The Strengthening Education for Agricultural Development (SEAD) Project aims to contribute to achieving sustainable food security in Rwanda. The project is designed to improve: education and training; research and community services in Agricultural production; value chain management and land and water management.
The SEAD Project falls under the Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education 2 (NICHE 2) programme. Which is a Dutch funded development cooperation programme aimed at strengthening capacity in their partner countries through strengthening post-secondary education and training. SEAD has a co-management arrangement between the requesting organisation, Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) in consortium with INES, University of Rwanda (UR) and WDA/IPRCs) and the provider (the international consortium led by Mott MacDonald).
The SEAD project brings together institutions from the Netherlands, and South Africa and the Rwandan public and private sector to provide sustainable solutions to food security. The project will assist with the development of strong ties between the beneficiary institutes and the labour market through programme development and delivery; applied research and outreach services; resulting in increased labour market competence and orientation. The project will have an increased focus on entrepreneurship and inclusiveness. In this way, the Rwandan partners will be adequately equipped to meet the needs of farmers, farmer (support) organisations, agribusiness and agri-service companies.
In addition, the project aims to contribute to the mainstreaming of gender equality and increasing gender sensitiveness in (management of) curriculum development, training of trainers, applied research and extensions service.
Alban Singirankabo was offered a SEAD PhD scholarship at TU Delft, after a thorough selection process. As a lecturer at UR/CST-CGIS, with a Master from Twente ITC in Land Administration 2009-2011, Alban has already some experience from the Netherlands. He also knows Nuffic quite well since he was coordinator of a NICHE project implemented by ITC in Rwanda.
His research looks at the relations between land tenure security, agricultural productivity and food security. This is very relevant for the SEAD project. In particular, his research will assess the changes in agricultural productivity and ascertain their links with land tenure security and food security. Rwanda has been very successful in only 7 years to register all plots of land. Alban wants to find the reasons behind this success. His research will focus on plots and look at historical developments, linking plots to owners. To do this, the study will examine, archives, literature on land tenure and... Read more
In order to strengthen education and improve agricultural development in Rwanda, the SEAD project makes use of several pillars, Curriculum revision is of them. UR-CAVM is currently engaged in an internal review of all programmes it offers, since these have not been undergoing a review since the merger of the institutes in 2014. It is in this regards that during the week of 16th-20th April 2018 at Fatima hotel, the SEAD project has provided support by offering its expertise for the revision of the programme of Agribusiness of UR-CAVM.
The process involved the education teams of UR-CAVM and other higher education institutions with higher learning expertise in agribusiness, government officials in strategic positions for agribusiness development, representatives of the private sector involved in the agribusiness and students & Alumni of the agribusiness programme at higher learning institutions.
The participants of the workshop assessed the current curriculum of the Bac... Read more
In the week of 16-20 April, the SEAD project organized a community outreach training on feeding management facilitated by Mr. Mark Bos, Dairy Value chain expert from the consortium partner Q-point. During a 3-day training, eight trainers from UR/CAVM, IPRC Musanze and IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation were engaged in a training of trainers in order for them to prepare the roll out to farmers. The training was developed using an active participatory approach in which trainers themselves developed training materials, contextualizing these to fit the needs of Rwandan farmers and cooperatives under the expert guidance of Mark. The roll out theoretical training to 25 small holder dairy farmers and cooperatives was conducted at Imbaraga Federation training centre in Musanze on “Managing the nutritional requirements of a dairy cow to ensure optimum milk production by healthy cows”. At the beginning of the training, farmers involved in dai... Read more
SEAD activities for April 2018 have been closed by the “look and learn” tour with participants from the livestock team. During the tour, the participants got insights on “Farming as an Enterprise concept” and learned various ways they can facilitate innovations within their respective institutions for agriculture development. The team visited different sites known for their remarkable innovations in agriculture namely: Rwanda Best, Lakeview, Musanze polytechnic and Burera Dairy.
At Rwanda Best the livestock team learned best practices for poultry production and poultry value chain management such as incubation, hatchery, feed production, feeding and feed management.
Fish farm and Lakeview is a private owned fish-farm located in Bugesera district in Gashora sector. The entrepreneur produces fingerling through fish egg incubation, fish hatchery and fish production exclusively on commercial basis. The participants learned from the entrepreneur not only how... Read more
In the week 07-11 May 2018, the SEAD project organized a 5-day training for the potato value chain on potato plantation and fertilization. The training was facilitated by Mr. Mink Vermeer, a senior consultant and potato value chain expert from the international partner Delphy. The training was divided in two sessions: training of trainers (ToT) and roll out to farmers. A team of nine people involved in the potato value chain from partner higher learning institutions (IPRC-Musanze, INES-Ruhengeri, UR-CAVM) and participants from the private sector: Seed Potato Fund (SPF), Imbaraga Farmer’s Federation were engaged in 3-day ToT to get capacitated on various aspects of potato planting and fertilizing to prepare outreach to farmers.
