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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 February 2013 at 01:10

Are you interested in joining an organisation with a long term commitment to fighting poverty?

Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for a Sector Leader - Agriculture Duty station: Kigali, Rwanda (International contract)

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation working in over 30 developing countries for more than 40 years.

SNV has been working in Rwanda since 1980 and is active in all of SNV’s three sectors (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Renewable Energy and Agriculture). In Rwanda, agriculture is the dominant economic activity and remains the main source of employment for about 80% of the population and accounts for about 45% of exports.

As such it is a key entry point for increasing growth and reducing poverty. Commercialisation and use of technology are seen as key strategies to further develop the sector, while the Government of

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 11 December 2012 at 08:40

Agri-Hub Ethiopia organized another Agri-Finance Fair in Hawassa last Saturday 8 December. The fair was held with the aim of linking farmers to financial institutions and to sensitize farmers about value addition.  This time, the fair was hosted by Hawassa University. 

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About 460 farmers and professionals attended the fair, which is twice the amount of participation of the first finance fair in October.  They visited the 16 banks and MFIs who were exhibiting their financial products and attended the debate and learning sessions. One of the key issues raised during the debates and presentations was the limited possibilities for farming as a business within the current macro-economic climate.  The difficulty of getting finance was also a point of debate. One of the exhibitors, Sidama MFI, presented their plans to open a micro-bank department in the coming 3 years to serve the missing middle: loans between 5,000 and 50,000 dollar.

Overall, the fair was a success.  Farmers were able to get rel

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 May 2012 at 07:52

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Expression of Interest SNV Uganda

Pool of experts on Private Sector Development

Context and rationale

SNV Uganda is active in agriculture, water, hygiene & sanitation, and renewable energy. Its main strategy is to support the different sectors, sub-sectors and value chains in terms of identification of viable inclusive business (IB) models (www.inclusivebusiness.org), inclusive business planning, supporting business development service or value chain development service hubs, business linkages, impact investment strategies and  “Bottom of Pyramid” (BoP) services (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottom_of_the_pyramid)

The principles of SNV Uganda’s work are inclusiveness, empowerment, gender equity , pro poor growth, multi stakeholder process and systemic change facilitation. For more information on SNV see www.snvworld.org

 

Objectives

SNV Uganda would like to establish a pool of experts (individuals or organisations) interested to contribute to this challenge. SNV Uganda is looking for the following expertis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 4 May 2012 at 09:13

imageDans le cadre de ses activités pour l’année 2012, Agri-Hub Bénin a prévu de développer la thématique « relations fermes-firmes ». Afin que la discussion ne soit pas seulement théorique il a été décidé de développer la thématique sous forme d’un trajet/processus de Recherche-Action « Ferme-Firme » (RA-FF) autour d’une étude de cas de la filière Anacarde. La filière anacarde a été choisie car dans cette filière plusieurs membres de l’Agri-Hub sont actifs et les relations d’affaires entre les producteurs/productrices et les usines de transformation sont un élément central dans le développement de valeur ajoutée. Aussi, les relations firmes-fermes sont importantes pour le développement local ainsi que pour améliorer l’accès aux marchés. La SNV reçoit dans le processus de RA-FF, un appui méthodologique de la part de l’Institut Royal des Tropiques (KIT) et l’Université de Wageningen (WUR).

Comme première étape dans le traj

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 9 November 2011 at 01:02

SNV Rwanda bids farewell to Jean de Matha Ouédraogo

Editorial

“Tonight everybody should look at Jean de Matha’s shoes. They will see they are very big and difficult to fill”, said Erik van Waveren in his speech at the farewell party of the

SNV Rwanda Director. The message of Jean de Matha’s …READ MORE.


SNV Rwanda: 30 years of solidarity 

Editorial

 

On 2 September 2011, SNV Rwanda celebrated 30 years of capacity development and cooperation in Rwanda.Clients and partners from around the

country took the occasion to share their stories and memories of SNV’s history. Mr. Jean de Matha Ouédraogo, Director of SNV Rwanda,

declared 30 years to be …. READ MORE.

 

 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 6 July 2011 at 02:25

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Please find the three first issues of SNV newsletter related to economic development and value chain development. You can also find these issues in our SNV Pages here!

 

The PIE Dispatch Issue 1 May 2011.pdf

 Inside this issue:

  1. The agriculture sector emerged the winner for the just concluded presidential elections!
  2. North-East Region Oilseed Stakeholder Platform
  3. Changing livelihoods throught improved honey value chain in West Nile Region
  4. IT governance and strategies to enhance functionality of Rural Information Systems (RIS)
  5. Agri-Hub Uganda: joining forces to suppiort farmer entrepreneurship in Uganda
  6. SNV - VECO - Centenary Bank Credit Scheme

The PIE Dispatch Issue 2 June 2011.pdf

 In this issue:

  1. June: The Dairy Month Celebration
  2. Prof. Otim, Senior Presidential Advisor On Agriculture, Visits SNV Uganda Initiatives
  3. SNV Uganda contribution to food security in Uganda
  4. Farmer-led extension services: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands visiting Rwenzory area

The PIE Dispatch

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AgriProFocus NL

Great Bernard,

 

can people subscribe to your newsletter?

