Assistant Coordinator

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


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Posted 3 days 15 hours ago

‘’Cooperative Support Program’’ Learning & Networking Event held successfully

On March 19th 2017 was held the “Cooperative Support Program (CSP) Learning & Networking Event” took place at Lemigo Hotel. The event's aim was to share achievements and lessons learnt from the implementation of the 4-years Cooperative Support Program (CSP).

From 2013-2017, SPARK coordinated the Cooperative Support Program (CSP) which supported agricultural cooperatives to become more entrepreneurial and sustainable in order to create jobs and enhance food security.

The CSP worked within four value chains in Rwanda: Beans, Irish Potato, Maize and Horticulture. The program targeted cooperatives and SMEs working along these value chains, through two different, but complementary approaches. It supported 99 cooperatives and agri-businesses.

The second target group consists of cooperative supporter’s network at national level with the mandate to motivate, train and coach agriculture cooperatives

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Posted 1 week 4 days ago


ICCO Cooperation is launching a call for expression of interest for Rice Value Chain Finance Analysis consultancy in the framework of the STARS program “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders” implemented by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in 4 African countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso).

The details are described in the Terms of Reference attached here. We invite you to send in your expression of interest, a well written technical and financial proposals in English, properly bound and presented in two copies containing the following information: a cover letter, which should indicate the applicants’ expertise area; budget (number of days and fee per day in Euro currency (transport and accommodation will not be taken care of by the project)), 2 pages CV for all proposed consultants, and at least 2 references for similar work achieved. All application

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Posted 1 week 6 days ago

Fall armyworm 'threatens African farmers' livelihoods'

Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa.

The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi).

It says farmers' livelihoods are at risk as the non-native insect threatens to reach Asia and the Mediterranean.

The Food and Agriculture Organization plans emergency talks on the issue.

The fall armyworm, so called because it eats its way through most of the vegetation in its way as it marches through crops, is native to North and South America but was identified for the first time in Africa last year.

Cabi chief scientist Dr Matthew Cock said: "This invasive species is now a serious pest spreading quickly in tropical Africa and with the potential to spread to Asia.

"Urgent action will be needed to prevent devastating losses to crops and farmers' livelih

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Posted 1 month 1 day ago

Bank of Kigali Urumuri Initiative

In celebration of Bank of Kigali’s 50th Anniversary and in partnership with Inkomoko Entrepreneur Development, we are supporting business innovations that will grow into industry front runners and drive Rwanda’s growth over the next 50 years. We are looking for ideas or existing businesses pushing technology solutions that can solve Rwanda’s most pressing challenges.

To be considered, your idea or existing enterprise must meet the following criteria:

• Ideas and existing enterprises are welcome to apply
• Ideas, Early Stage Businesses, and Small and Medium Enterprises with annual revenues less than 200 Million RWF (preferred)
• Your idea or business must integrate technology in its solution
• Solutions must demonstrate financial sustainability and profitability
• Solutions must include a tremendous social or environmental impact

Up to 50 winners will be selected to receive business support services for 7 months at Inkomoko. Bank of Kigali will

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Nkotanyi Francis Ngabirano Wow, this is an opportunity.

4 weeks 1 day ago

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Grant Opportunity:  Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility - 3rd round

Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017  

Dear members,

With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.

The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.

The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant inform

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Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Grant Opportunity: ICT for Social Good

Deadline: 30th April 2017  

 Hi everyone,

I'm glad to invite you to apply for - ICT for Social Good - a grant for creative ideas, using digital technology for social aims.

If you are a local innovator, using ICTs for facing social issues with a bottom-up approach, you probably are the right person to apply!

