From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.
The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.
With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with... Read more
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Winners of New Vision’s 2017 Best Farmers’ Competition on Saturday flew to the Netherlands on a week-long agro-business tour. Ten farmers emerged winners of the fourth edition of the Best Farmers Competition held last year.
They were on Thursday flagged off at dfcu Bank headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala. The 2017 competition was sponsored by the royal Netherlands embassy in Kampala, dfcu Bank, Vision Group and KLM Airlines.
On Wednesday 9th May 2018 at Chez Lando Hotel, AgriProFocus Rwanda invited all Dutch members working in Rwanda to a half day workshop in which AgriProFocus Rwanda wanted to share with the members new directions of the network.
The objectives of the workshop were:
1. Sharing with Dutch members APF new strategy and annual plan 2018,
2. Co creating together with Dutch members what to collaboratively work on together that brings up member coalition.
3. Discuss on how AgriProFocus Rwanda can be relevant to Dutch members intervention in Agrifood sector
The workshop started with a welcoming message from the AgriProFocus Network Country Coordinator, Madam Sajji RYAKUNZE and a brief introduction about AgriProFocus new strategy and annual plan 2018. In her speech, Madam Sajji said that “The network is currently in a transition phase from Promoting Farmer Entrepreneurship to Making AgriBusiness work for Development. With this new strategy, AgriProFocus wi... Read more
Le SIAGRI, Salon International de l’Agriculture, s’impose comme un rendez-vous majeur des acteurs du monde agricole malien, ceux de la sous-région et de l’international. La hollande très avancée dans le secteur Agroalimentaire était au cœur de cette 7ème édition qui s’est tenue du 05 au 13 Mai 2018 à Bamako. Au cœur de ce grand rendez-vous, un Pavillon Hollandais comportant plus d’une trentaine de Stands. Ce fut l’occasion pour les visiteurs de connaître les entreprises agroalimentaires néerlandaises, leurs partenaires au Mali et celles d’autres pays relevant de la juridiction de l’Ambassade des Pays Bas au Mali (Burkina Faso, Niger).
La cérémonie officielle, de ce grand rendez-vous est placée sous le haut patronage de Mr Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Président de la République. Le Chef de l’Etat, a témoigné de l’Excellence des relations de Coopération entre le Mali et les Pays-Bas, en v... Read more
In 2016, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) launched the 'Geodata for Agriculture and Water - G4AW program. The goal of the program is more effective use of inputs, improve the output of agricultural, pastoral and fishing sector and increase sustainable food production.
G4AW is a program is a program that 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, NGOs, farmer cooperatives, satellite data service providers and transmission operators developing space for food security.
At present, 23 projects are under implementation, 8 of which are in East Africa. A mid-term review of the program carried out in 2017 indicated that the outlook in some projects is positive while a number of issues also need... Read more
Around the world, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. The Netherlands and its Wageningen University and Research (WUR) are globally recognized as big players in the area of sustainable agrofood systems. To tackle the challenges related to feeding a growing urban population, the Wageningen University will use its 100-year celebration to organize multi-stakeholder exchanges on “Access to healthy food in mega cities”. One of the Wageningen University events will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on June 23rd 2018.
For this event, we are looking for evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia). These researches will then be transformed into poster presentations to be shared during the Wageningen University Event.
Sub-topics of interest under the umbrella of acce... Read more
Interview Louise Anten, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
For the AgriProFocus magazine on gender "Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity", Louise Anten was interviewed to share the perspective of the Dutch ministry on gender in agriculture.
Louise Anten is part of the Task Force for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is composed of people from different divisions within the Ministry. Her focus is economic empowerment of women in private sector development.
She shares her core message: Women’s rights and gender equality must be taken into account in all development cooperation, and not just receive attention in projects specifically directed towards women. To ensure that this happens, it is crucial to find business cases for gender inclusive development.
‘To integrate respect for women’s rights and gender equality in everything we do,’ was Louise Anten’s reply wh... Read more
L’Ambassade du Royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali et son partenaire NABC soutiennent la participation d’une quarantaine d’entreprises du secteur Agricole à la 7ème Edition du Salon International de l’Agriculture à travers le PAVILLON HOLLANDAIS !
Le pavillon Hollandais est un espace qui offre aux entreprises néerlandaises la possibilité de présenter leurs produits, leur technologie et leur expertise aux visiteurs, de créer des réseaux et d'organiser des réunions B2B avec de (nouveaux) partenaires.
LE SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L’AGRICULTURE
Le SIAGRI permet donc à l’Ambassade du royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali à travers la facilitation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali de renforcer la compétitivité des produits agricoles, agroalimentaires et agroindustriels maliens et améliorer leur accès aux marchés nationaux et internationaux à travers un pavillon néerlandais de plus de 30 stands.
Le Pavillon Hollandais est un espace convivial qui réunit les... Read more
Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.
African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a gradu... Read more
In Ethiopia and globally, food systems are quickly changing as populations rapidly become more urbanized. To learn about food for city dwellers, and to promote safe and sustainable nutrition, the following activities are organized:
• Food festival showcasing nutritious, safe, and sustainable providers of food to urban residents in Ethiopia.
