Thacien MUNYAMAHAME

AgriProFocus Network Assistant

Kigali, Rwanda

About Me

Hi, I am Thacien MUNYAMAHAME, am working as AgriProFocus network Assistant in Rwanda. Generally, I will work by moderating the online platform of AgriProFocus Rwanda. I am Rwandan by Nationality and I have got my bachelor’s degree in the Faculty of Agriculture of National University of Rwanda. I hold a diploma in agriculture technology from Agro-Studies program of Israel state. Previously, I worked for Better World Rwanda in the coordination of agricultural projects. In this organization, I was supporting the beneficiaries especially farmers through conducting training, workshops, communications and market linkages activities for the purpose of improving their household income.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 November 2017 at 03:57

Vacancy: SPARK Rwanda Project Manager IPoVaf

Deadline: 27 November 2017

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 Manager Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF)

The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF) project in order to ensure a successful implementation.

IPoVaF is a 2 years pro

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BARWANISHYAKA Jean de Dieu thank you thacien for your link

3 days 52 min ago

dec
17

YouthConnekt Exhibition 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  17 December 2017 to 19 December 2017 - All Day Event
  Amahoro Stadium, Kigali

The National Youth Council (NYC) under the Ministry of Youth with their partners are organizing the YouthConnekt Exhibition to take place in Kigali at Amahoro Stadium starting from 17 to 19 December 2017.

The YouthConnekt exhibition has the purpose to showcase the role of young people in the process of building Rwanda through entrepreneurship.

The National Youth Council calls upon young entrepreneurs, cooperatives, business companies and innovators to apply for this great opportunity to exhibit their products and services.

During three days expo, the YouthConnekt exhibition will be an outstanding possibility for more than 3,000 YouthConnekt Convention participants to visit stands and buy some products and services of young exhibitors.

Moreover, the Ministry of Youth will recognise the best young exhibitors.

All young Rwandans (between 16 and 30 years of age) are eligible to participate in this expo after they download and fill the forms, then send them to the email: info@nyc.gov.rw

The filled forms shou

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 14 November 2017 at 12:35

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SPARK!!

Deadline: 21 November 2017

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:

Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) Coordinator (Expert supervision, event planner and logistics)

Background of the Position:

SPARK will provide services to CDAIS in the areas of coaching skills (building NIF capacities in coaching), l

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 November 2017 at 11:52

Solar-powered irrigation sees farmers double their yield

Source: The NewTimes

Gerard Munyeshuri Gatete inspects a solar powered water pump on an 8-hectare farm in Barija Sector in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province. It pumps water 60 metres underground to irrigate his crops during drought.

Gatete said that before getting the technology one year ago, he and family members who co-own the farm would harvest about one tonne of beans per hectare, but now they harvest 2.5 tonnes.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 November 2017 at 02:59

Our October 2017 Newsletter is out!

We are pleased to share our October newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!

Read about the Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017 that will take place on 22/11/2017 at the UR-CAVM Nyagatare CAMPUS. This time, Youth in Agribusiness Festival will be themed "Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda"

You will also read more about the ''Contract farming in Rwanda'' workshop, we co-organized with MINAGRI and Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) held at Kigali, Rwanda.

In the October newsletter of AgriProFocus Rwanda readers are invited  to read more news concerning different activities conducted in third quarter of 2017 in SEAD Project.

Finally, a big announcement about our YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS FESTIVAL 2017!

Happy reading! :)

Read our October Newsletter Here

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 3 November 2017 at 03:30

What has been your biggest eye-opener since you started your agribusiness endeavours?

Join our online discussion from 03 November to 17 November on this platform.

Over the last years, there has been encouragement of Rwandan Youth to adequately utilize the technical and financial support that is being availed to them by the Government of Rwanda and Development Partners. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have formed, and time and money have been invested.

Please share your best practice as youth in agribusiness, to inspire others! Where did you start as a young agri-entrepreneur? 


Leave a reply below this message. The outcomes of your contributions will be shared at the Youth in Agribusiness Festival on November 22!



If you have questions or need assistance, contact:

At AgriProFocus Rwanda: Thacien Munyamahame, Assistant Coordinator

tmunyamahame@agriprofocus.com / Mobile: 0788235357

At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, Director

aime@ruraldevelopmentinitiative.org / Mobile: 0788309605

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI As the business is still operating,The challenges are the common that most farmers meet in their activities.In our company,We often meet the challenge of lacking new planting materials/flowers varieties,having a limited land to grow on the flowers and even sometimes the market become the problem. And the way we use to handle these challenges is to find all possibilities to make sure that we maximize all few resources that we have and try to make money from them.For example on the issue of having inadequate new planting material/flower varieties,We have decide to make a nursery where we grow and raise our own seedlings to make sure that we will be able to  keep supplying the market and meet our customers preference.

6 days 5 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing Blaise, happy to see you finding a solution for some challenges. During the festival we,there will be some invited guests who will give us the advice on way we can handle such kind of challenges.

