Documents
Resources
Learning Center
Upload
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

APF COUNTRY FOCUS CORE GROUP MEETING 2011

VIEWS: 6 PAGES: 40

									   APF COUNTRY FOCUS
   CORE GROUP MEETING 2011
   VIBRANT AGRI-HUBS WITH IMPACT


   Final Report




   Landal Greenpark ‘ Heideheuvel’
   Beekbergen 4-7 July 2011




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011   Page 1
Agri-ProFocus
Contact Information


Postal address
P.O. Box 108
6800 AC Arnhem
The Netherlands

Visiting address
Willemsplein 43-II
6811 KD Arnhem
The Netherlands

Telephone
+31 (0)26 3542074

E-mail
info@Agri-ProFocus.nl

Website
www.Agri-ProFocus.nl




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011   Page 2
Table of Contents

1.   Introduction                                                              4
2.   Celebrating our Successes and marking expectations                        5
3.   Roles in the coordination triangle, what do we expect from each other?    6
4.   Improving the M&E of APF Agri-Hubs                                        9
5.   Using the NING as a networking tool                                      14
6.   Designing our cross-country knowledge agenda 2011-2012                   15
7.   Field trip to the Open Air Museum in Arnhem + BBQ                        17
8.   Developing vibrant and sustainable Agri-Hubs                             18
9. List of actions                                                            21

Annex    I:     Programme
Annex    II:    Participants Core Group Meeting (4 -7 July)
Annex    III:   Revised Theory of Change
Annex    IV:    NING use per country

Annex V :   Matrix of knowledge focal points (thematic- and country) Annex VI:
     Draft knowledge agenda action plans
Annex VII: List of visitors BBQ on Wednesday 6 July




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                  Page 3
1.       Introduction

July 4-7 2011 Agri-ProFocus had its annual core-group meeting at Landall Greenpark
„Heideheuvel‟ near Beekbergen in The Netherlands.


What is the core-group?
Core-group refers to the people managing together
the nine local networks or Agri-Hubs of Agri-
ProFocus in Benin, Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia and Mozambique. The
local networks consist of producers organisations,
agri-business enterprises knowledge institutes and
development organisations, all active in agricultural
value chains.




                            In all Agri-Hubs a leading
                            member of Agri-ProFocus
                            provides a (part time) country coordinator. The participating knowledge
                            institutes provide a knowledge facilitator for each Agri-Hub. All Agri-
                            Hubs are further supported by network facilitators from the Agri-
                            ProFocus support office in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Curious who is
                            doing what? Look at annex 2 of this report!
The core-group „triangle‟



Goal of the Agri-Hubs
The goal of the Agri-Hubs is to contribute to effective cooperation of local and international
development organisations and private companies stimulating and enabling organised
producers to develop their rural enterprises within the context of poverty reduction and food
security. Each Agri-Hub has his own history and in each country the actor-constellation is
different. The annual core-group meeting aims to induce mutual learning between Agri-Hubs
and assure alignment where added value is expected.

Main issues on the agenda
During the meeting, three main issues have been addressed successfully:
   1) deciding on the outline for a common Monitoring and Evaluation framework
   2) deciding on a common cross-country knowledge agenda 2011-2012
   3) empowering the country coordinators and their network facilitators with ideas and
       inspiration on how to steer their Agri-Hub towards becoming an increasingly effective,
       locally anchored, vibrant innovation network.

Did we succeed? Continue reading!




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                Page 4
    2.      Celebrating our Successes and marking expectations

    We started with sharing successes and challenges on blue and red cards. On yellow cards we
    indicated what we wanted to get out of this meeting. See below a collage of the outcomes.




                                                       KENYA:
Mozambique:                                            Network is              UGANDA:
What to do with         NIGER:                         beginning to get        APF has become a dynamic &
a ever growing          More ownership                 its own life!           safe learning environment
network?                of other Dutch
                                                                               with good spin-offs!

                        partners                            ZAMBIA:               RWANDA:
UGANDA:                                                     Formation of the      Innovative joint programme with
How to better involve                                       Rice Federation!      basket fund being copied !
the Private sector?
                        KENYA:                                                 Mozambique:
                        How to organise                                        APF themes are integrated
BENIN:                  the joint                          MALI:               in MASP of EKN!
How to negotiate        learning?                          EKN pays for country            Ethiopia:
the role of the                                            coordination!                   6 network committees on
country coordinator?                                                                       different subjects!
                         ZAMBIA:
                         How to create                                NIGER:
MALI:                                                                 Free dialogue between
How to                   sustainable local                                                    BENIN:
create a                 ownership?                                   Nigerien partners!      Kick off with
vibrant                                                                                       much local
network?
              ETHIOPIA:                                                                       ownership!
              If it ain’t Dutch it ain’t much?
              Should not we open up for other
              international NGO’s?
RWANDA:
How to finance the
country coordination in the future?


                                                       Learning from the              Better use of the
                                                       successes of other             NINGs!
                                                       Agri-Hubs!


                                                New ideas how to get my Agri-Hub to the next level

    Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                         Page 5
3.      Roles in the coordination triangle, what do we expect
        from each other?

We divided into 3 groups: country coordinators, knowledge facilitators and the A-team
(Arnhem office). For practical reasons we divided the country coordinators into two:
Francophone and Anglophone. Representatives of lead-organisations also joined the country-
coordinators. Each group expressed feelings and ideas about the other two groups along the
lines: what do we appreciate about you and what would we like to see you do more or less. At
the last day of the meeting all groups reacted upon the demands of the other groups and
made promises on how to improve. These answers have been included into the following
summary of this topic.




                             Feedback for Country coordinators

                                 by the Arnhem support office team

 What we appreciate: Enthusiasm & energy; Embedded in local contacts; Coaching role
 towards local partners; Good facilitation of events and visits; Understanding the Dutch
 What to do more                               Promised action
 Pro-active leadership
 Bring local contacts into the network         Point taken, but let‟s be realistic about time –
                                               assistance from local advisors may be needed.
 Deal=deal: we want a business-like            We will more actively monitor the activity plan
 culture, so follow-up on commitments          of core partners.
 made by members in network is key.
 Communication on successes                     We will do so to the A-team and expect that A-
                                                team will disperse more broadly
 Less
 Modesty                                       OK, point taken
 Waiting for approval                          OK, point taken
                   by knowledge facilitators of the knowledge institutes

 What we appreciate: Combining APF activities with other work, Constantly Profiling APF,
 Broadening local & international network.
 What to do more:                           Promised action
 Exchange needs & expectations              Tackled by joint knowledge agenda now
 Country Context/Politics updates           We will put more articles about country politics
 (relevant tweets)                          on issues relevant for Agri-Hub on the NING.
 Better link with other coordinators        Tackled by joint knowledge agenda now
 Less:
 Accountability to Dutch lead organisations OK we understand, point taken
 (=more accountability to the network)




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                            Page 6
                            Feedback for Knowledge facilitators

                                 by the Arnhem support office team

 What we appreciate: Timely and quality reflection/input; link to local knowledge
 institutions (WYR Eth, Biz Minds, Zambia Mulungushi);
 What to do more                            Promised action
 Programme support                          Yes! See knowledge agenda.
 Sharing our agendas & knowledge            We will bring in more info on other programmes
                                            and activities.
 NING presence                              OK, we will use NING better and more.
 Broader involvement:                       We are open to that, WUR can include LEI, VHL,
     -   Other experts                      HAS, ETC. Local knowl. inst: cooperate with
     -   Other departments                  CC‟s to get natural local partners more
     -   Other knowledge institutes (MSM,   involved, and there is an opportunity to work
         VHL, HAS)                          more with students from abroad and from NL.
 Local & international knowledge institutes
 Increase connections between APF           We will bring in more info on other programmes
 activities to other activities within the  and activities and see how links can be made.
 knowledge institutes
 Less:
 General facilitation                       Yes!
 Confusion about resources                  There is an issue here, we are combining things
                                            in a flexible way. This might interfere with
                                            clarity, but we always put more time and
                                            energy in APF than invoiced.
                      by country coordinators and lead representatives

 What we appreciate: Super approach; practical tools; engaged people; initiative; good
 thematic input; availability
 What to do more:                       Promised action
 More availability                      Tackled by knowledge agenda. We are flexible
                                        about bringing in experts on themes.
 Clear decision on who will do the      We have to discard the idea of country
 facilitation on what                   facilitators and grow more towards thematic
                                        focal points based on knowledge agenda. Ted
                                        will provide matrix with names.
 More pro-active in content             Tackled by knowledge agenda?
 Less:
 coordination with the Agri-Hubs        Yes!

