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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 March 2017 at 01:34

Making Agribusiness Work For Development: Access to Seed - Uganda

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!  

Dorina Prech Great video and insightful information there!

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 March 2017 at 01:49

#HEFORSHE: 2SCALE AND AGRIPROFOCUS CELEBRATE MEN WHO EMPOWER WOMEN

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic position in value chains and improving their access to agricultural training, seeds, fertilizers, and land.

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

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage. He for she très bon concept, nous trouvons que c'est dans l'ordre naturel des choses, car la discrimination est venue par les hommes et c'est toujours avec  les hommes que nous pouvons envisager des solutions durables.  Ici au Mali ONU-FEMME est réprésentée par un homme, et je vous assure que ça produit des effets. Nous disons merci à l'engagement du partenaire IFDC et à l'efficacité de la démarche 2SCALE. Et vivement la prochaine formation sur le genre dans les chaines de valeur agricole car cette formation est vraiment utile.On est ensemble

1 year 10 months ago

Cibarani Cibarani Belle initiative....De quoi donner envie à d'autres de redoubler davantage les aides qu'ils apportent aux femmes...

1 year 10 months ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci CIBARANI, le mérite vous revient car votre  action à Ouéléssébougou est très regardant sur la démarche genre.Nous suivons avec beaucoup d’intérêt vos activités.

1 year 10 months ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci beaucoup Anne Marie pour ce partage très intéressant, ce fut un moment de reconnaissance et de mérite pour ses braves hommes qui se battent chaque jour pour la cause des femmes ,ils  seront  désormais des références ! 

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 March 2017 at 02:54

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: ICRA

The AgriProFocus network consists of 32 Dutch members organisations. In a new vlog- serie we are introducing all Dutch members to you. Watch it and see what they can do for you!

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!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2017 at 08:36

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: Hivos

The AgriProFocus network consists of 32 Dutch members organisations. In a new vlog- serie we are introducing all Dutch members to you. Watch it and see what they can do for you!

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!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 February 2017 at 05:45

Wanted: 40 businesses looking to achieve growth for themselves and for Africa

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

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is indeed a great opportunity worth sharing more Anne Marie.Thanks for this.

1 year 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 February 2017 at 03:41

Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

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

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feb
15

Strengthening the onion value chain in West-Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 February 2017, 09:30-13:30
  Utrecht, The Netherlands

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:

  • Share your knowledge and experience about the onion value chain in West Africa.
  • Learn with other professionals to gain better insight in the challenges and opportunities.
  • Explore possibilities of taking part in a consortium to strengthen the onion value chain in West-Africa.
Who? 

Members of the AgriProFocus network and key stakeholders. Language will be Dutch or English depending on the participants.

Programme 

09:00-09:30 Arrival 

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 January 2017 at 12:23

AgriSkills4You: Ugandan youngsters start own business farms

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?

About AgriSkills4You

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.


Auma Sudia (18 years old)

“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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 January 2017 at 10:36

Apply for the Africa Green - SEED Awards!

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

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apr
25

Dairy & Poultry Trade Mission to Zambia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 April 2017 to 30 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Chisamba, Zambia

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 December 2016 at 12:14

We wish everyone happy holidays and we hope to see you all again in 2017!

William Sebunje Marry Xmass and Blessed new year 2017


2 years 3 weeks ago

Agape Ishabakaki Thanks Anne. Wishing you the same.


2 years 3 weeks ago

Joseph Sekiku From Kagera Region,  send you my wishes for a prosperous year 2017! The ending year 2016, has been challenging for us in Kagera, because for the first time in decades, the region has succumbed to extreme food shortage, making several households  live by handouts provided as relief foods imported from other regions of Tanzania!! To me this was a shame......... and a sign of failure on my part as an agricultural expert, NOT being able to help this region, NOT AND NEVER TO SUCCUMB TO SUCH shameful FOOD SHORTAGE. Remeber Kagera region is one of the most endowed region in Tanzania with good soils, conducive climate.. but investment in agricultural production is at its LOWEST. Would agro-profocus TEAM UP with the few of us members in the Kagera Region, to create and restore the difference?  Expand the Arusha office please..

