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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

Effectiveness of Networks in Seed Potato Sector Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs. The project investigates the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions on sustainable upscaling performance in value chain clusters to understand the role of agro-based clustering in competitiveness.

The project encourages the active participation of private seed breeders and multipliers, farmer cooperatives/growers, local government representatives, NGOs and research institutes. It is piloted in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia to:

  1. Measure the sustainabl

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Lignes directrices pour organiser une foire de l'innovation Paysanne

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.

Lignes directrices en Français, suivi ce lien

It is with pleasure that Prolinnova International Secretariat share the publication with guideline on how to organise a Farmer Innovation Fair.

Guidelines in English, follow this link

Cibarani Cibarani Thank you for that jewel... we were dessesperately lookinf for something treating that issue...thanks again

3 weeks 6 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Lisette , merci beaucoup pour le partage de cet document très intéressant qui pourra aider pour l'organisation des grandes foires .Je me ferais le plaisir de partager sur nos réseaux sociaux et le mailchimp ,pour une large diffusion !

3 weeks 6 days ago

Lisette van Benthum Daoulata, Oui s'il vous plaît partager le par d'autres canaux sociaux aussi

3 weeks 6 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Oui lisette c'est déjà partager  sur la page facebook , twitter et le news letter bientôt ! 

3 weeks 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Call to participate in the Gender in value chains Trajectory 2017 

It has been confirmed that; Gender equality increases productivity and credibility in companies and organizations. If women and youth were meaningfully participating in income generating activities, then Uganda would annually be earning 227 billion shillings [UNDP report 2016].

Women and youth play a significant role in food production and supply chain. Interventions that are gender aware are greatly and positively impacting on their constituencies.

AgriProFocus Ugandan collaboration with KIT, ICCO, HIVOS and F&S therefore; presents to you an opportunity to register and participate in the 5th coaching trajectory in gender and value chains development.

Click here to download the factsheet that has details on the application process.

Deadline for receiving applications is on 30th January 2017

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

ATELIER D'INFORMATION DES ENTREPRENEURS AGRICOLES ET FIRMES SUR L'OUTIL 2-2Trade

le Vendredi 24 novembre 2016, s'est tenu dans les enceintes de l’hôtel Emeraude un atelier d'information et de formation sur l'outil de mise en relation Producteurs-Firmes. 26 Participants issus des Organisations de producteurs , institutions étatiques, ONGs, entreprises Privés, ont pris part à cet activité.

"It Takes 2-2 trade ou relations Producteurs- Firmes  se propose comme un instrument permettant la facilitation de la relation primaire de la relation existante entre producteurs (farmers) et grandes entreprises (firms). La connaissance des besoins des uns et des autres reste un préalable pour une relation d’affaires conséquente. Cette évaluation de la relation( forces et faiblesses) est suivi par une planification d'action conjointe pour l'amélioration et le maintien de la relation d'affaires.

L'outil a été développé par CDI / WUR, Royal Tropical Institute

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago

KIT et SNV, les membres d'AgriProFocus ont lancer un livre: Libérer le potentiel du pastoralisme pour développer l'Afrique de l'Ouest

Ce livre offre une perspective unique et une compréhension profonde d'un monde qui change rapidement, avec des contributions des praticiens et des académiciens.

En dépit des contraintes et des idées préconçues, le pastoralisme continue à jouer un rôle substantiel dans le développement social et économique dans la région Afrique de l'Ouest comme ailleurs, et dans l'intégration régionale. Les caractéristiques innées de la mobilité et de l'adaptabilité signifient que le pastoralisme demeurera crucial pour les moyens de subsistance résilients.

"Libérer le potentiel du pastoralisme pour développer l'Afrique de l'Oues" présente des zones de production et de consommation établies et nouvelles, et démontre l'évolution rapide des chaînes de valeur pastorale.

Vous pouvez télécharger le livre ici

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 months 1 week ago

Consultant Wanted: National coach for AgriProFocus Gender Coaching Trajectory IV in Zambia (Phase 1) 

Since 2008, a vibrant working group has been active within AgriProFocus, known as “Gender in Value Chains”. Its mission is to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development, and through regular exchange and working with members, this community has developed exciting knowledge products for value chain practitioners. Based on the knowledge from the book “Challenging Chains to Change” and the “Gender Toolkit” compiled by AgriProFocus and its members (KIT and F&S), a coaching trajectory has been developed. AgriProFocus Zambia started with its first trajectory in 2014 and currently is completing its third trajectory.

