Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.
AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.
Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.
Thanks to the considerable and highly appreciated financial and other support from ICCO, the ForeFinance/AgriFinance "Mainstream Access-to-Finance Program for Sustainable Agricultural Producer Organisations in the South" has been launched !
We will start with the first pilots in Africa very soon.
We invite you to read the attached Summary Concept Note (only 1 Page + 1 Flow Chart !).
Looking forward to receiving your suggestions, critics, comments etc., if any.
I am happy to present you with the draft report of the Agri-ProFocus Kenya coordination meeting which was held on January 28th at SNV in Nairobi. You can download it from our cybrary together with the activity plan 2010.
The coordination team has evaluated what is going well and what needs to be improved. Our conclusion: the Agri-ProFocus Kenya initiative helps with putting agriculture on the agenda.
The relevance of the network so far is particularly on the sharing of knowledge and skills, the creation of new linkages and partnerships, and some first joint activities. There is a strong sense to become more active. This required us to focus, develop clarity on what we expect as results, and to revisit coordination.
Strategic FocusEmphasis for the coming year will be on the following four interlinked focus / result ar... Read more
Potato group held meeting on 27.11.2009 at SNV offices to develop work plan for the year 2010. The key issues idenfied to be undertaken include: 1. Revitalizing KENAPOFA-based on an analysis of the present situation-KENFAP 2. Lobby for implementation of task force report and seed master plan-KENFAP 3. Quarterly sharing/convening between Kenyan partners and Dutch partners-Agriterra, KIT, ICCO and private sector-Agriterra and KENFAP to follow up 4. Developing and strengthening a knowledge-sharing platform-ELRECO/KIT 5. Lobby for enforcement of the existing legal notices legal notices No 44 of 2005 and adoptive by-law 113 of Sept 2008 6. Lobby for more Public Private Partnership (PPP) in promotion of extension services 7. Promote collection centres for grading and sorting 8. Lobby for good infra structure in potato growing districts an monitoring of funds for infrastructure development 9. potatoes to be packed at 50kg bag to meet international labour organization standards The above issues... Read more
The Financial Services Working Group has now concluded the Financial Services Value Chain Analysis Terms of Reference. Please send to any Consultants you may have used before and you feel would do a good job. The closing date is 11th December 2009. Best regards, Carol Mulwa TOR_FS_Value Chain Analysis_v1.0.doc
The coffee group disseminated the report on the survey conducted. It will be exciting to have more partners on board towards making a difference in the lives of farmers in Rachuonyo- see the attached report as you jion us to be part of the team.final report Organic Coffee Assessment ReACTION PLAN.docACTION PLAN.doc
Dear all, On October 1st we sat together with the theme / sub-sector leaders in Nairobi to discuss progress on the Agri-ProFocus Kenya initiative. And on October 12th a follow-up meeting was held in the Netherlands with the Agri-ProFocus members there. Please find attached: - The report of the Nairobi meeting which contains overviews for the various areas and follow-up actions. - The minutes of the follow-up Agri-ProFocus member meeting in Utrecht Both reports combined formulate the next steps which are: - Specific action points to be taken up within each theme / sub-sector - Developing the 2010 work plan within each group and from there on collectively - The drawing up of a joint strategy document to form the basis of our ongoing collaboration Please find the draft work plan formats and the draft strategy document here for your comments and use. Mehrdad
Dear platform members, Oikocredit and Pamoja Women Development programme (PAWDEP) have developed a draft terms of reference for a Market study on financial services needed across the five Sub-sectors. Please comment on ToR before it is send to potential services providers. You can download the terms of reference by clicking here Please leave your comments in the financial services sub-group by replying to Elikanah's Ng'ang'a discussion here. Note that you first have to click on 'join financial services' in the top right corner before you can reply to the discussion. Roel
Dear all, I am happy to present you with the consolidated report of the Multi-Stakeholder Workshop that was held at lake Naivasha, Kenya from June 23 – 35. You can download the report here! This report presents the outcomes of the workshop in a concise and accessible manner. It summarizes the discussion on the focus areas chosen, opportunities for action and the commitment of both APF members and Kenyan stakeholders. As such it lays the foundation for building the collaborative network of APF members and their partners in Kenya in the months to come. If – apart from reading - you want to see additional ‘live impressions’ of the workshop, including short interviews with some of the participants, please visit our You Tube pages. Other materials available for download include workshop presentations, programme and background documents.
