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Food systems in Africa face many complex and connected challenges: malnutrition, climate change, inequality and the overuse of natural resources to give a few examples. These are not just challenges for the government and private sector. They require effective leadership at every level, from every perspective, to make the difficult decisions needed for system-wide change. Wageningen University and Research and Wasafiri Consulting, with support from IKEA Foundation, have come together to create a unique systems-leadership development and fellowship programme for Africa’s food systems leaders.

Rwanda systems leadership programme is launched! The African Food Fellowship is inviting applications from Rwandan citizens for the inaugural Food Systems Leadership Programme. We need leaders in the food system who see the bigger picture and can adapt to an ever-changing context. As a leader in the field, you have the opportunity to help make Africa’s food systems regenerative and more inclusive.


  • A legal resident of Rwanda (non-nationals are also eligible)
  • 45 years of age or younger
  • Proficient enough in the English language to follow the programme
  • Willing and able to commit an average of 4 hours / week


When you join, you will be offered the opportunity to participate in a highly interactive, four- month programme, and given membership to the African Food Fellowship. This includes a further coaching programme of six months. After this programme, you will:

  • Understand food systems and systems thinking. You learn about the interactions between the food supply chain and its impact on social, economic and environmental health. This includes an exploration of the dynamic nature of food systems and how they change
  • See where there are trade-offs in the system. You will get to design strategies and learn approaches to deal with these trade-offs and create synergies by learning how to effectively steer the process of change
  • Develop individual and collective leadership qualities by exploring personal attitudes and aspirations. You will better your networking skills, build relationships, find common ground and overcome resistance to change
  • Build your network, become part of a community of food systems leaders across the continent
  • Gain world-class, expert knowledge by engaging with leading faculties and mentors

About Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation brings knowledge on food systems into action, by strengthening capacities for sustainable development in upcoming markets. Wageningen Centre of Development Innovation offers a unique interaction between capacity development and project implementation. As part of the renowned Wageningen University & Research, over 50 advisors with a combined 500-plus years of on-the-ground experience in international development are passionately working on today’s challenges.

Our ambition is to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal of feeding nine billion people by 2050 in the domain of inclusive and sustainable food systems. Leveraging on an extensive worldwide network of partners and clients we support projects in low and middle income countries that build up the capacities of people, organisations and institutions.