Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.
AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.
Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.
Latest developments in the network:
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AgriProFocus in samenwerking met het YEP Water programmabureau en het Food & Business Knowledge Platform zoeken een senior voor de functies:
AgriProFocus Agrofood networkfacilitator & YEP Agrofood projectmanager
(36 uur per week)
AgriProFocus faciliteert landennetwerken in opkomende markten en ontwikkelingslanden met het doel boerenondernemers en hun organisaties te versterken door samenwerking tussen boeren en markten, verwerkers, kennishouders en banken. De lokale netwerken van AgriProFocus in 13 landen zorgen ervoor dat professionals elkaar online en face-to-face kunnen ontmoeten en dat alle schakels van de keten samen kunnen komen.
AgriProFocus zoekt voor 20 uur per week een Agrofood netwerk-facilitator die vraag en aanbod aangaande kennis, kunde en partnerschappen komende uit de AgriProFocus landennetwerken kan verbinden met Nederlandse en internationale Agrofood bedrijven.
Het Young Expert Programme Agrofood (YEP Agrofood) wil de professionaliteit en exp... Read more
Celebrating Horticulture Program Experiences
AgriProFocus Kenya in collaboration with Solidaridad, HIVOS and SNV brought together the Horticulture sector stakeholders to a dissemination forum on the Horticulture and Food Security Program (HFSP) on the 19th February 2015 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi.
HFSP was a 3 year program implemented by Solidaridad (Lead), SNV and Hivos. The program was funded by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. AgriProFocus took the lead in the knowledge management component of the program. The program took the model of PPP and involved various private sector companies and farmer groups.
The aim of the dissemination forum was to share experiences, successes and challenges of the HFSP program. AgriProFocus on behalf of the program had compiled publications as well as audio visual materials documenting experiences within the program. The materials were unveiled by the Ambassador Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya H.E Joost Reinjtes. "At... Read more
AgriProFocus Ethiopia, with ABSF and CiC, organized its first Business Drinks event yesterday at Black Rose Lounge. Some sixty members attend the event, and not only got the opportunity to broaden their respective network but also created new business relations with fellow members.
Members from a variety of background, ranging from agronomists, business development experts, entrepreneurs, consultants, producers, processors, suppliers, exporters, innovators, market researchers, as well as development workers happened to be in one place not just to meet and greet, but to learn what others have and to offer theirs.
Apart from allowing an informal introduction and discussion among members, the event also included a two minutes pitch where anyone interested can tell to all people what he/she has, offers or needs. In this part of the event nine members stand at the center and used the opportunity to introduce the product and services, as well as new innovations... Read more
ICCO Cooperation, which manages the FSRE Fund on behalf of AgriProFocus Ethiopia, announced nine (9) proposals that win the third call under the Innovation window.
As reported previously, 139 concept notes were submitted for this third call, and going through detailed selection process 20 of them were shortlisted. Today, nine (9) full proposals with respective value chains are announced as winners.
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) is financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Ethiopia. The Fund has two Windows: Matching Grant Funding (MGF) and Innovation Fund (IF). Under each window two Calls were out and in total 34 Projects from various sectors are being supported.
The value chain focus of this third call Innovation Fund is Horticulture, Potatoes, Poultry and Aquaculture (fish farming). Among the nine winner proposals four of them are on poultry, two on potato, one on aquaculture, one on horticu... Read more
The majority of the Rwandan population shares the same profession: farming. Most of these farmers lack access to financial services that could help them to develop their profession, buy the seeds, fertilizers, adopt new technologies, etc. This was the key concern of the recent "High Level Consultation Meeting on Access to Agricultural Finance" that took place at Top Tower Hotel on Friday, 13rd February 2015.
The meeting brought together 23 people mainly from financial institutions but also from NGOs and Government institutions. These people discussed together what can be achieved through the AgriProFocus network that could contribute to more access to finance by farmers while achieving each organization’s goals.
Yes Agriculture is often perceived as much riskier than other sectors, particularly by financial institutions but in the meeting it was proven that sometimes these financial institutions lack expertise on agriculture.
During... Read more
As we are preparing our annual report of what the AgriProFocus network achieved last year we are looking add the enormous amount of positive feedback and recommendations we received on our appreciation and results survey.
For the third year in a row a growing number has shared their view and how they have benefitted (or not). Over 1600 respondents provided feedback (twice the number of the previous year).
Thanks to all who have taken the time to fill out the survey. With between 5 and 10 minutes to do the survey this is between 15 and 30 hours of your time!
Find attached a small resume of the data we collected. Our main conclusions are:
- Your continued strong response rate on survey shows strong commitment to the AgriProFocus network.
- Network services and relevance network are rated high and even better than in 2013. 3.3 on a scale of 4. Finance fairs, online platform and innovation communities are delivering clear benefits to network stakeholders.
- Benefits are also
Dutch breweries investing in Ethiopia
The Dutch news programme ‘Nieuwsuur’ of Saturday 31st January included an item on Dutch breweries’ investments in Ethiopia. (most text in Dutch, though some English and Amharic)"The project is exactly what the Dutch government wants: combining trade and aid” says one interviewee.
The programme shows the new Ethiopian breweries of Heineken and Bavaria. Ethiopia is a grow market for beer; the two companies have the ambition to contribute to a higher beer consumption per capita. Different stakeholders are interviewed: representatives of the two companies, a representative of ICCO, a representative of the Dutch Embassy (Mr Hans van de Heuvel). The Embassy expects the investments to contribute to food security, generating income for farmers.
