Contract Farming in Rwanda

moderated by Thacien MUNYAMAHAME

In Rwanda, the agriculture sector is mainly made of smallholder farmers that for a long time have been struggling to transform their agriculture from subsistence to market let agriculture. The government of Rwanda considers contract farming as one of the key pillars to the transformation of the agriculture sector in Rwanda to the extent that in the 2016 leadership retreat’ resolution the “implementation of agreement between farmers and industrial operators in order to increase supply of raw materials to agro processing industries and enhance their operational capacities”, contract farming was among the priorities. However, this resolution was among few resolutions that have not been implemented.

AgriProFocus and partners have embarked on a process with the aim to stimulate the development of a legal framework to enable/support contract farming in Rwanda.

Following the first successful awareness and idea gathering workshop took place in September 2017 organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda in cooperation with USAID/PSDAG and MINAGRI in 2017, we will organize 4 more workshops planned for 2018 with field visits.

AgriProFocus Rwanda will continue to facilitate round table(s) with government and network members for input to the regulatory framework. This will be followed by awareness and promotion campaigns, facilitated by AgriProFocus and members; to promote contract farming and the regulatory framework among farmers and businesses.

Posted By in Agricultural and Rural Finance Platform
Posted 14 November 2018 at 08:12

Farmers advised to embrace contract farming: 

The Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda Louis Kasekende has advised Ugandan farmers to adopt contract farming system which he says can easily help them to get connected to agricultural produce buyers.

Kasekende said farmers are not accessing the market for their produce because they are not connected to bulky buyers such as brewing companies, seed companies among others that need agricultural produces as raw material.

“Farmers need to embrace contract farming if they are to access market both internally and regionally. Farmers will be forced to transform from peasantry to commercial farming because they are sure of the market,” Kasekende said.

Kasekende made the remarks during the Agriculture Financing for African Agriculture Master Class Conference organized by Uganda Agribusiness Alliance in collaboration with other agencies such as Uganda Bankers Association and African Union at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

Contract farming can be defined as agricultural p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 14 August 2018 at 03:05

Contract Farming: Opportunities and Challenges!


Read this interesting report about contract farming in Myanmar developed by Mr. Pranav Sethaputra from Grow Asia & Ms. Bente Meindertsma from AgriProFocus Myanmar.

Due to the high interest in the topic of contract farming, on June 2018, Grow Asia, the Myanmar Agriculture Network (MAN) and AgriProFocus Myanmar ran a joint learning event on contract farming schemes. To multiply the impact of the event and broaden the reach of the learnings distilled, they have put together this document as a summary of the key take-aways. We hope you and your organization will use it as a reference point to guide further action. Please, click here to read more about contract farming

Contract farming ႏွင္႔ ပတ္သက္ေသာBlog တစ္ခု ထြက္ေပၚလာၿခင္း၊


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Theint Yadanar Zaw Hi,Wim! I think that it was needed for an interface discussed in the Myanmar sessions, too. Our next step is to explore the possibility of facilitating a policy round table dialogue.

4 months 4 weeks ago

Wim Goris good luck with that !

4 months 4 weeks ago

Theint Yadanar Zaw Thank You! Wim

4 months 4 weeks ago

Richard Kanyarukiga Need for Contract Farming can't be over-emphasized! We at UR-CAVM do strongly look forward to these workshops. With appropriate consultations, we could host the workshops by providing venues across the country where we have campuses. Our alumni across the country could do mapping for coordination of sampled producer-market engagements - learning from Ethiopia and Myanmar?We have worked broadly before with Farmer Organizations (Primary Coops, Unions, and Farmer Federations). Main hurdle remains in identifying, maintaining & sustaining markets; as well as develop new/competitive ones.The workshops would be a great vehicle to unlock this...Pse keep us posted. Richard

2 months 3 weeks ago

Thaint Yadanar Zaw Hello! Richard. Thanks for your valuable information and welcome for your posts. We are really interesting to see your activities for contract farming.

2 months 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 21 March 2018 at 12:51

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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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Workshop on Contract Farming in Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  27 September 2017, 08:00-12:30
  UMUBANO Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in partnership with the Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) and AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing a workshop on Contract Farming in Rwanda.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Share current status of contract farming in Rwanda;

2. Present experiences and success stories of contract farming;

3. Develop recommendations for the promotion of contract farming.

The workshop will bring together public institutions, private companies, representatives’ farmers organizations, NGOs, Financial institutions and Development partners.

Venue: UMUBANO Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda

Time: September 27, 2017 (From 8.00 am to 12h30pm)

For further clarification and to confirm your participation, please contact:

Charles Murekezi: +250783008453 or

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 19 July 2017 at 04:40

Barley for brewing: Improved malt for Ethiopia’s beer industry

Ethiopian researchers are collaborating with local breweries to produce improved barley varieties, reduce malt imports, and increase farmers’ incomes.

