AgriProFocus

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:19

Meet Twahirwa Dieudonne, an emerging young entrepreneur in agribusiness

One of biggest challenge the agriculture sector is facing, is the aging of farmers who re not able to cope with today's  challenges. On the other side, we have an increasing number of unemployed young people. However, it seems all the young people who have ventured in agriculture are doing well. we have aproached Mr. Diego to share with us : 

Who is Dieudonne?

I am Dieudone Twahirwa, nicknamed Diego. I am 29 years old and love agribusiness I currently specialize in chilli. I graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2012 in the faculty of Agriculture and I am now the Managing Director of Gashora Farm ltd in Bugesera District.

What motivated you to venture in chilli

I started growing tomatoes and watermelon on land equivalent to one tenth of a hectare with Rwf 130,000 worth of investment and earned Rwf1.3 million from the first harvest.

Though it was doing well, the biggest challenge was that the tomato produce

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Clet IYAMENYE NIBEHO My sincere congratulations to Mr. Diego!! Your agribusiness journey is very inspiring! You are a role model to many more young people who wish to have interest in agriculture. 

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Kick Off! Community of Practice - Youth in Agribusiness

Event posted by in Youth - Jeunesse
  05 September 2017, 16:00-18:00
  Arthur van Schendellaan 500, Utrecht

Many of us recognize the important role of young women and men in realizing a sustainable agri-food sector in the near future. We are also aware of the many challenges young people face as agripreneurs in the sector. Many stakeholders, including members of AgriProFocus, develop and implement projects and programmes in low and middle income countries for and with youth in order to find innovative solutions for these challenges and explore, pilot and upscale opportunities that contribute to the transformation of the agri-food sector. Collaboration and sharing of experiences are important to inspire, increase synergy, to improve and be more effective in tackling worldwide challenges in the agri-food sector.

WHAT?

The AgriProFocus network, in close collaboration with the F&BKP, facilitates a Community of Practice (CoP) for and with professional youth from members and stakeholders, with the aim to jointly contribute to innovative solutions for young people to become successful agripreneurs in the agri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 August 2017 at 12:32

Feed Supplement Production made of Fish Fossils and Shell Powder

Extended Pitch at the 4th 2017 Business Drinks

On July 27, AgriProFocus and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) organized the fourth Business Drinks of 2017. These Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness community in Ethiopia to create an informal networking and an opportunity to meet and greet among relevant stakeholders. On this last event over 50 participants attended and got the chance to meet with others and to listen interesting pitches. In the first round we listened two pitches from Assegid T. Gedamu of HEKS-EPER and Ahmed Mukred of Gasco Trading PLC.

HEKS-EPER is a Swiss based development organization, working in Ethiopia since 2003. Thematic areas include food security/ food sovereignty, market systems, water development, and pastoralist livelihoods development. Capacity development and resilient building are two major str

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 August 2017 at 09:44

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Master educated young women back to village to start organic farming

Apni Olivia Naibaho, 34 years old, quit job in capital city to start organic farming. She founded Siantar Sehat in 2013 and now work with 6 other female farmer to produce organic vegetables and processed vegetables into healthy snack. Two Months a go, Siantar Sehat has launched its apps to make consumer easy to buy the healthy organic vegetables.

Apni Olivia Naibaho, a young female farmer from Pematang Siantar, North Sumatera is one of our Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2016 finalist and been honored as most dedicated participant. Before become a farmer, she is graduate from master program in one of university in Jakarta and used to work in capital city for years. During that time, whenever she come home to Pematang Siantar, she looks at the way of farming that all the farmers in her region done : using pesticide and chemical fertilizer massively. This way of farming affects the products qual

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Betul Mas, belum banyak yang berkomentar, perlu distimulasi terus. Untuk edukai anak usia sekolah namun tidak terintegrasi dengan sekolah, salah satunya sudah diinisiasi oleh Daeng Jamaluddin Dg Abu

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 2 August 2017 at 12:10

#Highlight2016: Campaign: Young Agripreneurz Ambassador 2016

Tina Napitupulu, (former) Country Coordinator, AgriProFocus Indonesia:

“The Young Agripreneurz Ambassador is a competition and campaign organised by the Innovation and Learning Community Youth and Agriculture under the AgriProFocus Indonesia network. The goal of the campaign was to promote agri-entrepreneurship among youth and make agriculture more attractive as a source of income. The chosen ambassadors set up a campaign to show the young generation that agribusiness is cool and there are young farmer entrepreneurs who have been successful in developing their agribusiness, especially in Indonesia. The candidates who entered the competition were provided with a series of trainings and classes, including IT and business, value chain analysis, but also training in leadership and public speaking. We visited companies, a school, and even held a press conference with much media attention.

