Strengthening Education 4 Agricultural Development

moderated by Carole Lelarge

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.

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Posted 20 April 2018 at 02:13

SEAD Weekly Flash News!!!!

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

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Posted 3 April 2018 at 02:28

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Posted 3 April 2018 at 02:24

6th Edition of the SEAD Newsletter is out!

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.

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Posted 29 March 2018 at 10:18

Outreach training for the Potato Value Chain

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

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Francois NKUNDABAGENZI i am Francois NKUNDABAGENZI ,i study in the year 4 soil sciences in college of agriculture animal sciences and veternary medicine CAVM/ BUSOGO Campus  i am keenly very happy to be and work with you  since you can take me as a volunteer in your programs

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KWIZERA John I, JOHN KWIZERA 3 rd year student in University of Rwanda, College ofagriculture Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), Busogo Campus, School ofAgriculture, Rural development and agricultural economics, Option of Ruraldevelopment, am very interested to join your program and when you take me as partner volunteer i will be there. thank you  

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Fred MWUMVANEZA  am FRED MWUMVANEZA ,i studying in the year 4 agriculture Mechanization in college of agriculture animal sciences and veternary medicine CAVM/ NYAGATARE Campus  i am very very happy to be and work with you in order to share the ideas to develop my skills and knowledge .i am looking forward for good answer.i had an ward in liquid manure making

1 month 2 weeks ago

Anke Baselmans Dear all. We are happy to hear that you are interested in the SEAD Project! I unfortunately have to inform you that the we currently do not work with volunteers. Neither are we looking for any new colleagues. If this changes in the future, we will let you know through our social media channels. Best, Anke Baselmans -SEAD Communication Team

1 month 2 weeks ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you for the explanation Anke Baselmans! It is clear and understandable.

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Posted 29 March 2018 at 09:49

Outreach on Dairy Farm Record Keeping

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

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Fred MWUMVANEZA it's good job that you have done, but i would like ask about the seed, i see you have talked to milk only but also i had the way that we could increase the seed value and demand through using liquid manure during planting until it's maturity but i don't have an access to that and no any support but it can help the farmers to develop but not only the farmers but also country in genenal.

1 month 2 weeks ago

Anke Baselmans Dear Fred, thanks again for your interest. The SEAD Project is not looking for new colleagues at the moment. When this changes, we will share any job vacancies on social media. Best,Anke BaselmansSEAD Communication Team

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Posted 29 March 2018 at 09:16

Dairy Sector Stakeholders’ Meeting with RNDP

On 9th February 2018, SEAD organized a national event with the Rwanda National Dairy Platform (RNDP), themed ‘Towards a Competitive and Quality Dairy Value Chain’. The goal of the event was to inform stakeholders in the dairy sector about new developments, circling around dairy marketing and food and safety standards. 

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

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Posted 29 March 2018 at 07:03

Outreach training for the Horticulture Value Chain at IPRC South, Huye

In the week 12-16 March, Joe Coetsee, horticulture expert from consortium partner Delphy, worked together with trainers from IPRC South, UR/CAVM (Huye campus), Rwanda Agriculture Board and IMBARAGA Farmers’ Federation, to deliver an outreach training on soil preparation, irrigation and the application of chemicals. The training was hosted by IPRC South in Huye and strengthened the understanding and skills of over 75 farmers and cooperatives in aforementioned topics.

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

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geofrey chelibei The association of microfinance institutions in Rwanda with collaboration with Saving banks foundation for international cooperation have a farmers game which is very good for farmers. It teaches farmers how to make wise decisions and improve their quality of farms and life not forgeting learning how to do business as a farmer.For a try out of the training please contact me.

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Posted 29 March 2018 at 07:02

Research & Innovation Capacity Development continues!

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

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Posted 29 March 2018 at 07:00

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

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Posted 28 March 2018 at 12:47

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

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Posted 28 March 2018 at 12:39

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

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Posted 24 January 2018 at 10:24

5th Edition - SEAD Newsletter

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 -

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thank you very much Carole Lelarge for giving us updates on SEAD project activities!!!

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Posted 23 January 2018 at 09:05

Merger of IPRCs to improve education quality

After the law establishing the Rwanda Polytechnic Higher Learning Institution was gazetted in 2017, the appointment of senior management signaled a new phase. Under the Rwanda polytechnic, that has a combined student population of 160,000 students, 8 colleges are resided, including the College of Kigali, College of Ngoma, College of Karongi, College of Huye, College of Tumba, College of Musanze, College of Gishari, and the College of Kitabi.

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

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME Thanks for sharing with us Carole Lelarge, I think this will enhance the professionalism and quality of education for the students who join these institutions, hope to see SEAD project supporting in this!!!

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:14

RTQF curriculum development Irrigation & Drainage

Dennis de Jager, senior lecturer IWRM at Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, visited a number of institutions that play, or will play, a role in the development of the RTQF curriculum in irrigation & drainage. 

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

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:12

Tailor made training in financial record keeping for dairy farmers

In October, we also had the tailor-made training on financial record keeping for dairy farmers. The training was facilitated by Mark Bos, from consortium partner Q-Point. 

