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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)


Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 November 2016 at 02:36

A positive start in Myanmar  

Three weeks ago, I arrived Yangon, the biggest city of Myanmar to work as the Country Coordinator for the 13th AgriProFocus network. I am impressed by the positive spirit and feel Myanmar has a lot of opportunity for economic development. With nearly 70% of the labour force dependent on agriculture, this sector has a crucial role to play in improving food and nutrition security for all. My first goal now is to further explore the role and added value of the AgriProFocus network in Myanmar and start up linking and learning activities with our Dutch members and local partners.

I would like to share some first conclusions and next steps that we want to take as the network.

We made a good start, with the visit Rolf Schinkel, network facilitator and interim Director of programs the week after my arrival. Together, we conducted an intensive round of introductions. The AgriProFocus network was warmly welcomed by many of our members from civil society, the private

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 November 2016 at 03:07

KASESE AGRICULTURAL FINANCE FAIR - REPORT

“The fair was very educative, we had no bank account, but I know what is required to get one and I have had the opportunity to compare the terms with different financial institutions, my group should have a bank account in the near future.” - Masereka Geofrey of Lake Katwe Farmers Organisation 


SNV Agriculture market support (AMS) project in partnership with AgriProFocus and World food Program

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Mugisha Richard The relationship between the farmers and services providers is getting stronger each time a finance Fair is organized. Farmers are steadily gaining confidence to interact with the banks. 

7 months 4 weeks ago

Okello Justine Thanks a lot for the Good work done this what our farmers need.

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2016 at 01:54

How did you benefit from the AgriProFocus network in 2016?

Did you participate in any of the AgriProFocus network activities face-to-face or online in your country? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!

Next year our network will implement a new strategy titled ‘Catalyzing Change makers that make Agribusiness Work For Development’. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation, that are asked for towards the end of this survey, will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.

Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey. It is very much appreciated!

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Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!

SSEKYEWA HENRY Surely this platform has done  a great impact on different communities  as far as agriculture is concerned thanks.

7 months 4 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Henry! Please fee free to let us know your appreciation through the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KHQJWNW

7 months 4 weeks ago

Francis Mubanga I have been less than 4 month on this network and have benefited tremendously, unlike any other network i have ever been on. The platform has a wealth of information for ALL agribusiness. I truly appreciate your work, keep it up.

7 months 4 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear Francis Mubanga If you have ny suggestions for improvements, let us know! 

7 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 November 2016 at 09:50

Innovation in Finance at Africa Works!

Last week the AgriProFocus network joined the AfricaWorks! conference organized by the Netherlands-African Business Council. In light of this year’s theme ‘Innovation in Finance’, we hosted an interactive workshop on “how to manage risks in financing small-holder investments” together with NpM and Food & Business Knowledge Platform (FBKP). The workshop was fully booked with close to 40 participants from a wide variety of organizations. After a short introduction on the problem statement by Lisette van Benthum (AgriProFocus); Josien Sluijs (NpM) and Mariel Mensink (NpM Rural Finance Working group) explained the results of the various case studies and African expert meetings. To further build upon these results, the participants were asked to be that day’s expert panel and discuss amongst each other one of three burning issues: 1. using value chain partnerships to decrease risks in financing small holders, 2. enhancing agricultural knowledge within fin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 November 2016 at 02:06

Information about Dutch Business Instruments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.

On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development

Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.

PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.

For more information and contact details see:

PUM presentation here

Business instruments presentation here

Posted By in Agri BDS Network Association - Rwanda
Posted 10 November 2016 at 01:06

FIRST RWANDA AGRI BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (AGRI BDS) PROVIDERS NETWORK & COURSE

On Friday November 04, 2016, SPARK, RICEM and AgriProFocus, organized a twofold event to celebrate official launch and graduation of Rwanda’s first Agri BDS Network and Course at Kigali Serena Hotel, in Rwanda.

