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.

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PUM launches app!

PUM’s impact within easy reach

The PUM app is live, so you can stay up to date with the latest news. In this digital version of PUMmagazine you can read interviews, reports and background stories about our contribution to the sustainable development of small and medium-sized companies in emerging markets – in some thirty countries worldwide.

PUM topics

Experts and entrepreneurs share their stories through the app, talking about factors for successful growth, improving business operations and creating employment. And we hear from experts and partners about the positive impact of sharing practical knowledge. In the app, we focus on relevant PUM topics such as incubator programmes, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship, training and education, international corporate social responsibility, youth employment creation and aid & trade.

Our sustainable DNA

Fully in line with our sustainable DNA, the printed PUMmagazine has now made way for the app. We’ve been sharing stories

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Bizconnect Workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  06 July 2018, All Day Event
  State Agriculture Institute (Tharyarwaddy)

               Bizconnect Workshop

Are you from an agribusiness company or organization which currently work at Tharyawaddy or Bago 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 first regional Bizconnect workshop at Tharyarwaddy SAI on July 6, facilitated by AgriProFocus Myanmar.. Would you like to join, please contact Thaint Yadanar Zaw: or 09798926214 for more information.

We warmly welcome your inquiry.

သင္ဟာ သာယာ၀တီၿမိဳ႕အနီးအနား သို႔မဟုတ္ ပဲခူးတိုင္းေဒသၾကီးအတြင္းမွာ လယ္ယာစီးပြားနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္တဲ႔ အလုပ္လုပ္က

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 June 2018 at 04:15

First successful Contract Farming Learning Event in Myanmar

On June 6, Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar hosted a learning event about contract farming in Myanmar. More then 130 representatives from the private sector, the development sector, knowledge institutes and the government in Myanmar participated to learn about different models of contract farming and factors for success. In this blog, you can read more about the experiences and inspiring examples presented during the day and understand more about the main issues in the current debate about contract farming in Myanmar.

In the past months, various members of the MAN and AgriProFocus networks indicated their interest to learn about contract farming to be able to start implementation in Myanmar. Therefore, we decided to dedicate our first joint learning and networking event to contract farming. This is an exciting first step in our joint learning agenda, that we agreed on in our Memorandum of Agreement last yea

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 June 2018 at 09:14

Cross cultural integration boosts the quality and scalability of a business

A Brief moment: with young entrepreneur Leyat Ali

Could you please introduce yourself and Fayalo Technology to the APF network members in Ethiopia?

My name is Leyat Ali, co-founder and CEO of Fayalo technology. Currently, I am also serving as the president of Agora Speakers Club, a non-profit organization that is devoted to develop people’s leadership and public speaking skills. Fayalo technology was formed on February 2018. It is a startup with a vision to become the biggest mobile enabled animal advisory and support service provider in Ethiopia.

Could you share the big achievements of Fayalo Technology in Ethiopia?

Our startup provides the first in Ethiopia service of a multi-lingual mobile advisory referral service that connects animal owners with qualified professionals according to language, specialty and proximity preferences.

How difficult is it to be a successful entrepreneur in Ethiopia?

Being a successful entrepren

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 8 June 2018 at 09:13

First Step of Agrifood Youth Ambassadors

Are you wondering what our young ambassadors do after the Agrifood Bootcamp 2018? Last week of May, we could organize the youth leadership training for the winners of Agrifood Bootcamp 2018. Our Main facilitator May from MDF Asia Myanmar also could facilitate the youths to be active leaders in their community. It took three days from 30 May to 1st June at Ibis style hotel, Yangon.

All participants prioritized to attend this training even they have personal, work related important cases because they really want to be active as a youth leader in their community. Training days are spent with interesting activities, concepts, discussion and brainstorming about how to be a leader for the youths in agricultural sector. HE. Wouter Jurgens, the Netherlands ambassador also visited the training to encourage the Agrifood youth ambassadors. Even the training is finished, it is not a finish, just a start for them.

Training objective is to know more about themselves

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 7 June 2018 at 01:31

Results Gender in Value Chains programme AgriProFocus

The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive. 

Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 June 2018 at 09:11

Blamed for being born a girl

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')  

Intan Darmawati is a gender trainer in Indonesia. Her commitment to gender issues comes from her own experiences as a girl in a patriarchal family.

‘My engagement began with my personal experience of being born a girl in a minority patriarchal family. People blamed me for being born a girl (rather than a boy) to justify the reason why our father left us. At the same time, family members criticized my mother because she had now become a single parent. I was also a victim of sexual abuse. These experiences have made me realize that there is something ’wrong’ with our social structure. I am now more sensitive to discrimination, and highly motivated to do something against it.


