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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.

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Dutch Members 2018: 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 October 2018 at 01:43

Theo Koekkoek nieuwe voorzitter AgriProFocus

Theo Koekkoek is tijdens de halfjaarlijkse Members meeting van AgriProFocus verkozen tot nieuwe voorzitter. Hij volgt Kees Wantenaar op, die na twee termijnen voorzitterschap het stokje overdraagt.

Bestuurder en boer
Behalve bestuurder is Koekkoek zelf vijfde generatie akkerbouwer en pluimveehouder in Almkerk. Koekkoek begint zeer gemotiveerd aan zijn voorzitterschap: “We hebben een opdracht hier in ons rijke land waar we het zo goed hebben: daar moeten we iets mee doen. Binnen het netwerk sámen meer impact creëren op de transitie van voedselsystemen en de ondersteuning van duurzaam agrarisch ondernemerschap in ontwikkelingslanden is waar ik voor wil gaan. We hebben een taak, waaraan ik zo een kleine bijdrage kan leveren.” Naast voorzitter van AgriProFocus, is Koekkoek onder andere ook voorzitter van de raad van commissarissen bij Vion en lid van de raad van toezicht van Achmea Rechtsbijstand. Tot voor kort was hij ook voorzitter van de ra

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 28 September 2018 at 12:54

Journée de réseautage: 

Dans le but de favoriser le réseautage et la synergie d’action nécessaires pour le développement des activités des partenaires néerlendais et le réseau AgriProFocus; une rencontre d’échanges a été organisé ce jeudi 27 septembre 2018 dans la salle du réseau APF à partir de 09 heures.

Au programme le partage des activités de 2018 des partenaires et la projection sur 2019 . L'étape de mutualisation des activités entre le réseau et les partenaires a mis fin à cette rencontre.

Les partenaires néerlendais invités à cette rencontre sont:

L'Ambassade des Pays-Bas; Oxfam; SNV; Oikocrédit; ICRA; PUM et ICCO.

A l'issue de cette séance de travaille ; une rencontre trimestrielle à tour de roule se tiendra pour developper des actions communes et échanger sur les objectifs communs .   

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 September 2018 at 11:31

What happened during the 5th Business Drinks of 2018?

On this last Thursday’s event around 50 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.

Ms. Victoria Endeshaw from OCP, a multi-dimensional company which has around 12 offices in different countries working in agribusiness competition for starters in order to support and strengthen agribusinesses. OCP promotes its agribusiness competition with around 200 company in Morocco. Please find more info about this competition here.

Mr. Cor Jan Zee is a senior consultant at Meset Consult Plc, a company involved in supporting the agricultural sector such as livestock production, crop production and dietary service for long and short time in way to work in the achievement of the sector.

Mr. Getaneh Sha

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Getaneh Shambel It was really a wonderful opportunity and great pleasure to present how could contribute to support smallholder farmers and unions in Ethiopia. Thank you team Agriprofocus for the facilitation.

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 21 September 2018 at 09:23

Rural youth empowerment to mitigate international migration?

Understanding the relations between jobs and skilled youth in agriculture and migration

What is the relation between youth employment and education in agriculture and migration? And how should organizations working to improve food security via employment and education programs relate to the political agenda of mitigating (international) migration? These were questions discussed during the Community of Practice Youth in food systems Meet-up on September 11, 2018. Edukans and SNV presented insights from their experiences, followed by a lively debate with organizations active in this field – aiming at creating a better understanding of the eclectic relation between job creation, better skilled and qualified youth and the root causes of migration.

The insights from both Edukans and SNV confirm that it is difficult to pinpoint to a direct effect of skills training and education on migration decisions, as there are so many influencing

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Kenneth Opige I agree with this article like in Uganda there are many qualified youths but the potential to begin their own initiative is a prime challenge 

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in Youth Business Challenge
Posted 18 September 2018 at 06:43

Looking for multidisciplinary teams of Ethiopian Fresh graduates to solve a business problem for agribusinesses. APPLY HERE! 

Filippo Dibari so bad i missed this. F

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 14 September 2018 at 02:32

Atelier de réflexion au Niger sur le Plan Sahel –Pays-Bas

Le Réseau AgriProFocus Niger a facilité ce jeudi 13 Septembre 2018 dans la grande salle de réunion de l’hôtel sahel à Niamey un atelier de réflexion. Cet atelier s’inscrit dans le cadre d’un processus de rédaction d’un Plan Sahel -Pays-Bas-, initié par le Ministère des affaires étrangères du Royaume de Pays-Bas. Après avoir souhaité la chaleureuse bienvenue aux participants la coordinatrice du réseau AgriProFocus Niger a décliné l’objectif de l’atelier, celui de définir les axes ou domaines prioritaires pour le Niger. Pour lesquels les Pays-Bas peuvent accompagner le Niger dans son processus du développement socio-économique. Dans son intervention le conseiller de l’ambassadeur du Pays-Bas pour le Burkina Faso, le Mali et le Niger baser au Mali a rappelé les domaines pour lesquels, son pays souhaite appuyer le Niger. Il s’agit de :

1. La démographie,

2. Les ressources naturelles en liens avec le ch

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 September 2018 at 12:30

Vlog #10 : Meet Edukans

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  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 6 September 2018 at 12:23

Une nouvelle équipe de APF Burundi

Depuis le 13 août 2018, l'équipe du réseau AgriProFocus Burundi est au complet, avec à la tete de l'Organisation Mme Elyse Muhorakeye Comme Coordinatrice Pays. Forte de ses 5 ans d'expérience au sein du réseau, elle est  la phare qui éclaire les deux autres unités qui viennent de rejoindre l'organisation.

