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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 weeks 22 hours ago

MDF visit to Zwekabin SAI to conduct ICT assessment

I had visited to two  State Agriculture Institute( SAIs )  Tharyawady, Bago region and  Zwekabin, kayin State in February 22-23, 2017 in order to ICT assessment. This is the one of the mission of  NICHE project. If you want to know  more you can see my report with attach file.



Janine Schoeman Hi Aye Aye, Thank you for sharing this. The report is not attached, can you attach it please. Or if you have trouble doing this, you can send it to me and I can attach it for you. jschoeman@agriprofocus.com

2 weeks 21 hours ago

jun
06

Introduction to Inclusive Business  - online course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 June 2017, All Day Event
  Online course

Online course: Introduction to Inclusive Business  

The course is aligned to a number of existing activities done by MDF, CDI and the Inclusive Business Accelerator consortium, and is supported by the Food & Knowledge Business Platform. After the launch on June 6, 2016, the course will always be available on the IBA.ventures platform.

Inclusive business refers to sustainable business solutions that go beyond philanthropy and expand access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.

Inclusive Business ventures deliver high socio-economic value by engaging the poor as producers, distributors, suppliers, or consumers, and present an exciting opportunity for the private sector because they are good for business. A variety of commercial returns–market entry, market share, secure supply chains, product line innovation, and competitive advantage–all help to build market value.

Target groups

Since this educational programme i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 month 6 days ago

Nuffic NFP Scholarship opportunities at MDF Training & Consultancy

Registration is open again for Myanmar nationals to join MDF courses in the Netherlands with scholarship! The NFP & MSP sponsorship enables carefully selected professionals to join courses at MDF Head Office free of charge. The deadline for subscription is 26 March 2017 and applies for the following courses:

- Management of Development Projects and Programmes: 28 August - 22 September 2017

- Organisational Development: 31 October - 9 November 2017

- Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning: 7 - 16 November 2017

Read more about the criteria and registration on our Sponsorship page: https://mdf.nl/nfp-and-msp-sponsorship

mar
31

Food Security Nuffic Alumni Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  31 March 2017 to 01 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Yangon

MDF Asia, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar are organizing a two day conference about challenges in achieving food security in Myanmar and the Dry Zone specifically. The aim of the conference is to bring together Nuffic Alumni from the agricultural sector and Dutch and Myanmar businesses, NGO’s and researchers to discuss innovative approaches to addressing challenges in achieving food security in Myanmar.   

More information will follow soon. If you are interested to join, please send an email to bmeindertsma@agriprofocus.com



Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Narrative Report on NICHE project at SAI Shwebo Township

State Agriculture Institute (Shwebo) situated on Shwebo- Yeu older road of Shwebo in Sagaing Region. It was opened dated on 18-1-1982. There is 488 students in Academic Year 2015-16, and number of staff 107 inclusion teachers. It is total land area 200 acres and cultivated land is low land ( Paddy) 56 acres and Upland 8.8 acres, Animal husbandry 22.6 acre including fish ponds, Horticulture 22,6 acres and Fallow land 48 acres and rest acres 42 acres is Building and road.

Current situation is there is one library but no facilities, laboratories are lack of facilities For example- In Chemistry Lab, They needs pH meter for soil test box , moisture test , event balance is very old. Multimedia class room also empty materials even no tables and chairs. Although there is 5 computers, they can used 3 computer for only office uses. One projector was used only demonstration.

This year total students are 573 and male students 375 and female stu

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

DEMENAGEMENT DU RESEAU AGRIPROFOCUS RD CONGO  

Le réseau AgriProFocus RD Congo tient à vous informer que l'organisation ICCO COOPERATION qui a hébergé AGRIPROFOCUS RDC (de Novembre 2012 à Décembre 2016) a fermé officiellement et définitivement son bureau en RDC au 31 Décembre 2016.

Ainsi, le reseau AGRIPROFOCUS RD Congo est hébergé (à partir de ce mois de Janvier 2017) par l'organisation Néerlandaise MDF-Afrique Centrale, basée à Goma, Nord-Kivu.

Le bureau MDF-Afrique Centrale est situé sur 25, Avenue du Lac, Keshero, commune de Goma, Nord-Kivu.  

Pour faire connaître le réseau aux agents de MDF-AC, la coordination de votre réseau a organisé une séance d'information sur la vision-mission du réseau, sur sa nouvelle stratégie et la plateforme en ligne .

ce fût un bon moment de découverte et d'union entre MDF-AC et AgriProFocus RD Congo.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 months 1 week ago

Welcome drinks AgriProFocus and MDF Myanmar

Yesterday evening, AgriProFocus and MDF celebrated the opening of their joint office in Myanmar. At the side of the beautyful Inya Lake in Yangon, we raised the glass with our first Dutch and Myanmar partners. Ambassador of the Netherlands Wouter Jurgens stressed the importance of capacity building and links between different stakeholders in the value chain in Myanmar. There embassy therefore warmly welcomed AgriProFocus and MDF in Myanmar, and wished us growth and success for the coming years. 

