On 1 November, Dick Ernste was appointed CEO of PUM Netherlands senior experts. With 1800 volunteer experts, PUM works on the sustainable growth of the SME sector in developing countries and emerging markets.
Dick (54) is an economist by trade. He was formerly director of the organisation consultancy firm De Beuk and manager at the Aidsfonds charitable foundation. He was also employed as a consultant at the Bureau for Economic Argumentation and KPMG. Over the past six months, Dick has been employed at PUM as interim CFO. Dick explained, “PUM works according to a very practical approach on bringing about more solid companies, a more sustainable economy and more jobs in thirty countries across the world. I consider it a real honour to be able to work for PUM and to make a contribution to PUM’s goals."
Hans de Boer, chairman of the Supervisory Board of PUM and chairman of employers’ organisation VNO-NCW added, “PUM does magnificent work... Read more
PUM Netherlands Senior Experts est l’une des structures neerlandaises actives au Bénin. Elle est représentée au Bénin par Mme Marijke Gnonlonfoun-van den Steen, qui s’est fait le plaisir de nous la présenter. A travers les lignes suivantes, nous en saurions plus sur PUM.
APF: Mme Marijke, parlez- nous de PUM et de ses domaines d’intervention ?
Marijke G.: PUM Netherlands Senior Experts (www.pum.nl) est une organisation à but non lucratif, établie en 1978 par VNO-CNW, la fédération des employeurs néerlandais, avec l’aide financière du Ministère de Affaires étrangères des Pays-Bas.
PUM se consacre au développement durable des petites et moyennes entreprises dans les pays en développement et sur les marchés émergents. Elle fournit de l’assistance technique dans les secteurs suivants :
- Sécurité alimentaire – Agriculture et Horticulture, Elevage, Apiculture et Pêche, Production d’Aliments et de Boissons
- Santé et Environnement – Santé, Energie, G... Read more
PUM has participated in several successful dairy programmes and is developing new dairy programmes with different stakeholders in the emerging economies such as Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, etc. Based on these experiences, PUM summarized their approach and shared lessons learned in this publication.
Dans le but de favoriser le réseautage et la synergie d’action nécessaires pour le développement des activités des partenaires néerlendais et le réseau AgriProFocus; une rencontre d’échanges a été organisé ce jeudi 27 septembre 2018 dans la salle du réseau APF à partir de 09 heures.
Au programme le partage des activités de 2018 des partenaires et la projection sur 2019 . L'étape de mutualisation des activités entre le réseau et les partenaires a mis fin à cette rencontre.
Les partenaires néerlendais invités à cette rencontre sont:
L'Ambassade des Pays-Bas; Oxfam; SNV; Oikocrédit; ICRA; PUM et ICCO.
A l'issue de cette séance de travaille ; une rencontre trimestrielle à tour de roule se tiendra pour developper des actions communes et échanger sur les objectifs communs .
Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs
"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "
Link to the full blog:
Follow Marcel Vernooij on twitter: https://twitter.com/Marcel_Vernooij if you like to read more blogs
From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.
The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.
With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with... Read more
Achieving the SDGs means going beyond business as usual. Sustainable development requires a range of new partnerships, knowledge exchange and new ways of working together. A key element in the Dutch government’s aid, trade, investment and food security policy is the focus on farmers and their small and medium scale enterprises (SME) in LMIC. Promoting SME’s at a national level has proven to be an effective and sustainable solution for creating more inclusive growth. The collaboration be... Read more
PUM’s impact within easy reach
Experts and entrepreneurs share their stories through the app, talking about factors for successful growth, improving business operations and creating employment. And we hear from experts and partners about the positive impact of sharing practical knowledge. In the app, we focus on relevant PUM topics such as incubator programmes, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship, training and education, international corporate social responsibility, youth employment creation and aid & trade.
Our sustainable DNA
Fully in line with our sustainable DNA, the printed PUMmagazine has now made way for the app. We’ve been sharing stories... Read more
On Wednesday 9th May 2018 at Chez Lando Hotel, AgriProFocus Rwanda invited all Dutch members working in Rwanda to a half day workshop in which AgriProFocus Rwanda wanted to share with the members new directions of the network.
