Land O’Lakes is seeking an individual cooperative development expert to provide advisory services in cooperative management, governance and business oriented solutions to maize cooperatives .
Assignment Title: Cooperative Management and Business Coach
Assignment Dates: May-July 2017
Level of effort: 32 days
Assignment location: Rwanda
Assignment Manager: Willy Nyirigira/LuAnn Werner
For more, read the attached document
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are pleased to send you the 2017 Young Africa Works Summit report highlighting the best and most memorable moments from the Summit in Kigali.
The Young Africa Works Summit brought together more than 300 stakeholders – including nearly 50 young people – to focus on youth, employment and the agricultural sector. Young people were front and centre as delegates discussed, and listened to, how youth are leading agricultural transformation on the continent. We hope you will find the report informative, inspiring and useful in your work.
On the Young Africa Works Summit Resource page, you will find videos of the plenary sessions, new blog posts from youth delegates, links to media stories, a list of attendees, and photos.
The Foundation will be hosting a webinar on June 1, at 9 am EST to discuss key findings from the Summit evaluation with our learning partner Advisem. We will hear from speakers, young people and d... Read more
Beekeeping in Rwanda is seen as a major business opportunity, but is still mainly practiced by older men. Rwandan honey is in high demand in the national and international market.
On Thursday 18th May 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda through its Beekeeping Innovation Community paid a visit to the youth doing beekeeping in the surroundings of Nyungwe Forest to evaluate the impact of the training & field visit they had in 2015 & 2016. The beekeeping Innovation Community was represented by Florent Majyambere and Chantal Nyirakamineza.
Mr Norbert, RDB staff in charge of Conservation of the Nyungwe National Park helped a lot in identifying the 2 groups which were visited. Both the 2 youth groups that were visited are from Nyaruguru district: ‘’Twite ku bwiza bwa Nyungwe’’ (Muganza Sector) and ‘’Nyungwe Nziza Ruheru’’ (Ruheru Sector). All these youth have accomplished secondary school and are interested in starting... Read more
On Wednesday 17th May 2017 was held a ‘’follow-up workshop on the Dutch Private sector Development (PSD) Intsruments’’ at the residence of the Dutch ambassador in Rwanda. Around 40 people participated.
This workshop was a follow-up of a first workshop which took place at Umubano Hotel (see: http://agriprofocus.com/post/591333610b34d90703ab7c78).
After the first workshop, all interested participants were requested to send their concept notes. The Netherlands Embassy staff sat and selected who to invite in the follow-up workshop. AgriProFocus Rwanda facilitated the 2 workshops.
During this second workshop a delegation of RVO staff who came all the way from the Netherlands, gave more in depth presentation of the instruments and in groups per instrument more detailed Q&A and discussion took place. The objective of this workshop being, to seriously engage the participants with a concrete good... Read more
On Friday 12th May 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized a ‘’Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop’’ at Umubano Hotel.
This workshop’s objective was to explain to organisations & companies the effects of gender inequality in the agricultural value chains. AgriProFocus combines the fields of gender and value chain development to help organisations and companies improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.
20 people participated drawn from NGOs (13), private companies (5), knowledge institute (1), and Government institution (1).
This teaser workshop was an introduction to the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory to inform potential participants of the coaching track, focusing on what the coaching involves and how it can improve your business.
A big thank you to all the participants, we look forward to cooperating more in the upcoming Gender in Value Chain Coaching trajectory.
Press release: May 11, 2017
The National Cooperative Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) in collaboration with the Rwanda Cooperative Agency (RCA) with funding from USAID funded Cooperative Development Program(CDP) implemented by Land O’Lakes International organized a half day cooperative consultative meeting today May 11, 2017 with the theme: “Fostering stakeholder collaboration for improved cooperative performance in Rwanda”. The purpose of the meeting is to initiate dialogue with cooperative Stakeholders from different sectors towards establishment of a regular information exchange and advocacy mechanism driven by shared values of the different stakeholders. NCCR recognizes the need to host more regular dialogue amongst cooperative practitioners and other stakeholders that will serve to share knowledge and best industry practices to foster rapid economic transformation of cooperative members. To achieve the above, NCCR aims t... Read more
Beekeeping in Rwanda is mainly practised by older men. At the same time Rwandan honey is in high demand both in the country as on the international market. There is therefore an urgency of stimulating youth to become active in beekeeping. In the past years the Innovation Community Beekeeping has been promoting youth to become active and start a career in apiculture.
So far 2 groups of youth living in the surroundings of Nyungwe & Gishwati forests have been trained and have started beekeeping.
It is in this regards that AgriProFocus Rwanda and its members in the Beekeeping sector, are organizing a field visit on 18th May 2017 to Nyaruguru District to visit some of the youth doing their beekeeping activities near Nyungwe Forest, as an evaluation activity of the training impact. The youth to be visited are from Muganza & Ruheru sectors
After this evaluation, AgriProFocus Rwanda will continue working with youth, to modernize, professionalize and rejuvenate this sector in R... Read more
Deadline: 6th June 2017
This Call for proposals is intended to select a recipient or consortium of recipients to receive IFAD grant financing to implement a project on Green Technologies to Facilitate Development of Value Chains for Perishable Crops and Animal
Potential recipients or consortiums of recipients are being invited to develop a project proposal based on the background and guidance detailed in the Call for proposal document.
For more, read HERE
Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services!
AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.
AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.
Featuring in this video:
1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda
2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra
3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom... Read more
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda organised a half day ‘’Public Sector Development Instruments awareness workshop’’ which was held on Thursday, 04th May 2017.
The workshop took place at Umubano Hotel and was meant for the private sector stakeholders who are in the agriculture, water, infrastructure & energy sectors. More than 90 stakeholders participated, drawn from the private sector, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, government institution, knowledge institutes & a few NGOs.
Dutch financial instruments which were shared are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop was to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.
The... Read more
Did you know that your organisation or company could be losing out on business opportunities and profits due to gender inequality in the agricultural value chains you work in?
It doesn't have to be this way.
AgriProFocus combines the fields of gender and value chain development to help organisations and companies improve gender equity in agricultural value chain development.
AgriProFocus invites professionals from agriculture-centered NGO's, donor agencies, farmer organisations, government offices and the private sector to participate in a Gender in Value Chains Teaser Workshop.
This teaser workshop will be an introduction to the Gender in Value Chains Coaching Trajectory to inform potential participants of the coaching track, focusing on what the coaching involves and how it can improve your business.
Participation is by invitation only: If your company/organisation is interested in taking part of this important workshop, please
The Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda in collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda, is organising a half day dutch financial instruments awareness workshop that is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 04th May 2017.
Dutch financial instruments which will be introduced are facilities that aim to stimulate cross-border cooperation and economic development between Dutch entrepreneurs and Rwandan entrepreneurs. The main purpose of this workshop is to share information on 8 specific Dutch instruments currently available and open for agriculture and other business sectors.
Which DUTCH financial Instrument will be shared in the workshops?
Facility for sustainable entrepreneurship and food security (FDOV)
Sustainable Water Fund (FDW)
Geodata for Agriculture and Water Facility (G4AW)
Dutch Good Growth Fund
Development Related Infrastructure Investment Vehicle (DRIVE)
Develop to Build (D2B)
For more information on these instruments, read the attached docume... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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
Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
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... Read more
Deadline: 30th April 2017
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... Read more
(starts on March 20th 2017)
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... Read more
(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... Read more