AgriProFocus

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

moderated by Anne Marie Kortleve

Why AgriProFocus?

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.

AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.

Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.

Latest developments in the network:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2017 at 12:31

Vlog #8: Meet CBI

Patrick Gouka, Senior Programme Manager East & Southern Africa, tells us in 3 minutes what CBI does and shares a great example of collaboration in the AgriProFocus Network with FSAS in Ethiopia.


Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on
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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 October 2017 at 03:43

AgriProFocus members can make use of our creative co-working spaces in Utrecht (near Central Station) for free!

We offer: 

- A creative meeting room (30 people)
- Skype rooms (2)
- Small meeting room (2 people)
- Workspot with WiFi and nice coffee!
- Lunch (The Color Kitchen)

Contact us to check availability: info@agriprofocus.com or call 030-3039745 

See you soon!  


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 October 2017 at 03:37

Speeddates, Networking & Joint Agenda Setting during our Network Day

Speeddates - Networking - Joint Agenda Setting, just a few ingredients of our members meet up of Thursday  28 September in Ede, The Netherlands. 12 of our networks country coordinators were present for our annual team week and of course we seized the opportunity to organise a network oportunity with our Dutch member organisations!

The afternoon started with an inspirational talk by Ellen Mangnus (Utrecht University) on our mission ‘Making Agribusiness Work for Development’, followed by a participatory member session to reflect on key issues and challenges underneath this mission.

We continued with roundtable working groups on our four central themes:

+ Inclusive Agribusiness
+ Climate Smart Agribusiness
+ Circular Economy Agribusiness
+ Nutrition Sensitive Agribusiness

Central questions: What are the underlying challenges? What are the most burning issues? Where do we see the biggest opportunities for change?

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Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Anne Marie , très intéressant la rencontre ! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 October 2017 at 03:18

Workshop on contract farming in Rwanda

Over 60 stakeholders of agri-food sector in Rwanda including government officials from different public institutions, private agribusiness companies, representatives of farmers organizations, financial institutions, and NGO’s have attended a one-day workshop on contract farming in Rwanda at Umubano Hotel, Kigali. 

Under the theme “Transforming the agribusiness sector through contract farming in Rwanda” the workshop was focusing on increasing the linkages between farmers and agribusiness firms. The participants of workshop shared the current status of contract farming in Rwanda, they have also presented the experiences and success stories of contract farming as well as developing the recommendations for the promotion of contract farming in Rwanda.

Speaking during the official opening of the workshop, MINAGRI Permanent Secretary, Mr. Kayisinga Jean Claude started by thanking the organizers of the workshop. “The farmers must have constant su

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 29 September 2017 at 09:43

Séance d’apprentissage

AgriProFocus Niger en collaboration avec Accentrepreneur, a organisé une séance d’apprentissage alliant la théorie à la pratique pour des jeunes issues de quatre écoles de formation agricole (Faculté d’Agronomie, IBMT, ESIMAD et LAMI), le Jeudi 28 Septembre 2017. L’objectif de cette activité est de sensibiliser et informer les jeunes sur le maraichage et la pisciculture afin de promouvoir ces filières auprès des jeunes. Seize jeunes ont participé à cette séance. Avant le démarrage de l’activité une brève présentation des objectifs de l’activité a été faite.

Les activités se sont déroulées sur le site Maraicher de l’Union des coopératives Bani-Bani de Gamkaley et du site piscicole de l’entreprise agricole Ma terre, Ma richesse (MTM).

