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 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:

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 Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 3 July 2017 at 06:26

Rwamagana & Gicumbi Districts Dairy Learning Lab report

For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives. 

You can read the full report here.

You can  also find the the dairy cost calculation template here

hi anatole, do you also have some more photos on facebook? Please indicate page or link

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Posted By in FrieslandCampina - Dairy Development Programme
Posted 19 May 2017 at 10:16

Over the past few months FrieslandCampina and Agriterra organized three Farmer2Farmer missions to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. During these missions Dutch member farmers from FrieslandCampina have trained and advised their peers in Asia in order to support them to produce more and better quality milk. This enables them to get a better living. Find out more in this report on Thai national TV.  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 May 2017 at 05:04

Presenting the AgriProFocus Network in Rwanda

Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services! 

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.

AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.

Featuring in this video:

1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda

2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra

3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom of

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!

2 months 4 days ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

2 months 3 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Thank you Leah Banda and Innocent SIMPUNGA

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 April 2017 at 05:08

Agriterra Myanmar is hiring

Job Description

The local business advisor will work according to the ‘Job description Business Advisor’ and under the direct responsibility of the manager Agri-Advice in the Netherlands. He or she will work in close collaboration with the other business advisors for Myanmar (currently 1 person) and of the Agriterra Asia Team. This person will provide expert advice, coordinate advisory trajectories with clients, and have an advisory and broker role in the closing of business deals aimed at building well-organised and operational cooperatives and farmers’ organisations. In order to achieve this, the successful candidate will initiate and maintain a network that will include cooperatives and farmers’ organisations, financial institutions, traders, service providers and other stakeholders in the value chain. He/she will initiate and guide change trajectories with clients, and will lobby, mediate and support negotiation processes, as well as prepare business deals

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 April 2017 at 01:38

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tackle

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Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 4 April 2017 at 08:48

Agriterra et FOPAC Nord Kivu pour un partenariat d'appui aux coopératives de la pomme de terre de Masisi et du Café à Minova au Sud Kivu

Agriterra accompagne les cooperatives de la pomme de terre et du café a travers la FOPAC Nord Kivu. Un rapport d'articles publiés dans le cadre de leurs interventions aupres de quatre coopérative de la pomme de terre et une du café.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 March 2017 at 01:29


Arnhem, 28 March 2017

Agriterra leads Masterplan on cooperative support for Vietnam

On Thursday, March 23rd managing director of Agriterra, Kees Blokland signed an agreement with the Vietnamese Cooperative Alliance regarding a national Masterplan on cooperative support. The alliance represents more than 15,000 cooperatives in Vietnam.

"We feel greatly connected to the Vietnamese pursuit of having farmers and their organisations benefit from the economic growth in this beautiful country”. And that can be done in one way only: by including farmers' organisations and cooperatives in the growing economic trade by providing training, unlocking resources and exchanging experiences, "said Blokland. The signing ceremony took place in Hanoi in the presence of the Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyễn Xuân Cường, and Vice-Minister of Economic Affairs, Marjolijn Sonnema; during a regional conference on food security, organised by the Dutch and Vietnamese

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 February 2017 at 03:08

Final Report _ Potato Week (Musanze, November 29 - 1 December 2016)

The 6th edition of the "Potato Week" took place in Musanze/Northern Province of Rwanda, from November 29 to December 1, 2016 with “Market access and access to finance for potato producers in Great Lakes region” as the main theme. As usual, this annual event was jointly organized by Farmer Organizations involved in the potato value chain in the Great Lakes sub-region, with the support of their international partners.

For this 2016 edition, 12 Farmer Organizations from 4 countries in Great Lakes sub region were involved, including those from the Democratic Republic of Congo (FOPAC North Kivu, FOPAC South Kivu, LOFEPACO, UPDI, ASOP, COOCENKI and SYDIP), Uganda (Kisoro District Farmers, Mbarara District Farmers and UNSPPD), Burundi (CAPAD) and Imbaraga of Rwanda that led the organization and hosted the event.

