Posted By in AgriProFocus Burundi
Posted 9 January 2019 at 07:47

TDB rolls out SME programme for women-led businesses in six African countries

The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is rolling out a credit programme in six African countries to support women-led export-oriented SMEs.

Among the first to benefit are Ethiopian businesses, following an agreement between TDB and Ethiopia’s Enat Bank.

TDB is rolling out to specialist financial institutions in its member countries. It launched its first facility in Zimbabwe in October 2018 and will be expanding it further in the coming months, starting with Burundi and Kenya, and then Zambia and Malawi. The bank has allocated US$3mn to pilot the programme over the next two years in these countries.

Fore more details, click here.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 November 2018 at 11:04

New CEO starts at PUM Netherlands senior experts

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

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Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  19 November 2018 to 30 November 2018 - All Day Event
  Nakuru - Kenya

Course:    Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit
                      Key skills for inclusive business brokerage 

For professionals providing agribusiness support services to small-scale farmers, processors and professionals working in agricultural education.

You’ll get practical tips on e.g. building trust and improving your negotiation skills. Watch this video demonstrating the two steps necessary to
negotiating a win-win situation.

A few places are stil available for our November 2018 course 

For details contact Irene Njogu:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 9 August 2018 at 11:20

Connecting Local Farmers to Buyers

We help local passionate farmers with good quality products link with good buyers. This is one of the ways to promote the agricultural sector and reduce high unemployment rates.

The agricultural sector has been booming for decades and is sure the backbone of our country's economy. However, fewer people are engaging in agriculture leaving the country flooded with imported products. The major reason farmers quit agriculture into other business activities is a lack of connection to buyers for the farm produce. Local farmers need help getting their produce to the international market for the best prices.

Follow Owen Muriithi on Facebook:  for more information about our services.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 10:17

Investing in local business

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: if you like to read more blogs

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 July 2018 at 09:53

Global SME Finance Awards

The Global SME Finance Awards will recognize outstanding achievements of financial institutions and fintech companies in delivering exceptional products and services to their SME clients.

In the last year, if your institution has successfully launched an innovative product or service for SME clients, achieved remarkable results in providing finance to SMEs, or is an innovator in digital financial services, submit your nomination in these categories (each institution can be considered for up to two categories). Winners will be announced at the Global SME Finance Forum 2018 in Madrid.

Award Categories

- Product Innovation of the Year

- SME Bank of the Year

- Responsible Digital Innovator of the Year

                                                Deadline for submission: 23 July 2018

Judging Criteria

Reach: What is the number of MSMEs served/financed and volume of fina

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 December 2017 at 12:10

How the European Union joins trade dynamism with sustainable development

Embedding a multilateral approach is pivotal to the EU’s ethos on trade and sustainable development

See interesting blog, link:

Extract: The European Union (EU) is at the vanguard of marrying the values of sustainable development with the economic engine of trade. Through the incorporation of comprehensive commitments on environmental and labour provisions in all its bilateral trade agreements the EU aims to build free and fair trading relationships. This is a reflection of EU determination to strengthen and uphold the international community’s journey that began with the Millennium Development Goals and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and has culminated with the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mapping across

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 August 2017 at 09:13

The Important Role of SMEs in Ethiopia

SMEs constitute around 80% of food manufacturing sector in Ethiopia and they play an important role in improving access to affordable and nutritious diets. However, most often they receive little attention in the nutrition agenda in the country.

I would like to share with you a proceedings of a joint field visit that was organized by GAIN in collaboration with UNICEF and Concern Worldwide with the aim of sharing experiences and progress of the Integrated Home Fortification (IHF) and Community Based Complementary food (CBCF) projects with key stakeholders including government officials from Federal and Regional levels, Kingdome of Netherland’s mission in Ethiopia, and partners working in the area of IYCF. 

The visit was conducted on December 22 and 23, 2016 in four selected Woredas in Gulo Mekeda and Sassie Tseada Ambaworedas that are implementing the IHF project and in Seharti Samreand Endamehoni woredas that are implementing CBCF project. Click the

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Gizaw Legesse Dear Alem Abay , Thank you for sharing us this relevant insight about SMEs. Please keep on bringing it.

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 July 2017 at 08:08

ICL-Africa Re-advertisement - Assistant Project Officer - SME Development, Mombasa

Background: I Choose Life – Africa (ICL) is a leading Kenyan NGO registered in 2004. ICL works using the Quadra Helix Model of partnering with the Government of Kenya, through the Ministries of Health, Education, Agriculture, Youth Affairs and Vision 2030 among others, Corporates, Universities and Civil Society Organisations, to design interventions to solve problems in different communities. ICL has programs around four pillars namely Jiimarishe (Health), Jiinue (Economic Empowerment), Jielimishe (Education), Jiongoze (leadership and Governance). The programs are anchored in over 234 learning institutions (Primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions) across 23 Counties in Kenya that reach over 1 Million youth annually.

