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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 Netherlands
Posted 22 June 2016 at 06:16

Network Results 2015: Youth Roadshow

Example Tanzania

Omary Iddi was one of the speakers during the Youth Roadshow held in Tanzania. He encouraged youth by sharing the story how he started his business with a capital of 7,000 Tanzania Shillings. “I now own a shop and a farm and sell and multiply cassava seedlings. My harvest is 16 tonnes of cassava seedlings per acre. I also offer training on how to grow cassava and how to control pests and diseases”. 

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015! Click HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 June 2016 at 07:59

Typical deals and partnerships

AgriProFocus Network Results 2015

At the fairs in Choma and Chipata in Zambia, 15 % of visitors indicated to have closed a deal, e.g. 30 farmers in Chipata receiving loans from Vision Fund to purchase dairy cows.

Horti-processor Ronipam Enterprises was linked to Green Age International company at the horti fair in Rwanda. They reached an agreement to expand their operations. 

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015! Click HERE

Isaac Mando Vision Team....Nice one

1 year 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 17 June 2016 at 10:24

Orange Asean Food Challenge

Orange Factory conducts feasibility study Myanmar for AgriProFocus as part of the Food Challenge

Climate change, growing populations, rapid urbanization and shifting diets are major challenges in Southeast Asia. With its floods, draughts and fast growing cities Thailand is no exception. Innovative solutions are needed to produce safe and healthy food for everyone and in a sustainable way.

From 20 June 2016 around 30 young professionals and students from the Netherlands and Southeast Asia will come together in Bangkok for the three week Orange ASEAN Food Challenge. Supported by sustainability professionals, renowned universities, companies and government institutes they will develop concrete business cases related to food, combining sustainability and profitability. The Food Challenge is part of Orange ASEAN project, initiated by the Netherlands’ Government in collaboration with the private sector and non-governmental partners. It aims to accelerate sustainable inno

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 June 2016 at 09:55

AgriProFocus Network Results 2015: Radio Talk Shows

Example: Rwanda

In 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized weekly talk shows with Huguka radio. The main focus were hot topics from innovation communities - youth in agribusiness, agriculture financing and agri-insurance - and information on market opportunities.

The show reached 1,500,000 farmers and promoted a mind-set change with farmers to become more entrepreneurial. 

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015! Click HERE 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 June 2016 at 06:58

AgriProFocus Network Results 2015: Finance Fairs

Example: Mbale, Uganda 

The Regional Finance Fair was organized with the Hunger Project, AMFIU, GIZ, SNV, Feed the Future, VECO and Financial Access. It attracted close to 400 participants and 30 exhibitors. A pre-event for 40 producer organisations increased their preparedness and confidence to interact with financial service providers. 15 of them made deals with Centenary Bank, Opportunity Bank and Pride Micro-Finance.

Since 2013 AgriProFocus collaborates with GIZ and Bank of Uganda to disseminate the Finance Year Book. The book features sub-sector oriented developments and information on the development of the agri-sector in general including access to finance.

During the Mbale finance fair, half of the first day was dedicated to disseminating this information in the form of a workshop. 

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015! Click HERE 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 June 2016 at 09:04

AgriProFocus Worldwide Network Results 2015: Business Linking

Example Ethiopia: Regular Business Drinks (five in 2015) were co-organised with the Agri-Business Support Facility (ABSF). Visitors can have a one-minute pitch.

A distributor of Purdue Improved Crop Storages (PICS) presented the actual bags and made a deal for ETB 12.800 on the spot with Damot Wolayta Cooperative Union. Visitors indicated their prime motive for participating to be: funding; finding partners; market and visibility.

“I have been looking for the right person for 3 years, today I got the opportunity to meet, chat and made a formal appointment.” Ato Wagnew Ayalneh, from Wasa Mushroom Farm.

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015! Click HERE

CDI - Dear Anne Marie, Thank you for sharing the valuable report to AgriProFocus members.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 June 2016 at 09:51

AgriProFocus Network Results 2015: Bankable Business Plans

FINAGRI in Segou, Mali

The Segou finance fair was organised in March 2015 with support of the Netherlands Embassy and with IFDC, Oikocredit and others. The event attracted 3258 participants and 40 exhibitors. AgriProFocus Mali organized a business plan training for submitters. 53 business plans were shared between 3 banks and 4 microfinance institutions, 56 % was financed!

The event opened up new relations with and between producer organisations in the region and various banks and microfinance institutions and with international agencies such as USAID.

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015: Click HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 June 2016 at 01:14

AgriProFocus Worldwide Network Results 2015!

With pleasure the AgriProFocus global team presents the 2015 network results to its stakeholders: our Dutch partnership members, country network affiliates, and of course our public partners. 

