AgriProFocus Rwanda

Coordination team

Kigali, Rwanda

About Me

Contracted by ICCO, the Coordination Team is in hands of Sajji Ryakunze who is the Country Coordinator. She is assisted by Anatole MAJYAMBERE and Didier MUYIRAMYE, both Assistant Coordinators.

The Network is supported by Lisette van Benthum from AgriProFocus Netherlands

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 July 2017 at 08:05

Holland Pavilion at the National Agrishow 2017

From the 22nd until the 25th of June 2017, Dutch companies and organizations, active in agri-business in Rwanda, demonstrated their knowledge and expertise to the public at the Rwandan Agricultural Show in Kigali.

The expo was organized for the 12th year by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI). This year’s theme was: ‘Adopt climate resilient technologies to improve farmer livelihoods’. MINAGRI stressed that Rwanda is in need of technologies that can help fight against climate change and the effects. Also, there is a need for sufficient quality seeds, fertilizers, water, and training and advice to ensure productive farming (source:

This year in the Holland pavilion the presence of Dutch agri-business companies was combined together with Dutch NGO’s active in the agri-business sector in Rwanda.

AgriProFocus stand received many visitors who were interested in

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Sajji RYAKUNZE This was a great opportunity for  APF Rwanda to   explain to agri business professionals about our linking , learning and leadership in the agri show !

9 months 2 weeks ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA nice opportunity 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 June 2016 at 12:32

New Musanze hatchery to boost poultry farming

Poultry farmers have welcomed a new hatchery inaugurated in Musanze, saying it will not only bring prices down but also help them have healthy and productive chicks.

The hatchery, Easy Hatch, opened last week in Muhoza Sector, Musanze District. It is owned by South African businessman Themba Mashinini.

Owners say the idea to open shop in Rwanda was informed by a two-year study that revealed that the market potential was hampered by the fact that most farmers had to travel abroad to get chicks.

Easy Hatch is the first private hatchery that will highly complement the services offered by the national hatchery run by Rwanda Agriculture Board.

The project has capacity to produce 20,000 chicks per week with plans to increase the production depending on the market demand.

Read the full article

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 June 2016 at 09:42

Strategy Workshop with AgriProFocus Rwanda members

On May 26th, AgriProFocus Rwanda successfully organised a strategy workshop with members to gather their inputs / ideas on ensuring a proper orientation of the AgriProFocus network in the future.

This workshop was held at Tangren Hotel, and was attended by 17 participants from Knowledge Institutes, International & Both NGOs, Producer Organisation, Innovation communities.

Discussions were centered mainly on the membership topic, where participants talked about different benefits members should be gaining, and more generally how they can use the AgriProFocus network to improve their businesses & other activities.

The reflection focused on 3 questions below:

1. What are the key questions the AgriProFocus network should focus on (country-specific-issue mapping).
2. a) What do you expect from a network?
    b) How can we together improve the impact/importance of our network?
3. What does this mean for the interventions/activities/services/products

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 May 2016 at 03:39


Dear members & partners,

We are happy to announce that we have moved into a new & bigger office location in Kacyiru (just next to ISCO Intersec Security Company)

This new office allows us to provide better service to our members in a wonderful environment and from this office we will be able to work even more effectively.

We are still in the same neighborhood and very close to our former location.

The visiting address of our new office is:

AgriProFocus Rwanda 
KG 5 Av, Kacyiru 
P.O. Box 5261 Kigali 
Tel: 0788859704 / 0788561450 / 0788222742 
Kigali - Rwanda

All our other contact information stays the same (such as email addresses).

(Google Map)

In this new facility, we are with:

1. ICCO (our host organisation)

2. Red Een Kind (Help a Child Rwanda)


From our old location:

  • Go back to the main road (KBC - Umubano Hotel - MINAGRI)
  • Take the 564 St then
  • Turn right (KG 5 Av)
  • We are just after the headq

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AgriProFocus Rwanda Network Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  21 April 2016, 09:00-14:00
  Umubano Hotel / Kacyiru - Kigali

Dear Partner,

Invitation to AgriProFocus Rwanda Network Day on 21st April 2016

The AgriProFocus network supports initiatives that promote farmer entrepreneurship. To date, AgriProFocus is active in 11 African countries and Indonesia. AgriProFocus Rwanda network has over 1500 professionals and over 170 organizations – drawn from NGOs, private sector, public sector and farmer based institutions. Together, they create opportunities for economic development. AgriProFocus promotes knowledge sharing amongst agricultural value chain actors for the benefit of all.

