Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda

moderated by Thacien MUNYAMAHAME

Currently youth participation in agribusiness is mainly constrained by limited knowledge on agribusiness skills, lack of start-up capital, lack of information on agribusiness opportunities, limited access to land and limited agri-entrepreneurship spirit. Therefore AgriProFocus Rwanda will continue its activities in stimulating youth to become successful agri-entrepreneurs through linking, learning and leadership activities. We will target specifically the sons and daughters of current producers to stimulate them to become ‘a new generation farmer’. The advantage of working with the sons and daughters of existing producers is that they already know a lot about the product and production. They just need to be inspired on how they can turn their parents profession into an attractive and profitable business using modern technology and knowledge. In all 3 countries the AgriProFocus networks will focus on stimulating youth to become ‘a new generation farmer’ in the value chains potato, beekeeping and pineapple. AgriProFocus Rwanda will take the lead in this programme, and work closely with the AgriProFocus networks in DR Congo and Burundi.


  • Develop a fact sheet on the 3 value chains in the 3 countries; area, stakeholders, current state of affairs of production and current involvement of youth in the value chains, opportunities for improvement of production and processing, market opportunities in each country.

  • Develop a factsheet on international stakeholders within and around the AgriProFocus global network who are involved in the value chains potato, beekeeping and pineapple.

  • Inspirational meeting with youth; exchange and learning from experts and already successful youth in the sector.

  • Form small groups of youth for exchange and link them to a coach.

  • Link youth to information and contacts.


  • Organise youth festivals, as to facilitate learning between youth entrepreneurs; exposure of those who have become successful and discuss on the challenges faced particularly by youth in the sector.

  • Organise business competition for youth in potato, beekeeping and pineapple in all 3 countries.

  • Organise study tours amongst youth.

  • Provide the youth with a specific dedicated page on the AgriProFocus platform.


  • Work with financial institutions and investors to create specific opportunities for access to finance for youth.

  • Liaise with RYAF to discuss about challenges faced by youth in agribusiness.

Key partners:

Rural Development Initiative (RDI)

Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF)

YPARD Rwanda (Young Professionals for Agricultural Development)

YEAN (Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network)


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Posted 22 August 2017 at 01:24

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Posted 16 August 2017 at 07:19

Meet Twahirwa Dieudonne, an emerging young entrepreneur in agribusiness

One of biggest challenge the agriculture sector is facing, is the aging of farmers who re not able to cope with today's  challenges. On the other side, we have an increasing number of unemployed young people. However, it seems all the young people who have ventured in agriculture are doing well. we have aproached Mr. Diego to share with us : 

Who is Dieudonne?

I am Dieudone Twahirwa, nicknamed Diego. I am 29 years old and love agribusiness I currently specialize in chilli. I graduated from the University of Rwanda in 2012 in the faculty of Agriculture and I am now the Managing Director of Gashora Farm ltd in Bugesera District.

What motivated you to venture in chilli

I started growing tomatoes and watermelon on land equivalent to one tenth of a hectare with Rwf 130,000 worth of investment and earned Rwf1.3 million from the first harvest.

Though it was doing well, the biggest challenge was that the tomato produce

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Clet IYAMENYE NIBEHO My sincere congratulations to Mr. Diego!! Your agribusiness journey is very inspiring! You are a role model to many more young people who wish to have interest in agriculture. 

1 month 1 week ago

Anne Marie Kortleve What a nice story! Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

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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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Young Africa Works

Event posted by in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
  16 February 2017 to 17 February 2017 - All Day Event
  Kigali, Rwanda

On February 16 and 17, 2017, The MasterCard Foundation is hosting its second annual Young Africa Works Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. This invite-only event will bring together a community of 300 thought leaders from NGOs, government, funders and the private sector committed to developing sustainable youth employment strategies in Africa. It will also directly involve young people to help understand and explore their journeys, including the challenges they face, in securing meaningful economic opportunities.

