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Posted 20 April 2017 at 04:05

FSRE Innovation Fund Closing Event

A book launch & a learning opportunity

Important Presentations of the event are attached below.

On Tuesday 18 April 2017, AgriProFocus, in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation, organized the closing event for the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa.

FSRE Innovation Fund has been financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ethiopia. The Fund has been managed by ICCO Cooperation on behalf of AgriProFocus, which in parallel has organized learning events and conducted coaching visits to the innovation projects as part of a learning trajectory.

74 innovative projects

The morning session of the event was dedicated to the final learning event where innovators of the 74 innovative food security projects attended. The innovators were presented with lessons on topics such as access to finance and future investment strategies. Victor van der Linden presentated on how to access financing opportunities and how the innovators should present themselves and their organization. 

Though Sam Rosmarin, Managing Partner of Inroads Ethiopia could be presented, Victor used his powerpoint to present about Investment Readiness in Ethiopia. The presentation can be found below.

On the other hand, the innovators also received briefing about the recent integrated agro-industrial parks project. Mr. Mulugeta, representing UNIDO which is the implementing partner of the project with Ethiopian Ministry of Industry, explained how the Integrated Agro-Industrial Pars Project will contribute to the growth of the agriculture sector. His presentation can be found below.

PUM - Netherlands Senior Experts, an institution based in the Netherlands having senior experts willing to support development in developing countries, was also introduced to the innovators. Mahalet Zewdneh, representative of the institution in Ethiopia, provided the innovators information on how to get services and consulting opportunities from senior Dutch experts.

Closing Event

In the afternoon, the FSRE Innovation Fund closing event was mainly focused on presentations from three selected projects, the launch of a new book and an innovation fair.

Jimma University (Fish-Poultry Integrated project), Send a Cow Ethiopia (Taro Flour Processing project), and Bere Sericulture (Silk Production and Processing project) presented their achievements, challenges and future plans. Their presentations can also be found below.

Lessons learned

AgriProFocus and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), supported by the FSRE Fund Managers in ICCO Cooperation, have completed a book entitled “Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”. This book contains the FSRE Fund implementation process, challenges, achievements, lessons learned, and feed backs from the innovators and relevant stakeholders. Moreover, projects under the Innovation Grant facility are also featured in the book as case studies. The book is distributed to all participants of the event, but you can still get the online version on

The FSRE Fund manager, Desta Damena thanked all the innovators and stakeholders for their effort in the implementation, and also the Dutch embassy for its generousness to finance the projects. Wim Goris, Network Facilitator of AgriProFocus Ethiopia finally presented about the FSRE Fund and the book itself. Jan Willem Nibbering, responsible for the Dutch embassy's food security programmes finally made a closing remark and officially launched the new book.

About the FSRE Innovation Fund

Since 2012, the FSRE Innovation Fund has supported 74 agricultural innovation projects in Ethiopia reaching over 30,000 smallholder farmers through 53 implementing partner organizations. The over six million Euro received from the Dutch international cooperation budget has been made available using three grant facilities: Innovation Grant – up to Euro 100,000 per project; Matching Grant – Up to Euro 40,000 per project; and Up-Scaling Grant – up to Euro 100,000 per project. While horticulture, potato, poultry and aquaculture were the dominant value chains, others such as silk, honey, animal feed, aloe soap and biogas have also been awarded FSRE Innovation Fund support. 

Invited media organizations were also participants of the event, please take a look this video clip which has a news broadcast from AfroFM-105.3 with some picture slides of the event.



FSRE Final Learning Event - Victor

Investment Readiness in Ethiopia - Sam - by Victor

Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks - Mullugeta


FSRE-Fund - Desta Damena

Jimma University


Bere Sericulture

Book Overview - Wim Goris