Thacien MUNYAMAHAME

Marketing&Communication Facilitator Rda

Kigali, Rwanda

About Me

Hi, I am Thacien MUNYAMAHAME, am working as AgriProFocus Marketing and Communication Facilitator 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.
In addition, I am also an agri-entrepreneur and Agrofood Expert in Young Expert Programmes for its Batch14.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 hours ago

Evaluator concludes: SNV’s youth employment approach works.

Youth unemployment in many parts of Africa is soaring, and especially out of school youth in rural areas are a vulnerable group. SNV’s Opportunities for Youth Employment (OYE) project realized employment for almost 16,000 young people, using a so called push-match-pull approach. Sixteen thousand young people, and every one of them stands for a person who started up their life and gained purpose. A final report by an independent evaluator has now confirmed that push-, match pull works. But, what is it? And why does it work?

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 16 July 2018 at 08:39

Young innovators develop solar-powered technology to manage farming remotely

Farmers will be able to manage farming practices such as effective irrigation of their crops without necessarily being at their farms thanks to a solar-powered technology developed by Rwandan young innovators.

The technology uses solar-fueled sensors and irrigation to collect data on soil moisture, nutrient needs and water needed to foster crop growth.

It is in line with a project of Precise Agriculture (PA), a modern farming management model using digital techniques to monitor and optimise agricultural production processes that the innovators, members of the Kicukiro District-based STES Group, a company which was founded by technical innovators and researchers, have undertaken. Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 July 2018 at 03:13

Holland Pavilion at the 13th National Agrishow 2018

From the 27thJune until the 01July of June 2018, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the 13th National Agricultural Show held at Mulindi show Ground, Kigali, Rwanda.

The agriculture show was organized for the 13th year by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda. The theme year was: ‘Invest in Innovations and Agribusiness to Transform Agriculture’. MINAGRI organized the Agri-Show aiming to prosper and flourish business and technology transfer in Agriculture of Rwanda. Rwanda is in need of technologies that can support for sufficient quantity and quality seeds, fertilizers, water/irrigation, and training to ensure productive farming in the country.

With the support of Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Rwanda, this year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 7 July 2018 at 09:30

Meet Emmanuela, a young lady who builds a business from herbal plants!!

Emmanuella Yvonne Iradukunda, 19, saw opportunity in the flower and jumped on it.

The flower, known as Hibiscus is popular in Rwanda for its beauty when planted in gardens or used as decorations in homes

But for Iradukunda, it has a lot more use. It first restored her mother’s health and now it is a source of revenue.

“My mother suffered a lot from joint pains that sometimes she was not able to do basic household chores or take a walk,” Emmanuella added. Read more


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 30 June 2018 at 03:51

Rwanda launches Rwf2.7 trillion agriculture development strategy

Rwanda has launched the fourth Agriculture Transformation Strategy (PSTA4) that is designed to significantly increase farm productivity and promote value addition to food.

The six-year plan, which runs from 2018 until 2024, will cost Rw2.7 trillion, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).

Speaking at the official launch of the strategy on Thursday in Kigali, Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente said that if successfully implemented, a significant number of Rwandans will be elevated out of poverty. Read more...


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 29 June 2018 at 11:07

Have you ever heard about E-Hinga App?

World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.

World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.

E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 28 June 2018 at 07:32

CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY AT ICCO COOPERATION/STARS PROGRAM

ICCO COOPERATION/STARS program is looking for an individual experienced consultant in quality and food safety management, with practical experience in Rwanda standard board (RSB) and regional standards requirements (EAC, COMESA and ARSO standards) and International Standards requirements (Codex and ISO standards ) to train rice processors on quality and food safety management in rice milling industry for 10 days. 

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV with relevant experience as well as certificates on training done in quality management and food safety by 30 June, 2018 to SHYAKA Francis (r.shyaka@icco.nl) and copy to Patrick BIRASA ( p.birasa@icco.nl).

