AgriProFocus Rwanda

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development. 

We offer:


+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities


+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs
+ System mapping and gap analysis
+ Masterclasses on multi-stakeholder cooperation & system thinking


+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Policy Briefs
+ Annual Leadership Summit
+ Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

If you have any questions, please contact us through: or read our FAQ

AgriProFocus Rwanda
KG 5 Av - Kacyiru
(Next to Intersec Security Offices)
P.O. Box 5261 Kigali

The 2017 factsheet can be found here.

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Posted 35 min 54 sec ago

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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i am  a private entrepreneur  and i am producing Broiler chicken where today i have 200 chicken of 2.5 months that i want to deliver.

if you are in need of them you may contact me on the following


tel: +250783688589

Thank you

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Exploring the potential of hybrid potato cultivars East Africa

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) supported a fact-finding mission in East Africa to explore the potential of the usage of hybrid true potato seeds (TPS) for this region, and to identify interested partners from both private and public sectors to support research, development and commercialization of this technology. The mission was implemented by Solynta and took place in six countries.

Please download the full mission report “Exploring the Potential of Hybrid Potato Cultivars in East Africa” (PDF).

A new hybrid breeding technology has been developed to accelerate breeding activities and propagation of starting materials. This technology enables breeders to develop new potato cultivars that are attuned to the needs of the local producers and markets, much more rapidly than conventional breeding. In addition, the high performing products are uniform hybrid true seed

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Hilda Okoth Owekisha Kwigizile this could be interesting for you.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 4 days 15 hours ago

Watch out for these changemakers! Youth Caravan 2016. Mali

Very happy to share with you the video of the Youth Caravan that took place in Mali in November last year.  The caravan is a moment to learn, share and celebrate young entrepreneurs in agribusiness. While travelling from Bamako to Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina many entrepreneurs, organisations and farms were visited. A tight community of (future) changemakers was formed, that continues to meet and learn from each other today. 

Hilda Okoth Very interesting. OMARY A. MWAIMU, Juma Bruno Ngomuo, Marloes Philippo

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OMARY A. MWAIMU Very interesting 

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Posted 4 days 20 hours ago

Do you work in agricultural education, research, agribusiness or rural advisory? Scholarships are now available for ICRA's autumn courses!

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Posted 5 days 13 hours ago

Wanted: 40 businesses looking to achieve growth for themselves and for Africa

Starting today, young entrepreneurs looking to do business with Africa can join in with a new initiative: Making Africa Work. This year, some 40 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to obtain support in establishing a business in Africa. The assistance offered them in finding local partners and developing their business plan is expected to help them achieve a faster and better business launch. The project also hopes to boost employment opportunities in Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda and Sierra Leone. After all, the best guarantee for new jobs and local growth is new business. Entrepreneurs wishing to set up business in these countries and who see opportunities for their business can get in touch with PUM and Africa in Motion, starting today.

Making Africa Work is aimed both at African migrants and students wishing to start up a business in their country of origin, and Dutch entrepreneurs who see Africa

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is indeed a great opportunity worth sharing more Anne Marie.Thanks for this.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 days 16 hours ago

Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food: let's connect!

On 16 February 2017, NpM Platform for Inclusive Finance, the Netherlands Space Office and Rabobank Foundation organised a conference on Geodata for Inclusive Finance and Food in The Netherlands. One of the important outcomes was that different stakeholders should be better connected.  

Recent developments in technological applications based on satellite data provide useful information to increase outreach of financial services to rural areas and for smallholder farmers. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs committed EUR 60 million for the development of applications based on geodata for the purpose of agriculture. 

The Geodata for Agriculture and Water programme (G4AW) is implemented by the Netherlands Space Office (NSO). Early evidence suggests that these applications offer great promise to produce a higher and more stable crop supply of increased quality. By this, the risk profile of smallholder farmers reduces which is a

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Posted 5 days 16 hours ago

New version of 2-2 Trade Spreadsheets

February 22nd 2017 a new version 4-2 of the 2-2 Trade Spreadsheet was published HERE on the AgriProFocus on-line platform. 

This version 4-2 replaces version 2 of december 2016. Version 4-2 has some bugs solved and has nicer graphics to be copied from the spread sheet.

  If you have suggestions for improvements, please let us know!  

Improvements from version 3 were:

- lighter and faster response to input;

- published as excel template. When you open it, it produces a copy of itself. No risk of damaging the original anymore.

Best regards,

Rolf Schinkel

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 5 days 22 hours ago

Job Opportunity: National Director at World Vision Rwanda

Deadline: 12 March 2017

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation devoted to improving the lives of children, families and their communities around the world. Our 45,000+ staff members working in more than 90 countries are united through our ethos, mission and shared desire for all individuals, especially children, to overcome poverty, inequality and injustice.