6 days 4 hours ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you for your compliments Thacien ,For sure I can't wait to meet all of these guests  and i hope to learn alot from them!! we will present in the festival

5 days 12 hours ago

Blaise Birinda Hello everybody, I would like to share with you my testimony about how I started and where I am today. It is a long story but I will try to minimize.I graduated my universities studies in August 2014 in the University of Rwanda, especial in Agricultural mechanization department, where I acquired a bachelor's degree in that domain. After finishing my studies, I have got a small job for 6 months, to train young people about the use of tractor and other implements. After that small job, I have got a chance to join a public institution, still to train people about the use of agricultural machinery with a full time contract. During that period, it's where an idea of being an entrepreneur has come in my mind. It was in Feb 2015, after 8 mounts in my contracted job. I started by hiring a tractor in a local cooperative. That tractor was breakdown, and I started by a deep repair of that machine with little resources from the job I has. The tractor has got good condition to start the work of field preparation, and I gave a job to 2 people, one tractor operator and one mechanical technician. Challenges such as unskilled operators, farmers behavior about the use of tractor,... was so big but I tried to face them, After seeing that to do 2 works at the same time was not easy, I decided to resign on my job where I has a full time contract, so that I can follow my own work of providing hiring tractor services to farmers. Many people and friends did not understand my decision of resigning to that good job, but already was done. After that, I have got a chance from government in his program of supporting private sector in agriculture,and gave me a tractor on a small rent amount, and I returned back the old tractor to the owner (cooperative).Nowadays I have purchased my own tractor, and I still have the other one from the government and the market is still increasing, farmers adopt the use of that new technology in their fields preparation, and I would like to encourage people to come in this business because it is a good one. Thank you

2 days 7 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing Blaise!I appreciate your project but it seems like the start up capital for this kind of project may become a challenge for youth, any advice?

2 days 4 hours ago

nov
22

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

WHAT IS ‘’YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINES FESTIVAL’’?

‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 November 2017 at 04:32

New cassava variety to boost productivity, feed Kinazi plant

Source: The New Times

Farmers, NGOs staff, district officials and other stakeholders from different ministries on 24 October visited Kinanzi Cassava Plant in southern province as part of the activities to mark the Cassava Week.

The three day event was presided over by the Minister of State in charge of agriculture, FulgenceNsengiyumva, who encouraged farmers in the Southern Province to apply best farming practices to improve on the Cassava value chain.

“We urge you farmers to use best farming practices in order to increase productivity since you’ve got the new cassava variety,” Minister of State Nsengiyumva told the farmers.

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ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello.good morning all members 

1 week 6 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Good morning Elysee, how do you see cassava value chain in Rwanda?can you share your experience with us?

1 week 6 days ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA hello,a gain . the cassava value  chain in Rwanda ,they still  having many problems related ,on inefficient  of production . but slowly ,with our partner ,the problems will be resolved. so  gene rally ,is very good project and profitable . nice day    

1 week 6 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Elysee, Thanks to share!But the good thing is that the private sector and public institutions have established a good partnership  for improving cassava value chain in Rwanda. Hope to see farmers/cooperatives boosting cassava production.

1 week 6 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 27 October 2017 at 11:48

Online Platform Training sessions – September&October 2017

I wish to thank everyone who honored our invitation to AgriProFocus online platform training in September and October, 2017. We treasure your contributions and time with us, and we hope your commitment to improve your businesses' online visibility & marketing strategies improved.

We kindly thank you very much for attending, and please remember to recommend this opportunity to other participants.

Participants - Online Platform Training

07th September, 2017

1. Moise NIYONZIMAChilli and Rabbit farmer in Bugesera District, Eastern Province of  Rwanda.

2. Eric NTWARI, fresh graduate from University of Rwanda (Knowledge Institute)

21st September, 2017

1. Christine MUHAWENIMANA, A fresh graduate from University of Rwanda (Knowledge Institute)

2. Olivier TUYISHIME, A farmer from Ngoma district in Eastern of Rwanda

05th October, 2017

1. Mary MUTESI, Manager of Nala ltd

2. Sylvain NDAGIJIMANA, Field staff at REDO

12th Octobe

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 22 October 2017 at 08:33

A successful preparatory meeting of 2017-Youth in Agribusiness Festival

On Thursday, 19th October 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda held 1st preparatory meeting of Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017 at Chez Lando Hotel to gather different stakeholders' ideas in organizing 2017-Youth in Agribusiness Festival.

The objective of this meeting was to commonly discuss and share the ideas from different partners in preparing Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017.

AgriProFocus Rwanda and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in collaboration with different partners organizations are organizing a ‘’2017- 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.

WHAT IS ‘’YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINES FESTIVAL’’

‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with the aim of advocat

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 16 October 2017 at 01:31

CHECK OUT THE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT!!

SNV Rwanda/Agriterra program is looking for a Business Advisor

Deadline: November 04, 2017

Agriterra aims to professionalize farmers' organizations and cooperatives worldwide, with advice from experts from the Dutch agricultural sector. Our opinion is that strong farmers' organizations and cooperatives lead to more participation, economic growth and a better distribution of income. We focus on economic development and work closely together with the Dutch agribusiness.

