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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 Partnership Members 2017  


Header photo: Creative Commons, Neil Palmer (CIAT)


Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 August 2016 at 07:35

Consultative Forum: Inclusive Finance for Smallholder Farmers

AgriProFocus in collaboration with the Netherlands Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) – the leading national platform for inclusive finance worldwide – held a half day consultative forum on inclusive finance for smallholders on Thursday, 28th July 2016 at Amber Hotel in Nairobi.

The forum presented key findings from a study done by the rural finance working group of NPM and AgriProFocus entitled: “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. 57 participants drawn from micro-finance institutions, insurance companies, banks, producer organisations and development partners were in attendance.

The key message from the discussions was the urgent need for a platform that brings all the value chain actors together to collaborate and build trust as a means to de-risk agriculture in Kenya. AgriProFocus was also tasked with following up with interes

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 August 2016 at 02:13

Building a community of AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain Coaches

Learning Journey: Coaching on gender sensitive value chain development


In June 2016 ten AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chain (GVC) coaches from a variety of countries (ranging from Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambia to Benin and Indonesia) gathered in Kampala for a training. The objective of this training was twofold: it was held to further expand the expertise of national Gender coaches, while also creating a solid team, a community of coaches for co-creation and peer learning. Most of the participants already had experience in GVC coaching, which made the training not only an advanced course, but also the perfect occasion to link the coaches from different countries and create a network of coaches.

The Gender in Value Chains approach of AgriProFocus is a practical approach, build on hands-on advice and coaching by national coaches, and has as mission to improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.

The training was organi

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Amaguru Damaline That's a good news for me, am so much interested

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 3 August 2016 at 09:28

FOIRE AGRICOLE D’UVIRA, édition 2016

La foire agricole s’est déroulée dans le Territoire d’Uvira, du 28 au 30 juillet à l’Institut Mwanga.

Cette foire a connu la participation de 47 organisations, dont 5 institutions financières ( 2 banques et 3 IMFs), 2 Institutions de recherche, 1 Service étatique (Office National du CAFE) , 5 entreprises du secteur privé et 34 organisations des producteurs.

Cette foire avait comme but : connecter les agriculteurs aux entrepreneurs (pour l’accès au marché) et aux institutions des finances (pour l’accès aux crédits agricoles).

Durant 3 jours, les exposants et visiteurs ont eu droit à des présentations, débats et discussions sur différents thèmes mais aussi c’était un moment offert aux agriculteurs pour des échanges d’expériences et la connexion entre acteurs.

Lisez plus des détails sur la foire ici

Nous avons noté la participation d’une organisation venue du Rwanda(SEED-CO) et 2 autres venues du Burundi.

Cette foire a été organisé

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 August 2016 at 06:37

Conférence de presse sur la formation en agriculture de trois jeunes au sénégal

G1Project et son partenaire AgriProFocus Mali, ont tenu ce mercredi 27 juillet 2016 dans les locaux de AgriProFocus, une conférence de presse sur la formation de trois jeunes agriculteurs au sénégal.

 La conference était animée par le Coordinateur de AgriProFocus Mali , Mr Oudou Bengaly, le Coordinateur de Give One Project Mr Ibrahima Maiga et Mr Georges Akibodé , Network développent et Point Focal Jeunesse- Entreprenariat agricole .

L'objectif de l'association , Ibrahim Maiga  souligne qu'il  vise à susciter la culture du leadership et de l'entreprenariat auprès des jeunes maliens. Ainsi des programmes de formation des futurs chefs d'entreprise ont été initié et ceux qui souhaiteraient ce lancer dans l'entreprenariat seront accompagnés.

C'est dans cette dynamique que les  bénéficiaires Awa keita de Bamako, Abdoul Karim Makadji de Niono et  Ba Traoré de Kadiol

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 August 2016 at 05:12

Agribusiness Online : Emission N°1

Ce dimanche 31 juillet 2016, journée panafricaine de la femme, votre réseau AgriProFocus a lancé le 1er numéro de l'émission  AgroBusiness Online sur les ondes de la radio MALIBA FM 95.5 FM, située à l’ACI 2000.

L'émission a débuté à  9h pour une durée de 60mn.

Après la présentation du réseau, les échanges ont débuté par le rôle de la femme dans la chaine de valeur agricole, journée panafricaine de la femme oblige.

