“Romance without Finance has no chance” This quote from Rodger Frank founder of innovara captured the mood and theme of the SNV Partners day event. To me the quote explains why young people have shunned away from agriculture. From the era of our grandparents, agriculture in Africa was considered what Dr. Akinwumi Adesina calls a social sector. It was only good for keeping the family going as children were encouraged to go to school work hard get job probably in the City in order to save the family from poverty. This thinking contributed greatly to the state of affairs in the Agriculture sector.
Young people including myself deserve a better life hence the fear of engaging in what has been termed non productive social sector -Agriculture , we have to make money to sustain a family otherwise we are condemned to eternal agony of poverty. Therefore, for young people... Read more
From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.
The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.
With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with... Read more
Are you passionate about getting Agribusiness word around ? Join our AgriProFocus Zambia team as Marketing and Communication Facilitator. This role supports the team to build and effective multi-stakeholder platform that promotes our core mission of making agribusiness work for development. The nature of the role dictates vibrancy, energy, self-drive and creativity.
Check out the latest updates from our network in the Netherlands as well as in our countries in Africa and Asia! In July and August we are preparing for the last 4 months of network opportunities, we hope to see you there. For now, enjoy your summer!
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The youth working group of AgriProFocus Tanzania is planning and organizing a youth forum in 2018. We aim to make it bigger and better so come join us!
1.Are you working with Youth in Agribusiness and want to meet like minded individuals and organizations?
2. Do you offer services to young agri prenuers?
3.Are you a young agriprenuer that wants to showcase your products and services to a wider community?
4. Are you an inspiring young agriprenuer that wants to learn more on how to engage in different agriculture value chains?
If you are one of the above we would like to hear from you on some of the issues that you would like to raise concerning youth in agriculture value chains. How can we better involve youth?
Join in the discussion by posting your comments below. We are eagerly waiting to hear from you.
Kikundi kazi cha Vijana chini ya Mtandao wa... Read more
‘Using coaching tools allows us to understand the challenges people face, and to jointly identify goals and actions. Coaching is based on the assumption that the client is resourceful and active in realizing change. Coaching unleashes the coachee’s potential and fosters self-confidence. It is thus more sustainable than giving advice or training, which are less customized to the client’s needs and are usually provided over a shorter period of time.
Relationship of trust
What I personally enjoy about coaching is the relationship of trust with the clients. I like adapting myself to their different agendas. For example, some organizations begin with an internal focus: how can discriminatory practices be changed in their own organization? Others focus on their work in the field: are the women, men, and young people in the cassava, vegetable or fish value chain fairly remunerated for their contributions? How can we eliminate barriers to their participation?... Read more
Achieving the SDGs means going beyond business as usual. Sustainable development requires a range of new partnerships, knowledge exchange and new ways of working together. A key element in the Dutch government’s aid, trade, investment and food security policy is the focus on farmers and their small and medium scale enterprises (SME) in LMIC. Promoting SME’s at a national level has proven to be an effective and sustainable solution for creating more inclusive growth. The collaboration be... Read more
Interest in soil fertility issues has recently become a topic of interest, leading to several declarations that emphasize the importance of soil quality for sustainable development. However, despite these actions, soil nutrient depletion is continuing and sometimes worsening in Uganda. Unlike other forms of environmental degradation, declining soil fertility is often invisible and, when it does become visible through cascading effects, it is often too late. Restoration is then only possible at very high cost.
This is why immediate action is needed as it is crucial to preserve this ‘pantry’ storage function of the soil. This is why AgriProFocus network Uganda in collaboration with SoilCare... Read more
Le réseau AgriProFocus Mali en partenariat avec Jokkolabs et d'autres acteurs organisent la 5ème édition de la caravane des jeunes pour l'entrepreneuriat agricole du 11 au 18 Decembre 2018, vise à contribuer l'attractivité du secteur agricole pour la promotion de l'entrepreneuriat et de l'insertion socio-économique des jeunes dans le secteur agricole afin d’améliorer la souveraineté alimentaire dans la sous -région.