Here’s where you come in:

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.

You are a highly accomplished visionary leader who combines prov

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 days 23 hours ago

Improvement of farmer’s knowledge about modern pig production and management

During the period 13th- 17th February 2017, the UR-college of agriculture, animal science and veterinary medicine (UR-CAVM) in collaboration with ZAMURA feeds factory and the Netherlands’ government funded project (NICHE RWA 173) delivered a 5 days training to pig farmers in Musanze district. 

The training was officially opened by Dr. NYINAWAMWIZA Laetitia, the principal UR-CAVM who in her welcoming remarks, Dr Laetitia, reminded participants that “the objective of the training falls within UR-CAVM mission of “contributing to the ongoing poverty reduction, economic development and sustainable food security through technology transfer and innovations in agriculture. She further emphasized to participants that CAVM is here for them, approaching UR-CAVM for technical and capacity building is highly encouraged.

Pig farming is not solely a way of living, but it’s also a means to make money. Pig pro

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Lancement du Programme STARS au Burkina

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Mali
  23 February 2017, All Day Event
  Ouagadougou, Hotel SOPATEL Silmandé

Lancement du Programme “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) ou “Renforcement des petits producteurs ruraux africains”, au Burkina Faso, à Ouagadougou,à l'hotel SOPATEL Silmandé, ce 23 février 2017.

Ce programme est un programme de ICCO Cooperation et ICCO Terrafina Microfinance en partenariat avec The MasterCard Foundation. Son objectif est de donner à 210,000 agriculteurs ruraux, au Burkina Faso, en Éthiopie, au Rwanda et au Sénégal, l’accès aux marchés financiers et aux services agricoles.

La cérémonie de lancement qui verra la participation de Mme Leena Lindqvist, Regional Manager ICCO Afrique de l'Ouest, et de Mme Netlyn Bernard, Directrice du Programme STARS est placée sous la co-présidence du Ministère de l'Agriculture et de Aménagements Hydrauliques et de celui de l'Environnement, de l'Economie verte et des Changements climatiques.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
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Lancement du Programme “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) ou “Renforcement des petits producteurs ruraux africains”

Au Burkina Faso, à Ouagadougou,à l'hotel  SOPATEL Silmandé, ce 23 février 2017. 

Ce programme est un programme de ICCO Cooperation et ICCO Terrafina Microfinance en partenariat avec The MasterCard Foundation. Son objectif  est de donner à 210,000 agriculteurs ruraux, au Burkina Faso, en Éthiopie, au Rwanda et au Sénégal, l’accès aux marchés financiers et aux services agricoles.

La cérémonie de lancement qui verra la participation de Mme Leena Lindqvist, Regional Manager ICCO Afrique de l'Ouest, et de Mme Netlyn Bernard, Directrice du Programme STARS est placée sous la co-présidence du Ministère de l'Agriculture et de Aménagements Hydrauliques et de celui de l'Environnement, de l'Economie verte et des Changements climatiques.

Daoulata MAIGA Merci Idrissa pour le partage et très bonne nouvelle pour les pays qui bénéficieront de ce programme d'accès aux marchés financiers et aux services agricoles. Bon vent pour le nouveau programme !

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Akibodé Djodji À nos yeux, qui dit financement inclusif dit disponibilité à long terme de capitaux  et mécanismes de financement adaptés aux petits producteurs et micro-, petites et moyennes entreprises (MPME). Le secteur agricole souffre de sous-investissement depuis des décennies, surtout l'agriculture familiale. La FAO estime qu'il faudra investir 240 milliards d'euros par an pour éradiquer la faim d'ici 2030. Les petits producteurs représentant plus de 95 % de l'ensemble des exploitations agricoles, c'est à eux que doit revenir la majeure partie de ces investissements. Le salon du financement de l'agriculture est une innovation du réseau AgriProFocus Mali sur une idée originale de Mr Ba qui reste un bon ambassadeur FINAGRI auprès du projet Master Card. On est ensemble

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The Requirements For The Technical Development Of Corn Grinding Mill In Grain Industry

CORN GRINDING MILL as a pillar industry of China's processing industry, in the tide of continuous development has made a very good market development, effectively enhance the corn grinding mill market competition status, speed up the national economic development speed. Throughout the corn grinding mill industry development, in addition to relying on scientific and technological means, but also have advanced guiding ideology, better guide the development of corn grinding mill industry.

In the grain processing industry, to promote the structural adjustment of corn grinding mill and industrial upgrading, improve the overall level of corn grinding mill industry development. Continue to develop corn grinding mill recycling economy, extension of resources processing industry chain, improve the comprehensive strength of corn grinding mill and continuously improve the comprehensive utilization level of corn.

