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 Rwanda
Posted 28 November 2018 at 08:11

DAY 1-2018 Youth Caravan to provide agricultural guidance and linkages to market

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

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Anne Marie Kortleve Really cool to read this summary of day 1, looking forward to hear more of day 2 and 3! Keep us updated :)

2 weeks 6 days ago

Egide SINAYOBYE Hello everyone, am Egide SINAYOBYE,  upcoming students in university of rwanda focusing on the development of rural areas. i would like to ask for an advise if there is any support or i can call it partnership just cause i need to do research on livelihood of people areas especially in rusizi district in the domain of agriculture sector. ThanksContact: +250788592126Email:  

2 weeks 1 day ago

Bosco KWIZERA Thank you Egide, I will call you for any possible advise!

2 weeks 1 day ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 31 October 2018 at 07:39

Meet Remy Rutayisire: A university student on a mission to build a livestock business empire

Jean Remy Rutayisire is quite different from most youths. Unlike the majority of young men and women who find agriculture unattractive, Rutayisire says that this is an industry that has fascinated him since his childhood.

Desperate to raise money to start up an agricultural project, the Chief Executive Officer of the Muhanga based Urugwiro Poultry Farm Ltd took up a part-time job in photography in 2015. Since he was a high school student by then, he was only able to work during holidays, earning a daily wage of Rwf2,000.

He used some for his pocket money at school and saved the rest. By December last year, he had saved up to Rwf200,000—inadequate to see him venture into a significant farming project.

He was looking for Rwf2 million. However, efforts to mobilise capital from friends and relatives were unsuccessful. With his meagre savings, he decided to start a small poultry farm. o his

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Aime Hagabimana it is a great achievement project as youth!!!! big it up...

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 May 2018 at 01:34

Community outreach is one of the responsibilities of the University of Rwanda. From 2-4 May, the College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) trained 20 potato farmers from across the country on Good Agricultural Practices.

The training aims at enabling big potato growers to get an international certificate called "Global GAP", which would allow them to access bigger international markets. Speaking during the opening of the training, Dr. Laetitia NYINAWAMWIZA, the Principal of UR-CAVM thanked the farmers who accepted to put aside their businesses and engage with the University of Rwanda team to discuss on good practices to improve the quality of potato needed for international markets. She exhorted them to mobilize fellow farmers to register and participate in short term trainings that the University offers for them to remain competitive.

Among the participants include 3 women and 1 person with visual impairment who are actively involved in good quality potato p

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 9 January 2018 at 01:17

Meet Mukazigama, Gatsibo’s budding agricultural entrepreneur!!

When many university students complete their studies, one of their biggest preoccupations is how to land government or corporate jobs. For many, getting white collar jobs is the only alternative after campus.

However, for Evangeline Mukazigama, a graduate of accounting from Kigali Independent University (ULK), job-seeking was out of the equation, thanks to her passion for farming and entrepreneurship. Though the move surprised many, for her it was a natural choice having raised all her university tuition fees from farming activities.

“For me the thought of job-seeking was like a huge burden I couldn’t bear,” says the 30-year-old resident of Rurenge, Remera sector in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.

So I decided to apply the knowledge gained from university to carry out my own income-generating activities to make more money, Mukazigama added.

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 20 December 2017 at 01:55

Final Report: ''3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival'' – 22nd November 2017

On 22 November 2017, was held the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus). The festival was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda, UR-CAVM, and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in partnership with USAID/PSDAG project, Rwanda Catholic Relief Service (CRS Rwanda, the Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN), National Youth Council (NYC), FESY Rwanda and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF).

The purpose of this event was to gather young people together with some development partners so that they share information on the existing opportunities in agribusiness and develop more networks that can help them to be more involved in Agribusiness.

Under the theme ''Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda'' the festival attracted 350 participants drawn from UR-CAVM (students & lecturers),

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Anne Marie Kortleve Thanks for sharing the report Thacien! Do you have anice picture collage to go with it too perhaps? Would look nice!

12 months 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for your comments Anne Marie Kortleve.

12 months 2 days ago

Prosper DUTONNYEKUMANA Good achievement!

12 months 1 day ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI This report shows how youth are the driving force towards agriculture sector development.

11 months 1 week ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 December 2017 at 01:09

  I am KAMAYIRESE Francine, a student from University of RWANDA in College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in Agriculture Mechanization URCAEVM, Nyagatare campus, I have attended 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival held at Nyagatare Campus, and then I become inspired by youth role models through their wonderful explanations and testimonies on their tangible agribusinesses, I have learned many things in this festival and I found that through agribusiness, we can make money.  I also learn about innovation and creativity. As this can improve the well being of our society. I really thank AgriProFocus Rwanda and different partners, for your mission which is to promote youth engaged in agriculture.  

