Making Agribusiness Work for Development

moderated by Anne Marie Kortleve

Why AgriProFocus?

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:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 April 2018 at 11:57

Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO present ‘Critical Capital’ at foodFIRST

The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. 

Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.

African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a gradu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 April 2018 at 09:45

The 1st Dairy MSP meeting 2018 held at AgriProFocus Uganda

The 1st dairy multi-stakeholder platform meeting successfully convened at the AgriProFocus office in Kampala attracting a total of 12 participants. Of which, 5 were female and 7 male, including regional representatives from Mbarara, Sheema and Kiruhura Districts.

The purpose of the planning meeting was to review the progress made in 2017 and to set priorities for 2018. 

Among the emerging issues discussed during the meeting was the recognition of the Competition law which is highly affecting dairy farmers who are advocating for a voice to combat the volatile market.

Contributing to the discussion was MOFPED representative Mayers Asiimwe who pledged support of the Ministry to the dairy MSP. 

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is willing to support the registration of the dairy MSP so that it is able to execute it’s mandate, Mayers Asiimwe told the convened meeting.

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Posted By in Améliorer vos performances
Posted 25 April 2018 at 08:16


La mini-foire agricole est un espace offert aux entrepreneurs agricoles pour rendre visible leurs produits et par conséquent augmenter leur chiffre d’affaires. L’édition passée a accueilli vingt-deux (22) exposants de produits et services locaux novateurs.

Parmi les exposants, on note que 81,81 % des exposants ont comme activité principale la transformation agroalimentaire (jus de fruits, purée de tomate et piment, farine infantile, gari amélioré, huile, lait de soja, etc.), 4% la production agricole (oeufs, viande de volaille, fruits et légumes, poisson, etc.) et 14% autres activités principales (Accompagnement au développement des entreprises, emballage papier et Production et commercialisation d'instants bio). Tous les exposants sont originaires du Bénin et sont répartis sur l’étendue du territoire national comme suit : 50% des entreprises sont localisés à Cotonou, 22,7% à Abomey-Calavi, 9% à Allada, 4,5%

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Posted By in PAINT for Youth
Posted 19 April 2018 at 08:18

First PAINT-Y Expo planned in 2018! 

The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months. 

The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support. 


The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.

What to expect at the Expo 

> An entrepreneur Showcase

>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks

  for young agri-entrepreneurs. 

>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.

Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event. 

patience pande Lovely! Looking forward to the event👍

6 months 20 hours ago

Lwanda Keya Thanks so much for the initiative! Pls keep us posted on the dates and venue. 

6 months 3 hours ago

Dorina Prech Many thanks Patience and Lwanda. We shall keep you posted on this page on the event. 

6 months 2 hours ago

Ismail Bakundana Yello how do we register 

4 months 3 weeks ago

Ismail Bakundana Two we want to exhibit our products shall we be allowed 0704313059

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Feeding the Mega Cities of Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  23 June 2018, All Day Event
  ILRI, Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:

• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.

• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).

• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 

• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.

To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.

To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 April 2018 at 07:04

Accenten in het voedselbeleid voor de komende jaren - Nederland

Nieuwe beleidsbrief Ministerie Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit en Ministerie VWS

Het Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit heeft gisteren een beleidsbrief ‘Accenten in het voedselbeleid voor de komende jaren’ naar de Tweede Kamer gestuurd, die daarover op 19 april in een AO debatteert. De brief is ondertekend door de minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit (LNV) en de staatssecretaris van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport (VWS), mede namens de minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (BHOS) en de minister van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK).

De beleidsbrief is te vinden via deze link:

Enkele fragmenten, vooral uit actielijn 5. Nederlands voedselbeleid in mondiale en Europese context (svp in samenhang met hele brief lezen):

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 16 April 2018 at 08:51

Magazine Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity

Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector. 

This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.

This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!