In order to apply for the Grant, developing a new technology is not necessary. You only have to provide the use of an existing technology - in one of the geographical areas as specified in the guidelines: http://ictforsocialgood.org/en/

Food security, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and citizen activism are the central themes of the Grant. Any initiative regarding these sectors promoted by any local entities (association, cooperative, NGO, small and medium enterprises) with the support of ICTs will be more than welcome. All the projects, including those that won’t reach the final selection, will be presented o

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Gizaw Legesse Hi Didier, thank you for sharing this interesting opportunities, also saw your other posts. Thanks.

1 month 4 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Gizaw, you're the most welcome. All the best, Didier

1 month 4 days ago

Cibarani Cibarani It would have interested us to take part to that event but it's doesn't make no room for project not yet tested on fiels.We'll take time to launch the one we 're now finalising and c u on a next opportunity...

1 month 1 day ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Good luck with your project Mr Cibarani

1 month 1 day ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Merci Didier pour l 'information.

3 weeks 4 days ago

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MOOC Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability

(starts on March 20th 2017)  

Dear Members,

This is to share the announcement of the new MOOC Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, which will start on Monday, March 20.

This 7-week long free online course from the SDG Academy highlights the global goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and ensure sustainable food production systems by 2030. They will explore the pressing challenges around agriculture and food systems, the central role of agriculture in the Sustainable Development Goals, and development pathways towards global food security and sustainable agriculture.

Global experts from Rothamsted Research, Wageningen UR, Cornell University, Tufts University, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University will cover topics such as nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and rural development. The e-course features video lectures, interesting readings, a livel

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

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Call for individual consultant to develop strategic plans for Cooperative Unions / USAID- Land O' Lakes

(Deadline: 20th March 2017)

Scope of Work Assignment Title: Strategic planning for GILICU and IAIBU cooperative unions - Support in development of their long-term strategic plans, and provision of associated relevant training to the unions’ leaders.

Assignment Locations: Rwanda (Gicumbi and Bugesera)

Assignment Manager: Willy Nyirigira Duration (LOE): 30 days

Intended Dates: March-May 201

The main objective of this consultancy assignment is to develop 5 year strategic plans for GILICU& IAIBU cooperative unions, and facilitate associated strategic meeting for the boards, management and or general assembly where possible.

This task will be executed in two phases: with regard to the beneficiary unions

- Phase 1: The consultant will work with GILICU, develop their strategic plan and deliver all required documents & materials, along with their respective reporting.

- Phase 2: Upon succes

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Creating a sustainable replacement to wood and charcoal

I was born in a small village in southern Rwanda, where the majority of inhabitants rely on subsistence farming for their daily living. Given its far distance from the national grid, the village has no access to electricity, and biomass is the main source of fuel. As I grew up facing these challenges firsthand, I developed a passion for having a direct role in improving my livelihood and the livelihoods of my fellow villagers.

I started a company called Habona Ltd. that collects organic waste and turns it into products like briquettes, biogas, and organic fertilizers. Our briquettes are a sustainable replacement to the wood charcoal that people have been using for many years, which in turn helps to combat deforestation, and the indoor pollution caused by smoke emitted while burning wood as a cooking fuel.

The byproduct of the briquette and biogas production process is fresh fermented organic fertilizer that can be used in place of ch

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Reducing poverty and malnutrition: the CARL Group story

In 2014, a youth-led company, CARL Group, made up of four young entrepreneurs from Rwanda had an idea: to process orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) and turn them into baked goods. Hardworking, determined, passionate and business-minded, the company has added value by taking what was once considered a valueless crop and creating healthy, consumable vitamin A products.

My name is Clarisse and I’m the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of the CARL Group. I grew up in an area where sweet potatoes are grown extensively. Rwanda has been rated many times as one of the largest producers of sweet potatoes, growing approximately 80 kg per capita annually. They are farmed predominately by women.

Full story

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Rwanda - ''Dutch investors explore horticulture sector potential''

Source: The New Times

Seven visiting Dutch companies have expressed interest to invest in Rwanda’s horticulture sector.

The investors were in the country for a two-day visit to explore investment opportunities in the horticulture sector including the flower industry.

