Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 July 2018 at 10:07

AgriProFocus Global Summer Update!

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!

All of us @ AgriProFocus

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:33

Stay Tuned for Tanzania Youth in AgriBusiness Forum 2018

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.


Kaa Tayari kwa ajili ya Baraza la Vijana kwenye Kilimo Biashara 2018

Kikundi kazi cha Vijana chini ya Mtandao wa

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Hilda Okoth Hi Magalie Laliberte. This will be our 4th edition. The aim of the forum is t expose and attract youth to different opportunities available in the agriculture value chain. Activities in this forum include learning and linking activities. This year we would like to jointly develop a long term learning program for youth with various stakeholder. Oxfam is also very much welcomed to join us in this if you have youth programs or projects in Tanzania. Please share with us more about the upcoming youth forum in West Africa.

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Daniel Komwihangilo Hi Hilda, where will the Forum be held? Do you think my institution, Tanzania Livestock Research Institute (TALIRI) can have a stake? Please visit

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Juma Bruno Ngomuo Dear Hilda,Thank you for putting this Agrnda Forwad as one of YPARD member as well as directors of Kilimo Business And Associates (service providers and traders of Varities of agri products) we are ready to join you as previous editions.AND READY TO COMMIT RESOURCES 

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Juma Bruno Ngomuo @Daniel Komwihangilo thank you for showing Interest. Actually TALIRI is one of the institution that we want to Engage with them for this and upcoming events.There are numbers of opportunities in Livestock  value chains from Technology processing Husbandry and Research and Extension that our fellow youth can tap to.We will write formally to you

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Ally Michael Hi..For Tanzania country, all materials that includes agriculture value chain should be in Swahili to make the majority understand the concept. Also we need to have public gathering in every district to create awareness about the agriculture value chain and how to grab the opportunity. However we can create youth groups in every district to keep on prevail the information and get feedback from them where necessary. In these groups they can create classes or meeting in every after sometime to discus their challenges and find solutions.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 July 2018 at 02:25

Coaching fosters self-confidence

‘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?


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Posted By in PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts)
Posted 9 July 2018 at 08:52

AgriProFocus and PUM strengthen collaboration on supporting agripreneurs

Small and medium scale agrifood enterprises play a key role in transforming food systems and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG2 to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. The AgriProFocus network and PUM Netherlands senior experts signed an agreement on July 4 to strengthen their collaboration and deepen the synergy between their programmatic activities.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 July 2018 at 01:59

Uganda soil care clinic and community of practice

Enhancing the knowledge and raising awareness about challenges and potentials of soil management and soil testing were among the core objectives of a consultative meeting by the AgriProFocus network Uganda and SoilCares held in Kampala on July 6th, 2018.

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 SoilC

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5ème Edition Caravane Jeunes de l'entrepreneuriat Agricole

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  04 November 2018 to 10 November 2018 - All Day Event

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 04 au 10 Novembre 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. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 July 2018 at 08:28

AgriProFocus, 7 ans dans la promotion de l’agrobusiness au Bénin

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

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Roel Snelder C"etait vraiment memorable et une indication de la force de AgrProFocus Benin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 4 July 2018 at 03:12

Vacancy: Country Network Coordinator AgriProFocus Myanmar – YEP AgroFood Position


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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 July 2018 at 09:35

Addis Ababa grabs attention in global dialogue on accessing healthy food in Africa’s cities

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’.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 June 2018 at 01:33

Brief AgriProFocus Beleidswerkgroep aan Tweede Kamer ivm notaoverleg 28 juni 2018

AgriProFocus reactie op "Investeren in perspectief"

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

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 27 June 2018 at 09:27

Business arguments for a gender sensitive business strategy

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!

Women bring better business results

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

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benson lounga i also want to grow that plant

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 June 2018 at 07:28

Results Critical Capital workshop

During Foodfirst Conference - 1st June - at Rabobank Utrecht  

Now that we better understand the issues: what needs to be done by who?  

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 22 June 2018 at 01:34

Lancement  du Salon du Financement de l'Agriculture:FINAGRI 2018

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 ;

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Blockchain: the magical tool?

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  28 June 2018, 16:30-18:30
  AgriProFocus office - Utrecht - FULL


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?

Join us and listen to Dr. Lan Ge (WUR) explaining what blockchain is all about! She also presents the findings from the Blockchain for Agriculture and Food study conducted by WUR and TNO.

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! 



Farmer Group Transformation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  20 June 2018, All Day Event
  Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka

Knowledge sharing 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 June 2018 at 12:51

What would it take to Build Top Africa Brands in Agribusiness and Food Category : Lessons from Africa Business Magazine

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 June 2018 at 04:15

First successful Contract Farming Learning Event in Myanmar

On June 6, Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar hosted a learning event about contract farming in Myanmar. More then 130 representatives from the private sector, the development sector, knowledge institutes and the government in Myanmar participated to learn about different models of contract farming and factors for success. In this blog, you can read more about the experiences and inspiring examples presented during the day and understand more about the main issues in the current debate about contract farming in Myanmar.

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

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Wim Goris hi Theint, just read about this in the APF Myanmar newsletter. Thanks for all the details in this post.  The link to the presentations does not work. Also, I was curious if the discussions in this event discussed which crops are most suitable for contract farming arrangements.  That is one of the insights in this publication>

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 13 June 2018 at 02:53

CoP Youth 22nd of May 2018

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.

Organizing of youth for changing food systems

This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 8 June 2018 at 09:13

First Step of Agrifood Youth Ambassadors

Are you wondering what our young ambassadors do after the Agrifood Bootcamp 2018? Last week of May, we could organize the youth leadership training for the winners of Agrifood Bootcamp 2018. Our Main facilitator May from MDF Asia Myanmar also could facilitate the youths to be active leaders in their community. It took three days from 30 May to 1st June at Ibis style hotel, Yangon.

All participants prioritized to attend this training even they have personal, work related important cases because they really want to be active as a youth leader in their community. Training days are spent with interesting activities, concepts, discussion and brainstorming about how to be a leader for the youths in agricultural sector. HE. Wouter Jurgens, the Netherlands ambassador also visited the training to encourage the Agrifood youth ambassadors. Even the training is finished, it is not a finish, just a start for them.

Training objective is to know more about themselves

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 7 June 2018 at 01:31

Results Gender in Value Chains programme AgriProFocus

The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive. 

Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'