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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 27 August 2018 at 05:07

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Food Loss Challenge Asia by Rabobank

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္း ေအာက္တြင္ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါၿပီ။

Have an existing tech-based solution that reduces food loss from farm to market in Asia? Join this program for the inaugural Food Loss Challenge Asia, organised by Rabobank, the global leading food and agribusiness bank.

How can we sustainably feed 9 billion people by 2050?

As the world population grows and lives longer, we rely on farmers to enable a sustainable food supply. Farmers everywhere face various food production challenges that make it difficult to live up to their potential and produce more with less environmental impact.

Food is lost even before it reaches the consumer

More than a third of all food produced for human consumption is spoiled or damaged before it reaches the dining table, equating to 1.3 billion tonnes of food every year.

This situation affects a lot of peop

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 27 August 2018 at 03:35

Call for applicants - FOOD LOSS CHALLENGE ASIA by Rabobank

Apakah kamu sedang membangun usaha rintisan (start-up) yang bergerak untuk mengatasi persoalan kehilangan pangan (food loss) dari petani ke konsumen dan sedang menyiapkan solusi yang siap ditawarkan ke pasar? Jika solusi tersebut cocok untuk diaplikasikan di konteks Asia dan kamu serius untuk meningkatkan dampak produk yang kamu buat, daftarkan start-up mu di Food Loss Challenge ASIA dari Rabobank!

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, silakan klik di sini!

Batas akhir pendaftaran: 19 September 2018


Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 18 July 2018 at 07:55

High-tech packaging means less food waste

Rabobank, 19 April 2018

New types of packaging can extend the shelf life of produce, helping to combat food waste. Wageningen University & Research is one of the bodies worldwide testing prototypes to see what works best.

How can we reduce food waste through packaging? It’s a question research centers around the world are focused on. The answer is not straightforward, says Dr. Jenneke Heising, who specializes in smart packaging that monitors food quality.

Different packaging materials affect the quality of food differently, she explains. “At Wageningen we are conducting research into new solutions with extra features, like active and intelligent packaging.”

Active packaging: extra protection

Heising: “Active packaging protects food by reducing negative factors. For example, oxygen in the air affects the quality of many products. You can embed oxygen scavengers into the packaging material. These scavengers ensure the oxygen level inside th

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Posted By in Circular Economy Agribusiness
Posted 6 July 2018 at 12:18

The Dutch banks: Rabobank, ABN AMRO and ING-Bank developed Circular Economy Finance Guidelines

July 2018

The transition towards a circular economy is expected to generate multiple economic, social and environmental benefits. Financiers play an important role in accelerating this transition by facilitating finance for businesses and projects applying circular economy business models.

In December 2014 the FinanCE working group was founded by PGGM and brought together a group of organizations related to the world of finance that were interested in the transition to a more circular economy. The group was supported by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

For this publication the FinanCE members ABN AMRO, ING and Rabobank sought active support and feedback from all FinanCE Working Group Members. The overarching goal is to create and stimulate a common understanding of circular economy finance.

This common understanding will accelerate financing and investing in c

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 25 June 2018 at 07:28

Results Critical Capital workshop

During Foodfirst Conference - 1st June - at Rabobank Utrecht  


Now that we better understand the issues: what needs to be done by who?  


Organised by: AgriProFocus, ICCO, Rabobank Foundation

Frank Bakx (Rabobank Foundation) presented the results of the study Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs that reviewed demand and supply of risk capital for agrifood SMEs in Sub-Sahara Africa, based on field studies in Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Mali

Panellists:

Hans Docter: Director for Sustainable Economic Development at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands

Laura Smeets: Investment Director at BiD Network Foundation

Jaap Jan Verboom : CEO at Truvalu

Sean Patrick: Founder and Food Innovator at Green Banana

REPORT

Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. Private equity and venture capital provider

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ICA 2018 Research Conference

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 July 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  WICC (before Hof van Wageningen), Wageningen, The Netherlands

In 2018, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) European Research Conference will be held in The Netherlands. At this conference, scholars, representatives of cooperatives and policy makers will exchange the state of the art on building and strengthening cooperatives in different sectors and different countries.

Resilient cooperatives

The key questions to be discussed at the ICA2018 Research Conference relate to innovation in enterprise and community. For the sustainability and resilience of the cooperative model, innovation is paramount. Which internal and external factors provide the fertile ground for such innovation? What are the key success factors for continuous (or renewed) member commitment and stakeholder legitimacy?

