Anne Marie Kortleve

Coordinator Marketing & Communications

Utrecht, Netherlands

About Me

Hello there! I am one of the community managers of this platform. I work as a Manager Marketing-Communications at the AgriProFocus International Secretariat in The Netherlands. My job is to make you feel at home on this platform and provide you with all the information you need. Besides managing this platform I am responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing for the AgriProFocus network.

I obtained my Master degree in Communication Sciences at Wageningen University in 2008 and worked as Marketing and Communications Officer at ICCO Cooperation from 2011 until 2014. Since February 2014, I work at AgriProFocus.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2018 at 07:28

PUM AND THE GLOBAL DAIRY SECTOR IN EMERGING ECONOMIES

PUM has participated in several successful dairy programmes and is developing new dairy programmes with different stakeholders in the emerging economies such as Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, etc. Based on these experiences, PUM summarized their approach and shared lessons learned in this publication.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 October 2018 at 01:43

Theo Koekkoek nieuwe voorzitter AgriProFocus

Theo Koekkoek is tijdens de halfjaarlijkse Members meeting van AgriProFocus verkozen tot nieuwe voorzitter. Hij volgt Kees Wantenaar op, die na twee termijnen voorzitterschap het stokje overdraagt.

Bestuurder en boer
Behalve bestuurder is Koekkoek zelf vijfde generatie akkerbouwer en pluimveehouder in Almkerk. Koekkoek begint zeer gemotiveerd aan zijn voorzitterschap: “We hebben een opdracht hier in ons rijke land waar we het zo goed hebben: daar moeten we iets mee doen. Binnen het netwerk sámen meer impact creëren op de transitie van voedselsystemen en de ondersteuning van duurzaam agrarisch ondernemerschap in ontwikkelingslanden is waar ik voor wil gaan. We hebben een taak, waaraan ik zo een kleine bijdrage kan leveren.” Naast voorzitter van AgriProFocus, is Koekkoek onder andere ook voorzitter van de raad van commissarissen bij Vion en lid van de raad van toezicht van Achmea Rechtsbijstand. Tot voor kort was hij ook voorzitter van de ra

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 September 2018 at 11:48

Vlog #9 : Meet Partners for Innovation

Emiel Hanekamp, Senior Expert at PfI, tells us in 3 minutes what PfI does and shares some great examples of  how they support their clients.

Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE


sep
24

AgriProFocus Member Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 September 2018, 13:30-16:00
  AgriProFocus Office - INVITATION ONLY

Op maandag 24 september 2018 vindt de volgende member meeting van AgriProFocus plaats. Tijdens deze meeting bespreken we de ideeën voor een Netherlands Food Partnership en wat dit betekent voor AgriProFocus. Tevens benoemen we tijdens deze meeting de nieuwe bestuursvoorzitter van AgriProFocus. 

Beoogd nieuwe voorzitter: Theo Koekkoek

De bestuurstermijn van de huidige voorzitter, Kees Wantenaar, liep dit voorjaar af. Het stichtingsbestuur van AgriProFocus draagt met veel enthousiasme Theo Koekkoek voor als nieuwe bestuursvoorzitter. Akkerbouwer en pluimveehouder Koekkoek (46) heeft ruime internationale managementervaring in de agrarische- en voedingsmiddelensector. Hij is tevens bestuursvoorzitter van Agrifirm en commissaris van VION. Daarnaast is hij onder meer bestuurslid van de Nationale Coöperatieve Raad (NCR) en lid van het algemeen bestuur van het CDA. Eerder was hij bestuurlijk actief binnen de ZLTO.

Netherlands Food Partnership

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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.

Read the report or view the annual State of the Sector webinar to learn more about the evolving cr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 July 2018 at 10:07

AgriProFocus Global Summer Update!

Check out the latest updates from our network in the Netherlands as well as in our countries in Africa and Asia! In July and August we are preparing for the last 4 months of network opportunities, we hope to see you there. For now, enjoy your summer!

All of us @ AgriProFocus

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 July 2018 at 11:28

Executive & Office Assistant - 32 hours per week  

- Dutch speaking applicants only - 

AgriProFocus is an international network with Dutch roots that supports Agripreneurship to contribute to food security and economic development. Our network is active in the Netherlands as a partnership with 35 member organisations consisting of private sector, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and government. Outside the Netherlands we have 12 country networks in Africa and Asia.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative Executive & Office Assistant for our dynamic team in Utrecht, The Netherlands. This vacancy is a maternity leave replacement, from August 1, 2018 until February 1, 2019, with a possibility of extension. You will work closely together with the Operations Officer.

