There are many initiatives of AgriProFocus members in Uganda that aim to improve farmers’ access to seed, seed production, quality and affordability of seeds etc. These are for example: the Integrated Seed System Development programme (ISSD) who promote Quality Declared Seed (QDS) and have organized and empowered market-oriented farmers into Local Seed Businesses (LSBs) in Uganda. NGOs Hivos and Bioversity International work together on Community Seed Banks (gene banks) and towards an Open Source Seed System. Seeds remain freely available without patents and an open source seed systems leads to ‘protected commons’, increasing access to seed and biodiversity, safeguarding free access and diverse food systems.
Meet Taban, Gloria and Mary, who will tell their story and see how Agribusiness Works for Development!
Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in Ségou. The recipients included:
• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.
• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promoting ge... Read more
In this first vlog I take you to Wageningen, THE capital of agricultural knowledge in The Netherlands. I talked to Richard Hawkins, Director of ICRA. He explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for ICRA.
Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!
In this first vlog I take you to The Hague at the headquarters of Hivos. I talked to Frank Mechielsen, programme manager Sustainable Diets. He explains to us in 2 minutes how Hivos makes agribusiness work for development!
If you have any questions or comments on the video, please let me know in a comment below. Thanks!
Starting today, young entrepreneurs looking to do business with Africa can join in with a new initiative: Making Africa Work. This year, some 40 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to obtain support in establishing a business in Africa. The assistance offered them in finding local partners and developing their business plan is expected to help them achieve a faster and better business launch. The project also hopes to boost employment opportunities in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. After all, the best guarantee for new jobs and local growth is new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to set up business in these countries and who see opportunities for their business can get in touch with PUM and Africa in Motion, starting today.
Making Africa Work is aimed both at African migrants and students wishing to start up a business in their country of origin, and Dutch entrepreneurs who see Africa a
Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is an... Read more
Are you involved in the onion value chain in West Africa? Would you like to share your experiences and contribute to strengthen this value chain? Then we are looking for you! AgriProFocus member Bejo Zaden has the ambition to sustainably improve the onion value chain in West Africa and is looking for partners to collaborate.
You are invited to:
Members of the AgriProFocus network and key stakeholders. Language will be Dutch or English depending on the participants.
09:30-10:00 Introduction by Bejo Zaden and AgriProFocus
10.00-12:00 Exploring challenges and opportunities
12:00-12:30 Wrap-up: conclusions and next steps
12:30-13:30 Network lunch
For... Read more
Recently, ICCO finalized the program AgriSkills4You. Through this program, which lasted from 2013 till 2016, ICCO and its local partners taught young people throughout the country how to take up farming as a business.
We look back: how are these young farmers doing now?
AgriSkills4You skilled youth for sustainable self-employment in the agriculture sector in Uganda. In total, 2,700 youth and 10,000 farmers were trained in agribusiness skills. This enabled them to move from subsistence farming to farming as a business.
“Some of my friends from school studied but they had trouble finding a job afterwards. I decided to join the AgriSkills4You training because it is very practical and I could start working and earning money immediately. Because I am a Muslim, I couldn’t keep pigs. Therefore, I started growing vegetables like tomatoes, bell peppers and onions, and I recently bought
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to find the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in countries with developing and emerging economies.
Is your enterprise small, locally driven and eco-inclusive with an ambition to be in the vanguard of green and inclusive growth?
Does your enterprise need tailored support to grow to its full potential? Apply!
The Call for Applications for the 2017 SWITCH Africa Green-SEED Awards will end on 8 March 2017!
Who can participate?
For the 2017 SAG-SEED Awards, the call for application is open to enterprises within Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South-Africa and Uganda and are active in agriculture, waste management, tourism or manufacturing.
What do you win?
No two enterprises are the same, either internally or as regards to their operating environment. SEED offers each SAG-SEED Award Winner a custom... Read more
Are you a Dutch entrepreneur in the dairy or poultry sector? Join the Dutch trade mission to Zambia! Important part of the mission is to participate in the Holland Pavilion (27-29 April) at the major regional trade fair, the AgriTech Expo Zambia.
Participation in the mission is a great opportunity to introduce companies and organizations in Zambia and the region to Dutch knowledge and technologies in the dairy and poultry industries. Recent market surveys show that there are opportunities in the poultry and dairy sectors for Dutch businesses.
The Dutch Export Combination (NEC) is organizing this mission on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
Holland Pavilion at AgriTech
The Agritech Expo Zambia is a B2B platform for professionals in the agricultural sector. The 3rd edition in 2016 attracted over 17,500 visitors and more than 165 local and international exhibitors.
The Holland Pavilion at the Expo Agritech in Chisamba (about 100 kilometers north of Lusaka) can be used by participants in... Read more
AgriProFocus is een netwerkorganisatie waarin leden uit bedrijfsleven, maatschappelijke organisaties, kennisinstellingen en overheidsorganisaties samenwerken voor de betere ondersteuning van ondernemerschap bij boeren in Afrika en Zuid-Oost Azië. Het internationale secretariaat is gevestigd in Nederland en AgriProFocus heeft daarnaast 11 netwerk secretariaten in Afrika en 2 in Zuid-Oost Azië. AgriProFocus werkt in 2017 aan de implementatie van haar nieuwe strategie onder de titel ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’.
