Anne Marie Kortleve

Coordinator Marketing & Communications

Utrecht, Netherlands

About Me

Hello there! I am one of the community managers of this platform. I work as a Manager Marketing-Communications at the AgriProFocus International Secretariat in The Netherlands. My job is to make you feel at home on this platform and provide you with all the information you need. Besides managing this platform I am responsible for all internal and external communications and marketing for the AgriProFocus network.

I obtained my Master degree in Communication Sciences at Wageningen University in 2008 and worked as Marketing and Communications Officer at ICCO Cooperation from 2011 until 2014. Since February 2014, I work at AgriProFocus.

Skills and Expertise


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Posted 25 June 2015 at 12:15

Food and Nutrition Security Portal – Akvopedia

Easy access and sharing of practical information on food and nutrition security in developing countries – that’s the purpose of the Food and Nutrition Security Portal within Akvopedia, which was launched recently. The portal is an initiative of ICCO Cooperation, one of our network members, and Akvo and can be found at

The portal is aimed at practitioners and decision-makers from local and international development organizations, government agencies, cooperatives and companies. It gives them access to practical information on all aspects of food security and healthy food, and at the same time provides a forum to share experiences. The portal is to improve the exchange of information, knowledge and practical examples, to contribute to mutual learning and innovation.

The information is grouped into four themes: the right to food, availability of food, access to food and

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IS Poort:  Food Security and Trade

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 July 2015, 17:00-20:00
  Beatrix theater, Utrecht

Background information in Dutch

- This event is at invitation only -

Het thema van de IS Poort op 1 juli 2015 is Voedselzekerheid & Handel: Hoe zorgen we voor duurzame ketens van grondstoffen? Onder andere Louise Fresco (voorzitter RvB Universiteit Wageningen), Nanno Kleiterp (directeur FMO) en Han de Groot (directeur UTZ Certified) zullen vanuit hun expertise ingaan op deze vraag. Peter Heintze (strategisch adviseur NCDO) modereert de Poort.

Hoe zorgen we voor duurzame ketens van grondstoffen?

Elke dag verwelkomt de aarde nieuwe bewoners. Aan het eind van deze eeuw zijn er naar schatting 11 miljard mensen op de wereld, die allemaal moeten eten, die energie gebruiken, die water nodig hebben en die willen beschikken over de nieuwste technologieën. Voor al die zaken zijn grondstoffen nodig van fossiele energiedragers, edelmetalen, voedsel tot water.

Voor ontwikkelingslanden zijn grondstoffen een zegen en een vloek. Schaarse grondstoffen leveren de broodnodige financiële middelen op, maar spelen e

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 24 June 2015 at 01:03

Uganda's cash machine

An interesting article on Matoke bananas! The Kabarole Research Centre has studied the dynamics of the informal market for these banana's. After all, the vast majority of African farmers don't operate within formal chains, but on local open markets. In the Kabarole district of West Uganda, the matoke market has been booming in recent years. While ten years ago about seven lorries of matoke would leave each week, the number has now gone up to 497. Total annual income has risen from 293 thousand to 26.5 million euros. A couple of years ago most matoke were grown in the centre of the country, but since the dreaded banana wilt wiped out much of the crop there, the industry in the West is flourishing. The opening of the borders within the East African Community has been a stimulus, as bananas can now be exported to Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan. 

Read the full article HERE  

This article was published in ViceVersa, a Dutch magazine on development cooperation. This edition focusses on value chain developmen

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 June 2015 at 01:10

10 lessons on interventions in value chains

2 of our members, development organization SNV and knowledge centre KIT work together on clever solutions for agricultural development. They do so on the basis of practical, global knowledge and experience and in response to local opportunities.

But what exactly determines the success of chain interventions? Using five projects from their portfolios in which changes in the sector in question had large-scale effects, SNV and KIT distilled the most important elements for successful chain development.

This article was published in Vice Versa, a Dutch magazine on development cooperation. Read the full article HERE.

Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 5 June 2015 at 11:01

AgriProFocus Participants Council meets in innovative environment of the New World Campus

Our bi-annual Participants Council, consisting of members of the Dutch AgriProFocus Partnership, was held on June 4 at the recently opened New World Campus.

The agenda included, among other items, the presentation of key results of 2014, an update of the new online platform in operation, and the progress report on the AgriProFocus Business Plan Development in Uganda. Nextto that, Hedwig Bruggeman reported on her trip to Washington (May 30-June 3), related to the Strategic Partnership “Food for all" between The Netherlands and the WorldBank.

The second part of the meeting was reserved for introductions of the New World Campus and the Young Expert Programme Agrofood. Truly inspiring initiatives of which AgriProFocus is part!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 20 May 2015 at 04:27

Aujourd'hui, je eu une réunion très fructueuse et informative avec Felix Houinsou, le coordinateur de SAC-AAGRI, une entreprise qui produit des matériaux audio-visuels qui sont également diffusés à la télévision Béninoise. AgriProFocus est l'un des partenaires dès le début et nous sommes fiers de cela. Merci à Felix et son équipe, le travail de AgriProFocus est amené à beaucoup de gens et finiront par bénéficier agriculteur entrepreneuriat. Nous nous réjouissons de notre coopération future!

Cynthia DEH beaucoup de courage Felix...

3 years 8 months ago

Jonas SANGNINON Bonne arrivée dans la CI Sécurité Alimentaire

3 years 8 months ago

Fassinou Hotegni Vodjo Nicodeme very nice!

3 years 8 months ago


10 years AgriProFocus

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  24 September 2015, 13:30-22:30
  Nederlands Openlucht Museum, Arnhem

  ‘Promoting farmer entrepreneurship ’

That is the mission of AgriProFocus and what we have been doing with enthousiasm and results in the past 10 years!

Development is about change, and no change without renewal. Also at AgriProFocus. AgriProFocus started in 2005 under the motto; co-creation and joint action. Goal was, from the quadrangle Dutch knowledge institutions, civil society, government and private sector, to give a complementary answer to the questions of organised farmers in developing countries. A vigorous support team in the Netherlands started in early 2006 with funding from its members and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reach this goal.

Ten years later, we can proudly say, AgriProFocus is an international network, working globally and specifically in 13 countries with strong local networks and representation. We could not have done this without your contribution and commitment! 

Therefore, we would like to invite our Dutch constituency, to a special jubilee

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 May 2015 at 10:29

5 tools to improve the business operations of small-scale farmers or collaboration in agricultural value chains!

These 5 methods have a low threshold and are inexpensive. These tools are published in the latest magazine on Food Chains by ViceVersa, a Dutch Magazine on Development Cooperation. It features our 2-2-trade-tool and our Toolkit Gender in Value Chains.

Read the full article HERE

Charles Kiinde I'd really encourage exports to other countries other than the 'traditional export-countries.' Moreover, we need as a country to researh and find what's the other value for such crops e.g. production of compost fertilizer, renewable energy, animal feeds, etc and break-dependence on countries that 'dictate' what is to be produced, how, when and why....reminds me of communism!

3 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 May 2015 at 10:18

The Ugly Bean

Supermarkets in Europe reject Kenyan grown French beans that are not straight enough or are too long. The result is food waste and farmers lose out on income. Nevertheless, growing beans for export is still good business for smaller farmers in Kenya, even though they are constrained by the demands imposed by the companies they supply.

Our Country Network Coordinator for Kenya, Amos Thiongo, was interviewed for the article that was published in a special magazine on Food Chains by ViceVersa, the Dutch Magazine on Development Cooperation.

"What is the use of rejecting vegetables because they don't meet the cosmetic requirements while there is nothing wrong with them?" Amos Thiongo

Food waste is an outrage, says Amos, who has already done a lot in Kenya to raise awareness on the subject. The discussion on waste that he started on the AgriProFocus-platform provoked many reactions from farmers, businesses and organisations, acknowledging there is a problem. 

To raise awareness among

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 April 2015 at 10:00

Vacancy: Business Unit Manager Centre for Development Innovation

Location: Wageningen
The Centre for Development Innovation is looking for a Business Unit manager to lead an internationally oriented and impact driven organisation to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future.