They are seeking strong partnerships and collaboration to help boost the industry, according to Marjolijn Sonnema, Netherland’s Vice Minister in charge of Agriculture and Economic Affairs.

The delegation paid a courtesy visit to the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) to further understand the sector’s potential in terms of trade and investment.



Dairy Learning Lab

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  27 March 2017 to 31 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Rwamagana & Gicumbi Districts

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Agriterra and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana and Gicumbi Districts. This time, the learning lab will focus on:

. Data Recording 
. Cost & Price Calculation

Participants can also bring in other topics as a result of the learning lab. 

About the Learning Lab

The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:

1. Farm visits in the morning

2. Training sessions in the afternoon

Two cooperatives will be visited: DUKUTAMATUNGO (Rwamagana) and IAKIB (Gicumbi)

Why should you participate?

· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management 

· Improve your training materials and skills

Who should participate?

Participants have been selected by organizers but few seats are still available for independent participants who are willing to contribute 20 00

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CSP Learning & Networking Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  29 March 2017, All Day Event
  (Participation by invitation only!)

(Participation by invitation only!)

Through the Cooperative Support Program, AgriProFocus Rwanda and SPARK facilitated the establishment of the first Agribusiness Development Service Provider’s network in Rwanda. 

As the CSP is closing its activities SPARK is organizing a learning event. In addition to the learning event, this will serve as an opportunity to continue to promote the Agri-BDS Network. Though the network is operating, considering that the concept is new, considering that it is not yet well known by the public, both partners have agreed to keep supporting the network. 

It is in this regards that this event is organized to promote the network services to organizations and companies that are likely to hire their services.

Interested? E-mail us on rwanda@agriprofocus.com

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Rwanda to source poultry imports from Mauritius, Belgium

Source: The New Times

Rwanda has turned to other countries for importation of poultry products to fill the gap left by a ban triggered by bird flu outbreak in some countries.

Over one month has elapsed since a ban was imposed on imports of poultry products from bird flu affected countries such as Uganda and some European countries, including Hungary, Germany, France, Denmark and The Netherlands.

The Head of Animal Resources at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, told The New Times that an alternative had to be found.

Since the end of January, 49,000 day-old chicks were imported from Mauritius, 29,000 from Belgium and 11.6 tonnes of fertilised eggs from South Africa, some of the countries whose poultry has been free from bird flu, according to Kanyandekwe.

The ban has an had impact on poultry farms, which have been importing chicks from the countries where bird flu cases have been recorded.

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Online Platform Training sessions - February 2017

To everyone who took part of one of the online platform training sessions in February,

We thank you for your participation! We treasure your contributions and time with us, and we hope your commitment to improve your businesses' online visibility & marketing strategies improved.

Again, thank you for attending , and please recommend this to other participants.

Participants - Online Platform Training

16th February 2017

1.  Theogene RUTINDUKA, Assistant Lecturer at Gishari Integrated Polytechnics(GIP) (TVET)

2. Theogene MUNYASHYAKAStudent at UR-CAVM (Knowledge Institute)

3. Reverien NZABAHIMANAStudent at UR-CAVM (Knowledge Institute)

23th February 2017

1. TUYISHIME Denyse, Journalist at Kigali Today  (Media)

2. Eric NSHIMIYIMANA, Student at UR-CAVM (Knowledge Institute)

3. Jean de Dieu NTAGUNGIRAManaging Director at Pentagon Technology Co Ltd  (Agro-production)

4. Fl

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Anne Marie Kortleve Welcome all to this online platform!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Denyse Tuyishime Though it is a bit late to answer but allow me to give a short comment.
I only attended the training once but i learned a lot of things in the two and half hours.
I am a journalist by profession and i am having an idea of how agriculture is the backbone of the country's economy.
By using this online platform, i am connected to farmers from around the globe .This will enable me to get good stories to tell but also  become a professional agribusiness reporter.
Who knows, may be soon i shall become one of known farmers in the country.
Many thanks to Agriprofocus

