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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:
Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)
Dear Members and Partners,
We are pleased to announce the fourth Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday September 20 at Black Rose Lounge (Inside Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.
Confirm your attendance using this LINK
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 experiences. And, of course, you will do all this while enjoying 2 Free Drinks offered by the organizers.
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 an... Read more
Brigitte Cerfontaine, skills expert, tells us in about 3 minutes what Edukans does and shares examples of their work with Heifer in Uganda and how the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia provides a platform for their programmes!
Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE
Joseph Nsabiyabandi a rejoint l'équipe AgriProFocus depuis le 09 juillet 2018. Il est chargé du marketing et communication (marketing and communication facilitator). Il entend capitaliser et mettre au service du réseau ses 10 ans d'expérience en communication et journalisme.
Emile Nsengiyunva a intégré le réseau le 13 août 2018 comme Network facilitator. C'est un habitué du secteur agricole. Il a gagné le premier prix dans la compétition sur l'agribusiness organisée au Centre Songhai de Bénin par la FAO/EAC en juin 2018. Avant de rejoindre le réseau AgriProFocus, il était Directeur Général de SOHABU, une société qui... Read more
Op maandag 24 september 2018 vindt de volgende member meeting van AgriProFocus plaats. Tijdens deze meeting bespreken we de ideeën voor een Netherlands Food Partnership en wat dit betekent voor AgriProFocus. Tevens benoemen we tijdens deze meeting de nieuwe bestuursvoorzitter van AgriProFocus.
Beoogd nieuwe voorzitter: Theo Koekkoek
De bestuurstermijn van de huidige voorzitter, Kees Wantenaar, liep dit voorjaar af. Het stichtingsbestuur van AgriProFocus draagt met veel enthousiasme Theo Koekkoek voor als nieuwe bestuursvoorzitter. Akkerbouwer en pluimveehouder Koekkoek (46) heeft ruime internationale managementervaring in de agrarische- en voedingsmiddelensector. Hij is tevens bestuursvoorzitter van Agrifirm en commissaris van VION. Daarnaast is hij onder meer bestuurslid van de Nationale Coöperatieve Raad (NCR) en lid van het algemeen bestuur van het CDA. Eerder was hij bestuurlijk actief binnen de ZLTO.
Netherlands Food Partnership
In de ledenbrief van mei 2018 hebben we je geïnfor... Read more
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... Read more
If so, apply for the youth business challenge and get a team of young experts to help you solve your problems.
The Youth Business Challenge is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Ethiopian Netherlands Business Association, Ethio-Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth & AgriProFocus Ethiopia where a group of interdisciplinary youth and a few seasoned technical experts come up with a business plan for waste management practices in different agribusinesses working in the agri-food sector.
Apply now or no later than the 11th of September through this form.
For this special Agro-Industry & Nutrition Business Drinks, 70 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches and open-space networking. This event unique was special because it was the first time a Business Drinks was held out of Addis Ababa. Additionally, several of the participants were academicians and agro-industry experts participating in the International Nutrition and Agro-Industry Conference organized by Hawassa University's Center of Excelence for Human Nutrition.
The first pitch was made by Betelhem Lakew, from BeNu Manufacturing: a start-up company working on nutrition & healthy products. Their product is designed to be a high-protein, nutritious biscuit to address both under & over nutrition. According to Betelhem, their socially responsible business model of “buy one give one” is designed such that the company will give one biscuit for free to a child suffering from under nutrition for every biscuit you buy.
The second pitch mad... Read more
The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp... Read more
In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”
Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).
The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at le... Read more
Due to the high interest in the topic
of contract farming, on June 2018, Grow Asia,
the Myanmar Agriculture Network
(MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar ran a joint learning event on contract farming schemes. To
multiply the impact of the event and broaden the reach of the learnings
distilled, they have put together this document as a summary of the key
take-aways. We hope you and your organization will use it as a reference point
to guide further action. Please, click here to read more about contract
Contract farming ႏွင္႔ ပတ္သက္ေသာBlog တစ္ခု ထြက္ေပၚလာၿခင္း၊
Gr... Read more
Do you want to learn youth’s movement in the agriculture sector? We would like to share our valuable experiences in the Agrifood Bootcamp. What did youths do at Agrifood Bootcamp and how did they develop their new business idea based on the different challenges? Which kinds of companies and organizations support them to find the innovative solutions? Please have a look at the unforgettable memory which we saved in this video. If you want to participate in next Bootcamp as a organization or as a participants, please, feel free to contact us.
စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေမြးၿမဴေရးက႑မွ လူငယ္မ်ားရဲ႕တက္ၾကြလွတဲ႔ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြအေၾကာင္... Read more
On this last Thursday’s event 60 members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.
Mr. Misteru Tesfaye (EIAR) pointed out that in Ethiopia most of the oil products that imported from foreign countries are low in quality and has excess amount of fat content, which is not advisable for human healthy that can cause different health related problems such as cancer, cholesterol and heart disease which eventually results to death.
Mr. Mesteru is looking forward to work with anyone who is interested in his idea for creating healthy product for the community at all.
Mr. Jiregna Tadese :- An Environmentalist and Human Right Activist from Top River Project at Ginfile, who works in the rehabilitation an... Read more
Halo Para Petani Muda yang telah bergabung di online platform AgriProFocus. Yuk, daftar ajang pemilihan Duta Petani Muda 2018 di www.dutapetanimuda.id/pendaftaran. Info lebih lanjut bisa cek poster di bawah.
Satu Duta Petani Muda 2018 terbaik akan memenangkan perjalanan ke Australia untuk berpartisipasi dalam kunjungan belajar tentang sektor pertanian di Australia. Kunjungan belajar ini dibiayai dan dipersembahkan oleh Academies Australasia Institute.
Hello young agripreneurs who have joined AgriProFocus online platform. Please register yourself to be selected as Young Agripreneurz Ambassador this year. For complete information, please see the poster below.
The best Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2018 will win a trip to Australia to participate in a study visit to learn about the agriculture sector in Australia. The study visit is funded and presented by Academies Australasia Institute
On July 20th, 2018 at Umubano Hotel; the USAID Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) and Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity, in close collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) organized a learning and networking workshop on agriculture extension services, that aimed to share and disseminate information on available public and private agriculture extension services models and how can they be strengthened further in the country.
Background of the workshop
Rwanda is committed to the “strengthened private sector service delivery and investment along the 4 pillars of the Strategic Plan for the Agriculture Transformation in Rwanda (PSTA IV).Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity in collaboration with RAB and MINAGRI, conducted the national extension program “Twig... Read more
A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine.
The central theme of the Symposium Day was ‘Youth in agribusiness for income generation and job creation.’ Many of the stakeholders at the Symposium recognise the important role of young women and men in realising a sustainable agri-food sector in the near future. They are also aware of the many challenges young people face as agripreneurs in the sector.
The Symposium thus focused on collaboration and sharing of experiences, debate forums amongst the youth; as important factors to inspire, increase synergy, to improve and be more effective in tackling challenges in convin... Read more
A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine.
We are pleased to announce the fourth Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday July 26th 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 experie... Read more
“Romance without Finance has no chance” This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.
Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people... Read more