Janine Schoeman

Coordinator External Relations


About Me

I started May 2016 as Executive and Communications assistant at the AgriProFocus Support Office (the Netherlands), now in the role of Coordinator External Relations. My job is to provide you with the information needed for this platform and assist Anne Marie Kortleve with all marketing and communication tasks. Besides this I am coordinator external relations.

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 6 September 2018 at 12:30

Vlog #10 : Meet Edukans

Brigitte Cerfontaine, skills expert, tells us in about 3 minutes what Edukans does and shares examples of their work with Heifer in Uganda and how the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia provides a platform for their programmes!

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

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Posted 4 July 2018 at 01:42

Exploring inclusive palm oil production

ETFRN News 59 – Call for contributions - deadline August 15

An increase in global demand for vegetable oils has led in part to the rapid growth of palm oil production across the tropics. An estimated 40% of global supply is produced by smallholders, supporting livelihoods, but this varies widely between countries and contexts. But there are also negative effects of palm oil production on the local environment and the local communities, making it a controversial commodity. However, much more information is needed on what kind of activities, projects and analyses have been done and are being done on the ground to increase the involvement of and benefits to smallholder oil palm growers. How do these actions and their impacts differ between different smallholder ‘types’ and organizations? How does this differ between countries, regions and corporate contexts? What are the effects of different ‘enabling’ policy environments? And what do we mean b

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Jack Chitanika Hi Janine I'm eager to learn more about this crop, I have been researching about the bad news is that I have not seen anyone growing it in my country. Eager to learn more about it.

6 months 2 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Jack, thanks for your response. I have just posted the message on behalf of one of our members but am afraid I cannot assist you. You can have a look at the website mentioned or contact Rosalien or Nick (see post)

6 months 1 week ago

amos kingori Hallo Janine,is it possible to get a supplier or a business partner who maybe interested in selling milk cooling tanks and other dairy equipment to east African market???

6 months 1 week ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Amos, I personally do not have these contacts. Please use the search bar at the top of this page to find possible partners. Good Luck!

6 months 1 week ago

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Posted 7 June 2018 at 09:11

Blamed for being born a girl

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')  

Intan Darmawati is a gender trainer in Indonesia. Her commitment to gender issues comes from her own experiences as a girl in a patriarchal family.

‘My engagement began with my personal experience of being born a girl in a minority patriarchal family. People blamed me for being born a girl (rather than a boy) to justify the reason why our father left us. At the same time, family members criticized my mother because she had now become a single parent. I was also a victim of sexual abuse. These experiences have made me realize that there is something ’wrong’ with our social structure. I am now more sensitive to discrimination, and highly motivated to do something against it.


I have seen many women and men who are not aware of discrimination, because they considerexisting relationships to be normal, as taught by tradition and religion, and controlled by laws an

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ICA 2018 Research Conference

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  04 July 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  WICC (before Hof van Wageningen), Wageningen, The Netherlands

In 2018, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) European Research Conference will be held in The Netherlands. At this conference, scholars, representatives of cooperatives and policy makers will exchange the state of the art on building and strengthening cooperatives in different sectors and different countries.

Resilient cooperatives

The key questions to be discussed at the ICA2018 Research Conference relate to innovation in enterprise and community. For the sustainability and resilience of the cooperative model, innovation is paramount. Which internal and external factors provide the fertile ground for such innovation? What are the key success factors for continuous (or renewed) member commitment and stakeholder legitimacy?

Main theme of the conference

Main theme of the conference is: Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in Enterprise and Community. Under this overarching theme, the conference will address a wide range of topics, including:
+ Innovations in internal governance

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Posted 5 June 2018 at 11:22

Training female farmers, milk collectors and extension entrepreneurs

Since FrieslandCampina established its Dairy Development Programme in the 1980s, the company has trained over 170,000 local dairy farmers in nine countries. The programme increasingly noticed that women often do not show up at training sessions, despite being responsible for rearing young stock, milking and bookkeeping. FrieslandCampina and partners therefore started to develop training courses especially for women in Nigeria and Pakistan.