Our network involved various members and stakeholde

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 28 July 2017 at 02:38

Dutch Embassies: Food Security Learning Journey to Kenya 2017- Key lessons

In June 2017, staff from Dutch embassies across Africa, Asia and the Netherlands visited Kenya for a learning journey. The journey was meant to jointly learn and reflect on the implementation of the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) policy of the EKN. Participants visited programs in four sectors: dairy, horticulture, potato, and edible oils.

The delegation met with Kenyan and international farmers, processing companies, expertise centers and NGOs. The embassy staff will implement the ideas and insights developed during this learning journey in their work at national level. 

Read more in the comprehensive articles from the learning journey on this Embassy Special by the Food and Business Knowledge Platform. 

The full report is available here

The key take-home lessons from the journey include: 

Inclusive Business

• Further conceptualization and contextualization is needed for “inclusive business” models in order to better understand how to design and support them. T

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour le partage, reconnaissons que l'Ambassade des Pays-Bas est très actif sur les questions de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique. je sais de quoi je parle.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 27 July 2017 at 03:28

"Scaling-up my agribusiness-Agripreneurs"

AgriProFocus network in collaboration with partners is working on a youth platform “Scaling-up my business”. The purpose of this platform is to provide a platform for learning and business to business linkages that will foster the growth of Youth-led agribusinesses and networks.

The objectives are to:

1. Facilitate business-to-business sessions that will match youth entrepreneurs with industry players. (Agribusiness company industry leaders, investors, financial institutions (bank & non-bank))

2. Provide learning opportunities for business growth through intense masterclasses offered by experienced organisations.

The network is therefore looking for youth who meet the following criteria:

· Aged between 17 – 36 years

· Understand basic spoken English

· Have clear identification of gaps in scaling up their business

· Have a registered company

· Are involved in horticulture (to

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Samson Ocheyo Good idea. I think this should also be emulated in Tanzania. @Hilda Okoth 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 July 2017 at 10:02

“Cooperation is critical to achieving success and impact”

Membership Agreement signed between Van Hall Larenstein and AgriProFocus

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and AgriProFocus signed a Membership Agreement on 21st June 2017. Van Hall Larenstein’s Board Chairman Peter van Dongen and AgriProFocus’ Executive Director Sander Mager put their signatory and discussed the opportunities of further collaboration in a short meeting with staff of both organisations and a group of six students.

The Membership Agreement will strengthen the engagement and active participation of Van Hall Larenstein in the AgriProFocus network and improve the added value of the AgriProFocus network for Van Hall Larenstein, with a specific focus on sharing knowledge and connections in agribusiness for development. This will contribute to Van Hall Larenstein’s connections with the broader international agri-food development practitioners’ community as well as with policy makers; and in view

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Daniel Ikaaba Great milestone


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 July 2017 at 01:21

Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans?

Check the study on Finance for Smallholders and the workshops held in different country networks

together with NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Josien Sluijs, director of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance:

“Why is it so difficult for African farmers to have access to loans? If farmers are organised in formal groups, it is much easier for a financial institution to give a loan. The study ‘Finance for Smallholders’, carried out together with AgriProFocus and funded by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform gives insights. The study provides 14 models in Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda and Uganda, in which NpM or AgriProFocus have managed to successfully finance farmers. AgriProFocus networks in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Benin and Mali, in cooperation with NpM, organised expert meetings to discuss the outcomes of the research. The meetings included a broad delegation of farming organiz

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Anne Marie Kortleve

I can imagine MUWANGUZI SAMUEL When I read the overall conclusion of the participants of the workshops I see there is an urgent need for appropriate, flexible and timely financial services tailored to the production cycle of small farmers and that government support is needed through a regulatory framework and stimulation of innovation and finally that donors and investors are to take a facilitating role, also supporting innovation, partnership and high risk investments. Do you agree or do you ahve other suggestions?

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Akibodé Djodji

in Mali this formidable work was restored by

The workshop to share the results of the study entitled "FINANCES FOR SMALL PRODUCERS - RISK MANAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES BETWEEN FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND PRODUCER ORGANIZATIONS"

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Akibodé Djodji Nous restons convaincus que les résultats de ses études serviront de base à l'amélioration des différentes politiques et stratégies de facilitation d'accès au crédit des petits producteurs agricoles.  Vous pouvez suivre la vidéo de l'atelier de restitution de l'étude en cliquant sur ce lien  https://agriprofocus.com/post/587cac31a93f251491aac11a        MERCI, on est ensemble

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Julius. M 1-Being a sector reliant on weather, they are unsure of the harvest (which harvest they also use to repay the loan after selling). 