For each knowledge team there will be a focal point. Within each team there will be a WUR-KIT
cooperation, supplemented with specific resource persons from other APF members, who are
to provide content on their specific subject. See for matrix annex 4.

Who will follow process in country?
  Less possible when there is a knowledge agenda… (taking up time/days)
  But we are frequently in the Field and try to combine that with an APF activity.




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                         Page 7
                       Feedback for Arnhem support office team

            by country coordinators and representatives of lead organisations

 What we appreciate: availability, quick answers, proactive, teamwork, transparency, good
 network, innovative, open, creative, shared responsibility for results, sharing and
 information on NING, good communication.
 What to do more                             Promised action
 Help to define a framework in which roles    We will describe how the hubs are supposed to
 and responsibilities are better defined.     function
 Intensity of communication could improve Ok, point taken. At least each week Skype or
 for some countries.                         mail with country coordinators. We are a team
                                             it‟s a two way street. So take the phone!
 Coaching on NING-facilitation.              We will make a guide on NING facilitation for
                                             country coordinators and we will plan NING
                                             coaching when visiting countries.
 Include Dutch private sector.               Jan Willem and Christel will make an action plan
 Mapping of member activities                This will be part of new M&E system
 Inform member organisations in Holland       We will provide members of participants
 to have their staff be more aware of APF     council with a letter they can send around in
                                              their own organisations.

 More info about corporate activities of the 1x per 6 weeks Hedwig will send a corporate
 APF support office.                         policy update
 Have a communication plan (too much         Better use of NING will decrease email-cc‟s.
 info is deadly...)                          This is something we have to learn together.
 Crucial information also in French.         OK, which info? A-team will propose.
 Sharing successes between countries         OK. Use core group NING for that!
 Maintain good relationship with DGIS        Is taken care of, reporting in corporate update
 Institutionalise Dutch financing for APF    We are busy to do what we can.
                    by knowledge facilitators of the knowledge institutes

 What we appreciate: profiling APF in NL,         organising the NING, linking with knowledge
 institutes (más por menos)
 What to do more:                                  Promised action
 Coaching of country coordinators, on how          Yes, this is our key responsibility. We will
 to play their role on network building            intensify our contacts with country coordinators
 Support linking with country policy               Yes, role country coordinators is to find the
 makers (& politicians) within the countries       right people in the local network to do this.
 More facilitation & brokering resource            Is tackled by knowledge agenda
 mobilisation (eg. Cross-cutting themes)
 More vision on change process toward              Yes, we will come up with vision paper on this
 autonomous Agri-Hubs                              one.
 Realistic expectation to what we can              Is tackled by knowledge agenda
 deliver
 Clarity on roles on process facilitation,         This is the next step on translating knowledge
 knowledge facilitation, making choices &          agenda into concrete action plans and budgets
 finding finance                                   and/ or fundable project proposals
 Influencing the agendas of ELI and DGIS           Is daily work of Hedwig
 Linking with PS, showing added value              Jan Willem and Christel will follow up
 Less :
 Dutch dominance                                   In Arnhem only Dutchies 




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                 Page 8
4.      Improving the Monitoring and Evaluation system of the Agri-Hubs

Simone van Vugt and Karen Verhoosel from WUR/CDI facilitated this session. They started by
giving a summary of the process since APF Core Group II. Last year we developed a Theory of
Change and a monitoring pilot. This is described in the synthesis paper and summarized in the
PowerPoint that shows the 8 steps of building the M&E system. ( see core group NING)

The focus in this session is on the question: what to monitor? And at which level?

Here we have to take into account that the sphere of control of the APF network is on creating
a vibrant Agri-Hub. This may have an influence of the effectiveness of the development
interventions of the member organisations (sphere of influence for APF) Then the sphere of
impact is on farmers entrepreneurial behaviour leading on its turn to improved income and
food security.
The M&E pilot discussed 5 network capacities, through a kind of questionnaire with sub-
questions. We learned that we could not say much about development results yet.

The question arose why we would not limit our impact measurement to more success of our
member organisations and leave measuring impact on poverty and food security to them?

This question was answered by Paul presenting the DCED standard of measuring economic
development as a result of development projects. It is all about the art of attribution: what
part of a certain development can you reasonably attribute to a specific intervention?
The DCED standard requires M&E systems to do that. DCED compliant means calculating
attribution to impact on 3 indicators: scale, net income and net extra jobs.
In the end attribution is an estimated guess, but there are many ways to support a claim of
attribution to success. For the presentation of the DCED standard by Paul Weijers see the core
group NING.

Next we split up in small groups and discussed ideas for improved M&E based on concrete
cases.




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                           Page 9
Most important outcomes:
   1. We need to develop a questionnaire to measure size, turnover, activities and results of
       our member organisations
   2. We have to develop indicators per country: where do we want to have impact on?
   3. End 2012 we should have a nice bunch of compelling stories on how APF impacted
       change for their members and for farmer-entrepreneurs.
   4. This should be done per country and per topic. A good example is the rice value chain
       in Zambia.
   5. We still talk NGO prose. This has to change to private sector language. We should
       sound ourselves like entrepreneurs. We need to frame market trigger (joint action and
       learning) and market uptake (service environment, political economy.)
   6. M&E takes time and money. We need reservations in the budget and continue the pilot
       to key interventions. This is also a training opportunity for the network.
   7. Select 10 entrepreneurial farmers and follow their development
   8. For each intervention, set up a KISS (sharp en simple) result chain. That is a simple
       theory of change for this intervention. But take care of the assumptions!
   9. APF could promote that member organisations make their M&E system DCED proof; but
       this has not been decided
   10. Some key questions for measuring APF network outcomes in questionnaire to
       members:
           o How many new ideas, approaches, interventions have been induced by Agri-Hub
           o Percentage of PS interventions of our members is DCED compliant
           o Are our members satisfied with the benefits from this network.
           o What about impact of APF network without the Agri-Hubs
           o Nature and size of our network that grew.
   11. The DCED standard has a linear focus on the intervention, and may reduce the farmers
       to beneficiaries. A farmer focus contributes to capture dynamics of entrepreneurship.
       Also, in this way farmers could be involved as partners in data collection for upward
       accountability.

