Kigali, December 9th, 2019, African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) in partnership with Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) will officially launch the Rwanda Chapter of African Youth in Livestock, Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL-FAIN).
The official launch will take place in Classic Hotel, Kigali/Kicukiro on December 11th, 2019 amid the two-day meeting that will continue until December 12th, 2019.
The Launch of a national Chapter of AYL-FAIN Rwanda aims at creating jobs and wealth that inform government and stakeholder interventions targeting women and youths in animal resources sector in Rwanda.
It will also help bring on board all youth involved in Animal Resource Business. Except Rwanda dairy value chain, other livestock value chains are not yet organized but everyone among involved entities is struggling for positive changes to transform livestock sector.
“It is projected that human population in Rwanda will increase by 38% and will reach up to 16.3 million in 2031/32 from 11.8 million in 2016/17 (NISR 2014). Thus, there is a need to increase future meat per capita consumption is needed. For youth and women to benefits from this, we must be engaged in livestock agribusiness,” said Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, President of AYL-FAIN Africa.
Considering that youths represent 39% of Rwanda population including inactive population and reference that 50% are independent farmers (EICV4; NISR, 2016), therefore promoting livestock agribusiness will lead to the poverty reduction and improving livelihood.
Rwanda is also home to 2,923,706 heads of goats, 664,703 of sheep, 1,716,438 of pigs and 272,725 chicken for a human population of around 12,5 million people (MINAGRI, 2017. Thus, results in 0.3 small ruminants and 0.4 chicken per person which is very little compared to our neighboring country mainly Uganda and Kenya. Thus, means that Livestock sector in Rwanda need to be upgraded in order to meet animal product consumption demand of the growing population.
This important event will gather 40 youth from different professional entities engaged in livestock activity who raised their interests in being members of AYL-FAIN, Rwanda chapter, and invitees include two regional AYL-FAIN representatives and others from partner Institutions mainly MINAGRI, RAB, FAO, Send a cow, Heifer international, Veternaire sans frontielle, Orora Wihaze USAID-Funded Project and Enabel among others.
About AYL FAIN
African Youth in Livestock Fisheries and Aquaculture Incubation Network (AYL_FAIN) was established in July,2017 in Dakar with the support from AU IBAR and AAIN and launched in Cairo, Egypt in July 2018. The network brings together youth from the 55 Pan African countries to establish business incubation hubs at country level and 5 regional hubs in North, East, Central, West and Southern Africa.
The long-term vision is to see Africa in which youth owned agribusinesses in animal resources contribute to poverty reduction and food security by creating wealth and jobs.
Officially launched on 3rd May 2016, RYAF’s vision is to challenge and change the mind-set among the youths vis-à-vis agriculture, to influence transformation of agricultural business landscape, impacting positively the status of on & off- farm jobs, integrated and sustainable agro-economic development, food and nutritional securities.
RYAF Exist to facilitate youth in agribusiness to change their mind-set, to promote, inform, advocate and mobilize Rwandan youth to engage in agribusiness as well as facilitating technical and financial support and linkages to youth with stakeholder’s coordination.