‘In Pakistan, over 26,000 women are now trained in husbandry practices’, says project manager Tanja Goedhart. As well as this, 300 women have been trained as female extension entrepreneurs and 300 as village milk collectors. This has resulted in over 600 female-led micro enterprises, an increase in yield of 1-2 litres more milk per cow per day on average, and better milk prices. A film was made in which four women tell how the training courses have improved their lives (see film bel

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Posted 31 May 2018 at 09:04

Vacancy: Executive & Office Assistant 

AgriProFocus Netherlands - 32 hrs/wk - based in Utrecht 

AgriProFocus is an international network with Dutch roots that supports agripreneurship in low and middle income countries 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. 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 sup

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julius aine thanks much for your opportunity and am julius from uganda 

7 months 2 weeks ago

julius aine please join me at juliuskasajja68@gmail.com

7 months 2 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Julius, thank you for your interest but the vacancy is in the Netherlands. Kind Regards Janine

7 months 2 weeks ago

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Posted 28 May 2018 at 09:25

Scouting talents in rural India

Indian rural development organization Srijan started Self Help Groups for female farmers in 2009. ‘In the beginning it was difficult for these women to see the benefits’, says Arno de Snoo, lecturer at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. Eight years later, however, the benefits are clearly visible.

De Snoo, who started collaborating with Srijan last year, gives the example of Savitri Gaud, a champion in developing her talents. Because Savitri persevered where other female farmers hesitated, or left altogether, her group became one of the strongest in the area. Recognized for her success, Savitri started assisting the formation of women’s groups in other areas and joining Srijan as service providers. Now, she is the respected chairperson of the cooperation Smridhi Mhila Crop Producer, with an annual turnover of 140.000 euro. 

Projects that make a difference

AgriProFocus members support entrepreneurial women in a male-dominated business, st

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Posted 22 May 2018 at 07:27

Bringing the market closer to women

This blog is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'    

‘Nancy participated in a trajectory that the Agriprofocus network organized for the private sector in Uganda. Her Agri&Food company, Amatheon-Agri Uganda (AAU), wanted to receive more and better maize from its out-growers. Initial assessments by Nancy at field level showed that average yields were, indeed, low compared to the national average. Closing the yield gap would translate into a potential gain of 682-2,556 megaton maize a year.

Diagnostic tools

To assess the gap between male and female out-growers in participation, leadership and access to extension, Nancy used the diagnostic tools from the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkit. Her findings showed that weeding, which takes a lot of time, is largely delegated to women, but that they have no access to labour-saving tools. Overall the use of improved tools, practices and inp

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Posted 27 March 2018 at 02:45

RVO SBIR oproep Voedselzekerheid Sub-Sahara Afrika open! 

Sluitingsdatum: 15 mei 2018;info woensdag 18 april 2018 13.45 - 16.30 uur RVO Utrecht

De SBIR oproep Voedselzekerheid Sub-Sahara Afrika geopend, vind HIER meer informatie. 

Deze SBIR is de eerste internationaal gerichte SBIR en is een pilot van BZ en LNV. De Ministeries trekken gezamenlijk op om als Nederlandse overheid een constructieve bijdrage te leveren aan voedselzekerheid voor iedereen in Sub-Sahara Afrika. Daarvoor zijn nieuwe technieken, producten en diensten nodig. De gevraagde innovaties middels dit instrument richten zich op een tiental landen in Sub-Sahara Afrika (Benin, Burundi, Ethiopië, Ghana, Kenia, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda en Zuid-Sudan).

Nederland financiert in elk van deze landen programma’s om de voedselzekerheid te vergroten. De programma’s pakken één of meer van de volgende hoofdproblemen aan:

• Onvoldoende primaire productie

• Onvoldoende efficiëntie van verwerking voedselgewassen

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Masterclass Access2Finance Livestock sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 June 2018 to 29 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Barneveld, The Netherlands

Aeres Trainingcentre has this masterclass in June 2018. This Masterclass is intended for (Financial) Managers and trainers / advisors of medium-sized companies active in the livestock sector in emerging economies. These could be livestock production companies, food processors, feed companies and others active in the livestock input supply and services sector.

Masterclass Access2Finance for livestock sector

Innovations and development of companies in the livestock sector are slowed down due to the fact that the financial and economic aspects of the technical and operational improvements are not adequately addressed. Investments in new facilities and production improvements require a thorough assessment of the financial viability and economic feasibility before these can be approved and implemented.

