and Micro Irrigation Support Project (SMIS) is one of the projects funded by
the Dutch Government through the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in
Ethiopia. SMIS aims to support the Government of Ethiopia (GOE) through the
Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) with the implementation of the adopted Small
Scale Irrigation (SSI) Capacity Building Strategy.
On December 8, 2016, SMIS organized the Amhara Agricultural Forum 2016 (AAF ’16) in collaboration with AgroBIG and One Acre Fund. The aim of the Forum was to improve collaboration between organizations working in agriculture in Amhara.
There were a number of important presentations from different agricultural programs working in the region. Please find the presentations below:Read more
From January 25 to 27, AgriProFocus Myanmar, in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy, organized an inventory visit for Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch governmental agency for space. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned NSO to execute the Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility. The purpose of the visit was to prepare for the third call for proposals for G4AW, which will open mid March, 2017 and will be announced via Dutch Governmental Gazette . (NSO will publish the official announcement on the G4AW website in due time.
G4AW improves food security in developing countries by using satellite data. The facility promotes and supports private investments for large scale, demand driven and satellite based information services. It provides a platform for partnerships of public organisations, research institutes, private sector operators, NGO’s, farmer cooperatives, satellite data/service o... Read more
Dutch Poultry and Dairy businesses will be at this year's Agritech Expo Zambia at the Holland Pavilion. The Agritech expo is a business-to-business platform for agricultural professionals, from small-scale farmers to commercial enterprises, to engage and conduct business with some of the world’s leading suppliers to the agricultural industry.
The Dutch Pavilion will include exhibits and presentations by Dutch businesses. This will give attendees the opportunity to view and discuss products from outside their local market. There will also be a match-making session for pre-selected Zambian businesses with Dutch businesses.
For more information, contact Ms. Chali Nyirenda -email@example.com
This is brought to you by AgriProFocus, Nederlandse Export Combinatie / Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).
On 17 February 2017 the yearly Best Farmers Award event will be organized, a collaboration between the New Vision Media Group, KLM, dfcu/Rabobank and the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala. This popular event gets a lot of media attention. This year the event is combined with training sessions and an agricultural expo. This event and more specific the expo provides a very good opportunity for exposure of Dutch companies to the Ugandan Agribusinesses and the public.
If you are interested in participating in the expo please send an e-mail for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Value Chain Project is anticipated to start in 2017 and will seek to improve market engagement for market-oriented farmers, strengthen household resilience, and increase availability of agricultural services for farmers and businesses in select value chains, which are of strategic importance to both the Government of Rwanda and EKN. Working in select districts of Rwanda, the project will help rural smallholders move from subsistence farming to commercial farming and supply agricultural products for local, national, regional and international markets. The project will partner with national and multinational agro-food companies as drivers to increase productivity and to improve efficiency and sustainability of supported value chains. The project is anticipated to run between 4 and 5 years, with a total budget of about Euros 20... Read more
La qualité des produits agro- alimentaires est devenu ces dernière année une préoccupation majeure au Bénin et Agro Business Center (ABC) en a fait une de ses priorités. C’est dans ce cadre que le centre ABC de la SNV-Bénin, a organisé les 17 et 18 novembre 2016 à Porto novo, la deuxième édition du Salon de la qualité alimentaire au Bénin, en partenariat avec l’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas près le Bénin, l'Organisation Neerlandaise de Développement (SNV), AgriProFocus, le Programme d’Approche Communale pour le Marché Agricole au Bénin (ACMA), l’Agence Béninoise de la Normalisation ABENOR, l’Agence Béninoise de Sécurité Sanitaire des Aliments ABSSA, l’Institut Nationale des Recherches Agricole du Bénin INRAB, et la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques (FSA).
Cette deuxième édition est inscrite dans le cadre de la promotion de la qualité alimen... Read more
How to deal with the Challenges we face in our food & nutrition security programmes? On Tuesday November 15 we enjoyed a very interesting and effective EKN Learning Event.
Four projects shared very openly their challenges and got experience based advice from their peers:
1. SBN- problem with access to inputs, no microfinance available; harvest goes to local money lenders
2. CASCAPE: how NOT to contribute to the 'dependency syndrome', farmers expecting free seeds and per diems for training3. ICCO/Strategic Partnership Convening & Convincing (SPCC) project: How to involve in a dialogue with the government?
4.GAIN with 3 challenges
2. Demand creation takes a long time; diet behaviour is a hard thing to change. Production is improving; diversity at the farm is happening, bu
AgriProFocus Zambia (in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts) organised Poultry Masterclasses in Kitwe and Lusaka last month. The aim of the Poultry Masterclass was to improve agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.
Want to learn what the participants learned, here are the presentations from the 3 days.
1. Bio Security (Disease Control) - Presentation
2. Feed making - Presentation
3. Feeding Broilers - Presentation
4. Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 1)
Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 2)
Passionate speech from Rakiatou Gazibo, network coordinator Niger, about the importance of entrepreneurship in general and youth in particular!
Dutch pavillon at the fair, supported by the Dutch Embassy in Mali, representing also Niger and Burkina Faso!
Producers from all over Niger came to present their products to the public!
From tomorrow: debates and discussion about youth in agribusiness and access to finance!
