RYAF

RYAF

Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum
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Our Team

BOARD

Jean Baptiste Hategekimana

Chairman
Baptiste's Bio
Chairman

Jean Baptiste HATEGEKIMANA is 33 years and married to Clarisse MUKAKAGINA, they have two kids Lucas and Emma. He has graduated his Bsc in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness in 2012 and he is about to complete his Msc in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice at SOAS/University of London (Distance learning).

He has participated in different assignments since 2010 as a researcher with YES-Rwanda, HarvestPlus and WDA as research assistant; business adviser, facilitator and trainer with DOT-Rwanda, ROAP Co-Founder and trainer; cooperative coach with IFDC with 990 farmers in Nyagatare and Gicumbi; entrepreneur who won the finals of Business Plan Contest under PSF and BRD and other national and international contests such as Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition in East Africa and Ethiopia.

Currently chairing the Board of the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) since May 2016, the forum stands for a platform of young entrepreneurs in Rwanda who are engaged in primary farming and animal rearing, processing, services related to agriculture value chain development as well as ICT practitioners in agriculture.

As part of the Forum, Jean Baptiste is the Co-Founder and Operations Director at Kizinga Farm Ltd. The company grows Tamarillo and has recently won a grant support from USAID/PSDAG for Jam making as part of post-harvest handling. His aspirations are about build on what has been done to make efficient Rwanda’s Agriculture a viable business and a tool to eradicating malnutrition, hunger, poverty and sustaining socio-economic development of the country.

Dieudonne Twahirwa

Vice-Chairman
Twahirwa's Bio

Dieudonné Twahirwa is professional Horticulture farmer who mostly farms Chilli and is the founder of Gashora Farm Ltd. He has contracts with about 1000 farmers who he buys Chilli from for export and Chilli Processing. Born in 1988, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and a Post-Graduate diploma in Entrepreneurship from Regent University (USA). He is also the Vice chairman of Rwanda Youth Agribusiness forum (RYAF).

Before starting his own company, he had a brief stint at Horizon Sopyrwa in 2013, where he realized he had more passion in actual farming and chose to quit and pursue his dream. He started with growing different horticultural produce before eventually venturing into Chilli farming as he realized that there was a gap in the market. Apart from exporting the Chilli to International markets such as UK, India and Belgium, Gashora reduces loss by processing the 2nd grade Chilli not fit for export into Chilli Oil. The product, Didi’s Chilli Oil, is sold in both Local and International Market including, Switzerland, UK, USA, Kenya and Hungary.

Dieudonne’s vision is to be the leading spice producer in the country. He can be reached on email at twahirwadiego@gmail.com. Tel :+250788793329

Rosine Mwiseneza

Treasurer
Rosine's Bio
Treasurer

Rosine is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University in Business Management with Concentration in Public Administration. Independent and persistent, she strives to live by a proverb that says “try and fail, but don’t fail to try.” She is passionate about working with the community and naturally entrepreneurial, she consciously tries to put herself in the shoes of others to generate practical solutions to the challenges they face. The interactions with farmers whilst working as a sales officer for a solar products company in her first year at Kepler inspired her to come up with the idea for a new automatic irrigation solution with precision farming. The solution, which she developed and which won her the title of Miss Geek Rwanda 2016, uses sensors to collect data regarding soil moisture levels and automate irrigation when is needed. It analyses the data and sends advice to individual farmers help them optimize the level of water they use on their plots, saving scarce water, energy, time and money.

Rosine’s education teaches her to have a positive attitude, to prioritize, to manage time, to network and forge partnerships, and to make decisions based on clear criteria and impact. This winning of the Miss Geek competition in 2016, has established a small team to help her develop her business model and test the suitability of different sensors.  In May 2016, she was elected as the Treasurer of the newly established “Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum.” She has also just been selected as #Insiders4Good Microsoft East Africa and as Eisenhower Youth Leader Network 2017 Fellow, which recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders globally that are developing visionary solutions to challenges in their communities.

Cynthia Umutoni

RYAF Secretary
Cynthia's Bio

Umutoni Cynthia is currently RYAF Secretary since August 2018, She hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Cardiff Metropolitan University, Through Westminster International College, Malaysia and a Bachelor of Business Management from Bangalore University, India. Cynthia is married with one child and she owns a company called Talia Ltd that processes Vegetables and Fruits. Vegetables are transformed to vegetables Powder for soup starter or pottage and fruits are processed to Juices and Jams. From January to August 2015, She was a Junior consultant at GIZ on supporting the implementation of Strawtec developpp-Project. From September 2012 to November 2013, She represented African Student from Bangalore Management Academy – India. She is also certified in Indian and Foreign Accounting (Tally, Quick Books, Peach Tree and Wings) from G-TEC Computer Education, Bangalore-India.

Besides that, She is a volunteer at Love to help Organization Rwanda, where she helps youth to become self-reliant.

HEAD OF CLUSTERS

Regis Umugiraneza

Agro-processing

Arcade Nshimiyimana

Inputs and other Agro-services

Dioscore Shikama

Head of Cluster, ICT4Ag

Scovia N. Ngarambe

Livestock Production

Jean Damascene Manishimwe

Crop Production