Business Drinks: 2nd of 2018

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  22 March 2018, 17:00-18:30
  Black Rose Lounge, Bole, Addis Ababa

Business Drinks: 2nd of 2018


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 makalu@agriprofocus.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

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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 Uganda
Posted 9 February 2018 at 02:36

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;

  • Come meet and learn from Dutch experts and farmers
  • Visit the Holland Lounge to broaden your knowledge on products and services offered by the Dutch. 
  • Interact with the 12 farmers who won the best farmer Awards. 

Theme: Climate Smart Farming

Entry Fee: 10,000ugx per head per day to the stadium but entrance to the Holland Lounge is free!

Akibodé Djodji Une  initiative en bonne intelligence avec la nouvelle stratégie du réseau. Nous vous souhaitons une réussite totale avec à la clef de bonnes opportunités d'affaire.

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Holland Lounge - Harvest Money Expo

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 February 2018 to 18 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Mandela National Stadium

Welcome to the Holland Lounge!

Meet the agro-food sector from Holland

In the Holland Lounge you will find:

- Innovative solutions in poultry, dairy, agri- and horticulture

- Seminars and presentations

- Best Farmers

- Companies, associations and organisations

Posted By in Innovation Community NUTRITION
Posted 1 February 2018 at 04:06

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Supported EKN in Promoting Healthy and Nutritious Diets

The Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands (EKN) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, held a family day on 27 January 2018 for its staff members and their families. Next to a lot of sport and fun activities for young and old, the EKN asked AgriProFocus Ethiopia to organize an interactive session to promote ‘healthy and nutritious diets’.

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 30 January 2018 at 06:16

Search for Uganda's best farmers is on!

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

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Richard James Onyai Great! This should motive is to work hard and put in  practice smart agriculture

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 21 December 2017 at 09:31

Associate Policy Advisor Food & Nutrition Security at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda 



 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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 December 2017 at 09:02

Internships at Dutch Embassies in Uganda and Mozambique!

As part of the Talent Pool Programme AgriProFocus offers students 6-months internships at Netherlands Embassies working on Food and Nutrition Security. Find below the offer to students, the basic placement description, and the application format for the positions in Kampala and Maputo (starting April 1st).


The intern will contribute to the general implementation of the Food & Nutrition Security portfolio. The portfolio consists of 3 value chain/sector focused projects (dairy, potato, rice, seed sector (food crops and horticulture)) and several projects in support of the enabling environment (access to finance, solar energy, agro skilling of youth, policy development). Two recent projects focus on refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda, supporting them in income generation through agro skilling. The embassy follows an Aid and Trade strategy, implying a strong involvement of the business community (Dutch but also Ugand

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 December 2017 at 12:41

Report Food Security Partners Day

From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain  

On 24th October 2017, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Nairobi organised a Food Security Partners' Day themed “From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain”. The goal of the Partners' Day was to provide a platform for interaction, build new and strengthen existing alliances.

The topics covered during the day were inclusivity and scalability. Inclusivity and scalability are relevant topics in the context of the Aid to Trade transition spearheaded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nairobi. The ambition with the Aid to Trade agenda is that the Embassy will cease to directly manage development projects and focus on strengthening trade relations with Kenya. There were two sessions during the Partners' day; morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session covered an o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 23 November 2017 at 02:13

Agriterra modernises cooperatives in Ethiopia

Yesterday, Tuesday 21st November, Director Kees Blokland of Agriterra signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Ministr of Agriculture to modernise and strengthen the cooperative sector. Ethiopia has around 381 cooperative Unions and more than 80,000 cooperatives.

"Agriterra is known in Ethiopia as a club without money, but with great impact. They see us as a centre of innovation and would like us to be active in all regions. The government itself will ensure that this successful innovation is implemented Nationwide", says Blokland. "After Vietnam, Ethiopia is the second country where we have received an appeal from the government to roll out our advisory approach in a major way.

The signing of the 'Memorandum of Understanding' took place in Addis Ababa, during a symposium organised by Agriterra and in the presence of the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture Dr. Eyasu Abraha and Niek Bosmans of the Dutch embassy in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia is a truly cooperat

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 November 2017 at 09:57

Opportunities Young Expert Programme

We would like to inform you that there is a fourth call for proposals for Young Expert Programmes (YEP) Water & Agrofood placements within the framework of the Netherlands-CGIAR Strategic Partnership.

The YEP programmes offers young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in the international Agrofood or Water sector. The YEP placements will be one of the instruments available to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR Strategic Partnership.

The call is open until December 1, 2017 and offers two places for Dutch nationals and two places for local young experts. Since YEP professionals need to be employed by an organization that is registered by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, applications are likely to involve a collaboration between a CGIAR Research Programme (CRP) and a Dutch private sector, NGO or knowledge institute partner.

You can find more details on this fourth call in the attached flyer, including the contact details of Paul va

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 10 November 2017 at 06:43

AgriProFocus signs MoA with MAN at first Network Day


On November 9, 2017 we facilitated our first AgriProFocus Myanmar Network Day about Inclusive Agribusiness. We were happy to welcome more than 50 agribusiness professionals from different sectors: government agencies, academia, private sector and NGOs. The event was opened by HE. Wouter Jurgens, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He said that ‘we need multi-stakeholder cooperation to innovate the agrifood system in Myanmar.' Furthermore, he stated: 'We are here in Myanmar to support political transition and sustainable economic development. We will be your partner not just today, tomorrow and the day after, we want to partner with you to promote the development sector. I am really glad AgriProFocus is here to support this’.

