The network identified four overarching thematic areas that will guide us in the years 2018-2022: Inclusive agribusiness, Climate smart agribusiness, Circular economy agribusiness and Nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. These four themes are also closely aligned with the objectives of the Dutch development agenda regarding food security.
Around its thematic focus the AgriProFocus network will develop and implement network programmes, globally and in the country networks. The network’s focus within inclusive agribusiness is on opportunities for: gender-inclusive agribusiness, youth-led agribusiness and farmer inclusive agribusiness.
Within this thematic focus members in the Netherlands and in country networks have expressed a clear need to target the work of AgriProFocus to specific issues based upon the following criteria:
Zoom in on issues that currently block the development of a vibrant agripreneurs sector, and to opportunities to overcome this.
Choose those issues that various stakeholders encounter, but that no-one can solve individually - so-called ‘wicked problems’ or ‘complex problems’.
The networks joint solutions should be on sharing, co-creating and scaling-up practical action perspectives and business strategies for agripreneurs.
For 2018 AgriProFocus has selected, based on member interest, global ‘burning issues’ per theme. On each issue/opportunity we will facilitate exchange and reflection on results, experiences and lessons learned of members. Every theme will lead to a ‘publication’ (print/video) for members and broader audiences. Our ambition is that these insights spark opportunities for further network activities, using our signature network solutions (Linking, Learning, Leadership) to create joint network programmes.
In addition to our gender program, the following burning issues will be tackled under our inclusive agribusiness theme in 2018:
ICT for farmer inclusive entrepreneurship: Current institutional arrangements often limit the ability of small and medium scale farmers and market agents to benefit from value-chain participation. ICT has a huge potential to counteract this, from empowering farmers to calculate their best feedmix to helping farmers get a fairer price for their produce. SMS applications, mobile banking and satellite data not only give agricultural stakeholders access to farm mapping, weather data, marketing tools, financial credit, advice, and social networks, but also transform (power) relationships in the value chain and can thus really be (system) disruptive technologies. Being capable of reaching hundreds of millions of small and medium scale farmers and stakeholders, these technologies can act as a catalyst for change and for achieving the SDGs. The AgriProFocus network will map the most promising mobile technologies and organize a business circle of Dutch tech startups to generate lessons learned on how to successfully develop and launch these technologies that boost inclusive agribusiness.
Youth Led Transformation - how entrepreneurial youth are changing food systems. Africa and South-East Asia have the youngest population in the world but the agri-food sector is generally not perceived as attractive by young men and women. Those interested to develop a successful businesses face many barriers: limited access to resources, improved technologies, practical skills, markets and other services. Those challenges also provide opportunities: the agri-food sector needs innovation and transformation to secure the availability and affordability of quality food products for a rapidly growing population. AgriProFocus members have articulated a strong wish for more youth to make a conscious choice for agribusiness, develop successful youth-led agri-enterprises and provide more spaces for youth to be involved in decision making processes. AgriProFocus will facilitate members to collaborate to transform the narrative from ‘youth is a problem’ to ‘youth is the solution’; this by building a joint evidence base that showcases innovative agribusinesses of young agripreneurs.
Keep an eye on this page for updates around these burning issues!
Global Lead Inclusive Agribusiness: Rolf Schinkel
Africa’s agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during the past month of May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.
African and International investors are also getting in on the action. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in food production and distribution – and venture capital investors are taking note.
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Very happy to share that we have worked for the past 3 days on the design of the new AgriProFocus Youth Program. Exciting to develop this program with our colleagues at the country platforms and see our network approach come to life! If you have suggestions on what value an AgriProFocus Youth Program could add for you or your organization, please let us know in the questions section of this post.
In this 3rd Community of Practice meet-up, Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) shares insights of recent studies on youth involvement in food systems. How are young people organising themselves and how do they influence food systems? Insights are shared and some questions the studies raised are discussed. Look here for more information about this meet-up.
Place: Utrecht, the Netherlands
Date: May 22nd, 2018
Youth needs to be involved in agriculture, to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community development. We all agree. The assumption is that youth can act as change makers within their communities. There is a host of interventions to support them, from developing their skills to getting them organised. Despite, barriers persist for young people to succeed in agriculture. However, what do we know about how young people organise themselves and try to change food systems and how they work? There is much we can learn from youth here, from the diversity, the creativity and the organisational approaches through which they work and contri... Read more
The foodFIRST conference “Team Up with African Agripreneurs” is an international conference and takes place on Friday, June 1, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. During this conference, AgriProFocus, together with YEP and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will facilitate the workshop “Youth entrepreneurship in agricultural transformation”.
The workshop starts at 11.00 with a macro perspective on the topic of 'youth agripreneurship in Africa'. This will be followed by a 'Youth Caravan', a Q&A session with several young entrepreneurs/ young professionals active in the field of agribusiness in Africa.
HERE You can register online for both the conference and the workshop and find more details about the programme. Be quick, because registrations are going fast!
We hope to see you in Utrecht!
Do you have international ambitions with your company, with a special interest in Ghana? Participation in the New Business Challenge (NBC) can be your chance to realize that ambition. The NBC is a business case competition in which 20 Dutch and 20 Ghanaian students and young professionals work together for 2 months on a business case of your company. The students work in mixed groups of 4 people. It is up to the teams to come up with the best solution that can be realized for your company.
For the 4th time in a row, Sustainable Motion is organizing the New Business Challenge on behalf of RVO.nl. Previously, companies such as Phillips, Tony Chocolonely, Closing the Loop, Cargill and NileDutch have taken part in this Business Challenge.
Detailed information about participation as a company and general information can be found on the New Business Challenge website.
