AgriProFocus

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 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

8 months 2 weeks ago

nov
06

M&E and Learning meet-up

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 November 2017, 15:00-17:00
  Utrecht

Hi there! Are you that kind of person that can't stop talking about how amazing it is to LEARN from others and do you want to know (even) more about this? 

On November 6th, a working group of learning experts have organised a small meet-up to discuss different kind of learning challenges. 

So what is this LEARNING meet-up about? The objective of this work session is to talk about best practices of internal learning processes within our own organisations. In a small group of learning experts, we will work together on (internal) learning cases, challenges and find concrete examples for our daily practices. 

We seek answers to the following questions: What does learning mean in our organisations? What do we want to achieve with it? When do we see ourselves as a learning-driven organisation and what is the role of a M&E expert in this process? And how do we exchange experiences about this so we really can start using interesting tools and examples in our own work/team? 

This meet-u

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 18 October 2017 at 02:40

Short term consultancy at AgriProFocus Kenya!

Background

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network that brings together institutions and professionals in the agri-food sector and agribusiness that support agripreneurs. Our membership comprises of private sector, public sector, farmer organizations, knowledge institutions including research, and the development sector. Established in the Netherlands in 2005, AgriProFocus network has expanded to 11 country networks in Africa and two in South-East Asia. In Kenya, AgriProFocus has been in existence since 2009. AgriProFocus Kenya has a membership of over 110 organizations and over 7,000 professionals. The AgriProFocus network brings together stakeholders in the sector to strengthen their individual and collective impact. As a multi-stakeholder network, our members and partners bring together diversity of knowledge, expertise, practice and resources.

Goal

Youth in agribusiness is one of the focus areas within AgriProFocus Kenya network under t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 October 2017 at 11:01

Voice for Change Partnership: 'Nothing for us without us'


On 29th September 2017, AgriProFocus, IFPRI, SNV, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Kenya together with several stakeholders started a journey that will see critical transformation and development in Kenya- the launch of the Voice for Change Partnership project. 

It is clear through available statistics that by 2050 the world population would be over 9 billion and the biggest challenge would be food insecurity. The premonition, if we don’t act on the looming food crisis, many people are going to die of hunger. From human point of view and indeed Africa tradition, dying of hunger is not only painful but also shameful. It is imperative then for everyone to commit to work in order to avert the pain and shame of the encroaching calamity.

The urgency of the solutions to this peculiar problem of food insecurity especially in Africa cannot be underrated. From several researches, it is clear that the Africa continent has latent pote

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oct
26

Circular Agribusiness in Dairy: let’s close the loops?

Event posted by in Van Hall Larenstein University
  26 October 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Van Hall Larenstein University - Velp

Agri-Food chains are based on linear principles, the call for a circular economy is big. The dairy farming industry claims to be based on circular principles, however, in many countries it is solely linear.

Which solutions for circularity do we have in agribusiness? Are these solutions climate-smart or inclusive? And what can we learn from each other?

You are invited to discuss these topics, together with members of the network and students from Van Hall Larenstein University during an informal dinner meeting!

To join, simply send an e-mail to Janine Schoeman (jschoeman@agriprofocus.com) before the 20th of October.

See you on Thursday the 26th!

Marco Verschuur

Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting



nov
08

Expert Meeting: Inclusive Agribusiness Programs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  08 November 2017, 14:00-17:00
  RVO, The Hague

As a manager or implementer of inclusive agribusiness programs, your organisation probably encounters many challenges and issues. This is your chance to share your experiences from these programs and learn from other network members and partners who drive similar programs!

On request of network members, AgriProFocus organises a small-scale expert meeting (max 20 participants) on Wednesday November 8 from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs in The Hague.

The focus of the afternoon will be on mutual learning. You will be jointly providing solutions for critical, real life issues and challenges that all of you experience in the inclusive agribusiness programmes you (co)implement.

Expected outcomes:

+ You have learned from other members’ experiences in similar programs.
+ You have concrete ideas for solutions to tackle issues and challenges in your program(s).
+ You know with whom you can build on these ideas to improve performance in present or future programs.

This meeting is on invitation only.



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 07:14

Research projects locator (GCP and ARF)

World map indicating where Food & Business Research projects take place

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has developed a very useful new tool. The Platform's website includes a world map now with all Global Challenge Programme (purple) and Applied Research Fund (blue) projects: icons are placed in (one of) the countries where the research takes place.

If the reader clicks on an icon, he/she can read a short introduction about the project and press the “Read more” link to find more details on the Research Project page. To better see all projects in one continent or country, the reader can zoom in by pressing the + in the right bottom corner.

