ICRA

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 31 May 2018 at 01:56

Le Salon International de l'Agriculture du Mali ( SIAGRI) 

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 4 May 2018 at 12:25

PAVILLON HOLLANDAIS AU SIAGRI 2018

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

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Emicom Emicom Merci à l'Ambassade des Pays Bas au Mali et à son partenaire NABC pour cet espace très convivial très utile pour les entreprises

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 April 2018 at 06:38

Improved market relations for youth and women agripreneurs – A blog series on the importance of relational capacity strengthening in local agribusiness partnerships

In March 2017, 2SCALE consortium partner ICRA organised a review and capitalization workshop. ICRA agribusiness trainers, who have been training and coaching supply chain actors in the 2SCALE programme for several years, came together from Benin, Ghana, Mali and Nigeria. The objective was to collectively reflect and draw lessons from their work. The gathering included a write-shop to translate these lessons into stories. This resulted in a booklet of 15 stories illustrating the importance of strengthening functional capacities, i.e. relational and organisational “soft skills” that make local actors function better in their value chain as agribusiness partners. Each blog in this 6-weeks series showcases two stories from this booklet and highlights how the stories address a specific theme in agribusiness development. This week f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 2 February 2018 at 11:31

INTERVIEW DU MOIS DE JANVIER 2018 ICRA

 Présentez-vous à nos membres

Je suis Faoussa TADJOU, Représentante ICRA au Mali

Faites nous une brève description des activités de ICRA

ICRA : International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture est une organisation Néerlandaise basée à Wageningen.

Elle est dédiée au renforcement de capacités des entreprises agroalimentaires en Afrique. Le service clé que nous offrons est l’appui à l’organisation de l’approvisionnement des entreprises agroalimentaires en matières premières agricoles.

A travers le projet 2SCALE (dont le Lead était assuré par IFDC), nous avons accompagné à Sikasso au Mali, l’entreprise SONAF ( Société Nama et Fils ).Cette collaboration a permis une croissance des commandes de SONAF qui est passée de 8000 tonnes de maïs jaune par an à 24000 tonnes par an d’où une progression de 300% au bénéfice des producteurs et de l’entreprise.

Que pensez-vous de l’initiative

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 26 January 2018 at 07:38

Son Excellence l'Ambassadeur Pays-Bas au Mali visite le Pavillon Hollandais FEBAK 2018

Malgré l’ emploi du temps très chargé de Son Excellence Mr JOLKE OPPEWAL, l’Ambassadeur du Royaume  des Pays-Bas au Mali accompagné de son chargé des affaires économiques Mr Mamadou Landouré ,du Vice-Président de la CCIM et du Coordinateur de votre réseau AgriProFocus Mali, il a visité ce jeudi 25 Janvier 2018, toutes les entreprises néerlandaises présentes au pavillon néerlandais et d’autres stands stratégiques de la FEBAK 2018 ( Foire d'Exposition Internationale de Bamako) .

Après cette visite guidée, c’est devant les chefs de réseau, ONGs, Projets/programmes et des entreprises néerlandaises que Son Excellence a reçu une distinction honorifique appelée CIWARA de la part des entreprises néerlandaises pour service rendu et du bon partenariat entre nos deux pays.

 Vive le partenariat Pays-BAS-Mali

Akibodé Djodji As far as possible,EKN combines assistance and trade to contribute to sustainable global economic growth that benefits the entire malian population including the poorest and most vulnerable group.Their action aims to expand and improve acces to international marketsstrengthen the malian private sector boost trade and investmentincrease tax fairnesssustain comercial and production chain

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 24 January 2018 at 08:28

AgriProFocus / 2SCALE 'Youth in Agribusiness’ workshop in Hawassa

The new AgriProFocus Ethiopia Team was asked by two of AgriProFocus members (ICRA and BoP Innovation Center), to organize and facilitate a half-day learning workshop on ‘Youth in Agribusiness’ for their 2SCALE program on Thursday 18 January, 2018. 

The purpose of this half-day workshop was for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to share the findings of its ‘Youth in Agribusiness Listening Project’ conducted in Ethiopia in the summer of 2016. Through this listening project, AgriProFocus Ethiopia interviewed 31 stakeholders in Ethiopia, and 3 different AgriProFocus country offices (Mali, Tanzania and Kenya), to learn of the role of youth in agribusiness, and ways that better synergy between actors could better promote youth engagement in agribusiness.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia Country Network Facilitator Sarah Assefa was the main facilitator of this half-day workshop that ended with an interactive group exercise. During this gr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 November 2017 at 11:47

2SCALE’s service delivery model offers opportunities to embed and share costs of support services within the value chain


The role of advisors in agribusiness is ever changing. Whereas conventional advisors mainly work with farmers, the 2SCALE programme turned these intermediaries into coaches of local business partnerships in a particular value chain. As this shift showed impressive results, such as the embedding of support costs within the value chain, 2SCALE explained the approach of its service delivery model and lessons learned from it in its second thematic paper “Strengthening business support services for agribusiness partnerships”.

