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Posted By in SEAD
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.


Posted By in SEAD
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

3 weeks 18 hours ago

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  

2 weeks 2 days ago

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

2 weeks 2 days 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 week 6 days ago

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

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Posted By in SEAD
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.

2 weeks 2 days 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 By in SEAD
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 By in SEAD
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 By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 March 2018 at 02:16

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 By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 28 March 2018 at 02:08

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 By in SEAD
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 By in SEAD
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 By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 23 March 2018 at 11:24

Check out our latest Newsletter for 2017 is out!!

Dear members, we are very happy to share with you our latest newsletter, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on the network latest updates and opportunities.

In this newsletter, you will read more about the results of competition of "Best Innovative small scale projects in 2018" organized by World vision Rwanda in partnership with AgriProFocus Rwanda and Nyamagabe that took place in Nyamagabe district, western province of Rwanda on 22nd, 23rd, 27th and 28 of February, 2018.

You will also find various important updates and opportunities emerging from our network that are shared in this newsletter.

Read our Latest Newsletter Here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 22 March 2018 at 07:20

The first Newsletter of 2018!

In this first newsletter of 2018, we would like to share important updates and opportunities emerging from our network. These updates are meant to increase linking, learning and leadership between our members.

Please read the first newsletter of 2018, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on our latest news.

Posted By in SEAD
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!!!

2 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 5 January 2018 at 10:00

At the end of 2017, Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG) had important platform meeting under the four agricultural sub-sectors: Spices, poultry, aquaculture, and legumes.

Please find the following newsletter to read highlights about their meetings and to find relevant information.

Download here: 5th platform meetings-Newsletter-ENTAG

If you want more info on ENTAG, visit www.entag.org

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 21 December 2017 at 05:23

Check out our latest Newsletter for 2017 is out!!

Dear members, we are glad to share with you our our latest newsletter, we hope this will help you to keep up to date on our latest news.
In this newsletter, you will read more about the outcomes of the 3rd Youth in Agribusiness Festival that took place on 22nd November 2017 at the UR-CAEVM, Nyagatare Campus. This year, Youth in Agribusiness Festival themed "Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda"
You will also find various important updates and opportunities emerging from our network that are shared in this newsletter. 

AgriProFocus Rwanda wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018.

Read our Latest Newsletter Here


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 8 November 2017 at 02:59

Our October 2017 Newsletter is out!

We are pleased to share our October newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!

Read about the Youth in Agribusiness Festival 2017 that will take place on 22/11/2017 at the UR-CAVM Nyagatare CAMPUS. This time, Youth in Agribusiness Festival will be themed "Youth as Catalyst for Agribusiness Development in Rwanda"

You will also read more about the ''Contract farming in Rwanda'' workshop, we co-organized with MINAGRI and Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) held at Kigali, Rwanda.

In the October newsletter of AgriProFocus Rwanda readers are invited  to read more news concerning different activities conducted in third quarter of 2017 in SEAD Project.

Finally, a big announcement about our YOUTH IN AGRIBUSINESS FESTIVAL 2017!

Happy reading! :)

Read our October Newsletter Here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 19 October 2017 at 09:16

Newsletter du mois de Septembre 2017

Très Chers membres et partenaires du réseau , c'est avec un réel plaisir que nous partageons avec vous notre newsletter N°9 de l’année 2017. Ce bulletin est constitué de six articles intéressants à lire dont :

1. La participation de l'équipe AgriProFocus à la Formation ScopeInsight

2. Le lancement du Consortium ICCO,UMOCI,SOATAF sur la Chaine de Valeur Karité
3. La formation sur le plaidoyer et le reseautage avec le Bureau d’Emploi de Don Bosco
4. La participation du Coordinateur au Core Group tenu du 25 au 29 sept à Ede Pays – Bas,

5. Le Résultats du Développement néerlandais en 2016, cas du Mali

6. Le parcours d'une jeune entrepreneure .

Alors lisez et faites lire, vous découvrirez en plus des activités à venir du réseau et comment s'inscrire sur notre plateforme en ligne.

Cliquez sur ce lien https://us9.admin.mailchimp.com/campaigns/show?id=962889

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 25 September 2017 at 09:07

Our September Newsletter is out!

Dear members, we are happy to share with you our latest newsletter for this september which has updates for you to learn, explore and opportunities.

In this newsletter you will learn about the event Meru Farmer's Fair, the IFCD training and more events. Also get to meet a young lady from Kilimanjaro who goes beyond Agribusiness into making spices.

And what's interesting is the vlog made by our Communication expert Anne Marie and the Food Challenge video.

Read the newsletter HERE.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 18 September 2017 at 02:54

Our latest Newsletter is out!

Dear Members,

We are pleased to share our latest newsletter, there is a lot of interesting updates!

Through this newsletter, you will read about the agri-finance fair and market linkages event conducted in Muhanga district. You will also learn about the role of financial institutions vis-à-vis agriculture sector as well as some business deals made by the farmers during the fair.

While reading this newsletter, you will learn about the fruitful discussions from the round table meeting on organic certification for horticulture value chain in Rwanda. The participants of this workshop elected the steering committee which will moderate this activity in order to value the organic horticultural products and motivating the farmers as well.

Learn about the success stories from other model farmers, you will be inspired by the success of their farming projects.

Finally, there is also some job opportunities related to agriculture sector!!

Glad reading!!

READ THE NEWSLETTER!!

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 12 September 2017 at 12:12

Our August 2017 Newsletter is out! 

We are pleased to share our August newsletter, with lots of interesting updates!

Read about the learning journey by Food security experts from 12 Dutch embassies from Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe and what they learned about the Kenya horticulture sector and the next steps in terms of supporting and developing the sector.

We also share with you outcomes of an exciting webinar that we recently announced here, which brought over 80 young people in agriculture from across the continent. The question was whether we can consider agribusiness as a silverbullet to youth unemployment. Read and listen to the recording. 

Learn about the farmer field days we recently organised across the country, and what the farmers considered as the most critical factor to the success of their farming. 

Finally, a big announcement about our NETWORK DAY 2017! 

Happy reading! :)

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