Innovative financing opportunities 4 inclusive agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  13 December 2018, 10:00-11:00
  Online webinar

Join iBAN’s and BoPInc’s webinar: Innovative financing opportunities for inclusive agri-business

Time: 10.00 UTC 

In 2017, investors poured over US$ 200bn into companies that combine social and environmental goals with financial returns. This trend is growing with the recognition that public funding alone cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

This one hour webinar lays out the new and emerging opportunities in innovative finance for agribusiness. Here are some of the new forms of financing that will be covered: Public Private Partnerships, Thematic Bonds, Project Finance, Blended Finance, Result-based financing, Agricultural value-chain finance and crowdfunding.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 12:21

Nutrition, youth and mental health

World mental health day recognized with an event about youth and mental health in Addis Ababa

"Globally, 65% of people suffering from mental health challenges are youth," explained Mogus Mogussie, founder of AHA Psychological Services in Addis Ababa.  "There are many factors that can trigger mental health challenges. Youth face all kinds of pressures that can increase their propensity to suffer from mental health difficulties, including unemployment. Severe disorders with genetic roots are most likely to reveal themselves between ages 12 and 24. Almost one out of every three persons in Ethiopia is under the age of 26, so the mental health of our youth should be a big concern to us." 

W/ro Martha Tesfaye explained, "Poor maternal and childhood nutrition can increase the likelihood of troubles with mental health."  

"Its ok not to be ok," was one of the messages of the celebration of World Mental Health Day at Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Abab

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 September 2018 at 09:40

Are you a female entrepreneur in Ghana running a promising agribusiness?

Join us for a women-only face to face inclusive business training and learn how to take your agribusiness to the next level.

When: 2 full days training between 22 - 30 October (final days and locations in Ghana to be confirmed)

How to get on board: Simply click here and register.

As a female entrepreneur, you may be facing daily struggles in growing your business. Through a 2 day face-to-face training in Ghana, we want to offer you the chance to:

  • Learn more about how to scale your agribusiness and make it more inclusive

  • Interact with Professional Business Trainers

  • Meet and connect with other successful Ghanaian women agri-entrepreneurs …..And much more

Register now via this Registration Form. There are only 45 spaces, so don’t miss out on this opportunity!

The training is free of cost and daily lunch & snacks are included. Travel, accommodation, breakfast, dinner and other daily expenses are to be paid by part

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Changing food systems and the power of youth

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  22 May 2018, 16:00-18:00
  AgriProFocus, Utrecht

The AgriProFocus Network, in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, facilitates the third Community of Practice (CoP) around Youth in Agribusiness and food systems.   

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth-led organisations organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

Youth needs to be involved in agriculture, to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community development. We all agree. The assumption is that youth can act as change makers within their communities. There is a host of interventions to support them, from developing their skills to getting them organised. Despite, barriers persist for young people to succeed in agriculture. However, what do we know about how young people organise themselves and try to change food systems and how they work? There is much we can learn from youth here, from the diversity, the creativity and the organisational approaches through which they work and contri

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 December 2017 at 12:41

Report Food Security Partners Day

From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain  

On 24th October 2017, the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Nairobi organised a Food Security Partners' Day themed “From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Effective and Proactive Partnerships in Food Production Value Chain”. The goal of the Partners' Day was to provide a platform for interaction, build new and strengthen existing alliances.

The topics covered during the day were inclusivity and scalability. Inclusivity and scalability are relevant topics in the context of the Aid to Trade transition spearheaded by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Nairobi. The ambition with the Aid to Trade agenda is that the Embassy will cease to directly manage development projects and focus on strengthening trade relations with Kenya. There were two sessions during the Partners' day; morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session covered an o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 15 December 2017 at 10:38

Competitiveness requires Inclusive and Sustainable Business Ecosystem.

During the 54th Jamhuri day celebrations President Kenyatta unveiled his government’s ‘big four’ agenda, which will support among other priorities local manufacturing.

The president singled out agro-processing and value addition for our agricultural produce. “Kenyans need to know that at present 70% of the value of our export produce goes to processors abroad” said the president. He continued to say that small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) play a crucial role in our economy. He also acknowledged that, the bulk of employment comes from SMEs, which are an important contributor to our gross domestic product (GDP). He underscored with a rider that “my plan is to create an additional 1,000 SMEs focused on manufacturing”. With the president acknowledging that ‘big four requires brave steps’ policy makers and entrepreneurs should start discussions on strategies for strengthening the competitiven

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Collins Ngeera Well said Sir, agriculture transformation will be key.

