On March 19th 2017 was held the “Cooperative Support Program (CSP) Learning & Networking Event” took place at Lemigo Hotel. The event's aim was to share achievements and lessons learnt from the implementation of the 4-years Cooperative Support Program (CSP).
From 2013-2017, SPARK coordinated the Cooperative Support Program (CSP) which supported agricultural cooperatives to become more entrepreneurial and sustainable in order to create jobs and enhance food security.
The CSP worked within four value chains in Rwanda: Beans, Irish Potato, Maize and Horticulture. The program targeted cooperatives and SMEs working along these value chains, through two different, but complementary approaches. It supported 99 cooperatives and agri-businesses.
The second target group consists of cooperative supporter’s network at national level with the mandate to motivate, train and coach agriculture cooperatives... Read more
ICCO Cooperation is launching a call for expression of interest for Rice Value Chain Finance Analysis consultancy in the framework of the STARS program “Strengthening African Rural Smallholders” implemented by ICCO Cooperation in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation in 4 African countries (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal and Burkina Faso).
The details are described in the Terms of Reference attached here. We invite you to send in your expression of interest, a well written technical and financial proposals in English, properly bound and presented in two copies containing the following information: a cover letter, which should indicate the applicants’ expertise area; budget (number of days and fee per day in Euro currency (transport and accommodation will not be taken care of by the project)), 2 pages CV for all proposed consultants, and at least 2 references for similar work achieved. All application... Read more
Scientists are calling for urgent action to halt the spread of a pest that is destroying maize crops and spreading rapidly across Africa.
The fall armyworm poses a major threat to food security and agricultural trade, warns the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (Cabi).
It says farmers' livelihoods are at risk as the non-native insect threatens to reach Asia and the Mediterranean.
The Food and Agriculture Organization plans emergency talks on the issue.
The fall armyworm, so called because it eats its way through most of the vegetation in its way as it marches through crops, is native to North and South America but was identified for the first time in Africa last year.
Cabi chief scientist Dr Matthew Cock said: "This invasive species is now a serious pest spreading quickly in tropical Africa and with the potential to spread to Asia.
"Urgent action will be needed to prevent devastating losses to crops and farmers' livelih... Read more
To be considered, your idea or existing enterprise must meet the following criteria:
• Ideas and existing enterprises are welcome to apply
• Ideas, Early Stage Businesses, and Small and Medium Enterprises with annual revenues less than 200 Million RWF (preferred)
• Your idea or business must integrate technology in its solution
• Solutions must demonstrate financial sustainability and profitability
• Solutions must include a tremendous social or environmental impact
Up to 50 winners will be selected to receive business support services for 7 months at Inkomoko. Bank of Kigali will
Deadline for Application: September 14, 2017
With this notice we would like to inform you on the third call of the Geo-data for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility.
The Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility is a grant programme that started in 2013 and is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It falls under the policy priority of food security, which focuses on increasing and enhancing sustainable food production as well as achieving more efficient agricultural water use, particularly in irrigated areas and water basins in the G4AW partner countries.
The G4AW Facility stimulates public-private partnerships and is supporting initiatives to set up large-scale, demand-driven, and user-tailored satellite-based service chains.
The ultimate goal is to improve the output of the agricultural and fishing sector by providing food producers with relevant inform... Read more
Deadline: 30th April 2017
I'm glad to invite you to apply for - ICT for Social Good - a grant for creative ideas, using digital technology for social aims.
If you are a local innovator, using ICTs for facing social issues with a bottom-up approach, you probably are the right person to apply!
In order to apply for the Grant, developing a new technology is not necessary. You only have to provide the use of an existing technology - in one of the geographical areas as specified in the guidelines: http://ictforsocialgood.org/en/
Food security, water and sanitation, health, education, human rights and citizen activism are the central themes of the Grant. Any initiative regarding these sectors promoted by any local entities (association, cooperative, NGO, small and medium enterprises) with the support of ICTs will be more than welcome. All the projects, including those that won’t reach the final selection, will be presented o... Read more
(starts on March 20th 2017)
This is to share the announcement of the new MOOC Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, which will start on Monday, March 20.
