Bente Meindertsma

Country Coordinator

Yangon, Myanmar

About Me

I am the country coordinator for the new AgriProFocus network in Myanmar. The job is part of the Young Experts Programme (YEP).
After studying International Relations, I started working as a Supply and Development Manager for Max Havelaar, the Dutch Fairtrade Foundation. Furthermore, I have worked as a reporter for Vice Versa, the Dutch platform for journalism about international cooperation.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 30 June 2017 at 05:17

First successful exchange between agribusinesses and State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs)

On Wednesday, June 28, Aeres, MDF and AgriProFocus organized a workshop about modernizing and diversifying the curriculum of the SAIs and assessing the requirements of the private sector for future students. For the SAI teams, it was the first time to directly exchange ideas with representatives from agribusinesses. 

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.

Capacity for curriculum de

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Roel Snelder Congrats: sounds like a strong foundation for educating aspiring Myanmar agri-professionals to be able to link to innovative agri-businesses

3 weeks 1 day ago

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Strengthening linkages between SAIs and private sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  28 June 2017, 11:00-15:00
  CARTC, Hlegu

MDF Asia, Aeres and AgriProFocus Myanmar would like to invite you to participate in a workshop on Wednesday, June 28, on modernizing and diversifying the curriculum of State Agricultural Institute (SAIs) and assessing the requirements of the private sector for future students.

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.

Capacity for curriculum development starts with a clear understanding of the requirements of the labour market. From June 27 to 29, five pilot SAIs will participate

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 21 June 2017 at 07:38

Vacancy: Project manager ICCO Pulses, People, Planet & Profit (P4) project

Pulses value chains, specifically for mungbeans, offer great potential to lift many Myanmar farmers and labourers out of poverty. The overall objective of the P4 project is to increase the income for 10,000 smallholder mungbean farmers, of which 20% are landless female farm labourers, in 4 townships in Yangon (Thongwa and Kayan) and Magway (Magway and Aung Lan) Regions. P4’s specific objectives are to improve the enabling environment for the mungbean value chain in Myanmar by proposing policy and regulatory reforms; to increase the volume of mungbeans purchased by premium market buyers from farmers’ groups by enhancing access to support services on GAP, CSA and collective marketing; and to increase the mungbean farmers’ productivity and quality of produce by enhancing access to support services and good quality mungbean seeds. The Markets for the Poor (M4P), Value Chain Development (VCD) and public-private partnerships

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 21 June 2017 at 07:33

Vacancy: Admin & Finance Officer for ICCO Pulses, People, Planet & Profit (P4) project

Based in: Yangon, Myanmar

Closing date: July 2nd, 2017

ICCO Cooperation (Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation) is a Dutch organization with 50 years of experience and global presence of five regional offices. The regional office in South East Asia implements programs in Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. Together with our partners from the public and private sector ICCO works towards a just and dignified life for all, by promoting opportunities for economic empowerment and inclusive development. Responsible and inclusive growth in Myanmar is connected to ICCO’s two core principles: Securing Sustainable Livelihoods and Justice & Dignity for All. “Because a livelihood without rights is not sustainable and because dignity only comes with a livelihood in which rights are respected.” Our regional office is based in Denpasar, Indonesia. 

The aim of ICCO’s current program i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 June 2017 at 06:29

YOMA BANK Announced a Partnership with RABOBANK to Provide Financial Solutions to Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector

Yangon, Myanmar – June 7th, 2017 – Yoma Bank announced a two-year partnership with Rabobank with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as represented by the Dutch Embassy. The envisaged outcomes of the partnership are to improve financial inclusion particularly in rural Myanmar, and to provide financial solutions to key stakeholders in the agriculture sector. The technical assistance is to be provided by Rabo International Advisory Services (RIAS), a consultancy leg that is part of the Rabobank Group. The partnership builds on the current partnership between Yoma Bank and The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) will further strengthens Yoma Bank’s goal to offer inclusive financial services in Myanmar.

The main focal points of the program are:

  • Further optimization of Yoma Bank’s Hire Purchase product to further boost mechanization in the countrysid

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 30 May 2017 at 07:06

Agribusiness and de SDG's 

How the agribusiness sector in ASEAN can embrace the Sustainable Development Goals 

CSR Asia, Oxfam and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) jointly published a report to highlight the role of the agribusiness sector in the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states in the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From ending poverty and hunger to responding to climate change and sustaining our natural resources, food and agriculture. 

There is an expectation that businesses - including agribusinesses - will use their resources, capabilities and creativity in delivering real solutions to these global challenges. Private business activity, investment and innovation are seen as the major drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation. In the region, there is a need for businesses to adopt a more sustainable strategy for growth, not only looking for eco

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 23 May 2017 at 03:47

Vacancy: Network officer AgriProFocus Myanmar 

Position: Full time

Period: June - 31 September (with possibility to extend the contract when performing well )

Location: Yangon

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch Roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

In November 2016 we started setting up our network in Myanmar. To develop relationships with Myanmar stakeholders from all different sectors and support the rollout of programs , AgriProFocus is looking for a network officer.