The president singled out agro-processing and value addition for our agricultural produce. “Kenyans need to know that at present 70% of the value of our export produce goes to processors abroad” said the president. He continued to say that small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in our economy. He also acknowledged that, the bulk of employment comes from SMEs, which are an important contributor to our gross domestic product (GDP). He underscored with a rider that “my plan is to create an additional 1,000 SMEs focused on manufacturing”. With the president acknowledging that ‘big four requires brave steps’ policy makers and entrepreneurs should start discussions on strategies for strengthening the competitiven... Read more
Learn how to start a business and build your network in various cultural and social contexts in emerging markets.
This course will introduce you to entrepreneurship for global challenges in emerging markets. You will get to know other like-minded entrepreneurs around you, and discover how institutions in your target region are working on innovation and entrepreneurship.
As an entrepreneur in an emerging market, you may be faced with many challenges that need to be solved. These might include scarcity of fossil fuels, climate change or water, food and health security. This Delft University of Technology course will provide you with examples from partner universities and affiliated entrepreneurs in emerging markets which explain the opportunities and obstacles that they faced as they established themselves and created value.
You will acquire a set of practical
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We focused on the theme Inclusive Agribusiness, to shape our future network agenda.
Together with our members, we explored how business solutions can improve the inclusiveness, durability and financial sustainability of relationships between small farmers and agribusiness.
Please, click here to read the full report including the outcomes of the group discussions.
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On September 21st, members of AgriProFocus came together and jointly established an agenda for network actions on gender in value chains. During this meeting, they expressed their need for continuous attention for the case for gender at all levels in organisations and companies. There is a lot of action at the level of the members themselves, most of them implementing tools to strengthen the gender dimension of private sector investment or value chain work. Members confirm that collaborating with the network can enhance the impact of their work. To meet the needs of the network, AgriProFocus proposes to facilitate a conference in Spring 2018, to facilitate exchange meetings between members and to centralize available resources.
Many member organisations have included gender equality goals, women empowerment and/or female leadership within their organisational policy. Most members have de... Read more
Mr. Sander Mager, Managing Director of AgriProFoc... Read more
As a manager or implementer of inclusive agribusiness programs, your organisation probably encounters many challenges and issues. This is your chance to share your experiences from these programs and learn from other network members and partners who drive similar programs!
On request of network members, AgriProFocus organises a small-scale expert meeting (max 20 participants) on Wednesday November 8 from 14.00 to 17.00 hrs in The Hague.
The focus of the afternoon will be on mutual learning. You will be jointly providing solutions for critical, real life issues and challenges that all of you experience in the inclusive agribusiness programmes you (co)implement.
+ You have learned from other members’ experiences in similar programs.
+ You have concrete ideas for solutions to tackle issues and challenges in your program(s).
+ You know with whom you can build on these ideas to improve performance in present or future programs.
This meeting is on invitation only.
We would like to invite you to the first AgriProFocus Myanmar Network day on Thursday, November 9 at 1:30 at the Inya Lake Hotel, Yangon.
This Network Day will give you the opportunity to meet agribusiness professionals from different sectors, to share experiences and learn from each other and to understand opportunities for collaboration within the network.
We will focus on the theme Inclusive Agribusiness, to shape our future network agenda.
Together with you, we would like to explore how business solutions can improve the inclusiveness, durability and financial sustainability of relationships between small farmers and agribusiness.
1:30 - 2:00: Walk in and registration
2:00 - 2:30: Welcome an... Read more
What does it take to build an inclusive agribusiness in Africa?
Join the 2SCALE 2017 event and find out how 2SCALE, one of the largest incubators of inclusive agribusiness in Africa, built over 50 public-private partnerships in selected high-potential product groups in nine countries in Africa.
You will learn from the best: entrepreneurs, producer organizations, microfinance institutions, business coaches, SMEs and others will all share how they succeed in establishing new agribusinesses.
Besides sharing our lessons learned, we want to learn from you! During the break-out sessions we will dive deep in several topics that are essential to making inclusive agribusiness work.
09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Plenary sessions: What it takes to build an inclusive agribusiness
Key-note speaker: Ruth Kinoti – founder and CEO of Shalem investments
Other guest speakers representing inclusive agribusiness projects in Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria.
12:30 Speed-date with speakers
Today’s technological advances and innovations in agriculture should touch every aspects of women’s lives in order for them to have the desired impact on African societies.
This was deliberated on Tuesday, September 5 at the 7th African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
In a session on “Women in Agriculture”, leaders in politics, business and civil society discussed how challenges to women in agriculture can be overcome and how young women can be facilitated to join the sector.
Read the full article here:
Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.
The program will tackle the following topics:
Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.
The program will tackle the following topics:
From an aquaponics start-up to a pop up hospital design, schools and universities are engaging with circular economy principles
“So many of my classmates and other friends say ‘I want to change the world’. The amazing thing is that most of us believe we can.” Max Hornick, a 26-year-old student at Western Michigan University, is reflecting on how the circular economy is inspiring young people to work for the social good.
Together with a team of four other students at WMU, Hornick recently won the 2015 Wege Prize for sustainable thinking with Local Loop Farms, an aquaponics food production concept that has since evolved into a community agricultural start-up.
“One of the biggest stru
Are you trying to envision an agribusiness that offers its participants
something beyond a simple sell-buy relationship? Do you want to do good
business, but also be in the business of doing good? Are you struggling
to practically combine organizational objectives with social ones? These
questions are core to the world of inclusive agribusiness.
The course take place in Ethiopa.
More information and online registration please visit our website: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/show/cdicourse_IBM_2015.htm