Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 30 November 2018 at 09:44

Youth in Agribusiness Caravan 2018 ends on a high note!

The first ever agricultural caravan ended yesterday on a high note, participants calling for everyone’s renewed efforts to transform the agriculture sector from subsistence to commercially oriented farming.

In her closing remarks, AgriProFocus Rwanda country coordinator, Madam Sajji Ryakunze commended the resolutions that the up to 150 youth participating at the caravan made following the field visits at successful farmers’ farms.

“There’s no doubt this was a good platform to plot the way forward for the Rwanda young farmers. You all witnessed the good strides others are making in the agriculture besides learning the challenges facing small-scale farmers and ways in which these can be overcome,” Ms. Ryakunze said.

YNKURIJE Dorcas, Help a Child Rwanda beneficiary is a farmer from the Rusizi district and was one of the farmers who attended the youth caravan. After visiting the Sunripe farms Rwanda in Bugesera district, she wanted

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 29 November 2018 at 08:55

DAY2 - Youth Caravan: Labor minister thrilled with ‘Youth in agribusiness’ market outlets as our caravan takes us to upcountry

Kigali – November 28, 2018: Our initiated and first ever agricultural caravan in Rwanda was launched in Kigali with a call on youth to work hard to transform their initiatives into viable agribusinesses as a key to achieve Rwanda’s sustainable development.

RYAF Youth shops

The call was made by the minister for public service and labor, Ms Rwanyindo Kayirangwa Fanfan, before the youth caravan kicked off in Kigali, while officiating the opening of RYAF SHOPS ltd, a private company owned by the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum RYAF.

This company was created to put into action a strategy that promotes a reform in food and agricultural trading mechanisms in Rwanda, by and for RYAF members as engine for positive agribusiness transformation.

Ms Rwanyindo was thrilled by the initiative and assured the youth that the government is committed to support all mechanisms

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 8 August 2018 at 06:04

Jobs at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

 Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA), an international development organization, specializes in designing sustainable, market-led agricultural initiatives. They build strong local and global partnerships, incorporate innovative approaches into their programs, and foster inclusive development to offer enhanced opportunities to under-served groups.  CNFA programs strengthen the organizational and technical capacity of agribusinesses, cooperatives, and associations (including women’s and youth groups) to support farmers and promote the uptake of improved technologies and techniques to enhance productivity and natural resource management. 

Since 1985, CNFA has managed more than $510 million in donor-funded agriculture development programs and has worked in 42 countries across the world in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia.  

Position: Monit

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 26 July 2018 at 02:48

A successful learning and Networking workshop on Agri-Extension services

On July 20th, 2018 at Umubano Hotel; the USAID Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) and Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity, in close collaboration with AgriProFocus Rwanda and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) organized a learning and networking workshop on agriculture extension services, that aimed to share and disseminate information on available public and private agriculture extension services models and how can they be strengthened further in the country.

Background of the workshop

Rwanda is committed to the “strengthened private sector service delivery and investment along the 4 pillars of the Strategic Plan for the Agriculture Transformation in Rwanda (PSTA IV).Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze activity in collaboration with RAB and MINAGRI, conducted the national extension program “Twig

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Nicole Metz Thanks for sharing Thacien. Those interested in Agricultural extension services, could also be interested in reading the findings of another learning trajectory that studied advisory service delivery to small-scale farmers (organisers: KIT, Agriterra, Moyee Coffee, and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform)

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Nicole Metz, thanks for sharing with us, this is very useful and helpful as much as agri-extensions services are concerned!

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Posted By in Jobs and Call for Proposals
Posted 25 June 2018 at 11:34

Youth Leadership in Agriculture under USAID is looking for partners. Are you a company or cooperative working with youths mainly in cereals and horticulture, they are looking for partners. For those in central region, contact Fredrick Kibira on , western and parts of northern contact  Mary on 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 22 June 2018 at 06:36

Youth Leadership in Agriculture under USAID is looking for partners. Are you a company or cooperative working with youths mainly in cereals and horticulture, they are looking for partners. For those in central region, contact Fredrick Kibira on , western and parts of northern contact  Mary on 


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Godfrey Ssekabira Welcome Enid, please inform others that may be interested in the funding.