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

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Wim Goris Good luck to the new team in Burundi !

2 months 1 week ago

Joseph Nsabiyabandi Thanks Wim, as e team we are sure to succeed!

2 months 1 week ago

Philippe AKPAKI Félicitations à tous les membres de l'équipe et bon courage pour le travail. J'ai eu l'occasion de rentrer madame Elyse Muhorakeye lors de sa visite du réseau AgriProFocus Bénin

2 months 1 day ago

Joseph Nsabiyabandi  Merci Philippe pour tes encouragements. Nous sommes confiant qu'avec le soutien des membres du réseau, nous relèverons   les défis.

2 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 September 2018 at 11:48

Vlog #9 : Meet Partners for Innovation

Emiel Hanekamp, Senior Expert at PfI, tells us in 3 minutes what PfI does and shares some great examples of  how they support their clients.

Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE


AgriProFocus Member Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 September 2018, 13:30-16:00
  AgriProFocus Office - INVITATION ONLY

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

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Youth, Employment and Migration understanding the relations

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  11 September 2018, 16:00-18:00

Youth, Employment and Migration

Understanding the relations between jobs, skilled youth and migration  

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

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Business Drinks!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  20 September 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa

You are invited for the 5th of 2018 Business Drinks!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 12:49

Are you an Ethiopian or Dutch agribusiness in Ethiopia with a waste challenge?

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.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 20 August 2018 at 06:06

First Special Business Drinks in Hawassa

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

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Posted By in IRESO Project
Posted 17 August 2018 at 02:13

“Grafted Tomato” project launched in Uganda

The Applied Research Fund (ARF) project “Improved Resilience through Sustainable Production of Grafted Tomatoes in Uganda (IRESO)” was launched by Josephat Byaruhanga, Senior Policy Officer Agribusiness of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kampala. The launch took place on August 14, 2018, at the National Crops Resources Research Institute (NaCRRI) in Namulonge, Wakiso District in Uganda.

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

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Wim Goris hi Gloria, thanks for sharing. Keep us updates, as this may well be a breakthrough  ! 

3 months 1 day ago


Agri-Finance Fair and Market Linkages

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  30 August 2018 to 31 August 2018 - All Day Event

Improving Agribusiness!

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 August 2018 at 03:05

Contract Farming: Opportunities and Challenges!


Read this interesting report about contract farming in Myanmar developed by Mr. Pranav Sethaputra from Grow Asia & Ms. Bente Meindertsma from AgriProFocus Myanmar.

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 farming

Contract farming ႏွင္႔ ပတ္သက္ေသာBlog တစ္ခု ထြက္ေပၚလာၿခင္း၊


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Theint Yadanar Zaw Hi,Wim! I think that it was needed for an interface discussed in the Myanmar sessions, too. Our next step is to explore the possibility of facilitating a policy round table dialogue.

3 months 21 hours ago

Wim Goris good luck with that !

3 months 17 hours ago

Theint Yadanar Zaw Thank You! Wim

3 months 17 hours ago

Richard Kanyarukiga Need for Contract Farming can't be over-emphasized! We at UR-CAVM do strongly look forward to these workshops. With appropriate consultations, we could host the workshops by providing venues across the country where we have campuses. Our alumni across the country could do mapping for coordination of sampled producer-market engagements - learning from Ethiopia and Myanmar?We have worked broadly before with Farmer Organizations (Primary Coops, Unions, and Farmer Federations). Main hurdle remains in identifying, maintaining & sustaining markets; as well as develop new/competitive ones.The workshops would be a great vehicle to unlock this...Pse keep us posted. Richard

3 weeks 3 days ago

Thaint Yadanar Zaw Hello! Richard. Thanks for your valuable information and welcome for your posts. We are really interesting to see your activities for contract farming.

3 weeks 21 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 August 2018 at 05:35

Agrifood Bootcamp 2018 (Short Video)


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 31 July 2018 at 11:34

What happened during the 4th Business Drinks of 2018?

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

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Polivios Valendis Would appreciate if you could include contact information of the presenters in your future summaries of Business Drinks events.  Thank you. Polivios

3 months 1 week ago

Mahder Akalu Dear Polivios Valendis, thank you for your suggestion: we always do post their contact addresses, when it is needed. 

3 months 1 week ago

Polivios Valendis When is it needed? Those who do their presentations, do it to in order to come into contact with any interested party.

3 months 1 week ago

Mahder Akalu Thank you for your concern. Yes, we put their contacts when it is needed and when the presenters allow as to do so.  

3 months 1 week ago

Eskender Mulugeta hello Mahder, i was happy to participate in  i think you forgot me to mentioned  i am ready to shear my African Agriculture experiences

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 30 July 2018 at 11:39

Ayo Daftar Duta Petani Muda 2018!

Halo Para Petani Muda yang telah bergabung di online platform AgriProFocus. Yuk, daftar ajang pemilihan Duta Petani Muda 2018 di 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.


Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2018 Open for Registration!

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