Main theme of the conference

Main theme of the conference is: Cooperatives in a rapidly changing world: Innovation in Enterprise and Community. Under this overarching theme, the conference will address a wide range of topics, including:
+ Innovations in internal governance
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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 31 May 2018 at 01:06

Fondsen en overheden moeten investeren in agrifood MKB Afrika

Rabobank Foundation, Food & Business Knowledge Platform, ICCO Cooperation en AgriProFocus presenteren het rapport ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. Het rapport evalueert de toegang tot risicodragend kapitaal voor midden- en kleinbedrijven (MKB) in de Afrikaanse agrifood sector. Deze bedrijven spelen een belangrijke rol in de voedselzekerheid van de sterk groeiende Afrikaanse bevolking, maar tegelijkertijd hebben zij nog weinig toegang tot passende financiering.

Bied agrifood MKB een breed scala aan financiële diensten

Het rapport focust op agrifood MKB die tussen wal en schip vallen: ze zijn te groot om in aanmerking te komen voor microfinanciering maar te klein voor een investering door banken en private investeerders. Een belangrijke conclusie van het rapport is dat er weinig investeringsfondsen bestaan die willen voorzien in de financieringsvraag van agrifood MKB. Deze vraag ligt vaak onder de 250,000 dollar,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 May 2018 at 03:41

Debate about Critical Capital for African Agri-Food SMEs shows need for capital and support services at different stages of business development


On May 15, four Dutch development partners invited European development partners in Brussels to present and discuss the outcomes of a joint study on the demand for and supply of risk capital for agri-food Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sub-Sahara Africa with cases form Kenya, Mali, Tanzania and Zambia. The European Commission, Social Impact Funds, development partners and EU Platforms were present at the event hosted by the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the EU.

The issue

Demand for and supply of risk capital do not match! Entrepreneurs in the SME agri-food sector in Sub-Sahara Africa have a high demand for capital injections between 150 and 250K USD. The growth phase of the businesses determines the need for specific financial deals, type of financial products and business support services (BDS). However, both the private and th

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 May 2018 at 03:55

Job opportunity at Agribusiness Development Centre (ADC) powered by Rabobank Foundation & dfcu bank

Agribusiness Development Centre Ltd (ADC) is looking for qualified personnel to fill the following positions; 

Position 1: Business Advisor

Location: ADC Mbarara office to serve the South West and Western regions of Uganda.

Job Details & how to apply here

Position 2: Business Advisor

Location: ADC Head office Kampala.

Deadline: 25th May, 2018

Job Details & how to apply here

Who we are

The agricultural sector in Uganda is considered by banks to be high risk. This is caused by multiple factors, including lack of knowledge, markets, good organizational and financial management. In May 2017 dfcu bank and Rabobank Foundation established the Agribusiness Development Centre Ltd (ADC) and in October 2018 the Agribusiness Development Centre opened its doors in Uganda. The ADC aims to support farmers to increase their income and self-reliance through strengthening their, preferably member bas

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FoodFIRST: Team Up with African Agripreneurs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 June 2018, All Day Event
  Duisenberg Auditorium, Rabobank, Croeselaan 28, Utrecht

This conference is about the challenges and opportunities for African farmers/agripreneurs to provide the urban population with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat; with a special focus on the farm-to-market trajectory. The leading question is: How should the Dutch Diamond actors (government, research institutions, business and civil society organizations) connect to these challenges and opportunities, establishing partnerships for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and developing the food chain?  

Register HERE


Programme

09.00h Registration, coffee

09.30h Short words of welcome by Berry Marttin, Member of the Managing Board Rabobank; Cees Veerman,president foodFirst Coalition; Wachira Kariuki, ClassicFoods

10.10h Keynote speech: Jose Graziano da Silva, director-general FAO

10.35h Keynote speech: Louise Fresco, President of the Executive Board WUR

11.00h Walk to workshop locations

11.10h Workshops

1 Silent revolution – Organized farmers taki

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 April 2018 at 11:57

Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus and ICCO present ‘Critical Capital’ at foodFIRST

The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. 

Rabobank Foundation, ICCO Cooperation and AgriProFocus will present their new report ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’ during the foodFIRST conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on June 1. The report focuses on how to ease investments in agrifood small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. It identifies the needs, current supply, unmet demand, challenges and inspiring cases of SMEs. Registration for foodFIRST is now open.

African agrifood entrepreneurs are key for establishing sustainable food systems to supply the growing African cities. However, agrifood SMEs face difficulties to access capital. They form the missing middle: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. The report therefore calls on policy makers to promote a gradu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 February 2018 at 09:26

New study challenges funds and governments to invest in African agrifood SMEs

Today Rabobank Foundation, AgriProFocus, Food & Business Knowledge Platform and ICCO Cooperation publish the study ‘Critical Capital for African Agrifood SMEs’. The study evaluates the access of risk capital by agrifood SMEs (small and medium enterprises). SMEs are key for establishing sustainable food systems, while at the same time face difficulties to access capital.

