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Course:  Making Innovation Work

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  03 June 2019 to 14 June 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

Course: Making innovation work 

                                     Coaching partnerships for inclusive agribusiness

For:  Professionals working in agricultural research, rural advisory services, farmer organisations and private  sector.

When:  more than two month programme that runs from the 1st of May until mid July 2019. The face to face part from 3 - 14 June in the Netherlands, is preceded and succeeded by online sessions, assignments, coaching and individual feed-back. The online activities are expected to take you a few hours per week.

Where:  Wageningen, the Netherlands and online part in your home country

How to apply and more information you can find on the course page, see:

Application deadline: 1 April 2019

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Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 14 December 2018 at 01:14

the 2018 State of Inclusive Business

On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.

This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.

The full panel included:

Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business

Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA

Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan

Check out this page for the full webinar presentation deck and recordings:

Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2018 at 01:08

Covenant Plant-Based Proteins 

Globally boosting sustainable production & consumption of plant protein

The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.

How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:

- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions

- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’

- By promoting a favourable international policy climate

- By strengthening local sustainabl

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Helene Ndindabo Tuyisenge Yes,I am firstly greeting to everyone.I believe that,night yield crop production will will make also the contribution of conserving our environment. Environment must be taken into account to reduce the impact of climate change.I also make my request ,university students need to be recognized in this program. We really want to be trained how Agri Pro Focus works.Especially to those who study rural development.I end by saying that projects to be sustainable, there must be an inclusiveness of rural interventions to reduce rural poverty. Thank you

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ABDOUL RAZAK ISSAKA thank you for this informative post, it is important for developing countries like Niger to focus on more sustainable alternatives to fight against malnutrition, we must know how to diversify food and vegetable proteins are solutions. with us, we have legumes very rich in these proteins are very unfortunately put in the background.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Richard James Onyai I'm very interested in this program and would like to link up with the Uganda focal point. 

1 month 1 week ago

Nicole Metz Dear all, thank you for your interest in this post. We at AgriProFocus office in Netherlands are actively engaged in network activities and learning around the challenge of making agribusiness work in such a way that it enhances climate resilience. This domain of exploring the potential of increased use of plant-based proteins is part of that agenda. Our team will contact MVO-Nederland to check how we can collaborate further on this, and will keep you informed.    and for further reading, check this paper:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 October 2018 at 04:36

Assessment of Public and Private Agri-Skills and Agricultural Extension Services Delivery System in selected woredas in Arsi, West Arsi and West Shewa Zones in Oromia region in Ethiopia

The attached research presentation was made and delivered presented by Mr. Sebsibie Zuber in collaboration with Mr. Victor van der Linden at the September 3 and 5 SPCC validation workshops in Holeta and Asela on behalf of Fair and Sustainable Ethiopia.

For more information on Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, for more information, please see their website:

Posted By in Promoting Agribiz Investment Networking & Trade
Posted 5 October 2018 at 06:49

How to build successful B2B linkages in the agriculture sector:

Private sector plays a crucial role in the development of the agricultural sector across global markets. Not only are local small and medium enterprises considered essential for economic progress in most developing countries, but larger “lead firms” are increasingly establishing closer ties with SME suppliers due to rising standards in food regulations, traceability, and transparency.

When lead firms establish linkages with SME processors and suppliers, the potential for win-win outcomes soars. Lead firms can lower supply chain risks, reduce costs, and increase access to local quality products, while SMEs gain access to new markets, financing, and skills, as well as generate significant local employment and income opportunities.

According to a recent study completed by the infoDev unit of the World Bank — conducted by Agland Investment Services, a subsidiary of Dexis Consulting Group — partnerships between lead firms and SME

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 October 2018 at 07:06

Markt lost ondervoeding niet op

Article Ellen Mangnus (Universiteit Utrecht, 'Follow the Food' consortium)

(in Dutch, copyright Volkskrant) 

Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 25 July 2018 at 09:15


International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a consultant to lead the dairy value chain activities for PRDAIGL project in Burundi.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) works to improve food and nutrition security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa .

 Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate

Consultancy Fee: Monthly rate

Post location: Burundi

Duration: This is a consultant position, initial appointment is for six months with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued project needs.