1 month 1 week ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Happy to hear Denyse! Let's keep on sharing on this platform :)

1 month 1 week ago

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Rwanda - Job Opportunities (March - April 2017)

1. Job Opportunity: National Director at World Vision Rwanda

Deadline: 12 March 2017

As National Director – Rwanda, you will oversee the development and strategy of all country operations. World Vision Rwanda was founded in 1994 and serves more than 600,000 children, their families and their communities across 29 programme areas. Currently the office has a team of 320 staff with 87,000 registered children through the World Vision sponsorship programme. The office has a budget of $ 39 USD million made up of Sponsorship and Grants.  

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2. Project Officer / FXB Rwanda

FXB Rwanda is a Harvard-affiliated local NGO operating in 10 Districts of Rwanda. FXB is the leading implementing partner of a research initiative, Strong Families “SugiraMuryango.” Which focuses on home-visiting to promote early childhood development (ECD) for families living in extreme poverty. By joining a dynamic team of FXB staff, the position will offer uniqu

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Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  04 October 2017 to 05 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

Summit-Expo supported by VIV, NABC, WPSA, WVPA and partners

With the recent opening of the Kigali Convention Center, the beautiful, clean, safe and well-connected Capital of Rwanda is set to be the host of the launch-edition of Poultry Africa. The pan-African event focuses to connect African and international producers and suppliers in Poultry & Eggs.

Program outline

Leadership Conference – 2 days (09.00-17.00): Leadership Conference (150 attendees)

Technical Best Practices Seminar – 2 days (13.00-17.00) Seminars (250 attendees)

Expo – 2 days (10.00-17.00) Boutique exhibition (75 exhibitors approx.)

Find more information here!

Orr contact Diana.Toth@vnuexhibitions.com

Event's website: http://poultryafrica2017.com/

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Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge

Dear Partner/s,

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming 2017 AgTech Innovation challenge brought to you by African Women In Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD).

To participate in the GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge, Please complete the application form via the link below in its entirety by 9th March 2017. Winners will be announced on 13th March, and will benefit from participation in an intensive, 2-day boot camp, which will culminate in a showcase to potential investors, partners, and other key players in the agriculture sector in Accra Ghana.


Cibarani Cibarani Thanks for drawing our attention...we hope we are not yet late///

1 month 2 weeks ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE My pleasure Cibarani Cibarani. Good luck!

1 month 2 weeks ago


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Funding Opportunities (March-April)


Deadline: 21 Mar 2017

Canada’s IDRC calls for proposals to support novel ideas or pre-existing innovations to respond to the challenges of existing livestock vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The research should focus on vaccine improvement for one or more of the eligible livestock diseases identified in the announcement. Eligibility to participate in the call for proposals extends to applicants from research-focused organizations in the private sector, academia, and research institutes anywhere in the world. The program will fund up to six research projects at a maximum of CA$1 million each. The deadline for proposals is 21 March 2017.

More information


Deadline: 13 Mar 2017

SFIAR annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association

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Opportunity for Training in Meat Processing 

The Marketplace for Nutritious Foods Rwanda has recently concluded the selection of grantees for its first and second call for proposals with 10 companies selected to receive investment grants for the implementation of several agricultural value addition projects including meat processing, flour blends and processing, egg production and Tilapia fish cage farming and physallis (gooseberry) production. The Marketplace project is now calling for applications from qualified companies or Individuals within meat processing to be provided with two day training. A maximum of 25 companies producing meat products will be selected by GAIN.


GAIN has hired a consultant to provide training to 25 selected meat processing companies. GAIN thereby wishes to invite eligible and interested meat processing companies in Rwanda to apply for this two training opportunity.

Outcome of the training

Company delegates will be trained on:

- How to p

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