Job description

  • You liaise with the AgriProFocus Board, Participants Council, Working Groups and external contacts as extension of the Managing Director.
  • Provide executive support for Management (ca

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Posted By in PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts)
Posted 9 July 2018 at 08:52

AgriProFocus and PUM strengthen collaboration on supporting agripreneurs

Small and medium scale agrifood enterprises play a key role in transforming food systems and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The AgriProFocus network and PUM Netherlands senior experts signed an agreement on July 4 to strengthen their collaboration and deepen the synergy between their programmatic activities.

Achieving the SDGs means going beyond business as usual. Sustainable development requires a range of new partnerships, knowledge exchange and new ways of working together. A key element in the Dutch government’s aid, trade, investment and food security policy is the focus on farmers and their small and medium scale enterprises (SME) in LMIC. Promoting SME’s at a national level has proven to be an effective and sustainable solution for creating more inclusive growth. The collaboration be

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 June 2018 at 07:18

New markets for shea nut harvesters in Mali

In Mali, collecting nuts of the native shea tree is popular among female farmers. After having eaten the sweet flesh, they sell the nuts directly, or they process them and sell shea butter and oil for food production and cosmetics. To strengthen this women-led sector, ICCO, USAID-Mali and two shea-oil companies supported more than 12,000 women harvesters by facilitating the certification of their shea products and by linking them to new markets.

Altogether, 25 women-led cooperatives received training to improve harvesting, boiling, drying, storing and packaging. They also enhanced their entrepreneurial and marketing skills. ‘They now produce better quality butter and oil, and know how to negotiate, giving them a better price’, says Jaap ’t Gilde from ICCO. The trained women cooperatives obtained long term contracts from the shea oil companies (SOATAF and Olvea), together with a 200 per cent increase in the shea price per kilo.

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Akibodé Djodji Nouveaux marchés pour les cueilleurs de noix de karité au MaliAu Mali, la collecte des noix de l'arbre de karité indigène est populaire parmi les agricultrices. Après avoir mangé la chair sucrée, ils vendent les noix directement, ou ils les traitent et vendent du beurre de karité et de l'huile pour la production alimentaire et les cosmétiques. Pour renforcer ce secteur dirigé par des femmes, ICCO, USAID-Mali et deux compagnies de karité ont soutenu plus de 12 000 femmes récolteuses en facilitant la certification de leurs produits de karité et en les reliant à de nouveaux marchés.Au total, 25 coopératives dirigées par des femmes ont reçu une formation pour améliorer la récolte, l'ébullition, le séchage, le stockage et l'emballage. Ils ont également amélioré leurs compétences entrepreneuriales et marketing. «Ils produisent maintenant du beurre  de meilleure qualité et savent négocier, en leur donnant un meilleur prix», explique Jaap 't Gilde d'ICCO. Les coopératives de femmes formées ont obtenu des contrats à long terme auprès des compagnies  de karité (SOATAF et Olvea), ainsi qu'une augmentation de 200% du prix du karité par kilo.Des projets qui font la différenceLes membres d'AgriProFocus soutiennent les femmes entrepreneures dans une entreprise à prédominance masculine, renforcent les secteurs dominés par les femmes ou appuient les agricultrices tout en faisant participer leurs maris. Six projets ont été publiés qui illustrent ce que ces différentes approches peuvent signifier pour les femmes et la chaîne de valeur. Les projets et autres articles intéressants sont publiés dans le magazine Gender 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 May 2018 at 01:06

Fondsen en overheden moeten investeren in agrifood MKB Afrika

Rabobank Foundation, Food & Business Knowledge Platform, ICCO Cooperation en AgriProFocus presenteren het rapport ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. Het rapport evalueert de toegang tot risicodragend kapitaal voor midden- en kleinbedrijven (MKB) in de Afrikaanse agrifood sector. Deze bedrijven spelen een belangrijke rol in de voedselzekerheid van de sterk groeiende Afrikaanse bevolking, maar tegelijkertijd hebben zij nog weinig toegang tot passende financiering.

Bied agrifood MKB een breed scala aan financiële diensten

Het rapport focust op agrifood MKB die tussen wal en schip vallen: ze zijn te groot om in aanmerking te komen voor microfinanciering maar te klein voor een investering door banken en private investeerders. Een belangrijke conclusie van het rapport is dat er weinig investeringsfondsen bestaan die willen voorzien in de financieringsvraag van agrifood MKB. Deze vraag ligt vaak onder de 250,000 dollar,

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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 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 Gender in Value Chains
Posted 15 May 2018 at 07:18

Check these facts & figures! Did you know? More interesting reads on gender in agricultural value chains can be found in our networks latest magazine: 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity' 

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 3 May 2018 at 11:39

Join the Food & Nutrition Security Advocacy Group!