The objectives of the workshop were:
1. Sharing with Dutch members APF new strategy and annual plan 2018,
2. Co creating together with Dutch members what to collaboratively work on together that brings up member coalition.
3. Discuss on how AgriProFocus Rwanda can be relevant to Dutch members intervention in Agrifood sector
The workshop started with a welcoming message from the AgriProFocus Network Country Coordinator, Madam Sajji RYAKUNZE and a brief introduction about AgriProFocus new strategy and annual plan 2018. In her speech, Madam Sajji said that “The network is currently in a transition phase from Promoting Farmer Entrepreneurship to Making AgriBusiness work for Development. With this new strategy, AgriProFocus wi... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
DAIRY SECTOR IN HAI WILL SOON TAKE A NEW POSITIVE TURN
AgriProFocus Tanzania in collaboration with SNV Tanzania and PUM organized 4 learning labs in Hai District Kilimanjaro region with the aim of improving the knowledge and expertise of dairy practitioners for increased productivity in the dairy sector. Participants were from 4 cooperatives namely, Lyamungu Dairy cooperative, Nronga Women dairy Cooperative, Kalali women dairy cooperative and Marukeni Women Cooperative.These interactive training included morning field visits and in class training with a advice from the expert. The learning labs covered topics such as:
1. Feeds and fodder
2. Animal General health
3. Animal Reproductive Health
The farmers were very impressed with this kind of training that gave them an opportunity to reflect on their day to day practices while highlighting loop holes that might have led to low productivity. Such loops holes include the structure of the cow shed. Traditionally dairy farmers inh... Read more
"The AgriProFocus network is an ideal platform to disseminate PUMs program to SMEs"
Could you introduce yourself and PUM to the AgriProFocus network members in Ethiopia?
My name is Mahalet Zewdineh, one of the local PUM Representatives in Ethiopia. PUM is a non-profit organization that is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main objective of PUM is to provide technical assistance to SMEs in developing countries. It has been doing this for 40 years now and has assisted more than 40,000 organizations worldwide.
Could you share the big achievements of PUM in Ethiopia?
PUM believes that capital Investment alone is not sufficient for companies to become competitive. Expert know-how is a very necessary ingredient in order to improve their operations and compete in today's global market place. Technical Assistance is provided through PUM Experts that have more than 30 years of experience in the... Read more
AgriProFocus Tanzania in partnership with SNV- the Netherlands Development Organisation and PUM – Netherlands Senior Experts are organizing a dairy learning lab in Machame Ward in Hai District.
About the Learning Lab
A dairy learning lab is a network approach that boosts the exchange and learning among dairy
professionals. A learning lab is a two day session on specific topics. Typically, one learning
lab day has the following elements concerning one topic.
a) Morning guided farm visit
b) Q&A session on observations with expert
c) Afternoon class with theoretical backgrounds, exchange of experience.
These learning lab will take place in 3 dairy cooperatives in Machame Ward of Hai District. The dairy cooperatives involved are;Nronga, Kalali and Marukeni dairy cooperatives.
In each lab, a maximum of 30 farmers and cooperative staff will participate.
The major topics for the learning labs are:
● Pasture Management (Feeds and Fodder)
● Animal reproductive health
● General animal health
Th... Read more
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
AgriProFocus Ethiopia and Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) are organizing bi-monthly Business Drinks since 2015. Since then, the events have created an opportunity for members and partners of the organizers to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences. Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.
For the first Business Drinks of 2018, over 65 people participated and enjoyed interesting pitches. The program started by introducing the new AgriProFocus Ethiopia Team and a brief explanation about ENTAG by Auke Boere, Interim Deputy-Manager.
Our guest for the event was Mr. Addis Teshome, IFDC Ethiopia Country Representative, Agribusiness portfolio leader & Industry team leader. The 2SCALE program (Towards Sustainable Clusters in Agribu... Read more
From the 22nd until the 25th of June 2017, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the Rwandan Agricultural Show in Kigali.
The expo was organized for the 12th year by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). This year’s theme was: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. MINAGRI stressed that Rwanda is in need of technologies that can help fight against climate change and the effects. Also, there is a need for sufficient quality seeds, fertilizers, water, and training and advice to ensure productive farming (source: http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/214727/).
This year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with Dutch NGO’s active in the agri-business sector in Rwanda.
AgriProFocus stand received many visitors who were interested in... Read more
For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives.
My name is Mazvita Andrew Tafangombe, am agro business dealer based in Mutare Zimbabwe. By attending one of the PUM -ZIMTRADE workshop held in Harare, l now have a broad spectrum on doing business outside of the country. In my province most horticulture farmers waste precious commodities while trying to find better markets, some even going for days without shelter waiting for the right truck to ferry them to possible markets. By these situations l would like to invite possible abroad market dealers to partner with us in developing countries in ways to minimize losses through training and development programmes that boost lively hoods from peasant farmer to small scale commercial farmers in the marginalized areas of the countries.
In my region of trade and farming, crops grown are tropical fruits and crops such potatoes, avocados, bananas, macdemia nuts. The interesting part of it is that, most of these commodities are non genetic modified goods, super natural organic products wit... Read more
Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services!
AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.
Featuring in this video:
1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda
2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra
3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom of... Read more