Support services within agribusiness clusters

In 2SCALE, the role and terms of reference of agribusiness advisors moved from being mostly technical advisors for primarily farmers to facilitators and on-the-job coaches of local business actor networks formed as partnerships around a Producers’ Groups: the agribusiness clusters (ABCs). Consortium p

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Nicole Metz Dear colleagues at 2Scale, BoPInc, IFDC and ICRA, thanks for sharing the paper and the link. It may be interesting for you to be part of the conversation hosted by Food & Business Knowledge Platform tomorrow, in the context of the conference 'Research & Policy: two peas in a pod?' Inclusive Business will be discussed in one thematic session, for which the following concept note has been prepared: http://knowledge4food.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/171201_theme3_inclusive-business-development.pdf

7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 November 2017 at 04:23

Implementing large scale inclusive agribusiness programs

Sound solutions for critical challenges

On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting  on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.

1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships

By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation

In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information http://www.snv.org/project/partnering-value-4p.

The Issue

Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 October 2017 at 09:24

Nov 7 @ Utrecht (NL) Come see how #farmtotable initiatives offer the dignity of choice in markets across #Africa 

http://2scale.org/event/2scale-event-2017-incubating-inclusive-agribusiness

jun
25

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  25 June 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

ICRA course:

This course is for agribusiness service providers and coaches working with smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs.

As a professional in business support services 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.

For more information and application, see the course webpage.

Application deadline for candidates with funds is 15 March 2018

You can check us out on:
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | www.icra-edu.org/courses | info@icra-edu.org



may
14

Facing rural innovation challenges

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  14 May 2018 to 01 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA course:

Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security ,
14 May - 1 June 2018 in Wageningen, the Netherlands

This course is highly valued by its participants, professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations.  
Get some tips on the art of listening in this video by our trainer Mariette Gross.

For more information see the course webpage 

Candidates can: APPLY HERE 

Application deadline for candidates with funds is 15 March 2018

You can check us out on: LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | www.icra-edu.org/courses



mar
12

Learning, action research and outreach in higher education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  12 March 2018 to 30 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA course:

Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security,  
12 - 30 March 2018, Wageningen, the Netherlands

for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. What can you learn from this course? Listen to what our alumni have to say in this video.

After attending this course one participant said:

                   “Since I apply methods from this course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.

More information is available on the course webpage    

Candidates can: APPLY HERE 

Application deadline with own funding is 20 December 2017

You can check us out on: 
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTubewww.icra-edu.org/courses



nov
07

2SCALE: incubating inclusive agribusiness in Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  07 November 2017, All Day Event
  Social Impact Factory, Vredenburg 40, 3511 BD Utrecht, the Netherlands

What does it take to build an inclusive agribusiness in Africa?

Join the 2SCALE 2017 event and find out how 2SCALE, one of the largest incubators of inclusive agribusiness in Africa, built over 50 public-private partnerships in selected high-potential product groups in nine countries in Africa.

You will learn from the best: entrepreneurs, producer organizations, microfinance institutions, business coaches, SMEs and others will all share how they succeed in establishing new agribusinesses.

Besides sharing our lessons learned, we want to learn from you! During the break-out sessions we will dive deep in several topics that are essential to making inclusive agribusiness work.

THE PROGRAM

09:30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Plenary sessions: What it takes to build an inclusive agribusiness

Key-note speaker: Ruth Kinoti – founder and CEO of Shalem investments

Other guest speakers representing inclusive agribusiness projects in Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Nigeria.

12:30 Speed-date with speakers
13:0

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 August 2017 at 01:42

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? 

Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creati

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sep
04

Free online course: Inclusive Agribusiness - 2SCALE

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 September 2017 to 25 September 2017 - All Day Event
  Online

Are you interested to learn more about inclusive agribusiness, access to finance, value creation and innovations in farming? Register now for the FREE online inclusive agribusiness bootcamp organised by the #2SCALE program of IFDC and our members ICRA and the BoP Innovation Center, that starts in September.  

Registration: http://2scale.org/bootcamp

The program will tackle the following topics:

  1. Value Creation: learn how to access local markets and create value for and with smallholder farmers and other business actors in the value chain;
  2. Innovations in Farming: learn how to strengthen your supply chains and increase returns to local farmers and SMEs by introducing innovations, based on needs assessment;
  3. Access to Finance: learn how to secure access to finance in your value chains by building innovative financing solutions at farmer and SME level;
  4. Agribusiness Clusters: learn how to effectively organise local farmers to ensure innovation and competitiveness, to maximize local value creation and t

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nov
13

Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  13 November 2017 to 24 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

ICRA course:  

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.

