The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.
We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
AgriProFocus Zambia (at SNV Office)
7 Nkanchibaya Road, Rhodes Park
P.O. Box 31771
A tool for responsible business practice among SMEs- The Online Roadmap for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
About the CSR Online Roadmap
The Online CSR Roadmap is a user-friendly online tool to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) in developing a CSR action plan. The Online CSR Roadmap helps understand and break down sustainability issues such as human rights, environmental impact, labour practices, fair operating practices, customer interest, supply chain responsibility, impact on local communities and governance. The overarching goal is to create awareness among SMEs regarding the importance of CSR and create a plan based on their strengths and weaknesses. Companies that complete the tool end up with two concrete outcomes: 1) a CSR action plan enabling them to work on various important CSR aspects, and 2) a communication poster, which helps them to demonstrate their CSR performance and ambitions to their stakeholders.
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SNV-Netherlands Development Organization is the lead organization in the implementation of the Inclusive Business in Sunflower Value Chain project with a consortium pf partners namely, Mbeya Sunflower Oil Processors Association(MBESOPA), Jackson Group, Women Poverty Alleviation in Tanzania ( WOPATA) and AgriProFocus Tanzania.
The role of AgriProFocus in the project is to take lead on integrating a gender perspective in the sunflower value chain development. Consequently, AgriProFocus is currently seeking to hire a consultant to carry out an in-depth Sunflower Gender Value Chain analysis aimed at highlighting the specific roles of men and women throughout the value chain, and identify opportunities and challenges to balancing benefits in this chain between men and women.
Summary of the Assignment
Gender in Value chain Analysis
The AgriProFocus network is working on developing business solutions for improving nutrition through learning platforms in 2017. Through these platforms, the network seeks to identify the gaps and opportunities in the agri-food and nutrition sector that can be addressed through agribusiness solutions. In February 2017, AgriProFocus conducted District Nutrition Learning Platforms in Chinsali and Isoka districts of Zambia. AgriProFocus is now organising a National Nutrition Learning Platform as a follow-up to the district platform meetings.
In order to identify the gaps and opportunities in the agri-food and nutrition sector, AgriProFocus will appreciate your contributions to the following questions;
1. Where do you see opportunities in the nutrition agribusiness sector?
2. Do you know of any companies/organisations or individuals who should attend the National Nutrition Learning Platform?
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Link / Lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-01/
- Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems
- Stakeholder perceptions & future outlook of Food & Business Knowledge Platform
- Potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa
- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)
- ARF Country workshop in Uganda
- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa
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There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems.
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Innovations Against Poverty challenges the private sector to develop products, services and business models that can contribute to the fight against poverty and climate change.
Through our advisory and non-reimbursable funding, we support innovative Inclusive Business models that deliver developmental benefits for the low income population in both rural and urban areas, while being commercially viable.
The program is designed for companies which are operational or plan to enter the market (with a local partner in case of foreign companies) in the following sectors: ICT (Cambodia), Energy (Ethiopia), WASH (Uganda) and Agriculture and Food (Zambia)
IAP provides advisory support and non-reimbursable funding for up to 49% of the total investment to selected projects through competitive open calls for proposals.
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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
NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development has joined forces with seven Dutch research organisations to make funding available for use-inspired research tackling global challenges to the benefit of the most vulnerable people in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Applications can be submitted by a senior researcher at one of the seven co-funding Dutch research organisations (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, UNESCO-IHE, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam, Wageningen University & Research).
The main applicant must collaborate in a consortium executing the project and consisting of at least: one of the co-funding Dutch research organisations, and; one research organisation or practitioner organisation located in the Low and Middle Income Country (ies) that t is (are) targeted.
Members of this platfo... Read more
I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the w... Read more
The Irrigation Development Support Project (IDSP), an initiative of the Government of Zambia financed by the World Bank, will finance and establish irrigated farming developments at multiple sites in Zambia. A procurement process has now begun to select an irrigation manager and commercial farm investor for three priority sites in Chirundu, Mulfira and Chisamba districts.
Read more here , also for contacts at IDSP
Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a leading global supplier of production equipment and processing lines for the grain processing and compound feed industry.
Founded in 1909, Ottevanger Milling Engineers is today still an independent, privately owned, successful Dutch company, managed by the fourth generation of the Ottevanger family.
At our modern and well-equipped manufacturing facilities in Aalten and Moerkapelle in the Netherlands, Ottevanger designs and produces a comprehensive range of process equipment incorporating to the latest standards and techniques.
