Making Agribusiness Work for Development

 

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Discuss (policy) issues

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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: 

Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)



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Posted by Mahder Akalu in AgriProFocus Ethiopia 26 July 2018 at 08:14

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  


A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 


Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 23 July 2018 at 02:35

Youth Symposium urges Youth to exploit value chains in agribusiness:

On the occasion of THE 2018 National Youth Symposium, Uganda National Young Farmers Association (UNYFA) invited its partners within Uganda to a countrywide Youth Symposium. With the support of UNFFE, AVSI and UNYFA, the AgriProFocus Network in Uganda co-organized this Symposium Day on July 20th at the Source of the Nile in Jinja.

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

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Mugisha Richard Thanks Gloria

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 July 2018 at 07:26

Dear members,

Please find the attached Wageningen University – 100 Years Event - 
“Access to Healthy Food in Metropolitan Cities in Africa” report.  


A short summary of this Event can be found in this blog post published in Ethiopia Capital Magazine. 


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Business Drinks!

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

You are invited for the 4th of 2018 Business Drinks!

Dear Members and Partners,

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 14 July 2018 at 03:05

Access to correct financial information would accelerate agribusiness in Kenya: Lessons From SNV partners Day

“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 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 July 2018 at 03:13

Holland Pavilion at the 13th National Agrishow 2018

From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.

The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.

With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 13 July 2018 at 09:01

WE ARE HIRING: MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS FACILITATOR

Are you passionate about getting Agribusiness word around ? Join our AgriProFocus Zambia team as Marketing and Communication Facilitator. This role supports the team to build and effective multi-stakeholder platform that promotes our core mission of making agribusiness work for development. The nature of the role dictates vibrancy, energy, self-drive and creativity. 


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 July 2018 at 10:07

AgriProFocus Global Summer Update!

Check out the latest updates from our network in the Netherlands as well as in our countries in Africa and Asia! In July and August we are preparing for the last 4 months of network opportunities, we hope to see you there. For now, enjoy your summer!

All of us @ AgriProFocus

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:33

Stay Tuned for Tanzania Youth in AgriBusiness Forum 2018

The youth working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania is planning and organizing a youth forum in 2018. We aim to make it bigger and better so come join us! 

1.Are you working with Youth in Agribusiness and want to meet like minded individuals and organizations?

2. Do you offer services to young agri prenuers?

3.Are you a young agriprenuer that wants to showcase your products and services to a wider community?

4. Are you an inspiring young agriprenuer that wants to learn more on how to engage in different agriculture value chains?

If you are one of the above we would like to hear from you on some of the issues that you would like to raise concerning youth in agriculture value chains. How can we better involve youth? 

Join in the discussion by posting your comments below. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you.

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Kaa Tayari kwa ajili ya Baraza la Vijana kwenye Kilimo Biashara 2018

Kikundi kazi cha Vijana chini ya Mtandao wa

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andrea exavery Habari,sisi vijana wengi taarifa kama hizi haziwafikii watu wengi sana hasa vijana wa vijijini wanao lima sana na kujihusisha na kilimo endapo watafahamu majukwaa kama haya ya vijana na jupatiwa elimu vijana tutafika mbali mfano sisi vijana wa shinyanga kilimo kinapatikana huku na watu wanlima sana ila sio cha kisasa.Jambo lingine taasisi nyingi zinazojihusisha na kilimo zikilimaliza tu kufanya semina au utafiti hawaludu kuendelea kufanya kazi na vijana hili ni tatizo kubwa sana hapa nchini tunaomba majukwaa kama haya mji hata mara moja kufanyia kufanyia mkoa wa shinyanga na waalike vijana wa wilaya zote sio kuwa zinafanyikia jijini.

4 months 14 hours ago

Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari Hilda,hili baraza litafanyika wapi

4 months 9 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Thank you all for your contributions. Juma Bruno Ngomuo thank you for your commitment. We hope to collectively contribute towards this agenda. Ally Michael your opinion is very valid and we have started working on it. I hope you did receive our latest newsletter that is both in English and Swahili. At AgriProFocus we have seen that it is important to also include those that would prefer or can only use Swahili so we are also trying as much as we can to also post in Swahili. On your second point I would invite you to join us during the roadshow so we can co create together and your idea can be heard and incorporated to the bigger plan of TYIAF.

4 months 8 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Andrea exavery asante sana kwa ushauri wako. Tutalifanyia  kazi. Mpango wetu nikufikia vijana wengi zaidi. Kwa hio tutaliweka wazo lako kwenye mipango yetu na tutawafahamisha jinsi gani tutafanya. 

