Posted By in SEAD
Posted 15 January 2019 at 11:11

8th Edition - SEAD Newsletter


Course: Making Education Work

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Other Countries
  25 March 2019 to 05 April 2019 - All Day Event
  Wageningen, The Netherlands

Course: Making Education Work 

                                    Transforming education for youth employment in the agri-sector

For:  Lecturers, instructors or researchers working at universities or vocational training centres in agriculture            and rural development.

When:  more than two month programme that runs from the 1st of March until 13 May 2019. The face to face part from 25 March – 5 April in the Netherlands, is preceded and succeeded by online sessions, assignments, coaching and individual feed-back. The online activities are expected to take you a few hours per week.

Where:  Wageningen, the Netherlands and online part in your home country

How to apply and for more information you can find on the course page, see:

Application deadline:  1 February 2019


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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 29 May 2018 at 09:34

Job opportunities for TVET graduates

Selam Children Village (TRIAE) is looking for six young passionate dairy service providers. Required educational background is Certificate in animal science or related agricultural fields of TVET Level 3 or 10th grade complete.

It is highly encouraging if:

- Has work experience in agricultural sector

- Knowledge computer and smart phone usage

- Experience with MS Office and Excel

- Good Communication and Writing skills

- Ability to speak both Oromifa and Amharic

- Ability to drive motor cycle and has license

Place of work: areas surrounding Addis Ababa

Condition of employment: Contract (for 10 months)

For more information and on how to apply please call 0118 69 18 46

Also Please find the job advert below.

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!!!

12 months 2 days 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!!!

12 months 3 days 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 09:12

Tailor made training in financial record keeping for dairy farmers

In October, we also had the tailor-made training on financial record keeping for dairy farmers. The training was facilitated by Mark Bos, from consortium partner Q-Point. 

The week started off with training of trainers’ sessions with participants from UR/CAVM, Musanze Polytechnic, IMBARAGA Farmers’ Organisation and RAB (Northern Zone). In the ToT, the training programme for the roll out to dairy farmers was further prepared, especially in collecting financial data from invited farmers to establish a benchmark. The remainder of the week was used to deliver the training on financial record keeping to a group of 20, very enthusiastic and active, dairy farmers. The training showed that there are still challenges around, trustworthy, data (or databases) for benchmarking and the collection thereof.  It also showed that presenting the results of data collection, farmers are very much triggered to provide financial d

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME ThanksCarole Lelarge!Record keeping is one of the major problems faced by farmers!Most of them, don't know  if there is a loss or profit from their farming projects!!It is glad to see SEAD project supporting farmers on this issue!!Keep following up!! 

1 year 3 min ago

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 4 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!

1 year 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.

12 months 1 day 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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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:03

Research and Innovation Capacity Development

In September and October, the research teams were engaged in preparing their proposals for requesting funding from the SEAD Research & Innovation Promotion Fund. A total of 7 proposals were proposed for funding by the technical selection committee, that was composed of Profs Van Dijk and De Clercq as well as representatives from the PMT. The successful projects included 1) Impact of poultry cages on increasing of poultry production in smallholder poultry farmers in Nyagatare district; 2) Phenotypic characterisation and on-farm production performance of indigenous chicken in Rwanda; 3) Landscape-based assessment of rainwater harvesting and storage technologies and their impact on carrot production in Musanze District; 4) Effect of intercropping cabbage with onion as a pest control measures. Case study: Southern province of Rwanda; 5) Effects of drip irrigation management on growth and yield of beetroots; 6) Factors affecting potato production i

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 09:00

Workshop and coaching on composting

The SEAD project supported the training of farmers on composting in two regions. Composting training of farmers mainly focused on techniques of composting, both traditional and more experimental, using waste flows from animal, human and plant origins. 

The training started with training of trainers (ToT) which attracted 25 participants. The two day workshop focused on (1) Training of Trainers in the subject of Composting, including a field visit; (2) Development of the tailor-made training; and (3) Development/Adaptation of training materials.  The remaining three days focused on the roll out of the training to farmers, cooperatives, and agribusinesses ‘in the field’ by beneficiaries’ trainers, coached by facilitators.

The ToT that took place in Kigali on 11-12 December 2017 was highly appreciated by the participants and used  inputs and case study material provided by the farmers and students undertaking courses in relation to compo

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Thacien MUNYAMAHAME This is very interesting for boosting agricultural productivity!It will help farmers to adapt Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) where organic fertilizer is mixed with inorganic fertilizer! Generally, organic fertilizers are very expensive so composting is one of the main solution of this issue!Good job done by SEAD and partners!!

12 months 4 days ago

Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 08:54

Focus on one of the international implementing partners: Van Hall Larenstein

Van Hall Larenstein (VHL) is a University of Applied Sciences, founded over a century ago, with two locations in the Netherlands: Velp and Leeuwarden. They offer Bsc. programs, Msc. programs and short higher vocational training programs, both nationally and internationally oriented. They also conduct practice-based research, which enhances both our teaching ability and our position as a research institute. VHL is organized in three focus areas: Food and Dairy, Animals and Business and Delta Areas and Resources. 