2 years 3 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Dear Joseph, Happy New Year to you! Our colleagues in Tanzania are out of the office this week but on their return they will get in touch!

2 years 2 weeks ago

Hilda Okoth Dear @Joseph Sekiku, Happy New Year 2017. Its sad to hear about the situation that Kagera was in last year. We hope this year will be good. Replying to your question if the AgriProFocus can Team up with members from the Kagera i would say this - We will be having network session where members can pitch ideas on circular agribusiness, climate smart agriculture and inclusive agribusinesses. You are welcomed to join us in such sessions and we can together explore what to do. Regards

2 years 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 December 2016 at 09:04

Vacature: Coordinator Monitoring, Evaluatie & Leren

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 December 2016 at 09:22

How can you leverage Monitoring & Evaluation to generate new opportunities within a project?

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?

Check the PodCast!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 23 November 2016 at 02:04

Avez-vous bénéficié du réseau AgriProFocus en 2016?  

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!

      Participer à l'enquête!

Vos commentaires nous aideront à améliorer nos services dans votre pays et dans le monde entier. Nous partagerons les résultats de

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Gbétoho Boris LANDE Super!!!

2 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2016 at 01:54

How did you benefit from the AgriProFocus network in 2016?

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!

          TAKE THE SURVEY  


Your feedback will help us to improve our services worldwide. We will share the results of this survey on this platform!

SSEKYEWA HENRY Surely this platform has done  a great impact on different communities  as far as agriculture is concerned thanks.

2 years 1 month ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Henry! Please fee free to let us know your appreciation through the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KHQJWNW

2 years 1 month ago

Francis Mubanga I have been less than 4 month on this network and have benefited tremendously, unlike any other network i have ever been on. The platform has a wealth of information for ALL agribusiness. I truly appreciate your work, keep it up.

2 years 1 month ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Good to hear Francis Mubanga If you have ny suggestions for improvements, let us know! 

2 years 1 month ago

aug
09

28th International Leadership Workshop for Rural Youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 August 2017 to 22 August 2017 - All Day Event
  Herrsching, Germany

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 November 2016 at 12:51

How can we build and activate a multi-stakeholder coalition with ambitious goals and diversified partners?

Lessons learned from developing the multi-sector AIM coalition 

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 November 2016 at 08:17

Commercializing Food Security in Tanzania

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.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 November 2016 at 02:22

'Fresh Assembly Points' as distribution model for fresh produce 

In Africa produce is moved over hundreds of kilometers from rural farmers to urban-based distribution centers. Part of this produce is then moved back to an expanding network of rural retailers. Such distribution models are very difficult to enter for smallholder farmers.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 November 2016 at 10:37

Network energy during Dutch Members Meeting!

Sure you have asked yourself the question one time: ‘What is the added value of the AgriProFocus network for my work or organisation?’ This question (and getting the answer) was the aim of our Dutch members meeting on November 1st in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In a visual way, our members where taken through the strategy direction 2018-2022.

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.

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Rorian! What kind of training did you do? I hope you will benefit from this network!

2 years 2 months ago

Okello Justine Am more impressed with these where by we are welcome you to join us in educating and empowering our youth here in Eastern Uganda Serere and Uganda at large check our facebook page wwww facebook.com/agrictechug

2 years 2 months ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Justine, will follow your Facebook page!

2 years 2 months ago

Nesale Rorian Hello AgriProFocus  team. I was out of network for almost 3 weeks. thank Anne but late reply. i got the notification through my email. For my first time i tried to visit your website and read different written training's doc. posted there, and i took my time to join the team as i was also interested to start a small shamba work (small scale cultivation) in my area. 

2 years 1 month ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Rorian, good to hear! Our search bar is the place to look for any tips/training or materials you need. Good luck with your start-up and keep sharing with us.

2 years 1 month ago