Pre-Conference Interviews

David Weiss of Global Communities (formerly CHF International) sat down for an interview with Microlinks to discuss Cracking the Nut Africa, a joint effort of Global Communities, USAID/Rwanda, and AZMJ.

Anita Campion and Nikolaus Eichman of AZMJ share their thoughts on what participants can expect from the conference and how the first regional Cracking the Nut event will focus on concerns specific to Africa while still drawing upon international expertise.

CARANA Corporation’s Nathan Van Dusen recently joined Microlinks for a discussion on his organization’s role in the Cracking the Nut Africa and how the conference represents an opportunity to share critical innovations and lessons learned with the broader development community.

Engility's Vice-President, Andrew Keck, discusses how he looks forward to sharing his organization's experience and methodology as well as learning from others on improving rural livelihoods and food security at Cracking the Nut Africa.

Videos from the Event

Welcome Remarks by Peter Malnak, USAID/Rwanda Mission Director

Welcome Remarks by Clare Akamanzi, Chief Operating Officer, Rwanda Development Board

Conference Opening Remarks by Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Rwanda Minister of Agriculture & Animal Resources

Keynote: Mike de Klerk, Advisor to the Agricultural Finance Stakeholder Working Group, Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A)

Cracking the Nut in The News


All Africa
Rwanda Hosts Conference on Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security

Kigali — About 400 experts in agriculture from 22 countries are in Kigali to discuss how to advance food security through propelling the private sector to invest more in the field. 'Cracking the Nut Africa' discussions will centre on how governments, donors, investors and private sector representatives, can support positive progress in... Read More Here

First Cracking the Nut Africa

13-15 January, 2014. Kigali, Rwanda. USAID Rwanda's Integrated Improved Livelihoods Program “Ejo Heza”, managed by Global Communities (formerly CHF International), organised its the first Cracking the Nut Africa: Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security conference, in conjunction with AZMJ. This event highlighted... Read More Here

USAID, Global Communities, and Government of Rwanda Launch First 'Cracking the Nut' Global Food Security Conference in Africa

Kigali, January 14, 2013– Today, the U.S. government-sponsored Cracking the Nut: Improving Rural Livelihoods and Food Security conference began at Serena Hotel in Kigali. The global conference, which runs through tomorrow, brings together experts from the private sector, NGOs, government, and academia to tackle the challenges of... Read More Here

Republic of Rwanda - Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources
Cracking the Nut Conference kicks off with business opportunities highlights

The long awaited event, the Cracking the Nut Africa conference focusing on how to improve Rural Livelihoods and Food Security has finally become a reality on January the 13th, 2014 at the SerenaHotel in Kigali. The conference, which has been taken to the African continent for the first time... Read More Here

This conference is organized by Connexus Corporation