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 Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture
Posted 8 September 2015 at 12:47

Which horticultural projects are implemented in East Africa?

Using the link below, you access a handy website moderated by UC Davis (USA), that gives an answer to this question. The page includes a search function that is easy-to-use, which leads you to an overview of horticultural projects by country, by region, etc; or by product category.

Have a look yourself: 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 September 2015 at 07:48

First Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, the Platform for African European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD), AgriProFocus (APF) Uganda, and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are organizing a workshop for applied research projects in food security. The central theme is knowledge co-creation and research uptake. The workshop will take place in Entebbe, Uganda from October 1 to 3, 2015.

On October 2, in between and in relation to the learning sessions, a public seminar will take place entitled: The role of SMEs in enhancing food security”. The objective of this seminar is to critically reflect on how to enhance the performance of SMEs by strengthening the collaboration, interactions, information and knowledge exchange between researchers, practitioners, NGOs, and policy makers. Next to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 August 2015 at 09:45

The Real Costs of Cheap Food

Interesting blog!

Hans R. Herren, holder of the Right Livelihood Award, demands a global change of food production.

Blog text:

The hunger suffered by a huge percentage of the global population is still one of the most pressing issues facing development policy. Many people hope that increasing agricultural production might solve shortages – maybe with the help of fertilizers and pesticides. Hans R. Herren promotes a different approach. He argues that agricultural productivity is high enough already; it is more a question of how and where food is produced. Therefore, in his work he takes an agro-ecological approach and focuses on the importance of smallholder farmers in ending global hunger. His work was honored with the Right Livelihood Award – also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. In June he was invited to Bonn as par

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Samuel Kenneth Ikopit ....back to basics. Why do we always seem to forget the traditional cultural ways of living? Those ways where environmentally friendly, sufficient, and yes.....with low production costs, not wasteful especially with resource utilization and engaged the community (families). Thanx Nicole.

3 years 4 months ago

Charles Kiinde Yep and it's amazing...the new age and its technology prowess is wasteful!

3 years 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 23 July 2015 at 10:22

L'importance des légumes locaux
(The importance of local vegetables)


Nouveau vidéo très informatif sur la valeur des légumes traditionnels locaux au Bénin, et la contribution de ces légumes au revenu des producteurs, des commerçants, et d'autres acteurs de la chaîne de valeur. Et sur les bénéfices nutritionnelles de ces légumes, dans le cadre des systèmes alimentaires locales.

Produit par Biodiversity International et les partenaires au Bénin.

(English) (Please note you can use the subtitle function of youtube, to get English subtitles)

A new very informative video about traditional leafy vegetables in Benin tells us about their important nutritional benefits and how they are grown, bought and sold in local food systems.

Watch the video, to learn more about these nutritious vegetables and the contribution they make to the livelihoods of farmers, market ven

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NAHAYO Pierre Claver Agri pro focus a commandité une étude sur les légumes indigènes. le constat est que ces produits agricoles ont une importance capitale; non seulement au point de vue nutritif, mais aussi au point de vue économique. Economique, dans la mesure où ils sont moins exigeant en terme de superficie de production, coûts de production faible, productivité élevée.

3 years 5 months ago

DJEGBENOU Romuald Je voudrais aussi completer l'importance de ces poduits locaux en disant qu'ils ont aussi une valeur culturelle et culturelle. - See more at:

3 years 5 months ago

Nicole Metz Oui, je suis tout à fait d'accord: la valeur culturelle est également important!

3 years 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 14 July 2015 at 08:18

Financing for Development Conference

For all those interested in international and national policy, it is relevant to check updates on the Financing for Development Conference, now ongoing in Addis Abeba.

Hashtag on twitter: #FFD3

Article on collaboration between governments and businesses - by Mo Ibrahim and Paul Polman (the latter is CEO Unilever) -

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 7 July 2015 at 01:30

Brokering Development: Enabling Factors for Public-Private-Producer Partnerships in Agricultural Value Chains. Summary of Uganda case study

Nsamba-Gayiiya, E. and Kamusiime, H.

IDS-IFAD Case Study

Publisher IDS and IFAD

This is a summary of the Uganda Country Report, which was written by Eddie Nsamba-Gayiiya and Herbert Kamusiime of Associates Research Uganda. It is based on research carried out in 2014 in association with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) as part of an IFAD-funded programme on the role of PPPs in agriculture.

It is one of the four IFAD project-supported Public-Private-Producer Partnerships analysed for the research report ‘Brokering Development: Enabling Factors for Public-Private-Producer Partnerships in Agricultural Value Chains’. The report syntheses the four case studies and discuss the findings on how PPPPs in agricultural value chains can be designed and implemented to achieve more sustained increases in income for smallholder farmers and broader rural deve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2015 at 07:56


How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector in low- and middle-income countries contribute to Food and Nutrition Security?

Following the initial idea of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials, an explorative study has been conducted by LEI Wageningen UR within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) on the potential of the Fruits & Vegetables Sector for Food and Nutrition Security. Although there are many initiatives and programmes to support the horticultural sector in Africa, among which several key programmes of Netherlands Embassies, this study is among the first endeavours to explore the relationship with food and nutrition security. Please find below the link for the full report and study summary titled, “How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector contribute to Food and Nutrition Security?”