Two Dutch organisations, Agriterra and AgriProFocus were also involved, and have funded the activities of the event. D

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Tackle Global Challenges & Seize Opportunities

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 February 2017, 12:00-18:00
  Broodfabriek Rijswijk ZH, Volmerlaan 12

Tackle Global Challenges & Seize Opportunities

Op woensdag 15 februari 2017 organiseren de ministeries van Buitenlandse Zaken, Economische Zaken, Infrastructuur & Milieu, VNO-NCWen MKB-Nederland het congres Tackle Global Challenges & Seize Opportunities. Hoe kan Nederland als innovatieve handels-en investeringspartner bijdragen aan oplossingen voor wereldwijde uitdagingen op terreinen als voedsel en water, circulaire economie en innovatie?

De Minister voor Buitenlandse Handel en Ontwikkelingssamenwerking, mevrouw Lilianne Ploumen zal het congres openen. Andere sprekers zijn Frank Heemskerk (bewindvoerder bij de Wereldbank), Jan Willem Scheijgrond (Head of International Partnerships bij Royal Philips) en Jennifer Kockx (Head of Global Initiative bij de TU Delft).

In 2015 stelden de VN een agenda vast voor wereldwijde uitdagingen, de zogenoemde Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). Deze doelen gelden voor alle landen. Er zijn forse inspanningen nodig op verschillende terreinen van IMVO tot innovatie

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Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 13 January 2017 at 08:56

Rwamagana Dairy Learning report available!

For the second time, on 23-24 November 2016,  AgriProFocus Rwanda and partners organized a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana District

We are grateful to PUM, Agriterra, Send a Cow Rwanda, Dukundamatungo Cooperative and to all participants. The report can be found here 



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  29 November 2016 to 01 December 2016 - All Day Event

AgriProFocus, IMBARAGA et Agriterra organisent la «semaine pomme de terre», prévue  à Musanze du 29 novembre au 1er decembre.

La culture de la pomme de terre dans la région des grand lacs reste une culture très importante pour plusieurs raisons. Elle est à la fois une culture vivrière même temps une culture de rente.

Toutefois, sa production dans cette région n’est pas si bonne par rapport à la production maximale par hectare dans d’autres pays comme le pays Bas qui produit jusque a 44.7 t par hectare. Par exemple, au Rwanda, même si t le pays est le troisième producteur de l'Afrique subsaharienne, après l'Afrique du Sud et le Malawi le rendement maximale reste a 9 t par ha.

A l’instar de la chaine de valeur pomme de terre, les organisations paysannes de la sous-région évoluant en partenariat avec les institutions et organisations paysannes et/ou internationales organisent conjointement, chaque année, une rencontre dédiée à « la semaine pomme

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 October 2016 at 04:16

Youth in Cooperatives: Learning Conference

AgriProFocus in partnership with Agriterra convened a 2 day workshop in Nyeri that brought together 50 young people from 10 cooperatives who are Agriterra clients. 

The aim of the 2 day workshop was to have young farmers within the cooperatives working with Agriterra discuss and draw action plans o

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Sarah Assefa Hi! I am working on a project to mainstream GENDER in cooperatives in Ethiopia - but it is commingle really clear that one way that youth could be better engaged in agribusiness would be for them to be more involved in cooperatives (cooperative employees, or offering services to cooperatives...) some organizations are trying to push this. Some youth are also starting their own cooperatives - e.g., and I think it would be helpful for the work we are doing to learn more about concrete ways that youth can flourish in cooperatives! Cases, dilemmas, etc. would be super to have if you have them! Lets share! Thanks - Sarah

9 months 1 week ago

Sarah Assefa Eg - in Ethiopia, many cooperatives have membership of one person per household (usually the older male) so this is a challenge to youth and female participation in cooperatives here. In the youth cooperative linked to in the previous comment, they have a good thing going in Tomatoes, but really spend a lot and are challenged by pest management... knowing things like these can help us make recommendations (e.g. for coop by-law modifications or linking to pest management experts) that would assist youth to thrive in coops. Please share more! <3

9 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 September 2016 at 10:22

A New Breed of Entrepreneurs!

