CDI and the Hunter Foundation work in Rwanda to strengthen agricultural value chains and increase farmers' incomes through improving their connectivity to processing facilities that add value to crops.

Locally operated agribusinesses create jobs and help farmers build sustainable livelihoods. They provide reliable, long-term buyers for local produce and offer farmers a buffer against the price fluctuations that are endemic to the market. CDI is working with the Hunter Foundation as the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative (CHDI) in Rwanda to identify large-scale business plans to support them, and then actively invest alongside local co-investors. CHDI has expanded agribusiness in the region thus far by adding value to Rwandan coffee and increasing soy and soy product availability and demand. In July 2016, CDI signed a lease agreement with Kaboku Cooperative to begin operations under the name Gwiza Development Company on approximately 200 hectares of commercial farm land in the Nyagatare district. Since leasing the land, Gwiza Development Company has planted more than 100 hectares of maize, soya, and vegetables.

Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company

Building on Clinton Hunter Development Initiative's longstanding work with Rwandan coffee farmers, in 2009 CHDI and the Rwanda Coffee board initiated Rwanda Farmers Coffee Company (RFCC). RFCC adds value to Rwanda's premium coffee while creating jobs and securing better returns to farmers. RFCC operates a coffee roasting and packaging facility in Kigali that has capacity to process 3,000 tonnes of coffee each year, improving incomes for 50,000 Rwanda coffee farmers and employing 40 staff at the factory. The roasted coffee is sold in both domestic and international markets.


Soyco Mount Meru

CHDI and Rwandan co-investors established Mount Meru Soyco Limited, a large soy processing business that will produce cooking oil. Soyco supplies the Rwandan market, creates jobs, and expands import opportunities. Additionally, Soyco is sourcing from an estimated 24,000 local farmers to grow soybeans, providing inputs to support farmers, and will employ up to 1,400 farmers on its commercial soy farm and employs 120 staff in its factory.


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