Attracting loans and/or equity for businesses in the livestock sector requires a detailed understanding of the markets, economic, financial and operational aspects of the proposed investments. Investors req

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Posted 23 February 2018 at 08:16

Geef input aan minister Sigrid Kaag!

Internetconsultatie beleidsnota Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking

Er wordt al enkele maanden gewerkt aan een nieuwe nota BHOS. Er hebben al diverse externe consultaties met o.a. het maatschappelijk middenveld, het bedrijfsleven en experts plaatsgevonden.

Sinds vandaag / 22 februari is nu ook de online internetconsultatie van start gegaan die elke burger en organisatie de gelegenheid geeft zijn/haar ideeën en suggesties in te brengen.

Vertel minister Sigrid Kaag wat volgens jou terug moet komen in haar plan over ontwikkelingssamenwerking, handel en investeringen door deze link te volgen:  https://www.internetconsultatie.nl/bhos .  (loopt tot 22 maart 2018)

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Posted 16 February 2018 at 07:31

More potatoes – Secure food in Burundi

Research, development and knowledge transfer on special care are needed to make sure planted "seed" potato tubers are well sprouted and avoid diseases. This project selected three varieties with good performance and facilitates the training of farmer on seed conservation.

Read more in this Factsheet final findings Applied Research Fund Call 1: Development of potato seed quality based innovations for small scale farmers in the three provinces around Bujumbura town in Burundi.

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Posted 31 January 2018 at 12:19

Consultant wanted for evaluation & baseline study

Deadline Thursday COB 1 Feb 2018

ZOA Uganda is looking for a consultant to do an end evaluation and baseline study for their land security project in Nwoya District, Northern Uganda. 

The consultant’s profile should include: 

1. A minimum of four years’ experience in programme/project implementation and monitoring and evaluation in recovery/development context, preferably within Uganda. 

2. Demonstrable ability and experience in working with communities. 

3. Demonstrable expertise in monitoring and evaluation methodology.

 4. Strong research and oral and written communication skills with an ability to respond to comments and questions in a timely, appropriate manner. Fluent in English. 

5. Ability to design and plan the evaluation approaches and research methodology, including quantitative and qualitative research methods. 

6. Experience and understanding of the project implementation context and sectors of program

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Posted 19 January 2018 at 03:25

Nominations for the 2018 Africa Food Prize now open!

Deadline 15th May 2018

Seize this opportunity to recognise and celebrate an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives and deserves this preeminent award. Nominations must be received no later than Tuesday 15 May, 2018.


Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Janine Schoeman!

12 months 13 hours ago

Philippe AKPAKI This opportunity is open for all Africa country?

11 months 3 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Hi Philippe AKPAKI, you can find all selection criteria via this link: https://www.africafoodprize.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/nomination-guide2018.pdf

11 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 19 December 2017 at 12:41

Report Food Security Partners Day

From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain  

On 24th October 2017, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Nairobi organised a Food Security Partners' Day themed “From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain”. The goal of the Partners' Day was to provide a platform for interaction, build new and strengthen existing alliances.

The topics covered during the day were inclusivity and scalability. Inclusivity and scalability are relevant topics in the context of the Aid to Trade transition spearheaded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nairobi. The ambition with the Aid to Trade agenda is that the Embassy will cease to directly manage development projects and focus on strengthening trade relations with Kenya. There were two sessions during the Partners' day; morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session covered an o

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Posted 19 December 2017 at 11:22

People Operations / Agile HR Coordinator 

Het AgriProFocus netwerk zit midden in een grote transitie. Het implementeren van onze nieuwe strategie ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’ vraagt om een flinke cultuur- en organisatieverandering, waarbij agile werken een drijvende motivatie is. Als onze People Operations Coördinator zorg jij dat onze HR die verandering mogelijk maakt, aanjaagt en ondersteunt.

Over ons 

AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie van bedrijven, maatschappelijke organisaties, overheids- en kennisinstellingen, die een gezamenlijke ambitie hebben om via duurzaam en inclusief agri-ondernemerschap bij te dragen aan wereldwijde voedselzekerheid. AgriProFocus doet dat door samenwerking te organiseren (linking), leren binnen het netwerk te faciliteren (learning) en collectief leiderschap te katalyseren (leadership). AgriProFocus heeft naast het netwerk in Nederland ook netwerken in 13 landen in Afrika en Zuid-Oost-Azië. 

