Assistant Coordinator - APF Rwanda

Kigali, Rwanda

About Me

Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda.

Didier holds a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. He joined AgriProFocus in July 2013.

Responsible of operating the online platform, assisting the network partners in their initiatives to develop their businesses, facilitating Innovation Communities active under the AgriProFocus Network umbrella and ensuring a successful organisation of the network activities (events, workshops).

Hired by ICCO Rwanda, I am part of the AgriProFocus coordination triangle together with the AgriProFocus coordination team in Rwanda and the AgriProFocus network facilitator in Arnhem.

My responsibilities are:

Network development and coordination

• Operating the Online Platform (http://agriprofocus.com), keeping the on-line directory updated and providing the membership with up to date news, events and issues related to Agri Business;
• Pro-active marketing of the network to prospective new members (with a keen view on private sector) and media;
• Taking responsibility for developing good PR material (briefs, factsheets, etc) for the Agri Hub;
• Communication with the members on key network activities and supporting the team in organising events;
• Organising reviews and articles be made and published on the online-platform about events organised;
• Participating in and making minutes of coordination meetings;
• Handling any other APF related roles as delegated by the Coordinator.

Business and partnership brokering

• Assist the coordinator in supporting AgriProFocus partners in their initiatives to develop their businesses;

Innovation communities

• Assist the coordinator in facilitating the innovation communities which are active under the AgriProFocus umbrella;
• Simulate synergy and exchange between the AgriProFocus innovation communities and/ or other initiatives in the region.

Platform of debate and learning (http://agriprofocus.com/intro)

• Assist the AgriProFocus country coordinator in facilitating the debate and learning working groups which are active under the AgriProFocus umbrella;

Expertise areas: Agribusiness, Value Chain Development, Organic Certification, Entrepreneurship, Youth in Agriculture, ICT4Ag, Communication, Event Management, Online Marketing, Social Media

You can freely contact me (dmuyiramye@agriprofocus.com), if you need more information on AgriProFocus Rwanda services and our online platform

Skills and Expertise



Young Africa Works

Event posted by in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
  16 February 2017 to 17 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

On February 16 and 17, 2017, The MasterCard Foundation is hosting its second annual Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This invite-only event will bring together a community of 300 thought leaders from NGOs, government, funders and the private sector committed to developing sustainable youth employment strategies in Africa. It will also directly involve young people to help understand and explore their journeys, including the challenges they face, in securing meaningful economic opportunities.

Building on the dynamic conversations of the inaugural Summit in 2015, we believe that there is more to explore around youth, employment and agriculture. In 2017, we would like to shift the discussion from how to engage youth in agriculture, to youth as drivers of agricultural transformation. This transformation holds tremendous promise for catalyzing prosperity and creating sustainable livelihoods for young people in Africa. The Summit will also explore three sub-themes that contribute

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Training Workshop on the impact of pesticides application

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  11 January 2017, All Day Event
  Musanze, UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus

The University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM) in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda are organizing a ''Training Workshop on the impact of pesticides application on crops and food safety in relation with the environment and human health'' on 11th January 2017 at UR-CAVM Busogo Campus. 

This training workshop will discuss the influence of pesticides in agriculture and how their use has resulted in increased crop yield and quality and lessened the drudgery of pest management, which in turn improved quality of life for farmers and their families while also improving the prospects for long-term sustainable food production. Pesticide is a term that describes many different chemicals that are used to manage pests. Pesticide group include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, molluscicides, nematicides, plant growth regulators, and other materials that protect plants or usefully modify their physiology. Synthetic pestici

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Posted 1 week 1 day ago

Kenyans, Rwandans and Ugandans: Blog to Win a Trip to Washington, DC  

Now in its third year, the #Blog4Dev Contest is an ideas-sharing platform for youth in Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. This year, the World Bank wants you to share your thoughts on youth and agriculture.

For a chance to win a trip to Washington, D.C. in April 2017, discuss the following question in an original blog of no more than 500 words:

To farm or not to farm: What opportunities exist for youth to prosper in agriculture and agro-business?

