Agriculture

Farmers appeal for ease of access to credit

Local farmer, already grappling with challenges of climate change and poor seeds, have appealed for increased access to finance. The farmers made the appeal on Friday during a dialogue organised by the Rwanda Development Organisation (RDO), which aimed to address the challenges that they face...

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 12:51pm

Africa spends $35 billion annually on food imports

Africa should be able to feed all her people without any problems, Benjamin Laag, Counsellor for Economic Cooperation at the Germany Embassy in Abidjan, said last week at the 2019 Conference on Land Policy in Africa, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Laag emphasised the importance of good land...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 12:09am

Relief as garlic farmers set to get Rwf1.3bn processing plant

Garlic farmers have reason to smile after the construction of a Rwf1.3 billion garlic processing plant and seven dry shelters began in Musanze District. It is set to be completed within the next five months. The dry shelters are being constructed in different sectors of Musanze District while...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 1:48am

New partnership to advance open data in Rwanda’s agriculture sector

The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), a UK and US government supported initiative that promotes proactive sharing of open data, has announced its commitment to work in Rwanda. The initiative works with different partners to make information about agriculture and nutrition...

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 12:12am

Rubona agricultural researchers urged to share findings with public

Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente on Tuesday advised researchers at Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB’s) Rubona research station in Huye District to always share their research information with the public. That way, the premier said on his final leg of his two-day tour of Southern Province, the...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:47pm

UN report identifies where global harvests will rise and fall by 2050

The United Nations (UN) released a report last week identifying future winners and losers in agriculture as the planet warms from the effects of climate change. The report titled "The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2018" has attempted to study the relationship between...

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 1:20am

How can African governments trigger a green revolution?

Last week, a number of African leaders were meeting in Kigali, for the Africa Green Revolution Forumb (AGRF) and to discuss how to use agriculture as a way to transform African economies faster. This year the big question was: Will this forum be different from others or will it turn out to be just...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:26am

As long as there are people, there will be money in agriculture

All the people who matter in agriculture – heads of state and government, ministers of agriculture, heads of international organisations, scientists, financiers, and so on–were in Kigali last week to talk about how to make agriculture profitable. They had been brought together by the...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:10am

Agric transformation: African govts should lead from the front

Last week Kigali hosted a high-level summit of African Green Revolution Forum, which attracted key players in the agriculture sector from across the continent and beyond. Delegates at such conferences are always grappling with the same question: how can agriculture be more productive and...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:32am

Agriculture summit closes with investment commitments

The African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), the continent’s most influential gathering around Africa’s largest economic sector, concluded Saturday in Kigali, with ambitious commitments to deliver billions of dollars in new investments to African farms and agribusinesses.  The forum...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 12:14am

Lack of farmers’ participation in policy formulation hurting agric output – survey

Rwanda’s agriculture output is still low, in part because policy-makers do not involve farmers in the process of formulating policies. This is according to a recent survey by Transparency International (TIR) that was carried out in two districts of Kayonza and Nyanza in Eastern and Southern...

Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:46pm

Experts push for risk sharing facilities in agriculture

Limited access to capital remains a critical challenge for people engaged in agriculture, leading to low levels of investment in the sector despite its strategic importance in improving people’s livelihoods. At the ongoing African Green Revolution Forum in Kigali, it emerged that access to...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 8:44am

With zero-energy storage facilities, post-harvest losses are set to drop

High losses incurred by horticulture farmers are set to reduce thanks to a new cost effective technology for cooling and storing produce. The technology, dubbed Zero-energy Cool Chamber (ZECC), is seen as a timely boost to horticulture farmers who have been losing up to 40 per cent of their...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:21am

Achieving solutions with farmers isn’t radical: why is it so hard?

A stranger enters the room, from another world, and tells a long-time team to do things differently. The chances of a great outcome, based on human psychology, are not great. Most of us are used to the way we do things, and only sometimes dying for a chance to change. We also prefer to hear...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 12:23am

Agricultural finance is the continent’s only salvation

The East African region is endowed with good weather all year round. It has abundant rainfall and very few natural disasters apart from the occasional floods and isolated landslides. In short, it is ideal for agriculture, the mainstay of its population. In the Middle East and Mediterranean...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:29pm

Could the future of food in the world depend on what Africa does with agriculture?

Addressing global agriculture experts at the FAO headquarters in Rome, 2017 World Food Prize Laureate and President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, said he believes Africa does not need aid but disciplined investments. According to this grandson of a subsistence farmer, he...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 3:25am

Emerging entrepreneur finds value in pumpkin seeds

On a Tuesday afternoon when this writer visits Fraterne Manishimwe’s farm, she finds him and his colleagues sorting out pumpkins that are ready for value addition. Manishimwe got into agriculture after lacking tuition. Despite having thought of the profession as one for old people, he has...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 12:53am

Young farmer makes fortune from exploiting land using mechanisation

WHEN Theophile Uzayisenga graduated from University of Rwanda in 2014 with a degree in agronomy, job opportunities did not come as easily as he expected. He tried working as an agronomist but later gave up to seek employment in temporary occupations. The 30-year-old from Karongi District realised...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 12:47am

New outreach programme to boost agric production

Production from the agriculture and livestock sector is expected to significantly improve thanks to a new partnership that intends to have university lecturers and students perform academic activities on farms. This outreach programme is expected to, among others, scale up research for the...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 11:57pm

EAC to engage youth in agriculture

The East African Community (EAC) looks forward to having success stories of the youth, who engage in agriculture for economic prosperity.   EAC Deputy Secretary General Christophe Bazivamo said having the successful youth would enable others to learn.   He was speaking in Dar es...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 9:34pm