L’union des coopératives Bani-Bani fait partie de la Fédération Nigériennes des maraichers la FCMN-Niya. L’union est composée de huit (8) coopératives dont une féminine. La séance est

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou c'est une activité autour du maraîchage et de la pisciculture, partout où nous avions passé; nous avions eu droits aux explications et réponses à l'hauteur de nos attentes. C'est pour cette raison fondamentale, que ces jeunes ont recommandé aux organisateurs d'intensifier cette initiative noble qui conscientisera la jeunesse nigérienne afin d'entreprendre dans le secteur agricole. Les Photos si haut décrivent clairement l’itinéraire de la visite. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 28 September 2017 at 02:04

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Network Event #2 Jaringan AgriProFocus Indonesia

Network Event #2 AgriProFocus kali ini digabung dengan Learning Event, bekerjasama dengan Workout.ID. Acara ini merupakan kegiatan rutin AgriProFocus dengan tujuan menyediakan ruang bagi berbagai pihak yang bekerja di pertanian untuk berinteraksi dan berjejaring secara informal. Selasa, 12 September lalu tak kurang dari 35 anggota jaringan dan partner hadir memanfaatkan kesempatan berjejaring ini untuk untuk mendapatkan kenalan baru, promosi produk atau kegiatan, dan berbagi informasi seputar pertanian. Kami merangkum pitching yang dilakukan beberapa anggota selama acara berlangsung agar anggota yang tak sempat hadir tak ketinggalan informasi. Pitching tersebut dilakukan oleh:

Putra Aditya (YSEALI - Kedutaan Besar Amerika Serikat)

YSEALI adalah platform untuk anak muda seluruh asia tenggara berusia 18-35 tahun, yang memiliki inisiatif kegiatan di masyarakat dengan tema besar pendidikan, pembangunan berkelanjutan, partisi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 27 September 2017 at 10:17

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Engaging ASEAN Coffee Player in ALSPEAC

Last 20 – 21 July, AgriProFocus Indonesia participated in ASEAN Learning Series and Policy Engagement on Agricultural Cooperatives (ALSPEAC) and meet coffee stakeholders from ASEAN countries. The event discussed the challenges and opportunities in coffee production, processing and marketing in ASEAN region through panel discussion on ASEAN coffee standard, best practices, existing policy, field visit activity, group discussion, and also cupping and brewing performances. In second day, we were visited coffee plantation in downhill of Mount Merapi and devided into four groups to observe and make recommendation regarding soil condition, agronomy of the coffee tree, shading tree condition, pest and natural enemy management. This session were very interesting as participants from different countries have various knowledge as well as experience to be shared to each other.

In third day, AgriProFocus Indonesia were as one of panelis

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AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Kenya
  15 November 2017, All Day Event
  Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

You are invited! AgriProFocus Kenya Network Day 2017

This year, the Annual Network Day is scheduled for the Wednesday 15 November 2017 at Safari Park hotel in Nairobi. The theme this year is "Investing in Climate Smart Agriculture to enhance Food Security." This is a day for the members and partners of the network to jointly go beyond the discussions from last year's Network Day to unlock investment opportunities for climate smart agriculture. The key questions we shall be exploring are:   

++ What successful CSA models exist and how can lessons, experiences and challenges be shared?

++ What investment opportunities exist for CSA and what is needed to unlock these opportunities?

++ What opportunities exist to integrate youth into CSA interventions?

Read more in this concept paper

REGISTRATION

In order to confirm your attendance, as well as to choose co-creation sessions and to reserve an exhibition booth, please fill this REGISTRATION FORM.

CONFERENCE COST

Exhibitors fees: [Costs excludes branding of corporate colours

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 21 September 2017 at 08:19

Vlog #8: Woord & Daad: Making Agribusiness work for Development in Bénin and Burkina Faso

Eddie Krooneman, Policy Advisor and Projectleader Employable Youth in Ethiopia, tells us in about 3 minutes what Woord & Daad does and shares an example of their work in the cashew sector in Bénin and Burkina Faso  

Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE  


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Members Meet-Up the Netherlands

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  28 September 2017, 14:00-17:30
  Hotel de Bosrand, Ede, The Netherlands

We need you to shape the AgriProFocus agenda for 2018!

We are excited to invite you to the Members Meet-Up where not only the Dutch AgriProFocus team will be present but also our Country CoordinatorsWe have previously discussed that we want to jointly set our agenda, and this is the time! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Agenda

+ Welcome by managing director Sander Mager

+ Introduction by Aaltje de Roos (DGIS)

Presentation by Ellen Mangnus (Utrecht University) on our mission ‘Making Agribusiness Work for      Development’, followed by participatory member session to reflect on key issues and challenges underneath  this mission.