By Andualem Sisay Gesesse  

As demand for beer continues to rise in one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, Ethiopian breweries are providing improved malt barley seed varieties to local farmers. Geletu Tafa, who farms 5 ha in Arsi Tiyo district, is one of over 20,000 smallholder farmers producing improved malt barley varieties, such as ‘Traveller’ which originated from France, for Heineken Ethiopia.

“After I began using Traveller seed, my production on 1 ha has increased to 6-7 t from 2.5-3 t. The money I get from selling 1 t of the new variety has also increased to around 1,000 birr (around €38) from around 600 birr I used to earn 3 years ago from other crops such as wheat and other barley varieties,” says Tafa.

Read the full Article from Spore Magazine.


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 17 May 2017 at 11:58

New Book Available for DOWNLOAD

Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice

Please read the foreword and download the book below, also take a look the brief presented by Wim Goris, AgriProFocus Network Facilitator, at the book launch on 19 April 2017.


In agricultural development, Ethiopia and the Netherlands are strategic partners. The government of Ethiopia pursues its growth strategy by emphasizing agricultural transformation. The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) is supporting Ethiopian ambitions for food security and agricultural growth. This cooperation aims for an intensification of production and processing, which are necessary to feed the growing population and for export earnings.

AgriProFocus Ethiopia is part of an international network with Dutch roots. AgriProFocus promotes the network approach as a growth diamond of collaboration between farmer entrepreneurs, companies, governments, knowledge institutions, consultancies, financial instituti

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 25 April 2017 at 01:42

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

· New Book Launched
· An interesting Panel Discussion by major stakeholders
· Video of the Panel Discussion is Available

On 19 April 2017, AgriProFocus organized an exciting event where major stakeholders that have close relation with the topic of contract farming come together to attend an interesting panel discussion and to raise questions to practitioners, researchers and policy makers in Ethiopia.

Book Launch

The event marked the launch of a new book entitled “Contract Farming in Ethiopia: Concept and Practice” – written based on eight case studies by a number of practitioners and well-known consultants. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort).

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Anatole Majyambere Dear Gizaw, when will this interesting book be available online?

1 year 8 months ago

Gizaw Legesse My dearest Anatole, it will be available very soon, and you will be the first to get it. By the way, it is really interesting!

1 year 8 months ago


Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  19 April 2017, 14:00-17:00
  Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa

Contract Farming in Ethiopia

Book Launch & Panel Discussion

Date: 19 April 2017
Venue: Golden Tulip Hotel
Time: 2:00PM-5:00PM (Afternoon)

On behalf of all contributor organizations and stakeholders, we would like to invite you to this important event to be held on 19 April 2017 in the afternoon from 2:00PM at Golden Tulip Hotel, Addis Ababa. The event marks a book launch and a panel discussion.

Book Launch

A new book entitled ‘Contract Farming in Ethiopia – the concept and the practice’ featuring eight case studies is published. The book is a result of a collaboration between various organizations and agricultural programs, all partners of the AgriProFocus network in Ethiopia. These include Agriterra, C4C, ENTAG, Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia, LANDac, SNV, and CIHEAM Bari (SupHort). The case studies analyze the contract farming practices in the following value chains:

§ Malt Barley – Heineken Brewery

§ Chickpea – ACOS Ethiopia

§ Seed Potatoes – Solagrow

§ Sesame

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Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  18 April 2017 to 19 April 2017 - All Day Event
  Addis Ababa

Books Launch: Contract Farming & Agricultural Innovators

AgriProFocus will organize a two-day event on April 18-19, 2017.

On April 18 the closing learning agenda for the FSRE Fund winners will be held and all the winners are invited to attend. FSRE Fund was financed by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands while managed by ICCO on behalf of AgriProFocus. As the day marks also the closing of the four year program, the event will also be attended by invited relevant stakeholders from Government, Dutch Embassy, Private sector, and other development organizations are expected to attend.

Two important books are completed and published, and they will be launched on April 18 and 19, 2017. Officials from the Government and the Embassy of the Netherlands will honor us by attending and officially launching the publication of the books.

“Agricultural Innovators in Ethiopia: Lessons from the Food Security and Rural Entrepreneurship Innovation Fund”

April 18

The main goal of the publication is to inform

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Kenya
Posted 16 June 2016 at 08:08

KCB and Tuskys partner to lift youth in farming

The KCB Foundation and Tuskys Supermarket have entered into a strategic partnership to support contract farming for thousands of youths in agribusiness and offer at least 1,600 internship opportunities.

The partnership targets to benefit 12,000 youths across 22 counties in the identified value chains in agribusiness through provision of asset financing and working capital to enable the young farmers meet the needs of demand and supply.

