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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 Partnership Members 2017
Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)
The book 'It takes two to trade - Understanding and improving farmer-firm relations in Africa' was released on 24 September 2015 during the 10-year anniversary party of AgriProFocus.
As well as the downloadable excel spreadsheet and workbook.
Under the umbrella of AgriProFocus Uganda Network, Dairy Development Authority (DDA), Send a Cow, Heifer International/East African Dairy Development (EADD), Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), and Renaissance Livestock network (RELINE), Brookside Dairies/Sameer organized a two day dairy stakeholders’ event.
360 (279 males and 81 females) attended the event and these comprised of processors, input dealers for drugs, pasture management, agrochemicals and fertilizers; individual farmers, farmers’ organizations, dairy cooperatives, financial institutions, providers of agro-machinery, equipment and to... Read more
AgriProFocus a célébré son 10e anniversaire le 24 septembre 2015 au Pays-Bas, en présence de tous les partenaires Néerlandais et à même temps, dit au revoir à la directrice générale de AgriProFocus: Hedwig Bruggeman . Elle va nous manquer, mais l'esprit de AgriProFocus reste en vie et nous ne cesserons jamais de faire la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat paysan!
The Core Group meeting of AgriProFocus Ethiopia is being held in Entebbe, Uganda. Country Coordinators and Assistants of all AgriProFocus country networks are attending the meeting.
While a number of important issues relating to Annual Plans and review of implementation are among the agenda of the meeting, all country networks are sharing their experiences.
The Core Group Meeting started on 6th Oct and will continue till 14th Oct.
The participants have also the pleasure of Uganda Annual Network Day on 13th October.
All the members of our Dutch Partnership were present to celebrate this special day. Keynote was given by Mr. Kees Rade, director of the department of Inclusive Green Growth of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He emphasized the power of networks and the growing importance of food security on the agenda of the Dutch government.
In the afternoon we tested the power of networks! Our participants were divied into groups and played a special trading game. And AgriProFocus wouldn't be AgriProFocus if we didn't choose some very special settings and suprised people. The groups walked through the Dutch Open Air Museum and enjoyed performances of different kinds: an capella vocal group, musical theatre and cabaret.
In the evening all the spotlights were on Hedwig... Read more
The 6th National Market Information Symposium was organized with an overall objective of creating partnerships and promoting the use of ICT tools in the sourcing of market information for the improved decision making in the agribusiness value chains. It was organized by the members of Market Information Innovation Community under the AgriProFocus Network namely AgriNet, Uganda Commodity Exchange, KRC, RIC-NET, CEFORD, Eastern and Southern African Farmers’ Federation, KULIKA, HIVOS, SNV, East African Grain Council and Ssemwanga Centre.
The 2 day symposium drew 139 attendees (80male and 59 female) comprising of producers, input providers, transporters, bankers, insurance firms, consultancy firms, farmers, Government, civil society organizations, media and agri-businesses. The symposium was structured according... Read more
The Young Expert Programme Agrofood (YEP Agrofood) is now official; the Partnership Agreement has been signed! Marcel Beukeboom – Head of Food and Nutrition Security at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands - , Lennart Silvis – Managing Director of the Netherlands Water Platform (NWP) and Hedwig Bruggeman - Managing Director of AgriProFocus (on behalf of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform) – signed the agreement for the implementation of the YEP Agrofood.
YEP Agrofood can place 22 Young Experts a year: 11 Dutch en 11 local professionals in 68 countries. We aim to hold three rounds a year, for organisations to apply for a Young Expert position. The number of rounds will however also depend on how quickly the positions fill up. Deadline for the 2015 round, as stated in earlier communications, is set for next Monday 14 September. Next opportunity to apply will only be February 2016.... Read more
Each year, AgriProFocus holds market events in the lower eastern region. In 2014, we had a very successful market event in Kibwezi East at Kambu Livestock Shed which brought together over 800 participants. The event generated partnerships between the county government of Makueni, farmer organizations in Makueni and AgriProFocus Kenya. This led to hosting a second market event at Kambu Livestock shed.