I have seen many women and men who are not aware of discrimination, because they considerexisting relationships to be normal, as taught by tradition and religion, and controlled by laws an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 7 June 2018 at 05:51

SDG Partnership facility (SDGP) start to call


Is your organization, a company, public institution, NGO or knowledge institution? And do you want to cooperate in a public-private partnership in order to contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs) in developing countries?

If so, then your project can receive support from SDGP. With the SDG Partnership facility (SDGP), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with as the executor, aims to contribute to the achievement of various sustainable development goals in developing countries. The first opening (call) focuses on improving food security and stimulating private sector development in developing countries through public-private partnerships (PPPs). Please, click here to read more information details.

SDG ပူးေပါင္းေဆာင္ရြက္မႈအတြက္

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 June 2018 at 01:02

New SDG Partnership Facility started

The Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Facility (SDGP) focuses on sustainable entrepreneurship and food security. The facility is the successor of the well-known Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). Through public-private partnerships, SDGP contributes to achieving sustainable development goals: SDG 2 (end of hunger), SDG 8 (decent jobs and economic growth) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

Read here how to apply

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 June 2018 at 12:49

FDOV is niet meer.

Nieuwe SDG Partnerschapfaciliteit gestart

De Sustainable Development Goals Partnerschapfaciliteit (SDGP) richt zich op duurzaam ondernemen en voedselzekerheid. Via publiek-private partnerschappen draagt SDGP bij aan het realiseren van duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelen: SDG 2 (einde aan honger), SDG 8 (fatsoenlijke banen en economische groei) en SDG 17 (partnerschappen voor de doelen).

Dien uw projectvoorstel in

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 5 June 2018 at 09:38

Dutch De Heus sets up $16m feed plant in Myotha

Animal feed firm De Heus announced the launch of its second production site in Myanmar on Tuesday, taking the overall investment in the country to more than US$30 million. This feed plant in Mandalay, combined with the Yangon facility, will enable the Netherlands-based company to tap into the growing demand in both upper and lower Myanmar markets.

Located in Myotha Industrial Park near Mandalay, the factory has an annual production capacity of 280,000 MT and is supported by a rooftop solar installation, making it among the Myanmar’s most sustainable feed production site.

“Since our arrival in Myanmar, the livestock sector has gradually developed. De Heus Myanmar has now become the leading supplier of animal nutrition solutions to independent farmers nationwide,” Mr Van den Ban remarked. Other than that, a clear legal framework, including land law, could attract much more foreign direct investments (FDI), while reliable and secure power

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 4 June 2018 at 10:37

Six ways to include gender in your work

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')

These tips will enable you to seriously address gender in your programme. Women will benefit, and even better, you will discover that paying attention to gender will increase the success of your programme. 

1. Be explicit about gender 

To get companies, NGOs and other partners on board, it is important to be explicit about the benefits of including women throughout the project. In many developing countries, women play an important role in agriculture, but lack access to resources. Addressing the constraints faced by women leads to better performing value chains, better agricultural production in general, and economic empowerment of women. The benefits of including women throughout the project should be specified, not only in the introduction of your proposal, but also in the strategy and monitoring. When dealing with companies, it can be useful to stress the economi

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Alemnew Kassegne Great!

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CUMA BALOLAGE JEAN MARIE VIANNE It's great, for me i wanted To talk about stevia et mouringa , i'll post it next week.

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Knox Kalubi Very educative and encouraging. We are gender  ambassadors 24/7 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 May 2018 at 11:37

Supporting Bengali women to become successful food entrepreneurs

SaFal is Solidaridad’s food security programme in the southwest of Bangladesh, implemented together with local partners and the Dutch Embassy. So far, the partners have supported 57,000 families (women and men) to become successful entrepreneurs in dairy, vegetables or aqua fisheries. Altogether, 1,500 producer groups now deliver their products to 20 local companies.

‘We pay special attention to creating togetherness’, says Emma Feenstra from Solidaridad. ‘We empower women and bring men on board.’ Women have benefitted from equity interventions such as financial literacy training, and training to improve family health. Men and women have benefitted from mixed leadership training courses that increased their skills as entrepreneurs. In one of the ‘life stories’ collected by field staff, Jolly Mondol from a village called Jessore explains what such training courses mean for her community: ‘My mother and grandmot

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 30 May 2018 at 10:14

AgDevCo recently published an interesting report on gender and how investors in agribusinesses can create impact in terms of women's empowerment:

GENDER LENS INVESTING: THE CASE FOR EMPOWERING WOMEN: Practical findings for the investment community

The report summarises the business case for gender, gender considerations for investors and findings from AgDevCo's own experiences promoting gender equality amongst its investees. AgDevCo believes that promoting gender equality is not only fair but also presents a significant opportunity to enhance the commercial and social impact potential of its investments. 

