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 Youth in Agribusiness, Myanmar
Posted 14 February 2018 at 06:39

                           Agrifood Bootcamp: How to apply

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္း ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

The Agrifood Bootcamp links Myanmar youth between age 18 and 25 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. You can get selected for the Agrifood Bootcamp week, an exciting 4 day training program for a selected group of 40 students and young professionals to discover new opportunities, improve their skills and capacities, build their network and learn to solve challenges in the agrifood sector. The program takes place between April 2 and 6 and includes skills training, masterclasses, networking events, field visits, group work on solving challenges and coaching provided by the companies and organisations participating in the Agrifood Bootcamp. The winning team receive

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 February 2018 at 02:34

Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture visits AgriProFocus

On Friday February 9, Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality visited the AgriProFocus office in Utrecht. She was curious to find out more about our network; who are our members, what drives us and how can the ministry and AgriProFocus work more together on agriculture and food security?

We wanted to present the broad variety of members and activities of our network. We invited members in Utrecht and set up a live video connection with Uganda and Benin. Our coordination teams there had invited network members and partners that are involved in the Benin “Uplifting the Fish Value Chain in Benin” program and in the Uganda PAINT program, two strong examples of how AgriProFocus facilitates Dutch, national and international partners to work together on common goals and agendas.

Thanks to the live connection a lively discussion sparked between the guests in Utrecht, Uganda an

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Akibodé Djodji Congratulations , Utrecht team, I see that this visit opens the door to a greater collaboration with the new ministry  of agriculture. Thanks to the team of Benin and Uganda for sharing your activities Together we will make agribusiness work for developpement  in Mali and the rest of the world

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 February 2018 at 02:36

AgriProFocus in partnership with The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) are organising a Holland Village commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda. This activity is scheduled to take place from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February 2018, from 09:00am to 5:30pm every day at Namboole/Mandela National stadium at the Harvest money Expo. 

You are invited to;

  • Come meet and learn from Dutch experts and farmers
  • Visit the Holland Lounge to broaden your knowledge on products and services offered by the Dutch. 
  • Interact with the 12 farmers who won the best farmer Awards. 

Theme: Climate Smart Farming

Entry Fee: 10,000ugx per head per day to the stadium but entrance to the Holland Lounge is free!


Akibodé Djodji Une  initiative en bonne intelligence avec la nouvelle stratégie du réseau. Nous vous souhaitons une réussite totale avec à la clef de bonnes opportunités d'affaire.

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Holland Lounge - Harvest Money Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 February 2018 to 18 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Mandela National Stadium

Welcome to the Holland Lounge!

Meet the agro-food sector from Holland


In the Holland Lounge you will find:

- Innovative solutions in poultry, dairy, agri- and horticulture

- Seminars and presentations

- Best Farmers

- Companies, associations and organisations




Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness, Myanmar
Posted 6 February 2018 at 06:57

Youth raised their voices at Agrifood Bootcamp teaser workshop

AgriProfocus Myanmar proudly convened the 2nd Agrifood Boootcamp Teaser workshop at Yezin Agricultural University (Nay Pyi Taw) on February 3, 2018. It was a great event for the participating companies and organizations to meet the fresh young scholars, to hear what is their idea on their specific challenges. There were 349 participants from Yezin Agricultural University, University of Veterinary Science, Co-operative department and MoALI. All of them agreed to the statement that agribusiness is an interesting way to get a good career.

The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project to link Myanmar students and young professionals age 18 and 25 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. The objective is to increase awareness of youth about the opportunities in agribusiness, improve linkages and exchange between Myanmar youth and Dutch and Myanmar companies and organisations and to develop skills and capacities required i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 February 2018 at 07:50

Vacancy: AgriProFocus Country Network Facilitator (Medior/Senior)

AgriProFocus Myanmar is hiring! Are you a multi-stakeholder process specialist and do you want to support making agribusiness work for development in Myanmar? Then you might be our new Country Network Facilitator (Medior/Senior). 

