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:

Linking:

+ 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

Learning:

+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs

Leadership:

+ 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
+ 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.

Questions:
If you have any questions, please contact us through: rwanda@agriprofocus.com or read our FAQ

Address:
AgriProFocus Rwanda
KG 5 Av , House 82 - Kacyiru
(Next to Intersec Security Offices)
P.O. Box 5261 Kigali

The 2017 factsheet can be found here or watch how our network members appreciate our linking, learning and leadership activities below:



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Call for an individual consultant to train cooperatives

Deadline: May 26th 2017  

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


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Young Africa Works Post-Summit Report 

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

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For your updates on progress in job and wealth creation in Africa through agribusiness incubation by the African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), World Bank,FAO, CTA, the African Union, African Development Bank (AfDB), IITA and more strong partners, here is your free copy of the AAIN Digest e-version from the AAIN Secretariat. Policies and strategic partnerships that give the springboard to agri-prenuership and job creation through innovative agribusiness. The time is now. Get your free download here: http://africaain.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/AAIN-Digest-1st-Quater-2017-1.pdf

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Promoting youth participation in Beekeeping around Nyungwe Forest

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

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''Dutch PSD Instruments'' - grants supporting the business in developing countries!

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

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Gender in Value Chain Teaser workshop 

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.

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Food & Business Knowledge Platform – Highlights 2016

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP or the Platform) has published its highlights of 2016. This third year of the Platform was marked by several important achievements: interaction and dynamics within the Platform intensified; the requests for support to knowledge trajectories increased; more traffic was visible on the website; and approximately 60 research consortia are now up and running.

Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) for the increasing global population poses an enormous challenge to governments, NGOs, researchers, and the private sector. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched the F&BKP in 2013 to improve the Dutch contribution in this challenge. The Platform has contributed to long-term and systematic changes for FNS by facilitating the exchange of available knowledge, the co-creation of knowledge and as such by enhancing the use of knowledge. This has been done by connecting research, policy and

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Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness

Report by Food & Business Knowledge Platform of the workshop on March 7 & 8, 2017

Beginning March some 35 experienced practitioners came together to consider how to learn more effectively from the wealth of work being done on inclusive agribusiness, and to formulate key points for a global research and learning agenda. By the end of the workshop six collaborative action priorities for taking the inclusive agribusiness agenda forward were agreed upon.

The workshop “Towards a global research and learning agenda for inclusive agribusiness” took place in Brighton to foster strategic action in the field of inclusive agribusiness. Participants represented the full range of parties working on inclusive agribusiness: private sector, knowledge institutes, donors & implementing agencies, governments from the Global South, producer organizations and NGOs. Initiaters of the event were Seas of Change, the Global Donor Platfo

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Agri-tech startup Zazu, a digital marketplace connecting farmers to buyers

https://www.zazuafrica.com/

At 4am in a public transport ‘kombi’, our founder Perseus witnessed an 80 year old lady carrying produce to market. She knew that if she didn’t wake up in time, or walk the 1 1⁄2hour to the road, she would miss the best buyers from the market. But she had a phone to communicate with her grandchildren, about her journey. So he came up with an idea - markets that come to you. Irregardless of location.

What started out as a way to pass market prices to smallholder farmers in emerging markets, is now changing the lives of many farmers across the world.

Zazu helps everyone make competitive decisions on buying and selling. Zazu will continue to simplify the value chain with one of the planet’s most valuable resources: food.

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National Cooperative Consultative Meeting

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

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may
18

Field Visit - Youth in Beekeeping

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  18 May 2017, All Day Event
  Nyaruguru District

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

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Vacancy Announcement: Policy Officer Private Sector Development (40 hours per week)

Deadline: 30 May 2017

The Netherlands embassy in Kigali is implementing a substantial Aid and Trade program in Rwanda.

Trade and Investment, which includes Private Sector Development, has become over the past years an important policy theme within the embassy’s programming, which will be developed further in the next years. The policy officer Private Sector Development will be part of a multi-disciplinary embassy team, which consists of more than 30 staff of which 11 expatriates.

