Dutch members 2018:
SNV's ‘Enhancing Opportunities for Women Enterprises’ (FLOW/EOWE) programme focuses on supporting rural women in entrepreneurship by addressing the systemic barriers that many rural women face when launching their businesses. One of the key challenges for rural women to launch start-up initiatives is access to capital to promote their start-up initiatives and turn their ideas into a viable business. In mid-August 2018, SNV together with the Provincial Women’s Union organised the Women Business Start-up 2018 event in Binh Thuan, a South Central Coast province in Vietnam, where 16 women had the opportunity to present their innovative start-up ideas and to connect to relevant stakeholders to take their start-up to the next level.
The event was a follow-up of the National Platform “Women Business Start-up: Innovation and Connection” that was organised by SNV and the Vietnam Women’s Union in December 2017. The aim of the Pl
Dear AgriProFocus Members,
I am documenting best practices of smallholder-inclusive agricultural value chain finance in Africa. Precisely, I am documenting impact stories on successful financing of smallholder farmers.
This is an opportunity to improve knowledge areas about some challenges, risks, risk mitigation, enablers, structuring, repayment strategies, opportunities and lessons learnt from financing smallholder agriculture in close value chains. This is also an opportunity to show case your organization's achievement in working with or financing smallholder farmers.
The output from this documentation will be policy briefs or a single online publication with proper referencing of your contributions. I strongly believe that this publication/policy briefs will enable development experts to learn new deployable knowledge/mechanisms for financing smallholder farmers, and to enable smallholder farmers break out of poverty with enhanced sustainable livelihoods.
Some experts have share... Read more
On October 11th 2018 we celebrate innovation in international development together, focusing on ‘A future we want’! Partos & The Spindle organise the annual innovation festival for the fifth time already to highlight innovative ideas in the field of development cooperation. A day full of inspiration, learning by doing and networking. A festival to obtain new skills and insights, with various international participants, speakers and inspiring sessions. Join us at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam!
More information and tickets you find HERE.
Read the full article HERE.
Come 2030, we will not have healthy and affordable food if we continue with business as usual. But no one institution can single handedly change the course of our food system. The key to ensuring a sustainable food system is involving a diverse group of actors – from smallholder farmers to government – to generate ideas for change, together.
Everyone recognizes the need for multi-stakeholder collaboration, but it’s good to understand exactly what we’re talking about.
Hivos applies a “Lab” approach in several countries. It allows for a tailored approach and helps the actors move from global to national and local platforms. Given the complexity of food systems, local platforms are likely to be the most effective.
The transformation towards sustainable food systems requires involving key actors,... Read more
For this special Agro-Industry & Nutrition Business Drinks, 70 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches and open-space networking. This event unique was special because it was the first time a Business Drinks was held out of Addis Ababa. Additionally, several of the participants were academicians and agro-industry experts participating in the International Nutrition and Agro-Industry Conference organized by Hawassa University.
The first pitch was made by Betelhem Lakew, from BeNu Manufacturing: a start-up company working on nutrition & healthy products. Their product is designed to be a high-protein, nutritious biscuit to address both under & over nutrition. According to Betelhem, their socially responsible business model of “buy one give one” is designed such that the company will give one biscuit for free to a child suffering from under nutrition for every biscuit you buy.
The second pitch made by Abinet Tekle from NEED Nutritiona... Read more
The Grafted Tomato project is implemented by a consortium of Solidaridad, National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), House of Seeds, Enza Zaden, Makerere University and AgriProFocus. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands through WOTRO, the Science for Global Development department of NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research), with lessons shared and disseminated by the AgriProFocus platform as well as Food & Business Knowledge Platform.
The conventional science grafting technology helps to resp... Read more
16-18 August 2018
Haile Resort, Hawassa, Ethiopia
The objectives of this conference: -
- To create forum for networking opportunities
- To prioritize areas of partnership
- To share experiences and success stories
- To acknowledge organizations that support Hawassa University
- To get feedback about Hawassa University graduates and labor market
- To experience hosting international forums
Academic Center of Excellence for Human Nutrition (ACEN) was launched in 2015 at School of Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, Hawassa University. Its major successes to date: -
- Produced manpower in the field of Human Nutrition, Food Science and Technology
- Hosted two National Nutrition Conferences
- Laid a foundation for Human Nutrition program in other sister universities in Ethiopia
- Made a success... Read more
Today we established together with our partner Ante Rwanda in Kigali. Now we can do direct import from Holland,service and maintenance.
Read the full article here.
