RDI proposes a new “Agribusiness Incubation Center ” which is dedicated to enhance knowledge management, information, best practices and lessons learnt in agribusiness, to facilitate and coordinate innovative business models for agribusiness financing and investment and enhance access to market for youth farmers, graduates and other SMEs and start-ups .The mission of the Agribusiness Incubation Center is to turn youth into successful agribusiness entrepreneurs, support them to access financing, assist them acquire new technologies and innovations. We will be a think-tank for youth agro-entrepreneurs to make sure that young people have all the tools they needs to become successful agribusiness entrepreneurs.The “AGRIBUSINESS INCUBATION CENTER ”, is motivated by the tremendous Agribusiness opportunities in Rwanda that accompanied by of interest of government and investors to support operations, management, and profitability of agribusiness industry. The Agribusiness incubation Center will be an experimentation ground to support RDI’s mission creating job opportunities for the Rwandan youth through interventions that uses creative tools to transform education, capacitate mentors and build the capacity of incubation systems in Agribusiness across Rwanda.
We envision the agribusiness Incubation Center will be structured to accommodate as much flexibility in delivery and training through a three pronged approach: Business incubation and Enterprise Development, market development and linkages &Agribusiness Education
The Incubation center will be a platform to try out new things in this field such as:
- Agribusiness incubation training
- Handholding and mentoring of new and existing agribusiness entrepreneurs
- Networking opportunities for agribusiness incubators in Rwanda
- Incubator to incubator cross learning initiatives in Rwanda and beyond
- National platforms for sharing knowledge and information in the agribusiness sector
- Business development services for youth farmers, graduates and other SMEs and start-ups
These are just few examples to guide the underlining philosophy of RDI’s Agribusiness Incubation Center to supporting Rwandan and East African Youth to create solutions that are homegrown and hence create agribusiness jobs.Last year during our youth in agribusiness festival periods, more than 2500 youth from across Rwanda are provided with agribusiness training & information, National platforms for sharing knowledge and information in the agribusiness sector was created and Business development services for youth farmers, graduates and other SMEs and start-ups .
RDI has three full-time staff, all Rwandans and three volunteers and partners organizations such as University of Rwanda /College of Agriculture, AGRIPROFOCUS Rwanda and VSO Rwanda to promote youth agribusiness entrepreneurship and enterprises development. We believe that we can turn Rwandan youth into successful agribusiness entrepreneurs, we pull in colleagues from various partner organizations to make our vision come to life – so we are well suited to help the do even more for the young people we serve.
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