Kigali, Rwanda – 19 December 2018: Our rice value chain B2B event concluded Tuesday with ambitious commitments to design and introduce financial products that are responding to the needs of value chain actors.
The purpose of the Business to Business event was to link rice value chain actors and supporters to connect, collaborate, and create synergy in business. Around 100 stakeholders attended, including rice farmers, processors, government officials (MINAGRI and MINICOM), representatives of financial institutions like KCB Bank Rwanda, Equity bank Rwanda, Umutanguha ltd, Duterimbere IMF ltd, BDF fund, Access to Finance Rwanda, and representatives of development partners working in rice value chain in Rwanda, to name a few.
Participants were re-introduced to the STARS initiative. STARS is an acronym that stands for Strengthening African Rural Smallholders, a five-year initiative that aims to reac... Read more
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Over14,000 model farmers who advise fellow farmers on best agricultural practices will soon start receiving different incentives thanks to a “Farmer Promoters’ Fund”.
Farmer promoters are model farmers whose agricultural yields are comparatively higher owing to improved agricultural practices.
It is such farmers that the Government is seeking to work with to extend best practices and skills to other farmers to improve yields.
The fund has been launched to motivate them to train fellow farmers as they have been doing this as volunteers without any incentives.
According to Dr Charles Bucagu, the Deputy Director General in charge of Agriculture Research and Technology Transfer at Rwanda Agricultural Board, the initial investment in the fund is estimated around Rwf100 million per year and will be sourced from revenue on every kilogramme of seeds and fertilisers sold by agro-dealers.
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Tantangan Bisnis Pemuda Mali
Pelatihan di Koulikoro dari 81 siswa dari Politeknik Pedesaan Institut Katibougou dalam pengembangan rencana bisnis untuk mempromosikan kewirausahaan pertanian melalui penciptaan usaha pertanian junior dan pembentukan hubungan dengan lebih dari 25000 aktor pertanian yang sangat aktif di 13 negara, termasuk Mali, melalui platform online www.agriprofocus.com/Mali. AgriproFocus menempatkan profesionalisasi pemain sektor pertanian di jantung strategi integrasi pemuda. Penting untuk menunjukkan bahwa kaum muda yang dilatih di sektor pertanian seharusnya tidak lagi dihitung di antara para lulusan muda yang menganggur karena mereka akan dimotivasi oleh para agripreneurs melalui penciptaan usaha-usaha pertanian junior.
"Dengan membawa semua karakteristik kepemimpinan ini bersama dengan pemuda, kita dapat secara efektif mengatasi tantangan pembangunan negara kita dan Afrika," kata GUEYE.
Untuk bagiannya, Presiden AJCAD Adam DICK... Read more
Do you have interesting experiences in targeting specific categories of farmers (and other entrepreneurs)? Did the targeting of specific categories help achieving success?
Programmes and investments in food and nutrition security could be more effective when interventions are (better) adapted to the different target groups. Often, agrifood programmes and investments are designed to reach several groups or clients, not always with a clear rationale how the different groups of farmers or entrepreneurs would be reached out to. See also a short video from a recent debate in the NL that explains it clearly.
As a network, we want to feed the Dutch and international policy debate with ideas on how to improve this situation. For this, we would like to know the practical experiences of network members.
What cases are we looking for?
A project/programme that used a particular targeting str... Read more
Farmer field school (FFS) is a group-based learning process that brings together concepts and methods from agroecology, experiential education and community development. It also involves regular field observations and group analysis. It is a major undertaking towards the realization of sustainable agriculture as it helps farmers make their own locally specific decisions about crop management practices. Special group activities encourage learning from peers, and strengthen communicative skills and team building. This training course is therefore intended to help participants to design and implement Farmer Field Schools as an extension practice to promote organic farming and agricultural productivity.