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks a lot for sharing your testimony based the lessons learned in 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival. We will be happy to see you starting up new agribusinesses and creating more jobs for others!!!

1 year 3 hours ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you Francine Kamayirese for your testimony and acknowledging us as the young agribusiness entrepreneurs who participated in the event.Anyway could you also share with us the innovation and creativity that you have learnt and came up with due to the festival as you mentioned in your testimony!

12 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 December 2017 at 12:32

Hello Friends! 


I am Dative BAKOZIKI, a student from University of RWANDA in College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in year four(4) of  Agriculture Mechanization Department, I have attended 3rd Youth in Agribusiness festival organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda and different partners including U SAID/PSDAG ,YEF and others that took place on on 22nd November2017 at UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus under the theme "YOUTH AS CATALYST FOR AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT IN RWANDA".  

  I become inspired by youth role models through their testimonies and I have also got lots of experience and gained new skills that have empowered me for improving business and make it more viable and profitable as well. 

After attending this festival,I have decided to learn and do research on crop production using modern rain fed farming as we know an agronomist is posted to UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus recently to develop our farms,it will al

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Dear Dative, you are welcome  in the AgriProFocus network. Come and join other agriprofessionals, ideas, knowledge and business innovations are shared here!!!

1 year 4 hours ago

Dative BAKOZIKI Thank you very much, I appreciate

12 months 4 days ago

Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI I really appreciate your testimony Dative BAKOZIKI and the research that you have start conducting on crop production.Are doing it at Nyagatare? if yes how are you gathering information on it?

12 months 4 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 December 2017 at 10:49


My name is Isaie SIBOMANA, a student from University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine in agricultural mechanization department , A big thank to  AgriProFocus Rwanda for organizing 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival which took place at Nyagatare Campus. Honestly, the festival opened the eyes of students and this will prevent unemployment problem through engaging youth in agribusinesses.

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank very much for sharing Isaie sibomana!This is a place where agribusiness innovations are shared!feel free to use this platform!

1 year 6 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 December 2017 at 09:48

I am Virginie NDAYISHIMIYE a student from University of RWANDA in College of Agriculture, Environmental and Veterinary Medicine, after attending the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival which took place at Nyagatare Campus, I really appreciate the youth role models through their testimonies on their tangible agribusinesses.

I also learned that through agribusiness we can make money through innovation and creativity. As this can improve the well being of our society,  I really thank AgriProFocus Rwanda and other different partners, for your mission which is useful especially promoting the youth engaged in agriculture.

Virginie NDAYISHIMIYE I really appreciate this group, and I want to get more

1 year 7 hours ago

Marie Justine INGABIRE wow

1 year 7 hours ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for joining AgriProFocus network. We appreciate your participation in the youth festival 2017. And we hope that you are next young role model who be inspiring others!

1 year 6 hours ago

Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
Posted 3 November 2017 at 03:30

What has been your biggest eye-opener since you started your agribusiness endeavours?

Join our online discussion from 03 November to 17 November on this platform.

Over the last years, there has been encouragement of Rwandan Youth to adequately utilize the technical and financial support that is being availed to them by the Government of Rwanda and Development Partners. Multi-stakeholder partnerships have formed, and time and money have been invested.

Please share your best practice as youth in agribusiness, to inspire others! Where did you start as a young agri-entrepreneur? 

Leave a reply below this message. The outcomes of your contributions will be shared at the Youth in Agribusiness Festival on November 22!

If you have questions or need assistance, contact:

At AgriProFocus Rwanda: Thacien Munyamahame, Assistant Coordinator / Mobile: 0788235357

At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, Director / Mobile: 0788309605

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Blaise Pascal NIYIBIZI Thank you Gabriel for your feedback and i really appreciate them !  A compliment is that we use to raise our own seedling in pots  or just in the open field where we have arranged small nursery bed and then we grow  seeds/vegetative planting materials for us to keep having  rootstocks that are ready or being transplanted in the field and for sure this have worked out because last year before getting the advises from Prof .PHILLIP Cotton: Vice Chancelor of University of Rwanda and CAEVM Principal Dr.NYINAWAMWIZA ,They recommended us that we could start producing our own planting materials for ensuring that they will still available and enough rootstock  for transplantation! Therefore from these good recommendation we have established the nursery  where we raise our own seedlings! Maybe i there will be a time for presentation,I will share the documentary that shows how far we are producing the seedlings! Regards

1 year 4 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing@Blaise and Gabriel. Generally, the government of Rwanda is continually encouraging different stakeholders including young agripreneurs to engage in the seed/planting materials production. So it is a good initiative to see young agripreneurs who have already started working on producing their own planting materials. With follow up and advocacy, a good step will achieved!

