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.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 February 2018 at 07:14

Horticulture sector players tipped on quality!!

(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

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Blaise Birinda thanks for sharing

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Increase your online visibility: Online Platform Training!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  05 April 2018 - 14:30 to 26 July 2018 - 17:00
  AgriProFocus Rwanda Office

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)

Online Platform

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

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Horticulture Connect!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  14 February 2018 to 15 February 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Center, Rwanda

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 (  

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 9 February 2018 at 12:58

Vacancy: SPARK Rwanda Project Officer IPoVaf

(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

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Improving Fertilizer Quality for Highly Productive Agricultu

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  19 March 2018 to 23 March 2018 - All Day Event
  Arusha, Tanzania

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.

Interested candidates can register HERE

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 5 February 2018 at 08:50

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

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

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Christophe BIGIRIMANA Thanks for sharing

1 week 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME welcome Christophe BIGIRIMANA

1 week 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 30 January 2018 at 07:53

Local horticulture exporter gets global certification for standards!!

(Source:The NewTimes)

Local horticulture exporter, Nature Fresh Foods export has received the global certification for meeting agricultural best practices and standards.

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 January 2018 at 07:14

Musanze potato plant to increase production five-fold!!!

(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. 

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 9 January 2018 at 01:17

Meet Mukazigama, Gatsibo’s budding agricultural entrepreneur!!

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.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 January 2018 at 06:37

NAEB in new push to ensure quality of horticulture exports!

(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

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you Thacien for sharing this news! let all agribusiness entrepreneurs take this advantage to keep expanding our market abroad 

1 month 1 week ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI In addition it is not necessary for horticulture's farmers to come for Registration at NAEB Office at Kigali! Just you can register yourself to Provincial NAEB's office in KAYONZA(eastern province),Musanze(for both Northern and western province) also in Karongi NAEB office.They have also mentioned that the registration would be done before the 31st january 2018

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 4 January 2018 at 02:49

Funding opportunity for young African Entrepreneurs-Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme 2018

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

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1 month 1 week ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI very interesting

1 month 1 week ago

Akibodé Djodji Cher Souleymane Dembélé  merci de l’intérêt que vous portez à cette publication, pour toute information prière consulter l'appel à candidature sur le site de la fondation

1 month 1 week ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Merci beaucoup Akibodé Georges Djodji!!!!

1 month 1 week ago

Hance Richard Melchior Thank you for sharing.

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13th International Conference on ICT 4Development&Educatn

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  26 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Center(KCC)

eLearning Africa

Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and Ministerial Round Table on ICT enhanced training, digital learning and educational technology. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development.

This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Republic of Rwanda,with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with the Rwanda Convention Bureau.

For interested applicants, there is also a Call for Papers  to be presented in the eLearning Africa event, the 13th International Con

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 December 2017 at 05:23

Check out our latest Newsletter for 2017 is out!!

Dear members, we are glad to share with you our our latest newsletter, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on our latest news.
In this newsletter, you will read more about the outcomes of the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival that took place on 22nd November 2017 at the UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus. This year, Youth in Agribusiness Festival themed "Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda"
You will also find various important updates and opportunities emerging from our network that are shared in this newsletter. 

AgriProFocus Rwanda wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.

Read our Latest Newsletter Here

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 21 December 2017 at 09:31

Associate Policy Advisor Food & Nutrition Security at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Rwanda 



 EKN Kigali is implementing the Aid, Trade and Investment policy letter of November 2014, in which the food security and nutrition policy spearhead features, in a balanced way. Aid projects are underway, starting or in formulation in the different result areas: nutrition, agricultural productivity, ecological sustainable production systems and the enabling environment. There is a close cooperation with the EKN water program which has an important IWRM project underway. Project managing and implementing partners are UNICEF, GoR MINAGRI, World Bank, GoR MININFRA, SNV/Agriterra/CDI-WUR/IDH/HollandGreentech, MottMcDonald (TA –IWRM). There is close cooperation with the Agricultural Office of the EKN Kigali (Agricultural Council) to identify and facilitate opportunities to introduce Dutch technology and innovation in the food security, nutrition and agribusin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 December 2017 at 06:42

Using urine and ash to control crop pests and diseases

  Pests and diseases cause a substantial economic loss to crop farmers. Other than reducing yield and lowering harvest quality, pest and disease control increases production costs in terms of buying the chemicals to control them. Besides chemicals being expensive and not readily available, they also have adverse effects on the environment, humans and non-target organisms if not used properly, and as such, farmers prefer to use locally available materials (traditional methods) to mitigate pests and diseases which are cheaper, environmentally friendly, easily available and less harmful to humans and non-target organisms. As one of the traditional practice in Uganda, farmers use ash and urine to control a wide range of crop pests and diseases. This document provides a description of how different farmer apply this practice.

Read more here. 

MUWANGUZI SAMUEL Is it true that it can work?

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Eron Nakyewa Yes Samuel,it works.Provided you use it properly and consistently,it's better than using pesticides which might prove dangerous to human consumption in the long run,plus it's cheaper.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 December 2017 at 01:55

Final Report: ''3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival'' – 22nd November 2017

On 22 November 2017, was held the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus). The festival was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda, UR-CAVM, and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in partnership with USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS Rwanda, the Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN), National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF).

The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness.

Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers),

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing the report Thacien! Do you have anice picture collage to go with it too perhaps? Would look nice!