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This course is intended for various actors in Agriculture Extension (Agricultural extension officers, senior agricultural officials and policy makers) working with communities, in governments, funding agencies, Research organizations and non-government or
In an effort to improve the "Access to Finance" sector, AgriProFocus Rwanda with active collaboration and support of different other partners has been organizing a series of famous events called “Agri-Finance Fair and Market linkages”
Those Agri-Finance Fairs took place respectively in Musanze (Northern Province - 2012), Rusizi (Western province - 2012) and Kayonza (Eastern province - 2013), Nyanza (Southern Province-2014), Ngoma (Eastern Province-2015), Ruhango (Southern Province-2016), Muhanga (Southern Province-2017).
The last one that was held in Muhanga District in August, 2018 was also named the "Agribusiness market Linkages Event" as it targeted both the "Access to finance" and "Market Access". (See the Event here: Muhanga Fair ). Generally we do track record we found that AgriProFocus Rwanda has been facilitating these Fairs over the past 8 years. In total 9 fairs have been organized, with over 10,000 participants in total. We managed to link at le... Read more
Rwanda Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has urged vegetable and fruits farmers to adopt the use of modern farming techniques and technologies for reducing post-harvest losses.
The call is founded on post-harvest loss assessment of different crops such as tomatoes, pepper, bananas, among others, that was conducted last year. The assessment was released last week to farmers and processors.
The assessment carried out in conjunction with the University of Rwanda and other stakeholders showed that the largest losses are a result of poor handling of produce and result to losses in the value chain of different crops from farm to market. Read more
For long, scores of communities in districts of Lango and Acholi sub region have had to feel the pinch and stench of rotting mangoes due to lack of market accessibility. The heavy harvest of the mangoes during the peak seasons has for long been seen as a waste to the farmers.
However, this seems to be coming to an end, as more farmers will be equipped with skills in value addition and development, record keeping and savings by sky foods and beverages limited.
According to Amos Nyanga, the managing Director of sky foods and beverages, a fruit processing plant in Ojwina division Lira district, this second training is aimed at boosting fruit yields and also improves livelihoods. The first training that was conducted in the same areas, attracted over 500 fruit farmers under their joint co-operative society and these benefited as they acquired skills in book keeping, value addition and others.
Each season, mangos worth sh280m are pur... Read more
At least 106 farmers have received insurance pay outs for the losses incurred in the last session. This has come as a way to encourage the farmers to continue with agriculture amid challenges.
Speaking to a group of farmers in Zirobwe, Ms Carol Kyazze Kakooza, the chief of party, Technical centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the head Muiis project, which spear headed the drive said that insuring the crops is the only way of recovering the damage caused at the end of the season.
We do not want our farmers to lose morale, that’s why we have come with the Muiis project to help you recover some of what you lose in the season to help you push ahead, she said. Ms Kakooza said the project is meant to compensate 13 percent of what the farmers lose.
... Read moreIn the last season the famers did not lose much. The highest pay out in Zirobwe lost half of the yield and got Shs180, 000 while the lowest got Shs18, 0
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’, is a dynamic web and mobile-based application intended to help local farmers and extension agents with information on crop and livestock production and management practices, stood out as one of the most innovative products for community’ development today.
World Vision Rwanda’s ‘e-Hinga’ initiative was born under the Inzozi Nziza (Great Dream) Project after identifying a gap in agricultural extension services in Rwanda; an effort aimed at modernizing access to information that would positively influence investment decisions for smallholder farmers and, in the long term, provide better livelihoods for them and their families.
E-Hinga App provides highly-synthesized information designed for easy access and adequate interaction by farmers and other users. Around 100 farmer promoters are now equipped with the E-Hinga app on their mobile devices; meaning that 100 villages with almost 20,000 farmers can current... Read more
Soil analyses from several African countries indicates multiple micronutrient deficiencies appear to be common. Trial results from many countries confirm significant and widespread response to micronutrients. In response, fertilizer manufacturers and blenders are bringing a host of new fertilizer products to Africa. However, challenges still remain in developing and delivering balanced fertilizers to smallholders at the massive scale required.