12 months 2 days ago

Tjeerd Rijpma Very interesting and promising policy. As Agriterra, a Dutch not for profit agricultural advisory organisation based in Nairobi, we are able to help organised small holder farmers and governments with this development.  If interested do not hesitate to contact us.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 7 December 2017 at 10:24

Agro Industries as Catalysts to Inclusive Growth and Shared Value Ecosystems in Kenya

Agriculture and food sector underpins global food and nutrition security, provides livelihoods for many of the poorest and is key to creating prosperity in rural areas. Globally, one billion people are dependent on farming, yet for many agriculture does not offer a prospect for decent, stable livelihoods. So how can it become a sector of choice, rather than default? 

To address this concern it is important for companies in agribusiness sector to come up with inclusive business models that deliver more value at less cost for more citizens. As an agribusiness consultant I have traversed Kenya and have witnessed how private sector companies are striving to support Kenya’s quest for “inclusive growth.” Inclusive growth has become the economic development mantra globally recently. For starters, to achieve an inclusive business ecosystem is not easy. The big question then is how business models and

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing your story  Charles! Inclusive business models are very important indeed. Maybe my colleague Dorina Prech can share your story on our Kenyan social media channels as well to gain attention. We also had a meeting here in The Netherlands about inclusive agribusiness programs of some of our Dutch members, you can read more here: 

1 year 1 week ago

Charles. K Muigai Many thanks Anne the business inclusiveness dialogue must be given more traction and should become a key benchmark in development programming. I would be glad to be part of your community of practice.

1 year 1 week ago

Charles. K Muigai Many thanks Anne the business inclusiveness dialogue must be given more traction and should become a key benchmark in development programming. I would be glad to be part of your community of practice.

1 year 1 week ago

Shadrack Agaki Charles i am impressed with your thoughts, maybe we need to also get policy makers to buy into this idea in order to accelerate implementation.

1 year 1 day ago

Charles. K Muigai Thanks Shadrack sure we need to make inclusiveness a good practice in business.

1 year 11 hours ago


Start course: Organised Farmers as Partners in Agribusiness

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 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 AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 17 October 2017 at 02:51

Résultats du Développement Néerlandais en 2016, Site Web!

Sur ce site Internet, le ministère des Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas présente les résultats que les Pays-Bas, avec des partenaires nationaux et internationaux, ont obtenus dans le domaine de la coopération au développement en 2016.

Jetez un coup d'oeil à ce site très informatif, avec des informations sur les pays, les pays et les thèmes:

Développement durable inclusif.

L'Investissement  dans le développement durable inclusif est payant. Cela s'est également confirmé en 2016. Le nombre de personnes vivant dans l'extrême pauvreté a encore été réduit à moins de 10% de la population mondiale. En 2010, ce chiffre était de 22% (et en 1990 de 47%).

Rendre les flux de commerciaux  et d'investissement durable n'est pas une mince affaire dans une économie mondiale imprévisible. Le changement climatique ne mène pas seulement à la sécheresse à long term

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 September 2017 at 11:48

Dutch Development Results - Website!

With this website, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents the results that the Netherlands, together with national and international partners, has achieved in the field of development co-operation in 2016.

Have a look at this very informative website, with information on country level, countries and themes:  

Inclusive sustainable development

Investing in inclusive sustainable development pays off. This was also apparent in 2016. The number of people living in extreme poverty has been further reduced to less than 10% of the world’s population. In 2010, this figure was 22% (and in 1990 it was 47%).

Making trade and investment flows sustainable is no easy feat in an unpredictable global economy. Climate change is not only leading to long-term drought but also to major flooding. And for truly equitable development to exist, attention must be paid to the disadvantaged position of women and girls. The Netherlands conti

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AgriProFocus Indonesia Great report, thank you!

1 year 2 months ago

Toto suryawan Good jobs

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 August 2017 at 10:25

About agricultural market systems development

What does business and private enterprise have to do with reducing poverty? And how does this compare with more conventional aid? Using a practical example, this short video animation (4 minutes) explains the market systems approach: creating widespread and lasting improvements in access to income, jobs, services and products for people living in poverty.

thank you Andre Vording for referring me to the interesting BEAMexchange website:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:52

FARA is seeking to engage a Gender, Youth and Agribusiness Consultant (end 28 aug)

Main Purpose

To formulate policy, implement programmes, research and training modules to promote and strengthen the inclusion and mainstreaming of gender, youth and broader social development issues in Agricultural research and development programmes and projects by FARA

Duties and responsibilities

Reporting to the Director, Research and Innovation, the successful candidate shall perform inter-alia the following key duties but not limited to:

  • Facilitates the effective integration of gender and broader social development dimensions in FARA core programs, including (i) gender equity and equality, (ii) benefit sharing, (iii) social safeguards, (iv) grievance redress mechanisms with a focus on women, youth and other marginalized groups, and (v) social accountability including good governance.
  • Develops and refine responsive policy elements and inputs for FARA management to consider incorporating in ongoing and planned

