Jean Marie Ntakirutimana
Jean Marie Ntakirutimana (1988), has a bachelor’s degree in biology with education obtained from Kigali Institute of Education in 2012. In 2013 he joined Rwanda Private Sector Federation(PSF) under the project called ‘Linking Farmers to the Market’(LIFAM) and he was mainly responsible in providing business advisory services to potato farmers.
In 2016 Jean Marie has taken a short course in the Netherlands on ‘Farmers as partners in Agribusiness’ which was organised by Wageningen University-Centre for development Innovation (CDI). His passion of working with smallholder farmers pushed him to do Masters in Agriculture and Applied Economics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and this will be completed in June 2019. Jean Marie has a wide experience in agricultural cooperative functioning and training as well as in rural and economic development.
Since 2015 Jean Marie joined Wageningen University-Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) under the PPP Project called” Sugar Make it Work”( SMiW) and served as Project Officer based in Kigali-Rwanda.
During his tenure at CDI, Jean Marie has successfully supported around 3000 sugar cane farmers to organise themselves into cooperatives, linked them to financial institutions and he was also responsible of delivering training programmes and provides coaching to cane farmers. The SMiW project phased out in 2017 and Agriterra took the initiative of keep supporting sugar cane farmers.
It is on that occasion that in 2018 Jean Marie brought his expertise in sugar sector to Agriterra team Great Lakes (based in Rwanda) as local consultant and from January 2019 is working as Agriterra business advisor, where he provides business advisory services to sugar cane, potato and coffee cooperatives in achieving their objectives.