On request of network members, AgriProFocus organised a small-scale expert meeting on November 8th at RVO. The meet-up focussed on mutual learning and jointly looking for solutions for critical issues and challenges from practice that network members experience with the implementation of large-scale, inclusive agribusiness programmes. Two programmes with specific challenges and questions were presented by members.
1. Brokering successful 4P partnerships
By Nico Janssen, SNV netherlands development organisation
In this programme, funded by IFAD, SNV and consortium partners develop best practises on establishing Public - Private - Producer partnerships through Provision of brokering services. See the following link for the introduction and more information http://www.snv.org/project/partnering-value-4p.
Finding new ways to finance middle size, emerging (and growing) local agribusinesses with a capital re... Read more
The project is providing 3,000 farmers in Malawi with a total of 300,000 small macadamia trees. This is being enabled by an investment on the part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The seedlings are being grown centrally by Malawian processing firm Sable Farming, which is also taking responsibility for their distribution to the farmers. The impact for the farmers will be considerable, explains the firm’s director, H.S. Pannu. 'Macadamia cultivation will generate an extra, secure income for them. It will supplement income from crops such as maize and tobacco, which are harvested in the spring. Macadamia cultivatio... Read more
Op 12 october 2017 organiseerde MinBuZa een bijeenkomst over FDOV editie III. Plaats was de nieuwe locatie van het ministerie aan de Rijnstaat 8 in den Haag.
Het doel van de bijeenkomst was tweeledig:
Presentatie door RVO en MinBuZa van hun ideeën voor een FDOV III
Ophalen van suggesties van geselecteerde belanghebbenden voor een nieuw FDOV
En, bereid u voor op een nieuwe editie van het FDOV dat ergens begin 2018 gelanceerd gaat worden.
In March 2017 a Dutch delegation visited Myanmar to demonstrate the use of satellite imagery derived data for land use planning and monitoring & evaluation. Some historical and recent land use maps were made for demonstration and discussion purposes. This project demonstrated the applicability of remote sensing data and mapping for the Myanmar context. Satelligence processed satellite images into thematic maps for 1988 and 2017. This project was executed with a grant from Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) and supervised by the N... Read more
Voor Nederlandse bedrijven die klimaattechnologie of -diensten leveren, liggen er grote kansen in ontwikkelingslanden en opkomende economieën. De vraag naar klimaatoplossingen is immers niet beperkt tot Nederland. Maar hoe maak je daadwerkelijk de stap naar Afrika, Azië of Latijns-Amerika? Wie kan je helpen om de kansen die je ziet voor ontwikkelingslanden aan te pakken?En hoe financier je zoiets? Deze vragen komen op dinsdag 13 juni aan de orde op de bijeenkomst 'Internationale klimaatfinanciering: een kans voor het mkb'.
Tijdens de bijeenkomst geven experts uitleg over het krijgen van toegang tot klimaatfondsen en het ontwikkelen van klimaatfinanciering. Hierbij ligt de focus op kansen en barrières voor het mkb. Daarnaast is er ruimte om ervaringen uit te wisselen in de interactieve deelsessies, waarbij wordt ingezoomd op specifieke focuspunten.
Het programma van de dag is... Read more
On Wednesday 17th May 2017 was held a ‘’follow-up workshop on the Dutch Private sector Development (PSD) Intsruments’’ at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Rwanda. Around 40 people participated.
This workshop was a follow-up of a first workshop which took place at Umubano Hotel (see: //agriprofocus.com/post/591333610b34d90703ab7c78).
After the first workshop, all interested participants were requested to send their concept notes. The Netherlands Embassy staff sat and selected who to invite in the follow-up workshop. AgriProFocus Rwanda facilitated the 2 workshops.
