Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 4 hours ago

BoU explains farming loans

The government of Uganda in partnership with Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs) i.e. Commercial Banks, Micro Deposit-Taking Institutions (MDIs), Credit Institutions (CIs) and Uganda Development Bank Limited instituted the Agricultural Credit Facility (ACF/Scheme) in 2009 whose operations commenced in 2010.

The scheme is administered by the Bank of Uganda and its operations are guided by a Memorandum of Understanding signed by all the stakeholders.
The government is represented by the ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED).
The key objective of the scheme is to facilitate the provision of medium and long term loans to projects engaged in agriculture and agro-processing as well as grain traders on more favourable terms than are usually available in financial institutions focusing on commercialisation, modernisation and value addition.

In the excerpts below, Rosette Bamwine the head credit analysis and marketing, agricultural credit fac

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 18 April 2018 at 07:59

Let me first introduce myself. My name is Frank Schaminee and I'm a consultant at Aeres Training Center International formerly PTC + in Barneveld the Netherlands. This saterday I will take part in an Impact mission on Poultry to Myanmar. Our goal is to educate the people in the Poultry and Feed sector from Myanmar.

We make this possible through cooperation with the governments, educational institutions, integrators, supply industry, but also the individuals. For this we have standard training courses but also tailor-made training courses. One of these trainings, for example is, "Access 2 Finance" a course that teaches the CEO or CFO to walk the correct road to obtain a financing by writing a business plan. for more information look on our website,

Kind regards Frank Schaminee

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Theint Yadanar Zaw can you post Franks message on social media as well? For some more outreach? Thanks!

4 days 8 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 April 2018 at 03:08

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter April 2018

In the April newsletter you will find new studies and reports of meetings, including:

- the first podcast on Feeding Cities
- the study “Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs”
by Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO Cooperation, and supported by the F&BKP, 
- the report by KIT/Royal Tropical Institute 'Enhancing the effectiveness of agriculture-to-nutrition pathways: key insights from a gender analysis of impact evaluation design.'
- the results of the Knowledge Portal survey
- the input by the F&BKP knowledge brokers to the consultation of Minister Kaag ("Continue investing in a solid knowledge base for Food and Nutrition Security results").
- upcoming events including the foodFIRST conference “Team up with African Agripreneurs” , which takes place on June 1, 2018 in Utrecht. The F&BKP is co-organizing two workshops: “Private sector coalitions to feed African cities” (with MVO Nederland) and “Youth and agriprene

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Nicole Metz, a lot of helpful news!

1 week 6 days ago


Masterclass Access2Finance Livestock sector

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 June 2018 to 29 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Barneveld, The Netherlands

Aeres Trainingcentre has this masterclass in June 2018. This Masterclass is intended for (Financial) Managers and trainers / advisors of medium-sized companies active in the livestock sector in emerging economies. These could be livestock production companies, food processors, feed companies and others active in the livestock input supply and services sector.

Masterclass Access2Finance for livestock sector

Innovations and development of companies in the livestock sector are slowed down due to the fact that the financial and economic aspects of the technical and operational improvements are not adequately addressed. Investments in new facilities and production improvements require a thorough assessment of the financial viability and economic feasibility before these can be approved and implemented.

Attracting loans and/or equity for businesses in the livestock sector requires a detailed understanding of the markets, economic, financial and operational aspects of the proposed investments. Investors req

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2018 at 09:26

New study challenges funds and governments to invest in African agrifood SMEs

Today Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus, Food & Business Knowledge Platform and ICCO Cooperation publish the study ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. The study evaluates the access of risk capital by agrifood SMEs (small and medium enterprises). SMEs are key for establishing sustainable food systems, while at the same time face difficulties to access capital.

Offer agrifood SMEs an assortment of services

The study focuses on agrifood SMEs that form the ‘missing middle’: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. A major conclusion is that there are very few investment funds that meet the financing needs of agrifood SMEs, that are usually under 250.000 USD and rarely higher than 1M USD. Such smaller investments are tedious and costly for investment funds, even for those set up with the explicit goal to stimulate the development of the agrifood sector.


