Category “Rwanda”

Rwanda: Leaders Meet to Boost Nutritious Food

ABOUT 300 high-level leaders in government, busines and civil society will converge in Kigali tomorrow for a three-day consultation on how to get nutritious foods to people.

The meeting is organised by HarvestPlus, a global program to improve nutrition and public health, in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. HarvestPlus has worked with other partners to develop new varieties of food crops that contain vitamin A, zinc and iron.

The crops are already being grown by more than a million farmers in several countries where more than 500,000 farmers have already planted new varieties of beans rich in iron.

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Rwanda: World Bank Approves U.S.$60 Million for Agriculture, Infrastructure

Part of the funds will be used to intensify farmer’s agricultural productivity as part of the strategy to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity throughout the country

The World Bank, through International Development Association (IDA) has approved US$60.9Million (Over Rwf41billion) to improve Rwanda’s agriculture and infrastructure sectors.

The funds will be used to upgrade road conditions in the country and intensify farmer’s agricultural productivity as part of the strategy to reduce poverty and boost shared prosperity throughout the country.

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Rwanda: Agriculture ICT Competition Underway

Information and Communication Technology solution developers are tussling it out at kLab, Rwanda’s first innovation hub, on the best ways ICT can empower the agriculture sector. This is part of the ongoing conference in Kigali convened to deliberate on ways agriculture can leverage ICT to enhance marketing.

The competition, dubbed “ICT4ag” (ICT for agriculture), seeks to promote application of technology in the agriculture sector with an emphasis on value chain, advocacy and policy development.

The challenges the developers are tasked with include coming up with solutions for the bidirectional sharing of information between farmers and extension officers and devising a solution that would enable farmers to access finance with ease. The participants comprise nine groups from Uganda, Madagascar, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda.

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Rwanda: Youth Meet to Develop ICT Solutions for Agriculture

ICT students and tech entrepreneurs last weekend gathered at KLab, Rwanda’s technical hub for a 36-hour programming competition aimed at coming up with ICT solutions for the agriculture sector.

The competition, organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Rwandan ICT chamber brought together 49 participants – from students to members of the business community.

The participants were tasked with challenges to come up with ICT solutions that would either help with information sharing/communication between farmers and extension workers or make it possible for farmers to access financial services with ease.

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Rwanda: Maximise African Tea’s Potential, Kagame Tells Producers, Dealers

President Paul Kagame has urged tea producers and dealers across Africa to add value to tea products in order to play a greater role in the continent’s socio-economic development.

He was speaking yesterday at the ongoing second Tea Convention and Exhibition in Kigali.

Kagame also called for reduced dependence on foreign markets urging expansion of domestic tea consumption.

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Rwanda: Korea Agency to Support Agriculture in Nyaruguru

Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) has committed to help improve farming in Kibeho Sector of Nyaruguru District by educating farmers on appropriate farming methods.

This is one of the areas of cooperation agreed upon under an agreement signed on Wednesday between representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture and Koica.

The signing ceremony, by Koica country representative Kim Sang Chul, Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Ernest Ruzindaza, was preceded by a meeting to discuss ways of implementing the Integrated Rural Development Project in Kibeho Sector.

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Rwanda: Gap Still Deep Between ICT and Agriculture

Mariyana Mukamunana, who sells vegetables at Biryogo market, says she has no source of information to set her prices, apart from what other vendors are selling similar wares for. “I have no information on how to sell; I set the price according to what I spent buying the vegetables and other expenses,” she explains.

One of her colleagues, on the other hand, says that she sometimes gets information from the radio or television when market prices are reported, but that to her knowledge there is no common system of crop information.

And yet, according to Didier Nkurikiyimfura, the director general in charge of ICT in the ministry of youth and ICT, technology can play an intermediary role between buyers and sellers of agricultural products.

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