AgriProFocus

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

moderated by Anne Marie Kortleve

Meet, Share, Inspire & Explore

To Make Agribusiness Work for Development!

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:

NETWORK BUILDING

Creating a collaborative culture by sharing information, opportunities, challenges and lessons learned and explore potential for joint action.

LINKING

Creating and facilitating the partnerships for different stakeholder to start working together

LEARNING

Creating and facilitating the learning environment for different stakeholders to learn from and with each other

LEADERSHIP

Creating and facilitating the space for different stakeholders to jointly set and influence the agenda

Latest developments in the network:


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Strengthening the onion value chain in West-Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 February 2017, 09:30-13:30
  Utrecht, The Netherlands

Are you involved in the onion value chain in West Africa? Would you like to share your experiences and contribute to strengthen this value chain? Then we are looking for you! AgriProFocus member Bejo Zaden has the ambition to sustainably improve the onion value chain in West Africa and is looking for partners to collaborate.

You are invited to:

  • Share your knowledge and experience about the onion value chain in West Africa.
  • Learn with other professionals to gain better insight in the challenges and opportunities.
  • Explore possibilities of taking part in a consortium to strengthen the onion value chain in West-Africa.
Who? 

Members of the AgriProFocus network and key stakeholders. Language will be Dutch or English depending on the participants.

Programme 

09:00-09:30 Arrival 

09:30-10:00 Introduction by Bejo Zaden and AgriProFocus 

10.00-12:00 Exploring challenges and opportunities 

12:00-12:30 Wrap-up: conclusions and next steps 

12:30-13:30 Network lunch

For

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 25 January 2017 at 09:52

Making agribusiness work for development: examples from Uganda!

On March 21, AgriProFocus likes to look back and beyond on the matter of the Dutch Aid and trade agenda, during a big event in The Netherlands. Besides various keynote speakers and discussions, AgriProFocus wish to inspire their audience consisting of members, agri-professionals, researchers and policymakers with views from the field. AgriProFocus aims to do this through video productions - highlighting two projects in two different contexts (East and West Africa) by the personal views and experiences of both its changemakers and stakeholders. BrandOutLoud was contacted to support AgriProFocus with this event through visuals.

From 16th to 21st January BrandOutLoud together with AgriProFocus Uganda set out to meet, interview and shoot videos of three interesting parties.

Mary is a medium scale horticultural farmer involved in seeds improvement programmes or planning, talks about her efforts in obtaining better (acce

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really nice to see these examples, I am looking forward to the eventual video! Of course, we will share that one on this platform too.

10 months 3 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Great to learn how it all went and see the pictures! Looks great and cannot wait to see the final result!

10 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 January 2017 at 01:35

Looking to Invest In The Dairy Industry in Zambia? This Is For You!

We did it in Poultry and we did it in Horticulture, now AgriProFocus in partnership with EKN bring you a  a video on the investment opportunities in the Dairy sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian dairy value chain players and Dutch dairy and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 December 2016 at 09:04

Vacature: Coordinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren

AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie waarin leden uit bedrijfsleven, maatschappelijke organisaties, kennisinstellingen en overheidsorganisaties samenwerken voor de betere ondersteuning van ondernemerschap bij boeren in Afrika en Zuid-Oost Azië. Het internationale secretariaat is gevestigd in Nederland en AgriProFocus heeft daarnaast 11 netwerk secretariaten in Afrika en 2 in Zuid-Oost Azië. AgriProFocus werkt in 2017 aan de implementatie van haar nieuwe strategie onder de titel ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’.

Wij zijn op zoek naar een enthousiaste en overtuigende ‘Coördinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren (ME&L)’. In deze functie ben je verantwoordelijk voor het vertalen van de nieuwe strategie in een effectief en efficiënt ME&L-systeem op organisatie- en projectniveau binnen AgriProFocus. Als coördinator ben je in staat om de juiste data bijeen te brengen, maar nog veel belangrijker om te zorgen dat die data gebruik

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 December 2016 at 01:52

Brief Moment With: Honey Agripreneur Jony Girma

Click here to read AgriProFocus interview with Jony Girma about his honey agribusiness called APIS Agribusiness P.L.C., which not only aims to become the number one organic honey producer but which is also determined to contribute to rural youth employment, rural development and natural forest conservation in Ethiopia.

Jony Girma is a member of the Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice that was launched in September 2016 to create a platform for all professionals working with youth agripreneurs to share expertise and experiences.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 16 December 2016 at 11:27

What are the investment opportunities in the Horticulture Sector?

 AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.

Here it is!  


CHARLES GUMIRA This is a very informative Video. I liked it

9 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 16 December 2016 at 04:29

Welcome drinks AgriProFocus and MDF Myanmar

Yesterday evening, AgriProFocus and MDF celebrated the opening of their joint office in Myanmar. At the side of the beautyful Inya Lake in Yangon, we raised the glass with our first Dutch and Myanmar partners. Ambassador of the Netherlands Wouter Jurgens stressed the importance of capacity building and links between different stakeholders in the value chain in Myanmar. There embassy therefore warmly welcomed AgriProFocus and MDF in Myanmar, and wished us growth and success for the coming years. 

