Roel Snelder

Director of Programmes

Arnhem, Netherlands

About Me

I was raised in the south of the Netherlands. I have a masters in political science particularly in international relations (north - south cooperation) with a focus on political economy.

I have worked in international development since 1992 focussing on Asia, Africa and Latin America and have been with AgriProFocus since 2007. I manage the development and implementation of 13 country networks in Africa and Asia with a focus on SME farmer entreprises. I like to facilitate the development of business and learning coalitions of multiple stakeholders around inclusive agri-business development, food and nutrition security and climate resilience.

Besides a strong network in ‘Dutch Development’ ranging from public sector, to NGOs, Knowledge institutes and private sector, my expertise is in policy and strategy development, program management, monitoring and evaluation, and facilitation of inter organisational learning.

I like to stimulate interaction and to manage change processes to turn out innovations in approach, new skills, new relationships, policy changes, and robust project outcomes. I can balance critical reflection with an appreciative approach and like to move in multi-disciplinary relationships with different stakeholders and professionals and from board to 'shop floor'.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 3 June 2016 at 12:44

Agriculture And ASEAN Economies: Still Key For Growth – Analysis

Despite its declining contribution to the GDP of ASEAN economies, agriculture remains a major source of employment for rural populations and provides much value add for agrifood industries. 

The central role of agriculture in many ASEAN economies is evident. Small holder farmers are the backbone of the sector, but because of their relatively large numbers, multi-stakeholder partnerships are needed to overcome current inefficiencies such as low levels of farmer aggregation, informal land tenure and difficulties to access technology, markets and financial services. Innovations including new crop varieties, mobile information-communication technologies, farm machinery and new knowledge to better manage soil, water, pests and diseases, require transfer mechanisms from R&D to on-farm use. Supportive umbrella policies by local and national governments provide the link between broad development goals and practice!

A complementary relationship betwe

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 June 2016 at 12:24

Inception track AgriProFocus Myanmar

AgriProFocus is kicking off an inception track to develop an AgriProFocus network for Myanmar. This initiative follows 1-on-1 conversations and builds on exchanges organized by the Netherlands Mission in Yangon.
The supporting message from Geert Westenbrink which states a request and expectation to the AgriProFocus network:

“To establish more cooperation with and involvement of the Netherlands NGO’s in the implementation of our Water and Food Security Programmes and maybe also more coherence in the ‘overall’ portfolio of Netherlands based actors in Myanmar.”

We gladly take on this challenge together with you and your partners! The key interaction moments are:
Ø Feasibility phase: field and desk study: Mid June 2016 – Mid July 2016
Ø Design phase: multi-stakeholder workshop: 21 – 22 September 2016 (Yangon, Myanmar) 

 By the end of 2016 it is our intent to have:

  • identified a joint network agenda for agri-entrepreneur

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Philippe AKPAKI Piste de lancement AgriProFocus Myanmar AgriProFocus est le coup d'envoi d'une piste de lancement pour développer un réseau de AgriProFocus pour le Myanmar. Cette initiative fait suite 1-sur-1 conversations et construit sur des marchés organisés par la Mission des Pays-Bas à Yangon. Le message de soutien de Geert Westenbrink qui indique une demande et d'attente au réseau AgriProFocus: "Pour établir une plus grande coopération et la participation des ONG des Pays-Bas est dans la mise en œuvre de notre Programmes Eau et sécurité alimentaire et peut-être une plus grande cohérence dans le portefeuille« globale »des Pays-Bas acteurs basés au Myanmar." Nous prenons plaisir à ce défi avec vous et vos partenaires! Les moments d'interaction clés sont: Ø phase de faisabilité: terrain et bureau étude: Mi Juin 2016 - mi Juillet 2016 Ø Conception de phase: atelier multipartite: 21 - 22 Septembre 2016 (Yangon, Myanmar) À la fin de 2016, il est de notre intention d'avoir: identifié un programme de réseau commun pour le développement agro-entrepreneuriat au Myanmar pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition; développé un réseau de pays mis en place pour fournir des services de réseautage pour les membres et les parties prenantes nationales; a commencé avec la liaison et les activités sur les questions clés qui ajoutent de la valeur à nos efforts collectifs d'apprentissage. Vous voulez en savoir plus? Cliquez ici pour plus de détails. Nous sommes très désireux d'entendre parler de vous et de quelle façon vous êtes en mesure de participer. S'il vous plaît remplir ce court sondage pour nous donner votre avis. Dans les prochains mois, nous vous tiendrons au courant des développements. - Voir plus:

