AgriProFocus Rwanda

Making Agribusiness Work for Development

Few of the challenges humanity faces are as urgent and complex as food security. To meet the needs of a rapidly growing world population, an unparalleled, worldwide effort is required. Members of the AgriProFocus Network are dedicated to meeting this challenge in collaboration. By working together, learning from each other and unitedly pushing for change.

AgriProFocus brings together businesses, civil society, knowledge institutes and governments working towards food security. United in diversity, our members share the conviction that business and development are not mutually exclusive. This is why innovative 'agripreneurs' are at the heart of our strategy. AgriProFocus supports them in finding new, sustainable ways of doing business. Exchanging perspectives and expecting the unexpected. To accomplish more in a culture of collaboration. For people, planet and profit.

Navigating the network, AgriProFocus staff helps members find the right partners and the right information. Around specific questions, issues and opportunities. Rooted in the Netherlands, AgriProFocus is active in 12 countries in Africa and South-East Asia. Stretching from sprawling cities to remote, rural areas. Offering unique exchanges across cultures and disciplines. Cultivating collaboration.

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.

Watch how our network members appreciate our linking, learning and leadership activities below:




Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 3 hours ago

Hi everyone,

I am currently looking for  Tea Estate Manager to work on a tea farm in Nyaraguru, Rwanda. This person must be female. If you have experience and are interested, please let me know.


Thank you,

Melody

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Melody Roth-Ngeno, thanks for sharing with us this opportunity. Let's share it with other network members.

40 min 38 sec ago

Posted By in PUM (Netherlands Senior Experts)
Posted 3 hours ago

PUM launches app!

PUM’s impact within easy reach

The PUM app is live, so you can stay up to date with the latest news. In this digital version of PUMmagazine you can read interviews, reports and background stories about our contribution to the sustainable development of small and medium-sized companies in emerging markets – in some thirty countries worldwide.

PUM topics

Experts and entrepreneurs share their stories through the app, talking about factors for successful growth, improving business operations and creating employment. And we hear from experts and partners about the positive impact of sharing practical knowledge. In the app, we focus on relevant PUM topics such as incubator programmes, entrepreneurship and female entrepreneurship, training and education, international corporate social responsibility, youth employment creation and aid & trade.

Our sustainable DNA

Fully in line with our sustainable DNA, the printed PUMmagazine has now made way for the app. We’ve been sharing stories

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted yesterday at 07:39

Pleased to inform you that the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods, Rwanda is inviting applications to our Second Innovation Accelerator Call for proposals 2018!   

This call is meant for Businesses that are already operating in Rwanda in agricultural Nutrition Space.

Visit: https://www.gainmarketplace.com/rwanda/call-proposals to know much about this call

 Deadline is 8th July 2018.  

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Posted yesterday at 07:00

Posted by Indepth Research Services in AgriProFocus Rwanda yesterday at 07:00

We are in Kigali, Rwanda!

Program: Promoting Entrepreneurship and Agribusiness Development

Venue: Kigali, Rwanda

Date: 23rd – 27th July 2018

Register as an Individual | Register as a group

NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations (3 or more participants).

Working with smallholder farmers to design and set up new income-generating enterprise opportunities on the other hand is complex. It requires taking time and dedication to ensure success. This training programme aims at building the agro-enterprise capacity of rural development practitioners to enable them facilitate the market integration of the most vulnerable beneficiaries. The participants will be guided through participatory processes for identifying market opportunities and developing viable agro-enterprises that are sustainable and which are geared towards improving the incomes of rural farmers, processors, and traders.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for various actors in the Agriculture Extension (Agricultural exte

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 June 2018 at 11:09

Dear all,

I am pleased to introduce to you our new Country Network Facilitator Bosco KWIZERA

Bosco KWIZERA is diligent community development practitioner with 7 years of experience in managing development Projects/Program. He worked, for world Vision International, Faith Victory Association in Partnership with Action Aid Rwanda and Save the children International. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Food Science and Technology and currently doing his MBA thesis, he is specialized in project management. He joined AgriProFocus Rwanda today on June 18th/2018 and will be working as Country Network Facilitator, he is Single. Please Join me to welcome him AgriProFocus family.

Please join us to Welcome him in AgriProFocus Network.

MUSANGAMFURA Emmanuel we are pleased to welcome him to our beautiful family. may he feel home.

1 day 22 hours ago

Anne Marie Kortleve Welcome to the AgriProFocus family, Bosco KWIZERA!

1 day 20 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Bosco KWIZERA , thanks for joining the network of the agriprofessionals, you are in the right place!!!