7 years 6 months ago

Bernard Conilh de Beyssac

Well, the idea was that if SNV publish it here in this ning then it becomes "public" and anyone can have access to it.

 

Is it not enough?

 

Shall we manage a distribution list? What we would like to have is sincere feedback for us to improve it:

  • what people would like to know about SNV Uganda?
  • If they would like to add or contribute to an article, making a subject or a case less SNV centered
  • Should we announce the next "subjects" and ask for contribution?

We are just "amateurs" in this for the moment so any feedback will help us!

7 years 6 months ago

AgriProFocus NL

Hi Bernard,

 

Of course do see this as the platform for distribution. I was just wondering if your own SNV site hass a subscription option, if not fine. It will also work this way. Maybe whene you post the next newsletter, include the contents in the newspost, so people get triggered to read certain articles.

 

I think you should really see it as an SNV product, though. If you would want an article less SNV centred than my suggestion is to just have members share it in the news section, particularly if it is around a broader topic which we also cover under APF themes.

 

But in adddition I suggest to at least also do the followng:

  • Addd the documents also to your organissations' pages. Maybe by creating a page called newsletters? In that way they stay easily findable.
  • I can also make sure the newsletter gets on the thematic pages where it is relevant so we have it also in our 'library' for future reference.
  • It also reminds me to stimulate other members to share their newsletters.

 

I think the word for amateur is synonymous for someone who loves to do s'thing, so that's just great.

 

roel

7 years 6 months ago

Bernard Conilh de Beyssac

Is this better now? I also added some pages onSNV pages...

 

Thanks Roel for your help ! This real teamwork!

7 years 6 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 20 October 2010 at 12:59

Dear all,

With near to 50 participants we experienced a very dynamic and fruitful network day. The network day has given the opportunity to establish and strengthen bilateral contacts as well as indentify new inroads into collective activities. 

You can download the full report here.

Find other network day materials here

In summary the agenda for the near future (and moving into 2011 and beyond) looks as follows:


Ongoing activities

Access to finance

  • A reference group has been established
  • A terms of reference will be developed around 4 focal strands presented (business economic capacity of producers producer organisations; knowledge on agri-financing in financial institutions; financial product design; risk mitigating instruments)
  • Relevant stakeholders are to be identified to link up
  • The previous work (study report and outcomes of the VCF validation event) will be used to develop a joint agenda
  • ICCO and SNV to lead
Action Learning on agri-business facilitation
  • Participating organisations are improving their understanding and practice
  • Currently 15+ cases operational in various sub-se

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Fred McOloo This is great. It was unfortunate that i could not make it to the event. Looking forward to participate in both on-going and future activities.

8 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 31 August 2010 at 01:04

One issue that came out during the APF Multi Stakeholder Meeting was the need to improve access to (value chain) finance.

 

Most APF members have something to offer in this regard, be it knowledge, services or finance. SNV, Cordaid, Woord en Daad, KIT and WUR feel that a series of practical workshops focused on access to finance can be concrete actions to implement the value chain specific action plans and/or to sharpen them further.

It will also be a good opportunity to start an action learning process.

 

Which type of finance for whom?

In all segments of the chain, there is need for a specific financial product, with a specific purpose.

  I              Producer Organisations (producers) need inputs before they start growing/ rearing their crop/ cattle and cash once their produce is ready. Possible ways of addressing the needs of the producers are:

¨        Self-finance by the producer organisation (e.g. by raising shares); +low costs, no collateral, - limited amo

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Christel Schiphorst

Dear all,

My colleague Wim Goris started up an discussion on the Kampala Principles on the special Finance ning.

Please have a look and add your opinions and experiences too.

Christel

7 years 4 months ago

Christel Schiphorst

Please find this concept proposal to organise an event toward November 2011:

 

Market Place event in Zambia: Linking farmers to finance
Draft concept note

Background
It has abundantly been proved in studies and during reflections that the actors of the agriculture sector have poor access to finance, especially the smallholder farmers, but also other actors within the value chains, Within the Agri- Pro Focus platform in Zambia, a working group has been set up to address this challenge.
Apart from the lack of suitable financial products on the side of the service providers, and the lack of capacity of clients to meet the requirements, there is obviously an information gap between service providers and potential clients. Banks and MFI’s don’t have time to go and move throughout the villages to inform and prepare their potential clients about the requirements and conditions. Farmers fear to contact the service providers. Hence the lack of communication prevents bankable farmers to access the existing services and the lack of dialogue between both sides generates mismatch between expectations of farmers and the offers of the institutions.

The Agrifinance group of APF decided to organize in 2011 at least 1 market place event to facilitate dialogue between the financial service providers and the agriculture actors, especially the farmers. ZATAC will explore the feasibility of such an event in the XX region and prepared with Woord & Daad and Cordaid a draft concept note to initiate the process.
Purpose of the market place
Bring together financial service providers and potential clients to share information and dialogue in order to improve access to finance for actors in agriculture in the XX region.
Objectives
• To share information on the products of the financial service providers, and have a dialogue on their affordability and appropriateness for financing agriculture.
• To learn from good practices where the financial services match with the needs of farmers, processors and traders.
• To have better insight in the capacity and readiness of farmers and other value chain actors to access formal financial services and define the gaps.