Agriterra Rwanda is registered as a program under SNV Rwanda and our team cooperates with farmers’ organizations and cooperatives, in the value chains of coffee, dairy, maize, rice, sugar cane, horticulture and Irish potato.

Agriterra is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Business Advisor to offer business advisory services to cooperatives that have been selected as Agriterra clients. The Business Advisor will be based at Agriterra’s office in Musanze, under the wings of farmer’s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 October 2017 at 08:24

Rwf13bn to modernise pig farming, improve value chain

Source: The New Times

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources will inject Rwf13 billion to improve the pig farming industry, especially by promoting new processing technologies to ensure standards.

Didace Rushigajiki, the livestock specialist at the ministry, said the money will also be used to build capacity of farmers and extension staff on pig breeding, as well as disease control and value chain development to enable market access.

Rushigajiki said policies that promote quality and market access were in the pipeline. The official was addressing pig farmers and other stakeholders on sector issues, including market access, standards and modern farming methods.

Read more....

Follow the link and see the experience from the farmers in piggery business: https://agriprofocus.com/search?keyword=newtimes


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 10 October 2017 at 12:31

A GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON POULTRY INDUSTRY, A WAY OF TRANSFORMING POULTRY BUSINESS IN AFRICA

The first edition of Poultry Africa 2017 event took place from the 4th to 5th at Kigali Convention Centre. It was a two days event which brought together over 1000 key stakeholders in poultry industry mainly from Europe, North America and Sub-Saharan Africa, to discuss the development of the poultry industry in Africa.

The event themed “Poultry Africa 2017” was organized by Netherlands - African Business Council (NABC) in close cooperation with VNU Exhibitions, the Dutch Poultry Centre and Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). The Stakeholders of poultry industry from international and national level discussed about the poultry industry development on the African continent.

Mr. Jean Claude Kayisinga, the Permanent Secretary in MINAGRI, opening this global event noted that this is a rare opportunity to bring together poultry industry stakeholders across the value chain from farmers

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 October 2017 at 09:53

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SNV RWANDA

Deadline: October 20, 2017

The Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) is an international not-for-profit development organization working in over 30 developing countries for more than 40 years. SNV has been working in Rwanda since 1980 and is active in all of SNV's three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

SNV Rwanda in Dutch consortia led by BMB Mott MacDonald, and Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) of Rwanda are implementing the project “Education for Agricultural Development” (SEAD), contributing to sustainable food security in Rwanda (running until mid-2021). The project is funded through a grant from the Kingdom of the Netherlands under the NICHE 2 program (Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education) which is managed by NUFFIC. The primary beneficiaries of SEAD project are the relevant universities of Rwanda and polytechnics/IPRCs and, ultimately, the private sec

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Niyungeko Remy Nice opportunity.

1 month 1 week ago

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 Business Opportunities
Posted 3 October 2017 at 09:56

Eric Bleumink Grant Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries to Study in Holland

 (Deadline: 1st December 2017)

The Eric Bleumink Fund, established on 23 May 2000, provides financial support to Master’s students from developing countries wishing to study in Holland at the University of Groningen a Master’s degree. This initiative will not only improve the cooperation between the University of Groningen and universities in developing countries, but will also raise the level of academic expertise in these countries.

Eligibility

Candidates for the Eric Bleumink Fund scholarships to study in Holland should:

 Have obtained conditional admission to the program of choice (see: www.rug.nl/masters/alphabetical )

 Have excellent academic performance, preferably to be confirmed by letters of recommendation

 Have excellent grades during their bachelor/undergraduate studies;

 Have excellent English language proficiency, in accordance with the admission requirements of the progr

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 22 September 2017 at 07:47

Call for an individual consultant to make a documentary film

Deadline: October 01st, 2017  

The Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) led by ICCO seeks the engagement of a producer to develop and film the documentary (Documentation of three path ways). In close collaboration with the Program Officer, the ICCO team and the teams of the various partner organizations, the consultant is expected to come up with a documentary that clearly answers the questions mentioned in the Terms of Reference.

Assignment Title: Documentation of three path ways

Assignment Dates: Maximum of 3 months (October – December 2017)

Assignment location: Uganda

The budget available for the full process is maximum Euro15,000

For more information, read the attached Terms of Reference


sep
27

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 cmurekezi@minagri.gov.rw



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 20 September 2017 at 07:10

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY AT SPARK

Spark is a non-profit organization that develops higher education and entrepreneurship so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity.

SPARK has launched the 'Rebuilding Futures: Startup Competition' for entrepreneurs in fragile states. There is a trip to the Netherlands and a €10,000.00 startup grant available for the winner! 

Interested applicants (entrepreneurs/startups) might fit the following criteria:

-Business idea or existing business under 1 year old

-An idea that addresses 'rebuilding futures' (aka a social enterprise, contributing to rebuilding of post-conflict -communities)

-Based in one of the countries SPARK works in (http://www.spark-online.org/)

More information and the application form are available here on our website (link: http://bit.ly/2x1Im56)



Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 September 2017 at 02:54

Our latest Newsletter is out!

Dear Members,

We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!

Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.

While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.

Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.

Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!

Glad reading!!

READ THE NEWSLETTER!!