In many Sub-Saharan African countries, agricultural development is key to accelerating economic development and overcoming poverty. Increasing agricultural production and productivity is vital for food security, since it provides a source of food and generates income for smallholder farmers. Growth in agricultural production and agri business development also stimulates growth in other sectors of the economy. Limited availability of, and access to finance and services for SME farmers limits the development of the small and medium sized agri-entrepreneurs in Benin.
That is why the Dutch Embassy in Benin and SNV set up the Agribusiness Centres. The Agribusiness Centre’s mission is to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs by providing them advice, assistance and access to finance. They target Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and Micro enterprises with high growth potential.&nb... Read more
Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators
AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.
On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.
Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 18 and 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.
The main goal of the pu... Read more
Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.
The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant inform... Read more
Bond is the UK membership body for organisations working in international development or supporting those that do through funding, research, training and other services. Annually it awards innovations supporting the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, helping them to become independent and self-reliant and to reach their full potential.
The Taro flour innovation processes taro in to flour to extend shelf life and improve food security of Farmers in Wolayta and neighboring zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region mostly face food shortage from the month of March to June. Read a story posted earlier.
Send a Cow Ethiopia received an innovation grant through the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund), financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia,... Read more
Merci à Funke Palm Oil, Orabank et Ambassade des Pays-Bas près le Bénin pour leur disponibilité
Agribusiness for development: short video on access to finance in Bénin (English subtitles)
The G4AW Facility is a programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Space Office is responsible for the implementation of this programme. G4AW supports projects to develop and operate information and/or financial services to improve food security in partner countries. The projects are aimed to improve sustainable food production and to increase the efficient use of inputs like seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and water in agriculture by providing satellite information based products and services to smallholders. S... Read more
Starting today, young entrepreneurs looking to do business with Africa can join in with a new initiative: Making Africa Work. This year, some 40 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to obtain support in establishing a business in Africa. The assistance offered them in finding local partners and developing their business plan is expected to help them achieve a faster and better business launch. The project also hopes to boost employment opportunities in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. After all, the best guarantee for new jobs and local growth is new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to set up business in these countries and who see opportunities for their business can get in touch with PUM and Africa in Motion, starting today.
Making Africa Work is aimed both at African migrants and students wishing to start up a business in their country of origin, and Dutch entrepreneurs who see Africa
17th Feb, Day 1
The Harvest Money Expo is a 3 day event taking place from Friday 17th – Sunday 19th 2017. Here is a recap of day 1. I attended and handled logistics for the Holland pavilion at the Harvest Money Expo under the theme ‘climate smart farming’ held at Nambole Stadium in Kampala.”As part of the celebrations, Royal Netherlands Embassy sponsored the event to host the farmer’s irrigation master class and space for exhibition for Dutch companies.
This expo has attracted all experts and exhibitors from the agricultural industry, the latest technology, products and services new and old in Uganda and beyond. There are 12 Dutch companies exhibiting under the Holland pavilion and the companies include;
AgriProFocus Uganda, SNV TIDE Project, Inndigo Uganda Ltd, Scherjon Dairy Equipment Holland BV, Inndigo Uganda Ltd, House of Seeds Ltd, FACTS Uganda, Holland GreenTech, TU Delft/ Tahmo, Koppert, Solar Now, AgriProFocus... Read more
The outgoing mission follows on the incoming mission from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso which was received in August 2016. Fifty-three representatives of Dutch agribusinesses met with this delegation and were very pleased with the quality of the Nigerien companies. A fact sheet from this visit can be found here and a video here. Interested in exploring agri-opportunities in Niger and seeing it with your own eyes? Join this mission!
Registration deadline: Wednesday 22 February
For more information and registration please visit NABC's website.
and Micro Irrigation Support Project (SMIS) is one of the projects funded by
the Dutch Government through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in
Ethiopia. SMIS aims to support the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) through the
Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) with the implementation of the adopted Small
Scale Irrigation (SSI) Capacity Building Strategy.
On December 8, 2016, SMIS organized the Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016 (AAF ’16) in collaboration with AgroBIG and One Acre Fund. The aim of the Forum was to improve collaboration between organizations working in agriculture in Amhara.
