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AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their individual and collective impact increases.
Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 23.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
The AgriProFocus network members collaborate to strengthen the position of farmers and other agri-entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains. Entrepreneurs, small and medium scale, who are market oriented, business driven and willing to learn, innovate and grow. Entrepreneurs who together can, and will, make a difference for sustainable food and nutrition security at national, regional and international level.
Dutch Partnership Members 2017
Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)
together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform
Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:
“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz... Read more
On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide... Read more
In October 2016 ARF-2 project members met for a learning exchange during the second International workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) in Cotonou, Benin. Since the ARF project groups aim to ensure their research is taken up in society, they all have a private organization as project leader of their consortium. The projects also need to embed their research in society from the very beginning of the project.
To support these groups in achieving these goals, the first two days of the workshop focused on knowledge exchange and strategies of co-creation and research uptake. In addition a public seminar was organized on the role of nutrition in agricultural value chains. During this third day workshop lessons were brought further with food security professionals from Benin.Read more
On the 30th June, 65 people attended the business cocktail during the 8th Agribusiness Club meeting at City Blue Hotel - Kacyiru, interacting and “networking”, a way to be updated on innovations & trends in the rwandan agribusiness sector and to be introduced to entrepreneurs, senior executives in various organisations, – government, NGOs, etc.
This AgriProFocus initiative which started more than 3 years ago
(1) Provides the Rwandan agribusiness practitioners with a platform to discuss, debate and learn about issues and opportunities along the different Rwandan agribusiness value-chains
(2) Provides agribusiness professionals an opportunity to expand professional connections and opportunities.
(3) increases agribusiness companies and practitioners’ visibility
During all these years, this networking cocktail has involved more than 300 professionals and entrepreneurs from va... Read more
This quarter AgirProFocus facilitated two sustainable value chain workshops in Ethiopia: one on mapping soil fertility value chains for the Fertile Grounds Initiative held in Ziway, and one on mapping tree seedling value chains for GiZ at Menagasha. Members of the AriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.
The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the by the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkits was used in both instances; workshop participants were supported to identify social, economic and environmental constraints and opportunities to the core and extended value chain of specific agricultural products (highland tree seedlings, lowland tree seedlings, compost, biochar, vermicompost, biofertilizer, and green manure seed).
Feedback from the tree seedling value chain workshop was very positive, feedback from the soil fertility... Read more
AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.
Insightful views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;
1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus
2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive
participation by Agriterra
3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization
4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE... Read more
For more vlogs from our Dutch members, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership
4th of July - Dutch Parliament - The Hague
A broad coalition of 45 parties urges the new Dutch cabinet in this manifesto to transition towards a sustainable food system, through which the Netherlands will contribute to green growth, healthy food for all, and a more peaceful world with less conflict and more stability. We ask the next government to invest in this, together with the private sector, consumers, civil society, farmers, education and science.
On July 4th a delegation of signatories presented the manifesto to the House of Representatives of the Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. You can watch the livestream (in Dutch) HERE.
The work does not stop here! This manifesto was an initiative of the Food Security Policy Group of the AgriProFocus network. In September we will organise a Masterclass FoodTransition for Members of Parliament. If you are interested to join, please contact Sander Mager (Chair of the Poli... Read more
From the 22nd until the 25th of June 2017, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the Rwandan Agricultural Show in Kigali.
The expo was organized for the 12th year by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). This year’s theme was: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. MINAGRI stressed that Rwanda is in need of technologies that can help fight against climate change and the effects. Also, there is a need for sufficient quality seeds, fertilizers, water, and training and advice to ensure productive farming (source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/214727/).
This year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with Dutch NGO’s active in the agri-business sector in Rwanda.
AgriProFocus stand received many visitors who were interested in... Read more
The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.
Capacity for curriculum de... Read more
With this question in mind around 200 entrepreneurs visited the first East Africa Business Dialogue organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RVO last week. Dutch embassies in the region (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda), sector representatives and companies with experience in East Africa were more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences with those interested in exploring the East African business opportunities.
AgriProFocus was also present on behalf of the sectors agrifood and horticulture. The AgriProFocus country networks provided the Dutch team with up-to-date insights into the market and related opportunities for Dutch agricultural companies (see booklet ‘Doing Business in East Africa’). Anne-Marie Slaa and Lisette van Benthum spoke with various company representatives with a clear interest in the linking services that the AgriProFocus teams can provide. Already during the event itself B2B linkages were made by... Read more
In 2016 we had 130,000 unique visitors an increase of 64%! This could only be possible by the valuable contributions of our registered members.
Thank you and keep the interaction going!
Read more in our Annual Report 2016: https://agriprofocus.com/annual-report
Now that's what we call network spirit! Check out the nice overview below or see: //agriprofocus.com/annual-report
The Dutch seed sector is active throughout the world. Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed, seed for ornamental plants and seed potatoes. This success is a result of the unique Dutch approach of strong collaboration between businesses, government, inspection bodies and the research and education sector, creating a conducive climate for innovation and production.
Have a look at this brochure that contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade compiled by the Dutch government. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making quality seed available to farmers worldwide.Read more
He is a young entrepreneur, 30 years old, and he is in love with agriculture. He has been a lecturer at Adama and Arsi Universities for more than seven years while keeping his relation with agriculture tight. In 2016, he won the Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition, and now he comes up with a new project that will hugely benefit smallholder farmers. He owns and runs a company called Green Agro Solutions, currently introducing a model called One-Stop Farming Solutions.
We invited Abrham Endrias to make an extended pitch on our Business Drinks on 25 May 2017, so he can share his entrepreneurial journey to our members and partners. Please read this interesting narration.
My acquaintance with the AgriProFocus network was two years ago. A friend named Shambachew told me that there was an announcement o... Read more
Wereldwijd heeft iedereen recht op gezond, duurzaam en voldoende voedsel dat eerlijk en transparant is geproduceerd. Met onze gezamenlijke expertise, kennis en ondernemerschap kunnen we bijdragen aan een gezonde voedselvoorziening voor iedereen die past binnen de grenzen van de planeet. Wij staan klaar om de transitie naar een werkelijk duurzaam mondiaal voedselsysteem mogelijk te maken en dringen er bij het nieuwe kabinet op aan om dit samen met ons op te pakken!
Ook ondertekenen?... Read more
After the workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition on March 21st 2017, GAIN futher explored post harvest loss in Mango and Tongkol with an in-depth study by Dalberg. The aim is to assess the post-harvest losses in these two value chains and identify potential intervention to bring Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in Indonesia by engaging key relevant stakeholders. Together with GAIN and AgriProFocus Indonesia, Dalberg presented their preliminary findings on Mango and Tongkol value chains through a round table discussion, on May 23 – 24th 2017 in Jakarta.
The broad topic areas covered during the roundtable are: an overview of the Mango and Tongkol value chains and associated Post Harvest Loss and Waste, the financing landscape for key actors involved in the Mango and Tongkol value chains, and potential opportunities and intervention areas as part of PLAN. Mr. Galopong Sianturi, Directo... Read more
GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in order to decrease Post Harvest Losses and Waste (PHL/W) globally by “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains”, with a particular focus on those value chains that provide or have the potential to pro... Read more
On March 14, 2017, AgriProFocus Indonesia with Scopi, Anomali Coffee, and Ceritain Kopi Indonesia organized a networking event for coffee sector actors. The purpose of this event is to provide space for members of the AgriProFocus Indonesia network, especially for those working in the coffee sector, to do networking informally. More than 60 actors from the coffee sector came from coffee farmers, farmers' organizations, cooperatives, roasters, coffee shops, traders, exporters, financial institutions and NGOs.
Participants use this event to share information, seek opportunities and business cooperation, and promote products. The event consists of pitching sessions, matchmaking, and product exhibitions. There are 20 participants who signed up for pitching and more than 15 products on display. Here are some organizations that did the pitching:
CV Royal Ontosoroh, represented by Adri, is a trading unit of coffee exporters, especially from Java and Flores. This CV... Read more