On Wednesday February26th, 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) met with stakeholders in agriculture sector to discuss how to strengthen the link between policy decision makers and the research community in support of Rwanda’s Fourth Strategic Plan for Agricultural Transformation 2018-24 (PSTA IV) and ultimately to improve nutrition, food security and food systems resilience.
The one-day roundtable meeting of National Policy Dialogue brings together the policy and research communities of Rwanda, farmers and private sector to encourage the continuous and open exchange of ideas, data and evidence for the transformation of Rwanda’s agriculture sector and rural economy.
Speaking at the event, Jean Claude Musabyimana the Permanent Secretary of MINAGRI thanked the contribution of stakeholders in agriculture sector in transforming agriculture sector in Rwanda over the last 10 years.
He said, “the Ministry’s expectation in this dialogue is to see the emergence of collaboration framework to advance meaningful changes in the agricultural sector and find ways to integrate best research with the policy works”
Musabyimana said that the dialogue recognizes the remarkable progress that Rwanda has made in the past two decades, highlighted by rapid economic growth and sharp reduction in poverty during this period.
“The country has emerged as a leader among sub-Saharan African countries in promoting innovation, gender equality, and an enabling business environment.” He added.
He noted that, the government remains strongly committed to ambitious development goals efficiency and transparency in implementation, strong collaboration with the private sector and diplomacy through regional and global partnership. Rwanda’s economy has enjoyed unprecedented growth of 7.8 percent per year between 1997 and 2017, and an overall decrease in the poverty rate from 60.4 percent in 2000 to 28.2 percent in 2016/17.
From RYAF Communication Team