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SNV Rwanda is looking for Horticulture district coordinators. These coordinators will be based in Rubavu, Korongi, or Muhanga district.
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
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.
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... Read more
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
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
(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... Read more
SNV Rwanda is seeking a qualified consultancy firm/consultant to conduct an Identification of buyers of fruits and vegetables for the HortINVEST Project in the six targeted districts.
How to apply
Interested candidates are requested to submit the proposal, all documents in English to the following email address: email@example.com not later than Friday 20thApril 2018, by COB.
N.B.: Please send proposals that contains three referees as you apply with position title as subject.
Use the PDF file attached to find the expected deliverables with details:
Deadline: April 22, 2018
Specification of the Job
The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch Roots representing agri-entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agribusiness sector. We are active in 13 countries in Africa and Southeast Asia, and link 25,000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. AgriProFocus network in Rwanda has been active in since 2010 and hosted by ICCO Cooperation Organization in Rwanda. It is supported by the AgriProFocus Netherlands secretariat.
AgriProFocus offers concrete network building, Linking, Learning and Leadership solutions to identify opportunities and address challenges in the agribusiness sector. Through network building, AgriProFocus creates a culture of collaboration for sharing information, opportunities, challenges and exploring potential for joint action. The Linking solutio... Read more
The GENES Project was established in anticipation of the need to increase the number of plant breeders who can use genomics. GENES is funded by the Intra-Africa Program of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission. The consortium intends to:
1) Produce for Africa 10 world-class PhD holders molecular plant breeders who will accelerate cultivar development to adapt to current and future challenges related to climate change and food and nutrition security;
2) Train 36 MSc holders genomics scientists and 8 support staff with strong capacity in cultivar development and new molecular breeding approaches to increase knowledge and prospects of improving major crops including cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and bio-fuels used in Africa for food and nutrition security and the crop production industry;
3) Harmonize training programs and research agenda of the consortium members (universities) on the use of geno... Read more
Dear members, we are very happy to share with you our latest newsletter, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on the network latest updates and opportunities.
In this newsletter, you will read more about the results of competition of "Best Innovative small scale projects in 2018" organized by World vision Rwanda in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe that took place in Nyamagabe district, western province of Rwanda on 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28 of February, 2018.
You will also find various important updates and opportunities emerging from our network that are shared in this newsletter.
On 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28th February, World Vision Rwanda in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe district organized a competition of "Best Innovative Small Scale projects in 2018". The competition was held in Nyamagabe district of Southern Province of Rwanda.
One of the World Vision’s missions is to facilitate the increased capacity of creating new jobs responding to economic issues and thereby increasing livelihood resilience. It is in this regard that World Vision Rwanda (Nyungwe Cluster) in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe district has organized this competition of the best innovative small scale projects to evaluate, support and promote innovative projects in the area. This competition was attended by 22 people from farmer cooperatives, associations, individuals.
During the four days of the competition, selection was done at the sector level and the winners were advis... Read more
Did you know that you can study in the Netherlands? The Orange Knowledge Program (OKP) has provided fellowships to working professionals in over 51 countries (including Rwanda) to study in the Netherlands!
For more information about the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) and the upcoming short courses, please visit:https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/orange-knowledge-programme
Application deadline is April 2018
AgriProFocus Rwanda through its programme called Youth in Agribusiness, 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
- R... Read more
On 8th February 2018 at Lemigo hotel, ICCO Cooperation through its Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program, brought together, in a business to business (B2B) event, key rice value chain actors and supporters to discuss and open opportunities for business synergy in the value chain. The aim of the B2B was to link rice value chain actors and supporters so they can connect, collaborate, network, talk business and make deals.
While giving her welcome speech, Ms Netlyn Bernard, thanked everyone who participated in the event and she also highlighted the main objective of STARS program. “Empowering farmers to move from subsistence farming towards farming as a business is one of the objectives of ICCO and the STARS program”, Ms Netlyn Bernard, ICCO Rwanda Country Manager reported. “To be successful in business, it is very important to have access to the right in... Read more
(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... Read more
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)
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... Read more