+ Theme-oriented working groups with members on the 4 themes of AgriProFocus. Input for this session is the  outcome of member consultations in the countries and the survey send to Dutch members (Dutch outcome)  This session is to further zoom in on the 4 themes: What are the underlying challenges? What are the most  bur

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Posted By in Agri BDS Network - Rwanda
Posted 13 September 2017 at 03:24

General Assembly of Agri BDS Network Members

On Friday, 08th September 2017, the Agri BDS Network (https://agriprofocus.com/agri-bds-network) held its General Assembly at Umubano Hotel to gather members' ideas in making a setup which can enhance the marketing and increase their visibility locally and internationally.

The objective of the workshop was to commonly improve the orientation of the network and discussing the registration of the Agri BDS Network.

During the workshop, the network members discussed the progress in the registration of Agri BDS Network in Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The president of Agri BDS Network , Laurent ULIMUBENSHI (https://agriprofocus.com/profile/5117) has explained the whole registration process as well as the required documents including the identity number of the network. He explained that Agri BDS Network doesn’t have ID number to be used in the registration due to the fact that it works as a social network, not as a company.

On the issue of registration,

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 11 September 2017 at 05:18

Bringing agricultural solutions to the farmers through Farmers' Field Days - Lessons from HortIMPACT business case 7

The Kenya Market-led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) is a Dutch funded programme focused on the development of fruit, vegetable, and potato value chains. The programme capitalizes on opportunities in the Kenyan horticulture sector while addressing some of the challenges that persist in the sector. Through working with Dutch companies, the programme has provided opportunities for Kenyan farmers and companies to build on the Dutch expertise and knowledge through applying technologies and methods that support horticulture sector development. The programme does this by taking a business case approach. Companies (mainly Dutch and Kenyan) come up with at least 50% of the budget, while SNV co-invests the rest. All the business cases are led by companies that play an important role in supporting small and medium size commercial farmers to develop their business. The companies ar

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 9 September 2017 at 12:59

MY YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS CARAVAN EXPERIENCE

The Youth in Agribusiness Caravan is the most beautiful agricultural tour I have ever participated in. We were welcome everywhere. It was so easy and friendly for us to ask questions and shared our experience with the farmers. The tour was perfectly organized (interesting and appropriate “professional visits”, good hotels, good food apart from Baguma Restaurant in Mbarara!, nice touristic places like The Equator in Kayabwe, Kitagata hot springs, Nkugute crater lake, Kichwamba Rift valley and also Queen Elizabeth Park). I discovered a wonderful country, amazing landscapes from Mbarara to Fort portal. Every day was different, every day was surprising. I made wonderful friends in the caravan; Agaba Keneth, Phionah Kyomuhendo, Jimmy Ouni, Sharifah Najjuma, Creddy Lakot to name a few, all Agripreneurs from different regions of the country, then Brenda Namirembe, Joy Lwanga and Zurah from Action Aid Uganda and not forgetting Maik Voets and Adinda Lo

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PHIONAH KYOMUHENDO True Ronald, we were inspired to inspire other youths in the four different regions of Uganda and thus making a difference. Agriculture indeed can be practiced by the youths to solve the unemployment problem and also feed the many lives in Uganda and beyond.

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Janine Schoeman Hi Ronald, great to read your positive feedback! Good Job guys at AgriProFocus Uganda. 

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Jacob Olanya Great Ronald, its good to see you learned alot from the Caravan, am looking forward to see your passion fruit farm grow.

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Mugisha Richard Waoo! Ronald, this is an amazing story!  Its nice to read this inspiration message from you. I am inspired again by your memorable story. I can now confirm that learning took place. Please take action and make every day a caravan day in order to bring about sustainable change in self and your constituency.  To those  who missed this year's edition, next year for you. Just begin to prepare around same time but different route and perhaps different country. Its gonna be massive!! Yes, no success without a story. AgriProFocus gives you a story and you gain success.

