AgriProFocus Myanmar

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

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.

In November 2016 we started setting up our network in Myanmar. 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. Check our FACTSHEET 2018 for more information.


aug
29

Bizconnect Workshop at Pyinmana State Agriculture Institute

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  29 August 2018, 09:00-16:00
  Pyinmana SAI

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

Are you from an agribusiness company or organization which currently work at Pyinmana or Nay Pyi Taw region? Are you interested to improve the linkages between your organization and SAI (State Agriculture Institute) or do you want to share the skills and capacities which you require in your business and/or Value Chain? We would like to invite you to our second regional Bizconnect workshop at Pyinmana SAI on August 29, facilitated by AgriProFocus Myanmar. The Regional Bizconnect workshop is organized by Agriprofocus in cooperation with the Nuffic Niche, aiming at strengthening Agricultural Vocational Education in Myanmar. Would you like to join, please contact Thaint Yadanar Zaw: tyadanarzaw@agriprofocus.com or 09798926214 for more information? We warmly welcome your inquiry. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 16 August 2018 at 05:57

Vacancy: Agricultural Business Advisor in Myanmar

Do you want to be part of the transformation of Myanmar's cooperative sector?! Agriterra Myanmar is looking for a hands-on agricultural business advisor to join us in this inspiring ambition! Will you join our team? Please find the vacancy at http://themimu.info/jobs-for-myanmar-nationals (posted 15 August)



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 August 2018 at 12:38

There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems

08/08/2018 - Press release

Food systems are situated at the crossroads between the many issues and contradictions surrounding sustainable development: food and nutritional security, human and ecosystem health, natural resource renewal, climate change, territorial dynamics, political stability, and social justice. An international group of experts, including researchers from CIRAD, is calling for profound changes in food systems in order to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the UN in 2015, and the terms of the Paris Agreement on climate. The authors propose a four-pillar strategy.


"There can be no sustainable development without profound changes in food systems". This call for change was issued by an international group of experts dubbed the "Milano Group" (see box), whose members have written an article published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 August 2018 at 03:05

Contract Farming: Opportunities and Challenges!

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါၿပီ။

Read this interesting report about contract farming in Myanmar developed by Mr. Pranav Sethaputra from Grow Asia & Ms. Bente Meindertsma from AgriProFocus Myanmar.

Due to the high interest in the topic of contract farming, on June 2018, Grow Asia, the Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar ran a joint learning event on contract farming schemes. To multiply the impact of the event and broaden the reach of the learnings distilled, they have put together this document as a summary of the key take-aways. We hope you and your organization will use it as a reference point to guide further action. Please, click here to read more about contract farming


Contract farming ႏွင္႔ ပတ္သက္ေသာBlog တစ္ခု ထြက္ေပၚလာၿခင္း၊

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Wim Goris hi Theint, interesting read, especially as I was involved in getting this publication to print: https://agriprofocus.com/post/58ff52440b34d932381bdfe4 A central point in the Ethiopia discussions was the need for a sustainable interface to make contract farming schemes grow over time. A farmer organisation can take up this role by organising arrangements,  distributing inputs, share advice and info, bulk the harvest. Was the need for an interface discussed in the Myanmar sessions??1 sec ago | 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 12:29

How can Food and Nutrition Security programming “do good” in fragile settings?

Closing workshop of The Broker’s project on conflict sensitivity in Food Security Programming, funded by Food & Business Knowledge Platform.  

On February 1, 2018, The Broker, supported by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), organized a workshop to conclude its project on conflict sensitive Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) programming in fragile settings. Bringing together policymakers, researchers and practitioners working on food security in fragile settings, this workshop served to share the lessons learned (captured in the final report), present the tool for conflict sensitivity that was developed based on the project’s main findings, and discuss ways forward for integrating conflict sensitivity and stability into FNS programming. You can download a full report of the workshop here.

The workshop, hosted at the F&BKP offices in The Hague, was kicked off by a brief presentation of The Broker’s own project results

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 10:17

Investing in local business

Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs

"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "

Link to the full blog:

https://www.government.nl/topics/business-for-development/weblogs/2018/investing-in-local-business


Follow Marcel Vernooij on twitter: https://twitter.com/Marcel_Vernooij if you like to read more blogs

Posted By in Oikocredit International
Posted 9 August 2018 at 09:37

The Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance releases ‘State of the Sector’ report

Oikocredit is a member of the Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF), which just published its annual ‘State of the Sector’ report.

