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


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 May 2018 at 07:46

‘Gender is still too often a separate paragraph’

This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'  

How can this be changed?

It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’

When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 15 May 2018 at 07:18

Check these facts & figures! Did you know? More interesting reads on gender in agricultural value chains can be found in our networks latest magazine: 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity' 

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 3 May 2018 at 11:39

Join the Food & Nutrition Security Advocacy Group!

Do you want to have a direct influence in Dutch policy making on Food and Nutrition Security? Join the AgriProFocus Food Security Advocacy group! Nout van der Vaart from Hivos explains the benefits and successes from last year in this video. 

Current members: ICCO, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Oxfam Novib, Hivos and Woord en Daad


Food for thought - Review of Dutch Food Security Policy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  31 May 2018, 09:00-13:00
  Wageningen University, The Netherlands

On May 31, a public dialogue is organized around the recently published IOB review of Dutch food security policy in the period 2012-2016. This multi-stakeholder dialogue will be a space to understand the success factors and challenges of policy implementation by the Netherlands through its bilateral, multilateral and civilateral programmes in low and middle income countries, in collaboration with an extensive range of partners. Many of these partners will have the opportunity to discuss the review’s findings and their translation into practice. The results of these discussions are in particular expected to help shaping the future Dutch food security policy, in the context of the adapted policy for International Trade and Development Cooperation.

IOB review

The IOB review analyses the food security policy’s effectiveness, discusses its efficiency and coherence and concludes with recommendations. It is based on an inventory of food security activities and available evaluations, complemente

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 May 2018 at 12:44

Reactie Ruerd Ruben op evaluatie IOB NL Voedselzekerheidsbeleid


De langverwachte evaluatie van de Nederlandse inzet op het terrein van voedselzekerheid is deze week naar de 2de Kamer gestuurd. De Inspectie Ontwikkelingssamenwerking & Beleidsevaluatie (IOB) heeft grondig werk gedaan en in vier landen meerjarige impactevaluaties laten uitvoeren. Daarmee kunnen de beleidsinzet en de daarmee bereikte resultaten ook aan elkaar worden gerelateerd. Hulde daarvoor!

Het IOB rapport biedt allereerst een aardig inzicht in de manier waarop de middelen voor voedselzekerheid zijn ingezet. Daarbij vallen drie op:

· In de periode 2011-16 is ruim € 1,5 miljard gecommitteerd (ca. € 300 miljoen per jaar), verdeeld over ruim 250 projecten. Dat duidt op nogal wat versnippering;

· Ruim de helft van de middelen (56%) is gebruikt voor programma’s gericht op vergroting van de landbouwproductie en een derde (32%) is voor markton

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FoodFIRST: Team Up with African Agripreneurs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 June 2018, All Day Event
  Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht

This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat; with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory. The leading question is: How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions, business and civil society organizations) connect to these challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?  

Register HERE


09.00h Registration, coffee

09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods

10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO

10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR

11.00h Walk to workshop locations

11.10h Workshops

1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 April 2018 at 11:57

Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO present ‘Critical Capital’ at foodFIRST

The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. 

Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.

African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a gradu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 12 April 2018 at 01:48

Phishing e-mails: please do not respond!

We heard that members have received phishing e-mails, stating that you have to send your ATM card. This is a scam, please do not respond to these messages. We are trying to catch the responsible people, but it is very hard with these kind of mailings.


Dear Lucky One,

You are entitle to a sum of $250,000.00 Kindly contact The Rev Father in charge to help you send your ATM Card to your home address in your Country.. Here is his email address
The AgriProFocus Mission International for the development of Agriculture and Re Plantations of Tree for the Climate Change in Global liase with UN for this Huge disbursement Compensation for the help of the Humanity in the Agricultural Development. YOU can visit their website here.

Your's Truly

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 07:59

REGISTER NOW - Network Day 2018 - PUSH YOUR LUCK!  

Friday April 13th an unlucky day? Not if you join our first Network Day of 2018. This afternoon will be filled with inspiring sessions, creative journeys and unexpected networking opportunities; experience what the AgriProFocus network has to offer!


13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPF

Speaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR
Mr. Post Harvest Loss himself will spark our conversation on recurring food losses.

Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gender

14.15 - 16.15 - MAKE IT MATTER - GENDER

Is addressing gender issues just a checkbox or can it be a key driving force for social and business development in agriculture? How can you practically integrate gender in your work and profit from it? Join us in finding the answers. During the session our members KIT, Oxfam Novib and RVO will present an interesting case related to gender in value chains. During round tables yo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 March 2018 at 03:52

Wageningen University in the Netherlands is looking for you to join their Foodathon event and submit a challenge!