Increased services and relevance for multiple stakeholders

2015 has been a good year for the network in terms of the outreach of its products and services. The number of events in the country networks - co-created with and for stakeholders - went up 30%. Online registered agri-professionals increased with more than 50%. 2015 saw a dynamic online information and knowledge exchange. Our ‘one-stop-shop’ online platform is working! 

Tangible results for agri-entrepreneurs from knowledge and business services

In terms of outcome: stakeholders have used the network benefits to build capacities in their organisation or business (notably staff skills and marketing), and improved the services they deliver to farmer entrepreneurs. They pointed out that the net

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 June 2016 at 11:10

Fruitful FSRE Poultry Event with small-scale farmers and commercial farms

On Tuesday 31 May, 2016, we held a successful Poultry Event in Debre Zeit in which commercial farmers and small-scale farmers were able to meet each other face-to-face and discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the general poultry management of small-scale farmers and the relationship of small-scale farmers with commercial farms.

The purpose of this Poultry Event was to present the results of a poultry survey AgriProFocus conducted in and around Debre Zeit, and to stir a lively discussion around the results that came out of this survey.

The objectives of this poultry survey were to assess the challenges that poultry farmers face in the poultry business and the food security and nutrition situation within the household of the poultry farmers. The survey especially focused on the gender aspect by aiming to find out if there were any challenges related to the poultry business or food security that were

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 3 June 2016 at 02:19

Conférence sur Agroforesterie Entrepreneuriale (AFE) :

Dans le cadre de la célébration de la 12ème édition de la semaine culturelle et scientifique des étudiants de la Faculté d’Agronomie, AgriProFocus Niger à travers le cabinet Partners for Innovation Niger a animé une conférence sur « l’Agroforesterie comme stratégie d’adaptation aux changements climatiques et à la lutte contre la pauvreté : Agroforesterie Entrepreneuriale (AFE) » le vendredi 27 mai 2016.

L’objectif de cette conférence est de permettre aux étudiants de prendre conscience des enjeux du changement climatique, et de comprendre l’importance de l’agroforesterie comme stratégie d’adaptation au changement climatique.

Cette conférence a été riche en échange et partage d’idée, mais aussi d’opportunités pour les étudiants dans l’agroforesterie et le changement climatique au Niger.

ADA MAHAMANE Habou je suis témoigne de cette activité ouu votre participation était de tous les bords en tant que délégué général des étudiants de cette Faculté. Au nom de tous les étudiants de l'Agronomie je vous transmets toutes nos salutations et nous restons à votre coté.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 June 2016 at 07:05

Holland Pavilion at the 11th National Agricultural Show

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is organizing the 11th National Agricultural Show from the 14th to the 20th June 2016 in Rwanda. The Agricultural Show is one of several regional agricultural fairs in the region, aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in agricultural commercial exchange activities. The theme of this year’s show is ‘Invest in Agricultural innovations for prosperity’.

Holland pavilion

The Netherlands embassy is attending this coming agricultural show with a Holland pavilion in which Dutch agricultural companies, active and/or interested in doing business in Rwanda, exhibit their products, knowledge and are present to provide information. Besides, the Holland pavilion features an area where visitors of the pavilion can meet and talk with the Dutch.

Attending companies

The following companies are attending the agricultural show in the Holland pavilion:

· Heineken Bramin Farm


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HABIMANA CHRISTOPHE Hello Dear members! I would like to kindly ask if there is any planned way that can help members of this platform who will attend the AgriShow to know more each other through Acquaintances...Any feedback please.

1 year 1 month ago

AgriProFocus Rwanda Hi Christophe! What kind of help do you mean? Are you also attending the Agrishow?

1 year 1 month ago

Ben Rutten Diddier, I see PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is not invited?

5 months 3 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Ben! Actually it is the EKN which was in charge of inviting the Dutch companies who were to attend the 2016 National Agricultural show! Our contribution was only in disseminating this information to our members, who were interested in meeting with one of the Dutch companies' representatives . 

5 months 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 June 2016 at 12:24

Inception track AgriProFocus Myanmar

AgriProFocus is kicking off an inception track to develop an AgriProFocus network for Myanmar. This initiative follows 1-on-1 conversations and builds on exchanges organized by the Netherlands Mission in Yangon.
The supporting message from Geert Westenbrink which states a request and expectation to the AgriProFocus network:

“To establish more cooperation with and involvement of the Netherlands NGO’s in the implementation of our Water and Food Security Programmes and maybe also more coherence in the ‘overall’ portfolio of Netherlands based actors in Myanmar.”