In the end Simone & Karen see more similarities than differences between the DCED standard
and the APF M&E system. They want to make soup of this on Thursday and they invite Paul en
Ted on this. For reasons of coherence we serve their Thursday soup here

The 8 steps of DCED standard and the APF M&E system compared

    1. Results chain (DCED)                       1. APF Theory of Change (ToC)
    2. Indicators of change, and                  2. Purpose, users, use and scope
       projections                                   (size!)
    3. Measurement of indicators                  3. Evaluation questions and progress
    4. Attribution                                   markers/indicators
    5. Capturing wider change in the              4. Collection and organisation of
       system or market                              information
    6. Relating impacts to programme              5. Analysis of information and critical
       costs                                         reflection moments
    7. Reporting results                          6. Communication and reporting
    8. Results measurement system                 7. Conditions & capacities
       management                                 8. Evaluation of the M&E system

                                                                                             N.B.
Except for attribution our M&E system quite nicely meets the DCED standard!

Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                             Page 10
What to monitor?

      Network                                     Evaluation Questions
     capacities
1. Coordination and       How clearly is the mandate for the network (vision, ambitions
   harmonization          and strategy) defined?
                          Who are the contributing organisations and to what extent are
                          their vision, ambitions and strategy consistent with those of the
                          APF network?
2. External linkages      In which way does the APF network establish legitimate and
                          relevant external relationships?

3.   Joint action         How efficiently is the APF network taking charge of its joint
                          agenda?
                          To what extent is the APF network being propelled by inspiring
                          leadership?
4. Learning and           Which opportunities, incentives, does the network create to
   Innovation             establish the confidence to learn?
                          How does the APF network foster an adaptive management and
                          innovation culture?

5. Development            To what extent have the interventions and services of the
   results                different actors become more effective through the APF
                          network?



What questions to be asked and at what level?

1. Market uptake level
2. Impact (enterprise performance) level
3. Political economy level
   N.B.: Include gender and FNS indicators!

Key questions at market uptake level:
    To what extent are partners and other stakeholders (jointly) carrying out development
      interventions?
          o Has the nature of these interventions changed?
          o Has the quality of these interventions changed?
          o Has the number of interventions changed?
          o How many new ideas, approaches, interventions have been induced by Agri-
              Hub?
   • (Combination of these, and relate to budget and HR)
    What are the effects of these interventions?
    Are the expectations of the partners and other stakeholders being met? (member
      satisfaction)
    Are these changes result of being part of the Agri-Hubs?
    For all: If not, why not? If yes, why yes?




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                               Page 11
Key questions at impact ( enterprise performance) level:
   • What are the changes in the lives of farmers, as perceived by them and their partners?
   • Universal indicators / Common performance indicators for farmer entrepreneurship
      (enterprise performance)
         – Increased competitiveness
         – HH absorb and utilize information
         – Job creating
         – Increased income
         – Etc.

Key questions at the level of political economy:
   • Capturing the wider change in the system or market
         – What are the changes in the external context at local, national, international
            level are influencing the Agri-Hub agenda‟s and the APF agenda in NL?
         – What are the changes in the environment to which the Agri-Hubs and APF NL
            have contributed?

N.B. Changes can be positive or negative, intended or unintended!




How to measure the performance of APF in The Netherlands?
  –   Need for integrating in the existing ToC the work done by APF in The Netherlands
  –   Link to „Coordination and Harmonization of existing efforts‟ (Current ToC, Agri-Hub level)
  –   What is the effect on policy level?
  –   What is the effect on the strategic directions of the Dutch APF members?




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                           Page 12
Questions that remain important:
    • Impact
    • Effectiveness
    • Relevance
            – Are we doing the right things? Are the Agri-Hubs responding to the needs of
               the farmers in order to become improved entrepreneurs? Are the thematic areas
               well chosen?
    • Sustainability
            – Will changes last? Will the positive effects of the APF country Network (such as
               assets, skills, facilities or improved services) persist for an extended period after
               the interventions?
    • Efficiency
            – Are the Agri-Hubs worthwhile? Are the inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.)
               efficiently converted into outputs?



Tools and methodology

    • Start a baseline Questionnaire to assess member expectations (think of phone, intake,
        sample to keep it short and to the point).
    • Use this to develop indicators per country
    • Specific focus on joint activities emerge from network
    • By the end of 2012, get change stories and collect data on indicators
    • Ask members how their work improved thanks to network (harvest statements after
        presenting impact data of these members.)
    • Logic 1. through APF network do partnerships, approach opportunities
    • Logic 2. implementing org.: impact data.
    This needs to be done per country and maybe per topic.


Actions per country (See also chapter with actions!)
    1. Deepen the impact and effectiveness evaluation questions (impact and market uptake
        level)
    2. Choose progress markers/indicators (max. #) at market uptake level
    3. How will the required information be gathered and organised? How will the information of
        the existing M&E systems on impact level be used?
    4. How will we make sense of the information gathered and use it to make improvements?
    5. How and to whom do we want to communicate what in terms of our processes?
    6. What are the conditions and capacities we need in order to
        implement and evaluate this part of the M&E system?
        (Human & financial
         capacities,
         incentives for M&E,
         structures &
         processes, MIS)




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                              Page 13
5.      Using the NING as a networking tool

                                                   Questions submitted:
                                                      1. how to make the NING more
                                                          attractive to people who normally
                                                          don‟t share online?
                                                      2. how to use the NING?
                                                      3. how to support other actors of the
                                                          Agri-Hub to use this tool?
                                                      4. how to get effective notification when
                                                          something interesting is posted on
                                                          the NING?



Roel gave a sparkling interactive presentation about what actually is done and could be done
with the NINGs. For actual use see annex 5.

The presentation shows a very vibrant Uganda NING with 400+ members. What is the secret?
   -   Roel and Marieke are very active (use NING in stead of mail).
   -   Group leaders do post their updates (after a traiNING).
We discussed a lot of practical questions, tips and tricks.


                         Warning ! Spammers get more sophisticated!
                  Read profile carefully and send check message when in doubt!


Agreed actions for administrators:
   -  Post an update every month and broadcast this to all e-mail subscribers.
   -  Share links, make sure you invite people (remind yourself to invite once a week
      everybody you met that week, business cards).
   -  Send a welcome mail when people sign up.
   -  Link to other networks (LinkedIn)
   -  Train for local ownership (find the whizzkid on the block)

For knowledge facilitators:
    -  Make a habit of read and tell (use Delicious for this)




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                          Page 14
6.      Designing our cross-country knowledge agenda 2011-2012

Peter Gildemacher facilitated an amazing morning session on the 6th of July where about 30
people were able to define 9 cross-country topics for research and learning, including concrete
actions and deliverables. And that in a great atmosphere. This success was partly due to the
elaborate preparations which had taken place in five thematic groups last weeks. These five
knowledge themes of APF are: Inclusiveness and gender in value chains, Access to financial
services, Organisation of producers for access to markets, Sustainable rural business
development services and Food security and climate change.
For each theme, a knowledge facilitator gave a short introduction about the theme and gave
some starting suggestions for possible topics for the APF knowledge agenda.

                                   Before splitting up in thematic groups to brainstorm about as
                                   much interesting topics as we could come up with, Peter pointed
                                   out that:
                                      • The “APF knowledge agenda”, concerns knowledge issues
                                          of relevance across the 9 countries
                                      • The Agri-Hubs have their own additional activities that
                                          are “outside” the 9-country knowledge agenda
                                      • The knowledge agenda topics focus on documentation
                                          and communication of new and existing knowledge
                                      • The aim is to contribute directly to an improved
                                          development practice
                                      • The target audience are development practitioners
                                          (private, public and NGO) and the core subject is their
                                          work

                                   2 types of action can be distinguished:

     1. Collection, documenting and analysis of practical experiences from the field
            a) Collection of existing materials and tools
            b) Documentation based on on-going work
            c) Documentation based on finished work
            d) Documentation based on specifically initiated pilots
     2. Communication and training based on earlier documented experiences
            a) Exchange of experiences in and between countries
            b) Repetition of existing training
            c) Development of new tailored training

Within an hour we came up with five long lists with possible topics. By discussion and voting
these long lists were reduced to max. 2 topics per theme. In the end 9 topics were selected. In
a second round of small groups concrete action plans and deliverables were added to the nine
chosen topics. The results are shown in annex 6.