Après cet hommage rendu aux femmes ,nos invités de ce 1er numéro ,Mme Alinta Geling ( Expert Junior , Jeunesse et Entreprenariat Agricole Afrique de l’Ouest ) à AgriProFocus , Mr Amadou Diallo (Directeur Associé Ferme Diop- Diallo) et Mr Georges Akibodé (Network développent et Point Focal Jeunesse- Entreprenariat Agricole à AgriProFocus ) , ont échangé avec le journaliste sur l’organisation de la 3ème édition de la caravane des jeunes pour la promotion de l'entreprenariat agricole , qu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 July 2016 at 08:15

Dissemination Workshop - Finance for Smallholders

AgriProFocus Uganda, in collaboration with the members of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance, the 13 largest investors in the Netherlands, organized a dissemination workshop of the research entitled “Finance for Smallholders: Opportunities for Risk Management by linking Financial Institutions and Producer Organizations”. The workshop was held on 21st July, 2016 at Hotel Africana, Kampala Uganda. The meeting attracted 57 participants (32 male and 25 female).

Download the One Page report here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 14 July 2016 at 04:35

Présentation de Mme Geling Alinta

Chers membres du réseau,

C’est avec un grand plaisir que nous vous présentons Mme Geling Alinta , du Programme des Jeunes Experts en Agrobusiness . Notre nouvelle collègue est une néerlandaise Issue donc d’un pays d’entrepreneurs, et d’une famille d’agriculteurs, elle a grandi entre la Guinée-Bissau et le Mali.

Alinta a travaillé en 2015 à International Crisis Group , comme Assistante de Recherche au bureau de Dakar, et a occupé le poste d’assistante de gestion et communication à Near East Foundation , Sévaré –Mali.

Elle obtient de 2014-2016, un Master en Sciences Po Paris, France en Sécurité Internationale spécialisation: Afrique et Agriculture.

De 2010-2013 à l’Université Leiden, Pays-Bas, elle obtient un Bachelor en Paix, Justice et Durabilité Concentration : Développement.

Elle est maintenant de retour en Afrique pour appuyer l’équipe AgriProFocus, tout particulièrement dans le cadre de l’entreprenariat jeunes qui

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Tania Attiba Welcome Alinta

1 year 6 months ago

ADA MAHAMANE Habou Bon retour en terre africaine!

1 year 6 months ago

Fructueux APLOGAN welcome Mrs

1 year 6 months ago

Meggy d'ALMEIDA welcome Alinta

1 year 4 months ago

Jean Bosco Senani I am new like him !!We hope to get more here

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 13 July 2016 at 06:14

Atelier de formation sur l’élaboration d’une fiche technique des produits agroalimentaires et l'initiation à l'optimisation de la place du marché 

Ce jour 09 Juillet 2016 s’est tenu à l’Agri Pro Focus un atelier de formation sur l’élaboration d’une fiche technique animé par madame Aminata Diakité en présence de 42 participants venant d'une vingtaine d'entreprise.

L''atelier a débuté  par le mot de bienvenue du coordinateur du projet qui dans son discours à inviter les participants à être assidu et courageux compte tenu de la pertinence du motif de l’atelier qui est la déficit de fiche technique des fournisseurs envers les clients( les hôtels, les supermarchés, les clients de l’extérieurs etc. …. )

Le président de la Fédération Nationale des Transformateurs du Mali (FENATRA) a remercié au nom des participants l’équipe AgriProFocus pour cette initiative au bénéfice des transformateurs.

Après sa présentation la formatrice a annoncé le progr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 July 2016 at 01:11

Your profile on this online platform is an online business card, update now!

Your online visibility becomes more and more important in these increasing digital times. Completing your profile on this platform is easy, only takes a few minutes and will connect you to thousands of agribusiness practitioners worldwide!

Updating your profile is done in 3 easy steps:

1. Log-in or sign-up at agriprofocus.com

2. Click on your name in the upper right corner -> you will be re-directed to your profile-page

3. Take a couple of minutes to fully update it by clicking on the grey-bar called: ‘Edit Profile Settings’

 Add your company or organisation profile and:

• Increase your company visibility online and reach over 20,000 agribusiness professionals

• Promote your business and services to our platform visitors (500,000 pageviews a year)

• Get access to collaboration opportunities both local and international

• A professional and completed profile with contact details will increase your reliab

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA THANKS

1 year 5 months ago

Wycliffe Natweeta Much appreciated.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 12 July 2016 at 08:46

Inspiring and creative event with Dutch stakeholders


What? Where? When?

