Inclusive Agribusiness

moderated by Rolf Schinkel

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


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the 2018 State of Inclusive Business

On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.

This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.

The full panel included:

Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business

Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA

Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan

Check out this page for the full webinar presentation deck and recordings: https://globescan.com/webinar-recap-inclusive-business-survey/


Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t

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01

DUTA PETANI MUDA 2018 AWARDING DAY

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Indonesia
  01 December 2018, 10:00-14:00
  Jakarta

[DISKUSI PUBLIK DAN PENGANUGERAHAN DUTA PETANI MUDA 2018]

Tahukah kamu mengapa banyak anak muda enggan jadi petani? Karena jadi petani di Indonesia itu miskin, bahkan sering rugi. Kenapa? Karena sistem pangan konvensional membuat petani harus menjual produknya dengan harga murah.

Konsumen juga selalu ingin membeli bahan makanan dengan harga murah. Sistem pangan konvensional tidak memberikan ruang bagi petani untuk bergerak.

Sistem pangan di Indonesia menaruh harapan besar pada orang muda. Peluang besar untuk menciptakan sistem pangan yang adil ada di tangan orang muda.

Perkembangan teknologi terutama informasi bisa mengubah sistem pangan konvensional menjadi lebih adil, bagi petani, pedagang, pemroses, dan konsumen.

Seperti apa caranya? Bagaimana orang muda bisa berperan? Yuk, hadiri acara Penganugerahan Duta Petani Muda 2018 dan ikut berdiskusi bersama dengan narasumber inspiratif.

Hari, tanggal: Sabtu, 1 Desember 2018

Pukul: 10.00 – 14.00 WIB

Tempat:  Waha Kitchen, Kosenda Hotel, Jl. KH

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Posted 26 November 2018 at 10:02

Pelatihan Petani Muda Mendukung Upaya Mendorong Regenerasi Tani

Jakarta, 26 November 2018 – Program Duta Petani Muda telah mempromosikan sektor pertanian dengan menginspirasi anak muda untuk menjadi petani dan berkontribusi pada perkembangan daerah masing-masing melalui kerjasama dengan kelompok tani, organisasi pemuda dan sektor bisnis. Para petani muda telah menjadi rujukan untuk bantuan teknis pertanian, mendorong temuan dalam usaha pertanian pangan dan memperluas jaringan anak muda lain untuk memulai usaha dengan menjadi mentor sebaya.

Hal penting dalam program Duta Petani Muda ini adalah pelatihan intensif selama enam hari untuk meningkatkan kapasitas pengetahuan tentang bisnis, penambahan wawasan tentang tren dan tantangan sektor pertanian pangan, pengenalan aspek gender, dampak lingkungan dan sosial dari rantai nilai pertanian, serta pengembangan karakter kepemimpinan bagi petani muda. Pelatihan dirancang dengan pendekatan pendidikan orang dewasa yang memadukan teori di kelas dan

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oct
16

#Youth4change

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 October 2018, 15:00-18:00
  den Haag

#Youth4change

Activating youngsters for local challenges with a broader impact.

U bent uitgenodigd op 16 oktober van 15.00u tot 18.00u voor het #Youth4change event bij RVO in Den Haag (Prinses Beatrixlaan 2), de kick-off van de One Young World Summit 2018.

Aanmelden voor het #Youth4change kan via deze link: #Youth4Change.

Na het welkomstwoord van de directeur RVO Tjerk Opmeer start de paneldiscussie waar we het thema jongerenwerkgelegenheid zullen bespreken. Het is een interactieve discussie, met veel ruimte voor opmerkingen van het publiek. Na een uur vat de moderator de discussie samen en zal de borrel beginnen.

De panelleden zijn:

- Hans Docter, Directeur Directie Duurzame Economische Ontwikkeling, Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken

- Diipa Khosla, social media influencer

- Beatrice Maneshi, Founder Catalystas

- Adnane Addioui, Young Leader Marokko

- Ramiro Gomes Monteiro, Young Leader Nederland

- Moderator: Theodore Klouvas, Orange Corners Africa


What: #Yo

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Posted by Paul Kriews in AgriProFocus Netherlands 2 October 2018 at 12:28

"Farmers Business Game" is a highly interactive training for smallholder farmers, emerging farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs who want to improve their skills for a successful and sustainable farm management.