Expected places of travel: Loc

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 6 June 2018 at 02:26

Job openings at Solidaridad: Coffee and Cocoa Value Chains Development in Uganda

Deadline: 16th June, 2018

Are you passionate about sustainable market oriented agricultural value chain development?

We are seeking to identify two key experts for a three years project focused on sustainable coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda. Experience with EU funded value chain projects with a political framework is highly valued.

As a Consortium (Enclude, Profound and Solidaridad), we are bringing expertise, synergy and co-creation towards packaged solutions backed up by experience at the global and local levels related to sustainability, market development as well as future proofing identified supply chains that have opportunity to create impact in the local economies and contribute to global welfare.

We understand the need for public private partnerships and people innovations, speeding up change and taking success to scale.

You are joining a team effort on design and delivery of

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Event posted by in Jobs & Call for Proposals
  26 June 2018, All Day Event
  Plot 2735 Liberia Road Show grounds, P.O. Box 71058, Ndola, Zambia.


Zambia International Trade Fair invites all exhibitors to book for the 2018 exhibition in various categories including Agriculture. The 2018 exhibition will mark as an outstanding continuation and commitment of promoting creativity of both public and private sector to spur development.

Exhibitors should utilize the opportunity of booking and paying for exhibition space between now and 28th February, 2018 @ 8%.

For more details visit: and download the brochure attached. 



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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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 28 March 2017 at 02:28

Launch of ‘Innovations Against Poverty’ challenge fund

Take the Challenge, Make the Change!

Kampala, Uganda. Innovations Against Poverty (IAP) launches its first call for proposals on 30th March 2017.

IAP is a specialised fund developed to identify and support innovative Inclusive Business ideas that deliver both commercial benefits for the private sector and developmental benefits for low income people, while advancing the inclusion and economic empowerment of women and youth. IAP is funded by Sida (Swedish International Development Agency) and managed by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with BoP Innovation Center and Inclusive Business Sweden.

Private companies have proven to be effective catalysts of change when it comes to creating opportunities for low income people to lift themselves out of poverty, through new job opportunities, increased income and access to basic goods and services. At the same time, low income markets represent a large business

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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 Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 25 November 2016 at 11:41

Investing in Kenya with a DGGF loan

Short video (2-3 minutes) explaining the role of a Dutch company's involvement in the Kenyan dairy sector. The particular use of the DGGF loan instrument (of the Dutch government) is explained.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 August 2016 at 12:29

There is rumor about a new call of the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) . If you do not know any more what FDOV was about, this website of the Dutch RVO tells you all about it (also that it is currently not possible to apply for a FDOV-grant, but, .... there is a rumor)

Mr Anno Galema was one of the people at the ministry  of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands who worked intensively on the policy side of the FDOV at the so called PPP Expertise center. He has just started in his new function as First Secretary Food Security & Private Sector Development at the Dutch embassy in Kampala, Uganda.

An interesting interview with him was published April 28, 2016. It's about how the ministry looks at PPPs and role of the public P in the PPP. Read the article Here.

The last FDOV call was in 2014. All AgriProFocus countries were eligible at that time. See for the complete list of eligible countries: LIST

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 May 2016 at 11:32

2-2 Trade International Training

Are you responsible for the local sourcing of your company?

Are you supporting farmers or producer organizations who deliver to traders, processors or other companies?

Then the 2-2 Trade approach for Farmer – Firm relations is what you are looking for.

Join our training and e-coaching trajectory!

You are invited to participate in the first open 2-2 Trade training and e-coaching trajectory that will be organized during the months July, August and September 2016 in Uganda. The trajectory can be attended by a maximum of 20 participants.

What do you get:

- Five e-coaching and e-feedback sessions: from June 2016 until September 2016

- Training session 1 : 4-day session from 11-15 July 2016

- Training session 2 : 3-day session from 23-26 August 2016

Check our special training page on this online platform for more information: //

Daoulata MAIGA Formation Internationale sur ''2 to 2 et e-coaching trajectoire Vous êtes responsable de l'approvisionnement local de votre entreprise? Est-ce que vous soutenez les agriculteurs ou les organisations de producteurs qui livrent à des négociants, des transformateurs ou d'autres entreprises? Ensuite, l'approche 2-2 Trade pour des relations agriculteurs-entreprises, c'est ce que vous recherchez. Joignez-vous à notre formation et e-coaching trajectoire! Vous êtes invités à participer à la première ouverture 2-2 Trade formation et e-coaching trajectoire qui sera organisée pendant les mois Juillet, août et septembre 2016. La trajectoire peut être suivi par un maximum de 20 participants. Qu'est ce que tu obtiens: - Cinq e- coaching et des sessions e-feedback : de Juin 2016 jusqu’en Septembre 2016 - Session de formation 1 : Session 4 jours 11-15 Juillet 2016 - Session de formation 2 : Session 3 jours 23-26 Août 2016 Consultez notre page spéciale de formation sur cette plate-forme en ligne pour plus d'informations :