Vision & Mission: ICL's vision is to see a ‘Healthy Africa, Empowered People!’ The organization seeks to support to the implementation of Vision 2030 through the cascading it to the Cou

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hailemikael mossie Hello, How are you I wana to participet on this funding program before submiting this application needs some clarification what shall i do

1 year 6 months ago

Dorina Prech Hello Hailemikael, this is a job opportunity and I have provided the application details in the link at the bottom of the post:  I hope that helps. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 13 April 2017 at 12:02

Resilient Business Development Support Opportunity 

From Cordaid/R&D 

Are you a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) operating in or around Addis Ababa? Are you on the way to become a thriving business but you still struggle how to find your way to the top? Than is Cordaid/R&D’s Resilient Business Development Support (RBDS) the right training program for you!

We will support your company to grow and become investment ready in our 6 months program. It consists of trainings, mentorships and (personal and group) coaching.And at the end of the program you will have an investment ready business plan. 

We are recruiting new companies that will start the RBDS program in July/August 2017. We are looking for companies that already exist for at least 2 year, have between 5-50 employees and have an annual turnover of 700,000 ETB or higher. 

If you are interested in the program, don’t hesitate to contact Aklilu Abate: or 011 557 73

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing this opportunity Annelien! I'll ask my colleague Gizaw Legesse in Addis to spread this through our other social media channels as well. Maybe it is a good next step voor our FSRE Innovators: Good luck!

1 year 9 months ago

Saskia Rotshuizen Thank you for sharing! This could be relevant for our Ethiopian community within the Inclusive Business Accelerator. If you would like me to promote this via the IBA channels please email me at

1 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 March 2017 at 12:34

We need SMEs in the middle for job creation in Africa

An article from INCLUDE, knowledge platform on inclusive development policies
By: Saskia Hollander, Marleen Dekker | 20-02-2017 | Analysis

Hopes are high that the private sector will take the lead in tackling unemployment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, such confidence should not negate state responsibility for employment creation. National governments have a key role to play in making job creation inclusive. This implies lifting the constraints that especially young and female entrepreneurs face, creating a stable business environment, and promoting links to the local economy so that (international) businesses and entrepreneurs can innovate, invest and grow and, hence, create jobs.

This was the main message from INCLUDE’s roundtable discussion on ‘Productive Employment’, hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 15 December 2016. During separate breakout sessions, participants discussed the employment potential of key economic sect

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 15 November 2016 at 03:50

Access to Finance for Businesses in Myanmar: A Constraints Analysis

Last year, the Dutch NGO SPARK commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the main restrictions to getting access to finance in Myanmar. This policy-oriented document aims to: i) identify the main constraints that entrepreneurs and companies face when seeking to access finance in Myanmar; ii) give an indication of the adverse impact that stems from these constraints; iii) where pertinent, suggest how other transitional and developing economies have sought to address this issue; and iv) offer some recommendations as to how these constraints could be addressed by policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The report focusses on general principles of finance provision, current debt finance constraints in Myanmar and emerging non-debt financing constraints. Please find the full report by clicking the link below. 

Karina Ufert Thank you for posting Bente! The report is also available in Myanmar language, if anyone interested. Cheers, Karina

2 years 2 months ago

Bente Meindertsma Thank Karina, it would be great if you could share the Myanmar version on the platform or with me directly. Best, Bente

2 years 2 months ago


Expert seminar for SMEs on tax laws and financial planning

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 November 2016, 14:00-18:00
  Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), Kazanchiz, Nega City Mall, 3rd floor

Cordaid-R&D and The Entrepreneurship Development of Ethiopia (EDC) invite you to our expert seminar and networking session in the Global Entrepreneurship Week. The seminar will provide you, as business owner, with ideas on Ethiopian tax laws and practical issues that you should look out for in your financial planning to meet your financial goals and obligations. 

The invited guest speakers are experts in Ethiopian tax laws and regulations. Mr. Dawit Tadesse is an independent tax consultant and has shared his expertise with various Ethiopian companies, from small and medium enterprises to large firms. A representative of the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Agency (ERCA) will give detailed information about new tax laws and regulations.

After the presentations of the experts and an interactive discussion, there is time to network with fellow entrepreneurs, business development service providers and other stakeholders. While enjoying a drink and a snack, there is ample op

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 October 2016 at 09:32

State of the Small and Growing Businesses Sector

2015 Impact Report - by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

Since 2009 ANDE has been tracking the state of the small and growing business (SGB) sector to assess its growth and impact on emerging market economies. This year’s report reflects a sector that is on the move—and also dives into regional market insights. It discusses the hurdles for emerging market entrepreneurship—access to capital, talent and markets—and evaluates how well the sector is addressing these.

Key highlights from the report include:

* ANDE members have collectively invested over $12 billion directly into SGBs and supported over 415,000 entrepreneurs with business development services.