Building on the dynamic conversations of the inaugural Summit in 2015, we believe that there is more to explore around youth, employment and agriculture. In 2017, we would like to shift the discussion from how to engage youth in agriculture, to youth as drivers of agricultural transformation. This transformation holds tremendous promise for catalyzing prosperity and creating sustainable livelihoods for young people in Africa. The Summit will also explore three sub-themes that contribute to agricul

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Posted 28 December 2016 at 02:44

The 2016 Youth in Agribusiness Festival: ''Attracting & Retaining Youth in Agribusiness''

AgriProFocus Rwanda through its ''Youth in Agribusiness Innovation Community'' (led by RDI) in partnership with the University of Rwanda - College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) organized the 2nd Youth in Agribusiness Festival on the 7th December 2016 at UR-CAVM, Busogo Campus.

The events' objectives were to:

- Create links and networking space among youth agribusiness entrepreneurs with big buyers, agribusiness industry leaders, investors, farmers’ federation and Research institutions.

- Encourage the agribusiness companies, private investors and financial institutions to invest in youth

- Share the current situation on opportunities and challenges for youth engagement in agribusiness

- Raising awareness on existing youth forums & networks in the Rwandan Agribusiness sector

- Inspire more young girls to venture into agribusiness

- Inspire the

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Posted 16 September 2016 at 01:50

RYAF official web portal launched!

For want to become a Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum member? Click on the link below to register

Join RYAF forum

Prosper DUTONNYEKUMANA Thanks Didier!We like the portal and hope its going to be useful to all the youth in Agribusiness!

11 months 1 week ago

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Posted 16 September 2016 at 01:40

Youth for Water and Climate - Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects (Deadline: 14 October 2016)

Source: Global Water Partnership

We are looking for young activists to join forces for water & climate!

Five awards of €1,000 each are available for youth-led projects which are based on thewhite paper recommendations made at COP 21.

The aim of the competition is to support youth in leading and organising water management activities, as well as to develop capacity and skills.

We want young people to share concrete actions that are being done at the national and regional level and provide youth with an incentive to continue best practices in water and climate change, already in place. With the competition, we would like to contribute to expanding the momentum gained since COP 21 in terms of moving the recommendations from talk to action.


  • Application period: 14 September – 14 October 2016
  • Announcement of Results on the Youth Portal page andFacebook: 28 October 2016
  • Implementation D

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Posted 20 June 2016 at 08:34

Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016

The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for <strong>10 conference awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and business concepts and propositions. The focus is for the young entrepreneurs to share their story at an International stage with close to 700 participants drawn from academia, business and industry, development organisations, practitioners and philanthropists. It is hoped that through this competition, young entrepreneurs’ business concepts, impact, innovation and business opportunities can be expanded. While the focus of this competition is on innovation in agribusiness, other innovations, incubations, business enterprises and business concepts along ICTs, health, engine

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Posted 10 May 2016 at 10:02

Twahirwa finds the sweet side of chili in farming

In 2012, at the age of 28, he graduated as an agronomist from National University of Rwanda. It didn’t take long for the young man to get a job. Twahirwa was employed by Horizon Sopyrwa, Rwanda's leading producer of refined pyrethrum. But after a few months on the job, the resident of Gashora sector in Bugesera District called it quits, and embarked on chili farming.  

Read more his success story

Georges Djodji Akibodé Cher Didier, je me réjouis de ce partage car je suis convaincu que les jeunes ont vraiment besoin de revivre les parcours de ceux qui ont réussi dans le secteur de l'entrepreneuriat agricole.Ces champions seront ainsi de locomotives pour tirer le grand wagon des jeunes. Donc montons tous à bord. I love AGRIBUSINESS

1 year 4 months ago

Prosper DUTONNYEKUMANA Proud of what brother Twahirwa is achieving.We learn a lot from him!

11 months 1 week ago

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Posted 4 May 2016 at 03:49

Rwanda youth urged to venture into agribusiness 

A new initiative, the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), has been launched to drive efforts geared toward changing youth mindset on agribusiness.