Tuskys Supermarkets has committed to buy all the produce from the venture. “This project is meant to support youth entrepreneurship. We believe that the youth hold the greatest sway in the pace and trajectory that the East African economy will take into the future. We also acknowledge the great contribution agriculture makes to the national GDP and we are committed to supporting the sector,” said Jane Mwangi, the KCB Foundation director.
To further enhance this partnership, KCB Foundation thr

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Chelangat Florence I am interested in the programme. How can someone join?

2 years 7 months ago

Alphaxrd Gitau Chelangat i am not sure how to access the program but i will let you know in case i hear something on the same.

2 years 7 months ago

Chelangat Florence Thanks

2 years 7 months ago

Eugene Ndwiga Hi, Gitau, keep me too in the loop when you get the finer details

2 years 6 months ago

Dorina Prech Hi Alphaxrd Gitau, did you get any response regarding this programme? Would be great to get the members here updated. 

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in Organised Farmers
Posted 26 August 2015 at 08:59

Contract farming

a new tool to guide growers and buyers

Contract farming – an expanding practice in which farmers produce agricultural goods for specific buyers in set quantities at prearranged prices – is getting a new tool to guide growers and buyers in establishing sound contracts and conflict resolution procedures. The UNIDROIT/ FAO/ IFAD Legal Guide on Contract Farming released recently fills a need for a comprehensive legal tool to guide this longstanding practice, addressing the needs of a broad range of users.

Contract farming in principle can improve farmers' access to markets and boost their incomes while ensuring that agribusinesses have a stable supply of produce that meets their quality standards. In Uganda, contract farming is practiced for sorghum, sunflower, sugarcane, soybeans, simsim, barley and maize. Read more about contract farming on the tech4farmers blog.

kenneth wanume hello , thanks for the post. its really the way to go  in Uganda.  aquaculture is one of those sectors that need to embrace and put in practice the use of relational contracts in supply chains if farmers are to avoid  prolonged marketing periods.

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 1 July 2015 at 03:32

Contract Farming Training at ATA

AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in partnership with Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), delivered a training on Contract Farming today at ATA premises.

The training is given to fourteen staffs of ATA from all Regional Clusters.

As a mandate, ATA has been working with all stakeholders to identify solutions to address systematic bottlenecks that can have a catalytic effect to transform the lives of smallholder farmers across the country. In order to enhance the ongoing efforts, this training on Contract Farming is crucial, since the very fact of how to deal with smallholder farmers and transform their lives is directly related with the issue at hand.

The training is mainly based on the case studies conducted by AgriProFocus Ethiopia and partners, such as:

· Bamboo Coops in Sidamoto Africa Bamboo

· Chickpea of Handucha-WelisoUnion and Gust Agro

· Green beans via MekiBatuUnion and EthioVeg

· Malt Barley farmers with Heineken


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 May 2015 at 09:16

Happening Now:
Training on Contract Farming (May 22, 2015)

AgriProFocus is now providing a training on Contract Farming to 17 participants who came from various organizations, including Government offices.

It is planned that there will be a second round of this training for those registered but didn't get the chance to attend.

This is what's happening now in Dreamliner Hotel, 1st floor.


For this training on contract farming over 50 people who are members and/or partners of AgriProFocus Ethiopia had registered. However, in order to deliver the training effectively, we had to make a selection and plan to have a second round.

The growing need for skill and knowledge of contract farming in Ethiopia’s agricultural development was the main objective in organizing the training. Policy implementers, including Ato Solomon Dagne, Director of the Smallholder Horticultural Development Directorate, and a number of staffs from Ministry of Agriculture and regional offices attended training.

People represen

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Wim Goris thank you for sharing this in real time. feels like i am in the room !

3 years 8 months ago

DAN MAPEU RICHARD i will be very appy to attend to such a training.but a dont know what to .i am now very interested in agricultural training but idon't have any qualification in it. can you help me please ?

3 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 8 May 2015 at 04:20

Training on Contract Farming

We have space for 16 participants 

Dear Members,

On Friday 22 May AgriProFocus Ethiopia will organise a one day training on Contract Farming. The training is based on eight different cases that we have studied in the last six months. The Agenda will be:

1. What is contract farming?

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages

3. Issues that to be addressed in designing a Contract Farming system:

a. The partners

b. The contract elements (inputs, TA, quality, prices, payment)

c. The interface between the firm and the farmers

d. Enforcing the contract

4. Critical success factors and the role of outside supporters (projects, NGOs)

5. Participants will be given concrete assignments to work on other own cases.

We have space for 16 participants. The own contribution will be 500 ETB (incl. VAT) per participant. You get a receipt for this.

Please register HERE

Those who register first, have the f

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 26 March 2015 at 02:21

We are making a manual on Contract Farming with 10 cases of Ethiopia as examples. It will be ready probably in May this year.