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 farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.
+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities
+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Innovation Labs
+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Joint Campaigns
A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.
The 2017 factsheet can be found here or watch how our network members appreciate our linking, learning and leadership activities below:
Am by names of FRED Mwumvaneza, a student from University of Rwanda-College
of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in agricultural
mechanization department .
A big thank to
AgriProFocus Rwanda for organizing 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival
which took place at Nyagatare Campus.
Its a big pleasure to have this festival as students and this inspires us to be innovators and help engaging youth in agribusinesses, without depending on white color job.
The College of Kigali (formerly IPRC-Kigali) is likely to host the headquarters of the new institution of higher learning.
The new institute, during the transition phase headed by the director general of WDA and a vice chancellor, has clearly shown it ambitions from the start. Among these, closer collaboration with the private sector to ensure quality students placements for internships and training; strong support toward the Made-in-Rwanda campaign and engaging qualified private individuals to help in practica... Read more
Seize this opportunity to recognise and celebrate an outstanding individual or institution that is leading the effort to change the reality of farming in Africa from a struggle to survive to a business that thrives and deserves this preeminent award. Nominations must be received no later than Tuesday 15 May, 2018.
Call: International Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials Seed Money Projects (SMPs) 2018
Seed Money Projects serve to initiate (or act as the ‘seed’ for) international partnerships for Dutch SMEs in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors. The creation of a consortium is key in this. The objective is to contribute to the sustainable development of a local agricultural and/or horticultural system. This is conditional on the participation of a local problem owner (a business and/or government) able to point to a demand and necessity for the project. A Seed Money Project results in an international partnership feasibility business model. A good business model is managed and supported by business and must be capable of ‘tempting’ other potential candidate consortium members to participate and thus contribute to international system solutions in the Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials sectors.
Applications and explanatory notes
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French here: http://prized4d.africamuseum.be/fr
Everyone with an innovative idea or success story about digitisation for development can participate in the Prize D4D. From February 15 2018 onwards, the public can vote for its favourite success stories via the online voting system. Both in the category 'iStartUp' (innovative idea) and the category 'iStandOut' (success story), the jury nominates three initiatives and one of them is selected as the winner. In the category 'iChoose', a third winner is chosen online by the public. All 3 winners will receive their prizes at the award ceremony in the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren.
Meetings at IPRC South and Musanze Polytechnic, both pioneering in irrigation & drainage, provided valuable information on the programmes that are already in place at TVET level, albeit at level 3 or (as far as advanced/diploma level is concerned) not formally placed on the RTQF yet. For the purpose of aligning the RTQF advanced/diploma curricula in Irrigation and Drainage to the degree programmes, the mission also included a meeting with a team from INES-Ruhengeri, the land- & water management institute, who shared their wealth of experience and materials of irrigation & water engineering related programmes.
To complement the view on what is happening at university level, Nyagatare campus was visited where disc... Read more
The week started off with training of trainers’ sessions with participants from UR/CAVM, Musanze Polytechnic, IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and RAB (Northern Zone). In the ToT, the training programme for the roll out to dairy farmers was further prepared, especially in collecting financial data from invited farmers to establish a benchmark. The remainder of the week was used to deliver the training on financial record keeping to a group of 20, very enthusiastic and active, dairy farmers. The training showed that there are still challenges around, trustworthy, data (or databases) for benchmarking and the collection thereof. It also showed that presenting the results of data collection, farmers are very much triggered to provide financial d... Read more
For establishing the highest impact, it is important that the project engages with all actors in the chain, from service & input providers, to farmers, cooperatives, processors, traders and, not to forget, the customers. Having a single point of access into the value chains is a deliberate strategy of the project, witnessed by established collaboration with IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and the Rwanda National Dairy Platform. For the poultry chain, the SEAD project engaged in a collaboration with the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA), of which Mr. Jean Claude Ruzibiza is the president.To confirm our collaboration, that will be anchored in a Memorandum of... Read more
To determine general problems in implementation of gender policies and to determine possibilities for crosscutting support th
In September and October, the research teams were engaged in preparing their proposals for requesting funding from the SEAD Research & Innovation Promotion Fund. A total of 7 proposals were proposed for funding by the technical selection committee, that was composed of Profs Van Dijk and De Clercq as well as representatives from the PMT. The successful projects included 1) Impact of poultry cages on increasing of poultry production in smallholder poultry farmers in Nyagatare district; 2) Phenotypic characterisation and on-farm production performance of indigenous chicken in Rwanda; 3) Landscape-based assessment of rainwater harvesting and storage technologies and their impact on carrot production in Musanze District; 4) Effect of intercropping cabbage with onion as a pest control measures. Case study: Southern province of Rwanda; 5) Effects of drip irrigation management on growth and yield of beetroots; 6) Factors affecting potato production i
The training started with training of trainers (ToT) which attracted 25 participants. The two day workshop focused on (1) Training of Trainers in the subject of Composting, including a field visit; (2) Development of the tailor-made training; and (3) Development/Adaptation of training materials. The remaining three days focused on the roll out of the training to farmers, cooperatives, and agribusinesses ‘in the field’ by beneficiaries’ trainers, coached by facilitators.