On 3rd September 2015, AgriProFocus in partnership with Makueni county government held a follow up market event at Kambu Livestock shed. The market Event brought together farmer organizations, private sector and government to trade at a market place. The market place attracted about 800 participants and 29 exhibitors of which 17 of them were farmer organizations. “We have always participated in the AgriProFocus market events and we are glad that our name is growing big because of such events, we would like
On August 28th 2015, was held a first Agri BDS Workshop at Ninzi Hill Hotel. This workshop was jointly organized by SPARK and AgriProFocus Rwanda. The purpose of this one day workshop was to bring together Rwandan Agri-BDS providers, for a possibility of setting-up a network of Agri-BDS providers.
This workshop was attended by a total of 49 participants, drawn from various consultancy companies, agribusiness companies, NGOs, government institutions, with proven experience in providing technical support to the Agribusiness projects / ideas to the Rwandan farmers’ associations, NGOs / government agri-projects, etc.
The Opening Session facilitated by Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda commenced with introductory note, which were followed by the Opening remarks by Desire MUSHUMBA, Program Manager at SPARK. Mushumba started his opening remarks by thanking all participants for attending the workshop.
He went on explai... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania and Techfortrade EA recently hosted a business forum on unlocking access to working capital finance for SME’s sourcing agriculture produce from small scale farmers through trade transparency. A total of 35 participants were hosted who were mainly traders, farmer representatives, support organizations, financial institutions and government institutions.
The forum consisted of presentations from key speakers, plenary discussion and a business networking session. Immediate outcome of the business forum included; business relations were triggered, exchange of know-how and expertise among participants.
SME’s were exposed to services offered by Tan Trade such as Food balance sheet program that provides information on stock control and prices, capacity building programs on export readiness. Tan Trade was urged to look into international certification that will make Tanzania exporters to b... Read more
AgriProFocus ,à travers la communauté d'innovation ,accès à la commercialisation ,dont le lead est assuré par ICCO,organisé ,le 06 juillet à l’hôtel Radisson Blu ,un atelier de facilitation pour la commercialisation des amandes de karité entre les acteurs de la chaîne de valeur.
Cette occasion a été fructueuse car ,au-delà des promesses faites par les différentes parties ,elle a permis surtout la signature d’un contrat de plus de 15.000 tonnes entre acheteurs et producteurs.
Cet atelier ,à en croire le coordinateur de AgriProFocus Mali,Idrissa Ba,s’inscrit en droite ligne de son plan d’action .Cela ,à travers sa communauté d’innovation accès au marché et à la commercialisation des produits agricoles .Dans le cadre du plan d’action 2015 ,il est prévu de faciliter des ateliers de contractualisation entre les acteurs des chaines de valeur karité ,sésame et oignons .
A cet égard ,à travers cette rencontr... Read more
Visite du Secrétaire Général du ministère de l'emploi, de la jeunesse et de la construction citoyenne dans le stand de la FOIRE AUX PROBLÈMES
Dans son intervention, le représentant du ministre s'est félicité de la forte implication du réseau AgriProFocus dans l'organisation et la réussite des activités de la journée internationale de la jeunesse. Au nom de son département ministériel il a souhaité l'organisation d'un atelier de restitution des informations recueillies dans le cadre de la FOIRE AUX PROBLÈMES. C'est une innovante et pertinente activité qui se doit d’être pérennisée .Il a ensuite invité la Jeunesse à s'exprimer librement car de tel cadre de rencontre et de libres expressions sont très rarement offerts à la jeunesse. Plus rien de bon ne se fera pour les jeunes sans les jeunes.
Reading our Annual Report 2014 could be a time-consuming activity, that's why we've created an infographic which shows our Network Results 2014 in one glance!
The infographic follows the order and colours of our Way of Working: light green shows our activities based on knowledge sharing and co-creation, darker green shows the market uptake like deals and partnerships and finally, the grey area shows the amount of households that have benefitted, leading to stronger farmer entrepreneurs.