There were a number of important presentations from different agricultural programs working in the region. Please find the presentations below:Read more
From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/servic... Read more
Dutch Poultry and Dairy businesses will be at this year's Agritech Expo Zambia at the Holland Pavilion. The Agritech expo is a business-to-business platform for agricultural professionals, from small-scale farmers to commercial enterprises, to engage and conduct business with some of the world’s leading suppliers to the agricultural industry.
The Dutch Pavilion will include exhibits and presentations by Dutch businesses. This will give attendees the opportunity to view and discuss products from outside their local market. There will also be a match-making session for pre-selected Zambian businesses with Dutch businesses.
For more information, contact Ms. Chali Nyirenda -email@example.com
This is brought to you by AgriProFocus, Nederlandse Export Combinatie / Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).
On 17 February 2017 the yearly Best Farmers Award event will be organized, a collaboration between the New Vision Media Group, KLM, dfcu/Rabobank and the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala. This popular event gets a lot of media attention. This year the event is combined with training sessions and an agricultural expo. This event and more specific the expo provides a very good opportunity for exposure of Dutch companies to the Ugandan Agribusinesses and the public.
If you are interested in participating in the expo please send an e-mail for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Value Chain Project is anticipated to start in 2017 and will seek to improve market engagement for market-oriented farmers, strengthen household resilience, and increase availability of agricultural services for farmers and businesses in select value chains, which are of strategic importance to both the Government of Rwanda and EKN. Working in select districts of Rwanda, the project will help rural smallholders move from subsistence farming to commercial farming and supply agricultural products for local, national, regional and international markets. The project will partner with national and multinational agro-food companies as drivers to increase productivity and to improve efficiency and sustainability of supported value chains. The project is anticipated to run between 4 and 5 years, with a total budget of about Euros... Read more
La qualité des produits agro- alimentaires est devenu ces dernière année une préoccupation majeure au Bénin et Agro Business Center (ABC) en a fait une de ses priorités. C’est dans ce cadre que le centre ABC de la SNV-Bénin, a organisé les 17 et 18 novembre 2016 à Porto novo, la deuxième édition du Salon de la qualité alimentaire au Bénin, en partenariat avec l’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas près le Bénin, l'Organisation Neerlandaise de Développement (SNV), AgriProFocus, le Programme d’Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin (ACMA), l’Agence Béninoise de la Normalisation ABENOR, l’Agence Béninoise de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments ABSSA, l’Institut Nationale des Recherches Agricole du Bénin INRAB, et la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques (FSA).
Cette deuxième édition est inscrite dans le cadre de la promotion de la qualité... Read more
How to deal with the Challenges we face in our food & nutrition security programmes? On Tuesday November 15 we enjoyed a very interesting and effective EKN Learning Event.
Four projects shared very openly their challenges and got experience based advice from their peers:
1. SBN- problem with access to inputs, no microfinance available; harvest goes to local money lenders
2. CASCAPE: how NOT to contribute to the 'dependency syndrome', farmers expecting free seeds and per diems for training3. ICCO/Strategic Partnership Convening & Convincing (SPCC) project: How to involve in a dialogue with the government?
4.GAIN with 3 challenges
2. Demand creation takes a long time; diet behaviour is a hard thing to change. Production is improving; dive
AgriProFocus Zambia (in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts) organised Poultry Masterclasses in Kitwe and Lusaka last month. The aim of the Poultry Masterclass was to improve agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.
Want to learn what the participants learned, here are the presentations from the 3 days.
1. Bio Security (Disease Control) - Presentation
2. Feed making - Presentation
3. Feeding Broilers - Presentation
4. Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 1)
Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 2)
Passionate speech from Rakiatou Gazibo, network coordinator Niger, about the importance of entrepreneurship in general and youth in particular!
Dutch pavillon at the fair, supported by the Dutch Embassy in Mali, representing also Niger and Burkina Faso!
Producers from all over Niger came to present their products to the public!
From tomorrow: debates and discussion about youth in agribusiness and access to finance!
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
Like many regions in East Africa, Northern Tanzania has the potential to become an agricultural powerhouse. A Public-Private Partnership of the FDOV meets the needs of maize producers around the city of Arusha. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has provided financial resources, shared technical knowledge and coordinated the contacts among the partners of this project.
Watch this film to see the results of this public-private partnership!
Partners in this PPP are: Quality Food Products in Arusha, East African Grain Council, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Dutch Embassy in Tanzania, New Bogaloo Ltd, National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture.