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.
+ 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. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
The ADS is regarded as the most comprehensive new strategy for the agricultural sector in Myanmar. After an extensive consultation process, the ADS is now in its final stage of development and will be launched soon by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI). Do you want to learn what the ADS means for the agricultural sector? Do you wonder what happened with the consultations? Would you like to discuss what needs to happen to implement the strategy?
Join our learning event with Madelon Meijer, Policy Advisor Agriculture at Oxfam Novib. She has wide... Read more
This 5-day course offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of all aspects that practitioners need to set up a practical results measurement system for internal learning and communicating credible results. This course targets intervention and results measurement staff and managers that are working in Private Sector Development programs. The course is offered by HPC, with Hans Posthumus and Phitcha Wanitphon as lead trainers.
For more information or to apply, see www.hposthumus.nlHPC also offers a 4-day results Measurement course for Program Managers at 26-29 March 2018 in Bangkok. For more information or to apply, see: www.miehlbradt.com
In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:
- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted
- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches
- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security
- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector
- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector
- Global Database on city and regional food policies
- Dutch Development Results in p... Read more
FarmERP the most comprehensive and successful flagship software solution being used globally for farm, farmer, procurement, processing, supply chain and financial data management and analysis. It has helped many leading companies in achieving objectives of profitable and sustainable agribusiness.
FarmERP is a multi-user, multi-location, multi-cropping, integrated software platform for horticulture, plantation, vegetables, fruits, floriculture, growers and exporters. It provides advanced level of farm analytics to support business decisions. It possesses inbuilt powerful capabilities of any ERP solution covering all business functions. Simultaneously it provides advanced level of analytics to support business decisions. Important modules it is comprised of are Admin, Planning, Purchase, Inventory, Production, Post production, Contract farming, Biotech, HR, Accounts, Maps, Quality Control, and Farm analytics. Our unique and innovative product FarmERP aims at;
1. Enhancing the pr... Read more
Mr. Sander Mager, Managing Director of AgriProFoc... Read more
Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.
Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.
A short description of the eight projects which have receiv... Read more
As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:
· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology
· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out
· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)
· Regional balance will be ensured
· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included
· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices... Read more
The ASEAN-EU Youth Forum is a continuation of the RoundTable Discussion on Strengthening Farmers’ Organizations/Agricultural Cooperatives and Attracting Youth in Agriculture, which previously took place on 2016 at the ASEAN Foundation.They declared their agreements and call for actions drawn from their sharing, collective reflection a... Read more
The compelling findings give insight on how to maximize market systems development for resilience-building in fragile, thin-market and weak-governance contexts, helping communities achieve and sustain economic and social well-being in the face of shocks and stresses.
Their recommendations for action that emerged from learning across the three contexts are:
“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”
There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.
Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri
There is a clear need to change minds... Read more
On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).
In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.
Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc... Read more
Integrating behavioral change to accelerate Women's Economic Empowerment
Two weeks ago I shared the Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework on this platform. In this blog I want to ask your attention for interesting research supporting the logic of this framework and translating it into action by the Enhancing Opportunities for Women's Enterprises (EOWE) programme
In many developing countries women’s productivity in agricultural businesses is lower than that of men. The key question is then: how do we diagnose this problem? Possible reasons for the lower productivity of women in agriculture may be that women have less access to inputs, finance, markets or knowledge.
Whereas increasing access to inputs, finance, markets and knowledge for female farmers makes sense in areas where access is lacking, it is also important to examine factors that could influence whether female farmers will actually make use of this access and benefit from it.
To get a better understanding... Read more
Vacancy seed sector advisor
Welthungerhilfe (www.welthungerhilfe.de) is one of the large and respected private organisations in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian aid in Germany. It carries out projects in 39 countries and campaigns for fairer cooperation with developing countries. If you are prepared to dedicate yourself to carrying out projects under sometimes difficult conditions and you match the requirements set out below, we look forward to receiving your application for the position of
Seed Sector Advisor (m/f) in Pathein, Ayeyarwady Delta Region, Myanmar
The position is to be filled as soon as possible, with an initial contract duration until June 30, 2019. There are good prospects for an extension. The place of work will be Pathein, the provincial capital of the Ayeyarwady Delta Region, Myanmar. Travel for work will be required.
Quality seed is a key input for increasing crop productivity, and experts generally estimate that 50% of the yield gap can be cl... Read more
The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) aims to develop a more coherent knowledge agenda and stimulate knowledge sharing for improved Food and Nutrition Security. The Knowledge Portal is one of the Platform’s tools for knowledge dissemination: see http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/
We are now evaluating this Knowledge Portal to redefine its strategy and carve out a path for the future.
We would like to invite all members of the AgriProFocus network to tell us your opinion about the Knowledge Portal using a short questionnaire.
Please click here to go to the survey.
Your contribution will help us to adjust the portal better to your needs. Even if you are not a regular visitor to the Knowledge Portal, we value your opinion. This survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. All answers will be kept in strictest confidentiality; the survey can be anon... Read more
AgriProFocus is very happy to announce that we will organize a training for gender in value chain coaches in Kampala, Uganda. The training will take place from November 20 –23 and will be given by one of our most experience gender in value chain coaches: Jaqueline Terrillon, see the AgriPoFocus directory of coaches for her cv.
This is a training for coaches or consultants supporting agricultural value chain development programs to apply a gender sensitive approach. In this training you will develop your expertise on gender sensitive value chain development and become aware of gender inequalities in agriculture and the importance of addressing these dimensions in value chain development. You will also build and practice your coaching skills. The training includes one day fieldwork. After the training you become a member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and get access to exclusive material for use in gender i... Read more
The ASEAN-EU Youth Forum is a continuation of the RoundTable Discussion on Strengthening Farmers’ Organizations/Agricultural Cooperatives and Attracting Youth in Agriculture, which previously took place on 7 November 2016 at the ASEAN Foundation, Jakarta, Indonesia.
It aims to create a platform for ASEAN-EU joint actions in enhancing youth participation into innovative agribusiness and agripreneurship activities.
The fo... Read more
Under this Annual Program Statement (APS), the USAID Private Sector Development Activity invites civil society organizations (CSOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), non-profit organizations, private-sector associations, and for profit businesses and financial... Read more
Agriterra is an agri-advisory organization founded by farmer organizations from the Netherlands and has 20 years of experience in advising governments, farmer organizations and cooperatives in over 17 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Agriterra provides training, advisory services and exchange visits to entrepreneurial farmers with a willingness to cooperate, a clear ambition and a strong business mindset. The Agriterra focus is two-fold. As a starting point it is essential to focus on the development of robust governance structures, develop house-rules that stimulate member commitment and bringing financial management systems in tune with the demands of banks and micro-finance institutions. Once these internal basics are in place, Agriterra supports clients to realize their business ambitions. This can be done via supporting clients to get improved market access or to upscale business activities t... Read more
ICCO has been cooperating with RDA for over one year now. ICCO/Kerk in Actie supports its work in and around Paungde township (Bago region), where RDA works on capacity building and market linkages for 1,200 smallholder farmers producing blackgram and other crops. As part of ICCO’s Civic Engagement Alliance for lobby & advocacy, RDA advocates for better access to good quality pulses and rice seeds for smallholders. RDA is also collaborating in a number of other partnerships, such as the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund... Read more
In March 2017 a Dutch delegation visited Myanmar to demonstrate the use of satellite imagery derived data for land use planning and monitoring & evaluation. Some historical and recent land use maps were made for demonstration and discussion purposes. This project demonstrated the applicability of remote sensing data and mapping for the Myanmar context. Satelligence processed satellite images into thematic maps for 1988 and 2017. This project was executed with a grant from Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) and supervised by the N... Read more