Presentation on theme: "Joint action Joint learning The role of network Agri-ProFocus Uganda Silver Springs Hotel, Kampala October 5, 2012 Marieke van Schie, Agri-ProFocus Uganda."— Presentation transcript:
Joint action Joint learning The role of network Agri-ProFocus Uganda Silver Springs Hotel, Kampala October 5, 2012 Marieke van Schie, Agri-ProFocus Uganda Coordinator Advisor Agriculture SNV Uganda
Partnerships “In a contract, I try to get as much as possible and to remain as unchanged as possible. In any partnership, I throw in my lot today without knowing where I will be tomorrow.” - Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy
Agri-ProFocus network (Agri-Hub) in Uganda Originally Dutch network started in 2009 in Uganda (Dutch members with Ugandan partners). Today professional membership has grown from 78 end of 2009 to members Representing over 500 organisations including Producer Organisations, Companies, BDS Providers, NGO’s, Public Sector, Education/Knowledge Institutions, Consultancies and Donor Agencies Cooperation with DGIS and EKN on food security agenda
Agri-Hub mission and focus Agri-Hub’s mission To bring together the different actors in the agricultural sector to promote a joint agenda on farmer entrepreneurship and food security, in order to boost the sector Focus Six thematic areas: Organized farmers for business; Access to financial services; Gender in value chains; Market access/ information; Sustainable food production/ food security; Policy Engagement
Agri-ProFocus theory of change
Agri-ProFocus Uganda Network development and coordination –Establish a culture and effective local coordination –Build a sustainable multi-stakeholder network Business brokering –Working towards stronger private sector involvement –Matching Dutch and Ugandan investors Innovation communities –Joint thematic action and learning –Practical cross country learning Platform for debate and learning –Information sharing –Policy engagement –Link up members knowledge initiatives / programmes for joint resource mobilisation and joint events
Some of this year’s results Regional financial market places (Mbale, Lira) (farmers meet banks) Regional market information events for farmers 3 rd national market information symposium Standardisation process / coaltion of market information Action research and events around business models for organised farmers, and Farm Firm Relations assessment Food security profiling of stakeholders / actors in Northern Uganda, joint learning agenda Gender in value chain coaching trajectory Policy dialogue on agriculture policy, policy brief, agriculture budget Online business and services market place ...
Agri-ProFocus and agriculture skill development Upfront 1: Agri-ProFocus network provides an independent platform to discuss and act among interested actors in the sector Under the network already many actors working on skills development Dutch partnership includes several education actors (AERES, Van Hall larenstein, HAS Den Bosch)
Upfront 2: Youth in Agriculture already key issue in the network: -Online and face to face discussions -ICCO AVET programme with EKN peer reviewed -Key issue in Agri-ProFocus global strategy 2013 – HIVOS-IIED research Broad perspective needed next to education -lack of land, intergenerational skills transfer, access to credit, labour market issues Opportunities -Improve image of agriculture as a viable business -Invest in young entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector (advanced value addition) -Build on ICT revolution -Knowledge agenda; Action research on methodologies -Youth involvement in agriculture Agri-ProFocus and agriculture skill development
Offer Can we build a joint action and learning agenda under the Agri-ProFocus network?