Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.
AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.
Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.
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.
Watch how our network members appreciate our linking, learning and leadership activities below or check our 2018 FACTSHEET
On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.
This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.
The full panel included:
Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business
Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA
Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t... Read more
Online poll now open
The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.
Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote :
It is not the farm that makes a farmer; it is the love, hardwork and character.
Access to resources-markets, information and knowledge was one of the facilitated parallel sessions that attracted a high number of participants with majority of youths acknowledging lack of finance as one of the major hindrances in venturing into agripreneurship.
In 2013, Mr. Patrick Nderitu, Founder Mwihoko Community Based Organization in Gatundu, South Kiambu County realized that most farmers were borrowing money from “ch... Read more
In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.
Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.
The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map
During the previous training which took place in June 2018, on Introduction to properties and Soil preparation & Introduction to IPM label and IPM personal safety and chemicals, farmers and cooperatives members indicated the need for capacity building on good agriculture practices, pests and diseases Identification & Management.
With the support of partner institutions CAVM Huye, IPRC Huye and RAB, agronomists conducted an outreach training with the support of Mr. Stolker Hendrick from Delphy on good agriculture practices, pests and diseases Identification & Management as was requested by the farmers.
Training on horticulture topics started with a 3 days ToT of 9 trainers from higher learning institutions and RAB northern province combined with preparatory visit of farmers’ field to gather more insights on agriculture practices at the farm level.
After the training... Read more
Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.
These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.
A stocktaking mission took place in March 2018, to understand the status quo of Career Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) at all institutions. The mission revealed a need to strengthen the CIAG basic expertise and knowledge at partner institutions and the necessity to provide support for the drafting of an initial outline of CIAG policy and action plan at the institutional level -in line with RP and UR policies-.
In August 2018 at Hotel Villa Portofino-Kigali, the SEAD Project in collaboration with Rwanda development board (RDB) conducted a 4 days workshop on Career Information Advice and Guidance facilitated by Dr. (Rita) van Deuren from our international partner Maastricht School of Management (MSM).
The participants in the workshop were staff from IPRCs, UR and INES RUHENGELI responsible for Career Guidance in their respective institutions. The main objectives of the workshop were to equip participants with Career Guidance skills to... Read more
From 9-13 July 2018, SEAD international partner Q-Point conducted a five days poultry training on feed formulation and feed management in Rwamagana District. As usual for outreach training, the course started with the training of trainers from the partners institutions IPRC Gishari, IPRC Ngoma and UR- CAVM Nyagatare and extension service providers from the Rwamagana and Kayonza Districts. The training was facilitated by Mark Bos. On the second day, the participants went on a field visit to Poultry Farmer Cooperative Innovations (PFCI) to acquire more information on the aforementioned topics. On the third day, the trainers developed materials and adapted the training methodologies to be used the next day in outreach training of about 30 farmers from different districts of Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma and Rwamagana.
The training of farmers combined classroom sessions and field visits for practical training on the above stated... Read more
From 26th-27th September 2018, the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA) in partnership with the SEAD project, GAIN and RAB organized a 2018 General Assembly meeting at Hill Top Hotel, Kigali. The meeting gathered more than hundred poultry farmers from all over the country whereby they discussed the current situation of the poultry industry, challenges and the policy governing the poultry sector. The session was officially declared open by Dr Uwituze Solange, the Deputy Director General (DDG) in charge of Animal resources at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) who thanked the RPIA and its partners for their invaluable contribution to the poultry sector development. The DDG gave the current picture of the poultry sector in Rwanda with a poultry population of 8 million whose egg production is estimated at 150 Million per year or 8000 metric tons of eggs. Chicken meat production is estimated at 30,000 me... Read more
''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”
The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.
The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo... Read more
The global challenge is to provide sufficient food for a nutritious diet for healthy living for the growing world population that can be sustained for generations. This course explores the role of food systems in the provision of healthy and sustainable diets at national, regional and global levels.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Participants get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;
- Participants are able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;
- Participants are able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies
The course is open to international participants and to MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood gov... Read more
The Top 74 is a yearly ranking of Agriterra’s clients based on their performance. The clients are evaluated a financial ratio analysis, client’s contribution to Agriterra’s 2020 Goals, an evaluation by the business advisor, non-financial performance indicators, the availability of required documentation and a financial health check. Each category has its own weight, leading to a total score per client.
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Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
Source: The NewTimes
The government has said that the high cost of irrigation, land fragmentation as well as encroachment of land designated for farming activities by construction projects, have hindered irrigation targets, calling for a review.
The revelations was made last week as officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources met parliamentarians
MP Albert Ruhakana said that in the 2017/2018 fiscal year, the target was to irrigate 100,000 hectares of farmland, which he said was overambitious.
According to figures from the ministry, only 50,000 hectares are currently catered for by irrigation schemes countrywide.
“The target of 2024 is to irrigate 102,000 hectares. Why is the expectation of 2017 targeted to be realised in 2024? We should analyse the issue to exactly know the challenges that slowed the progress to achieve the target in 2017,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Jean Claude... Read more
Environmentally, food loss and waste inflict a host of impacts, including unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and inefficiently used water and land…
This training workshop is aimed at helping our client understand how well they can apply GIS and RS in their d... Read more
Join iBAN’s and BoPInc’s webinar: Innovative financing opportunities for inclusive agri-business
Time: 10.00 UTC
In 2017, investors poured over US$ 200bn into companies that combine social and environmental goals with financial returns. This trend is growing with the recognition that public funding alone cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This one hour webinar lays out the new and emerging opportunities in innovative finance for agribusiness. Here are some of the new forms of financing that will be covered: Public Private Partnerships, Thematic Bonds, Project Finance, Blended Finance, Result-based financing, Agricultural value-chain finance and crowdfunding.