(Deadline: 22nd April 2018)
Organizational context and scope
SPARK is an International NGO that offers a variety of business and entrepreneurship programmes around the world. We believe that sustainable, economic growth is essential for the alleviation of poverty. We therefore partners with local organisations to provide existing SME’s and new entrepreneurs with tools they need to flourish. We also work closely with various governments in fragile states to improve conditions for entrepreneurs and job creators.
It is in this context that SPARK Rwanda is currently implementing Irish Potato Value Chain Financing project, with the aim of supporting smallholder farmers to increase access to financial services to enhance productivity, income and job opportunities for Irish Potato smallholder farmers. The project is implemented in partnership and collaboration with different partners including financial institutions, service providers, and the Rwanda... Read more
SNV Rwanda is seeking a qualified consultancy firm/consultant to conduct an Identification of buyers of fruits and vegetables for the HortINVEST Project in the six targeted districts.
How to apply
Interested candidates are requested to submit the proposal, all documents in English to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org not later than Friday 20thApril 2018, by COB.
N.B.: Please send proposals that contains three referees as you apply with position title as subject.
Use the PDF file attached to find the expected deliverables with details:
Deadline: April 22, 2018
Specification of the Job
The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch Roots representing agri-entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agribusiness sector. We are active in 13 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, and link 25,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. AgriProFocus network in Rwanda has been active in since 2010 and hosted by ICCO Cooperation Organization in Rwanda. It is supported by the AgriProFocus Netherlands secretariat.
AgriProFocus offers concrete network building, Linking, Learning and Leadership solutions to identify opportunities and address challenges in the agribusiness sector. Through network building, AgriProFocus creates a culture of collaboration for sharing information, opportunities, challenges and exploring potential for joint action. The Linking solutio... Read more
The GENES Project was established in anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics. GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to:
1) Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;
2) Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry;
3) Harmonize training programs and research agenda of the consortium members (universities) on the use of geno... Read more
Dear members, we are very happy to share with you our latest newsletter, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on the network latest updates and opportunities.
In this newsletter, you will read more about the results of competition of "Best Innovative small scale projects in 2018" organized by World vision Rwanda in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe that took place in Nyamagabe district, western province of Rwanda on 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28 of February, 2018.
You will also find various important updates and opportunities emerging from our network that are shared in this newsletter.
On 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28th February, World Vision Rwanda in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe district organized a competition of "Best Innovative Small Scale projects in 2018". The competition was held in Nyamagabe district of Southern Province of Rwanda.
One of the World Vision’s missions is to facilitate the increased capacity of creating new jobs responding to economic issues and thereby increasing livelihood resilience. It is in this regard that World Vision Rwanda (Nyungwe Cluster) in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe district has organized this competition of the best innovative small scale projects to evaluate, support and promote innovative projects in the area. This competition was attended by 22 people from farmer cooperatives, associations, individuals.
During the four days of the competition, selection was done at the sector level and the winners were advis... Read more
Did you know that you can study in the Netherlands? The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) has provided fellowships to working professionals in over 51 countries (including Rwanda) to study in the Netherlands!
For more information about the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) and the upcoming short courses, please visit:https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/orange-knowledge-programme
Application deadline is April 2018
AgriProFocus Rwanda through its programme called Youth in Agribusiness, in close partnership with Rural Development Initiative (RDI), USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS), the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM), YEAN Rwanda, National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), organized the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 22nd November 2017 at UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus.
The objectives of this event were to:
- 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
- R... Read more
On 8th February 2018 at Lemigo hotel, ICCO Cooperation through its Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, brought together, in a business to business (B2B) event, key rice value chain actors and supporters to discuss and open opportunities for business synergy in the value chain. The aim of the B2B was to link rice value chain actors and supporters so they can connect, collaborate, network, talk business and make deals.
While giving her welcome speech, Ms Netlyn Bernard, thanked everyone who participated in the event and she also highlighted the main objective of STARS program. “Empowering farmers to move from subsistence farming towards farming as a business is one of the objectives of ICCO and the STARS program”, Ms Netlyn Bernard, ICCO Rwanda Country Manager reported. “To be successful in business, it is very important to have access to the right in... Read more
(Source: The NewTimes)
Horticulture sector stakeholders should embrace international standards and ensure quality along the value chain to boost exports into European markets, experts have said. The Dutch and UK experts added that Rwanda can only be able to increase its exports to Europe if farmers and exporters ensure quality along value chain and also add value to horticulture produce.
In addition, there is need to increase the sector’s production capacity so as to ensure sustainable supply to meet this growing demand in Europe, said Dolar Amarshi Popat, the UK’s trade envoy to Rwanda and Uganda.
Popat, who was speaking during the horticulture connect summit in Kigali yesterday, added that more investors from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands were interested in investing more resources toward the development of Rwanda’s and regional horticulture sector.
“The investors are being driven by Rwanda’s horticulture potential and the ea... Read more
In an effort of improving the online visibility of our members' businesses/activities/services (which is an important marketing tip in these increasing digital times). We will be providing this training (to a maximum of 14 participants/day) every Thursday after two weeks of each month between 05 April 2018 - 26 July 2018 (N.B: THE PARTICIPATION IN THIS TRAINING IS FREE OF CHARGE)
The AgriProFocus online platform is one of the main exchange and communication tool. With this tool, you can:
- Access useful local contacts through our Directory
- Market your products/services in our MarketPlace
- Market your organization/company
- Discuss agricultural issues with people from all over the world.