For an impression, see the drone images of our university and beautiful estate. VHL has been involved in various projects all over the world for decades. We have experience in capacity-building projects in higher education in sub-Sahara Africa, the Far East and Central and South America. In the SEAD project VHL focusses on Value Chain management,

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 18 January 2018 at 08:50

News from the SEAD Project

The Project Management Team of the SEAD project wishes all a very healthy, happy and prosperous 2018. We are looking forward to work with all of you to strengthen the capacities in the value chains, the agricultural sector and contribute to food security and, whilst doing that, can truly support Rwandan farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses!

The last quarter of 2017 has witnessed a range of activities in the SEAD project. We are very happy to see that the project managed to keep the momentum that was created in the previous quarters. We strive to have 2018 a year in which this continues and, with joint efforts, can even step up certain interventions.

In this newsletter, short impressions are given on the various activities, one being the Research Activities facilitated by Profs. Van Dijk (MSM) and De Clercq (Stellenbosch). Others include the roll out of the tailor made training in Financial record keeping for dairy farmers by Mark Bos (Q-Point) and the trainin

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Posted By in Youth, Agriculture, Business
Posted 18 October 2017 at 02:50

EDUKANS with Development Expertise Center (DEC) hosted a full day workshop at Ghion Hotel on 11th October 2017

The workshop was aimed at celebration of 10th year of DEC and sharing the Edukans developed 7-STEPS, a tested formula that builds sustainable links between the local labour market, schools and training institutions. The result? Young people gain skills through relevant and high-quality education, while employers get the highly-skilled personnel they need.

Ato Teshome Lemma the State Minister of TVET Agency also gave a brief explanation about the general situation of the TVET sector of Ethiopia. The minister also quoted our aim is to "creating coherent based TVET sector in formal and non formal ways"

At the event there were also a group discussion on the 7-steps of Edukans.

Please watch the video and read more about the steps here

Training and Education for a better future!

Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:47

Focus on one of the international implementing partners: Q-Point

Q-Point BV is a Dutch consultancy firm, specialized in projects for agrofood businesses, NGOs and public institutions, with a broad experience in coordinating international supply chain and capacity building projects in food safety, market linkages, agrobusiness, sustainable agriculture and food production. Q-Point has a large portfolio of private sector clients in i.e. the agrofood sector, implementing and maintaining quality management systems.

For the SEAD project Q-Point brings extensive experience in implementing value chain related projects, business development and performance improvement of companies, cooperatives and organizations. Q-Point has been leading in several market assessments and studies carried out by HE Institutions in the region. In Rwanda Q-Point is involved as a leading partner in 4 relevant value chain development projects since 2013, with extensive experience in capacity building in Rwandan (and E

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:23

Introduction of Musanze Polytechnic

Musanze Polytechnic, which opened its doors on March 30th, 2015, is a government higher learning institution, located in Northern Province, established to offer all levels of training in Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET). It provides the students with skills for professionalism in Agriculture and Food Processing, Irrigation and Drainage Technology, Construction Technology, Hospitality Management and Electrical Technology. It also provides short courses to impart knowledge and skills to the local communities. One amongst those programmes is a 4-month training in Food processing, where the value chain-based knowledge to local citizens is a priority to preserve a farm to fork spirit.

Since 2015, Musanze Polytechnic started being involved in the SEAD project activities through its two departments of Agriculture & Food Processing (AFP) and Irrigation and Drainage Technology (IDT).

In the SEAD project, which aims at capacitating the HLIs’ staf

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:19

Rwanda Priority Skills for Growth (PSG) Program for Results Project

The Government of Rwanda has signed a new program worth 120 Million USD, with the World Bank aimed at strengthening skills in priority areas. The development objective of the Priority Skills for Growth Program-for-Results Project for Rwanda is to expand opportunities for the acquisition of quality, market-relevant skills in selected economic sectors including Energy, Transport and Logistics, and Manufacturing (with a focus on ‘Made in Rwanda’ products) . The proposed operation is aligned with themes under the World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for Rwanda FY2014-2018. The project duration is for 2017 to 2020.

The target sectors for developing skills were determined based on the following criteria: (a) priority sectors of focus under the EDPRS-2; (b) sectors that employ large numbers of the population; (c) sectors with potential for value addition and improved productivity; (d) sectors where foreign direct investmen

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Posted By in SEAD
Posted 29 September 2017 at 08:14

Research & Innovation Capacity Development - 1st cycle on its way!

One of the key components of the SEAD project is to strengthen the Research & Innovation Capacities of the beneficiary institutions, especially of those staff not having had that much exposure to the initiation, design, execution and dissemination of research. Beneficiaries were asked to identify interesting and foremost relevant research & innovation topics that address a verified challenge in one of the SEAD value chains.

Over 15 teams submitted their topics and were invited to a well appreciated workshop in June, facilitated by professor Meine Pieter van Dijk of Maastricht School of Management, to finetune their ideas, be guided through the essentials of research methodologies and, foremost, to be challenged on their initial thought on what and how to conduct their research. The better understanding of the topic at hand, the way to approach their research, complemented with a critical literature review around their topics,

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Youth Learn4Work Event

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
  11 October 2017, All Day Event
  Addis Abeba

Workshop tackling youth unemployment!

• Inspiring speakers from the private sector and field of TVET

• Interactive and practical sessions to learn more about a market-driven approach

•Discussions on the seven steps of Edukans

• Networking with different stakeholders

• Meeting young people who benefit from Edukans Learn4Work projects

Spaces are limited, so please let us know via this email:   

if you would like to secure your place for this event.