"To make a difference is not what is in your pocket that matters, it is what is in your heart that truly matters." -  Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye

Cedric Habiyaremye's Story

As a kid, Cedric used to go hungry living in a refugee camp, now he is a renowned crop scientist and agricultural entrepreneur developing solutions for a Zero-Hunger World.

 

Cedric's passion and commitment to agricultural development and in the fight against hunger were fueled by his past. Growing up in a refugee camp and experiencing hunger, it was not life it was survival. Food became a rare commodity and life became horrific. There were times his family, and himself would spend two to three days no food; only drinking water from the swamp. During those time of hardships when he was 11 years old, that is when he decided that if he survived that situation, he wanted to become an expert in agriculture so that he can improve agricultural systems and fight against hunger in his country of Rwanda and around the world when he grows up. He survived, and today his dreams are on their way to becoming true. As a Research Associate at Washington State University, He leads and facilitates participatory breeding and agronomic research projects on quinoa, and millets in Rwanda, and assists quinoa variety and agronomic trials development in Malawi, Kenya, and other potentially interested countries around the world. He is also a Rwanda Research Lead at Food Systems for the Future, Founder & CEO of QuinoaHub Ltd, and Co-Founder of FarmWella SPC. He is also a member of the United Nations Association.

 

During his work in community development projects and the international development realms, Cedric has demonstrated leadership in agricultural development and in the fight against hunger in various settings. He has deservedly received multiple awards and honors. In 2018 he won the World Hunger Leadership Award for his major contributions in the agricultural development and in the fight against hunger. He was the 2018 Next Generation Delegate at the Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium, the 2018 African Green Revolution Forum Borlaug LEAP Delegate, the 2017 World Food Prize Borlaug LEAP Delegate, a WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences Mug Awards recipient (2018 and 2017). He served as the 2017 fellow for the US Borlaug Fellowship on Global Food Security, the 2016 fellow for the Norman E. Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program, and the 2015 fellow for the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development Future Leaders Forum. He is also a WSU College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Team Award recipient, 2015 (Quinoa Research and Extension Team).

 

His work was also featured by several media outlets and podcasts including: BBC World News, Forbes, Al Jazeera News, Phoenix TV, the Yahoo! News, NPR News, The UN Foundation, AllAfrica, 8The New Times, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) News Article & Podcasts, the WCIA News, the WSU News Posts, the UC Davis Borlaug LEAP, Umuseke, the Lewiston Tribune Newspaper, and the Purdue Center for Global Food Security.

 

He gives talks and lectures in colleges, universities and other institutions and various international meetings and conferences around the world as a scientist covering topics on global food security and other related issues, and as a motivational speaker, he transmits uplifting messages in relevance to real-life to help others rise above their circumstances and thrive for self-reliance. He is ultimate goal is to help other people achieve their goals more efficiently and be able to achieve their full potential. He also mentors youth to find their life purpose and chase their life goals.

 

He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy and Crop Science from Washington State University, a BS in Agricultural Science with Honors in Irrigation and Drainage, and an Advanced Diploma in Soil and Water Management both from University of Rwanda College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) formerly known as (ISAE-Busogo). 

 

One of Cedric’s favorite quote: “To make a difference it is not what is in your pocket that matters—it what is in your heart that truly matters.

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PERSONAL INTERESTS

  • International Agricultural Development

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EDUCATION

2019

Ph.D., Agronomy & Crop Science

Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

2016

MS, Agronomy & Crop Science

Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

2013

BS, Agricultural Science with Honours in Irrigation and Drainage

University of Rwanda College of Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) formerly known as (ISAE-Busogo), Musanze, Rwanda.

2012

A1 (Advanced Diploma) in Soil and Water Management

University of Rwanda College of Agriculture, and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) formerly known as (ISAE-Busogo), Musanze, Rwanda.

2007

High School Diploma in Biochemistry & Latin

Petit Séminaire St Kizito de Zaza, Ngoma, Rwanda.

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