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.
For more information, please visit: www.vhluniversity.com
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?
The faci... Read more
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.
AgriProFocus members support entrepreneurial women in a male-dominated business, st... Read more
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... Read more
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!
More information about Van Hall Larenstein's international graduate programs here: https://www.scribd.com/…/3713…/Brochure-Masters-VHL-20182019
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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... Read more
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=94DSTrdjFyA. 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,... Read more
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... Read more
“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.”
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... Read more
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the 20th of October.
See you on Thursday the 26th!
Coordinator Master Agricultural Production Chain Management - Van Hall Larenstein
Host and Lead for this meeting
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.
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.
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.