AgriProFocus Zambia

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for innovative entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

We offer:


+ Change makers showcase portfolio
+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities


+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs


  +   Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
  +   Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
  +   Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
  +   Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide.We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

Check our 2017 factsheet! 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 October 2017 at 07:23

News on Fall Army Worm

Read about push and pull plants to protect maize crops in the latest issue of African Farming.

As a sideline, they mention the use of sand to protect the young plant (funnel of leaves stage) from the FAW caterpillar. Who has more about this?

3 pages in this link:

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good job at Wim Goris, FAW is a big a challenge in maize production especially in East Africa. Now in Rwanda we are applying strong pesticides for controlling  FAWs but this preventive method kills all important natural enemies of insects in the fields. Therefore, PUSH&PULL method like using sand is a good approach to handle FAW disease in maize farms.

1 day 23 hours ago

Wim Goris hi Thacien. thanks for sharing. please read the source  again.  Push and pull is about plants that repel or attract FAW away from the maize. The sand  in the young maize plants is another method.  Which Rwanda institutions and companies are involved in the battle against FAW? 

1 day 22 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Wim, you are right 100%. Thanks for supporting farmers!

1 day 21 hours ago

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 13 October 2017 at 11:42

Infographic: Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework

It is already on our web platform for a while but not all of you might have seen it: the Women’s Economic Empowerment Framework. AgriProFocus made this infographic together with Fair & Sustainable to visualize this important and often used concept. It’s based on publications of DCED and work done together with FAO for the development of their guiding framework for gender sensitive value chain development (links are provided below).

Women’s Economic Empowerment is the process by which women increase their ability to succeed economically and strengthen their power to make and act on economic decisions that influence their lives and societal priorities.

A woman is economically empowered when she has both (1) the ability to succeed and advance economically and (2) the power to make and acts on her own economic decisions at individual, household, community level and controls resources, profits and decision-making process. Not all wom

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Shadrack Agaki Our responsibility should be to proactively seek ways of helping those in our Network to get this valuable Information to the villages, towns and cities in order to accelerate Adoption and utilization of these frameworks.

2 days 18 hours ago



Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  20 November 2017 - 09:00 to 22 November 2017 - 17:00
  Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

You are cordially invited to join us as delegates from the 20 – 22 November 2017, African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) 2017 to be held at the CTICC in Cape Town, South Africa.

The African Agri Investment Indaba (AAII) is the world’s meeting place for investment in Africa’s agriculture and agro processing sectors. The African food and agribusiness industry requires investment to drive commercial farming, mechanization and processed product through value addition. Governments across the continent are increasingly redefining policies to attract initiatives to support this industry so to lift its citizens out of poverty.

The AAII 2017 provides a forum for investors, bankers, mining projects, project owners, entrepreneurs and governments to connect and identify real opportunities in African agri. The Indaba creates a structured and efficient platform for investment ready projects across the food value chain to be showcased and attract interest from the investment and financial industry.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 07:14

Research projects locator (GCP and ARF)

World map indicating where Food & Business Research projects take place

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has developed a very useful new tool. The Platform's website includes a world map now with all Global Challenge Programme (purple) and Applied Research Fund (blue) projects: icons are placed in (one of) the countries where the research takes place.

If the reader clicks on an icon, he/she can read a short introduction about the project and press the “Read more” link to find more details on the Research Project page. To better see all projects in one continent or country, the reader can zoom in by pressing the + in the right bottom corner.

AgriProFocus members can use the tool to gather information on the agri-food research happening in the country or region of your interest. If you have particular interest in one specific research initiative, you may want to contact the research consortium to explore options for further exchange and p

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Felicien Nteziryayo I'm happy to join you here and we shall be sharing in terms of ideas and information. Thank you

2 days 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 10 October 2017 at 04:21

Interesting perspective of youth by Prof. Henry Bwisa, Board Chairperson of the Africa Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN).