Janine Schoeman Congrats with the official opening! It looks like you picked an amazing spot to celebrate!

3 months 1 week ago

apr
10

Training & Facilitation Skills

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, The Netherlands

Training and Facilitation Skills 

Designing and delivering highly effective learning sessions

Training is an activity most development professionals will conduct at some point. Yet not everyone has a background in designing or facilitating training.

Learn from our professional MDF trainers. Try out on various interactive and fun techniques and adult training methods. Receive constructive feedback from peers and MDF professionals.

The MDF approach is practice-based and immediately applicable. You will go back to work with a toolkit full of useful training models and methods that you can use right away.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Skills and tools to assess training needs and learning styles.  
  • Practice on designing focused and methodologically strong sessions.  

  • Hands-on tips to move group process and promote full participation of each trainee, even difficult groups who need to achieve useful outcomes.  

  • Hands-on tips to move group process and prom

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apr
03

Result-Based Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  03 April 2017 to 07 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, The Netherlands

Result-Based Management

Managing for lasting results in the new reality of international cooperation 

During the last decade, result based management (RBM) has gained much influence in international cooperation. Still many organisations struggle to plan for real results with the accompanying processes and tools. RBM has consequences for the entire organisation: for project planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Learning how to design a solid RBM framework - in various forms – is a good first step to integrate RBM in your organisation.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, you will:

  • RBM in a changing context (e.g. SDGs, private sector involvement, conflict situations).  

  • Various methods for planning and designing results (for example: Problem Tree, Stakeholder Analysis, Appreciative Inquiry, Outcome Mapping). 

  • Various methods for planning and designing results (for example: Problem Tree, Stakeholder Analysis, Appreciative Inquiry, Outcome Mapping).  

  • Insight

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 months 3 weeks ago

New NICHE project to strengthen agricultural vocational schools in Myanmar 

A 4-year agreement between the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Netherlands Foreign Affairs ministry has just been launched. Two Dutch consortium partners and AgriProFocus members, Aeres and MDF Asia just completed their first successful inception mission. 

It concerns strengthening of 14 State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs), Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. There will be ample technical, subject matter expertise transfer between Netherlands and Myanmar. This aims to make the schools more adapted to their regional specific agricultural circumstances. Further, the project ensures that the SAI curriculum is better embedded into concrete to job profiles and actual job needs. 

Our first mission was very successful, demonstrated high involvement and ownership by the ministry and a strong willingness from

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Dolly Kyaw Very happy to know about the new project of NICHE for strengthening agri vocational schools in Myanmar !

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 4 months 1 day ago

A positive start in Myanmar  

Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.

I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.

We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the priv

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dec
12

Writing Winning Proposals

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  12 December 2016 to 15 December 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Writing Winning Proposals

Develop convincing and attractive proposals

Today, the range of different proposal requirements is large and changing continually. From online sharing of ideas, to applications with stringent templates. Proposal developers need to be like chameleons. Learn to adapt your writing to suit the funders in a landscape of stiff competition. We believe that writing a w

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nov
28

Making Partnership Work

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  28 November 2016 to 02 December 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Making Partnership Work

Adding value through partnerships

  Real meaningful change cannot be achieved alone. Organisations need to team up to pool resources, stimulate innovation, influence policy makers and maximise impact. Developing healthy partnerships means developing ways of working together and mobilising energy that will produce results. How to getting there is what this co

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nov
21

Knowledge Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  21 November 2016 to 24 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Knowledge Management

Turning information into knowledge, knowledge into learning 

Having the right knowledge at the right moment is crucial for our organisations to change and adapt to a fast changing world.

But what is the ‘right’ knowledge in this world, where information both on- and offline is available everywhere?

Learn to effectively capture, filter and disseminate knowledge to achieve goals and to create an online/offline, innovative working environment.

Course objectives

What you will gain:

  • insights into the best tools for collecting, filtering, storing and sharing knowledge

  • tools to stimulate staff in your organisation or network to become active actors in knowledge processes

  • understanding and development of a culture that harnesses the know-how and experience of your people

  •   ideas to make knowledge accessible by sharing into everyday operations  

For whom?