2-High interest rates. 

3-Some lenders want a farmer deal in/grow a specific crop (like telling a farmer in Northern Uganda to grow cabbage). Automatically he/she won't get the loan.

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Julius! Lisette van Benthum, can you add anything to the discussion?

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:45

Agricultural finance fair 2017 - Kabale

 “I am a potato farmer and have been having a challenge of accessing good seed, however during this event i have had access and got contacts of good quality seed producers. Thank you Agriprofocus and partners of this event.” - Tumukunde Annet, a female farmer.  

On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 July 2017 at 11:47

AgriProFocus facilitated the Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture

In Ethiopia tree seedling are planted every year but the survival rate is very low. The Kickoff the Surviving Tree Project was organizing a tree competition event aimed at speed up tree planting with a higher rate of survival. The Surviving Tree Competition and tree planting activities took place at Mintesenot Urban Agriculture (a youth-run integrated urban farm, with permaculture vegetable plots, poultry, pigs, sheep and cows) hosted a tree planting event on the side of Kebena river. The event were opened by the song by the Ethiopian Environmental Club children on Endemic trees, Global warming, River health and Sustainable development continued from the song indigenous tree seedlings like Cordi Africana (Wanza), Croton (Bisana), Juniperus Procera (Tsid) , Olive (Weyra) etc from seedling supplier at Wondo Genet College of Forestry and Natural Resources were planted. Peace and Green also pro

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you for sharing this article Sewmehon! It is really nice to get a feel of what the day was like, keep it up.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 July 2017 at 07:12

Report ARF-2 projects International workshop and public seminar in Benin

In October 2016 ARF-2 project members met for a learning exchange during the second International workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) in Cotonou, Benin. Since the ARF project groups aim to ensure their research is taken up in society, they all have a private organization as project leader of their consortium. The projects also need to embed their research in society from the very beginning of the project. 

To support these groups in achieving these goals, the first two days of the workshop focused on knowledge exchange and strategies of co-creation and research uptake. In addition a public seminar was organized on the role of nutrition in agricultural value chains. During this third day workshop lessons were brought further with food security professionals from Benin.

The three-day workshop was jointly organized by the Office of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and NWO-WOTRO, in

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MUWANGUZI SAMUEL I really apprecNicole Metziate all the kinds of work you lay your hands onto so that agriculture must lead 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 July 2017 at 11:01

Networking for success: forming new business contacts at the 8th Agribusiness Club meeting

On the 30th June,  65 people attended the business cocktail during the 8th Agribusiness Club meeting at City Blue Hotel - Kacyiru,  interacting and “networking”, a way to be updated on innovations & trends in the rwandan agribusiness sector and to be introduced to entrepreneurs, senior executives in various organisations, – government, NGOs, etc.

This AgriProFocus initiative which started more than 3 years ago

(1) Provides the Rwandan agribusiness practitioners with a platform to discuss, debate and learn about issues and opportunities along the different Rwandan agribusiness value-chains

(2) Provides agribusiness professionals an opportunity to expand professional connections and opportunities.

(3) increases agribusiness companies and practitioners’ visibility

During all these years, this networking cocktail has involved more than 300 professionals and entrepreneurs from va

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:01

AgriProFocus Facilitates Mapping of Soil Fertility and Tree Seedling Value Chains

This quarter AgirProFocus facilitated two sustainable value chain workshops in Ethiopia:  one on mapping soil fertility value chains for the Fertile Grounds Initiative held in Ziway, and one on mapping tree seedling value chains for GiZ at Menagasha. Members of the AriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness Platform had the opportunity to participate in both workshops.

The interactive value chain mapping technique described in the by the AgriProFocus Gender in Value Chains Toolkits was used in both instances; workshop participants were supported to identify social, economic and environmental constraints and opportunities to the core and extended value chain of specific agricultural products (highland tree seedlings, lowland tree seedlings, compost, biochar, vermicompost, biofertilizer, and green manure seed).

Feedback from the tree seedling value chain workshop was very positive, feedback from the soil fertility

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 10 July 2017 at 01:33

Highlights of the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day

AgriProFocus participated in the 2017 Southern Province International Cooperatives Day commemoration which was held under the theme "Inclusion" and the slogan "Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind".

