Rwanda Women's Leadership Project

The overarching aim of this program is to strengthen the capacity of the University of Rwanda to advance women’s leadership in the field of agriculture. Michigan State University in partnership with Washington State University strives to strengthen Rwanda’s agricultural sector by addressing the gaps that NUR identified in their agribusiness training and research capacity. Interventions include developing a gender-sensitive masters of science in agribusiness with an emphasis in export agriculture to train highly employable agribusiness professionals with strong analytical and business development skills. The graduate program will prioritize accessibility to women and mid-career professionals, incorporate extensive experiential learning opportunities, and focus on producing graduates with highly employable knowledge and skills. Furthermore, this program will prepare women for leadership and entrepreneurial roles as well as promote engagement with local underserved communities.


Funding Organizations
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Higher Education for Development (HED)

Washington State University
National University of Rwanda



Key Personnel

  • Dr. Gretchen Neisler, Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Dr. Amy Jamison, Gender Specialist (Co-PI)

Project Manager

  • John Medendorp, Michigan State University

Partner Personnel

  • Dr. Colleen Taugher, Internships and Career Development - Washington State University
  • Dr. Solange Uwituze - University of Rwanda
  • Dr. Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze - University of Rwanda
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