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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:

NETWORK BUILDING

Creating a collaborative culture by sharing information, opportunities, challenges and lessons learned and explore potential for joint action.

LINKING

Creating and facilitating the partnerships for different stakeholder to start working together

LEARNING

Creating and facilitating the learning environment for different stakeholders to learn from and with each other

LEADERSHIP

Creating and facilitating the space for different stakeholders to jointly set and influence the agenda

Dutch Members 2018: 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 11:59

Training to improve gender equality for Malawi smallholder tea farmers

During the second week of May, AgriProFocus organized a gender and value chains training for partner organizations of UTZ (now merging with Rainforest Alliance) in Malawi. The training was aimed at understanding gender and practical tools to integrate gender aspect into work with smallholder tea farmers.

AgriProFocus adapted its Gender in Value Chains coaching track and tools for these trainings. The trainings are currently taking place in four countries involving partners in Eastern, Southern and West Africa and Indonesia.

In Malawi, the training included a field visit to smallholder tea farmers around Mulanje. These farmers are organized in trusts. The trusts sell green leafs to bigger tea estates, which are being processed and then consumed internationally. The fieldtrip was used to get more information from the smallholders regarding how gender differences affect benefits farmers receive, amongst others. In this part of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted yesterday at 07:27

Bringing the market closer to women

This blog is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'    

‘Nancy participated in a trajectory that the Agriprofocus network organized for the private sector in Uganda. Her Agri&Food company, Amatheon-Agri Uganda (AAU), wanted to receive more and better maize from its out-growers. Initial assessments by Nancy at field level showed that average yields were, indeed, low compared to the national average. Closing the yield gap would translate into a potential gain of 682-2,556 megaton maize a year.

Diagnostic tools

To assess the gap between male and female out-growers in participation, leadership and access to extension, Nancy used the diagnostic tools from the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkit. Her findings showed that weeding, which takes a lot of time, is largely delegated to women, but that they have no access to labour-saving tools. Overall the use of improved tools, practices and inputs is limited.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 May 2018 at 03:41

Debate about Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs shows need for capital and support services at different stages of business development


On May 15, four Dutch development partners invited European development partners in Brussels to present and discuss the outcomes of a joint study on the demand for and supply of risk capital for agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Sahara Africa with cases form Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia. The European Commission, Social Impact Funds, development partners and EU Platforms were present at the event hosted by the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.

The issue

Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. The growth phase of the businesses determines the need for specific financial deals, type of financial products and business support services (BDS). However, both the private and th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 May 2018 at 10:30

Highlights from the Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit 

The objective of the just concluded Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit “Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policymakers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.

60 expert speakers shared their insight on how to ensure long-term food security to support socio-economic transformation whilst minimizing environmental impact.

Some of the topics discussed included:

1. A Strategic Approach and Business Model for Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa 

2. Innovative Financing Models for Climate Smart Agriculture
Increasing climate adaptation and resilience of agriculture requires investments at different scales to access, adopt and u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice read! Can you also explain a bit what we as AgriProFocus do on Climate Smart Agriculture? What can people expect from our network? Maybe Wim Goris, you can elaborate?

4 days 21 hours ago

Shadrack Agaki  Anne Marie Kortleve  Agriprofocus has done some good job  when it come to creating better platform bringing organizations together to enable strategic partnership and collaboration in order for people to  think through how Climate Smart Agriculture can be scaled up in- For me you have created a Mastermind Phenomenon. However with spotlight being directed on the role and place  of youth and women in making CSA achievable and given that the best way to do this is to amplify the success stories of youth in Agriculture, Agriprofocus should deliberately decide to undertake a project profiling successful youth agribusiness  cases and help amplify them.  

3 days 23 hours ago

Wim Goris Hi Shadrack, thanks for the compliment: let's agree the network is the mastermind.  AgriProFocus staff attended this CSA conference exactly to link and learn and deepen our network.  In addition to what Hilda summarizes, the conference deliberated on climate & gender in three sessions.  The issue of green house gas reduction got less attention. 

2 days 19 hours ago

Wim Goris Actions  already happening  in our network concern climate * dairy,  agroecology,  soil fertility just use the search bar on this online platform.  On the horticulture * climate , we are mapping practices, solutions and barriers in Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.  That  mapping was  ongoing at the time of the conference, but we got useful insights and links.    

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 May 2018 at 07:46

‘Gender is still too often a separate paragraph’

This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'  

How can this be changed?

It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’

When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 May 2018 at 01:48

What is the role of Dairy Cooperatives in enabling the adoption of climate smart technologies and practices? 

AgriProFocus recently organised a half day forum with dairy cooperatives in Kiambu County to explore their role in enhancing the adoption of climate smart technologies and practices. The forum brought together executive board members and managers from 7 dairy cooperatives in Kiamb

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 16 May 2018 at 02:47

Vacancy: Country Network Facilitator (Medior/Senior) Myanmar National 

AgriProFocus Myanmar is hiring! We are looking for a Country Network Facilitator to strengthen our team. 

The Country Network Facilitator will be the team’s multistakeholder process specialist and works directly with our Myanmar and Dutch partners to develop strong joint programmes that contribute to making agribusiness work for development in Myanmar. Other important tasks include the management and implementation of our current inclusive agribusiness projects, facilitation of networking and learning events and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL). 

Are you interested? Please find more information in the vacancy attached. You can apply before May 28 by sending your motivation letter and CV to Bente Meindertsma bmeindertsma@agriprofocus.com. 


Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 15 May 2018 at 07:18

Check these facts & figures! Did you know? More interesting reads on gender in agricultural value chains can be found in our networks latest magazine: 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity' 

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31

Business Drinks!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  31 May 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Bole Road Addis Ababa

You are invited for the 3rd of 2018 Business Drinks!


Dear Members and Partners,

We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday May 31st at Black Rose Lounge (Inside Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.

Confirm your attendance using this LINK

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visibility for their programs and strengthened their respective networks.

Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the event. In this an hour and half event, starting from late afternoon 5:00 PM, you will have the opportunity to meet new people in your line of business and share ideas and experien

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 9 May 2018 at 12:19

'Gender equality must be taken into account'

Interview Louise Anten, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

For the AgriProFocus magazine on gender "Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity", Louise Anten was interviewed to share the perspective of the Dutch ministry on gender in agriculture. 

Louise Anten is part of the Task Force for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is composed of people from different divisions within the Ministry. Her focus is economic empowerment of women in private sector development.

She shares her core message: Women’s rights and gender equality must be taken into account in all development cooperation, and not just receive attention in projects specifically directed towards women. To ensure that this happens, it is crucial to find business cases for gender inclusive development.

‘To integrate respect for women’s rights and gender equality in everything we do,’ was Louise Anten’s reply wh

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LOUISE ANNICK DJENGUE I really appreciate what the Dutch Ministry  of Foreign affairs, is achieving in the Third word and especially in Africa, and it's really important  to listen to women on the field facing huge difficulties, i have experience and saw many women in  Africa  Leader and enterpreneurship Forum in Burkina Faso, the GENDER problem was  an issue and no support of most of our Government,and Male, we could learn the impact of the Woman in Local development and Africa is standing behind because women are set aside on decisions and YES on agricultural contribution. I think we also need a good campaign to inform and encourage our population to start  consuming their own Products, alot of  agro-products transformed Organic Food but GOES ON WASTE BECAUSE OF THE LOCAL MARKET.( MY FUTURE PROJECT)So Thank you very much  Agri Focus.

1 week 5 days ago

Saava Ali Am very passionate about Gender mostly women access and utilization of water resources, Gender Based Violence and Gender and Culture. Currently am in South Sudan Abyei Administrative Area . Because of wars in this area women and children are mostly affected we need to empower women to critically come up with sustainable solutions to challenging problems they from their oppressors.

1 week 2 days ago

Fily Keita Thanks for sharing? Gender in agricultural value chain is crucial for the development.

1 week 1 day ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Please I want to become a certified gender coach

1 week 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 4 May 2018 at 12:25

PAVILLON HOLLANDAIS AU SIAGRI 2018

L’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali et son partenaire NABC soutiennent la participation d’une quarantaine d’entreprises du secteur Agricole à la 7ème Edition du Salon International de l’Agriculture à travers le PAVILLON HOLLANDAIS !

Le pavillon Hollandais est un espace qui offre aux entreprises néerlandaises la possibilité de présenter leurs produits, leur technologie et leur expertise aux visiteurs, de créer des réseaux et d'organiser des réunions B2B avec de (nouveaux) partenaires.

LE SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L’AGRICULTURE

Le SIAGRI permet donc à l’Ambassade du royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali à travers la facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali de renforcer la compétitivité des produits agricoles, agroalimentaires et agroindustriels maliens et améliorer leur accès aux marchés nationaux et internationaux à travers un pavillon néerlandais de plus de 30 stands.

Le Pavillon Hollandais est un espace convivial qui réunit les

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Emicom Emicom Merci à l'Ambassade des Pays Bas au Mali et à son partenaire NABC pour cet espace très convivial très utile pour les entreprises

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may
31

Food for thought - Review of Dutch Food Security Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 May 2018, 09:00-13:00
  Wageningen University, The Netherlands

On May 31, a public dialogue is organized around the recently published IOB review of Dutch food security policy in the period 2012-2016. This multi-stakeholder dialogue will be a space to understand the success factors and challenges of policy implementation by the Netherlands through its bilateral, multilateral and civilateral programmes in low and middle income countries, in collaboration with an extensive range of partners. Many of these partners will have the opportunity to discuss the review’s findings and their translation into practice. The results of these discussions are in particular expected to help shaping the future Dutch food security policy, in the context of the adapted policy for International Trade and Development Cooperation.

IOB review

The IOB review analyses the food security policy’s effectiveness, discusses its efficiency and coherence and concludes with recommendations. It is based on an inventory of food security activities and available evaluations, complemente

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 May 2018 at 12:44

Reactie Ruerd Ruben op evaluatie IOB NL Voedselzekerheidsbeleid

NEDERLANDSE AMBITIES VOOR INTERNATIONALE VOEDSELZEKERHEID

De langverwachte evaluatie van de Nederlandse inzet op het terrein van voedselzekerheid is deze week naar de 2de Kamer gestuurd. De Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking & Beleidsevaluatie (IOB) heeft grondig werk gedaan en in vier landen meerjarige impactevaluaties laten uitvoeren. Daarmee kunnen de beleidsinzet en de daarmee bereikte resultaten ook aan elkaar worden gerelateerd. Hulde daarvoor!

Het IOB rapport biedt allereerst een aardig inzicht in de manier waarop de middelen voor voedselzekerheid zijn ingezet. Daarbij vallen drie op:

· In de periode 2011-16 is ruim € 1,5 miljard gecommitteerd (ca. € 300 miljoen per jaar), verdeeld over ruim 250 projecten. Dat duidt op nogal wat versnippering;

· Ruim de helft van de middelen (56%) is gebruikt voor programma’s gericht op vergroting van de landbouwproductie en een derde (32%) is voor markton

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 April 2018 at 08:42

All Solutions & ProMEva training happening in Nairobi:

This week all AgriproFocus east-Africa teams are in training about combining communication, finance and PMEL in one system. The All Solutions & ProMEva system launch will enable the AgriProFocus network to communicate about new ideas and leads, register member investments and give information on financial relevance. With this app, the network will manage and share customer information, understand what members are interested in and also identify and know potential donors

The training encompassing APF teams from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya; will be conducted from 30th April through May 4th 2018 at WestWood hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.

Anne Marie Kortleve Good luck to all colleagues in Nairobi this week! Looking forward to a stronger, better network ready for the future!

3 weeks 1 day ago

Janine Schoeman Thanks for sharing Gloria, great to see everyone!

3 weeks 1 day ago

Dorina Prech We are so happy to host all our colleagues from these countries. Working towards a stronger and more coordinated network! 

3 weeks 23 hours ago

Kabunga James Welldone

2 weeks 3 days ago

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01

FoodFIRST: Team Up with African Agripreneurs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 June 2018, All Day Event
  Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht

This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat; with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory. The leading question is: How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions, business and civil society organizations) connect to these challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?  

Register HERE


Programme

09.00h Registration, coffee

09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods

10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO

10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR

11.00h Walk to workshop locations

11.10h Workshops

1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 April 2018 at 11:57

Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO present ‘Critical Capital’ at foodFIRST

The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. 

Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.

African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a graduatio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 April 2018 at 09:45

The 1st Dairy MSP meeting 2018 held at AgriProFocus Uganda

The 1st dairy multi-stakeholder platform meeting successfully convened at the AgriProFocus office in Kampala attracting a total of 12 participants. Of which, 5 were female and 7 male, including regional representatives from Mbarara, Sheema and Kiruhura Districts.

The purpose of the planning meeting was to review the progress made in 2017 and to set priorities for 2018. 

Among the emerging issues discussed during the meeting was the recognition of the Competition law which is highly affecting dairy farmers who are advocating for a voice to combat the volatile market.

Contributing to the discussion was MOFPED representative Mayers Asiimwe who pledged support of the Ministry to the dairy MSP. 

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is willing to support the registration of the dairy MSP so that it is able to execute it’s mandate, Mayers Asiimwe told the convened meeting.

And in accordance with execution of

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Posted By in Améliorer vos performances
Posted 25 April 2018 at 08:16

ZOOM SUR LA MINI-FOIRE AGRICOLE 2017 ET CAPE SUR 2018 

La mini-foire agricole est un espace offert aux entrepreneurs agricoles pour rendre visible leurs produits et par conséquent augmenter leur chiffre d’affaires. L’édition passée a accueilli vingt-deux (22) exposants de produits et services locaux novateurs.

Parmi les exposants, on note que 81,81 % des exposants ont comme activité principale la transformation agroalimentaire (jus de fruits, purée de tomate et piment, farine infantile, gari amélioré, huile, lait de soja, etc.), 4% la production agricole (oeufs, viande de volaille, fruits et légumes, poisson, etc.) et 14% autres activités principales (Accompagnement au développement des entreprises, emballage papier et Production et commercialisation d'instants bio). Tous les exposants sont originaires du Bénin et sont répartis sur l’étendue du territoire national comme suit : 50% des entreprises sont localisés à Cotonou, 22,7% à Abomey-Calavi, 9% à Allada, 4,5%

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Posted By in PAINT for Youth
Posted 19 April 2018 at 08:18

First PAINT-Y Expo planned in 2018! 

The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months. 

The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support. 

Target

The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.

What to expect at the Expo 

> An entrepreneur Showcase

>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks

  for young agri-entrepreneurs. 

>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.

Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event. 


patience pande Lovely! Looking forward to the event👍

4 weeks 1 day ago

Lwanda Keya Thanks so much for the initiative! Pls keep us posted on the dates and venue. 

4 weeks 1 day ago

Dorina Prech Many thanks Patience and Lwanda. We shall keep you posted on this page on the event. 

4 weeks 1 day ago

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Feeding the Mega Cities of Africa

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  23 June 2018, All Day Event
  ILRI, Gurd Shola, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:

• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.

• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).

• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. 

• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.

To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.

To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst

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