Stakeholder meeting Youth in Agriculture, organised by AgriProFocus and the Food and Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), facilitated by Dr. Monk. The Hague, New World Campus, 12th May 2016 in the afternoon.

Who?

Nineteen (19) Dutch Diamond stakeholders came together to present and discuss their interventions in low and middle income countries related to youth in agriculture.

Why?

1. To get an overview of and insight in current initiatives of Dutch diamond public and private stakeholders with regard to youth in agriculture in low and middle income countries.

2. To discuss strengths, niches, complementarity, overlap, and gaps.

3. To explore alliances for present or future (knowledge) initiatives and build a Community of Practice

How?

Interactive Gallery Walk, Open Space, Interviews, Networking, Drinks.

Topics?

Youth in Agribusiness and access to markets; Access to finance; Access to green jobs; Access to knowledge, edu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 July 2016 at 03:10

FSRE Up-Scaling Fund Projects Kick-off the Learning Agenda

FSRE Innovation Fund, financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, has been supporting 75 innovative projects since 2012. The fund has innovation and matching grant facilities which financed 39 and 29 innovations respectively. Recently a third Up-Scaling facility is introduced to support innovation that showed accomplishment in their previous implementations.

Up-Scaling Facility

A closed call to invite a number of innovation that have been supported by FSRE Fund to submit an up-scaling proposal was sent earlier this year. According to the fund managers, the major requirements for the invitation are being successful in the previous project and potential of the innovation for scaling up. Furthermore, as the four year program of FSRE Fund is to be ended on December 2016, the up-scaling project must have a six months implementation period. Track record of timely re

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 July 2016 at 09:17

Network energy during strategic conference AgriProFocus!

Development of and support to agri-entrepreneurship is at the heart of the AgriProFocus network. 

Through AgriProFocus, agribusiness professionals from the corporate sector, CSO’s, knowledge institutes and governments join forces, share knowledge and combine resources to fully unlock the potential of agri-entrepreneurship for food and nutrition security. Through our Dutch roots and the 20.000 registered professionals in 12 country networks, we are able to facilitate linking and learning and demonstrate that the Dutch Diamond really works in practice.

We are ready for a new phase: to further improve the impact and significance of our network, and to further strengthen the value for our members, partners and key-stakeholders. That is why on 28 and 29 June (in Doorn, The Netherlands) we generated the ingredients for an ambitious strategy and a new businessplan, together with our Dutch partnership members and other strategic thi

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Marc NKENGURUTSE Very good

1 year 6 months ago

NicholaS Amartey Inspiring

1 year 6 months ago

Charity PM Chileshe Yes please keep us in the loop on this interesting topic.

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 June 2016 at 02:33

Regional trade facilitation: fostering (business) opportunities for resource poor producers, traders and consumers?

Headlines of a debate at Ministry Foreign Affairs Netherlands. With TMEA (Patricia Ithau), BoPInc (Henk van Duijn), ECDPM (Bruce Byiers).


In a public debate session at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands, experiences of Trade Mark East Africa were discussed and compared with those of BoPInc, in search of further Knowledge sharing on the key question above.

Trade Mark East Africa was created 5 years ago, focusing on regional integration, trade, competitiveness of businesses in the region, in order to reduce poverty in East Africa. Countries involved: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan. In total turnover of $USD 560 mio over 5 years.

Key orientation of TMEA:

- National implementation of regional policies

- Trade facilitation: hardware and software. Including reduction of non-tariff barriers. Capacity strengthening of officia

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MILTON OKELLO EBEK Thanks for the programmee of Business support

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 June 2016 at 07:11

AgriProFocus Rwanda Network Achievements 2015

Dear AgriProFocus members ,

With great  pleasure  AgriProFocus Rwanda is pleased to share with you all our 2015 Annual Report. In this report we are celebrating a great increment of the membership subscription where by the online subscription moved from 930 to 1,545 in 2015 . Generally,  this report is highlighting  a lot of achievements  and you are cordially invited to read it and explore our 2015 achievements as a network

Enjoy the read!

AgriProFocus Rwanda Annual Report 2015 (PDF)


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 7 months 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 7 months ago