Download the report How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector contribute to Food and Nutrition Security? 


This short and explorative study focused on the question of

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Claire van der Kleij @ Charity. As discussed when we met today, I will send you an email about the Horticulture Event in Rwanda.

3 years 6 months ago

Roel Snelder Hi Angelica can you highlight this on our gender pages as well

3 years 6 months ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for the different reactions so far. Readers could also look at the new thematic page on Fruits and Vegetables on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. It includes a few other very interesting resources about gender & horticulture (see links in the right-hand side of the thematic page). Click this link:

3 years 5 months ago

Lackson Phiri Claire when are coming to Chipata? Am stuck in some areas i where i need help from you. Any way let me know the key players for me to access money. Am now a member of Zambia national farmer s association and got a recommendation from the ministry of agriculture and having an account with Investrust. Have got quotation from Saro for the solar pump but things are not moving.

3 years 5 months ago

Claire van der Kleij Hi Lackson! I responded to your earlier post on Mr. Sinda by email which as my contact details. Please get in touch with me so we can discuss this further.

3 years 5 months ago

Posted By in Recherche et Developpement Bénin
Posted 2 July 2015 at 12:23

Bénin : foire paysan sur l’agriculture familiale dans un contexte de changement de climat.

Le coordinateur du réseau AgriProFocus au Benin, M. Marcel Djihoun, vient de m’informer que le réseau béninois prépare quelques activités très concrètes dans le domaine de l’agriculture durable.

En octobre 2015, une foire spéciale sera organisée, sur les filières agricoles, vue de l’angle changement climatique. La foire créera une plateforme de partage sur les pratiques innovatrices comme le développement des semences adaptées, les cultures à cycle courte, les techniques pour améliorer la fertilité des sols, des améliorations ‘durables’ dans plusieurs parts des filières, etc. Elle sera aussi une espace de rencontre entre les acteurs de la chaine de valeur: paysans et paysannes, autres entreprises, coopératives, fournisseurs de services.

A la veille de la foire, il y aura une visite de terrain pour connaitre les acquis et les défis des producteurs et productrices eux-mêmes. Cec

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ONG GBEWA Merci pour le partage

3 years 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 July 2015 at 12:20

This morning the AgriProFocus Arnhem team had the pleasure to receive Ms. Elizabeth Katushabe (Pastoral and Environmental Network in the Horn of Africa, Uganda), Mr. Getachew Gebru (Ethiopian Society of Animal Production; Managing Risk for Improved Livelihoods), and Mr. Wim Hiemstra (ETCNL / Dutch Farm Experience) in our offices. We had a fruitful discussion on how we could (continue to) collaborate as networks, both at country level in Uganda, Ethiopia and The Netherlands, and internationally. 

Key areas of interest of the visiting organisations is to collaborate around innovative approaches to sustainable dairy and livestock, particularly approaches to reduce the use of antibiotics in dairy farming or livestock husbandry. The team collaborates with several relevant stakeholders in four countries (mentioned above & India), in elaborates further actions now.

AgriProFocus Netherlands considers collaborating around a specific seminar in The Netherlands in October; and we agreed the Ken

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 June 2015 at 09:35

Speech secretary of state Ms. Sharon Dijksma at Food First conference in The Netherlands today:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 June 2015 at 12:00

Interesting publication:

Unlocking capital for land use and conservation projects. The business case for investing

White Paper produced by European Investment Bank (EIB); United Nations Environment Programme

(UNEP); Finance in Motion; Climate Bonds Initiative, Clarmondial, for a recent meeting in London UK.

To read or download the White paper, click this link

Further background information: Global Landscapes forum, more information.

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 18 June 2015 at 11:48

Interesting article in the Financial Times:

Nestlé cuts Africa workforce as middle class growth disappoints

The article describes that Nesté is cutting 15 per cent of its workforce in 21 African countries, because it says it overestimated the rise of the middle class & related consumption trends.

In Rwanda and Uganda Nestlé has closed its offices entirely.

Follow this link to read the full article.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 June 2015 at 11:34

Rwanda and Netherlands signed MoU at "No more food to waste" conference

Two tweets about this event:

#Rwanda Minister @g_mukeshimana & Dutch Minister @sharon_dijksma signed MoU at #nofood2waste conference in #thehague

See the original twitter message via this link

NL Ambassador Kigali ‏@NLKigali Jun 17

#nofood2waste conference in The Hague today: finding solutions to sustainably feed 9 bln in 2050

More information about the Conference No More Food to Waste via this link

Specific page of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform on Food Wastage, follow this link. You will find lots of references to key publications, stakeholders, etc. 

