes et/ou internationales organisent conjointement, chaque année, une rencontre dédiée à « la semaine pomm... Read more
The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action pl... Read more
AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.
It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event.
The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.
A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.
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AgriProFocus Uganda in collaboration with SNV Agrifinancing Uganda Programme, AFARD, West Nile on Line, Self Help Africa, Technoserve, West Nile Youth Network, SNV YES Programme, ADINGON, CEGED, Arua NGO Forum, GIZ-AGRUFIN, Agritera, ICCO, ZOA,CEFORD, Tecnoserve, Caritas Arua, Red Cross, CREAM-WN, ACAV are planning to convene a two day AgriFinance Fair with an overall objective of facilitating a business to finance linkages between youth entrepreneurs and financial service providers as well as creating a platform to jointly find smart solutions to agrifinancing for the youth.
Lees de Agriterra Nieuwsbrief van juli:
AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Access to Finance in partnership with Mbarara District Farmers Association (MBADIFA), SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN, The Hunger Project, Agritera, Trias, TIDE Project–SNV, AMFIU, organized a regional finance fair in Mbarara, Western Uganda with objectives of providing a platform for building business links and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs in the livestock sector and financial service providers as well as jointly find solutions to other challenges in the livestock value chain.
The event attracted a total of 280 participants 180 male and 100 female. Total number of exhibitors (Financial service providers and Value chain actors) was 21 of which 6 were Banks, 7 were SACCOs, 5 were insurance companies and 4 were Value chain actors. Deals made for flow up were 225. Online registration got 77 individuals of which 58 subscri... Read more
This is the report of a debate organised by Agriterra in April 2016 in the context of the Small Farmers, Big Deal campaign.
One of the action points listed at the end of the report: “Developing the seed sector needs an integrated supply chain approach with better products (seeds) but also education and services that stimulate good farming practices, financing and market linkages. “
At the International Cooperative Day in Ethiopia Agriterra received an award and certificate to her great contribution to cooperative development in the country.
Through professionalising cooperatives, Agriterra aims to assure that members benefit from the services of their cooperatives and receive better incomes. The Government of Ethiopia envisions an important role for cooperatives to contribute to economic growth and agro-industrial development in the country, but also acknowledges that the capacity of cooperatives is often weak.
The Ethiopian president Dr. Mulatu, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture Mr. Tefera, gave an award to business advisor Mascha Middelbeek from Agriterra for being in the top 3 of cooperative capacity builders.
Agriterra is proud for the recognition of its work in Ethiopia. With a team of 10, Agriterra strengthens 24 unions in 4 regions of Ethiopia in different agricultural sectors.
In Ethiopia, farmer cooperatives and unions fulfil a very limited role in collective output marketing and processing of their members’ produce. Only 5-10% of the available produce is collected and marketed or processed through cooperatives and their unions. As both the government and various other stakeholders like companies and research institutes have identified their marketing potential as enormous, they clearly seem to be the sleeping giants of the Ethiopian agricultural sector.
The Cooperatives for Change (C4C) project, a joint SNV Ethiopia and Agriterra project, aimed to improve the business performance of agricultural cooperative unions and their member cooperatives. C4C seeks to establish innovative... Read more
Tanzania just as other countries in Africa has the youngest population and each year, thousands if not millions of young people enter the country’s workforce without success. This highlights the great challenge of youth unemployment but also seen as an opportunity for them to engage in agriculture and agribusiness, a sector commonly termed as the villagers’ job. Which sounds less interesting in Swahili – Kazi ya kishamba. Good news is, the youth are now eager to join the sector with vigor and ambition. Thanks to various initiatives such as SNV Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) that arouses the interest of youth and keeps them sustainable.
In their quest to expose employment opportunities to youth in Agriculture, SNV OYE, Agriterra and AgriProFocus joined forces on 13th and 14th May 2016 and organized a Youth Roadshow in Arusha Tanzania aimed at exposing youth to various opportunities available in agriculture and agribusiness... Read more
On Thursday 4 February, at LANDforum 2016 in Utrecht, a copy of ‘Cooperatives, economic democratization and rural development’ was presented to Theo de Jager, Chairman of the Pan African Farmers’ Organisation (PAFO).
Published on 29 January, this book, edited by Jos Bijman (Wageningen University), Roldan Muradian (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil) and Jur Schuurman (formerly of Agriterra), is about the role played by cooperatives in rural developments and the alleviation of poverty.
For a wider audience, the volume outlines all aspects of a cooperative, the importance of cooperatives for farmers and the role of cooperatives in the supply chain. On the basis of a series of international case studies, the authors highlight various challenges facing agricultural cooperatives in developing countries.
More information about the book’s authors and its content can be found at http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/cooperatives-economic-dem... Read more
AgriProFocus together with The Dairy Association of Zambia, Agriterra and SNV have finalised the report on the assessment on viable models for artificial insemination (AI) in the dairy sector.
On the basis of this research, the members will design new interventions in 2016 that can improve the uptake of AI including improved animal health and feeding. AgriProFocus will also use these findings to develop new content for the Dairy Learning Labs.
About four years ago, Agriterra made its first entry into Ethiopia. This was a new endeavour, and it remained to be seen if and to what degree Agriterra's services would prove valuable there. Two business consultants started working on this. It didn't take long for it to become clear that there was a lot of demand for Agriterra's expertise on cooperatives and its practical know-how. Agriterra has now officially registered its office in Ethiopia, where eight consultants are currently working.
A Country of Cooperatives
Cooperatives have always been important in the Dutch agricultural sector. The Netherlands is one of the countries in Europe with the highest degree of cooperativism. Approximately 68% of agricultural products (with the exception of flowers) is retailed through cooperatives, which makes it second only to Finland (with 74%) in the whole of Europe. Ethiopia is also a highly cooperativised country. Cooper... Read more