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A world leader in experiential education, research and conservation agriculture, RICA exists to prepare East Africa’s next generation of agricultural leaders.

Join us and help fuel a movement of innovation in agriculture.


We are a part of a global movement of innovation in agriculture. Not only will our students gain a world-class education emphasizing Conservation Agriculture and One Health principles, but they will gain practical skills in communication, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Through experiential learning, students will earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation Agriculture in a three year, internationally recognized program.

Letter from the Vice Chancellor

Welcome to RICA – the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture.

RICA is part of a global movement to elevate the value of agriculture to society – to recognize that feeding the world can be done efficiently, cost-effectively, and in ways that conserve our natural resources. To do this, RICA will teach and research innovative ways to protect and enhance the soil, to produce a variety of crops for human use as well as animal production, and to share what we learn with farmers and their advisors in new, effective ways.

If you are interested in joining us, we are anxious to visit with you. We are seeking candidates who would like to be part of a world-class faculty interested in teaching in an experiential learning environment, and researching new, innovative approaches to agriculture for Rwanda and East Africa. We are recruiting students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in conservation agriculture, who are anxious to learn using hands-on approaches, integrating practical experiences with sound agricultural science; students who will become innovators and entrepreneurs – leaders for the future of agriculture in Rwanda and East Africa.

Welcome to RICA – where the future of agriculture for Rwanda is in your hands.

Richard Ferguson, PhD
Vice Chancellor