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Boost for agribusiness – FinAgri Niger 2017

On 16 and 17 May 2017 Partners for Innovation Niger organized in Niamey the FinAgri. Financial institutions and key actors of the agricultural sector in Niger took part in a finance fair related to the agri sector.

Participants of the fair were agri-businesses, farmer organizations, banks, micro finance institutions, government organizations, NGOs and donor organizations.

Partners for Innovation organized the FinAgri through AgriProFocus as Partners for Innovation is responsible for running the  AgriProFocus network in Niger.

Find detailed information (in French) in the  Journal AgriProFocus spécial 2017


FinAgri Finance Fair


On 16-17 May 2017 we’ll be organizing in Niamey the FinAgri – a finance fair – financial institutions and key actors of the agricultural sector in Niger will interact about financing of the agri sector.

Many key actors have already confirmed their participation: agri-businesses, farmer organizations, banks, microfinance institutions, government organizations, NGOs and donors.

We organize the FinAgri through AgriProFocus as we are responsible for running the AgriProFocus network in Niger. If you have an interest in attending, making yourself known, or in interacting with the Nigerien finance and agri sectors, please let us know. We’d be glad to inform you on the possibilities to attend, speak, have visibility.


ICL Fertilizers and province of North Holland invest in circular fertilizer

ICL fertilizers has started a project to produce circular fertilizer by extracting phosphate from waste ashes. The Port of Amsterdam can become the first location worldwide producing this type of fertilizer.

ICL partners for innovation

ICL is one of the largest producers of fertilizer in the world with plants spread over five continents. In Europe nearly all phospates are imported.

Growing demand

Phosphate is an essential element of fertilizer in order to grow food. ICL uses phosphate rock a mineral  resource that is only limited available. Because of its limited availabitity and growing demand, finding a good alternative is of vital importance.  So far, this vital ingredient is only used once and then disappears through the food chain in residues, animal manure and sewage water.

Closing the phosphate cycle

ICL is investing, financially aided by the province of North Holland, in a installation that uses waste ashes for the production of fertilizer. Partners for Innovation supported ICL with the project proposal. The main goal of the project is closing the phosphate cycle: using a valuable ingredient more than once.



Peter Karsch p.karsch@partnersforinnovation.com

Elke Roetman e.roetman@partnersforinnovation.com

ICL website

Province of North-Holland website on circular economy (Dutch)

Market opportunities for biogas in Mozambique

Partners for Innovation has carried out a field study for SNV, in order to assess the market opportunities for the application of biogas in Mozambique. The research focused specifically on sanitation and the agri-food sector.

Reasonably strong potential

The main findings are:

The technical potential of applying biogas in Mozambique is reasonable to good in all sectors, except for small households. We see the biggest potential in:

  • agri-food companies
  • large-scale local or municipal sanitation systems
  • sanitation facilities in schools, hospitals and prisons

Not much experience

However, at this moment in Mozambique there is not enough:

  • experience with commercial biogas installations. Although there are some donor financed initiatives, only a few of them are operational.
  • policy aimed at encouraging biogas application
  • knowledge and experience from research institutes and businesses.

Growing interest

And yet the interest for biogas has really taken off. The government, the private sector, donors and knowledge institutes all show an increased attention. If we consider the growing population, urbanisation and the growing agri-food business, we think the potential can only get bigger. The vital fields where opportunities lie are design and construction of installations, services, maintenance and energy supply to industrial companies.

Read all recommendations of the report in the summary-report-mozambique

Contact Emiel Hanekamp e.hanekamp@partnersforinnovation.com



Opportunities for youth entrepreneurship in Niger

On August 12th, International Youth Day 2016, Partners for Innovation and AgriProFocus organized  an  event where young entrepreneurs met with  financial institutions. Three ministers, three NGOs, two financial institutions, five agricultural organizations, four youth institutions and sixty  entrepreneurs were among the hundred people who attended the meeting. The Nigerian government supports  AgriProFocus’ mission to encourage youth entrepreneurship.