Offer agrifood SMEs an assortment of services

The study focuses on agrifood SMEs that form the ‘missing middle’: too large for micro-finance and too small for mainstream banks and private equity firms. A major conclusion is that there are very few investment funds that meet the financing needs of agrifood SMEs, that are usually under 250.000 USD and rarely higher than 1M USD. Such smaller investments are tedious and costly for investment funds, even for those set up with the explicit goal to stimulate the development of the agrifood sector.

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Onesmo Kenneth This is very helpful

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GOOD JOEL well this is great and i like it 

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Team up with African Agripreneurs

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 June 2018, All Day Event
  Rabobank Utrecht

International conference with agripreneurs and farmers’ organizations; policymakers from government, business, academy and civil society; students - from Africa, the Netherlands, Europe.

The booming urban markets provide business opportunities for those African farmers and agri-food entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) that are able to sup ply the urban consumers with fresh and healthy food, such as vegetables, fruit, poultry, dairy products and meat.

The challenge for Dutch Diamond actors - government, research institutions, business and civil society organisations - is to perceive and connect to this opportunity, to establish partnerships through which their multiple assets for reinforcing rural-urban linkages and improving the food chain can be deployed in the most effective way.

Speakers, workshops, networking.

Further information and registration on the website: http://www.foodfirst.eu/201806



Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 7 September 2017 at 02:04

Call for Consultants - Tanzania - Venture Capital Research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia, Mali and Tanzania.

While local consultants from Kenya, Zambia and Mali have alrea

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Simon Ngwira Thank you.

1 year 1 month ago

Aart van den Bos Hi LIsette. you already  have the senior consultant?

1 year 1 month ago

Lisette van Benthum Hi Aart, in the Netherlands we already have a senior consultant who has started his research. At the moment we are only looking for a consultant located in Tanzania, who can be senior or somewhat junior.

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ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello van  how  can you  help the Rwandan  exporters  to go to Benin and explore the new market  around the word as expert . please help me .be blessed

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Posted By in Finance Worldwide
Posted 22 August 2017 at 10:39

Call for Consultants -

Venture Capital research

ICCO Cooperation, Rabobank Foundation and AgriProFocus, in cooperation with Food & Business Knowledge Platform, are conducting a research on venture capital for agri-food SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective of the research is to provide information on the current situation and state of the art developments in the area of venture capital / private equity for agri-food businesses in Sub Saharan Africa as well as evidence of successful financing strategies and mechanisms for related policy recommendations to governments, donor agencies, financiers, and the development community in a wider sense.

The research includes desk study, consultation of resource persons, analyses of selected cases of Agri-Food SMEs having obtained venture capital as well as of Venture Capital Suppliers & Mechanisms operational in the selected focus countries; Kenya, Zambia and Mali.

To support the Dutch Senior Consultant who will be coordinating the research we are

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 27 July 2017 at 02:23

JOB OPPRTUNITY AT AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (ADC)

Empowered by Rabobank Foundation & dfcu bank

Position Description – Business Advisor  

Position summary

The ADC is seeking qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to provide training in organisational development and financial literacy to farmer based organisations and SME’s in agribusiness. To make them strong organisations with the right expertise to access finance and markets. She/he will work closely with professionals from the Rabobank Foundation and the dfcu bank.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be responsible for the following duties:

 To facilitate training to FBO’s on good governance and internal management, communication and reporting.

 Provide training on economic principles and business concepts of cooperatives.

 Provide training on financial literacy and management. General proper recording (membership, volumes produce, minutes, etc.)

 Provide training on sup

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 June 2017 at 06:29

YOMA BANK Announced a Partnership with RABOBANK to Provide Financial Solutions to Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector

Yangon, Myanmar – June 7th, 2017 – Yoma Bank announced a two-year partnership with Rabobank with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as represented by the Dutch Embassy. The envisaged outcomes of the partnership are to improve financial inclusion particularly in rural Myanmar, and to provide financial solutions to key stakeholders in the agriculture sector. The technical assistance is to be provided by Rabo International Advisory Services (RIAS), a consultancy leg that is part of the Rabobank Group. The partnership builds on the current partnership between Yoma Bank and The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) will further strengthens Yoma Bank’s goal to offer inclusive financial services in Myanmar.

The main focal points of the program are:

  • Further optimization of Yoma Bank’s Hire Purchase product to further boost mechanization in the countrysid

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 April 2017 at 09:49

Geodata and ICT Solutions for Inclusive Finance & Food Security

An article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Innovative developments – An overview  

On Thursday February 16, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, Rabobank Foundation and the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) organized the conference “Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food”. The conference aimed to show, share and discuss the latest technological applications based on satellite data in relation to inclusive finance and food security.

Recent developments in technological applications such as satellites provide good sources of information to increase outreach of financial services especially to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. Geo-data and information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as geographic information systems, drones, and cloud computing are now being used to boost smallholder’s production and their income.

Current innovations and possibilities of satellite data and other ICT applications were pr

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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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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: www.geodataforinclusivefinanceandfood.nl