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                             Page 15
The next morning we finalized the knowledge agenda by each country triangle choosing what
specific topic/action to be part of. This resulted in the following outcome:

   Theme                                  Topic/Action                       Countries

Inclusiveness   3. Capacity Strengthening on Gender & Value Chain        Zambia, Rwanda,
& gender        Development                                              Niger, Uganda
issues
Financial       6. Translation Value Chain Finance book and sharing of   Benin, Mali, Niger
services        tools
                7. Brokering interaction between farmer entrepreneurs    Mozambique, Mali
                and financial service providers                          Rwanda, Kenya,
                                                                         Uganda, Zambia
Sustainable  1. Stocktaking of Rural Business Development Service        Zambia, Ethiopia,
BD services  (RBDS) experiences in different countries                   Uganda
             2. Contributing to improved capacity development in         Mozambique??,
             national RBDS strategies and APF member interventions       Rwanda, Ethiopia
Organisation 8. Farm-firm relations and farmer inclusive business        Mali, Mozambique,
of producers models                                                      Rwanda, Ethiopia,
                                                                         Niger, Kenya,
                                                                         Uganda, Benin
              9. Basket of practical options for economic service        Rwanda, Ethiopia,
              delivery (and tools for getting it done)                   Niger
Climate       4. Develop a method to assess, communicate and             Uganda
change and positively influence the effects of market driven food
food security production on household food security
              5. Exchange experiences about practices how to become Mali, Niger
              more resilient to (climate) change – notably capacity
              building on risk analysis/ farm management evaluation

Follow up
Now the action plans are chosen, the topic (knowledge) facilitators, in communication
with the country teams, will flesh out an action plan for 18 months, including timeline. Then
the country coordinators can use this to discuss and get local support in-country. Once the
steering committee of the Agri-Hub agrees upon the knowledge agenda, the country teams will
make there own planning based on the topic plans they participate in. And then….action!




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                          Page 16
7.      Open Air Museum and BBQ


In the afternoon of Wednesday July 6 we went to the Open Air Museum in Arnhem with private
cars. While the weather was deteriorating rapidly, we roamed around between old farmhouses,
windmills and a true butter & cheese factory. Life in the rural areas of The Netherlands until
about a hundred years ago was not that different from actual rural life in many parts of Africa.
At 17.00 hours, when the museum closed down for normal visitors, we assembled in the local
Inn for a barbeque with members of the board and the participants council. See for names
and email addresses annex 7. With the weather improving at last, also the spirits raised. It
seems we are a vibrant network indeed!




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                          Page 17
Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011   Page 18
8.      Developing vibrant and sustainable Agri-Hubs

This last day we had an awful lot to do. We started finalizing the knowledge agenda and the
M&E system. Content of these parts have been included earlier in this report.
Then we addressed the many questions around creating a vibrant and sustainable Agri-Hub.

Hedwig started highlighting lessons learned so far about how to facilitate an Agri-Hub and she
made it clear again that the perfect country coordinator is as likely to be found as a sheep with
five legs!. Hedwig was also asked by the audience to share the long-term APF vision

The ideal country coordinator:
• knows that process and content are
   instruments and people the key to progress,
• is flexible, innovative and entrepreneurial,
• sees opportunities instead of problems,
• celebrates his/her successes and those of others,
• thinks and invests in relationships instead of
   procedures and institutions,
• has a helicopter view and thinks strategically,
• is transparent about his/her actions and
   decisions,
• is trustworthy (no gossip and side talk) and
   respectful,
• and multi-tasking comes natural!

Lessons learned so far on making an Agri-Hub successful:
   You need critical mass, so work on new memberships and NING participation,
   Verify expectations of all parties regularly,
   Joint learning has to lead to joint action, improved services and deals ,
   Link to the wider Actor Arena,
   Go with the Flow, a network is not a project!
   Support from lead-organisation line-management is essential
   Make your champions visible!
   Allow new topics to come up,
   Engage in cross country learning,
   Take care every partner understands the theory of change,
   Broker acceptance for network results,
   Use narratives and creative documentation.

Vision beyond 2012:
We are on the right track, since we started 6 years ago with APF general and 2 years ago with
the Country Focus/ Agri-Hub approach. Farmers are the largest private sector partners in
Africa. Farmer entrepreneurship is now a common expression and focus.
The APF board and A-team had a working session in April to discuss the future options of the
partnership in light of the present challenges that development cooperation is facing, with
special reference to the latest political and strategic choices made by the Dutch government.
Our vision on the future of Agri-ProFocus is that we have to go on with what we are doing, but
that it will become increasingly important to sell APF to the outside world:
     APF core business is about helping to create sustainable agricultural production
        systems, not only for small scale farmers, etc…but related to the right combination of
        actors;
     APF should continue with its focus on entrepreneurial farmers, their producer
        organisations and the services and capacities they need form other actors/operators in
        the agricultural sector


Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                           Page 19
       Extending the Agri-Hub approach, now in 9 countries in Africa, to other countries and
        continents
       Agri-Hubs should be locally steered but be careful with institutionalising
       Agri-Hub should be able to scout local demand for Dutch supply in knowledge, agri-
        business services, capacity building etc.
       Link Agri-Hubs concept to Food Security paragraph of MINBUZA and MINELI through
        the RNE‟s.
       Concentrate on multi-actor support to local and regional food supply chains for the fast-
        growing urban centers.
       We empower Producers Organisations that are really led by farmers (not by
        governments);
       APF has been initiated by the Dutch but we invite others to join, as it is a good concept;
       APF is also a network for joint resource mobilization. This will become an increasingly
        attractive selling point for potential members of the network.
       Embassies should invest in the Agri-Hubs as part of their MASPs, take a part in it, take
        a stake, and cooperate (but not in a logical framework, please!)
       APF has the field structure to quickly connect other Dutch networks and initiatives to
        the reality and demand (BoP. AAA, IDH, partnership resource centre etc. )
       More emphasis for joint lobby and advocacy at country and Dutch/European level.

