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... Read more
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... 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
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.
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),... Read more
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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At Rural Development Initiative (RDI): Aime Kayumba, Director
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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.
WHAT IS ‘’YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINES FESTIVAL’’?
‘’Youth in Agribusiness Festival’’ is an event started in 2015 from an idea of RDI and AgriProFocus Rwanda with... Read more
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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... Read more
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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.
- 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
- Unemployed Youth resident of Kigali city
- youth role models
- Fresh Agriculture graduates and Israel... Read more
"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
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:
You can post your own documents and experiences on the stream of that page.