Prof. Edouard Musabanganji (PhD)

Academic rank: 
School of Economics
College of Business and Economics(CBE)
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Educational Background: 
• PhD in Agricultural Sciences and Biological Engineering (Major in Agricultural Economics), Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Université de Liège, Belgium (September 2017). • Master in Applied Statistics, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (September 2009). • Bachelor in Education (Major in Mathematics), National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda (October 2005).
Research Interests and area of expertise : 
• Statistical Modeling and Computing (SAS, STATA, R, SPSS, SPAD, SAS E-guide, Jump, etc.) • Research Design and Methods • Agricultural Competitiveness and Value Chain Analysis • Agricultural economics • Rural and community development • Project Design, Monitoring and Evaluation • Organization and Conduct of Impact Evaluation and RCTs • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  1. Papers accepted and published in Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Journals, Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings.
  1. Charles K. M., Patrick E M., Innocent Ngaruye, I. and Edouard Musabanganji, E. (June 2023). Temporal Trends of HIV Prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa. Paper accepted for publication by JP Journal of Biostatistics - (P-ISSN: 0973-5143).
  2. Maniriho, A.Musabanganji, E.Lebailly, P. (2022). A Comparative Study between Major Crop (Potato) and Minor Crop (Onion) in Volcanic Highlands of Rwanda. Journal of Agriculture and Crops, Vol. 8(2), pp. 68–74. DOI:
  3. Abdou, M.Musabanganji, E.Musahara, H. (2022). Determinants of Tourism Demand Using Machine Learning Techniques. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol. 11(2), pp. 770–780. DOI:
  4. Maniriho, A.Musabanganji, E.Mulumeoderhwa, F.Manirakiza, D.Lebailly, P. (2022). Preferences of Small-Scale Farmers for Innovative Farming Techniques in Volcanic Highlands in Rwanda. Agris On-line Papers in Economics and Informatics, Vol. 14(2), pp. 73–83. DOI: 10.7160/aol.2022.140206.
  5. Abdou, M.Musabanganji, E.Musahara, H. (2022). Factors Affecting the Visitation to National Parks Using Machine Learning Techniques: The Case of National Parks in Rwanda. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol. 11(2), pp. 457–474. DOI:
  6. Maniriho, A.Musabanganji, E.Lebailly, P. (2022). Food security status and coping strategies among small-scale crop farmers in Volcanic Highlands in Rwanda. Journal of Central European Agriculture, Vol. 23(1), pp. 165–178. DOI:
  7. Mutai, C.K.McSharry, P.E.Ngaruye, I.Musabanganji, E. (2021). Use of machine learning techniques to identify HIV predictors for screening in sub-Saharan Africa. BMC Medical Research Methodology, Vol. 21(1), 159.
  8. Maniriho, A.Berti, F.Musabanganji, E.Lebailly, P. (2021). The profitability of potato production in the volcanic highlands in Rwanda|La rentabilité de la production de pomme de terre dans la région des sols de laves au Rwanda. Tropicultura, Vol. 39(4), pp. 1–29. DOI: 10.25518/2295-8010.1909.
  9. Abdou, M.Musabanganji, E.Musahara, H. (2021). Tourism Demand Modelling and Forecasting: A Review of Literature. African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Vol. 10(4), pp. 1370–1393. DOI:
  10. Maniriho, A.Musabanganji, E.Lebailly, P. (2021). Factors affecting farm performance among small-scale farmers in the volcanic highlands of Rwanda: What is the role of institutions? Asian Journal of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vol. 11(4), pp. 262–268.