Want to learn more? Get in touch!

https://www.sparkassenstiftung.de/en/business-games/products/

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Posted 27 September 2018 at 01:42

"Farmers Business Game" is a highly interactive training for smallholder farmers, emerging farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs who want to improve their skills for a successful and sustainable farm management.

Want to learn more? Get in touch!

https://www.sparkassenstiftung.de/en/business-games/products/

MUBARAK INUWA Thank you Paul KriewIt is highly desirable affair, to have farmers game.This actually, help their effort to improve their basic farming occupation in simple form.

2 months 2 weeks ago

simon Nguye Given rapidly-growing penetration of mobile networks across Africa, digital technology can be a powerful tool to reach smallholders with information, market linkages and financial services at lower costs and at scale. A 2013 McKinsey study on Africa estimates that mobile and internet technology can drive up to $3 billion in annual agricultural productivity gains by 2025.

2 months 1 week ago

Wim Goris Hi Paul, thanks for the post. Important additions you mentioned are that SparkassenStiftung a) developed 7 different serious games and b) is training facilitators in partner organisations to organise the learning while gaming.  Keep us updated !

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Posted 27 September 2018 at 01:14

Posted by Niek van Dijk in AgriProFocus Rwanda 27 September 2018 at 01:14

Webinar " Inclusive PPPs, Emerging Best Practices" October 9th 11:30-12:30 CET

RVO and BoP Innovation Center are pleased to invite you to the webinar: Inclusive PPPs, Emerging Best Practices; October 9th, from 11:30-12:30 CET. The webinar will present a number of best practices, but also dilemma’s, when it comes to promoting inclusiveness through a Public Private Partnership.

Commissioned by RVO, BoP Innovation Center and MDF have analysed the current portfolio’s of the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) and the Facility of Sustainable Entrepreneurship (FDOV) to gain more insights in how to best reach and engage the poor and vulnerable groups.

The goal of this 1 hour webinar is to share some of the key learnings of the report (which can be found here). These are further illustrated by interviews with the project managers of two PPPs that have been analysed in more detail, being the “Building with Nature” FDW project, consortium led by Ecoshape (to be confirmed) and the “Potato Processing in E

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Posted 21 September 2018 at 09:31

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Rural youth empowerment to mitigate international migration?

Understanding the relations between jobs and skilled youth in agriculture and migration

What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed during the Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.

The insights from both Edukans and SNV confirm that it is difficult to pinpoint to a direct effect of skills training and education on migration decisions, as there are so many influencing

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Natasha Marbun Hi, my name is NatashaI'm from in indonesiaI want to ask, how can we especially young people help develop agriculture? as is known Indonesia is rich in natural resources, as well as feed crops, but Indonesia is still export from abroad, what is the right way to develop agriculture, especially in the field of agribusiness? Thankyou

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MUBARAK INUWA Rolf Schinkel.It is unanimously believed that youth migration, mostly happened in poor nations of the world.This is due to the fact that youth, need to upgrade their life condition from local to more socialised better condition of life, where they would have an affluent life with every social infrastructure.This is not possible without job opportunity-Provision of employment to youth, would led them life upgrading to receive better education in more complex societies,where after graduation they would obtain a white collar job to purchase their life needs.

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Posted 21 September 2018 at 09:23

Rural youth empowerment to mitigate international migration?

Understanding the relations between jobs and skilled youth in agriculture and migration

What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed during the Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.

The insights from both Edukans and SNV confirm that it is difficult to pinpoint to a direct effect of skills training and education on migration decisions, as there are so many influencing

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Kenneth Opige I agree with this article like in Uganda there are many qualified youths but the potential to begin their own initiative is a prime challenge 

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Posted 4 September 2018 at 11:46

Posted by Rolf Schinkel in AgriProFocus Uganda 4 September 2018 at 11:46

KAMPALA CAPITAL CITY AUTHORITY (KCCA)

Notice of Expression of Interest for the provision of consultancy services to carry out 

Feasibility studies for the expansion of the Kyanja Urban Agricultural Resource Centre in Kampala, Uganda

The Kyanja Agricultural Resource Center is established by KCCA to showcase and demonstrate innovations in urban farming. The aim is to engage communities to intensify and expand their participation in urban agriculture as a source of income and food security.

The demand for the Centre’s inputs is ever expanding and it can no longer cope with the increased demand for inputs, storage, training and support of urban farmers in Kampala. KCCA therefor wants to expand the capacity of the Center, expand its current infrastructure and install new infrastructure.

The assignment will consist of studies of both hard and soft infrastructural components of the expansion of the centre. Because analysis is needed to ensure that

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11

Youth, Employment and Migration understanding the relations

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 September 2018, 16:00-18:00
  Utrecht

Youth, Employment and Migration

Understanding the relations between jobs, skilled youth and migration  


On September 11, the AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitates the fourth Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems, entitled “Youth, Employment and Migration – Understanding the relations between jobs, skilled youth and migration”. The aim is to exchange knowledge, share experiences and jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful in agrifood sectors and to have their voices heard among decision makers.

Mitigating the root causes of migration dominates todays Dutch development policy. The assumption is that job creation and education in low income countries will prevent youth from moving to Europe. The tendency to frame development policies with the objective to ‘stop migration’ is international. The European Union released numerous calls for proposals which aim to reduce

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Posted 27 August 2018 at 07:47

Ghana Launches ICT Innovation Project To Promote Digital Entrepreneurship

Ghana has launched an ICT Innovation Project tailored to nurture startups, promote digital entrepreneurship and create jobs for youths in the country. The initiative, under eTransform Ghana, comprises a Mobile Applications Laboratory (mLab) and an Innovation Hub (iHub). Read more HERE.

The Ministry of Communications – the supervising body for the entirety of the project, will establish a Board to dogwatch the operations of the mLab and iHub, which are expected to be up and ready for operations in a matter of weeks. The mLab is being implemented by an Innohub and Kumasi Hive as joint ventures while the iHub is being implemented by MDF West Africa, Ghana Technology University and BlueSpace as joint ventures.

That there is something to nurture do proof the three Startups from Ghana that were selected for DEMO Africa Innovation Tour. One of the start-ups is Complete Farmer. It will compete wit start-ups from Nigeria and Ivory

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Susanne Roelofsen Hello Rolf, Thanks for posting about this. I work for MDF West Africa as the project manager for the Ghana Innovation Hub (as iHub will be called). The hub will be operational as of October 1st in the Accra Digital Center. If anyone is interested in continuing the conversation, please contact me at sro@mdf.nl. Best,Susanne

3 months 1 week ago

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Posted 27 August 2018 at 07:20

Posted by Herco Hekking in AgriProFocus Netherlands 27 August 2018 at 07:20

  Group of 15 Ugandan potential clients visit Ante BV Holland   

Abdiweli siyad Awesome

3 months 2 weeks ago

Joseph Nsabiyabandi Merci Abdiweli, je vous encorage à visiter quotidiennement notre plateforme et à aimer nos posts, assurement que vous allez obtnir des informations et des opportunités  actualisées relatives au domaine agricole.

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Posted 23 August 2018 at 11:51

CALL: DIGITAL REGISTRATION OF WOMEN AGRIBUSINESSES IN EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA

This is a call for digital registration of women-owned agribusinesses in Eastern and Southern Africa. This registration will facilitate the development of a digital database for women-owned agribusinesses in Africa, the first agribusiness intelligence network targeting women agri-entrepreneurs.

Introduction

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.

CTA in collaboration with its regional partners, African Women in Agribusiness Network (AWAN East Africa) and the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), has recently launched a programme initiative named VALUE4HER. VALUE4HER is a continental initiative aimed at increasing incomes for women from agribusinesses through a

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Posted 23 August 2018 at 07:25

THE EMERGING YOUNG FACES OF COCOA FARMING IN GHANA

Also in Ghana, moving to the city in search of work is the norm for rural youth. They don’t consider agriculture as a viable alternative source of livelihood and part of the reason is lack of access to land, knowledge, capital and financial services. To motivate young people to go into agriculture, for the past two and a half years, Solidaridad and its partners have implemented the MASO Programme to create employment opportunities for rural youth in the cocoa sector.