You will join Wageningen UR’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) as our new visionary and inspiring leader and manager. As an advisory and capacity-building organisation, we facilitate innovation, broker knowledge and help to develop the capacities of individuals, organisations and networks for sustainable change. Working on global issues and in countries with developing and transitional economies, our focus is on innovation and change in the areas of food and nutrition security, sustainable markets, adaptive agriculture and ecosystems governance. Increasingly we also operate in areas recovering from conflict or natural disasters. Our group of 70 staff help to link Wageningen UR’s scient

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LANDac course 'Land governance for development'

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 July 2015 - 09:00 to 17 July 2015 - 17:00
  Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Dear all,

Registration for the 6th LANDac short course ‘Land governance for development’ is now open! The 2-week course offers a broad introduction into the topic of land governance for equitable and sustainable development. MSc students, PhD students and professionals from development organizations and related projects will acquire up-to-date knowledge on new land pressures and learn how to place these in broader theoretical contexts and policy debates. The tutorials provide a general overview of important themes such as the global land rush, land governance, land administration and land issues in post-conflict settings. This overview is complemented by a mix of case studies that illustrate issues and trends in specific contexts, including experiences from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Uganda, Vietnam and other countries and regions.

This year’s course coincides with the International LANDac Conference, taking place on 8, 9 and 10 July in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Course participan

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 April 2015 at 11:56

Now open: Securing Water for Food: 3rd Call for Innovations

Are you a potential innovator interested in the water or agriculture sectors at local and regional level? ‘Securing Water for Food’ (SWFF) has just launched their third call for proposals!

This $12.5 million call for proposals focuses on identifying market-driven, low-cost, and scalable solutions that will enable us to improve water efficiency and wastewater reuse; enhance water capture and storage; and reduce the impacts of salinity on aquifers and food production. SWFF awardees will be provided a mix of financial and non-financial support.

The third call has an increased focus on cutting-edge, advanced technologies and business models, as well as those that prioritize the engagement of women. The focus of the Challenge is to support game-changing innovations at two stages, both of which must be post-pilot and present viable business models:

Stage 1: Market-driven product in the process of business development

Stage 2: Established inn

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Masterclass Dutch cooperative sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 April 2015, 13:30-17:00
  Agriterra, Arnhem, The Netherlands

This week in April, the Tanzanian parliamentary standing committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Water is visiting the Netherlands. Agriterra and AgriProFocus are hosting a Masterclass on the Dutch cooperative sector.

The afternoon program is as follows:

- 13:30 Introductions Agriterra & AgriProFocus

- 14:30 Jos van Campen (former chairman National Cooperative Council & former Chairman Cosun - sugarbeet producers coop)

- 15:30 Theo Koekkoek (chairman Agrifirm, animal feed and concentrates)

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 April 2015 at 09:55

Agriculture plays a central role in the Sustainable Development Goals

I just saw a very nice interactive essay that has been launched at the United Nations by agricultural coalition Farming First (AgriProFocus is a partner of Farming First), visualising the critical role that agriculture will play in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals currently being negotiated.

The interactive essay can be viewed HERE

“Agriculture is the common thread connecting the SDGs together,” comments Sue Carlson, Chair of the World Farmers Organisation’s Women’s Committee and Farming First spokesperson. “Agriculture isn’t only about ending hunger and malnutrition; it is relevant to a broad range of the development issues currently being discussed.”

The data builds a strong case for agriculture’s role in achieving many of the United Nations’ targets. The Farming First coalition is bringing this to the attention of negotiators and policymakers at the United Nations in New York, advocating for conti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 April 2015 at 09:32

Vacancy: Programme Advisor DRC

Duty station: Goma, North Kivu, DR Congo
Closing date vacancy: 2nd May 2015
Starting date: As soon as possible

ZOA DR Congo is currently working in the north of North Kivu and the south of South Kivu supporting small holder farmers to improve their productivity and profitability. In north of South Kivu, ZOA is supporting communities in the Rusizi valley in a cross border project with Burundi. The project supports small holder farmers in improving their productivity and profitability, trains local structures to reduce conflict and enhance social cohesion and provides skills training to vulnerable women and young people.