4 months 8 hours ago

Hilda Okoth Abdulikarim Ramadhani Faru Habari yangu nzuri. Baraza litafanyika Dar. Tupo kwenye hatua  za awali za maandalizi wa baraza hili. Tutawapatia tariff tukishakamilisha.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:25

Coaching fosters self-confidence

‘Using coaching tools allows us to understand the challenges people face, and to jointly identify goals and actions. Coaching is based on the assumption that the client is resourceful and active in realizing change. Coaching unleashes the coachee’s potential and fosters self-confidence. It is thus more sustainable than giving advice or training, which are less customized to the client’s needs and are usually provided over a shorter period of time.

Relationship of trust

What I personally enjoy about coaching is the relationship of trust with the clients. I like adapting myself to their different agendas. For example, some organizations begin with an internal focus: how can discriminatory practices be changed in their own organization? Others focus on their work in the field: are the women, men, and young people in the cassava, vegetable or fish value chain fairly remunerated for their contributions? How can we eliminate barriers to their participation?

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Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, in our organization it will be helpful because we have women who need this training . capacity building is needed for them. Thank you help. M.Louise

3 months 4 weeks ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Thank you for help, sorry.

3 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts)
Posted 9 July 2018 at 08:52

AgriProFocus and PUM strengthen collaboration on supporting agripreneurs

Small and medium scale agrifood enterprises play a key role in transforming food systems and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The AgriProFocus network and PUM Netherlands senior experts signed an agreement on July 4 to strengthen their collaboration and deepen the synergy between their programmatic activities.

Achieving the SDGs means going beyond business as usual. Sustainable development requires a range of new partnerships, knowledge exchange and new ways of working together. A key element in the Dutch government’s aid, trade, investment and food security policy is the focus on farmers and their small and medium scale enterprises (SME) in LMIC. Promoting SME’s at a national level has proven to be an effective and sustainable solution for creating more inclusive growth. The collaboration be

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 July 2018 at 01:59

Uganda soil care clinic and community of practice

Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about challenges and potentials of soil management and soil testing were among the core objectives of a consultative meeting by the AgriProFocus network Uganda and SoilCares held in Kampala on July 6th, 2018.

Interest in soil fertility issues has recently become a topic of interest, leading to several declarations that emphasize the importance of soil quality for sustainable development. However, despite these actions, soil nutrient depletion is continuing and sometimes worsening in Uganda. Unlike other forms of environmental degradation, declining soil fertility is often invisible and, when it does become visible through cascading effects, it is often too late. Restoration is then only possible at very high cost. 


This is why immediate action is needed as it is crucial to preserve this ‘pantry’ storage function of the soil. This is why AgriProFocus network Uganda in collaboration with SoilCare

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5ème Edition Caravane Jeunes de l'entrepreneuriat Agricole

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  01 December 2018 to 09 December 2018 - All Day Event
  Sikasso,Korhogo,Bobo

Le réseau AgriProFocus Mali en partenariat avec Jokkolabs et d'autres acteurs organisent la 5ème édition de la caravane des jeunes pour l'entrepreneuriat agricole du 01 au 09 Decembre 2018, vise à contribuer l'attractivité du secteur agricole pour la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat et de l'insertion socio-économique des jeunes dans le secteur agricole afin d’améliorer la souveraineté alimentaire dans la sous -région. 



Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 July 2018 at 08:28

AgriProFocus, 7 ans dans la promotion de l’agrobusiness au Bénin

Créé en juin 2011 sous l’initiative de l’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas près le Bénin et des structures néerlandaises actives au Bénin, AgriProFocus Bénin est un Réseau d’échanges et d’apprentissages qui a pour vocation de réunir tous les acteurs de développement du secteur agricole dans un même creuset, en vue d’une meilleure coordination, efficacité et efficience de leurs activités. Il réunit les entrepreneurs agricole, les organisations paysannes, les institutions de connaissance, les structures étatiques, les ONG.

Actif sur toute l’étendue du territoire béninois, le réseau compte plus de 1752 membres et est axé sur les thématiques liées au financement agricole, à l’entrepreneuriat jeune, au genre dans les chaînes de valeur agricole, à la pisciculture, l’accès au marché, etc.

C’est une locomotive de promotion en matière d’entrepreneuriat Agricole et de l’Agro-Business da

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Roel Snelder C"etait vraiment memorable et une indication de la force de AgrProFocus Benin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 4 July 2018 at 03:12

Vacancy: Country Network Coordinator AgriProFocus Myanmar – YEP AgroFood Position

Introduction

Project title: Promoting agri-entrepreneurship Myanmar

Duration: 2 years

Background

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network consisting of farmer organisations, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations, working together to create collective impact and transform agrifood systems. All members actively work with and for farmer entrepreneurs, who are change makers in agricultural transformation. The AgriProFocus network has strong Dutch roots and is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, linking 24.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide.