During this second workshop a delegation of RVO staff who came all the way from the Netherlands, gave more in depth presentation of the instruments and in groups per instrument more detailed Q&A and discussion took place. The objective of this workshop being, to seriously engage the participants with a concrete good quality idea, to get... Read more
TANZANIA AGRI-INFRA EVENT
The Food Connection Challenge Ghana (FCC), an initiative of BoP Innovation Center and CrossWise Works facilitated by F&BKP and IBA, was launched as a business-led response to post-harvest losses in Ghana. The FAO indeed reports that post-harvest loss amounts up to 30-40% of the total food produced in Ghana, due to poor harvesting, storing and transportation facilities.
In June 2016, After an open application process targeting Ghanian agribusiness SMEs, FCC selected four Ghanaian agribusinesses producing tilapia, pineapple, peanut and groundnut products. Lack of proper storage facilities being one of the main causes of losses in their operations, FCC matched them with Dutch companies offering cold and non-cold storage facilities. Four student teams were involved to adapt the Dutch technologies for scaling in the context of the Ghanaian entrepreneurs.
Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud University has been granted funds by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) to carry out a pilot study on the role of agro-based clustering in sustainable upscaling in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
The SustUpscaling project aims to understand the drivers of sustainable upscaling by Dutch firms in agribusiness in LMICs. The project investigates the impact of firm network characteristics and institutional conditions on sustainable upscaling performance in value chain clusters to understand the role of agro-based clustering in competitiveness.
The project encourages the active participation of private seed breeders and multipliers, farmer cooperatives/growers, local government representatives, NGOs and research institutes. It is piloted in the seed potato sector in Kenya and Ethiopia to:
Le 6 mars, NABC, RVO et WUR organiseront un atelier d'agro logistique sur le Nigeria et le Bénin. Cet atelier portera sur la question des pertes après récolte, des goulots d'étranglement dans la chaîne de valeur ainsi que sur les relations commerciales entre les deux pays. Le but est de découvrir comment la technologie et les solutions néerlandaises peuvent être mises en pratique ici, et si par une mission commerciale dans les deux pays, les membres du secteur privé hollandais seraient intéressés à s'impliquer. S'il vous plaît contacter Daan Vreeburg si vous êtes intéressé.Pour plus d'informations et d'inscription, suivez ce lien.
On March 6th, NABC, RVO, and WUR will be organising an Agro-logistics workshop concerning Nigeria and Benin. This workshop will focus on the issue of post-harvest losses, bottlenecks in the value chain as well as trade relations between the two countries. The goal is to discover how Dutch technology and solutions can be put in practice here, and w
Dutch Poultry and Dairy businesses will be at this year's Agritech Expo Zambia at the Holland Pavilion. The Agritech expo is a business-to-business platform for agricultural professionals, from small-scale farmers to commercial enterprises, to engage and conduct business with some of the world’s leading suppliers to the agricultural industry.
The Dutch Pavilion will include exhibits and presentations by Dutch businesses. This will give attendees the opportunity to view and discuss products from outside their local market. There will also be a match-making session for pre-selected Zambian businesses with Dutch businesses.
For more information, contact Ms. Chali Nyirenda -email@example.com
This is brought to you by AgriProFocus, Nederlandse Export Combinatie / Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN).
Steden: Ho Chi Minh Stad en Hanoi
Wilt u zakendoen in Vietnam of in dit land nieuwe mogelijkheden verkennen? En is uw bedrijf actief in de agro-, tuinbouw- of watersector? Ga dan mee van 19 t/m 23 maart a.s. met de agromissie naar Vietnam onder leiding van Marjolijn Sonnema, DG Agro en Natuur.
De missie richt zich op agro-, tuinbouw en waterkansen in de Vietnamese markt en op de positionering van Nederland als agro-, kennis- en innovatieland.
De missie is gekoppeld aan een regionale conferentie op het gebied van voedselzekerheid die Vietnam in nauwe samenwerking met Nederland, de FAO en de Wereldbank organiseert.
De missie staat open voor bedrijven en kennisinstellingen uit de sectoren agrifood, tuinbouw en water-landbouw nexus.
Het centrale thema is voedselzekerheid met daarbinnen focus op technologie voor vermindering voedselverliezen & voedselverspilling, klimaatslimm... Read more
Organized by IUCN NL and RVO, in partnership with IFC.