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Janine Schoeman Dear Cindy, thank you for sharing the information. Please limit your posts so it remains interesting for everyone. Thanks in advance. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 days 23 hours ago

Sharing a Success Case Study: Bringing Food Safe Processing Technology for Small Scale Agriculture in Guatemala. 

Guatemala is now positioned as the world’s third-largest exporter of peas, and indigenous farmers living in the highlands produce 99 percent of these peas.

Guatemala’s participation in the global fresh vegetables and fruits market has required a rapid technological adaptation to changes in food safety requirements. When implemented, these technological adaptations ensure access to high-value and regulated markets such as USA and the EU.

The lack of availability of this kind of technology, such as food-safe cold storage, bulking and processing spaces, has become one of the major limiting factors in the competitiveness of smallholder farmers in export supply chains.

Small and growing agri-food companies and exporters have played an important role in facilitating the compliance of food-safe and quality certification standards of the smallholder production base. This is tr

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Dorina Prech Thank you Paula Rodriguez for sharing this interesting story of InspiraFarms. Certainly a lot to learn from your experience in issues of standards and traceability, key components to get into the international market. We recently facilitated a study tour to Kenya by Ethiopia's Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as part of HortiLIFE project led by SNV Ethiopia. Much of the highlights from the tour speak to the work you are doing. 

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Lancement des activités de AKB : Cotonou se prépare pour la dixième édition de la Conférence internationale Karité 2017

La cérémonie de lancement des activités de l'Alliance Karité Bénin a enregistré la présence d'officiels des ministères de l'industrie, du plan et de l'agriculture, celle des partenaires techniques et financiers et celle des acteurs de la filière Karité. C'était le vendredi 17 janvier 2017 au siège de l'APIEX.

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Akibodé Djodji Au Mali, le financement de la chaine de valeur  Karité est au centre de notre engagement pour l’autonomisation  économique de la femme...Le réseau AgriProFocus Mali facilite l’identification  des contraintes au développement de la filière karité mais aussi propose, à travers son plan annuel, des actions visant à lever lesdites contraintes. Nous avons donc conduit des études qui  mettent en exergue les contraintes qui freinent le développement de la filière karité à toutes les étapes, aux niveaux de la production, de la collecte des amandes, de la transformation, la commercialisation des amandes et du beurre sur les marchés nationaux et internationaux. Notre présence sur le terrain avec l’Ong ICCO  nous a permis d’identifier des actions prioritaires qui sont ensuite déclinées en projets à réaliser avec les coopératives . 


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Posted 1 week 16 hours ago

Flower exports gain momentum as NAEB mulls strategies to increase production

(Story from The NewTimes)

The long wait is over. Finally, after over three years of planned rose exports from Rwanda’s Gishari Flower Park in Rwamagana District, ‘encouraging’ flower shipments have made it to key European market.

Since production started in July, the project under Bella Flowers has shipped over 1.7 million stems of roses over the past months, Business Times has learnt. Only six hectares of the park are currently in production, officials have said.

The Rwf5.3 billion 35-hectare flower farm is expected to produce at least 44 million stems per year, according to Aurore Umubyeyi, the chief operating officer Bella Flowers. She said more than 65 per cent of the roses produced so far have been exported to Europe through the world’s leading flower market in the Netherlands.

She said the firm is, however, targeting other markets outside Europe, in Asia and Africa. “We have already sent samples to

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
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Agri-business getting youth attention

(Story from The NewTimes)  

Rwanda’s agriculture and livestock sector has long been characterised by an ageing farming population whose average age is 55 years. As a result, innovation, creativity and technology adaptation as well as skills transfer has been slow, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and agricultural experts.

But lately, some youth have embraced the sector and committed to making it more vibrant in its entire supply chain.

The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum was formed in May 2016 to bring together young people engaged in commercial farming in the country.

Unlike traditional farming, these youths’ focus is commercial farming.

Currently, the organisation has 1,265 members grouped into five clusters namely crop production, livestock production, agro-processing (animal and crops), other agro-services which include packaging, inputs, extension services, mechanissation, among others, and inf

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Introduction to Inclusive Business  - online course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  06 June 2017, All Day Event
  Online course

Online course: Introduction to Inclusive Business  

The course is aligned to a number of existing activities done by MDF, CDI and the Inclusive Business Accelerator consortium, and is supported by the Food & Knowledge Business Platform. After the launch on June 6, 2016, the course will always be available on the platform.

Inclusive business refers to sustainable business solutions that go beyond philanthropy and expand access to goods, services and livelihood opportunities for low-income communities in commercially viable ways.

Inclusive Business ventures deliver high socio-economic value by engaging the poor as producers, distributors, suppliers, or consumers, and present an exciting opportunity for the private sector because they are good for business. A variety of commercial returns–market entry, market share, secure supply chains, product line innovation, and competitive advantage–all help to build market value.

Target groups

Since this educational programme i

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