Organisation

The AgriProFocus network members collaborate to strengthen the position of farmers and other agripreneurs in agricultural value chains. Entrepreneurs, small and medium scale, who are market-oriented, business-driven and willing to learn, innovate and grow. Entrepreneurs who t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 July 2018 at 09:35

Addis Ababa grabs attention in global dialogue on accessing healthy food in Africa’s cities

Wageningen University Alumni Day reveals the strong Ethio-Netherlands collaboration to increase sustainable food and nutrition security in Ethiopia.

On the occasion of its 100th birthday (1918-2018), the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands invited its alumni around the world to organize a Worldwide Alumni Day. With the support of Ethiopian WUR alumni, The Netherlands Embassy and the WUR-‘Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership’, the AgriProFocus Network in Ethiopia organized this Alumni Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 at ILRI, Addis Ababa. Since WUR has proven to be unique in understanding the entire food chain, the central theme of the Alumni Day was “Access to Healthy Food in Mega Cities’.

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MBONIHANKUYE Ferdinand c' est intéressant!!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 June 2018 at 01:33

Brief AgriProFocus Beleidswerkgroep aan Tweede Kamer ivm notaoverleg 28 juni 2018

AgriProFocus reactie op "Investeren in perspectief"

Aan: Leden van de algemene commissie BHOS van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal

Betreft: Notaoverleg Beleidsnota Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking op 28-6-2018

Utrecht, 20 juni 2018


Geachte leden van de commissie BHOS,

Op 28 juni gaat uw commissie met Minister Kaag in debat over de BHOS nota ‘Investeren in perspectief’. Namens de beleidswerkgroep van AgriProFocus (eindnoot 1) willen wij u graag onderstaande vijf punten meegeven om in te brengen in dit debat, omdat die o.i. noodzakelijk zijn voor een effectiever beleid op voedsel- en voedingszekerheid wereldwijd, het behalen van SDG2 en het versterken van agribusiness in ontwikkelingslanden.

1. Preventieve inzet op voedselzekerheid is meest effectief

Het AgriProFocus netwerk onderschrijft het belang van het voorkomen van conflicten en aanpakken van grondoorzaken van conflict en instabiliteit. Armoede is v

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 27 June 2018 at 09:27

Business arguments for a gender sensitive business strategy

This article presents three examples of companies experiencing the benefits of addressing gender in their business strategy. It is based on an interview with Stella Ling, my colleague from Fair & Sustainable Consulting, and me. The article is published in the glossy magazine Making Gender Work, cultivating diversity, of AgriProFocus. Read the magazine for more interesting articles!

Women bring better business results

Instead of focusing on how women benefit from economic development, the question can be turned around: how does business benefit from including women. Experts of Fair & Sustainable Consulting discuss three cases. Three companies, each playing a different role in the value chain, benefit from actively engaging women in their business.

Companies can have different roles in agricultural value chains: buyer, input supplier, or employer. All types of company can benefit from including women in their businesses, in many differe

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benson lounga i also want to grow that plant

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 June 2018 at 07:28

Results Critical Capital workshop

During Foodfirst Conference - 1st June - at Rabobank Utrecht  


Now that we better understand the issues: what needs to be done by who?  


Organised by: AgriProFocus, ICCO, Rabobank Foundation

Frank Bakx (Rabobank Foundation) presented the results of the study Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs that reviewed demand and supply of risk capital for agrifood SMEs in Sub-Sahara Africa, based on field studies in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Mali

Panellists:

Hans Docter: Director for Sustainable Economic Development at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Laura Smeets: Investment Director at BiD Network Foundation

Jaap Jan Verboom : CEO at Truvalu

Sean Patrick: Founder and Food Innovator at Green Banana

REPORT

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. Private equity and venture capital provider

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 22 June 2018 at 01:34

Lancement  du Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture:FINAGRI 2018

Mise en relation, accès au finance et partage de connaissance

FINAGRI 2018 le ruban est coupé ; profitez-en !

C’est autour de la piscine de l’Hôtel du cinquantenaire que la cérémonie officielle du lancement de la cinquième Edition du FINAGRI a débuté aux environs de 10h sous la présidence de Son Excellence Monsieur Soumana Mori Coulibaly, ministre du Développement local ; en présence de plus de 200 invites dont le président du Conseil Régional de Sikasso ; le Directeur Général de l’Agence de Développement Régional de Sikasso ; le Maire de la ville de Sikasso ; la Directrice Régionale de ICCO ROWA ; et les élus locaux  de la région:

Depuis ce jeudi matin la ville de Sikasso vit donc au rythme des grands évènements avec un défilé incessant des acteurs de développement tels :les organisations paysannes ; les professionnels des associations des banques et institutions de micro finance ;

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