AgriProFocus Zambia and its partners held its first Youth in Agribusiness Event from 1st - 3rd September. Our goal was simple: to link aspiring and current youth agripreneurs with each other and stakeholders in the sector to learn, share and grow.

It was a small event with a big goal, and even bigger potential to grow into a movement that would help harness our youth to grow the sector, and Zambia. Over 100 youths and 10 organisations participated in the event. 

The event comprised of presentations, panel discussions, a hackathon (using ICT for Agriculture), testimonials and a business case competition.

A special thank you to Young Emerging Farmers Initiative (YEFI), Oxfam, BongoHive, Agricomm, Agriterra, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, COMACO, and UNZA for their contributions towards making this event a success.  

Read more about our youth programme HERE
See more pictures from the event HERE

Check out the following hashtags on facebook and twitte

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RICHARD MUSOKWA I was part of this

10 months 13 hours ago



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  17 August 2016 - 08:30 to 18 August 2016 - 18:30

Up scaling Opportunities for Financing Youth in Agribusiness

AgriProFocus Uganda in collaboration with SNV Agrifinancing Uganda Programme, AFARD, West Nile on Line, Self Help Africa, Technoserve, West Nile Youth Network, SNV YES Programme, ADINGON, CEGED, Arua NGO Forum, GIZ-AGRUFIN, Agritera, ICCO, ZOA,CEFORD, Tecnoserve, Caritas Arua, Red Cross, CREAM-WN, ACAV are planning to convene a two day AgriFinance Fair with an overall objective of facilitating a business to finance linkages between youth entrepreneurs and financial service providers as well as creating a platform to jointly find smart solutions to agrifinancing for the youth.

Click here to Download the concept note.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 July 2016 at 09:31

Lees de Agriterra Nieuwsbrief van juli:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 18 July 2016 at 10:17

Livestock Finance Fair - Summary Report 

DATE: 22nd – 23rd June 2016 
VENUE: Mbarara Catholic Social Centre

AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Access to Finance in partnership with Mbarara District Farmers Association (MBADIFA), SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN, The Hunger Project, Agritera, Trias, TIDE Project–SNV, AMFIU, organized a regional finance fair in Mbarara, Western Uganda with objectives of providing a platform for building business links and brokering deals between farmer entrepreneurs in the livestock sector and financial service providers as well as jointly find solutions to other challenges in the livestock value chain.  

The event attracted a total of 280 participants 180 male and 100 female. Total number of exhibitors (Financial service providers and Value chain actors) was 21 of which 6 were Banks, 7 were SACCOs, 5 were insurance companies and 4 were Value chain actors. Deals made for flow up were 225. Online registration got 77 individuals of which 58 subscrib

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Nicole Metz Thank you Jacob and co-organisers for sharing the outcomes of this event with us! The report is clear and timely. Good to know that financial service providers and other value chain actors used the opportunity to make deals!

1 year 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 July 2016 at 11:19

Dutch Seeds Debate

Support small farmers with seeds, services and education

This is the report of a debate organised by Agriterra in April 2016 in the context of the Small Farmers, Big Deal campaign.

One of the action points listed at the end of the report: “Developing the seed sector needs an integrated supply chain approach with better products (seeds) but also education and services that stimulate good farming practices, financing and market linkages. “

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 June 2016 at 09:37

Agriterra third best cooperative capacity builder of Ethiopia

At the International Cooperative Day in Ethiopia Agriterra received an award and certificate to her great contribution to cooperative development in the country.

Through professionalising cooperatives, Agriterra aims to assure that members benefit from the services of their cooperatives and receive better incomes. The Government of Ethiopia envisions an important role for cooperatives to contribute to economic growth and agro-industrial development in the country, but also acknowledges that the capacity of cooperatives is often weak.

The Ethiopian president Dr. Mulatu, in the presence of Minister of Agriculture Mr. Tefera, gave an award to business advisor Mascha Middelbeek from Agriterra for being in the top 3 of cooperative capacity builders.

Agriterra is proud for the recognition of its work in Ethiopia. With a team of 10, Agriterra strengthens 24 unions in 4 regions of Ethiopia in different agricultural sectors.