Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 October 2018 at 10:15


The main theme was Catalyzing Government Capacity to Drive Agricultural Transformation in Africa.

Please read full Report Here

Mahder Akalu Thanks for sharing  Thacien, I will also share it with our network. 

2 months 1 week ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Yes sure, it is an interesting report that shows gaps and interesting opportunities concerning Agriculture sector in Africa!! 

2 months 1 week ago

Bathily Alioune Badara Bonjour,Suite a votre publication très intéressante, je vous demande de bien vouloir me contacter au 00223-66-51-32-33   afin de visiter le Mali ou le Sénégal.Cordialement,

2 months 1 day ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 18 October 2017 at 12:26


FAO Tanzania published a report based on the option for reducing fertilizer prices for small holder farmers. This technical report reviews issues related to fertilizers access in Tanzania and identify policy options that would enable smallholder farmers to continue to access fertilizer at reasonable prices, also in the absence of subsidies. Where possible, the options have been assessed against their potential impact on input cost reduction; the implications for the government budget, mostly in qualitative terms; and the time and coordination required for their implementation.

The report recommends to consider a balanced package of options to address the aspects currently undermining the effectiveness and efficiency of the fertilizer sector with a view to increase access to and reduce the retail price of fertilizer for smallholder farmers. In particular, a gradual phasing out of farm-level fertilizer subsidi

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Kris De Pooter Hello Victoria, what about a locally produced, fully certified, +50% cheaper organic fertilizer guaranteed to increase yield and regenerating of the soil....Napier grass based and completely self-sustainable, which door do I need to knock to get this project of the ground ?

1 year 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 July 2017 at 12:03

Finance for a Fruitful Future
Dutch Aid for Agriculture, 2005-2015

Dutch ODA for agriculture has been on the rise in the last five years. However, it remains unclear whether Dutch ODA expenditures on agriculture are reaching female smallholder farmers. Empowering smallholders, specially women, is a proven solution for reducing hunger and poverty. This is particularly true of the rural poor, who are the worst affected by the impacts of climate change. This paper calls on the Dutch government to combine a strong ODA budget for agriculture with a solid strategy for resolving hunger by 2030, to scale up climate finance for adaptations in the agricultural sector, and to supply improved data on the impact of agricultural investments for each target group and gender.

Oxfam Novib published this paper which you can find here.
Oxfam Novib works on sustainable rural livelihoods for all people, to make it possible for communities to grow or buy enough food, now and in the future.

Madelon Meijer, madelon.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 May 2017 at 01:57

Northern Region Agribusiness Finance Fair - Summary report.  

Harriet Okunia, the Relationship Manager,Housing Finance Bank, Gulu Branch, confirmed that they have opened between 50-100 accounts for the youth in agribusiness during and after the agri finance fair. "Thank you AgriProFocus and partners for organizing this event “  

On the 26th and 27th of April 2017 AgriProFocus Uganda Innovation Communities on Access to Finance and Youth In Agribusiness (SNV, GIZ AGRUFIN) in collaboration with, the Northern Uganda partners; Technoserve, AVSI, Save the Children, Smart up, Action Aid, BOSCO – Uganda, WPDI-Gulu, NUYDC-LABRA, PELUM, YALI organized a two day Agribusiness Fair. It was intended to facilitate platforms for building business & market, brokering deals between youth Agri-preneurs and financial services providers and other value chain actors for improved agricultural production and productivity.  

The event attracted a total of 739 participants and 69 exhibitors of whom 34% were female

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 February 2017 at 09:11

Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems

A report from the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

On a global scale, more and more people are making the decision to become social entrepreneurs in business while aiming for impact in food security. Those entrepreneurs are trying to fill gaps that the private sector, public sector, and civil society actors have left open; issues that need improvement when tackling food insecurity and malnutrition. To gain more insight into their potential contributions, within the F&BKP, social entrepreneurs that work in food value chains in the seven Dutch partner countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, South Sudan, Indonesia, Ghana and Benin) and their related challenges and opportunities have been mapped within their supporting and surrounding ecosystems.

