Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.
AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.
Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.
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.
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Building a pasteurizer 2000 liter per hour in our working place in Holland
On December 13, 2018, GlobeScan and Business Call to Action (BCtA) hosted a webinar to discuss the results of the 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey.
This dynamic and insightful conversation featured Stuart L. Hart – one of the world’s top authorities in inclusive business – who shared his reflections on the survey findings and answered your questions on the current and future state of inclusive business.
The full panel included:
Stuart Hart, Professor, University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business
Paula Pelaez, Head of BCtA
Eric Whan, Director, GlobeScan
Launched at the United Nations in 2008, Business Call to Action (BCtA) is a global joint advocacy platform providing public recognition for the private sector’s contribution to development. The 2018 State of Inclusive Business Survey was carried out t... Read more
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - DAIRY ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA
1. AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CO-ORDINATOR
Monze District Farmers’ Association is a farmers’ membership based Association whose organisational objective is to promote and protect the interests of its members in Monze and Pemba Districts of Southern Province. The Association would like to expand its operations by promoting and facilitating agribusiness development of its members and the organisation.
We Effect, a Swedish International Developmental organisation has identified Monze District Farmers Association as one of its partners under the District Farmers’ Association Capacity Building Project. To this end, the Association is therefore looking for a full time dynamic and self-driven Agribusiness Development Coordinator, with a passion for smallholder agricultural development to promote and facilitate agribusiness development for the members and the Association.
The Agribusiness Development Coordinator will be based... Read more
Online poll now open
The poll is open to vote for your favourite finalist of the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award 2018! The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) will for the second year in a row award the price to a professional in the field of Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), who has undertaken significant brokering activities. The jury, consisting of members of the F&BKP network, has selected three finalists out of 11 nominees.
Follow this link to see the three finalists and to vote :
In 2015, the world endorsed the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These historic accords presented countries with an unprecedented opportunity to align the climate and sustainable development agendas to spur economic growth and improve the livelihoods of all people.
Nations signal their commitments to the Paris Agreement through Nationally Determined Contributions (or NDCs) - each country's strategy to cut its own greenhouse gas emissions and build resiliency against the negative effects of a changing climate. Countries will revise their NDCs every five years to become more ambitious to limit Earth's temperature rise and adapt to its impacts.
The countries on the below map joined the ndc partnership. Go to the NDC website for the interactive map, knowledge portal and tools on climate change: https://ndcpartnership.org/countries-map
Afrifresh is a leading South African producer and exporter of fresh fruit. The company specializes in table grapes and citrus (grapefruits, oranges, soft citrus and lemons). Afrifresh employs over 1,200 permanent workers and over 4,000 seasonal workers on 12 farms in South Africa. 35% of the permanent and 48,5% of the seasonal workforce are women.
These female workers faced specific constraints because of their gender: e.g. women were assigned traditional ‘women’s’ jobs only and their access to management positions was limited; they were also vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Afrifresh’s experience shows the business case for creating better work for women. It resulted in access to EU markets for the company and better and consistent quality of production at reduced costs.
Katete District Commissioner Joseph Makukula has expressed excitement with the AgriProFocus Zambia 2018 District Agribusiness Platform theme “Enhancing Market Access through Aggregation”.
He said Eastern Province remains one of the highest producers of agricultural produce in the country and has shown its capacity to develop a sustainable food production system, but has lagged behind as access to the market remains a challenge for most farmers.
Speaking during the official opening of the Katete District Platform, Mr. Makakula said he was delighted that AgriProFocus saw it imperative to priotise access to the market through aggregation as this will help the country grow sustainably when development is approached collectively.
“The Government recognizes that one farmer cannot feed the nation and as such we also trust that farmers working collectively will achieve more.... Read more
Heifer International Zambia has embarked on the formation of formal structures in Eastern Province’s Chadiza and Katete Districts aimed at strengthening the capacity of dairy cooperatives.