AgriProFocus members can use the tool to gather information on the agri-food research happening in the country or region of your interest. If you have particular interest in one specific research initiative, you may want to contact the research consortium to explore options for further exchange and p

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nov
09

AgriProFocus Myanmar Network Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  09 November 2017, 13:30-18:00
  Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon

                       Network Day

Dear partners,

We would like to invite you to the first AgriProFocus Myanmar Network day on Thursday, November 9 at 1:30 at the Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon.

This Network Day will give you the opportunity to meet agribusiness professionals from different sectors, to share experiences and learn from each other and to understand opportunities for collaboration within the network.

We will focus on the theme Inclusive Agribusiness, to shape our future network agenda.

Together with you, we would like to explore how business solutions can improve the inclusiveness, durability and financial sustainability of relationships between small farmers and agribusiness. 

                                          Program overview


1:30 - 2:00: Walk in and registration

2:00 - 2:30: Welcome an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2017 at 12:31

Vlog #8: Meet CBI

Patrick Gouka, Senior Programme Manager East & Southern Africa, tells us in 3 minutes what CBI does and shares a great example of collaboration in the AgriProFocus Network with FSAS in Ethiopia.


Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on
THIS PAGE


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 October 2017 at 03:43

AgriProFocus members can make use of our creative co-working spaces in Utrecht (near Central Station) for free!

We offer: 

- A creative meeting room (30 people)
- Skype rooms (2)
- Small meeting room (2 people)
- Workspot with WiFi and nice coffee!
- Lunch (The Color Kitchen)

Contact us to check availability: info@agriprofocus.com or call 030-3039745 

See you soon!  


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 October 2017 at 03:37

Speeddates, Networking & Joint Agenda Setting during our Network Day

Speeddates - Networking - Joint Agenda Setting, just a few ingredients of our members meet up of Thursday  28 September in Ede, The Netherlands. 12 of our networks country coordinators were present for our annual team week and of course we seized the opportunity to organise a network oportunity with our Dutch member organisations!

The afternoon started with an inspirational talk by Ellen Mangnus (Utrecht University) on our mission ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’, followed by a participatory member session to reflect on key issues and challenges underneath this mission.

We continued with roundtable working groups on our four central themes:

+ Inclusive Agribusiness
+ Climate Smart Agribusiness
+ Circular Economy Agribusiness
+ Nutrition Sensitive Agribusiness

Central questions: What are the underlying challenges? What are the most burning issues? Where do we see the biggest opportunities for change?

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Anne Marie , très intéressant la rencontre ! 

9 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 October 2017 at 03:18

Workshop on contract farming in Rwanda

Over 60 stakeholders of agri-food sector in Rwanda including government officials from different public institutions, private agribusiness companies, representatives of farmers organizations, financial institutions, and NGO’s have attended a one-day workshop on contract farming in Rwanda at Umubano Hotel, Kigali. 

Under the theme “Transforming the agribusiness sector through contract farming in Rwanda” the workshop was focusing on increasing the linkages between farmers and agribusiness firms. The participants of workshop shared the current status of contract farming in Rwanda, they have also presented the experiences and success stories of contract farming as well as developing the recommendations for the promotion of contract farming in Rwanda.

Speaking during the official opening of the workshop, MINAGRI Permanent Secretary, Mr. Kayisinga Jean Claude started by thanking the organizers of the workshop. “The farmers must have constant su

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 29 September 2017 at 09:43

Séance d’apprentissage

AgriProFocus Niger en collaboration avec Accentrepreneur, a organisé une séance d’apprentissage alliant la théorie à la pratique pour des jeunes issues de quatre écoles de formation agricole (Faculté d’Agronomie, IBMT, ESIMAD et LAMI), le Jeudi 28 Septembre 2017. L’objectif de cette activité est de sensibiliser et informer les jeunes sur le maraichage et la pisciculture afin de promouvoir ces filières auprès des jeunes. Seize jeunes ont participé à cette séance. Avant le démarrage de l’activité une brève présentation des objectifs de l’activité a été faite.

Les activités se sont déroulées sur le site Maraicher de l’Union des coopératives Bani-Bani de Gamkaley et du site piscicole de l’entreprise agricole Ma terre, Ma richesse (MTM).

L’union des coopératives Bani-Bani fait partie de la Fédération Nigériennes des maraichers la FCMN-Niya. L’union est composée de huit (8) coopératives dont une féminine. La séance est

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou c'est une activité autour du maraîchage et de la pisciculture, partout où nous avions passé; nous avions eu droits aux explications et réponses à l'hauteur de nos attentes. C'est pour cette raison fondamentale, que ces jeunes ont recommandé aux organisateurs d'intensifier cette initiative noble qui conscientisera la jeunesse nigérienne afin d'entreprendre dans le secteur agricole. Les Photos si haut décrivent clairement l’itinéraire de la visite. 

