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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)
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:
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 foodsecurityethiopia.nl
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... Read more
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... Read more
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
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.
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 www.yepprogrammes.com or contact me directly.
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... Read more
Kathy Marshall, owner and general manager of Sabahar, inspired the community managers from AgriProFocus (gathering in Ethiopia at the moment) with her entrepreneurial spirit! She used to work for an international NGO, but in 2004 decided to switch to a business approach. She started her silk-business with only two spinning wheels in her own house. Kathy explains: “Nowadays, we buy the silk from over 200 (female) producers in Ethiopia and export fair trade silk textiles worldwide."
Kathy explained the three core values that guide Sabahar:
• Sustainability: We support and train artisans to apply their ancient skills to modern, fresh designs. By providing the bridge between the artisan and the global market, we provide reliable income for families.
• Innovation: Weaving is an ancient craft in Ethiopia but silk was only introduced to Ethiopia about 15 years ago. We adopt traditional technologies to new fibers and products. We remain lo... Read more
For example, we shared experiences and challenges around the soil campaign held in 2015 in Ethiopia for a big and diverse audience and the example of the EKN-RVO Learning event held in Nairobi, which was 2 days and for a specfic targetgroup (food security projects funded by EKN). We discussed the various phases of event-planning and shared many experiences. We also discussed on how we can improve this online platform and how we can best interact wit hand inform our members on important issues related to agri-entrepreneurship. We finalise this week with optimising our monitoring and evaluation to learn from the input from our members and visitors.
Yesterday, the 15th of April 2016, marks the end of a five day ‘Training of Trainers’ course in Financial Literacy. AgriProFocus in collaboration with GIZ AGRUFIN and The Hunger Project organized this course for her stakeholders under the Innovation Community on Access to Finance with an overall objective of equipping participants with skills in financial, savings, loan, planning for old age and investment management.
The trainers who also primarily train and support rural agricultural producers along different value chains; are influencing behavioral change in personal /financial management and planning matters. This is in bid to build self-assurance in making decisions to one’s financial issues, as well as build confidence of agribusinesses in dealing with financial service providers.
“This training has reminded me of the need to increase my savings in order to prepare and plan for my old age” says Irene Sekamwa Kajoro.
Today - April 14, 2016 - an interesting learning event, which brought together important stakeholders in the horticulture sector in Ethiopia, took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.
The objective of the event was to provide a learning opportunity for the 4th round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant winner projects. AgriProFocus who is responsible in organizing FSRE Fund Learning Events for projects being supported by the Fund has recently taken a new approach – connecting projects with similar value chains for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a few months ago a Learning Event for poultry projects was organized.
Today’s event focused on horticulture. To meet the objective, a number of horticulture development stakeholders from both the Government and private sector, as well as from NGOs, were part of the learning event. The diversity of the 26 participants has playe... Read more
AgriProFocus Niger et le cadre de collaboration et de dialogue des organisations paysannes du Niger, acteur stratégique dans la dynamique paysanne nationale du Niger, mais également dans la mobilisation des autres acteurs, ont organisé une mission conjointe pour la redynamisation du réseau AgriProFocus Niger à Zinder et Maradi du 03 au 09 avril 2016.
La mission a également servi de cadre pour responsabiliser les deux régions dans l’organisation des deux foires prévues dans le plan annuel 2016.
Lors de la mission des ateliers et des rencontres stratégiques ont été organisés. Les ateliers ont réuni, plus d’une soixantaine de personnes, représentants: les organisations paysannes, les services étatiques, les entreprises, les ONGs, les institutions de financement, les institutions de recherche et autres acteurs agricoles.
Les ateliers se sont déroulés en quatre phases :
• Présentation du réseau : vi... Read more
The youth in Agribusiness working group has been vibrant in Tanzania since 2013 aiming at influencing an enabling environment for youth to engage in agribusiness through mindset transformation of youths and firms. With 4 youth roadshows in Mtwara, Morogoro and Dar es Salaam, the impact has been so far fulfilling. However, more has to be done in order to attract more youths to the sector.
The working group met on 18th March to review 2015 activities as well as plan for 2016. The following were the major achievements for 2015:
· Youth roadshow in Dar es Salaam that gathered more 130 young agriculture professionals including youths from SNV OYE (Opportunities for Youth Employment)
· 2 youth benefited from the cassava program in Lindi and Mtwara
· Tanzania Graduate Farmers Associations (TGFA) linked with the Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank for possible financing of the association members agri-related activities
In order to increase the i... Read more
Agriculture is the major sector in Kenya yet young people do not want to venture in it to sustain themselves and create employment. The youth will always think of agriculture as something to do when they retire from offices. There are many parties coming together to ensure that the youth are empowered to venture into agribusiness and promote food security in the world.
It is with this reason that AgriProFocus Kenya in partnership with USIU-Africa’s Global Agribusiness Management and entrepreneurship (GAME) Center hosted a youth in agribusiness trendsetter’s caravan on 24th March 2016. The event was held at USIU-Africa and was officially opened by Professor Francis Wambalaba from USIU-Africa.
One of the most interesting activities that took place during the forum is the ideation through simulation. The simulation activity is a practical guide to running a successful enterprise. Youth in the forum found the activity very involvin... Read more
A sustainable relationship between farmers and their customers is paramount for good business. To achieve this both parties need to be aware of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and perceptions. In a structured way, the 2-2-Trade tool brings these strengths, weaknesses and perceptions to the surface. With a facilitated, structured discussion 2-2-Trade creates mutual understanding between farmers and their customers creating space for development and new initiatives and opportunities that bring benefit to both.
The meeting focussed on how trade relations can be made more sustainable and profitable by looking at the critical components of the relation and how the 2- 2 Trade tool can be used in business cases of the participants.
Three cases where 2-2-Trade has been applied were pr... Read more
On the 18th of March 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with Spark organized an Agribusiness Club meeting around 5:30-8pm local time. This exciting event aimed at at introducing the Agri-BDS Network Association and the new AgriProFocus Rwanda Country Coordinator to the network.
Given that the event was planned to be on Friday in the evening, the time that most of people like; “the beginning of the weekend", organizers prepared different kind of drinks and snacks so that people enjoy their weekend while networking with each other, exchange business cards, share business experiences.
The event attracted 71 participants including but not limited to: Agri-BDS network members, AgriProFocus Rwanda coordination team and other key network members & partners.
After the introduction remarks, the Assistant Coordinator and the facilitator of the event Mr.Anatole Majyambere invited Mr. Desire Mushumba the Progam Manager... Read more
AgriProFocus Burundi à
travers sa Communauté d'innovation genre en partenariat avec l'Association des
Femmes Entrepreneurs du Burundi AFAB ont organisé un événement pour célébrer la
journée Internationale de la femme célébré chaque 8 mars. Le thème choisit pour
cette journée est "Egalité des opportunités dans l'agribusiness au
L'événement s'est tenu à la détente et a connu une participation de 121 personnes issues des organisations des producteurs, des entreprises privées, des Institutions financières, des organisations internationales et locales intervenant dans l’agriculture ainsi que les représentants des ministères.
La journée était partagé entre les conférences débat sur trois thèmes qui sont les suivants ; « mettre en valeur la contribution de la femme à la sécurité alimentaire ; Changement climatique au Burundi et agriculture ; et groupement associatif, une option po