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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 February 2018 at 02:34

Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture visits AgriProFocus

On Friday February 9, Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality visited the AgriProFocus office in Utrecht. She was curious to find out more about our network; who are our members, what drives us and how can the ministry and AgriProFocus work more together on agriculture and food security?

We wanted to present the broad variety of members and activities of our network. We invited members in Utrecht and set up a live video connection with Uganda and Benin. Our coordination teams there had invited network members and partners that are involved in the Benin “Uplifting the Fish Value Chain in Benin” program and in the Uganda PAINT program, two strong examples of how AgriProFocus facilitates Dutch, national and international partners to work together on common goals and agendas.

Thanks to the live connection a lively discussion sparked between the guests in Utrecht, Uganda an

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Akibodé Djodji Congratulations , Utrecht team, I see that this visit opens the door to a greater collaboration with the new ministry  of agriculture. Thanks to the team of Benin and Uganda for sharing your activities Together we will make agribusiness work for developpement  in Mali and the rest of the world

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 8 January 2018 at 08:22

Call for New Business Challenge Ghana 2018

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 Previously, companies such as Phillips, Tony Chocolonely, Closing the Loop, Cargill and NileDutch have taken part in this Business Challenge.

More information

Detailed information about participation as a company and general information can be found on the New Business Challenge website.

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

The Issue

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

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Inclusive Innovation Training for Business Advisors

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  30 January 2018 to 01 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

Are you… An experienced inclusive business advisor?

Interested in expanding your knowledge portfolio in order to address a larger market?
Welcome to the Inclusive Innovation training!

The Inclusive Innovation toolkit captures the experiences, insights, methods and tips from experienced practitioners, and translate them into concrete tools for use in various phases of the innovation process. 


  • Duration: 3 days
  • Date: January 30th to February 2nd, 2018
  • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Format: Participants work with the tools in groups and exchange insights in plenary
  • Fee: 750 euros p.p.

After the training you will appear as a trained inclusive innovation advisor on IBA and will be granted access to the full inclusive innovation toolkit.

Learn more and express interest here:…/

Or email Saskia Rotshuizen (

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 October 2017 at 03:45

USAID Private Sector Development Activity

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              The USAID Private Sector Development Activity funded by USAID and implemented by Nathan Associates Inc. (Nathan) is a 5-year program that aims to increase broad-based economic opportunities in Myanmar by creating more inclusive economic governance rules and processes and increasing access to finance for emerging economic actors. The Activity will be implemented to June 30, 2020.

               Under this Annual Program Statement (APS), the USAID Private Sector Development Activity invites civil society organizations (CSOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), non-profit organizations, private-sector associations, and for profit businesses and financial

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2017 at 01:05

New (FREE) online course on building your inclusive agribusiness! 

Learn from 2SCALE how partnerships and bottom-up innovations can help you build a profitable and inclusive agribusiness.

2SCALE is an agribusiness incubator aiming to improve rural livelihoods and food & nutrition security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries. Through public-private partnerships, smallholder farmers and local agribusiness work together on organizing access to inputs, strengthening market intelligence and bargaining power, and other interventions to make their value chains more inclusive. In this course 2SCALE will present methodologies and practical tools used to build this inclusiveness.

Target Groups

  • Entrepreneurs in developing countries who would like to expand or improve their business for and with low-income communities;
  • Representatives of farmer organizations;
  • Staff of intermediary organisations working with local entrepreneurs, such as NGOs, business development services o

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AgriProFocus Indonesia Is applicants from Indonesia are eligible?

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Saskia Rotshuizen Hello AgriProFocus Indonesia yes anyone can join the course

1 year 2 months ago

victor FUILA je suis interessé car il y a une approche avec le projet MADIA EASY FOOD dont j'initie pour la RDCongo.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 4 May 2017 at 11:05

2nd Sustainable Inclusive Business Conference 2017

The Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) conference was held on 26th April 2017. The conference brought together business, government, researchers and development practitioners in discussing how businesses can be run in sustainable inclusive way (responsible for full business impact). If businesses are run this way, they will not only grow a future proof business but also contribute towards the achievement of SDG’s.  The conference acknowledged the role of private sector led solutions geared towards achievement of SDGs.

The conference held several parallel workshops among others on:

i. Waste and business,

ii. How to create future proof businesses.

iii. How businesses can become water smart

iv. Success formulae in agriculture

AgriProFocus moderated a session on “success formulae in agriculture”. The workshop sought to highlight the essence of improvi

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 April 2017, All Day Event
  Catholic University of Eastern Africa

Complimentary Tickets available for Network Members! 