To strengthen our team, we are looking for a Country Network Facilitator. You will be the team’s multistakeholder process specialist and work directly with our Myanmar and Dutch partners to develop strong joint programmes that contribute to making agribusiness work for development in Myanmar. Other important tasks include the management and implementation of our current inclusive agribusiness projects, facilitation of networking and learning events and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). 

For more information, check the vacancy attached!


Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 1 February 2018 at 04:06

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Supported EKN in Promoting Healthy and Nutritious Diets

The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held a family day on 27 January 2018 for its staff members and their families. Next to a lot of sport and fun activities for young and old, the EKN asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia to organize an interactive session to promote ‘healthy and nutritious diets’.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia provided an 1-hour-long knowledge exchange session on how to make healthy food choices for yourself and for your household. For this interactive knowledge sharing session,  AgriProFocus Ethiopia worked together with one of its network members called Sara Antonio, who is a professional nutritionist.

The session started with a clear explanation of the food pyramid. The best way to understand what is exactly a healthy and balanced diet is to use this food pyramid as a guide. This food pyramid shows 7 layers of 7 different food groups. On each layer, we have

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Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Ethiopia)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 February 2018, 09:00-13:30
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole area), Addis Ababa

Invitation to the Inception workshop for the research and scaling-up project Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Addis Ababa on February 15 from 9:00h-13.30h in Azzeman Hotel (Bole area, Addis Ababa).

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Meskerem Ritmeester mritmeester@agriprofocus.com 




Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 January 2018 at 12:53

Vacature (herhaalde plaatsing)

People Operations / Agile HR Coördinator (3 dagen/week)

Het AgriProFocus netwerk zit midden in een grote transitie. Het implementeren van onze nieuwe strategie ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’ vraagt om een flinke cultuur- en organisatieverandering, waarbij agile werken een drijvende motivatie is. Als onze People Operations Coördinator zorg jij dat onze HR die verandering mogelijk maakt, aanjaagt en ondersteunt.


Over ons AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie van bedrijven, maatschappelijke organisaties, overheids- en kennisinstellingen, die een gezamenlijke ambitie hebben om via duurzaam en inclusief agri-ondernemerschap bij te dragen aan wereldwijde voedselzekerheid. AgriProFocus doet dat door samenwerking te organiseren (linking), leren binnen het netwerk te faciliteren (learning) en collectief leiderschap te katalyseren (leadership). AgriProFocus heeft naast het netwerk in Nederland ook netwerken in 13 landen in Afrika en Zuidoost-Azië. Wat

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness, Myanmar
Posted 31 January 2018 at 04:37

330 Young people attended Teaser Workshop to explore the opportunities in AgriFood sector

On 26 January 2018, AgriProfocus Myanmar hosted the first AgriFood Bootcamp Teaser workshop from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at THE Co-operative university (Thanlyin). There WEre 330 participants from Co-operative University and members of Central Coperative Society WHO attended this workshop. Most Youth mention that “we can’t do IT alone; we have to combine OUR strengthS to develop the best solutions”. Half of them agree that agribusiness is also AN interesting way to get A good career to make success.

The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project to link Myanmar students and young professionals between age 18 and 25 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. The objective is to increase awareness of youth about the opportunities in agribusiness, improve linkages and exchange between Myanmar youth and Dutch and Myanmar companies and organisations and to develop skills and capacities required i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 26 January 2018 at 07:38

Son Excellence l'Ambassadeur Pays-Bas au Mali visite le Pavillon Hollandais FEBAK 2018

Malgré l’ emploi du temps très chargé de Son Excellence Mr JOLKE OPPEWAL, l’Ambassadeur du Royaume  des Pays-Bas au Mali accompagné de son chargé des affaires économiques Mr Mamadou Landouré ,du Vice-Président de la CCIM et du Coordinateur de votre réseau AgriProFocus Mali, il a visité ce jeudi 25 Janvier 2018, toutes les entreprises néerlandaises présentes au pavillon néerlandais et d’autres stands stratégiques de la FEBAK 2018 ( Foire d'Exposition Internationale de Bamako) .