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 October 2017 at 03:37

Speeddates, Networking & Joint Agenda Setting during our Network Day

Speeddates - Networking - Joint Agenda Setting, just a few ingredients of our members meet up of Thursday  28 September in Ede, The Netherlands. 12 of our networks country coordinators were present for our annual team week and of course we seized the opportunity to organise a network oportunity with our Dutch member organisations!

The afternoon started with an inspirational talk by Ellen Mangnus (Utrecht University) on our mission ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’, followed by a participatory member session to reflect on key issues and challenges underneath this mission.

We continued with roundtable working groups on our four central themes:

+ Inclusive Agribusiness
+ Climate Smart Agribusiness
+ Circular Economy Agribusiness
+ Nutrition Sensitive Agribusiness

Central questions: What are the underlying challenges? What are the most burning issues? Where do we see the biggest opportunities for change?

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Anne Marie , très intéressant la rencontre ! 

1 week 3 days ago


Multi-stakeholder action & food diversity from farm to plate

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  10 October 2017, 18:00-19:30

Hivos, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN Environment and the Zambian Government invite you to the following official side event at the 44thcommittee for World Food Security meeting (CFS44):


Despite their phenomenal productivity, current food systems are not oriented towards delivering healthy, diverse and high quality diets for people. Humans have utilized 7000 food plants over the millennia, however today over 60 per cent of dietary calories worldwide are derived from just four crops – wheat, maize, rice and potatoes. The result is a loss of diversity on the farm and on the plate, with damaging impacts on human health and the resilience of agroecosystems.

The event will launch and present policy recommendations that outline challenges and solutions to diversifying food production and cons

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"What kind of precision agriculture do smallholders need"

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  04 October 2017, 11:00-12:00
  online FREE webinar

 Join us for our online discussion on Wednesday, October 4, from 11am – noon CET. We have a high-calibre panel of experts, including representatives of eKutir, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bayer, Farmerline and WARC.

This event is free for all to join! Click here to view to attend the discussion:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 2 October 2017 at 01:30

Sprayrace Halo full stainless steel high flow rates with unique spray bank nozzles that counter and prevent clogging of nozzles counter. Simplicity and saving time and effort. Supplied with or without gasoline powered water pump. Snap on pipe fittings for one handed removal and connecting to pump. You build provide the floor and cement reservoir (drawings) and 2 its walls. Halo can easily be used on more than one point provided you duplicate the points basic cement and buildings. After introduction a herd it can comfortably dip 300 cattle per hour. Dip cattle and sheep. Sheep model also available for just shepherds.
With Gasoline powered water pump R11900
Without pump R9900
 Trans Border orders Matvin Zambia Logistics R3000
Enquiries to:

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 2 October 2017 at 08:59

An interesting initiative in Vietnam worth following: 

Gender-responsive Inclusive Business Support Package

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

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Building agribusiness relations for sustainable profit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 June 2018 to 06 July 2018 - All Day Event
  Ibadan, Nigeria

ICRA course:

This course is for agribusiness service providers and coaches working with smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs.

As a professional in business support services, you want to contribute to local entrepreneurial development and food security. By offering professional capacity support and coaching and assisting in accessing startup capital you try to help small-scale producers and processors move towards farming as a business.

In two weeks you will learn how to build trust to establish sustainable business relationships, to improve your negotiation skills and you will get tips on how to secure a steady income.

This video shows the two steps necessary to negotiate a win-win situation.

For more information and application, see the course webpage.

Scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
Application deadline for candidates with f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 26 September 2017 at 05:00

I am failing to access the application forms

Janine Schoeman Hi Nchimunya, what application forms are you looking for? Perhaps my colleague Maumo Mubila can assist you. 

3 weeks 2 days ago

Janine Schoeman Hi, you can follow the link to the application form om the website: . Please direct questions about this course to ICRA as they organise it ( ! Good luck! 

3 weeks 22 hours ago


Facing rural innovation challenges

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  14 May 2018 to 01 June 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA course:

Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security ,
14 May - 1 June 2018 in Wageningen, the Netherlands

This course is highly valued by its participants, professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations.  
For more information see the course webpage 

Get some tips on the art of listening in this video by our trainer Mariette Gross.

