Agri-ProFocus is a network of professionals. A network operates in a fluid and dynamic manner. Professionals that make up the network decide to cooperate in one of our Agri-Hubs or in one of several innovation communities. The Agri-Hubs are local networks set up in twelve African countries (Benin, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, RD Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) and in Indonesia.
The Agri-ProFocus Agri-Hubs are multi-actor arenas in support of entrepreneurship. A constant flow of information and power to connect is at their heart. We build networks and facilitate cooperation with the use of various instruments. The Agri-Hubs started out of a need for more cooperation expressed by our partners. In each country, Agri-ProFocus kicked off the process by organising a multi-stakeholder workshop to which all local counterparts of our partners, companies, government and farmer representatives were invited. During these workshops, the agenda for us as a network was set and hot issues were identified. Around the hot issues, action groups have been formed, led by local organisations.
The innovation communities are coached by our local Agri-Hub coordinators during the year. The Agri-Hub coordinators work hand in hand with the network facilitators of our support team in the Netherlands.
Our long-term vision is that the Agri-Hubs become effective one-stop shops for all to find their specific interests in doing business. The Agri-ProFocus team can be called upon to assist in brokering deals, actors can meet face-to-face in events and the online platforms provide a place for meeting and discussion on a daily basis.