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:


+ 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


+ Agribusiness Development Monitor
+ Newsletters
+ Innovation Labs


+ 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:

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Workshop on Contract Farming in Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  27 September 2017, 08:00-12:30
  UMUBANO Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in partnership with the Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) and AgriProFocus Rwanda is organizing a workshop on Contract Farming in Rwanda.

The objectives of the workshop are to:

1. Share current status of contract farming in Rwanda;

2. Present experiences and success stories of contract farming;

3. Develop recommendations for the promotion of contract farming.

The workshop will bring together public institutions, private companies, representatives’ farmers organizations, NGOs, Financial institutions and Development partners.

Venue: UMUBANO Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda

Time: September 27, 2017 (From 8.00 am to 12h30pm)

For further clarification and to confirm your participation, please contact:

Charles Murekezi: +250783008453 or


Facing rural innovation challenges

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  14 May 2018 to 01 June 2018 - All Day Event
  6701 AN

This Course: Facing rural innovation challenges - Linking research to inclusive development for food security  is highly valued by its participants.  It is taking place in Wageningen, the Netherlands

Professionals working in agricultural research, agribusiness, rural advisory services, food security and producer organisations can apply.  For more information see the course webpage (click on title above).

Get some tips on the art of listening in this video by our trainer Mariette Gross.

Candidates can: APPLY HERE and click here for scholarship information.

The scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017

You can check out all our courses on:



Learning, action research and outreach in higher education

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  12 March 2018 to 30 March 2018 - All Day Event
  6701 AN

ICRA course:

Learning, action research and outreach – Making higher education boost food security,  
12 - 30 March 2018, Wageningen, the Netherlands

for lecturers, trainers and researchers in tertiary agricultural education. What can you learn from this course? Listen to what our alumni have to say in this video.

After attending this course one participant said:

                   “Since I apply methods from this course in my classroom, my classes are always full”.

More information is available on the course webpage    

Candidates can: APPLY HERE and click here for scholarship information

Scholarship application deadline is 19 October 2017

Application deadline with own funding is 20 January 2018

You can check us out on: LinkedIn | Facebook | Twitter |


Please check our small electronic online catalogue link;

Making your own butter - very good investment

your money which you pay for machine, is going to return to you in very short time.

who wants to be dealer of our products ?

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Posted 22 September 2017 at 02:12

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Posted 22 September 2017 at 07:47

Call for an individual consultant to make a documentary film

Deadline: October 01st, 2017  

The Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA) led by ICCO seeks the engagement of a producer to develop and film the documentary (Documentation of three path ways). In close collaboration with the Program Officer, the ICCO team and the teams of the various partner organizations, the consultant is expected to come up with a documentary that clearly answers the questions mentioned in the Terms of Reference.

Assignment Title: Documentation of three path ways

Assignment Dates: Maximum of 3 months (October – December 2017)

Assignment location: Uganda

The budget available for the full process is maximum Euro15,000

For more information, read the attached Terms of Reference

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 September 2017 at 01:50

Hi, I am Christine MUHAWENIMANA. I am a Rwandan by Nationality.  I  hold a Bachelor's Degree in Crop Science from National University of Rwanda. I am happy to join AgriProFocus network. 

Janine Schoeman Hi Christine, welcome to the AgriProFocus network! Any questions, just let us know.

4 days 3 hours ago

CHRISTINE MUHAWENUMANA Thank you so much Dear Janine. I very happy to join this network. If I get any question related to Agriculture domain, I beleive to get a help. Thanks!

3 days 22 hours ago

ismael OLOWOLAGBA coucou.le the real problem today is what will help us on everything if it is to realize are project or find a source of funding

3 days 14 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Ismael,  AgriProFocus is focusing on three pillars such as linking, learning and leadership and i think you can participate in either one or all the three pillars! Through linking for instance, you can have access to financial support! Together we can achieve more!

1 day 5 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 September 2017 at 01:49

Hello Dears 

i am Tuyishime olivier i am very happy to be a part of this network. i am Rice and maize growing farmer with interest in value chain addition. 

i am working in Ngoma District Eastern province-Rwanda

Janine Schoeman Dear Tuyishime, happy to welcome you in the AgriProFocus network! Let us know if there are any questions. 