This year Wageningen University & Research is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. They have organised many activities one of which is the Foodathon. The Foodathon is an e-conference and part of the international conference “Towards zero hunger, creating partnerships for impact”on August 30-31. In this 36-hours event, teams of students and other young professionals will work together and will be guided by a mentor, and supported by the knowledge of various experts. You can join them! In this setting, you will create solutions for local challenges, related to the theme “Food Systems”. As such, you will exchange knowledge, share experiences and work interactively with SDG2. At the end of the Foodathon, a solutions market is organised, where the teams have the opportunity to meet companies and organisations who will be interested in kick-starting the most promising solutions.

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GOOD JOEL hi, nice to meet up with u and l like it , well am ready to join you while  am in Uganda distance is not barrier currently finalizing  my research projects in management of payroll, why organizations need payroll other than manual payroll methods, am ending my research in may then move to the rural area to start farming projects but unfortunately no fund for me to start  am trying to look around for some start-up funds.we are experiencing winter season and right now communities are planting as we experience rainy season. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON,THNKS

10 months 1 week ago

Leopold Heneriko Thank you Anne Maries for following. Welcome Tz

10 months 22 hours ago

ugo sam Nwabuisi nice opportunity.what are the conditions precedent to participation. could we offer same to members of YESAA-YOUTH ENTREPRENSURSHIP SOCIETY FOR AGRIBUSINESS ADVANACEMENT-

9 months 1 week ago

ugo sam Nwabuisi contact me.

9 months 1 week ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Sam, for more info you can contact Wageningen University! Check the link in the article for the conditions:

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2018 at 09:26

New study challenges funds and governments to invest in African agrifood SMEs

Today Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus, Food & Business Knowledge Platform and ICCO Cooperation publish the study ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. The study evaluates the access of risk capital by agrifood SMEs (small and medium enterprises). SMEs are key for establishing sustainable food systems, while at the same time face difficulties to access capital.

Offer agrifood SMEs an assortment of services

The study focuses on agrifood SMEs that form the ‘missing middle’: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. A major conclusion is that there are very few investment funds that meet the financing needs of agrifood SMEs, that are usually under 250.000 USD and rarely higher than 1M USD. Such smaller investments are tedious and costly for investment funds, even for those set up with the explicit goal to stimulate the development of the agrifood sector.

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Endale Hailu it is vert great updating and boost us to strive more in altering our life!!!

10 months 3 weeks ago

Onesmo Kenneth This is very helpful

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GOOD JOEL well this is great and i like it 

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 April 2018, 13:00-18:00
  Social Impact Factory - Utrecht

Friday April 13th an unlucky day? Not if you join our first Network Day of 2018. This afternoon will be filled with inspiring sessions, creative journeys and unexpected networking opportunities; experience what the AgriProFocus network has to offer! 


13.00 - 14.00 - TEDxAPF

Speaker 1: TOINE TIMMERMANS - Wageningen UR 
Mr. Post Harvest Loss himself will spark our conversation on recurring food losses. 

Speaker 2: MARIA VAN DER HEIJDEN - MVO Nederland
This 'woman on wings' will inspire us with a disruptive talk on Gende

14.15 - 16.15 GENDER - MAKE IT HAPPEN
KIT - Oxfam Novib - Van Hall Larenstein - Fair & Sustainable Consulting - Food & Business Knowledge Platform
Is addressing gender issues just a checkbox or can it be a key driving force for social and business development in agriculture? How can you practically integrate gender in your work and profit from it? Join us in finding the answers. During the session our members KIT, Oxfam Novib and RVO will present an interest

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 February 2018 at 04:23

CALL for contributions: Join WUR conference Towards zero hunger: partnerships for impact!

As part of the many activities that will be organized during the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) anniversary year, WUR is proud to host the international conference 'Towards zero hunger: Partnerships for impact’ which will take place in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on 30-31 August 2018. 

You are welcome to join and to contribute! The conference centres around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture (SDG2) and create partnerships (SDG17). 

Only through multiple actor participation and engagement, can innovative transformative pathways be discussed, designed and put into action. Therefore, we recently published a Call of contributions in which we invite all relevant experts and practitioners representing government and policy, private sector, civil society, science and other actor groups to present and discuss

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 January 2018 at 12:53

Vacature (herhaalde plaatsing)

People Operations / Agile HR Coördinator (3 dagen/week)

Het AgriProFocus netwerk zit midden in een grote transitie. Het implementeren van onze nieuwe strategie ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’ vraagt om een flinke cultuur- en organisatieverandering, waarbij agile werken een drijvende motivatie is. Als onze People Operations Coördinator zorg jij dat onze HR die verandering mogelijk maakt, aanjaagt en ondersteunt.

