24 March 2023

Missions to Kenya

The PSDA programme aims to support private sector development in agriculture in Kenya. One of the PSDA components is to strengthen value chains (VC) through the improvement of the cooperation between the various VC stakeholders, know how and technology transfer in selected value chains and regions. The programme is implemented by programme officers seconded from different Ministries as well as German and Kenyan GTZ-staff who are supported by GFA short term consultants on Value Chain Development (VCD), Marketing and Training. [Read more…]

Ninth Mission to PSDA

Ninth mission aims and programme

Lambertus Vogelzang (ISTC-Training) fielded a ninth mission from 22nd of March until 10th of April 2009. The main aims of this mission were:

  1. Developing Marketing Modules
  2. Pre-testing Marketing Modules
  3. Developing PEP Training Manual
  4. Pre-testing PEP Training Manual

The mission programme was developed in close cooperation with Eberhard Krain (PSDA Programme Manager), Miriam Wanyonyi (PSDA Programme Officer), Ralf Arning (ISTC VCD) and Sigrid Giencke (ISTC Marketing).. [Read more…]

Mission to Moldova

On 5th and 6th of March 2008 a workshop was held in Chisinau, Moldova, for the participants in the IFAD-WUR programme “Supply Chain Management Support”. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the value chains on vegetables and one on dairy products. The workshop also provided follow-up on the supply chain plans that were developed by the market partners during the Supply Chain Course and study tour in the Netherlands, which took place from 3 until 11 September 2007. In this Supply Chain Course in The Netherlands market parties from cereals, dairy products (milk and cheese), vegetables and apples, as well as IFAD staff participated.

The overall goal of the IFAD-WUR project is to develop the capacity of the Consolidated Programme Implementation Unit (CPIU-IFAD) to facilitate smallholder farmers’ market participation and market access in a participatory supply chain management framework. The project is furthermore to enhance the impact of the IFAD-financed Rural Business Development Programme (RBDP) in Moldova at field level.

The role of Lambertus Vogelzang during the Supply Chain Course in the Netherlands and the workshop in March 2008 in Moldova was mainly on advising and guiding the further strengthening of the Moldovan dairy chain.

The attached pictures give you again a bit of a taste of what happened during the mission to Moldova.

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Mission to Ghana

CAH requested the support of Lambertus Vogelzang to implement a mission to Ghana in April 2008. The main aim of the NUFFIC project is: ‘Design and implement a student-centred teaching methodology and curriculum for the agricultural engineering programme according to the principals of competency-based learning’. The new programme is to be in line with labour market demands, will in-cooperate the social-economical context of Ghana and promote more creativity and innovation in problem solving. The main parts of the curriculum are already developed. The implementation of the curriculum of the first and second year has started. The development of the third year is in the final stage and will be implemented next academic year.

During the above mentioned mission the focus was mainly on supporting optimal use of the developed curriculum. The mission training programme on Coaching Personal Development aims to support a group of teachers, from the four involved Polytechnics, in getting further competent in guiding students in their own personal development. Important tools to stimulate Personal Development of students are Personal Development Plans and Action Plans, including various personal and team analyses.

The attached pictures gives you some information and impression of this educational mission to the Polytechnic in Ho, Ghana.

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Mission to Vietnam

The German Ministry for Development Cooperation (BMZ) and the German Coffee Association joined forces in 2002 to re-strengthen the coffee sector. During the last years a public-private partnership was established between national and international representatives of producers, traders, coffee industry and the civil society. An important and tangible result of this cooperation was the creation of a voluntary Code Conduct for the Coffee Community (4C) to guide coffee producers and buyers. Nowadays, the 4C Association operates as independent membership organization and is based on the following components in the 4C system:

  1. A comprehensive code of conduct for the coffee sector as guidance for continuous improvement to contribute to a sustainable coffee sector, environmentally, economically and socially.
  2. A Business code (rules of participation) for trade and industry members to balance responsibilities and commitment between the various players in the coffee sector
  3. Support services with access to information, tools and an expert network to facilitate improvement processes at producer level
  4. Governance mechanisms to contribute to transparent and participatory decision making

GTZ-4C asked the support of Lambertus Vogelzang especially related to the point of developing relevant training materials for the coffee sector to support this 4C process. It included developing a manual and a training programme to offer training participants insights into the background, intentions and organisations of 4C. Quite some attention was given to further sharpen the draft criteria to measure the level of environmental, economical and sustainable compliance.
Testing out of the developed 4C ToT Training programme took place during a mission to Vietnam to work during an intensive training programme with representatives of the Vietnamese coffee sector in Ban Me Thuot in the Southern part of Vietnam.
Nowadays Lambertus Vogelzang is related to the 4C process as a master trainer to conduct 4C ToT training activities on request of the coffee sector all over the world.

The attached pictures gives you further information and atmosphere of the 4C ToT Training in Vietnam in June 2007.

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Missions to Serbia

The bilateral EVD project between Serbia and The Netherlands “Integrated improvement of the Serbia sector” was implemented in the period between January 2006 and December 2008. The two main objectives of this project were:

  1. To strengthen the milk recording system aiming at providing farmers with relevant data for cow breeding, health and feed.
  2. To support the establishment of 3 farmers’ organisations for policy making, economic interests and knowledge exchange.

During five missions in the period April 2007 until May 2005 Lambertus Vogelzang contributed mainly to realising the second objective. The main support consisted of supporting the farmers’ groups in:

  1. Developing business plans and work plans
  2. Monitoring the progress of the implementation of the work plans
  3. Identifying and organising relevant training activities to support the farm management.

The attached pictures give you some impressions of this result-oriented project, only payment by the Dutch donor if the proposed project results are achieved!

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Cooperation between Agricultural Development Trust in Baramati (India) and Motivaxion (The Netherlands)

The Agricultural Development Trust (ADT) in Baramati aims at contributing to the development of the rural local population. The main emphasis is on education, extension, women empowerment and awareness raising. The Trust consists of several departments which support the education and development of rural youth, farmers and others that are active in the rural setting.

The ADT is a progressive and ambitious institute which is very much eager to further develop itself. The intention is to play a role in the coming years in international developments and activities. As part of that process Motivaxion (in the name of Lambertus Vogelzang) was asked to cooperate with the ADT. The main requests to him were related to activities in the broad field of organisational development. Practically it meant that in 2008 three missions were fielded.

First mission, March-April 2008

During the first mission the main focus was on supporting a team of extension workers in developing extension plans in close cooperation with farmers and strengthening their own internal team cooperation. At the end of 2008 this extension department of the ADT, called KVK (Krishi Vigyan Kendra), won the first prestigious bi-annual National Award among all more than 500 KVK’s in the whole country. [Read more…]

Second mission, June-July 2008

The second mission was building further on the results of the first mission. However, the main focus was on conducting three training activities of five days each for different target groups on various aspects concerning organisational development. [Read more…]

Third mission, November – December 2008

A third mission was building further on the results and activities of the two previous missions. The training for the HoD’s of the ADT was giving a good impression of the implementation of their action plans as formulated during the second mission. During this mission four training activities were conducted. [Read more…]