As far as actual finance goes: APF Support office budget: 75% from DGIS and 25% from the
members. The yearly membership fee for international organisations and enterprises is Euro
2,500. Extra contributions are being made every year by ICCO, Cordaid, Oxfam, SNV,
Agriterra and HIVOS. All activities in the countries are actually paid for by the members,

After the presentation of Hedwig, we divided ourselves into 4 groups to tackle the following
challenges:
    • Local embedding and ownership of the Agri-Hubs –Balance Dutch-non Dutch
    • Marketing/positioning the Agri-Hubs for the private sector
    • Pooling of resources for functioning Agri-Hub
    • Joint resource mobilisation (RNE / other donors)

Local embedding and ownership of the Agri-Hubs –Balance Dutch-non Dutch
   1) Start up is important, look at the steps developed already in the guiding document „On
       the Move‟ (to be revisited)
           o The Dutch normally are the catalysts, but an in-country person with the local
             network, the language, the political antennae is equally important;
           o Country coordinators increasingly seek an assistant with complementary
             competencies;
           o Promote using the NING for communication within the network; use it yourself!
           o Beware of the political situation providing challenges and opportunities!
           o Act as a facilitator rather than executing field tasks
           o Show leadership as a country coordinator (pre and post)

    2) The profile of an Agri-Hub should be neutral towards government, embassies and
       organisations, but always putting forward the interest of promoting farmer
       entrepreneurship for increased income and food security
          o Create and cherish good relations with the government,
          o Create and cherish good relations with embassies and other donors,
          o Be careful about the role to play between private sector, NGO‟s and Farmers
              Unions,
          o Do not institutionalize,

Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                            Page 20
           o Show leadership and creativity (innovations!) on themes and content,
           o Maintain and promote the NING Portal.
    3) Beware of the different caps you –as a coordinator- are wearing,
    4) Coordinating a network is NOT (managing) a project
    5) Include and engage relevant actors,

The network can be used for each organisations benefit, but the door should stay open after
that and each organisation should be open to share…

Marketing and positioning the Agri-Hubs for the private sector


            Our vision: Connect and attract private enterprises to business opportunities with
             farms (and vice versa) and connect them to knowledge on innovative practices.


Actions proposed:
      Empower specific partners to connect/ negotiate with P.S.
      Identify P.O. „s already able to engage with P.S.
      Use P.S. language, innovative approach by APF toward P.S.
      Offer opportunities to upscale practices like outsourcing
      What kind of P.S. we are talking about:
      All value chain actors are P.S.
      Service providers are P.S.
      Multinationals are P.S.
      Different actors want different things from the network.
      Active brokering role? Being paid for by P.S.?
      Linking PSI and PUM, NABC
      Create a market place/ business hub on the NING.

    BW: brokering would jeopardize the neutral position of Agri-Hub and we would do business
    while we are only a network. Organising a fair, like in finance, is that permitted to do for
    money?

    Pooling resources for functioning of the Agri-Hub


       Ambition: A full time Country Coordinator with a budget paid for by APF members and
                                         country members


    Some general remarks:
      Joint funding of coordination and activities for the Agri-Hub would provide a healthier
       joint responsibility. In Kenya/Uganda assistant for country coordinator is already paid
       from network budget.
      We should strive for one budget with all contributions: in kind, in time and in money of
       all participants.
      The network budget is now managed by the A-team and the national lead. Should not
       there be also a role for the local steering committee?
      Fund management: be clear on who decides and who signs the bills.
      Getting resources from members?
         o    A team persuading members to contribute to network budget
         o    Country lead pledges Dutch member organisations to contribute
      National membership fee
        o A voluntary membership fee would show commitment. To be discussed for 2012…


Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                           Page 21
             If local membership fee seems too much trouble, ask for contributions to specific
             o
             activities.
        Too much resources? Be aware of not starting to implement a project.

    Joint resource mobilization

                           Vision: AH and A-team do permanent funding intelligence


                Regular contact between A-team and Agri-Hub ( weekly)
                Identification of resources opportunities for members is part of the Agri-Hub
                 agenda
                Business opportunities (provocative issues) café (venue where funding/ private
                 sector issues are being discussed) linking members Agri-Hub to Private Sector.
                Proactive joint (not necessarily everybody) approach (proposals, ideas) towards
                 funders, let‟s get rid of the competition mode.
                All Agri-Hubs: contact EKN with proposals to include funding for Agri-Hub somehow
                 in their MASP.




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                              Page 22
9.      List of Actions


                                    Monitoring & Evaluation system
       Action                                                        Who?          When?
M1     Change APF language from NGO talk towards business/
       entrepreneur talk. We promote entrepreneurship, so let‟s          All         Now
       take care we sound like entrepreneurs.
M2     Make Agri-Hub ToC more entrepreneurial in terminology          Simone &
       (e.g. market trigger and marker uptake) and include food         Karen       1 Sept
       security as a goal.
M3     Develop a separate ToC for APF Netherlands.                    A-team +       1 Oct
                                                                        Karen
M4     Make a proposal for impact measurement within M&E              Simone &
       system.                                                          Karen       1 Sept
M5     Revise country M&E systems accordingly.                       CC + A-team     Sept
M6     Plan budget and time for M&E.                                    CC‟ s
M7     Develop a questionnaire to measure size, turnover,             A-team +       1 Oct
       activities and results of our member organisations.              Karen
M8     Start collecting anecdotic evidence (a nice bunch of
       compelling stories) of APF impact on members and farmer-         CC‟s         Now
       entrepreneurs.

                                   Cross country knowledge agenda
K1     Define what to do with theme food security and climate         A+K-team       1 sept
K2     Develop draft cross-country action plans for 18 months          K-team        1 sept
K3     Discuss and get support for action plan in-country:               CC‟s       Okt-nov
K4     Draw up final action plans with budgets and planning          CC + A-team      Nov

                                                  NING use
N1      Make easy guide for NING starters                              A-team       1 sept
N2      Post update every month with broadcast                           CC‟s       1 sept
N3      Correspond through NING forum utility instead of email            All       Now
N4      Send welcome messages                                        CC + A-team     Now
N5      Train local partners to use the NING                             CC‟s        Okt

                                         Agri-Hub management
A1     Seek cooperation with EKN and get Agri-Hub in MASP.           CC+A-team       Now
A2     Spot local champions for contacting Private Sector.              CC‟s         Okt
A3     Organise regular „hot item‟ cafes for (potential) members.       CC‟s         Okt
A4     Explore membership fee for local members                         CC‟s         Okt
A5     Create steering committee and define task and                 CC +A-team      Okt
       responsibilities
A6     Weekly contact Agri-Hub with A-team                           CC +A-team      Now
A7     Propose action plan on active approaching Private Sector        A-team        Okt
       actors
A8     Discuss proposals in-country and follow up                       CC‟s         Okt
A9     Discuss new and more equitable way of funding country         CC +A-team      Now
       coordination
A10    Consider assistance for country coordinators if needed.       CC +A-team      Sept




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                       Page 23
              Annex I:         Programme Outline
                                    Core-group Meeting
                                    Heideheuvel, Beekbergen, July 4-7 2011


Time          Item

                             Day 0 July 4: Arrival and Welcome

15.00         Organise Transport to Heideheuvel
16.00         Receive participants at arrival
19.00         Dinner

                      Day 1 July 5:        Sharing and Defining Results

08.00         Breakfast together
08.30         Welcome (Hedwig)
09.00         Celebrating our Successes and marking expectations (Jan Willem)
              interactive session
10.30         Coffee break
11.00         Roles in the coordination triangle, what do we expect from each other?

              interactive session

12.30         Lunch + Walk

14.00         Improving the M&E of APF Agri-Hubs (Simone and Karen)
              interactive session with contribution of Paul about the DCED standard
16.30         Agreement on adaptations for measuring ‘Development results’
17.30         Wrap-up (Hedwig)
18.00         Dinner
20.00         Interactive training on using the NING as a networking tool (Roel)
22.00         End of programme

              Day 2: Designing our Cross Country knowledge Agenda

08.00         Breakfast together
08.30         Creative recap of the day before (Rakiatou and Nicolas)
09.00         Designing our cross-country knowledge agenda (Peter)
09.30         Introduction of the five knowledge themes:
                  Inclusiveness and gender (Rhiannon)
                  Financial services (Lucas)
                  Organisation of producers for access to markets (Bertus)
                  Sustainable rural business development services (John)
                  Climate change and food security (Frans)
10.15         Break
10.30         Priority setting for cross country learning in small groups (Peter)
13.00         Quick lunch
13.30         Departure for Open Air Museum Arnhem
14.00         Diving in Dutch rural history
17.00         BBQ with members of APF Participants’ Council
21.00         Back in the bungalows

Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                       Page 24
                           Day 3: APF organizing our Agri-Hubs

08.00         Breakfast together
08.30         Focus on today’s challenges (Hedwig)
08.45         Knowledge agenda commitments (Peter)
              (Agreeing on actions and steps)
10.30         Coffee Break
10.45         M&E next steps (Simone and Karen)

              (Presentation conclusions of Tuesday + proposal how to continue)

11.15         Vision APF beyond 2012 (Hedwig)

11.45         World-cafe on Agri-Hub Development

                Local embedding and ownership of the APF Agri-Hubs
                Marketing and positioning of the Agri-Hubs (specific reference to relevant
                 private sector actors)
               Linkages to Embassies
               Financing of Agri-Hub and pooling of resources
               Brokering and joint resource mobilisation
13.00         Lunch + walk
14.00         World Cafe reporting in plenary (Hedwig)

15.00         Answering to the expectations of roles

              (three groups preparing and then reporting in plenary)

16.30         Wrap up

17.00         Closure




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                           Page 25
Annex II: List of participants core-group meeting July 4-7 2011


Position      Participant           Organisation            email
Country coordinators
Mozambique Laurens van Oeijen             SNV               lvanoeijen@snvworld.org
Benin         Hans Meenink                SNV               hmeenink@snvworld.org
Uganda        Marieke van Schie           SNV               mvanschie@snvworld.org
Zambia        Nicholas Mushimba           Cordaid           nkmushimba.apf@gmail.com
Ethiopia      Paul Weijers                Fair & Sust.      paulweijers.apf@gmail.com
Kenya         Tito Arunga                 SNV               tarunga@snvworld.org
Mali          Idrissa Ba                  ICCO              Idrissa.Ba@icco.nl
Niger         Rakiatou Gazibo             Oxfam Novib       Rakiatou.Gazibo@oxfamnovib.nl
Rwanda        Esperance Mukarugwiza ICCO                    mesperance.iper@gmail.com
Knowledge facilitators
Benin         Bertus Wennink              KIT               b.wennink@kit.nl
Rwanda        Ted Schrader                WUR               ted.schrader@wur.nl
Zambia        Monika Sopov                WUR               monika.sopov@wur.nl
Mali          Simone van Vugt             WUR               simone.vanvugt@wur.nl
Ethiopia      John Belt                   KIT               j.belt@kit.nl
Uganda        Karen Verhoosel             WUR               karen.verhoosel@wur.nl
Kenya         Peter Gildemacher           KIT               p.gildemacher@kit.nl
Mozambique Willem Heemskerk               KIT               w.heemskerk@kit.nl
Representatives of lead organisations
Rwanda        Habyalimana Straton         ICCO              habyalimana.straton@gmail.com
Mozambique Quirin Laumans                 SNV               qlaumans@snvworld.org
Zambia        Karlijn van Arkel           Cordaid           kar@cordaid.nl
Head Office   Toon Keijsers               SNV               tkeijsers@snvworld.org
Resource persons on themes
FSN &
Climate       Frans Verberne        ETC                     f.verberne@ETCnl.nl
Finance
resource      Lucas Simons          ForeFinance             lucas.simons@newforesight.nl
Gender
resource      Rhiannon Pyburn       KIT                     r.pyburn@kit.nl
Gender        Angelica Senders      Fair & Sustainable      angelica.senders@fairandsustainable.nl
              Jan Hoekstra                                  jan.hoekstra@wur.nl
BDS           Djura Prins           vHall Larenstein        djuraprins@prinsincommunicatie.nl
Arnhem team
Director          Hedwig Bruggeman          Agri-ProFocus   hbruggeman@Agri-ProFocus.nl
Support           Marja Hennemann           Agri-ProFocus   mhennemann@Agri-ProFocus.nl
Network facilitators
Kenya, Uganda &              Roel
Gender + Value Chains        Snelder    Agri-ProFocus       rsnelder@Agri-ProFocus.nl
Zambia, Niger, Mali &        Christel
Business Dev. Services       Schiphorst Agri-ProFocus       cschiphorst@Agri-ProFocus.nl
Mozambique, Ethiopia
& Access to Finance          Wim Goris Agri-ProFocus        wgoris@Agri-ProFocus.nl
Benin, Rwanda &              JanWillem
Food Sec. + Climate          Eggink    Agri-ProFocus        jweggink@Agri-ProFocus.nl




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                               Page 26
 ANNEX III: Revised Theory of Change
                                                                  Information on this
                                                                  level comes from the
                                                                  existing M&E systems
                                                                  of member
   Political economy needs be                                     organisations. This
   explicitly monitored: changes by                               information will be
   the interventions and vice versa                               used to say
                                                   Poverty        something about the
                                                   Reduction      contribution of Agri-
Use common performance indicators                                 Hubs to the impact.
for farmer entrepreneurship                                       The DCED standard
(universal indicators) (depends on the             Enterprise     could be used, but
country process)
                                                   Performance    will not be required.




                                                       Market
                                                       Uptake




                                                                 Market
                                                                 Trigger




 Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                   Page 27
ANNEX IV: NING use per country and per theme



                     Statistics NINGs Agri-ProFocus
               2010 and 2011 compared from 1-3 to 25-5

                                              Members            May'10         June'11       growth
                                              Ethiopia                  77            180         233%
                                              Kenya                    124            270         217%
                                              Mozambique                27             52         193%
                                              Niger                     42             77         183%
                                              Rwanda                    67            115         172%
                                              Uganda                   158            448         284%
                                              Zambia                    76            133         175%
                                              Gender                   174            423         243%
                                              Finance                   71            141         199%
                                              down2earth                               64




                                   Visits per thematic Ning
                                                  Gender in VC                       Finance
Period: 1 March – 25 May                           2010       2011                  2010          2011

Total number of visits                          1393               2398           408               714
Visits from the Netherlands                565 (41%)                636     283 (69%)               407
Visits from other countries                828 (59%)               1762     125 (31%)               307

                                         1.   Neth         1.   Neth       1.   Neth         1. Neth
                                         2.   US           2.   US         2.   India        2.Ethiopia
                                         3.   Germany      3.   UK         3.   Kenya        3. US
Top countries                            4.   UK           4.   Ethiopia   4.   Ethiopia     4. Kenya
Number of countries                                  86              118                21            52
Absolute unique visitors                            757             1599               188          419
Number of visits/day                               16,2            27,88              4,74           8,3
Pages/visit                                        3,07             2,86               4,9         4,06
Time spent per visit
(minutes)                                          02:47          03:12            05:43         04:46




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                            Page 28
                                                                  Visits per country NING

                                       Ethiopia            Kenya              Mozambique            Niger             Rwanda                 Uganda                Zambia
Period: 1 March – 25 May              2010 2011       2010        2011        2010      2011     2010      2011    2010        2011         2010     2011        2010      2011