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Okello Justine Thank you, am  interested,email

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Godfrey Ssekabira Dear Justine, contact the above email contacts for more information.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 May 2018 at 04:59

Fall Army Worm Tech Prize ( USAID call May 14)

Do you want the chance to win up to $400,000 and prevent hunger and malnutrition? Apply now for the Fall Armyworm Tech Prize. 

The Fall Armyworm Tech Prize, run by Nesta on behalf of Feed the Future, in partnership with Land O’Lakes and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, aims to help farmers in sub-Saharan Africa combat the invasive, crop-eating pest, fall armyworm.

We are looking for innovators from around the globe to participate. Go to to learn more and apply to the prize, which closes on Monday 14 May 2018 (23:59 ET).

Also see this 2m video

Posted By in Jobs & Call for Proposals
Posted 16 April 2018 at 10:06



Due date : 12 October, 2018

Presentation of the donor

The U.S. Government, in partnership with other governments, civil society, multilateral development institutions, research institutions, universities, and the private sector, will build on experience to date through Feed the Future to address these challenges, take advantage of opportunities, and advance food security and improved nutrition by focusing efforts around three interrelated and interdependent objectives:

Inclusive and sustainable agricultural-led economic growth, as growth in the agriculture sector has been shown in some areas to be more effective than growth in other sectors at helping men and women lift themselves out of extreme poverty and hunger. It does this by increasing availability of food, generating income from production, creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities throughout value chains, and spurring growth in rural and urban economies.

Strengthened resilience among

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 19 March 2018 at 09:21

Apply for the Young Women Transform Prize: Prizes of $15,000 to $35,000 to youth-led or youth-serving organizations in LMICs

Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment 

How to apply: here

Sector: Gender & Youth

Deadline: 30th April, 2018 Washington D.C. local time

The Challenge

The 1.8 billion young people in the world today represent the largest youth population in history. In many parts of the world, youth lack opportunities for education and meaningful employment; an estimated 21 percent of youth are neither employed nor enrolled in education or training opportunities leaving these youth disaffected and with little hope for their future prospects.

Youth unemployment disproportionally affects young women. Globally, only 37 percent of young women participate in the labor force, compared to 54 percent of young men. When young women are excluded from economic opportunities, gender inequality is reinforced and they are less able to invest in their own health, education and safety – and that

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 5 February 2018 at 08:50

Request for Concept Notes (RFCN): Annual Program Statement (APS) for Acquisition of Post-Harvest Losses Reduction Technologies through Inclusive and Innovative Business Models

Deadline: September 30, 2018

The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is releasing an Annual Program Statement (APS) to award matching grants in support of its activities. As a first step, Hinga Weze is seeking Concept Notes for potential funding of grant projects. Instructions for completing the Concept Note can be found in the attached document. The grants will be awarded and implemented in accordance with the USAID and US Government regulations governing grants and Hinga Weze internal grant management policies.

This solicitation will target only smallholder farmers, farmers organizations and agricultural SMEs working in Rwandan high-value horticulture, maize, high iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato and Irish potato in Gatsibo, Kayonza, Bugesera, Ngoma (Eastern Province); Nyabihu, Rutsiro, Ngororero Nyamash

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Christophe BIGIRIMANA Thanks for sharing

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME welcome Christophe BIGIRIMANA

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 24 January 2018 at 07:14

Musanze potato plant to increase production five-fold!!!

(Source: The Newtimes)

Musanze-based potato processing plant, which produces the Winnaz Crisps brand, is set to scale up its production capacity five-fold, officials have said. This follows major upgrades of the plant for both its frying and packaging lines.

