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 -
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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.To confirm our collaboration, that will be anchored in a Memorandum of... Read more
To determine general problems in implementation of gender policies and to determine possibilities for crosscutting support th
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
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=94DSTrdjFyA. 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,... Read more
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
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!
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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,... Read more
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: email@example.com
if you would like to secure your place for this event.
The SEAD project has gained momentum as evidenced by the number of activities that took place in the last two months as well as the upcoming activities. The Labour Market Needs Assessments of the four value chains have revealed valuable information on the formal and non-formal education and training programs that are needed by the sector as well as research and innovation themes the sector has flagged for the knowledge institutions to work on. The project has supported a national training of career guidance officers from all 392 TVET institutions in Rwanda.
· SENIOR PROGRAMME MANAGER
· SENIOR MONITORING, EVALUATION, ACCOUNTABILITY AND LEARNING (MEAL) PROGRAMME OFFICER
Woord en Daad connects people throughout the world in their fight against poverty, from a Biblical perspective. In this way, we wish to contribute to sustainable change in the Netherlands and worldwide. Woord en Daad works in the following areas: education, technical and vocational education and training, job placement, inclusive agribusiness development, WASH, and emergency relief. In the Netherlands, Woord en Daad aims to make people, companies and the government aware of their responsibility with regard to poverty worldwide.
Woord en Daad is looking for a senior programme manager (click for more) and a senior MEAL programme officer (click for more) for the five-year programme Employable Youth in Ethiopia (EYE), which is a programme funded by the Addressing Root Causes of Migration (ARC) fund of the Dutch Ministry of... Read more
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with its Development Partners have organized a TVET Week due to take place from October 2, 2015 to October 8, 2015.
The TVET week will comprise a TVET Expo, a regional TVET “Learning from Experience” Symposium, and a Ministerial Conference. The various activities will include field visits, a symposium, and an African Ministerial TVET Conference.
The schedules are as follows:
· TVET Expo from October 2, 2015 to October 8, 2015 at Gikondo Expo Ground;
· Site school visit in Southern and Western Province on October 5, 2015;
· TVET Symposium from October 6, 2015 to October 7, 2015 at Kigali Serena Hotel; and
· African Ministerial TVET Conference on October 8, 2015 at Kigali Serena Hotel.
The purpose of the TVET week is to share experiences from the field with a focus on quality, innovation and employment promotion. And the Ministerial Conference will be a follow up of the decisions made during the 2014 Ministerial Conference in Abidjan in which 28 m... Read more