Federation of farmers and pastoralists of Rwanda (IMBARAGA) and Syndicat rwandais des agriculteurs et éleveurs (INGABO)










Federation of farmers and pastoralists of Rwanda (IMBARAGA)


Address:Quartier Kimihurura, Kigali, Rwanda

Postal address:PO. Box 1462, Kigali, Rwanda


Phone: +250 08 626 228 / + 250 788 574 644

Coordinator: Juvenal MUSINE


Geographical coverage. IMBARAGAs members are located throughout the 5 provinces of Rwanda.

Date and Context of creation

Date of creation: 1992 with official recognition in the 1st of September 2006

IMBARAGA is a trade union organisation which was created at the initiative of farmers and herders in Rwanda.

Membership. IMBARAGA is a farmers’ organisation and has 94,324 farmer members. Six out of ten members are small-scale farmers who cultivate no more than 0.5 hectares. Almost all the rest (37%) have 0.5 to 2 hectares; only 3% have more. The members are associated either into informal groups of 25 to 30 households or into cooperatives with 10 to 80 members.

Objective/mission of the NFO

IMBARAGA is a trade-union organisation

Objectives. As a Federation of farmers and pastoralists, the objective is increase professionalism and foster contractor performances, competitive socio - economic exchanges, and self-sufficient grassroots organisations.

Main activities

a)      Training farmers

IMBARAGA operates a full training centre in Musanze, in northern Rwanda, that has the capacity to train 200 farmers a day. With a staff of 22 full-time employees and 50 part-time agronomists, they work to improve the technical capacity of their member farmers. IMBARAGA also runs training programmes at its training facility in Cyuve (Northern Province), through farmer field schools, and by organising farmer visits. The organisation’s team of agronomists do most of the training and provide extension services. External specialists give specialized trainings on subjects such as processing.

b)      Selling inputs and equipment to farmers.

IMBARAGA purchases in bulk from major suppliers and resells to input dealers, who in turn sell the inputs to farmers.

c)      Marketing of farmers’ produce.

IMBARAGA helps its members synchronize the production, management and harvesting of crops, sets up collection centres, and organises the processing and packaging of the crops for delivery to large buyers. It buys maize, wheat and beans from farmers (including large farmers who are not members), bulks the product, and sells it to large buyers such as the World Food Programme, big traders, the Rwanda Agricultural Board and the Strategic Grain Reserve.

IMBARAGA assists local potato-producing associations to form federations that lobby for their interests and negotiate with the private sector. Cooperatives are created and storage facilities are built to organise the multiplication of improved (registered) potato seeds and to improve access to inputs and marketing of produce. IMBARAGA staff and researchers from agricultural research institutions started on-farm trials. On a more extensive scale, the District Agricultural Extension Service and IMBARAGA developed a farmer-to-farmer extension programme. Farmer extensionists are selected and trained to organise meetings of both community-based and potato-producing organisations. Producers were informed about market norms and standards, as well as useful technologies.


a) Membership to other networks or agricultural platforms

IMBARAGA is a member of the Eastern African Farmer Federation (EAFF).

b) Partnerships

National partners:

IMBARAGA has developed linkages with the Ministry of agriculture.

International partners:

SFOAP (IFAD, the European Union (EU), The Swiss Development Agency (SDC), the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). IMBARAGA participates in the Support to Farmers Organization in Africa Programme (SFOAP) as a member of the EAFF.

International Fertilizer Development Center(IFDC). IMBARAGA is a partner within the CATALIST project that trained technicians and farmers in integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) and other best practices. Project demonstration sites showed the importance of using quality fertilizers and improved seeds.

