Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 12 July 2016 at 01:49


Deadline: 14 July 2016

ICCO Cooperation is launching a call for expression of interest for Value Chain Analysis consultancy in the framework of the STARS program “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders” implemented by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in 4 African countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso).

In Rwanda we have selected two specific value chains: rice and maize, clustered in 10 sub-value chains (according to their market channels and geographical area) as follows:

6 maize sub-value chains:

- Nyagatare - Gatsibo ( 2 cooperatives)

- Ngoma - Kirehe ( 2 cooperatives)

- Burera (1 coop)

- Muhanga-Ruhango (4 cooperatives)

- Nyanza-Huye (3 cooperatives)

- Karongi - Rutsiro : (3 cooperatives)

6 rice sub-value chains:

- Nyamasheke (2 cooperatives)

- Bugesera ( 3 cooperatives)

- Gatsibo (2

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 28 June 2016 at 06:17

Youth Camp 2016

From the 16th to 19th of May 2016,  members of the Youth In agribusiness Innovation Community , Ypard Uganda, SNV, The Uhuru institute, Asereca, IITA, Pulida, youth agribusiness network Africa, TUNADO, AAIN, Agro Tourism, and Afri-Banana Lead by ICCO organised the Supa Youth Camp 2016 with the theme“ Unlocking the Youth Potential in Agribusiness for sustainable livelihoods. “ that took place at Namugongo-Kyoto Spiritual resort.  

In attendance were a total of 61 enterprising youth from both Kenya and Uganda. The camp mission statement was: Influencing a generation of agribusiness youth leaders, change agents and hunger fighting champions driven by passion and innovations to bring about a desired change in the agribusiness sector. 

You could download a one page summary report by simply clicking here.

Click here to download the complete report.

Posted By in FSRE Fund
Posted 26 June 2016 at 06:27

REPORT of the FSRE Poultry Event held on 31 May 2016 is available now!

The purpose of this Poultry Event was to present the results of a poultry survey AgriProFocus conducted with small-scale poultry farmers living in and around Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. This Poultry event brought commercial farms and several pre-selected small-scale farmers and other poultry experts together to discuss the challenges in the poultry business and to jointly find ways to improve the working relations between the commercial farms and the small-scale farmers.

Please click here to access the report.

You can also find the PowerPoint presentations of the day by clicking on the link below:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 June 2016 at 09:51

AgriProFocus Network Results 2015: Bankable Business Plans

FINAGRI in Segou, Mali

The Segou finance fair was organised in March 2015 with support of the Netherlands Embassy and with IFDC, Oikocredit and others. The event attracted 3258 participants and 40 exhibitors. AgriProFocus Mali organized a business plan training for submitters. 53 business plans were shared between 3 banks and 4 microfinance institutions, 56 % was financed!

The event opened up new relations with and between producer organisations in the region and various banks and microfinance institutions and with international agencies such as USAID.

More network results can be found in our Annual Report 2015: Click HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 June 2016 at 11:10

Fruitful FSRE Poultry Event with small-scale farmers and commercial farms

On Tuesday 31 May, 2016, we held a successful Poultry Event in Debre Zeit in which commercial farmers and small-scale farmers were able to meet each other face-to-face and discuss the challenges and opportunities regarding the general poultry management of small-scale farmers and the relationship of small-scale farmers with commercial farms.

The purpose of this Poultry Event was to present the results of a poultry survey AgriProFocus conducted in and around Debre Zeit, and to stir a lively discussion around the results that came out of this survey.

The objectives of this poultry survey were to assess the challenges that poultry farmers face in the poultry business and the food security and nutrition situation within the household of the poultry farmers. The survey especially focused on the gender aspect by aiming to find out if there were any challenges related to the poultry business or food security that were

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 3 June 2016 at 03:25

Atelier de réflexion sur les nouveaux défis du réseau

AgriProFocus Mali a organisé ce jeudi 02 juin 2016 à 10 h à son siège sis à l’ACI 2000, un atelier de réflexion qui permettra au réseau de relever les défis pour mieux servir ses partenaires et surtout ses membres.

La réflexion a porté sur trois questions principales qui sont :

- Les tendances et opportunités pour le développement de l’entreprenariat agricole au Mali et dans la sous-région?

- Ces tendances peuvent-ils influer sur le devenir d'AgriProFocus ?

- Les défis qu’AgriProFocus doit relever pour mieux se positionner et offrir des services ?

