Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 21 March 2018 at 09:49

Rijk Zwaan Afrisem likes to thank AgriProFocus for sharing our 10 minute documentary on the AgriProFocus Facebook page. It was taken during our Field Days in January 2018, in which our farmers, our Product development staff and our partners in agri- inputs and micro-finance explain our common approach to develop intense cultivation in vegetable growing. Attached is a 2 minute teaser which gives a short introduction.

Godamen Naiman Expand your area of operation like in Manyara region Most of farmers like to know this hybrid seed in horticulture 

10 months 2 days ago

Harald Peeters Hi Godamen Naiman, please contact George Upina and visit our Centre of Excellence in Kisesa on the Nane Nane showgrounds. Hos phone; 0677000407

10 months 2 days ago

Posted By in Dutch Working Group on Food Security
Posted 20 July 2017 at 01:03

“Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition”

How can the agricultural sector in African countries help tackling the triple burden of malnutrition?

Summary of lunch meeting 29th June 2017 at The Dutch Ministry Foreign Affairs

African Union (AU) members demand the international community to support them in their ambition of a nutrition revolution. Transitions of African food systems are at a crossroads. If AU countries take the right direction, there is an opportunity to prevent mistakes made in OECD countries, where reducing undernutrition was accompanied by a pendulum swing in the direction of overnutrition and environmental degradation. A food systems approach, including multi-sectoral collaboration such as between the health and the agricultural sector, is a key entry point to address this ‘triple burden’.

Please find HERE the full document of highlights from a lunch meeting entitled ‘Transforming Food Systems for Improved Nutrition’ on 29 June 2017.

Power Point Presentations (click on them to download):

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Fostina Mani Only  two companies are involved in the Private Sector Partnership?  Why is the focus only vegetables.  Am interested because we offer a variety of milled flours which are making nutrition significance especially to children.

1 year 6 months ago

Nicole Metz Dear Fostina Mani, thank you for your reaction. As representative of AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, I will repond. Maybe we have not been clear enough in the information about the partnerships, apologies. There are many different partnerships on food security and nutrition. The Netherlands' government is involved in several of those, including in those funded through their instrument 'FDOV'. If you are interested, please read the analysis of the PPPLab about all those partnerships. http://www.ppplab.org/ All kinds of companies are involved, as well as other stakeholders. I would be interested in knowing what your company does, so please upload some of your information / leaflets. Possibly we may connect you with relevant other players in our network (depending on what you are looking for). Best regards, Nicole Metz nmetz@agriprofocus.com

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 June 2017 at 09:30

A good crop starts with good seed!

Every farmer will tell you that a good crop starts with good seed. Whatever the size of the company, the type of product or the type of consumer – the seed needs to generate a good yield, be resistant to diseases and produce a nutritious harvest. 

The Dutch seed sector is active throughout the world. Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed, seed for ornamental plants and seed potatoes. This success is a result of the unique Dutch approach of strong collaboration between businesses, government, inspection bodies and the research and education sector, creating a conducive climate for innovation and production.

Have a look at this brochure that contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade compiled by the Dutch government. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making quality seed available to farmers worldwide.

Download the brochure!

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Akibodé Djodji

Seeds are the key to sustainable and productive agriculture. With a seed you can feed the world.

The importance of seed as a factor in improving agricultural productivity and production is clear. The use of quality seeds contributes to a large extent to the increase in crop yields (30-40%). In Mali, we can recognize the essential place of Dutch seed companies like Bejo Seeds, which has become a reference through the quality of its seeds. The AgriProFocus network has positioned itself for the organization of seed fairs with Partners such as the Mali Seed Association and the Bejo Corporation.Thanks Anne Marie for sharing

1 year 6 months ago

Nicole Metz For all with an interest in seed systems, seed sector development, etc.: please also visit this knowledge portal: http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/seed-systems/

1 year 6 months ago

Mahamadou Guindo You're right. No ood seed no good yield

1 year 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 7 February 2017 at 08:33

Coordinator Planning and Logistics

Logistics & Operations

Employer Name: Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem Ltd.
Organization Type: Private Sector
Role: Team / Middle Management
Position Type: Full Time
Application Deadline: 14-02-2017

Rijk Zwaan is active worldwide as a vegetable breeding company that focuses on the development of high-quality vegetable varieties for professional growers. Mutual respect, a strong sense of responsibility and a high degree of employee involvement are the important starting points for our company. Rijk Zwaan is active in Tanzania in seed production and breeding support (Rijk Zwaan Q-Sem, in Tengeru Arusha) and in breeding and product development (Rijk Zwaan Afrisem, in Usa River, Arusha). Currently we have 308 employees and as we continue to grow we have the following vacancies for dedicated diligent Tanzanians:Are you good in project management and planning, who can do monitoring and evaluation and be our new Coordinator Planning and Logistics, who helps to do plan

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 17 January 2017 at 06:44

Afrisem Field Days in Arusha 

Rijk Zwaan Afrisem Field Days kicks off with farmers from Lushoto, Tanga, Bagamoyo, Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Arusha. The week will continue with international visitors from all over Africa.


