Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs
"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "
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Like many industries, coffee tends to be a male-dominated business, while 70 per cent of the work is done by women. This is one reason why the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), as part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) supports female entrepreneurs in its Ethiopia Coffee Program.
'We work with local organizations, to identify women’s needs from the start of a project’, explains Lisanne van Beek, gender coordinator of RVO.nl. For example, CBI supported Sara Yirga, owner of YA Coffee Roasters. Yirga’s ambition is to roast and export traceable, high quality Ethiopian coffee. CBI helped her to develop an export marketing plan, offered her advice on the market potential, and supported her with branding and packaging. Furthermore, CBI connected her to the international organization Women in Coffee Alliance. Yirga is now promoting her company, in which 85 per cent of her employees are fem... Read more
Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector.
This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.
This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!
The Centre of the Promotion of Imports for developing countries (CBI) is the agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. In anticipation of a new natural ingredients project in Indonesia, CBI is seeking to recruit multiple local expert in the field of export marketing and product development. The project will focus on the following product categories: seaweed process products (hydrocolloids for food industry), essential oils for food, cosmetic, and health/pharmaceutical industry, botanical extracts for food, cosmetic, and health/pharmaceutical industry. For more information about CBI: https://www.cbi.eu
Mr. Koos van Eyk (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Dika Rinakuki (email@example.com)
See below for detailed requirements.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda organised a half day ‘’Public Sector Development Instruments awareness workshop’’ which was held on Thursday, 04th May 2017.
The workshop took place at Umubano Hotel and was meant for the private sector stakeholders who are in the agriculture, water, infrastructure & energy sectors. More than 90 stakeholders participated, drawn from the private sector, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, government institution, knowledge institutes & a few NGOs.
Dutch financial instruments which were shared are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop was to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.
The Dutch... Read more
The Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda, is organising a half day dutch financial instruments awareness workshop that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 04th May 2017.
Dutch financial instruments which will be introduced are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop is to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.
Which DUTCH financial Instrument will be shared in the workshops?
Facility for sustainable entrepreneurship and food security (FDOV)
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)
Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility (G4AW)
Dutch Good Growth Fund
Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE)
Develop to Build (D2B)
For more information on these instruments, read the attached document
European tea consumers are increasingly looking for high value specialty teas. They want a unique and authentic experience when drinking tea, and are more knowledgeable about tea varieties and origin. Young consumers are also increasingly searching for innovations and healthy teas, which offers opportunities for producers of unique tea blends, flavours, and ready-to-drink teas. As sustainability remains a relevant issue in the European tea market, so do certifications and transparency in tea trade.
“Although so far a small niche in the tea market (experts estimate: 5%), specialty tea is becoming very trendy in Europe. The search for individual, gourmet quality tea follows the same path coffee has travelled. Tea will become very fashionable for young people.”
Joost Pierrot – CBI tea consultant
Visit the website to read more on:
+ Premiumisation trend in the tea market
+ Specialty teas are becoming increasingly popular
+ Brewing sophi
Europe has the largest number of coffee buyers in the world and each has its own approach to business, its own expectations and specific demands. As a result, finding the right buyer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Be prepared that it takes time. Work through the following tips to help you find your European buyers.
+ Explore your target market
+ Use sector and trade associations
+ Participate and visit trade fairs and events
+ Contact trade promotion agencies, embassies and chambers of commerce
+ Use online trading sites
+ Get to know your buyers
+ Use the trade press for market information
+ Use online marketing
+ Tell your story – make it marketable
+ Be persistent
Extended information on these tips can be found on the website of CBI.
CBI is the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, a lot of useful information can be found on their website. CBI is a member of the AgriProFocus Dutch pa... Read more
Europe plays a dominant role in the global cocoa sector. The largest European ports of Antwerp (Belgium) and Rotterdam (the Netherlands) are important, as well as the large European grinding and processing industry. This means plenty of opportunities for finding buyers. Use the following tips to help identify the right buyers for your products:
+ Know your product and its potential and then define your ideal buyer profile
+ Identify preferred market channels
+ Build and expand your business network
+ Visit the websites of sector associations
+ Contact your countries embassy in your target market
+ Study online trade directories
+ Search for buyers at trade fairs
+ Use social networks
+ Team up with buyer missions, matchmaking programmes and trade missions
+ Contact your buyers with confidence
+ Invest in online marketing
Extended information on these tips can be found on the website of CBI.
CBI... Read more
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... Read more
When entering new markets, many sources can be used to find buyers. For example, you can approach sector associations to obtain contact details. But it is equally important that buyers can find you, especially online. Trade fairs offer a very good platform to interact with buyers in person. Whatever promotion tools you use, make sure they are consistent and leave a professional impression. Have a look at the following tips and apply them to your company:
· Do your market research
· Attract buyers to your website
· Make connections by networking on different social media channels
· Visit and exhibit regularly at trade fairs
· Get in touch with support organisations
· Check the information that sector associations offer
· Register with trade directories
· Engage with your business contact... Read more
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organizing a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy is inviting experts from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch horticulture produce buyers and the Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The seminar will be attended by various stakeholders such as the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers.
- Business associations or NGOs that work with horticulture producers
- Government or quasi government departments that promote horticulture exports; and
- Private companies that are... Read more
Do you want to export fresh fruit to Europe? Make sure you know all about the requirements your product has to comply with, before trying to contact European buyers. For example requirements
related to plant health, contaminants and labelling. Read more on the website of the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries!
Palm sugar exporters from developing countries (DCs) have an opportunity on the German market by positioning their product as a premium and healthier sugar than conventional white sugar. By using the popularity of organic and fair trade products in Germany, palm sugar producers can market their products in premium market segments. To comprehensively examine the market information needed in order to export palm sugar to Germany, below is the practical market insight for your product:
Europe offers opportunities for agriculture export companies from Rwanda. But where exactly are these opportunities? Which products are in demand? Where to find buyers? And what requirements do these European buyers have?
The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) publishes information that can help Rwandan companies answer these questions. On their market information platform you can find publications about the most promising European markets, trends, buyer requirements, convincing buyers and more.
The platform includes information for companies that want to export for example coffee, tea, fresh fruit, vegetables, natural ingredients and nuts to Europe.
Want to know more? Have a look at this animation!
The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) has published new studies for companies that want to export coffee to Europe. The studies deal with trends on the European coffee market, requirements from European importers and marketing. CBI also published a study focusing on exporting sustainable coffee. Have a look!
The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) has published several new studies for companies that want to export tea to Europe. The studies deal for example with trends on the European tea market, requirements from European tea importers and marketing. If you want to export tea to Europe, it might be interesting to take a look!
On 2 February a US$1 million project to enhance the competitiveness of the avocado sector in Kenya was launched in its capital, Nairobi. Facilitated by CBI in collaboration with the International Trade Centre (ITC), the project is being financed by the Netherlands Trust Fund (NTF) III programme, in support of Kenya's national horticultural policy.
This objective of the project, which runs till July 2017, is to increase the capacity of farmers’ groups there by providing technical and hands-on training to help them comply with the relevant quality and certification requirements for exporting their products. They will be introduced to good agricultural practices, including production and pre-and post-harvest activities. They will also be helped to address the challenges related to fruit-fly infestation. Kenyan exporters will learn about export planning, development and implementation, marketing, using trade information and quality management.Read more
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