You will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Promote the network among Myanmar partners

  • Establish strong re

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 19 May 2017 at 01:24

Job opportunity for Myanmar National at Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Myanmar project

Executive Assistant – ISSD Myanmar Project 

Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme in Myanmar (ISSD Myanmar) 

Duty station: Seed Division, DOA, Nay Pyi Taw 

Closing date of application: 29 May 2017 

The position 

The job advertised by this vacancy is for the position of Executive Assistant in the Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) in Myanmar Project. You will work in a small team based at the Seed Division, consisting of a national project coordinator (fulltime), a project officer early generation seed (EGS) production (fulltime), two EGS advisors (part-time), a platform advisor (part-time) and a project advisor (part-time).The team closely collaborates with a second team based in Mandalay, consisting of four seed business experts (full-time). You will be supervised by the

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 19 May 2017 at 01:05

Job opportunity for Myanmar National at Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) Myanmar project 

National Project Coordinator ISSD Myanmar 

Department of Agriculture (DOA), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MOALI) Integrated Seed Sector Development Programme in Myanmar (ISSD Myanmar) 

Duty station: Seed Division, DOA, Nay Pyi Taw 

Closing date of application: 29 May 2017 

The position 

The job advertised by this vacancy is for the position of national project coordinator. You will lead the project on a day to day basis. You will provide guidance and oversight to a small team of fulltime and parttime staff based at the Seed Division. Staff include a project officer early generation seed (EGS) production (fulltime), two EGS advisors (part-time), a platform advisor (part-time), a project advisor (part-time) and an executive assistant (fulltime). Moreover, you will ensure close collaboration with another project team based in Mandalay, consisting of four

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 15 May 2017 at 09:14

Position Junior Consultant Food Security and Nutrition at FAO regional office for Asia and the Pacific (Bangkok) 

The Junior Consultant will work on the Regional Initiative on Zero Hunger Challenge (RI-ZHC) in the Social-Economic, Development and Policy Support Group (ESP). 

Expected starting date is June 1, 2017. Expected end date of the assignment is November 30, 2017.  

Please find the TOR attached. 



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Aid and International Development Forum Asia Summit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  14 June 2017 to 15 June 2017 - All Day Event
  Nay Pyi Taw

The 3rd annual Aid & Development Asia Summit will take place on 14-15 June 2017 at the Myanmar International Convention Centre (MICC2) in Nay Pyi Taw, the capital city of Myanmar.

Gathering over 250 senior representatives and advisors from regional governments, UN agencies, international and regional NGOs, development banks, donors, military, research institutes and the private sector, the Summit looks at how technological innovations and best practice can improve aid delivery and development strategy in Asia, with a particular focus on Myanmar.

The Aid & Development Asia Summit 2017 is an exclusive platform uniting regional and global expertise, offering an unparalleled opportunity for knowledge exchange, cross-sector engagement and collaboration.

For more information and registration, please go to the Asia Aid Forum website



Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 10 May 2017 at 04:09

Vacancy: Trainer/Capacity Builder at MDF Asia Myanmar 

  Under the Young Expert Programme of the Netherlands Government, MDF Asia Myanmar office in Yangon is currently seeking to fill the following position: Trainer / Capacity Builder. 

The YEP programme is an excellent opportunity for medium-level professional with Myanmar nationality as it involves extensive training and coaching in the Netherlands and in Myanmar. 

The trainer is expected to (assist with) preparing, conducting / facilitating training and capacity building sessions for (middle) managers in the agriculture and water sector (amongst others). The topic of these trainings is diverse, and depends on the expertise of the trainer. Examples include project and program management skills, management skills, and communication skills Under the close guidance of the country director, the (junior) trainer will also be asked to assist with workshops, research, data collection, reporting. 

This position will be under t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 April 2017 at 07:51

Act Alliance: People will suffer if only investors' concerns are considered

The European Union (EU) and Myanmar have entered the final negotiations on an Investment Protection Agreement. The agreement aims to promote EU investment in Myanmar, investment intended to bring foreign capital, employment, new technologies, skills and know-how to the country. However, a new report, commissioned by ACT Alliance EU and Myanmar, warns that the agreement, alongside stimulating investment, may also lead to human rights violations and hinder future development.‘Investment agreements have failed to prevent human rights abuses by foreign investors. And I am sorry to note how we as European countries prioritize growth and trade above basic human rights. Many governments are eager to attract and promote investments, but if these come at the expense of human rights, development for poor and vulnerable people may be jeopardized’ says ACT Alliance EU Director, Floris Faber.On the one hand, investment agre

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Myanmar Mango & Tea Festival, Horti Trade Fair

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Myanmar
  20 May 2017 to 22 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Institute of Sport & Physical Education in Mandalay

The event is organized by the Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) Yangon & Mandalay.