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Akibodé Djodji Le FARA cherche à recruter un conseiller en genre, jeunesse et agrobusiness (fin 28 août)Objectif principalFormuler des politiques, mettre en œuvre des programmes, des modules de recherche et de formation pour promouvoir et renforcer l'inclusion et l'intégration des questions de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social dans les programmes et projets de recherche et de développement agricoles par FARADevoirs et responsabilités Relevant du directeur, de la recherche et de l'innovation, le candidat retenu doit exécuter entre autres les fonctions clés suivantes, mais sans s'y limiter:  Facilite l'intégration effective des dimensions du genre et du développement social dans les programmes de base du FARA, y compris (i) l'équité et l'égalité entre les sexes, (ii) le partage des avantages, (iii) les garanties sociales, (iv) les mécanismes de recours en matière de règlement des griefs axés sur les femmes et les jeunes Et d'autres groupes marginalisés, et (v) la responsabilité sociale, y compris la bonne gouvernance. Élaborer et affiner les éléments de politique réactifs et les intrants pour que la direction du FARA envisage d'intégrer les programmes en cours et planifiés.Fournit des conseils stratégiques et techniques à jour pour renforcer la capacité du Secrétariat et des constituants du FARA.  Aider le FARA à concevoir, mettre en œuvre et surveiller des programmes et des projets de recherche et de développement agricoles ayant des dimensions solides en matière de genre, de jeunesse et de développement social; Et contribuer à l'analyse sexospécifique et sociale des données et à la déclaration de l'impact des interventions sur les bénéficiaires ciblesPour plus d'info:    

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 May 2017 at 12:25

Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness

Report by Food & Business Knowledge Platform of the workshop on March 7 & 8, 2017

Beginning March some 35 experienced practitioners came together to consider how to learn more effectively from the wealth of work being done on inclusive agribusiness, and to formulate key points for a global research and learning agenda. By the end of the workshop six collaborative action priorities for taking the inclusive agribusiness agenda forward were agreed upon.

The workshop “Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness” took place in Brighton to foster strategic action in the field of inclusive agribusiness. Participants represented the full range of parties working on inclusive agribusiness: private sector, knowledge institutes, donors & implementing agencies, governments from the Global South, producer organizations and NGOs. Initiaters of the event were Seas of Change, the Global Donor Platform

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Facing rural innovation challenges

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 September 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Facing rural innovation challenges 

Linking research to inclusive development for food security

Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities if it is to have any value. And agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations may lack up to date information on how to most effectively improve food security.

This course will introduce you to new approaches and tools for designing and managing participation in rural innovation that will help to resolve both problems and find complementary solutions. It will enable you to create and support effective partnerships, collaboration and dynamic stakeholder networks to co-create new knowledge for better agri-business deals and higher farmer income.

Why choose this course?

  • Participants come from all around the globe, and provide a unique enriching learning context in which professional networks can grow and lifetime friendships are built.
  • The course is challenging, varied and hands-on, includ

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Conference Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  16 February 2017, 10:00-18:00
  Hulstkamp Gebouw, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Conference Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food

NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM), the Netherlands Space office (NSO) and Rabobank Foundation are organising a conference on the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.
The conference will focus on the point where access to finance and technology meet. Since much is unexplored yet from an organisational and economic point of view, the aim of the conference is threefold:
1. Inspiration 2. Knowledge exchange 3. Networking.

Date: Thursday 16 February, 10.00-18.00h

Location: Hulstkamp Gebouw, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Participation in the conference is by invitation only.

For the full programme see:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 23 August 2016 at 03:05

Partnerships at the centre of inclusive finance! 

4 highlights from the inclusive finance forum in Nairobi were

- Develop industrial parks and models farms for capacity building and market linkages

- Establish sharing and learning platforms 

- Develop the capacity o financial institutions

- Develop central information portals 

Read more on the INCLUSIVE FINANCE REPORT here

Watch inspiring take home messages in our short video clip 

We look forward to collaborate with stakeholders to establish a vibrant and relevant inclusive finance platform for sharing, learning and co-creation . If your institution is interested in being part of this platform kinldy contact us through

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 16 February 2016 at 09:49

Asia Inclusive Business Hub

The Asia Inclusive Business Hub (Asia IB Hub) is a website jointly established by Asian Development Bank, Inclusive Business Action Network and the Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business. It provides information, news, insight and resources on inclusive business across the Asian region. 

Click the links below to get information about businesses, organisations, sectors, key topics, and publications. Contribute to the information we share here by posting a blog or submitting entries to the Search Inclusive Business Database. The content is based on publicly available information from companies, investors, development partners, and IB knowledge platforms.

Follow this link for more info and access to the hub.