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.
Climate Smart Agriculture is one of AgriProFocus' main themes. 24 September starts the massive open online course Future of Farming: Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture. WUR is one of the experts that contributed. You can follow this free course here. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/climate-smart-agriculture
Indepth Research Services welcomes you to attend our training course on International Training on Resilient Livelihoods. This course takes participants through among other things how to improve home-based livelihood opportunities for the rural poor and develop and strengthen community-based livelihoods management and disaster preparedness and response mechanisms.
Join us by registering for this scheduled training. The training will also give you an opportunity to meet and network with other actors in the agriculture sector such as agricultural extension officials, policymakers as well as other professionals working in disaster preparedness and response from NGOs, public and private organizations’ from across the world.
· Threats to food and nutrition security
· Effects of climate change and disaster risks
· Disaster Risk Reduction for food and nutrition security
· Approaches and practices for building resilient livelihoods
· Enabling environment for resilien... Read more
Statistics show that milk production increased to over 2.4 billion litres in 2017/18 compared to 2.1 billion litres in the preceding year, falling slightly below annual market demand of 2.6 billion litres.
Mr Temu, Acting Registrar of the Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB) said the huge demand for milk could be met by forming more farmers' cooperatives that can allow farmers to access sources of finance from lending institutions to increase investment.
There is huge potential for farmers to increase milk production, productivity and quality through use of dairy cooperatives - TANZANIA Dairy Board (TDB)
Currently, there are 76 milk industries ranging from 500 litres to over 120,000 litres processing capacity per day.The increased investment in milk processing facilities is creating huge demand for milk production and investment in high milk yielding heifers.
One of the success stories of dairy cooperatives is the Tanga Dairy Coop
OCP GROUP, in particular OCP Foundation, is organizing an African wide competition of agribusiness startups in October/ November this year in Morocco.
The plan is now to have about 200 startups shortlisted for the competition from all over Africa. The startup must be at least 3 years old.
20 startups will participate in the event.
Each winner will get:
Business Specific support (internal and external expertise)
Use of OCP infrastructure
Contact person: Victoria Endeshaw, Business Development Manager via email email@example.com
Leaving Uganda and back to Rwanda. Tonight we fly back to Holland. Nice trip and we will come back in 3 months
Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?
Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.
As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.
What cases are we looking for?
A project/programme that used a particular targeting str... Read more
Today meeting at SNV Mbarara Uganda and later field visits
This market assessment offers an overview about impact investing in climate-smart agriculture in Brazil, especially in the biomes Amazonia, Atlantic Forest, and the Cerrado (Brazilian Savannah).
The motivation behind its development is based on three main points: the first one is to provide an overview of who is doing what and how in this field and through the reported cases and key topics like risk mitigation strategies and finance vehicles, to attract foreign investors’ confidence about this business area.
The second one is to share good practices and business models in this field; and the third one is to provide the basis to increase impact investing in climate-smart in countries in which agriculture plays a big role in emissions' reduction
Being a frontier market, impact investing in climate-smart agriculture still lacks documented and proven business models that, in addition to environmental benefits, offer financial r... Read more
For this course fellowships are available.
Small-scale aquaculture producers can access inputs, improve productions and connect successfully with more profitable markets using collective actions. This course will focus on empowerment and professionalisation of fish farmers' business organisations, with responsible and inclusive growth of the aquaculture sector as the main objective.
Date: 18 - 29 March 2019
Deadline okp Fellowships: 16 October 2018
Deadline: 04 February 2019
For more information and online registration please visit our website: https://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/show/CDIcourse_inclusive_aquaculture.htm
Keeping farm records is an important aspect of farming as a business regardless the size of the farm. It is more efficient to use electronic means (such as accounting software) to keep records. Depending on the reports required, a farm can acquire accounting software for free.
We provide advisory and ERP implementation services (software customisation, training and post implementation user-support).
For further inquiries email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: +255 786 007 757
Rwanda,so many possibilities for milk processing
Upscaling innovations without giving it due thought can go badly wrong. PhD candidate Seerp Wigboldus appeals for responsible upscaling, in which the possible effects are calculated beforehand and then monitored.
Solutions to the world’s problems are usually sought in technology. Innovations are welcomed with open arms and rolled out on a large scale as quickly as possible, all in the interests of progress. But is that really so smart? No, says rural sociologist Seerp Wigboldus. In his thesis, To scale or not to scale – that is not the only question, which he will defend on 11 September, he seriously questions this approach.
Examples abound. Plastic packaging material was a fantastic invention. But it has now caused massive pollution all over the world. ‘Irrigating farmland in the Soviet Union led to th... Read more
Solid-liquid Separation of Vinasse
The effective solid-liquid separation of vinasse is one of keys for the comprehensive utilization and advanced treatment of alcohol waste, which needs dewatering machine to achieve. To be specific, with fluid pump, vinasse would be transmitted into the solid-liquid separator and gradually pushed to the front of machine, while improving the pressure continuously, so as to force the water in vinasse out of the screen, discharging from drain pipe. Users can adjust the clump weight to grasp the discharging speed and water content, in order to achieve a satisfactory discharge state. With large daily capacity and low power consumption, this machine is highly automated and suitable for continuous working, easy to operate and maintain.
Le vin de banane est très apprécié et consommé au Burundi . Il est toujours présent lors des cérémonies importantes dont le mariage, la baptême et le deuil. Cette boisson populaire est principalement faite à la maison et bue à partir d’une cruche pour les traditionalistes, les plus évolués utilisent les verres.
Pour rendre cette boisson traditionnelle plus attrayante, l'usine d'Imena, soutenue par le projet MAVC, a mis en place une nouveau système de proposer et de promouvoir la boisson. Du coup, le vin de banane a changé au-delà de toute reconnaissance. Dans l'usine cette Usine construite dans la province de Kaytanza (au nord du Burundi), le vin de banane, assaisonné par le miel pour sa saveur, est produit industriellement à grande échelle. Avec un pourcentage d'alcool (13%), hygiène garanti, emballé dans des bouteilles aux noms et étiquettes a... Read more
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs agreed to do a review for the first phase of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), 2013 – 2018. AgriProFocus is among the consortium members that had set up and implemented the Office facilitating this Platform. The Evaluators Ton Dietz and Joep van den Broek were appointed to look at the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of the Platform and based on this to formulate recommendations for the future outlook of the Platform. And as such to provide input to the Ministry for decision making on a possible second phase of the F&BKP. Please find below the review highlights; a link to the full PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.
The activities of the F&BKP enhance all three strategic Dutch policy goals for Food and Nutrition Security, with most emphasis on the two first goals (Eradicating existing hunger and mal... Read more
Traveling from Amsterdam to Kigali Rwanda