International Studies & Programs

Women's Agribusiness Program in Rwanda

MSU has partnered with the University of Rwanda and Washington State University to implement a USAID-funded women's leadership program designed to support access to higher education and advanced degrees for women, to strengthen institutional capacity in research and education on women's leadership, and to promote women's leadership through higher education extension and outreach efforts in underserved communities.

In Rwanda, the program created a new gender-sensitive MSc program in agribusiness; conducted training for faculty members in pedagogy, experiential education, technology, and gender mainstreaming; and provided collaborative research opportunities on key agricultural challenges. The MSc program at the University of Rwanda prioritizes accessibility to women and mid-career professionals, incorporates extensive experiential learning opportunities, and focuses on producing graduates with highly employable knowledge and skills. This program prepares women for leadership and entrepreneurial roles and prepares men to be gender-sensitive advocates for women's empowerment in agriculture.