The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.
We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities
+ Innovation & Learning Labs
+ Agribusiness Monitor
+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Joint Campaigns
A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
Factsheet: The 2017 factsheet can be found HERE
Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Solidaridad and Fairtrade Foundation will introduce and sell FOR THE FIRST time in Kenya Coffee grown and sold by our smallholder mothers and daughters from Kabng'etuny & Kapkiyai Women in Coffee Associations in Kericho and Nandi Counties respectively - called ZAWADI COFFEE. We shall also unveil Rift valley's hidden gem from 32 coffee cooperative societies affiliated to Kipkelion District Union Coffee Mill for sale in Kenya - called KIPKELION UNION CHAMPION COFFEE! These two products have been developed jointly with the coffee farmers and host communities towards adding value to a crop traditionally destined for export under a a 3-year Fairtrade Africa's project called 'Growing Women in Coffee' (March 2015 -February 2018) funded by The Big Lottery Fund, Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and Dutch Postcode Lottery. We invite all to celebrate with us as we make history in Kenya! Fairtrade Africa in partnership with Solid... Read more
Seize this opportunity to recognise and celebrate an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives and deserves this preeminent award. Nominations must be received no later than Tuesday 15 May, 2018.
Young Africans are shaking up agriculture with new ideas and sky-high ambition, making agribusiness the next dominant employment generator for the millennials despite the effects caused by climate change. Younger generation are harnessing new techniques and experimenting with ways to add value with various agricultural products.However this efforts are being faced by a number of challenges.
There exists a myriad of good initiatives aimed at generating employment for youth in agribusiness among various stakeholders. However, these initiatives face huge challenges that prevent them from generating the number of jobs needed to meet the increasing demand.
In February 2018 in Nairobi ICCO Cooperation is convening a Partner Up event with the theme: Youth Agribusiness4Growth. The event aims at convening the public, private institutions and development donors/partners to deliberate and develop a shared commitment on how to bridge the gaps holding back youth innovation agribusiness.
The activities o... Read more
Call: International Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials Seed Money Projects (SMPs) 2018
Seed Money Projects serve to initiate (or act as the ‘seed’ for) international partnerships for Dutch SMEs in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors. The creation of a consortium is key in this. The objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of a local agricultural and/or horticultural system. This is conditional on the participation of a local problem owner (a business and/or government) able to point to a demand and necessity for the project. A Seed Money Project results in an international partnership feasibility business model. A good business model is managed and supported by business and must be capable of ‘tempting’ other potential candidate consortium members to participate and thus contribute to international system solutions in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors.
Applications and explanatory notes
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French here: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/fr
Everyone with an innovative idea or success story about digitisation for development can participate in the Prize D4D. From February 15 2018 onwards, the public can vote for its favourite success stories via the online voting system. Both in the category 'iStartUp' (innovative idea) and the category 'iStandOut' (success story), the jury nominates three initiatives and one of them is selected as the winner. In the category 'iChoose', a third winner is chosen online by the public. All 3 winners will receive their prizes at the award ceremony in the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.
From the internet, TV or journals and newspapers we receive a constant stream of information about health risks associated with the food we eat. Food arrives in every home from all over the world and it is a sensitive commodity. It can be affected by contamination from microbes, heavy metals and toxins which get to the food inadvertently through poor hygiene, or it can be tampered with intentionally via food fraud. Everything that finds its way into food, if not used correctly, can be dangerous. Food additives, intentionally put into food to facilitate production, Residues of pesticides, used to protect plants against pests that may ruin our harvest and cause famines and Residues of veterinary drugs used in animal production.
Population growth, animal health and climate change are important issues affecting our food supply and as the United Nations f... Read more
Do you have an idea to ensure food security, decrease malnutrition or prevent famine? Join the #Hack
75% of the world's poor live in rural areas and 2.5 billion people derive their livelihoods from agriculture. However, low agricultural productivity, poor transportation systems and limited policies affect their production and agriculture trade. Today, more than 800 million people worldwide are undernourished, while more than a billion tons of food never make it to the table.
This is exactly where solutions are crucially needed to develop new sustainable agricultural practices, support small-scale and family farmers and allow them equal access to land, technology and markets.
IUFoST (www.IUFoST.org) presently organizing the 19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress from October 23 -27. 2018 in Mumbai, India. To stimulate the young generation’s interested in improving the Food Supply in a sustainable way on a local but also global level a Student Video Competition has been initiated for the >IUFoST ROSE SPIESS AWARD FOR A SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUPPLY<</p>
We invite students from all scientific areas around the globe to think about possible improvements of the food chain, develop strategies and visualize their ideas in a video, alone or together with friends and colleagues. Details on the Competition are attached, see especially >Information – IUFoST< . The attached information are also accessible in the Internet under >IUFoST Rose Spiess Award< (3 Documents: Information - IUFoST; Form - IUFoST; Proposal Form - IUFoST). The best videos will be awarded, besides the recognition of presenting an important idea to improve the food supply chain the winners will receive e
FoodStars was founded for three reasons: the Dutch horticulture and agri-food sector’s wish to work with international startups, its challenge to adapt high-tech innovations to the context of upcoming markets, where the need for innovation is high, and last but not least, its commitment to contribute to food security and the world’s Sustainable Development Goals. The FoodStars Accelerator is designed to accelerate your startup in a very short time to maximize your market opportunity.