Others partners: International Potato Center (CIP), FAO, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

Main resources and documents

FANE I., KRIBES R., NDIMURWANGO P., NSENGIYUMVA V. NZANG OYONO C., WENNINK B. Linking potato production and marketing. ROPARWA and IMBARAGA initiatives in North-Western Rwanda. Available here

BANCIE & NSANGANIRA. Agricultural Business and Enterprises Development Services over the Last 50 years and Vision for the future.  Available here




Syndicat rwandais des agriculteurs et éleveurs (INGABO)



Address of the organisation: P.O. BOX 50, Muhanga Gitarama Rwanda

General e-mail address: 

Phone number: +250 562667

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:  Jean d’Amour NTAMABYARIRO

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson:

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson:+250 783403871

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Emmerance TUYISHIME

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO:+250 786146020




Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: 4 districts out of 8 of the Southern province


Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: January 1992, officially recognised as of April 30th, 2004

Context of creation: INGABO was established in January 1992 by pastoralists of the former Gitarama province to defend their interests. Its development coincided with a time of war and the birth of multiparty politics in Rwanda. For these reasons, Rwandan farmer unity was threatened thus the need to federate their interests.

Legal status: INGABO is a syndicate registered in Official Journal number 7 of 1/4/2005



Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members:15 000 through 800 groups

Type of members: farmers and livestock holders

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: 56% of members



Governing Bodies: board, internal audit, conflict resolution committee and wise council

Organization: INGABO operates at village, district and province levels.



Strategic plan: INGABO is planning to set a strategic plan for the period 2018-2022

Objective/s of the FO: INGABO Union's objectives are:

  • Mobilise agricultural workers, farmers into a force capable of promoting and defending their occupational interests;
  • Train and inform agricultural farmers on advanced agronomic technology;
  • Uphold the unity and cooperation of farmers and pastoralists;
  • Participate in the study of problems and take part in all the related decision making processes;
  • Encourage and support agricultural workers, farmers and pastoralists to implement socio-collective programmes to ensure the promotion of all of their interests;
  • Contribute in the promotion of agriculture given its importance for the national economy.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  The mission of the INGABO union is to improve technical and economic capacities of members to become active and competitors’ actors on local, national, regional and international markets.



Main areas/sectors of intervention: lobby and advocacy, training and capacity building, provision of economic services, value chain facilitation.

Main activities:

Training and capacity building. INGABOProvides training to farmers in: management (leadership, entrepreneurship, planning and project management); technical issues (crop and animal production, soil protection, agri-business and access propagation techniques); cross-cutting issues (gender, climate change); land law. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture the organisation has further established a system of farmers’ technical assistance by providing field agronomist in each sector to technically assist farmers in their daily activities.

Provision of economic services. INGABO is the founder of the microfinance institution CLECAM which provides financial services to farmers. INGABO further provides value chain facilitation and acts as intermediate between farmers and other actors involved in the agricultural sector.

Lobby and advocacy. INGABO advocates to the Government on behalf of farmers. In particular, the following activities are being undertaken: (i) advocacy to the Rwanda Agriculture Board on behalf of cassava farmers to obtain selected cassava seeds that resist diseases; (ii) advocacy for the establishment of the Agriculture law in collaboration with the farmers’ organisation IMBARAHA under a project sponsored by Agriculteurs Français et Développement International - Loraine.

Main products of members:Cassava, soya, beans, rice, maize, banana, vegetables, fruits, cattle, small livestock such as goats, sheep, pig, chicken.



Main partners: Accord, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Agriculteurs Français et Developpement International (AFDI), Agriterra and Agri Profocus Netherlands, European Union (EU), Food and Agricultural Organisation(FAO), Flandre Orientale/Brlgium, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kinazi Cassava Plant, Radio HUGUKA, Rwandan government's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda National Bank, Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), USAID.


Main projects:

Membership in other organisations: INGABO is a member EAFF and of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).



  • AgriCord,, presentation fiche of INGABO. Availablehere
  • Appeldoorn G. En avant les “Karemano”, mission d’appui chez INGABO. December 2011. Available here
  •  IFAD/SFOAP, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase (including case studies related to success stories), 2013, Availablehere.
  • Mbabazi F.X. INGABO, pionner dans la lute contre la mosaique, in Vers une agriculture rentable et competitive. January 2008. Available here
  • B.Wennink, S, Nederlof and W, Heemskerk (eds.),Access of the poor to agricultural services The role of farmers’ organizations in social inclusion, Bulletin 376, Development Policy & Practice. Available here


Last update: September 2017