Dear All,

You have probably seen the invitation from Sustainable Inclusive Business (SIB) on the 2nd private sector conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business - What is Needed to Grow and Scale. If not, see the invitation at this LINK

As a network, we are thrilled to be a part of this conference. In fact, we shall be facilitating one of the workshops: "Tap into the success formulae in Agriculture".  This session will highlight the essence of improving food quality, and how to engage the whole ecosystem in your business model. It will also identify the successes of connecting and working through the whole value chain!

If you have not registered for this conference, and you would really like to be a part of this once a year event, here is some good news: SIB has provided us with 5 complimentary tickets for members of the network. 

If you think this is a workshop that could benefit your business, please send us

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SAVE THE DATE! Sustainable Inclusive Business Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  26 April 2017, All Day Event

This year, 26 April, SIB-Kenya will organize the 2nd Private Sector Conference on Sustainable Inclusive Business where we will bring knowledge, businesses, key players, ideas and hot topics together.

This is all in the light to grow more Future Proof, Sustainable Inclusive and Smart Businesses. To improve your business impact in a positive way on People and Planet makes business sense. Sustainability has now moved from a nice-to-do, to a must-do. SIB-Kenya will facilitate the process and progress to improve businesses through steering them towards sustainability and inclusiveness.

Innovation is a very important area for any business that wishes to be Future-Proof. In this year’s conference, we will put extra focus into the entire aspect of Innovation, focusing on the various innovative successes, and how to tap into the opportunities brought about by technology and information, to make need-based innovations.

More information to follow soon. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 February 2017 at 03:41

Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture. 

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 February 2017 at 04:16

PizzaProFocus! Informal network meeting on inclusive business

On Thursday evening 2nd February, the Dutch network of AgriProFocus gathered for an informal network meeting with pizzas: PizzaProFocus. The meeting took place at BoP Innovation Center, one of the organizations which had made the proposal to the network to start such informal gatherings to enable people in the network to meet, discuss, get new ideas, and establish new connections.

This time, the theme was Inclusive Business. 3 pitches were done by CBI’s Eva Smulders; ICRA’s Bertil Videt; and BoPInc’s Niek van Dijk. Other participants responded, which gave room for further open questions and exchanges. Some of the key areas of interest from that discussion that I recall:

CBI has developed a new tool, with support of Schuttelaar & Partners, to support SMEs in low- and middle-income countries with an interest to export to Europe, in developing more ‘responsible business’ practices. After the use of this tool, thes

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Nicole Metz More details on the CSR roadmap can be found in the specific post by CBI and Schuttelaar (Celine Steer), following this link to another page on our platform:

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Inclusive Business in Africa, Stakeholder Dialogue

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  23 September 2016, All Day Event
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI), a co-lead partner in the NWO/WOTRO project 'Inclusive Business Models in Africa', has been collaborating with the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) in carrying out a number of activities including Research and Executive trainings. To share their research findings with the stakeholders, and offer further tips on how companies can become more inclusive they are organizing a series of stakeholder dialogues in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Addis Abeba.

The stakeholder dialogue for Ethiopia will take place on Friday 23 September at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Addis Ababa. The meeting will start at 09:00 and will end at 17:00 with a small network reception.

The research project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aspires to understand how Inclusive Business Models can be deployed for a competitive business strategy while at the same time contributing to inclu

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Inclusive Businesses in Africa Stakeholder Dialogue

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  20 September 2016, All Day Event
  Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

Eastern and Southern Management Institute (ESAMI), a co-lead partner in the NWO/WOTRO project 'Inclusive Business Models in Africa', has been collaborating with the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University and the Netherlands Africa Business Council (NABC) in carrying out a number of activities including Research and Executive trainings. To share their research findings with the stakeholders, and offer further tips on how companies can become more inclusive they are organizing a series of stakeholder dialogues in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Addis Abeba.

The stakeholder dialogue for Rwanda will take place on Tuesday 20 September at the Lemigo Hotel in Kigali. The meeting will start at 09:00 and will end at 17:00 with a small network reception.

The research project is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aspires to understand how Inclusive Business Models can be deployed for a competitive business strategy while at the same time contributing to inclusive gro

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 25 July 2016 at 02:58

Promising business models that benefit women and men farmers

Nice blog based on CIAT pilots in Latin America.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 June 2016 at 02:55


How can we build a robust support ecosystem for inclusive business?
What is the role of development banks?
How can the ‘perceived riskiness’ of inclusive business be better understood and mitigated?

These key topics, and more, are discussed in a new series of blogs from the Asian Development Bank and the Practitioner Hub. They explore some of the sharpest topics that were discussed at the 2nd Inclusive Business Asia Forum in Manila and covered in the Forum report 'Inclusive Business in Asia: A cross-sector gathering of pioneers’.

