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Dutch members 2018:

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 Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 14 August 2018 at 07:30

Go Kenya! Kenyan Startups Dominate List Of Finalists In The Latest Edition Of Zambezi Prestigious Award

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.

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

Contract Farming: Opportunities and Challenges!


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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Theint Yadanar Zaw Hi,Wim! I think that it was needed for an interface discussed in the Myanmar sessions, too. Our next step is to explore the possibility of facilitating a policy round table dialogue.

3 months 3 weeks ago

Wim Goris good luck with that !

3 months 3 weeks ago

Theint Yadanar Zaw Thank You! Wim

3 months 3 weeks ago

Richard Kanyarukiga Need for Contract Farming can't be over-emphasized! We at UR-CAVM do strongly look forward to these workshops. With appropriate consultations, we could host the workshops by providing venues across the country where we have campuses. Our alumni across the country could do mapping for coordination of sampled producer-market engagements - learning from Ethiopia and Myanmar?We have worked broadly before with Farmer Organizations (Primary Coops, Unions, and Farmer Federations). Main hurdle remains in identifying, maintaining & sustaining markets; as well as develop new/competitive ones.The workshops would be a great vehicle to unlock this...Pse keep us posted. Richard

1 month 2 weeks ago

Thaint Yadanar Zaw Hello! Richard. Thanks for your valuable information and welcome for your posts. We are really interesting to see your activities for contract farming.

1 month 2 weeks ago


Strategies for women to succeed in agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 September 2018, 02:30-16:00
  Ghana - online

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.

Register via this Registration Form

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.

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Mali
Posted 12 August 2018 at 10:36

Dimanche, 12 Août 2018  Journée internationale de la jeunesse

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.

Pour rappel

La Journée internationale de la jeunesse se d

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 August 2018 at 05:31

  New simple but very strong pasteurizer for a client in Holland  

Ugandan Community in the Netherlands Dit lijkt me een goede voor Uganda. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 10 August 2018 at 12:38

Brainstorming/Financement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin

Linking-Learning-Leadership :une approche réseau au service des membres et partenaires de AgriProFocus

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

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Adama SANOGO Bonjour,Pouvez vous nous dire plus sur ce financement sur l'entreprenariat féminin, comment procéder, s'il y a formulaire ou coordonnées, merci

4 months 4 days ago

Georges Djodji Akibode Merci cher Adama, ce financement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin débute naturellement par la validation d'un business plan et les facilitations de garantie a travers les projets et programmes en charge de la promotion de l'autonomisation de la femme. Le Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture reste un formidable cadre de rencontre entre les différents acteurs de l’entrepreneuriat agricole. C;est aussi le lieu de rappeler le formidable travail des incubateurs et aussi les models innovants de financement comme les crowfunding 

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 9 August 2018 at 02:34

Dear AgriProFocus network,

Grounded is looking for suppliers of solar dryers in Zambia. If you know companies that can help us out, please let me know. Your help is much appreciated. 

Thank you once more!

Warm regards,

Gijs, Grounded

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Gijs, maybe my APF colleagues Lawrence Shonga or Yvonne Mtumbi in Lusaka can help you out! Lawrence or Yvonne, what do you think? Good luck Gijs!

4 months 1 week ago

Lawrence Shonga Hi Gijs. You can check with TDAU (Technology Development Advisory Unit) located at the University of Zambia. You can find their contact details via this link

4 months 4 days ago

Gijs Boers Thank you very much!! We will check it out. 

3 months 3 weeks ago

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:

Follow Marcel Vernooij on twitter: 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 Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 9 August 2018 at 07:11

Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Government of Rwanda and the African Union, are co-organizing a regional conference on “Youth Employment in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship” on 20 and 21 August 2018. 

Follow this link for more information.

The conference will focus on the three major cross-cutting themes related to youth issues:

Youth and Entrepreneurship focusing on youth entrepreneurship, particularly how to develop and sustain youth-led, or youth-focused, business products and services geared towards agriculture and ICTs.

Digital Innovation focusing on innovative solutions to support digital innovation and modern production technologies in agriculture, youth-focused networking and engagement around entrepreneurship, innovation and agr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 7 August 2018 at 11:59

Préparation Enquête PEAJ via Akvo Flow 

Formation de trois collaborateurs pour la mise en place du dispositif d’évaluation interne et externe du Projet Entrepreneuriat Agricole Jeune, alternative durable  aux migrations irrégulières.

Le suivi-évaluation du PEAJ est assuré par l’équipe terrain avec la facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus a travers les agents d’enquête par le recueil des données via AKVO Flow.
L’équipe formée assurera le suivi-évaluation quotidien et appuiera la mise en œuvre des activités sur le terrain. Elle produira des rapports périodiques (annuels) narratifs et financiers.

Francophone dans un environnement anglophone

Akvo est une organisation anglophone. L’anglais est une des langues la pluss parlée parlée dans le monde. La langue anglaise est également parlée dans les pays où travaille Akvo, c’est la raison pour laquelle les communications internes et externes de Akvo sont en Anglais. Akvo Mali travaille principalement avec la

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

Agrifood Bootcamp 2018 (Short Video)


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.