Located in Gacaca sector in Musanze District, the factory is co-owned by a Dutch company, Hollanda Fair Foods Limited, and a Rwandan investor. It manufactures high end crisps from a selected variety of Irish potatoes. Launched three years ago, the factory has had capacity of producing only two tonnes, which according to its managers, was below the supply capacity. 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 24 October 2017 at 03:45

USAID Private Sector Development Activity

ၿမန္မာဘာသာၿဖင္႔လည္းေအာက္တြင္ ဖတ္ရႈေလ႔လာႏိုင္ပါသည္။

              The USAID Private Sector Development Activity funded by USAID and implemented by Nathan Associates Inc. (Nathan) is a 5-year program that aims to increase broad-based economic opportunities in Myanmar by creating more inclusive economic governance rules and processes and increasing access to finance for emerging economic actors. The Activity will be implemented to June 30, 2020.

               Under this Annual Program Statement (APS), the USAID Private Sector Development Activity invites civil society organizations (CSOs), community-based organizations (CBOs), non-profit organizations, private-sector associations, and for profit businesses and financial

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 9 October 2017 at 09:46

Lancement Officiel du Consortum ICCO, UMOCI et SOATAF

Votre réseau a participé au lancement officiel de «l’Initiative pour une chaîne de valeur karité durable », portée par le consortium ICCO, UMOCI et SOATAF.

Cette initiative bénéficie du financement de l’USAID à travers l'Alliance Gloabal du Karité (AGK).

L’objectif de cette initiative de trois ans est de contribuer à l’augmentation de la sécurité alimentaire, du revenu durable, de l’égalité entre les sexes et de la résilience de 40.000 femmes principalement dans les régions productrices de karité du Mali

(Sikasso, Ségou, Koulikoro et Kayes).

La réalisation de ce projet passera par plusieurs étapes :

- Des contrats garantis, équitables et à long terme entre les coopératives des entreprises privées ;

- Des constructions de magasins garantis pour stocker les produits ;

- Des formations pour les acteurs en entreprenariat, en greffage, en développement de pépin

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 April 2017 at 05:05

Affordability & Financing Models for the Smallholder Market

A playbook for enabling smallholder farmer customer uptake of products and services

June 2015, USAID and Fintrac

'Given the financing gap, and the fact that most farmer income is used to meet basic needs, businesses serving smallholder farmers must rely on innovative methods to enable customers to purchase products and services. Without doing so, companies risk having a limited market for their products and services.

There are a number of promising affordability and financing strategies available for companies to offer customers outside of traditional commercial lending. In many cases, companies can couple these strategies with product and service delivery to offer a comprehensive solution that increases customer adoption.

This playbook will assist partners in understanding the variety and viability of the strategies available to help customers afford a product or service and will help them&nbsp

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Posted By in Business Opportunities
Posted 14 March 2017 at 08:12

Call for individual consultant to develop strategic plans for Cooperative Unions / USAID- Land O' Lakes

(Deadline: 20th March 2017)

Scope of Work Assignment Title: Strategic planning for GILICU and IAIBU cooperative unions - Support in development of their long-term strategic plans, and provision of associated relevant training to the unions’ leaders.

Assignment Locations: Rwanda (Gicumbi and Bugesera)

Assignment Manager: Willy Nyirigira Duration (LOE): 30 days

Intended Dates: March-May 201

The main objective of this consultancy assignment is to develop 5 year strategic plans for GILICU& IAIBU cooperative unions, and facilitate associated strategic meeting for the boards, management and or general assembly where possible.

This task will be executed in two phases: with regard to the beneficiary unions

- Phase 1: The consultant will work with GILICU, develop their strategic plan and deliver all required documents & materials, along with their respective reporting.

- Phase 2: Upon successful com

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 14 March 2017 at 05:03

Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Director

The Food for Peace (FFP) Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP) is implementing a USAID-funded initiative in Uganda focusing on the Karamoja sub-region with the primary goal to improve and sustain the food and nutrition security of vulnerable populations working to address the underlying causes of chronic food insecurity and strengthen transformative opportunities. The project is planned to start in October 2017 and operate for a minimum of five years.

