Gerardine Mukeshimana, BecA-ILRI Hub plant researcher, appointed minister of agriculture and animal resources in Rwanda


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Gerardine Mukeshimana

Gerardine Mukeshimana has been appointed minister of agriculture and animal resources in Rwanda (photo credit: ILRI).

Gerardine Mukeshimana, a plant researcher working at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa-International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub in Nairobi, Kenya, has been appointed minister of agriculture and animal resources in Rwanda.

Mukeshimana has been working as a plant scientist at the BecA-ILRI Hub where her focus has been on using molecular virology, plant transformation, genomics and bioinformatics tools to develop strategies to control the spread of aphid-transmitted virus diseases in the common bean. She was also contributing significantly to capacity building and resource mobilization to better support African national agricultural research systems.

Jimmy Smith, the director general of ILRI, congratulated Mukeshimana on the appointment on behalf of the entire ILRI community and remarked, ‘this is tremendous news, we will do all we can to support Gerardine, and look forward to working with her in…

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The hoe (and others) must go!


Jemimah Njuki

For the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to get motivation for doing the next blog post and in the midst of working on project approval documents, attending numerous school functions in the last days of the school year, and organising for summer vacations, I just didn’t have the energy and motivation! That is until tonight!

So what happened tonight?

I found myself being Mistress of Ceremonies (for the purpose of being gender sensitive here!) in a cocktail party to launch a Regional Sharefair to show case existing technologies and innovations that are responsive to the needs and priorities of women smallholder farmers. The Sharefair is organised jointly by UN Women, FAO, IFAD, WFP and the Regional Gender and Livelihoods Network of which I am a member. The share fair which runs from the 15-17th of October to celebrate the International Rural Women’s Day and the World Food Day aims at bringing together rural women farmers, private sector companies, research organizations and individuals that have innovative technologies that have potential to reduce women’s drudgery, increase productivity, reduce post harvest losses and improve food and nutrition security.