Speaking during the AgriProFocus Zambia, Business Drinks Event held at Protea Hotel in Chipata on 23rd November, 2018, Heifer Zambia Programme Manager Dennis Lembani, said the organisation has been looking at ways on how to support small holder farmers to ensure the market is formalized.
Mr. Lembani said the organisation has been focusing on the aggregation of farmers by carrying out key trainings for farmers with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, enterprise development, and cooperative management.
He said individual smallholders suffer from the lack of organisation and voice that could help them increase economies of scale and collective bargaining power.
Mr. Lembani said the organisation has formed Livestock cooperatives in Kate... Read more
On 23rd November, 2018, AgriProFocus Zambia held its second Business Drinks at Protea Hotel Chipata in Eastern Province under the theme “Enhancing Market Access through aggregation”.
The event created an opportunity for members and partners of the organisation to come together to promote themselves, to connect and share experiences.
Agribusinesses, agricultural development agents, government actors, research institutes and other relevant agricultural actors are continually represented in these events.
This edition of the Business Drinks which was co-hosted by AgriProFocus partner Agriterra, attracted over 30 participants who represented different sections of the agricultural sector.
It was also interesting to have our development partner Heifer at the event.
Our extended pitch came from our event co-host Agriterra and was delivered by their Business Advisor, Mr. Kalisha Chifula who gave a presentation on the theme.
Agriterra is an agri-agency... Read more
The fair which took place at Red Roof Inn on the 17th October, 2018 in Lusaka, aimed to link project affected persons to sustainable entrepreneurship and employment opportunities.
Speaking during the opening of the event, Millennium Challenge Account Zambia, Resettlement and Social Impact Specialist Ms. Brenda Kapika, said the organisation was keen to exposing local community members to new skills and ways of earning income to reinvigorate their livelihoods.
‘’From the onset of the project, it was realised that the works would affect the people directly and indirectly. We as a project have made an undertaking to reduce the number of people who have been impacted by the works. It was for this reason that we par... Read more
On 26, October, 2018 AgriProFocus Zambia successfully held its first Business Drinks Event under the theme “Achieving Impact Investment for Small Holder Farmers in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities.”
The Business Drinks which was co-hosted by AgriProFocus member Solidaridad and held at their country Office in Lusaka, attracted over 40 participants who represented different sections of the agricultural sector.
The event kicked off with opening remarks from AgriProFocus Zambia Country Coordinator Ms. Yvonne Mtumbi, who highlighted the significance of the event, which is meant to bring people across the industry together to share experiences, discuss challenges, promote ambition and leadership, and encourage networking as a tool for success.
The theme presentation was made by Solidaridad Finance and Development Consultant Mr. Saji George, who gave an interesting talk on Zambia’s op... Read more
The first stop was Lundazi District, situated 185 kilometers from the Provincial Capital Chipata, and known for being one of the highest producers of maize in the country coming mostly from small- scale farmers in the district.
As morning dawned of 21st November, it was clear that no farmer wanted to be left behind as the venue was flocked with a horde of farmers queuing up to register to be part of the event.
Dubbed “Enhancing Market Access Through Aggregation”, the event attracted 170 farmers drawn from 38 Farmer groups, including exhibitions from 14 companies that signed up to be part of the event. The objective of the ev... Read more
''Engagement for impact in agricultural development. Experiences of the African youth”
The Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD)- Africa in collaboration with FARA is launching an essay competition to have youth articulate their experiences in youth engagement initiatives across the region, especially in the context of agri-preneurship. This is aimed at informing FARA and its constituents better on how to effectively engage with and feature youth and women in agriculture in the context of implementing FARA’s new strategy.
The essay should reflect the experience you went through as a beneficiary of an initiative involving an agricultural institution in your country or region. However, in case you were directly involved in the implementation of such an initiative, directed towards youth, and you are able to share the experience of engaging other youth, YPARD Africa may also consider your perspective as an ‘engaging yo... Read more
The global challenge is to provide sufficient food for a nutritious diet for healthy living for the growing world population that can be sustained for generations. This course explores the role of food systems in the provision of healthy and sustainable diets at national, regional and global levels.
