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:


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:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 October 2016 at 05:03

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.

Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for Da

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Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 18 October 2016 at 07:44

Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs opens Netherlands Embassy in Yangon 

On Wednesday, foreign minister Bert Koenders opened a new Dutch embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the first time in nearly 50 years that the Netherlands has an embassy in the Asian country. ‘This is the right moment to strengthen our ties,’ Mr Koenders said at the opening ceremony. 

In a meeting with foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi earlier in the day, Mr Koenders expressed his support for democratic developments there. He affirmed the Netherlands’ intention to provide support to the peace process through various channels.   

 The embassy will work to further enhance economic relations. ‘On the one hand, the Netherlands is keen to contribute to the economic development of one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. On the other, Myanmar’s need for good water/delta management, clean drinking water, navigable rivers and better defences against natural disasters offers great opportunities f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 October 2016 at 03:23

AgriProFocus Rwanda organizes a workshop on the ''Applied Research Fund'' (ARF)

On Friday 15th October 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rwanda organized a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund. The workshop brought together 44 participants from research institutions, knowledge institutes, government institutions, insurance companies, private companies, NGOs, Dutch Embassy, etc.

The workshop kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator, Mrs Sajji Ryakunze. 

‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies"   

Next, followed an overview of the ‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies" of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda by Mr Pieter Dorst, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the past years, the Dutch Embassy works in Rwanda emphasized on programs improving Food Sec

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 October 2016 at 04:16

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action plans o

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g., and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

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Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 October 2016 at 12:31

Food Security through Innovation and Technology Transfer – Outcomes of the September 2016 Eldoret Fair

The Netherlands proved its ever growing interest in Kenya’s agribusiness during this year’s agribusiness trade fair at the University of Eldoret. Hosted from the 21st – 23rd September, the fair attracted over 60 Dutch companies involved in the agribusiness sector who exhibited their products and services. As AgriProFocus, we were very honored as to facilitate a seminar where Dutch companies presented their businesses to farmers and other potential investors. Last year’s seminar attracted only 14 companies; therefore this year’s can be cited as a success in terms of attracting interest from diverse companies. 

Under the HortImpact project which AgriProFocus is a part of, a number of companies exhibited their services and products. Bayer, SGS, Future Pump, Real IPM, Koppert, Bayer, MEA, Illuminum, Soil Cares, Crop Nutrition were some of the companies that showcased their work,

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PETER KOLAWOLE please I need the copy of this presentation

1 year 2 months ago

Dorina Prech Hi Peter, this is an article I just did from the Eldoret trade fair. It is part of an annual exhibition and trade fair so am afraid there were no presentations.

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PETER KOLAWOLE Thanks so much I will like to know you more

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JUSTUS Nzamuhiki please i need the copy of the same.thanks

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PETER KOLAWOLE is not detail

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 11:59

How can AgriProFocus be of help in making your work in agribusiness gender sensitive?

We value your opinion!

We as AgriProFocus value the opinion of our members greatly and are always looking for ways to improve our services. We are well known for our training and coaching in the field of Gender in Value Chains. In order to make these services even better and reach more professionals, we have made a super short online survey to identify needs and wishes of our members. 

You don’t have to have experience with gender or be familiar with the AgriProFocus gender support services to fill in this survey. We are looking for responses from a broad spectrum of people: from farmers to input suppliers, consultants and students and from a variety of organizations: companies, farmer organizations, universities and government agencies. You can find the survey via this link, your responses will be treated confidentially.


How to Manage Risks in Financing Smallholder Investments?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 November 2016, 15:30-17:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

The third edition of NABC’s conference promises to be a prominent B2B platform which focuses on Africa’s growing economies, particularly in light of innovations developing in the financial sector. 

This year the theme is ‘Innovation in Finance’. With its unique resources and sheer size, Africa is now taking the lead in the development of inventive products and services that require smart, innovative, and practical financing solutions.

The AgriProFocus network will be present as well, hosting a workshop around “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations.” together with NpM and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The study “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations” by NpM, AgriProFocus and FBKP revealed that 1) risk management should be a common agenda, 2) access to finance relies not jus

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 September 2016 at 10:29

Making Agribusiness work for Development: AgriProFocus Strategy Week 2016

AgriProFocus is shaping its new strategy: What will be our network approach in the coming 5 years? We gathered from 12-16 September in Schoorl, The Netherlands, to define the basis of our new strategy together. We can already give you a sneak preview of the direction we are heading below.

