On Wednesday 30th August 2017, AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with Oxfam in Rwanda and National Co-operatives Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR) organized a workshop “Organic certification for Horticulture value Chain‘’ at Umubano Hotel, Kigali Rwanda.
This workshop’s objective was to discuss on the issues challenges and gaps which limit the development of Horticulture cooperatives among which organic certification is major and discuss possible solutions to address the identified issues.
During this workshop, there were 31 different horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders. The participants came from Government Institutions (NAEB, RALIS, RSB and RCA), NGOs and INGOs (Oxfam, INADES-Formation, and DUTERIMBERE), PSF (Farmers and Companies), Horticulture Cooperatives federation including organic farmers (ROAM) and cooperative union.
This round table meeting brought in more awareness on what, why and when organic and other type of certifications is key for complying with market requirements in Rwanda and international level. It was a good opportunity for horticultural value chain actors as they have explained about the importance of certification on horticulture value chain development in Rwanda.
Close to the end of the workshop, the participants of this round table meeting agreed on some conclusions and recommendations which will be supporting the horticulture value chain development in Rwanda.
A big thank you to all the participants, we look forward to cooperating more in the upcoming event of horticulture value chain actors and stakeholders.