Youth agripreneurs strategize to boost agribusiness
Written by: Daniel Tuyizere
Friday, November 25th, 2016, 16:50
Kigali: The Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) this Friday held a meeting in Kigali to validate its 4-year (2017-2020) Strategic Plan and agreed on boasting agribusiness in the country.
The meeting has brought together stakeholders from multiple sectors, including; private and public, civil society organizations and International NGOs to deliberate on the strategic plan and also concentrate their commitments to support the youth in agribusiness through a unified framework.
Launched in May this year, RYAF is a member-based, youthful, platform that aims to create a critical mass of change agents in Rwanda’s continued efforts to transform the agriculture sector from subsistence to commercially oriented farming.
Over 1,200 youth Agripreneurs are fully registered members of RYAF and meticulously grouped into five clusters of ; Agro Processing Cluster, Crop Production Cluster, Agro Services Cluster, ICT for Agriculture and Livestock Cluster.
Jean Baptiste Hategikimana, Chairman of RYAF said that they still have challenges concerning access to finance, information and trainings and called on stakeholders for support in overcoming them.
Christine Ashimwe, 18, the CEO of Gashora Gold peanut butter which is located at Gashora Girls Academy said that they are able to produce peanut butter; as well as they produce over 150 jars per month and they want to improve their products to reach so far.