Van Hall Larenstein University

Member of the Dutch AgriProFocus network

moderated by Janine Schoeman

 VHL University of Applied Sciences is an international green knowledge institute that combines education, delivered by passionate experts, and applied research within the various lectorates. We train our students to become high-quality, ambitious and innovative professionals who contribute to a more sustainable world.

International ambitions Climate change, globalisation, a growing world population and digitisation have global consequences. Worldwide, there is a need for knowledge and properly trained people who are able to contribute towards solutions to problems around the preservation and sustainable use of land and water, biodiversity, food security and the transition to a bio-based economy.

Based on its position as a university of applied sciences in the ‘green’ domain with multiple locations and an international network, VHL University of Applied Sciences can make a contribution towards addressing national and international issues.

Van Hall Larenstein University is a member of the AgriProFocus Dutch Membership.
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Posted By in SMK Pertanian
Posted 8 October 2018 at 06:10

Kerja sama Indonesia – Belanda dalam Penguatan SMK Pertanian: Pembentukan Komite Penasihat Lapangan Kerja

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Program dari NUFFIC NICHE – Innocap untuk penguatan SMK Pertanian di Indonesia telah memasuki tahun kedua pelaksanaan. Program ini terbagi dalam tiga sektor dengan masing-masing SMK target yaitu: peternakan ruminansia, peternakan unggas, dan hortikultura. AgriProFocus bersama Program Diploma IPB memfasilitasi program Innocap di sektor ruminansia. Selain bertujuan transfer pengetahuan, pengalaman, dan keahlian Belanda dalam pengembangan sektor pendidikan hijau melalui pelatihan guru dan penguatan metode pengajaran, program ini juga ingin berkontribusi pada penyiapan lulusan agar lebih diakui kompetensinya di pasar kerja.

Dalam rangka itu, AgriProFocus memfasilitasi pembentukan komite penasihat lapangan kerja (workfield advisory committee). Komite ini terdiri dari sekolah, alumni, sektor swasta, lembaga pendidikan lain dan lembaga swadaya masyara

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Youth and Civil Participation

Event posted by in Youth - Jeunesse
  22 June 2018, 08:30-13:00
  Larensteinselaan 26-A, 6882 CT Velp, the Netherlands

Facilitation Academy


Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science 

Youth and Civil Participation

Date and time: 22nd of June, from 9:00 am until 1:00pm. Walk-in is from 8:30 am onwards.

Location: Van Hall Larenstein, Larensteinselaan 26-A, 6882 CT Velp.

If you’ve ever facilitated a neighborhood livability workshop, or attended one, you know that the average of the participating inhabitants is definitely 35 and up. That raises some questions:

• What is needed to reach the youth from the age 16 to 24?

• What do the youth now want in the neighborhood?

• How do we keep young people/the youth in the neighborhood, in our area and our village?

• How do we involve them, reach them for and in our projects?

• What do we need to do?

Tools we use already in a development context are very usefull in a Dutch setting, while on the other side development organsations can learn from Dutch municipalities.. It may need a little tweak, in a modernized package. But how to do that?


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 28 May 2018 at 09:25

Scouting talents in rural India

Indian rural development organization Srijan started Self Help Groups for female farmers in 2009. ‘In the beginning it was difficult for these women to see the benefits’, says Arno de Snoo, lecturer at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. Eight years later, however, the benefits are clearly visible.

De Snoo, who started collaborating with Srijan last year, gives the example of Savitri Gaud, a champion in developing her talents. Because Savitri persevered where other female farmers hesitated, or left altogether, her group became one of the strongest in the area. Recognized for her success, Savitri started assisting the formation of women’s groups in other areas and joining Srijan as service providers. Now, she is the respected chairperson of the cooperation Smridhi Mhila Crop Producer, with an annual turnover of 140.000 euro. 

Projects that make a difference

AgriProFocus members support entrepreneurial women in a male-dominated business, st

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 May 2018 at 07:46

‘Gender is still too often a separate paragraph’

This round-table interview is one of the articles in the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity'  

How can this be changed?

It is not easy to integrate a gender perspective into a programme. Partners can accuse you of imposing Western values, women are not allowed to participate, colleagues don’t take the issue seriously, and so on. There are, however, many ways to persevere and to enjoy success, according to three experienced gender specialists ‘One way is building a relationship of trust.’

When Julie Newton, senior gender advisor at KIT Royal Tropical Institute explained for the first time to the scientists of the African Chicken Genetics Programme the value of integrating a gender perspective, she experienced some resistance. ‘National scientists initially felt we were imposing Western values of equality, or even feminism. In these cases I remain respectful and I first listen. Then I explain how relatio

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 16 April 2018 at 08:51

Magazine Making Gender Work: cultivating diversity

Last Friday at our network event, AgriProFocus together with its members, launched a one-off magazine about gender in the agrifood sector. 