In recent years, agriculture has become increasingly recognised as an entry point for building peace and resilience in fragile states. With up to two-thirds of employment and one-third of GDP in countries experiencing prolonged crises linked to agriculture, investment in the sector can be transformative for the resilience of vulnerable populations. To prevent fragile situations descending into crises and ensure the sustainable recovery of vulnerable populations, rural communities need the capacity to monitor and predict crisis and disaster risks, as well as to develop strategies to help minimise the impact of such risks on food production.
With increased capacity to grow surplus produce, farmers need access to finance and markets to add value to their products and further increase their incomes. However, in fragile states, neither f... Read more
Are you a nutrition sensitive SME in Malawi, Ethiopia or Kenya ? Does your product address a local diet quality gap and increase the consumption of safe and nutritious foods ? Apply and stand a chance to win a trip to Nairobi to compete in the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.
The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organizes the first edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition, that will be held during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Kenya on the 16th of October 2018. For this application process, SBN in partnership with BoPinc will select the cohort of SMEs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi that will participate in the SUN Pitch Competition.
Apply now or no later than September 1st, through https://vc4a.com/sun-business-network/sbn-regional-pitch-competition/application/
Application Process and Timeline
1) Ap... Read more
In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”
Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).
The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at... Read more
08/08/2018 - Press release
"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.
In a feat which has all the makings of an unprecedented coup, four Kenyan startups have been named in the final ten of the 2018 edition of the prestigious Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion.
The competition is committed to recognizing and unearthing some of the most promising and innovative early-stage startups that are making significant strides in the area of promoting and advancing financial inclusion on the continent.
Four (4!) Kenyan startups are looking to dominate proceedings. They are Apollo Agriculture, Bidhaa Sasa, FarmDrive, and Tulaa. All four start-up providing services to rural areas. The rest of the top ten is made up of South Africa’s LanteOTC and Wala, Ghana’s Farmerline and OZE, and the duo of RecyclePoints and MaTontine from Nigeria and Senegal respectively.
Read more HERE and also learn about the South African and West African startups that as well made the list.... Read more
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
Contract farming ႏွင္႔ ပတ္သက္ေသာBlog တစ္ခု ထြက္ေပၚလာၿခင္း၊
Gr... Read more
Female entrepreneurs in agribusiness fight an uphill battle when it comes to getting access to the power and resources needed to professionalize and scale their business. In this webinar already successful female agribusiness champions share 5 strategies for female agri-entrepreneurs to succeed.
Focusing specifically on Ghana, this webinar offers a perfect learning ground for Ghanaian entrepreneurs or those interested in the topic to talk through some of the hurdles faced every day and how to overcome them.
Interact or listen in, but register now to not miss this opportunity.
The aya TEAM
Aya is part of 2SCALE, an incubator program that manages a portfolio of public-private partnerships (PPPs) for inclusive business in agri-food sectors and industries. Aya is a 6-month entrepreneurship track for women in agribusiness in Ghana that builds on the experiences of 2SCALE. For more info about aya and 2SCALE visit the aya website.
AgriProFocus Mali a la rencontre du Groupe d’Amitié des Paysans d’ Afrique de Koulikoro
La journee du 12 Aout fut célébrée a double titre au Mali par votre réseau AgriProFocus Mali sur le theme de l’engagement citoyen des jeunes et la promotion de l’agrobusiness au service du développement( MAW4D) . Ce dimanche est d’abord une journee électorale au Mali et aussi la journée Internationale dédiée a la jeunesse.
Ce fut donc une journée riche en partage de connaissance et d pprentissage mutuel avec la centaine d’étudiants de l’Institut Polytechnique Rural de Katibougou. Apres une presentation des deux structures et les visites des fermes de production,une plan de formation fut donc validé sur demande du GAPA a travers son président Mr Senimakan Sidibe.Une mise en relation avec Oiko-Credi , Jege Ni Jaba et Oiko-Credit est donc en cours.
La Journée internationale de la jeunesse se d... Read more
Ce lundi 06 Aout 2018, la salle de réunions du réseau AgriProFocus Mali a accueilli cinq représentantes des jeunes bénéficiaires des formations en entrepreneuriat au compte du programme Next Economy, via un partenariat IMPACT-HUB \ SOS Village d’Enfant. La problématique du financement des startup de l'agrobusiness etait au cœur des discussion. L'approche APF est bien appréciée par les jeunes porteurs
La Next Economy est un programme triennal financé par le Ministère Néerlandais des Affaires Etrangères mis en œuvre par SOS Villages d’Enfants Mali en collaboration avec son partenaire Impact Hub Bamako.
La Next Economy a pour objectifs :
Inspirer, former, encadrer les jeunes et faciliter la création de leur propre entreprise ;
Encadrer et former les jeunes en les dotant de compétences qui répondent aux exigences... Read more