Nicole Metz

Knowledge Facilitator

Utrecht, Netherlands

About Me

Knowledge facilitator at Agri-ProFocus (50%)
Senior Knowledge Broker at the Food and Business Knowledge Platform (50%)

Responsible for the facilitation and network brokering in multistakeholder and cross-country learning processes. Both with AgriProFocus country teams, and with the members of AgriProFocus in Netherlands and with the strategic partners collaborating in the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 February 2018 at 12:30

Netherlands-CGIAR partnership launches

Research call on improving Seed Systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa

The Netherlands-CGIAR partnership has launched a Call for research proposals which generate insights that contribute to improving “seed” systems in Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Applications for pre-proposals can be submitted until April 12, 2018. The deadline for full proposals will be August 30, 2018.

The Netherlands – CGIAR research programme contributes to transformational change in agriculture around the world by advancing food system knowledge and joint public and private innovation. From 2017-2021, this programme is part of a cooperation agreement between the government of the Netherlands and the CGIAR System Organization. This call is one of the four instruments of the partnership.

The challenge

In many LMICs, getting improved seed and animal seed stock of good quality from breeders to smallholder and family farms is challenging. While good improved genetic material may be

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 January 2018 at 12:03

Call: International Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials Seed Money Projects (SMPs) 2018

Seed Money Projects serve to initiate (or act as the ‘seed’ for) international partnerships for Dutch SMEs in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors. The creation of a consortium is key in this. The objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of a local agricultural and/or horticultural system. This is conditional on the participation of a local problem owner (a business and/or government) able to point to a demand and necessity for the project. A Seed Money Project results in an international partnership feasibility business model. A good business model is managed and supported by business and must be capable of ‘tempting’ other potential candidate consortium members to participate and thus contribute to international system solutions in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors.

Applications and explanatory notes


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Nsereko Joseph I am also new here and I have been reading the english information by following the links and clicking english on the website to see what interesting opportunities might fit with what we are doing in our small corner of the world. Nicole Metz I cannot find anything specific that would categorise my idea, but I would like to talk to someone about it as I think its a good idea and beneficial for both parties. Please provide me a contact name and email who would be best suited to this proposal.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Dear Murad kassim, welcome to the platform! You can search for information, people and organisations via the search bar at the top of the page. Or you can post your question to get responses from the network members. Good luck! 

1 month 3 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Dear Nsereko Joseph, thanks for your comment. Because you are based in Uganda, I would like to direct you to my colleagues of AgriProFocus Uganda. You can contact Marion Alyek and she can assist. Good luck!

1 month 3 weeks ago

Ashumbusha Moses Thanks for this opportunity and am previllaged to join this community. I am interested in sharing my idea with someone specifically Livestock. Thanks.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Ismail Bakundana Thx for this opportuniyty iam privileged to express interest in joining this we deal in dairy products  specifically REAL FRESH PROBUOTIC YOGHURT i

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 15 December 2017 at 02:08

Encourager les pères à participer activement à une meilleure nutrition

Souvent, quand on parle de sexe et de l'agriculture, nous discutons des moyens d'accroître la participation des mères à la croissance des aliments nutritifs afin qu'ils puissent nourrir leurs familles ou utiliser les revenus de la vente des récoltes excédentaires pour acheter des aliments sains. Mais le genre doit être plus que sur les femmes. Comment pouvons-nous encourager les hommes et les pères à mieux soutenir leurs partenaires afin d'assurer les meilleurs résultats de la récolte et de la nutrition?

Un projet de nutrition multisectorielle a été développé par l' USAID, entre autres par le renforcement des partenariats, les résultats et innovations en matière de nutrition. À l' échelle mondiale (PRINTEMPS) , fait la promotion de la participation des hommes au Niger est par vidéo communautaire.

Lien vers la vidéo (10 minutes, langue locale, avec sous-titres): https://yo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 December 2017 at 12:10

How the European Union joins trade dynamism with sustainable development

Embedding a multilateral approach is pivotal to the EU’s ethos on trade and sustainable development

See interesting blog, link:

Extract: The European Union (EU) is at the vanguard of marrying the values of sustainable development with the economic engine of trade. Through the incorporation of comprehensive commitments on environmental and labour provisions in all its bilateral trade agreements the EU aims to build free and fair trading relationships. This is a reflection of EU determination to strengthen and uphold the international community’s journey that began with the Millennium Development Goals and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and has culminated with the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mapping across

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 December 2017 at 02:19

The Scaling Scan

The Scaling Scan is a tool to help you to analyze, reflect on, and sharpen your scaling ambition and approach.

