Former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Mukeshimana appointed IFAD vice president

On 1 August 2023 at 01:29

Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana, the former Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda, has been appointed the Vice-President of the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD).

The development was confirmed through a statement released by IFAD on 31st July 2023.

“I am pleased to announce that after a very robust recruitment process, including an external panel review, I have appointed Ms Gérardine Mukeshimana, a national of Rwanda, as Vice-President,” said IFAD President Alvaro Lario, in the statement.

According to the statement, Dr. Mukeshimana will come on board (in IFAD) on August 28, 2023.

Dr. Mukeshimana served as the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda for the previous eight years from 2014 until March 2023. She was replaced by Dr. Ildephonse Musafiri.

Under her leadership, the agricultural sector was transformed into one of the best performing on the continent and farmers experienced a dramatic improvement of their livelihoods, according to the statement.

During her tenure, the statement added, Mukeshimana engaged with rural youth, attracted private sector interest in agri-business in Rwanda, and pioneered the use of climate funds for the agricultural sector.

Dr. Mukeshimana possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and Horticulture from the University of Rwanda, a Master’s Degree and a doctorate in Plant breeding and Genetics- Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University (USA).

He brings to IFAD extensive knowledge and networks in the agricultural development domain, including with other multilateral development banks and climate funds, as well as her strong technical experience from her work and research at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the Michigan State University.

About IFAD

IFAD is an international financial institution and specialised United Nations agency based in Rome, Italy, the UN’s food and agriculture hub. Since 1978, the fund said it has provided $23.2 billion in grants and low-interest loans.

It has 177 Member States composed of developing, middle and high-income countries from all regions of the world who are dedicated to eradicating poverty in rural areas.

IFAD works to address poverty and hunger in rural areas of developing countries.

It funds and sponsors initiatives that are intended to improve land and water management, develop rural infrastructure, educate farmers in more efficient technologies, build up resilience against climate change, enhance market accessibility, among others.

Dr. Mukeshimana served as the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda for the previous eight years from 2014 until March 2023.