1 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 April 2016 at 11:39

Mobility grants scheme: Networking opportunities for African stakeholders in brokerage events in Europe

The Research and Innovation Network for Europe and Africa (RINEA) is a project funded under Horizon 2020 aimed to strengthening synergies between research and business communities from the two regions. For more information about the project please visit

This funding scheme is designed to facilitate the participation of researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and other relevant stakeholders in networking and brokerage events organised in the context of RINEA and beyond.

Successful applicants under this grant scheme will receive financial support in order to participate in one of the following brokerage events:

Innovat&Match 2016, 9-10 June 2016, Bologna, Italy

IFAMA Matchmaking 2016, 21-22 June 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

Network and Consortium Building at CIGR-AgEng 2016, 28-29 June 2016, Aarhus, Denmark

The events are organised in the framework promote business, technological and resear

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Daoulata MAIGA Proposition des bourses de mobilité : Possibilités de mettre en réseau les opérateurs africains dans les événements de courtage en Europe. Le Réseau de recherche et d'innovation pour l'Europe et l'Afrique ( RINEA ) est un projet financé par Horizon 2020 pour le renforcement des synergies entre les communautés de recherche et les entreprises des deux continents . Pour plus d'informations sur le projet vous pouvez visiter le site Web Ce programme de financement est destiné à faciliter la participation des chercheurs, les entrepreneurs, les innovateurs et les autres acteurs dans le réseautage et des événements de courtage organisés dans le cadre de RINEA et même au-delà. Les candidats retenus recevront un soutien financier afin de participer à l'un des événements de courtage suivants : Innovat & Match 2016, 9-10 Juin 2016, Bologne, Italie IFAMA Matchmaking 2016, 21-22 Juin 2016, Aarhus, Danemark Réseau et Consortium du bâtiment au CIGR-AgEng 2016, 28-29 Juin 2016, Aarhus, Danemark Les événements sont organisés dans le cadre de la promotion de partenariats d'affaires technologiques et de recherche. Les représentants des entreprises et de recherche des communautés auront l'occasion d'explorer les synergies possibles et de créer de nouveaux partenariats suite à un programme de réunion organisée à l'avance. Pour plus d'informations sur les événements mentionnés ci-dessus , les conditions de participation , les critères d'admissibilité et la procédure de demande ,veillez consulter les documents suivants : régime de subvention Termes de référence (PDF) Cliquez ce lien ( ) formulaire de demande de régime de subvention (DOC) Cliquez ce lien ( ) Date limite de dépôt des candidatures: 29 Avril 2016 CONTACT FORTH / PRAXI Réseau Mme Vaya Piteli,, +30 2310 552790-1 M. Dimitris Filippidis,, +30 210 3607690 JyU / UniPID Mme Melissa Plath,, +358 (0) 40 024 8075 -

1 year 10 months ago

Roel Snelder merci Doulata pour la traduccion

1 year 10 months ago

SAM OPOLOT thank for the offer, rapsado development initiative uganda community based organization ,lead by youth looks to apply but more information about the grant is missing

1 year 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 December 2015 at 12:30

Last chance: AgriProFocus Annual Appreciation and Results Survey

We will be closing our annual appreciation and results survey this Friday, the 18th of December.

Thanks to all of you who have already responded! And we would like to hear more! So for those who have not filled it in yet; Your 10 minutes are crucial. Your insights, feedback, lessons, and suggestions will help the network improve its services to you and will for sure help in our collective efforts for farmer entrepreneurs.


Thank you so much for your time and participation!

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 26 June 2015 at 06:53

Courtesy of

Across the globe farmers, small businesses and consumers join together to celebrate the miraculous food that nourishes us all from the first hours of birth through childhood and into lives as healthy, productive adults.

