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PSDAG donates to PANOVITA to Upgrade Bio-Fortified Food Processing (VIDEO)

PANOVITA Ltd, USAID partner to upgrade Bio-fortified Food Processing On May 29, 2019 , The United States through its Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth (PSDAG), officially launched its partnership with Ngoma (Rwanda) based PANOVITA Ltd to upgrade and improve their processing facility which supplies bio-fortified foods intended to support infants, lactating mothers and...

FAO, RAB dispatch skills to fight Fall Armyworms in Maize Plantations

Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) in partnership with the United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), have launched a campaign to help maize growers acquire basic knowledge on how  to identify, monitor and manage an invasive pest known as Fall Armyworms. Throughout the campaign launched on 5 June 2019 in Muhanga District at least 2802...

Rwandan Farmers supported to strengthen quality of milk

Milk production in Rwanda continues to improve. In 2014, milk production was at 648,330 MT per year, and it has increased to 816, 791MT in 2018, and milk consumption per capita was at 68 liters in 2018. This was due to combined efforts by the government of Rwanda, including genetic improvement of local cattle breeds through...

Rwanda gets global recognition for strengthening youth involvement in agriculture

Kigali May 28, 2019: The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) was awarded this year’s Edouard Saouma Award, a global prize instituted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for outstanding efforts in involving youth in Rwanda’s agriculture transformation. MINAGRI has been selected as joint winner, with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research...

Rwanda East: Where Agriculture is improving, Poverty and Access to Clean Water remain priorities

Farmers in Eastern Province have commended the progress made in Agriculture despite challenges originating from climate change and its adverse effects on the harvest especially during drought season. Crops grown in the Eastern part of Rwanda include banana, Maize, beans, Soja, rice and Coffee in different sectors among them there are about 7 sectors of Gatsibo...

AGRA President Dr. Agnes Kalibata to Receive McGill University’s Honorary Doctorate in June 2019

A Nobel-winning mathematician, an extraordinary entrepreneur, an exceptional jazz improviser and an advocate for agricultural reform in Africa among the fourteen exceptional men and women celebrated. Alain Bouchard, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Michel de la Chenelière,  The Honourable Irwin Cotler, Dame Ann Dowling, Paul Farmer,  Giuliana Elena Garzone, Michael Harris, Agnes Kalibata, John Michael Kosterlitz,  Margaret...

USAID partners with ENAS to improve Grain Drying and Storage

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project (PSDAG) has officially launched its partnership with ENAS Enterprise to upgrade and improve storage facilities of maize and bean grains, which are observed as the main staple foods serving Kirehe and the surrounding districts of the Eastern Province of Rwanda.

Macadamia nuts processing factory inaugurated in Rusororo 

On March 18, 2019, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, accompanied by the Ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, Takayuki Miyashita,officiated the inauguration of Rwanda nuts Macadamia Processing Factory that is based in Rusoro Sector, Gasabo District. Established by Japanese investors, the new macadamia processing factory, under Rwanda nuts Company Ltd, is installed with...

Mediation in Natural Resources Management: practicing home-grown solutions in Rwanda

By Ebel Smidt, international mediator Climate change and population pressure are challenges in the realization of the National Strategy of Transformation.  To make Rwanda a middle-income country human and natural resources need to be mobilized as efficient as possible. Disputes over use of natural resources or liabilities for damage caused by the interaction between nature and society also need professional...

Africa Center for Climate and Sustainable Development inaugurated in Rome

Initiated by Italy with FAO and UNDP support, the center has a special focus on Climate Smart Agriculture, access to water, rural women and youth 28 January 2019, Rome - A major focus on boosting the agricultural sectors and promoting rural development in Africa is needed to ensure a better future for the continent's...

Agnes Kalibata to receive Public Welfare Medal

WASHINGTON -- The National Academy of Sciences is presenting its 2019 Public Welfare Medal to agricultural scientist, policymaker, and visionary leader Agnes Kalibata "for her work to drive Africa's agricultural transformation through modern science and effective policy, helping to lift more than a million Rwandans out of poverty and scaling impacts for millions more African farmers." The...

Three NGOs launch agribusiness development project in Juba

A consortium of NGOs on Thursday launched the South Sudan Agribusiness Development Project Phase 2 in Juba. The majority of households in South Sudan rely on subsistence farming. This is the result of a lack of access to capital, quality agricultural inputs, storage facilities and limited knowledge on improved farming techniques and farming as...

AGCO launches innovative Farm mechanization for rural communities

BERLIN, Germany, January 21, 2019/ -- AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment, unveiled its pioneering Farm in a Box (FIAB) initiative for Africa at Germany’s International Green Week 18-27 January 2019.  “With this brand-new new concept, we aim to take farm mechanization plus all...

Museveni to the Youth: There is no money in working for government, go to Agriculture

President Museveni has urged the youth to seek fortune from commercial agriculture, Industry and ICT and stop looking at employment from government agencies as a ladder to wealth. Museveni was speaking during the commissioning of Equator seed’s Factory at Koro Abili Village, Labwoc parish, Koro Sub-county, Omoro North Omoro District. Equator...

Tunisia Trains first set of Drone pilots for agricultural productivity

Africa: Tunisia Trains first set of Drone pilots for agricultural productivity The training which focused on handling, maintenance and the security aspects of flying drones, took place in Tunis from 19-30 November 2018TUNIS, Tunisia, December 14, 2018/ -- Eight pilots have successfully passed their drone flight training in Tunisia following a two-week intensive...

Rwandan Youth to plant 100 million fruit trees in Five Years

In Rwanda, Forests and agroforestry systems play an important role in supporting the livelihoods a part from providing most of the energy consumed by the majority of the population, controlling soil erosion, protecting water catchments, supplying fruits and ecological services. The vision 2020 recognizes that the national forest cover must be significantly increased up to 30% of the national land...

Exclusive Interview with USAID’s PSDAG Chief of Party (VIDEO)

This week at the sideline of the Farmers Cooperatives Professionalization Program Learning Event organized by the USAID’s Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth project we caught up with the Project Chief of Party and here is our conversation: https://youtu.be/Fn9DxXpzJ4o READ Also: USAID’s PSDAG celebrates Farmers ICTs Usage Achievements

USAID’s PSDAG celebrates Farmers ICTs Usage Achievements

Officials from the Private Sector Driven Agriculture Growth (PSDAG) project, the representatives of the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and the NGOs whose services touch the lives of the farmers have revealed that they are satisfied with the achievements made through PSDAG project which is financed by the American Agency of the International Development (USAID) to improve the socio-economic lives...

RYAF signs MoU with USAID Funded Hinga Weze

This week the Administration of Rwanda Youth in Agriculture Forum (RYAF) represented by Hategekimana J. Baptiste as chairman has signed an MoU with Daniel GIES the Chief of Party of CNFA/Hinga Weze USAID funded project that will last 12 months. The purpose of this agreement is to create a partnership and expand the cooperation between CNFA /HINGA WEZE and RYAF...

Rulindo: Sweetpotato farmers call for more lands for more harvests

Sweetpotato farmers in Rulindo district, in the northern province of Rwanda, are requesting for more land to increase the amount of orange fleshed sweetpotato crops despite the decline of clients of their harvests. Farmers in Bushoki Sector of Rulindo District said that they are no longer facing severe hunger and malnutrition as a result of growing sweetpotatoes, thanks to the...

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