The first ever agricultural caravan ended yesterday on a high note, participants calling for everyone’s renewed efforts to transform the agriculture sector from subsistence to commercially oriented farming.
In her closing remarks, AgriProFocus Rwanda country coordinator, Madam Sajji Ryakunze commended the resolutions that the up to 150 youth participating at the caravan made following the field visits at successful farmers’ farms.
“There’s no doubt this was a good platform to plot the way forward for the Rwanda young farmers. You all witnessed the good strides others are making in the agriculture besides learning the challenges facing small-scale farmers and ways in which these can be overcome,” Ms. Ryakunze said.
YNKURIJE Dorcas, Help a Child Rwanda beneficiary is a farmer from the Rusizi district and was one of the farmers who attended the youth caravan. After visiting the Sunripe farms Rwanda in Bugesera district, she wanted... Read more
The Rwandan economy depends on agriculture which employs around 80% of the total population. The majority of farmers are aged smallholder farmers and it is then difficult for them to have access to financial services, information and other agriculture services. Commercial Agriculture has been identified as one of the key sector that can potentially generate wealth, with high employment potential. This responds to the need of Job creation for youth which is in alignment with Rwanda economic development and poverty reduction strategy II, (EDPRS II).
The low participation of youth in agribusiness is further attributed to the limited access to key resources like; land, start-up capital, lack of exposure, limited access to role models and business mentors. Consequently, this has led to low levels of food production, low income, and poverty.
AgriProFocus Rwanda and its partners however are aware that; young people being energetic with a high potentials, ex... Read more
24TH AUGUST, 2017
VISITS TO DIVINE VEGETABLES FARM, BIGLAD ORGANIC FARM AND KABAROLE RESEARCH AND RESOURCE CENTRE IN FORT PORTAL DISTRICT
The caravan visited Divine Vegetables Farm and Biglad Organic Farm in Fort Portal district.
Divine Vegetables Farm was started in 2014 and the vegetables grown are of both local and exotic variety. On the other hand, Biglad Organic Farm was started by Mr. Julius Bigabwa in 2008 and has since turned into an agritourism farm on 8 acres of land with bananas, mangoes, fish tea plantation and others.
Kabarole Research and Resource Centre focuses on producing an alternative source of protein extracted from greens with an ultimate aim of promoting environment conservation and ecosystems.... Read more
“Feeding the World, Changing Lives”
AgriProFocus in collaboration with like-minded organizations, that include; Uhuru Institute of Social Development, Agriterra, Actionaid, Clusa, AVSI, Agrotourism, DARAS, CURAD, Excel Hort, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Uganda National Young Farmers Association, TUNADO, Young Agribusiness Network, European Union, National Parliamentary Youth Forum are organising a Youth in Agribusiness Caravan, 2017, with an overall objective of creating a platform for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness. This shall be achieved through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure farm-firm field visits within and across borders as well as interfacing with policy/decision makers of relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.
AgriProFocus Youth in Agribusiness program in partnership with like minded organizations, Institutions, private sector companies and value actors; will create more platforms for joint actions on motivating youth into agribusiness through; peer 2 peer exchanges and learning from youth led agribusiness enterprises, exposure field visits within and across borders, promote being a part of the cooperatives, household learning, use of mass media and motivational talks.
This will be a 7-day agribusiness learning caravan from one point to another, starting from Kampala, through the region and back to the national level as a climax, launching the agribusiness campaign (Feeding the world, changing lives). This caravan will draw participants from all regions of the country. Other successful value actors from different areas will be sharing their own experiences through question and answer approach.
The caravan will involve the media houses as the ear... Read more
In November 2014, about 50 students from Bamako went on a road trip to Sikasso. Along the way they visited young agri-entrepreneurs and their companies ranging from incubation centres for new business, to dairy farms and Karité production farms. On arrival, another group of youth from the Sikasso region with a shared interest in agriculture welcomed them. A day of exchange about business opportunities in the sector followed, with discussions and workshops organised and facilitated by different AgriProFocus members. Be inspired, watch the video and listen to participants’ impressions and lessons learned. One of the most important lessons is the added value of face to face meetings as these create passionate discussions and both formal and informal exchange.
The Mali experience has already inspired other AgriProFocus members to plan a similar activity this year!
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