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H. E. Gerardine Mukeshimana

Republic of Rwanda
Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources

Gerardine Mukeshimana is the Minister of Agriculture and Animal resources of the Republic of Rwanda. As a Minister, she is of managing the Government policies for Agriculture and livestock sector modernization for food and nutrition security and economic growth. She is also responsible for policy formulation, work with other Ministries on cross cutting issues that affect agriculture sector especially land use and management, trade, commerce, infrastructure, gender, and youth employment.

Gerardine hold a PhD from Michigan State University. Prior to Joining the Ministry, she worked at the Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) Hub, a shared agriculture research and biosciences platform to increase access to affordable , World-class  research facilities.

Gerardine has previously served in different roles in education, agriculture, and rural development sectors in Rwanda.  In 2012, she was recognized by the United States Agency for International Development’s Board for International Food & Agriculture Development (BIFAD) for her significant contributions to the breeding of the common bean for drought tolerance and disease resistance. She also received a Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program (Borlaug LEAP) fellowship for key contributions to breeding of the common bean.