As a network, AgriProFocus is a neutral convener, bringing together agripreneurs, private sector companies, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and governments 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:
On Thursday the 9th of February a Niger Business Seminar will be held in the NH Hotel in The Hague. The Business Seminar will focus on the major economic sectors of the country (such as agribusiness, water, energy and logistics) and is targeting businesses, NGOs and knowledge institutes.
During the day, the Nigerien Embassy based in Brussels will present business opportunities in the country and representatives of Dutch companies and organisations already active in Niger will share their experiences. In addition, economic instruments from the Dutch government for Niger will be highlighted and NABC will present the programme for the upcoming mission to Niger that will take place from 6 to 10 March. The presentations will be followed by a lunch, during which there is more time to ask questions and network.
The tentative programme is as follows:
08:30 - 09:00: Coffee and registration
09:00 – 09:15: Opening speeches by Inès Mazou (Economic Attaché of the Nig
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:
Members of the AgriProFocus network and key stakeholders. Language will be Dutch or English depending on the participants.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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.
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!
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.
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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... Read more
“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... Read more
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!
Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!
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
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... Read more
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.... Read more