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.
Find out more about our new strategy 2018 - 2022 HERE
AgriProFocus adapted its Gender in Value Chains coaching track and tools for these trainings. The trainings are currently taking place in four countries involving partners in Eastern, Southern and West Africa and Indonesia.
In Malawi, the training included a field visit to smallholder tea farmers around Mulanje. These farmers are organized in trusts. The trusts sell green leafs to bigger tea estates, which are being processed and then consumed internationally. The fieldtrip was used to get more information from the smallholders regarding how gender differences affect benefits farmers receive, amongst others. In this part of... Read more
This blog is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'
‘Nancy participated in a trajectory that the Agriprofocus network organized for the private sector in Uganda. Her Agri&Food company, Amatheon-Agri Uganda (AAU), wanted to receive more and better maize from its out-growers. Initial assessments by Nancy at field level showed that average yields were, indeed, low compared to the national average. Closing the yield gap would translate into a potential gain of 682-2,556 megaton maize a year.
To assess the gap between male and female out-growers in participation, leadership and access to extension, Nancy used the diagnostic tools from the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkit. Her findings showed that weeding, which takes a lot of time, is largely delegated to women, but that they have no access to labour-saving tools. Overall the use of improved tools, practices and inp... Read more
AgriProFocus network have been working together promoting farmer entrepreneurship since over the pastdecade. Great results have been achieved through a range of different approaches. But many challenges remain, and new ones emerge. In order to work more effectively and contribute more to the development of agriculture, we devised a new strategy for 2018 - 2022. We formulated this strategy based on inputs from our network countries member and other stakeholders. In the future, we will work with the change makers and more focusing on facilitating the process of linking members, learning among the members, and enabling the leadership within networks in order to leverage multi-stakeholder solutions and innovations, the latest trends, joint campaigns, and promoting better policies. Through all of this strategies, together we can makeagribusiness work for development. Please download the strategy paper AgriProFocus HERE (English).
We look forward to work with y... Read more
This call for condensed papers is on the occasion of the 2nd Africa Congress on Conservation Agriculture in October in Johannesburg.
The call is extended to all potential participants who wish to make an oral or a poster presentation relevant to the Congress theme and any of the specific sub-themes as stated below. Authors should indicate whether they wish to do oral or poster presentations.
Theme: The theme of the congress is “Making Climate-Smart Agriculture Real in Africa with Conservation Agriculture: Supporting the Malabo Declaration and Agenda 2063”.
1. Role of CA in achieving Agenda 2063 goals and SDGs in Africa for building climate-smart agricultural systems
2. Mainstreaming of CA paradigm at the institutional and sectorial level and within governments’ systems in bringing about the sustainable transformation of agricultural systems in Africa
3. The critical role... Read more
The 2nd ACCA Congress is being organised by ACT, the African Conservation Tillage Network. ACT aims at the following outcomes for this congress:
On May 15, four Dutch development partners invited European development partners in Brussels to present and discuss the outcomes of a joint study on the demand for and supply of risk capital for agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Sahara Africa with cases form Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia. The European Commission, Social Impact Funds, development partners and EU Platforms were present at the event hosted by the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.
Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. The growth phase of the businesses determines the need for specific financial deals, type of financial products and business support services (BDS). However, both the private and th... Read more
The objective of the just concluded Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Summit “Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) was to provide an opportunity for cross-sector networking and knowledge exchange that is competent and neutral, technical and commercial by bringing together all stakeholders, including regional governments and policymakers, private sector and research organisations, UN agencies and civil society.
60 expert speakers shared their insight on how to ensure long-term food security to support socio-economic transformation whilst minimizing environmental impact.
Some of the topics discussed included:
1. A Strategic Approach and Business Model for Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture in Africa
This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'
How can this be changed?
It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’
When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio... Read more
Do you know about the 23 June 2018 big event? As there are many Ethiopian Wageningen University alumni, the University asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in support of the Netherlands Embassy (EKN) and BENEFIT-Partnership, to organize a 100-year Celebration in Ethiopia around the theme "Access to healthy food in African mega cities" on June 23.
Do you want to participate on this big event? Or Are you looking for Job opportunities?
This new brochure presents experiences and practical lessons of members of the Netherlands Working Group for International Nutrition (NWGN) (e.g. ICCO, SNV and KIT), and opportunities for action by NGOs, companies and public institutions. It summarises the findings from an internal workshop by NWGN in December 2017 held at KIT/Royal Tropical Institute.
Support of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform helped realising this brochure.