In my opinion, the programme could have been more informative if it had addressed challenging issues such as whether barley production com
I can say I am inborn agriculturalist:) with a very good understanding of the rural context. I was born and grown up in rural area. Though I am not an agriculturalist by profession, I am very passiona... Read more
The new hub looks superb and looking forward to continue to have very positive links, discussions, contributions and meet ups which can be very beneficial. Through the hub my company managed to successfully get linked to an international investor. The experience was so empowering, got a lot of expert advise all the way step by step. Working through the hub has opened my understanding of many process of working with the communities at local and internationally creating successful value chains. It has been been very eye opening for me to even innovatively develop tools that apply to my immediate environment whilst fitting in the global environment.
I encourage all to positively participate, share and ask for any advise to make a better future for all globally.
I also give gratitude to all that have been supportive through online platform and during the gatherings all around the world i have had opportunity to be part.
In June 2011, during the conference organized by Making Finance Work Africa (MFW4A) Principles were established and agreement was reached on a common set of policy principles to improve agricultural finance in Africa. One of the conference outcomes is the synthesis report “Agricultural Finance Policy Coordination in Africa – lessons from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Morocco and Zambia”. The outcomes of the five country case‑studies work, undertaken for the Agricultural Finance Stakeholder Working Group (AFSWG), will enable country-level stakeholders to take well-informed decisions and action, to strengthen policy and its coordination through either existing or new agricultural finance policy coordinating bodies, and to provide the relevant background and orientation to the AFSWG for the advocacy/implementation phase envisaged in its scope of work. Read the full report here.
FSRE Fund Recipients Receiving Training
On Marketing and Contract Farming
On 27th and 28th January, the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) recipient organizations are receiving a training on Marketing and Contract Farming at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.
As the Fund Manager, Desta Damena, from ICCO Cooperation, spoke at the beginning of today’s session, it has been recognized that most of the recipients are facing marketing challenges in their respective value-chains. Moreover, a significant number of them are also with out-growers. Hence, the objective of the training is to support the organization in overcoming the market challenges they are facing and in enhancing their involvement with smallholder farmers in connection with contract farming.
Accordingly, the topic of the first day training was marketing, and Ayalew Abebe, Market Development Expert, explained various technics and methods of marketing for the participants. In the afternoon, all the particip... Read more
Launching the Book on Farm-Firm relations
On the 23rd January
2015, a new book: “It takes two to trade- A tool for understanding and improving farmer–firm relations in Africa” written by experts from CDI/WUR, KIT and AgriProFocus, was launched at Umubano Hotel. Hedwig Bruggeman, managing director of AgriProFocus, was proud to officially hand over the first book to the Minister of State for Agriculture of Rwanda (see picture).
‘It takes 2-2-Trade’
(formerly known as 2-2 tango) is a tool for the assessment and improvement of
farmer-firm relations. 2-2-Trade focuses on bringing the most important
perceived strengths and weaknesses of the relation between farmers and firms to
the surface, by letting both groups score their perceptions on a number of
The tool will become available online very soon. For more info you can check: agriprofocus.com/two-to-trade
Full article can be found here: http://agrifoprwa.org/?p=1999
A big part of the AgriProFocus team is gathering in Gisenyi, Rwanda. We discuss many important topics for our network. Yesterday we discussed one of our global themes: access to finance for agri-preneurs. All our country networks are working on this topic, for example by organising Finance Fairs. If you want to know more, visit our global Finance page.
Our colleague Nicole Metz presented the Food and Business Knowledge Platform. The Food and Business Knowledge Platform is one of the five Knowledge Platforms initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There is one platform for each of the main themes of Dutch development policy. Food security, the theme of the F&BKP, is one of them. Nicole explained the Applied Research Fund, this fund provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. All research is jointly con... Read more
The AgriProFocus team has arrived in Rwanda! A full week of exchanging experiences, learning from eachother, making plans for the future, launching our new 2-2-trade book and many more things!
For now we proudly present to you our Core Group, from old to newest colleagues. Starting with Hedwig Bruggeman, our managing director, who was at the start of AgriProFocus almost 10 years ago, to our newest colleague Rolf Schinkel, Network Facilitator for Burundi, DRC and Uganda, who joined us only 2 weeks ago :)
From January 19th until the 23th a big part of the AgriProFocus team will come together in Gisenyi, Rwanda for our annual meeting! We have a lot to discuss: what are our plans for this year (exchange on our Annual Plans), what is our business plan for the future, sharing our success stories, how do we engage more with our members, how to further develop the online platformetc.
Colleagues from 11 African countries and Indonesia will join, including staff from the Support Office in Arnhem. A special moment!
During the week, we will update you,our online members, with the progress made.
A Network Day that Served
Ethiopia Annual Network Day
Today, Agri-ProFocus Ethiopia successfully organized the 2014 Annual Network Day which happens to be exactly the name indicates. Over 100 members of Agri-ProFocus Ethiopia gathered at Ghion Hotel, Addis Ababa, to share what they have and to learn what their co-members have been doing, and “this, we should have more often” was the common saying of the day.
Report - AgriProFocus Expert Meeting on Sustainable Agriculture & Value Chains
Now available on this website: the final report of the AgriProFocus Expert meeting “Vision 2030: Making current approaches work for sustainable agriculture. How can agro-ecology and other approaches support farmers to feed the world sustainably by 2030?”
During the meeting, participants shared a sense of urgency to support the further greening of agriculture in the context of the combined global food, environmental and climate challenges. It became clear that different approaches to greening agriculture (agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, the landscape approach, etc.) all have their merits. Greening of agriculture needs a multi-scale and multi-stakeholder approach in which public sector, civil society, companies and knowledge institutions all have a role to play, with a special focus on entrepreneurial farmers producing for local and regional food markets. Whereas producers, consumers and other pr... Read more