This scan was presented and discussed during a seminar hosted by PPPLab on 30 November 2017 in the Netherlands. The notes of the presentations and discussion are presented below.

Introduction - Jan Ubels and Floortje Jacobs (SNV)

Scaling is needed for a variety of reasons: reaching more people, higher efficiencies, achieving system change. A new scan to assess the potential for scaling was developed by PPPLab, and it includes 5 key concepts:

1. Delivery mechanisms. It is about the delivery mechanism(s) for a range of elements that enable the adoption and sustainability of the improved solution or practice (so, not the technical solution only). So it is not what you scale, but how you scale it.

2. Horizontal and vertical scaling. Horizontal : rolling out, replication to as many people as possible. Vertical scaling, is about the other system levels (solution, organization

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2017 at 11:09

Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO host a conference

Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact

This conference takes place tomorrow 1 Dec 2017 in the Netherlands and will be attended by approx. 120 guests, of which about 30-35 are from Africa and Asia. The guests are representatives of GCP and ARF research consortia, involved in these research initiatives touching upon a range of specific topics related to Food and Nutrition Security and to agri-food sector development. (see ) and representatives from policy, civil society and private sector.

The conference will be used to discuss interim findings of research with Dutch policy makers and a broader multi-stakeholder community.

The concept notes for the different sessions are worth reading also if you don't attend yourself. You may download them through the links below:

Session 1 – Innovations for food security: concept note

Session 2 – Nutrition and consumpti

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Anne Marie Kortleve Good luck tomorrow Nicole! A very nice programme and I love the title :)

3 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 27 November 2017 at 09:29

Assessing regional integration in Africa VIII

Bringing the continental free trade area about

Report by African Union, ECA, AfdB.

Interesting reading for those with an interest in the potential of regional trade, also in the agrifood sector.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 24 November 2017 at 11:21

Life Beyond Maize

Video on the need to diversify food production and consumption (Hivos, IIED)

Life Beyond Maize shows a farmer and father, the Minister of Agriculture, and a mother, who all became convinced of the need to diversify: their crops, their consumption patterns, and also the national policies that support those. Zambia's double malnutrition burden - stunting and overweight - has a major cause, i.e. the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption: 94 per cent of agricultural produce is maize.

The Hivos and IIED Sustainable Diets for All programme helps develop and implement policies that diversify Zambian production and supports consumers to diversify their diets. "Food diversity counts!"

For AgriProFocus network members: this video could help developing your ideas on how to create (more) nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. Feel free to show this video in public meetings, it can inspire fruitful debate on the importance of food s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 November 2017 at 09:26

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

Scientific article & YouTube video

Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems, but its feasibility is also contested. In this video, FiBL researcher Adrian Müller presents a food systems model that addresses agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture to analyse the role that organic agriculture could play in sustainable food systems. The results show, that a 100% conversion to organic agriculture needs more land than conventional agriculture but reduces Nitrogen-surplus and pesticide use. However, in combination with reductions of food wastage and food-competing feed from arable land, with correspondingly reduced production and consumption of animal products, land use under organic agriculture remains below the reference scenario. Other indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions also improve. Besides focusing on production, sustainable food systems need to

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Paul Marivate I like the discussion 

4 months 2 days ago

NIYONKURU Albert Yes, Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems. Thanks

4 months 2 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME That's a nice article @Nicole!Thank you very much for sharing with us!

4 months 1 day ago

GEOFREY MTEMBELI that's   wonderfull.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 10 November 2017 at 11:14

Rassemblement mondiale 2017 du Mouvement Mondial pour mettre fin à la malnutrition (SUN)

"Le Rassemblement mondiale 2017 du Mouvement SUN est terminé, mais nos efforts pour améliorer la nutrition continuent! En remerciant la Côte d'Ivoire d'avoir accueilli cet incroyable rassemblement, revenons sur cette troisième journée d'échange et d'apprentissage mutuels."

Voir un résumé en images, plein de liens aux rapports et aux vidéos sur YouTube spécifiques:

Plus d'infos sur le mouvement SUN

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

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Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See:

4 months 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

4 months 2 weeks ago

Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 8 November 2017 at 09:03

Call For Successful Experiences in Scaling-up Agroecology

FAO calls for cases - deadline 13 November

As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:

· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology

· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out

· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)

· Regional balance will be ensured

· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included

· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

4 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:12

Food for All Talk 05 - World Bank Group - Netherlands knowledge partnership

“Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”

On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).

