Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 May 2017 at 05:04

Presenting the AgriProFocus Network in Rwanda

Our network members share their experiences regarding our Linking, Learning and Leadership services! 

AgriProFocus is an international multi-stakeholder network in the agri-food sector consisting of farmer entrepreneurs, private sector enterprises, government, knowledge institutions and civil society organisations. By bringing these stakeholders together, their collective impact increases. Active in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia, and linking 22.000 agribusiness professionals worldwide, we are the go-to network for farmer entrepreneurs in agricultural value chains.

AgriProFocus Rwanda has 1600 members and in this video they explain how they have benefited from the AgriProFocus Linking, Learning and Leadership services.

Featuring in this video:

1. Sajji Ryakunze, Country Coordinator - AgriProFocus Rwanda

2. Jasper Spikker / Business Advisor - Agriterra

3. Pieter Dorst / Head of Development Cooperation - The Embassy of the Kingdom of

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Leah Banda Great work Rwanda!

2 months 3 days ago

Innocent SIMPUNGA Good achievement , 

2 months 3 days ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE Thank you Leah Banda and Innocent SIMPUNGA

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 20 April 2017 at 01:50

‘’Cooperative Support Program’’ Learning & Networking Event held successfully

On March 19th 2017 was held the “Cooperative Support Program (CSP) Learning & Networking Event” took place at Lemigo Hotel. The event's aim was to share achievements and lessons learnt from the implementation of the 4-years Cooperative Support Program (CSP).

From 2013-2017, SPARK coordinated the Cooperative Support Program (CSP) which supported agricultural cooperatives to become more entrepreneurial and sustainable in order to create jobs and enhance food security.

The CSP worked within four value chains in Rwanda: Beans, Irish Potato, Maize and Horticulture. The program targeted cooperatives and SMEs working along these value chains, through two different, but complementary approaches. It supported 99 cooperatives and agri-businesses.

The second target group consists of cooperative supporter’s network at national level with the mandate to motivate, train and coach agriculture cooperatives in im

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CSP Learning & Networking Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  29 March 2017, All Day Event
  (Participation by invitation only!)

(Participation by invitation only!)

Through the Cooperative Support Program, AgriProFocus Rwanda and SPARK facilitated the establishment of the first Agribusiness Development Service Provider’s network in Rwanda. 

As the CSP is closing its activities SPARK is organizing a learning event. In addition to the learning event, this will serve as an opportunity to continue to promote the Agri-BDS Network. Though the network is operating, considering that the concept is new, considering that it is not yet well known by the public, both partners have agreed to keep supporting the network. 

It is in this regards that this event is organized to promote the network services to organizations and companies that are likely to hire their services.

Interested? E-mail us on

Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 6 February 2017 at 09:04

Consultancy Opportunities at SPARK Rwanda / CSP Programme Evaluation   

1. Consultancy services for Final Program Evaluation Cooperative Support Program (CSP)

Deadline: 28 February 2017

SPARK is recruiting a qualified and experienced firm or independent associate consultants to make a final evaluation of the Cooperative Support Program (CSP) Implemented by SPARK – Rwanda.   

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2. Consultancy Services to document success stories and capitalize lessons learnt from the Cooperative Support Programme (CSP) through a professional E-booklet and audio visual tools

Deadline: 13 February 2017

SPARK is seeking the services of consultant (s) to document the project’s achievements through case studies, photography and e- videos compiled into a series of web articles and /or CSP e-booklet to capitalize lessons. 

The main objective of this assignment is to analyse, document, capitalize and share the knowledge gained in the Cooperative Support Programme in Rwanda, best

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 15 November 2016 at 03:50

Access to Finance for Businesses in Myanmar: A Constraints Analysis

Last year, the Dutch NGO SPARK commissioned a comprehensive study to identify the main restrictions to getting access to finance in Myanmar. This policy-oriented document aims to: i) identify the main constraints that entrepreneurs and companies face when seeking to access finance in Myanmar; ii) give an indication of the adverse impact that stems from these constraints; iii) where pertinent, suggest how other transitional and developing economies have sought to address this issue; and iv) offer some recommendations as to how these constraints could be addressed by policy-makers and other stakeholders.

The report focusses on general principles of finance provision, current debt finance constraints in Myanmar and emerging non-debt financing constraints. Please find the full report by clicking the link below. 