Speaking at the launch of the forum in Kigali, yesterday, Jean Philbert Nsengimana, the minister for youth and ICT, cited mindset as the most crucial aspect holding back the youth from engaging in agribusiness.

As the key driver of the country’s economic growth, agriculture sector employs more than 70 per cent of the population.

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Posted 3 February 2016 at 06:39

Final Report: ''Youth in Agribusiness Festival'' - 28th October 2015  

On 28th October 2015, was held the first Youth in Agribusiness Festival at the University of Rwanda, the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM, Rubirizi Campus). The festival was jointly organized by AgriProFocus Rwanda, UR-CAVM, and Rural Development Initiative (RDI) in partnership with the Youth Engagement in Agriculture Network (YEAN), Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (CYE) and Hollanda Fair Foods (Winnaz).

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. The festival attracted more than 300 people that included but not limited to UR-CAVM students, UR-CAVM lecturers, youth role models, financial institutions, government institutions and NGOs supporting Agribusiness sector. Among other guests, the Minister

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Youth Agribusiness,Leadership & Entrepreneurship Summit 2016

Event posted by in Youth in Agribusiness Rwanda
  29 March 2016 to 31 March 2016 - All Day Event
  Dakar - Senegal

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2016  

Youth employment and hunger are two key issues that have been impacted by the economic crisis. This is particularly true for youth living in developing countries, representing 85% of the world youth. In an attempt to address these issues, the Global Youth Innovation Network, GYIN, has initiated its second Global Youth Summit called the 2016 Youth Agribusiness, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Summit on Innovation (YALESI 2016).

The summit will prioritise young people’s needs, considering their developmental needs, and including underserved populations, such as girls, to an effective and inclusive employment strategy.

The summit, representing over 100 countries, will give its participants the tools to learn and share how young women and men, especially in rural areas, are increasingly acquiring new capacities and developing innovative solutions to transform themselves as Hunger Fighters, Job Creators, Innovators, and Change Agents. Youth

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Posted 9 September 2015 at 06:32

East Africa Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition (Deadline: 15th September 2015)

The USAID Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta and IREN Launch Second Edition of Agribusiness Competition for Youth in East Africa.

The USAID-supported East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, Syngenta and the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN), have launched the second edition of the agribusiness competition dubbed “Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition.” This follows last year’s successful Agribusiness competition that attracted over 800 participants from sub-Saharan Africa. Out of the 35 youth finalists, ten have gone on to win other prizes in the energy and agribusiness sectors; ten have expanded and retained their agro-related enterprises and 15 are employed or pursuing higher education.

This year’s competition is open to East African youth aged 18-35 years, who reside in the East African Community, Ethiopia, Seychelles, Mauritius or Madagascar, and have a start-up or small and medium sized

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Gerald Magooge I will apply for the competition

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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:

Like us on Facebook: winnazworld

and Follow us on Twitter: @Winnazworld

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

2 years 1 month 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

2 years 3 weeks ago

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Posted 10 August 2015 at 01:56

''Love Agriculture and it will love you back''


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 3 August 2015 at 01:08

IITA announces workshop on integrating youth in CGIAR research programs

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"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

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Posted 1 June 2015 at 08:31

WANTED: Young Professionals in Water and/or ICT Sector

Are you a young professional in the Water and/or IT sector in Rwanda? And do you want to work together on your greatest ideas and innovative solutions for Rwandan water problems? Then we want you to apply!

Via Water is offering a 5 day workshop near Kigali from 13-17 July 2015, in which you and your team will work on innovative IT solutions for water issues in Rwanda. The most promising solution(s) will receive tailor made prizes in order to further develop their idea.

For more information, check out this website:

Deadline for registration: June 8th!

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Posted 27 May 2015 at 01:05

CTA wins international prize for youth and ICTs project

CTA’s Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS) project has won an international award in the 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. After being shortlisted earlier this year, the ARDYIS entry was proclaimed winner of the e-agriculture category following a round of online voting and a review by a panel of experts of the three projects receiving the most votes.  

More infos

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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.