The rural Youth Employment Support (R-YES) project in Rwanda was launched on the 29th July 2020 by Kilimo Trust and officiated by Mr. Jean Claude MUSABYIMANA, the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).
The project is aimed at creating employment opportunities for youth in agribusiness related activities through integrated agribusiness hubs in Rwanda.
R-YES project implementation has already begun and on Thursday 15th April 2021, Kilimo Trust and partners including principals and technical staff of major IPRCs, Rwanda TVET Board (RTB), and Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) held a meeting to discuss modalities of engagement and validation of the content of application forms to be used by colleges and youth applying to partner or benefit from the R-YES project.
The project team leader, Andrew Gashayija giving welcoming remarks thanked everyone for honoring the invitation to the meeting. Participants were also taken through the project overview and activities that have been so far done since the project commenced.
As the main purpose of the meeting, there were discussions on modalities of engagements between Kilimo Trust and implementing partners as well as validating the content of the application forms to be used by the colleges and youth applying to partner or benefit from the project.
R-YES project targets to create jobs (self or wage) for 1,200 youth (50% women) in agriculture-related activities. The 5-years project is implemented under a consortium led by Kilimo Trust and other partners including Rwanda Polytechnic (with its regional training colleges and Agribusiness TVETs as centers for capacity building), Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) and African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN) with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The project will be implemented in 4 provinces of Rwanda in 16 selected districts; NORTH (Gicumbi, Rulindo, and Musanze), WEST (Nyabihu, Rubavu, and Rusizi), SOUTH (Nyanza, Ruhango, Gisagara, Kamonyi and Huye), and EAST (Nyagatare, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Ngoma and Bugesera).
From RYAF Communication Team