You deal with information flows or are in charge of learning processes in your organisation or network. You a

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may
09

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  09 May 2017 to 18 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

Designing M&E and Learning systems through both classroom and online learning


Capturing essential quantitative and qualitative changes of your programme has become increasingly important. How to design a M&E system that goes beyond tracking activities? Learn how to show results and make sure your system also enables genuine learning by all actors.

This 10-days blended course provides you with an extended set of relevant, practical and participatory M&E methodologies and tools to boost your programme and organisational accountability, decision-making and learning practices.


Course highlights

  • Understand what effective results-based M&E is.

  • Know how to choose relevant impact evaluation methodologies.

  • Have a full kit of tools to monitor broadly, including contexts and organisational capacities.

  • Be able to design and use key performance indicators and progress markers.

  • Know how to turn M&E into a participative and systematic learning practices.


For whom?

You are a

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nov
07

Leadership and People Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  07 November 2016 to 11 November 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Leadership and People Management

In this training you will work on your personal development and improve your management skills. Reflecting on your own role, behaviour, strengths and weaknesses will give you insight in yourself and others. Learn to work more effectively with your team: lead, motivate and support people to be the best that they can be, in line with your organisation’s objectives.

Course objectives

At the end of this course you:

  • A clearer picture about your personal leadership style, how you can lead yourself and others

  • Insightful reflection on your own qualities and respond to challenges in leading individuals and teams

  • Strengthened engagement and trust with your colleagues and staff

  • Improved communication and conflict management skills

For whom?

You are, or you aspire to be, a professional in a leadership position. Manager in an international organisation, project or programme, you direct, support and supervise individual staff or teams..

Course highlights

  • Know your personal

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may
09

Organisational Development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  09 May 2017 to 18 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Ede, The Netherlands

Organisational Development 

Understanding organisations and change

If you are keen to accomplish more successful organizational change and performance, this is your course. You learn how to diagnose an organisation and understand how to get all different parts of an organisation to work in harmony in order to achieve better results. A Real Life Case will empower you to develop the necessary advisory skills.

This course empowers you with knowledge, practical tools and new skills to successfully lead an organization.

Course highlights

  • You understand the essential conditions for successful change in organisations.

  • You bring your pressing issues and deeper questions with you and discover new answers in an inspiring learning environment.

  • You develop and prioritise strategic options to improve organisational performance.

  • You identify different scenario’s to strengthen an organisation.

  • You carry out a systematic and comprehensive organizational diagnosis.

For whom?

You are a manager, and OD adv

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oct
10

Results - Based Management

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  10 October 2016 to 12 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Training: Results-Based Management

 Focus on results for successful development programmes  

'Doing good' no longer suffices in the development sector. Projects and programmes need to demonstrate their effectiveness and report to policy makers and the public on concrete results achieved.

Through the Results-Based Management (RBM) approach you will learn to plan, monitor and evaluate around expected results. This will generate valuable information for decision taking and enhanced organisational performance.

Course objectives

At the end of the course you:

  • Design, implement, monitor and evaluate a project’s results framework while ensuring transparency and accountability
  • Make better decisions throughout programme/project life cycles, based on reliable and consistent data and information
  • Know what organisational changes are required to achieve sound and sustainable results

For whom?

You are a programme manager, head of department or project officer working in the development sector.

Cours

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

Building a community of AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain Coaches

Learning Journey: Coaching on gender sensitive value chain development


In June 2016 ten AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain (GVC) coaches from a variety of countries (ranging from Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia to Benin and Indonesia) gathered in Kampala for a training. The objective of this training was twofold: it was held to further expand the expertise of national Gender coaches, while also creating a solid team, a community of coaches for co-creation and peer learning. Most of the participants already had experience in GVC coaching, which made the training not only an advanced course, but also the perfect occasion to link the coaches from different countries and create a network of coaches.

The Gender in Value Chains approach of AgriProFocus is a practical approach, build on hands-on advice and coaching by national coaches, and has as mission to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

The training

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Amaguru Damaline That's a good news for me, am so much interested

7 months 1 week ago

oct
17

Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programming

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  17 October 2016 to 28 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Ede, the Netherlands

Gender Mainstreaming in Development Programming

 Creating gender-responsive programmes and organisations  

‘Gender’ is more than a buzzword in development jargon. This course builds your ability in dealing with gender issues in development sector to ensure that development benefits all. You learn to systematically analyse differences in interest, power and decision making among different social groups; men and women, girls, boys, youth and elderly, able and disable, and how to capitalise on each group's strengths.

Course objectives

 - Ability to apply a gender perspective to ensure inclusiveness and equality in your development intervention

 - Skills to include gender-related aspects in the formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of interventions

 - Practical tools to apply an appreciative inquiry approach at relevant stages of the intervention

- Deepened understanding of the process of social change, through case studies in agriculture, w

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