Purpose of the position

The Programme Advisor's job is to ensure a high quality programme design and implementation as well as proper networking with all stakeholders. He/she will provide major input in programme formulation and monitoring as well as the development of project proposals for (potential) donors.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 April 2015 at 09:29

ZOA is looking for a Manager General Affairs DRC

Duty station: Goma
Work sites: Provinces of North Kivu and South Kivu, DR Congo
Starting date: As soon as possible
Closing date vacancy: 2nd May 2015

The Manager General Affairs is responsible for the management of the systems of administrative support at ZOA in the DR Congo. Systems include the financial administration, the security systems, the logistics services, computer systems and administrative support to the management of human resources.

For more info:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 March 2015 at 10:16

AgriProFocus 10 years!

Today, exactly 10 years ago, 19 partners signed an agreement for cooperation. AgriProFocus was born! Time to celebrate! These pictures are taken in our support office in Arnhem, The Netherlands. In the first picture, our managing director, Hedwig Bruggeman, cuts the cake. The second picture shows the signatures of our partners that signed the agreement 10 years ago. The last picture show a big part of the staff in The Netherlands.

In the future we keep on promoting farmer entrepreneurship!

hailemikael mossie congrats! your effort will reflect on farmers change.

3 years 9 months ago

AZONSI Djibril HBD à toute l'équipe

3 years 9 months ago

Hance Richard Melchior Congratulation for the higher step you have achieved in offering network service so far. I wish you Good Luck for the next years of service. Happy Birthday AgriProFocus.

3 years 9 months ago

jabo butera I've joined the network recently and from my experience of living and trading in Europe, network is the best ways of promoting businesses. So let us embrace and promote this platform to celebrate another successful ten years

3 years 9 months ago

SSEKYEWA HENRY Good work being done keep it up!

3 years 9 months ago


Annual Meeting Sustainable Food Lab

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 June 2015 to 11 June 2015 - All Day Event

Leading into the Future

The Sustainable Food Lab’s 2015 Summit is an opportunity to explore new challenges—emerging issues in the food system as well as the leadership required to engage across organizations, sectors and regions. All business must meet targets for operations and raw materials, and many NGOs are focused on business supply chains. Yet to ensure a reliable supply of raw materials and sustainable livelihoods many organizations are expanding their attention to sourcing regions. This is not beginner’s territory. This scope expansion requires a new type of leadership and collaboration. “System leaders,” as we have called them, are in high demand. In support of system leaders, the Food Lab Summit blends technical expertise, with organizational strategy, and personal leadership.Ship 4

The Sustainable Food Lab Leadership Summit on the ss Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The conversations that will anchor the agenda are:

• Collective action in landscapes and watersheds: What are we learning a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 March 2015 at 10:48

I am happy to share our latest newsletter with you all: 


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Posted 23 February 2015 at 10:43

(in Dutch only)

AgriProFocus in samenwerking met het YEP Water programmabureau en het Food & Business Knowledge Platform zoeken een senior voor de functies:

AgriProFocus Agrofood networkfacilitator & YEP Agrofood projectmanager

(36 uur per week)

AgriProFocus faciliteert landennetwerken in opkomende markten en ontwikkelingslanden met het doel boerenondernemers en hun organisaties te versterken door samenwerking tussen boeren en markten, verwerkers, kennishouders en banken. De lokale netwerken van AgriProFocus in 13 landen zorgen ervoor dat professionals elkaar online en face-to-face kunnen ontmoeten en dat alle schakels van de keten samen kunnen komen.

AgriProFocus zoekt voor 20 uur per week een Agrofood netwerk-facilitator die vraag en aanbod aangaande kennis, kunde en partnerschappen komende uit de AgriProFocus landennetwerken kan verbinden met Nederlandse en internationale Agrofood bedrijven.

Het Young Expert Programme Agrofood (YEP Agrofood) wil de professionaliteit en exp

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