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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
Dutch Members 2018:
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In this full day event, AgriProFocus Network members will have the opportunity to network, promote their work in the agriculture sector, and learn together about sector trends and new tools for sector development.
More specicfically this event features the following activities:
* Keynote presentations on food security in Ethiopia, research findings on gender in agriculture, and developing markets for sustainability in agriculture.
* Breakout groups with presentations and discussions on sustainability in commercial agriculture, and on agroecology.
* Workshops on tools for addressing gender in agricultural value chains, and on maximizing your online communications with the AgriProFocus website and social media.
* Launch of the Youth Business Challenge!
* Networking over booths and drinks.
Please find full program attached. All AgriProFocus Ethiopia members are welcome to participate, but they must register via this link.
The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).
The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.
AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, ex... Read more
Dans sa dynamique de promotion de l’entrepreneuriat Agricole, pour une sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle durable au Niger, le réseau AgriProFocus Niger a mis en œuvre un projet de promotion des produits locaux transformés du Niger avec le soutien de l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF). Après six mois d’exécution, l’heure est au bilan, et c’est dans cette ligne que s’est tenue ce jeudi 8 novembre 2018, une rencontre bilan entre les femmes et jeunes transformateurs accompagnés dans le cadre du Projet Promotion des produits locaux transformés du Niger et le réseau AgriProFocus Niger dans ses locaux.
L’objectif de la rencontre est de faire le bilan de la campagne « je mange et local et toi ? » et d’apprécier l’organisation des marchés éphémères (pops marchés).
Les femmes et jeunes transformateurs ont apprécié positivement l’organisation de la campagne couplée aux pops marchés effectuée dans trois arrondissemen... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania is looking for a dynamic and creative individual to fill the position of Country Network Coordinator.
As a network, our vision is to be the “go to network” in the agribusiness sector in Tanzania. To achieve this, we need to position the network strategically in the sector. The main role of the Country Network Coordinator is to ensure that our strategy is implemented as well as develop the portfolio of the the Tanzania country Network. It entails building and maintaining relations with members, partners and donors in the country, identify thematic and financial opportunities for the network, and, spearhead resource mobilization for AgriProFocus services and products.
If you fit the profile of candidate we are looking for, please send a copy of your CV and a motivation letter [indicating your current and expected salary] to email@example.com and copy... Read more
AgriProFocus in partnership with the Kenya Horticultural Council and Nairobi County Government held a food safety stakeholder meeting on behalf of the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV). The meeting was held on 16th October 2018 at Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi and in attendance were: researchers, private sector actors, development partners as well as public sector actors from county and national government.
SNV and its consortium of partners are currently implementing a project on Market-led Horticulture Programme which has three focus areas namely: – Food safety in fruits and vegetables, Food loss reduction and inclusion of small holder farmers in agricultural value chains.
A lot of studies and reports have been done on food security unfortunately, the implementation of study findings have been poor; the meeting therefore aimed at moving from studies to practice with the aim of piloting a traceability system within Nairobi City Park Market through the finding... Read more
The National Youth in Agribusiness Forum will take place on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi from 7.00 am- 7.00 pm. The theme for this year is “Investing in the Next Frontier in Agricultural Transformation” and aims to bring county, national, regional and international stakeholders working towards supporting the youth in the agri-food sector. The Forum is one of the components under the PAINT-Y platform.
PAINT – Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Network and Trade for Youth) is a platform that appreciates the numerous initiatives that exist towards supporting youth in agribusiness and it is this rich pool of information, knowledge, experiences and expertise that PAINT-Y brings it all together with the goal of transforming agriculture and food systems for Kenya and the region. PAINT-Y is designed on the proposition that if all stakeholders can link to each other at their point of convergence, share an... Read more
Do you have interesting opportunities to share with our networks in Africa and Asia? Do you have specific questions around the agribusiness sector in the countries where we work? This is you chance to link up directly with our colleagues from the country networks where we operate!
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Join our business drinks on Wednesday the 14th of November at our office in Utrecht. Our colleagues are present for our annual strategy week and are very much interested in meeting you during this special event.
We hope to welcome you on the 14th!
On 30th and 31st, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with KAYONZA District, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Help a Child Rwanda, Rwanda Development Bank (BRD), ICCO Cooperation and World vision International Rwanda, organized "10th Agrifinance fair and Market linkage event" that took place in Eastern province of Rwanda, Kayonza district which is located in the center of the province and easily accessible. The main objective of the event is to address the information gap on financial services and to offer market linkage opportunities to the agripreneurs.
A two days event brought together different actors in agribusiness sector. These included farmers especially from Eastern Province of Rwanda, cooperatives, agribusiness companies, financial service providers and development partner organizations operating in Rwanda. The fair focused on information sharing, dialogue and interaction and connections between different stakeholders to add... Read more
Le réseau AgriProFocus dans sa campagne de promotion et de valorisation des produits locaux transformés du Niger après le lancement du 13 octobre 2018 au palais du 29 juillet de Niamey, a animé son deuxième pop marché, le Mardi 16 octobre 2018 au Centre Régional de la Recherche Agronomique de Niamey situé à la commune III. L’objectif de ces marchés est de booster la consommation des produits locaux transformés par nos transformatrices à travers le slogan « je mange local et toi ? », mais aussi de faire connaitre ces produits par le grand public.
Il faut noter que cette deuxième phase de pop marché a eu la visite du Ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Elevage, du Ministre des Domaines, de l’Urbanisme et des Logements, du Ministre, Haut-commissaire de I3N et de plusieurs autres invités de marque dont les Partenaires Techniques et Financiers.
Tout au long de la visite des stands, les personnalités ont reçu d’amples explications sur la transf... Read more
Could you introduce yourself and your Organization to the APF network members in Ethiopia?
I am Samson Eshetu (PhD) currently working for Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) project in Ethiopia as a Lead National Innovation Facilitator. The Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation System (CDAIS) project, which has started operation in Ethiopia in May 2016, is an initiative of Agrinatura (association of European research and universities), represented by ICRA and FAO in eight developing countries of the world which is designed to try out a new model of development framed by the innovation systems perspective. The project is financed by the European Union and is aimed at strengthening the functional capacities of actors involved in agricultural innovation syst... Read more
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There is more and more recognition for the importance of youth in the AgriFood sector. They hold the key to finding new, innovative and sustainable solutions for challenges within this sector! This also means there is a rise in the amount and variety of initiates supporting youth in this sector.
AgriProFocus has identified the need for more collaboration between these initiates, creating a more aligned supply of support to young agripreneurs.
That is why AgriProFocus has been working the last couple of months on the design of a new global youth initiative that focuses on synergy and collaboration between youth projects/programmes worldwide.
This design is taking shape, thanks to the regular input from members, and we are getting really enthusiastic!
We are organizing a breakfast meeting on the 23rd of October, getting even more input from members. At this meeting we take a breat... Read more
It is that time of the year again! The nomination round for the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018 is open. Since last year, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform annually awards a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. Starting today, you can nominate someone who has been actively and enthusiastically connecting actors to align policy and/or practices with knowledge (development) in order to contribute to FNS in 2018.
In December 2017, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) handed out the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award for the first time. The winner, Addis Teshome (IFDC) was merited for his work on the 2SCALE portfolio of public-private partnerships in Ethiopia, which was developed under his leadership. He was honoured for “bringing key actors together to discuss how to move the development of critical value chains forward”.... Read more
AgriProFocus Kenya and Kenarava Group organised a youth in agribusiness stakeholder meeting and launch of PAINT-Y (Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth). PAINT-Y is a platform that centers youths as the driving force of their agenda. The event was held on 18th October, 2018 at Dusit D2 hotel and it brought together different stakeholders to discuss on how opportunities can be harnessed for collective action for scale and impact. In attendance were agripreneurs, researchers, policymakers, private sector and; government representatives from Kenya, Netherlands and Israel.
The meeting aimed at sharing AgriProFocus research findings on “Status of Youth in Agribusiness in Kenya,” provide a platform for contributions from youths in agribusiness on their struggles, successes, role of stakeholders in supporting youth and launch of PAINT-Y.
The Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Kenya, Mr. Eyal David informed delegates on some of the in... Read more
We celebrated the launching ceremony of the campaign ‘’I eat local and you’’ and the opening of the pops markets promoting local products processed from Niger.
This launch took place on Saturday October 13th, 2018 at ‘’Palais du 29 Juillet de Niamey” under the chairmanship of the “Ministre, Haut commissariat à l’initative 3N”, in the presence of the Governor of the region of Niamey, representatives of the diplomatic, institutions of the Republic, NGOs, technical and financial partners, banks and financial institutions, civil society organizations, farmers' organizations, agribusinesses enterprises
• More than 400 people took part in the ceremony; all these participants visited the exhibition stands.
• 20 exhibition stands
• 40 women and young transformers
• Exhibitors sell between 30.000-150.000CFA
• 10 to 30 relationships by exhibitor.
After the official launch, more than 200 other people visited the exhibition s... Read more
Appreciation of the role of aggregation and developing action plans towards its implementation was the focus of a workshop held by Agriterra and facilitated by Agriprofocus in Lundazi and Katete.
The capacity building which was Kicked off with a training workshop in August in Lundazi and Katete, provided an opportunity to deepen and expand farmer engagement with focus on Aggregation of produce.
The workshop brought together participants from leadership positions from over 8 cooperatives that are supported by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) under its Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions project (SILMS). The SILMS project is focused on improving market access of farmers practicing climate smart agriculture interventions.The capacity building programme in aggregation is aimed at enhancing market linkages.
Speaking during the opening of the workshop, AgriProFocus Zambia... Read more
The importance of dairy farming and its contribution to the economic growth of a country cannot be over emphasized. In most countries, dairy farming is not only seen as a source of nutrients for millions of consumers but is also an important source of income for farmers and plays a significant role in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of these countries.
Therefore milk, and dairy are an important subsector in the national economies of many developing countries.
However, just like any other industry, the African dairy industry faces many challenges resulting from a number of factors, one particular challenge that has gripped the sector is lack of cold chain facilities.
Emerging dairy sectors in developing African countries cannot cool raw milk on-farm due to the lack of reliable electricity. Often the quality of the evening milk is lost because it doesn’t survive the overnight heat.
This h... Read more
Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI) in partnership with AgriProFocus Network member Solidaridad Network Foundation, will be holding a Youth in Agriculture Conference planned to take place from 19th – 22nd November, 2018.
The conference which aims to enhance Private Sector Participation and Contribution to Agribusiness Growth for Youth Empowerment will be held under the theme ‘’Advancing Youth Empowerment in Agriculture through Youth inclusiveness in Agribusiness”.
It aims to foster an exchange among stakeholders on knowledge and best practices regarding the interfaces between agriculture, youth employment, entrepreneurship, ICT innovations, leading to prioritizing interventions going forward.
The event is expected to attract delegates from government, private sector, civil society organizations, academic institutions, cooperating partners, youths from different provinces.
It is hoped that the conference will provide areas f... Read more
Dans sa stratégie de mise en relation des acteurs intervenants dans le secteur du développement de l’entrepreneuriat agricole pour mettre l’agribusiness au développement au Niger. Le réseau AgriProFocus Niger a organisé un business cocktail ce jeudi 11 octobre 2018 à l’hôtel terminus de Niamey. Cette rencontre a vu la participation d’une vingtaine des responsables des projets et programmes, des banques, des institutions de financement, des chefs d’entreprises œuvrant dans le développement du secteur Agricole.
A travers ce business cocktail AgriProFocus vise objectifs ci-dessous :
Remercier tous les partenaires qui l’ont accompagné au cours de l’année 2018 dans la réalisation de ses activités en vue d’atteindre les résultats qu’il s’est fixé.
Partager les activités phares de l’année 2019 avec des partenaires, afin que ceux-là puissent les prendre en compte dans leur planification budgétaire 2019.
Explorer des pistes de collab... Read more
AgriProFocus Zambia is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Mwansa Lwanga as Marketing and Communications Facilitator.
Mwansa Lwanga is responsible for profiling AgriProFocus Network in Zambia. Her role supports the team to build an effective multi stakeholder platform that promotes the Networks core mission of Making Agribusiness Work for Development.
Mwansa is a holder of a Diploma in Journalism from Evelyn Hone College and prospect Degree in Communication Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Mwansa joins us from the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) where she served as Communications Officer for four years.
If you are hosting any Agri-events or have a story to share, get in touch with Mwansa on firstname.lastname@example.org
Cities are a vital pathway to food and nutrition security. The Global Accessibility Map reveals how easy it is for people in different areas to access these resources - and that many people, especially in developing countries, often have to spend long hours to meet their basic needs.
Join us when Andy Nelson - Professor of Spatial Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Twente - presents this suprising and innovative visualisation of worldwide accessibility.
Nelson was asked in 2008 by the World Bank to calculate the number of people who lived within one hour travel time of a city.
‘I didn’t stop at one hour from a city, I kept going and ended up with a global map, which received a lot of attention. It was a completely new visualization of how connected we are,’ says Nelson. ‘We improved the quality of the map thanks to big advances in the available information and means, which we had at our di... Read more