AgriProFocus Rwanda seeks to support farmers to practice agriculture as a business, access innovative business development services and maximise profits. The availability of affordable and accessible credit is critical for the success of the agricultural sector. Credit enables agri- entrepreneurs to mobilise the resources required to support production and marketing activities, which are key to successful entrepreneurship. The growing interest in small scale farmers by financial institutions such as banks and MFIs has increased the number of financial products available. However, few farmers know of these financial and insurance products thus limiting their uptake and utilization.
Moreover, several agribusiness companies, cooperatives and farmers have various innovations, products and services they would like to show to farmers and buyers and thus increase their portfolio of sales. Increasing market linkages and visibility of agribusiness products will enhance pr... Read more
One of biggest challenge the agriculture sector is facing, is the aging of farmers who re not able to cope with today's challenges. On the other side, we have an increasing number of unemployed young people. However, it seems all the young people who have ventured in agriculture are doing well. we have aproached Mr. Diego to share with us :
Who is Dieudonne?
I am Dieudone Twahirwa, nicknamed Diego. I am 29 years old and love agribusiness I currently specialize in chilli. I graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2012 in the faculty of Agriculture and I am now the Managing Director of Gashora Farm ltd in Bugesera District.
What motivated you to venture in chilli
I started growing tomatoes and watermelon on land equivalent to one tenth of a hectare with Rwf 130,000 worth of investment and earned Rwf1.3 million from the first harvest.
Though it was doing well, the biggest challenge was that the tomato produce... Read more
For the third time in Rwanda, AgriProFocus and partners organized a dairy learning. In addition the dairy learning, this time farmers were encouraged to join dairy farmer cooperatives. We are great full to Agriterra, PUM, Dukundamatungo and IAKIB cooperatives.
Deadline: 30 May 2017
The Netherlands embassy in Kigali is implementing a substantial Aid and Trade program in Rwanda.
Trade and Investment, which includes Private Sector Development, has become over the past years an important policy theme within the embassy’s programming, which will be developed further in the next years. The policy officer Private Sector Development will be part of a multi-disciplinary embassy team, which consists of more than 30 staff of which 11 expatriates.
The embassy is looking for a dynamic person with extensive knowledge of, and experience in the private sector in Rwanda, as well as working experience in an international environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
· To identify, develop and follow-up business leads for Dutch companies in particular related to the energy, infrastructure and transport, water supply and agri-food sectors;
· To act as the... Read more
The requested services are aimed at assisting the recently formed agri BDS network to have a legal set up in terms of services provision functions and profits sharing scheme with its members. The assignment should also assist the network to acquire adapted managerial and administrative instruments which shall guide it to operate in a transparent manner, attract new membership and retain the existing ones with an insured loyalty. Advisory and guidance should cover practices related to Organizational Structure, services provision, relations with Partners, operational roles and responsibilities for its members and board committees, recruitment procedures, Purchasing management, capital management and much more. This advice should be legally, practical and be carried by the developme... Read more
For the second time, on 23-24 November 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda and partners organized a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana District.
AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Agriterra, Send a cow Rwanda and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana Distric dedicated to animal feeding and feeds. This time, the learning lab will focus on:
. Feeding and harvesting of roughage
Participants can also bring in other topics as a result of the learning lab
About the Learning Lab
The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:
1. Farm visit in the morning
2. Training session in the afternoon
3. Dairy Business cocktail
Why should you participate?
· Update your topical knowledge on dairy
· Improve your training materials and skills
· Grow your professional network in the Dairy sector.
Who should participate?
Participants have been selected by organizers but few seats are still available for independent participants who are willing to contribute 20 0... Read more
Smallholder platform at IFC/MAS is looking for consultant(s) to conduct the analysis of ICT solutions available on the market that would address the following core challenges for integrating smallholder farmers in value chain:
Supply chain data and traceability;
Extension, field staff training and management;
Supplier aggregation and benchmarking;
GIS and precision farming.
Ideally, we are looking for one person for the entire assignment however GIS part can be performed separately. We are primarily looking for candidates with the experience in working with smallholder farmers as well as ICT4D knowledge.
Whoever interested, please, send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org before Oct 3rd, 9 am.
Detailed TOR will be provided to shortlisted candidates.
Precision agriculture is an approach of directing small regions within fields instead of directing whole fields as one unit. Numerous farmers have recorded the significance of utilizing site-specific data to manage nutrients, pests, water, seeding rates, and other resources in a more efficient manner.
Precision farming is related to sophisticated technologies in satellites and computers, which most farmers have neither the financial or physical resources to employ. However, precision farming can still be implemented to improve various crop management decisions even without costly technologies. A number is provided in this article. Precision farming can improve farming practice that can be directed across different regions or over time. Here are some management examples that may benefit from precision farming:
Quality and Fertility of Soil. Levels of yield within a field may be correlated with levels of soil nutrients. Choices regarding rates of
It comes as a great pleasure to present the Agri BDS Network three year’s strategic plan. This coming Thursday 8 September,
The network was launched in 2016 in a collaborative effort between of Spark with AgriProFocus. From the on-set the organization’s development followed a systematic approach leading to legal recognition. The network started with 30 members who had the common and innovative vision of enhancing quality, standards, value, accessibility and profitability of the Agri Business and development services in Rwanda.
The establishment of this network is timely as the country seeks to use business driven approaches to meet current demand in country and to increase exports. In time the Agri BDS Network can help to fill gaps and support existing services in areas such as finance, inclusive markets, value chain costs structures and market distortions.
