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Posted 2 days 15 hours ago

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


Pitches

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 2 weeks 5 days ago

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.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

PRESS RELEASE

Arnhem, 28 March 2017

Agriterra leads Masterplan on cooperative support for Vietnam

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Final Report _ Potato Week (Musanze, November 29 - 1 December 2016)

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

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feb
15

Tackle Global Challenges & Seize Opportunities

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 February 2017, 12:00-18:00
  Broodfabriek Rijswijk ZH, Volmerlaan 12

Tackle Global Challenges & Seize Opportunities

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

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Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Rwamagana Dairy Learning report available!

For the second time, on 23-24 November 2016,  AgriProFocus Rwanda and partners organized a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana District

We are grateful to PUM, Agriterra, Send a Cow Rwanda, Dukundamatungo Cooperative and to all participants. The report can be found here 

nov
29

LA SEMAINE POMME DE TERRE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  29 November 2016 to 01 December 2016 - All Day Event
  Musanze

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 months 2 weeks ago

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action pl

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g. http://agriprofocus.com/post/57ee5543a93f2528ff59cdb9, and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

6 months 1 week ago

Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

6 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 months 1 week ago

A New Breed of Entrepreneurs!

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.  

Read more about our youth programme HERE
See more pictures from the event HERE

Check out the following hashtags on facebook a

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

7 months 2 days ago

aug
17

WEST NILE AGRIFINANCE FAIR, 2016

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  17 August 2016 - 08:30 to 18 August 2016 - 18:30
  Arua

Up scaling Opportunities for Financing Youth in Agribusiness

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.

Click here to Download the concept note.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 months 1 week ago

Lees de Agriterra Nieuwsbrief van juli:
http://bit.ly/29xf3Pu


Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 months 1 week ago

Livestock Finance Fair - Summary Report 

DATE: 22nd – 23rd June 2016 
VENUE: Mbarara Catholic Social Centre

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

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Nicole Metz Thank you Jacob and co-organisers for sharing the outcomes of this event with us! The report is clear and timely. Good to know that financial service providers and other value chain actors used the opportunity to make deals!

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 months 2 weeks ago

Dutch Seeds Debate

Support small farmers with seeds, services and education


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. “

http://www.smallfarmersbigdeal.org/public/nieuws/5-verslag-gb-agriterra.pdf

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 months 1 week ago

Agriterra third best cooperative capacity builder of Ethiopia

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 months 1 week ago

The awakening of sleeping giants

17-05-2016                                    

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.

Cooperatives for Change

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 months 1 week ago

AGRIBUSINESS - THE BRIDGE TO YOUTH’S SUCCESS

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

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JEROME MMASSY Its true Hilda, as one of the participant, I was really impressed with the Workshop and it has really shaped my thinking. I have just started to develop my projects to start practical orientation.Thank you very much!! - See more at: http://agriprofocus.com/post/573b170aa93f251968ee09b0#sthash.P8WSUZl8.dpuf

11 months 1 week ago

Katarina Mungure Well summed up Hilda, Thumbs up to the team...

11 months 1 week ago

Johnson Yessaya Mwambola The idea to start with Field visit in day one was best idea and it gave youth practical thing to go home with...i hope this will be adopted in other region where Youth roadshow will be taking place....congratulation to the team of organizer.

11 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 1 month ago

Newsletter 'Small farmers, big deal', February 2016

http://www.pbmailer.net/m/1612/a83eri5d6xjq7ju8

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Book presentation during LANDforum 2016

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 year 2 months ago

Report Artificial Insemination Model Assessment is out now!


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.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 4 months ago

PRESS RELEASE
Arnhem, 3 December 2015

Agriterra Opens Office in Ethiopia

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

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Berhanu Gebremichael I am glad to see this. I, with full heart, say WELCOME. I am a certified Entrepreneurship National Trainer and Business Mentor. I am now at Conovation Entrepreneurship Development, which would like to partner with your esteemed organization since we have a lot of common concerns. My email is berhanu.safe@gmail.com I am also in a team of UNIDO project on entrepreneurship development that serves women and youth in three sectors (leather, textile and agro-industry). Looking forward to serving cooperatives in this regard.

1 year 4 months ago