Do you want to have a direct influence in Dutch policy making on Food and Nutrition Security? Join the AgriProFocus Food Security Advocacy group! Nout van der Vaart from Hivos explains the benefits and successes from last year in this video. 


Current members: ICCO, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Oxfam Novib, Hivos and Woord en Daad


may
31

Food for thought - Review of Dutch Food Security Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 May 2018, 09:00-13:00
  Wageningen University, The Netherlands

On May 31, a public dialogue is organized around the recently published IOB review of Dutch food security policy in the period 2012-2016. This multi-stakeholder dialogue will be a space to understand the success factors and challenges of policy implementation by the Netherlands through its bilateral, multilateral and civilateral programmes in low and middle income countries, in collaboration with an extensive range of partners. Many of these partners will have the opportunity to discuss the review’s findings and their translation into practice. The results of these discussions are in particular expected to help shaping the future Dutch food security policy, in the context of the adapted policy for International Trade and Development Cooperation.

IOB review

The IOB review analyses the food security policy’s effectiveness, discusses its efficiency and coherence and concludes with recommendations. It is based on an inventory of food security activities and available evaluations, complemente

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 May 2018 at 12:44

Reactie Ruerd Ruben op evaluatie IOB NL Voedselzekerheidsbeleid

NEDERLANDSE AMBITIES VOOR INTERNATIONALE VOEDSELZEKERHEID

De langverwachte evaluatie van de Nederlandse inzet op het terrein van voedselzekerheid is deze week naar de 2de Kamer gestuurd. De Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking & Beleidsevaluatie (IOB) heeft grondig werk gedaan en in vier landen meerjarige impactevaluaties laten uitvoeren. Daarmee kunnen de beleidsinzet en de daarmee bereikte resultaten ook aan elkaar worden gerelateerd. Hulde daarvoor!

Het IOB rapport biedt allereerst een aardig inzicht in de manier waarop de middelen voor voedselzekerheid zijn ingezet. Daarbij vallen drie op:

· In de periode 2011-16 is ruim € 1,5 miljard gecommitteerd (ca. € 300 miljoen per jaar), verdeeld over ruim 250 projecten. Dat duidt op nogal wat versnippering;

· Ruim de helft van de middelen (56%) is gebruikt voor programma’s gericht op vergroting van de landbouwproductie en een derde (32%) is voor markton

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jun
01

FoodFIRST: Team Up with African Agripreneurs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 June 2018, All Day Event
  Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht

This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat; with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory. The leading question is: How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions, business and civil society organizations) connect to these challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?  

Register HERE


Programme

09.00h Registration, coffee

09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods

10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO

10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR

11.00h Walk to workshop locations

11.10h Workshops

1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 April 2018 at 11:57

Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO present ‘Critical Capital’ at foodFIRST

The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. 

Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.

African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a gradu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 April 2018 at 01:48

Phishing e-mails: please do not respond!

We heard that members have received phishing e-mails, stating that you have to send your ATM card. This is a scam, please do not respond to these messages. We are trying to catch the responsible people, but it is very hard with these kind of mailings.

Example:

Dear Lucky One,

You are entitle to a sum of $250,000.00 Kindly contact The Rev Father in charge to help you send your ATM Card to your home address in your Country.. Here is his email address c.ambassadorchurch@gmail.com
The AgriProFocus Mission International for the development of Agriculture and Re Plantations of Tree for the Climate Change in Global liase with UN for this Huge disbursement Compensation for the help of the Humanity in the Agricultural Development. YOU can visit their website here. https://agriprofocus.com

Your's Truly

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 07:59

REGISTER NOW - Network Day 2018 - PUSH YOUR LUCK!  

Friday April 13th an unlucky day? Not if you join our first Network Day of 2018. This afternoon will be filled with inspiring sessions, creative journeys and unexpected networking opportunities; experience what the AgriProFocus network has to offer!

PROGRAM:

13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPF

Speaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR
Mr. Post Harvest Loss himself will spark our conversation on recurring food losses.

Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gender


14.15 - 16.15 - MAKE IT MATTER - GENDER

Is addressing gender issues just a checkbox or can it be a key driving force for social and business development in agriculture? How can you practically integrate gender in your work and profit from it? Join us in finding the answers. During the session our members KIT, Oxfam Novib and RVO will present an interesting case related to gender in value chains. During round tables yo

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