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.
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OCP GROUP, in particular OCP Foundation, is organizing an African wide competition of agribusiness startups in October/ November this year in Morocco.
The plan is now to have about 200 startups shortlisted for the competition from all over Africa. The startup must be at least 3 years old.
20 startups will participate in the event.
Each winner will get:
Business Specific support (internal and external expertise)
Use of OCP infrastructure
Contact person: Victoria Endeshaw, Business Development Manager via email email@example.com
Leaving Uganda and back to Rwanda. Tonight we fly back to Holland. Nice trip and we will come back in 3 months
Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?
Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.
As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.
What cases are we looking for?
A project/programme that used a particular targeting str... Read more
Today meeting at SNV Mbarara Uganda and later field visits
Hello all, its 6 years since I established a small, urban dairy farm in Yeka, Addis Abeba. There's been immense highs and lows; a lot of challanges and a few disappointments but still, my passion for dairy farming remains.Ive been able to use much of my management skills as well as learning new ones in running my business. Resource wise, I have yet to discover a willing donor/grant maker-so ive done a lot with my own resources and it is satisfying. Unlike most sectors, I dont have a problem with creating a market, the quality of my product means I have loyal customers-mostly parents of young children plus a waiting list!!. I would love to expand, to establish a modern, spacious European style dairy (I spent most of my early life in the UK), so...any advice or suggestions regarding sources of funds for an ambitious, female dairy farmer would be most appreciated. Finally, there is a huge disconnect between urban dairy farmers, Minsitry of Agriculture and international donors- the focus is... Read more
This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).
The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.
The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction
Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r... Read more
A Brief Moment with Mrs. Alem Greiling
Mrs. Alem Greiling is an agriprenuer and a nutrition expert with a background in Chemistry (BSc) and Food engineering (MSc) from the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. She was a former Nutrition Advisor at Save the Children US and has also acquired a rich experience in the field by working as a nutrition advisor for various local and international organizations working in nutrition programs. She is currently engaged in the growing and market supply of organic oats, production of cereal bar which are targeted for young children in schools and cereal mix (Teff, Oats honey, sesame and other plants and fruits) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under her own established business venture, NUTRI-DENSE. She has been promoting her products at the organic farmers market for the second time now. She explains that oats traditionally known as ‘Aja’ but completely different is an unusual seed only found in limited locations in Ethiopia.
For this course fellowships are available.
Small-scale aquaculture producers can access inputs, improve productions and connect successfully with more profitable markets using collective actions. This course will focus on empowerment and professionalisation of fish farmers' business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as the main objective.
Date: 18 - 29 March 2019
Deadline okp Fellowships: 16 October 2018
Deadline: 04 February 2019
For more information and online registration please visit our website: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/show/CDIcourse_inclusive_aquaculture.htm
Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored.
Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.
Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th... Read more
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to do a review for the first phase of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), 2013 – 2018. AgriProFocus is among the consortium members that had set up and implemented the Office facilitating this Platform. The Evaluators Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek were appointed to look at the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Platform and based on this to formulate recommendations for the future outlook of the Platform. And as such to provide input to the Ministry for decision making on a possible second phase of the F&BKP. Please find below the review highlights; a link to the full PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.
The activities of the F&BKP enhance all three strategic Dutch policy goals for Food and Nutrition Security, with most emphasis on the two first goals (Eradicating existing hunger and mal... Read more
The availability of sufficient and adequate feed is one of the most significant constraints to livestock productivity in the tropics. It is an enormous challenge that requires innovation and concerted action towards agreed priority outcomes.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) is committed to delivering evidence and developing capacities in feed and forage development as part of its strategy to achieve better lives through livestock.
To ensure the best response to the fast-changing demands and opportunities in this sector, ILRI is developing a strategy on feed and forage research for development.
As a first step, it seeks inputs from the wider community - not necessarily animal feeding experts - to take stock of the challenges in this area, identify priority outcomes and promising approaches to achieve them, and specify the precise contributions and added value of ILRI in this area.
Please read the shor... Read more
Traveling from Amsterdam to Kigali Rwanda
The Youth Business Challenge Developed by Ethio-Netehrlands Trade for Agricultural Growth, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and AgriProFocus Ethiopia seeks to bridge the gap between university graduates and agri-food industries in Ethiopia.
With a focus on circular economy, the Youth Business Challenge connects businesses with a waste product with teams of interdisciplinary graduates ready to help these businesses find a profitable way to use their waste.
Five Dutch and Ethiopian companies working in the agri-food sector have joined the challenge. Teams of youth are now invited to apply to help these business find profitable ways to deal with their waste. The youth teams will be invited to learn about the waste challenges that these companies face, connected with a local technical expert on the waste issue at hand, given basic training in business problem solving, then charged to find and assess... Read more
Technical Specialists - Financial Management
FSSP ETHIOPIA, WUSC
A) About FSSP Ethiopia, WUSC
The Field Support Services Project (FSSP) Ethiopia is established to provide timely and cost effective, efficient logistical, financial and administrative support services as well as technical specialist support services to Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) programming and policy dialogues in Ethiopia. The FSSP in Ethiopia is managed through the World University Service of Canada (WUSC).
The aim of Canada’s bi-lateral development program in Ethiopia is to manage Canada’s resources effectively with accountability to achieve meaningful, sustainable results that are in line with Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan. In order to facilitate Canada’s development programs and projects in Ethiopia, FSSP Ethiopia is recruiting qualified and reliable consultants described below to contribute to specific program areas.
B) Application Instructions and Conditions
Interested Technical Specialis... Read more
African Women in Agricultural Research for Development (AWARD) are pleased to announce that the call for the second round of the AWARD Pan-African Fellowship is now open! The AWARD Pan-African Fellowship was initiated in 2017 with support from the Agropolis Fondation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) country missions. It seeks to extend the benefits of the AWARD Fellowship to female scientists from francophone Africa and to maximize interactions between English and French speaking African women agricultural scientists.
We invite applications from African women scientists who are citizens of Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Togo and have completed... Read more
Social Funding Proposal Development Consulting
The West Africa Food Markets Programme (WAFM) Challenge Fund is encouraging grantees to connect to social developmental cost-efficient funding for ensuring the sustainable growth of their agri-businesses.
Despite this proven approach, the grantees have been encountering with multi-dimensional finance challenges and difficulties suppressing their business cost-efficient growth.
WAFM is, therefore, seeking a Social Funding Proposal Development Consultant to help grantees with Proposal Development and Proposal Review. For more information visit: http://thepalladiumgroup.com/
Deadline is 15 September 2018.