In July 2016 members of the network and partner organizations came together for a one day strategic planning works... Read more
Gareghaba will speak about Power of People Connections for better Business Outlook covering the essence of networking and how it impacts your business perspectives and outlook. He is passionate about empowering young Africans to be leaders of change in their communities.
After Gareghaba's talk/presentation, there is an open cocktail networking session.
This event is being brought to you by JCI Rwanda in collaboration with kLab.
|Venue||kLab Telecom House 6th Floor|
|Date||September 01st, 2016|
|Time||5:30 p.m. (60 minutes)|
Dear AgriProFocus members, you definitely do not have to miss this out.
Seed Cooperative Alliance “SCA”
Communication in Cooperatives: Strengthening communication channels & networks in SCA Cooperatives
Scope of Work
Date: June 22, 2016
Subject: SCA - Land O’Lakes is seeking experienced individual consultant to design and facilitate workshops aimed at promoting discussion on communication and trust among members of its supported maize growers cooperatives
Assignment Title: Communication in Cooperatives: Strengthening communication channels & networks in SCA Cooperatives
Assignment Dates: August 2016
Level of effort: TBD: 8-12 days
Assignment location: Rwanda
Assignment Manager: Willy Nyirigira
Scope of Work
I. Project Overview
Land O’Lakes is currently in the third year of implementing a USAID funded program called the Seed Cooperative Alliance. The projec... Read more
Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), CDP project is implemented by Land O'Lakes International Development and is designed to increase access to self-reliant cooperative enterprises that meet the needs of their members and contribute to improved quality of life for members.
The CDP project is testing the development hypothesis that dairy cooperatives which achieve and leverage economies of scale through horizontal and/or vertical integration increase their commercial viability and competitiveness, and provide greater socio-economic returns to farmer- members.
Among the activities in support of the cooperatives, is the implementation of innovative solutions that will spur higher levels of profitability that will stabilize or increase farmer prices and/or reduce cost of production at the farmer level thus increasing farmer income and improvin... Read more
On Thursday 21, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized a network day which took place at Umubano Hotel from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The objective of the day was to share with members, achievements of 2015 and the plans for 2016 as well as introducing the new AgriProFocus coordinator.
In total the meeting was attended by 95 participants from private companies, farmer organizations, NGOs, and knowledge institutions. After presentations on the 2015 achievements and plans for 2016, participants joined working groups in which they discussed on AgriProFocus strategy. This was also an opportunity to share with members different funding opportunities such as YEP, FAR and Amply.
AgriProFocus was pleased by the turn up of participants and we are confident that together, 2016 will be another year of success.
Terms of References for Consultancy services to develop Agri-BDS network’ strategy and annual operational plan
AgriProFocus is a network that promotes agriculture as a business. Since its establishment in 2005 by Dutch NGOs, finance agencies and knowledge institutes, it has grown in leaps and bounds. It now has national networks in Indonesia and in 12 African countries including Benin, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
AgriProFocus Rwanda capitalises on existing member activities as well as innovative network ideas to support farmers and their organisations. The main domains of intervention of AgriProFocus include Networking services that provide easy access to agri-business contacts and resources; Business brokering to connect agri-businesses on a local, regional and international scale; facilitated innovation communities that create new solutions for existing problems together with r... Read more
ALIGNMENT OF AGRI-BDS CURRICULUM TO WDA STANDARDS FOR ACCREDITATION
Terms of Reference (ToR)
PARTNERS: RICEM & SPARK - RWANDA
Consultancy Services for Alignment of AGRI-BDS Curriculum To WDA Standards for Accreditation In the framework of Cooperative Support Programme (CSP), Rwanda Implemented by Spark in partnership with RICEM
1. RICEM and SPARK partnership
Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurship and Microfinance (RICEM) is a private public partnership institution currently supervised by Ministry of Trade Commerce and Industry with its headquarters at former Centre Iwacu Kabusunzu, in Nyakabanda, Nyarugenge District in Kigali city. This institute is established to provide capacity building to cooperatives, SMEs and Microfinances/SACCOs.
The vision of RICEM is to become a vocation training center of excellence for cooperatives, entrepreneurship and microfinance institutions which will be attained by ensuring that it becomes a national reference point of innovatio... Read more
The first of its kind of a professional body for Agri business services providers kicked off this Friday, the 1st April 2016 in Kigali in Rwanda during the 1st General Assembly which gathered 46 pioneers assembled to establish the legal framework of the network, electing legal Representatives and signing by laws in the presence of the Government Notary. This professional body was founded with an innovative aim of enhancing quality, accessibility and profitability of the Agri BDS.
The General Assembly approved Network’s By-Laws, declared officially the Establishment of the Network and voted publically Network organs as provided by By-Laws. Seven (7) members of the Board of Directors were elected together with Two (2) Account auditors and Three (3) members of the Conflict Resolution Committee.
Under the Cooperative Support Program (CSP), this initiative was backed up jointly by SPARK and by Agriprofocus Rwanda which engaged an agri BD... Read more
Value Chain Development (VCD) Advisor
Any of the 4 countries: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Rwanda
Specification of the job
The ICCO MasterCard Foundation STARS program aims to address barriers to increase food security and income (access to financial services , insufficient farming inputs, integration into markets,) through a two-pronged approach: Development and implementation of financial products for agriculture with MFIs; and Value Chain Development and linking with financial services. The five-year program aims to increase income and food security for at least 210,000 low-income, smallholder farmers (50% women) and their families. The program is implemented in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Rwanda. It is foreseen to have a VCD advisor in each of the project offices.