Claire van der Kleij


Lusaka, Zambia

About Me

Expert in the agriculture sector and cross cutting areas across East and Southern Africa.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 May 2017 at 09:36

Leaving as Country Coordinator Zambia

I would like to let you know that I have handed over my duties as Country Coordinator Zambia as of May 8th, 2017. I am taking on a new role at AgriProFocus as Regional Facilitator to develop regional programs and business development for Southern and Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia). I will still be based in Lusaka.

It has been almost 4 years since I took on the role of Country Coordinator when I was given the opportunity to revamp the country network in Zambia. It has not always been an easy journey but as members, you have supported me to develop new ideas and programs. Your active participation and commitment has been the reason why the network has been able to grow into what it is today. I am proud to be able to leave the network behind with such active members that see the value in working together to improve agri-entrepreneurship in Zambia.

A special thank you to the Advisory Committee in guiding the team and me in t

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Claire van der Kleij Thank you all!

1 year 8 months ago

michelo simweete wishing you the very best in your new role

1 year 7 months ago

Claire van der Kleij Thank you!

1 year 7 months ago

Janny Nyendwa It was an honour to work under you,regards and looking forward to working with you soon.

6 months 15 hours ago

Janny Nyendwa It was an honour to work under you,regards and looking forward to working with you soon.

6 months 15 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 March 2017 at 09:39

AgriProFocus Zambia collaboration with Hivos Women@Work Campaign

AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a two day workshop for Hivos during their  Annual Partners' Planning and Training Session held in Lusaka from February 27th to March 4th for Eastern and Southern Africa partners. This workshop was to help the Hivos partners and staff to have a better understanding of the Horticulture Value Chain in the East and Southern African region. The partners included women lawyers associations, labor and trade unions, and farmer organisations. Hivos and each partners see an opportunity to promote decent work for women who earn their living in global production chains, specifically in the flower, fruits and vegetable industries. 

We  introduced the partners to our Toolkits on Gender in Value Chains and It Takes Two to Trade that they can use in practice to identify the constraints women and men face in the horticulture sector. Presentations were given by network members and partners: Dutch E

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 10 January 2017 at 06:27


AgriProFocus Zambia is looking for an intern.  The intern will assist with implementing AgriProfocus Zambia network activities. Specifically the intern will assist in updating and maintaining the AgriProfocus website and social media accounts, marketing, event organizing, and reporting.

The intern will be tasked to:

  • Assist the operations of the online platform (, and update and maintain AgriProFocus social media accounts (facebook and twitter).
  • Assist in developing the minutes/reports of AgriProFocus meetings/events.
  • Assist the coordination in organizing networking events and fairs.
  • Develop and maintain AgriProFocus member database.
  • Assist the coordination in data collection for monitoring and evaluation.

For the full job description, click here.

Deadline for application is January 18th. 

Applicants should send their CVs and cover letters to and should copy 

Claire van der Kleij Hi Iwipa. We do offer frequent internships. Keep an eye on the website during the second half of the year. 

2 years 1 week ago

lwipa puma f thats great, Thanks

2 years 1 week ago

Joseph Mpampa how about those with diploma are they also eligible apply.

2 years 1 week ago

Claire van der Kleij If you have a diploma you can also apply. 

2 years 1 week ago

Joseph Mpampa alright good to hear that

2 years 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 6 January 2017 at 07:18

What are the investment opportunities in the Horticulture Sector?

 AgriProFocus and the Royal Netherlands Embassy Trade Office commissioned a video on the investment opportunities in the Horticulture sector in Zambia with the aim to facilitate business linkages between Zambian horticulture value chain players and Dutch horticulture and allied businesses interested in doing business in Zambia.

Here it is!  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 14 November 2016 at 02:06

Information about Dutch Business Instruments

The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.

On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:

Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development

Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.

PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.

For more information and contact details see:

PUM presentation here

Business instruments presentation here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 7 November 2016 at 08:53

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) launches a new tool for climate finance in the Dairy Sector

The dairy sector will soon be able to participate in international carbon credit markets thanks to a new methodology that lets farmers and project designers reliably document how they are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions - a step that will open up new sources of finance for the livestock industry and help promote investment in smallholder operations.

FAO's new Smallholder dairy methodology, tackles two major challenges facing agriculture today: the need to make agriculture more productive by increasing yields, while at the same time cutting agriculture's carbon footprint. By opening up new sources of finance, the methodology addresses the critical question of how to finance the necessary transition to a greener livestock sector.

The new methodology for the first time clearly identifies areas within dairy production where greenhouse emissions can be curbed – for example, by changi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 August 2016 at 03:35

Mid year progress report AgriProFocus Zambia

Every year we evaluate our activities and achievements half way through the year and look at ways to improve our work and adjust our strategy. Find the report below. Your feedback is welcome!