With the increasing demand by members to participate in gender trajectories, AgriProFocus is looking for a second coach to lead the fourth coaching trajectory. In Phase 1, the coach will be responsible together with AgriProFocus to market the

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 10 months 4 weeks ago

Should we stop talking about “youth”?

16 May 2016

Youth and young people are becoming a hot topic among development donors and actors. But who exactly do these "labels" apply to, and are they too broad for effective policies? Or do they create too narrow a focus which is blind to larger structural issues?

Varyingly, "youth" are being identified as "at risk” – of unemployment, of marginalisation or abuses – or “as risk”, where they may engage in undesirable activities from crime to terrorism, armed violence or migration. However, there are also many calls to understand youth “as opportunity” (PDF), particularly in the context of Africa’s “youth bulge” and its promise of a vast demographic dividend.

A recent visit to the Dutch Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) and some great discussions with research colleagues there, brought some clarity into the interlinked promises and problems arising from development actors’ burgeoning interest in youth and work.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 3 weeks ago

Going beyond stereotypes to strengthen your Farmer-Firm trade relation


Around 100 participants gathered on March 24 at the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam for the AgriProFocus Expert meeting: 'It Takes 2-2-Trade'.


A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.

The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.

Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been ap

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24

Expert Meeting: 'It Takes Two to Trade'

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 March 2016, 13:00-18:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface.

With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.

That sounds nice, but what is in it for me?

After this session you understand:

• how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation.

• how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in your business cases.

What you can expect:

After a network lunch (13.00-14.00 hrs) with a.o. our Business Linkage advisors from several Country Networks, we will discuss:

1. Farmer – firm relations: A simple model with 7 critical components

2

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dec
09

The future of our Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 December 2015, 08:45-13:00
  Impulse Building, Wageningen University

The future of our food:

How to engage young women and men in the agricultural sector?


- On invitation only- 

A seminar to get inspired, to exchange ideas, learn from experiences and meet people, organisations and practitioners who are passionate about the topic of youth in agriculture.

The seminar is an integral part of the short course Market Access for Food Security of the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen UR. Co-organisers are: KIT, YPARD and AgriProFocus

Programme

08.45h     Registration 

09.00h     Opening and introduction 

09.30h     Keynote speeches by Zayaan Khan (Slow Food Youth Network South Africa) and

                 young Dutch farmer 

10.00h     World Café pitches 

10.30h     World Café sessions: Topics include network approaches, performance measurement, tools and                 &n

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Posted By in 2-2-Trade
Posted 1 year 6 months ago

The book 2-2 Trade is published and available on-line !


The book 'It takes two to trade - Understanding and improving farmer-firm relations in Africa' was released on 24 September 2015 during the 10-year anniversary party of AgriProFocus.

A digital copy of the book can be downloaded from our Organised Farmers/2-2 Trade-page

As well as the downloadable excel spreadsheet and workbook.

Hiire Ronald 2-2 book is the best way we should all find ways of trading with other partners but the problem is; the middlemen that come in to connect us with the outside market. How can we overcome that because many of our fellow members look for the communities they know only yet many farmers are stuck with their products deep down. villages whats the solution their.

1 year 6 months ago

Rolf Schinkel Dear Ronald Hiire, there is an interesting discussion going on about role and function of middlemen on the Organised Farmers pages: look at http://agriprofocus.com/post/568ace7da93f252eceefb7d0 , it may be of interest to you!

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 7 months ago

Organising Trade in South Mali (Organisation des relations de commerces au Sud du Mali)

PhD study Wageningen University

On Wednessday September 9 Ms. Ellen Mangnus defended her Ph.D thesis at Wageningen University. Mangnus, KIT advisor sustainable economic development examined how Malian farmers organise themselves in practice and which lessons can be learnt to improve programs that aim at facilitating inclusive agricultural development and reducing poverty in rural Africa.

Tools to reduce poverty

Market access for small farmers is seen as an important tool in reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. Many development programs offer advice and assist African farmers in forming formal organizations such as cooperatives.