Find more information in the attached terms of reference.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 25 June 2018 at 03:04

Our Latest Newsletter is now available!!!!

Dear Network members, We are pleasure to share with View our latest Newsletter HERE & sign up to make sure you never miss an important offer! We hope that you join AgriProFocus Network and find different opportunities with AgriProFocus New Strategy. Making Agribusiness work for development is our main duty!!!!

Read our Newsletter Here


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 June 2018 at 07:12

Rwanda coffee to be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

Rwandan coffee will be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from June 21 to- 23, the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has confirmed.

The World of Coffee exhibition is Europe’s largest coffee gathering and one of the world’s distinguished coffee events.

Over 6000 coffee professionals will convene in Amsterdam for the event organized by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), which Rwanda subscribes to.

Rwandan Coffee with its complex and diverse flavours will be exhibited and tasted by prominent European specialty coffee importers, roasters and retailers.

Officials say the 2018 edition of the World of Coffee will be another opportunity for Rwanda Coffee to reach thousands of coffee industry stakeholders as the exercise will generate business deals and seek more investment opportunities within the coffee sector in Rwanda. Read more

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Joy Tushabe Great news! We will be part of the event next year. Keep us updated and thanks!

4 weeks 23 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Well noted Joy Tushabe!

4 weeks 23 hours ago

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Regional Youth Conference in Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  20 August 2018 - 00:00 to 21 August 2018 - 23:59
  Kigali Convention Center (KCC)

Regional Youth Conference in Rwanda

Theme

Youth in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship

Dates: 20 -21 August 2018

Venue: Kigali Convention Center (KCC)

Find more information HERE



Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 8 June 2018 at 03:09

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT AT SNV Rwanda

Are you interested in joining an Organisation with a long-term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for Horticulture district coordinators. These coordinators will be based in Rubavu, Korongi, or Muhanga district.

Find more information here and How to Apply


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2018 at 03:11

Farmers call for agricultural insurance products as vulnerability to losses grow

Farmers affected by different weather disasters are appealing for scaling up of agricultural insurance schemes as well as interventions by the disaster management fund to help them recover from losses.

The concern was raised during a recent agricultural summit held alongside East African Legislative Assembly session in Kenya last week.

Farmers’ representatives and civil societies called on member states of East African Community to lobby for the setting up of reliable agricultural finance so as to solve woes suffered by farmers due to disasters.

Business Times caught up with Esperance Nyirahabiyambere, a woman farmer from Rwanda’s Karongi District in Gitesi sector who was expressing farmers’ challenges on behalf of Rwandan smallholder farmers.

She is the president of Tuzamure Agaseke Cooperative growing maize and beans with 32 members most of whom are women. Read more

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2018 at 09:38

Best Farmers in the Netherlands!

Winners of New Vision’s 2017 Best Farmers’ Competition on Saturday flew to the Netherlands on a week-long agro-business tour. Ten farmers emerged winners of the fourth edition of the Best Farmers Competition held last year. 

They were on Thursday flagged off at dfcu Bank headquarters in Nakasero, Kampala. The 2017 competition was sponsored by the royal Netherlands embassy in Kampala, dfcu Bank, Vision Group and KLM Airlines.

Read more here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2018 at 09:15

AgriProFocus New Strategy presentation Meeting!!!

On Wednesday 9th May 2018 at Chez Lando Hotel, AgriProFocus Rwanda invited all Dutch members working in Rwanda to a half day workshop in which AgriProFocus Rwanda wanted to share with the members new directions of the network.

The objectives of the workshop were:

1. Sharing with Dutch members APF new strategy and annual plan 2018,

2. Co creating together with Dutch members what to collaboratively work on together that brings up member coalition.

3. Discuss on how AgriProFocus Rwanda can be relevant to Dutch members intervention in Agrifood sector

The workshop started with a welcoming message from the AgriProFocus Network Country Coordinator, Madam Sajji RYAKUNZE and a brief introduction about AgriProFocus new strategy and annual plan 2018. In her speech, Madam Sajji said that “The network is currently in a transition phase from Promoting Farmer Entrepreneurship to Making AgriBusiness work for Development. With this new strategy, AgriProFocus wi

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Roel Snelder Thanks for posting and seeing the good spirit. Looking forward to the synergy

1 month 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME The good is spirit there!Let's have a focus!