  11. Maniriho, A.Musabanganji, E.Lebailly, P. (2020). Analysis of economic efficiency of small-scale onion production in volcanic highlands in Rwanda. Montenegrin Journal of Economics, Vol. 16(3), pp. 185–196. DOI
  12. Maniriho, A., Musabanganji, E., Nkikabahizi, F., & Lebailly, P. (2022). Analysis of small-scale farmers’ exposure to environmental risks: Empirical evidence from rural Rwanda. Agronomie Africaine, 34(2), 281-291. Available at
  13. Maniriho, A., Musabanganji, E., Nkikabahizi, F., Ruranga, C., & Lebailly, P. (2021). Analysis of the determinants of households’ expenditures in Rwanda. UKH Journal of Social Sciences, 5(1), 8-17. DOI:
  14. Musabanganji, E., Ruranga, C., Maniriho, A. (2019). Migration decisions among rural households in Rwanda: What does the push-and-pull model reveal? AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 4 (3): 68-75. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG1903068M
  15.  Musabanganji, E., Ruranga, C., Nzabanita, J., Nkikabahizi, F., Ndizeye, I., Lebailly, P. (2019). Productivity and competitiveness of Rwandan agriculture: a case study of the maize sector. AGROFOR International Journal, Volume 4 (1): 32-40. DOI: 10.7251/AGRENG1901032M
  16. Maniriho, A., Musabanganji, E., Lebailly, P. (2020). An analysis of savings among rural poor households in Rwanda (Chapter 2). In Gouranga, D. and Rukundo, B. J. (Eds.) Rwandan Economy at the Crossroads of Development. Frontiers in African Business Research, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-5046-1_2
  17. Nkikabahizi, F., Hategekimana, V., Musabanganji, E. (2020). The working of Monetary Policy Transmission Mechanism in Rwanda: An Econometric Analysis using Equilibrium Model (Chapter 4). In Gouranga, D. and Rukundo, B. J. (Eds.) Rwandan Economy at the Crossroads of Development. Frontiers in African Business Research, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-5046-1_4
  18. Maniriho, A., Musabanganji, E., Lebailly, P. (2020). Crop production and Food Consumption for farmers’ Welfare in Rwanda, In Dusan, K. (Ed.), Book of Proceedings, Sixth International Scientific Agricultural Symposium “AgroSym 2019” (10): 1621-1628.
  19. Musabanganji E., Karangwa, A., Azadi, H. and Lebailly, P. (2016). Regional Integration and Agricultural Trade Development in Rwanda: The case of Staple Foods SectorAgriculture and Forestry, Volume 62 (2): 1 53-1 62. DOI: 10.17707/AgricultForest.62.2.14
  20. Bashangwa M. B., Musabanganji, E., Ndimanya, P. and Lebailly, P. (2015).  Analysis of the Adoption of Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) in farming systems, Matongo-Burundi. Agriculture and Forestry, Volume 61 (4): 117-124. DOI: 10.17707/AgricultForest.61.4.12
  21. Jose, A. M., Musabanganji, E., Niwemahoro C., Banamwana, L., Uwitonze, M. and Mukamana, A. (2011). A study of institutional environment and household food security at local level in Rwanda. Rwandan Journal, Vol. 22 (B): 96-128.
  22. Musabanganji, E., Karangwa, A. and Lebailly, P. (2015). Price transmission mechanism analysis: An application to selected foodstuffs on the main markets of the Southern Rwanda. East African Journal of Science and Technology (EAJST), Volume 5 (2): 179-200.
  23. Karangwa, A., Niyitanga, F., Bucagu, C., Musabanganji, E. and Habimana, S., (2015). Effect test of Industrial Organic Manure on the Physical Growth and Yield Performance of Bean in Bugesera District Environment. Case of Earth Boost fertilizer on Colta variety. East African Journal of Science and Technology (EAJST), Vol.5 (2): 32-49.
  24. Musabanganji, E. (2013). Analysis of the behavior of the main food product on local markets in Rwanda. A Methodological approach using the Equilibrium model. Journal of Emerging Issues in Economics, Finance and Banking (JEIEFB), Vol. 1 (3): 163-183.
  25. Niwemahoro, C., Musabanganji, E. and Banamwana, L. (2011).  Fertility preferences and level of Family planning in Rwanda: Case of Huye District. Journal of Emerging Trends in Economics and Management Sciences (JETEMS), Vol. 2 (3): 168-174.
  26. Nkikabahizi, F., Ndagijimana, J. and Musabanganji, E. (2017). Relationship Between Inflation and Real Economic Growth in Rwanda. In A. Heshmati (Ed.), Studies on Economic Development and Growth in Selected African Countries, Frontiers in African Business Research, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-4451-9_6
  27. Musabanganji, E. and Rukundo, J.B. (2014). Unemployment and Under-employment in Rural areas of Rwanda. A case study of Huye District. In Mihyo, P. (Ed.), Employment Policies and Unemployment in Southern and Eastern Africa, 370-395.
  28.  Musabanganji E., Karangwa, A. and Lebailly, P. (2016). Intensification of Smallholder Agriculture in Rwanda: Scenarios and Challenges towards a Sustainable Transformation. Paper selected as a Contribution and presented at the 5th International Conference of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, September 23-26, 2016, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia. DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.246384
  29.  Musabanganji, E., Karangwa, A. and Lebailly, P. (2015). Determinants of Access to Agricultural Credits for Small Scale Farmers in the Southern Province of Rwanda, In Dusan, K. (Ed.), Book of Proceedings, Sixth International Scientific Agricultural Symposium “AgroSym 2015” (6): 1815-1820.