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
Like many regions in East Africa, Northern Tanzania has the potential to become an agricultural powerhouse. A Public-Private Partnership of the FDOV meets the needs of maize producers around the city of Arusha. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has provided financial resources, shared technical knowledge and coordinated the contacts among the partners of this project.
Watch this film to see the results of this public-private partnership!
Partners in this PPP are: Quality Food Products in Arusha, East African Grain Council, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Dutch Embassy in Tanzania, New Bogaloo Ltd, National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture.
In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organised a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Various stakeholders from the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers attended the seminar to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
For those that could not attend, here are the presentations:
Access to Finance for SMEs in Zambia
Roveg Fruit BV - Netherlands (Potential Market)
Private Sector Development Tools: Dutch Support to Promote Bilateral Trade and Cooperation
The Dutch and European Horticulture Markets: Where are the best opportunities?
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs: PUM Netherlan
Deadline to fill the Concept Note form is 21 October 2016
THE OBJECTIVE of the Innovation Fund is to promote innovations in various agricultural sub-sectors in
Ethiopia that benefit smallholder farmers. The Innovation Fund runs from September 2016 to December 2019. It will provide financial and technical support to at least 32 projects that support the objective of the Fund and meet its criteria.
The Innovation Fund is managed by the Ethiopia–Netherlands Trade Facility for Agribusiness (ENTAG). ENTAG fall under the Bilateral Ethiopian Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT), which is implemented by Wageningen University & Research from The Netherlands and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Addis Ababa.
On Friday 15th October 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rwanda organized a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund. The workshop brought together 44 participants from research institutions, knowledge institutes, government institutions, insurance companies, private companies, NGOs, Dutch Embassy, etc.
The workshop kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator, Mrs Sajji Ryakunze.
‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies"
Next, followed an overview of the ‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies" of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda by Mr Pieter Dorst, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the past years, the Dutch Embassy works in Rwanda emphasized on programs improving Food Sec... 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
The President of Tanzania Pombe Magufuli John decided last year to omit the trappings of independence day and instead to hold a national "clean up day". At the top the motivation to tackle waste is clearly present, but how widely is that enthusiasm supported? With these and other questions, a delegation of three Dutch experts travels in the week from 5 to 9 September to Dar es Salaam to explore possibilities for cooperation and doing business around waste between the Netherlands and Tanzania. The team consists of Herman Huisman, Rijkswaterstaat Environment; Hans Breukelman, Bread BV and Bert Keesman of MetaSus. The mission is a follow-up to the briefing of RVO and the Dutch Embassy in Tanzania (Eugene Gies) on waste management in Tanzania.
The preliminary impression is that the focus of a possible follow-up program will be initially on public cooperation,... Read more
Achieving Food Security by Increasing Shelf Life
Tefera Lencha, 41, is a hardworking proud farmer with high hopes and dreams. Asked why he looks older than his age, he said this is the result of being a farmer - working from dawn to dusk. Though he is proud of being a farmer, and of course for being able to raise and send his five children to school, he doesn’t want to leave only the farmland for his heirs. He has plans; he plans to be an Investor. “I will establish grain grinding business here in my kebele. I will also open a shop in the city and be a wholesaler of a variety of grains.”
Farmers in Wolayta and neighboring zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region mostly face food shortage from the month of March to June. Potato, sweet potato, qocho (obtained from false banana root) and taro are some of the staples in the area. Farmers also plant maize, wheat, teff, pea and haricot been, though not in large quantities.
To solve the peri... Read more
Senior Poultry Expert from PUM, Mr. Joost Gerrits never visited Ethiopia before but seems well informed about the country. When he arrived last week, he came with a great objective – to share his 45 years of experience and knowledge in a simple and practical manner to small scale poultry farmers in Bishoftu.
Five basic things a chicken needs:
1. Feed 2. Water 3. Oxygen 4. Temperature 5. Light
Learning Labs have been implemented in other AgriProFocus country networks, such as Tanzania and Zambia. The objective is to equip farmers with practical knowledge in a short term training which includes field visits and question-answer sessions.
To that objective, AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in collaboration with PUM, Netherlands Senior Experts, and with three FSRE Fund innovators in Bishoftu, organized a three days Poultry Learning Labs from July 19-21, 2016 to around 60 small scale poultry farmers... Read more
This study was done in close collaboration with the Ethiopian Cotton Producers Ginners and Exporters Association (ECPGEA). It provides an analysis of the key sustainability issues and challenges, giving a practical overview per region by identifying the gaps and risks and putting forward recommendation to mitigate these. The study has been validated in a workshop on 20 June with all stakeholders. It will be used to develop the cotton sector in a sustainable way, and enable it to achieve the targets set, together with the Ethiopian government and private sector.
The study can be found by clicking HERE.
This half-day workshop has been held on 13 May 2016 at the Dutch Embassy (EKN) and attracted a lot of organizations interested in learning how to implement a gender analysis in their program and/or project. It was an interactive session in which a gender analysis of the sesame value chain was done by the workshop participants jointly and in cooperation with representatives of the Sesame Business Network (SBN).
Please click here to access the PowerPoint presentation that briefly explains the importance of conducting a gender analysis for your project or program.