Total number of visits         347           1036    776           1642     192          302    208         287    336          529   739            2845    147            895
Visits from the             191                   354                    113                 101                190                 420                   113
Netherlands                 (55%)             433 (46%)              618 (59%)           178 (49%)          122 (57%)           278 (57%)             902 (77%)             480
Visits from country         112                   372                    61                  47                 96                  212                   13
program country             (32%)             261 (48%)              536 (32%)            45 (23%)           46 (29%)           101 (29%)            1212 (9%)              173
                            44                    50                     18                  60                 50                  107                   21
Visits from other countries (13%)             342 (6%)               488 (9%)             79 (28%)          119 (14%)           150 (14%)             713 (14%)             242
Number of countries                     22     57          22         71         14       23       17        34        20        37           20       79    13              45
Absolute unique visitors               142    607         208        980         63      151       88       178       135       258          230     1273 74                411
Number of visits/day                  3,04 12,05          9,02    19,08        2,23     3,51      2,42      3,34      3,91     6,15         8,59     33,08       1,71      10,41
Pages/visit                           4,46 3,58           4,71        4        5,26     2,93      6,48      4,15      4,54     3,74         4,18      4,25       4,54       4,07
Time spent per visit
(minutes)                             5:06   3:58     05:50       04:22       05:42 02:54        07:22     04:03   05:16      04:42     06:41 05:51           03:44        04:45

Annex V : Knowledge agenda, team composition and country priorities
                                                                                 AGRI-HUBS                                                                   KNOWLEDGE CORE TEAMS
Knowledge                             Rwa         Niger          Zam           Ug        Eth       Moz       Kenya     Benin     Mali              Theme          CDI &       APF        Members
Themes/topics                         (JW)        (Christel)     (Christel)    (Roel)    (Wim)     (Wim)     (Roel)    (JW)      (Christel)        facilitator    KIT
1.   BDS – (i) Stocktaking RBDS                                      X           X         X                                                       Willem         John        Christel   ….
     experiences                                                                                                                                                  Bertus
2.   BDS – (ii) RBDS capacity            X                                                 X        (X?)                                                          Ted
     development
3.   Gender and inclusiveness - (i)      X            X              X           X                                                                 Rhiannon                   Roel       F&S/ICCO
     Capacity strengthening GVCD
4.   FS&CC - (i) Market driven                                                   X                                                                 Simone/                    Jan-       (ETC)
     food production and HH food                                                                                                                   Frans                      Willem
     security
5.   FS&CC – (ii) Resilience to                       X                                                                                 X
     (climate) change



Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                                        Page 29
6.   Farmer access to finance – (i)                     X                                                 X             X   Robert           Anna       Wim      Forefinance
     translation VCF book and                                                                                                                                    …
     sharing of tools
7.   Farmer access to finance – (ii)       X                   X       X                 X        X                     X
     finance fairs
8.   Farmers in AB (i) farm-firm           X            X              X        X        X        X       X             X   Ted              Bertus     Hedwig   Nellie
     relations and inclusive BMs                                                                                                                                 ICCO
9.   Farmers in AB (ii) Basket of          X            X                       X                                                                                HIVOS
     options economic services
                                                                                                                                                                 ….
10. ToC and M&E system (APF-              (O)       (O)       (O)     (O)      (O)      (O)      (O)     (O)        (O)     Karèn            Simone     Roel     …..
     network, members‟                                                                                                                       Remco
     interventions and
     entrepreneurs)
Resource persons KIT and                Ted       Simone    Monica   Karèn    John     Willem   Peter   Bertus    Bertus    Observations on knowledge core teams:
WUR-CDI for country processes           Bertus    Ted       Hans     Willem   Willem                    Ted       Peter     -   One theme facilitator (CDI-KIT)
:                                       Dieuwke                               Simone                              Simone    -     One APF focal point
Observations:                                                                 Ted                                 Ted       -     Collaboration CDI-KIT on themes when
-   Focus KIT/CDI on knowledge                                                                                                    feasible
                                                                              Marja
     agenda                                                                                                                 -     APF member participation in knowledge
                                                                              Jan
-    Availability for questions of CC                                                                                             core themes
     and A-team                                                                                                             -     M&E added, concerns all




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                         Page 30
ANNEX VI:
                                                   Core Group Meeting 4-7 July 2011:
                                    Draft Cross-country Action Plans for Knowledge Agenda 2011-2012



                                                           Business Development Services


                         1. Stocktaking of Rural Business Development Service (RBDS) experiences in different countries

Steps                       Description                                          Deliverable                  Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                              needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                              country      country      needed
1. Guideline                Process guidelines                                   Guidelines for stocktaking
   development by           Intro, definitions and examples.                     of experiences with
   Thematic team            Checklists/List of key issues (context,              sustainable access to RBDS
   with CCs                 sustainability, PPP, pluralism, etc.)                for small-scale
                                                                                 entrepreneurs
2. Country                  Actual stocktaking has two main elements:            Workshops: and country
   stocktaking              (i) Start-up activity for APF members (and           reports with documented
   coordinated by           others) to contribute, which could be a              RBDS cases and analysis
   APF CC (with APF         workshop, could include training on tools as well;
   triangle)                (ii) Analysis (could be workshop/writeshop again
                            and possible contracting of consultant
3. Cross-country            Country experiences and lessons are brought          RBDS Book developed in
   analysis and             together in international workshop for exchange      international RBDS
   learning                 and learning                                         work/writeshop before end
   coordinated by                                                                of 2012
   Thematic Team

Countries interested: Zambia, Ethiopia, Uganda




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                Page 31
                                                           Business Development Services


                2. Contributing to improved RBDS capacity development in national strategies and APF member interventions

Steps                       Description                                          Deliverable                   Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                               needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                               country      country      needed
1.    Guideline             Process                                              Guidelines
     development by         Key issues, relation with previous activity and
     Thematic team          other APF themes (e.g. Pos), need to involve
                            national agency addressing the RBDS Cap. Dev.
                            Strategy
2. Inventory of             Specific demand for provision of RBDS for            Report
   RBDS demand by           different types of small-scale entrepreneurs
   Agri-Hub
3. Inventory of             Existing supply (International companies,            Report
   RBDS supply by           embedded services, private sector, public
   Agri-Hub                 system, civil society, farmers) of RBD services to
                            small-scale entrepreneurs
4. Inventory of             Existing training (vocational,                       Report with gaps identified
   RBDS capacity            professional/technical) for RBDS provision)          by end of 2012
   development
   institutes by Agri-
   Hub
5. Sharing                  Overall analysis of identified gaps                  NING-special
   knowledge
   between countries
   on identified gaps

Countries interested: Mozambique, Rwanda, Ethiopia




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                 Page 32
                                                             Gender & Inclusiveness


                                          3. Capacity Strengthening on Gender & Value Chain Development

Steps               Description                                                Deliverable                    Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                              needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                              country      country      needed
1. Design           -target group: active members/partners of Agri-Hubs        - Action plans from APF
   Workshop         - goal: develop action plans for integrating gender into   members/partners in
   (+/-10           all APF themes at country level                            country for integrating
   people)          -commitment from partners to coach their local partners    gender into ALL APF themes
                    in implementing action plans (point 3)                     (e.g. organisation of
                    - resource: book                                           producers, finance, BDS)
2. Launch           -target group: local partners (POs, NGOs, extension        - Gender Action Plans
   Gender &         services, funders) (30-50 people)                          from participants to address
   VCD Book         -2-3 days                                                  gender in their practice
   with             -sensitize participants as to book content – the
   Workshop         framework, strategies, cases and tools
                    -each participant to develop action plans for
                    implementation
3. Coaching         -support from active members/partners of APF country       - improved practice vis a
                    programs to participants at the workshop in                vis gender equity within
                    implementing the gender action plans                       value chains
4. Experience       - same participants as the book launch workshop – to       - learning and the
   sharing          share experiences – the challenges and successes in        development of a
   Workshop         implementing gender action plans                           community of practice
   (end 2012)       -possible use techniques such as participatory video to    within the APF network on
                    share practices                                            this theme

Countries interested: Zambia, Rwanda, Niger, Uganda




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                              Page 33
                                                           Food security & Climate Change


 4. Develop a method to assess, communicate and positively influence the effects of market driven food production on household
                                                        food security

Steps                       Description                                           Deliverable                 Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                              needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                              country      country      needed
1. Stocktaking of            Action: stocktaking of methodologies used for                                     All
   methods used              analysing and discussing the issue of producing                                   countries
                             for the market versus the needs at local level                                    have
                             with relevant stakeholders and results achieved                                   shown
                             with it                                                                           interest.

