Youth in Agribusiness Festival

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  22 November 2017, 09:00-15:00
  UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus

Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Rural Development Initiative (RDI) and the University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture (UR/CAVM), National Youth Council(NYC) & Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is organizing the ’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’, to enhance the engagement of youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and practical entrepreneurship experience -sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career as well as creating links and networking space between youth agripreneurs and agribusiness companies, development partners, farmers’ federations, farmers cooperatives’, financial institutions’ and policy makers.

The event will take place in UR/CAVM Nyagatare Campus on 22nd November 2017


‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with the aim of advocating, for policy makers and development partners to support youth in agribusiness sector. The festival was an effective advocacy and networking tool which inspired many partners including the Ministry of Youth & ICT, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources, linked youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with key development partners such as USAID/PSDAG and inspired unemployed youth to tap into agribusiness.

The first event took place on Wednesday 28 October 2015 at Rubirizi Campus and was attended by more than 300 participants, the second took place on Wednesday 7th December, 2017 at Busogo Campus and was attended by more than 600 participants that included but not limited to UR-CAVM students, and lecturers, youth role models’ agribusiness companies, financial institutions, government institutions and NGOs. The festival was closed by Honorable Minister Philbert NSENGIMANA - Former Minister of Youth and ICT.

Currently, the youth participation in agribusiness is mainly constrained by:

1. Limited knowledge on agribusiness skills

2. Lack of start-up capital

3. Lack of information on agribusiness opportunities

4. Limited access to land

5. Limited agri-entrepreneurship spirit


Turning youth into successful agribusiness entrepreneurs through advocacy, linkage and networking.


Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.

- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth

- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

- Raising awareness on existing youth forums & networks in the Rwandan Agribusiness sector

- Inspire more young girls to venture into agribusiness

- Inspire the stakeholders to develop new actions to invite and/or retain Youth in Agribusiness


The festival will bring together more than 700 participants. Participants will be: UR/CAVM students & lecturers, Young Agro-entrepreneurs / role models, agribusiness industry leaders, policy makers, NGOs’ projects, agribusiness companies, financial institutions, agribusiness investors, research institutions, youth cooperatives/ associations’ representatives, etc.


(a) Presentations on the testimonies/success stories of the last youth in agribusiness festival (b) Presentations by some key partners on their programs supporting youth, (c) Panel discussions on different agribusiness value chains (ex: Horticulture, Potatoes, Poultry, Pig, Maize, Beans, Farming, Beekeeping), (d) Small Exhibition by youth agripreneurs/role models, (e) Networking session & Entertainment


Benefits as a youth

You will get good information, enhance your skills & knowledge on agribusiness opportunities: Youth will have face-to-face inquiries with the involved stakeholders and discuss ways of engaging more into agribusiness. The event will offer many business opportunities around the agribusiness sector and will present a platform for meeting youth in agri-business partners: during the panel sessions, youth in agribusiness role models will share their experiences/success stories, discuss the opportunities & challenges on how they made it.

Benefits as a government institution / development partner

The event will bring together UR/CAVM students & lecturers, unemployed youth, agribusiness practitioners and all development partners to connect experiences on opportunities & challenges, and will inspire all the youth in agribusiness programs’ supporters, to develop new actions/programs to invite and/or retain youth in Agribusiness.

Benefit as an agribusiness company / finance Service Provider

Participating in this event could give you the unique opportunities:

- to effectively demonstrate & market your company’s products, technologies and services to a huge number of potential future youth clients

- to enhance the company’s image

- to invest in the youth

- to expand your company’s future clients and partners list

For registration, click here: Registration Form _ Youth in Agribusiness Festival


Why become a sponsor?

We expect this event to be the largest Youth in Agribusiness Event in 2017. This is a unique opportunity for you to engage with a youthful community that is eager to invest in Agriculture in the coming years.

The various sponsorship opportunities give you the flexibility to showcase your products and services:

Gold Sponsorship (2000 USD)

 Logo on main banner, above stage, in parallel workshops + all other publication materials

 Opportunities to display your products and services at the exhibition space

 Identification in both the press release and event documentary after the Event

 Interview in the event documentary

 Recognition at the Official Opening of the Festival as Gold Sponsor

 Free add in the catalogue (A5 page)

Silver Sponsorship (1000 USD)

 Logo on main banner, above stage, in parallel workshops + all other publication materials

 Opportunities to display your products and services at the exhibition space

 Identification in both the press release and event documentary after the Event

 Free add in the catalogue (A5 page)

Bronze Sponsor (500 USD)

 Logo on main banner, above stage, in parallel workshops + all other publication materials

 Opportunities to display your products and services at the exhibition space

For more information on the Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017, read the attached CONCEPT NOTE or contact:

At AgriProFocus Rwanda: Thacien Munyamahame, Assistant Coordinator / Mobile: 0788235357

At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, CEO / Mobile: 07888309605

At National Youth Council: Donat Nishyirimbere, Youth entrepreneurship Officer / Mobile: 0783060187

At Rwanda Youth in Agriculture Forum (RYAF): Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, President / Mobile: 0788530417

At UR-CAVM: BIZIMANA Hubert, Director of Careers and Employability Services Mobile: 0788853421

Anthony MUGABE Thank you very much Members, i am actually very happy for all you are doing to engage youth in Agribusiness activities. i believe that in this festival that is due to take place on 22 November 2017  they (youth) will gain much.

1 year 1 month ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much Anthony MUGABE. Please join us at the ground!

1 year 1 month ago

Blaise Birinda we are together in the event

1 year 1 month ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Waow, that's sound good!See you on 22Nov, 2017

1 year 1 month ago

Anthony MUGABE Hi Guys can you please let us know in which hole / salle we are going to meet. because in Nyagatare there severals holes.  Thanks for updating us.

1 year 1 month ago