The Agrilinks blog reports about USAID-supported activities that promote the production, marketing and consumption of milk and dairy products, to include:

- Rwanda: Land O’Lakes International Development Division Rwanda Dairy Sector Competitiveness Project

- Ethiopia CNFA-led Livestock Market Development (LMD) Project, which assists women producers in the highlands to upgrade the genetic potential of their cows to produce milk and generate income by using frozen semen from selected US dairy bulls.

- East AFrica: Pastoralist Areas Resiliency Improvement through Market Expansion (PRIME) Project, led by Mercy Corps assisting the development of a commercial market for camel milk that is produced by women and is in high demand across East Africa.

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Alfred Otieno Odwar Yes,Mr,Roel Snelder is it possible we create another market also in Kisumu kenya and also train our people the impotance dairy farming as pert of eradicating poverty.

2 years 7 months ago

Roel Snelder Dear ALfred good question to which I do not have the answer. Maybe someone from our team can link you to stakeholders that are already doing this in that area. Just contact Amos Thiongo our coordinator //

2 years 7 months ago


Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 December 2015 to 02 December 2015 - All Day Event
  Durban, South Africa

GFIA Africa will assemble the people needed to effect real change and offer hundreds of practical solutions that can raise productivity and stop post harvest losses in all parts of the continent while mitigating the effects of over farming and climate change.

The innovators, the food producers, the farmers unions, the policy-makers, the donors, the development agencies, the ministerial buyers, the NGOs, the research organisations, resellers and agents will all be there.

> 50+ speakers in the conference

> 100+ innovation presentations

> 200+ exhibitors

> Round table discussions

> Networking events

> Farm tours

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 19 March 2015 at 03:43

Our Land May Be Poor But We Are Not

IFDC's latest blog series, Building Foundations for Female Entrepreneurs, features firsthand accounts of three women farmers in Mali. This week, Ténin Kone tells her story.

“IFDC has taught us that to replenish the land, a combination of manure-based and chemical fertilizers must be used – a combination that costs more than my daily budget will allow. Our land may be poor but we are not.”

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #3WomenFarmers.

For more info follow this link

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 February 2015 at 04:26

Dear all,

As we are preparing our annual report of what the AgriProFocus network achieved last year we are looking add the enormous amount of positive feedback and recommendations we received on our appreciation and results survey.

For the third year in a row a growing number has shared their view and how they have benefitted (or not). Over 1600 respondents provided feedback (twice the number of the previous year).

Thanks to all who have taken the time to fill out the survey. With between 5 and 10 minutes to do the survey this is between 15 and 30 hours of your time!

Find attached a small resume of the data we collected. Our main conclusions are:

- Your continued strong response rate on survey shows strong commitment to the AgriProFocus network.

- Network services and relevance network are rated high and even better than in 2013. 3.3 on a scale of 4. Finance fairs, online platform and innovation communities are delivering clear benefits to network stakeholders.

- Benefits are also

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 February 2015 at 12:32

Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2015

Download worldbank report

For more information:

Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2015 is a pilot assessment report on the agribusiness sector enabling environment in 10 countries. This progress report covers the methodology, key insights and lessons learned from the pilot effort.

Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2015 is a first step toward identifying areas and data sets that can be used to build indicators in subsequent phases of the project; the indicators will measure and monitor policies and regulations that impact how markets function in the agricultural sector.

The 10 countries represent a range of geographic regions in different stages of agricultural development, as follows: Ethiopia, Guatemala, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, the Philippines, Rwanda, Spain, Uganda, and Ukraine. Data are current as of 31 March, 2014.

Enabling the Business of Agriculture breaks down the agricultural value chain

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Sjors Bijen Thanks for sharing! ;-)

3 years 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 December 2014 at 08:09

We have almost hit one 900 respondents to our appreciation and results survey

Nous avond presque atteint une 900 répondants à notre enquête de appreciation et des resultats

Keep them coming. One more week to go. Click here.

Laisses les venir. Une semaine de plus. Clique ici.

