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Posted By in Pertes post-recoltes
Posted 5 December 2018 at 10:50

Food Connection Challenge, une alternative pour réduire les pertes post-récoltes

Le rideau est tombé le jeudi 29 novembre sur le Food Connection Challenge 2018.  Partir de 80 candidats au démarrage du processus, 5 dont 3 femmes et 2 hommes sont arrivés en finale . Il s’agit de :

- Mme Célia Fiogbe, CEO de AgroDynamique

- Mr Steve Hoda, CEO de Afririce

- Mr Armel Ahimakin, CEO de Huilerie Royale TED

- Mme Chantal Adiko, CEO de Africacompost

- Mme Assiba Carine Bokovo, CEO de Assiba Fée. 

L'évenement a réuni plus de 41 personnes dont 16 femmes. Démarré à 15H30 par l’installation des membres du jury (Mr AKPINFA Edouard, Mme AKPLOGAN Huguette (rapporteur), Mr DADJO Michaël, Mr RIBOUX Roland (Président), les finalistes ont eu droit chacun à 5 mn pour présenter leur projet. S’en est suivi les questions-réponses pour mieux comprendre les projets exposés.  Après concertation du jury, les noms des deux (02) gagnants ont été dév

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Mes vives félicitations aux gagnants de ce prix. Nos encourageons les heureuses gagnantes à mettre en oeuvre leur projet pour un développement de l'entrepreneuriat féminin qui débouchera sur l'autonomisation des femmes en Afrique.

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13

Innovative financing opportunities 4 inclusive agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 December 2018, 10:00-11:00
  Online webinar

Join iBAN’s and BoPInc’s webinar: Innovative financing opportunities for inclusive agri-business

Time: 10.00 UTC 

In 2017, investors poured over US$ 200bn into companies that combine social and environmental goals with financial returns. This trend is growing with the recognition that public funding alone cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This one hour webinar lays out the new and emerging opportunities in innovative finance for agribusiness. Here are some of the new forms of financing that will be covered: Public Private Partnerships, Thematic Bonds, Project Finance, Blended Finance, Result-based financing, Agricultural value-chain finance and crowdfunding.

Register for the webinar via: https://bit.ly/2BEYXzu

More background information on: https://bit.ly/2zF5PeN



nov
29

FINALE DE FOOD CONNECTION CHALLENGE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Benin
  29 November 2018, 15:00-18:00
  AZALAI HOTEL

Le Food Connection Challenge est un incubateur agroalimentaire qui développe des solutions innovantes pour réduire les pertes après récolte. Nous avons commencé cette aventure en Avril avec 80 candidats au démarrage qui ont suivi les étapes de formations, de coaching, etc. 

A la phase finale, nous avons cinq (05) candidats qui sont appelés à convaincre le jury.  Les 2 meilleurs reçevront un bon pour demander un cofinancement du "réseau post-récolte" à hauteur de 20 000 euros (13 119 140 FCFA).

Les finalistes : 

- Mme Célia Fiogbe, CEO de AgroDynamique 

- Mr Steve Hoda, CEO de Afririce 

- Mr Armel Ahimakin, CEO de Huilerie Royale TED

- Mme Chantal Adiko,  CEO de Africacompost

- Mme Assiba Carine Bokovo, CEO de Assiba Fée 

Felicitations aux gagnants (es) 



Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 October 2018 at 08:56

A Lucky iron fish for everyone?

Business opportunities & “wacky” solutions for strengthening nutrition at the BoP

What can be done to support the consumption of more healthy food products by the poorest people in low- and middle-income countries, the people at the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BoP)? That is an urgent challenge, given the fact that globally 155 million children are still stunted, 52 million children are wasted, and 2 billion people lack key nutrients like iron and vitamin A1


This challenge is addressed by several actors in these countries and their international partners. Small, medium and larger enterprises from different sectors are those who use market-based solutions to produce, distribute and sell nutritious food products to consumers. In addition, NGOs and the public sector also contribute to tackling the different forms of malnutrition, including in countries with emergencies.


An event in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on October 4, 2018, facilitated

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 August 2018 at 09:05

Apply now for the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition

Are you a nutrition sensitive SME in Malawi, Ethiopia or Kenya ? Does your product address a local diet quality gap and increase the consumption of safe and nutritious foods ? Apply and stand a chance to win a trip to Nairobi to compete in the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition.

The Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) organizes the first edition of the Scaling Up Nutrition Pitch Competition, that will be held during the Nutrition Africa Investor Forum (NAIF) in Kenya on the 16th of October 2018.  For this application process, SBN in partnership with BoPinc will select the cohort of SMEs from Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi that will participate in the SUN Pitch Competition. 

Apply now or no later than September 1st, through https://vc4a.com/sun-business-network/sbn-regional-pitch-competition/application/

Application Process and Timeline

1) Ap

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Niek! Sarah Assefa, maybe you can announce this during the nutrition conference in Hawassa these coming 2 days?

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Niek van Dijk That would be great Sarah Assefa !

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Mahder Akalu Of course! We will! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 11 May 2018 at 03:50

FOOD CONNECTION CHALLENGE FCC

" 7! C'est le nombre de jours qui vous reste pour finaliser votre dossier de candidatures et peut-etre bénéficier de la formation et du prix de 13 000 000 CFA pour mettre en place votre idée pour réduire les pertes après récolte!

7, si vous passez 7 min de plus sur les questions les plus importantes, vous augmentez vos chances de faire partie des élus!
Plus d'informations sur l'événement: foodconnectionchallenge.com
Bonne chance! 

#FCC2018, #BoPInc"

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 February 2018 at 02:34

Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture visits AgriProFocus

On Friday February 9, Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality visited the AgriProFocus office in Utrecht. She was curious to find out more about our network; who are our members, what drives us and how can the ministry and AgriProFocus work more together on agriculture and food security?

We wanted to present the broad variety of members and activities of our network. We invited members in Utrecht and set up a live video connection with Uganda and Benin. Our coordination teams there had invited network members and partners that are involved in the Benin “Uplifting the Fish Value Chain in Benin” program and in the Uganda PAINT program, two strong examples of how AgriProFocus facilitates Dutch, national and international partners to work together on common goals and agendas.

Thanks to the live connection a lively discussion sparked between the guests in Utrecht, Uganda an

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Akibodé Djodji Congratulations , Utrecht team, I see that this visit opens the door to a greater collaboration with the new ministry  of agriculture. Thanks to the team of Benin and Uganda for sharing your activities Together we will make agribusiness work for developpement  in Mali and the rest of the world

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 November 2017 at 11:47

2SCALE’s service delivery model offers opportunities to embed and share costs of support services within the value chain


The role of advisors in agribusiness is ever changing. Whereas conventional advisors mainly work with farmers, the 2SCALE programme turned these intermediaries into coaches of local business partnerships in a particular value chain. As this shift showed impressive results, such as the embedding of support costs within the value chain, 2SCALE explained the approach of its service delivery model and lessons learned from it in its second thematic paper “Strengthening business support services for agribusiness partnerships”.

Support services within agribusiness clusters

In 2SCALE, the role and terms of reference of agribusiness advisors moved from being mostly technical advisors for primarily farmers to facilitators and on-the-job coaches of local business actor networks formed as partnerships around a Producers’ Groups: the agribusiness clusters (ABCs). Consortium p

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Nicole Metz Dear colleagues at 2Scale, BoPInc, IFDC and ICRA, thanks for sharing the paper and the link. It may be interesting for you to be part of the conversation hosted by Food & Business Knowledge Platform tomorrow, in the context of the conference 'Research & Policy: two peas in a pod?' Inclusive Business will be discussed in one thematic session, for which the following concept note has been prepared: http://knowledge4food.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/171201_theme3_inclusive-business-development.pdf

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2017 at 04:23

Implementing large scale inclusive agribusiness programs

Sound solutions for critical challenges

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.

The Issue

Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re

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nov
21

Business Challenge in food processing

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  21 November 2017, 09:00-13:00
  Nairobi - Kenya

Call for Business Challenges

Is your company operating in the food processing sector in Kenya and are you facing a specific challenge for which you need an innovative solution? Would you like to take the chance to benefit from applied, market-driven research and to develop innovative solutions with the help of multi-disciplinary teams of students and faculty members at a renowned Technical University?

Register here for the business challenge that will take place on 21st of November 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

To conduct the food processing survey click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/innofoodKE

Learn more about the innofood project by visiting the website

The INNOFOOD initiative is a project of MDF Training and Consultancy (MDF) and BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc) in partnership with the Ho Technical University in Ghana and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Kenya. It is made possible by the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education (NICHE

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 October 2017 at 09:24

Nov 7 @ Utrecht (NL) Come see how #farmtotable initiatives offer the dignity of choice in markets across #Africa 

http://2scale.org/event/2scale-event-2017-incubating-inclusive-agribusiness

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07

2SCALE: incubating inclusive agribusiness in Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2017, All Day Event
  Social Impact Factory, Vredenburg 40, 3511 BD Utrecht, the Netherlands

What does it take to build an inclusive agribusiness in Africa?

Join the 2SCALE 2017 event and find out how 2SCALE, one of the largest incubators of inclusive agribusiness in Africa, built over 50 public-private partnerships in selected high-potential product groups in nine countries in Africa.

You will learn from the best: entrepreneurs, producer organizations, microfinance institutions, business coaches, SMEs and others will all share how they succeed in establishing new agribusinesses.

Besides sharing our lessons learned, we want to learn from you! During the break-out sessions we will dive deep in several topics that are essential to making inclusive agribusiness work.

THE PROGRAM

09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Plenary sessions: What it takes to build an inclusive agribusiness

Key-note speaker: Ruth Kinoti – founder and CEO of Shalem investments

Other guest speakers representing inclusive agribusiness projects in Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria.

12:30 Speed-date with speakers
13:0

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 August 2017 at 01:42

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? 

Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creati

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sep
04

Free online course: Inclusive Agribusiness - 2SCALE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2017 to 25 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.  

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creation and t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 July 2017 at 08:45

Call for Proposals: Innovations Against Poverty (IPA)
Deadline: July 24, 2017

Background of IAP

The IAP fund was initially launched in 2011, taking on a pioneering role in promoting innovations and social entrepreneurship aimed at the low income population. During the pilot phase from 2011 until 2016, 66 projects have received funding, 34 large grants and 32 small grants, and a total of €5,4m has been invested in various sectors across 30 developing countries in the world. Click here for further information on IAP phase 1 projects: http://www.inclusivebusinesshub.org/all-innovation-against-poverty/

Following the success of the pilot phase, Sida launched the second phase of the IAP fund in 2016, managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with Inclusive Business Sweden (IB Sweden) and BoP Innovation Center (BoP Inc.). The second phase is designed for innovative inclusive business ventures in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda and Zambiaactive in one of the following sectors:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 12 June 2017 at 04:38

Workshop Minimizing Postharvest Loss for Nutrition

According to FAO estimates about 1/3 of all food that is produced worldwide is lost or wasted between production and consumption. The impacts are social, economic and environmental as this wastage exacerbates hunger and under - and malnourishment of about 800 million people, leads to an estimated $940 billion in economic losses per year and has a significant impact on the use of water, cropland and greenhouse gas emissions (FAO, 2011). Turning this around we can also state that reducing food loss and waste offers opportunities for positive social, economic and environmental impact.

GAIN has developed the Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) in order to decrease Post Harvest Losses and Waste (PHL/W) globally by “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains”, with a particular focus on those value chains that provide or have the potential to pro

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 April 2017 at 11:54

Can technology help to make fresh food available and affordable?

Poor dietary diversity in developing countries can be a key contributor to health problems because it increases the likelihood that people are not getting sufficient nutrients. Making fresh food more safe, affordable and available provides an opportunity to increase the variety of foods they eat and reduce malnutrition. Herbert Smorenburg, Senior Manager at GAIN writes.

The main drivers of dietary diversity are availability and affordability of micronutrient-rich foods such as horticultural crops, animal-sourced foods, pulses, and nutritious grains. Availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables in particular, due to their seasonal production and perishable nature, present one of the greatest challenges. Without suitable technologies, such as pickling, fermenting, drying, cooling and freezing to conserve, store and process nutritious foods, the cost of such foods, and therefore the cost of better, diverse and

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Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Laura, thanks for sharing this :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 April 2017 at 04:07

I-PLAN goes Vietnam

Last week I was in Vietnam, where I also participated in the Regional Food Security Conference ‘Let’s get to work. Building a food secure future’. In her key-note address vice-Minister Marjolijn Sonnema rightfully added the word ‘together’ to the title: building a food secure future together. 

I had the pleasure to present a good example of working together: a project our network is developing together with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the PostHarvest Network (PHN) and BoP Innovation Center. This project aims to establish an Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improved Nutrition (I-PLAN).

Food losses

In the developing world most food losses take place before consumption and most remarkably, post farm gate between production and consumption. While loss is most often translated to tonnage of primarily staple foods wasted, postharvest loss and waste most dramatically impacts the perishable nutritious foods, which when lost translate t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 April 2017 at 01:23

Do you want to set up a challenge? Best practices from the Food Connection Challenge

Article of IBA, by Rosanna Martucci on March 6, 2017

The Food Connection Challenge Ghana (FCC), an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and CrossWise Works facilitated by F&BKP and IBA, was launched as a business-led response to post-harvest losses in Ghana. The FAO indeed reports that post-harvest loss amounts up to 30-40% of the total food produced in Ghana, due to poor harvesting, storing and transportation facilities.

In June 2016, After an open application process targeting Ghanian agribusiness SMEs, FCC selected four Ghanaian agribusinesses producing tilapia, pineapple, peanut and groundnut products. Lack of proper storage facilities being one of the main causes of losses in their operations, FCC matched them with Dutch companies offering cold and non-cold storage facilities. Four student teams were involved to adapt the Dutch technologies for scaling in the context of the Ghanaian entrepreneurs.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 30 March 2017 at 12:47

2SCALE ET AGRIPROFOCUS CÉLÈBRENT LES HOMMES QUI OFFRENT DES TERRES AUX FEMMES

Moins de 5 pour cent des femmes au Mali possèdent des terres, alors que plus de 30 pour cent servent de chefs de ménage responsables de la nourriture, des soins de santé et des frais scolaires pour leurs enfants. En raison de leur vulnérabilité sociale, en particulier dans la région de Ségou, 2SCALE privilégie le renforcement de la position économique des femmes dans les chaînes de valeur et l'amélioration de leur accès à la formation agricole, aux semences, aux engrais et à la terre.

Suite à cet objectif et à l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme (8 mars), 2SCALE et le réseau AgriProFocus au Mali ont honoré quatre hommes qui ont manifesté un engagement proactif pour réduire les inégalités sexuelles dans un partenariat végétal soutenu par Ségou. Les bénéficiaires comprenaient:

• Mahamadou Nantoumé, PDG de Guina Agricole, pour le renforcement de l'accès des f

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Philippe AKPAKI C'est un partenariat bien pensé. L'accès des femmes a la terre contribue à leur autonimisation et au développement des chaînes de valeur agricole. " MA TERRE, MA VIE"  

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