Janine Schoeman Congrats with the official opening! It looks like you picked an amazing spot to celebrate!

1 year 1 day ago

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 7 December 2016 at 03:26

Quick Scan Study: Youth inclusiveness in agricultural transformation

AgriProFocus, the INCLUDE platform (INCLUDE) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (the F&BKP) present the results of a quick scan study providing some new insights into the challenges of the agricultural sector, food security and youth unemployment. It also looks at the extent to which current policies and programs are addressing these issues with the aim of stimulating constructive dialogue and debate.

Looking at the cases of Mali, Kenya and Ghana, the aim is to identify context specific approaches to stimulate constructive dialogue and debate with policymakers and practitioners.

Alinta and Alpha did the mapping in Mali and Kenya; the analysis is done by F&BKP and Include.

Read the full report here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 December 2016 at 08:46

Our Annual Network Day: Connecting Members with Similar Objectives

On Friday December 2, 2016, AgriProFocus Ethiopia brought together its members to celebrate the Annual Network Day with different fruitful activities. Over 140 members from various sectors attended the event with full of excitement and energy. Primarily, for this successful event, we would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to our members who attended the event, our partners who used the opportunity to promote and introduce their organizations and programmes, and our guest presenters (including in parallel sessions) who took their time to prepare and to provide their perspectives to our network members.

So, what really happened?


In the Morning . . .

The day began with the informative presentation entitled “Poverty and Resilience” by Dr. George Gray, who is a Lead Consultant at the Agriculture Knowledge, Learning, Documentation and Policy Project (AKLDP). As Ethiopia is struggling to cope with the current drought and it

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Wim Goris thank you for the excellent image coverage !

1 year 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 December 2016 at 03:22

New NICHE project to strengthen agricultural vocational schools in Myanmar 

A 4-year agreement between the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Netherlands Foreign Affairs ministry has just been launched. Two Dutch consortium partners and AgriProFocus members, Aeres and MDF Asia just completed their first successful inception mission. 

It concerns strengthening of 14 State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs), Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. There will be ample technical, subject matter expertise transfer between Netherlands and Myanmar. This aims to make the schools more adapted to their regional specific agricultural circumstances. Further, the project ensures that the SAI curriculum is better embedded into concrete to job profiles and actual job needs. 

Our first mission was very successful, demonstrated high involvement and ownership by the ministry and a strong willingness from the

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Dolly Kyaw Very happy to know about the new project of NICHE for strengthening agri vocational schools in Myanmar !

11 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 28 November 2016 at 08:57

Meru Agribusiness Expo 2016 Bigger and Better

You will agree with farmers from Meru that the Annual Agriculture trade fairs in Tanzania that takes place every first week of August (nane nane) are more than agriculture shows as it comprises exhibitions from almost all sectors. For this reason, three years ago, Farmers from Meru District in Arusha Tanzania with support from the Access to input working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania formed a platform dubbed Jukwaa la Wakulima Meru ( Meru Farmers Platform). They thirsted for a farmer friendly agriculture fair. Good for them, they have for 3 consecutive times quenched this thirst.

Linking

The fairs aims at linking farmers to reliable agriculture input service providers as well as provide a platform where farmers learn. Additionally the fairs offer a market place for the service providers and a platform to expand their clientele through promoting their products. Parallel to the exhibitions, seminars and workshops are held on specific topics

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 November 2016 at 02:36

A positive start in Myanmar  

Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.

I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.

We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the private

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 November 2016 at 03:07

KASESE AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR - REPORT

“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation 


SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project in partnership with AgriProFocus and World food Program

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Mugisha Richard The relationship between the farmers and services providers is getting stronger each time a finance Fair is organized. Farmers are steadily gaining confidence to interact with the banks. 

1 year 3 weeks ago

Okello Justine Thanks a lot for the Good work done this what our farmers need.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2016 at 01:54

How did you benefit from the AgriProFocus network in 2016?

Did you participate in any of the AgriProFocus network activities face-to-face or online in your country? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!

Next year our network will implement a new strategy titled ‘Catalyzing Change makers that make Agribusiness Work For Development’. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation, that are asked for towards the end of this survey, will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.

Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey. It is very much appreciated!

          TAKE THE SURVEY  


Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!

SSEKYEWA HENRY Surely this platform has done  a great impact on different communities  as far as agriculture is concerned thanks.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Henry! Please fee free to let us know your appreciation through the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KHQJWNW

1 year 3 weeks ago

Francis Mubanga I have been less than 4 month on this network and have benefited tremendously, unlike any other network i have ever been on. The platform has a wealth of information for ALL agribusiness. I truly appreciate your work, keep it up.

1 year 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear Francis Mubanga If you have ny suggestions for improvements, let us know! 

1 year 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 November 2016 at 09:50

Innovation in Finance at Africa Works!