1 day 4 hours ago

Bosco KWIZERA Thank you all for the warm welcome. I am already feeling at home @ MUSANGAMFURA Emmanuel. And I am sure, with all your support, my work with APF will go smooth. 

1 day 25 min ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 June 2018 at 11:22

We are in Rwanda!

Program: Value Chain Development and Market Linkages
Venue: Kigali, Rwanda
Date: 9th – 13th July 2018

NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations (3 or more participants).

Visit our website for more details 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 14 June 2018 at 07:12

Rwanda coffee to be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherlands!

Rwandan coffee will be showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from June 21 to- 23, the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has confirmed.

The World of Coffee exhibition is Europe’s largest coffee gathering and one of the world’s distinguished coffee events.

Over 6000 coffee professionals will convene in Amsterdam for the event organized by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE), which Rwanda subscribes to.

Rwandan Coffee with its complex and diverse flavours will be exhibited and tasted by prominent European specialty coffee importers, roasters and retailers.

Officials say the 2018 edition of the World of Coffee will be another opportunity for Rwanda Coffee to reach thousands of coffee industry stakeholders as the exercise will generate business deals and seek more investment opportunities within the coffee sector in Rwanda. Read more

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Posted By in Youth - Jeunesse
Posted 13 June 2018 at 02:53

CoP Youth 22nd of May 2018

Changing food systems and the power of youth

How do youth organise themselves, and (how) can we support them?

On 22nd of May 2018, a Community of Practice (CoP) meetup around youth in agribusiness and food systems was facilitated by AgriProFocus and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP). The objective of the CoP is to share recent work on youth in food systems, provide feedback on each others’ work, identify knowledge questions and ideas for joint action, find innovative solutions for urgent issues, and to get to know other stakeholders working in this field as well as inspiration for collaboration.

Organizing of youth for changing food systems

This meetup zoomed in on how youth organise themselves around issues in the agriculture and food sector. In many development policies and programmes, there is a growing emphasis on the need to involve youth in agriculture in order to create employment, build up livelihood opportunities and engage in community deve

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 13 June 2018 at 01:41

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING ON HORTICULTURE ORGANIC CERTIFICATION

On 30th August 2018 at Umubano Hotel held a meeting on horticulture value chain certification organized by OXFAM. Objective of the workshop was to bring together different actors in the Horticulture sector to brainstorm on the Horticulture Certification and take required measures to make horticulture farmers business oriented for bright future and economic growth. One of its recommendations, a steering committee on the organic certification has been established composed of the following institutions:

Representative member from each of the following development organizations: OXFAM Rwanda, INADES Rwanda and AgriProFocus Rwanda as a network.

Representative member from each of the following concern government institutions: NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA.

Representative member from each of the following farmers’ organizations: NCCR(National Cooperatives Confederation of Rwanda) and RFHC (Rwanda

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Africa Agri-Finance Forum

Event posted by in Finance Worldwide
  25 September 2018, All Day Event
  Nairobi, Kenya

Adopting Best for Inclusive Lending For the Agricultural Value Chain


According to expert reports, agriculture sector in Africa is the least productive in the world. Small-scale and subsistence farmers, pastoralists, and fishermen produce most of the food consumed in this region, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Lack of capital for investment contributes significantly to the lowering of small scale farmers’ productivity levels.

How can formal financial institutions provide agricultural credit that meets the unique demands of the entire agricultural?

“Agriculture in African countries is massively under-funded”.

Topics


1. Financial inclusion and innovation in Agriculture· Inclusive investment

2. Value chain financing· Building competitive commercial Value Chains

3.Doing Successful Agribusiness in Africa· 1) Enabling farmers to think like business people 2) Important Business initiatives and skills

4.Public-private partnerships· 1) Source of le

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14

Community of Practice Meeting

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  14 June 2018, 08:30-14:00
  Kigali

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) through the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods (Marketplace) project, is pleased to invite you to the 2nd Community of Practice (CoP) convening of 2018 with the theme: ‘’Complying with food standards and regulation to ensure food reaching consumer is safe and nutritious”. It will be held on Thursday 14 June 2018 from 8:30am to 14.00pm at Lemigo Hotel, Kigali.

GAIN has been implementing the Marketplace for Nutritious Foods project in Rwanda since 2015. The project is currently funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a goal of supporting Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) involved in the production of nutritious foods in Rwanda.

