Françoise Umarishavu

Current Position

Doctoral Researcher, University of Goettingen, RTG 2654 Sustainable Food Systems, Subproject A2 How sustainable are sustainability standards? (Prof. Wollni)

Research Interests

Food Security
Sustainable Food Systems
Rural development & Development Economics
Poverty eradication


  • 10/2022 – present : Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany
  • 10/2017 – 10/2019: Master of Science in International Food Business & Consumer Studies University of Kassel (Organic Agricultural Sciences), Germany & University of Applied Sciences of Fulda, Germany
  • 01/2008 – 11/2011: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness, National University of Rwanda

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – 2022: Senior Associate Certification Partnerships at Rainforest Alliance (Representation for Rwanda and Burundi)
  • 2019 – 2022: Consultant in Sustainable Agriculture and Certifications
  • 2020 – 2021: Lead Auditor (Organic-EOS& NOP at Ecocert Group)
  • 2020 – 2022: Assistant Lecturer at Protestant University of Rwanda
  • 2013 – 2017: Assistant to the Vice Chancellor at Protestant University of Rwanda
  • 2012 – 2013: Field Communications Officer at One Acre Fund (Rwanda & Burundi)


  • Muhirwa F, Shen L, Elshkaki A, Zhong S, Hu S, Hirwa H, Chiaka JC, Umarishavu F, Mulinga N. Ecological balance emerges in implementing the water-energy-food security nexus in well-developed countries in Africa. Sci Total Environ. 2022 Apr 2:154999. DOI
  • The Documentation of the Organic Food System of Mouans-Sartoux, France – a case study. Published in the book entitled Organic Food System cases around the world (Kretschmer, S. 1976-, Jamil, T., Stefanovic, L., & Kassel University Press GmbH. (2021). Organic food system cases around the world - a documentation project.).


  • Proficient: English, French
  • Basic: German, Swahili
  • Mother Tongue: Kinyarwanda