Kigali, Rwanda – 19 December 2018: Our rice value chain B2B event concluded Tuesday with ambitious commitments to design and introduce financial products that are responding to the needs of value chain actors.
The purpose of the Business to Business event was to link rice value chain actors and supporters to connect, collaborate, and create synergy in business. Around 100 stakeholders attended, including rice farmers, processors, government officials (MINAGRI and MINICOM), representatives of financial institutions like KCB Bank Rwanda, Equity bank Rwanda, Umutanguha ltd, Duterimbere IMF ltd, BDF fund, Access to Finance Rwanda, and representatives of development partners working in rice value chain in Rwanda, to name a few.
Participants were re-introduced to the STARS initiative. STARS is an acronym that stands for Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, a five-year initiative that aims to reac... Read more
Kigali – November 27, 2018: In collaboration with our partners Rwanda Youth In Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), the ministry of agriculture and animal resources MINAGRI, HortINVEST, Help a Child Rwanda, ICCO Cooperation, USAID Feed the Future Hinga Weze, Rural Development Initiative and YEAN Rwanda we have launched today the agricultural caravan of the first ever “Youth in Agribusiness Caravan” in Rwanda.
Theme of this edition is “Youth Making Agribusiness “Cool”, a basis of Sustainable Economic Development”. Our goal is to establish and build the communication between agricultural agribusinesses and the youth in general and the agripreneurs in particular to closely learn about the untapped opportunities existing in the agriculture landscape in Rwanda.
Launch in Kigali
“The caravan aims at establishing linkages between successful farmers and agribusiness people and the youth innovators motivated about agribusin... Read more
Dear Agriprofessionals, Please read our latest newsletter, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on our latest news and deals made during the 10th Agri-Finance fair and Market linkages event held at Kayonza.
We provide linking, learning and leadership opportunities for our members to be able to unlock the potential of the agri-food sector in Rwanda and overseases.
Did you already hear about the opportunities within the agri-extension services in Rwanda? Do you want to explore more about the thoughts shared during the workshops co-organized by AgriProFocus Network and its partners?
For the 10th time, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized the Agri-Finance & Market Linkages event. During this year, the Agri-finance fair took place in Kayonza district on 30-31 August, 2018.
There is information gap on financial services and market linkages opportunity in agriculture of Rwanda, AgriProFocus Rwanda organized this fair to improve agribusiness development by facilitating an easy access to financial services and business linkages between the key stakeholders of the Agri-food sector in Rwanda.
The two-days event brought together different farmers especially farmers from the Eastern Province of Rwanda, cooperatives, agribusiness companies, financial service providers and development partners organizations operating in Rwanda for better information sharing, dialogue and interaction and connections between different stakeholders to address various key issues in farmer entrepreneurship, including access to finance, acce... Read more
ICCO Consortium members under the name “Civic Engagement Alliance (CEA)” in Kenya are in a Strategic Partnership on Lobby and Advocacy with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and have initiated a five year program (2016-2020) titled ‘Convening and Convincing.’ The program’s main objective is to ensure that civil society can contribute to decreasing inequality and injustice in societies in order to create the conditions for just economic, social and political development. It seeks to strengthen civil society organizations (CSOs) engagement in dialogue with policy makers and influencers to advocate for effective policy environment within four pathways namely:
Pathway-1: Creating space for civil society organizations,
Pathway-2: Realizing inclusive and sustainable food systems,
Pathway-3: Small-producers’ empowerment and access to markets, and
Pathway-4: Moving towards a sustainable p... Read more
Fair & Sustainable Ethiopia (fs-ethiopia.com) in collaboration with AgriProFocus, ICCO Cooperation and Edukans seek a consultant to assess and map agri-skills services in two parts of Oromia region (Arsi and West Shewa zones).
This person will be responsible to conduct a study on public and private agri-skills and agricultural extension services. The consultancy includes developing research tools, conducting field research, and reporting on results.
Key competencies sought:
- At least 5 years of working experience in the agricultural sector in Ethiopia
- Knowledge of agricultural development; vocational training or skills development expertise and familiarity with the agricultural extension service and network is a pre
- Awareness of inclusive agriculture development challenges from the perspective of women, youth and persons with disabilities.