Après cette visite guidée, c’est devant les chefs de réseau, ONGs, Projets/programmes et des entreprises néerlandaises que Son Excellence a reçu une distinction honorifique appelée CIWARA de la part des entreprises néerlandaises pour service rendu et du bon partenariat entre nos deux pays.

 Vive le partenariat Pays-BAS-Mali

Akibodé Djodji As far as possible,EKN combines assistance and trade to contribute to sustainable global economic growth that benefits the entire malian population including the poorest and most vulnerable group.Their action aims to expand and improve acces to international marketsstrengthen the malian private sector boost trade and investmentincrease tax fairnesssustain comercial and production chain

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 January 2018 at 03:36

Innovative pitches during 1st edition Business Drinks of 2018!

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) are organizing bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity for members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.

For the first Business Drinks of 2018, over 65 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches. The program started by introducing the new AgriProFocus Ethiopia Team and a brief explanation about ENTAG by Auke Boere, Interim Deputy-Manager.

Extended Pitch

Our guest for the event was Mr. Addis Teshome, IFDC Ethiopia Country Representative, Agribusiness portfolio leader & Industry team leader. The 2SCALE program (Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 January 2018 at 02:42

In 2017 the AgriProFocus network has offered network services and activities to promote and support agripreneurship in your country. You may have participated in our activities face-to-face and online. Or maybe you were an active co-organiser. We would like to hear from you how you have appreciated our network services and if you have any suggestions for improvement!

Take the survey!


In 2018 the network will start with our new strategy ‘Making AgriBusiness Work For Development’. This strategy focuses on the effective link between business opportunities and development challenges. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.

Please take about 10 minutes to fill out this online survey. I look forward to your responses. Thanks in advance!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 January 2018 at 08:28

AgriProFocus / 2SCALE 'Youth in Agribusiness’ workshop in Hawassa

The new AgriProFocus Ethiopia Team was asked by two of AgriProFocus members (ICRA and BoP Innovation Center), to organize and facilitate a half-day learning workshop on ‘Youth in Agribusiness’ for their 2SCALE program on Thursday 18 January, 2018. 

The purpose of this half-day workshop was for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to share the findings of its ‘Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project’ conducted in Ethiopia in the summer of 2016. Through this listening project, AgriProFocus Ethiopia interviewed 31 stakeholders in Ethiopia, and 3 different AgriProFocus country offices (Mali, Tanzania and Kenya), to learn of the role of youth in agribusiness, and ways that better synergy between actors could better promote youth engagement in agribusiness.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Country Network Facilitator Sarah Assefa was the main facilitator of this half-day workshop that ended with an interactive group exercise. During this gr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2017 at 09:02

Internships at Dutch Embassies in Uganda and Mozambique!

As part of the Talent Pool Programme AgriProFocus offers students 6-months internships at Netherlands Embassies working on Food and Nutrition Security. Find below the offer to students, the basic placement description, and the application format for the positions in Kampala and Maputo (starting April 1st).

Uganda

The intern will contribute to the general implementation of the Food & Nutrition Security portfolio. The portfolio consists of 3 value chain/sector focused projects (dairy, potato, rice, seed sector (food crops and horticulture)) and several projects in support of the enabling environment (access to finance, solar energy, agro skilling of youth, policy development). Two recent projects focus on refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda, supporting them in income generation through agro skilling. The embassy follows an Aid and Trade strategy, implying a strong involvement of the business community (Dutch but also Ugand

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 December 2017 at 01:55

Final Report: ''3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival'' – 22nd November 2017

On 22 November 2017, was held the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus). The festival was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda, UR-CAVM, and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in partnership with USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS Rwanda, the Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN), National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF).

The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness.

Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers),

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing the report Thacien! Do you have anice picture collage to go with it too perhaps? Would look nice!

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for your comments Anne Marie Kortleve.

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Prosper DUTONNYEKUMANA Good achievement!