We gladly take on this challenge together with you and your partners! The key interaction moments are:
Ø Feasibility phase: field and desk study: Mid June 2016 – Mid July 2016
Ø Design phase: multi-stakeholder workshop: 21 – 22 September 2016 (Yangon, Myanmar) 

 By the end of 2016 it is our intent to have:

  • identified a joint network agenda for agri-entrepreneur

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Philippe AKPAKI Piste de lancement AgriProFocus Myanmar AgriProFocus est le coup d'envoi d'une piste de lancement pour développer un réseau de AgriProFocus pour le Myanmar. Cette initiative fait suite 1-sur-1 conversations et construit sur des marchés organisés par la Mission des Pays-Bas à Yangon. Le message de soutien de Geert Westenbrink qui indique une demande et d'attente au réseau AgriProFocus: "Pour établir une plus grande coopération et la participation des ONG des Pays-Bas est dans la mise en œuvre de notre Programmes Eau et sécurité alimentaire et peut-être une plus grande cohérence dans le portefeuille« globale »des Pays-Bas acteurs basés au Myanmar." Nous prenons plaisir à ce défi avec vous et vos partenaires! Les moments d'interaction clés sont: Ø phase de faisabilité: terrain et bureau étude: Mi Juin 2016 - mi Juillet 2016 Ø Conception de phase: atelier multipartite: 21 - 22 Septembre 2016 (Yangon, Myanmar) À la fin de 2016, il est de notre intention d'avoir: identifié un programme de réseau commun pour le développement agro-entrepreneuriat au Myanmar pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition; développé un réseau de pays mis en place pour fournir des services de réseautage pour les membres et les parties prenantes nationales; a commencé avec la liaison et les activités sur les questions clés qui ajoutent de la valeur à nos efforts collectifs d'apprentissage. Vous voulez en savoir plus? Cliquez ici pour plus de détails. Nous sommes très désireux d'entendre parler de vous et de quelle façon vous êtes en mesure de participer. S'il vous plaît remplir ce court sondage pour nous donner votre avis. Dans les prochains mois, nous vous tiendrons au courant des développements. - Voir plus:

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 May 2016 at 03:51

Looking Back on a successful Netherlands Aid & Trade Mission to Ethiopia (May 17-23, 2016)

The main focus of the mission was on agriculture and agro-food, with a dedicated program for the dairy companies and knowledge institutes. Special attention was paid to Corporate Social Responsibility in discussions with government officials and company visits.

During the week the delegation had meetings with Ethiopian Government officials in the agricultural and educational sector, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Arkebe Equbay and the Ethiopian Investment Commission. Read More

Also check out the stories about Dutch supported food security projects in Ethiopia at

leonard raphael mtunda karibu ktk jumuia ya wajasilia mali

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 26 May 2016 at 09:47

Launch of the Nyama Platform

It's Official The Nyama platform was officially launched on the 25th May 2016 By Hon. Bright Rwamirama Minister of state for Animal Husbandry at Silver springs Hotel Bugolobi. see more at - //

Anne Marie Kortleve It looks impressive! What is the Nyama Platform about and where can I find more information?

1 year 1 month ago

Jacob Olanya The Nyama platform provides a space for exchange, learning and to create synergy in defining intervention areas based on challenges and opportunities in the Meat sector which is one of the core themes of AgriProFocus Uganda. - See more at:

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 May 2016 at 01:04


Tanzania just as other countries in Africa has the youngest population and each year, thousands if not millions of young people enter the country’s workforce without success. This highlights the great challenge of youth unemployment but also seen as an opportunity for them to engage in agriculture and agribusiness, a sector commonly termed as the villagers’ job. Which sounds less interesting in Swahili – Kazi ya kishamba. Good news is, the youth are now eager to join the sector with vigor and ambition. Thanks to various initiatives such as SNV Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) that arouses the interest of youth and keeps them sustainable.

In their quest to expose employment opportunities to youth in Agriculture, SNV OYE, Agriterra and AgriProFocus joined forces on 13th and 14th May 2016 and organized a Youth Roadshow in Arusha Tanzania aimed at exposing youth to various opportunities available in agriculture and agribusiness. Th

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JEROME MMASSY Its true Hilda, as one of the participant, I was really impressed with the Workshop and it has really shaped my thinking. I have just started to develop my projects to start practical orientation.Thank you very much!! - See more at:

1 year 2 months ago

Katarina Mungure Well summed up Hilda, Thumbs up to the team...

1 year 2 months ago

Johnson Yessaya Mwambola The idea to start with Field visit in day one was best idea and it gave youth practical thing to go home with...i hope this will be adopted in other region where Youth roadshow will be taking place....congratulation to the team of organizer.

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 12 May 2016 at 07:17

Conférence sur l’entreprenariat agricole des jeunes au Niger

AgriProFocus Niger dans sa dynamique d’accompagnement des jeunes a tenu une conférence sur l’entrepreneuriat agricole et les opportunités pour les jeunes.  La conférence a eu lieu  le 11 mai 2016 à la faculté d’Agronomie avec la participation 68 personnes, dont 10 étudiantes.