The online platform features new content on a daily basis with the latest news and information, an online marketplace to trade, a forum to discuss and an agribusiness directory where you can find all connected organisations and companies.
What will you learn?
This training will provide you with hands-on e... Read more
On 14th&15th Feb, Rwanda will host HORTICULTURE CONNECT, this is a conference that will introduce British and Dutch investors and buyers of horticultural produce to Rwandan exporters. This will be a good starting point in creating firm trade and investment opportunities in the sector.
It is free of charge to attend the event. Interested participants have to contact National Agricultural Export Development Board (http://www.naeb.gov.rw/index.php?id=1)
(Deadline: 22nd February 2018)
SPARK is a growing, young, dynamic development NGO with 80 staff members in offices in Amsterdam, Belgrade, Bujumbura, Juba, Kigali, Monrovia, Mitrovica, Pristina and Ramallah. SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship, so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict society into prosperity.
SPARK is achieving its mission by organizing business plan competitions, business skills training, SME coaching & mentoring, business incubation, SME financing, intensive higher vocational summer courses, curriculum development and quality assurance at universities and higher vocational education institutions.
SPARK is currently looking for a Project Officer Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF). The Project Officer will be responsible to provide technical support on the implementation of the Irish Potato Value chain financing (IPoVaF) project under the direct supervision of the Pro... Read more
On March 19-23, 2018, IFDC will organize an international workshop on “Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agriculture: Lessons from Country Assessments and Regulatory Systems in Africa and Asia” at the Naura Springs Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.
The main objectives of this one week workshop are to enable participants to:
1) Identify quality problems in fertilizers;
2) Identify fertilizer as well as management-related factors that influence quality of fertilizers;
3) Identify external factors (other than fertilizer properties) that impact quality;
4) Apply this knowledge to assess fertilizer quality for their businesses, countries or regions; and
5) Contribute to the design and implementation of national or regional quality regulations that ensure farmers the access to fertilizers that meet the required specifications.
Deadline: September 30, 2018
The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is releasing an Annual Program Statement (APS) to award matching grants in support of its activities. As a first step, Hinga Weze is seeking Concept Notes for potential funding of grant projects. Instructions for completing the Concept Note can be found in the attached document. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grant management policies.
This solicitation will target only smallholder farmers, farmers organizations and agricultural SMEs working in Rwandan high-value horticulture, maize, high iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato and Irish potato in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamash... Read more
With GLOBAL G.A.P certification, the firm will now find it easier to export its produce across the world without any limitations. The GLOBAL G.A.P stamp of standards is global acknowledgement that Nature Fresh Foods meets Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), which gives the exporter an easy entry into new market and increases competitiveness.
It becomes the second Rwandan horticulture firm to receive the certification after Garden Fresh.
(Source: The Newtimes)
Musanze-based potato processing plant, which produces the Winnaz Crisps brand, is set to scale up its production capacity five-fold, officials have said. This follows major upgrades of the plant for both its frying and packaging lines.
Located in Gacaca sector in Musanze District, the factory is co-owned by a Dutch company, Hollanda Fair Foods Limited, and a Rwandan investor. It manufactures high end crisps from a selected variety of Irish potatoes. Launched three years ago, the factory has had capacity of producing only two tonnes, which according to its managers, was below the supply capacity.
When many university students complete their studies, one of their biggest preoccupations is how to land government or corporate jobs. For many, getting white collar jobs is the only alternative after campus.
However, for Evangeline Mukazigama, a graduate of accounting from Kigali Independent University (ULK), job-seeking was out of the equation, thanks to her passion for farming and entrepreneurship. Though the move surprised many, for her it was a natural choice having raised all her university tuition fees from farming activities.
“For me the thought of job-seeking was like a huge burden I couldn’t bear,” says the 30-year-old resident of Rurenge, Remera sector in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.
So I decided to apply the knowledge gained from university to carry out my own income-generating activities to make more money, Mukazigama added.
(Source: The NewTimes)
The agricultural exports body has embarked on a nationwide exercise to register horticulture exporters as it moves to strengthen collaboration with sector players to ensure quality and boost competitiveness.
“The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) wishes to informs its esteemed partners and exporters of vegetables, fruits and flowers (fresh or dried) or those who plan to start such export to register at NAEB, a notice issued by the export body on December 28 reads in part. It added that this (list of exporters) will serve as reference and basis to draw strategies and also help to strengthen collaboration with the aim of boosting volumes and quality of horticultural exports from Rwanda by complying with export market requirements.
Commenting on the initiative, Eric Ruganintwari, the head of quality assurance at the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB), said the exercise is designed to bring together... Read more
Deadline: March 01st, 2018
TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION is now accepting applications for the 4th cycle of $100M entrepreneurship development programme.
Established in 2010, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is the leading philanthropy in Africa championing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs across the continent. The Foundation’s long-term investment in empowering African entrepreneurs is emblematic of Tony Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions Africa’s private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent. The Foundation’s flagship initiative, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs, capable of changing the face of business across Africa.
Africa’s largest philanthropy supporting entrepreneur... Read more