See interesting blog, link: http://www.tradeforum.org/news/How-the-European-Union-joins-trade-dynamism-with-sustainable-development/
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 557 73... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
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.
* 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... Read more
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
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.
For S... Read more
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 http://www.factsafrica.com
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.... Read more
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,... Read more
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
A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme
of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation
for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity
to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while
discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of
each of the exhibitor countries
Tanzania will participate in the World Exposition (EXPO 2015) Milan, Italy under the Spices cluster. The theme of the Expo is "Feeding the Planet Energy for Life". During the Expo, there will be an extraordinary universal event displaying tradition, creativity and innovation in the business of food where more than 147 countries will participate. Tanzania will showcase different opportunities related to spices, investment, tourism, and culture among other issues.
During the Expo, the following topics will be discussed in relation to food production, availability, nutrition and cultu... Read more
Are you trying to envision an agribusiness that offers its participants
something beyond a simple sell-buy relationship? Do you want to do good
business, but also be in the business of doing good? Are you struggling
to practically combine organizational objectives with social ones? These
questions are core to the world of inclusive agribusiness.
The course take place in Ethiopa.
More information and online registration please visit our website: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Research-Institutes/centre-for-development-innovation/short-courses/show/cdicourse_IBM_2015.htm
Highlights from the Dutch Good Growth Fund
Last week I was invited by the Dutch Consulate to attend the Dutch Good Growth Fund Seminar. This fund is one of several Dutch funding/investment instruments businesses can apply to. This Fund in particular is focused on providing loans and investments to Dutch and foreign small and medium enterprises located in selected 44 countries. Presentations were given by The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). There were are also presentations of different funds businesses can benefit from Entrepreneurial Development Bank (FMO) and ICCO investments amongst others.
Attached you can find some highlights of the seminar and in the link below you can also find more information and contact details on how to apply for the different funds. Alternatively you can contact me directly or the representative of the Dutch consulate here in Zambia for further details.