The purpose of this workshop is to assist participants, in their various roles, in bringing balanced crop nutrition to smallholder farmers. Participants will have many opportunities to interact and understand the added value of the multiple stakeholders working together to bring balanced crop nutrition to farmers.
Get more info and register here.
Farmers affected by different weather disasters are appealing for scaling up of agricultural insurance schemes as well as interventions by the disaster management fund to help them recover from losses.
The concern was raised during a recent agricultural summit held alongside East African Legislative Assembly session in Kenya last week.
Farmers’ representatives and civil societies called on member states of East African Community to lobby for the setting up of reliable agricultural finance so as to solve woes suffered by farmers due to disasters.
Business Times caught up with Esperance Nyirahabiyambere, a woman farmer from Rwanda’s Karongi District in Gitesi sector who was expressing farmers’ challenges on behalf of Rwandan smallholder farmers.
She is the president of Tuzamure Agaseke Cooperative growing maize and beans with 32 members most of whom are women. Read more
Read this blog summarizing highlights of a GFAR event, in which participants learnt, but also discussing passionately, about data that are needed by farmers: data that are actually available and data that are not; who is providing or is expected to provide such data; examples of data services and data-driven apps; as well as about the data that are produced by the farmers and what rights they have on these data.
GFAR organized the event in collaboration with the Information Training and Outreach Centre for Africa (ITOCA), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA).
https://blog.gfar.net/2017/12/20/learning-about-data-for-farmers-and-how-it-can-help-to-cross-the-donga/ via @wordpressdotcom
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THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE: BANKS SHOULD GIVE LOANS TO FOOD PROCESSORS AND BUYERS
Minister of Agriculture Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba wants financial institutions including the bank for agriculture, CRDB and NMB to provide loans to food processors and buyers of agricultural products and farmers since they depend on one another.
The minister says that on a Television program of Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC-1) named Tunatekeleza (which means "we are implementing") that aired every thursday, and said farmers and agriculture stakeholders if they are provided with loans they can make agriculture more productive.
"Buyers and processors of agricultural products has a great opportunity to increase our market for Tanzanian farmers" Says Hon. Dr. Charles Tizeba.
Also the minister congratulate the CRDB and NMB banks for their tremendous support towards farmers and also wants farmers to form groups so that it will be easier for them to get loans.
Moreover, the minister wants farmers
Organic tomatoes, honey, coffee, oils, cheese, fruits and more! This is the second gathering of this new farmers' market organized by Ecopia. Among sellers are Slow Food and AgriProFocus Member Alem of Nutri-Dense with her sprouted cereals. Flyer attached.
Source: The New Times
Farmers, NGOs staff, district officials and other stakeholders from different ministries on 24 October visited Kinanzi Cassava Plant in southern province as part of the activities to mark the Cassava Week.
The three day event was presided over by the Minister of State in charge of agriculture, FulgenceNsengiyumva, who encouraged farmers in the Southern Province to apply best farming practices to improve on the Cassava value chain.
“We urge you farmers to use best farming practices in order to increase productivity since you’ve got the new cassava variety,” Minister of State Nsengiyumva told the farmers.
A large group of farmers and cooperatives were identified and invited to the training that took place in IMBARAGA’s training centre in Musanze. The collaboration planted the seeds for further collaboration during the implementation of the SEAD project, more specifically in:
•The identification/articulation of training needs and priority themes for applied research among farmers and cooperatives in Rwanda
•The development of tailor made training for farmers and cooperatives
•The provision of tailor made training to farmers and cooperatives
To this effect, we are very happy to announce that preparations are underway to agree on a Memorandum of Understanding between SE... Read more
This course is for agribusiness service providers and coaches working with smallholder farmers and agro-entrepreneurs.
As a professional in business support services you try to help small-scale producers and processors move towards farming as a business.
In two weeks you will learn how to build trust to establish sustainable business relationships, to improve your negotiation skills and you will get tips on how to secure a steady income.
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For more information and application, see the course webpage.
Application deadline for candidates with funds is 15 March 2018