Regional Advisor for Lobby and Advocacy, ICCO Cooperation
As ICCO Cooperation ventures in to t... Read more
Le 22 Juillet 2015, les étudiants du Lycée Agricole de Natitingou ont reçu la visite de la coordination AgriProFocus Bénin. Cette visite a porté sur la promotion du réseau auprès des futurs entrepreneurs agricoles. La séance d’échange a porté sur la présentation des objectifs à travers un film documentaire (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-1NQpORfxo), l’utilité du réseau (l’intérêt pour les apprenants de s’approprier la plateforme), les acquis et les perspectives. Ont assisté à cette séance 16 enseignants, l’intendant, le secrétaire général et 56 étudiants. Deux enseignants ont été choisis pour l’animation de la plateforme et aider les autres collègues à s’inscrire. Il a été de même pour les étudiants.
Le but visé par cette promotion est la création des points focaux d’AgriProFocus au sein des lycées et universités du Bénin. Nous avons ainsi choisis 04 lycées c... Read more
AgriProFocus Mali a organisé, du 27 au 29 juillet à l’hôtel Radisson Blu, un atelier de formation en genre et chaînes de valeurs agricoles. A travers cette formation, il s’agissait d’identifier les goulots d’étranglement de la promotion des femmes dans ce secteur afin que l’appui au développement des chaînes de valeur bénéficie aux hommes autant qu’aux femmes.
AgriProFocus Mali plaide pour l’équité en vue de booster la productivité
Ils sont environ vingt participants, des professionnels de la chaine de valeur karité, oignon, sésame, des ONG et des instiutions de micro-dredit à prendre part à cette rencontre.
Pour le coordinateur de Agriprofocus Mali, Idrissa Ba, cette formation se justifie par le fait que les inégalités entre les hommes et les femmes dans l’accès aux ressources, aux prises de décisions et aux bénéfices découlant des activ... Read more
Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Fund (FSRE Fund) is financed by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia, and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus. It has two windows of funding facilities: Innovation Grant (up to 100,000 Euros per project) and Matching Grant (up to 40,000 Euros per project).
Until now 29 projects under the Innovation Grant facility through four Calls and 20 projects under the Matching Grant facility through three Calls have been funded.
As a task of monitoring project statuses, Ato Desta Damena (the Fund Manager) was visiting a number of projects in different parts of the country. I to, representing AgriProFocus, was part of the visit.
In Wolayta, Send a Cow Ethiopia has been engaging on Taro value chain to organize and teach farmers a new way of processing, ma... Read more
It was quite delightful seeing farmers geared up to trade at the market place during our first lower eastern Market event in 2015. There was much to see at the event that was organized by AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with the Machakos County Government. The Market event which was held on 30th July 2015 at the Kathiani DC grounds was graced by the county executive commissioner Ruthie Mutua.
The Kathiani market event was seen to be successful as it brought together about 45 service providers of which 25 of them were farmer groups who showcased their products and innovations from different sectors in agriculture. Most of them could tell that the event was helpful to them as there was much to learn from each other. “I have grown thorn melons as a small scale farmer for about three years now but all the knowledge I have was acquired through the internet. I am glad that AgriProFocus could organize this event for us to learn... Read more
Je suis de retour aux Pays-Bas, l'atelier de lancement de la trajectoire genre et chaînes de valeur au Mali était un succès, c’était une plaisir de faciliter le processus! Tous les participants travaillent dans des programmes de développement des chaînes de valeur (le Karité, l'oignon, le poisson, le sésame, etc.). Les participants étaient tous très enthousiastes et dynamiques, l'ambiance était très bonne! Tous sont motivés à appliquer l'approche sensible au genre et d'appliquer les outils qu'ils viennent d’apprendre dans cet atelier. Dans ce processus ils seront appuié par leur coach monsieur Yacouba Sidibe. Je leur souhaite bonne chance!
I am back in the Netherlands, the kick off workshop of the gender in value chain coaching track in Bamako Mali was a great success! It was a pleasure to facilitate the process. All the participants work in value chain development progr... Read more
Novotel Hotel Bandar Lampung, 25-27 August 2015