- Excellent research and report writing skills.
- Ability to collaborate and work j... 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
ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္း ေအာက္တြင္ ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။
"In Myanmar there is a high pulses and oilseeds production potential, as they fit well with rice-based cropping systems in the Delta and diversified production systems in the Dry Zone of Myanmar. The country is one of the world’s largest exporters of these commodities, to India and China, but also increasingly to Europe, Japan and other high-pre... Read more
Young Africans are shaking up agriculture with new ideas and sky-high ambition, making agribusiness the next dominant employment generator for the millennials despite the effects caused by climate change. Younger generation are harnessing new techniques and experimenting with ways to add value with various agricultural products.However this efforts are being faced by a number of challenges.
There exists a myriad of good initiatives aimed at generating employment for youth in agribusiness among various stakeholders. However, these initiatives face huge challenges that prevent them from generating the number of jobs needed to meet the increasing demand.
In February 2018 in Nairobi ICCO Cooperation is convening a Partner Up event with the theme: Youth Agribusiness4Growth. The event aims at convening the public, private institutions and development donors/partners to deliberate and develop a shared commitment on how to bridge the gaps holding back youth innovation agribusiness.
The activities o... Read more
OPENING DATE: November20, 2017; CLOSING DATE: December05, 2017
ICCO Cooperation is an international development organization (www.icco-cooperation.org) with 338 staff working in 36 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America operating from 5 regional offices. We work towards
a world without poverty and injustice. ICCO’s partners include civil society organizations, private sector and governments. We believe in the enterprising power of people. We aim to implement a systemic change and successful, sustainable and equitable development in low and middle-income countries.
ICCO Cooperation is currently accepting expressions of interest for a consultancy for 6 months period in the role of Programme Director on the ICCO-MasterCard Foundation Strengthening African Rural Smallholders (STARS) program which increases access to finance and value chain development for smallholder farmers. The consultant will ha... Read more
ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္း ေအာက္တြင္ ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာနိုင္ပါသည္။
He said “Many buyers pay good prices in return for good quality. If quality is good, beans can be exported to many other markets. There are good opportunities for Myanmar.
The Pulses, People, Planet & Profit (P4) project will be implemented jointly among East West Seed Network Activities Group, DaNa Facillity and ICCO Corporation this month. Under the project, high quality s... Read more
Deadline: 20th March 2017
ICCO Cooperation is launching a call for expression of interest for a “Rapid Rural Appraisal of Household Income Expenditures with Smallholder Farmers” in the framework of the STARS program (Strengthening African Rural Smallholders); implemented by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in 4 African countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso).
ICCO STARS - Rwanda aims to gain insight into how a 30% increase in income with smallholder farmers could be measured. This can be done by the following activities:
1. To discuss with farmers how they would spend an additional 20-30% of monthly income, and from that develop a list of assets and household characteristics that would indicate such a rise. A first idea on such list is provided in the annex.
2. To advise on how this informat... Read more
Deadline: 20th March 2017
ICCO Cooperation is launching a call for expression of interest for a “Field Coordinator for data collection in the context of a baseline study for the ICCO STARS program” in the framework of the STARS program (Strengthening African Rural Smallholders); implemented by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in 4 African countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso).
ICCO STARS - Rwanda aims to undertake the following data collection activities in 2017 in Rwanda. These are:
· In May 2017 a baseline survey with farmers in Producers Organizations working in the rice and maize value chains
· In May or June 2017 a baseline survey with farmers in pilots of new agricultural credit products offered by MFIs
The details are described in the Terms of Reference attached here... Read more
Deadline: 20th March 2017
ICCO Cooperation is launching a call for expression of interest for a “Study Coordinator to lead the development and execution of a small-scale study with smallholder farmers in credit pilots in the context of the ICCO STARS program” in Rwanda; in the framework of the STARS program (Strengthening African Rural Smallholders); implemented by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in 4 African countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso).
ICCO STARS aims to undertake a small-scale in-depth study into the uptake and effects of newly developed agricultural credit products for smallholder farmers in Rwanda. These products will be pilot tested in 2017. The study will provide:
1. A gender disaggregated insi... Read more