RVO and IUCN NL organized together with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on 28 October a one-day event in The Hague in the framework of the World Bank Group-Netherlands strategic partnership ‘Food for All’. The event convened more than 80 professionals in the private sector, knowledge institutions, NGOs and policy makers engaged in agribusiness in developing countries.
IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, invests heavily in agribusiness in developing countries and emerging markets, and therefore has a great interest in exchanging experiences on investment opportunities, climate smart technologies and challenges in value chain operations. The main objective of the event was that both private sector and IFC bring current and upcoming activities and challenges in... Read more
Are you a Dutch entrepreneur in the dairy or poultry sector? Join the Dutch trade mission to Zambia! Important part of the mission is to participate in the Holland Pavilion (27-29 April) at the major regional trade fair, the AgriTech Expo Zambia.
Participation in the mission is a great opportunity to introduce companies and organizations in Zambia and the region to Dutch knowledge and technologies in the dairy and poultry industries. Recent market surveys show that there are opportunities in the poultry and dairy sectors for Dutch businesses.
The Dutch Export Combination (NEC) is organizing this mission on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
Holland Pavilion at AgriTech
The Agritech Expo Zambia is a B2B platform for professionals in the agricultural sector. The 3rd edition in 2016 attracted over 17,500 visitors and more than 165 local and international exhibitors.
The Holland Pavilion at the Expo Agritech in Chisamba (about 100 kilometers north of Lusaka) can be used by participants in... Read more
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency manages the Sustainable
Water Fund (FDW) as a public-private partnership for water safety and
water security in developing countries. Projects are collective initiatives
between governmental bodies, industries, and NGOs. The thematic areas
are improved access to drinking water and sanitation (including solid waste);
efficient and sustainable water use, particularly for agriculture; and safe
deltas and improved basin management. The deadline for concept notes
(first round) is 31 December 2016. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS CALL 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.
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)
The Kingdom of the Netherlands through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) a unit under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, administers business instruments to support entrepreneurs to grow their business in an innovative and sustainable approach.
On November 9th, RVO held an information session in Lusaka where they explained 3 business instruments:
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) - financing of water infrastructure for economic development
Sustainable Food Security and Entrepreneurship Fund (FDOV) - financing collaborations that create sustainable value chains in agriculture and food.
PUM Senior Experts Facility (PUM) - technical assistance to public institutions and private enterprises.
For more information and contact details see:
PUM presentation here
Business instruments presentation here
Like many regions in East Africa, Northern Tanzania has the potential to become an agricultural powerhouse. A Public-Private Partnership of the FDOV meets the needs of maize producers around the city of Arusha. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has provided financial resources, shared technical knowledge and coordinated the contacts among the partners of this project.
Watch this film to see the results of this public-private partnership!
Partners in this PPP are: Quality Food Products in Arusha, East African Grain Council, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Dutch Embassy in Tanzania, New Bogaloo Ltd, National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture.
In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands organised a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Various stakeholders from the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers attended the seminar to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
For those that could not attend, here are the presentations:
Access to Finance for SMEs in Zambia
Roveg Fruit BV - Netherlands (Potential Market)
Private Sector Development Tools: Dutch Support to Promote Bilateral Trade and Cooperation
The Dutch and European Horticulture Markets: Where are the best opportunities?
Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs: PUM Netherlan
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is organizing a Horticulture Export Promotion Seminar on 5th October in Harare, Zimbabwe.
In an effort to promote Dutch business in Zambia and increase exports of horticulture products from Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Embassy is inviting experts from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Dutch horticulture produce buyers and the Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) to provide practical information about horticulture market intelligence, EU import regulations and financing options for SME's in Zimbabwe and Zambia. The seminar will be attended by various stakeholders such as the business community, agricultural companies, agro finance institutions and horticulture producers.
- Business associations or NGOs that work with horticulture producers
- Government or quasi government departments that promote horticulture exports; and
- Private companies that are... Read more