During the ToT, the team visited exemplary farmer, SPF - Ikigega and input suppliers in order to familiarize themselves with the settings and adjust site training focus and topics to what is a... Read more
Starting on 21st of May 2018, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) facilitated a training on entrepreneurship to lecturers of various Rwanda knowledge institutes focusing on the 10 steps Valorisation toolkit. The week was filled with various activities ranging from practicing using tools such as the Business Model Canvas to receiving guest lectures from entrepreneurs in Rwanda.
Monday was all about the introductions and business ideation which was addressed by focussing on agricultural value chains. By looking at the various agricultural value chains e.g. potatoes it becomes easier to identify related challenges and to discuss and propose possible opportunities.
After encouraging the participants to suggest potential business ideas, on Tuesday, a number of organisations were invited to present their own business. An ideal moment to strengthen the ties between the knowledge institutes and the private sector, and to showcase innovative entrepreneurs a... Read more
It’s a busy week for the SEAD Project! Three full-week activities are taking place right now –and since Wednesday is the half-way mark, we thought it was a good idea to let you in on the what is happening.
During this week, SEAD project is mostly running its activities in Musanze district. There in Musanze, SEAD Project is partnering with staff from UR/ CAVM to develop a new Bachelor of Agri-Business –the first of five curricula that the will be reviewed with support of SEAD. They are joined by members of the private sector, RSB and MINAGRI. So far, the week has been filled with interesting and intense fruitful discussions, and we look forward to continuing the hard work!
Also in Musanze District, SEAD is conducting multiple days of Training of Trainers (ToT) on feed production, silage making and feed composition. Trainers come from SEAD’s partner institutions, and will follow up the ToT with field trainings to dairy farmers. These farmers were selected by... Read more
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Welcome to the sixth edition of the Strengthening Education for Agricultural
Development (SEAD) Newsletter. This bi-monthly publication will give you
the project news, updates, stories and upcoming events.
Mink Vermeer, senior project manager and potato value chain expert of consortium partner Delphy, facilitated a Training of Trainers and outreach training from 19-23 February 2018 at the training centre of our valued partner IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation in Musanze. The training covered aspects such as soil management, fertilisation, crop rotation, potato production, harvesting & storage as well as marketing. Together with trainers of IPRC Musanze, UR/CAVM, INES Ruhengeri, IMBARAGA and RAB, the understanding and skills of over 30 farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses were upgraded.
At the start of the training, farmers were requested to indicate which questions they would appreciate to see answered in the training. From this, it became clear that most farmer had challenges around the identification of quality potato seeds, the best quality fertilizers on the market (affordable to farmers), the best affordable storage strategies and ways to protect... Read more
SEAD organised an outreach activity, from 5-8 February, on Dairy Farm Record Keeping in the districts of Musanze and Gicumbi. The outreach was attended by large groups of dairy farmers and cooperatives and facilitated by Mark Bos, the dairy value chain expert of consortium partner Q-Point, in collaboration with trainers from Musanze Polytechnic, UR/CAVM and extension service providers from RAB. The training to farmers was organised at the training centre of IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation in Musanze and at the AIKIB Training Centre in Gicumbi.
The training on farm record keeping was enthusiastically received by farmers, which confirmed the need for providing this kind of training, to improve their understanding of record keeping at farm level.
In Musanze District, a group of 20 Dairy Cooperative members from different sectors were trained on the significance of farm record keeping, emphasising the benefits of record keeping for improved decision making a... Read more
Furthermore, the event was used to raise awareness of the support SEAD is giving to the dairy value chain, through the establishment of a close collaboration with the RNDP. Over 130 representatives from the dairy sector participated in the event, including farmer, milk producers, processors, service providers, cooperatives, Milk Collection Centres, financial institutions, governmental officials and participants from SEAD’s beneficiary education institutions. We are looking back at a successful event, and were urged to repeat these kind of gatherings, for the benefit of the sector.