Submit the blog post in English by January 15, 2017 here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/65FSQJD

  • DEADLINE: January 15, 2017
  • ELIGIBILITY: Must be a Kenyan, Rwandan or Ugandan citizen residing in your home country, and be aged between 18 and 28, and the blog post must be written in English.
  • CONTACT: Blog4Dev
  • Blog4Dev@worldbank.org

Nicole Metz

thanks for sharing, Didier.
Maybe good for all those with an interest in World Bank - to know that the Netherlands and the World Bank Group have a partnership agreement to foster Knowledge sharing between the institutions? Find more info here: http://knowledge4food.net/partners/world-bank-group-food-for-all/

If you have ideas for activities under this partnership between the World Bank and the Netherlands, please contact the Dutch Embassy or the World Bank Group offices in your country or region, to see whether they could collaborate with you on the idea.

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Posted 2 weeks 6 days ago

The 2016 Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agribusiness''

AgriProFocus Rwanda through its ''Youth in Agribusiness Innovation Community'' (led by RDI) in partnership with the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) organized the 2nd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 7th December 2016 at UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus. 

The events' objectives were to:

- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.

- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth

- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

- Raising awareness on existing youth forums & networks in the Rwandan Agribusiness sector

- Inspire more young girls to venture into agribusiness

- In

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Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

Job Title: Business Support Assistant - Procurement SC4 

Requisition # 3162 - Posted 17/11/2016 - Short Term-SC WFP - Africa, Central & Eastern - Rwanda - Kigali - (English; French) - PROCUREMENT


Posting Date: 17 November 2016

Closing Date: 23 November 2016


To deliver standard business support processes for a specific professional area of work, to facilitate effective service delivery.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Gather information with clear direction to support the drafting of documents and preparing reports by other staff.
2. Respond to queries and escalate where appropriate, in order to provide a timely and accurate service to clients.
3. Support processing and managing routine administrative and financial tasks in various functional areas, to contribute to the effective and timely management of resources.
4. Provide revision and proof-reading services for standard documents, to contribute to the development of accurate documenta

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  29 November 2016 to 01 December 2016 - All Day Event

AgriProFocus, IMBARAGA et Agriterra organisent la «semaine pomme de terre», prévue  à Musanze du 29 novembre au 1er decembre.

La culture de la pomme de terre dans la région des grand lacs reste une culture très importante pour plusieurs raisons. Elle est à la fois une culture vivrière même temps une culture de rente.

Toutefois, sa production dans cette région n’est pas si bonne par rapport à la production maximale par hectare dans d’autres pays comme le pays Bas qui produit jusque a 44.7 t par hectare. Par exemple, au Rwanda, même si t le pays est le troisième producteur de l'Afrique subsaharienne, après l'Afrique du Sud et le Malawi le rendement maximale reste a 9 t par ha.

A l’instar de la chaine de valeur pomme de terre, les organisations paysannes de la sous-région évoluant en partenariat avec les institutions et organisations paysannes et/ou internationales organisent conjointement, chaque année, une rencontre dédiée à « la semaine pomm

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Youth in Agribusiness Festival

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  07 December 2016, 09:00-15:00
  UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus

''Attracting and Retaining Youth in Agribusiness''

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Rural Development Initiative (RDI) and the University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture (UR/CAVM), USAID/PSDAG & RYAF is organizing a ‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’, to enhance the engagement of youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and practical entrepreneurship experience -sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career as well as creating links and networking space between youth agripreneurs and agribusiness companies, development partners, farmers’ federations, farmers cooperatives’, financial institutions’ and policy makers.

The event will take place in UR/CAVM Busogo Campus on the 7th December 2016


‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with the aim of advocating, for policy makers and developm

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Dairy Business Cocktail

Event posted by in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
  25 November 2016, 04:30-06:30
  (To be communicated only to invitees)

Participation only by Invitation!

AgriProFocus Rwanda in cooperation with Agriterra is organising a Dairy Business Cocktail on Friday, 25th November 2016.


The objectives of this 2 hour networking event is to:

  • (1) Provide the key actors in the Rwandan Dairy Business Sector with a platform to network, share information and increase deal making
  • (2) To expand professional connections and opportunities in dairy sector

Who is participating?