SPARK in partnership with RICEM undertook a one-year capacity building pilot programme to a limited number of agri BDS providers wishing to offer professional BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and agri SMEs, which for years had been characterized by lack of agri BDS providers in the field . The first intake of 35 professionals completed a 9- month programme course consisting of 6 months devoted to an intensive course of 5 modules and 3 months to a field-based mentorship. Upon the completion of the training, these professionals produced reports, developed business plans and tested their business cases, likely to be funded. During the graduation ceremony, 3 graduates who outpe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 November 2016 at 04:11

Rwanda Best SMART Project 

Thumbs up to our member and CEO of Rwanda Best, Mr Jean Claude Ruzibiza 

Rwanda Best, Wageningen University, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, RijkZwaan, Koppert and Holland Greentech are working together in Rwanda to support growers to reach the next level.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 November 2016 at 10:37

Network energy during Dutch Members Meeting!

Sure you have asked yourself the question one time: ‘What is the added value of the AgriProFocus network for my work or organisation?’ This question (and getting the answer) was the aim of our Dutch members meeting on November 1st in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In a visual way, our members where taken through the strategy direction 2018-2022.

Sander Mager (Managing Director) introduced our members to the concepts of the strategy: “the networks entry point is to work with entrepreneurial farmers that are ‘change makers’ in the agriculture sector. These farmers are business driven, market oriented, have a willingness to grow, are innovative and contribute to development issues of inclusiveness, food & nutrition security and sustainability.”

The network wants to empower these entrepreneurial farmers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works in.

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Rorian! What kind of training did you do? I hope you will benefit from this network!

8 months 2 weeks ago

Okello Justine Am more impressed with these where by we are welcome you to join us in educating and empowering our youth here in Eastern Uganda Serere and Uganda at large check our facebook page wwww facebook.com/agrictechug

8 months 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Justine, will follow your Facebook page!

8 months 1 week ago

Nesale Rorian Hello AgriProFocus  team. I was out of network for almost 3 weeks. thank Anne but late reply. i got the notification through my email. For my first time i tried to visit your website and read different written training's doc. posted there, and i took my time to join the team as i was also interested to start a small shamba work (small scale cultivation) in my area. 

7 months 3 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Rorian, good to hear! Our search bar is the place to look for any tips/training or materials you need. Good luck with your start-up and keep sharing with us.

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Securité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle Bénin
Posted 26 October 2016 at 04:25

Deuxième atelier international du Fonds de la Recherche appliquée pour l'alimentation et les affaires (ARF)

Cet atelier a réuni une trentaine de participants venus du Bénin, du Kenya, de l'Indonésie, de Bangladesh, de l'Ouganda, des Pays bas, de Mozambique, Tanzanie, Ghana, Ethiopie et Allemagne. Au tolal, 17 projets ont été séléctionnés dans ce cadre.

L'atelier a démarré ce jour 26 octobre 2016 à Novotel Hôte et prendra fin le 29 octobre 2016.

La cérémonie d'ouverture a connu la présence de Mme Cora Govers, Représentante de Nwo Wotro, du Pr HOUNHOUIGAN Joseph, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, du Pr FAROUGOU, Vice recteur chargé de la coopération internationale, de Mme Vanessa Nigten, Représentante de Food & Business Knowledge Platform  et de Mr Marcel DJIHOUN, Coordonnateur d'AgriProFocus Bénin.  

Apres la cérémonie d'ouverture, s'en est suivi un atelier sur la théorie du changement et u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Salut Sabihat, pouvez-vous nous expliquer au sujet de l'atelier s'il vous plaît? Je voudrais en savoir plus.

8 months 3 weeks ago

SALOUFOU Moussabihatou Anne Marie, c'est votre droit. J'attendais d'avoir plus d'informations sur l'atelier pour en partager le contenu avec vous. C'est fait maintenant. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas

8 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 25 October 2016 at 05:03

AgriProFocus Kenya Annual Network Day 2016 - Highlights

Our annual network day held on the 19th October at Karura forest in Nairobi attracted a good number of delegates and exhibitors within the agriculture space. This annual event brings together actors in the public and private sectors to meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network. This year's theme was "unlocking the business opportunities for food and nutrition security in the wake of climate change." This event comes at a time when as AgriProFocus, we are reflecting back to the 11 years of our existence -- what value we have created for our members and partners, what challenges we've overcome and opportunities ahead.


Some of our achievements for the year 2016: 

i) Learning platforms - experiences, lessons learned and innovations shared on our learning platforms.

ii) Cross-project learning - from all the Dutch projects in Kenya providing a multi-stakeholder sharing forum for Da

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JACOB OGONDA Great!!!