Mr. Sander Mager, Managing Director of AgriProFoc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 November 2017 at 03:09

Partnership cracks open the macadamia chain for small farmers

The cultivation of macadamia nuts in Malawi has been the preserve of big businesses to date. Small farmers lack the requisite materials, knowledge and a sales channel to start cultivating the popular nut themselves. Thanks to a Dutch-Malawian project, they too are now being given access to this growth market.

The project is providing 3,000 farmers in Malawi with a total of 300,000 small macadamia trees. This is being enabled by an investment on the part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The seedlings are being grown centrally by Malawian processing firm Sable Farming, which is also taking responsibility for their distribution to the farmers. The impact for the farmers will be considerable, explains the firm’s director, H.S. Pannu. 'Macadamia cultivation will generate an extra, secure income for them. It will supplement income from crops such as maize and tobacco, which are harvested in the spring. Macadamia cultivatio

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Dorothy Maureen Otieno Like the social impact implication of the project in the long run and the fact that project is supporting the small holders in other food crops, for food security.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 October 2017 at 03:22

Agricultural Policies should be analyzed in Conjunction with other Policies

Dr. Demese Chanyalew at the fifth 2017 Business Drinks

We have announced the sixth and final Business Drinks of the year 2017 to be held on November 2nd (See event post HERE). However, because of time constraint, we haven’t yet shared you the event summary of the last Business Drinks organized on 28 September 2017. With our deepest apologies, we present here what happened that late afternoon.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) have been organizing these bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity to members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.

For the fifth Business Drinks, just

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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 Myanmar
Posted 20 October 2017 at 10:59

Findings and Recommendations Agriterra scoping mission in Myanmar’s Dry Zone

Agriterra is an agri-advisory organization founded by farmer organizations from the Netherlands and has 20 years of experience in advising governments, farmer organizations and cooperatives in over 17 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Agriterra provides training, advisory services and exchange visits to entrepreneurial farmers with a willingness to cooperate, a clear ambition and a strong business mindset. The Agriterra focus is two-fold. As a starting point it is essential to focus on the development of robust governance structures, develop house-rules that stimulate member commitment and bringing financial management systems in tune with the demands of banks and micro-finance institutions. Once these internal basics are in place, Agriterra supports clients to realize their business ambitions. This can be done via supporting clients to get improved market access or to upscale business activities t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 17 October 2017 at 02:51

Résultats du Développement Néerlandais en 2016, Site Web!

Sur ce site Internet, le ministère des Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas présente les résultats que les Pays-Bas, avec des partenaires nationaux et internationaux, ont obtenus dans le domaine de la coopération au développement en 2016.

Jetez un coup d'oeil à ce site très informatif, avec des informations sur les pays, les pays et les thèmes: http://www.dutchdevelopmentresults.nl/

Développement durable inclusif.

L'Investissement  dans le développement durable inclusif est payant. Cela s'est également confirmé en 2016. Le nombre de personnes vivant dans l'extrême pauvreté a encore été réduit à moins de 10% de la population mondiale. En 2010, ce chiffre était de 22% (et en 1990 de 47%).

Rendre les flux de commerciaux  et d'investissement durable n'est pas une mince affaire dans une économie mondiale imprévisible. Le changement climatique ne mène pas seulement à la sécheresse à long term

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 October 2017 at 11:01

Voice for Change Partnership: 'Nothing for us without us'

On 29th September 2017, AgriProFocus, IFPRI, SNV, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Kenya together with several stakeholders started a journey that will see critical transformation and development in Kenya- the launch of the Voice for Change Partnership project. 

It is clear through available statistics that by 2050 the world population would be over 9 billion and the biggest challenge would be food insecurity. The premonition, if we don’t act on the looming food crisis, many people are going to die of hunger. From human point of view and indeed Africa tradition, dying of hunger is not only painful but also shameful. It is imperative then for everyone to commit to work in order to avert the pain and shame of the encroaching calamity.

The urgency of the solutions to this peculiar problem of food insecurity especially in Africa cannot be underrated. From several researches, it is clear that the Africa continent has latent pote

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 17 October 2017 at 02:52

Myanmar youth in agriculture

Last week the first part of the tailor-made training on ‘Partnerships for Youth and Gender Sensitive Food Security, and Food Safety’ took place in Bogolay and Ngwe Saung (Ayerwaddy Region, Myanmar). The training, supported by Nuffic and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was commissioned by Radanar Ayar Development Association (RDA) in collaboration with Wageningen UR – Centre for Development Innovation, and ICCO Cooperation.

ICCO has been cooperating with RDA for over one year now. ICCO/Kerk in Actie supports its work in and around Paungde township (Bago region), where RDA works on capacity building and market linkages for 1,200 smallholder farmers producing blackgram and other crops. As part of ICCO’s Civic Engagement Alliance for lobby & advocacy, RDA advocates for better access to good quality pulses and rice seeds for smallholders. RDA is also collaborating in a number of other partnerships, such as the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 October 2017 at 12:31


The first edition of Poultry Africa 2017 event took place from the 4th to 5th at Kigali Convention Centre. It was a two days event which brought together over 1000 key stakeholders in poultry industry mainly from Europe, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa, to discuss the development of the poultry industry in Africa.

The event themed “Poultry Africa 2017” was organized by Netherlands - African Business Council (NABC) in close cooperation with VNU Exhibitions, the Dutch Poultry Centre and Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). The Stakeholders of poultry industry from international and national level discussed about the poultry industry development on the African continent.

Mr. Jean Claude Kayisinga, the Permanent Secretary in MINAGRI, opening this global event noted that this is a rare opportunity to bring together poultry industry stakeholders across the value chain from farmers

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