AgriProFocus Rwanda

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

The AgriProFocus network is an international multi-stakeholder network with Dutch roots representing entrepreneurial farmers, private sector enterprises, governments, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations in the agrifood sector.

We are active in 13 countries in Africa and South East Asia, and link 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide. We are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains, that effectively link agribusiness and development.

We offer:

Linking:

+ Network maps on specific trends, issues, topics identified by members or donors
+ Business 2 Network matchmaking events and activities
+ Online platform with member profiles and resource databases
+ Member coalitions and member partnerships around identified opportunities

Learning:

+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs

Leadership:

+ Bottleneck identification and joint analysis of what works and doesn’t work
+ Change Labs on key challenges, with reflection workshops, and scenario planning
+ Putting identified bottlenecks and opportunities on relevant (inter)national agenda’s
+ Joint Campaigns

A dedicated team (see Who to Contact) supports the network and is ready to connect you to 25,000 entrepreneurial people from the agribusiness sector worldwide. We can help you with information, contacts and establish links with (inter)national businesses and organisations in our networks.

The 2017 factsheet can be found here or watch how our network members appreciate our linking, learning and leadership activities below:



2 days to go until
nov
22

Youth in Agribusiness Festival

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  22 November 2017, 09:00-15:00
  UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus

Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Rural Development Initiative (RDI) and the University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture (UR/CAVM), National Youth Council(NYC) & Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is organizing the ’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’, to enhance the engagement of youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and practical entrepreneurship experience -sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career as well as creating links and networking space between youth agripreneurs and agribusiness companies, development partners, farmers’ federations, farmers cooperatives’, financial institutions’ and policy makers.

The event will take place in UR/CAVM Nyagatare Campus on 22nd November 2017

WHAT IS ‘’YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINES FESTIVAL’’?

‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 November 2017 at 08:09

Planning all activities related to production and marketing before  planting is a better way of maximizing crop yield, are you agree with me? 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank for sharing Adria!In my opinion, your statement is right 100% and a good farmer entrepreneur have to follow it.

1 day 14 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 November 2017 at 03:57

Vacancy: SPARK Rwanda Project Manager IPoVaf

Deadline: 27 November 2017

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 Manager Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF)

The Project Manager will be responsible for the overall management of the Irish Potato Value chain Financing (IPoVaF) project in order to ensure a successful implementation.

IPoVaF is a 2 years pro

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BARWANISHYAKA Jean de Dieu thank you thacien for your link

3 days 5 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 November 2017 at 03:09

Hi everyone,

 Hello, I am called Barwanishyaka jean de Dieu, I am a full time student in university of RWANDA, COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS, specialized in accounting. Currently. I am now in year three and I am certified public accountant candidate as my professional courses. 

I am very interested to be linked with agriculture stakeholders, and I hope I will acquire much from members of this network.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 16 November 2017 at 01:22

Hello there! I am one of the journalists of Radio Huguka. I work as special journalist focusing on Agriculture. My job is to produce and broadcast live talk shows on radio with purpose of promoting agribusiness in Rwanda.

I obtained my Bachelor's degree in social work at University of Rwanda. I also have a background in agriculture as i have been working in Gisagara district as district agronomist.

I m very happy to join this network. I will help me at improving my career!!

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Florentine, thanks for sharing!This network needs your ideas and experience as well. As long as you used to work with different farmer entrepreneurs so here are tools to be used for promoting those farmers!

3 days 9 hours ago

dec
17

YouthConnekt Exhibition 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  17 December 2017 to 19 December 2017 - All Day Event
  Amahoro Stadium, Kigali

The National Youth Council (NYC) under the Ministry of Youth with their partners are organizing the YouthConnekt Exhibition to take place in Kigali at Amahoro Stadium starting from 17 to 19 December 2017.

The YouthConnekt exhibition has the purpose to showcase the role of young people in the process of building Rwanda through entrepreneurship.

The National Youth Council calls upon young entrepreneurs, cooperatives, business companies and innovators to apply for this great opportunity to exhibit their products and services.

During three days expo, the YouthConnekt exhibition will be an outstanding possibility for more than 3,000 YouthConnekt Convention participants to visit stands and buy some products and services of young exhibitors.

Moreover, the Ministry of Youth will recognise the best young exhibitors.

All young Rwandans (between 16 and 30 years of age) are eligible to participate in this expo after they download and fill the forms, then send them to the email: info@nyc.gov.rw

The filled forms shou

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 14 November 2017 at 12:35

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT SPARK!!

Deadline: 21 November 2017

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:

Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS) Coordinator (Expert supervision, event planner and logistics)

Background of the Position:

SPARK will provide services to CDAIS in the areas of coaching skills (building NIF capacities in coaching), l

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 November 2017 at 11:52

Solar-powered irrigation sees farmers double their yield

Source: The NewTimes

Gerard Munyeshuri Gatete inspects a solar powered water pump on an 8-hectare farm in Barija Sector in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province. It pumps water 60 metres underground to irrigate his crops during drought.