2 months 21 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for your comments Anne Marie Kortleve.

2 months 3 hours ago

Prosper DUTONNYEKUMANA Good achievement!

1 month 4 weeks ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI This report shows how youth are the driving force towards agriculture sector development.

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 7 December 2017 at 01:42

Vacancy announcement:Beekeeping Project Officer at AgriProFocus Rwanda

On behalf of our member (Enclude), AgriProFocus Rwanda is looking for a Project Officer to oversee day-to-day operations in the field. This PO will be responsible for coordinating and supervising the delivery of extension services by master beekeepers and providing feedback to SERUKA in Kigali.

  • The Project Officer, as delegated by SERUKA’s Executive Secretary, will also participate at Joint Action Development Forum (JADF) Meetings at the District Council to ensure effective coordination with Government authorities.
  • The PO will be provided with a motorbike to ease mobility and a mobile telephone to facilitate real-time communication with the extension service providers and SERUKA.
  • The PO needs to have expensive (hands-on and research) experience in the honey value chain in Rwanda, as well as value addition activities for honey
Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Category: Community and Gov

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Dative BAKOZIKI Thanks

2 months 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 6 December 2017 at 04:17

Unilever tea Rwanda project inaugurated

Story from NAEB

On Tuesday, 05th December 2017 , Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources and Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever launched the exicting new tea project that was initiated by a memorandum of understanding signed in May 2016 by Unilever, a 50 Euro Billion Company which is the largest tea marketing company and the government of Rwanda to develop the Rwandan Tea sector in Nyaruguru District.

 The agreement signed was a green light for Unilever to invest over $30 million in the tea sector of Rwanda by developing two large scale tea sites in the sectors of Kibeho and Munini as well as a tea processing factory. Development started earlier this year with the first planting in October with 2.5 million tea plants ready in nurseries for the planned expansion.  

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Blaise Birinda This is greatOur country will benefit and local farmer tooThanks Thacien MUNYAMAHAME

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Anne Marie Kortleve Happy to see such good collaboration between Rwanda and The Netherlands!

2 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 30 November 2017 at 11:49

With drip irrigation, you can double your crop yield!

With irrigation you can grow vegetables in the dry season

Low cost drip irrigation saves water, lets you grow more tomatoes and double your profits.

Drip irrigation applies water drop by drop

The slow drip keeps the soil loose so water and air can reach the roots. Drip irrigation is not as stressful for the plants as flood irrigation, where the soil gets very wet all at once and then dries out. With drip irrigation the water reaches slowly and steadily deep into the soil. The drops do not touch the tomato flowers and do not knock them off.

Drip irrigation helps avoid diseases. And if you do spray a product against pests, drip irrigation does not wash it off.

Check out relevant videos:

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 24 November 2017 at 04:39

The 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda''

AgriProFocus Rwanda 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

- Raising awareness on existing youth forum

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Franklin Speaking,This  3rd Youth in Agribusiness festival was a great opportunity for us*Young Agri-entrepreneur*.Sincerely,Through different professional and mind-opening conversation that took place during the festival,For sure I have got lots of new ideas that will keep strengthening my Horticultural&gardening  business and also i have got new skills that would keep helping me to come up with new innovation in my project.For instance i was wondering how could i make my activities being expanded and known by many peoples including stakeholders like Bank,Government institution and/or other Organization that keen to help young entrepreneurs to self-develop and generate income from their Agricultural activities!! But during the festival i learnt how they are plenty of youth opportunity just waiting for us to come and explore all of them! Truly this helped me not only knowing these huge opportunities but also raising my abilities and just taught me not fearing/hesitating to approach Sponsors or other partners who might be interested in working together with me in my project. As  this year theme said"YOUTH AS CATALYST FOR AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN RWANDA" I promised the Participants who were in the festival that i will not stop this initiative and also i will continue to empowering other youth fellows either in agriculture sector or those one who are not yet in this sector to join it and also show them potential opportunities greatly found in this industry and more income to be generated when anyone decide to take the initiative of practicing   agriculture,Indeed i would like to thank AGRIPROFOCUS for organizing this 2017 Youth in Agribusiness Festival and also my gratitude goes to PSDAG/USAID, Catholic Relief Service (CRS) and the co-organizers including UR-CAVM, Rural Development Initiative, National Youth council (NYC),RYAF for their vibrant experience sharing and advises because they changed and build up my commitment  towards every single activity i did in my company called UMURAGE FRANCOISE FLOWER GARDEN.Thank you for organizing and inviting us to participate in this 2017 Youth in Agribusiness Festival!!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for sharing Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI! Do your best so that the lessons learnt from the youth in agribusiness festival can make an impact on your farming projects. If you want any contact of the key partners participated in the festival, don't hesitate to use the search tool on the platform or contact AgriProFocus Rwanda office in Kigali. Together we can promote youth engaged in agribusiness.

2 months 3 weeks ago

Janine Schoeman Thanks for sharing your experience Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI, it is great to hear your positive feedback. 

2 months 3 weeks ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you @ Janine Schoeman Great to hear your appreciation ! For sure youth are the powerful engine that would transform the Agriculture sector when get empowered and supported by different peoples who have been successful in this industry and now are also keeping developing@transforming the agriculture from a subsistence to a modern and commercialized form.We Youth we can!! 

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