The report that synthesizes the mapping results has revealed that resource, awareness, and knowledge gaps exist between the social entrepreneurs’ demand for su

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 January 2017 at 07:07

Ethiopia: Food Security Outlook Update - December 2016

31 Dec 2016
Report From Famine Early Warning System Network

Pastoral conditions deteriorate following very poor seasonal performance in southeastern areas


 - Food security outcomes have improved in many areas of Ethiopia as Meher harvests have improved household food access. However, emergency food assistance needs will remain high as poor seasonal rainfall in southern and southeastern pastoral areas and lowland cropping areas of eastern and central Oromia and Rift Valley areas of SNNPR lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity through May 2017, or Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) in the presence of emergency assistance.

- Deyr/Hageya seasonal rainfall between October and December 2016 was very late and significantly below average across most of southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Livestock body conditions have started to decline, leading to low livestock productivity, decreasing livestock prices, and below-average terms o

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 12 December 2016 at 09:46

Thank You For Attending the AgriProFocus Network Day!

Thank you to our members (old and new!) who were able to attend our Network Day. Our network day brought together members in the public and private sectors to share results, meet, reflect and collaboratively discuss future plans and aspirations as members of the network.

Read the Full Report Here!

Download the presentations below

Annex 2: Presentation - Evaluation of Finance Fairs

Annex 3: Presentation - Sharing of AgriProFocus Results 2016

Annex 4: Presentation - New AgriProFocus Strategy

Annex 5: Presentation - Information Session on Poultry, Dairy and Horticulture

Annex 6: Presentation - How to Sign Up on our Platform

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 17 November 2016 at 11:13

Missed the Event? Read the Poultry Masterclass Report Here!

AgriProFocus Zambia (in partnership with RVO, the Dutch Embassy, PAZ, LSCS and PUM Netherlands Senior Experts) organised Poultry Masterclasses in Kitwe and Lusaka last month. The aim of the Poultry Masterclass  was to improve agri-business skills in the poultry sector, specifically of Zambian farms, processors, marketing and export managers and other important stakeholders in the poultry sector in order to tackle the lack of knowledge and skills regarding commercial poultry production.  

Read the Full Report Here!

Want to learn what the participants learned, here are the presentations from the 3 days.

1. Bio Security (Disease Control) - Presentation
2. Feed making - Presentation
3. Feeding Broilers - Presentation
4. Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 1)
Learning Broiler Signals - Presentation (Part 2)

Click here to see pictures of the event

Posted By in Gender Equality in Agriculture - Ethiopia
Posted 17 November 2016 at 07:41

Popularization of Ethiopian Network for Gender Equality in Agricultural Sector and March 8 Celebration Workshop Proceedings

March 2016

Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 6 October 2016 at 09:13

Food Outlook: Biannual Report on Global Food Markets. October 2016 (FAO STATISTICS)

rom a global perspective, food markets are expected to remain generally well balanced in 2016/17 amid large export availabilities and relatively low and more stable international prices, especially for cereals. The world food import bill is set to dip to a six-year low, while still remaining above the USD 1 trillion mark.

To download the report, click HERE

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 21 March 2016 at 02:47

Recently the first two evaluation reports of Product Market Combination (PMC) projects have been published. Learn more on how vegIMPACT has set up these demand driven supply chain projects to connect small hot pepper en bell pepper farmers to modern markets in Indonesia. In the reports we also share the results and challenges of these two projects.
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Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any quiestions.



ZUL MARTINI INDRAWATI Hi Marijn, thanks alot for these documents, and helpful to have picture on M4P approach

2 years 8 months ago

Lyssens Philippe Hi Marijn; Interesting reports. If the reports show how models “do” work, they also remind us that continuity in supply and collaboration among the farmers for standard quality remains a big challenge. An opportunity for a closer collaboration between networkers / consultants and traders?