Karina Ufert Thank you for posting Bente! The report is also available in Myanmar language, if anyone interested. Cheers, Karina

8 months 6 days ago

Bente Meindertsma Thank Karina, it would be great if you could share the Myanmar version on the platform or with me directly. Best, Bente

8 months 5 days ago

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 29 September 2016 at 07:34

Consultancy Opportunity at SPARK - Evaluating the pilot phase of an Agri BDS capacity building trajectory

Deadline: 07 October 2016

SPARK is looking for qualified and competent consultants to evaluate the pilot phase of an Agri BDS capacity building trajectory implemented jointly with RICEM (Rwanda Institute of Cooperative Entrepreneurship & Microfinance Management).

For more information, find the ToRs attached herewith

Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 27 June 2016 at 01:48

Consultancy Opportunity at SPARK:  ''The Assessment of the growth and Sustainability of Cooperatives Business Performances''

Deadline: 1st July 2016

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 30 March 2016 at 09:23

Consultancy services for Developing materials and ToT for Agri BDS providers (Farming as Business Enterprise) deadline, 14 April, 2016


SPARK seeks to hire the services of an Agri business development services consultant or consultancy firm to review and readjust the FaB materials currently developed by SPARK to include missing components needed to equip the individual members of the cooperatives with agribusiness entrepreneurial skills and techniques needed to start, manage and build a successful farm business enterprise and to cause growth. It aims to strengthen collective action by addressing structural elements of business management at the individual farm level and cooperative organizational level.The Consultant will also conduct a ToT to equip the SPARK coaches and BDS providers   with skills to implement the FaB training components both at the organizational and individual member farm business level.

Terms of Reference


The consultant will be expected to perform t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 March 2016 at 02:50

The Agribusiness Club Meeting of 18 March 2016 was Wonderful!

On the 18th of  March 2016, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with Spark organized an Agribusiness Club meeting around 5:30-8pm local time. This exciting event aimed at at introducing the Agri-BDS Network Association and the new AgriProFocus Rwanda Country Coordinator to the network.

Given that the event was planned to be on Friday in the evening, the time that most of people like; “the beginning of the weekend", organizers prepared different kind of drinks and snacks so that people enjoy their weekend while networking with each other, exchange business cards, share business experiences.

The event attracted 71 participants including but not limited to: Agri-BDS network members, AgriProFocus Rwanda coordination team and other key network members & partners.

After the introduction remarks, the Assistant Coordinator and the facilitator of the event Mr.Anatole Majyambere invited Mr. Desire Mushumba the Progam Manager

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Sajji RYAKUNZE Thank you Elyse for sharing , this was so interesting !

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 29 February 2016 at 01:53

Agri Business Development Services Providers (Agri-BDS) workshop

On Friday, 26th February 2016 a second Agri-BDS workshop co-organized by AgriProFocus and SPARK took place at Chez Lando Hotel and attracted 56 members. The purposes of this event were to present the work done by the Agri-BDS Steering Committee, the Agri-BDS registration pathway, share comments and discussion, choose the network’s committee and discuss the way forward.

In her introductory remarks, Ms.Maia Gedde, the Country Director of SPARK recalled:” the Agri-BDS network has been initiated in order to increase the professional standards of the services delivered in Agriculture, facilitate network members to learn from each other, work together, share experience, network more and find solutions together.”

During the presentation of the work done, Mr. Laurent Ulimubenshi, the Secretary of the steering committee highlighted the objective of the Agri Business Development Services Providers network which is:” To acceler

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Matchmaking session Dutch Horticulture business delegation

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  25 November 2015, 12:00-17:00
  Holland Lounge, Expo Grounds, Kigali

On behalf of the NABC, SPARK and the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali you are hereby cordially invited to meet with the Dutch Horticulture business-delegation that is visiting Rwanda to meet new business contacts, clients or partners active in the horticulture sector.

Location: The Holland Lounge, AgriProFocus Horticulture Exhibition @ Expo Grounds, Gikondo

Including: a networking cocktail afterwards

Registration is compulsory!

Please send an email to Herma Mulder at, with your company profile and indicate who you would like to talk to.

