On Wednesday 17th May 2017 was held a ‘’follow-up workshop on the Dutch Private sector Development (PSD) Intsruments’’ at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Rwanda. Around 40 people participated.
This workshop was a follow-up of a first workshop which took place at Umubano Hotel (see: http://agriprofocus.com/post/591333610b34d90703ab7c78).
After the first workshop, all interested participants were requested to send their concept notes. The Netherlands Embassy staff sat and selected who to invite in the follow-up workshop. AgriProFocus Rwanda facilitated the 2 workshops.
During this second workshop a delegation of RVO staff who came all the way from the Netherlands, gave more in depth presentation of the instruments and in groups per instrument more detailed Q&A and discussion took place. The objective of this workshop being, to seriously engage the participants with a concrete good... Read more
TANZANIA AGRI-INFRA EVENT
The Food Connection Challenge Ghana (FCC), an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and CrossWise Works facilitated by F&BKP and IBA, was launched as a business-led response to post-harvest losses in Ghana. The FAO indeed reports that post-harvest loss amounts up to 30-40% of the total food produced in Ghana, due to poor harvesting, storing and transportation facilities.
In June 2016, After an open application process targeting Ghanian agribusiness SMEs, FCC selected four Ghanaian agribusinesses producing tilapia, pineapple, peanut and groundnut products. Lack of proper storage facilities being one of the main causes of losses in their operations, FCC matched them with Dutch companies offering cold and non-cold storage facilities. Four student teams were involved to adapt the Dutch technologies for scaling in the context of the Ghanaian entrepreneurs.
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:
Le 6 mars, NABC, RVO et WUR organiseront un atelier d'agro logistique sur le Nigeria et le Bénin. Cet atelier portera sur la question des pertes après récolte, des goulots d'étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur ainsi que sur les relations commerciales entre les deux pays. Le but est de découvrir comment la technologie et les solutions néerlandaises peuvent être mises en pratique ici, et si par une mission commerciale dans les deux pays, les membres du secteur privé hollandais seraient intéressés à s'impliquer. S'il vous plaît contacter Daan Vreeburg si vous êtes intéressé.Pour plus d'informations et d'inscription, suivez ce lien.
On March 6th, NABC, RVO, and WUR will be organising an Agro-logistics workshop concerning Nigeria and Benin. This workshop will focus on the issue of post-harvest losses, bottlenecks in the value chain as well as trade relations between the two countries. The goal is to discover how Dutch technology and solutions can be put in practice here, an
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).
Steden: Ho Chi Minh Stad en Hanoi
Wilt u zakendoen in Vietnam of in dit land nieuwe mogelijkheden verkennen? En is uw bedrijf actief in de agro-, tuinbouw- of watersector? Ga dan mee van 19 t/m 23 maart a.s. met de agromissie naar Vietnam onder leiding van Marjolijn Sonnema, DG Agro en Natuur.
De missie richt zich op agro-, tuinbouw en waterkansen in de Vietnamese markt en op de positionering van Nederland als agro-, kennis- en innovatieland.
De missie is gekoppeld aan een regionale conferentie op het gebied van voedselzekerheid die Vietnam in nauwe samenwerking met Nederland, de FAO en de Wereldbank organiseert.
De missie staat open voor bedrijven en kennisinstellingen uit de sectoren agrifood, tuinbouw en water-landbouw nexus.
Het centrale thema is voedselzekerheid met daarbinnen focus op technologie voor vermindering voedselverliezen & voedselverspilling, klima... Read more
Organized by IUCN NL and RVO, in partnership with IFC.
RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, invests heavily in agribusiness in developing countries and emerging markets, and therefore has a great interest in exchanging experiences on investment opportunities, climate smart technologies and challenges in value chain operations. The main objective of the event was that both private sector and IFC bring current and upcoming activities and challe... Read more
Are you a Dutch entrepreneur in the dairy or poultry sector? Join the Dutch trade mission to Zambia! Important part of the mission is to participate in the Holland Pavilion (27-29 April) at the major regional trade fair, the AgriTech Expo Zambia.
Participation in the mission is a great opportunity to introduce companies and organizations in Zambia and the region to Dutch knowledge and technologies in the dairy and poultry industries. Recent market surveys show that there are opportunities in the poultry and dairy sectors for Dutch businesses.