Read here why you should apply for our program: http://foodstars.net/accelerator/#application
CoELIB stands for the Centre of Excellence in Livestock Innovation and Business and has its origins in an initiative that focused on strengthening capacity for participatory management of indigenous livestock to encourage agricultural innovation and business in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.
One of the key tasks of this initiative was to establish a multipurpose centre that would foster innovation and business development in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa.
CoELIB has now redefined itself and broaden its cope and simply referred to CoELIB. The business part of the centre operates CoELIB Incubar, a multisectorindependent incubator that Innovates, Invests and Incubates.
CoELIB Incubar focuses on countries in Eastern, Southern and Western Africa. Recently a physical location was opened in Malawi close to the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The desired end-state from the perspective of CoELIB Incubar is a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that empowers, provid... Read more
Deadline for submission of these proposals is 6th February 2018 at 11:59 PM (East Africa Time).
The Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Kenya is pleased to invite
applications to its first Innovation Accelerator call for proposals 2018!
The goal of GAIN’s Marketplace for Nutritious Foods program is to
increase the production, marketing, and availability of more safe and
nutritious foods by promoting innovation and catalysing private sector
engagement. It does this through improving access to knowledge, networks,
technical assistance and funding by means of the following strategies: a) A
Community of Practice for knowledge and networking; b) Innovation Accelerator
to evaluate and provide advanced financial support and technical services to businesses
showing the greatest potential for positive nutritional impact and business
strength and; c) links eligible businesses with potential investors for further
The application should be complet... Read more
The effort to find global solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be urgent in 2018 than it has never been. Given the rapid growth of world population and the shrinking economic fortunes,unsustainable food production coupled with unstable political environment in most developing countries, call for change of habits and strategies in seeking solution to persistent social problems the world faces today is mandatory. The challenges we face have been created and build over time; in deed the world reluctance to solve them accelerated their compound interest, these social evils as Daniel Goleman calls them in his book Focus can be solved but again as Albert Einstein opines “ We cannot solve our current problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Hence we need new thinking.
This new thinking in my opinion, just like many other thinkers have indicated lies in embracing Circular... Read more
REPORT AND ANALYSIS OF UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE 2017 (COP23), BONN GERMANY.
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The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was convened in Bonn, Germany from 6th to 17th November 2017 under the Fiji Presidency to build upon the pledge of action established at COP22 Marrakech, and to emphasize the need for solid progress toward a 1.5-degree Celsius scenario, the goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change (COP21 Paris).
The African Group emphasize that agriculture plays the central role in the economic and social development of its people, since the mentioned priorities for Africa and its communities in Pre-2020 Climate Action are to: ensure food security; eradicate poverty and enhance soci... Read more
2018 IUFoST STUDENT VIDEO COMPETITION
The IUFoST World Food Congress Student Video Competition is being conducted in conjunction with the 19th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology (World Food Congress), taking place in Mumbai, India, from October 23-27, 2018. More information on the World Food Congress can be found at IUFoST2018.com. IUFoST is delighted to announce that this competition is newly named: "IUFoST Rose Spiess Award For A Sustainable Food Supply".
Food science and technology plays an important role of ensuring the health and wellbeing of people around the world and is essential to resolving food safety and sustainability challenges now and in the future. How that happens is unique to each country – even to the community level within each country.
The goal of the IUFoST Student Video Competition is for student teams to use video to spotlight the positive impact of food science and technology in action where they live including, but not limited to, issues suc... Read more
LANDac’s Annual International Conference 2018 will take place on 28th and 29th June 2018 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
The conference will look at land investments through the lens of mobility. What are the implications of land based investments on the movements of people, and on processes of urbanization? And how have displacement and population movements contributed to new and contesting land claims?
The 2018 conference takes this land-mobilities nexus as a starting point, focusing on the extent to which land acquisitions trigger the inflow or outflow of particular groups of people – and also yield other mobilities (capital, goods, ideas etc.) and land claims. Given the variety of mobilities, what are good ways forward in land governance? To what extent can land governance contribute to inclusive development – preventing eviction and displacement, while supporting vulnerable groups to settle in safe pla
NIW.Startups is a platform for discovering and showcasing the new most promising startups in the region while attracting the right investors to fund them. NIW.Startups is part of the annual Nairobi Innovation Week organized by stakeholders in the regional innovation ecosystem. In 2018, Nairobi Innovation Week will be held on 5th - 9th March. During that week 100 startups will pitch and the 15 most promising startups will be feted.
To join the Network, update your start-up profile at www.startups.niw.co.ke before 31st January 2018.