With insights from Principal Economist at the ADB Armin Bauer and Hub editor Caroline Ashley, read the introduction to the series here or tap into the key topics:

Moving towards a robust support ecosystem for inclusive business in Asia

The unique role of development banks in inclusive business

Inclusive business trends in South Asia and South East Asia

What sort of financial return are investors seeing from inclusive business?

Tackling the risk or ‘perceived risk’ of i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 June 2016 at 02:40

Report of the 2nd Inclusive Business in Asia Forum

This report contains the highlights of the Inclusive Business in Asia Forum, convened by the Asian Development Bank with its partners, in February 2016 in Manila. The event marked a coming together of pioneers in inclusive business, unusual in its mixed composition: commercial bankers and impact investors, development finance institutions, corporates and conglomerates, family businesses, social enterprise, business association, UN and donor organizations. Over four hundred participants discussed their insight, experiences and ambitions in inclusive business.

The report expands on the following key themes that were discussed at the Forum and provides summaries to all the sessions from the 4 day event:

* The potential of inclusive business is huge, but so far is under-exploited in the region. Inclusive business can address problems of the poor at scale, in a sustainable commercially viable way. But this approach is not yet mainstreamed

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  04 April 2016 - 09:00 to 27 April 2016 - 10:00

Are you an entrepreneur looking to create or improve a product or service together with low-income groups?

Join the bootcamp on ‘Inclusive Innovation’ and learn from the best inclusive innovation cases and experts! Free of charge   

Last opportunity to register for the online bootcamp on Inclusive Innovation (before 3rd of April) 

April 4th, 2016: MODULE 1 – Discover your capacity to innovate
April 13th, 2016: MODULE 2 – Define your innovation space
April 20th 2016: MODULE 3 –Develop your prototype
April 27th, 2016: MODULE 4 –Deliver your market solution

Register at: 

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.  

Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 25 January 2016 at 08:39


The Practitioner Hub and the Inclusive Business Action Network have just launched Search Inclusive Business, a first of its kind, searchable, online database of inclusive business publications. The database brings together over 1,300 reports, case studies, tools and fact sheets about inclusive business from a wide range of authors and organisations. Search for a particular sector or region, or simply browse the featured listings, and explore the largest array of inclusive business publications on the internet today at:

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Didier MUYIRAMYE Dear Sylvestre, it could be better if you post the above comment in our market section: You can also include pictures of your land if you want. Best, Didier

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 4 January 2016 at 07:57

Are middlemen facilitators or barriers to improve smallholders' welfare in rural economies? Empirical Evidence from Ethiopia


Middlemen play an important role by linking farmers to traders and final markets. This is particularly the case in developing countries, where market failure is ubiquitous and food chains still consist of many stages. This paper analyzes the factors affecting the farmers' decision to trade through middlemen and the impact of this choice on income and commercialization. We conceptualize middlemen both as an economic institution and as a social network structure. On the basis of data from 345 farmers in Ethiopia we found that several socioeconomic variables – particularly age, education, farm size, wealth and location – and social network variables – notably ethnic and religious ties – have an influence on farmers' choice of sales arrangement.

Regarding income effects, gross profit was 225% higher for farmers without intermediation. This could be e

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Rolf Schinkel I think there are. I addresed directly some people and organizations of whom I think they can add interesting new perspectives from their point of view. Let's see what happens!

2 years 9 months ago

Gumataw Kifle Abebe That's great! Looking forward to it

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Paschal Paul Dear all,these middle men encourage what we call batter system trade by doing so they increase money circulation in rural economic development Without middle men in rural economy, smallholder farmers may suffer to meet their basic need requirement due to the fact,basic social economic requirements are far from them,for instances bank,microfinance, development institution which may encourage money circulation in rural areas are not enough available and which are there like local authorities officers, primary and secondary personnels are payid low salary with no incentive hence rural farmer cannot avoid to secure financial assistance from the middle man in any way of commodity exchange

2 years 9 months ago

Gizaw Legesse Dear All, it's has been a very informative discussion, thank you for Mr Gumataw for initiating it. We have been also trying to attract more participant by promoting this post on other social medias. We hope the discussion continues and reached to a concrete lesson to the rest of our members. Having said that, I have a question to Paschal Paul on the last comment - just seeking more clarification. Does the role of middlemen amount to assisting smallholders financially? The not availability of infrastructures may make their role important, like providing market information and so on. But are there middlemen, say who give payment of goods to the farmers beforehand?

2 years 9 months ago

Gumataw Kifle Abebe Thanks Gizaw for your compliments and taking this important discussion into other platforms. I hope we'll have someone willing to provide us a summary of the outcome of this discussion sometime in the future.

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