Our network approach

AgriProFocus is convinced that our network can significantly contribute to tackling the current challenges we face in food and nutrition security worldwide. Being an international, multi-stakeholder network that is active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, which counts 22,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide today, we engage a wide diversity of stakeholders. No one stakeholder can bring about the desired systemic changes alone. From the experience we have built up engaging these stakeholders, we know that more sustainable results are possible if actors in the agribusiness sector are more effective

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks very much anne maria,, am a college student taking bachelor degree in human resource from Tanzania but am interested in agribusiness but i don't have enough education on how to start so i would like to join with you so as to make my dream become true

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Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Castory, thank you for your reply! By joining this platform you are part of a big network of agri-professionals. If you want to participate in any of the activities organised in Tanzania you can contact my colleague Hilda Okoth

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CASTORY WILLIAM Hi Anne, thank a lot for your reply and give me a way to start, so i will get in touch with Hilda Okoth to start participating in any activity am so happy to join here i expect to learn a lot of things from you

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 September 2016 at 04:57

AGRIPROFOCUS AT AGRF 2016-NAIROBI, Kenya,05th-10th September

The just concluded African Green Revolution forum organized by AGRA dubbed "Seize the moment: Securing Africa's rise through agricultural transformation" from 05TH -10TH September 2016, brought together more than 1000 delegates from across the world. The participation was drawn from Academia and research, Private sector, Governments and development organizations. AgriProFocus was glad to be represented by our own Managing director Mr Sander Mager, Kenya Country coordinator Ms. Maureen Munjua, the Youth in agribusiness thematic facilitator Mr. Alphaxrd Gitau and our very own young entrepreneur"Trendsetter Elizabeth Mbogo of Botanic Treasures.

Together with the African Agribusiness Incubation network, AgriProFocus was privileged to host a session on how to promote and enhance Incubation of small business dubbed "scale and Alignment- Agribusiness Incubation"

Below are the various interventions and contributions from the entire team.

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing the highlights from the AGRF Alpha. There is certainly a lot that can be learned by our network members. We hope they join in the discussions of how to promote sustainable incubation programs in our work.

1 year 3 months ago

STEPHEN OBORE waooo thanks for the great presentation you put there. surely we me change makers and i know we are part of it as Agri Pro Focus

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 September 2016 at 10:22

A New Breed of Entrepreneurs!

AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.

It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event. 

The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.

A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.  

Read more about our youth programme HERE
See more pictures from the event HERE

Check out the following hashtags on facebook and twitte

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 September 2016 at 10:10

One Finance Fair Down, One to Go! 

AgriProFocus had it's 4th Finance Fair (and 2nd in Chipata) on 25th - 26th August, 2016. The Fair was successful and we had 14 Organisation participating with 513 farmers and Individuals coming through to the event on the first day and 413 on the second day. We had 10 exhibitions, 6 workshops and 4 awards.

The event was officially opened by Provincial Agricultural Coordinator (PACO) - Mr. Roy Lumumba

Congratulation to the following Organisations for receiving awards based on the outcome survey from the Farmers that attended the event. 

COMACO- Best Exhibition Stand
Seed Co. - Most Farmer Friendly Input Product
Vision Fund - Most Farmer Friendly Financial Product.
Amulauzi General Dealers - Best Business Plan

The farmers appreciated the workshops as each topic covered was unique and beneficial. A special thank you to Nutri-Aid Trust for Sponsoring the award for the Best Business Plan won by Mr. Mabvuto Nkhoma from Amulauzi General Dealers in Lundazi

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PETER KOLAWOLE Please I need a copy of this presentation

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 September 2016 at 08:50

Visit of Roel Snelder to Myanmar

AgriProFocus Network Myanmar

Roel Snelder, Programme Director AgriProFocus, has visited Myanmar 15 till 23 July 2016. The goal of the trip was to follow-up conversations to explore and validate entry points for AgriProFocus in Myanmar. Roel also met with stakeholders and potential members of an AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and with the Dutch embassy to talk about the current situation in Myanmar, their needs and in what way AgriProFocus can assist.

With 2 network organisations, Myanmar Agricultural network (MAN) and the Food Security Working Group, already operating in Myanmar, it’s important to see where our niche would be. There was a lot of positive energy for an AgriProFocus Network.

Some characteristics of the Agriculture sector in Myanmar:

  • Farm labour on the decline - many rural people now seeking jobs overseas.

  • Government control (telling farmers what to produce).

  • Agriculture needs to become more technology intensive, increase yields, better seeds, value additi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 7 September 2016 at 06:53

Finance for Smallholder Farmers 

Here is a highlight video from the Expert meetings that took place in July in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The report of the meeting in Tanzania can be found HERE 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 August 2016 at 01:01

Business Drinks: Even More New One-minute Pitches

Philip O’Dwyer was the first person to arrive at the Business Drinks and to register for the pitch. His organization is called Maggrow East Africa Ltd. During his pitch, Philip introduced and offered us a new agricultural technology. It is a patent-protected Magnetic Spraying technology that reduces drift by up to 80% while reducing the amount of liquid and increasing productivity.  

Zegeye Teklu was one of the ten people who made pitches on our Business Drinks event on 25th August 2016. He is from Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), and he said “ATA is there to solve systematic problems of agricultural development in Ethiopia.