This 7-week long free online course from the SDG Academy highlights the global goal to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and ensure sustainable food production systems by 2030. They will explore the pressing challenges around agriculture and food systems, the central role of agriculture in the Sustainable Development Goals, and development pathways towards global food security and sustainable agriculture.
Global experts from Rothamsted Research, Wageningen UR, Cornell University, Tufts University, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University will cover topics such as nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and rural development. The e-course features video lectures, interesting readings, a livel... Read more
(Deadline: 20th March 2017)
Scope of Work Assignment Title: Strategic planning for GILICU and IAIBU cooperative unions - Support in development of their long-term strategic plans, and provision of associated relevant training to the unions’ leaders.
Assignment Locations: Rwanda (Gicumbi and Bugesera)
Assignment Manager: Willy Nyirigira Duration (LOE): 30 days
Intended Dates: March-May 201
The main objective of this consultancy assignment is to develop 5 year strategic plans for GILICU& IAIBU cooperative unions, and facilitate associated strategic meeting for the boards, management and or general assembly where possible.
This task will be executed in two phases: with regard to the beneficiary unions
- Phase 1: The consultant will work with GILICU, develop their strategic plan and deliver all required documents & materials, along with their respective reporting.
- Phase 2: Upon succes... Read more
I was born in a small village in southern Rwanda, where the majority of inhabitants rely on subsistence farming for their daily living. Given its far distance from the national grid, the village has no access to electricity, and biomass is the main source of fuel. As I grew up facing these challenges firsthand, I developed a passion for having a direct role in improving my livelihood and the livelihoods of my fellow villagers.
I started a company called Habona Ltd. that collects organic waste and turns it into products like briquettes, biogas, and organic fertilizers. Our briquettes are a sustainable replacement to the wood charcoal that people have been using for many years, which in turn helps to combat deforestation, and the indoor pollution caused by smoke emitted while burning wood as a cooking fuel.
The byproduct of the briquette and biogas production process is fresh fermented organic fertilizer that can be used in place of ch... Read more
In 2014, a youth-led company, CARL Group, made up of four young entrepreneurs from Rwanda had an idea: to process orange-fleshed sweet potatoes (OFSP) and turn them into baked goods. Hardworking, determined, passionate and business-minded, the company has added value by taking what was once considered a valueless crop and creating healthy, consumable vitamin A products.
My name is Clarisse and I’m the Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of the CARL Group. I grew up in an area where sweet potatoes are grown extensively. Rwanda has been rated many times as one of the largest producers of sweet potatoes, growing approximately 80 kg per capita annually. They are farmed predominately by women.
Source: The New Times
Seven visiting Dutch companies have expressed interest to invest in Rwanda’s horticulture sector.
The investors were in the country for a two-day visit to explore investment opportunities in the horticulture sector including the flower industry.
They are seeking strong partnerships and collaboration to help boost the industry, according to Marjolijn Sonnema, Netherland’s Vice Minister in charge of Agriculture and Economic Affairs.
The delegation paid a courtesy visit to the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) to further understand the sector’s potential in terms of trade and investment.
AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Agriterra and PUM are organizing a dairy learning lab in Rwamagana and Gicumbi Districts. This time, the learning lab will focus on:
. Data Recording
. Cost & Price Calculation
Participants can also bring in other topics as a result of the learning lab.
About the Learning Lab
The dairy learning lab is a network approach to boost the exchange and learning between dairy practitioners and professionals who work in support of farmer entrepreneurs. The learning lab will comprise of:
1. Farm visits in the morning
2. Training sessions in the afternoon
Two cooperatives will be visited: DUKUTAMATUNGO (Rwamagana) and IAKIB (Gicumbi)
Why should you participate?
· Update your topical knowledge with new skills in dairy farm management
· Improve your training materials and skills
Who should participate?
Participants have been selected by organizers but few seats are still available for independent participants who are willing to contribute 20 00... Read more
(Participation by invitation only!)
Through the Cooperative Support Program, AgriProFocus Rwanda and SPARK facilitated the establishment of the first Agribusiness Development Service Provider’s network in Rwanda.
As the CSP is closing its activities SPARK is organizing a learning event. In addition to the learning event, this will serve as an opportunity to continue to promote the Agri-BDS Network. Though the network is operating, considering that the concept is new, considering that it is not yet well known by the public, both partners have agreed to keep supporting the network.