The Marketplace is a platform that fosters innovation and drives investment in the production, marketing, and consumption of nutritious foods made from locally-produced agricultural products. The Marketplace’s two-pronged approach supports a broad network of stakeholders, with information and

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20

Regional Youth Conference in Rwanda

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  20 August 2018 - 00:00 to 21 August 2018 - 23:59
  Kigali Convention Center (KCC)

Regional Youth Conference in Rwanda

Theme

Youth in Agriculture as a Solid Solution to ending Hunger and Poverty in Africa: Engaging through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and Entrepreneurship

Dates: 20 -21 August 2018

Venue: Kigali Convention Center (KCC)

Find more information HERE



Posted By in Inclusive Agribusiness
Posted 12 June 2018 at 01:41

From pineapple juice to agri-tech: Investors hungry for piece of Africa’s food industry

Africa’s agribusiness and food sector registered strong private equity deal activity during the past month of May 2018, according to industry information service Africa Private Equity News.

African and International investors are also getting in on the action. Technology is playing an increasingly prominent role in food production and distribution – and venture capital investors are taking note.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 11 June 2018 at 03:36

Hello Dear friends,

I am Joy Tushabe, the founder of Women in Coffee Initiative ltd. Our Mission is to empower Rural Women through Coffee.

The way we do it:

1. The Company has a Coffee Washing Station which employs 40-65 women each year for 4 months.We process good quality coffee which is sold as "Ishema Women's Coffee". Ishema means Pride"in other words women are proud of who we are and what we can achieve". We are currently selling to our Coffee through the Coffee Service Provider but we will very soon export directly to buyers when we get a buyer.

2. Women who have coffee farms deliver coffee cherries to the Coffee Washing Station and they get a second payment after the season.

3. We mobilize women to be actively involved in Coffee chain. Here we work with the district and give those women land who want to grow coffee.

The coffee season is now in progress, the production was enough and quality of cherries was great!

Those who are in Rwanda, visit us any time and enjoy the cup of coffee. The Washing Station

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Value Chain Development & Market Linkages Course

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  02 July 2018 - 09:00 to 06 July 2018 - 17:00
  Kigali, Rwanda

Event: Value Chain Development and Market Linkages Course

Venue: Indepth Research Services, Kigali, Rwanda.

Event Date: 2nd – 6th July 2018.

NITA CERTIFIED

NB: Discount of up to 25% for group registrations (3 or more participants).

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INTRODUCTION

A value chain describes the full range of activities that are required to bring a product or service from conception, through the intermediary phases of production and delivery to final consumers, and final disposal after use. In agriculture, it can be thought of as a set of processes and flows from the inputs to production to processing, marketing and to the final the consumer. This includes activities such as design, production, marketing, distribution and support services up to the final consumer.

This approach combines the strengths of value chain analysis with the promotion of sustainable, market-based solutions (MBSs) that respond to the recurrent needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) including farmers

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 8 June 2018 at 03:09

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT AT SNV Rwanda

Are you interested in joining an Organisation with a long-term commitment to fighting poverty? Would you like to work in a challenging environment and develop an international career focused on demonstrating shared core values that achieve results?

SNV Rwanda is looking for Horticulture district coordinators. These coordinators will be based in Rubavu, Korongi, or Muhanga district.

Find more information here and How to Apply


Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 7 June 2018 at 01:31

Results Gender in Value Chains programme AgriProFocus

The programme Gender in Value Chains (2015-2018) is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The objective is to build practical gender in value chain expertise by training national coaches. Through coaching tracks, these coaches support organizations and companies in making value chains gender sensitive. 

Do you want to know more about the results of this programme so far? Check out this page from the magazine 'Making Gender Work - Cultivating Diversity'

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 June 2018 at 09:11

Blamed for being born a girl

(Article from the Gender Magazine 'Making Gender Work: Cultivating Diversity')  

Intan Darmawati is a gender trainer in Indonesia. Her commitment to gender issues comes from her own experiences as a girl in a patriarchal family.

‘My engagement began with my personal experience of being born a girl in a minority patriarchal family. People blamed me for being born a girl (rather than a boy) to justify the reason why our father left us. At the same time, family members criticized my mother because she had now become a single parent. I was also a victim of sexual abuse. These experiences have made me realize that there is something ’wrong’ with our social structure. I am now more sensitive to discrimination, and highly motivated to do something against it.

Tradition

I have seen many women and men who are not aware of discrimination, because they considerexisting relationships to be normal, as taught by tradition and religion, and controlled by laws an

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 5 June 2018 at 03:11

Farmers call for agricultural insurance products as vulnerability to losses grow

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

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 June 2018 at 01:02

New SDG Partnership Facility started

The Sustainable Development Goals Partnership Facility (SDGP) focuses on sustainable entrepreneurship and food security. The facility is the successor of the well-known Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). Through public-private partnerships, SDGP contributes to achieving sustainable development goals: SDG 2 (end of hunger), SDG 8 (decent jobs and economic growth) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals).

Read here how to apply