1 month 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 14 May 2018 at 10:08

Invitation to the 13th National Agriculture Show 2018

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) is honored to announce the 13th National Agriculture Show which to be held from 26th June to 3rd July 2018 at Mulindo/Gasabo Show Ground. 

 Find more information from the attached official invitation. We invite you to visit AgriProFocus Rwanda stand together with other dutch organizations in Holland Pavillion.

Find more details in the attached formal invitation



Sajji RYAKUNZE AgriProFocus Rwanda and all Dutch members and Dutch companies will be all in the Holland Pavillion organized by the Dutch Embassy in Rwanda

1 month 3 weeks ago

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 11 May 2018 at 10:11

Vacancy Announcement: ICT Manager at Care International

(Deadline: May14,2018)

CARE International in Rwanda is seeking to recruit an “ICT Manager” to be based in Kigali.

Job Purpose statement

The ICT Manager is responsible for ensuring the seamless availability of ICT resources necessary for CARE Rwanda to run efficiently. The main purpose of this position is to manage all aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of CARE Rwanda under the supervision of the respective Manager. Information Communications Technology covers computers, software, storage, and audio-visual systems, which enable users to access, store, transmit, and manipulate information, as well as the networked equipment (LAN/WAN) that allows for intra- and inter-network communication via the local network or the Internet.

The ICT Manager is responsible for protecting the computers, networks and data against threats, such as security breaches, computer viruses or attacks by cyber-criminals and works with CO

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 May 2018 at 10:25

Rwanda and Netherlands moving from aid based relationship to commercial ties – envoy

Last year, a huge investment of tea by Uniliver, a British-Dutch multinational was launched and is constructing a factory in the southern part of Rwanda but for the Rwandan farmer to get their tea to the factory, they need a good road. So we are involved with World Bank and USAID in constructing good roads to help farmers get acess to the factory which in the long run is also good for the quality of the tea.

What have been your efforts in diversifying the mutual business interests and commercial exchanges for the citizens of the two nations?

Slowly we are getting it with the investment of Uniliver, with the tea investment, and last year there was also the launch of DSM’s Africa Improved Foods, a Dutch multinational at the Special economic zone which has been doing investment in nutritional foods. We are also very happy that there is a company in The Netherlands that now has a deal with a company in Rwa

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 30 April 2018 at 07:53

Request for Concept Notes (RFCN): Annual Program Statement (APS) for Acquisition of Post-Harvest Losses Reduction Technologies through Inclusive and Innovative Business Models.

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 Annex A. 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 Nyamasheke, Karongi (Western Province); and Nyama

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 20 April 2018 at 02:13

SEAD Weekly Flash News!!!!

It’s a busy week for the SEAD Project! Three full-week activities are taking place right now –and since Wednesday is the half-way mark, we thought it was a good idea to let you in on the what is happening.

During this week, SEAD project is mostly running its activities in Musanze district. There in Musanze, SEAD Project is partnering with staff from UR/ CAVM to develop a new Bachelor of Agri-Business –the first of five curricula that the will be reviewed with support of SEAD. They are joined by members of the private sector, RSB and MINAGRI. So far, the week has been filled with interesting and intense fruitful discussions, and we look forward to continuing the hard work!

Also in Musanze District, SEAD is conducting multiple days of Training of Trainers (ToT) on feed production, silage making and feed composition. Trainers come from SEAD’s partner institutions, and will follow up the ToT with field trainings to dairy farmers. These farmers were selected by

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 18 April 2018 at 12:34

CONSULTANCY OPPORTUNITY AT SPARK

(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

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