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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)
On May 15, four Dutch development partners invited European development partners in Brussels to present and discuss the outcomes of a joint study on the demand for and supply of risk capital for agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Sahara Africa with cases form Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia. The European Commission, Social Impact Funds, development partners and EU Platforms were present at the event hosted by the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.
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. The growth phase of the businesses determines the need for specific financial deals, type of financial products and business support services (BDS). However, both the private and th... Read more
The objective of the just concluded Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit “Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policymakers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.
60 expert speakers shared their insight on how to ensure long-term food security to support socio-economic transformation whilst minimizing environmental impact.
Some of the topics discussed included:
1. A Strategic Approach and Business Model for Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa
This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'
How can this be changed?
It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’
When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio... Read more
AgriProFocus recently organised a half day forum with dairy cooperatives in Kiambu County to explore their role in enhancing the adoption of climate smart technologies and practices. The forum brought together executive board members and managers from 7 dairy cooperatives in Kiamb... Read more
AgriProFocus Myanmar is hiring! We are looking for a Country Network Facilitator to strengthen our team.
The Country Network Facilitator will be the team’s multistakeholder process specialist and works directly with our Myanmar and Dutch partners to develop strong joint programmes that contribute to making agribusiness work for development in Myanmar. Other important tasks include the management and implementation of our current inclusive agribusiness projects, facilitation of networking and learning events and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL).
Are you interested? Please find more information in the vacancy attached. You can apply before May 28 by sending your motivation letter and CV to Bente Meindertsma email@example.com.
Dear Members and Partners,
We are pleased to announce the third Business Drinks of 2018 will be held on Thursday May 31st 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 experien... Read more
Interview Louise Anten, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For the AgriProFocus magazine on gender "Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity", Louise Anten was interviewed to share the perspective of the Dutch ministry on gender in agriculture.
Louise Anten is part of the Task Force for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is composed of people from different divisions within the Ministry. Her focus is economic empowerment of women in private sector development.
She shares her core message: Women’s rights and gender equality must be taken into account in all development cooperation, and not just receive attention in projects specifically directed towards women. To ensure that this happens, it is crucial to find business cases for gender inclusive development.
‘To integrate respect for women’s rights and gender equality in everything we do,’ was Louise Anten’s reply wh... Read more
L’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali et son partenaire NABC soutiennent la participation d’une quarantaine d’entreprises du secteur Agricole à la 7ème Edition du Salon International de l’Agriculture à travers le PAVILLON HOLLANDAIS !
Le pavillon Hollandais est un espace qui offre aux entreprises néerlandaises la possibilité de présenter leurs produits, leur technologie et leur expertise aux visiteurs, de créer des réseaux et d'organiser des réunions B2B avec de (nouveaux) partenaires.
LE SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L’AGRICULTURE
Le SIAGRI permet donc à l’Ambassade du royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali à travers la facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali de renforcer la compétitivité des produits agricoles, agroalimentaires et agroindustriels maliens et améliorer leur accès aux marchés nationaux et internationaux à travers un pavillon néerlandais de plus de 30 stands.
Le Pavillon Hollandais est un espace convivial qui réunit les... Read more
On May 31, a public dialogue is organized around the recently published IOB review of Dutch food security policy in the period 2012-2016. This multi-stakeholder dialogue will be a space to understand the success factors and challenges of policy implementation by the Netherlands through its bilateral, multilateral and civilateral programmes in low and middle income countries, in collaboration with an extensive range of partners. Many of these partners will have the opportunity to discuss the review’s findings and their translation into practice. The results of these discussions are in particular expected to help shaping the future Dutch food security policy, in the context of the adapted policy for International Trade and Development Cooperation.
The IOB review analyses the food security policy’s effectiveness, discusses its efficiency and coherence and concludes with recommendations. It is based on an inventory of food security activities and available evaluations, complemente... Read more
Reactie Ruerd Ruben op evaluatie IOB NL Voedselzekerheidsbeleid
De langverwachte evaluatie van de Nederlandse inzet op het terrein van voedselzekerheid is deze week naar de 2de Kamer gestuurd. De Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking & Beleidsevaluatie (IOB) heeft grondig werk gedaan en in vier landen meerjarige impactevaluaties laten uitvoeren. Daarmee kunnen de beleidsinzet en de daarmee bereikte resultaten ook aan elkaar worden gerelateerd. Hulde daarvoor!