Candidates can: APPLY HERE and click here for scholarship information.

The scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
Application deadline for candidates with funds is 15 March 2018

You can check us out on: LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube |


Learning, action research and outreach in higher education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  12 March 2018 to 30 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, the Netherlands

ICRA course:

Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security,  
12 - 30 March 2018, Wageningen, the Netherlands

for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. What can you learn from this course? Listen to what our alumni have to say in this video.

After attending this course one participant said:

                   “Since I apply methods from this course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.

More information is available on the course webpage    

Candidates can: APPLY HERE and click here for scholarship information

Scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017
Application deadline with own funding is 20 January 2018

You can check us out on: 
LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter |


Food Diversity: multi-stakeholder action needed!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 October 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event

Hivos and IIED promote food diversity at CFS 44th annual meeting

Article from Hivos website

From 9 to 13 October 2017, the UN’s Committee on World Food Security will hold its 44th plenary session (CFS44) in Rome. Organised annually, the CFS Plenary is the central body for global decision-making, debate, coordination, lesson-learning and convergence by all stakeholders on food security issues. Hivos is attending the conference and will organise a side-event about the need for multi-stakeholder action to safeguard diversity within the global food system.

Loss of diversity negative for health and agroecosystems

Organised together with the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UN Environment and the Zambian Government, our event will dive deep into the challenges of the current food system. Hivos and our partners believe that despite its phenomenal productivity, the current food system is not oriented towards delivering healthy, diverse and high quality diets for all people. Today, over 60

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Managing Crops Business and Electronic in Tanzania

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  25 November 2017 to 29 November 2017 - All Day Event
  Moshi (MoCU), Kilimanjaro

Moshi Co-operative University (MoCU) prepares a five day training in Managing Crops Business and Electronic - Cooperation in Tanzania, which starts from 25th to 29th of November in Moshi, Tanzania.

The training will focus on current issues, models, successful cases and scenarios based on internet and competitive business environment, managing industrial opportunities, products innovation and more. 

The course will be delivered by experienced lectures in industrial and crop business transformation, rural-urban cooperative development as well as collaboration from experienced experts from respective fields and cases. 

Who should attend the training; all personnel from Agribusiness, Service provider, NGO's, Company, Farmer's Association and related fields. 

Venue;Co-operative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre at MoCU.

For registration and contact details read the attached file below.


East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  09 October 2017 to 11 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Maputo, Mozambique

The East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference is only three weeks away and more than 200 delegates have already registered for the event, which will take place between 9th to 11th October in Maputo Mozambique. 

The conference is expecting over 300 delegates in Maputo for this meeting of key people influencing the future direction of the fertilizer agribusiness industry in the region. 

Why should you attend, over 30 speakers confirmed at the conference from Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa and Malawi. To learn about the speakers profile read HERE.

During the conference you will be able to hear the key debates on the following;

-View from the private sector: African fertilizers leader panel

-Policy development to support regional fertilizer trade and agribusiness 

-Understanding African soils and their nutrient needs 

-Opportunities for investment in agribusiness in Mozambique

-Meeting Africa's rice promise


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 September 2017 at 08:19

Vlog #8: Woord & Daad: Making Agribusiness work for Development in Bénin and Burkina Faso

Eddie Krooneman, Policy Advisor and Projectleader Employable Youth in Ethiopia, tells us in about 3 minutes what Woord & Daad does and shares an example of their work in the cashew sector in Bénin and Burkina Faso  

Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE  

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 19 September 2017 at 08:58

Hi my name is Mutinta ,i work for iDEZambia in Lusaka.Does anyone know any organisation ,association or any farmer organisations that are doing any beans programmes(seed multiplication or commercial ) please get in touch with me on 0955203597

Isaac Mando I know of Afriseed( Stewards Globe) who does legume seed multiplication and beans is one of them.

1 month 18 hours ago

Mutinta Chiputa Hi Isaac thanks for information

1 month 18 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2017 at 03:01

[VIDEO] End hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. Thank you. Very informative video 

3 weeks 6 days ago