2 years 8 months ago

Marijn van der Laan I fully agree with you Philippe. We are currently disseminating the lessons we have learned through workshops and seminars (to various participants of horticulture supply chains and supporters of supply chains). According to our experience of key importance, for developing demand driven horticulture supply chains that include small farmers, are: strengthening farm group organizations, implementation of plant schedules for continuous/stable supply (in quantity and quality) and formalization of contracts with traders/retail. Closer cooperation between traders and consultants might indeed be an opportunity, but vegetable traders in Indonesia are not yet ready to pay for that (traders in other commodities might be more advanced.........?). Still I do believe long term presence of supply chain facilitators along inclusive supply chains is necessary for sustainable development. So the question is, who else could (should) have a role in this? Ngo's, national/local governments, supermarkets, seed businesses, and/or other input providers? An interesting discussion :-)

2 years 8 months ago

Lyssens Philippe Lessons learned from other commodities (especially cocoa) point towards the large buyers / distributors. All chocolate producers appear to agree that quality cocoa is / risks to be in short supply over time and that therefore it makes sense to collaborate to produce more / better cocoa. It might be interesting to find out if there is a similar perception with the supermarkets in (some regions of) Indonesia. We know that Carrefour is quite active at this level. What about the other ones?

2 years 8 months ago

Marijn van der Laan Most supermarkets are not that far yet in Indonesia as to my experience. We already scheduled a cup of coffee so lets exchange further thoughts then.

2 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 February 2016 at 07:10

African Farmers in the Digital Age: how digital solutions can enable rural development

This week an American journal called Foreign Affairs has released an excellent collection of essays entitled: “African Farmers in the Digital Age: how digital solutions can enable rural development.”

In this new report, 20 African and global experts discuss ways to transform African agriculture, with a focus on food systems and rural smallholder farmers. A quick summary of a few priorities to speed up change:

# Rethink agricultural policies;
# Expand access to digital technology (to help smallholder farmers carry out business transactions like banking, networking and sourcing info on inputs, innovations, pricing, markets, training, etc.); and
# Improve collaboration and information sharing.

__Most important of all is… wider access to valuable information, which is why I’m telling you about this new report right away!

The report is 141 pages long so I'll share just one excerpt written by Bill Gates (fo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 25 January 2016 at 10:22

Report: First Roundtable on “Making Certification work for Horticultural value chain actors”

Under the project “Support for development of ethical and high value markets”that aims to remove barriers that are hampering the development of and access to ethical and highly value markets for the horticulture products by small scale horticultural producers; SAFE partnering with PELUM Association with funding from OXFAM Rwanda, are implementing activities to enhance horticultural sector in Rwanda to reach a high value market impact and outcome generation.

The project strategic approach is making certification work for the poor, by increasing to certification services and benefits for the low, medium and high income farmerentrepreneursand agribusinesses. In close collaboration with various stakeholders such as civil society, public institutions, private sector, local non-government organizations, SAFE convened a one day workshop/national roundtable with a theme ‘’MAKING CERTIFICATION

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 November 2015 at 01:45

Report: Agricultural Finance Conference/ Access to Finance Rwanda  

From 7-8 October 2015 was held the Agricultural Finance Conference organised by the Access to Finance Rwanda. The Conference: "Understanding agriculture finance and its role in financing growth" took place at Hotel Umubano/ Kigali and  had three major objectives:

1.To share global knowledge on agriculture finance including best practices and possibilities for their replication in Rwanda.

2. To demonstrate existing innovations and products, both from within and outside of Rwanda in defined agriculture value chains and how these can be replicated in other value chains.

3. To present lessons on different approaches to risk mitigation and to understand practices that have been used to facilitate finance for agriculture.

For more information, please find the attached detailed report.