Insights into organisational forms of agricultural cooperation

Mangnus: ‘The idea that small farmers have to organize themselves to improve their market position is quite logical; After all together you stand stronger and have a better bargaining position. But in pract

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Simon Wachira Quite true, and there are other enjoined factors to market access.Check my post on linkedin;Challenges experienced by smallholder poultry farmers in Kenya

1 year 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 1 year 10 months ago

Les commerçants du sud du Mali

«L'accès des petits agriculteurs aux marchés» est un objectif dans de nombreux projets de la chaîne de valeur. Pour comprendre comment le commerce est organisé sans que l'aide extérieure, Ellen Mangnus (du KIT) a écrit une thèse sur la façon dont un groupe de commerçants a comblé l'écart entre la région rurale du sud du Mali et le marché à Bamako.

Lire l'article complet (en anglais) ICI

Cet article a été publié dans ViceVersa, un magazine hollandais sur la coopération au développement. Cette édition était un spécial sur les chaînes de valeur.

ONG GBEWA Merci pour le partage. Mais est ce qu'il y a la version française du document ?

1 year 10 months ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Je suis désolé, l'article est uniquement en néerlandais et en anglais ...

1 year 9 months ago

ONG GBEWA Ok. Pas de souci

1 year 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 year 10 months ago

10 lessons on interventions in value chains

2 of our members, development organization SNV and knowledge centre KIT work together on clever solutions for agricultural development. They do so on the basis of practical, global knowledge and experience and in response to local opportunities.

But what exactly determines the success of chain interventions? Using five projects from their portfolios in which changes in the sector in question had large-scale effects, SNV and KIT distilled the most important elements for successful chain development.

This article was published in Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on development cooperation. Read the full article HERE.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 years 23 hours ago

New book launched: "Commercial and Inclusive Value Chains'': Doing Good and Doing Well  

KIT, CTA and Practical Action Publisher are proud to announce that we have launched a new book: ‘Commercial and Inclusive Value Chains: Doing Good and Doing Well’ edited by Malcolm Harper, John Belt and Rajeev Roy.

The aim of this book is to show that disadvantaged small-holders and other poor people can be included in modern integrated value chains. These chains are profitable for them, for the value chain leaders, and for all the other processors and traders involved. And, that this can be done without subsidy, without donor or government aid, and without appeal to ‘corporate social responsibility’; it is simple good business.

To order the book, go to http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=8e367babe7efb791307ede049&id=cdd38a6c49&e=8e30dc793f

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 years 6 months ago

Dear Members,

Agri-ProFocus is pleased to share with you a video and book published in partnership with KIT Publication http://www.kit.nl/kit/Royal-Tropical-Institute- and FAO on Agricultural Business Development Services.

The Video on agricultural business services

The agricultural sector in Africa is rapidly changing. Farmers are increasingly linked to markets, offering them opportunities for business development. Nowadays, farmers need business advice. These services are provided by agricultural business service providers. In three cases, this video explains the successes and challenges of these ABDS providers.

The Book on agricultural business services

The video is based on a recent publication by Agri-ProFocus, KIT and FAO. This book 'The business of Agri-business services' includes cases from Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia.

To have more details about this please;

It's our hope you find this Infor

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 years 11 months ago

imageDans le cadre de ses activités pour l’année 2012, Agri-Hub Bénin a prévu de développer la thématique « relations fermes-firmes ». Afin que la discussion ne soit pas seulement théorique il a été décidé de développer la thématique sous forme d’un trajet/processus de Recherche-Action « Ferme-Firme » (RA-FF) autour d’une étude de cas de la filière Anacarde. La filière anacarde a été choisie car dans cette filière plusieurs membres de l’Agri-Hub sont actifs et les relations d’affaires entre les producteurs/productrices et les usines de transformation sont un élément central dans le développement de valeur ajoutée. Aussi, les relations firmes-fermes sont importantes pour le développement local ainsi que pour améliorer l’accès aux marchés. La SNV reçoit dans le processus de RA-FF, un appui méthodologique de la part de l’Institut Royal des Tropiques (KIT) et l’Université de Wageningen (WUR).

