Anne-Marie Slaa

Business partnership manager

Utrecht, Netherlands

About Me

Since August 2016 I work as business partnership manager at AgriProFocus Netherlands. Here I am responsible for building and maintaining a strong private sector network and creating sustainable and inclusive business connections between Dutch agribusinesses and agribusiness parties in the AgriProFocus countries.

Before I worked for CSR Netherlands, the knowledge and network organization on corporate social responsibility. I have a background in International Relations and studied at the University of Groningen and the University of Exeter (United Kingdom). I am passionate about sustainable business solutions, promoting entrepreneurship in agribusiness and encouraging multi-stakeholder cooperation.

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Posted 27 June 2017 at 10:07

Why do business in East Africa?

With this question in mind around 200 entrepreneurs visited the first East Africa Business Dialogue organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RVO last week. Dutch embassies in the region (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda), sector representatives and companies with experience in East Africa were more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences with those interested in exploring the East African business opportunities.

AgriProFocus was also present on behalf of the sectors agrifood and horticulture. The AgriProFocus country networks provided the Dutch team with up-to-date insights into the market and related opportunities for Dutch agricultural companies (see booklet ‘Doing Business in East Africa’). Anne-Marie Slaa and Lisette van Benthum spoke with various company representatives with a clear interest in the linking services that the AgriProFocus teams can provide. Already during the event itself B2B linkages were made by

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Posted 30 March 2017 at 01:21

Looking for opportunities in the fresh produce sector in Kenya? Join the mission!

Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.


During the trade mission we offer you:

  • A tailor-made programme for your company

  • Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies

  • Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you

  • Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector

  • A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts


The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide wh

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Posted 1 March 2017 at 02:31

How to improve the onion value chain in West Africa?

On Wednesday 15th February 2017, Bejo Seeds and AgriProFocus organized a so-called ‘onion meet up’. The aim? Firstly, to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge on the onion value chain in West Africa. And secondly, to discover synergies between the network members of AgriProFocus for building an ‘onion coalition’.

How did we get involved in the onions?

Bejo, a leading vegetable seed company, has the ambition to sustainably improve the onion value chain in West Africa. With help of the network of AgriProFocus they are seeking for partners to collaborate in programmes that aim to strengthen the value chain of onions. André Dekker from Bejo: ‘Onions are one of the most popular vegetables in West Africa. Nowhere people eat as much onions as they do in West Africa. This offers huge market potential because local onion production can currently not meet local demand.’ To improve local production, big improvements in the productio

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Posted 25 January 2017 at 10:06

Are you interested in doing business in Zambia? 

In the week of 13th - 17th February AgriProFocus organises business meetings during which the opportunities of doing business in the Zambian dairy sector will be discussed.


These meetings will give you:

  • Valuable insights into the Zambian dairy sector
  • The opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others
  • The opportunity to extend your network with dairy professionals

We will organize three business meetings:

  1. Tuesday 14th February, Van Hall Larenstein, Velp (directions)

           Time: 15:00-17:00h

  1. Wednesday 15th February, Dairy Campus, Goutum (directions)

           Time: 10:00-12:00h

  1. Thursday 16th February, NEC Amersfoort. (directions)

           Time: 10:00-12:00h

A more detailed programme will follow soon. Would you like to attend one of these business meetings? Please let us know before the 6th o

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Chali Nyirenda

In the week 13 – 17th February, 2017, AgriProFocus organized three information sessions for Dutch companies in the Poultry and Dairy sectors. The objectives was to share information on the business opportunities in Zambia and encourage them to join the Trade Mission. As the Business and Partnership Coordinator, it was my job to facilitate match making between businesses.

 

 My first time visit to the Netherlands was a great experience. Despite the cold weather, the people there were very friendly and welcoming. The Dutch business I met are interested in the opportunities in Zambia and Africa. The participation at the Information Sessions was less than expected but the quality of the interaction was good. We had a good meeting with NEC on the coordination and logistics of the Trade Mission and this experience helps me to do my next task in matchmaking and get on board more Zambian businesses. So far we have 17 dairy and poultry companies that signed up for the mission.

5 months 1 week ago

Chali Nyirenda Here is the Powerpoint presentation that was used in the information session http://agriprofocus.com/post/58a6d7bba93f2506b7aac11d

5 months 1 week ago