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In 2018 many exiting activities will take place, where we can partner up: like the Wageningen University Alumni Day with Netherlands Embassy in Ethiopia and the Hawassa University Food Conference. See more:
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The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB) launches the Pitch AgriHack 2018. The theme for this year’s edition is “Women entrepreneurs innovate for agricultural transformation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific”. The competition is open to both male and female founders and co-founders of e-agri startups offering digital services to the agricultural sector. Applicants must be aged between 18 to 35 years and need to be nationals and residents of African, Caribbean or Pacific countries. 50% of finalists will be women founders or co-founders of startups. Up to nine winning companies will receive a cash prize of up to € 15 thousand each. The deadline for registration is 21 May 2018.
#Pitch AgriHack will:
 provide a business training boot camp to selected start-ups
 conduct a pitching competition
 offer grants and facilitate a
Hello everyone, I am SHEMA Thierry Kevin from Rwanda and am 20 years old. I hold my high school diploma in Mathematics,Chemistry and Biology, and I am designation in Agriprofocus Rwanda and I would like to start my own small business of piggery farming and their relevant products such as fertilizers, am starting within this year of 2018 in Musanze district, Northern province of Rwanda.
Am very happy to join Agriprofocus network!!!!!!!!
Urbanization is growing at an alarming rate.
How are cities coping with feeding their populations?
Join the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Twitterchat! Be part of the conversation by following @TR_Foundation and #GoodFoodMedia on Twitter.
The online discussion will include topics such as:
• Urban farming
• Nutritional value and food miles
• Food deserts and processed food
• Urban food security and policy
This chat is part of the Food Sustainability Media Award project.
The Food Sustainability Media Award aims to recognise excellence in reporting and communicating issues relating to the great food paradoxes of our time:
• Hunger & Obesity
• Food & Fuel
• Starvation & Waste
Applications are open until May 31, 2018!
Find out more: www.goodfoodmediaaward.com
The first ever Promoting Agribusiness Investment Networking and Trade for Youth (PAINT-Y) is being organised to take place in the next few months.
The Expo will seek to bring together young agri-entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses; government, development partners, and investors looking for investable and innovative youth-led agri-entreprises to invest in and support.
The Expo is targeting 250+ Young agri-entrepreneurs (age 18 – 35) with at least two year old agri-enterprises; and 50+ stakeholders supporting young agri-entrepreneurs.
What to expect at the Expo
> An entrepreneur Showcase
>Multiple B2B and B2C meetings intended to open new business opportunities and networks
for young agri-entrepreneurs.
>Series of interactive formats including panel discussions, round-tables and presentations.
Stay tuned as we finalise on the dates of this event.
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promoting safe and sustainable nutrition, we will organize the following activities:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Pan-African urban food system experts live Addis Ababa presenting on a panel streamed online to the world.
• Presentations, discussions and mixers for network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To register to participate in the events of the day, please register HERE.
For more information, please contact AgriProFocus Ethiopia: email@example.com, [+251 (0)937896415] or firstname.lastname@example.org [+251(0)919313031].
This day of events is sponsored by Wageningen University on its 100th Anniversary and implemented by AgriProFocus Ethiopia in support of Ethiopian Holland Alumni and The E... Read more
Het Ministerie van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit heeft gisteren een beleidsbrief ‘Accenten in het voedselbeleid voor de komende jaren’ naar de Tweede Kamer gestuurd, die daarover op 19 april in een AO debatteert. De brief is ondertekend door de minister van Landbouw, Natuur en Voedselkwaliteit (LNV) en de staatssecretaris van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport (VWS), mede namens de minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (BHOS) en de minister van Economische Zaken en Klimaat (EZK).
De beleidsbrief is te vinden via deze link: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/documenten/kamerstukken/2018/04/17/kamerbrief-over-accenten-in-het-voedselbeleid-voor-de-komende-jaren
“In h... Read more
Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector.
This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.
This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!
On Friday, April 6, we successfully hosted the Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase Event in Nay Pyi Taw. The Showcase event was the closing of the Agrifood Bootcamp. 5 groups of highly talented Myanmar youth impressed the audience and the highlevel jury with their innovative business solutions for agrifood challenges in Myanmar.
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project organized by AgriProFocus Myanmar in collaboration with the Dutch agribusiness companies and organizations De Heus, East West Seed, Agriterra, Fresh Studio and ICCO Cooperation. Together, we supported Myanmar youth between 18 and 35 to participate in an exciting week long training program from April 2 to 6. We selected a talented and extremely motivated group of 40 participants with diverse backgrounds: Students from 5 different universities, young professionals and agri-entrepreneurs.
They learned about the daily affairs of agr... Read more
AgriProFocus a été lancé à l'initiative des membres néerlandais. Pendant ces plus de 5 ans AgriProFocus en DRC à pu jouer un rôle important dans la promotion de l’entrepreneuriat agricole dans l’Est du Congo. Cependant, malgré le fait que le réseau à bien pu s'enraciner dans la terre de l’Est du Congo, maintenir le fonctionnement du réseau dans un pays nécessite l'engagement programmatique et financier des partenaires néerlandais d'abord. Et ces derniers nous les avons perdu graduellement pendant les dernières années. Au fil du temps nos membres néerlandais se sont retirés dans la mesure où notre mandat est réellement réduit et les ressources fin... Read more
Shenggen Fan, Director General of IFPRI, will introduce the report and Reina Buijs, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will share her first impressions. The presentation of the report will be followed by a multi-stakeholder panel discussion.