4 days 3 hours ago

Olivier Tuyishime Thank you Dear Janine for your comment !!!  as young farmer i am still working hardly how can i add a value to my Agriculture product especially Maize. Do you have any assistant or more information about it, so that you can mentor me to do it ? Thank you.

4 days 2 hours ago

Janine Schoeman Hi, Perhaps  Anatole Majyambere or Thacien MUNYAMAHAME from AgriProFocus Rwanda can assist you/ point you in the right direction. Kind Regards Janine

1 day 21 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Mr.Olivier, AgriProFocus Rwanda has a good connection with different partners working in Maize value chain  and rice as well because our job is to link you  with those partners and creating opportunities for improving agribusiness sector! Through this platform we will keep updating one another!

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East and Southern Africa Fertilizer Agribusiness 2017

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  09 October 2017 to 11 October 2017 - All Day Event
  Maputo, Mozambique

The East and Southern Africa Agribusiness Conference is only three weeks away and more than 200 delegates have already registered for the event, which will take place between 9th to 11th October in Maputo Mozambique. 

The conference is expecting over 300 delegates in Maputo for this meeting of key people influencing the future direction of the fertilizer agribusiness industry in the region. 

Why should you attend, over 30 speakers confirmed at the conference from Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Cote D'Ivoire, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, USA, South Africa and Malawi. To learn about the speakers profile read HERE.

During the conference you will be able to hear the key debates on the following;

-View from the private sector: African fertilizers leader panel

-Policy development to support regional fertilizer trade and agribusiness 

-Understanding African soils and their nutrient needs 

-Opportunities for investment in agribusiness in Mozambique

-Meeting Africa's rice promise


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Posted 20 September 2017 at 07:10


Spark is a non-profit organization that develops higher education and entrepreneurship so that young ambitious people are empowered to lead their post-conflict societies into prosperity.

SPARK has launched the 'Rebuilding Futures: Startup Competition' for entrepreneurs in fragile states. There is a trip to the Netherlands and a €10,000.00 startup grant available for the winner! 

Interested applicants (entrepreneurs/startups) might fit the following criteria:

-Business idea or existing business under 1 year old

-An idea that addresses 'rebuilding futures' (aka a social enterprise, contributing to rebuilding of post-conflict -communities)

-Based in one of the countries SPARK works in (

More information and the application form are available here on our website (link:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 19 September 2017 at 11:48

Dutch Development Results - Website!

With this website, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs presents the results that the Netherlands, together with national and international partners, has achieved in the field of development co-operation in 2016.

Have a look at this very informative website, with information on country level, countries and themes:  

Inclusive sustainable development

Investing in inclusive sustainable development pays off. This was also apparent in 2016. The number of people living in extreme poverty has been further reduced to less than 10% of the world’s population. In 2010, this figure was 22% (and in 1990 it was 47%).

Making trade and investment flows sustainable is no easy feat in an unpredictable global economy. Climate change is not only leading to long-term drought but also to major flooding. And for truly equitable development to exist, attention must be paid to the disadvantaged position of women and girls. The Netherlands conti

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AgriProFocus Indonesia Great report, thank you!

6 days 8 hours ago

Toto suryawan Good jobs

3 days 11 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2017 at 03:01

[VIDEO] End hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Watch this video to see what food security actions the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners undertake in developing countries. This video shows the results of the past years as well as questions for the future.

Hadijah Ssekyondwa N. Thank you. Very informative video 

4 days 3 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 September 2017 at 02:54

Our latest Newsletter is out!

Dear Members,

We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!

Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.

While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.

Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.

Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!

Glad reading!!


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2017 at 09:09

[Report] The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World

The vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on all countries and stakeholders to work together to end hunger and prevent all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This ambition can only be fulfilled if agriculture and food systems become sustainable, so that food supplies are stable and all people have access to adequate nutrition and health. The start of the 2030 Agenda coincided with the launch of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025), adding impetus to these commitments by providing a time-bound, cohesive framework for action.

This year’s edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World marks the beginning of a new era in monitoring the progress made towards achieving a world without hunger and malnutrition, within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specifically, the report will monitor progress towards

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7th African Grain Trade Summit

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Tanzania
  05 October 2017 - 08:00 to 07 October 2017 - 05:00
  Dar es salaam, Tanzania

The African Grain Trade Summit is a regular high level, international recognized grain industry conference that bring together business influencers, policy makers and other critical stakeholders from across the African continent and beyond that include heads of state and government, ministers, private sector business leaders, researchers and development partners for discussion about key issues and emerging trends in the grain sector on the continent. 