Gatete said that before getting the technology one year ago, he and family members who co-own the farm would harvest about one tonne of beans per hectare, but now they harvest 2.5 tonnes.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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FarmERP - Smart Agriculture ERP platform for Farm and Farmer data management

FarmERP the most comprehensive and successful flagship software solution being used globally for farm, farmer, procurement, processing, supply chain and financial data management and analysis. It has helped many leading companies in achieving objectives of profitable and sustainable agribusiness. 

FarmERP is a multi-user, multi-location, multi-cropping, integrated software platform for horticulture, plantation, vegetables, fruits, floriculture, growers and exporters. It provides advanced level of farm analytics to support business decisions. It possesses inbuilt powerful capabilities of any ERP solution covering all business functions. Simultaneously it provides advanced level of analytics to support business decisions. Important modules it is comprised of are Admin, Planning, Purchase, Inventory, Production, Post production, Contract farming, Biotech, HR, Accounts, Maps, Quality Control, and Farm analytics. Our unique and innovative product FarmERP aims at;

1. Enhancing the pr

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda

Posted 10 November 2017 at 07:39

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 9 November 2017 at 02:08

Hello Everyone!

I am Patience Masengesho, a student at Kepler University Program. I am working on my Bachor's of Arts (BA) in Management with Concentration in Logistics and Operations. In high school, I did economics where I find myself interested in Economic growth and development, especially in Agribusiness. As I am studying Management, I find that my contribution to agribusiness is consulting and project management. I am really excited to join this network, and I hope that I will enjoy being part of this community.

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Welcome Patience!!You will learn a lot on this network. Feel free to use the platform by sharing your thoughts and actions with platform members!

1 week 3 days ago

Patience Masengesho Thank You Thacien

1 week 2 days ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

Read more: http://knowledge4food.net/granted-gcp-projects-scaling-climate-smart-agriculture/

Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

A short description of the eight projects which have receiv

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/csa-country-profiles

1 week 2 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

1 week 2 days ago

Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

1 week 2 days ago

nov
15

2017 End of year training

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  15 November 2017 - 09:45 to 23 November 2017 - 04:45
  +256

2017-END OF YEAR CAPACITY BUILDING TRAINING OPPORTUNITY

(Qualitative and quantitative Project Evaluation Techniques)

This is to invite all persons involved in for profit and not for profit making projects, production of goods and services, marketing, scholarly among others, to attend a three day capacity building training on qualitative and quantitative project evaluation techniques organized by WSA Innovations –Kampala and Kigali.

Program content

1) Practical training to project management attributes

2) Practical training on Planning, management and control cycle

3) Practical training on project problem tree, project objective tree, logical framework, project WSB and critical path analysis

4) Training on project monitoring techniques

5) Practical training on internal and external project evaluation techniques

6) Project qualitative and quantitative earned value analysis

7) Qualitative Project performance, outcome, and impact evaluation tech

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 November 2017 at 11:07

The next phase of agribusiness incubator and incubator hub accreditation is  finally open. To have your organisation or group benefit from this phase, here is the update: http://africaain.org/accreditation-for-agribusiness-incubators-and-hubs-kick-started-in-accra-ghana-africa-to-gain-more-from-joint-initiatives-by-aain-and-partners/

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 November 2017 at 02:59

Our October 2017 Newsletter is out!

We are pleased to share our October newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!

Read about the Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017 that will take place on 22/11/2017 at the UR-CAVM Nyagatare CAMPUS. This time, Youth in Agribusiness Festival will be themed "Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda"

You will also read more about the ''Contract farming in Rwanda'' workshop, we co-organized with MINAGRI and Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) held at Kigali, Rwanda.

In the October newsletter of AgriProFocus Rwanda readers are invited  to read more news concerning different activities conducted in third quarter of 2017 in SEAD Project.

Finally, a big announcement about our YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS FESTIVAL 2017!

Happy reading! :)

Read our October Newsletter Here

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 8 November 2017 at 09:03

Call For Successful Experiences in Scaling-up Agroecology

FAO calls for cases - deadline 13 November

As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:

· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology

· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out

· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)

· Regional balance will be ensured

· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included

· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 3 November 2017 at 03:30

What has been your biggest eye-opener since you started your agribusiness endeavours?

Join our online discussion from 03 November to 17 November on this platform.

Over the last years, there has been encouragement of Rwandan Youth to adequately utilize the technical and financial support that is being availed to them by the Government of Rwanda and Development Partners. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have formed, and time and money have been invested.

Please share your best practice as youth in agribusiness, to inspire others! Where did you start as a young agri-entrepreneur? 


Leave a reply below this message. The outcomes of your contributions will be shared at the Youth in Agribusiness Festival on November 22!