Comme première étape dans

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 years 6 months ago

Dear all,

With near to 50 participants we experienced a very dynamic and fruitful network day. The network day has given the opportunity to establish and strengthen bilateral contacts as well as indentify new inroads into collective activities. 

You can download the full report here.

Find other network day materials here

In summary the agenda for the near future (and moving into 2011 and beyond) looks as follows:


Ongoing activities

Access to finance

  • A reference group has been established
  • A terms of reference will be developed around 4 focal strands presented (business economic capacity of producers producer organisations; knowledge on agri-financing in financial institutions; financial product design; risk mitigating instruments)
  • Relevant stakeholders are to be identified to link up
  • The previous work (study report and outcomes of the VCF validation event) will be used to develop a joint agenda
  • ICCO and SNV to lead
Action Learning on agri-business facilitation
  • Participating organisati

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Fred McOloo This is great. It was unfortunate that i could not make it to the event. Looking forward to participate in both on-going and future activities.

6 years 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 years 7 months ago

One issue that came out during the APF Multi Stakeholder Meeting was the need to improve access to (value chain) finance.

 

Most APF members have something to offer in this regard, be it knowledge, services or finance. SNV, Cordaid, Woord en Daad, KIT and WUR feel that a series of practical workshops focused on access to finance can be concrete actions to implement the value chain specific action plans and/or to sharpen them further.

It will also be a good opportunity to start an action learning process.

 

Which type of finance for whom?

In all segments of the chain, there is need for a specific financial product, with a specific purpose.

  I              Producer Organisations (producers) need inputs before they start growing/ rearing their crop/ cattle and cash once their produce is ready. Possible ways of addressing the needs of the producers are:

¨        Self-finance by the producer organisation (e.g. by raising shares); +low costs, no collateral, - limi

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Christel Schiphorst

Dear all,

My colleague Wim Goris started up an discussion on the Kampala Principles on the special Finance ning.

Please have a look and add your opinions and experiences too.

Christel

5 years 8 months ago

Christel Schiphorst

Please find this concept proposal to organise an event toward November 2011:

 

Market Place event in Zambia: Linking farmers to finance
Draft concept note

Background
It has abundantly been proved in studies and during reflections that the actors of the agriculture sector have poor access to finance, especially the smallholder farmers, but also other actors within the value chains, Within the Agri- Pro Focus platform in Zambia, a working group has been set up to address this challenge.
Apart from the lack of suitable financial products on the side of the service providers, and the lack of capacity of clients to meet the requirements, there is obviously an information gap between service providers and potential clients. Banks and MFI’s don’t have time to go and move throughout the villages to inform and prepare their potential clients about the requirements and conditions. Farmers fear to contact the service providers. Hence the lack of communication prevents bankable farmers to access the existing services and the lack of dialogue between both sides generates mismatch between expectations of farmers and the offers of the institutions.

The Agrifinance group of APF decided to organize in 2011 at least 1 market place event to facilitate dialogue between the financial service providers and the agriculture actors, especially the farmers. ZATAC will explore the feasibility of such an event in the XX region and prepared with Woord & Daad and Cordaid a draft concept note to initiate the process.
Purpose of the market place
Bring together financial service providers and potential clients to share information and dialogue in order to improve access to finance for actors in agriculture in the XX region.
Objectives
• To share information on the products of the financial service providers, and have a dialogue on their affordability and appropriateness for financing agriculture.
• To learn from good practices where the financial services match with the needs of farmers, processors and traders.
• To have better insight in the capacity and readiness of farmers and other value chain actors to access formal financial services and define the gaps.

Concept of the market place

The market place is an event of one or two days where financial service providers and potential clients will meet, dialogue, discuss and possibly do business.
The activities of the market are yet to be defined concretely around many questions.
On the focus of the event:
- Which actors of the value chain will the event target besides the farmers?
- Which service providers will be invited on which criteria? (banks, MFIs, SACCO’s…)
- Will the event focus on specific commodities?
On the methodology:
- Will there be possibility for the participants to discuss face to face their applications for a loan with individual service providers? And used as learning cases for others. The follow up will be used to document the process
- Will there be a workshop-like session where some concrete applications will be studied and discussed for learning (business plan, requirements and conditions of some service providers)?
- Will there be a forum for information and discussion on a number of issues relevant for the region, e.g. finance through contract farming, mobile banking services, warehouse receipt systems, role of microfinance, etc.?
- Will there be a presentation and discussion on best practices?
- Can we include a competition element?
- How can we make it part of a process? Action learning?
On the follow up:
- The event should not be a one off activity, but the first step in a regional process leading to other initiatives to narrow the gap between financial demand and offer. How and by whom?
- How to document the initiative for broader spread out of the achievements and lessons learnt?
Etc, etc.