This magazine focuses on the practical implementation of the available tools and knowledge. What are the obstacles in implementing gender strategies and how can we overcome these? What are the success stories and what can we learn from them? By sharing the views of experts from all four sides of the Dutch Diamond, we hope to inspire you to start or further develop gender sensitivity in your work.

This magazine, as a representation of our network, would not have been possible without the contribution of our members. Thank you all for sharing your insights, your experiences and your stories!

You can find the online version of the magazine HERE

Mugisha Richard Thank you very much Caroline for sharing the Magzine. 

9 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 February 2018 at 12:38

Are you a mid-career horticulture, livestock or forestry professional? Do you want to enhance your knowledge in your area of expertise and develop management skills at a strategic level? At Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences we offer the one-year postgraduate Master Agricultural Production Chain Management. This MSc is eligible for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship.
Apply for this MSc programme before 28th February 2018 to be able to apply for the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) scholarship.

More information about Van Hall Larenstein's international graduate programs here:…/3713…/Brochure-Masters-VHL-20182019

Maula Paramitha Wulandaru Hi Karen, thanks so much for your posting, we will spread the words! keep on posting!

11 months 1 week ago


Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Kenya)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  13 February 2018, 08:00-14:30
  Azure Hotel, Lantana Road


Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Nairobi on February 13 from 08:00h-13.30h in Azure Hotel, Lantana Road, Westlands. 

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Kenya to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

Download the programme here

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Dorina Prech: 


Inclusive and Climate-Smart Dairy Business Models (Ethiopia)

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  15 February 2018, 09:00-13:30
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole area), Addis Ababa

Invitation to the Inception workshop for the research and scaling-up project Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and partners will start an NWO-funded research programme in Ethiopia and Kenya. In the attachment you will find the official invitation for the workshop "Inclusive and climate smart business models in Ethiopian and Kenyan dairy value chains" in Addis Ababa on February 15 from 9:00h-13.30h in Azzeman Hotel (Bole area, Addis Ababa).

The main objective (and reason for AgriProFocus Ethiopia to be involved) is to share and obtain input on the chosen research approach with key stakeholders and to adapt the research design based on the input from stakeholders.

If you are interested to join our meeting or you need further information, please register with Meskerem Ritmeester 

Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:14

RTQF curriculum development Irrigation & Drainage

Dennis de Jager, senior lecturer IWRM at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, visited a number of institutions that play, or will play, a role in the development of the RTQF curriculum in irrigation & drainage. 

Meetings at IPRC South and Musanze Polytechnic, both pioneering in irrigation & drainage, provided valuable information on the programmes that are already in place at TVET level, albeit at level 3 or (as far as advanced/diploma level is concerned) not formally placed on the RTQF yet. For the purpose of aligning the RTQF advanced/diploma curricula in Irrigation and Drainage to the degree programmes, the mission also included a meeting with a team from INES-Ruhengeri, the land- & water management institute, who shared their wealth of experience and materials of irrigation & water engineering related programmes. 

To complement the view on what is happening at university level, Nyagatare campus was visited where disc

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 08:54

Focus on one of the international implementing partners: Van Hall Larenstein

Van Hall Larenstein (VHL) is a University of Applied Sciences, founded over a century ago, with two locations in the Netherlands: Velp and Leeuwarden. They offer Bsc. programs, Msc. programs and short higher vocational training programs, both nationally and internationally oriented. They also conduct practice-based research, which enhances both our teaching ability and our position as a research institute. VHL is organized in three focus areas: Food and Dairy, Animals and Business and Delta Areas and Resources. 

For an impression, see the drone images of our university and beautiful estate. VHL has been involved in various projects all over the world for decades. We have experience in capacity-building projects in higher education in sub-Sahara Africa, the Far East and Central and South America. In the SEAD project VHL focusses on Value Chain management,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 21 December 2017 at 05:21

Workshop Multipihak untuk Memperkuat SMK Pertanian

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SMK Pertanian menjadi tempat yang penting untuk mempersiapkan generasi muda dengan kemampuan praktik yang memadai, serta pemikiran kreatif untuk membangun agribisnis yang permintaannya terus meningkat di masa depan, khususnya bagi negara seperti Indonesia. Namun, jurusan pertanian terus mengalami penurunan minat, kemungkinan disebabkan oleh citra agribisnis yang kurang menguntungkan atau tidak tersedianya lapangan pekerjaan di sektor pertanian. Oleh karena itu, diperlukan inisiatif untuk memperkuat SMK Pertanian guna menciptakan lingkungan belajar yang mendukung.

