AgriProFocus Myanmar

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

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.

In November 2016 we started setting up our network in Myanmar.

Our worldwide network offers:

Linking:

+ 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

Learning:

+ Innovation & Learning Labs
+ Newsletters
+ Agribusiness Monitor

Leadership:

+ 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. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 20 July 2017 at 03:42

Big Change and succeed by growing vegetables and flowers

A farmer from Rakhine State in Myanmar made a big change and succeed by growing vegetables and flowers instead of rice.

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္၇ႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

From East- West Seed website, writing about farmers: " Maung owns a paddy (rice) farm, which his wife managed mostly, because Maung worked in Thailand, where he could earn more. When he came back to Myanmar, Maung decided to make a big change: He started growing vegetables and flowers instead of rice. He experimented with hot pepper and several growing methods. That resulted in a good harvest and a nice profit, that supported him in his decision to continue in the new direction.”

Read More here: http://www.eastwestseed.com/farmer-stories/u-maung-tin-win-maung.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)

Uganda

Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/uganda-seeds/

Kenya

Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/kenya-rofip/

Ethiopia

Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia

http://knowledge4food.net/research-project/ethiopia-milk/

Benin

Enhanci

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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 July 2017 at 10:25

A look in the life of a Gender in Value Chains Coach

Knox Kalubi, gender coach in Zambia shares his experience as a gender in value chains coach. Currently implementing the fourth Gender in Value Chains Coach trajectory in Zambia, he tells us more about his view on Gender, the tools and he provides advice for potential coachee's. 


Loes van Dijk Great to hear you talking about passion and a change in mindset, Knox Kalubi.  That is what matters!

1 week 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Thanks for sharing. The video is to see and review because it is full of learning

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 13 July 2017 at 09:59

DFID-funded grant program to target agribusinesses

You can also read in Myanmar Language below.

 ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈႏိုင္ပါသည္။

Here is an interesting news for all agribusinesses and organizations interested in agricultural private sector development in Myanmar. DaNa Facility, a DFID-funded grant program will target agribusiness and other sectors in Myanmar.

In Sule Shangri-La, Yangon, on 7 July 2017, Mr.Peter Brimble, the team leader from DaNa Facility, outlined the progress on the development of Myanmar’s private sector and the private sector development (PSD) program’s latest action plan.He added that DaNa Facility (DaNa) will launch the Business Innovation Window[BIW] in late August with an emphasis on businesses in agribusiness, community forestry, garments and textiles and financial inclusion.

DaNa is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), which pr

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Webinar about Agribusiness and the SDGs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  12 July 2017, 14:30-16:00
  online

You can also read in Myanmar language below.

Hi everyone.

Here is a webinar developed by Oxfam and funded by the Swedish Government. They cordially invite you to attend their free webinar on Agribusiness and the SDGs:

How the Agribusiness Sector in ASEAN can embrace the Sustainable Development Goals on Wednesday July 12th, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm (MMT)

Register Here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/175152585818919939

The webinar is Developed by Oxfam and funded by the Swedish Government.In this webinar they discuss about the report ( http://www.csr-asia.com/report/Agribusiness-and-the-SDGs.pdf ) and this report is highlights the advantages of incorporating the SDGs into agribusiness planning across the sector. Companies can also use their presentation report as a tool to assess which SDGs are most relevant to their businesses and the impact they have, especially on issues such as smallholder inclusion and gender inequality, while also scoping opportunities to incorporate the SDGs

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:44

VLOG #6! KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Meet Bart and Gabriela, they work for the Gender and Sustainable Economic Development Unit at KIT! In this vlog they share their experiences with our network, like the coopration around the Farmers Innovation Fair held in West-Africa. Check it out!

For more vlogs from our Dutch members, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership


Bakary DIARRA Indeed, I listened to it is interesting!

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Bakary, that's nice to hear!

1 week 5 days ago

Loes van Dijk Very interesting to listen to this VLOG and read the Farmer Innovation Fair publication:
https://agriprofocus.com/post/59144e7f0b34d90703ab7c93


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2017 at 11:45

Our call to the next cabinet: Invest in Food Transition!

4th of July - Dutch Parliament - The Hague

A broad coalition of 45 parties urges the new Dutch cabinet in this manifesto to transition towards a sustainable food system, through which the Netherlands will contribute to green growth, healthy food for all, and a more peaceful world with less conflict and more stability. We ask the next government to invest in this, together with the private sector, consumers, civil society, farmers, education and science.

On July 4th a delegation of signatories presented the manifesto to the House of Representatives of the Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. You can watch the livestream (in Dutch) HERE.

Masterclass FoodTransition

The work does not stop here! This manifesto was an initiative of the Food Security Policy Group of the AgriProFocus network. In September we will organise a Masterclass FoodTransition for Members of Parliament. If you are interested to join, please contact Sander Mager (Chair of the Poli

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Loes van Dijk Great!

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Sajji RYAKUNZE really great!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 12:55

NEW BOOK: Managing for Sustainable Development Impact (M4SDI) - An Integrated Approach to Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

This guide shows leaders and development practitioners how to navigate complexity and manage their initiatives/organizations successfully towards sustainable development impact. It takes an integrated, results-oriented management approach, which can be used across a range of sectors and domains in a variety of contexts, and aims to contribute towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

‘This book is wise, practical and navigates complex dynamic systems. From contextual sensitivity to strategic design, from collaborative and participatory engagement to useful evaluation, from theories of change to scaling for impact, from generating evidence to communicating results, this book brings the latest research and insights to bear in service of sustainable development. In doing so, it stays focused on benefits to real people in the real world in real time. In all

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 July 2017 at 12:33

Challenges & opportunities for women’s economic empowerment in agriculture

An article by SNV

Over the past several years, there has been increasing evidence regarding the importance of women’s economic participation, both for the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality, as well as for the economic well-being of families, communities, sectors and nations. Advancing women’s political participation, leadership and economic empowerment is central to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognising women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective and part of the solution. SDG5 is known as the stand-alone gender goal because it is dedicated to achieving these goals.

As Global Manager of SNV’s Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises (EOWE) programme (funded by the Dutch government as part of the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) funding stream), I participated in th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 30 June 2017 at 05:17

First successful exchange between agribusinesses and State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs)

On Wednesday, June 28, Aeres, MDF and AgriProFocus organized a workshop about modernizing and diversifying the curriculum of the SAIs and assessing the requirements of the private sector for future students. For the SAI teams, it was the first time to directly exchange ideas with representatives from agribusinesses. 

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.

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Roel Snelder Congrats: sounds like a strong foundation for educating aspiring Myanmar agri-professionals to be able to link to innovative agri-businesses

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Other Countries
Posted 28 June 2017 at 12:13

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to inform FAO publication titled Gender Sensitive value chain development. A guiding Framework is now available in Spanish.

You can find the English, French and Spanish version in the FDR and are available at the urls below.

FR: Développer des chaînes de valeur sensibles au genre

ES: Desarrollo de cadenas de valor sensibles al género

EN: Developing Gender-Sensitive Value Chains

PDF URLs:

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6462f.pdf

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6462s.pdf

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i6462e.pdf

Card URLs:

http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/76fa8c73-e8fb-4f6d-8b20-292961d87026/

http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/59887457-6d38-49d5-9dcf-020f3b4c2873/  

http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/a68a59ff-b984-4334-b7c0-d56729177ca4/

PATRICK GBEGBE Thanks

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Dorina Prech Many thanks for sharing these Alejandra Safa Barraza! 