After Gashiga Gashumba, the chairman of... Read more
The training was developed, using an approach similar to other outreach activities organised by the SEAD project. During a 2-day training, about 10 trainers from UR/CAVM, IPRC South, RAB (extension service providers) and IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation engaged in a Training of Trainers in order for them to prepare the roll out to farmers, taking place in the remainder of the week. Together with Joe, they reworked the training materials, contextualising these... Read more
As part of its efforts to improve the research and innovation capacities of its beneficiary institutions, the SEAD Project funds a number of research teams. Their aim is to carry out practical research, which will ultimately help the Rwandan agricultural sector to address the challenges it faces. To this effect, all value chain teams are requested to identify relevant, and practical, topics that are researchable under the scope of SEAD. Through a series of workshops, the selected teams are prepared to actually carry out their research proposal, using the funds that are availed through the SEAD Research & Innovation Promotion Fund. In March, 7 teams from the 1st RICD cycle presented the progress of their research, whilst 21 teams embarked on the 2nd RICD cycle, and are now ‘en-route’ to getting their proposals selected for funding under our Fund.
Being provided with a research budget of approximately 5,000,000 RwF, 7 research teams st... Read more
UR/CAVM Career Day: show-casing education and private sector collaboration!
On February 28, the College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR/CAVM) organized a very successful Career Day at its Campus in Busogo under the theme: ‘Innovation and Creativity, the key to Sustained Youth Employability in Agriculture’. The day provided participants the opportunity to explore their career options and aspirations. An impressive number of students, both from their own college and secondary schools in the region, private sector representatives and government officials, participated in the day, making it a show case for collaboration between the education, private and public sector, which is so instrumental for a smooth transition from World of School to World of Work.
As UR/CAVM is one of the beneficiaries of the SEAD-project, SEAD was very happy to participate in this event, emphasizing the need for establishing/ the need to establish sustainable linkages between Higher Learning... Read more
SEADS joins in strengthening gender equality
The Government of Rwanda has made great progress in promoting gender equality, improving women’s access to resources, participation in economic activities and in decision making. SEAD proudly continues this good work and has given gender-inclusiveness an important role within the project.
From February 13 to 15, SEAD organised a workshop which aimed to increase knowledge on gender and gender-inclusiveness. The workshop was attended by student representatives from beneficiary educational institutions, whose purpose was to disseminate the lessons that they had learned from the workshop at their own institutions. The training took place at Hilltop Hotel, Kigali, and was facilitated by FATE Consulting Ltd. FATE is a gender equality-focused consultancy firm based in Rwanda.
Isimbi Roberte, a gender expert and FATE Managing Director, discussed several topics with the participants, like sexual harassment and unwanted pregnancies. ”Unwanted pregnancies are on... Read more
The Netherlands Embassy in Kigali
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is the diplomatic representation of the Netherlands in Rwanda. The embassy implements a sizeable bilateral aid program in the Food Security, Water and Justice sectors. Bilateral aid expenditures amount to more than € 40 million per year. The Dutch bilateral aid policy for Rwanda is aimed at helping Rwanda to become a middle-income country. In the Dutch development policy, Rwanda is a transition country, meaning that more emphasis is put the transition from aid to trade and investment and improving the business climate in Rwanda. This contributes to sustainable economic growth, which benefits the Rwandan people – including the poorest and most vulnerable groups in society. And it also provides opportunities for both Rwandan and Dutch businesses.
The current EKN’s aid financed Food and Nutrition Security and Private Sector Development projects include:
1. Human Capacity and Early Childhood development: a... Read more
Welcome to the fifth edition of the Strengthening Education for Agricultural
Development (SEAD) Newsletter. This bi-monthly publication will give you
the project news updates, stories and upcoming events.
- The SEAD Team -
The College of Kigali (formerly IPRC-Kigali) is likely to host the headquarters of the new institution of higher learning.
The new institute, during the transition phase headed by the director general of WDA and a vice chancellor, has clearly shown it ambitions from the start. Among these, closer collaboration with the private sector to ensure quality students placements for internships and training; strong support toward the Made-in-Rwanda campaign and engaging qualified private individuals to help in practica... Read more
Meetings at IPRC South and Musanze Polytechnic, both pioneering in irrigation & drainage, provided valuable information on the programmes that are already in place at TVET level, albeit at level 3 or (as far as advanced/diploma level is concerned) not formally placed on the RTQF yet. For the purpose of aligning the RTQF advanced/diploma curricula in Irrigation and Drainage to the degree programmes, the mission also included a meeting with a team from INES-Ruhengeri, the land- & water management institute, who shared their wealth of experience and materials of irrigation & water engineering related programmes.
To complement the view on what is happening at university level, Nyagatare campus was visited where disc... Read more