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“Understanding Rwanda’s Agribusiness & Manufacturing Sectors” is now available on Amazon.

The book was initially prepared for the Learning-to-Compete program, a collaborative effort of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institute, and coordinated in Rwanda by the International Growth Cente (IGC).

Book Description:

This book comes after the 50th anniversary of Rwanda’s Independence and provides the first ever comprehensive overview of firms in the country’s agribusiness and manufacturing sectors.

Understanding Rwanda’s Agribusiness and Manufacturing Sectors puts these sectors into context historically, explaining how decisions and initiatives going back to the 1930s have contributed to determining the shape and composition of agribusiness and manufacturing in Rwanda today. These sectors, more than any others, have followed the ups and downs of Rwanda’s history.

The book also provides an in-depth analysis of agribusiness and manufacturing in Rwanda today, with a focus on understanding the origins, evolution and capabilities of firms, and how these capabilities came to be.

This overview, or “Enterprise Mapping”, gives the reader a detailed understanding of the ownership structures, products, systems, resources and exports of leading firms in Rwanda’s agribusiness and manufacturing sectors today.

Finally, this book individually profiles forty-three of Rwanda’s largest manufacturing and agribusiness firms. This book is targeted at policymakers, academics, business people, and prospective investors interested in gaining a better understanding of Rwanda’s industrial sector.


And some generous words by Richard Newfarmer, the IGC Country Director for Rwanda, South Sudan & Uganda:

“In one of the first assessments of post-genocide Rwanda’s industry, economists Gathani and Stoelinga provide an insightful and comprehensive analysis of the sector’s growth and its considerable potential. Well written and accessible, their trenchant insights into recent economic performance provide required reading for prospective investors and those charting the rapid development of Rwanda”