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Digitizing Agriculture production and marketing for professional small scale farmers and future extension agents.

Digitized agriculture production for sustainable food supply in africa

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

FESY " Friends Effort to support Youth" Non-Governmental organization based in Rwanda

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small NGO (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

non

Website of Legally Registered Entity

www.fesyrwanda.org

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

kigali

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Rwanda

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Rwanda the whole country surface area, 26338 km2

What country is your selected Place located in?

Rwanda ,

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

our organization FESY is registered in Rwanda and working in Rwanda

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Rwanda is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of East Africa. Its 26,338 Km2 are dominated by highlands, giving it the name “Country of A Thousand Hills”. The lowest altitude in the country is 950 m above the sea level and it is estimated that 90% of domestic cropland is on slopes ranging from 5% to 55%. Rwanda’s climate is conditioned by its landscape: the lower the altitude, the warmer the temperature with an average ranging between 180C and 220C. The country experiences a long dry season from June to August with heavy rainfall between March and May. Rwanda have 441 inhabitants/Km2, making it the 2nd highest population density in Africa. In the last 10 years the population grew at a rate of 2.6%, and reached an estimated 12.2 million inhabitants in 2018 with young and growing population (70% of the population under 30 years) and a highly growing educated workforce (+50k tertiary graduation/year).. Rwanda is ranked by the World Economic Forum as the 2nd fastest growing economy (7.5% per year since 2007) 2nd easiest country for doing business in Africa (Doing Business 2019). Rwanda is also ranked the 1st for Government transparency in Africa 5th safest country to walk at night Worldwide, 2nd African MICE destination with VISA delivered at arrival and highly connected African airline. Rwanda is the 1st in Africa for network readiness and the 2nd in the World of ICT promotion with 95% 4G LTE network coverage (7000 Km optic fiber). Rwanda has the lowest debt ratio in the region and stable credit ratings with a stable currency

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

13000000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Agriculture is the main economic activity in Rwanda with 70% of the population engaged in the sector, and around 72% of the working population employed in agriculture. The agricultural sector accounts for 33% of the national GDP. Tea and coffee are the major exports while plantains, cassava, potatoes, sweet potatoes, maize and beans are the most productive crops. Rwanda exports dry beans, potatoes, maize, rice, cassava flour, maize flour, poultry and live animals within Eastern African countries. The period for cultivation can be divided into the first cultivable season (from September to January) and the second cultivable season (from February to June). In the marshlands, where water is abundant, there is also a third agricultural season for the cultivation of rice and vegetables. CHALLENGE: Due to the strong link between agriculture and poverty, the challenges in the agriculture sector are also drivers of rural poverty. Despite remarkable improvements over recent years, the agricultural sector in Rwanda still faces many challenges: 1. Land degradation and soil erosion are among the main challenges faced by agriculturalists. Around 90% of Rwandan territory lies on slopes with the consequent effect of soil loss, erosion and decreasing fertility. It is estimated that 1.4 millions of Tones of soil is lost each year, accounting for a loss of 320.000 USD 2.In Rwanda, land categorized as rural is nearly 98% of the total land area, with around 49% classified as arable. The pressure of a growing population and limited knowledge has a negative effect and results in low levels of productivity for both crops and livestock due to low input use, poor production techniques and inefficient farming practices 3.Rwandan agriculture presents a strong dependence on rainfalls and vulnerability to climate shocks. The low level use of water resources for irrigation makes agricultural production unpredictable from one season to another. 4. Weak processing capacity and higher value-added products placed on the market. The share of food crops processed never exceeded 6.5%. Furthermore, of the total food produced in the country only 34% reaches the market. The reasons for unexploited processing capacity lies in lack of appropriate technologies, expertise, financing incentives and rural infrastructure. Lack of access to an adequate water supply and at times energy supply makes it difficult for processing businesses to function. With all big challenge in Rwandan Agriculture our initiative is readly and has started to provide solution.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Our Vision through our projects will address the challenges mentioned above. .By implementing this initiative of farmer centered initiative that brings together students from agricultural college to team with local farmers specifically those that reside in the catchment area of the agricultural Colleges, with a view of putting in place two way communication system between farmers and agricultural students that will result in improvement of practical skills of students at the same time increasing agricultural productivity levels of farmers. .The project use a mentorship approach that aims to transform traditional agriculture into modern, professionally operated and market oriented undertaking. This is being done by promotion of professionalism, specialization and technological innovations of both the farmer and student in their practical farming practices.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

This project intends to inspire Mentors with entrepreneurship behavior in agriculture sector; while facilitating famers achieving their goals of maximize their production. The approach focus on providing information for solving specific problems and to guide individual farmers on improving their farming practices for increased productivity. This initiative has changed the life of many house hold especially the project beneficially ,farmers has improved their production at 61% so that mean they had food security and surplus for market as they improve their life economy ,so the project will occupy the whole country this project will make sure that every farmer should improve their agriculture practices which will make them maximizing their production and also we will make sure that farmer has failed to access market. project also has to teach beneficiary about nutrition , balance diets , how to establish Kitchen garden for vegetables and fruits. .

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Government of Rwanda has national strategy plan for 7 years which consolidate with in line of implementation SDGS, Priority Area 6: Modernize and increase productivity of Agriculture and livestock Key strategic :interventions: 33. Strengthen the commercialization of crop and animal resource value chains by increasing private sector engagement, promoting market-oriented agri-businesses, and capturing greater in-country surplus and value added. so in this line of our project we highly contribute in our National strategies plan for 7 yrs , we want to support from our small scale farmers to big farmers and cooperatives by assisting them to improve their agriculture practices from old to modern Agriculture through mentorship approach by applying extension services and after increasing their production and linking them to the potential market

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Great work. How does the digitization work? Do farmers in Rwanda have access to digital technology to use the system? Will the system be installed at each farm etc

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