2. Cross-country             Cross-country event based on the inventory           Report
   event based on            with the purpose to draw conclusions on do‟s
   the inventory             and dont‟s, and if possible provide guidelines for   Draft policy briefs for
                             local Agricultural policy on food security.          national governments and
                                                                                  donors

3. Policy brief for          Based on the cross country event, finalize and       Policy brief communicated
   national                  communicate policy brief for national
   governments and           governments and donors
   donors
4. Find districts            Find districts /countries who want to implement      Cases for methodology use
   /countries who            methodology.                                         identified and resources
   want to                                                                        raised to do so.
   implement
   methodology.

Country interested: Uganda




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                 Page 34
                                                         Food security & Climate Change


  5. Exchange experiences about practices how to become more resilient to (climate) change – notably capacity building on risk
                                           analysis/ farm management evaluation

Steps                       Description                                       Deliverable                    Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                             needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                             country      country      needed
1. Stocktaking of           Stocktaking of methodologies used for organise
approaches/tools to         and discussing the issue of producing for the
do risk-analysis or         market versus the needs at local level with
farm management ,           relevant stakeholders and results achieved with
incl Insurance.             it.
                            Attention service supply and demand: do farmers
                            search for the right information? Do service
                            providers provide the right information? E.g.
                            farmer organisations, cotton association,
                            government
2. Cross-country            After the stocktaking we organise an event        Identification of countries
event based on the          between countries.                                who want to adopt a best
inventory                                                                     practice of another country.


    3. Piloting of best     These pilots to be supported by the knowledge     At least 4 best practices
       practices            institutes                                        used in another country +
       identified                                                             film ( film-academy student
                                                                              project) about this with the
                                                                              title: “the strength of a
                                                                              network”.

Countries interested: Niger and Mali




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                             Page 35
                                                              Farmer Access to Finance


                                             6. Translation Value Chain Finance book and sharing of tools

Steps                       Description                                          Deliverable                Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                            needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                            country      country      needed
1. French translation        Translation and print of the existing KIT 7 IIRR    Book printed and 300
   Value Chain               publication in French                               copies distributed
   Finance book
2. Workshops in              Book launch
   Francophone
   countries around          Identification and sharing of tools for improving
   the book                  farmer access to finance.


                                                         Countries interested: Benin, Mali, Niger




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                Page 36
                                                               Farmer Access to Finance


7. Develop a method to assess, communicate and positively influence the effects of market driven food production on household
                                                       food security

Steps                       Description                                         Deliverable                 Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                            needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                            country      country      needed
1. Develop and               Make a choice for a value chain                    Report with analysis of      All
implement method of                                                             opportunities shared with    countries
fast situation and           identify market size for agricultural finance      financial institutes         have
opportunity for              service providers                                                               shown
agricultural finance
                                                                                                             interest.
                             Identify specific opportunities for financial
                             service providers opportunities up to the level
                             of potentially bankable Pos and Farmer
                             entrepreneurs

                             Share baseline and profile of client types among
                             FE with banks.

2. Finance fairs to          Matchmaking event                                  Event held
link funders with
clients
3. Support track             Support need by intermediate organisations         Support track developed
    post-event               identified within finance working group to
                             follow-up on emerging partnerships where
                             needed.

                             Identification of strategies to improve the
                             number of bankable Pos and farmer
                             entrepreneurs


                                         Countries interested: Mozambique, Mali Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia

Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                               Page 37
                                                   Organised farmers as partners in Agri-Business


                                             8. Farm-firm relations and farmer inclusive business models

Steps                       Description                                         Deliverable                 Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                            needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                            country      country      needed
1. Case studies              Make a choice for a value chain                    Report with analysis of      All
   (capitalization and       identify market size for agricultural finance      opportunities shared         countries
   analysis of               service providers                                  with financial institutes    have
   experiences)
                             Identify specific opportunities for financial                                   shown
                             service providers opportunities up to the level                                 interest.
                             of potentially bankable Pos and Farmer
                             entrepreneurs
                             Share baseline and profile of client types among
                             FE with banks.
2. Models for                Matchmaking event                                  Event held
   inclusive farm-
   firm relations
3. Approaches and            Support need by intermediate organisations         Support track developed
   tools for                 identified within finance working group to
   effectively relate        follow-up on emerging partnerships where
   private sector
                             needed.
   with smallholder
   farmers                   Identification of strategies to improve the
                             number of bankable Pos and farmer
                             entrepreneurs
4. Training modules
   (developed and
   delivered)

Countries interested: Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Niger, Kenya, Uganda, Benin




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                               Page 38
                                                  Organised farmers as partners in Agri-Business


                         9. Basket of practical options for economic service delivery (and tools for getting it done)

Steps                   Description                                              Deliverable                   Funds        Time         Outside
                                                                                                               needed in-   needed in-   support
                                                                                                               country      country      needed
1. Case studies          Make a choice for a value chain                         Report with analysis of
   (capitalization       identify market size for agricultural finance service   opportunities shared with
   and analysis          providers                                               financial institutes
   of                    Identify specific opportunities for financial service
   experiences)          providers opportunities up to the level of
                         potentially bankable Pos and Farmer entrepreneurs
                         Share baseline and profile of client types among FE
                         with banks.
2. Case study            Analysing what works in service provision by Pos         Overview and description
   analysis              under which circumstances                                of economic services
                                                                                  farmers organisations can
                                                                                  deliver to members
3. Tools farmers‟        Support need by intermediate organisations              Basket of options on NING
   organisations         identified within finance working group to follow-up
   can use for           on emerging partnerships where needed.
   preparing/offe        Identification of strategies to improve the number of
   ring economic         bankable Pos and farmer entrepreneurs
   services
4. Training                                                                      Booklet with basket of
   modules                                                                       options and corresponding
   (developed                                                                    training modules
   and delivered)                                                                developed and published
                                                                                 on paper and electronically

Countries interested: Rwanda, Ethiopia, Niger




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                                Page 39
Annex VII: List of Visitors BBQ at Wednesday July 6, 2011

      Members board and participants council present at the BBQ in Arnhem

      Name                     Organisation         Email

  1   Kees Blokland            Agriterra            blokland@agriterra.org
  2   Egbert Hoving            consultant           egbert.hoving@gmail.com
  3   Bram Huijsman            WUR                  bram.huijsman@wur.nl
  4   Wim Andriesse            WUR                  wim.andriesse@wur.nl
  5   Kees vd Burg             Oikocredit           kvdburg@oikocredit.org
  6   Roldan Muradian          CIDIN                r.muradian@maw.ru.nl
  7   Fred van Koot            Aequor               fvkoot@aequor.nl
  8   Thijs van Praag          PUM                  thijs.van.praag@pum.nl
  9 Jeroen de Vries            ICCO                 jeroen.de.vries@iccoenkerkinactie.nl
 10 Aaltje de Roos             DDE                  aaltje-de.roos@minbuza.nl
 11 Gerard Doornbos            Pres. of the Board   gjdoornbos@planet.nl




Agri-ProFocus Core Group Meeting July 4-7, 2011                                        Page 40

								
To top