The brochure will serve as input for an expert meeting with a key note by IFPRI this Thursday 17 May 2018 in The Hague. (fully booked)
This is the link to the brochure: http://knowledge4food.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/nwgn_nutrition-metrics-publication180515.pdf
!Find the outcomes of the expert meeting on 17 May on www.knowledge4food.net soon.
To all those organisation who with all good intentions think they can solve the problem of Africa: agricultural experts, advisers, policy makers and scientists; their expensive advice is almost always build on scientific insights, but noton what is going on in the villages and the fields in Africa. And that is where the problem lies. The solutions in Africa that have been applied in practice for many years are being overlooked. In my opinion two things are important when it comes to improving agriculture in Africa: 1) not forgetting about local context and 2) being aware that there is also a sequence in interventions. Let me explain this.
From scientific knowledge to practical application of my knowledge
I have worked at the Wageningen University and Research Center for years, the stronghold of technological agriculture. Almost two years ago I got the chance to translate my scientific knowledge into a practical application in Africa... Read more
The deadline for the 2nd round of proposals is 30 May. Finalist will be teamed up with a coach within the Dutch financial sector.
MoMo finalists will pitch their business proposals at the Global Impact Investor Forum 2018 in Paris on 30 and 31 October. The best proposal of the MoMo challenge stands to win € 25,000 to further develop the business case.
MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in developing countries with a Dutch link. They are looking forward to receive your proposal. Read more here: http://www.momo4climate.org/news/119-2nd-call-for-proposals-opened
TUBULAR BIOGAS- A LOW COST BIOGAS INSTALLATION THAT ADDRESSES DEFORESTATION!! SMART ENERGY SOLUTION!!
Biogas (like any other natural or LPG cooking gas) is potential remedy to deforestation and environmental degradation. However, for communities who re lavishing in a vicious cycle of poverty, it may never be possible for them to realize that COW SHIT or even human shit, can be a major solution to the cooking energy needs.
I have been able to make biogas using a plastic tube. Everything considered, this is less than TZS 150,000/-/
UIUC is soliciting expressions of interest in this position and this position is contingent on funding. We recommend submitting your application ahead of application deadline.
Summary of Position:
AgReach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) seeks qualified Visiting Youth and Gender Specialist candidates for an anticipated four-year USAID-funded higher education program in Malawi. The primary objective of this initiative is to increase Malawi’s skilled, employable workforce by expanding access to higher education, especially for vulnerable populations including youth and women in rural areas by focusing on high-demand employment subjects and training programs for increased economic impact. Over the longer-term, this will result in increasing economic opportunities for youth who stay in school.
The Visiting Youth and Gender specialist will be responsible for design and implementation of activities to enhance adolescent... Read more
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Interview Louise Anten, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For the AgriProFocus magazine on gender "Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity", Louise Anten was interviewed to share the perspective of the Dutch ministry on gender in agriculture.
Louise Anten is part of the Task Force for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is composed of people from different divisions within the Ministry. Her focus is economic empowerment of women in private sector development.
She shares her core message: Women’s rights and gender equality must be taken into account in all development cooperation, and not just receive attention in projects specifically directed towards women. To ensure that this happens, it is crucial to find business cases for gender inclusive development.
‘To integrate respect for women’s rights and gender equality in everything we do,’ was Louise Anten’s reply wh... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with Robben Consultancy and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Kagera Region. The learning lab will focus on:
1. Feeds and Feeding
2. Cow health and reproduction
3. Dairy records and management
About the Learning Lab
The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:
1. Farm visits in the morning
2. Training sessions in the afternoon
Why should you participate?
· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management
· Improve your training materials and skills
Who should participate?
Dairy farmers and dairy practitioners can participate in this event.
Here is the dates per area:
1. 14th May - Bunazi, Missenyi
2. 15th May - Missenyi Ranch
3. 16th May - Mutukula
4. 17th May - Bunazi with Bunazi women dairy farmers and WAWAMI
5. 18th May - Kamachum
6. 19th May - Muleba Town
7. 21st May - Ngara with... Read more
Do you want the chance to win up to $400,000 and prevent hunger and malnutrition? Apply now for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize.
The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, run by Nesta on behalf of Feed the Future, in partnership with Land O’Lakes and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, aims to help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa combat the invasive, crop-eating pest, fall armyworm.
We are looking for innovators from around the globe to participate. Go to fallarmywormtech.challenges.org to learn more and apply to the prize, which closes on Monday 14 May 2018 (23:59 ET).
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