Application is extended until 30 September 2017 (for national who do not require a visa)

For

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 April 2017 at 01:38

Adapting to climate change: Dutch network members exchange

AgriProFocus Share-a-Slice meeting with network members - 20 April 2017

This informal gathering of AgriProFocus members was hosted by Heifer Netherlands and members exchanged experiences about their interventions to deal with the challenges of climate change in food and agriculture.


Pitches

ScopeInsight’s Maryse Blom started with the statement that ‘professionalism is the key, also for climate smart agriculture’. ScopeInsight has developed several tools to assess the professional quality of agribusinesses (incl SMEs) and trains partners in LMICs to use these effectively. The organization is a business intelligence provider, scoring companies on 8 clearly defined dimensions. As a separate service, they facilitate aligned capacity building that is provided by a group of organisations in the AMEA alliance. This set of services to support capacity building of farmers and SMEs in the agrifood sector is key as a basis to also tackle

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 30 March 2017 at 12:47

2SCALE ET AGRIPROFOCUS CÉLÈBRENT LES HOMMES QUI OFFRENT DES TERRES AUX FEMMES

Moins de 5 pour cent des femmes au Mali possèdent des terres, alors que plus de 30 pour cent servent de chefs de ménage responsables de la nourriture, des soins de santé et des frais scolaires pour leurs enfants. En raison de leur vulnérabilité sociale, en particulier dans la région de Ségou, 2SCALE privilégie le renforcement de la position économique des femmes dans les chaînes de valeur et l'amélioration de leur accès à la formation agricole, aux semences, aux engrais et à la terre.

Suite à cet objectif et à l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme (8 mars), 2SCALE et le réseau AgriProFocus au Mali ont honoré quatre hommes qui ont manifesté un engagement proactif pour réduire les inégalités sexuelles dans un partenariat végétal soutenu par Ségou. Les bénéficiaires comprenaient:

• Mahamadou Nantoumé, PDG de Guina Agricole, pour le renforcement de l'accès des f

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Philippe AKPAKI C'est un partenariat bien pensé. L'accès des femmes a la terre contribue à leur autonimisation et au développement des chaînes de valeur agricole. " MA TERRE, MA VIE"  

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 March 2017 at 01:49

#HEFORSHE: 2SCALE AND AGRIPROFOCUS CELEBRATE MEN WHO EMPOWER WOMEN

Less than 5 percent of women in Mali own land, while more than 30 percent serve as heads of household responsible for providing food, healthcare, and school fees for their children. Because of their social vulnerability, particularly in the Ségou region, 2SCALE prioritizes strengthening women’s economic position in value chains and improving their access to agricultural training, seeds, fertilizers, and land.

Following this objective and in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), 2SCALE and the AgriProFocus network in Mali honored four men who demonstrate a proactive commitment to reduce gender-related inequalities in a vegetable partnership the project supports in Ségou. The recipients included:

• Mahamadou Nantoumé, CEO of Guina Agricole, for strengthening women’s access to quality agricultural inputs and phytosanitary services on preferential terms.

• Bakary Coulibaly, community leader, for promoting ge

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Akibodé Djodji Merci pour ce partage. He for she très bon concept, nous trouvons que c'est dans l'ordre naturel des choses, car la discrimination est venue par les hommes et c'est toujours avec  les hommes que nous pouvons envisager des solutions durables.  Ici au Mali ONU-FEMME est réprésentée par un homme, et je vous assure que ça produit des effets. Nous disons merci à l'engagement du partenaire IFDC et à l'efficacité de la démarche 2SCALE. Et vivement la prochaine formation sur le genre dans les chaines de valeur agricole car cette formation est vraiment utile.On est ensemble

1 year 4 months ago

Cibarani Cibarani Belle initiative....De quoi donner envie à d'autres de redoubler davantage les aides qu'ils apportent aux femmes...

1 year 4 months ago

Akibodé Djodji Merci CIBARANI, le mérite vous revient car votre  action à Ouéléssébougou est très regardant sur la démarche genre.Nous suivons avec beaucoup d’intérêt vos activités.

1 year 4 months ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci beaucoup Anne Marie pour ce partage très intéressant, ce fut un moment de reconnaissance et de mérite pour ses braves hommes qui se battent chaque jour pour la cause des femmes ,ils  seront  désormais des références ! 

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 March 2017 at 02:54

NEW VLOG! Presenting the AgriProFocus network: ICRA

The AgriProFocus network consists of 32 Dutch members organisations. In a new vlog- serie we are introducing all Dutch members to you. Watch it and see what they can do for you!

In this first vlog I take you to Wageningen, THE capital of agricultural knowledge in The Netherlands. I talked to Richard Hawkins, Director of ICRA. He explains to us in 2 minutes what the added value of the AgriProFocus network is for ICRA.

Please let me know what you think about this vlog in a comment below. Thanks!