The Dutch Export Combination (NEC) is organizing this mission on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
Holland Pavilion at AgriTech
The Agritech Expo Zambia is a B2B platform for professionals in the agricultural sector. The 3rd edition in 2016 attracted over 17,500 visitors and more than 165 local and international exhibitors.
The Holland Pavilion at the Expo Agritech in Chisamba (about 100 kilometers north of Lusaka) can be used by parti... Read more
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages the Sustainable
Water Fund (FDW) as a public-private partnership for water safety and
water security in developing countries. Projects are collective initiatives
between governmental bodies, industries, and NGOs. The thematic areas
are improved access to drinking water and sanitation (including solid waste);
efficient and sustainable water use, particularly for agriculture; and safe
deltas and improved basin management. The deadline for concept notes
(first round) is 31 December 2016. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS CALL HERE.
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)
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.
In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organised a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Various stakeholders from the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers attended the seminar to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
For those that could not attend, here are the presentations:
Access to Finance for SMEs in Zambia
Roveg Fruit BV - Netherlands (Potential Market)
Private Sector Development Tools: Dutch Support to Promote Bilateral Trade and Cooperation
The Dutch and European Horticulture Markets: Where are the best opportunities?
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs: PUM Nethe
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organizing a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy is inviting experts from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch horticulture produce buyers and the Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The seminar will be attended by various stakeholders such as the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers.
- Business associations or NGOs that work with horticulture producers
- Government or quasi government departments that promote horticulture exports; and
- Private companies tha... Read more
The President of Tanzania Pombe Magufuli John decided last year to omit the trappings of independence day and instead to hold a national "clean up day". At the top the motivation to tackle waste is clearly present, but how widely is that enthusiasm supported? With these and other questions, a delegation of three Dutch experts travels in the week from 5 to 9 September to Dar es Salaam to explore possibilities for cooperation and doing business around waste between the Netherlands and Tanzania. The team consists of Herman Huisman, Rijkswaterstaat Environment; Hans Breukelman, Bread BV and Bert Keesman of MetaSus. The mission is a follow-up to the briefing of RVO and the Dutch Embassy in Tanzania (Eugene Gies) on waste management in Tanzania.
The preliminary impression is that the focus of a possible follow-up program will be initially on public cooperatio... Read more
There is rumor about a new call of the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) . If you do not know any more what FDOV was about, this website of the Dutch RVO tells you all about it (also that it is currently not possible to apply for a FDOV-grant, but, .... there is a rumor)
Mr Anno Galema was one of the people at the ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands who worked intensively on the policy side of the FDOV at the so called PPP Expertise center. He has just started in his new function as First Secretary Food Security & Private Sector Development at the Dutch embassy in Kampala, Uganda.
An interesting interview with him was published April 28, 2016. It's about how the ministry looks at PPPs and role of the public P in the PPP. Read the article Here.
The last FDOV call was in 2014. All AgriProFocus countries were eligible at that time. See for the complete list of eligible countries: LIST
With the links below find an insightful report from the RVO-EKN learning event held on 26-27th January 2016 and a video capturing key lessons.
As a knowledge network, we look forward to hosting more insightful knowledge sharing and experience sharing platforms.
AgriProFocus in Partnership with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands successfully held a two day workshop in Nairobi. The two-day workshop that took place on 26th and 27th January, brought together 67 participants drawn from 22 Dutch funded Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) projects. The main objective was for project partners to meet and network for cross-learning and knowledge sharing on Sustainable Partnerships for Food Security in Kenya.
“Partnership is about people, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank AgriProFocus Kenya for taking up this challenge given to them by the Embassy of the kingdom of Netherlands and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.” Said Dr. Melle Leenstra
Food security has become a very important theme in the developing world that needs to be addressed. Looking at Kenya as a transition country, the Dutch government is looking to shift the approach f... Read more
Appropriate Solutions for Mechanization of Agriculture in Ethiopia /ASMA/ is the project funded by NL Agency Ministry of Foreign Affairs or RVO. TGT is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the project and taking over of the project upon its completion. The mission of the project is building a sustainable and socially responsible business which enables the agri-entrepreneurs to increase their performance by using proven Rumptstad tractors and implements. A Rumptstad tractor is a 2-wheel tractors designed for the African markets are made in the Netherlands. They offer simplicity combined with rugged quality and competitive pricing to provide outstanding performance at low cost.
The Public Private Partnership of the project:
• TGT ENTERPRISE is leading the project and will assemble the RS Tractor platforms and implements and provide a distribution as well as a after sales network.
• Rumpts... Read more