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Endale Hailu it is vert great updating and boost us to strive more in altering our life!!!

1 month 3 weeks ago

Onesmo Kenneth This is very helpful

1 month 2 weeks ago

GOOD JOEL well this is great and i like it 

1 month 5 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 February 2018 at 08:27

MOMO4CLIMATE first call 2018 (31 Mar). The winners take € 25,000

The private climate finance challenge ‘MoMo4Climate’ calls for fresh proposals from Dutch organisations. MoMo4Climate is interested in ideas that attract private investment for climate change adaptation and mitigation initiatives in a developing country. The challenge is to send us a proposal that can attract private investors.

MoMo4Climate tests your business case through a panel of financial experts, offers advice to make your case more investable, and awards support to the most promising ideas. This year, the two best proposals of the challenge stand to win € 25,000 to further develop their business cases.

Please visit for more information about proposal criteria, past winners and for submitting your proposal. This year we have three deadlines for submitting a proposal: 31 March, 30 May and 30 July.

MoMo4Climate is an initiative of IUCN NL, NWP and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs that was sta

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  22 February 2018, All Day Event
  Online & In Person Seminar

Maize is a staple food in most countries in the Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). However, maize production has been facing many post harvest losses challenges including pests that causes up to 30% post harvest losses and lower prices during the harvest. 

Researchers from Purdue University will be sharing successful strategies for the dual issues of credit and post-harvest loss among southern Tanzania's smallholder farmers through an ONLINE SEMINAR  on 22nd February 2018. 

If you would like to attend the seminar online or in person register HERE 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 19 December 2017 at 11:22

Do you experience late payments from your clients? Does this cause working capital problems in your company and hence destabilize your cash flow?

Do not worry anymore, at Benefactors Ltd we specialize in offering solutions to that. We help you grow your business without being hindered by lack of working capital.

Call Us at; +250 780483649, E: W:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 December 2017 at 08:55

3 Things  Every Business Need To Learn;

1.  Stabilize their cash flow

2. Grow without being hindered by lack of working capital

3. Finance your business without a loan

At Benefactors Ltd, a Rwandan financial company,  we specialize in offering solutions to all of these. Get in touch with us: E:  W: Phone: +250780483649

Paul Kagame Mucyo Thank you Thacien... 

4 months 5 days ago

Richard James Onyai Can Ugandans also benefit from the scheme?

3 months 3 weeks ago

Paul Kagame Mucyo Hello Richard, yes, if your customers are in Rwanda... 

3 months 2 weeks ago

Richard James Onyai Paul, I am a farmer.  To benefit from the scheme, I have to order goods from a Rwandese company, right?

3 months 1 week ago

Paul Kagame Mucyo Richard, can you please visit for more

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 5 December 2017 at 08:27

Women’s World Banking; Best Practices in Serving Low-Income Women

With support from the Metlife Foundation, Women’s World Banking documented best practices in serving low-income women profitably and sustainable. Debuted at the Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, these four best practices are based on our experiences working with three institutions: Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (India), Compartamos Banco (Mexico) and Lead Foundation (Egypt). WWWB shares these practices with the industry to enable more financial institutions to serve low-income women and help accelerate financial inclusion for low-income women around the world. The best practices with catchy lessons learned can be found via this link . They are organised according to the following key topics:

  • Leadership and Change Management
  • Customer Centricity
  • Branding and Marketing
  • Data Collection

Do  not forget to Watch this video on YouTube summarizing the main lesson

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Waow!Nice article, happy to see sustainability of relevant projects in many developing countries! Thanks for sharing Angelica Senders!

4 months 2 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks Angelica, interesting to see there is a process to find better financial services, that work for women. The video misses a 'gender' perspective however, unfortunately.

4 months 2 weeks ago


Short course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2018 to 05 October 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Can farmers improve their income and well-being through effective collective action? Join the course and take home many practical tools and approaches for promoting farmer entrepreneurship and strengthening famers’ organisations that aim to arrive at farmer-inclusive agribusiness development.

Improving farmers’ performance and business relations

This course perceives farmers as autonomous entrepreneurs and their organisations as farmers’ business organisations. Both operate in dynamic market systems and have to deal with a range of public and private sector players, such as sourcing companies, banks and MFI’s, agro-input dealers, research, extension and others. The central question of the course is how farmers can improve their income and well-being through effective collective action of their organisations and improved relations with other stakeholders.

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • be familiar with state-of-the-art thinking about farmer entrepreneurship, famers' or

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Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 2 December 2017 at 03:25

Countrywide study on agricultural financing, Potato Platform launched in Uganda. Agribusiness incubation highlighted as means for job creation and technology commercialisation

Details here:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 November 2017 at 11:24

Thanks to the just concluded AgriProFocus Uganda training of youth in Agriculture on financial access at SNV,  because our group is now registering as a company to enjoy the many financial opportunities that we were opened-up to. BIG UP.

Janine Schoeman Dear Ambrose, thank you for sharing this positive feedback. Congratulations on the registration! Good luck with your endeavors. 

5 months 2 days ago

ambrose kamya We are r'lly grateful Janine. We just request that Agri Pro Focus gives us alot more of this.

5 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus RD Congo
Posted 14 November 2017 at 12:47


Des filières agricoles favorables à tous

Dans un contexte de densité croissante, de forte demande de terres agricoles, le bureau de la Coopération Suisse Grands Lacs au Rwanda a financé Oxfam pour exécuter un projet de protection et moyens de subsistance dans le Territoire de Masisi. A titre d’exemples les filières porteuses sont le haricot, l’arachide, le taro et la pomme de terre y ont fait leurs preuves.

Appuyés par Oxfam, à travers le Projet "Protection et moyens de subsistance", exécuté par la Fédération des organisation des producteurs agricoles du Congo (FOPAC/Nord-Kivu), 1800 producteurs (membres des communautés de Kaanja et Burora, Nyabyondo, Bukombo, Loashi-Mukohwa, Lushebere, Bihambwe et Matanda ciblées par le projet) peuvent mettre à la disposition des consommateurs, en moyenne 422 tonnes de haricots, 1442 tonnes de pommes de terre, 2 144 tonnes de taro et 252 tonnes d’arachides par saison culturale", lisons-nous dans le rapport de l’étud

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 7 November 2017 at 08:51

Hi everyone, I'm really glad and also excited for joining this network. I'm Dharma, and currently as CEO Vestifarm. We're helping farmers to get capital from investors in the city through a digital platform. We're now one of the most-hyped agriculture investment platform with thousands of investors looking for agriculture project that can be invested every month. I'm hoping to collaborate with anyone of you who are willing to foster agriculture sector in Indonesia. Nice to see you all

Dharma Anjarrahman Thanks for the warm welcoming Janine Schoeman & Maula Paramitha Wulandaru :) I'm very interested with your platform, because i believe it is very improtant to keep the agriculture ecosystem being connected to each other. I still learn myself to use your platform. Does Agri Pro Focus have some community empowerment programs specifically to farmers? We are very happy and open for farmers if they need some funding to scale-up their project. And are you open for some coffee meeting? just for keeping in touch. Thanks in advance :)

5 months 2 weeks ago

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Coffee talk would be nice, you are very welcome to stop by to our office in Jl Kemang Selatan XII No.1 (Hivos office) or we could arrange it in Kuningan as well. I will email you.Regarding the direct program to farmers, we have some members who done that in several commodities like coffee, pig, palm sugar, cattle and horticulture. We also have young farmers too.. I believe your business will match to them.

5 months 2 weeks ago

Agus Riyanto Hi Dharma AnjarrahmanThanks for introduction your self, I am Agus riyanto and nice to meet you here, base on your info,  i already send to your email : opportunity in agricultural business, hope you can check and feedback. :)

5 months 1 week ago

Dharma Anjarrahman Thanks for the email Agus Riyanto, very well-received and it's on our review. We will reply and attach our feedback to you soon. :)

5 months 1 week ago

Agus Riyanto Thank Dharma Anjarrahman for your willingness to review my proposal, hope can match with your platform and or your future vision.  

5 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 October 2017 at 10:13

Financing Women Farmers:
The need to increase and redirect agriculture & climate adaptation resources

Oxfam analysis finds that governments and donors are failing to provide women farmers with relevant and adequate support for farming and adapting to climate change. Oxfam conducted research on government and donor investments in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Tanzania. It found that funding in these countries is significantly lower than commitments that have been made, and there is little evidence of resources and technical assistance reaching women farmers. Resources are being diverted to priorities other than smallholder farmers, and for the most part governments lack the capacity to deliver funding to them. This paper presents the findings along with recommendations for governments.

Author: Pearl-Martinez, Rebecca
Publication date: 13 Oct 2017
Publisher: Oxfam

You can download the paper and summary of the paper here. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 13 October 2017 at 09:04

Applications Open for MasterCard Foundation’s Fund for Rural Prosperity 2017 Competition!

Deadline: 30 November 2017

Is your business working to scale up a financial product or service to transform more lives in Africa? If yes, then apply for the MasterCard Foundation’s Fund for Rural Prosperity Competition.

The MasterCard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity (FRP) is seeking applications for the third collection period of its 2017 Competition to support innovative financial products, services or processes from organizations that will design, pilot and test new ideas, as well as those that aim to expand proven ideas into new geographies or a new customer segment in rural and agricultural areas.

Applications made to the 2017 Rolling Competition should be for support of between US$250,000 and US$2,500,000.

For more information visit; Fund for rural prosperity

Eligible Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi,

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  07 December 2017 to 08 December 2017 - All Day Event

  Chers membres, nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que le forum (Investir au Mali) prévu du 07 au 08 décembre 2017 à Bamako   ,pour votre  inscription au FORUM  CLIQUEZ ICI POUR VOUS INSCRIRE


  • DES CONFÉRENCES ET DES DÉBATS DE HAUT NIVEAU pour découvrir avec des décideurs économiques maliens, africains et internationaux de premier plan les atouts du Mali, les ambitions de la stratégie de développement économique du pays;
  • UN ESPACE D’ECHANGES ET DE CONTACTS B2B PERTINENTS : Nouer des contacts décisifs avec les acteurs-terrain, chefs d’entreprises, responsables de PME et TPE, entrepreneurs;
  • A LA DECOUVERTE DE L’INNOVATION MADE IN MALI : Les produits des PME industrielles maliennes, le savoir-faire des terroirs maliens, le génie des start-ups et les créations des talentueux artisans seront mis à l’honneur tout au long du forum Invest In Mali;

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:04

Call for Consultants - Tanzania - Venture Capital Research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia, Mali and Tanzania.

While local consultants from Kenya, Zambia and Mali have alrea

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Simon Ngwira Thank you.

7 months 2 weeks ago

Aart van den Bos Hi LIsette. you already  have the senior consultant?

7 months 1 week ago

Lisette van Benthum Hi Aart, in the Netherlands we already have a senior consultant who has started his research. At the moment we are only looking for a consultant located in Tanzania, who can be senior or somewhat junior.

7 months 1 week ago


3 months 1 week ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello van  how  can you  help the Rwandan  exporters  to go to Benin and explore the new market  around the word as expert . please help me .be blessed

3 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 31 August 2017 at 05:50

The 9th edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ event

Venue: Muhanga, 24-25 August, 2017

For the 9th time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event. During this year, the Agri-finance fair took place in Muhanga district on 24-25th August, 2017.

Due to the information gap on financial services and to offer a market linkages opportunity in agriculture of Rwanda, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized this fair to improve agribusiness development by facilitating an easy access to financial services and business linkages between the key stakeholders of the Agri-food sector in Rwanda.

The two-days event brought together different farmers especially farmers from the Southern Province of Rwanda, cooperatives, agribusiness companies, financial service providers and development partners organizations operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction and connections between different stakeholders to address various key issues in f

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Innocent SIMPUNGA the event was successfully

7 months 6 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Innocent S, Many participants appreciated your thoughts and advice from your interventions during the dialogue discussions/ in finance fair of Muhanga district!keep facilitating the smallholders!

7 months 6 days ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA You are welcome , we keep in touch

7 months 6 days ago