For the third time, AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing the annual network day, to celebrate the achievements of the year 2015 as well share the plan for 2016. You are kindly invited to attend that event scheduled on Thursday, 21st April 2016 atUmubano Hotel from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

The network day will comprise a series of complimentary activities including presentations, pitch by innovation communities, business networking. The aim is t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 November 2015 at 01:41

Welcoming Elyse MAHORO - New Assistant Coordinator / AgriProFocus Rwanda

Dear members,

We are very pleased to introduce Mrs. Elyse MAHORO, our new Assistant Coordinator. Elyse joined the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordination team on the 1st October 2015

Many of you have may be met her in our recent activities and/or read her articles on the online platform. She holds a Master’s Degree in Agriculture and Rural Development from Hankyong National University, South Korea, 2013-2014 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, National University of Rwanda, 2008-2011.

We are confident she will be a great addition to our team. Join us in welcoming her!

Elyse Mahoro Hi Roel, thanks

2 years 5 months ago

pascasie katabogama congz elyze MAHORO AND YOU WELCOME

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Jean Baptiste HATEGEKIMANA Cong's my Classmate at undergraduate/NUR......enjoy your new tasks and responsibilities. keep going forward..

2 years 5 months ago

Elyse Mahoro Thanks dear HAJEBA

2 years 5 months ago

Mugisha Livingstone Hey Elyse Welcome to the team. I see I will learn from you as I'm also building a career in Agricultural Economics. Ibihe Byiza mu nshingano zawe nshyashya

2 years 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 September 2015 at 09:14

Message from the ASDF Secretariat - Closing date of applications

Dear All,

Thank you for your interest to ASDF funds. We received an unexpected number of proposals and a lot of interest in the facility. This is to kindly inform you that we have stopped receiving applications from 3rd September 2015. If we reopen the funds, we will let it be known widely.

Kind Regards,


Bonjour à tous,

Nous vous remercions de votre intérêt aux fonds ASDF. Nous avons reçu un nombre inattendu de propositions et beaucoup d’intérêt dans la facilité. Nous vous informons que nous arrêtons de recevoir les applications à partir du 3 septembre 2015. Si le fond ASDF rouvre, nous vous tiendrons au courant par ce même circuit. Merci encore pour votre intérêt.


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 August 2015 at 09:59

Congratulations to Esperance - New RAB Board member

We want to congratulate Esperance MUKARUGWIZA, the current AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator for having been elected as a Board Member of Rwanda Agriculture Board. We wish her every success in the new endeavours to serve the farmers.

Please join us in congratulating her!

The following members have been elected to serve as RAB board members:

1. Dr. NYOMBAYIRE George, Chairperson

2. Madam UWUMUKIZA Beatrice, Vice Chairperson

3. Mr. MUNYAKAZI Jean Paul, Member

4. Madam MUKARUGWIZA Esperance, Member

5. Dr. NKURUNZIZA Emmanuel, Member

6. Mr. NTABANA Innocent, Member

7. Dr. GASHUMBA James, Member

Albert Muragijimana Congratulation Dear Esperance! It was very nice meeting you today

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Lisette van Benthum Congratulations !

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NGENZI Thomas Congratulations to Espérance!

2 years 8 months ago

Ben Bizinde Congratulations Esperance!! All the best

2 years 8 months ago

ERIC Congratulations Esperance!!!!!

2 years 8 months ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 20 May 2015 at 09:51

Consultancy Opportunity: Rwanda Maize Supply Chain - Cooperative Business Management Training (Deadline: 31 May 2015)

IFC (International Finance Corporation) plans to assist a large domestic Maize/Soy buyer to increase the quantity of maize/soy beans procured from local smallholder farmers organized into cooperatives. Part of the project includes improving the professionalism of 30-40 farmer organisations (cooperatives) so that they can function more effectively as businesses and provide better services to their members and thereby become more reliable maize suppliers.

IFC is looking for qualified service providers to:

1. Review the existing project materials including (i) SCOPE Basic assessments (ii) performance objectives; (iii) a draft coop training curriculum

2. Design and implement a cooperative management training programme for 30-40 coops using the training materials and performance objectives provided

3. Conduct a feedback and review exercise with the cooperative manager trainees

4. Provide

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 May 2015 at 01:31

Meeting with the former ASDF Selection Committee members

On Friday, May 08th 2015, ICCO Rwanda organized a meeting with the former ASDF Selection Committee. 50 participants attended the event.

The Agri-Sector Development Facility (ASDF) is a flexible funding mechanism to boost innovation in the agricultural sector of Rwanda funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kigali. It aims to facilitate the introduction and application of new and innovative practices, partnerships and business models of Rwandan farmers, producer organizations, agri-business and their partners in value chains related to food security.

ASDF has two distinct windows for funding initiatives:

- '' The Agri-Sector Innovation Fund'' – ASIF (100,000 €) and the

- '' Capacity Building and Small Investments Fund'' – CaBIF (10,000 €).