စိုက္ပ်ိဳးေမြးၿမဴေရးက႑မွ လူငယ္မ်ားရဲ႕တက္ၾကြလွတဲ႔ လႈပ္ရွားမႈေတြအေၾကာင္

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 August 2018 at 02:51

Manage point of laying till old layer

 Few days ago , i see a new poultry farmer ask manage point of layers . So we let our team give tips for new farmer. In this article , layers is breed in layer chicken cage , chicks cage . So if you feed layer on ground or use pan feeding , the operation is different from this article , please noted.

(Ⅰ)Phases 1—— Chicks layer

Time: before put chicks layer into shed .

Target : supply no bacteria , warm and comfortable environment

Manage Point: Disinfect when the shed is empty. Improve the temperature to 32℃~33℃ before put layer chicks in shed.

Time: Put chicks layer into shed

Target: Reduce stress reaction, make sure high live rate

Mange point: Prepare warm water(25℃) in advance 30 minutes. Give water in time , then feed chicks layer by feed pan.

After 2 hours of put chicks layer into shed , improve temperature into 35℃~37℃ gradually. Keep this temperature 3 days , and make sure moisture 60%. Also have medicine protection at the same time.


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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 6 August 2018 at 08:25

Agriterra & Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission joining forces

Agriterra & TCDC (Tanzania Cooperative Development Commission) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to express willingness of both parties to cooperate in the effort of strengthening Agricultural Cooperative Societies in Tanzania.

Read more HERE !

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 31 July 2018 at 11:34

What happened during the 4th Business Drinks of 2018?

On this last Thursday’s event 60 members of AgriProFocus Ethiopia as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Mr. Misteru Tesfaye (EIAR) pointed out that in Ethiopia most of the oil products that imported from foreign countries are low in quality and has excess amount of fat content, which is not advisable for human healthy that can cause different health related problems such as cancer, cholesterol and heart disease which eventually results to death.

Mr. Mesteru is looking forward to work with anyone who is interested in his idea for creating healthy product for the community at all.

Mr. Jiregna Tadese :- An Environmentalist and Human Right Activist from Top River Project at Ginfile, who works in the rehabilitation an

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Polivios Valendis Would appreciate if you could include contact information of the presenters in your future summaries of Business Drinks events.  Thank you. Polivios

4 months 1 week ago

Mahder Akalu Dear Polivios Valendis, thank you for your suggestion: we always do post their contact addresses, when it is needed. 

4 months 1 week ago

Polivios Valendis When is it needed? Those who do their presentations, do it to in order to come into contact with any interested party.

4 months 1 week ago

Mahder Akalu Thank you for your concern. Yes, we put their contacts when it is needed and when the presenters allow as to do so.  

4 months 1 week ago

Eskender Mulugeta hello Mahder, i was happy to participate in  i think you forgot me to mentioned  i am ready to shear my African Agriculture experiences

4 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 31 July 2018 at 07:41

Local farmers of Rwanda lose 30 % in post-harvest processes.

Rwanda Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has urged vegetable and fruits farmers to adopt the use of modern farming techniques and technologies for reducing post-harvest losses.

The call is founded on post-harvest loss assessment of different crops such as tomatoes, pepper, bananas, among others, that was conducted last year. The assessment was released last week to farmers and processors.

The assessment carried out in conjunction with the University of Rwanda and other stakeholders showed that the largest losses are a result of poor handling of produce and result to losses in the value chain of different crops from farm to market. Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 30 July 2018 at 11:39

Ayo Daftar Duta Petani Muda 2018!

Halo Para Petani Muda yang telah bergabung di online platform AgriProFocus. Yuk, daftar ajang pemilihan Duta Petani Muda 2018 di Info lebih lanjut bisa cek poster di bawah.

Satu Duta Petani Muda 2018 terbaik akan memenangkan perjalanan ke Australia untuk berpartisipasi dalam kunjungan belajar tentang sektor pertanian di Australia. Kunjungan belajar ini dibiayai dan dipersembahkan oleh Academies Australasia Institute.


Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2018 Open for Registration!

Hello young agripreneurs who have joined AgriProFocus online platform. Please register yourself to be selected as Young Agripreneurz Ambassador this year. For complete information, please see the poster below.

The best Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2018 will win a trip to Australia to participate in a study visit to learn about the agriculture sector in Australia. The study visit is funded and presented by Academies Australasia Institute

Posted By in Securité Alimentaire
Posted 29 July 2018 at 04:50

Promotion du genre dans les chaines de valeur agricole au Mali

Sur l'axe Bamako-Kayes, 137 Femmes leaders des coopératives agricoles  sont mobilisées pour une série de formation en entrepreneuriat agricole pendant la campagne agricole 2018-2019
Elles viennent de trois villages différents et ont en  partage les mêmes difficultés liées a l’accès au foncier,l’accès au financement, et l’accès au marche avec au passage de réelles difficultés de transformation des produits.  

A la faveur des activités de facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali,plus de 1000 femmes bénéficieront directement des ateliers de formation et d'insertion a travers deux projets finances par la Fondation pour l'Egalite des Chances en Afrique et la Direction de la Coopération Internationale de Monaco avec comme parties prenantes Oiko-Credit pour la facilitation d’accès au crédit, Bejo Zaden et Jege Ni Jaba pour la facilitation d’accès aux semences de qualité. La premiere pha

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BENGALY Oudou Très belle initiative, félicitations

4 months 2 weeks ago