  1. Published book
  1. Musabanganji, E. (2012). Analyse des séries temporelles appliquée. A book of 153 pages published in Editions Universitaires Européennes, Sarrebrook.  (ISBN: 978-3-8417-9293-8).’analyse-des-séries-temporelles-appliquée
  1. Papers submitted for Publications and on-going research papers
  1. Musabanganji, E., Maniriho, A., Kayisire, P., Nyalihama, C. (2022) Regional Trade and Competitiveness of Rwandan Agriculture: Empirical Analysis of Selected Priority Foodstuffs. Paper submitted to Rwanda Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Business (RJSSHB). November 2022.
  2. Musabanganji, E. Maniriho, A. and Lyumugabe, F. (2022). Production and Commercilaization and Consumption of Traditional Sorghum Beer (“Ikigage”), and Its Impact on Local Farmers’ Welfare in Rwanda. Paper submitted in Agronomie Africaine. November 2022.
  3. Karangwa, T., Gisaro, C. M. Y. B., Ndikumana, C. Musabanganji, E. (2022). Factors Affecting the Vision Umurenge Programme Financial Loans Repayment in Gisagara District of Rwanda. Paper submitted to Rwanda Journal of Social Sciences, Humanities and Business (RJSSHB). November 2020.
  4. Musabanganji, E., Thiele,R. (2023). Access to Credit and Household Welfare in Rural Rwanda: Evidence from Matching and Endogenous Switching Models. On-going research paper.
Professional Achievements: 
• A member of the Scientific Committee in charge of preparing the Annual International Agriculture Symposium (AGROSYM) held annually and organized by the University of Eastern Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. • Reviewer, Financial Innovation, a Springer Open Journal affiliated with Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China. • Partner-South (In charge of Socioeconomic part of the project and a PhD Thesis supervisor), Projet d'Amélioration de la Qualité des Bières Traditionnelles Rwandaises, par l'Optimisation des Procédés Innovants d'Incorporation de Matières Premières Locales. A Multi-institutional Research and Development Project funded for 4 Years by Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur (ARES-Belgium) and implemented by Catholique Université Catholique de Louvain (Louvain-la-neuve, Belgium), Université de Liège (Belgium) and University of Rwanda. • Co-Principal Investigator of a NCST funded Project under UR-SPIU on “Enhancement of Production Technology and Quality of Rwandan Traditional Beers “IKIGAGE” by Optimization Process incorporating the Innovative Local Raw Materials”. Dr. Musabanganji is responsible for the implementation (from April 2021 to September 2021) of Specific Objective One: “Survey and Reporting on the production, commercialization and consumption of traditional Ikigage beers and their socio-economic impact to the local brewers”. This will integrate all economic, social and cultural aspects of traditional brewing sector. • Principal Investigator of a Research Project entitled: “Access to Credit and Household Welfare in Rural Rwanda: Evidence from Matching and Endogenous Switching Models” and funded by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). • Principal Investigator, UR-ULg/Project KIKI-R.CFRA.9043, a 3 year-Regional Development Project funded by Wallonie-Bruxelles International (WBI) through the Center for Development Partnership and Cooperation (PACODEL) of the University of Liège. Dr. Musabanganji successfully handled alone the Project proposal writing and submission. • Lead Researcher, OSSREA Funded Project under OSSREA’s Unemployment and Employment Policies and Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Musabanganji successfully handled the Project proposal writing and submission.
Personal Statement: 
Professor Edouard Musabanganji has more than 13 years of experience in various leadership and professional positions in Higher Learning Institutions and Research and Development Projects management. Currently, he is a Professor of Agricultural Economics in the School of Economics at the University of Rwanda. Prof. Musabanganji has published in international peer-reviewed journals more than 25 scientific papers and book chapters applying Statistical Methods in Rural Development, Agricultural Economics and Sustainable Agriculture. He designed and conducted Impact Evaluations and Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) in various research areas including Energy, Rural Development and Socio-therapy. Prof. Musabanganji attended and gave presentations in more than 5 international conferences and facilitated more than 5 capacity building technical workshops particularly in Research Methods. Further, he has been actively involved in more than 30 consultancies where he served as Team Leader and Team member. Particularly, he won and successfully conducted a highly Rural development competitive OSSREA funded 2-year Research Project under Unemployment and Employment Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also served, from 2018 to 2020, as the Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of other four Multi-institutional Research and Development Projects including Regional Projects. He has a sound background in leadership, management, and evaluation of Research and Development projects, and in coordination of various activities such as meetings and workshops.