The experts in Agriculture meet in Kigali to discuss how to move agricultural transformation forward

The Government of Rwanda has demonstrated strong political commitment to the CAADP initiative aligned to its 2018 National Agricultural Policy, which outlines the need for food security, nutritional health, and sustainable agricultural growth from a productive, green, and market-led agricultural sector. The policy responds to the rapid changes experienced in the sector and anticipates key trends and concerns including pressure on land, the need to feed growing cities, the absorption of rural youth into the labor market and the need to raise productivity for smallholder farmers. The current cycle for the CAADP implementation process in Rwanda focuses on guiding increased and impactful public and private investments in agriculture within the next six years from 2018 to 2024, as set forth in the Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA) IV designed to achieve four strategic impact areas, namely: (a) increased wealth contribution, (b) increased economic opportunity, (c) improved food security, and (d) increased resilience.

It is in that theme that the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) through Rwanda Agriculture Development Board (RAB), and the African Agricultural Technologies Foundation (AATF) organized a half-day High Level Roundtable meeting on Tuesday 29th

October 2019 under the theme “Transforming smallholder farming through innovative

agricultural technologies.’’  

The purpose of this Round table was to showcase the current and potential impact of the application of innovative agricultural technologies by smallholder farmers for improving agricultural productivity, value-addition, food security and poverty reduction, examine the challenges and opportunities for development and up taking the innovative technologies by smallholder farmers; building consensus amongst key players in agriculture and agribusiness from public and private sectors in Rwanda, including policy makers, Government institutions, researchers, academia, youth organizations, development agents and investors in the sector on how to support and uptake the use of innovative technologies by smallholders to stimulate economic growth,

 In his opening remarks, Jean Claude Musabyimana, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) thanked AATF for having chosen Kigali as the venue of its 2019 meeting of the Board of trustees, to more; reflect on empowering smallholders’ farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as improving their livelihoods through agricultural transformation. He asserted that Rwanda is scored among the best-performing countries in implementing the comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), and continues to foster its commitment towards attaining a free hunger, food and nutritional secured continent, through the establishment of supporting policies and strategies that leveraging agricultural productivity for

small scales and traditional farmers, and which aspire for a capable public-private-led partnership in the agriculture sector.

Musabyimana added that Agriculture has been a fundamental source of income for the entire community, and contributes more on the gross national products. ; Recent statistics have revealed that the agriculture sector contributed 28 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the second quarter of 2019, with a growth of 5% and a contribution of 1.5 percentage points to overall GDP growth.

The Roundtable committed to building momentum towards action on current discussions and recommendations on the importance of utilization of innovative agricultural technologies through concrete actions on what the African agricultural sector needs to do to move the needle on food and nutrition security.

FROM RYAF Communication TEAM

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