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Rwanda - water, agriculture and (geo) information opportunities


On 7 July next, 14h00-17h00, a Rwanda water platform meeting will be held about ongoing projects and developments on water, agriculture and (geo) information technology in Rwanda. The program covers integrated water resource management (IWRM), ICT and spatial information technology. The meeting will end with a networking opportunity.

A key element of the meeting concerns opportunities for the Dutch sector operating in the field of Smart Information Solutions for Water & Climate and AgriFood. The following findings will be discussed: a lower catchment level study on offer (Dutch Geo/ICT sector); discussions with the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture to start up a monitoring strategy and; the Rwanda Ministry of Youth and ICT wants to make use of the FAO water productivity open database for future mobile ICT application building.

These opportunities were identified during a mission following the UN-World Water Day Conference organised by the Water for Growth program (21 - 23 March 2016). The mission was facilitated by RVO, as follow-up to an earlier mission of the Netherlands Space Office - NSO in the context of the Geodata for Agriculture & Water - G4AW Programme (2015).

Venue of the Rwanda Platform meeting and parking
MalieToren Room 756 – Bezuidenhoutseweg 12 – 2594 AV, The Hague.

If you arrive by car you can park at Q-Park Garage New Babylon (5min walk).



Welcome and introduction to the programme.

Introduction of H.E. Mr Jean Pierre Karabaranga, Ambassador of Rwanda to the Netherlands.

Mr. Don Offermans – Netherlands Water Partnership



Bilateral Rwanda – Netherlands IWRM program ‘Water for Growth’

Mr. Bobby Russell - Euroconsult Mott MacDonald



‘Sugar: Make it Work’ project with Kabuye Sugar Works (Rwanda)

  • Water management / drainage infrastructure in the Nyabarongo Floodplains (RHDHV)
  • Precision agriculture, value chain improvement & institutional embedding (TFI)

Mr. Eisse Wijma - RHDHV

Mr. Steven Gajadin - TechForce Innovations



Joint Q&A for MottMac and RHDHV



Introduction: stocktaking of Dutch activities in Rwanda (ongoing and promising)

Mr. Vincent Cornelissen - Netherlands Water Partnership



Break (while stocktaking of Dutch activities in Rwanda is being continued)


Financial and other instruments for market entry and applications + matching

Mr. Ivo Walsmit – Netherlands Enterprise Agency / RVO


Results of a mission and opportunities on water, climate and agrifood

Mr. Hans van Leeuwen - Netherlands Water Partnership



Discussion on follow-up to mission and opportunties re. water, climate and agrifood 

Mr. Hans van Leeuwen - Netherlands Water Partnership



Closing remarks

Mr. Jean Piere Karabaranga - Ambassador of Rwanda

Mr. Don Offermans – Netherlands Water partnership

17:00 onward

Networking drinks



Please confirm your participation via this survey.

For questions you can contact Liselotte de Vries (l.devries@nwp.nl)