On Friday February 9, Marjolijn Sonnema, Director General of the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality visited the AgriProFocus office in Utrecht. She was curious to find out more about our network; who are our members, what drives us and how can the ministry and AgriProFocus work more together on agriculture and food security?
We wanted to present the broad variety of members and activities of our network. We invited members in Utrecht and set up a live video connection with Uganda and Benin. Our coordination teams there had invited network members and partners that are involved in the Benin “Uplifting the Fish Value Chain in Benin” program and in the Uganda PAINT program, two strong examples of how AgriProFocus facilitates Dutch, national and international partners to work together on common goals and agendas.
Thanks to the live connection a lively discussion sparked between the guests in Utrecht, Uganda an... Read more
Malgré l’ emploi du temps très chargé de Son Excellence Mr JOLKE OPPEWAL, l’Ambassadeur du Royaume des Pays-Bas au Mali accompagné de son chargé des affaires économiques Mr Mamadou Landouré ,du Vice-Président de la CCIM et du Coordinateur de votre réseau AgriProFocus Mali, il a visité ce jeudi 25 Janvier 2018, toutes les entreprises néerlandaises présentes au pavillon néerlandais et d’autres stands stratégiques de la FEBAK 2018 ( Foire d'Exposition Internationale de Bamako) .
Après cette visite guidée, c’est devant les chefs de réseau, ONGs, Projets/programmes et des entreprises néerlandaises que Son Excellence a reçu une distinction honorifique appelée CIWARA de la part des entreprises néerlandaises pour service rendu et du bon partenariat entre nos deux pays.
Vive le partenariat Pays-BAS-Mali
This question was addressed during a National Platform organised on December 14th by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Vietnam. The Platform connected and facilitated knowledge exchange between women entrepreneurs, policy makers & local governments.
The Platform also marked the official kick-off of the National Women-led Business Start-up Programme (NWBSP), which aims to support women in business start-up and innovation in 63 provinces in Vietnam. The Programme will be implemented by the Vietnam Women’s Union between 2017 and 2025, with support from international and governmental organisations, enterprises and local partners.
Dans le but de pérenniser les acquis du Programme d’Appui au Développement des Services d’Affaires dans le Secteur Agricole (PAD2SA) mis en oeuvre par la SNV Bénin, AgroBusiness Center a réalisé un film documentaire sur l'accès au financement de ses bénéficiaires.
This scan was presented and discussed during a seminar hosted by PPPLab on 30 November 2017 in the Netherlands. The notes of the presentations and discussion are presented below.
Introduction - Jan Ubels and Floortje Jacobs (SNV)
Scaling is needed for a variety of reasons: reaching more people, higher efficiencies, achieving system change. A new scan to assess the potential for scaling was developed by PPPLab, and it includes 5 key concepts:
1. Delivery mechanisms. It is about the delivery mechanism(s) for a range of elements that enable the adoption and sustainability of the improved solution or practice (so, not the technical solution only). So it is not what you scale, but how you scale it.
2. Horizontal and vertical scaling. Horizontal : rolling out, replication to as many people as possible. Vertical scaling, is about the other system levels (solution, organization... Read more
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
Nous avons l’honneur de vous inviter à l’atelier de capitalsiation du programme AgroBusiness Center. Il aura lieu le mardi 05 Décembre 2017 à la salle de conférence de l’hôtel AZALAI à partir de 09h00.
En effet, la SNV Bénin exécute à travers AgroBusiness Center (ABC) le programme intitulé Programme d’Appui au Développement des Services d’Affaires dans le Secteur Agricole (PAD2SA). Ce programme financé par l’Ambassade du royaume des Pays-Bas près le Bénin, d’une durée de quatre (4) ans 2013-2017, a pour objectif de contribuer à l’accroissement du revenu des acteurs directs notamment les commerçants, les distributeurs, les exportateurs, les transformateurs, les producteurs, les commanditaires et les utilisateurs des services d’affaires. Durant la mise en œuvre du programme, des avancées notables ont été relevées en matière de facilitation d’accès au financement, de mise en marché. Toutefois, beaucoup de difficultés ont été relevées. Certaines... Read more
I have read through a report prepared after SNV’s Smart water for Agriculture (SWA) learning event that took place on 18 September 2017 in Nairobi Kenya; it is clear new technologies in water harvesting, storage, and usage would lead to transformation of lives. This new knowledge and technologies if embraced would lead to eradication of poverty and ensure food security.
In the report one thing is evident – change of tact in SWA programs is necessary if we have to achieve SDGs No. 1,2 &13 . According to National irrigation Board (NIB) in Kenya, The government is re-looking into policies that have existed on irrigation, which have not borne fruits with intention of instituting changes. In fact the government is now seeking to empower and encourage private sector as strategic partners to take a bigger role in spearheading smart Water Agriculture technologies and practices.
Given that Agriculture is a devolved function in Ken... Read more
Voice for Change partnership launch was held on the 29th of September 2017 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel. It was an auspicious event that brought on board sixty five stakeholders drawn from national and county government departments, community based and national CSOs, research, think tanks and international development organizations.
