Nine projects are funded by NWO-WOTRO to strengthen the Netherlands-CGIAR research partnership on generating insights that contribute to improving seed systems in focus regions within Asia and Sub-Sahara Africa. Specific seed systems addressed are cassava, maize, groundnut, vegetables, cocoa, forage seed, tilapia and chicken, while some projects have a more general focus on improving the functioning and inclusiveness of seed systems and (actors in) markets.
The call on “Seed Systems Development: Enabling and Scaling Genetic Improvement and Propagation Materials” was released by the Netherlands-CGIAR partnership. The nine awarded project consortia consist of Dutch research institutes, CGIAR research centers (through CGIAR research programmes or platforms), and (local) partners from the public and private sector.
The call for proposals was built on the premise that development of the seed sector may... Read more
HortiFresh is a programme supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands which has prioritized commercial agriculture in its strategic plan of moving from aid to trade. The programme’s mission is to establish “a sustainable and internationally competitive fruit and vegetable sector that contributes to inclusive economic growth, food and nutrition security” in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
The objectives include improving productivity in the vegetable sector; facilitating more efficient markets, including linking vegetable producers and other value chain operators with the Dutch private sector; improving the business climate and further professionalizing the value chain for vegetable production and consumption. It also aims to reach 15,000 farmers and increase their productivity by 20% by 2021.
Under its ‘Access to Finance’ component HortiFresh is supporting four so-called financial p... Read more
Female entrepreneurs in agribusiness fight an uphill battle when it comes to getting access to the power and resources needed to professionalize and scale their business. In this webinar already successful female agribusiness champions share 5 strategies for female agri-entrepreneurs to succeed.
Focusing specifically on Ghana, this webinar offers a perfect learning ground for Ghanaian entrepreneurs or those interested in the topic to talk through some of the hurdles faced every day and how to overcome them.
Interact or listen in, but register now to not miss this opportunity.
Register via this Webinar Registration Form.
Also in Ghana, moving to the city in search of work is the norm for rural youth. They don’t consider agriculture as a viable alternative source of livelihood and part of the reason is lack of access to land, knowledge, capital and financial services. To motivate young people to go into agriculture, for the past two and a half years, Solidaridad and its partners have implemented the MASO Programme to create employment opportunities for rural youth in the cocoa sector.
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. "
Link to the full blog:
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Do you have international ambitions with your company, with a special interest in Ghana? Participation in the New Business Challenge (NBC) can be your chance to realize that ambition. The NBC is a business case competition in which 20 Dutch and 20 Ghanaian students and young professionals work together for 2 months on a business case of your company. The students work in mixed groups of 4 people. It is up to the teams to come up with the best solution that can be realized for your company.
For the 4th time in a row, Sustainable Motion is organizing the New Business Challenge on behalf of RVO.nl. Previously, companies such as Phillips, Tony Chocolonely, Closing the Loop, Cargill and NileDutch have taken part in this Business Challenge.
Detailed information about participation as a company and general information can be found on the New Business Challenge website.
Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit – Learning key skills for inclusive business brokerage, 13 - 24 November 2017, Ibadan, Nigeria.
This course is for agribusiness service providers and coaches working with smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs.
As a professional in business support services, you want to contribute to local entrepreneurial development and food security. By offering professional capacity support and coaching and assisting in accessing startup capital you try to help small-scale producers and processors move towards farming as a business.
In two weeks you will learn how to build trust to establish sustainable business relationships, to improve your negotiation skills and you will get tips on how to secure a steady income.
This video shows the two steps necessary to negotiate a win-win situation.
is extended until 30 September 2017 (for national who do not require a visa)
For... Read more
The Global African Agribusiness Accelerator Platform (GAAAP) seeks to work with Africa-active youth agripreneurs who have been in business for 2 - 3 years and seek to grow.
GAAAP Module III: Trade and Partnerships will be focused on introducing for some, and revisiting for others, key resources that youth involved in agriculture and agribusiness can seek to secure to develop and expand their enterprises by becoming active in new or existing value chains and through development of trade linkages and sector focused partnerships.
8 - 9 August, 2017
For more information: www.gaaap.biz
I am currently in between facilitating two trainings on gender and value chains, one was in Ghana and one has just started in Ethiopia. These trainings are developed by AgriProFocus and F&S, for FAO.
While wrapping up the training in Ghana, two participants asked me if the consultants will also evaluate the training, from their perspective. I told them we normally write a report that includes such information, but later I realized that such reports will probably not be read by the participants, let alone by outsiders who would be interested in a similar training.
So, this is my attempt to write down some of my observations as a facilitator, to inform a wider audience and hopefully to attract more organizations to develop capacities on gender. Not a training report, but a few observations and maybe lessons.
Lessons and observations:
In Ghana, the cassava value chain was used as a case study throughout the worksho... Read more
Based on the success of previous training program editions on “Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa” conducted in both English and French, IFDC is proud to announce the seventh edition to be conducted in English in Accra, Ghana, May 15-19, 2017
Please feel free to pass this along to any colleagues that may be interested. Many thanks.
· Producer organizations and trade associations.
· Government officials dealing with formulating and implementing agricultural and trade policies.
· Service providers such as financial institutions, insurance companies, transporters, mobile phone services, ICT platform solutions, market information services, business development services, etc.
· Agribusinesses dealing with farmers: processors, exporters and importers, agro-dealers, etc.
· Representatives of national and international organizations involved in funding agricultural development and enterprise projects.
· Discuss the theo... Read more
The Agrique Africa Investment Summit, taking place 17-18 November 2015, at the World Trade Centre, Accra, will bring together over 300 of Africa’s leading Agricultural players, 20+ seasoned speakers, all with the common goal and vision to transform Africa’s Agricultural sector With ‘Agricultural Trade And Investment Opportunities in Africa’ being the key theme of the event, the Agrique Africa Investment Summit 2015, offers an invaluable opportunity for businesses with agricultural products or services to meet with Agribusinesses, farmer associations, and Agricultural leaders from across Africa. It also provides an excellent opportunity for Investors to view outstanding Agricultural investment opportunities.
The Agrique Africa Investment Summit is bought to you by Welcome2Africa, headquartered in the UK, Welcome2Africa was founded upon the vision to be leading provider of initiatives that... Read more
The research consortium consisting of International Development Studies (Utrecht University, the Netherlands), St. Mary’s University (Ethiopia), Solidaridad (the Netherlands, Ghana and Kenya) and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services (the Netherlands and Ethiopia) has recently started a research project that aims to assess the effects of private agribusiness investments in African agriculture on local food security.
The research project has room to offer a 4-year scholarship to 1 PhD student to work on a research study that will focus on Kenya and/or Ghana.
Please find the full call for applications attached. Deadline for submissions is Friday, November 13.
Then Europe offers some interesting opportunities for you. CBI has published studies that can help you take advantage of these opportunities. They focus on export of pineapples from West Africa to Europe and answer questions like:
- How can you get pineapples on the European market?
- Which European markets are most promising?
- What requirements do European buyers have?
First thing to do: contact the national coordinator in your country! He or she can help you with developing your idea into a concrete and detailed plan, with finding suitable and capable partners, with filling out the forms, and with submitting your proposal. In short: with all the steps that are necessary to turn your idea into reality. Please make sure to ask for support from the national coordinator on time, well before the expiration of the deadline!
Contact details of the national coordinators.Read more