What the organizers of these Business Drinks – AgriProFocus and ENTAG - continue to be proud of is that more and more new people are using the opportunity to introduce themselves and to promote their organizations. Dave Blackwell and James Allen are from Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  27 October 2016 to 29 October 2016 - All Day Event
  Kikatiti, Arusha

Organised by a consortium of organisations in the Agriculture sector and farmer representatives, the Meru Agribusiness Expo is an opportunity for actors in the agriculture sector to meet and network, market their products and services, learn and debate on various issues in the sector and forming potential synergies for improving the sector. Focused on horticulture, cereals (maize and beans), poultry and dairy (cows and goats) value chains, the Expo will be composed of:

1. Exhibitions from various service providers

2. Lectures and debates sessions

Participate at this sector changing event by:

a. Exhibit your products and services.

b. Sponsor this event and contribute to the improvement of agribusiness and agriculture in Meru and its neighbouring areas

c. Visit the exhibitions to learn of new developments and innovations in the agriculture sector 

Please register to Exhibit or Sponsor the event HERE.

For more information,contact us at or 0689  869 565

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 August 2016 at 06:50

The WestNile Agri-Finance Fair

The event was held on the 17th and 18th August 2016 and In attendance were over 400 participants majority of whom where youth that were supported by partner organisations, AFARD, West Nile on Line, Self Help Africa, Technoserve, West Nile Youth Network, SNV YES Programme, ADINGON, CEGED, Arua NGO Forum, ZOA,CEFORD, Tecnoserve, Caritas Arua and the Red Cross.

Click here to download the summary Report.

To download the complete report please click here.

Mugisha Richard This event was very unique in the History of AgriProFocus. We had only expected 300, but we were overwhelmed by the huge turn of up to 453 participants. What stood out uniquely was out 453 youth that attended the event, 281 (60%) were female participants.

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Mugisha Richard During the finance fair event in Arua, it came out so clearly that; the money which the Government channels through commercial Banks targeting youth does not actually reach the target beneficiaries. It was further revealed that, even when youth make an effort to approach these banks for these Government funds (an example was the Youth capital venture fund), they are instead advised to go for business loans with all the associated complex requirements and high interest rates of not less than 25%. As such, youth have decided to ignore the Government funds, saying they are not accessible at all. The question is, what solutions is Government putting in place to address these bottlenecks?

1 year 3 months ago

Jacob Olanya Amazing out comes. lets watch out for a one page summery of the outcomes for this event.

1 year 3 months ago

omia Razak Iganachi Thanks a lot to AgriProFcus for coming to the region. The event showed that the youth are ready to work and commit but most are normally frustrated by the people who lead them.

1 year 3 months ago

Moses Akuma Odims Hello Team Agri Pro focus!
It was a big inspiration to the young people of west Nile and thanks for the constructive advocacy and hope the concerns raised by the youth will listened to and acted upon.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 August 2016 at 09:33

8th Edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ Event

Ruhango, 11-12 August 2016

For the eighth time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event in Ruhango on 11-12 August 2016.

The aim of the two-day event was to bring together farmers from the Southern Province, finance service providers, agribusiness companies and Development partners operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction to address various burning issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including Access to Finance, Access to Market, and Information on quality inputs and equipment.

On a ground next to Umuco Hotel where this fair was held, it presented to the farmers, inspiring practical information & knowledge on access to finance & access to markets, in forms of exhibitions, dialogue and interactions. The exhibitors and numerous visitors met each other;.

During the 2 days, the fair brought together 24 exhibitors and attracted more than 2000 farmers who visited the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 August 2016 at 07:35

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.

The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.

The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with interes

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 August 2016 at 02:13

Building a community of AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain Coaches

Learning Journey: Coaching on gender sensitive value chain development

In June 2016 ten AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain (GVC) coaches from a variety of countries (ranging from Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia to Benin and Indonesia) gathered in Kampala for a training. The objective of this training was twofold: it was held to further expand the expertise of national Gender coaches, while also creating a solid team, a community of coaches for co-creation and peer learning. Most of the participants already had experience in GVC coaching, which made the training not only an advanced course, but also the perfect occasion to link the coaches from different countries and create a network of coaches.

The Gender in Value Chains approach of AgriProFocus is a practical approach, build on hands-on advice and coaching by national coaches, and has as mission to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

The training was organi

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Amaguru Damaline That's a good news for me, am so much interested

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 3 August 2016 at 09:28


La foire agricole s’est déroulée dans le Territoire d’Uvira, du 28 au 30 juillet à l’Institut Mwanga.

Cette foire a connu la participation de 47 organisations, dont 5 institutions financières ( 2 banques et 3 IMFs), 2 Institutions de recherche, 1 Service étatique (Office National du CAFE) , 5 entreprises du secteur privé et 34 organisations des producteurs.

Cette foire avait comme but : connecter les agriculteurs aux entrepreneurs (pour l’accès au marché) et aux institutions des finances (pour l’accès aux crédits agricoles).

Durant 3 jours, les exposants et visiteurs ont eu droit à des présentations, débats et discussions sur différents thèmes mais aussi c’était un moment offert aux agriculteurs pour des échanges d’expériences et la connexion entre acteurs.

Lisez plus des détails sur la foire ici

Nous avons noté la participation d’une organisation venue du Rwanda(SEED-CO) et 2 autres venues du Burundi.

Cette foire a été organisé

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