Wat ga je doen? 

Jij hebt als

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Stop Food Waste

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 December 2017, All Day Event
  Congres 1931, ingang Brabanthallen ‘s Hertogenbosch

Op 13 december organiseert het Postharvest Network de bijeenkomst "Stop Food Waste" tijdens het AgriFoodTech Platform Congres. U bent van harte uitgenodigd om aan deze bijeenkomst deel te nemen.

Bijeenkomst Stop Food Waste!

Het Postharvest Network heeft afgelopen jaren een eigen en unieke methode ontwikkeld om, in samenwerking met overheid, kennisinstellingen en bedrijfsleven, de naoogst verliezen in ontwikkelingslanden aanzienlijk te verminderen. Deze methode is in een aantal landen in concrete projecten toegepast. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst laten we zien op welke wijze de methode in de praktijk wordt toegepast en welke kansen er liggen voor Nederlandse bedrijven. Ook zullen de plannen voor de toekomst van het Postharvest Network worden uiteengezet. Daarbij is ruime gelegenheid om met de inleiders in discussie te gaan. Dirk ’t Hooft, chairman van het Postharvest Network, zal de bijeenkomst voorzitten en het programma ziet er als volgt uit:

* Michiel van Erkel, Directeur International Agricu

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Posted 23 November 2017 at 10:17

Vacature Talent Coordinator AgriProFocus

Deadline 6 december 2018

Nederland staat wereldwijd bekend om onze kennis, innovatie en ondernemerschap in de agrifoodsector. Als Talent Coordinator bij AgriProFocus zorg jij dat jonge professionals die Nederlandse kennis, expertise en innovatiekracht optimaal kunnen inzetten voor de duurzame en inclusieve transitie van voedselsystemen in ontwikkelingslanden. Ben jij een echte netwerker, met een grote gunfactor en een passie voor de recruitment en coaching van jonge agrifood talenten?

Weet jij als geen ander hoe je mensen kan inspireren, overtuigen en motiveren? Ben je organisatorisch ijzersterk, zakelijk ingesteld en zorg jij ervoor dat alles op rolletjes loopt? Wil jij daarnaast werken in een netwerk waarin uiteenlopende organisaties en bedrijven samen werken aan meer duurzame impact op het voedselzekerheid vraagstuk? Dan ben jij de perfecte kandidaat! Ga​ ​jij​ ​de​ ​uitdaging​ ​aan?​ ​

Wat​ ​ga​ ​je​ ​doen?

Als Talent Co

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Posted 14 November 2017 at 09:57

Opportunities Young Expert Programme

We would like to inform you that there is a fourth call for proposals for Young Expert Programmes (YEP) Water & Agrofood placements within the framework of the Netherlands-CGIAR Strategic Partnership.

The YEP programmes offers young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in the international Agrofood or Water sector. The YEP placements will be one of the instruments available to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR Strategic Partnership.

The call is open until December 1, 2017 and offers two places for Dutch nationals and two places for local young experts. Since YEP professionals need to be employed by an organization that is registered by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, applications are likely to involve a collaboration between a CGIAR Research Programme (CRP) and a Dutch private sector, NGO or knowledge institute partner.

You can find more details on this fourth call in the attached flyer, including the contact details of Paul va

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Posted 16 October 2017 at 10:13

Financing Women Farmers:
The need to increase and redirect agriculture & climate adaptation resources

Oxfam analysis finds that governments and donors are failing to provide women farmers with relevant and adequate support for farming and adapting to climate change. Oxfam conducted research on government and donor investments in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania. It found that funding in these countries is significantly lower than commitments that have been made, and there is little evidence of resources and technical assistance reaching women farmers. Resources are being diverted to priorities other than smallholder farmers, and for the most part governments lack the capacity to deliver funding to them. This paper presents the findings along with recommendations for governments.

Author: Pearl-Martinez, Rebecca
Publication date: 13 Oct 2017
Publisher: Oxfam

You can download the paper and summary of the paper here.