Créé en juin 2011 sous l’initiative de l’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas près le Bénin et des structures néerlandaises actives au Bénin, AgriProFocus Bénin est un Réseau d’échanges et d’apprentissages qui a pour vocation de réunir tous les acteurs de développement du secteur agricole dans un même creuset, en vue d’une meilleure coordination, efficacité et efficience de leurs activités. Il réunit les entrepreneurs agricole, les organisations paysannes, les institutions de connaissance, les structures étatiques, les ONG.
Actif sur toute l’étendue du territoire béninois, le réseau compte plus de 1752 membres et est axé sur les thématiques liées au financement agricole, à l’entrepreneuriat jeune, au genre dans les chaînes de valeur agricole, à la pisciculture, l’accès au marché, etc.
C’est une locomotive de promotion en matière d’entrepreneuriat Agricole et de l’Agro-Business da... Read more
Project title: Promoting agri-entrepreneurship Myanmar
Duration: 2 years
AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network consisting of farmer organisations, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations, working together to create collective impact and transform agrifood systems. All members actively work with and for farmer entrepreneurs, who are change makers in agricultural transformation. The AgriProFocus network has strong Dutch roots and is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, linking 24.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide.
The AgriProFocus network members collaborate to strengthen the position of farmers and other agripreneurs in agricultural value chains. Entrepreneurs, small and medium scale, who are market-oriented, business-driven and willing to learn, innovate and grow. Entrepreneurs who t... Read more
Wageningen University Alumni Day reveals the strong Ethio-Netherlands collaboration to increase sustainable food and nutrition security in Ethiopia.
On the occasion of its 100th birthday (1918-2018), the Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in The Netherlands invited its alumni around the world to organize a Worldwide Alumni Day. With the support of Ethiopian WUR alumni, The Netherlands Embassy and the WUR-‘Bilateral Ethiopian-Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade (BENEFIT) Partnership’, the AgriProFocus Network in Ethiopia organized this Alumni Day on Saturday 23 June 2018 at ILRI, Addis Ababa. Since WUR has proven to be unique in understanding the entire food chain, the central theme of the Alumni Day was “Access to Healthy Food in Mega Cities’.
Aan: Leden van de algemene commissie BHOS van de Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal
Betreft: Notaoverleg Beleidsnota Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking op 28-6-2018
Utrecht, 20 juni 2018
Geachte leden van de commissie BHOS,
Op 28 juni gaat uw commissie met Minister Kaag in debat over de BHOS nota ‘Investeren in perspectief’. Namens de beleidswerkgroep van AgriProFocus (eindnoot 1) willen wij u graag onderstaande vijf punten meegeven om in te brengen in dit debat, omdat die o.i. noodzakelijk zijn voor een effectiever beleid op voedsel- en voedingszekerheid wereldwijd, het behalen van SDG2 en het versterken van agribusiness in ontwikkelingslanden.
1. Preventieve inzet op voedselzekerheid is meest effectief
Het AgriProFocus netwerk onderschrijft het belang van het voorkomen van conflicten en aanpakken van grondoorzaken van conflict en instabiliteit. Armoede is v... Read more
This article presents three examples of companies experiencing the benefits of addressing gender in their business strategy. It is based on an interview with Stella Ling, my colleague from Fair & Sustainable Consulting, and me. The article is published in the glossy magazine Making Gender Work, cultivating diversity, of AgriProFocus. Read the magazine for more interesting articles!
Instead of focusing on how women benefit from economic development, the question can be turned around: how does business benefit from including women. Experts of Fair & Sustainable Consulting discuss three cases. Three companies, each playing a different role in the value chain, benefit from actively engaging women in their business.