The week started off with training of trainers’ sessions with participants from UR/CAVM, Musanze Polytechnic, IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and RAB (Northern Zone). In the ToT, the training programme for the roll out to dairy farmers was further prepared, especially in collecting financial data from invited farmers to establish a benchmark. The remainder of the week was used to deliver the training on financial record keeping to a group of 20, very enthusiastic and active, dairy farmers. The training showed that there are still challenges around, trustworthy, data (or databases) for benchmarking and the collection thereof.  It also showed that presenting the results of data collection, farmers are very much triggered to provide financial d

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME ThanksCarole Lelarge!Record keeping is one of the major problems faced by farmers!Most of them, don't know  if there is a loss or profit from their farming projects!!It is glad to see SEAD project supporting farmers on this issue!!Keep following up!! 

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:10

Collaboration between SEAD and the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA)

With the worldwide food security emerging as a major policy issue, strengthening and optimizing key agriculture value chains is of growing importance. SEAD is strengthening the capacities of the actors in 4 value chains, among which the poultry chain. 

For establishing the highest impact, it is important that the project engages with all actors in the chain, from service & input providers, to farmers, cooperatives, processors, traders and, not to forget, the customers. Having a single point of access into the value chains is a deliberate strategy of the project, witnessed by established collaboration with IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and the Rwanda National Dairy Platform. For the poultry chain, the SEAD project engaged in a collaboration with the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA), of which Mr. Jean Claude Ruzibiza is the president.

imageTo confirm our collaboration, that will be anchored in a Memorandum of

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:07

Gender equality and inclusiveness awareness 

The SEAD project contributes to the mainstreaming of gender equality and increasing gender sensitiveness in (the management of) curriculum development, training of trainers, applied research and outreach services. In November 2017 a mission was organized to update the status on gender activities of the beneficiary institutions and to make recommendations for follow-up actions to be conducted under SEAD.

Experts involved were Roberte Isimbi local gender expert from Fate Consulting specialized in mainstreaming gender, training and awareness raising, Adriana van Ommering, Mott MacDonald project director and senior consultant with years of gender equality experience in African projects and Simone Langhorst, senior consultant and gender expert of Q-point, a Dutch based consultancy firm involved in capacity building in Africa.

To determine general problems in implementation of gender policies and to determine possibilities for crosscutting support th

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Anne Marie Kortleve Nice to see that the SEAD program also addresses gender aspects. Are you known with the networks gender in value chains programme? You can check: for more info. Would love it if we could share knowledge there, also around your project. My colleague Caroline van der Molen can tell you more!

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Adriana van Ommering Thanks Anne-Marie for bringing this to our attention. I will have a look a the news from the gender network in Agriprofocus.

3 months 3 weeks ago

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:04

STIC Consultative meetings

The SEAD project is actively supporting the establishment of so-called Service Training & Innovation Centres (STIC), as an interface mechanism between education institutions, the public sector and the private sector. As follow up of the exposure visit to the Netherlands in September, the SEAD project organised consultative meetings on building business models for STICs in November.

Relevant stakeholders for each of the Value Chains were invited to collaborate on a road map for the establishment of the STICs. The meetings took place in Musanze, Huye and Nyagatare. During the consultative meetings, facilitated by Martine de Jong of Delphy BV,  the stakeholders were guided through the essentials on business models for a STIC and discussed in small groups about the framework of the STIC. More specifically on:
  • The ideas for services and sustainable revenue streams meeting their customers’ needs
  • The potential structures for supervision and management
  • The l

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:03

Research and Innovation Capacity Development

In September and October, the research teams were engaged in preparing their proposals for requesting funding from the SEAD Research & Innovation Promotion Fund. A total of 7 proposals were proposed for funding by the technical selection committee, that was composed of Profs Van Dijk and De Clercq as well as representatives from the PMT. The successful projects included 1) Impact of poultry cages on increasing of poultry production in smallholder poultry farmers in Nyagatare district; 2) Phenotypic characterisation and on-farm production performance of indigenous chicken in Rwanda; 3) Landscape-based assessment of rainwater harvesting and storage technologies and their impact on carrot production in Musanze District; 4) Effect of intercropping cabbage with onion as a pest control measures. Case study: Southern province of Rwanda; 5) Effects of drip irrigation management on growth and yield of beetroots; 6) Factors affecting potato production i

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Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:00

Workshop and coaching on composting

The SEAD project supported the training of farmers on composting in two regions. Composting training of farmers mainly focused on techniques of composting, both traditional and more experimental, using waste flows from animal, human and plant origins. 

The training started with training of trainers (ToT) which attracted 25 participants. The two day workshop focused on (1) Training of Trainers in the subject of Composting, including a field visit; (2) Development of the tailor-made training; and (3) Development/Adaptation of training materials.  The remaining three days focused on the roll out of the training to farmers, cooperatives, and agribusinesses ‘in the field’ by beneficiaries’ trainers, coached by facilitators.

The ToT that took place in Kigali on 11-12 December 2017 was highly appreciated by the participants and used  inputs and case study material provided by the farmers and students undertaking courses in relation to compo

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME This is very interesting for boosting agricultural productivity!It will help farmers to adapt Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) where organic fertilizer is mixed with inorganic fertilizer! Generally, organic fertilizers are very expensive so composting is one of the main solution of this issue!Good job done by SEAD and partners!!

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