L’objectif de cette conférence est de :

• Cultiver l’esprit d’entreprenariat chez les jeunes,

• Permettre aux étudiants de créer leur propre entreprise et saisir les opportunités,

• Développer l’Agrobusiness.

La cérémonie d’ouverture a débuté par le mot de bienvenue du SG de l’IAAS de Niamey,Mr Daouda ,suivie de la présentation de l’agenda de la journée. Le Doyen de la Faculté d’agronomie, a prononcé un discours dans lequel « il a souligné que c’est dans l’engagement dans le développement de l’entreprenariat agricole que l’on peut résoudre le problème du chômage des jeunes au Niger

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 11 May 2016 at 03:04

Ca y est ! La 3ème édition du salon agricole et financier AgriFinancier a démarré aujourd'hui.

Au programme, la cérémonie d'ouverture en présence de l'Ambassadeur du Royaume des Pays-Bas près du Bénin. Ensuite, s'est tenu le prémier paniel sur les mécanismes publics de financement de l'agriculture.

L'après midi est réservé pour les rencontres d'affaires autour des plans d'affaires entre promoteurs agricoles et institutions financières.

En attaché, le programme du salon

Roel Snelder Bon chance a tous

1 year 2 months ago

SALOUFOU Moussabihatou Merci Roel

1 year 2 months ago

Marcel Coffi Djihoun salut à tous!!!, le salon continue jusqu'à demain vendredi 13 mai 2016. nous vous attendons

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 4 May 2016 at 03:49

Rwanda youth urged to venture into agribusiness 

A new initiative, the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), has been launched to drive efforts geared toward changing youth mindset on agribusiness.

Speaking at the launch of the forum in Kigali, yesterday, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the minister for youth and ICT, cited mindset as the most crucial aspect holding back the youth from engaging in agribusiness.

As the key driver of the country’s economic growth, agriculture sector employs more than 70 per cent of the population.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 May 2016 at 08:03

NEW YEP ROUND! - Apply before 1st of June 2016

Co-funding opportunity for Dutch organisations and their partners, that are interested in a Young Expert position for min 1 or max 2 years for their international Water and/or Agrofood project.

Are you a Dutch organisation registered in the Netherlands or do you collaborate closely with a Dutch organisation and you are interested to recruit a Young Expert for 1 or 2 years on your Water and/or Agrofood project, YEP might provide you an opportunity. 

Take the test here to see if you are eligible to apply. Countries in which the young experts can placed are mentioned here. Next to financial support the YEP programme provide an intensive learning and coaching trajectory for the Young Expert.

Young Experts have a BSc or MSc degree and a maximum of 8 years work experience of which 4 relevant. For more info on or contact me directly.

Wycliffe Ondoro A chance for the young experts. This is a worthwhile opportunity. Thanks for sharing.

1 year 2 months ago

Georges Djodji Akibodé NEW YEP RONDE! - Appliquer avant le 1er Juin 2016 possibilité de cofinancement pour les organisations néerlandaises et leurs partenaires, qui sont intéressés par une position Young Expert pour min 1 ou max 2 ans pour le projet de Agrofood leur eau internationale et / ou. Êtes-vous une organisation néerlandaise enregistrée aux Pays-Bas ou vous collaborez étroitement avec une organisation néerlandaise et vous êtes intéressé à recruter un jeune expert pour 1 ou 2 ans sur votre et / ou projet Agrofood Eau, YEP peut vous donner l'occasion. Faites le test ici pour voir si vous êtes admissible. Les pays dans lesquels les jeunes experts peuvent etre placés sont mentionnés ici. A côté de l'appui financier du programme, YEP va fournir une formation et de coaching trajectoire intensive pour les jeunes experts. Jeunes Experts ont un BSc ou MSc degré et un maximum de 8 ans d'expérience de travail dont 4 pertinent. Pour plus d'informations sur ou me contacter directement. - Voir plus:

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 April 2016 at 02:26

Dialogue with the Farmers

On the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair

Batu, 27 April 2016

On March 2015 AgriProFocus Ethiopia and OXFAM GB, in close collaboration with Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization, organized in Batu a successful agribusiness finance fair which farmers took the stage. Read more about the previous Finance Fair HERE.

Yesterday, April 27 2016, the 2nd Agricultural Extension and Finance Fair was organized in Batu with the objective of extending the dialogue started on last year’s Finance Fair between the farmers themselves and the relevant stakeholders. On this Finance Fair also the farmers were given to express their challenges relating to access to finance and agricultural extension services and to present their achievements with the support of OXFAM GB and Rift Valley Children and Women Development Organization.

The event which included a panel discussion with two paper presentations and an exhibition by different organizations, opened

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