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 15 January 2019 at 11:11

8th Edition - SEAD Newsletter

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Posted 12 December 2018 at 02:12

Outreach Horticulture, good Agriculture practices, pests and diseases Identification & Management, August 2018 at IPRC HUYE.

During the previous training which took place in June 2018, on Introduction to properties and Soil preparation & Introduction to IPM label and IPM personal safety and chemicals, farmers and cooperatives members indicated the need for capacity building on good agriculture practices, pests and diseases Identification & Management.

With the support of partner institutions CAVM Huye, IPRC Huye and RAB, agronomists conducted an outreach training with the support of Mr. Stolker Hendrick from Delphy on good agriculture practices, pests and diseases Identification & Management as was requested by the farmers.

Training on horticulture topics started with a 3 days ToT of 9 trainers from higher learning institutions and RAB northern province combined with preparatory visit of farmers’ field to gather more insights on agriculture practices at the farm level.

After the training

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Posted 11 December 2018 at 03:49

Career Information Advice and Guidance workshop

A stocktaking mission took place in March 2018, to understand the status quo of Career Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) at all institutions. The mission revealed a need to strengthen the CIAG basic expertise and knowledge at partner institutions and the necessity to provide support for the drafting of an initial outline of CIAG policy and action plan at the institutional level -in line with RP and UR policies-.

In August 2018 at Hotel Villa Portofino-Kigali, the SEAD Project in collaboration with Rwanda development board (RDB) conducted a 4 days workshop on Career Information Advice and Guidance facilitated by Dr. (Rita) van Deuren from our international partner Maastricht School of Management (MSM).

The participants in the workshop were staff from IPRCs, UR and INES RUHENGELI responsible for Career Guidance in their respective institutions. The main objectives of the workshop were to equip participants with Career Guidance skills to

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Posted 11 December 2018 at 03:20

Feed formulation and feed management training in Rwamagana District

From 9-13 July 2018, SEAD international partner Q-Point conducted a five days poultry training on feed formulation and feed management in Rwamagana District. As usual for outreach training, the course started with the training of trainers from the partners institutions IPRC Gishari, IPRC Ngoma and UR- CAVM Nyagatare and extension service providers from the Rwamagana and Kayonza Districts. The training was facilitated by Mark Bos. On the second day, the participants went on a field visit to Poultry Farmer Cooperative Innovations (PFCI) to acquire more information on the aforementioned topics. On the third day, the trainers developed materials and adapted the training methodologies to be used the next day in outreach training of about 30 farmers from different districts of Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Ngoma and Rwamagana.

The training of farmers combined classroom sessions and field visits for practical training on the above stated

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Posted 11 December 2018 at 03:11

Rwanda poultry industry association 2018 General Assembly meeting on 26th-27th September 2018

From 26th-27th September 2018, the Rwanda Poultry Industry Association (RPIA) in partnership with the SEAD project, GAIN and RAB organized a 2018 General Assembly meeting at Hill Top Hotel, Kigali. The meeting gathered more than hundred poultry farmers from all over the country whereby they discussed the current situation of the poultry industry, challenges and the policy governing the poultry sector. The session was officially declared open by Dr Uwituze Solange, the Deputy Director General (DDG) in charge of Animal resources at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) who thanked the RPIA and its partners for their invaluable contribution to the poultry sector development. The DDG gave the current picture of the poultry sector in Rwanda with a poultry population of 8 million whose egg production is estimated at 150 Million per year or 8000 metric tons of eggs. Chicken meat production is estimated at 30,000 me

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Posted 3 December 2018 at 01:33

Outreach training on Poultry diseases and prevention

In the week of 10-14 September, the SEAD project organized outreach training in the poultry value chain at IPRC Ngoma. The workshop was facilitated by Mr. Mark Bos, an expert of consortium partner Q-point and Mr. Jean Claude Ruzibiza.

Seven staff from UR/CAVM, IPRC Ngoma and IPRC Gishari participated in the three-day ToT workshop to customize training material so it is easily digested by Rwandan poultry farmers. To do this; the facilitators divided the ToT team into three groups and each group was assigned to work on a specific part of the training material as follows:

Group 1: Farmer’s farm management to prevent and control poultry diseases,

Group 2: Effect of failing prevention and control of poultry diseases,

Group 3: Poultry diseases prevention/ control put into practice.

On the second day of the training the participants went on a field visit to Kayiranga Seminari, a model poultry farmer in Ngoma district. The purpose of this visit wa

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Posted 3 December 2018 at 01:32

Outreach Training on Potato Yield Estimation, harvesting, storage and market access and marketing

In the week of 1st through 5th October SEAD project under CED/RDB organized a 5-day training on potato production which covered a wide range of subjects from harvesting to postharvest handling. The training was given by Mr. Mink Vermeer, a senior project manager and potato value chain expert of consortium partner Delphy. The potato outreach training had two sessions: Training of trainers (ToT) and Roll out to farmers. Training was given to six male and three female participants from SEAD partner higher learning institutions and private sector as represented by the Seed Potato Fund (SPF Ikigega) and Imbaraga Farmer’s Federation; and Musanze District Agronomist. During the ToT training, participants were introduced to various aspects of potato production and given tools to prepare outreach training to farmers. On the second day of the ToT training a visit was organized to a farmer’s field situat

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Posted 3 December 2018 at 01:29

Training Workshop on Gender and Inclusiveness in HR

Gender and inclusiveness is a cross-cutting theme within the NICHE programme and one of the SEAD project’s lines of intervention. On 9th-10th August, SEAD in collaboration with RDB organised a two day workshop on gender and inclusiveness for human resources managers and legal advisors at Villa Portofino hotel in Kigali. The training was facilitated by Roberte Isimbi from FATE, a gender and inclusiveness consultancy from Rwanda.

The objective of this workshop was to help participants (RP, UR, INES) gain awareness of gender & inclusiveness in their own institutions and to integrate a focus on gender equality and inclusiveness in their daily jobs. Before the training, participants were given a short test to determine their prior knowledge and in the introductory session their awareness on gender was further examined by asking participants to list common ideas about men and women. Introductions were given in gender in the Rwandan culture, ge

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Posted 20 August 2018 at 12:31

Interview with Alban Singirankabo

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

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Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:58

Workshop on Agribusiness

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

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Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:36

Outreach Training on Feeding Management - Dairy Value Chain

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

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Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:34

Livestock look and learn tour

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

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Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:30

Outreach Training on Potato Value Chain - Planting and fertilizing potato

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

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MUBARAK INUWA Carole Larlage-Solanum tuberosum,(Irish potato).It is the third largest consumable food crop after wheat and rice in world.It contain large percentage of starch and sugar.In africa, its production from 2011 was between 8 to 24 million metric tons.However, its growth in africa, is not so significant, it only carry 9% of global production.

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Posted 16 August 2018 at 01:27

SEAD Entrepreneurship Training

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

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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

9 months 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

9 months 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.

9 months 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

9 months 2 weeks ago

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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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