If you have questions or need assistance, contact:

At AgriProFocus Rwanda: Thacien Munyamahame, Assistant Coordinator

tmunyamahame@agriprofocus.com / Mobile: 0788235357

At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, Director

aime@ruraldevelopmentinitiative.org / Mobile: 0788309605

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you for your compliments Thacien ,For sure I can't wait to meet all of these guests  and i hope to learn alot from them!! we will present in the festival

5 days 16 hours ago

Blaise Birinda Hello everybody, I would like to share with you my testimony about how I started and where I am today. It is a long story but I will try to minimize.I graduated my universities studies in August 2014 in the University of Rwanda, especial in Agricultural mechanization department, where I acquired a bachelor's degree in that domain. After finishing my studies, I have got a small job for 6 months, to train young people about the use of tractor and other implements. After that small job, I have got a chance to join a public institution, still to train people about the use of agricultural machinery with a full time contract. During that period, it's where an idea of being an entrepreneur has come in my mind. It was in Feb 2015, after 8 mounts in my contracted job. I started by hiring a tractor in a local cooperative. That tractor was breakdown, and I started by a deep repair of that machine with little resources from the job I has. The tractor has got good condition to start the work of field preparation, and I gave a job to 2 people, one tractor operator and one mechanical technician. Challenges such as unskilled operators, farmers behavior about the use of tractor,... was so big but I tried to face them, After seeing that to do 2 works at the same time was not easy, I decided to resign on my job where I has a full time contract, so that I can follow my own work of providing hiring tractor services to farmers. Many people and friends did not understand my decision of resigning to that good job, but already was done. After that, I have got a chance from government in his program of supporting private sector in agriculture,and gave me a tractor on a small rent amount, and I returned back the old tractor to the owner (cooperative).Nowadays I have purchased my own tractor, and I still have the other one from the government and the market is still increasing, farmers adopt the use of that new technology in their fields preparation, and I would like to encourage people to come in this business because it is a good one. Thank you

2 days 12 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing Blaise!I appreciate your project but it seems like the start up capital for this kind of project may become a challenge for youth, any advice?

2 days 9 hours ago

Gabriel Niyimpa To be Agripreneur here in Rwanda is first to know that you will face many challenges as our agriculture is still predominantly traditional. For example if you start a business as a service provider of agricultural mechanization tools (Blaise Birinda), it will not be easy to have enough clients at the beginning because our farmers are familiar with hand hoes. Here your marketing has to be strategic by knowing which product/service you have (tractor), which potential customers are you targeting and in which place (farmers in Eastern province instead of Western province for instance), at what price are you offering your product/service (our farmers are not financially stable) and you  have to put more effort in promotion/advertisement as your are bringing a new product/service. For primary production business  (Blaise Pascal Niyibizi), the big challenge is the source of good planting materials especially for horticultural crops. The mitigation strategy is to sit and see how you can prepare planting materials by yourself or create a partnership with the producer of planting materials. 

4 hours 17 min ago

Gabriel Niyimpa My last concern is about price fluctuation of agricultural products. At the peak season the price is very low for many products and high in off-season. Here the most sustainable solution is value addition to increase the shelf life of the products. Agro-processing business is new; it requires much capital and sustained source of raw materials. This is a big challenge as our agriculture depends on rainfall. Again, the consumer behaviour of Rwandans is a challenge as they are not familiar with processed agricultural products.

4 hours 17 min ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 November 2017 at 03:30

  This is Thadee!

I am a civil engineer working in agribusiness sector ! one of my dreams is to have an agribusiness project! i am thirsty to link my knowledge and skills to agriculture sector!
I am happy to join AgriProFocus Rwanda a platform that will facilitate me at achieving my goal!

Anne Marie Kortleve Welcome Thadee, I hope to see you more often on this platform! 

2 weeks 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Welcome Thadee, feel free to use this platform while sharing your ideas and innovations with other agriprofessionals of this network!

2 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 November 2017 at 03:15

Hello AgriProFocus members,

My name is Elysee Nshokeyinka. I am Rwandan by nationality  and am glad to join this network. Actually i work in Rwanda Development Board (RDB) in department of SMEs and export promotion division. I have skills and experience concerning entrepreneurship which is relevant to my background studies as i have Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. I used to work with farmer entrepreneurs and from their i have decided to start doing my agribusiness project. I hope that i will learn a lot on this platform. 

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for joining AgriProFocus network, it stands for promoting farmer entrepreneurs. As long as  you are a specialist in entrepreneurs, i encourage you to keep at supporting our agribusiness sector through using this network. 

2 weeks 3 days ago

ELYSEE NSHOKEYINKA thank you Thacien ,i will try my best ,if God  want. be blessed and nice Weekend.

2 weeks 2 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 November 2017 at 03:13

  Hello,

I am very happy to attend a training on using online platform with AgriProFocus  platform.. It will help me to  share information and Learning from other agriprofessionals engaging in transformation of agriculture. 

I hold a Bachelor degree in agriculture, from University of Rwanda College of Agriculture animal sciences  and Veterinary medicine. Together we can modernize agriculture!!!!

Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for joining Joseph, are you joining the youth in agribusiness festival as well at the end of the month?

2 weeks 3 days ago

David Seminsky Rwanda has wonderful coffee!  One of my favorites!  Welcome to the party :-)

1 week 2 days ago