9 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 28 September 2017 at 02:04

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Network Event #2 Jaringan AgriProFocus Indonesia

Network Event #2 AgriProFocus kali ini digabung dengan Learning Event, bekerjasama dengan Workout.ID. Acara ini merupakan kegiatan rutin AgriProFocus dengan tujuan menyediakan ruang bagi berbagai pihak yang bekerja di pertanian untuk berinteraksi dan berjejaring secara informal. Selasa, 12 September lalu tak kurang dari 35 anggota jaringan dan partner hadir memanfaatkan kesempatan berjejaring ini untuk untuk mendapatkan kenalan baru, promosi produk atau kegiatan, dan berbagi informasi seputar pertanian. Kami merangkum pitching yang dilakukan beberapa anggota selama acara berlangsung agar anggota yang tak sempat hadir tak ketinggalan informasi. Pitching tersebut dilakukan oleh:

Putra Aditya (YSEALI - Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat)

YSEALI adalah platform untuk anak muda seluruh asia tenggara berusia 18-35 tahun, yang memiliki inisiatif kegiatan di masyarakat dengan tema besar pendidikan, pembangunan berkelanjutan, partisi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 27 September 2017 at 10:17

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Engaging ASEAN Coffee Player in ALSPEAC

Last 20 – 21 July, AgriProFocus Indonesia participated in ASEAN Learning Series and Policy Engagement on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALSPEAC) and meet coffee stakeholders from ASEAN countries. The event discussed the challenges and opportunities in coffee production, processing and marketing in ASEAN region through panel discussion on ASEAN coffee standard, best practices, existing policy, field visit activity, group discussion, and also cupping and brewing performances. In second day, we were visited coffee plantation in downhill of Mount Merapi and devided into four groups to observe and make recommendation regarding soil condition, agronomy of the coffee tree, shading tree condition, pest and natural enemy management. This session were very interesting as participants from different countries have various knowledge as well as experience to be shared to each other.

In third day, AgriProFocus Indonesia were as one of panelis

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nov
15

AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  15 November 2017, All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

You are invited! AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:   

++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?

++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?

++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?

Read more in this concept paper

REGISTRATION

In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.

CONFERENCE COST

Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 September 2017 at 08:19

Vlog #8: Woord & Daad: Making Agribusiness work for Development in Bénin and Burkina Faso

Eddie Krooneman, Policy Advisor and Projectleader Employable Youth in Ethiopia, tells us in about 3 minutes what Woord & Daad does and shares an example of their work in the cashew sector in Bénin and Burkina Faso  

Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE  


sep
28

Members Meet-Up the Netherlands

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  28 September 2017, 14:00-17:30
  Hotel de Bosrand, Ede, The Netherlands

We need you to shape the AgriProFocus agenda for 2018!

We are excited to invite you to the Members Meet-Up where not only the Dutch AgriProFocus team will be present but also our Country CoordinatorsWe have previously discussed that we want to jointly set our agenda, and this is the time! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Agenda

+ Welcome by managing director Sander Mager

+ Introduction by Aaltje de Roos (DGIS)

Presentation by Ellen Mangnus (Utrecht University) on our mission ‘Making Agribusiness Work for      Development’, followed by participatory member session to reflect on key issues and challenges underneath  this mission.

+ Theme-oriented working groups with members on the 4 themes of AgriProFocus. Input for this session is the  outcome of member consultations in the countries and the survey send to Dutch members (Dutch outcome)  This session is to further zoom in on the 4 themes: What are the underlying challenges? What are the most  bur

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Posted By in Agri BDS Network - Rwanda
Posted 13 September 2017 at 03:24

General Assembly of Agri BDS Network Members

On Friday, 08th September 2017, the Agri BDS Network (https://agriprofocus.com/agri-bds-network) held its General Assembly at Umubano Hotel to gather members' ideas in making a setup which can enhance the marketing and increase their visibility locally and internationally.

The objective of the workshop was to commonly improve the orientation of the network and discussing the registration of the Agri BDS Network.

During the workshop, the network members discussed the progress in the registration of Agri BDS Network in Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The president of Agri BDS Network , Laurent ULIMUBENSHI (https://agriprofocus.com/profile/5117) has explained the whole registration process as well as the required documents including the identity number of the network. He explained that Agri BDS Network doesn’t have ID number to be used in the registration due to the fact that it works as a social network, not as a company.

On the issue of registration,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 September 2017 at 05:18

Bringing agricultural solutions to the farmers through Farmers' Field Days - Lessons from HortIMPACT business case 7

The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar

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