A cette rencontre nous avons pu noter ,la présence de Mr Baba Togola de l'IFDC , Chef de fil de la communauté d’innovation accès aux intrants et équipements,Mr Ataoulaye Ba, Directeur Adjoint de ICCO, Mr Lassina Sanou , Directeur de Oiko Crédit et Chef de fil de la communauté d'Innovation accès aux services financiers , Mr Idrissa Ba Coordinateur sortant , Mr Oud

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Mamadou Traore Bonjour chers Amis, Effectivement j'étais absent sur la ligne à cause de l'intensité des mes activités et de mon isolement du réseau. Je serais présent car je suis fier d'être membre. A bientôt!

2 years 7 months ago

Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Monsieur Traoré , bon retour sur votre réseau , nous sommes ensemble

2 years 7 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 18 May 2016 at 03:26

Conférence de presse SPPAT

La conférence de presse pour le lancement de la semaine de promotion des produits agricoles transformés s'est tenue à 9 heures dans la salle de réunion du réseau AgriProFocus/Mali. Ce fut une belle occasion pour les organisateurs de présenter les différentes activités prévues et surtout la stratégie adoptée pour booster la consommation des produits locaux. Le réseau remercie tous ses partenaires médias notamment le quotidien national L'Essor,La Radio et télévision nationale ORTM,la Chaîne 2, la Radio Djekafo,l'Agence Mali Presse

Dans le cadre de sa mission de promotion de l'entrepreneuriat agricole,le réseau AgriProFocus Mali organise avec la Fédération Nationale des Transformateurs, la deuxième édition du la SPPAT. La semaine de promotion de l'agroalimentaire est une campagne de promotion pour valoriser la production locale à travers la communauté d'innovation accès aux informations liées au marché et commercialisation, dont l

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Amegni Serge Vraiment il y a de très bonnes opportunités avec cet esprit SPPAT, courage AgriProFocus...........le bonheur vous attend...........

2 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 May 2016 at 03:39


Dear members & partners,

We are happy to announce that we have moved into a new & bigger office location in Kacyiru (just next to ISCO Intersec Security Company)

This new office allows us to provide better service to our members in a wonderful environment and from this office we will be able to work even more effectively.

We are still in the same neighborhood and very close to our former location.

The visiting address of our new office is:

AgriProFocus Rwanda 
KG 5 Av, Kacyiru 
P.O. Box 5261 Kigali 
Tel: 0788859704 / 0788561450 / 0788222742 
Kigali - Rwanda

All our other contact information stays the same (such as email addresses).

(Google Map)

In this new facility, we are with:

1. ICCO (our host organisation)

2. Red Een Kind (Help a Child Rwanda)


From our old location:

  • Go back to the main road (KBC - Umubano Hotel - MINAGRI)
  • Take the 564 St then
  • Turn right (KG 5 Av)
  • We are just after the headq

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 14 April 2016 at 05:16

Successful FSRE Learning Event on Horticulture

Challenges and Opportunities

Today - April 14, 2016 - an interesting learning event, which brought together important stakeholders in the horticulture sector in Ethiopia, took place at Dreamliner Hotel, Addis Ababa.

The objective of the event was to provide a learning opportunity for the 4th round FSRE Fund Innovation Grant winner projects. AgriProFocus who is responsible in organizing FSRE Fund Learning Events for projects being supported by the Fund has recently taken a new approach – connecting projects with similar value chains for a better understanding of common challenges and opportunities. Accordingly, a few months ago a Learning Event for poultry projects was organized.

Today’s event focused on horticulture. To meet the objective, a number of horticulture development stakeholders from both the Government and private sector, as well as from NGOs, were part of the learning event. The diversity of the 26 participants has playe

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Nicole Metz Further resources on horticulture: 1. Report and video from regional horticulture event East Africa (Rwanda, Nov 2015) http://www.agriprofocus.com/horticulture-event-2015 2. Lots of relevant background papers on horticulture (fruit & vegetables) in low and middle income countries: http://knowledge4food.net/theme/fruits-and-vegetables/ 3. Interesting case study about Ethiopia, is included in a study report on the role horticulture can play for food security: http://knowledge4food.net/explorative-report-how-does-the-fruit-and-vegetable-sector-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-contribute-to-food-and-nutrition-security/ Enjoy reading!

2 years 9 months ago


Successful Public Private Partnerships

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 May 2016, 18:30-20:30
  Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC, USA

How do private and the development sector effectively contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

Join ICCO USA, Heineken and Winrock for a lunch event featuring successful examples of PPP’s, the challenges and share lessons learned. The event will bring together global political, business, and civil society leaders in Washington D.C. to focus on the role of private sector and NGOs in SDG implementation. Leaders will be offered a platform to highlight concrete steps forward, and discuss potential partnerships.

