This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African
farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and
healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat;
with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory.
The leading question is:
How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions,
business and civil society organizations) connect to these
challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing
rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?
09.00h Registration, coffee
09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods
10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO
10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR
11.00h Walk to workshop locations
1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki... Read more
On Friday, April 6, we successfully hosted the Agrifood Bootcamp Showcase Event in Nay Pyi Taw. The Showcase event was the closing of the Agrifood Bootcamp. 5 groups of highly talented Myanmar youth impressed the audience and the highlevel jury with their innovative business solutions for agrifood challenges in Myanmar.
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project organized by AgriProFocus Myanmar in collaboration with the Dutch agribusiness companies and organizations De Heus, East West Seed, Agriterra, Fresh Studio and ICCO Cooperation. Together, we supported Myanmar youth between 18 and 35 to participate in an exciting week long training program from April 2 to 6. We selected a talented and extremely motivated group of 40 participants with diverse backgrounds: Students from 5 different universities, young professionals and agri-entrepreneurs.
They learned about the daily affairs of agr... Read more
The Contemporary Cooperative Workshop is to provide an understanding on how agricultural cooperatives work and how to structure them in the modern business world, especially in an Indonesian business legal context. Through this workshop participants will better understand how their organisation can better support cooperatives.
The expected participants are Country Director/Manager or Program Director/Manager of NGO/Donor working with cooperatives, Government officers or parliament members involved in decision-making in the agricultural or food sector; and are required to have experience working with Agricultural Cooperative (AC) or is planning to work with AC in their project/programme.
See more detail on the flyer.
On 7 February 2018, AgriProFocus Myanmar successfully hosted the Final Agrifood Bootcamp Teaser Workshop at Yangon University of Economics. Wow!!! We were impressed by the active input and high quality of the contributions from young people to solve the various challenges presented by the companies and organizations. There were 165 participants from Yangon University of Economics and other interested youth.. When we announced the statement “ I can contribute to developing the agriculture sector with my educational background”, more than 70% of the participants stand up and agreed the statement.
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project to link Myanmar students and young professionals age 18 and 35 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. The objective is to increase awareness of youth about the opportunities in agribusiness, improve linkages and exchange between Myanmar youth and D... Read more
Agriterra is the international expert on agricultural cooperative- and farmer organisation development. Agriterra works with the most ambitious and entrepreneurial agricultural cooperatives in 17 countries who have a clear business ambition. Key training- and advisory areas: Develop the right capabilities to create value for members (farmers), install good governance practices, develop proper business cases, guide in getting access to finance and to facilitate (inter-)national market linkages.
Challenge: How to actively use the knowledge and vision of young farmers in agricultural cooperatives?
‘Agricultural cooperatives are effective instruments to organize as farmers, they have transformed agricultural sectors glob... Read more
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a project to link Myanmar students and young professionals age 18 and 25 to Dutch businesses and organisations in the agrifood sector. The objective is to increase awareness of youth about the opportunities in agribusiness, improve linkages and exchange between Myanmar youth and Dutch and Myanmar companies and organisations and to develop skills and capacities required i... Read more
Find the challenges here:
ICCO Cooperation is a global non-governmental organization that works together with its partners on responsible and... Read more
The Agrifood Bootcamp is a joint project of AgriProFocus and 5 Dutch... Read more
From 20 to 24 November Agriterra organised the first My.COOP Pilot training in Myanmar. The event took place in Aungban, Southern Shan State and was opened by the Shan Minister of MoALI, U Sai Lone Kyaw.
MyCOOP is an abbreviation for Managing Your Agricultural Cooperative and is a training aimed at strengthening the management of agricultural cooperatives. Consequently, managers and board members of agricultural cooperatives are equipped to offer high quality, efficient and effective services to their members. In addition, My.COOP provides guidance to cater for member satisfaction, business opportunities and social considerations. My.COOP has been developed in partnership between Agriterra, ILO and other partners and has been a valuable asset for agricultural cooperatives all over the world.
In Myanmar, the Cooperative Department and Agriterra have agreed to embark on a trajectory to improve the member commitment of cooperative members. In order to do so, Agriterra tra... Read more
On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.
1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships
By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation
In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information http://www.snv.org/project/partnering-value-4p.
Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re... Read more
"Agriterra is known in Ethiopia as a club without money, but with great impact. They see us as a centre of innovation and would like us to be active in all regions. The government itself will ensure that this successful innovation is implemented Nationwide", says Blokland. "After Vietnam, Ethiopia is the second country where we have received an appeal from the government to roll out our advisory approach in a major way.
The signing of the 'Memorandum of Understanding' took place in Addis Ababa, during a symposium organised by Agriterra and in the presence of the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture Dr. Eyasu Abraha and Niek Bosmans of the Dutch embassy in Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia is a truly cooperat... Read more
Agriterra is an agri-advisory organization founded by farmer organizations from the Netherlands and has 20 years of experience in advising governments, farmer organizations and cooperatives in over 17 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Agriterra provides training, advisory services and exchange visits to entrepreneurial farmers with a willingness to cooperate, a clear ambition and a strong business mindset. The Agriterra focus is two-fold. As a starting point it is essential to focus on the development of robust governance structures, develop house-rules that stimulate member commitment and bringing financial management systems in tune with the demands of banks and micro-finance institutions. Once these internal basics are in place, Agriterra supports clients to realize their business ambitions. This can be done via supporting clients to get improved market access or to upscale business activities t... Read more
Deadline: November 04, 2017
Agriterra aims to professionalize farmers' organizations and cooperatives worldwide, with advice from experts from the Dutch agricultural sector. Our opinion is that strong farmers' organizations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better distribution of income. We focus on economic development and work closely together with the Dutch agribusiness.
Agriterra Rwanda is registered as a program under SNV Rwanda and our team cooperates with farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, in the value chains of coffee, dairy, maize, rice, sugar cane, horticulture and Irish potato.
Agriterra is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer business advisory services to cooperatives that have been selected as Agriterra clients. The Business Advisor will be based at Agriterra’s office in Musanze, under the wings of farmer’s... Read more
Unlocking the Coffee Chain - Weet u genoeg van uw kopje koffie om te ontsnappen?
14 oktober 2017 Mauritskazerne, Ede Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2 10:00-11:15
Agriterra nodigt u van harte uit voor de exclusieve opening van Unlocking the Coffee Chain op World Food Day 2017 in de Mauritskazerne in Ede. In deze Coffee Escape Challenge gaat de bezoeker op reis langs een serie puzzels naar de herkomst van de koffieboon.
World Food Day 2017 is een jaarlijks terugkerend publieksfestival dat de bezoekers betrekt bij wereldvoedselvraagstukken. Agriterra is partner van World Food Day. De Coffee Escape Challenge is ontwikkeld i.s.m. Moyee Coffee, Koffiebranderij Peeze en Zwarte Koffie. Op World Food Day kunnen bezoekers meedoen aan workshops, debatten en experiences en krijgen op excursie een kijkje in de keuken van voedselproducenten en verwerkers. Het is een ideaal dagje uit voor iedereen die van eten houdt en er zijn activiteiten voor het hele gezin.
De Escape Challenge bevindt zich in Het Ke
To determine the next steps with the farmer organizations in the Dry Zone, Agriterra started a scoping mission in the Dry Zone of Myanmar. In this scoping trip, Mr. Bob Jan Schoot Uiterkamp (Business Advisor), Mr. Richard van der Maden (Business Advisor), Mr. Kyaw Thu Win (Local consultant) from Agriterra lead the trip and worked to synthesize the information and to identify the potentials farmer organizations through its own network and with the help of various stakeholders.
AgriProFocus Myanmar also involved in this trip to und... Read more
With anticipation and a mind full of concern of what lay ahead of me, I boarded the bus to join the long awaited Agribusiness Caravan that was to commence from Kampala according to the road map. By the way, they call me Kyomuhendo Phionah, an Entrepreneur in Piggery and Juicy Passion fruit, located in Mbarara district, S.W.Uganda.
The first two days of the caravan were impressive, with motivational speakers and seasoned entrepreneurs who inspired me and provided a learning platform for experience with the likes of Okello L., Richard M., Minister Christopher K., to mention but a few.
I was impressed with what I could do differently as a youth starting with having a “positive mindset”. It seems everything revolved on my mindset. As the Ugandan state minister for agriculture said, “Agriculture is said to be historically a punishment but this is a myth that had to change”. My mind started rolling back; looking at t... Read more
The Youth in Agribusiness Caravan is the most beautiful agricultural tour I have ever participated in. We were welcome everywhere. It was so easy and friendly for us to ask questions and shared our experience with the farmers. The tour was perfectly organized (interesting and appropriate “professional visits”, good hotels, good food apart from Baguma Restaurant in Mbarara!, nice touristic places like The Equator in Kayabwe, Kitagata hot springs, Nkugute crater lake, Kichwamba Rift valley and also Queen Elizabeth Park). I discovered a wonderful country, amazing landscapes from Mbarara to Fort portal. Every day was different, every day was surprising. I made wonderful friends in the caravan; Agaba Keneth, Phionah Kyomuhendo, Jimmy Ouni, Sharifah Najjuma, Creddy Lakot to name a few, all Agripreneurs from different regions of the country, then Brenda Namirembe, Joy Lwanga and Zurah from Action Aid Uganda and not forgetting Maik Voets and Adinda Lo... Read more
The platform was characterised with official opening by the Eastern Region Permanent Secretary Mr. Chanda Kasolo then followed exhibitions, workshops (Knowledge exchange) and lastly award giving ceremony.
Themes of discussion during the workshops included:
1. Sustainable Integrated Land Management Systems by SNV
2. Cooperative governance by Agriterra
3. Importance of using weights by Spruceland
4. Agribusiness Finance by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission
5. Safe handling of chemicals by Zambia Environmental Management Agency
6. Farming Inputs by Zambian fertilizers and MRI
7. Post harvesting handling by Po... Read more
24TH AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO DIVINE VEGETABLES FARM, BIGLAD ORGANIC FARM AND KABAROLE RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTRE IN FORT PORTAL DISTRICT
The caravan visited Divine Vegetables Farm and Biglad Organic Farm in Fort Portal district.
Divine Vegetables Farm was started in 2014 and the vegetables grown are of both local and exotic variety. On the other hand, Biglad Organic Farm was started by Mr. Julius Bigabwa in 2008 and has since turned into an agritourism farm on 8 acres of land with bananas, mangoes, fish tea plantation and others.
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre focuses on producing an alternative source of protein extracted from greens with an ultimate aim of promoting environment conservation and ecosystems.... Read more
Day 5 : 23RD AUGUST, 2017
VISIT TO MUBUKU IRRIGATION SCHEME IN KASESE DISTRICT
The caravan team traveled to Mubuku Irrigation Scheme in Kasese district. The area around Mubuku Irrigation Scheme receives little and unreliable rainfall and because it is close to the equator, its low altitude makes the temperature relatively high. With this justification, the scheme was established in 1964.
· To explore food production throughout the seasons using farrow irrigation system.
Mr. James Nabulu, the supretendant of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme told caravan participants that the scheme currently works with 160 farmers who operate on 8 acres of land each under a land tenancy system. He encouraged the youth to join cooperative and associations in order to bargain for favorable prices on the market.
The youth also had the opportunity to tour the scheme and to experience a number of maize farmers working together to... Read more