This is a closed event and participation is by invitation only!

We expect to have around 30 people, who are AgriProFocus Rwanda members and partners. These participants are from dairy agribusiness companies, government institutions, farmer organizations, support organizations to dairy sector, etc.

For more information, e-mail us at rwanda@agriprofocus.com

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Posted 2 months 1 day ago

Great thank you to all members who attended our Online Platform Training Sessions!

We want to send out a big thank you to all our members who joined us at our office during the Online Platform training sessions which took place every Thursday of the week between 22nd September - 27th October.

It was very encouraging to see 46 professionals with different background in agribusiness, eager to learn more on how to better market themselves, their companies/organisations &their products, as well as also accessing more than 20,000 useful agribusiness contacts, using the AgriProFocus Online Platform: www.agriprofocus.com

We saw in them energy & commitment to improve their businesses' online visibility & marketing strategies. 

Participants - Online Platform Training

22nd of September

1. THOMAS NGENZI / Website manager and Communication at Agrifop - (NGO / development agency)

2. ALBERT RUKEBESHA / Sales & Marketing Manager at Holland Agritech Rwanda - Agricultural

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 2 days ago

New Project STARS ''Strengthening African Rural Smallholders for Sustainable Development'' Launched!

Kigali, Rwanda, November 9th, 2016 – ICCO Cooperation with ICCO Terrafina Microfinance in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation today launched the Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program. This five-year initiative that will reach more than one million people in four African countries. STARS will address challenges that smallholder farmers face such as poor farming techniques, lack of credit, minimal access to markets, and limited access to appropriate financial products.  

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Posted 2 months 2 days ago

Online forum on the use of ICTs for Resilience - 28 November till 13 December 2016  

FAO and e-Agriculture.org are preparing an online forum discussion on "Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Resilience". The forum will take place from 28 November to 13 December 2016.

Many successful experiences on the use of ICTs for Resilience at FAO have already been documented such as eLocust, SWALIM, OpenForis, EMA-i, EMPRES-i, Drought preparedness in Uganda, Disaster preparedness in Dominican Republic etc.

Based on these experiences and others from the partners and members of the e-Agriculture Community of Practice, a two week discussion forum will be held to capitalize on these experiences, to share knowledge and to work towards overall recommendations on the use of ICTs for Resilience.

The discussion will be guided by Subject Matter Experts from different organisations and facilitated by FAO's Knowledge Outreach Team.

The forum can be accessed through the following link:

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Okello Justine This awesome am interested from Soroti Uganda

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Posted 2 months 1 week ago


On Friday November 04, 2016, SPARK, RICEM and AgriProFocus, organized a twofold event to celebrate official launch and graduation of Rwanda’s first Agri BDS Network and Course at Kigali Serena Hotel, in Rwanda.

SPARK in partnership with RICEM undertook a one-year capacity building pilot programme to a limited number of agri BDS providers wishing to offer professional BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and agri SMEs, which for years had been characterized by lack of agri BDS providers in the field . The first intake of 35 professionals completed a 9- month programme course consisting of 6 months devoted to an intensive course of 5 modules and 3 months to a field-based mentorship. Upon the completion of the training, these professionals produced reports, developed business plans and tested their business cases, likely to be funded. During the graduation ceremony, 3 graduates who ou

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Rwanda Best SMART Project 

Thumbs up to our member and CEO of Rwanda Best, Mr Jean Claude Ruzibiza 

Rwanda Best, Wageningen University, Bosman van Zaal, Hoogendoorn, RijkZwaan, Koppert and Holland Greentech are working together in Rwanda to support growers to reach the next level.

Posted By in Dairy Learning Lab Rwanda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

IFAD supports Rwanda's dairy farmers with $65.1 million agreement

Press release on the signing of the Rwanda dairy development project.   

Rome, 4 November 2016 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Government of Rwanda signed an agreement today that will improve the livelihoods of over 100,000 smallholder farmers and generate opportunities for other actors in the country’s dairy sector.

