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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

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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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feb
19

Lessons Learned & Emerging Perspectives on Subsidy Programs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  19 February 2018 - 08:00 to 23 February 2018 - 17:30
  Jinja

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) has over 35 years’ experience conducting research and providing training and technical assistance in all aspects of agro-input markets in the developing world. At the request of some governments, IFDC has provided technical support in the introduction of subsidy programs and also has provided capacity building though seminars and workshops to share lessons learned and best practices, working in collaboration with local and international partners.

This training program will draw on lessons learned and the latest research findings and recommendations from IFDC and partner organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Register here: bit.ly/IFDCJinja2018

Workshop brochure is attached.




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

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 Burundi
Posted 22 August 2017 at 01:29

SYNERGIE AUTOUR DE LA POMME DE TERRE POUR LE DEVELOPPEMENT DE LA CHAÎNE DE VALEUR


Dans le cadre des journées portes ouvertes organisées du 26 au 27 juillet 2017 par l’Ambassade des Pays Bas au Burundi, les organisations IFDC et ICCO Coopération ont partagé leur approche de collaboration complémentaire pour développer la chaîne de valeur Pomme de Terre cas de la coopérative IMBANZAGUSERUKA de la Province de Kayanza.

Au Burundi, La Pomme de Terre est classé 1ère en terme de revenu pour les producteurs 22% et contribue à hauteur de 16, 7% à la sécurité alimentaire du Pays. Le programme Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) d’IFDC qui intervient dans le développement de l’entrepreneuriat semencier appui la coopérative IMBANZAGUSERUKA spécialisée en multiplication des semences à travers le système de précommande au niveau de l’ISABU. A son tour le Programme Microfinance, Agri finance and Value Chain (MAVC) de ICCO Coopération facilite La commercialisation

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 20 July 2017 at 06:45

Agricultural finance fair 2017 - Kabale

 “I am a potato farmer and have been having a challenge of accessing good seed, however during this event i have had access and got contacts of good quality seed producers. Thank you Agriprofocus and partners of this event.” - Tumukunde Annet, a female farmer.  

On the 12th and 13th of July 2017, AgriProFocus in partnership with SNV, Bank of Uganda, Trias, AMFUI, ISSD, IFDC, aBi Finance, GIZ, LADA, Excel Hort, Kabale Traders Association, Reign Business Development Agency (REBDA), KAZADI and Uganda National Seed Potato Association held an Agribusiness fair in the Kigez region covering (Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu, Rukungiri, Rukiga and Rubanda) Districts. The event under the theme; Investment in New Technologies for Increased Market –Oriented Production was organised with an overall objective of facilitating a platform for building business & market linkages and between farmer entrepreneurs and Agribusiness Development Services provide

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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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 April 2017 at 11:59

4 Job opportunities at the international Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

The international Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a Public international Organization governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The nonprofit centre focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.

lFDC is recruiting staff tor a current call for proposal for a potential 46 month project, focusing on interventions in the potato value chain for the following positions;

Position 1: Nutrition and Communication Expert

Job Details and how to apply here

Position 2: Potato Expert & Team Leader

Job Details and how to apply here

Position 3: Short term Nutrition Expert

Job Details and how to apply here

Position 4: Short term Potato Expert

Job Details and how to apply here

Duty Post: Mbale District covering neighboring districts in the proximity of Mt Elgon

Duration: 45 months project expected to start latest October 2017

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 5 April 2017 at 09:41

Dutch government unveils Shs80b to support Uganda’s agriculture

Article by Mark Keith Muhumuza

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has launched two agriculture support programmes valued at €22m (Shs80b) for improved seed quality and market linkages for farmers.

The two programmes set to run for the next five years, are targeting the entire value chain in the agriculture sector right from seed distribution to linking farmers to the private sector buyers of the produce.

 

“Uganda’s agriculture sector has a great potential to transform the country and the livelihood of Ugandans. Using our Dutch experience and success in agriculture, we believe that by end of 2020, at least 350,000 households will be positively impacted by the projects,” said HE Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands told reporters on the sidelines of the launch at his residence in Kololo, Kampala on Wednesday evening.

 

The Integrated Seed Sector Development Plus (ISSD Plus

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may
15

Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  15 May 2017 to 19 May 2017 - All Day Event
  Accra, Ghana

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.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

· 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.

WHY PARTICIPATE?

· Discuss the theo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:27

Training Opportunity: ''Promoting Agriculture Technology to Improve Productivity and Net Returns for Smallholder Farmers''

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) announces an international training program on ''Promoting Agriculture Technology to Improve Productivity and Net Returns for Smallholder Farmers'' 

Venue: Accra, Ghana Dates: December 12- 16, 2016

REGISTER HERE

Program Fee:

Early Bird - Registration and Payment by October 21

      Regular - Registration and    Payment by November 21

Late - After November 21

$1,500

$1,650

$1,800

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

· Youth and women in agriculture and innovative farmers.