You can find the online version of the magazine HERE

Mugisha Richard Thank you very much Caroline for sharing the Magzine. 

6 months 6 days ago

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 13 April 2018 at 01:04

Vacancy Announcement: Country Network Facilitator at AgriProFocus Rwanda

Deadline: April 22, 2018

Specification of the Job

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch Roots representing agri-entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agribusiness sector. We are active in 13 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, and link 25,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. AgriProFocus network in Rwanda has been active in since 2010 and hosted by ICCO Cooperation Organization in Rwanda. It is supported by the AgriProFocus Netherlands secretariat.

AgriProFocus offers concrete network building, Linking, Learning and Leadership solutions to identify opportunities and address challenges in the agribusiness sector. Through network building, AgriProFocus creates a culture of collaboration for sharing information, opportunities, challenges and exploring potential for joint action. The Linking solutio

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Maktunu Brian Wish you well

6 months 6 hours ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness, Myanmar
Posted 12 April 2018 at 08:31

Myanmar youth present innovative business ideas at Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase event

On Friday, April 6, we successfully hosted the Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase Event in Nay Pyi Taw. The Showcase event was the closing of the Agrifood Bootcamp. 5 groups of highly talented Myanmar youth impressed the audience and the highlevel jury with their innovative business solutions for agrifood challenges in Myanmar.

An exciting training program

The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project organized by AgriProFocus Myanmar in collaboration with the Dutch agribusiness companies and organizations De Heus, East West Seed, Agriterra, Fresh Studio and ICCO Cooperation. Together, we supported Myanmar youth between 18 and 35 to participate in an exciting week long training program from April 2 to 6. We selected a talented and extremely motivated group of 40 participants with diverse backgrounds: Students from 5 different universities, young professionals and agri-entrepreneurs.

They learned about the daily affairs of agr

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Kay Thwe Moe - Thanks a lot

6 months 1 week ago

Mugisha Richard Waoo! this is great news. Congratulations Myanmar

6 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 April 2018 at 08:54

Personil Baru AgriProFocus Indonesia

Hai para anggota jaringan AgriProFocus Indonesia,

Kami di sekretariat sedang bergembira karena mulai April 2018, Gigay Citta Acikgenc, atau biasa disapa Gea, bergabung dengan AgriProFocus Indonesia sebagai Network Support Officer. Gea akan memoderatori platform online ini, membantu Anda semua agar saling terhubung, berbagi pembelajaran dan informasi agar jaringan ini semakin berkembang.

Selain berpengalaman di bidang komunikasi, pengembangan komunitas, dan organisasi acara, Gea juga memiliki minat yang sangat besar untuk berkontribusi pada sektor pembangunan. Gea dapat dihubungi di atau +62 812 1250 3496.

Selamat datang, Gea!


AgriProFocus Indonesia New Personnel

Dear AgriProFocus Indonesia members,

We are happy to announce that starting from April 2018, Ms. Gigay Citta Acikgenc (Gea), will work at AgriProFocus Indonesia secretariat as Network Support Officer. Gea is the moderator of this platform from now on and she will help members c

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Sitti Aminah welcome gea

6 months 1 week ago

Daoulata MAIGA Welcome Gea !

6 months 1 week ago

Annisa Anindita Selamat datang, Gea! (:

6 months 4 days ago

Harry Irawan Siip

4 months 4 weeks ago

Abdul Wahab halo

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 9 April 2018 at 10:55

Climate Smart Agriculture

The last half we worked together with the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) and the Netherlands Enterprise agency (RVO) on a scoping study  on innovations related to Climate Smart Agriculture. In principle with a focus on South Africa, however applicable to all countries who face  server challenges. The result is interesting for parties who want to use climate adaptation and mitigation technologies (such as drought resistant plant varieties, use of water efficient instruments, soil improvement, use of inputs, solare power for water production, early warning systems) in the primary agricultural area.