The agreement was signed in Rome by H. E. Jacques Kabale Nyangezi, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to IFAD, and Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of IFAD. The Rwanda Dairy Development project will cover 12 districts and involve an investment of US$65.1 million, which includes a $43.6 million IFAD loan, a $1.1 million IFAD grant, a $4 million grant from Heifer International and contributions from the Government of Rwanda, the private sector and project beneficiaries.

Current annual milk production in Rwanda is valued at approximately $

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Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

Leon Nduwayezu, an ambitious innovator who aims to resolve Rwanda’s agricultural packaging problems

Currently, many small holder farmers in Rwanda struggle to deliver safely and securely their fresh produce across the country. With a background in strategic planning and marketing, Leon Nduwayezu has decided to end the packaging problem in Rwandan agro-industry sector by starting AgroPlast Ltd, a company that has been manufacturing net bags since 2015. These bags are used to transport and export mainly potatoes, but also fruits and vegetables are targeted.

The newly created business, which is playing a leading role in the manufacturing and distribution of net bags, aims to reform the potato value chain by developing a new packaging system. With more than 700,000 Euros invested so far and 120 jobs created, Leon has a two phase business plan. The first phase is targeting the local market to increase farmers’ awareness of the new product and how packaging can help them in their distribu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

10 local flower exporters for Amsterdam expo

Rwanda will participate in the upcoming 7th International Floriculture and Horticulture Trade Fair (IFTF) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The week-long expo, that kicks off tomorrow, will attract over 500 sectors stakeholders, including farmers, exporters, investors and experts from across the world. The country will be represented by more than 10 local companies with view to position Rwanda as an upcoming flower and horticulture producer.  

Read more HERE

Related article: Rwanda to participate in 7th Int’l Horticulture trade fair

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 months 3 hours ago

Call for applications: ''SE Outreach Accelerator - Scale your impact''

Deadline: October 31

SE Outreach Accelerator, a scaling program for social entrepreneurs that Sida supports, is now open for new applications and we need your help to promote the program through your channels and networks!

The SE Outreach Accelerator is a fully funded scaling program for social entrepreneurs running businesses that address social and environmental challenges facing the developing world.

SE Forum is looking for passionate entrepreneurs who are solving societal and/or environmental problems in the developing communities. The application and full eligibility criteria can be found here: www.se-forum.se/se-outreach-accelerator/ .

The deadline for applications is October 31. The chosen applicants will participate in next year's Accelerator program, which consists of three weeks in Stockholm during April 2017 and three weeks in September 2017. In between these two periods the participants will return to t

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Posted 3 months 2 days ago

AgriProFocus Rwanda organizes a workshop on the ''Applied Research Fund'' (ARF)

On Friday 15th October 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rwanda organized a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund. The workshop brought together 44 participants from research institutions, knowledge institutes, government institutions, insurance companies, private companies, NGOs, Dutch Embassy, etc.

The workshop kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator, Mrs Sajji Ryakunze. 

‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies"   

Next, followed an overview of the ‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies" of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda by Mr Pieter Dorst, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the past years, the Dutch Embassy works in Rwanda emphasized on programs improving Food S

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Posted 3 months 3 days ago

Consultancy Opportunity at AgriProFocus Rwanda:

''Video producer & Booklet Publisher'' (Deadline for applications: 24th October 2016) 

To showcase the network’s impacts in the past 6 years and to call everyone interested to join the network, AgriProFocus Rwanda is seeking the services of a professional video producer/book publisher to:

- Visually produce a short video documentary

- Produce a small booklet (with the members’ testimonies and success stories)

For more information, read the attached ToRs & Briefings  


Workshop on the Applied Research Fund

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  14 October 2016, 14:00-18:00
  Umubano Hotel

(Participation only by invitation !!!)

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy is organizing a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund (available fund for a private or public practitioner organisation or a research organisation) that will take place at Umubano Hotel on 14th October 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

(A business cocktail will follow). 

The Food & Business Applied Research Fund provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least one private on public practitioners’ organisation active in the partner countries and one research or higher education organisation. One Dutch partner is required. The deadline for submission is 6 December 2016.

In contribution to the development of Rwanda, the Kingdom of Netherlands through its

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