Over ons AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie van bedrijven, maatschappelijke organisaties, overheids- en kennisinstellingen, die een gezamenlijke ambitie hebben om via duurzaam en inclusief agri-ondernemerschap bij te dragen aan wereldwijde voedselzekerheid. AgriProFocus doet dat door samenwerking te organiseren (linking), leren binnen het netwerk te faciliteren (learning) en collectief leiderschap te katalyseren (leadership). AgriProFocus heeft naast het netwerk in Nederland ook netwerken in 13 landen in Afrika en Zuidoost-Azië. Wat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 25 January 2018 at 02:50

Pendant l´année 2017, le réseau AgriProFocus a offert dans votre pays des services et des activités de réseautage pour promouvoir et soutenir l'entrepreneuriat agricole. Vous avez peut-être participé à une ou plusieurs de nos activités en face-à-face et en ligne. Ou peut-être avez-vous été co-organisateur actif. Nous aimerions connaitre l´appréciation que vous faites de nos services de réseautage et vos suggestions d'amélioration.

De plus, notre réseau initiera en 2018 notre nouvelle stratégie, à savoir : «Mettre l'agro-industrie au service du développement». Cette stratégie met l'accent sur le lien effectif entre les opportunités d'affaires et les défis de développement. Votre opinion et vos suggestions sur la façon d'améliorer l´importance de notre réseau pour votre organisation seront extrêmement utiles pour renforcer cette stratégie.

Participer a l'enquete!

Nous vous prions de bien vouloir nous accorder 10 minutes de votre précieux temps pour remplir cette enquête en

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Zuid-Afrika meeting - Climate Smart Agriculture

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 January 2018, 09:30-12:00
  Unie van Waterschappen, Koningskade 40, Den Haag

Zuid-Afrika bijeenkomst 25 januari en Scoping Report Climate Smart Agriculture

Op 25 januari organiseren NWP,, Verbos Business Development en de UvW een gecombineerde bijeenkomst in het kader van het Partners voor Water programma en de Water en AgriFood Nexus in Zuid-Afrika. Tevens zal de landbouwraad, Jack Vera aanwezig zijn en zijn visie met u delen. Tijdens deze bijeenkomst kijken we terug op de activiteiten van het Zuid-Afrikaplatform in 2017 en bereiden we ons voor op de daaruit voortgekomen acties. Zo hebben het bezoek van Minister Mokonyane aan de Amsterdam International Water Week, het City of the Future evenement in Durban en de Economische Missie in Kaapstad, gezorgd voor een goede positionering van de Nederlandse water sector in Zuid-Afrika in 2017.

Registeren voor deze bijeenkomst kan tot dinsdag 23 januari via deze link. Hier vindt u ook de details over de locatie en tijd. 

In 2018 wordt in juni de WISA conferentie (water) in Kaapstad georganiseerd en in augustus staat de

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2017 at 09:02

Internships at Dutch Embassies in Uganda and Mozambique!

As part of the Talent Pool Programme AgriProFocus offers students 6-months internships at Netherlands Embassies working on Food and Nutrition Security. Find below the offer to students, the basic placement description, and the application format for the positions in Kampala and Maputo (starting April 1st).


The intern will contribute to the general implementation of the Food & Nutrition Security portfolio. The portfolio consists of 3 value chain/sector focused projects (dairy, potato, rice, seed sector (food crops and horticulture)) and several projects in support of the enabling environment (access to finance, solar energy, agro skilling of youth, policy development). Two recent projects focus on refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda, supporting them in income generation through agro skilling. The embassy follows an Aid and Trade strategy, implying a strong involvement of the business community (Dutch but also Ugand

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 December 2017 at 02:55

Young Expert Business Development - East Africa 

Through the Young Expert Programme (YEP). This position is only open for Dutch Young Experts, local Young Experts are selected through the selection process of the specific companies. 


AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network consisting of farmer organisations, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations, working together to create collective impact and transform agri-food systems. All members actively work with and for farmer entrepreneurs, who are change makers in agricultural transformation. The AgriProFocus network has strong Dutch roots and is active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide.The AgriProFocus network members collaborate to strengthen the position of farmers and other agri-entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains. Entrepreneurs, small and medium scale, who are market-oriented, bu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2017 at 04:23

Implementing large scale inclusive agribusiness programs

Sound solutions for critical challenges

On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting  on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.

1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships

By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation

In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information

The Issue

Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 November 2017 at 03:09

Partnership cracks open the macadamia chain for small farmers

The cultivation of macadamia nuts in Malawi has been the preserve of big businesses to date. Small farmers lack the requisite materials, knowledge and a sales channel to start cultivating the popular nut themselves. Thanks to a Dutch-Malawian project, they too are now being given access to this growth market.

The project is providing 3,000 farmers in Malawi with a total of 300,000 small macadamia trees. This is being enabled by an investment on the part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The seedlings are being grown centrally by Malawian processing firm Sable Farming, which is also taking responsibility for their distribution to the farmers. The impact for the farmers will be considerable, explains the firm’s director, H.S. Pannu. 'Macadamia cultivation will generate an extra, secure income for them. It will supplement income from crops such as maize and tobacco, which are harvested in the spring. Macadamia cultivatio

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Dorothy Maureen Otieno Like the social impact implication of the project in the long run and the fact that project is supporting the small holders in other food crops, for food security.

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