· Agronomists, soil scientists, researchers, and extensionists from national and international agricultural research institutes and universities.

· Policymakers from governments and ministries in charge of agricultural productivity and planning.

· Executives and managers of fertilizer and agricultural input

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 23 September 2016 at 07:59

Job Opportunities at IFDC

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a Public International Organization governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit center focuses on increasing and sustaining food and agricultural productivity in developing countries through the development and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise. IFDC is recruiting staff for an upcoming 4-year REACH-Uganda Project, to be funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kampala. IFDC is recruiting for the following positions;

Position 1: Office Assistant (s)

Duty station: Kampala, Mbale and Kabale

Full Job details here

Position 2: National Potato Coordinator- UGANDA

Duty station: SW regional office, with travel to both Mbale and Kampala

Full Job details here

Position 3: Regional Coordinator for the REACH-Uganda Project

Reports to: Deputy Chief of party

Duty stati

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 25 July 2016 at 10:10


Urea deep placement

Innovators' Pitch GACSA : several short videos

IFDC presents urea deep placement (UDP), a climate-resilient fertilization method that's boosting yields and incomes for rice farmers in Bangladesh. This video was among those shown during the Innovators' pitch session of the Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA) in June 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_mMpPGoNyc&feature=youtu.be

Posted By in Meat Sector
Posted 27 June 2016 at 06:27

Nyama Platform Launch Brief.

On the 25th of May 2016, the Nyama Platform that comprises, UMPCU, Solidaridad Network, PPM, EADD/TECHNOSERVE, SNV, ILRI, Pelum Uganda, RELINE, IFDC, OCHEO, KCCA, Agrarian Systems Ltd, MAAIF, Uganda Veterinary Association, Mukono District Local Government, VPWB, NICHAM Agribusiness was successfully launched by the Guest of honor, Minister of minister of state for Animal industry Hon Bright Rwamirama.

Click here for the summary report

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 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!

1 year 6 months ago

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

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 26 May 2016 at 12:34

Bonjour

Depuis lundi  le  23 Mai 2016;je travaillais  à Kigali avec le facilitateur du réseau ;et au cours de la semaine j 'ai participé à un événement sur la présentation de l' outil 2-2 trade ;qui  a été faite par les experts provenant de CDI  au Pays Bas et d 'AgriProFocus Pays bas .A Cette occasion ;on a suivi également des présentations des cas concrets sur l' utlisation de l 'outil 2-2 Trade pour les entreprises et les coopératives du BURUNDI  et du RWANDA. Cet événement a rencontré la participation de plusieurs membres et partenaires  du réseau et surtout les membres du secteur privé

Nous  vous partageons les photos de certains membres et partenaires du réseau pour vivre en image le événement .

Rolf Schinkel Yes, Jean Paul, it was an interesting presentation!

1 year 6 months ago

NGENZI Thomas This event was real excited, and you may find more about it via this link http://agrifoprwa.org/?p=5917

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 April 2016 at 01:39

Micronutrient management for improving harvests, human nutrition, and the environment

New publication by Wageningen UR, in collaboration with Food & Business Knowledge Platform and IFDC


Micronutrient deficiencies in soils limit crop yields and nutritional quality, which in turn negatively affect human health. Especially in sub-Saharan Africa, soils have multiple micronutrient deficiencies which makes soils non-responsive to NPK fertilization. Poor crop yields in combination with diets that are mainly based on staple crops, causes widespread micronutrient deficiencies among the population, with severe health problems as a consequence. Worldwide over 2 billion people suffer from iron, zinc and/or other (multiple) micronutrient deficiencies. Iron deficiency anemia, for example, causes 115,000 maternal deaths per year.

A suggested strategy to alleviate micronutrient deficiencies is agronomic biofortification, particularly of staple foods. This is the fertilization of soils or plant leaves with mi

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Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Excellent and timely report

1 year 8 months ago

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. Good report, thank you

1 year 8 months ago

Nicole Metz Thank you Wassie and Hadijah and others for your positive reactions. The report was discussed in a meeting of this Tuesday, in The Netherlands, and the debates were quite interesting. We will publish a report about the meeting within a few weeks. Are you part of the AgriProFocus Innovation Community on Soil Health, by the way? best regards, Nicole Metz (AgriProFocus and Food & Business Knowledge Platform)

1 year 8 months ago

Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Dear Metz, Thanks a lot for your kind words and promise to share us the full report in few weeks time. Regarding your question, yes I am part of the agriprofocus innovative community on soil health. Best Regards

1 year 8 months ago

TENDO JONATHAN Hi Metz, thanks for this untimely intervention by participating in this conference about soil science. the problem of soil micronutrient deficiencies is really predominant in uganda especially the central region/buganda and very many farmers have complained about this alot.i work with an agrobased consultancy and training institution and we do go out in the field to visit clients but truth be told...africa needs a fast remedy to nutrient depletion and deficiencies in the soil if we are to harvest more from our farms. looking forward to your full report.thanks and am glad to read your information.

1 year 8 months ago