3 weeks 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci chère Alejandra pour ce partage,ceci vient en complément des outils formidables que nous a transmis Angelica Sanders lors de la formation à Bamako. Nous profitons de l'occasion pour dire à nos membres que Mme  la Ministre de la Promotion de la femme, l'enfant et la famille va participer au débat en ligne via notre plateforme.Le thème du débat mensuel  prévu ce mardi 04 Juillet su la plateforme du Mali est " Autonomisation économique de la femme, défis et perspectives"  N'hésitez  pas à y participer. Nous faisons donc aux expertises de Caroline van der Molen et Angelica Senders pour échanger avec le cabinet du Ministre de la promotion de la femme au Mali. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. On est ensemble

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Akibodé Djodji

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·         Thank you dear Alejandra for this sharing, this comes in addition to the great tools that Angelica Sanders has transmitted to us during the training in Bamako. We would like to take this opportunity to tell our members that the Minister for the Advancement of Women, Children and Families will participate in the online debate via our platform. The theme of the monthly debate scheduled for Tuesday 04 July Platform of Mali is "Economic empowerment of women, challenges and prospects" Do not hesitate to participate. We are therefore doing the assessments of Caroline van der Molen and Angelica Senders to discuss with the Cabinet of the Minister for the Advancement of Women in Mali. The strength of the network is the members, and the strength of the members is the network. We are together

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Amavi Lys AGLINGLO Thanks dear alejandra for sharing


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 June 2017 at 07:36

Meet Up Gender Coaches a success

12, 13 and 14 June 2017 a meet up was held in Kampala Uganda for Gender Coaches from all over the world. Organised by AgriProFocus for the coaches to share experiences, learn from each other and built the Gender Coaches community.

Presentations for but also by the participants, brainstorms were held and creative flip charts were made. There were lots of ideas and suggestions for the future to expand the community of coaches. 

If you want to know more about Gender Coaches trajectories or Gender in general, please contact cvandermolen@agriprofocus.com 

Posted By in KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
Posted 27 June 2017 at 12:13

'Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods and the landscapes they live in'  

More than three quarters of the world’s food is produced by smallholder farmers, who are also guardians of the landscapes they live in, and live off. And they could produce much more, if only they could attract additional investment…

Read more in our new working paper on 'Improving the positive impacts of investments on smallholder livelihoods and the landscapes they live in'.

Cover picture - Credit: Opmeer Reports

Anne Marie Kortleve HI Annelie, thanks for sharing! Altough the link does not seem to work... Can you link the correct one? You can always add the PDF as well?

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Akibodé Djodji

Very good subject and an introductory text that hangs.Dear Annelie. We want to read more, but the link is not accessible.We are thirsty for this document

4 weeks 10 hours ago

Anne Marie Kortleve The link works now, thanks!

3 weeks 6 days ago

Annelie Wambeek You should all be able to access the link now, apologies! The full PDF version can also be downloaded from there...I hope you enjoy the paper!

3 weeks 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 June 2017 at 10:05

This online platform is THE place where 22,000 agribusiness professionals from Africa & Asia meet

 

In 2016 we had 130,000 unique visitors an increase of 64%! This could only be possible by the valuable contributions of our registered members. 

Thank you and keep the interaction going! 

Read more in our Annual Report 2016: https://agriprofocus.com/annual-report

Jean Damascene MUSANGAMFURA Wow ! this is awaresome, keep it up Agriprofocus !

4 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 June 2017 at 09:46

The AgriProFocus network organised 265 events in 2016, with 297 different (inter)national organisers worldwide, attracting more than 52,000 visitors! 

Now that's what we call network spirit! Check out the nice overview below or see: //agriprofocus.com/annual-report

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 June 2017 at 01:28

Stay informed on the latest Food & Nutrition Security publications!

Use the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal

To ensure you stay updated on new publications in the field of Food & Nutrition Security, you can now subscribe to the topics of your interest on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform’s Knowledge Portal.