The goals of the event are:

· To boost the quality of existing Myanmar Mango and Tea varieties for export to International markets

· To identify new kinds of Myanmar Mango and Tea and give their names

· To distribute the awarded varieties to different regions of Myanmar

· To create the market linkages with producers, buyers, exporters and others

· To display different kinds of Agricultural fresh produces and other commodities

The 3 Day event will be attended by:

· Exhibitors showcasing their companies

· 88 Booths with Chinese Exhibitors

· Farmers/Producers

· Importers / Exporters

· Buyers

· Input suppliers

· Agricultural

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 April 2017 at 05:08

Agriterra Myanmar is hiring

Job Description

The local business advisor will work according to the ‘Job description Business Advisor’ and under the direct responsibility of the manager Agri-Advice in the Netherlands. He or she will work in close collaboration with the other business advisors for Myanmar (currently 1 person) and of the Agriterra Asia Team. This person will provide expert advice, coordinate advisory trajectories with clients, and have an advisory and broker role in the closing of business deals aimed at building well-organised and operational cooperatives and farmers’ organisations. In order to achieve this, the successful candidate will initiate and maintain a network that will include cooperatives and farmers’ organisations, financial institutions, traders, service providers and other stakeholders in the value chain. He/she will initiate and guide change trajectories with clients, and will lobby, mediate and support negotiation processes, as well as prepare business deals

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 April 2017 at 10:20

East-West Seed supports Myanmar government in improving the productivity of vegetable farmers

Registered as a foreign company in Myanmar, East-West Seed is engaged in producing and distributing high quality vegetable seeds, as well as providing training to farmers through its Knowledge Transfer activities.

The Hague, 20 April 2017 -- A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other private Dutch companies who are operating in Myanmar.

Other members of the high level delegation are the minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, the chief minister of Yangon, H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, and the chief minister of Ayeyarwady, H.E. Mahn Johnny.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to share with the leaders of Myanma

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 6 April 2017 at 04:45

A new network and fresh perspectives on Nuffic Alumni food security event Yangon

On March 31 and April 1, MDF Myanmar, Holland Alumni Association Myanmar (HAAM), Golden Plain and AgriProFocus Myanmar organized a Nuffic Alumni event about food security in Yangon.

All Myanmar professionals that studied in the Netherlands or received training from a Dutch institution were invited to network and learn about hot topics related to food security. Furthermore, Dutch and Myanmar companies, NGO’s, farmers organizations and even members of parliament active in the food security sector attended the two day event.

On the first day, Ohnmar Khaing, Myanmar Program Manager at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), introduced the food security framework and current debates. Participants then were invited to share their own ideas about lessons learned and opportunities in shaping food security in Myanmar in a world cafe discussion.

Critical questions to the government

The aft

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Wim Goris thanks for the update. will you circulate presentations too?

3 months 2 weeks ago

Bente Meindertsma Yes, we sent around the presentations to all the participants. If you're interested, I can share them with you too. 

3 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 17 March 2017 at 09:12

Great interest in Geodata for Agriculture and Water workshop in Myanmar 

On March 16, AgriProFocus Myanmar, together with the Netherlands Space Offcie organized a information and matchmaking workshop for Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW). The aim of the workshop was to inspire and facilitate potential partnerships for the 3rd call for proposals of the G4AW Facility with objectives, criteria, and timeline information.

The G4AW Facility is a programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Space Office is responsible for the implementation of this programme. G4AW supports projects to develop and operate information and/or financial services to improve food security in partner countries. The projects are aimed to improve sustainable food production and to increase the efficient use of inputs like seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and water in agriculture by providing satellite information based products and services to smallholders. Satellite

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 13 March 2017 at 09:25

Fruits of labour; Following Myanmar's produce trail

TAKE AN early morning walk down almost any street in the commercial capital and it’s likely you’ll stumble upon a group of street vendors laying out their wares for the day ahead. These stalls sell the fruits and vegetables that Yangonites – both native and adopted – consume on a daily basis.

But where did their produce come from and how did it get here? Frontier travelled to the bustling Thiri Mingalar Market in Hlaing Township, one of the largest wholesale bazaars in the city, to find out.

Orange – lainmaw thee

At this time of year, fruits such as apples, grapes, pears and small oranges that are sold in Yangon mostly come from China. The larger, better quality oranges are grown in Hsipaw in northern Shan State, said fruit vendor Ma Moe Moe.

The small oranges from China, known as pya lainmaw in Myanmar language, are cheap and considered less nutritious. The Shan State oranges are thought to be healthier but are more expensive, she

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 28 February 2017 at 08:50

Did you study in the Netherlands or receive training from a Dutch organization in Myanmar? 

Then we are looking for you!