Posted By in Dairy Zambia
Posted 28 July 2016 at 10:18

Research Study on Dairy Lobby Issues in Zambia

The dairy industry is a source of livelihood for all year round income to small scale farmers as well as emergent and large scale farmers. The Zambia National Farmers’ Union (ZNFU) and Dairy Association of Zambia (DAZ) received complaints from dairy farmers and processors alike from most parts of the country that the dairy market had suddenly slowed down and processors were finding it difficult to sell their dairy products because demand for local dairy products had slumped with some processors experiencing sales that were half to their usual trends.

DAZ members brought these issues to the foreground during the Regional Dairy Debate Platform held in March in  Monze hosted by DAZ , SNV and AgriProFocus. The main issues highlighted were:

High cost of production – there is need to come up with ways of how to bring down the cost of production per litre of milk and improve negotiation skills for milk prices between farmers and processors.


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 May 2016 at 11:02

AgriProFocus Zambia Annual Report 2015

AgriProFocus Zambia is proud to present its Annual Report of 2015. The report provides an overview of our network’s results following the priorities as set in our annual plan. Let me provide you with a quick glance at these results.

2015 was a year of overall growth of our network in terms of activities and participation of relevant stakeholders, face-to-face as well as online. This is reported in data and through testimonies of beneficiaries. This report shows that the impact of our network contributes to the effectiveness of entrepreneurial farmers and their organizations capacities.

Highlights & Results

In 2015, AgriProFocus Zambia has grown its network to 913 registered professionals and created new partnerships with Agribusiness Incubation Trust, Zambia Chamber of Small and Medium Business Associations, Musika, Radio Café, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Harare, Agriterra, Kasisi Agriculture Training Centre, ATS Agrochemi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 13 May 2016 at 07:10

Vacancy Extension officer - Chongwe Organic Producers and Processors Organisation (CHOPPA)

CHOPPA is looking for an applicant to carry out extension and related activities to small-scale farmers, especially those under CHOPPA, in Chongwe and Rufunsa District.

For the full vacancy click here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 April 2016 at 10:27

European Union support to Agriculture under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF)

On 20th April, 2016 the European Union (EU) convened a National Stakeholders' Consultation at Radisson Blue Hotel in Lusaka to review identified priorities for a EUR 87 million financial support for agricultural development under the 11th European Development Fund. 

The EU also introduces its new instrument AGRIFI supporting inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth through increased investment in smallholder agriculture and agribusiness medium and small-scale enterprises. Here are the highlights of the meeting:

The 11th EDF Phase 2 will focus on:

- Diversification, Access to Markets and services for small scale farmers

- Support to Sustainable Agriculture

- Natural Resource Management

- Enabling Environment

- Food and Nutrition Security

- Agribusiness Development

The EDF will have several implementation modalities:

1. Call for proposals - these calls of proposals are open to NGOs, farmer organisatio

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Chibbonta Chilala We happy for this call for proposal we look forward to make a go at it. We are being faced with various challenges in the sector and some funding would go a long way to enhance the practices by farmers failing to harvest own food and failing supply chains along value chains. There is greater need for optimising performances in the producer organisation in the face of hostile environment of doing agriculture especially failed funding.

2 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 March 2016 at 02:48

Dutch Poultry companies looking into investing in Zambia

AgriProFocus with members PTC+ and Netherlands-Africa Business Council (NABC) co-organised information sessions in the Netherlands from March 8th-10th 2016 in Moerkapelle, Eersel and Barneveld to share the market study completed in July 2015 on investment opportunities in Zambia’s poultry sector. The companies identified in the study and others were invited to these sessions to provide their feedback.

During the sessions a video and investors guide were shared.

In overall, there was genuine interest by the majority of Dutch companies to consider Zambia has a country to invest in. To effectively be able to invest in Zambia the companies required additional information on specific questions and also required to receive sufficient notice on the follow up steps.

The Dutch companies seem to be most interested to have an organized visit to Zambia. The second preference is to meet Zambian companies in combination with other expo’s t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 15 March 2016 at 11:50

EU Call for Proposals Launched: Sustainable Inclusive Value Chains and Food Fortification

Deadline for submission of concept notes = is the 29th of March 2016.

The call is made up of two lots with a combined value of €57 million.

The objective is to develop inclusive and sustainable agriculture-based value chains (Lot 1) and fortified foods (Lot 2) that improve food security for the poor and vulnerable and that reduce poverty and under-nutrition.

Lot 1 – Value Chains (S.O. 1 & 2): EUR 27 million.