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI This report shows how youth are the driving force towards agriculture sector development.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 December 2017 at 11:22

People Operations / Agile HR Coordinator 

Het AgriProFocus netwerk zit midden in een grote transitie. Het implementeren van onze nieuwe strategie ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’ vraagt om een flinke cultuur- en organisatieverandering, waarbij agile werken een drijvende motivatie is. Als onze People Operations Coördinator zorg jij dat onze HR die verandering mogelijk maakt, aanjaagt en ondersteunt.

Over ons 

AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie van bedrijven, maatschappelijke organisaties, overheids- en kennisinstellingen, die een gezamenlijke ambitie hebben om via duurzaam en inclusief agri-ondernemerschap bij te dragen aan wereldwijde voedselzekerheid. AgriProFocus doet dat door samenwerking te organiseren (linking), leren binnen het netwerk te faciliteren (learning) en collectief leiderschap te katalyseren (leadership). AgriProFocus heeft naast het netwerk in Nederland ook netwerken in 13 landen in Afrika en Zuid-Oost-Azië. 

Wat ga je doen? 

Jij hebt als

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 29 November 2017 at 09:38

AgriProFocus:Being a Leading mind in Ensuring Food Security

My one month working as a volunteer at Agriprofocus Kenya enjoined me to a community with a clear magnanimous vision of Linking ,learning and leading in matters Agriculture. With my new born enthusiasm in matters Food Security as a mean to an end of achieving my vision of Restoring Dignity of African People; I am compelled to share with the world what I think we need to do for us to attain the sustainable Development Goal 2 – Ending all forms of Hunger.

There is no doubt as to what extent the world's apprehension of the impending danger of food insecurity in the coming days is . In fact, in his inaugural speech for the second term as President of Kenya Mr. Kenyatta indicated clearly that his government would target creation of over 1000 small and Medium scale enterprises in Agro-processing.

But what would be required for this to be achieved? To me it would take the initiative of well meaning individuals and Organizations to lead

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Stop Food Waste

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 December 2017, All Day Event
  Congres 1931, ingang Brabanthallen ‘s Hertogenbosch

Op 13 december organiseert het Postharvest Network de bijeenkomst "Stop Food Waste" tijdens het AgriFoodTech Platform Congres. U bent van harte uitgenodigd om aan deze bijeenkomst deel te nemen.

Bijeenkomst Stop Food Waste!

Het Postharvest Network heeft afgelopen jaren een eigen en unieke methode ontwikkeld om, in samenwerking met overheid, kennisinstellingen en bedrijfsleven, de naoogst verliezen in ontwikkelingslanden aanzienlijk te verminderen. Deze methode is in een aantal landen in concrete projecten toegepast. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst laten we zien op welke wijze de methode in de praktijk wordt toegepast en welke kansen er liggen voor Nederlandse bedrijven. Ook zullen de plannen voor de toekomst van het Postharvest Network worden uiteengezet. Daarbij is ruime gelegenheid om met de inleiders in discussie te gaan. Dirk ’t Hooft, chairman van het Postharvest Network, zal de bijeenkomst voorzitten en het programma ziet er als volgt uit:

* Michiel van Erkel, Directeur International Agricu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 November 2017 at 08:13

15 new Gender Coaches!

From November 20 to 23, 2017, AgriProFocus Uganda held its second international training of coaches in gender and value chain development in Kampala, Royal Suites. The fifteen participants came from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda. The training aimed at imparting coaching and gender mainstreaming skills to practioners working in value chain development. This will enable them undertake coaching of their teams or take up assignments within AgriProFocus network of national and international coaches. 

Among the participants, five partners of UTZ, the certification organization, wished to polish their gender and mainstreaming knowledge and skills in order to ensure women coffee producers get a fair share of the benefits accruing from this activity.

AgriProFocus’ main innovation through this TOT and its tailor-made coaching is to combine coaching principles with both gender mainstreaming theories and tools and systemic approaches to V

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PETER KOLAWOLE https://agrozadtech.org/2017/12/20/huge-shift-in-attitudes-on-women-perceptions-in-farming/

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