In her opening remarks, Mrs. Netlyn Bernard, the Deputy Regional Manager for ICCO Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Kenya, after presenting ICCO’s profile, she said that the facility has funded

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Prosper Dutonnyekumana Thanks Didier.We praise AgriProFocus.This a good one.It is a motivation to innovators in AGRIBUSINESS.Let's try it for our beneficiaries...

2 years 11 months ago

Mushinzimana Xavier Is it yet possible to apply?

2 years 9 months ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Hi Xavier. Yes the facility is still open to new applications. It will close in December 2015. More info, check:

2 years 9 months ago

Mushinzimana Xavier To apply for an ASIF fund, you need a Netherlands partner. How can i contact a partner in Netherlands?

2 years 9 months ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Dear Xavier, we do not find/seek a dutch partner for every applicant. Although, we can link/advise you to some, depending on your project. Please write me an e-mail to, with a short description of your project and we can see if we can help.

2 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 May 2015 at 07:17

Business Networking at its best during the 6th Agribusiness Club Meeting

The 6th Agribusiness Club Meeting, a quarterly event organised since last year, took place at City Blue Hotels Embassy Row – Kacyiru on Friday April 30th 2015. This event is always dedicated to networking, enabling AgriProFocus Rwanda members to share experiences and expand professional connections. Around 50 people attended the Friday event.

Between cocktails and exchanging business cards, some of the participants did short pitches to inform  about the interesting products, services and opportunities from their organisations and/or companies. Among the people who took the pitches was Mrs. Teddie Muffels, the Agricultural Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy, who talked about the upcoming trade mission, for which Rwandan Horticultural companies will pay a visit to the Netherlands: this trip is aimed at building partnerships between the companies from the 2 countries.

Another person who took the pitch is Mr. Tim Muz

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Organic Farmers' Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  30 April 2015, 09:00-14:00
  Gako Organic Farming Training Centre

Dear Sir/Madam,

AgriProFocus Rwanda, through the Agro ecological led Innovation Community, led by Pelum Rwanda, is organizing an organic farmers’ meeting that will take place on 30/04/2015 at GAKO ORGANIC FARMING TRAINING CENTER (GOFTC) in KABUGA from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Agro- ecological Innovation Community is a group of members of AgriProFocus Rwanda, practitioners from different organizations with the ambition to promote this sector. This group aims at promoting agro ecological practice in Rwanda with a particular emphasis on organic farming. It also facilitates knowledge-sharing among members of the "Agro-ecological practices" Innovation Community.

In this meeting, we will discuss challenges faced by farmers who are in organic farming; opportunities in the sector and it will be an important forum to develop partnerships among different stakeholders that have a role in agro-ecological practices. We therefore request to send a technician or someone who is conversant with agro- ecological fa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 April 2015 at 03:32

We have moved !!!

Dear members,

It is with great pleasure that we write to inform you that from Monday, 13th April 2015, we have moved to a new location. Our new address is:

AgriProFocus Rwanda
KG 563 Street - Kacyiru
Queen’s Land House – 4Floor 
P.O. Box 5261
Kigali - Rwanda

E-mail: Tel: 0788532061 / 0788562450

From the road towards MINAGRI, you take KG 563 (1st Street on your right). It's the tallest red building on that street.

If you have any questions about the new location or our services, please call us and we’ll be happy to help. We look forward to seeing you at our new location.

We hope you will get acquainted with our new location soon. For more information on How to find us, click here

Lisette van Benthum Congratulations with the new office!

3 years 5 days ago

Hoving Egbert Looks great, congratulations!

3 years 5 days ago

BAJJA FRUIT FARM Congratulations. We wish the best in serving members of AgroProFocus Rwanda.

3 years 4 days ago

AgriProFocus Rwanda Thank you! @Lisette @Hoving @Bajja Fruit Farm

3 years 4 days ago

Posted By in Youth in Agri-Business Rwanda
Posted 14 April 2015 at 08:10

FAO launches the #soils4life Instagram photo contest

Post a photo, raise awareness on the importance of soils, win a prize!

FAO has launched the #soils4life contest on Instagram to share photos related to soils, their potential, their functions, but also instances of exploitation or abuse to help draw attention to the myriad of issues concerning this valuable resource.

For more information on how to participate, follow this link.


Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Dear AgriProFocus Rwanda, Thank you very much for sharing the information. I am interested to participate in the photo contest. As indicated in above I followed the link and able to see the information about the contest but the link doesn't indicate how to load the photo by contestant. So please kindly help me how to send my photos on the subject of photo competition that is #soils4life. With Best Regards Wassie Haile

3 years 5 days ago

AgriProFocus Rwanda Dear Wassie, it is good that you became interested. Do you have an Instagram account? To participate you should first be registered on Instagram to be able to post your photo. That's the step #1. Then after signing up, log-in, post your photo including the hashtag #soils4life and other tips given in this link (→ → How to participate). Should you have any other question, do not hesitate to contact us. Good Luck!

