As a network, AgriProFocus is a neutral convener, bringing together agripreneurs, private sector companies, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and governments together around specific questions, issues and opportunities. We organise ánd facilitate the place for members to meet and work, learn and influence together. Our diverse membership base and presence in both The Netherlands and in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia offers unique opportunities for cross-boundary exchange. This online agribusiness platform with over 25000 registered agribusiness professionals facilitates easy access to relevant information and provides all our members with visibility and outreach within the network and beyond. The dedicated AgriProFocus staff is your navigator in the network, helping you find the right partners and the right information and build a strong culture of collaboration.
We do this by:
Creating a collaborative culture by sharing information, opportunities, challenges and lessons learned and explore potential for joint action.
Creating and facilitating the partnerships for different stakeholder to start working together
Creating and facilitating the learning environment for different stakeholders to learn from and with each other
Creating and facilitating the space for different stakeholders to jointly set and influence the agenda
Latest developments in the network:
Wat is er gebeurd sinds de Participantenraad van november 2016, waar staat ons netwerk nu en wat biedt de toekomst? Tijdens deze middag kijken we daar graag samen met onze leden naar!
Ruben van Wendel de Joode inspireerde ons tijdens de strategiedagen in Doorn al met zijn visie op netwerken. Hij zal deze keer ingaan op de dos and don’ts van samen een netwerk vormen. Daarna gaan we met elkaar het gesprek aan en gaan we in groepen de thema's WIE, WAT of WAAR bespreken.
WIE - Wie kent het netwerk? Hoe zorgen we dat AgriProFocus meer 'top of mind' wordt binnen jouw organisatie? En hoe zorgen we voor meer visibility van jouw organisatie binnen ons netwerk?
WAT - Wat moeten we doen om voedselzekerheid op de beleidsagenda te houden? Opvolging van het Aid & Trade event van 21 maart
WAAR - Waar moet AgriProFocus als netwerk opereren? Wat is de focus en waarom? Hoe leggen we een sterkere verbinding tussen de landen netwerken en Nederland?
Voordat we starten met dit onderdeel worden h... Read more
Given the potential of the agriculture sector, with particular attention to the small scale farmers on whom the sector's and the continent's economic transformation is premised, investments that empower farmers can help reduce poverty five times more than any other economic sector.
As AgriProFocus, we are committed to bring technology and information closer to the farmer. To this regard, AgriProFocus collaborated with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Netherlands Export Combination and hosted 18 Dutch companies and knowledge institutions active in dairy and poultry at the 4th Agritech Expo in Zambia. The Dutch agricultural companies exhibited their products and were also present to provide information. It was an interesting 3 days program of learning about new technologies and linking.
The Holland Pavilion saw a thousand of farmers dedicated to acquiring expert knowledge in the sector. The government of the republic of Zamb... Read more
We are officially opening our new office in Utrecht on Thursday May 18th!
You are more than welcome to have a look at our new office and raise a glass with all of us from 17.00 - 19.00 hrs.
For more vlogs on our Dutch partnership, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership
Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!
The Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda, is organising a half day dutch financial instruments awareness workshop that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 04th May 2017.
Dutch financial instruments which will be introduced are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop is to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.
Which DUTCH financial Instrument will be shared in the workshops?
Facility for sustainable entrepreneurship and food security (FDOV)
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)
Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility (G4AW)
Dutch Good Growth Fund
Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE)
Develop to Build (D2B)
For more information on these instruments, read the attached document
L’hôtel source du Nil de Bujumbura a abrité en date du 19,20 et 21 avril la 1ère édition de la semaine de promotion de l’agroalimentaire. Cet événement avait pour objectif de mettre au-devant de la scène les produits transformés à partir de la production agricole, de les faire connaitre et adopté par les consommateurs. L’événement était subdivisé en 2 grandes parties à savoir un espace réservé aux débats sur différents thèmes et un marché pour l’exposition-vente de ces produits.
Cette semaine de promotion a été lancé officiellement lancé par Monsieur NKUNZUMWAMI Aimable, l’Assistant du Ministre du Commerce, de l’Industrie et du Tourisme qui a parrainé l’événement.
Cette 1ère édition a été organisée par AgriProFocus en collaboration avec l’Interprofession des Fruits du Burundi (IPFB), l’ONG ICCO Coopération, CHRISTIAN Aid, L’Association des Femmes Entrepr... Read more
On 19 April 2017, AgriProFocus organized an exciting event where major stakeholders that have close relation with the topic of contract farming come together to attend an interesting panel discussion and to raise questions to practitioners, researchers and policy makers in Ethiopia.
The event marked the launch of a new book entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice” – written based on eight case studies by a number of practitioners and well-known consultants. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort).
The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in... Read more
AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017
ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tackle... Read more
Important Presentations of the event are attached below.
FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.
74 innovative projects
The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportuniti... Read more
I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).