Event Details:

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM (EDT; Washington DC)

Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC

Welcome with lunch. Lunch is served from 12.30 PM

1 PM

  • ICCO CEO Marinus Verweij gives an introduction to the topic
  • ICCO’s David Kamukama explains which elements are key to success in linking Ethiopian farmers to an international malt barley value chain
  • WINROCK/EUCORD Henk Knipscheer discusses lesso

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 24 March 2016 at 02:53

Vacancy: Business Acceleration Expert - ICCO / Rwanda

Deadline: 4th April 2016

ICCO is looking for a Business Acceleration expert for the AbB program in Rwanda. Please apply, recommend someone and circulate to your networks.

Please NOTE that deadline for submission of applications is 4th April 2016 1700 hours.

For more, read the attached advert

Best Regards

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 14 March 2016 at 03:26

Vacancy - Communication/Fundraising Officer- ICCO MasterCard Foundation STARS program

Deadline: 31st March 2016 at 17:00 hours East African Time)

The ICCO MasterCard Foundation STARS program aims to address barriers to increase food security and income (access to financial services , insufficient farming inputs, integration into markets,) through a two-pronged approach: Development and implementation of financial products for agriculture with MFIs; and Value Chain Development and linking with financial services. The five-year program aims to increase income and food security for at least 210,000 low-income, smallholder farmers (50% women) and their families. The program is implemented in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

ICCO is looking for a qualified, experienced and self-motivated Communications/Fundraising Officer to be based at the Rwanda office.

Job title: Communication/Fundraising Officer

Type of contract Two year contract renewable depending on performance

Location: Rwand

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 24 February 2016 at 02:09

Compte rendu des Missions: Coaching business plan

Les jeunes entrepreneurs des régions de Segou,Mopti,Sikasso ,Kayes,Koulikoro et le District de Bamako , ont reçu une formation en Marketing et en Coaching Business Plan,dans le cadre des activités de renforcement de capacité et d’accompagnement des entrepreneurs Agricoles potentiels pour l’élaboration, la finalisation et le coaching des plans d’affaires. Agri Pro Focus et ses partenaires : Fair & Sustainable et le Fonds CANADIEN D'INITIATIVES LOCALES ont conduit cette série de formation.
Les différentes formations ont concerné les modules du marketing, et le coaching du plan d’affaires bancable dans les régions de :

La FINAGRI 2016 va ainsi enregistrer une forte participation des acteurs clef du monde agricole, dont :

- Les exposants de stands, au nombre de 40,

- Les visiteurs des expositions de stands, ,

- Les professionnels et participants aux Conférences thématiques.

Cette 3eme édition du FINAGRI se tient dans un

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Annette van Andel Le 8 mars! La Finagri est une tres bonne occasion pour celebrer, et preter attention a la journee internationale de la femme en generale et l'acces aux financement des femmes d'affaires dans le secteur agricole en particulier.

2 years 10 months ago

Georges Djodji Akibodé Les rencontres thématiques du FINAGRI servent aussi de cadre de partage, et de restitution des différentes études commanditées par le réseau AgriProFocus tel le " rapport sur l’état des lieux de la problématique de l’accès au financement des femmes au Mali : Le cas de la région de Kayes" Etude conduite par Mme Nobre qui est une Consultante Indépendante - Spécialiste Genre Chaîne de valeurs Agricoles - E-mail : aissatounobre98@gmail.com

2 years 10 months ago

BENGALY Oudou Merci Mister Georges pour cette pensée mérité aux femmes du monde entier, on est ensemble!

2 years 10 months ago

Posted By in ASDF Facility
Posted 24 February 2016 at 12:17

Successful ASDF Learning Event took place

On February 18th 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda successfully organized the ‘’ASDF Learning Event’’ at Chez Lando Hotel. The purpose of this event was to provide an opportunity for the funded projects to come together, share experiences, briefly learn from each other.

The ASDF (Agri-Sector Development Facility) was financed by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda and managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus Rwanda since December 2013, the facility was closed on 31st December 2015.

Comprised of 2 distinct windows:

- the ‘’Agri-Sector Innovation Fund'' (ASIF) ) with a maximum grant of 100,000 Euros and

- the ''Capacity Building and Small Investments Fund'' (CaBIF), with a maximum grant of 10,000 Euros.