Lot 1 specifically focuses on smallholder farmers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) agribusinesses in developing countries as final beneficiaries by increasing income opportunities, creating jobs and business opportunities along the agricultural supply chains in an inclusive and sustainable manner. Lot 1 – Value Chains (S.O. 1 & 2): EUR 27 million.

Lot 2 – Food Fortification (S.O. 3): EUR 30 million

Lot 2 aims to strengthen the production, diffusion and consumption of accessibl

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 March 2016 at 10:23

Zambia Rural Agriculture Livelihoods 2015 Survey  (RALS) Report is out!

The Indaba  Agricultural Policy Research Institute has published the 2015 RALS. This study provides a  comprehensive picture of Zambia’s small- and medium-scale farming sector using the 2010 census sampling frame.

The purpose of the RALS is to provide policy relevant information that is not practical to collect annually from the government agricultural surveys. The survey looks at demographic characteristics, farm land and use, crop sales, inputs sources, financial services, ownership of farms, access to agricultural services, and household incomes, etc. 

For the full report see below.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 26 February 2016 at 10:48

Zanaco in collaboration with AFGRI and ZNFU offer John Deere Tractor financing facility for small holder and emergent farmers.

For more information contact +260 211 238 201

or email: or

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 29 January 2016 at 06:07

Report Artificial Insemination Model Assessment is out now!

AgriProFocus together with The Dairy Association of Zambia, Agriterra and SNV have finalised the report on the assessment on viable models for artificial insemination  (AI) in the dairy sector.

On the basis of this research, the members will design new interventions in 2016 that can improve the uptake of AI including improved animal health and feeding. AgriProFocus will also use these findings to develop new content for the Dairy Learning Labs.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 13 January 2016 at 11:20

Available now: AgriProFocus Zambia Annual Plan for 2016!

I have the pleasure to share with you our Annual Plan for 2016. We highly appreciate the input from our members, therefore, this plan has been compiled based on contributions during the Evaluation Meetings held on October 30th and November 17th, 2015 respectively. We will make sure that 2016 is a year full of opportunities for you when it comes to farmer entrepreneurship!

What you can expect from us:

1. New business to business events in horticulture, poultry and gender and Finance Fairs

2. More learning labs in Dairy and new labs in the poultry sector

3. New activities on Youth and Alternative energy sources in agriculture.

As is good common practice within AgriProFocus Zambia, the agenda leaves room for engagement of interested stakeholders. You are invited to contact us to see how and where to link up, find your interest and contribute. We’d love to welcome you at one of our events or online on this platform!

We look forward to wor

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GAKWAYA Titus I would like to participate and on hearing the issues, and on need arises, may react to them. Good luck. Titus.

2 years 10 months ago


Zambia International Investment Forum

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  21 April 2016 to 22 April 2016 - All Day Event

The theme for the Forum is “Investment for Industrialisation and Job Creation”, and the Forum is expected to attract over 500 potential investors from around the world.

ZIIF 2016, is a turnkey event focusing on Zambia’s countless investment potentials and its development for the long and short term. The event will feature two days of conference sessions, a trade exhibition, networking as well as one-on-one meetings and workshops.

The Zambia International Investment Forum, 2016 will act as a platform to exchange experiences, debate and establish business partnerships and cooperation, which will lead to conclusions and recommendations for an improved development of the country’s wealth and its sustainable development.

For more information visit this website

Posted By in Horticulture
Posted 6 January 2016 at 11:08



The final report is now available!

AgriProFocus in collaboration with SNV and Agri-Business Incubation Trust presented this report in the form of an investment guide at the Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda in November to attract investors from the region to Zambia.

As a result of the study AgriProFocus will organize an Innovation Community meeting with stakeholders interested to find solutions to the issues raised. If you are interested to participate please contact us at and we will provide you details for this upcoming meeting. 

Emmanuel M Gondwe Very interesting report Claire, would like to be part of the innovative meeting.

3 years 1 week ago

Claire van der Kleij Hi Emmanuel. You are welcome to join the next meeting. we will announce it on the platform so keep an eye on it!

3 years 1 week ago

Emmanuel M Gondwe Definitely will, thank you

3 years 1 week ago

MUNKUNDIRE Samuel how could attend those mentioned events?

2 years 12 months ago

Claire van der Kleij Hi Samuel. Thanks for your interest. We announce our events on this website. So keep an eye on our events page!

2 years 12 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 3 December 2015 at 10:49


Are you interested to find out how gender mainstreaming can make business sense to your company?

Are you having difficulties integrating gender into your organizational strategies?

Then join our Gender in Value Chains Coaching Track 2016 now!

AgriProFocus Zambia will be starting a new Gender in Value Chains Coaching Track in February 2016. The track is currently open for registration. For more information go to this page or download our factsheet.

For registration or more information contact me directly at: