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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 :)

3 months 1 week ago

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"  

4 months 1 week ago

mar
28

Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund Launch

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  28 March 2017, 09:00-14:00
  Lusaka

Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund Launch in Zambia

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden, has been selected by SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) to manage the Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) Fund.

IAP is a specialised fund aimed to identify and support innovative inclusive business models that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefit for the low income population, prioritising women and youth. The support provided by IAP includes a mix of advisory and non-reimbursable funding for up to EUR 200,000.

The IAP Fund launch is being held on 28th March 2017. The main objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Introduce the concept of innovative inclusive business and IAP

2. Introduce the application guidelines for the concept note.

3. Clarify any doubts or questions regarding the fund or application process.

Click here to read more about the IAP fund 

Want to attend? Email Mr. Alina

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 March 2017 at 01:49

#HEFORSHE: 2SCALE AND AGRIPROFOCUS CELEBRATE MEN WHO EMPOWER WOMEN

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic position in value chains and improving their access to agricultural training, seeds, fertilizers, and land.

Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in Ségou. The recipients included:

• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.

• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promoting ge

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage. He for she très bon concept, nous trouvons que c'est dans l'ordre naturel des choses, car la discrimination est venue par les hommes et c'est toujours avec  les hommes que nous pouvons envisager des solutions durables.  Ici au Mali ONU-FEMME est réprésentée par un homme, et je vous assure que ça produit des effets. Nous disons merci à l'engagement du partenaire IFDC et à l'efficacité de la démarche 2SCALE. Et vivement la prochaine formation sur le genre dans les chaines de valeur agricole car cette formation est vraiment utile.On est ensemble

5 months 6 days ago

Cibarani Cibarani Belle initiative....De quoi donner envie à d'autres de redoubler davantage les aides qu'ils apportent aux femmes...

5 months 5 days ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci CIBARANI, le mérite vous revient car votre  action à Ouéléssébougou est très regardant sur la démarche genre.Nous suivons avec beaucoup d’intérêt vos activités.

5 months 4 days ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci beaucoup Anne Marie pour ce partage très intéressant, ce fut un moment de reconnaissance et de mérite pour ses braves hommes qui se battent chaque jour pour la cause des femmes ,ils  seront  désormais des références ! 

5 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 10 March 2017 at 09:53

BoP is looking for Business Development Trainers!

The BoP Innovation Center is recruiting trainers with experience in agribusiness (preferably aquaculture) to deliver business development trainings to fish farmers and enterprises participating in the Kenya Market-led Aquaculture Program (KMAP), led by Farm Africa, in western and central Kenya.Selected trainers must be available to attend a 4-day training in April 2017 and deliver trainings under a short-term contract in 2017 (with a possible extension to 2018-2019 based on performance).

If you are interested in this position, apply here.


jun
06

Introduction to Inclusive Business  - online course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 June 2017, All Day Event
  Online course

Online course: Introduction to Inclusive Business  

The course is aligned to a number of existing activities done by MDF, CDI and the Inclusive Business Accelerator consortium, and is supported by the Food & Knowledge Business Platform. After the launch on June 6, 2016, the course will always be available on the IBA.ventures platform.

Inclusive business refers to sustainable business solutions that go beyond philanthropy and expand access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.

Inclusive Business ventures deliver high socio-economic value by engaging the poor as producers, distributors, suppliers, or consumers, and present an exciting opportunity for the private sector because they are good for business. A variety of commercial returns–market entry, market share, secure supply chains, product line innovation, and competitive advantage–all help to build market value.

Target groups

Since this educational programme is posi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 February 2017 at 04:16

PizzaProFocus! Informal network meeting on inclusive business

On Thursday evening 2nd February, the Dutch network of AgriProFocus gathered for an informal network meeting with pizzas: PizzaProFocus. The meeting took place at BoP Innovation Center, one of the organizations which had made the proposal to the network to start such informal gatherings to enable people in the network to meet, discuss, get new ideas, and establish new connections.

This time, the theme was Inclusive Business. 3 pitches were done by CBI’s Eva Smulders; ICRA’s Bertil Videt; and BoPInc’s Niek van Dijk. Other participants responded, which gave room for further open questions and exchanges. Some of the key areas of interest from that discussion that I recall:

CBI has developed a new tool, with support of Schuttelaar & Partners, to support SMEs in low- and middle-income countries with an interest to export to Europe, in developing more ‘responsible business’ practices. After the use of this tool, thes

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Nicole Metz More details on the CSR roadmap can be found in the specific post by CBI and Schuttelaar (Celine Steer), following this link to another page on our platform: http://agriprofocus.com/post/58d5446d0b34d96f130f5201

4 months 8 hours ago

feb
02

PizzaProFocus - members meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  02 February 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Utrecht

Tijdens de Members Meeting van 1 november kwam de groep die sprak over 'Linking' met het idee om een maandelijkse meet-up te organiseren, door en voor leden, na werktijd, onder het genot van een stuk pizza: PizzaProFocus!

Het idee is om de informele meet-ups elke laatste donderdag van de maand te houden over actuele onderwerpen die de leden bezighouden. Georganiseerd door AgriProFocus en als gastheer/vrouw een lid organisatie. Bop Innovation Center trapt het spits af en is gastheer tijdens deze eerste meet-up op donderdag 2 februari* met als onderwerp: Een breder perspectief op Inclusive Business

Breder perspectief op inclusive business

Inclusive business is hot! Steeds meer organisaties nemen een inclusive business perspectief aan in hun agri&food en voedselzekerheidsprojecten. De uitvoering hiervan gaat echter vaak niet verder dan de kleine boer. Hoe zorg je ervoor dat je de BoP niet alleen betrekt als kleinschalige boer, maar ook als consument en micro-ondernemer?

Meer informatie opv

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 December 2016 at 09:22

How can you leverage Monitoring & Evaluation to generate new opportunities within a project?

Interested in the lessons learned from M&E in the AIM Coalition? Listen to this PodCast where Marijke de Graaf (ICCO) and Marlene Roefs (WUR-CDI) tell about their experiences with 2 AIM-projects: The vegetables for all project in Tanzania and the SPAR Rural Hubs project in South Africa. 

Main questions they will answer:

+ What are reasons for doing M&E?
+ What are opportunities?
+ What are best practises?

Check the PodCast!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2016 at 09:35

Want a successful agribusiness in developing markets?

Join the company capability track and make your agribusiness fit for public funding in PPP calls


This unique track will help you to uncover the internal capabilities your company has or should have to become successful in these dynamic developing markets. It will support your company to get a better grip on and receive public recognition for it’s potential and ambition to develop business models that include low-income people.

Company capability track components

  1. Online quick scan with key company staff

  2. Half a day internal workshop on capability needs

  3. Company-specific report

  4. Visibility in public report on overall insights

  5. Networking event with like minded agribusiness entrepreneurs

Show the world your ambition to contribute to the SDGs.

BoP Innovation Center, inspired by the RPV framework of Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, created the Track to map your company’s internal capabilities. The capabilities are categorized

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 November 2016 at 02:22

'Fresh Assembly Points' as distribution model for fresh produce 

In Africa produce is moved over hundreds of kilometers from rural farmers to urban-based distribution centers. Part of this produce is then moved back to an expanding network of rural retailers. Such distribution models are very difficult to enter for smallholder farmers.

The SPAR Rural Hubs initiative - one of the AIM projects- in South Africa focuses on improving rural community access to fresh produce from smallholder farmers by setting up a new distribution network. 'Fresh Assembly Points' (FAPs), strategically located near farmers, rural retailers and consumers, provide logical alternatives for the produce to travel a shorter distance from farmer to FAP to retailer, thereby reducing cost and preserving freshness longer.

Want to know more about this innovative approach? Listen to Kenneth Carden, project manager of SPAR, who explains it HERE 

AIM (the Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition) brings together more

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 14 October 2016 at 02:06

Join the free course on Inclusive Agribusiness of 2scale and BoPInc!

Organised by 2SCALE and the Inclusive Business Accelerator, the bootcamp on Inclusive Agribusiness aims to equip participants with knowledge and tools to manage an Inclusive Agribusiness, based on the experience of successful agribusiness entrepreneurs. A wide range of topics will be covered from sales and distribution to marketing and gender approaches. The online course will last for four weeks and is free of charge. The bootcamp will show how inclusive business contributes to:

1. improve your value proposition

2. Effective marketing strategies

3. Efficient distribution and slaes channels 

4. Include women in your business

Watch Janet Macharia in the Promotion Video of 2SCALE bootcamp on Youtube 

or read the website


Didier MUYIRAMYE Thank you Angelica

10 months 4 days ago

ugo sam Nwabuisi Great value addition angelica. We run a Youth Entrepeneurship Society for Agribusiness Advancement and wonder whether our members could participate in this free online course.

10 months 3 days ago

PETER KOLAWOLE @ugo sam please do have any presentation for youth enterpeneurship in agribusiness?

9 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 11 October 2016 at 01:19

Lowongan Kerja

Pemetaan pengetahuan, pemangku kepentingan, dan jejaring untuk Bawang Merah

Latar Belakang

Gain membuat Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) untuk menurunkan kehilangan dan sampah pasca panen secara global melalui “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains” dengan berfokus pada rantai nilai yang menyediakan (atau berpotensi menyediakan) nutrisi signifikan yang bernilai bagi pasar pedesaan dan perkotaan, berbasiskan piramida populasi.

GAIN memilih Nigeria sebagai negara PLAN pertama, bersama AgriProFocus, BoPInc, dan Postharvest Network akan membawa pendekatan PLAN ke Indonesia. Inisiatif ini diharapkan bisa berkontribusi untuk meningkatkan ketersediaan lokal dan keterjangkauan tanaman pangan bernutrisi di Indonesia. Baca lebih lengkap di bawah.

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Job Vacancy

Knowledge, Stakeholder and Network Mapping – SHALLOT

Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for

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Lisette van Benthum The e-mail address for applications is indonesia@agriprofocus.com

10 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 11 October 2016 at 01:14

Lowongan Kerja

Pemetaan Pengetahuan, Pemangku Kepentingan, dan Jejaring untuk Buah Tropis

Latar Belakang

Gain membuat Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (PLAN) untuk menurunkan kehilangan dan sampah pasca panen secara global melalui “addressing the lack of knowledge, technology and access to finance as well as the poor coordination along key food supply chains” dengan berfokus pada rantai nilai yang menyediakan (atau berpotensi menyediakan) nutrisi signifikan yang bernilai bagi pasar pedesaan dan perkotaan, berbasiskan piramida populasi.

GAIN memilih Nigeria sebagai negara PLAN pertama, bersama AgriProFocus, BoPInc, dan Postharvest Network akan membawa pendekatan PLAN ke Indonesia. Inisiatif ini diharapkan bisa berkontribusi untuk meningkatkan ketersediaan lokal dan keterjangkauan tanaman pangan bernutrisi di Indonesia. Baca lengkap di bawah.

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Job Vacancy

Knowledge, Stakeholder and Network Mapping – TROPICAL FRUIT

Indonesian Postharvest Loss Alliance for Improv

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Lisette van Benthum The e-mail address for applications is indonesia@agriprofocus.com

10 months 1 week ago

Rizki Estrada there is no proposal template?

10 months 1 week ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru No, just up to the applicant.

10 months 6 days ago