AgriProFocus coordinated the break out session which was facilitated in collaboration with SNV Netherlands Development Organization, Agriterra, Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission and the Ministry of Trades, Commerce and Industry.

Insightful  views on the topics of discussion were shared. The topics included;

1. Network optimization. The case of AgriProFocus facilitated by AgriProFocus

2. Corporate governance of cooperatives- the MAKE or BREAK factor in achieving inclusive

participation by Agriterra

3. Business Development Management and negotiation skills by SNV Netherlands Development Organization

4. Out grower schemes – Accelerator of inclusive development by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission (CEE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 July 2017 at 11:44

VLOG #6! KIT Royal Tropical Institute

Meet Bart and Gabriela, they work for the Gender and Sustainable Economic Development Unit at KIT! In this vlog they share their experiences with our network, like the coopration around the Farmers Innovation Fair held in West-Africa. Check it out!

For more vlogs from our Dutch members, check: //agriprofocus.com/dutch-partnership


Bakary DIARRA Indeed, I listened to it is interesting!

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thank you Bakary, that's nice to hear!

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Loes van Dijk Very interesting to listen to this VLOG and read the Farmer Innovation Fair publication:
https://agriprofocus.com/post/59144e7f0b34d90703ab7c93


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2017 at 11:45

Our call to the next cabinet: Invest in Food Transition!

4th of July - Dutch Parliament - The Hague

A broad coalition of 45 parties urges the new Dutch cabinet in this manifesto to transition towards a sustainable food system, through which the Netherlands will contribute to green growth, healthy food for all, and a more peaceful world with less conflict and more stability. We ask the next government to invest in this, together with the private sector, consumers, civil society, farmers, education and science.

On July 4th a delegation of signatories presented the manifesto to the House of Representatives of the Committee on Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. You can watch the livestream (in Dutch) HERE.

Masterclass FoodTransition

The work does not stop here! This manifesto was an initiative of the Food Security Policy Group of the AgriProFocus network. In September we will organise a Masterclass FoodTransition for Members of Parliament. If you are interested to join, please contact Sander Mager (Chair of the Poli

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Loes van Dijk Great!

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Sajji RYAKUNZE really great!

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 July 2017 at 08:05

Holland Pavilion at the National Agrishow 2017

From the 22nd until the 25th of June 2017, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the Rwandan Agricultural Show in Kigali.

The expo was organized for the 12th year by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). This year’s theme was: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. MINAGRI stressed that Rwanda is in need of technologies that can help fight against climate change and the effects. Also, there is a need for sufficient quality seeds, fertilizers, water, and training and advice to ensure productive farming (source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/214727/).

This year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with Dutch NGO’s active in the agri-business sector in Rwanda.

AgriProFocus stand received many visitors who were interested in

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Sajji RYAKUNZE This was a great opportunity for  APF Rwanda to   explain to agri business professionals about our linking , learning and leadership in the agri show !

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 30 June 2017 at 05:17

First successful exchange between agribusinesses and State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs)

On Wednesday, June 28, Aeres, MDF and AgriProFocus organized a workshop about modernizing and diversifying the curriculum of the SAIs and assessing the requirements of the private sector for future students. For the SAI teams, it was the first time to directly exchange ideas with representatives from agribusinesses. 

The Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its funding partner NICHE work together to strengthen agricultural schools in Myanmar. The NICHE programme in Myanmar concerns the strengthening of 5 pilot State Agricultural Institutes (SAIs) with an outreach to the 9 other SAIs. Hands-on support will be provided with curriculum review, teacher development and ICT needs. It also ensures that the SAI curriculum will be better tailored to job profiles and real job needs in the regions.

Capacity for curriculum de

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Roel Snelder Congrats: sounds like a strong foundation for educating aspiring Myanmar agri-professionals to be able to link to innovative agri-businesses

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 June 2017 at 10:07

Why do business in East Africa?

With this question in mind around 200 entrepreneurs visited the first East Africa Business Dialogue organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and RVO last week. Dutch embassies in the region (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda), sector representatives and companies with experience in East Africa were more than happy to share their knowledge and experiences with those interested in exploring the East African business opportunities.

AgriProFocus was also present on behalf of the sectors agrifood and horticulture. The AgriProFocus country networks provided the Dutch team with up-to-date insights into the market and related opportunities for Dutch agricultural companies (see booklet ‘Doing Business in East Africa’). Anne-Marie Slaa and Lisette van Benthum spoke with various company representatives with a clear interest in the linking services that the AgriProFocus teams can provide. Already during the event itself B2B linkages were made by

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