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Participants get well acquainted with the framework of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;
- Participants are able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;
- Participants are able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies
The course is open to international participants and to MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood gov... Read more
Are you curious to know why a gender approach is good for workers, business and the sector, in the case of the Ethiopian flower sector? Read the concrete findings of my colleague Jochem Schneeman.
At global level there is ample and increasing evidence that investing in the female workforce aligns well with business priorities, such as meeting productivity targets, maintaining a strong and stable workforce, increasing labor productivity, compliance with health and safety requirements, and improved worker engagement.
IDH commissioned the study to find out whether such evidence could also be found in the Ethiopian floriculture sector, where gender interventions took place since 2014 by the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) and the Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), supported by IDH, The Sustainable Trade Initiative and the Floricultur... Read more
Join iBAN’s and BoPInc’s webinar: Innovative financing opportunities for inclusive agri-business
Time: 10.00 UTC
In 2017, investors poured over US$ 200bn into companies that combine social and environmental goals with financial returns. This trend is growing with the recognition that public funding alone cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This one hour webinar lays out the new and emerging opportunities in innovative finance for agribusiness. Here are some of the new forms of financing that will be covered: Public Private Partnerships, Thematic Bonds, Project Finance, Blended Finance, Result-based financing, Agricultural value-chain finance and crowdfunding.
Last week we had a most interesting work session in World Horti Centre, Netherlands. We presented our mapping on climate smart horticulture. We also had two presentations on tools that support decisions on investing in water harvesting and/or water efficiency.
1. Farm Pond Planner
For an ICRAF / World Vision project called DryDev, Frank van Schoubroeck analysed the cost and benefits of micro irrigation for horticulture producers in Machakos, Kenya. He visited farmers who had built a project-financed Farm Pond. Farmers visited were happy: “with the farm pond, I can grow crops year round’. DryDev wondered if Farm Ponds can be promoted commercially. With a pond, farmers’ choices have consequences: small ponds lead to water shortage if plot size is too big, or horticulture crops demand too much water. Crops timed well fetch a high price, and vice versa. Frank modelled in Excel a Farm Pond Planner based on data from field visits and... Read more
As announced in my Monday post of last week I will publish a set of case studies illustrating the business case for gender sensitive business strategies. Today I will share with you the experiences of the partnership of FrieslandCampina and 2SCALE in Nigeria. It shows the business case for recognizing female Fulani as dairy producers.
In Nigeria the 2SCALE programme is bringing in technology, training and market linkages to help the Fulani produce milk on a commercial scale for FrieslandCampina. How to secure the supply of enough milk of good quality turned out to be a challenge. Especially the bacterial contamination of fresh milk was a serious problem to be addressed.
This case shows how initially gender-based constraints of women related to the milk production were overlooked: lack of clean water to clean milking utensils, women not participating in training and the fact that women did not have a say o... Read more
RUFORUM has released the 2nd call for Sentinel (Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture Project) PhDs scholarships, see the attached document for more information. The call can also be accessed through this link https://www.sentinel-gcrf.org/are-you-looking-for-doctoral-research-opportunity.
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The production of high-quality plant proteins has overall much less impact on natural resources and the environment than production of animal proteins and contributes to public health. The urgency to act now is more relevant than ever. The ultimate challenge is to make sustainably produced high-quality plantbased proteins more readily available and more attractive for human consumption worldwide. We are inviting partners who want to work on these solutions in a coalition of experts, solution providers, supporters and market players.
How the covenant signatories want to address this issue:
- By fostering collaboration with national & global initiatives and actors which have similar ambitions
- By setting up and supporting projects & activities with (new) partners and doing it ‘first time right’
- By promoting a favourable international policy climate
- By strengthening local sustainabl... Read more