The event will take place at White Sands Hotel in Dar es salaam Tanzania from 5th to 7th October 2017, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The Summit will have 4 session and 2-3 papers will be presented by experts and industry practitioners in the relevant field. 

Theme of the Summit "Setting New HorizonS: Rethinking Grain Trade for Food Security and Prosperity in Africa". 

On how to register click here in order to attend and price for attending the Summit.


Increase your online visibility: Online Platform Training!

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  21 September 2017 - 14:30 to 26 October 2017 - 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 of the week.


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 experience on how best to optimize the use of the platform, bylearning how to:

- Register /sign-up

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AgriHub - Free mobile market place

AgriHub is a free mobile agricultural trading place. Whether you deal in agricultural machinery, organic foods, fruits and vegetables, inputs, poultry, dairy and much more, AgriHub allows you to share you products with buyers in East Africa and beyond.

COSTSAs a buyer or seller, AgriHub is available for use at no cost. The app only requires that you have an internet connection to enable you post a commodity and browse available products

NO REGISTRATION: No need for registration and username, simply post your product and a contact phone number. AgriHub was designed with the user in mind so simplicity was priority. It only takes 2 steps;

1. Go to google playstore, search for 'AgriHub' and install

2. Open app, browse available products and / or post your product


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Posted 15 September 2017 at 08:26

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 September 2017 at 04:12

Hello dear agri-professionals! I am Dr Prosper Nkurunziza, a specialist in rural development and farmer of mushroom in Gasabo District, Kigali Rwanda. I am very delighted to join the Agri-Profocus network

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Mr. Prosper thanks for joining us on the platform.  This is a network where skills and innovations are shared!!!

1 week 4 days ago

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Posted 13 September 2017 at 03:24

General Assembly of Agri BDS Network Members

On Friday, 08th September 2017, the Agri BDS Network ( held its General Assembly at Umubano Hotel to gather members' ideas in making a setup which can enhance the marketing and increase their visibility locally and internationally.

The objective of the workshop was to commonly improve the orientation of the network and discussing the registration of the Agri BDS Network.

During the workshop, the network members discussed the progress in the registration of Agri BDS Network in Rwanda Development Board (RDB). The president of Agri BDS Network , Laurent ULIMUBENSHI ( has explained the whole registration process as well as the required documents including the identity number of the network. He explained that Agri BDS Network doesn’t have ID number to be used in the registration due to the fact that it works as a social network, not as a company.

On the issue of registration,

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Join the FREE online course on building your Inclusive Agribusiness!

Register here:

Learn from 2SCALE how partnerships and bottom-up innovations can help you build a profitable and inclusive agribusiness.

2SCALE is an agribusiness incubator aiming to improve rural livelihoods and food & nutrition security in Africa by accelerating inclusive business in agri-food industries. Through public-private partnerships, smallholder farmers and local agribusiness work together on organizing access to inputs, strengthening market intelligence and bargaining power, and other interventions to make their value chains more inclusive. In this course 2SCALE will present methodologies and practical tools used to build this inclusiveness.

Target Groups

  • Entrepreneurs in developing countries who would like to expand or improve their business for and with low-income communities;
  • Representatives of farmer organizations;
  • Staff of intermediary organisations working with local entrepreneurs, such as NGOs, business development servic

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Posted 13 September 2017 at 12:36

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 September 2017 at 06:48

How Shirimpumu became a model farmer, thanks to BDF

Source: The New Times 

Fourteen years ago, he was a well paid worker at Rwanda Biomedical Centre (RBC) earning a monthly salary of Rwf1 million.

Many in his shoes would not even think of giving up such a well paying job in exchange for the ‘hoe.’

But for Jean Claude Shirimpumu, a resident of Gicumbi District, after 8 years at RBC, he quit his job to start a new life as a farmer.

Now the Managing Director of Vision Agribusiness Farm in Gicumbi, Shirimpumu earns millions from rearing pigs, chicken, cows, goats and sheep. He also grows beans and maize on large scale.

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