The Knowledge Portal provides you with selected references to knowledge and innovations in the field of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS). Items such as reports, briefs, toolkits and articles are shared in the Portal. Selection criteria for the Portal are defined in the Guidelines, indicating that items should offer innovative insights to FNS professionals, deepen current knowledge and be aimed at poverty reduction. The Knowledge Portal is updated with relevant knowledge items on a regular basis, divided into 6 main topics which consist of several sub-topics. Under the sub-topics annotated references can be found on subjects like nutrition security, urbanizat

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Strengthening linkages between SAIs and private sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  28 June 2017, 11:00-15:00
  CARTC, Hlegu

MDF Asia, Aeres and AgriProFocus Myanmar would like to invite you to participate in a workshop on Wednesday, June 28, on modernizing and diversifying the curriculum of State Agricultural Institute (SAIs) and assessing the requirements of the private sector for future students.

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.

Capacity for curriculum development starts with a clear understanding of the requirements of the labour market. From June 27 to 29, five pilot SAIs will participate

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 June 2017 at 09:30

A good crop starts with good seed!

Every farmer will tell you that a good crop starts with good seed. Whatever the size of the company, the type of product or the type of consumer – the seed needs to generate a good yield, be resistant to diseases and produce a nutritious harvest. 

The Dutch seed sector is active throughout the world. Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed, seed for ornamental plants and seed potatoes. This success is a result of the unique Dutch approach of strong collaboration between businesses, government, inspection bodies and the research and education sector, creating a conducive climate for innovation and production.

Have a look at this brochure that contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade compiled by the Dutch government. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making quality seed available to farmers worldwide.

Download the brochure!

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Akibodé Djodji

Seeds are the key to sustainable and productive agriculture. With a seed you can feed the world.

The importance of seed as a factor in improving agricultural productivity and production is clear. The use of quality seeds contributes to a large extent to the increase in crop yields (30-40%). In Mali, we can recognize the essential place of Dutch seed companies like Bejo Seeds, which has become a reference through the quality of its seeds. The AgriProFocus network has positioned itself for the organization of seed fairs with Partners such as the Mali Seed Association and the Bejo Corporation.Thanks Anne Marie for sharing

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Nicole Metz For all with an interest in seed systems, seed sector development, etc.: please also visit this knowledge portal: http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/seed-systems/

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Mahamadou Guindo You're right. No ood seed no good yield

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 21 June 2017 at 08:36

Global Youth Video Competition 23 - Win Your Way to COP 23 in Bonn, Germany!

The Competition

If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 we want to hear about the inspiring actions you are taking to combat climate change in a compelling and concise maximum three minute video. We would like you to showcase for us a project or campaign you are involved in which relates to one of this year's categories.

Cell phone GYVCCategory 1: Climate friendly and resilient cities

3.5 billion people live in cities today and their populations will continue to increase in the coming decades, especially in developing countries. Cities account for 60-80% of energy consumption and 75% of carbon emissions.

Developing sustainable cities and communities is one of the key components in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change. We are asking young people to submit videos that showcase activities which contribute to climate friendly and resilient cities.
We are looking for videos which showcase:

  • the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 21 June 2017 at 07:38

Vacancy: Project manager ICCO Pulses, People, Planet & Profit (P4) project

Pulses value chains, specifically for mungbeans, offer great potential to lift many Myanmar farmers and labourers out of poverty. The overall objective of the P4 project is to increase the income for 10,000 smallholder mungbean farmers, of which 20% are landless female farm labourers, in 4 townships in Yangon (Thongwa and Kayan) and Magway (Magway and Aung Lan) Regions. P4’s specific objectives are to improve the enabling environment for the mungbean value chain in Myanmar by proposing policy and regulatory reforms; to increase the volume of mungbeans purchased by premium market buyers from farmers’ groups by enhancing access to support services on GAP, CSA and collective marketing; and to increase the mungbean farmers’ productivity and quality of produce by enhancing access to support services and good quality mungbean seeds. The Markets for the Poor (M4P), Value Chain Development (VCD) and public-private partnerships

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