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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 week 5 days ago

Presenting the AgriProFocus network in Rwanda

Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services! 

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.


AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.

Featuring in this video:

1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda

2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra

3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!


1 week 3 days ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

SKILLING YOUTH FOR EMPLOYMENT IN AGRIBUSINESS

An AVSI initiative sponsored by Embassy of Netherlands in collaboration with different implementing partners to provide a platform for knowledge transfer among the youth and gainful employment for sustainable income generation.

 Agromax is one of such implementing partners that is working with a number of youth to create meaningful impact on the individuals and their communities as a whole

Individual story of Kasozi James

James, aged 24 years, was born and raised up in Busula Village, Wakiso District in Central Uganda to parents who were practicing Agriculture at a subsistence level.

James grew up admiring Mr. Mulwana, a successful entrepreneur and farmer in the neighborhood and wanted to be like him. However, James’ dream came to a halt when after S.4, he couldn’t continue with his education due to financial hardships.” Being out of school was unbearable and tormenting to me’’, James recalls. “All the dreams and plans that I h

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may
04

Private Sector Development instruments awareness Workshop

Event posted by in DutchFacilities
  04 May 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Kigali (Participation by invitation only!)

(Participation by invitation only!)

The Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda, is organising a half day dutch financial instruments awareness workshop that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 04th May 2017. 

Dutch financial instruments which will be introduced are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop is to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.

Which DUTCH financial Instrument will be shared in the workshops?

  • Facility for sustainable entrepreneurship and food security (FDOV)

  • Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)

  • Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility (G4AW)

  • Dutch Good Growth Fund

  • Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE)

  • Develop to Build (D2B)

  • PUM

  • CBI

For more information on these instruments, read the attached docume

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 4 days ago

New Book is Available Now for DOWNLOAD

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

Click HERE or Go to www.agriprofocus.com/fsre-fund

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru What a cool learning document! Thanks Gizaw :)

2 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuni

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jun
07

Handelsmissie Myanmar: ontdek de nieuwste ASEAN markt

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 June 2017 to 09 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Myanmar

Heeft u ervaring met zakendoen in de ASEAN-regio? Wilt u de kansen en mogelijkheden in Myanmar verkennen? Ga dan mee met de eerste handelsmissie naar Myanmar van 7 t/m 9 juni 2017.

Tijdens de missie maakt u kennis met deze unieke markt, die een sprong in de tijd maakt. Op het programma staan netwerkevenementen, bedrijfsbezoeken, matchmaking en presentaties bij relevante instellingen.

Opkomende markt

De Nederlandse Ambassade in Myanmar en de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO.nl) kunnen u ondersteunen om de stap naar deze jonge markt te zetten.

U ontmoet ondernemers die de stap al hebben gezet, zowel start-ups als multinationals als Shell, De Heus, Heineken, Unilever, East West Seed, Control Union, Royal en Haskoning DHV.

Volgt u de ontwikkelingen in deze nieuwste opkomende markt in Azië al langer en heeft u interesse om deze van dichtbij te leren kennen? Dan bent u van harte welkom om aan deze eerste regionale handelsmissie deel te nemen.

Deelname

De missie is gericht op bedrijven d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Vacancy Announcement: Project Coordination Assistant – 3R Project

Deadline - 28 April 2017

As part of the transition strategy from aid to trade, Wageningen UR in collaboration with several Kenyan partners will implement a project that assesses and validates the lessons from the Netherlands Embassy’s agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security programmes on market-led approaches to supporting competitive and sustainable growth of selected agri-food sectors. The 3R Kenya project (Resilient, Robust and Reliable from Aid to Trade) will investigate whether these lessons relating to innovative interventions in the sectors can be transferred and scaled up, and as such better anchored within Kenya.

To support project implementation, we are recruiting a Project Coordination Assistant who will work under the direct supervision of the 3R Project Coordinator at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS). The tasks include: 

Monitoring and Evaluation tasks (35%)

+ Work closely with t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

I-PLAN goes Vietnam

Last week I was in Vietnam, where I also participated in the Regional Food Security Conference ‘Let’s get to work. Building a food secure future’. In her key-note address vice-Minister Marjolijn Sonnema rightfully added the word ‘together’ to the title: building a food secure future together. 

I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).

Food losses

In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translat

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apr
19

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  19 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Date: 19 April 2017
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM (Afternoon)

On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.

Book Launch

A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:

§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery

§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia

§ Seed Potatoes –

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Netherlands partners with Uganda to boost agriculture

The Royal Dutch Embassy has partnered with Uganda to create opportunities for increased income and food security through market linkages and access to quality seed for rural households in Uganda.

The integrated Seed Sector Development Plus(ISSD Plus) project and the resilient Efficient Agribusiness Chains(REACH Uganda) project under the international fertilizer Development Center will run for a period of 4years.

Speaking at the official launch of the two projects at his residence in Kololo Hank Jan Bakker, the ambassador of the Netherlands highlighted that the two projects will follow the agricultural value chain right from inception, by providing access to quality seed to mainly rural farmers and to end chain of providing market linkages for the farmers to the consumers of their produce.

The ambassador added that this will particularly be achieved through the promotion of quality declared seed(QDS) which is high quality seed produced p

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apr
18

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia

Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund

You are Invited!

Date: 18 April 2017

Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Afternoon)

Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

You are cordially invited to attend the FSRE Innovation Fund final event and a book launch to be held on 18 April 2017 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship (FSRE) Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The FSRE Innovation Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 75 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Dutch government unveils Shs80b to support Uganda’s agriculture

Article by Mark Keith Muhumuza

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has launched two agriculture support programmes valued at €22m (Shs80b) for improved seed quality and market linkages for farmers.

The two programmes set to run for the next five years, are targeting the entire value chain in the agriculture sector right from seed distribution to linking farmers to the private sector buyers of the produce.

 

“Uganda’s agriculture sector has a great potential to transform the country and the livelihood of Ugandans. Using our Dutch experience and success in agriculture, we believe that by end of 2020, at least 350,000 households will be positively impacted by the projects,” said HE Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands told reporters on the sidelines of the launch at his residence in Kololo, Kampala on Wednesday evening.

 

The Integrated Seed Sector Development Plus (ISSD Plu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 months 2 hours ago

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Finance - Benin

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

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Philippe AKPAKI Thanks you Anne Marie for this publication. I'm enjoying for Benin entrepreneurs 

1 month 2 weeks ago

apr
18

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017 to 19 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

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.

“Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”

April 18

The main goal of the pu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 6 days ago

Grant Opportunity:  Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility - 3rd round

Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017  

Dear members,

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 6 days ago

Taro Flour Innovative Project of Send a Cow wins the 2017 Bond Innovation Award

The project was funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ethiopia via the FSRE Innovation Fund

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,

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Posted By in Acces aux Services Financiers Bénin
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

L'agribusiness au service du développement: accès au financement agricole au Bénin 

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)


Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Great interest in Geodata for Agriculture and Water workshop in Myanmar 

On March 16, AgriProFocus Myanmar, together with the Netherlands Space Offcie organized a information and matchmaking workshop for Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW). The aim of the workshop was to inspire and facilitate potential partnerships for the 3rd call for proposals of the G4AW Facility with objectives, criteria, and timeline information.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 months 4 days ago

Wanted: 40 businesses looking to achieve growth for themselves and for Africa

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

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is indeed a great opportunity worth sharing more Anne Marie.Thanks for this.

3 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Recap: Harvest Money Expo 2017

 

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 Uganda, Bles Dai

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