Het IOB rapport biedt allereerst een aardig inzicht in de manier waarop de middelen voor voedselzekerheid zijn ingezet. Daarbij vallen drie op:
· In de periode 2011-16 is ruim € 1,5 miljard gecommitteerd (ca. € 300 miljoen per jaar), verdeeld over ruim 250 projecten. Dat duidt op nogal wat versnippering;
· Ruim de helft van de middelen (56%) is gebruikt voor programma’s gericht op vergroting van de landbouwproductie en een derde (32%) is voor markton... Read more
This week all AgriproFocus east-Africa teams are in training about combining communication, finance and PMEL in one system. The All Solutions & ProMEva system launch will enable the AgriProFocus network to communicate about new ideas and leads, register member investments and give information on financial relevance. With this app, the network will manage and share customer information, understand what members are interested in and also identify and know potential donors
The training encompassing APF teams from Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Zambia and Kenya; will be conducted from 30th April through May 4th 2018 at WestWood hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African
farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and
healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat;
with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory.
The leading question is:
How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions,
business and civil society organizations) connect to these
challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing
rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?
09.00h Registration, coffee
09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods
10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO
10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR
11.00h Walk to workshop locations
1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki... Read more
Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.
African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a gradu... Read more
The 1st dairy multi-stakeholder platform meeting successfully convened at the AgriProFocus office in Kampala attracting a total of 12 participants. Of which, 5 were female and 7 male, including regional representatives from Mbarara, Sheema and Kiruhura Districts.
The purpose of the planning meeting was to review the progress made in 2017 and to set priorities for 2018.
Among the emerging issues discussed during the meeting was the recognition of the Competition law which is highly affecting dairy farmers who are advocating for a voice to combat the volatile market.
Contributing to the discussion was MOFPED representative Mayers Asiimwe who pledged support of the Ministry to the dairy MSP.
The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development is willing to support the registration of the dairy MSP so that it is able to execute it’s mandate, Mayers Asiimwe told the convened meeting.
And in accordance with execution of... Read more
La mini-foire agricole est un espace offert aux entrepreneurs agricoles pour rendre visible leurs produits et par conséquent augmenter leur chiffre d’affaires. L’édition passée a accueilli vingt-deux (22) exposants de produits et services locaux novateurs.
Parmi les exposants, on note que 81,81 % des exposants ont comme activité principale la transformation agroalimentaire (jus de fruits, purée de tomate et piment, farine infantile, gari amélioré, huile, lait de soja, etc.), 4% la production agricole (oeufs, viande de volaille, fruits et légumes, poisson, etc.) et 14% autres activités principales (Accompagnement au développement des entreprises, emballage papier et Production et commercialisation d'instants bio). Tous les exposants sont originaires du Bénin et sont répartis sur l’étendue du territoire national comme suit : 50% des entreprises sont localisés à Cotonou, 22,7% à Abomey-Calavi, 9% à Allada, 4,5%... Read more
The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months.
The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support.
The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.
What to expect at the Expo
> An entrepreneur Showcase
>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks
for young agri-entrepreneurs.
>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.
Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event.
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).
• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.
• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst... Read more
Het Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit heeft gisteren een beleidsbrief ‘Accenten in het voedselbeleid voor de komende jaren’ naar de Tweede Kamer gestuurd, die daarover op 19 april in een AO debatteert. De brief is ondertekend door de minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit (LNV) en de staatssecretaris van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport (VWS), mede namens de minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (BHOS) en de minister van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK).
De beleidsbrief is te vinden via deze link: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/kamerstukken/2018/04/17/kamerbrief-over-accenten-in-het-voedselbeleid-voor-de-komende-jaren
“In h... Read more
Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector.
This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.
This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!