A report  can be downloaded via: and and addendum was published after a succesful workshop held in January'18 after which also an addendum was published:   

In case you are interested in a little booklet with 25 innovations of Dutch businesses drop a short email to Mrs. K. van den B

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Posted By in Pertes post-recoltes
Posted 9 April 2018 at 10:18

Food Connection Challenge, une opportunité de 13.000.000 FCFA à gagner !

Acteurs des chaînes de valeur agricoles (Vendeurs, distributeurs, transporteurs, transformateurs, producteurs) ayant une réflexion pour réduire les pertes poste récoltes dans une logique de viabilité économique ; inscrivez-vous avant le 18 Mai 2018 via la page pour soumettre vos idées. BoP InC vous accompagnera dans le plan de réalisation.

Pour accéder au formulaire d'inscription, cliquez sur le lien ci-après :

Ensemble disons Non aux pertes poste récoltes !

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 03:46

AgriProFocus members' response to Dutch policy consultation! 

In reaction to the online consultation for the upcoming policy Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

On February 22, 2018 the newly installed Dutch Rutte-III government opened an online civil consultation to feed into its upcoming policy brief that will guide Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (FT&DC) in the coming years.

All (inter)national partners active in this field were warmly invited by Minister Kaag to share their ideas and knowledge. In particular civil society organizations, enterprises and related sector organizations operating in Dutch partner countries, cities and regions with international ambitions and knowledge institutes are invited.

AgriProFocus members have provided their input:

- Jointly, the AgriProFocus policy working group developed a clear set of recommendations for Dutch policy. This will be the basis for dialogue with the Ministries and other stakeholders in the coming months. https:/

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 07:59

REGISTER NOW - Network Day 2018 - PUSH YOUR LUCK!  

Friday April 13th an unlucky day? Not if you join our first Network Day of 2018. This afternoon will be filled with inspiring sessions, creative journeys and unexpected networking opportunities; experience what the AgriProFocus network has to offer!


13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPF

Speaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR
Mr. Post Harvest Loss himself will spark our conversation on recurring food losses.

Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gender

14.15 - 16.15 - MAKE IT MATTER - GENDER

Is addressing gender issues just a checkbox or can it be a key driving force for social and business development in agriculture? How can you practically integrate gender in your work and profit from it? Join us in finding the answers. During the session our members KIT, Oxfam Novib and RVO will present an interesting case related to gender in value chains. During round tables yo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 April 2018 at 11:15

Beweging in het FDOV dossier?

Zit er beweging in het FDOV dossier? Iedereen snakt naar nieuws over FDOV editie III.

Is er nieuws? Geruchten zat en ik word geregeld gevraagd waarom AgriProFocus toch niets weet.

Vorige week sijpelde er wat nieuws door: er zit schot in FDOV! Het FDOV-dossier is langs de DG, goedgekeurd en naar minister Kaag gestuurd.

Over timing van publicatie wordt voorlopig niet meer gezegd dan dat met hoopt dat dat voor eind 2018 zal gebeuren. Er liggen nog andere, gerelateerde zaken op het bureau van de minister zoals de nota BHOS. Het nieuwe FDOV dient te passen in de kaders die daarin gesteld gaan worden.

Ik houd u op de hoogte, en als u wat hoort deel het en laat het me weten!


Movement in the FDOV file?

Is there movement in the FDOV file? Everyone craves for news about FDOV edition III.

There were rumors and I am regularly asked why AgriProFocus does not know anything. 

Well, is there news? Last week some news seeped through about FDOV: things are moving! Th

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AgriFood Bootcamp Network Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  03 April 2018, 09:00-11:30
  Hle Gu (CARTC)

Are you a private sector AgriFood company or value chain initiate in Myanmar? Would you like to meet the new young talents in the agricultural sector in Myanmar and hear their fresh ideas to solve agricultural challenges? Join the Agrifood Bootcamp Network event on Tuesday, April 3 and pitch your company or organization to the 40 selected Myanmar students and young professionals participating in the Agrifood Bootcamp.