Nicole Metz The Memorandum of Understanding signed is NOT about food wastage but about plant variety protection and breeders' rights. See further background in the NAEB news:

3 years 7 months ago

Posted By in Soil Health Management
Posted 2 June 2015 at 07:40

New article about Soil Health Management on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website: please find the link here

Nutritions for depleted African soils

Nowhere is soil fertility deteriorating as rapidly as in Africa, posing a direct threat to local food supplies. The looming catastrophe is attracting increasing attention but the way in which African farmers can best revitalise their land has become the subject of fierce debate. The Netherlands Fertile Grounds Initiative is arguing for a coordinated strategy to manage nutrient flows. ‘Transport compost and manure from the cities to rural areas.’

Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 18 May 2015 at 11:22

Research: Financing of African smallholder farmers offers solutions for worldwide food security

The Dutch Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) have investigated the bottlenecks that exist to finance smallholder farmers. The research provides insight into how food production systems work and how they can be strengthened with improved financial services. The research report, which was published on May 13, 2015, shows that linking financial institutions and producer organizations together offers new finance opportunities because risks are reduced.

‘It is known worldwide that the lack of access to financial services is an obstacle for farmers to produce food for the local market. The potential of smallholder farmers, especially in Africa, plays an important role in increasing local food security,’ says Josien Sluijs, director of NpM. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, also states that financ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 May 2015 at 08:10

Tanzania’s latest National Nutrition Survey shows a sharp decline in stunting rates

In April 2015, the results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.

“These results are very encouraging. The hidden crisis of chronic malnutrition is robbing thousands of our children of their full potential and hampering the social and economic progress of Tanzania”, said Mr. Obey Assery, SUN Government Focal Point for Tanzania.

Link here  (source: SUN Scaling Up Nutrition movement - latest newsletter)

Jasmine Mushi this is good news...

3 years 8 months ago

Charles Kiinde Well, if the facts are's a lesson for Tanzania and the rest of Africa! Basically, as Africans we need to up our game in food nutrition and quality of water.

3 years 8 months ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Jasmine and Charles for your reactions. If you or your contacts have relevant news regarding nutrition interventions in Tanzania, please share them on this platform too!

3 years 8 months ago

Posted By in Dairy - Worldwide
Posted 23 April 2015 at 08:49

Interesting research paper!

Production characteristics and gender roles in dairy farming in peri-urban areas of Eastern and Central Africa.

Article #122 in Livestock Research for Rural Development, Volume 24. (Njarui DMG, Kabirizi JM, Itabari JK, Gatheru M, Nakiganda A, Mugerwa S; 2012)

Inger Janssen Hi Nicole, do you have the link to the article as well?

3 years 9 months ago

Nicole Metz Sorry!! Please find the link here:

3 years 9 months ago

Inger Janssen Thanks Nicole, I've made the link clickable in your original post as well.

3 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 April 2015 at 08:22

Food fairs revive local food and nutrition. Bernard Guri & Patricia Dianon

Food fairs are an important tool and space to promote food sovereignty as they take place in local public spaces and within people’s own socio-cultural settings. One excellent example was a food fair in Ghana, organised by the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD). Women farmers exhibited traditional crops and foods, emphasising their importance for local and national food and nutrition security. The fair reminded community and political leaders of the value of neglected traditional foods. Some years later, it can be seen how this and subsequent food fairs helped to ensure the improved integration of traditional foods and agroecological farming into national food security plans.

Read the full article about food fairs in Farming Matters magazine.

Question for AgriProFocus members and country teams: 

Do you think that some of the agro-fairs, which the AgriProFocus network organises, shou

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 April 2015 at 02:27

Relevant reading about the landscape approach

The 'landscape approach' is among the areas of interest of many of our members. Several institutions and organisations are experimenting with this approach, and see benefits for entrepreneurial farmers and their communities to apply this approach.  

The approach is making its way from the scientific community to policy discussions, as well as to practitioners. WUR, CIFOR, ICRAF and Bioversity International have done progressive work on this. Various other stakeholders such as Hivos and IDH, also work with the approach. CIFOR’s principal scientist Terry Sunderland uses the following definition: A landscape approach is essentially managing complex landscapes in an integrated fashion, in a holistic fashion, incorporating all the different land uses within those landscapes in a single management process. WUR CDI defines it as follows: the landscape approach seeks to link site-level actions at field or forest level to broader spatial units

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Nicole Metz There is another good recent publication, which Hivos/Netherlands office would like to bring to your attention: 'Climate smart landscapes: multifunctionality in practice' from the World Agro Forestry Centre - ICRAF, See this link to find the publication (online version & to download):

3 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 April 2015 at 02:16

Dear AgriProFocus network members, particularly in Indonesia, Kenya and Ethiopia,

The 'landscape approach' is among the areas of interest of many of our members. Several institutions and organisations are experimenting with this approach, and see benefits for entrepreneurial farmers and their communities to apply this approach.

In this context, it is good to know about the existence of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA; former Sustainable Land and Water Program, SLWP), an initiative led by IDH and involving a wide range of experts in the fields of water management, agriculture, supply chains and many more.

Activities take place in landscapes in 6 countries, including Indonesia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

In each selected landscape, the ISLA will convene relevant stakeholders, explicitly including companies sourcing from and impacting the area. The ISLA will then facilitate discussions about possible interventions in that landscape, recognizing costs and benefits of different scenarios for

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