Keep them coming

laissez-les venir

Survey in English

Enquête en Francais

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Survey in English

Enquête en Francais

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Wim Goris already curious who will be mr 1000, or mrs 1000 :)

3 years 2 months ago

Stanley Ndono Karanja maybe i am , have just submitted mine.Is there a Christmas gift? Cant wait to get one. :-)

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 3 December 2014 at 08:29

Agricultural Market Information Systems and ICT Platforms workshop - Arusha

A one-week International workshop on Agricultural Market Informations Systems (MIS) and ICT Platforms for Business Management Across the Value Chain is being organised by International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Co-sponsered by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU (CTA) scheduled to take place from 8-12 December, 2014 at Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.

This program is designed to meet expectations of all stakeholders involved in Market Information Systems on both the supply and demand sides, notably public and private MIS managers, policy analysts and policymakers, agro-processors, extension workers, agribusiness specialists, bankers, transporters, exporters, leaders of trade and producer organizations, researchers and users in academic institutions, and all others who work on data management and agricultural trade-relat

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Wim Goris Note the participation fee is USD 1800

3 years 2 months ago

okoredennis can i submit a write-up

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 November 2014 at 08:00

The count is moving upwards! We are getting lots of feedback and need even more!

We received already 645 responses to our survey in one week.

Nous avons recu deja 645 réponses a notre enquête dans une semaine

Keep them coming

laissez-les venir

Survey in English

Enquête en Francais

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Hance R. Melchior Dear Roel Snelder, Thank you for your hardworking task. I have already filled and sent to you the Network Survey. I wish you good luck! Best Regards, Hance R. Melchior

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 24 November 2014 at 09:50

AgriProFocus Appreciation and Results Survey 2014

Did you participate in any of our AgriProFocus activities face-to-face and/or online in one of our 13 focus-countries or in the Netherlands? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this! In 2014 the AgriProFocus network has offered various services to promote farmer entrepreneurship in low and middle income countries. And we want to find out how you and your organisation or company benefited from our activities.

Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey.

Please click here to enter the survey

Pour la version française de cette enquête 

Your feedback will help us to improve and to report to our contributors. We will share the results of this survey with the whole network.

I look forward t

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ASIIMWE JOSEPH MAGAMBO @Roel Snelder-I can not fail to participate in this survey.Agrihub built my business.From an employee who earned 500$ to an entrepreneur earning between 1800-2000$ per month. Many thanks to AgriProfocus

3 years 2 months ago

Roel Snelder Thanks Joseph for the thumbs up. These are exactly the results we hope to achieve for our network members. Looking forward to your feedback on the survey.

3 years 2 months ago

mathai mathai First of all, thanks for the new online platform which is easier to navigate and post. I have already submited my survey and i want to sincerely thank Agriprofocus for giving me an opportunity that culminated in me being selected as an entrepreneurial fellow in the US. I have really learnt a lot and i am not only an empowered professional but also an empowered farmer as well. Keep up such initiatives as they will ultimately contribute to agricultural success in Africa and beyond. God bless you all.

3 years 2 months ago

Musabyimana Jean Baptiste Merci de la reprise de nos discutions

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in Finance
Posted 11 July 2014 at 06:37

Courtesy of AgriLinks

As a follow-up to a new focus note, CGAP asked experts who use digital channels to improve smallholder access to financial services for an inside look at how their work is faring and what others can learn from it. 

The Focus Note, part of CGAP’s initiative on Financial Innovation for Smallholder Families, takes a look at how digital financial services, or DFS, can help overcome the traditional "pain points"—including higher cost and risk—of serving smallholder farmers.

Much of the enthusiasm around DFS, of course, derives from the impact mobile banking has had in extending financial services to the traditionally unbanked. But evidence compiled in the Focus Note suggests that going the "last mile" to serve smallholder farmers with DFS will hinge on those farmers' willingness to adopt—and trust—the technologies driving these services.

In addition, early evidence suggests that DFS innovations tailored to the agricultural contextwhile benefitting small

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Posted 14 February 2014 at 03:55

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Posted 14 February 2014 at 03:29

mariamo Jamal


3 years 9 months ago

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Posted 14 February 2014 at 03:27

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Posted 14 February 2014 at 03:24