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Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture

Conservation Agriculture

CAREER: Conservationist



    • April 16, 2024 – Our students shared what was most meaningful to them from our recent Leadership Development Workshop. Patrick said: “In the workshop conversation about compassionate leadership and servant leadership, the discussion on empathy towards immigrants struck me as profoundly meaningful. It’s a stark reflection of societal challenges that compassionate leaders must confront. The issue of immigrants being perceived as job competitors by some Americans resonates deeply with the essence of compassionate leadership. Compassionate leaders understand the importance of empathy and inclusivity, recognizing that every individual deserves dignity and respect regardless of their origin or background. By acknowledging and addressing the fears and concerns of both immigrants and native citizens, compassionate leaders can foster understanding and unity within their communities. This requires not only listening to diverse perspectives but also advocating for policies that promote equity and opportunity for all. In integrating this into leadership practices, compassionate leaders must strive to create environments where diversity is celebrated, and everyone feels valued and supported. They lead by example, demonstrating empathy, understanding, and a commitment to addressing systemic issues that perpetuate division and inequality. Through their actions, they inspire others to embrace compassionate leadership and work towards a more inclusive and equitable society.”
    • March 1, 2023 – In a recent Leadership Development Workshop, we explored the question, “How can you make sure the pain of your past doesn’t determine your future?” What stood out and meant the most to you in this workshop? Patrick said: “During this recent workshop, I learned that your past does not define you. I do not have to limit myself to achieve my goals by thinking that my past will not allow me to make it. I also learned that every change starts with changing my mindset.”
    • September 8, 2022 – Patrick shared the biggest changes in his life since the end of the COVID restrictions: “My thinking has expanded because before COVID restrictions relaxed many of my choices depended on those restrictions. I can now access opportunities outside my campus, but before I could not go outside the campus due to COVID restrictions.”

Patrick’S CIRCLE


Patrick was born to a family of ten children and he lost his parents at the age of 13. It was a big challenge for his older sibling to pay school fees for Patrick and his siblings, as well as taking care of other family expenses. This made Patrick work hard whenever he got an opportunity to access education. This helped him get a scholarship to pursue a degree in Conservation Agriculture at the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA). Patrick is looking forward to using the skills he is acquiring to design solutions to improve food sustainability in Rwanda. Patrick enjoys seeing his actions put a smile on someone’s face; this makes Patrick want to find solutions that will positively impact disadvantaged people in his community. 

Patrick is a co-founder of Agri-ThinkTank, an early-stage startup developing innovative solutions to further the agriculture sector and protect the environment.

During his free time, Patrick enjoys reading non-fiction books, writing articles on various topics, and traveling.