We will organize pitches, speed dating sessions and an information market to facilitate exchange.

 We would like to invite you to present your company at the Network Event.

Please confirm your attendance before March 26 by sending an email to Thaint Yadanar Zaw:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 March 2018 at 10:26

Brief moment with

Mahalet Zewdineh, PUM Country Representative 

"The AgriProFocus network is an ideal platform to disseminate PUMs program to SMEs"

Could you introduce yourself and PUM to the AgriProFocus network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Mahalet Zewdineh, one of the local PUM Representatives in Ethiopia. PUM is a non-profit organization that is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main objective of PUM is to provide technical assistance to SMEs in developing countries. It has been doing this for 40 years now and has assisted more than 40,000 organizations worldwide.

Could you share the big achievements of PUM in Ethiopia?

PUM believes that capital Investment alone is not sufficient for companies to become competitive. Expert know-how is a very necessary ingredient in order to improve their operations and compete in today's global market place. Technical Assistance is provided through PUM Experts that have more than 30 years of experience in the

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Wim Goris thanks for highlighting the PUM rep in Ethiopia. I recommend they create their own profile on the Ethiopia pages with their contact details for easy reference. 

7 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 March 2018 at 08:46

Meet the winners of "Best Innovative Small Scale Projects" Competition in 2018

On 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28th February, World Vision Rwanda in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe district organized a competition of "Best Innovative Small Scale projects in 2018". The competition was held in Nyamagabe district of Southern Province of Rwanda.

One of the World Vision’s missions is to facilitate the increased capacity of creating new jobs responding to economic issues and thereby increasing livelihood resilience. It is in this regard that World Vision Rwanda (Nyungwe Cluster) in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe district has organized this competition of the best innovative small scale projects to evaluate, support and promote innovative projects in the area. This competition was attended by 22 people from farmer cooperatives, associations, individuals.

During the four days of the competition, selection was done at the sector level and the winners were advis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2018 at 09:26

New study challenges funds and governments to invest in African agrifood SMEs

Today Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus, Food & Business Knowledge Platform and ICCO Cooperation publish the study ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. The study evaluates the access of risk capital by agrifood SMEs (small and medium enterprises). SMEs are key for establishing sustainable food systems, while at the same time face difficulties to access capital.

Offer agrifood SMEs an assortment of services

The study focuses on agrifood SMEs that form the ‘missing middle’: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. A major conclusion is that there are very few investment funds that meet the financing needs of agrifood SMEs, that are usually under 250.000 USD and rarely higher than 1M USD. Such smaller investments are tedious and costly for investment funds, even for those set up with the explicit goal to stimulate the development of the agrifood sector.

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Endale Hailu it is vert great updating and boost us to strive more in altering our life!!!

7 months 3 weeks ago

Onesmo Kenneth This is very helpful

7 months 2 weeks ago

GOOD JOEL well this is great and i like it 

7 months 6 days ago



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 April 2018, 13:00-18:00
  Social Impact Factory - Utrecht

Friday April 13th an unlucky day? Not if you join our first Network Day of 2018. This afternoon will be filled with inspiring sessions, creative journeys and unexpected networking opportunities; experience what the AgriProFocus network has to offer! 


13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPF

Speaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR 
Mr. Post Harvest Loss himself will spark our conversation on recurring food losses. 

Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gende

14.15 - 16.15 GENDER - MAKE IT HAPPEN
KIT - Oxfam Novib - Van Hall Larenstein - Fair & Sustainable Consulting - Food & Business Knowledge Platform
Is addressing gender issues just a checkbox or can it be a key driving force for social and business development in agriculture? How can you practically integrate gender in your work and profit from it? Join us in finding the answers. During the session our members KIT, Oxfam Novib and RVO will present an interest

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