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Taremwa Joseph Miggadde, thanks for the active participation in the entire caravan. I am astonishingly pleased that you were able to practically learn and as well as have meaningful fun.For the first time, I saw selfies being taken using a Kodak camera!!!Great day

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 8 September 2017 at 01:06

Youth in Agribusiness Community of Practice Kick-off 5 September at AgriProFocus Utrecht office

AgriProFocus, in collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Programme, hosted the first Community of Practice on Youth in Agribusiness. The objective of the CoP is to share recent work of members on Youth in Agribusiness, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other members as well as inspiration for collaboration.

Members in the lead!

KIT presented last Tuesday the research results of a research they did for Plan International in El Salvador, Colombia and Brazil: Youth employment and entrepreneurship programs: critical factors for effective interventions.

During an interactive programme, Ingrid Flink and Gabriela Quiroga from KIT guided us through some critical questions with regard to youth employment and youth entrepreneurship programmes:

How to define youth employment and youth en

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Janine Schoeman Ingrid Flink thank you for Gabriella and your contribution! Hope to see you all next time.

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Innocent SIMPUNGA  Dear Gabriella and KIT team, Let me take this occasion to express my warm thanks for the contribution and  work done and wish to meet you again. Dr. Innocent SIMPUNGA Rwanda 

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CASTORY WILLIAM thank Gabriella and KIT team hope i will among of them next time

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Walusungu Banda This is a great step in building capacity in the youths as most of them lack knowledge in agriculture and making it as a business. Bravo! 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 September 2017 at 09:27

Organic Certification Workshop for Horticulture Value Chain in Rwanda

On Wednesday 30th August 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda and National Co-operatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) organized a workshop “Organic certification for Horticulture value Chain‘’ at Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.

This workshop’s objective was to discuss on the issues challenges and gaps which limit the development of Horticulture cooperatives among which organic certification is major and discuss possible solutions to address the identified issues.

During this workshop, there were 31 different horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders. The participants came from Government Institutions (NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA), NGOs and INGOs (Oxfam, INADES-Formation, and DUTERIMBERE), PSF (Farmers and Companies), Horticulture Cooperatives federation including organic farmers (ROAM) and cooperative union.

This round table meeting brought in more awareness on what, why a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 31 August 2017 at 05:50

The 9th edition of the ‘’Agri-Finance & Market Linkages’’ event

Venue: Muhanga, 24-25 August, 2017


For the 9th time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event. During this year, the Agri-finance fair took place in Muhanga district on 24-25th August, 2017.

Due to the information gap on financial services and to offer a market linkages opportunity in agriculture of Rwanda, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized this fair to improve agribusiness development by facilitating an easy access to financial services and business linkages between the key stakeholders of the Agri-food sector in Rwanda.

The two-days event brought together different farmers especially farmers from the Southern Province of Rwanda, cooperatives, agribusiness companies, financial service providers and development partners organizations operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction and connections between different stakeholders to address various key issues in f

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Innocent SIMPUNGA the event was successfully

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Innocent S, Many participants appreciated your thoughts and advice from your interventions during the dialogue discussions/ in finance fair of Muhanga district!keep facilitating the smallholders!

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Innocent SIMPUNGA You are welcome , we keep in touch

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 31 August 2017 at 08:34

Enhancing Agribusiness Through Networking

AgriProFocus Zambia hosted the 2017 Regional Agribusiness Platform (formally known as Agribusiness Finance Fair) on 24th to 25th of August, 2017 in Chipata, eastern province. We would like to thank the sponsors, exhibitors, Agro-dealers, farmers and the government for making the event a great success.

The platform was characterised with official opening by the Eastern Region Permanent Secretary Mr. Chanda Kasolo then followed exhibitions, workshops (Knowledge exchange) and lastly award giving ceremony.