Companies can have different roles in agricultural value chains: buyer, input supplier, or employer. All types of company can benefit from including women in their businesses, in many differe... Read more
During Foodfirst Conference - 1st June - at Rabobank Utrecht
Organised by: AgriProFocus, ICCO, Rabobank Foundation
Frank Bakx (Rabobank Foundation) presented the results of the study Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs that reviewed demand and supply of risk capital for agrifood SMEs in Sub-Sahara Africa, based on field studies in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Mali
Hans Docter: Director for Sustainable Economic Development at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Laura Smeets: Investment Director at BiD Network Foundation
Jaap Jan Verboom : CEO at Truvalu
Sean Patrick: Founder and Food Innovator at Green Banana
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. Private equity and venture capital provider... Read more
Mise en relation, accès au finance et partage de connaissance
FINAGRI 2018 le ruban est coupé ; profitez-en !
C’est autour de la piscine de l’Hôtel du cinquantenaire que la cérémonie officielle du lancement de la cinquième Edition du FINAGRI a débuté aux environs de 10h sous la présidence de Son Excellence Monsieur Soumana Mori Coulibaly, ministre du Développement local ; en présence de plus de 200 invites dont le président du Conseil Régional de Sikasso ; le Directeur Général de l’Agence de Développement Régional de Sikasso ; le Maire de la ville de Sikasso ; la Directrice Régionale de ICCO ROWA ; et les élus locaux de la région:
Depuis ce jeudi matin la ville de Sikasso vit donc au rythme des grands évènements avec un défilé incessant des acteurs de développement tels :les organisations paysannes ; les professionnels des associations des banques et institutions de micro finance ;
YES! PIZZAPROFOCUS IS BACK!
Is blockchain technology the magical tool that will help solve many of the issues in sustainable food systems? From increased transparency in value chains to lower transaction costs and from improved chain collaboration to flawless traceability of fresh food and transformed food products?
Participate, share ideas and experiences (already?)about the potential and opportunities for using blockchain technology in your work. In the work we, Dutch Diamond partners, do together to achieve innovative results for actors in the agrifood sector in low and middle income countries.
We hope to see you on the 28th on our 4th PizzaProFocus session!
THE EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME
and learning workshop & Business drinks
Theme: Farmer Group Transformation
AgriProFocus Network is hosting a network building event under the theme “Transforming Farmer Groups” on Wednesday 20th June 2018, from 08:00 – 17:00 hours at Radisson Blu Hotel.
There are a number of programmes and initiatives that leverage on the farmer group structures. This draws in the need for key stakeholders and members to share insights on the key drivers and limitations on working with farmer group structures. The purpose of the event is to create a platform for key stakeholders and members working with various types of farmer groups to exchange knowledge and learn from each other on the challenges, advantages and best practices of working and engaging farmer groups. The event will also seek to generate interest among stakeholders for the establishment of a coalition to work towards a Farmer Group Transformation programme to accelerate the development of sustainable... Read more
It is no doubt Africa is on upward trajectory towards being global powerhouse especially in the Agriculture sector. This is not only significant for Africa but also the world given that by 2050 there would be a crisis if we are not able to feed a world population of over 9 billion people.
The June 2018 Africa Business Magazine issue chose to feature Africa’s Best Brands 2018; perusing through one thing that catches my attention is the rarerity of brands in AgriBusiness and Food category. This then means we need to really think of why this is so, given that the rise of Africa is hip-Jointed with development of Agriculture.
Does it mean we still have a long way to go before we realise prosperity in Agribusiness? The answer to this question is in the negative. This negative answer then should be a glimmer of hope to those who want to see drastic transformation in... Read more
In the past months, various members of the MAN and AgriProFocus networks indicated their interest to learn about contract farming to be able to start implementation in Myanmar. Therefore, we decided to dedicate our first joint learning and networking event to contract farming. This is an exciting first step in our joint learning agenda, that we agreed on in our Memorandum of Agreement last yea... Read more