In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translate t... Read more
Klimaatverandering vormt een groeiende bedreiging voor de mondiale voedselzekerheid. Het ontwikkelen van adaptatiestrategieën valt niet mee: de diversiteit in landbouw vraagt om verschillende en vaak zeer context-specifieke oplossingen. Welke strategieën passen wij als AgriProFocus leden toe? Wat kunnen we van elkaar leren? En waar vullen we elkaar aan?
Het AgriProFocus netwerk organiseert maandelijkse Meet&Eats, door en voor leden, na werktijd, onder het genot van een stuk pizza. Heifer Nederland is de host van deze tweede Meat&Eat in het kantoor van AgriProFocus in Utrecht. De aftrap werd gedaan door BoP Innovation Center met het thema Inclusive Business. Hier kan je meer lezen over de eerste meet-up.
Het programma is als volgt:
17.30 - 18.00 uur : Inloop en een lekker stuk pizza
18.00 - 18.15 uur : Pizza Pitch van Heifer, Soil & More en SCOPEinsight
18.15 - 19.15 uur : Inleiding thema door Heifer + discussie
19.15 - 19.30 uur : Laatste... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya has organised a half day tree planting exercise in Karura Forest on Friday 21st April 2017, to commemorate this year's Earth Day scheduled for 22nd April 2017. This year's theme "Environmental and Climate Literacy" - a relevant theme for the sector, because a literate society is able to make informed choices to reduce the impacts of climate change. Climate smart strategies need to be learned and widely disseminated by the stakeholders in this space.
The members of the AgriProFocus network would like to find critical answers to what are the opportunities for entrepreneurs in driving climate smart strategies and how do we support them. As a commitment made during the last Annual Network Day, AgriProFocus network will contribute to making Karura forest green with indigenous species of trees by undertaking a tree planting exercise. We will also get the chance to share amongst ourselves what we are doing to contribute to more learning on climate change.... Read more
Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund
Date: 18 April 2017
Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM (Afternoon)
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa
You are cordially invited to attend the FSRE Innovation Fund final event and a book launch to be held on 18 April 2017 at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.
The Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship (FSRE) Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The FSRE Innovation Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.
Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 75 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international co... Read more
On March 31 and April 1, MDF Myanmar, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar organized a Nuffic Alumni event about food security in Yangon.
All Myanmar professionals that studied in the Netherlands or received training from a Dutch institution were invited to network and learn about hot topics related to food security. Furthermore, Dutch and Myanmar companies, NGO’s, farmers organizations and even members of parliament active in the food security sector attended the two day event.
On the first day, Ohnmar Khaing, Myanmar Program Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), introduced the food security framework and current debates. Participants then were invited to share their own ideas about lessons learned and opportunities in shaping food security in Myanmar in a world cafe discussion.
The aft... Read more
Dans le cadre de contribuer à la création de l’emploi des jeunes et lutter contre l’insécurité alimentaire au Burundi, le réseau AgriProFocus Burundi a privilégié dans son programme de 2017 le soutien des jeunes en agro business pour qu’ils s’intéressent au secteur agricole porteur d’avenir et créateurs d’emplois dans notre pays. C'est dans ce contexte que le réseau a organisé le 22 mars 2017, à City Hill Hotel, un atelier de mise sur pied d'une communauté d’innovation “jeunes et agribusiness”
La Mise sur pied de cette communauté était une occasion de rassembler les jeunes intéressés par le secteur agricole et de mettre dans nos programmes l’inclusion des jeunes dans les chaînes de valeur. C’était une occasion de Partager les objectifs du Réseau AgriProFocus avec les différents acteurs intervenant sur la question de l’employabilité des Jeunes.
Cet atelier d... Read more
In this third vlog I take you to the headquarters of Fair and Sustainable Advisory Services in Utrecht. I talked to Wilfried Schasfoort, the director, and he explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for Fair&Sustainable.
For more vlogs on our Dutch partnership, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership
Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!
AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.
On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.
Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-water... Read more
Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.
During the trade mission we offer you:
A tailor-made programme for your company
Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies
Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you
Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector
A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts
The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide wh... Read more
In many Sub-Saharan African countries, agricultural development is key to accelerating economic development and overcoming poverty. Increasing agricultural production and productivity is vital for food security, since it provides a source of food and generates income for smallholder farmers. Growth in agricultural production and agri business development also stimulates growth in other sectors of the economy. Limited availability of, and access to finance and services for SME farmers limits the development of the small and medium sized agri-entrepreneurs in Benin.
That is why the Dutch Embassy in Benin and SNV set up the Agribusiness Centres. The Agribusiness Centre’s mission is to promote and stimulate the growth and development of Agribusiness SMEs by providing them advice, assistance and access to finance. They target Small and Medium Entrepreneurs and Micro enterprises with high growth potential. ... Read more