Themes of discussion during the workshops included:

1. Sustainable Integrated Land Management Systems by SNV

2. Cooperative governance by Agriterra

3. Importance of using weights by Spruceland

4. Agribusiness Finance by Citizen Economic Empowerment Commission

5. Safe handling of chemicals by Zambia Environmental Management Agency

6. Farming Inputs by Zambian fertilizers and MRI

7. Post harvesting handling by Po

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 29 August 2017 at 07:50

Vlog #7: Making agribusiness work for development has everything to do with farmer professionalism! 

Eline Arnoldy, business development manager at our Dutch member SCOPEinsight, explains in this 2-minute vlog! 

Meet the other Dutch member organisations and what they can do for you on THIS PAGE


Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted 23 August 2017 at 12:33

ATELIER DE PARTAGES SUR LES INSTRUMENTS ÉCONOMIQUES DE L’AMBASSADE ROYALE DES PAYS-BAS.

Le réseau AgriProFocus Niger en collaboration avec la Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Niger (CCIN) a organisé un atelier de partage sur les instruments économiques de l’ambassade Royale des Pays-Bas, le jeudi 17 Août 2017 dans les locaux de la CCIN. La présence de son Excellence Monsieur Jolke Folker OPPEWAL, ambassadeur des Pays-Bas pour le Niger, Mali et Burkina-Faso basé à Bamako a démontré le fort intérêt que portent les Pays-Bas pour le Niger, mais aussi la collaboration entre le réseau AgriProFocus Niger et l’Ambassade Royale des Pays-Bas. Cet atelier a vu la participation des jeunes entrepreneurs nigériens, des responsables des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) et des opérateurs économiques.

Dans son mot d’ouverture le Secrétaire Général Adjoint de la CCIN a souhaité la chaleureuse bienvenue à tous les participants et un remerciement spécial à son Excellen

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ADA MAHAMANE Habou Merci de ce partage Zeinab! c’était un atelier riche en information qui a permis au public cible de se mettre à jours sur les instruments économiques de l'ambassade Royal des Pays-Bas. Mais aussi, il a permis aux participants d'affirmer et de confirmer la dynamique du réseau AgriProFocus Niger, celle 3L. 

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Akibodé Djodji Bon boulot Mesdames. Toutes nos félicitations à l'équipe du Niger, et aux participants.L’un des instruments que je trouve très souple et efficace est le PUM.Le PUM, est actif sur tous les continents depuis 37 ans. A travers le PUM, environ 2000 projets sont réalisés par an dans près de 70 pays, avec l’accompagnement de plus de 3200 experts néerlandais qui offrent gratuitement leurs savoir-faire à toute entreprise.

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Akibodé Djodji https://www.pum.nl/about-us/organisation

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Zeinabou Hamani Merci Akibodé.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:19

Meet Twahirwa Dieudonne, an emerging young entrepreneur in agribusiness

One of biggest challenge the agriculture sector is facing, is the aging of farmers who re not able to cope with today's  challenges. On the other side, we have an increasing number of unemployed young people. However, it seems all the young people who have ventured in agriculture are doing well. we have aproached Mr. Diego to share with us : 

Who is Dieudonne?

I am Dieudone Twahirwa, nicknamed Diego. I am 29 years old and love agribusiness I currently specialize in chilli. I graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2012 in the faculty of Agriculture and I am now the Managing Director of Gashora Farm ltd in Bugesera District.

What motivated you to venture in chilli

I started growing tomatoes and watermelon on land equivalent to one tenth of a hectare with Rwf 130,000 worth of investment and earned Rwf1.3 million from the first harvest.

Though it was doing well, the biggest challenge was that the tomato produce

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Clet IYAMENYE NIBEHO My sincere congratulations to Mr. Diego!! Your agribusiness journey is very inspiring! You are a role model to many more young people who wish to have interest in agriculture. 

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Anne Marie Kortleve What a nice story! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

1 year 1 month ago

HIRWA Fabrice I love your story Diego. From you I am going to try to start a small business of piggery farm but I need a support in terms of training in order to get a more skills about a piggery, so I want this because I am a student in University of Rwanda Nyagatare Campus in faculty of animal Production and we don't get a practical skills, then after That Festival I inspired to start a business but help me how I can get that practical knowledge before starting.  

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