Dear all, Currently the Kenya Country Strategy is on its way. Various teams are working on the themes and sub-sectors chosen (see the graph below). While we are working on a consolidated report of the workshop we are already sharing a number of relevant materials with you which you may already want to use. Please find below: Workshop Materials - List of Participants and contact details - Workshop Programme Workshop Presentations - Challenges facing farmers organisations - John Mutunga, KENFAP - Dairy presentation - Moses Nyabila, EADD - Extensive livestock production - Mohammed Abbas, KLMC - Coffee presentation - Humphrey Wafula, KCPA - Overview of Kenya Horticulture - Francis Wario, FPEAK - An overview of Selected Domestic Food Crops - Paul Gamba, KENFAP Workshop Outputs - Action plans for Themes and Sub-sectors - Needs and Opportunities in Coffee.doc - Needs and Opportunities in Dairy - Needs and Opportunities in Domestic Horticulture 1 - Needs and Opportunities in Domestic Horticulture 2 - Needs and Opportunities in Extensive Livestock - Needs and Opportunities in Pota... Read more
KENFAP invites you to the official launch of its micro projects scheme. The event is to be held on 26th June 2009 at Mwingi in Eastern Provice of Kenya. Some basic information - An initiative turning smallholder farmers into business entrepreneurs - A strategy of farmers fighting poverty - Integrated approach - Economic activities are initiated, owned and managed by farmers at local level - Executed through tripartite agreement (local farmers organization, KENFAP national and Agriterra - Resources are transferred direct to the farmers organization at local level
KENFAP feels this approach is also valuable to share at the multi-stakeholder workshop. To find out more have a look at: - A short powerpoint presentation on the micro projects scheme - The programme for the launching event Mascha Middelbeek (AGriterra) on behalf of Edward Kateiya (KENFAP)
As part of the preparations for the Naivasha workshop SNV-Kenya has asked a consultant to write up a synthesis paper on issues concerning farmer entrepreneurship. Please read it as food for thought for our discussions in the workshop. Click here to download the paper! Mehrdad Ehsani, SNV
Agri-ProFocus has invited its Kenyan development partners, and most prominently producer organisations, to explore and co-create a common agenda on farmer entrepreneurship. As the first step in the workshop programme we will set out for an improved articulation of the needs and chances of farmers and their organisations. Consecutively opportunities will be assessed to improve collaboration between the participating organisations on current and new actions to respond to the identified needs and chances. Finally the participating organisations will seek commitment of each other to further activities as part of a long term agenda. By the end of the workshop we hope to have: - A clear analysis of needs and opportunities to promote farmer entrepreneurship; - Identified collaborative activities among development partners present in specific areas / sub-sectors; - Obtained agreement on roles and responsibilities and follow-up steps. Below you can find relevant materials for the workshop. To... Read more
On Monday March 2nd at the LEI in The Hague we had a productive afternoon exploring the APF Kenya country focus among a number of Agri-ProFocus members. Present were Agriterra, DGIS/DDE, ETC, Heifer, HIVOS, KIT, Oxfam Novib, SNV, Solidaridad, and WUR. After a short presentation we shared information on what each organisation is doing in Kenya on farmer entrepreneurship and support to producer organisations. Also we explored possible entry point for the country focus. The attached minutes capture this in an overview. This overview will be shared with SNV Kenya to make sure that the current work on writing a synthesis paper builds on these ‘criteria and possible entry points’. The collective APF members present have decided to work towards a multi stakeholder workshop in which both local stakeholders and representatives from the APF members dialogue with each other to develop a joint strategy. Both ICCO and Oikocredit are very interested to participate but could not make it to the meeting.... Read more