As agreed since the inception phase of the facility, AgriProFocus Rwanda was assigned to organize a learning event on behalf of ICCO. The event held at Chez Lando Hotel, on Thursday 18th February 2016 brought together 99 participants from key stakeho

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How SI makes your work even scalable, cost-effective & easy

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 February 2016, 14:00-15:00
  Webinar, Internet

Interested to know more about how to define professionalism, how state-of-the-art assessments allow for better informed decisions, and why leading organisations like the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and ICCO Cooperation choose to work with Scope Insight?

SCOPEinsight is pleased to invite you to their upcoming webinar about their new products and how they can add value to your business.

Hosted by Lucas Simons and featuring presentations by their key partners IFC and ICCO, the webinar discusses their simplified process, new pricing, and how your staff can be trained as assessors with the e-training modules. Moreover, Scope Insight will reveal a new exciting initiative for collaboration.

Sign up!

You can register for the following session:

  • Webinar 2: Wednesday 17 February, 14:00 – 15:00 CET / 16:00 – 17:00 EAT / 9:00 – 10:00 EST with a case presented by ICCO Cooperation on their Agri Business Booster.

(webinar 1 with IFC already took place on 10 February)


  1. Introduction SCOPE

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Posted By in ASDF Facility
Posted 29 January 2016 at 03:19


Invitation to the ‘’Agri-Sector Development Facility Learning’’ Event


ICCO-Cooperation, in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda is pleased to invite you to the ASDF Learning event, scheduled to take place on Thursday 18/02/2016 at Chez Lando Hotel.

The ASDF (Agri-Sector Development Facility) was financed by the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda and managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus Rwanda since December 2013.

Comprised of 2 distinct windows: the ‘’Agri-Sector Innovation Fund'' (ASIF) and the ''Capacity Building and Small Investments Fund'' (CaBIF), the ASDF Facility funded in total 40 organizations / companies (The facility was closed on 31st December 2015).

We would like to invite you to a half-day event, where funded partners will exhibit and present successes, challenges, and learnings from the funded projects. 

To confirm your participation (before Tuesday, 16th February 2016), please fill out this form: https://docs.g

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jpaul twagirumukiza thank you for this information

2 years 11 months ago

Laurent ULIMUBENSHI Many Thanks dear Bernard for the invitation. For sure, this will be an exciting learning event from Innovators in Agriculture. We will participate!

2 years 11 months ago

KARAKE JUSTIN Justin KARAKE, Thank you so much, we will attend this most important event

2 years 11 months ago

Alice NAYABO thank you very much

2 years 11 months ago

justin zimulinda Justin zimulinda It is very important to participate to this good event.

2 years 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 January 2016 at 12:58

Honderden inschrijvingen voor Impact Booster

Met de iMPACT Booster bundelen zes organisaties hun krachten. ICCO Cooperation, New World Campus, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Woord & Daad, 1%Club en Wilde Ganzen bieden kennis, netwerken en financiële ondersteuning aan vernieuwende ondernemers in opkomende economieën. De selectiecommissie bestaat onder meer uit Doekle Terpstra en Ruerd Ruben van de Wageningen Universiteit: 'We zagen een indrukwekkende energie en creativiteit in de voorstellen en een sterke persoonlijke drive, karakteristiek voor opkomende ondernemers.

“Ik ben enthousiast over het grote aantal ondernemers, dat op de meest innovatieve manieren voedseltekorten een halt wil toeroepen. We kregen maar liefst 275 inzendingen uit onder meer Nederland, Kenia en India. Met tien ondernemers gaan we nu verder om hun innovatie te testen in opkomende markten,” zegt Walter aan de Wiel directeur van iMPACT Booster.

Onder de geselecteerden zit een Nederlandse ondernemer die zonne-energ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 January 2016 at 03:35

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 December 2015 at 09:24

ICCO would like to share five blogs on measuring impact of food and nutrition security programs, written by our specialists Marijke de Graaf and Martijn Marijnis. 

Blog #1 How to measure impact on Food and Nutrition Security >> http://bit.ly/1TenUST 

Blog #2 How to effectively collect data on Food & Nutrition Security >> http://bit.ly/1MR4r66

Blog #3 How to use the Household Level Food Insecurity Indicator >> http://bit.ly/1MR4Eq60
Blog #4 How to measure individual nutrition status >> http://bit.ly/1NcIjH6

Blog #5 Effectively presenting food security data >>http://bit.ly/1PQbcLg

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 13 November 2015 at 04:17

Job Opportunity: AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator (Deadline: 23/11/2015)

ICCO is looking for a highly competent full time AgriProFocus Country Coordinator for Rwanda, to start by January 2016.

For more info, read the attached Terms of References