2 years 8 months ago

Rolf Schinkel Merci Daoulata MAIGA pour l'interpetation en français. SVP notez que la langue utilisée dans la formation et e-coachinge sera l'anglais.

2 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 22 April 2016 at 10:27

European Union support to Agriculture under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF)

On 20th April, 2016 the European Union (EU) convened a National Stakeholders' Consultation at Radisson Blue Hotel in Lusaka to review identified priorities for a EUR 87 million financial support for agricultural development under the 11th European Development Fund. 

The EU also introduces its new instrument AGRIFI supporting inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth through increased investment in smallholder agriculture and agribusiness medium and small-scale enterprises. Here are the highlights of the meeting:

The 11th EDF Phase 2 will focus on:

- Diversification, Access to Markets and services for small scale farmers

- Support to Sustainable Agriculture

- Natural Resource Management

- Enabling Environment

- Food and Nutrition Security

- Agribusiness Development

The EDF will have several implementation modalities:

1. Call for proposals - these calls of proposals are open to NGOs, farmer organisatio

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Chibbonta Chilala We happy for this call for proposal we look forward to make a go at it. We are being faced with various challenges in the sector and some funding would go a long way to enhance the practices by farmers failing to harvest own food and failing supply chains along value chains. There is greater need for optimising performances in the producer organisation in the face of hostile environment of doing agriculture especially failed funding.

2 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 March 2016 at 12:32

The budget for FY 2016/2017 has already been presented in parliament for approval and appropriation. It’s in this regard that a pre budget dialogue was held last week on 18th March 2016 to share the budget projections and expectations on the 2016/2017 national budget.

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) in partnership with Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSABG) organized this dialogue under the theme: ’The 5 Year Journey to transforming Uganda's Economy and the Prospects of the FY 2016/17 budget in addressing Today's economic challenges" at UMA Conference hall in Kampala.

A cross-section of stakeholders across the country attended including CSOs, community monitors, government ministries, policy makers, private sector organizations, academia, local governments, development partners, and the media participated in the dialogue. PELUM was represented by some of her members and farmers who deliberated on their expectations of the 2016/2017 budget.

Concerns in ag

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 29 September 2015 at 10:18

 Visiting World Bank officials asked Uganda Agribusiness Alliance (UAA) to host a meeting where they could hear and learn from those in the private sector of Uganda how they saw the way forward for climate smart agricultural development. UAA gathered 16 private sector colleagues who we knew had good insight into and vision for agricultural development in Uganda: 6 farmers, 2 processors, 2 exporters, 2 providers of agribusiness development services, one provider of agribusiness ICT services, 2 managers of agribusiness incubators, and one provider of market information and networking services. All gave the World Bank officials their thoughtful input, including 6 women and 5 youth. Among the main conclusions: successful agricultural/agribusiness development depends on individuals who have a combination of passion for what they do, education on how to do it, and patient perseverance that is committed to a long-range view of their agricultural efforts as a business.  


Agricultural Input Quality in Uganda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  16 September 2015, All Day Event
  Protea Hotel

New Research, Private sector solutions and Policy directions

Dear All,

The International Growth Centre (THEIGC) in collaboration with FtF EEA has organized the dissemination/policy dialogue workshop on Wednesday 16, September 2015 at the Protea Hotel, Kampala. THEIGC has got new research that provides concrete evidence of the nature, scale and implications of the quality problem in agricultural inputs in Uganda. THEIGC is disseminating this research to all stakeholders in the agriculture sector. This event will also facilitate a policy dialogue on this matter between GOU and the private sector, academia and Development Partners so that together solutions can be identified. 

The purpose of this note is to invite your participation, hence, contribution to this dialogue.

Your consideration of this matter is highly appreciated.

Find details here