3 years 4 days ago

Wassie Haile Woldeyohannes Dear Agrprofocus Rwanda, Thank you very much for the information. If I have any more question regarding photo contest, I will communicate you,please. With Kind Regards Wassie Haile

3 years 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 27 March 2015 at 10:43

2015 AgriProFocus Rwanda day Event, a success!

The AgriProFocus Rwanda network Day event took place on March 25 at Chez Lando Hotel. This day was comprised of celebrations of 2014 achievements, and sharing the 2015 plan and Networking & Marketplace sessions! This yearly event brings together AgriProFocus Rwanda network members. This year, the event was attended by 114 participants. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda.

The Network Facilitator for the Rwanda, Indonesia and Benin country networks, Mrs. Lisette van Benthum, kicked-off the workshop by giving the current updates from AgriProFocus Netherlands. Mrs. Lisette then introduced Mrs. Esperance MUKARUGWIZA, the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator who also gave the current picture of the Rwanda network, by presenting the 2014 achievements and plans for 2015.

Innovation Communities also presented their planned activities (for more info, you can visit this page to see each I.C.’s

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MUSHABIZI Dieudonné A Successful day for my company GAI Ltd/ Gira Agronome Iwawe. We are under discussion with two potential clients that we met in this event. As we provide proximity agribusiness advisory services to the farmers, we received around 8 calls asking us how we can meet to discuss the contract. We hope to share successful contracts in the future.

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MUSHABIZI Dieudonné I learnt about Youth in Agribusiness during the Event. However, I created a room for youth agronomists in agribusiness advisory services but still, youth demonstrates weakness to work with farmers. We want them to share their needs and capacity.

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AgriProFocus Rwanda Day

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  25 March 2015, 09:00-15:00

AgriProFocus network supports initiatives that promote farmer entrepreneurship. To date, AgriProFocus is active in 12 African countries and Indonesia. AgriProFocus Rwanda network has over 930 Professionals and over 150 organizations – drawn from NGOs, private sector, public sector and farmer based institutions. Together, they create opportunities for economic development. AgriProFocus promotes knowledge sharing amongst agricultural value chain actors for the benefit of all. For more information please see our online platform: http//

For the second time, AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing the Annual network day, to celebrate the achievements of the year 2014 as well share the plan for 2015. You are kindly invited to attend that event scheduled for Wednesday, 25th March 2015 at Chez Lando Hotel, from 9: 30am to 3:00pm.

The network day will comprise a series of complimentary activities including presentations, pitch by innovation communities, business networki

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The "Agri-Finance Study Dissemination" workshop

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  05 March 2015, 09:00-12:30

(Participation only by invitation!!!)

The workshop will be held at Grand Legacy Hotel

About the research

Early 2014, the Rural Finance group of NpM, Platform for Inclusive Finance (NpM) took the initiative, in cooperation with AgriProFocus, to investigate financing of small producers and producer organizations in order to learn from, up-scale and replicate best practices. 14 projects financed by NpM members or AgriProFocus in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda and Mali, were selected for the innovative way in which access to finance was created for smallholders.

It is shown that collaboration with farmers’ organizations, cooperatives or informal farmer groups is of crucial importance to create access to finance smallholders in a sustainable manner. For this research, projects have selected that have been operating successfully for a number of years. The research proposal was drafted in consultation with Terrafina Microfinance, Agriterra, e-MFP, CGAP and the Wageningen University.

Funding for the stu

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 23 February 2015 at 09:52

Consultancy Opportunity at ICCO Rwanda (Deadline: 03rd March 2015)

ICCO Cooperation is the Inter-church organization for development cooperation and was founded in 1964 in the Netherlands. ICCO’s mission is rooted in the Protestant-Christian tradition and its partners in different ecumenical networks at national and international levels. The Central and Eastern Africa (CEA) Regional Office is based in Kampala, Uganda and currently runs programs in eight countries including Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo, Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia. The Rwanda Country Office is based in Kigali and currently runs both national and districts specific programs through partners. It works in the following two thematic programs:

• Fair Economic Development (FED)

• Conflict Transformation and Democratization (CT&D)

ICCO Rwanda is seeking the services of a consultant to review the current Regional Strategic Plan for the Central and Eastern Africa Regional Office along with the Corporate Multi-Annual St

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Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  20 July 2015 to 24 July 2015 - All Day Event

Dear interested participant:

Based on the success of previous training program editions on “Linking Farmers to Markets in Africa” conducted in both English and French, IFDC is proud to announce the fifth edition to be conducted in English in Nairobi, Kenya, July 20-24, 2015.

For further information on the registration process, click here and read the detailed program description. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 December 2014 at 08:03

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015!