It is in this regards that this event is organized to promote the network services to organizations and companies that are likely to hire their services.
Interested? E-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: The New Times
Rwanda has turned to other countries for importation of poultry products to fill the gap left by a ban triggered by bird flu outbreak in some countries.
Over one month has elapsed since a ban was imposed on imports of poultry products from bird flu affected countries such as Uganda and some European countries, including Hungary, Germany, France, Denmark and The Netherlands.
The Head of Animal Resources at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Dr Christine Kanyandekwe, told The New Times that an alternative had to be found.
Since the end of January, 49,000 day-old chicks were imported from Mauritius, 29,000 from Belgium and 11.6 tonnes of fertilised eggs from South Africa, some of the countries whose poultry has been free from bird flu, according to Kanyandekwe.
The ban has an had impact on poultry farms, which have been importing chicks from the countries where bird flu cases have been recorded.
To everyone who took part of one of the online platform training sessions in February,
We thank you for your participation! We treasure your contributions and time with us, and we hope your commitment to improve your businesses' online visibility & marketing strategies improved.
Again, thank you for attending , and please recommend this to other participants.
Participants - Online Platform Training
4. Fl... Read more
Deadline: 12 March 2017
As National Director – Rwanda, you will oversee the development and strategy of all country operations. World Vision Rwanda was founded in 1994 and serves more than 600,000 children, their families and their communities across 29 programme areas. Currently the office has a team of 320 staff with 87,000 registered children through the World Vision sponsorship programme. The office has a budget of $ 39 USD million made up of Sponsorship and Grants.
FXB Rwanda is a Harvard-affiliated local NGO operating in 10 Districts of Rwanda. FXB is the leading implementing partner of a research initiative, Strong Families “SugiraMuryango.” Which focuses on home-visiting to promote early childhood development (ECD) for families living in extreme poverty. By joining a dynamic team of FXB staff, the position will offer uniqu... Read more
Summit-Expo supported by VIV, NABC, WPSA, WVPA and partners
With the recent opening of the Kigali Convention Center, the beautiful, clean, safe and well-connected Capital of Rwanda is set to be the host of the launch-edition of Poultry Africa. The pan-African event focuses to connect African and international producers and suppliers in Poultry & Eggs.
Leadership Conference – 2 days (09.00-17.00): Leadership Conference (150 attendees)
Technical Best Practices Seminar – 2 days (13.00-17.00) Seminars (250 attendees)
Expo – 2 days (10.00-17.00) Boutique exhibition (75 exhibitors approx.)
Find more information here!
Orr contact Diana.Toth@vnuexhibitions.com
Event's website: http://poultryafrica2017.com/
We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming 2017 AgTech Innovation challenge brought to you by African Women In Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD).
To participate in the GAIA AgTech Innovation Challenge, Please complete the application form via the link below in its entirety by 9th March 2017. Winners will be announced on 13th March, and will benefit from participation in an intensive, 2-day boot camp, which will culminate in a showcase to potential investors, partners, and other key players in the agriculture sector in Accra Ghana.
Canada’s IDRC calls for proposals to support novel ideas or pre-existing innovations to respond to the challenges of existing livestock vaccines in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia. The research should focus on vaccine improvement for one or more of the eligible livestock diseases identified in the announcement. Eligibility to participate in the call for proposals extends to applicants from research-focused organizations in the private sector, academia, and research institutes anywhere in the world. The program will fund up to six research projects at a maximum of CA$1 million each. The deadline for proposals is 21 March 2017.
SFIAR annually awards a prize to scientists working at or in association
The Marketplace for Nutritious Foods Rwanda has recently concluded the selection of grantees for its first and second call for proposals with 10 companies selected to receive investment grants for the implementation of several agricultural value addition projects including meat processing, flour blends and processing, egg production and Tilapia fish cage farming and physallis (gooseberry) production. The Marketplace project is now calling for applications from qualified companies or Individuals within meat processing to be provided with two day training. A maximum of 25 companies producing meat products will be selected by GAIN.
GAIN has hired a consultant to provide training to 25 selected meat processing companies. GAIN thereby wishes to invite eligible and interested meat processing companies in Rwanda to apply for this two training opportunity.
Outcome of the training
Company delegates will be trained on:
- How to p... Read more