1 year 4 weeks ago

Blaise Birinda Thacien MUNYAMAHAME About a start up capital,I would like to inform you that during my job, I was paid a salary of 280.000frw a mouth , and I started by hiring an old machine which I supposed to repair. I used that few resources as well as possible to achieve my goal. so I can tell to youth that no need how much resources you have to start a business, but it is a matter of how you use them to achieve your desire. 

1 year 4 weeks ago

Blaise Birinda I am agree with you Gabriel Niyimpa about the traditional farming and financial instability to afford new technologies in agriculture.But we have to know that we are pioneer in behavior changing to adopt that new technologies to our farmer by grassroots approach in their local village and organize extension of agricultural product/services as you said.Financial supports is undergoing through different government programs such as subsidizing mechanization and irrigation materials and equipment so that a farmer can easy afford new technologies with a very low price.

1 year 4 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much for everyone who participated in our online platform! Your ideas/ experiences made a positive impact vis-a-vis a successful Youth in agribusiness festival we had last Tuesday in UR-CAVM, Nyagatare  campus!!

1 year 3 weeks ago


Youth in Agribusiness Festival

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  22 November 2017, 09:00-15:00
  UR-CAVM, Nyagatare Campus

Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Rural Development Initiative (RDI) and the University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture (UR/CAVM), National Youth Council(NYC) & Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) is organizing the ’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’, to enhance the engagement of youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and practical entrepreneurship experience -sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career as well as creating links and networking space between youth agripreneurs and agribusiness companies, development partners, farmers’ federations, farmers cooperatives’, financial institutions’ and policy makers.

The event will take place in UR/CAVM Nyagatare Campus on 22nd November 2017


‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with

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Posted 22 August 2017 at 01:24

Here is an opportunity for ICT service providers. Kindly find it attached. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 20 February 2017 at 02:56

Agri-business getting youth attention

(Story from The NewTimes)  

Rwanda’s agriculture and livestock sector has long been characterised by an ageing farming population whose average age is 55 years. As a result, innovation, creativity and technology adaptation as well as skills transfer has been slow, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and agricultural experts.

But lately, some youth have embraced the sector and committed to making it more vibrant in its entire supply chain.

The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum was formed in May 2016 to bring together young people engaged in commercial farming in the country.

Unlike traditional farming, these youths’ focus is commercial farming.

Currently, the organisation has 1,265 members grouped into five clusters namely crop production, livestock production, agro-processing (animal and crops), other agro-services which include packaging, inputs, extension services, mechanissation, among others, and informatio

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 25 August 2015 at 05:52


Hallo everyone,

Hollanda FairFoods Ltd, a Rwandan/Dutch agrifood company is looking for serious distributors for its WINNAZ potato crisps in Eastern Africa (Uganda, DR Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, and Kenya).

N.B: For countries with Nakumatt supermarkets, we already have a contract with the retail chain. This would make your lives much easier :)

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us at: 

or call: +250788301147

Feel free to:

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and Follow us on Twitter: @Winnazworld

Rolf Schinkel What can I add? Dutch potatoe crisps are the best!!! ;-)

3 years 3 months ago

NAHAYO Pierre Claver During the Forth CAADP regional potato meeting held à Musanze, i visited the Factor producing Crips. It is a wonderfull project with a good product

3 years 3 months ago


Youth in Agribusiness Festival

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  28 October 2015, 08:30-15:00
  Rubirizi Campus

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with RDI (Rural Development Initiative), the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, and other stakeholders, are organizing the ‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ Event, to enhance the engagement of more youth in agribusiness by facilitating information-sharing and knowledge-sharing between youth role-models and those who want to enter the Agribusiness career. 

1. Objectives:

- Increase youth awareness and knowledge on available opportunities in the Agribusiness sector

- Share the current situation of potential / opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

- Improvement of the networks among youth and development partners

- Inspire the stakeholders to develop an actions to invite and/or retain youth in Agribusiness

2. Participants:

- Unemployed Youth resident of Kigali city

- youth role models

- Fresh Agriculture graduates and Israel

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Posted By in Youth
Posted 3 August 2015 at 01:08

IITA announces workshop on integrating youth in CGIAR research programs

Click this link for the full message

"With growing numbers of disenfranchised youth around the world and a strong focus on finding opportunities for their engagement and employment, CGIAR is committed to finding ways to approach the topic and planning appropriate activities, especially through its second generation of research programs."

They are seeking organizations and individuals with expertise and experience in working with youth engagement, enterprise and employment, particularly (but not exclusively) in agriculture to join this workshop.

The workshop will take place in Montpellier, France, September 8-9th 2015

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 May 2015 at 02:03

Youth in Agriculture resource page is updated! 

On this page you will find some key-documents of organisations in our network that have a comprehensive overview of information regarding young people in agri-business:


If you are missing certain publications, let us know! 

You can post your own documents and experiences on the stream of that page.