8 months 4 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you Jacob! 

8 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 18 October 2016 at 07:44

Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs opens Netherlands Embassy in Yangon 

On Wednesday, foreign minister Bert Koenders opened a new Dutch embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. It is the first time in nearly 50 years that the Netherlands has an embassy in the Asian country. ‘This is the right moment to strengthen our ties,’ Mr Koenders said at the opening ceremony. 

In a meeting with foreign minister Aung San Suu Kyi earlier in the day, Mr Koenders expressed his support for democratic developments there. He affirmed the Netherlands’ intention to provide support to the peace process through various channels.   

 The embassy will work to further enhance economic relations. ‘On the one hand, the Netherlands is keen to contribute to the economic development of one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia. On the other, Myanmar’s need for good water/delta management, clean drinking water, navigable rivers and better defences against natural disasters offers great opportunities f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 October 2016 at 03:23

AgriProFocus Rwanda organizes a workshop on the ''Applied Research Fund'' (ARF)

On Friday 15th October 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rwanda organized a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund. The workshop brought together 44 participants from research institutions, knowledge institutes, government institutions, insurance companies, private companies, NGOs, Dutch Embassy, etc.

The workshop kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator, Mrs Sajji Ryakunze. 

‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies"   

Next, followed an overview of the ‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies" of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda by Mr Pieter Dorst, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the past years, the Dutch Embassy works in Rwanda emphasized on programs improving Food Sec

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 October 2016 at 04:16

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action plans o

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g. http://agriprofocus.com/post/57ee5543a93f2528ff59cdb9, and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

9 months 1 week ago

Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 October 2016 at 12:31

Food Security through Innovation and Technology Transfer – Outcomes of the September 2016 Eldoret Fair

The Netherlands proved its ever growing interest in Kenya’s agribusiness during this year’s agribusiness trade fair at the University of Eldoret. Hosted from the 21st – 23rd September, the fair attracted over 60 Dutch companies involved in the agribusiness sector who exhibited their products and services. As AgriProFocus, we were very honored as to facilitate a seminar where Dutch companies presented their businesses to farmers and other potential investors. Last year’s seminar attracted only 14 companies; therefore this year’s can be cited as a success in terms of attracting interest from diverse companies. 


Under the HortImpact project which AgriProFocus is a part of, a number of companies exhibited their services and products. Bayer, SGS, Future Pump, Real IPM, Koppert, Bayer, MEA, Illuminum, Soil Cares, Crop Nutrition were some of the companies that showcased their work,

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PETER KOLAWOLE please I need the copy of this presentation

9 months 1 week ago

Dorina Prech Hi Peter, this is an article I just did from the Eldoret trade fair. It is part of an annual exhibition and trade fair so am afraid there were no presentations.

9 months 1 week ago

PETER KOLAWOLE Thanks so much I will like to know you more

8 months 2 weeks ago

JUSTUS Nzamuhiki please i need the copy of the same.thanks

8 months 6 days ago

PETER KOLAWOLE is not detail

8 months 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 11:59

How can AgriProFocus be of help in making your work in agribusiness gender sensitive?

We value your opinion!

We as AgriProFocus value the opinion of our members greatly and are always looking for ways to improve our services. We are well known for our training and coaching in the field of Gender in Value Chains. In order to make these services even better and reach more professionals, we have made a super short online survey to identify needs and wishes of our members. 

You don’t have to have experience with gender or be familiar with the AgriProFocus gender support services to fill in this survey. We are looking for responses from a broad spectrum of people: from farmers to input suppliers, consultants and students and from a variety of organizations: companies, farmer organizations, universities and government agencies. You can find the survey via this link, your responses will be treated confidentially.

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How to Manage Risks in Financing Smallholder Investments?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 November 2016, 15:30-17:00
  KIT, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam

The third edition of NABC’s conference promises to be a prominent B2B platform which focuses on Africa’s growing economies, particularly in light of innovations developing in the financial sector. 

This year the theme is ‘Innovation in Finance’. With its unique resources and sheer size, Africa is now taking the lead in the development of inventive products and services that require smart, innovative, and practical financing solutions.