Concept of the market place

The market place is an event of one or two days where financial service providers and potential clients will meet, dialogue, discuss and possibly do business.
The activities of the market are yet to be defined concretely around many questions.
On the focus of the event:
- Which actors of the value chain will the event target besides the farmers?
- Which service providers will be invited on which criteria? (banks, MFIs, SACCO’s…)
- Will the event focus on specific commodities?
On the methodology:
- Will there be possibility for the participants to discuss face to face their applications for a loan with individual service providers? And used as learning cases for others. The follow up will be used to document the process
- Will there be a workshop-like session where some concrete applications will be studied and discussed for learning (business plan, requirements and conditions of some service providers)?
- Will there be a forum for information and discussion on a number of issues relevant for the region, e.g. finance through contract farming, mobile banking services, warehouse receipt systems, role of microfinance, etc.?
- Will there be a presentation and discussion on best practices?
- Can we include a competition element?
- How can we make it part of a process? Action learning?
On the follow up:
- The event should not be a one off activity, but the first step in a regional process leading to other initiatives to narrow the gap between financial demand and offer. How and by whom?
- How to document the initiative for broader spread out of the achievements and lessons learnt?
Etc, etc.

Process to concretize the market place event

- The concept note will be finalized in order to mobilize interested actors in Zambia to support the organization of the event.
- A steering committee will be set up to define the concrete set up of the market event. The committee will integrate interested actors from the farmers organizations, service providers and support institutions. APF will try to get support of Knowledge institutions to assist us with the process design.
This committee will concretize the design of the market place event (content, date, choice of the participants, guide the implementation process, make a budget and assure resources, etc.) and the role of the committee members.
- Is there a need to prepare the event by mapping on beforehand the financial service providers in the region to make the selection of participants?
- External support can be sought for the implementation, e.g. including master students of Mulungushi University (as WUR-Alterra has built a relationship with the university) and/or contract a consultant. Can KIT (Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands) give support?
- The Agrifinance group of APF will follow up and give feed back to the process in the chosen region.

Timing

- Feed back on the draft concept note during the meeting of the Agrifinance group on 20 September 2011.
- Circulate the concept note and forming the steering committee in September.
- First meeting of the steering committee 2nd half of September.
- The market place event will probably take place in November 2011, preferably around the NABC trade mission to Zambia (6-10 Nov) (see http://apf-zambia.ning.com for details).

7 years 4 months ago

Christel Schiphorst Mobile Banking expands at Standard Chartered: http://www.ruralfinancenetwork.org/pages.php?p=58&r=0&option=4&ID=116

7 years 3 months ago

AgriProFocus NL

Dear all,

Thank you all for reading and/or contributing to the discussion on this ning. Time to share follow-up:

  • I mentioned the Dutch debriefing event (30 August). Here are the minutes. These minutes and comments on Kampala Principles were also shared with MFW4A- the organizers of the Zipping farmers and finance event.
  • The MFW4A follow-up included an event in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: Making Finance Work For Africa 2011 Partnership For Africa, held 15 and 16 september. Participant Christine Ngugi is kindly sharing her notes of the Addis event (attached).
  • Read more about the preparations for a MFW4A AgFin working group that will work on finance policy recommendations; support/link to CAADP plans; and finance knowledge management.

Have you been at the Addis conference? Any questions to participants? Feel free to share your views too !

Kind regards,

Wim Goris

Christel Schiphorst said:

Dear all,

My colleague Wim Goris started up an discussion on the Kampala Principles on the special Finance ning.

Please have a look and add your opinions and experiences too.

Christel

7 years 3 months ago

Peter Phiri

Hai Christel

FnB has come up with loans agriculture loans that would be given to farmer to buy equiment chemicals and seed the farmers would only access such a service if l go on the ground l write a report to the bank after l advise the farmer on what crop he /she needs to buy and l put out r progrem of the farmers on chemcals and budget for them

Agri-ProFocus said:

Dear all,

Thank you all for reading and/or contributing to the discussion on this ning. Time to share follow-up:

  • I mentioned the Dutch debriefing event (30 August). Here are the minutes. These minutes and comments on Kampala Principles were also shared with MFW4A- the organizers of the Zipping farmers and finance event.
  • The MFW4A follow-up included an event in Addis Ababa Ethiopia: Making Finance Work For Africa 2011 Partnership For Africa, held 15 and 16 september. Participant Christine Ngugi is kindly sharing her notes of the Addis event (attached).
  • Read more about the preparations for a MFW4A AgFin working group that will work on finance policy recommendations; support/link to CAADP plans; and finance knowledge management.

Have you been at the Addis conference? Any questions to participants? Feel free to share your views too !

Kind regards,

Wim Goris

Christel Schiphorst said:

Dear all,

My colleague Wim Goris started up an discussion on the Kampala Principles on the special Finance ning.

Please have a look and add your opinions and experiences too.

Christel

7 years 3 months ago