The embassy is looking for a dynamic person with extensive knowledge of, and experience in the private sector in Rwanda, as well as working experience in an international environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

· To identify, develop and follow-up business leads for Dutch companies in particular related to the energy, infrastructure and transport, water supply and agri-food sectors;

· To act as th

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Call for proposals: Green Technologies to Facilitate Development of Value Chains for Perishable Crops and Animal

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

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Presenting the AgriProFocus network in Rwanda

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

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!


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Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

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Guidelines for organising a Farmer Innovation Fair

Quiroga G and Flink I. 2017.

Prolinnova International Secretariat and Royal Tropical Institute (KIT). 12 pp.


In order to stimulate policymakers and practitioners to recognise farmer innovation in agricultural research and development (ARD), partners in the Prolinnova network have been developing and using various methods and tools for advocacy and lobbying. One of these is the Farmer Innovation Fair. The following guidelines reflect the network’s experiences in organising and hosting such fairs, with a focus on the experiences gained from the West African Farmer Innovation Fair held in Ouagadougou in May 2015, hosted by Inades Formation Burkina and the PROFEIS (Promoting Farmer Experimentation and Innovation in the Sahel) multistakeholder platform in Burkina Faso:

Copied from PAEPARD website (and received printed copy from KIT, our NL network member): http://paepard.blogspot.nl/2017/03/guidelines-for-organising-farmer.html

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Leah Banda This indeed provides a unique opportunity for small-scale farmers and a platform for support organizations to understand communities and how best to intervene.


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Free webinar on Scope Tools and how to implement them

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  16 May 2017, 15:00-16:30
  online

Free webinar on the SCOPE tools and how to implement them

Would you like to get a preview of the SCOPE App by our member Scope Insight and understand how you can use the tools in practice in a few simple steps? Fill in the form below to sign up for our Webinar on 16th of May, at 3 pm – 4:30 pm CEST.


In this webinar we will give you:

  • A brief recap of the SCOPEinsight methodology and solutions.
  • A step-by-step process on how you can implement the SCOPE methodology in your program.
  • A preview of the SCOPE App, which is used to gather the actual assessment data.
  • A check list of what needs to be in place to maximize your results.

You can fill in the application form HERE



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Expression of Interest: Partner with CGAP to Open APIs

5 may 2017

Are you interested in exploring how open APIs could help your business contribute to more useful, sustainable, and scalable financial solutions for low-income customers?

CGAP is looking to work with digital financial service (DFS) providers, fintechs, and other organizations that have well-established financial inclusion assets and capabilities to share via open APIs. CGAP will provide financing and technical assistance to implement an open API business and motivate third-party developers to explore and use APIs to build innovative products and services. Our goal is to help industry explore business models based on open APIs and produce new and successful demonstration cases.

Submit Expression of Interest by June 9, 2017

Is your organization a good fit?

CGAP is looking for digital payments providers, financial institutions, and other financial service providers that have:

* Assets that are relevant to a range of third part

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Digitizing Value Chain Finance for Smallholder Farmers

24 April 2017, Max Mattern


CGAP notes in a recently released publication, “Digitizing Value Chain Finance for Smallholders,” innovations in digital financial services offer an unprecedented opportunity to extend the reach of value chain finance. By increasing the information available on smallholders’ financial and agricultural lives and reducing transaction costs, these services have the potential to provide excluded smallholder segments with a range of products and services designed to increase productivity, manage risk, and access new markets. For example, aggregation and analysis of digital data related to sales, payments, and seasonality of cash flows among value chain actors promise to overcome barriers to providing credit not only to smallholders, but also to the traders, processors, and retailers that serve them. At the same time, branchless banking and the rise of mobile devices are making payments to and from sma

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Combatting the AMR Crisis in the African Livestock Sector


My colleagues Sylvia Natukunda business & partnership manager and Wim Goris network facilitator discuss steps needed to curb the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the livestock sector. This article appeared on FarmingFirst and the monthly newsletter of the World Farmers Organisation.

Antibiotics are crucial in human and animal health and yet growing levels of resistance to these drugs pose an increasingly serious threat to public health. One of the key contributing factors to such antimicrobial resistance is irresponsible use of antibiotics in the livestock sector.

AgriProFocus is a multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots that promotes farmer entrepreneurship as a contribution to food and nutrition security in developing countries. Food quality is a growing concern in many of these countries. But the awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance is still low.

Need for upscaling proper advice and monitoring

Dairy pro

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