• Poster presentations on evidence-based research on the challenges and opportunities regarding access to healthy food in mega cities in East Africa (mainly Ethiopia).
• Live-streamed webinar on food systems for mega-cities featuring pan-African urban food system expert live in Addis engaging with continent representatives from Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.
• Presentations, open-space discussions and mixers for knowledge exchange, co-creation and network building.
To showcase your work in the food festival please register HERE.
To present research findings on healthy urban food systems in Africa (and especially Ethiopia) guidelines for abst... Read more
The Netherlands Embassy in Kigali
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is the diplomatic representation of the Netherlands in Rwanda. The embassy implements a sizeable bilateral aid program in the Food Security, Water and Justice sectors. Bilateral aid expenditures amount to more than € 40 million per year. The Dutch bilateral aid policy for Rwanda is aimed at helping Rwanda to become a middle-income country. In the Dutch development policy, Rwanda is a transition country, meaning that more emphasis is put the transition from aid to trade and investment and improving the business climate in Rwanda. This contributes to sustainable economic growth, which benefits the Rwandan people – including the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. And it also provides opportunities for both Rwandan and Dutch businesses.
The current EKN’s aid financed Food and Nutrition Security and Private Sector Development projects include:
1. Human Capacity and Early Childhood development: a... Read more
In the extended pitch of the evening, Martin Koper, Deputy Ambassador of the Netherlands in Ethiopia launched the second round of the Dutch-funded Internship Program. This program covers the costs for recent graduates from agriculture related studies to work in companies and organizations in the agriculture field in Ethiopia for four months. Companies can register to become involved online or by telephone, and perspective interns must register online. Selection of interns for companies can either be done by ENTAG, or companies can find their own interns for the program to support.
This internship program builds on the successful experience of a previous internship program which engaged 373 interns, after which between 50 and 60 percent were employed. “Things basically can’t go wrong!” Martin Koper explained.
Gertjan Becx, the project manager of ENTAG the organization which is executing the internship progra... Read more
DEAR MEMBERS AND PARTNERS,
We are pleased to announce the second Business Drinks of 2018, which will be held on Thursday January 22nd at Black Rose Lounge (upstairs from Boston Spa, on Bole road) Addis Ababa.
You are cordially invited to participate. Please confirm your attendance using this LINK (If the link is not working, you can confirm via email email@example.com). *Please note, people who do not register/confirm will not be able to attend. There are limited spaces for this event, so registration is mandatory for participation.
AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. The events have created the opportunity of bringing together and connecting agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors and research institutes. With the interesting one-minute pitches and informal talks and meets, members and partners have gained visi... Read more
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... Read more
AgriProFocus in partnership with The Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) are organising a Holland Village commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda. This activity is scheduled to take place from Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February 2018, from 09:00am to 5:30pm every day at Namboole/Mandela National stadium at the Harvest money Expo.
You are invited to;
Theme: Climate Smart Farming
Entry Fee: 10,000ugx per head per day to the stadium but entrance to the Holland Lounge is free!
In the Holland Lounge you will find:
- Innovative solutions in poultry, dairy, agri- and horticulture
- Seminars and presentations
- Best Farmers
- Companies, associations and organisations
AgriProFocus Ethiopia provided an 1-hour-long knowledge exchange session on how to make healthy food choices for yourself and for your household. For this interactive knowledge sharing session, AgriProFocus Ethiopia worked together with one of its network members called Sara Antonio, who is a professional nutritionist.
The session started with a clear explanation of the food pyramid. The best way to understand what is exactly a healthy and balanced diet is to use this food pyramid as a guide. This food pyramid shows 7 layers of 7 different food groups. On each layer, we have... Read more
The 2018 edition of the Best Farmer's competition is launched at Kiwenda in Wakiso district, with stakeholders pledging to continue support
WAKISO - Farmers across the country now have a chance to win farm inputs plus a fully sponsored study trip to The Netherlands, after the Best Farmer's 2018 competition was launched on Thursday.
"We are making a nationwide impact and are changing the image of agriculture in Uganda," Henk Jan Bakker, the ambassador of The Netherlands to Uganda, said while launching this year's edition of the contest in Wakiso district. For the launch, Bakker was joined by several other guests, including sponsors and journalists, at the farm of Celia Kansiime, one of the 2016 winners.
"If you wake up every day and believe you can do farming, have the business drive within you. Then you are eligible for the Best Farmers competition," the ambassador tipped at Mish Farm Ltd, Kiwenda. "We shall continue giving best farmers publ... Read more
EKN Kigali is implementing the Aid, Trade and Investment policy letter of November 2014, in which the food security and nutrition policy spearhead features, in a balanced way. Aid projects are underway, starting or in formulation in the different result areas: nutrition, agricultural productivity, ecological sustainable production systems and the enabling environment. There is a close cooperation with the EKN water program which has an important IWRM project underway. Project managing and implementing partners are UNICEF, GoR MINAGRI, World Bank, GoR MININFRA, SNV/Agriterra/CDI-WUR/IDH/HollandGreentech, MottMcDonald (TA –IWRM). There is close cooperation with the Agricultural Office of the EKN Kigali (Agricultural Council) to identify and facilitate opportunities to introduce Dutch technology and innovation in the food security, nutrition and agribusin... Read more