You can read more about this program in this post on the Solidaridad web-site. Happy reading!

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Posted 22 August 2018 at 08:38

de Banking for Food-podcasts


Netherlands

Harm Edens (Dit Was Het Nieuws) voelt voor de Rabobank specialisten van binnen en buiten de bank tweewekelijks aan de tand over hun bijdrage aan ‘Growing a better world together’. In interviews van circa twintig minuten vertellen zij over de projecten waar ze nauw bij betrokken zijn.

In de laatste podcast vertelt Gilles Boumeester, hoofd RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness, over het gevecht voor stabiele en eerlijke voedselketens, van boer tot bord.

Alle tot nu toe gepubliceerde podcasts kan je HIER vinden.


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Posted 21 August 2018 at 06:44

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR A GRANT:

ICT-ENABLED MECHANISATION IN AFRICA

Deadline for receipt of proposals: Thursday, 11 October 2018 @ 6:00 P.M. Netherlands Time

CTA is launching a Call for proposals to support the implementation of ICT-enabled mechanisation services in Africa. The overall indicative amount made available under this Grant / Call for Proposals is a maximum of Euro 250,000.

You can find the complete information about this call HERE

The objective of the ICT for agriculture programme of the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is to explore and implement initiatives supportive of the effective use of digital technologies for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. The Centre also supports strategies promoting the engagement of youth and job creation in agricultural value chains. CTA is launching the current call for proposals against this backdrop.

The specific objective of this Call for Proposa

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Posted 20 August 2018 at 10:52

Dear AgriProFocus Members,

I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers. 

This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.

The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.

Some experts have share

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Posted 20 August 2018 at 07:32

Carol Gribnau,  director of the Hivos global Green Energy and Green Food programs writes on IPC about

Joint Action Needed to Reform our Food System

Read the full article HERE.

Come 2030, we will not have healthy and affordable food if we continue with business as usual. But no one institution can single handedly change the course of our food system. The key to ensuring a sustainable food system is involving a diverse group of actors – from smallholder farmers to government – to generate ideas for change, together.

Everyone recognizes the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration, but it’s good to understand exactly what we’re talking about. 

Hivos applies a “Lab” approach in several countries. It allows for a tailored approach and helps the actors move from global to national and local platforms. Given the complexity of food systems, local platforms are likely to be the most effective. 

The transformation towards sustainable food systems requires involving key actors,

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Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:10

Stephanie Lynch writes in SPORE magazine about 

Agriculture’s potential for peacebuilding

Read the full article here.

In recent years, agriculture has become increasingly recognised as an entry point for building peace and resilience in fragile states. With up to two-thirds of employment and one-third of GDP in countries experiencing prolonged crises linked to agriculture, investment in the sector can be transformative for the resilience of vulnerable populations. To prevent fragile situations descending into crises and ensure the sustainable recovery of vulnerable populations, rural communities need the capacity to monitor and predict crisis and disaster risks, as well as to develop strategies to help minimise the impact of such risks on food production.

Connecting farmers to markets

With increased capacity to grow surplus produce, farmers need access to finance and markets to add value to their products and further increase their incomes. However, in fragile states, neither f

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Shadrack Agaki Rolf Schinkel i have read through the whole article by Stephanie Lynch , in deed i believe agriculture is like a center bolt that would holds prosperity of the world. This conversation should be encouraged on this platform with a view of  finding the best way to lead the way in linking and providing critical information that would help in making agriculture work in countries the Network has presence.   

4 months 2 days ago

Rolf Schinkel Thank you Shadrack Agaki for your reply and interst in the article. It is an important issue indeed. I know a bit about it from my own experience, or rather the experience of the AgriProFocus platform in DR Congo. Agriculture fairs were organised by the AgriProFocus team there, at places that knew for longtime only war and insecurity . Only having the fair and meeting other people involved in agribusiness was already something special and re-assuring for many people there. It brought the sense of revival.By the way, did you notice Stephanie has her profile on this platform: https://agriprofocus.com/profile/stephanie.lynch.25346 . 

4 months 2 days ago