CSAF convenes 12 of the world's leading agricultural lenders, including Oikocredit, to exchange ideas, identify best practices, and develop industry standards. Its members aim to create a thriving, sustainable, and transparent market to serve the financing needs of agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2017, CSAF members issued loans totalling $716 million to 794 businesses. These loans connected 2.2 million smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to local and international markets. CSAF’s State of the Sector report was developed in partnership with MIX with support from the Small Foundation.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 August 2018 at 05:35

Agrifood Bootcamp 2018 (Short Video)


ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါၿပီ။

Do you want to learn youth’s movement in the agriculture sector? We would like to share our valuable experiences in the Agrifood Bootcamp. What did youths do at Agrifood Bootcamp and how did they develop their new business idea based on the different challenges? Which kinds of companies and organizations support them to find the innovative solutions? Please have a look at the unforgettable memory which we saved in this video. If you want to participate in next Bootcamp as a organization or as a participants, please, feel free to contact us.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zYHClQ2W2M&t=1s

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စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေမြးၿမဴေရးက႑မွ လူငယ္မ်ားရဲ႕တက္ၾကြလွတဲ႔ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြအေၾကာင္

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 31 July 2018 at 04:01

Photo contest “Picturing agroecology initiatives in the Mekong Region”

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါၿပီ။

Do you feel that organic agriculture is a key for a sustainable and fair development in the Mekong region? Do you also admire farmers who are developing innovative agroecology initiatives?

Pick one of the many agroecology initiatives implemented by innovative farmers in the region and share with your best photo from the field. The deadline for submission is the 30th of September 2018. Your photos must be sent to the email address: agroecologynetworksea@gmail.com.


All photos must be related to one of these four thematic categories related to agroecology: – Agroecology in practices – Youth and Agroecology – Marketing agroecological products – Biodiversity and Agroecology.

The 20 best photos will be selected and displayed during the Regional Forum in Cambodia, Nov

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may
13

Course: Milking to potential

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  13 May 2019 to 31 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Worldwide dairy sectors are challenged by expanding populations and economic growth. Growing demand for dairy has led to a significant increase in public-private involvement to new opportunities for stakeholders. This course will enable participants in designing and implementing dairy development strategies in emerging economies.

Upon completion of the course participants will:

· have a clear picture of the multiple aspects of dairy systems, their relation with markets and the emerging challenges and opportunities due to urbanization, climate change, decreasing of resources and consumers demand;

· have the ability to develop scenarios in search of alternative options and trade-offs in resource-scarce situations, using state-of-the-art approaches;

· design own transition paths for the introduction of innovative farming interventions that are socially, economically and ecologically balanced.


Date: 13 - 31 May 2019

Registration deadline – general: 01 April 2019

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oct
31

Learning, action research and outreach in Higher Education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 October 2018 to 16 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA Course:    Learning, action research and outreach
                       Making higher education boost food security

NEW 

With online elements you can do from home!

Are you a lecturer, instructor or researcher at a university or vocational training centre in agriculture and rural development? Would you like…

-  Your classes to be full of proactive students?
-  To be valued by employers because your graduates are practically skilled?
-  To get recognition from local communities because of the relevant services you provide?
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To be a part of every (action) research team because you know how to engage external stakeholders? 

For details (incl course content and costs) please see our course webpage.

Candidates with funding can:  APPLY HERE,  the application deadline is 1 September 2018

To get updates on our courses and scholarship opportunities you can sign up here 

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jun
03

Course: Integr. Pest Mgmt. & Food Safety

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  03 June 2019 to 21 June 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Public and private standards for pesticide residues have become stricter than ever before. Pesticide residues exceeding the maximum residue limits can hamper trade between upcoming economies and the EU. Implementation of Integrated Pest Management is necessary to minimize pesticide applications. But while there are plentiful technical solutions, the application of Integrated Pest Management is still a struggle for many farmers.

The course is aimed at creating mechanisms that will support Integrated Pest Management though looking at pesticides-related policies, the role of the various stakeholders and innovative (technical) solutions. Participants will enhance their ability to identify and solve problems in Integrated Pest Management and food safety. It entails a mix of lectures, discussions, group work, excursions and fieldwork. Meeting colleagues from other countries with similar interests leads to mutual learning.

Date: 03 - 21 June 2019

Registration deadline – general: 22 April 2019

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may
06

Course: Integrated Seed Sector Developm.

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Burundi
  06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Integrated seed sector development (ISSD) is an approach aiming to increase farmers’ access to quality seed through the development of market-oriented, pluralistic and vibrant seed sectors. In this course participants learn how to design demand driven interventions tailored to specific crops, value chains and seed systems.

In this course participants can broaden their international experience and strengthen their competencies to support seed sector development, taking an integrated perspective. The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the capabilities to translate the ISSD concept into strategies for making seed programmes and policies that seek enhancement by connecting to present practices. The training is experience-based and task-oriented and highly interactive. It includes lectures, visits to different Dutch seed companies and organisations, case studies, group discussions, assignments and field work.

Date: 06 - 24 May 2019

Registration deadline – general: 25 March 2019

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Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:55

High-tech packaging means less food waste

Rabobank, 19 April 2018

New types of packaging can extend the shelf life of produce, helping to combat food waste. Wageningen University & Research is one of the bodies worldwide testing prototypes to see what works best.

How can we reduce food waste through packaging? It’s a question research centers around the world are focused on. The answer is not straightforward, says Dr. Jenneke Heising, who specializes in smart packaging that monitors food quality.

Different packaging materials affect the quality of food differently, she explains. “At Wageningen we are conducting research into new solutions with extra features, like active and intelligent packaging.”

Active packaging: extra protection

Heising: “Active packaging protects food by reducing negative factors. For example, oxygen in the air affects the quality of many products. You can embed oxygen scavengers into the packaging material. These scavengers ensure the oxygen level inside th

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:46

Oikocredit outperforms sector in microfinance outreach to women

Press release Oikocredit - 12 July 2018

Social impact investor Oikocredit continues to surpass the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients, according to indicators published today in Oikocredit's Social and Environmental Performance Report 2017.

In 2017 almost 90% of clients reached by the microfinance organisations in which Oikocredit invests are women. This compares to an average of 70% for the sector as reported in the latest Symbiotics MIV Survey1, which presents sector data for 2016.

Oikocredit also surpassed the sector average for outreach to female microfinance clients in 2014, 2015 and 2016 when comparing year-on-year with the Symbiotics data for the same period2.

The latest report shows how Oikocredit used over € 980 million to finance almost 750 organisations in 2017, reaching 36 million financial inclusion clients and over half a million farmers.

Oikocredit also saw gains in its renewable energy indi

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Georges Djodji Akibode We are very proud of the formidable work did by  Oiko Credit, the partner and very active member of  AgriProFocus Mali. Her commitment as lead of the Agricultural Finance Fair is a real proof of her commitment to invest in the human. Thousands of women in Mali have benefited from the services of Oiko'Credit through farmers' organizations.

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 16 July 2018 at 06:14

Increasing access to markets for rural women through e-commerce

Many cooperatives and agri-businesses in rural areas still struggle to access high value markets in Vietnam. They rely heavily on local traders and have little brand recognition. Under the Enhancing Opportunities for Women’s Enterprises (FLOW/EOWE) programme, the Centre for Industry and Trade (COIT) in Ninh Thuan province is implementing a strategy to facilitate access for rural women entrepreneurs to high value markets and strengthen linkages between different actors in selected agricultural value chains.


E-commerce
One of the key aspects of their strategy is to introduce the opportunities of e-commerce to rural cooperatives and agri-businesses and women-led enterprises. E-commerce is gaining popularity in many sectors in Vietnam, however in the agricultural sector, especially in rural areas, it is still relatively unknown. The first e-commerce training under the FLOW/EOWE programme was organised in June 2018 for 36 partici

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 July 2018 at 09:29

Food Outlook

Biannual Report on Global Food Markets 

released by FAO, July 2018

Amid increased uncertainties from recent rising trade disputes, agricultural markets have so far remained relatively stable thanks to generally good supply conditions across most commodities. Nonetheless, in the context of heightened food import bills, food markets remain vulnerable, with weather shocks and external developments always difficult to predict. Read the full report here.

jul
18

WEBINAR: WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT IN SMALLHOLDER FINANCE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  18 July 2018, 14:00-15:00
  web

RAF Learning Lab Partners, AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are committed to investing in women’s empowerment across smallholder and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Join this webinar to learn how organizations such as AgDevCo and Opportunity International, are integrating both business and social goals to empower women in smallholder finance.

https://www.raflearning.org/event/webinar-womens-empowerment-smallholder-finance-combining-social-and-business-goals-for-good



Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 13 July 2018 at 01:13

Dear Agri profocus team, Firstly I am very happy because of your information, Today I have finished the e-learning course-developing gender based value chain. I have learn a lot and gain new knowledge.

aung aung

Theint Yadanar Zaw Thank you! Please, don't hesitate to contact us if you need further learning about gender in value chains.

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may
06

Course: Horticulture sector development

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  06 May 2019 to 24 May 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Course: Horticulture sector development for emerging markets

Current developments in emerging economies offer new opportunities for the horticulture sector. To seize these opportunities, a transition to a more professional sector is required. Enhanced value chain management and stakeholder collaboration play a vital role and are addressed during this course.

This course gives access to the latest insights of world leading Dutch knowledge organisations and private companies from the horticulture sector and covers the complete horticulture value chain.

Date: 06 - 24 May 2019

Registration deadline – general: 25 March 2019

Registration deadline - Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)/MENA Fellowship: 16 October 2018

Location: Wageningen, The Netherlands

For more information and online registration please visit the website:
https://www.wur.nl/en/show/CDIcourse_horticulture_2019.htm