Wij zijn op zoek naar een enthousiaste en overtuigende ‘Coördinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren (ME&L)’. In deze functie ben je verantwoordelijk voor het vertalen van de nieuwe strategie in een effectief en efficiënt ME&L-systeem op organisatie- en projectniveau binnen AgriProFocus. Als coördinator ben je in staat om de juiste data bijeen te brengen, maar nog veel belangrijker om te zorgen dat die data gebruik... Read more
Interested in the lessons learned from M&E in the AIM Coalition? Listen to this PodCast where Marijke de Graaf (ICCO) and Marlene Roefs (WUR-CDI) tell about their experiences with 2 AIM-projects: The vegetables for all project in Tanzania and the SPAR Rural Hubs project in South Africa.
Main questions they will answer:
+ What are reasons for doing M&E?
+ What are opportunities?
+ What are best practises?
Avez-vous participé à l'une des activités du réseau AgriProFocus face à face ou en ligne dans votre pays ? Ou avez-vous été co-organisateur actif? Nous aimerions savoir quelle appreciation vous en faites!
L'année prochaine, notre réseau mettra en œuvre une nouvelle stratégie intitulée : «Catalyser les artisans du changement qui font que l'AgriBusiness est au service du développement». Nous sollicitons vers la fin de cette enquête votre opinion et vos suggestions sur la façon d'améliorer la valeur de notre réseau pour votre organisation. Ces opinions et suggestions seront extrêmement utiles dans le renforcement de cette stratégie.
Veuillez prendre environ 10 minutes pour réfléchir et remplir notre enquête en ligne. Votre concours sera très apprécié!
Vos commentaires nous aideront à améliorer nos services dans votre pays et dans le monde entier. Nous partagerons les résultats de... Read more
Did you participate in any of the AgriProFocus network activities face-to-face or online in your country? Or were you an active co-organizing member? We’d like to hear from you how you have appreciated this!
Next year our network will implement a new strategy titled ‘Catalyzing Change makers that make Agribusiness Work For Development’. Your opinion and suggestions on how to improve the value of our network for your organisation, that are asked for towards the end of this survey, will be immensely helpful in strengthening this strategy.
Please take around 10 minutes to reflect and fill out our online survey. It is very much appreciated!
Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!
Unique in the world, this workshop enjoys an excellent reputation in the rural youth movements of all continents. In 2017, interested rural youth work leaders are being invited to Herrsching for the 28th International Workshop.
Current and future rural youth work leaders will gain qualifications for their local, regional and supraregional tasks with new, modern contents and methods.
Skills will be conveyed to the participants so that they can help young people in rural areas to improve their living conditions. They will be inspired to take on responsibility for the sustainable development in their region and learn to plan, organise and conduct their own activities and campaigns to suit their requirements.
Through the international exchange of experiences and build-up of a network of experts during the workshop, the participants are given important impulses for rural youth work in their home countries.&nbs
According to the FAO (2015) close to 2 billion people survive on diets that lack the vital vitamins and nutrients needed to grow properly, live healthy lives, and raise a healthy family. In most cases, this is due to high prices and limited availability on the market.
In 2009 GAIN started the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM). AIM's goal is to reduce malnutrition in Africa and Asia via nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive practices. By leveraging market based approaches developed in partnerships between business, NGOs, knowledge institutes and governmental organisations, AIM is committed to making a significant contribution to the global targets for improving maternal, infant and young child nutrition. The AIM coalition leads seven projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Nigeria and South Afr... Read more
Like many regions in East Africa, Northern Tanzania has the potential to become an agricultural powerhouse. A Public-Private Partnership of the FDOV meets the needs of maize producers around the city of Arusha. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has provided financial resources, shared technical knowledge and coordinated the contacts among the partners of this project.
Watch this film to see the results of this public-private partnership!
Partners in this PPP are: Quality Food Products in Arusha, East African Grain Council, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Dutch Embassy in Tanzania, New Bogaloo Ltd, National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture.
The SPAR Rural Hubs initiative - one of the AIM projects- in South Africa focuses on improving rural community access to fresh produce from smallholder farmers by setting up a new distribution network. 'Fresh Assembly Points' (FAPs), strategically located near farmers, rural retailers and consumers, provide logical alternatives for the produce to travel a shorter distance from farmer to FAP to retailer, thereby reducing cost and preserving freshness longer.
Want to know more about this innovative approach? Listen to Kenneth Carden, project manager of SPAR, who explains it HERE
AIM (the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition) brings together more... Read more
Sander Mager (Managing Director) introduced our members to the concepts of the strategy: “the networks entry point is to work with entrepreneurial farmers that are ‘change makers’ in the agriculture sector. These farmers are business driven, market oriented, have a willingness to grow, are innovative and contribute to development issues of inclusiveness, food & nutrition security and sustainability.”
The network wants to empower these entrepreneurial farmers to catalyse learning, innovation, change and recognising the value of linking to other stakeholders in the 13 countries AgriProFocus works in.... Read more