Link to the IFPRI 2018 Global Food Policy Report: https://gfpr.ifpri.info/
The last half we worked together with the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria (South Africa) and the Netherlands Enterprise agency (RVO) on a scoping study on innovations related to Climate Smart Agriculture. In principle with a focus on South Africa, however applicable to all countries who face server challenges. The result is interesting for parties who want to use climate adaptation and mitigation technologies (such as drought resistant plant varieties, use of water efficient instruments, soil improvement, use of inputs, solare power for water production, early warning systems) in the primary agricultural area.
In case you are interested in a little booklet with 25 innovations of Dutch businesses drop a short email to Mrs. K. van den B... Read more
Acteurs des chaînes de valeur agricoles (Vendeurs, distributeurs, transporteurs, transformateurs, producteurs) ayant une réflexion pour réduire les pertes poste récoltes dans une logique de viabilité économique ; inscrivez-vous avant le 18 Mai 2018 via la page foodconnectionchallenge.com/fr pour soumettre vos idées. BoP InC vous accompagnera dans le plan de réalisation.
Pour accéder au formulaire d'inscription, cliquez sur le lien ci-après : https://vc4a.com/food-connection-challenge/food-connection-challenge-2018/application/fr/
Ensemble disons Non aux pertes poste récoltes !
On February 22, 2018 the newly installed Dutch Rutte-III government opened an online civil consultation to feed into its upcoming policy brief that will guide Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (FT&DC) in the coming years.
All (inter)national partners active in this field were warmly invited by Minister Kaag to share their ideas and knowledge. In particular civil society organizations, enterprises and related sector organizations operating in Dutch partner countries, cities and regions with international ambitions and knowledge institutes are invited.
AgriProFocus members have provided their input:
- Jointly, the AgriProFocus policy working group developed a clear set of recommendations for Dutch policy. This will be the basis for dialogue with the Ministries and other stakeholders in the coming months. https:/... Read more
In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:
first podcast on Feeding Cities
- the study “Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs” by Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO Cooperation, and supported by the F&BKP,
- the report by KIT/Royal Tropical Institute 'Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design.'
- the results of the Knowledge Portal survey
- the input by the F&BKP knowledge brokers to the consultation of Minister Kaag ("Continue investing in a solid knowledge base for Food and Nutrition Security results").
- upcoming events including the foodFIRST conference “Team up with African Agripreneurs” , which takes place on June 1, 2018 in Utrecht. The F&BKP is co-organizing two workshops: “Private sector coalitions to feed African cities” (with MVO Nederland) and “Youth and agriprene
13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPFSpeaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR
Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gender
Wilt u in gesprek met het landbouwradennetwerk en deelnemen aan seminars en rondetafelgesprekken over agro-gerelateerde thema’s als markttoegang, voedselzekerheid, voedselverspilling, water, Brexit? Bent u zich als (agro)ondernemer aan het oriënteren op internationaal ondernemen of doet u al zaken in het buitenland? Noteer dan in uw agenda en kom op woensdagmiddag 20 juni naar de netwerkbijeenkomst die op een locatie in het midden van het land zal plaats vinden.
Voor meer informatie klik op deze link.
In many countries across the world, food systems are changing fast, interlinked with the dynamics of population growth and urbanization. At the same time, the largest number of young people ever is growing up. Youth, particularly in low and middle income countries, struggle to find decent jobs, make the transition from education to work and mature in terms of independence. Young people should have the opportunity to fully participate in the economy especially in areas where agriculture is the main sector. Young people increasingly do not see farming as a viable livelihood for the future and tend to migrate to other (urban) areas.
A shaking up of the sector is needed to engage youth in its future development. Entrepreneurship and innovation are key in making this connection. Young people have the potential to find profitability and promise in doing things differently: they can link food markets, develop new food products with added value and new... Read more
Zit er beweging in het FDOV dossier? Iedereen snakt naar nieuws over FDOV editie III.
Is er nieuws? Geruchten zat en ik word geregeld gevraagd waarom AgriProFocus toch niets weet.
Vorige week sijpelde er wat nieuws door: er zit schot in FDOV! Het FDOV-dossier is langs de DG, goedgekeurd en naar minister Kaag gestuurd.
Over timing van publicatie wordt voorlopig niet meer gezegd dan dat met hoopt dat dat voor eind 2018 zal gebeuren. Er liggen nog andere, gerelateerde zaken op het bureau van de minister zoals de nota BHOS. Het nieuwe FDOV dient te passen in de kaders die daarin gesteld gaan worden.
Ik houd u op de hoogte, en als u wat hoort deel het en laat het me weten!
Is there movement in the FDOV file? Everyone craves for news about FDOV edition III.
There were rumors and I am regularly asked why AgriProFocus does not know anything.
Well, is there news? Last week some news seeped through about FDOV: things are moving! Th... Read more