In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.

Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 October 2017 at 12:20

Negatieve en positieve impact voedselproduct in beeld

True Price options being explored in the agrifood sector - new report WUR and TruePrice (in Dutch only)

Wageningen Economic Research en True Price hebben - in opdracht van het ministerie van Economische Zaken - een methodiek ontwikkeld waarmee positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten van de productie en consumptie van voedsel in beeld kan worden gebracht. Doel is bedrijven en consumenten hiermee meer mogelijkheden te geven beslissingen te nemen die bijdragen aan een duurzamere voedselketen.

“Elk voedselproduct heeft altijd positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten. Afwegingen van consumenten en bedrijven zijn alleen mogelijk indien deze effecten meegewogen kunnen worden. Dat doel is met deze studie weer een stap dichterbij.” Willy Baltussen, onderzoeker WUR.

Het rapport is op 10 oktober besproken tijdens een seminar van het Ministerie van Economis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 October 2017 at 09:30

Survey Knowledge Portal

Your feedback is needed to adjust the Food & Business Knowledge Platform Portal

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) aims to develop a more coherent knowledge agenda and stimulate knowledge sharing for improved Food and Nutrition Security. The Knowledge Portal is one of the Platform’s tools for knowledge dissemination: see

We are now evaluating this Knowledge Portal to redefine its strategy and carve out a path for the future.

We would like to invite all members of the AgriProFocus network to tell us your opinion about the Knowledge Portal using a short questionnaire.

Please click here to go to the survey.

Your contribution will help us to adjust the portal better to your needs. Even if you are not a regular visitor to the Knowledge Portal, we value your opinion. This survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. All answers will be kept in strictest confidentiality; the survey can be anon

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 07:14

Research projects locator (GCP and ARF)

World map indicating where Food & Business Research projects take place

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has developed a very useful new tool. The Platform's website includes a world map now with all Global Challenge Programme (purple) and Applied Research Fund (blue) projects: icons are placed in (one of) the countries where the research takes place.

If the reader clicks on an icon, he/she can read a short introduction about the project and press the “Read more” link to find more details on the Research Project page. To better see all projects in one continent or country, the reader can zoom in by pressing the + in the right bottom corner.

AgriProFocus members can use the tool to gather information on the agri-food research happening in the country or region of your interest. If you have particular interest in one specific research initiative, you may want to contact the research consortium to explore options for further exchange and p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 September 2017 at 02:38

Missie naar Ivoorkust met focus op tuinbouw, agrofood en veeteelt

Bent u werkzaam in agrofood, de tuinbouw en/of de veeteeltsector en wilt u zakendoen in Ivoorkust? Ga dan mee met de missie naar Ivoorkust van 18 tot en met 23 november 2017.

Nederland heeft de mogelijkheid om zich op de SARA 2017 (Salon de l'Agriculture et des Resources Animales) te presenteren als waardevolle handelspartner en expert op gebied van land- en tuinbouw en veeteelt. Deze tweejaarlijkse beurs is de belangrijkste beurs voor alle landbouw-, tuinbouw- en veeteelt-stakeholders uit de regio en wordt gehouden van 17 tot en met 26 november 2017. Deze beurs biedt een mooie kans om deze Nederlandse sectoren te positioneren.

Voor wie is deze missie interessant?

Deze missie is interessant voor bedrijven en kennisinstellingen die zich met name richten op agrofood, tuinbouw, veeteelt, industrialisering van producten op deze gebieden, bodemanalyse en bodemtechnologie ter verbetering van de vruchtbaarheid van land- en tuinbouwg

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 September 2017 at 11:50

Women in agriculture must be facilitated, panel hears

African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017

Today’s technological advances and innovations in agriculture should touch every aspects of women’s lives in order for them to have the desired impact on African societies.

This was deliberated on Tuesday, September 5 at the 7th African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

In a session on “Women in Agriculture”, leaders in politics, business and civil society discussed how challenges to women in agriculture can be overcome and how young women can be facilitated to join the sector.

Read the full article here:

PETER KOLAWOLE Women have value beyond the homeIn homes across the world, women are the keystone. The health of the family—physically and financially— is strengthened when women are empowered to gain knowledge, make decisions, and become leaders. We invest in the power of womenbecause they are the source from which water, fuel, and food flows into the home.

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