Maonyesho ya Rijkzwaan Afrisem yameanza na wakulima kutoka Lushoto, Tanga, Bagamoyo,Morogoro, Dodoma, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro and Arusha . Maonyesho yataendelea kwa wageni wetu wa kimataifa kutoka nje na ndani ya Afrika.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 November 2016 at 04:11

Rwanda Best SMART Project 

Thumbs up to our member and CEO of Rwanda Best, Mr Jean Claude Ruzibiza 

Rwanda Best, Wageningen University, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, RijkZwaan, Koppert and Holland Greentech are working together in Rwanda to support growers to reach the next level.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 June 2016 at 07:05

Holland Pavilion at the 11th National Agricultural Show

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is organizing the 11th National Agricultural Show from the 14th to the 20th June 2016 in Rwanda. The Agricultural Show is one of several regional agricultural fairs in the region, aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in agricultural commercial exchange activities. The theme of this year’s show is ‘Invest in Agricultural innovations for prosperity’.

Holland pavilion

The Netherlands embassy is attending this coming agricultural show with a Holland pavilion in which Dutch agricultural companies, active and/or interested in doing business in Rwanda, exhibit their products, knowledge and are present to provide information. Besides, the Holland pavilion features an area where visitors of the pavilion can meet and talk with the Dutch.

Attending companies

The following companies are attending the agricultural show in the Holland pavilion:

· Heineken Bramin Farm


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HABIMANA CHRISTOPHE Hello Dear members! I would like to kindly ask if there is any planned way that can help members of this platform who will attend the AgriShow to know more each other through Acquaintances...Any feedback please.

2 years 7 months ago

AgriProFocus Rwanda Hi Christophe! What kind of help do you mean? Are you also attending the Agrishow?

2 years 7 months ago

Ben Rutten Diddier, I see PUM Netherlands Senior Experts is not invited?

1 year 11 months ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Ben! Actually it is the EKN which was in charge of inviting the Dutch companies who were to attend the 2016 National Agricultural show! Our contribution was only in disseminating this information to our members, who were interested in meeting with one of the Dutch companies' representatives . 

1 year 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 February 2016 at 11:49

Horticultural Production Innovations

Chapter of the overall report of "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture" November 2015

During the regional conference organised in Rwanda, two breakout sessions concentrated on production innovations. The current post includes links to the powerpoint presentations used during this session, which was chaired by SNV's Rik van Keulen and Anja de Feijter, and included contributions of a number of Dutch companies and experts participating in a NABC trade mission.

A full report of the conference is available HERE.

Please find the powerpoints of key note presentations here:

Demand Driven vegetable breeding for Africa. Adrian Roelofs – RijkZwaan, Tanzania

Importance of nursery raising in vegetable productions. Anja De Feijter – SNV, Uganda

The African Greenhouse. Anne Elings – Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Netherlands

Safe solutions for increased crop health, resilience and productionPatrick Koome – Koppert Biological System

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Thanks Much Nicole. I have just shared the same via twitter to Koppert and the rest

2 years 11 months ago

ELYSE MUHORAKEYE Thanks Nicole for sharing

2 years 11 months ago

Abdul R Kagonji Thank you Nicole for sharing such a valuable report. Definitely, I have learned a lot from it.

2 years 11 months ago

Posted By in Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture
Posted 25 November 2015 at 04:18

Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture has started!

The first day of the Exhibition is a fact. One of the highlights was the Matchmaking event, organised by NABC and AgriProFocus. 

The Dutch Horticulture business-delegation that is visiting Rwanda met new business contacts, clients or partners active in the horticulture sector today @ the Holland Lounge at the Expo Grounds (see picture).

Dutch ompanies involved were:  Orinso, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, Koppert Biological Systems, RijkZwaan, DLV Plant, Holland Green Tech, TAHMO, Wageningen-UR, BoP Inc, SNV, Greenport Holland, Agriterra.

We will update you soon with more info coming from Kigali, Rwanda!

Rita Kusasira We are sure waiting!

3 years 1 month ago