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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.

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Posted By in SEAD
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 By in SEAD
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 By in SEAD
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 By in SEAD
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 By in Dairy Uganda
Posted 11 September 2018 at 06:45

Titus Kasujja’s commitment to dairy farming is paying off:

Established in 2016 by Titus Kasujja and wife Lydia, Ziroobwe Demonstration Farm (Zidefa) is admirable. Ziroobwe in Luweero District is now the new hub for agriculture in Uganda.

About four or five years ago, an acre of land was sold for as low as Shs3m but it has gone up to more than Shs30m at the current rates. Kasujja’s childhood dream was never in agriculture as all his five degrees he obtained from Denmark do not relate to what he prides in now.

He has graduated as an electrician, multimedia designer, industry operator, production engineer and technical isolator. The 52-year-old has invested up to Shs3bn in just two years on a 400-acre farm with an estimated 100-acre buffer for the community.

The farm produces more than 1500 litres of milk per day where a cow produces between 25-30 litres of milk on average per day. This fetches him up to Shs44m weekly. He is not your usual farmer as he meticulously goes a

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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!!!

11 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in SEAD
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!!!

11 months 4 weeks ago

Posted By in SEAD
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 By in SEAD
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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7 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in SEAD
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!

12 months 3 days ago

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.

11 months 3 weeks ago

Posted By in SEAD
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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13th International Conference on ICT 4Development&Educatn

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  26 September 2018 to 28 September 2018 - All Day Event
  Kigali Convention Center(KCC)

eLearning Africa

Founded in 2005, eLearning Africa is the leading pan-African conference and Ministerial Round Table on ICT enhanced training, digital learning and educational technology. The three day event offers participants the opportunity to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge and skills.

Over 12 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 16,228 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development.

This year’s conference will be co-hosted by the Republic of Rwanda,with the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with the Rwanda Convention Bureau.

For interested applicants, there is also a Call for Papers  to be presented in the eLearning Africa event, the 13th International Con

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 17 March 2016 at 08:56

KCB targets small firms in Sh50bn training plan

KCB chief executive Joshua Oigara  during the launch of the bank’s Youth Empowerment Programme at Kasarani Safaricom Gymnasium on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

KCB chief executive Joshua Oigara during the launch of the bank’s Youth Empowerment Programme at Kasarani Safaricom Gymnasium on March 9, 2016. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

KCB Group has launched a Sh10 billion-a-year scholarship scheme to benefit 500,000 small-scale entrepreneurs over the next five years in sectors like construction, beauty, hospitality, agriculture and mechanics. The bank, through its foundation, expects to trigger 2.5 million new jobs through the 2Jiajiri programme that aims to build local skills among artisans and ease their access to capital.

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Alphaxrd Gitau This is great news.Will follow up from here and find areas of synergy.Thanks Wim

2 years 10 months ago

Martine Ogutu Great move,kudos KCB!!!

2 years 9 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 23 October 2015 at 02:00

Zambia: US $30 million for skills, jobs and entrepreneurship for women and youth in the agriculture sector

The African Development Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved on Wednesday, October 14 a loan of US $30 million to the Government of Zambia for the Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Project Supporting Women and Youth.

The project is designed to promote job creation, gender equality and poverty reduction amongst young cassava producers to enable inclusive economic growth and sustainable livelihoods development.

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