The company started to engage with the topic only a few years ago, by doing gender impact studies, developing a gender policy and (with support of Fair&Sustainable and AgriProFocus) a toolkit to help its staff integrate gender aspects in investment decisions, as well as training of most staff in gender. AgDevCo has come a long way and is now taking a leadership role as a gender inc

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Fily Keita Hello, thanks for sharing. I'm working on project which aims at empowering women and girls trough sesame processing in rural areas in Mali. Women play a crucial role in agricultural value chain and their empowerment is a must.

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Els Rijke Good to hear that Fily, I've never been to Mali but hope some day to be able to visit you!

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Fily Keita Ok , I will be glad to collaborate with you in Mali. You are welcome Els.

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Prosper Valentine Leiya Hello, I am Prosper working  with an institution known as Farmers Pride Tanzania. working with empowering women especially single mothers in rural Tanzania for commercial farming. Would be much glad to welcome you in Tanzania

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 30 May 2018 at 02:21

Preparing for a Farm Pond

Look for some basic features to turn an existing farm pond into a fish pond. The pond should be at least 1 acre in size. Smaller ponds can work, but pose some difficulties in managing the fish population.

Fish ponds should be at least 6 feet deep, but no more than 12 to 15 feet deep. The water level should have a mechanism of control, such as a sleeved standpipe fitted with a cut-off valve at the bottom. The pipe and cut-off valve control water levels by allowing you to remove lower, unoxygenated water.

Finally, look for obvious problems, including inconsistent pond water levels, leaks in dams, or extensive vegetation in the pond, such as algae, cattails or phragmites. Depending on the severity of the problem, it might be better to start anew, rather than try to fix an old pond problem, especially if it involves your dam or basin.

Whether evaluating an existing farm pond or building a new one, focus on the pond’s location. Farm sites should be evaluated from two pers

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 May 2018 at 09:25

Scouting talents in rural India

Indian rural development organization Srijan started Self Help Groups for female farmers in 2009. ‘In the beginning it was difficult for these women to see the benefits’, says Arno de Snoo, lecturer at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. Eight years later, however, the benefits are clearly visible.

De Snoo, who started collaborating with Srijan last year, gives the example of Savitri Gaud, a champion in developing her talents. Because Savitri persevered where other female farmers hesitated, or left altogether, her group became one of the strongest in the area. Recognized for her success, Savitri started assisting the formation of women’s groups in other areas and joining Srijan as service providers. Now, she is the respected chairperson of the cooperation Smridhi Mhila Crop Producer, with an annual turnover of 140.000 euro. 

Projects that make a difference

AgriProFocus members support entrepreneurial women in a male-dominated business, st

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MAN AgriProFocus Contract Farming Learning Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  06 June 2018, 13:30-17:00

Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar would like to invite you to their Contract Farming Learning event on Wednesday, June 6, from 1:30 till 5 at the UMFCCI in Yangon.

The Contract Farming Learning Event will give you the opportunity to learn how to effectively introduce inclusive contract farming models in Myanmar. We will invite experts and companies to share the basic principles, factors for success, best practices and learnings for contract farming in South East Asia. Together with you, we would like to explore the needs and constraints for effective implementation of contract farming in Myanmar.Please, kindly find the attached file for program overview.

Interested to join? Please confirm your attendance before May 30 by clicking this link. Seats are limited, so we would like to request you to limit attendance to one seat per organization.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 May 2018 at 03:41

Debate about Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs shows need for capital and support services at different stages of business development

On May 15, four Dutch development partners invited European development partners in Brussels to present and discuss the outcomes of a joint study on the demand for and supply of risk capital for agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Sahara Africa with cases form Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia. The European Commission, Social Impact Funds, development partners and EU Platforms were present at the event hosted by the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.

The issue

Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. The growth phase of the businesses determines the need for specific financial deals, type of financial products and business support services (BDS). However, both the private and th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 May 2018 at 07:46

‘Gender is still too often a separate paragraph’

This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'  

How can this be changed?

It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’

When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 16 May 2018 at 01:21

The 2nd Newsletter of 2018!

Do you know about the 23 June 2018 big event? As there are many Ethiopian Wageningen University alumni, the University asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in support of the Netherlands Embassy (EKN) and BENEFIT-Partnership, to organize a 100-year Celebration in Ethiopia around the theme "Access to healthy food in African mega cities" on June 23.

Do you want to participate on this big event? Or Are you looking for Job opportunities?


Alemnew Kassegne Great opportunity for actors of the field to network and share valuable experiences.

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