Van Hall Larenstein (VHL) is a University of Applied Sciences, founded over a century ago, with two locations in the Netherlands: Velp and Leeuwarden. They offer Bsc. programs, Msc. programs and short higher vocational training programs, both nationally and internationally oriented. They also conduct practice-based research, which enhances both our teaching ability and our position as a research institute. VHL is organized in three focus areas: Food and Dairy, Animals and Business and Delta Areas and Resources.
For an impression, see the drone images of our university and beautiful estate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=94DSTrdjFyA. VHL has been involved in various projects all over the world for decades. We have experience in capacity-building projects in higher education in sub-Sahara Africa, the Far East and Central and South America. In the SEAD project VHL focusses on Value Chain management,... Read more
The Project Management Team of the SEAD project wishes all a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2018. We are looking forward to work with all of you to strengthen the capacities in the value chains, the agricultural sector and contribute to food security and, whilst doing that, can truly support Rwandan farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses!
The last quarter of 2017 has witnessed a range of activities in the SEAD project. We are very happy to see that the project managed to keep the momentum that was created in the previous quarters. We strive to have 2018 a year in which this continues and, with joint efforts, can even step up certain interventions.
In this newsletter, short impressions are given on the various activities, one being the Research Activities facilitated by Profs. Van Dijk (MSM) and De Clercq (Stellenbosch). Others include the roll out of the tailor made training in Financial record keeping for dairy farmers by Mark Bos (Q-Point) and the trainin
Hello, AgriProFocus users!
Do you have an idea to ensure food security, decrease malnutrition or prevent famine? Join the #Hack
75% of the world's poor live in rural areas and 2.5 billion people derive their livelihoods from agriculture. However, low agricultural productivity, poor transportation systems and limited policies affect their production and agriculture trade. Today, more than 800 million people worldwide are undernourished, while more than a billion tons of food never make it to the table.
This is exactly where solutions are crucially needed to develop new sustainable agricultural practices, support small-scale and family farmers and allow them equal access to land, technology and markets.
IUFoST (www.IUFoST.org) presently organizing the 19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress from October 23 -27. 2018 in Mumbai, India. To stimulate the young generation’s interested in improving the Food Supply in a sustainable way on a local but also global level a Student Video Competition has been initiated for the >IUFoST ROSE SPIESS AWARD FOR A SUSTAINABLE FOOD SUPPLY<</p>
We invite students from all scientific areas around the globe to think about possible improvements of the food chain, develop strategies and visualize their ideas in a video, alone or together with friends and colleagues. Details on the Competition are attached, see especially >Information – IUFoST< . The attached information are also accessible in the Internet under >IUFoST Rose Spiess Award< (3 Documents: Information - IUFoST; Form - IUFoST; Proposal Form - IUFoST). The best videos will be awarded, besides the recognition of presenting an important idea to improve the food supply chain the winners will receive e
I am pleased to announce that The Intellecap Impact Investment Network (I3N) is accepting applications from promising enterprises for its February 2018, Enterprise Showcase in Nairobi.
We kindly request you to refer to us promising early stage social enterprises in your knowledge which meet the below criteria:
· Are in the sectors of Agriculture, Education, Clean Energy, Healthcare, Financial Inclusion, Water, and Sanitation clearly catering to rural, low-income, disadvantaged communities.
· Have an experienced and dedicated promoter team
· Have a clear for-profit business model with high potential for scale
· Have some proof of concept on the ground, and are preferably generating revenues
· Are looking for funding in the range of USD 100K - USD 1mn
8 companies will be chosen from the applicants to get in-depth hand-holding and investment readiness support from the I3N team, and then be showcased to I3N angel investors for investment. Furthermore, these enterprises will... Read more