NCBA CLUSA is currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of the Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Director (SLSD).

This will be a contract position pending award from USAID.

Position of: Sustainable Livelihoods Senior Directorender Advisor

Locations: Uganda

Job Category: Senior-level, Full-time staff position

Deadline: 13th April, 2017

Full Job details & how to apply here


NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 28 September 2016 at 03:28

USAID's Emergency Fact Sheet on Agriculture

September 16, 2016

-- Emergency seed actors had distributed 93 percent of the more than 33,320 MT of seed supplies intended for meher planting to farming households in Afar, Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP, Somali, and Tigray regions as of September 9, according to the ESWG—co-led by the GoE and USAID/OFDA partner the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). USAID emergency seed partner CRS reports that implementing partners had distributed at least 96 percent of the 5,200 MT of allocated seeds to agricultural areas of Amhara, Oromiya, SNNP, and Tigray as of September 7 and reached nearly all beneficiary farmers prior to the end of local meher planting. The planting period—particularly for varieties of vine cuttings, seedlings, and other vegetable seeds—extends as late as mid-September in some districts.

-- Seed actors recently completed an ESWG post-distribution assessment, which launched on August 22, according to FAO. Preliminary assessment find

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 18 August 2016 at 05:36

Atelier sur la définition de mécanismes adaptés au financement des coopératives de production de karité  

Les 4 et 5 Août 2016 a eu lieu dans les locaux de la maison du partenariat Angers-Bamako, l’atelier de définition des mécanismes adaptés au financement des coopératives de production de karité.

Organisé par le réseau AgriProFocus, cet atelier a enregistré la participation des leaders des organisations de production de karité, les représentants des banques et institutions de micro finance les cadres des projets et programmes venant en appui à la filière karité.

Les principaux résultats assignés à l’atelier furent :

· Un inventaire des besoins en services et produits financiers des coopératives des chaines de valeur du karité est fait

· Les produits et services financiers disponibles au niveau des institutions de financement sont connus

· Des mécanismes nouveaux de financement plus adaptés aux besoins des coopératives des chaine

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 11 July 2016 at 06:56

Job Vacancy at Youth Alive Uganda

Youth Alive Uganda is an NGO for and by the youth founded under the guidance of Sr. Dr. Miriam Duggan in 1993. We believe that young people and the entire communities have the inherent capacity to change attitudes and behaviors through programs like youth livelihood, Youth Health, Human Rights and justice and Life skills & mentorship

Youth Alive Uganda is looking to recruit an inspired individual with passion and skills to implement innovative children/adolescents/youth integrated development solutions under the USAID/Uganda BETTER OUTCOMES for youth and children in Eastern & Northern Uganda project in the position of:

Position 1: Youth Officer

Reports to: Youth Coordinator - Youth Alive & Regional Manager

Duty station: Lira Office

Starting date: To be communicated

Deadline for Application: 15th July, 2016

Find Job details here

How to Apply

To apply, please deliver your application by hand to Youth Alive Uganda offices in

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 6 July 2016 at 02:13

Staving off famine in Ethiopia

“We need to have a long-term perspective, because ... every three, four or five years, you’re going to have a major drought, which can set you back to zero,” Andrew Catley.

In an interview with Tufts Now, Andrew Catley gives insights on the efforts to tackle the current drought effects in Ethiopia and how future strategies should be. Andrew Cately is a research director at Tufts' Feinstein International Center who has been leading research projects in Ethiopia since 2005.

He described the response of the Ethiopian government in the following way: "The response of the Ethiopian government is, I think, widely seen as a success story. It seems they've now committed up to $700 million of their own money—saved thanks to lower oil prices—which is unprecedented. If we compare that to previous major droughts in 1984-1985 and 2002-2003, one of the things we're seeing is this huge government commitment and leadership. The government was the first major responde

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