Our expertise lies in; engineering, production and installation of machinery and complete installations in the dry-cereal and grain processing industry such as:
• Feed mills
• Premix and concentrate plants
• Aqua feed and Pet food installations
• Cereal processing lines
• Biomass installations
We continuously support and create solutions for our partners in their effort of producing the best result in their local environment. Th... Read more
Hi everyone. My name is Tonderai from Zimbabwe. I am a trained Agriculturist from Blackfordby College of Agriculture. I am hoping to learn more from you all and also to further my career. Currently I am managing my fathers small plot doing cattle, pigs, goats and maize. I am also looking for partners since in my 5 year developmental plan for the plot, I want to install an irrigation system for enablement of serious horticulture. Feel free to contact me on +263772662270. Kind regards
Deadline: 30th April 2017
I'm glad to invite you to apply for - ICT for Social Good - a grant for creative ideas, using digital technology for social aims.
If you are a local innovator, using ICTs for facing social issues with a bottom-up approach, you probably are the right person to apply!
In order to apply for the Grant, developing a new technology is not necessary. You only have to provide the use of an existing technology - in one of the geographical areas as specified in the guidelines: http://ictforsocialgood.org/en/
Food security, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and citizen activism are the central themes of the Grant. Any initiative regarding these sectors promoted by any local entities (association, cooperative, NGO, small and medium enterprises) with the support of ICTs will be more than welcome. All the projects, including those that won’t reach the final selection, will be presented o... Read more
Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practical, cost-effective actions that agricultural producers can take to conserve water and reduce the amount of pesticides, fertilizers, animal waste and other pollutants entering our water resources. BMPs are designed to benefit water quality and water conservation while maintaining or even enhancing agricultural production.
Typical practices include:
Implementing BMPs benefits both the farmer and the... Read more
In 2015, the University of Zambia, together with five partner organizations, started a project on Zambian traditional non-alcoholic fermented foods. Mabisi (based on milk) and Munkoyo (based on cereal) were chosen for the study. These products are formed through the activity of fermenting microbes that convert raw materials into products with higher value. The aims of the study are to formalise current artisanal processing practice based on a best practice of current local house hold level processing and to design starter cultures of defined mixtures of bacteria to optimize and standardize the fermentation process.
Local farmer cooperatives as focal groups as owners of the tradition. Local farmers and their cooperatives and organisations are involved in our project as key stakeholders.... Read more
€ 25.000 for the best climate business cases
The MoMo challenge 2017 has been launched! Also this year, organisations and companies that have an innovative business case focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country can compete to receive € 25.000 seed finance for further developing their business case. Project proposals can be submitted on-line through this link. This round closes on 1 April.
MoMo is looking for promising projects that fulfill the following criteria:
* The project is focused on the clean tech, food, agro, or water sector
* The project’s intervention is aimed at a developing country
* The project contains the involvement of at least one Dutch organization
* The project is realistic and actionable
* The project is concrete and has potential for up-scaling
The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ cal... Read more
The Dutch private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls for fresh proposals. MoMo is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate mitigation or adaptation programs. The challenge is to send a proposal that can attract private investors.
MoMo4Climate tests your business case through a panel of financial experts, offers advice to make your case more investable, and awards support to the most promising ideas. This year, the two best proposals of the challenge stand to win € 25,000 to further develop their business cases.
The Dutch Good Growth Fund will consider what proposals could be eligible for in-kind or financial assistance in technical support, capacity training or business case development.
In 2017, there will again be three calls for initiatives that involve a private sector company or financier in the Netherlands that proposes a climate interventi
AgriProFocus Zambia's Gender Trajectory has welcomed it's fourth cohort in 2017! We kicked off this nine-month trajectory with a three-day workshop and participants from SNV, the Cotton Association of Zambia, the Dairy Association of Zambia and a new gender coach, Mr. Knox Kalubi. The aim of this workshop was to equip the participants with the knowledge, skills and tools on how to mainstream gender in their work and activities. It was an eventful three days as participants experienced an enlightenment in their perspective of gender and it's application in value chain development. Click here to read more about the kick-off workshop and the journey our participants and coach will be embarking on! Also for a more visual effect, follow this link to check out pictures on our Facebook page. For any questions and information on how you can take part in our Gender in Value Chains Trajectory, don't hesitate to email Maumo Mubila on: email@example.com&n... Read more
Ghanaian agri-tech startup Landmapp, which enables smallholder farmers to document and protect their land holdings, has raised an undisclosed funding round from Omidyar Network to help it grow its customer base.