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:
The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in partnership with the Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) and AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing a workshop on Contract Farming in Rwanda.
The objectives of the workshop are to:
1. Share current status of contract farming in Rwanda;
2. Present experiences and success stories of contract farming;
3. Develop recommendations for the promotion of contract farming.
The workshop will bring together public institutions, private companies, representatives’ farmers organizations, NGOs, Financial institutions and Development partners.
Venue: UMUBANO Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda
Time: September 27, 2017 (From 8.00 am to 12h30pm)
For further clarification and to confirm your participation, please contact:
Charles Murekezi: +250783008453 or email@example.com
This Course: Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security is highly valued by its participants. It is taking place in Wageningen, the Netherlands
Professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations can apply. For more information see the course webpage (click on title above).
Get some tips on the art of listening in this video by our trainer Mariette Gross.
The scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
You can check out all our courses on: www.icra-edu.org/courses
Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security,
12 - 30 March 2018, Wageningen, the Netherlands
for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. What can you learn from this course? Listen to what our alumni have to say in this video.
After attending this course one participant said:
“Since I apply methods from this course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.
More information is available on the course webpage
Scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
Application deadline with own funding is 20 January 2018
Please check our small electronic online catalogue link;
Making your own butter - very good investment
your money which you pay for machine, is going to return to you in very short time.
who wants to be dealer of our products ?
Deadline: October 01st, 2017
The Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) led by ICCO seeks the engagement of a producer to develop and film the documentary (Documentation of three path ways). In close collaboration with the Program Officer, the ICCO team and the teams of the various partner organizations, the consultant is expected to come up with a documentary that clearly answers the questions mentioned in the Terms of Reference.
Assignment Title: Documentation of three path ways
Assignment Dates: Maximum of 3 months (October – December 2017)
Assignment location: Uganda
The budget available for the full process is maximum Euro15,000
For more information, read the attached Terms of Reference
The East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference is only three weeks away and more than 200 delegates have already registered for the event, which will take place between 9th to 11th October in Maputo Mozambique.
The conference is expecting over 300 delegates in Maputo for this meeting of key people influencing the future direction of the fertilizer agribusiness industry in the region.
Why should you attend, over 30 speakers confirmed at the conference from Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa and Malawi. To learn about the speakers profile read HERE.
During the conference you will be able to hear the key debates on the following;
-View from the private sector: African fertilizers leader panel
-Policy development to support regional fertilizer trade and agribusiness
-Understanding African soils and their nutrient needs
-Opportunities for investment in agribusiness in Mozambique
-Meeting Africa's rice promise
-Build... Read more
Spark is a non-profit organization that develops higher education and entrepreneurship so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity.
SPARK has launched the 'Rebuilding Futures: Startup Competition' for entrepreneurs in fragile states. There is a trip to the Netherlands and a €10,000.00 startup grant available for the winner!
Interested applicants (entrepreneurs/startups) might fit the following criteria:
-Business idea or existing business under 1 year old
-An idea that addresses 'rebuilding futures' (aka a social enterprise, contributing to rebuilding of post-conflict -communities)
-Based in one of the countries SPARK works in (http://www.spark-online.org/)
More information and the application form are available here on our website (link: http://bit.ly/2x1Im56)
With this website, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents the results that the Netherlands, together with national and international partners, has achieved in the field of development co-operation in 2016.
Have a look at this very informative website, with information on country level, countries and themes: http://www.dutchdevelopmentresults.nl/
Making trade and investment flows sustainable is no easy feat in an unpredictable global economy. Climate change is not only leading to long-term drought but also to major flooding. And for truly equitable development to exist, attention must be paid to the disadvantaged position of women and girls. The Netherlands conti
Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.
We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!
Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.
While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.
Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.
Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!
The vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.
This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will monitor progress towards... Read more
The African Grain Trade Summit is a regular high level, international recognized grain industry conference that bring together business influencers, policy makers and other critical stakeholders from across the African continent and beyond that include heads of state and government, ministers, private sector business leaders, researchers and development partners for discussion about key issues and emerging trends in the grain sector on the continent.
The event will take place at White Sands Hotel in Dar es salaam Tanzania from 5th to 7th October 2017, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Summit will have 4 session and 2-3 papers will be presented by experts and industry practitioners in the relevant field.
Theme of the Summit "Setting New HorizonS: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa".
On how to register click here in order to attend and price for attending the Summit.
The AgriProFocus online platform is one of the main exchange and communication tool. With this tool, you can:
- Access useful local contacts through our Directory
- Market your products/services in our MarketPlace
- Market your organization/company
- Discuss agricultural issues with people from all over the world.
The online platform features new content on a daily basis with the latest news and information, an online marketplace to trade, a forum to discuss and an agribusiness directory where you can find all connected organisations and companies.
What will you learn?
This training will provide you with hands-on experience on how best to optimize the use of the platform, bylearning how to:
- Register /sign-up... Read more
AgriHub is a free mobile agricultural trading place. Whether you deal in agricultural machinery, organic foods, fruits and vegetables, inputs, poultry, dairy and much more, AgriHub allows you to share you products with buyers in East Africa and beyond.
COSTS: As a buyer or seller, AgriHub is available for use at no cost. The app only requires that you have an internet connection to enable you post a commodity and browse available products
NO REGISTRATION: No need for registration and username, simply post your product and a contact phone number. AgriHub was designed with the user in mind so simplicity was priority. It only takes 2 steps;
1. Go to google playstore, search for 'AgriHub' and install
2. Open app, browse available products and / or post your product
On Friday, 08th September 2017, the Agri BDS Network (https://agriprofocus.com/agri-bds-network) held its General Assembly at Umubano Hotel to gather members' ideas in making a setup which can enhance the marketing and increase their visibility locally and internationally.
The objective of the workshop was to commonly improve the orientation of the network and discussing the registration of the Agri BDS Network.
During the workshop, the network members discussed the progress in the registration of Agri BDS Network in Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The president of Agri BDS Network , Laurent ULIMUBENSHI (https://agriprofocus.com/profile/5117) has explained the whole registration process as well as the required documents including the identity number of the network. He explained that Agri BDS Network doesn’t have ID number to be used in the registration due to the fact that it works as a social network, not as a company.
On the issue of registration,... Read more
Learn from 2SCALE how partnerships and bottom-up innovations can help you build a profitable and inclusive agribusiness.
2SCALE is an agribusiness incubator aiming to improve rural livelihoods and food & nutrition security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries. Through public-private partnerships, smallholder farmers and local agribusiness work together on organizing access to inputs, strengthening market intelligence and bargaining power, and other interventions to make their value chains more inclusive. In this course 2SCALE will present methodologies and practical tools used to build this inclusiveness.
Source: The New Times
Fourteen years ago, he was a well paid worker at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) earning a monthly salary of Rwf1 million.
Many in his shoes would not even think of giving up such a well paying job in exchange for the ‘hoe.’
But for Jean Claude Shirimpumu, a resident of Gicumbi District, after 8 years at RBC, he quit his job to start a new life as a farmer.
Now the Managing Director of Vision Agribusiness Farm in Gicumbi, Shirimpumu earns millions from rearing pigs, chicken, cows, goats and sheep. He also grows beans and maize on large scale.