* In the past ten years, 485 investment vehicles have launched that invest in emerging market SGBs, with an estimated $26 billion in committed capital.

* An estimated one-third of SGBs are owned by women, and more ANDE members have embraced gender-lens investing: at t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 27 October 2016 at 10:26

Are you looking for a new export market for your horticulture business? (Zambia and Zimbabwe)

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

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 17 June 2016 at 08:41

Indonesia’s 12th Economic Policy Package is Unveiled to the Benefit of SMEs

Extract from an article by Global Business Guide Indonesia - 4th May 2016

On Thursday 28th April 2016, the Indonesian government unveiled its 12th economic policy package aimed at improving the ease of doing business in the country. With specific focus on small and medium enterprises (SMEs), the new policy package was announced at the State Palace by President Joko Widodo and Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr Darmin Nasution. The new package will simplify the procedures associated with setting up a business and reduce the fees involved. President Widodo has set the specific aim of improving Indonesia’s global standing in the Ease of Doing Business Index from its 2016 ranking of 109th worldwide (up from 120th in 2015). The aim of the latest package’s extensive deregulation is to improve the business climate for local SMEs in Indonesia which will of course benefit international investors as well.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 February 2016 at 10:01

Investing in the entrepreneurial [SME] farmer - a step in promoting farmer entrepreneurship

Through the support of the Dutch Good Growth Fund [DDGF], Financial Access have developed a financial platform - FACTS (Financial Access Commerce & Trade Services). FACTS aims at bridging the so-called ‘Missing Middle’: the working capital gap of small producers and suppliers who must wait long periods to get paid for delivered products or services in domestic supply chains. 

The investment, divided into a seed capital investment and technical assistance grant in the first instance, will support the launch and roll out of the FACTS financing businesses focused on agricultural supply chains in Kenya and Uganda. For more details click on the press release here

More information about Financial Access

Alphaxrd Gitau Good Initiative.Smallholders should be able to access financial support in an easy but more structured way with lower rates of return.The normal financial institutions are very exorbitant on the small scale suppliers, distributors, buyers and farmers.Looking forward to explore ways on how to mostly enable the youth access to funds in a more simpler way...

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2015 at 02:16

Private Sector-led greening of agriculture in Africa

What financial and policy incentives can stimulate best practices by Dutch SMEs?

Wednesday 21 October, 2015, 17.00-19.00h
Rabobank Vijverberg, The Hague

With a focus on Africa and on SMEs, this Food First Session, organised together with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and AgriProFocus, will discuss what financial and policy incentives can stimulate best practices by Dutch businesses interested in investing in African agriculture. Representatives of the private sector will give examples of farming innovations and of current approaches in the financial industry for the greening of agriculture, and Dutch government officials will outline what policies and instruments are in place to help those (e.g. the Dutch Good Growth Fund). An interactive debate will follow, with participants from the business, government, civil society and research communities.

Please register timely! More information via the link below.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 June 2015 at 09:57

AgriProFocus Rwanda participating to the SME forum in Rwanda

Since 2014, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MINICOM) has established an SME forum in which brings together different stakeholders, both from private and public sectors, civil society and SMEs, to discuss challenges affecting SMEs and identify possible solutions.

AgriProFocus Rwanda, having the “The promotion of farmer entrepreneurship” as its mandate, has been requested by MINICOM to take part in this forum. The objectives of the SME forum match with AgriProFocus planned activities of promoting cluster platforms for some value chains.

In 2015, the Ministry of Trade and Industry asked AgriProFocus Rwanda to be a member of the SME forum Secretariat. The overall purpose of that secretariat is to ensure effective implementation and monitoring of the SME Forums’ resolutions, unblock blockages in the implementation process where these manifest themselves and periodically organize SME Forums.

The Second SME forum,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 April 2015 at 11:47

Medium-sized, mixed family farms to feed the future: A vision for farming in Africa

"Agricultural development programmes have too long focused on semi-subsistence smallholders in an effort to achieve food security. This has not contributed to the African green revolution that is sorely needed to feed the future. We have to aim instead for an agricultural sector based on medium-sized, mixed family farms", argues Melle Leenstra, First Secretary for Economic Development and Food Security at the Netherlands embassy in Nairobi.  

Mr. Leenstra has published an article on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website, which is worth reading for AgriProFocus network members from Kenya and other countries! Please click on the link below, and feel welcome to post your comments on the article on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

Link to the full article

Stephen Senkomago Musoke Enlightening article, one which I have been arguing for the last couple of years. My thoughts for Uganda are

3 years 9 months ago

Nicole Metz Dear Stephen, Thanks for your reaction and the link to your own blog. Would you be so kind also posting the same link on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, using the 'comments' function at the bottom of the article of Mr. Leenstra? (or else, I could do it for you, please send me a direct e-mail in that case, to ). best regards

3 years 9 months ago