Pada tanggal 19 Oktober 2017 , AgriProFocus Indonesia bersama dengan Program Diploma IPB serta Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science memfasilitasi workshop multipihak untuk mengumpulkan masukan-masukan guna memperkuat SMK Pertanian di jurusan ruminansia. Acara ini dihadiri oleh pengajar SMK, pihak swasta, pemerintah dan praktisi. Dala

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Dirgha Ahdiansyah menarik sekali mbak mitha, semoga bisa bersinergi dengan smk pertanian nya

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 12 October 2017 at 09:49

At VHL University of Applied Sciences we have welcomed the new students for the two professional Master programmes; Management of Development and Agricultural Production Chain Management. This year it is the 44th time we receive international students for out courses. Coming from Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Japan, Nigeria, Somalia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Myanmar, Philipines, Vietnam, and Kenya it is definitely going to be an inspiring, multi-cultural year full of new experiences and knowledge!

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing Marco and good luck with the new batch of students!

1 year 3 months ago

Hussein Mwapili Good job Marco

1 year 3 months ago


Circular Agribusiness in Dairy: let’s close the loops?

Event posted by in Van Hall Larenstein University
  26 October 2017, 17:30-19:30
  Van Hall Larenstein University - Velp

Agri-Food chains are based on linear principles, the call for a circular economy is big. The dairy farming industry claims to be based on circular principles, however, in many countries it is solely linear.

Which solutions for circularity do we have in agribusiness? Are these solutions climate-smart or inclusive? And what can we learn from each other?

You are invited to discuss these topics, together with members of the network and students from Van Hall Larenstein University during an informal dinner meeting!

To join, simply send an e-mail to Janine Schoeman ( before the 20th of October.

See you on Thursday the 26th!

Marco Verschuur

Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 26 July 2017 at 10:02

“Cooperation is critical to achieving success and impact”

Membership Agreement signed between Van Hall Larenstein and AgriProFocus

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and AgriProFocus signed a Membership Agreement on 21st June 2017. Van Hall Larenstein’s Board Chairman Peter van Dongen and AgriProFocus’ Executive Director Sander Mager put their signatory and discussed the opportunities of further collaboration in a short meeting with staff of both organisations and a group of six students.

The Membership Agreement will strengthen the engagement and active participation of Van Hall Larenstein in the AgriProFocus network and improve the added value of the AgriProFocus network for Van Hall Larenstein, with a specific focus on sharing knowledge and connections in agribusiness for development. This will contribute to Van Hall Larenstein’s connections with the broader international agri-food development practitioners’ community as well as with policy makers; and in view

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Daniel Ikaaba Great milestone

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2017 at 04:19

Van Hall Larenstein, Egerton University and Agrikom Training and Consultancies organise a Refresher Course for Master alumni of Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, about “Strengthening the role of institutions in the commercialization of agricultural value chains in Africa through capacity building of VHL alumni”. In the Refresher course 20 participants from 8 African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are working on a Theory of change for transforming the agricultural sector. It is taking place from 3-14 July 2017 at Egerton in Nakuru/Njoro, Kenya.

Thanks for sharing this Marco! I'm interested in the outcomes of the course, feel free to share them with our community as well.

1 year 6 months ago

wishing you good deliberations! I can see Anatole 

1 year 6 months ago

Daniel Ikaaba Great milestone

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in Van Hall Larenstein University
Posted 6 February 2017 at 04:37

hi all,

today I did a guest lecture for 40+ students MoD and APCM at Van Hall Larenstein. See one photo in this link event. Below is the photo from another angle.

Anne Marie Kortleve Hi Wim, the picture looks cool! Can you tell us a bit more on what the lecture was about? And what is MoD and APCM? 

1 year 11 months ago

Wim Goris Actually the lecture was about us. I showed the AgriProFocus video on our network approach, collected questions and answers. Some 16 students were multitasking, they registered for this online network during class !

1 year 11 months ago

Wim Goris MOD (Management of Development) and APCM (agri product chain management) are the 2 main Master courses for international mid-career students.

1 year 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 15 April 2014 at 08:52

Dutch dairy chain approach: Help the farmers and they will help themselves

2 weeks ago we shared information regarding a dairy expert meeting that was scheduled to take place on 10th April 2014 in the Netherlands. Many of our members showed interest in the information that would be shared during the meeting.

The expert meeting was organized by Agri-ProFocus’ members AERES group, Agriterra, Friesland Campina, Heifer, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Van Hall Larenstein, SNV and Wageningen UR. It took place at Wageningen UR on Thursday, 10 April. Over 140 representatives of the dairy chain, farmers and researchers discussed on the modern Dutch approach, based on a long-term successful dairy production. 

Please follow this link here in order to get more information about the Expert meeting and also to download the meeting materials that were shared.