Last week the AgriProFocus network joined the AfricaWorks! conference organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council. In light of this year’s theme ‘Innovation in Finance’, we hosted an interactive workshop on “how to manage risks in financing small-holder investments” together with NpM and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (FBKP). The workshop was fully booked with close to 40 participants from a wide variety of organizations. After a short introduction on the problem statement by Lisette van Benthum (AgriProFocus); Josien Sluijs (NpM) and Mariel Mensink (NpM Rural Finance Working group) explained the results of the various case studies and African expert meetings. To further build upon these results, the participants were asked to be that day’s expert panel and discuss amongst each other one of three burning issues: 1. using value chain partnerships to decrease risks in financing small holders, 2. enhancing agricultural knowledge within fin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 November 2016 at 02:06

Information about Dutch Business Instruments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.

On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development

Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.

PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.

For more information and contact details see:

PUM presentation here

Business instruments presentation here

Posted By in Agri BDS Network Association - Rwanda
Posted 10 November 2016 at 01:06

FIRST RWANDA AGRI BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (AGRI BDS) PROVIDERS NETWORK & COURSE

On Friday November 04, 2016, SPARK, RICEM and AgriProFocus, organized a twofold event to celebrate official launch and graduation of Rwanda’s first Agri BDS Network and Course at Kigali Serena Hotel, in Rwanda.

SPARK in partnership with RICEM undertook a one-year capacity building pilot programme to a limited number of agri BDS providers wishing to offer professional BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and agri SMEs, which for years had been characterized by lack of agri BDS providers in the field . The first intake of 35 professionals completed a 9- month programme course consisting of 6 months devoted to an intensive course of 5 modules and 3 months to a field-based mentorship. Upon the completion of the training, these professionals produced reports, developed business plans and tested their business cases, likely to be funded. During the graduation ceremony, 3 graduates who outpe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 November 2016 at 04:11

Rwanda Best SMART Project 

Thumbs up to our member and CEO of Rwanda Best, Mr Jean Claude Ruzibiza 

Rwanda Best, Wageningen University, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, RijkZwaan, Koppert and Holland Greentech are working together in Rwanda to support growers to reach the next level.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 November 2016 at 10:37

Network energy during Dutch Members Meeting!

Sure you have asked yourself the question one time: ‘What is the added value of the AgriProFocus network for my work or organisation?’ This question (and getting the answer) was the aim of our Dutch members meeting on November 1st in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In a visual way, our members where taken through the strategy direction 2018-2022.

Sander Mager (Managing Director) introduced our members to the concepts of the strategy: “the networks entry point is to work with entrepreneurial farmers that are ‘change makers’ in the agriculture sector. These farmers are business driven, market oriented, have a willingness to grow, are innovative and contribute to development issues of inclusiveness, food & nutrition security and sustainability.”

The network wants to empower these entrepreneurial farmers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works in.

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Rorian! What kind of training did you do? I hope you will benefit from this network!

1 year 1 month ago

Okello Justine Am more impressed with these where by we are welcome you to join us in educating and empowering our youth here in Eastern Uganda Serere and Uganda at large check our facebook page wwww facebook.com/agrictechug

1 year 1 month ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Justine, will follow your Facebook page!

1 year 1 month ago

Nesale Rorian Hello AgriProFocus  team. I was out of network for almost 3 weeks. thank Anne but late reply. i got the notification through my email. For my first time i tried to visit your website and read different written training's doc. posted there, and i took my time to join the team as i was also interested to start a small shamba work (small scale cultivation) in my area. 

1 year 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Rorian, good to hear! Our search bar is the place to look for any tips/training or materials you need. Good luck with your start-up and keep sharing with us.

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Securité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle Bénin
Posted 26 October 2016 at 04:25

Deuxième atelier international du Fonds de la Recherche appliquée pour l'alimentation et les affaires (ARF)

Cet atelier a réuni une trentaine de participants venus du Bénin, du Kenya, de l'Indonésie, de Bangladesh, de l'Ouganda, des Pays bas, de Mozambique, Tanzanie, Ghana, Ethiopie et Allemagne. Au tolal, 17 projets ont été séléctionnés dans ce cadre.

L'atelier a démarré ce jour 26 octobre 2016 à Novotel Hôte et prendra fin le 29 octobre 2016.

La cérémonie d'ouverture a connu la présence de Mme Cora Govers, Représentante de Nwo Wotro, du Pr HOUNHOUIGAN Joseph, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, du Pr FAROUGOU, Vice recteur chargé de la coopération internationale, de Mme Vanessa Nigten, Représentante de Food & Business Knowledge Platform  et de Mr Marcel DJIHOUN, Coordonnateur d'AgriProFocus Bénin.  

Apres la cérémonie d'ouverture, s'en est suivi un atelier sur la théorie du changement et u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Salut Sabihat, pouvez-vous nous expliquer au sujet de l'atelier s'il vous plaît? Je voudrais en savoir plus.

1 year 1 month ago

SALOUFOU Moussabihatou Anne Marie, c'est votre droit. J'attendais d'avoir plus d'informations sur l'atelier pour en partager le contenu avec vous. C'est fait maintenant. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas

1 year 1 month ago