The programme addressed four issues namely: food and nutrition safety, resilience, renewable energy, water, sanitation and hygiene. The day's programme was divided into several sessions aimed at getting perspectives from different stakeholders.
Mr Irungu Houngton, the Executive Director of Chapter One Kenya while giving his perspective on the role of CSOs in development noted that civil society organizations are at the front seat of the country's future as they point out issues that are not protecting the rights of citizens. He further noted that CSOs are at the voice of citizens at the local, national and intern... Read more
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It is clear through available statistics that by 2050 the world population would be over 9 billion and the biggest challenge would be food insecurity. The premonition, if we don’t act on the looming food crisis, many people are going to die of hunger. From human point of view and indeed Africa tradition, dying of hunger is not only painful but also shameful. It is imperative then for everyone to commit to work in order to avert the pain and shame of the encroaching calamity.
The urgency of the solutions to this peculiar problem of food insecurity especially in Africa cannot be underrated. From several researches, it is clear that the Africa continent has latent pote... Read more
The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is conducting an edible oil demand study in Northern Uganda in order to understand the market demand for distinct products from edible oil seeds such as sunflower oilseed, soya beans, palm oilseeds, sesame/simsim and other oilseeds. This study will help in better understanding the demand for sunflower and other edible oil seeds grown in Northern Uganda and other parts of the country.As such, it is critical to understand the ability of locally produced edible oil products to compete against other products on the markets. The questions below will provide the understanding required of the edible oil demand in the country. This survey is confidential and voluntary, and any information that we obtain will only be used anonymously, for the study purposes. We will be most grateful if you could take about 8 minutes of your time to answer the questions
Deadline: November 04, 2017
Agriterra aims to professionalize farmers' organizations and cooperatives worldwide, with advice from experts from the Dutch agricultural sector. Our opinion is that strong farmers' organizations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better distribution of income. We focus on economic development and work closely together with the Dutch agribusiness.
Agriterra Rwanda is registered as a program under SNV Rwanda and our team cooperates with farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, in the value chains of coffee, dairy, maize, rice, sugar cane, horticulture and Irish potato.
Agriterra is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer business advisory services to cooperatives that have been selected as Agriterra clients. The Business Advisor will be based at Agriterra’s office in Musanze, under the wings of farmer’s... Read more
The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is an international not-for-profit development organization 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: Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
SNV Rwanda in Dutch consortia led by BMB Mott MacDonald, and Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) of Rwanda are implementing the project “Education for Agricultural Development” (SEAD), contributing to sustainable food security in Rwanda (running until mid-2021). The project is funded through a grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the NICHE 2 program (Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education) which is managed by NUFFIC. The primary beneficiaries of SEAD project are the relevant universities of Rwanda and polytechnics/IPRCs and, ultimately, the private sec... Read more
A new initiative to support private sector actors to grow their agricultural businesses in an inclusive and gender-responsive way.
Under the competitive initiative, SNV provides advisory services, mentoring and financial support to private sector actors operating in agriculture, including small and medium enterprises and cooperative groups/production units, to develop, enhance and roll-out innovative gender-responsive inclusive business ideas. Gender-responsive inclusive businesses generate profit for the private sector actors by bringing women into the core business of the company as employees, producers, distributors and/or customers. Profit is generated by increased quality and productivity in the business or the creation of new untapped markets. At the same time, the benefits for women include opportunities for jobs and leadership positions, increased income, increased resilie... Read more
In supporting youth in agribusiness, our partners SNV partnered with MasterCard Foundation in a project named Opportunity for Youth Employment (OYE) and held a boot camp between 11th-14th September. The bootcamp involved youth from four zones of Tanzania including Southern Zone (Mbeya), Northern Zone (Arusha), Central Zone (Dodoma/Morogoro) and Lake Zone (Mwanza).
The Bootcamp held for 3 days, of which 2 days of learning, networking and study tours to organic fertilizer company and organic manufacturer company. Out of 30 participants, 3 winners were chosen whereby the first winner won a startup kit worth 1 million, second 900,000 and third 800,000 start up kits.
The panel of judges from SNV and AgriProFocus Tanzania Country Coordinator Katarina Mungure chose the competition winner named Elizabeth from Haki Leather Group in Dodoma.
... Read moreKatarina says "youth who attended OYE bootcamp and business plan competition
The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar... Read more
En partenariat avec AgroBusiness Center, la plateforme a initié une formation en pisciculture à l'endroit de 40 jeunes. La formation a duré 14 jours et s'est déroulée sur la ferme Kakalaka. Elle a porté entre autres sur la reproduction de Clarias et tilapia, l'alimentation des poissons, l'entretien des bassins et étangs, la production d'alevins, la gestion de sites piscicoles, etc.
A l'issu de la formation, les jeunes bénéficieront de l'accompagnement technique du formateur pour l'installation de leurs propres sites.
Members of the Twaweza group live in the mountain village of Mundu on the outskirts of Morogoro, Tanzania. But despite their isolated location, they have managed to become a strong agricultural trading network.