Process to concretize the market place event

- The concept note will be finalized in order to mobilize interested actors in Zambia to support the organization of the event.
- A steering committee will be set up to define the concrete set up of the market event. The committee will integrate interested actors from the farmers organizations, service providers and support institutions. APF will try to get support of Knowledge institutions to assist us with the process design.
This committee will concretize the design of the market place event (content, date, choice of the participants, guide the implementation process, make a budget and assure resources, etc.) and the role of the committee members.
- Is there a need to prepare the event by mapping on beforehand the financial service providers in the region to make the selection of participants?
- External support can be sought for the implementation, e.g. including master students of Mulungushi University (as WUR-Alterra has built a relationship with the university) and/or contract a consultant. Can KIT (Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands) give support?
- The Agrifinance group of APF will follow up and give feed back to the process in the chosen region.

Timing

- Feed back on the draft concept note during the meeting of the Agrifinance group on 20 September 2011.
- Circulate the concept note and forming the steering committee in September.
- First meeting of the steering committee 2nd half of September.
- The market place event will probably take place in November 2011, preferably around the NABC trade mission to Zambia (6-10 Nov) (see http://apf-zambia.ning.com for details).

5 years 7 months ago

Christel Schiphorst Mobile Banking expands at Standard Chartered: http://www.ruralfinancenetwork.org/pages.php?p=58&r=0&option=4&ID=116

5 years 7 months ago

AgriProFocus NL

Dear all,

Thank you all for reading and/or contributing to the discussion on this ning. Time to share follow-up:

  • I mentioned the Dutch debriefing event (30 August). Here are the minutes. These minutes and comments on Kampala Principles were also shared with MFW4A- the organizers of the Zipping farmers and finance event.
  • The MFW4A follow-up included an event in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: Making Finance Work For Africa 2011 Partnership For Africa, held 15 and 16 september. Participant Christine Ngugi is kindly sharing her notes of the Addis event (attached).
  • Read more about the preparations for a MFW4A AgFin working group that will work on finance policy recommendations; support/link to CAADP plans; and finance knowledge management.

Have you been at the Addis conference? Any questions to participants? Feel free to share your views too !

Kind regards,

Wim Goris

Christel Schiphorst said:

Dear all,

My colleague Wim Goris started up an discussion on the Kampala Principles on the special Finance ning.

Please have a look and add your opinions and experiences too.

Christel

5 years 7 months ago

Peter Phiri

Hai Christel

FnB has come up with loans agriculture loans that would be given to farmer to buy equiment chemicals and seed the farmers would only access such a service if l go on the ground l write a report to the bank after l advise the farmer on what crop he /she needs to buy and l put out r progrem of the farmers on chemcals and budget for them

Agri-ProFocus said:

Dear all,

Thank you all for reading and/or contributing to the discussion on this ning. Time to share follow-up:

  • I mentioned the Dutch debriefing event (30 August). Here are the minutes. These minutes and comments on Kampala Principles were also shared with MFW4A- the organizers of the Zipping farmers and finance event.
  • The MFW4A follow-up included an event in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: Making Finance Work For Africa 2011 Partnership For Africa, held 15 and 16 september. Participant Christine Ngugi is kindly sharing her notes of the Addis event (attached).
  • Read more about the preparations for a MFW4A AgFin working group that will work on finance policy recommendations; support/link to CAADP plans; and finance knowledge management.

Have you been at the Addis conference? Any questions to participants? Feel free to share your views too !

Kind regards,

Wim Goris

Christel Schiphorst said:

Dear all,

My colleague Wim Goris started up an discussion on the Kampala Principles on the special Finance ning.

Please have a look and add your opinions and experiences too.

Christel

5 years 6 months ago