Company profiles of participating countries can be found in the attachment.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 22 September 2015 at 03:59

Agri-Finance & Seed Fair: ‘’Promoting Access to Finance in Smallholder Agriculture’'

AgriProFocus Rwanda in cooperation with IFDC, SPARK has organized a second Agri-Finance & Seed Fair in 2015. The event was held at UBWOROHERANE Stadium from 16-17 September 2015.

Over 800 people (farmers, bankers, exhibitors, etc.) attended this 2-day event and discussed the challenges in the Access to Agri-Finance. Given the mismatch between demand and supply for agri-finance, the fair was comprised of 3 main components: Market space, Forums/open discussions, Business Plan Competition, to improve Farmers’ Access to Finance.

In his opening remarks, The Vice-Mayor of Musanze District in charge of Economic Affairs, Mr. Musabyimana noted: ‘’This is a big opportunity for you farmers to meet, discuss and network with the financial institutions, hence use the suitable products.’’

The two-day event provided a forum on access to finance; established linkages between farmers, suppliers, and Financial

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 7 September 2015 at 12:58

A First Agri BDS Workshop took place succesfully

On August 28th 2015, was held a first Agri BDS Workshop at Ninzi Hill Hotel. This workshop was jointly organized by SPARK and AgriProFocus Rwanda. The purpose of this one day workshop was to bring together Rwandan Agri-BDS providers, for a possibility of setting-up a network of Agri-BDS providers. 

This workshop was attended by a total of 49 participants, drawn from various consultancy companies, agribusiness companies, NGOs, government institutions, with proven experience in providing technical support to the Agribusiness projects / ideas to the Rwandan farmers’ associations, NGOs / government agri-projects, etc.

The Opening Session facilitated by Anatole Majyambere, Assistant Coordinator at AgriProFocus Rwanda commenced with introductory note, which were followed by the Opening remarks by Desire MUSHUMBA, Program Manager at SPARK. Mushumba started his opening remarks by thanking all participants for attending the workshop.

He went on explai

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Laurent ULIMUBENSHI For sure, this network will fill gaps found in provision of Agri Business Development Services.

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 29 July 2015 at 10:24

job opportunity for  ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME OFFICER position at SPARK Burundi

SPARK Burundi is looking for a dynamic Programme Officer to actively support SPARKs existing partners in an enterprise development programme.

DeadlineJuly the 31st at 16 p.m 2015

How to  apply: Email your letter of motivation and your CV to bujumbura[at]  

For more information, see the link

 or  visit SPARK website:


Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 19 June 2015 at 12:39

Consultancy Opportunity: Mapping Agri-BDS and other cooperative supporters in Rwanda

Deadline: 02 July 2015

In partnership with SPARK,  AgriProFocus Rwanda wants to hire a consultant who will conduct a mapping exercise of all existing Agri-BDS providers and other interested stakeholders in the existence and sustainability of the network of Agri-BDS providers, and will be identified amongst the private sector, the NGO, Public sector, farmer organisations, and research institutions.

For more info, read the attached ToRs.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 May 2015 at 03:37

RICEM / SPARK Advertisements

1. Call for expression of interest by organizations and individuals interested in building capacity to provide business development services to agricultural cooperatives and SMEs in Rwanda. 

(Deadline: 25th June 2015)

RICEM in partnership with SPARK are providing a scholarship to limited number of BDS providers wishing to offer BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and SMEs. The scholarship will be given to AGRI BDS providers wishing to attend professional accreditation training and coaching programs aim at strengthening their capacity in offering BDS services to agricultural cooperatives and SMEs.

2. Training materials development for agribusiness services providers in Rwanda

RICEM is looking for highly qualified and professionally experienced consultant (individual or consultancy firm) to adapt and develop training materials to be used for Agri BDS capacity building trajectory and conduct accreditation training of selected Agri BDS. 

More infos, r

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 2 April 2015 at 10:27

TERMS OF REFERENCE - Consultancy for Cooperative Support Program (SPARK - RWANDA) - 

Deadline: 30th April 2015

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 12 March 2015 at 07:01

Job opportunity at SPARK Rwanda (Deadline: 15 March 2015)

Lead Researcher/Evaluator for a qualitative Impact Evaluation of SPARK Rwanda Cooperative Support Programme (CSP) in Rwanda. 

For more details read here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 22 November 2014 at 11:41


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