The AgriProFocus network will be present as well, hosting a workshop around “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations.” together with NpM and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The study “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for risk management by linking financial institutions and producer organizations” by NpM, AgriProFocus and FBKP revealed that 1) risk management should be a common agenda, 2) access to finance relies not jus

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 September 2016 at 10:29

Making Agribusiness work for Development: AgriProFocus Strategy Week 2016

AgriProFocus is shaping its new strategy: What will be our network approach in the coming 5 years? We gathered from 12-16 September in Schoorl, The Netherlands, to define the basis of our new strategy together. We can already give you a sneak preview of the direction we are heading below.

Our network approach

AgriProFocus is convinced that our network can significantly contribute to tackling the current challenges we face in food and nutrition security worldwide. Being an international, multi-stakeholder network that is active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, which counts 22,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide today, we engage a wide diversity of stakeholders. No one stakeholder can bring about the desired systemic changes alone. From the experience we have built up engaging these stakeholders, we know that more sustainable results are possible if actors in the agribusiness sector are more effective

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks very much anne maria,, am a college student taking bachelor degree in human resource from Tanzania but am interested in agribusiness but i don't have enough education on how to start so i would like to join with you so as to make my dream become true

9 months 2 weeks ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Castory, thank you for your reply! By joining this platform you are part of a big network of agri-professionals. If you want to participate in any of the activities organised in Tanzania you can contact my colleague Hilda Okoth hokoth@agriprofocus.com

9 months 2 weeks ago

CASTORY WILLIAM Hi Anne, thank a lot for your reply and give me a way to start, so i will get in touch with Hilda Okoth to start participating in any activity am so happy to join here i expect to learn a lot of things from you

9 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 13 September 2016 at 04:57

AGRIPROFOCUS AT AGRF 2016-NAIROBI, Kenya,05th-10th September

The just concluded African Green Revolution forum organized by AGRA dubbed "Seize the moment: Securing Africa's rise through agricultural transformation" from 05TH -10TH September 2016, brought together more than 1000 delegates from across the world. The participation was drawn from Academia and research, Private sector, Governments and development organizations. AgriProFocus was glad to be represented by our own Managing director Mr Sander Mager, Kenya Country coordinator Ms. Maureen Munjua, the Youth in agribusiness thematic facilitator Mr. Alphaxrd Gitau and our very own young entrepreneur"Trendsetter Elizabeth Mbogo of Botanic Treasures.

Together with the African Agribusiness Incubation network, AgriProFocus was privileged to host a session on how to promote and enhance Incubation of small business dubbed "scale and Alignment- Agribusiness Incubation"

Below are the various interventions and contributions from the entire team.

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing the highlights from the AGRF Alpha. There is certainly a lot that can be learned by our network members. We hope they join in the discussions of how to promote sustainable incubation programs in our work.

10 months 1 week ago

STEPHEN OBORE waooo thanks for the great presentation you put there. surely we me change makers and i know we are part of it as Agri Pro Focus

10 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 September 2016 at 10:22

A New Breed of Entrepreneurs!

AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.

It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event. 

The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.

A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.  

Read more about our youth programme HERE
See more pictures from the event HERE

Check out the following hashtags on facebook and twitte

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

10 months 13 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 September 2016 at 10:10

One Finance Fair Down, One to Go! 

AgriProFocus had it's 4th Finance Fair (and 2nd in Chipata) on 25th - 26th August, 2016. The Fair was successful and we had 14 Organisation participating with 513 farmers and Individuals coming through to the event on the first day and 413 on the second day. We had 10 exhibitions, 6 workshops and 4 awards.

The event was officially opened by Provincial Agricultural Coordinator (PACO) - Mr. Roy Lumumba

Congratulation to the following Organisations for receiving awards based on the outcome survey from the Farmers that attended the event. 

COMACO- Best Exhibition Stand
Seed Co. - Most Farmer Friendly Input Product
Vision Fund - Most Farmer Friendly Financial Product.
Amulauzi General Dealers - Best Business Plan

The farmers appreciated the workshops as each topic covered was unique and beneficial. A special thank you to Nutri-Aid Trust for Sponsoring the award for the Best Business Plan won by Mr. Mabvuto Nkhoma from Amulauzi General Dealers in Lundazi

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PETER KOLAWOLE Please I need a copy of this presentation

9 months 1 week ago