What agriculture policies do the candidates offer?

The country has entered the third week of the presidential campaigns and the three candidates have been traversing the country pitching their manifestos to the electorate, ahead of the presidential elections slated for August 3 and 4. Incumbent Paul Kagame (RPF-Inkotanyi), Frank Habineza (Green Party), and Philippe Mpayimana (Independent) have given priority to agriculture sector, […]

FAO-IFAD train farmers in contract farming

Over 30 government officials, including law and policy makers, leaders of cooperatives from the private agribusiness sector, NGO’s and stakeholders have attended a four-day training contract farming course at Umubano Hotel, Kigali. Under the theme “Legal and Operational Aspects of Contract Farming Schemes”, the workshop was focused on increasing linkages between farmers and agribusiness firms […]

Campaigning on climate science consensus may backfire

Climate change campaigns that focus on correcting public beliefs about scientific consensus are likely to backfire and undermine policy efforts, according to an expert commentary published today in Environmental Communication. The six authors of the commentary argue campaigns which emphasize variations on messages such as, “97% of climate scientists have concluded that human-caused climate change […]

Farmers urged to embrace agriculture mechanisation

Mechanisation, like use of combine harvesters, reduces post-harvest losses. / Kelly Rwamapera.   SMALL farmers in Nyagatare District, Eastern Province have been urged to embrace modern methods of agriculture to improve output and produce in a sustainable manner. George Mupenzi, the Nyagatare District mayor, said it is crucial for individual farmers and co-operatives to acquire […]

Efficient land use vital for sustainable devt – scholars

Dr Gasingirwa speaks during the conference in Kigali yesterday.(Nadege Imbabazi) EFFECTIVE use and management of land is vital amid the rapidly growing population, scholars said yesterday. The scholars were speaking at a one-day conference dubbed, “Local Solutions to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), in Kigali on Wednesday. The symposium, organised by the Great Lakes […]

Private sector members urged to invest in irrigation schemes

Kagitumba Irrigation Scheme in Nyagatare District. The private sector in the east has been called upon to invest in projects like this irrigation. / Kelly Rwamapera.   Private Sector Federation (PSF) members in Eastern Province have been urged to utilise the available chances to invest in irrigation and other water projects. Judith Kazayire, the governor […]

Climate stabilization

Planting trees cannot replace cutting carbon dioxide emissions Growing plants and then storing the CO2 they have taken up from the atmosphere is no viable option to counteract unmitigated emissions from fossil fuel burning, a new study shows. The plantations would need to be so large, they would eliminate most natural ecosystems or reduce food […]

Gasabo to be transformed into ‘model green city’

An artistic impression of a green neighbourhood. Rwanda already has a comprehensive green building policy. Efforts to encourage green growth and sustainable development have got a boost following an announcement by the Ministry of Natural Resources to develop part of the City of Kigali as model green city. According to officials plans are already underway […]

Govt introduces scheme to ease access to agriculture insurance

Workers harvest tomatoes at Xavier Baributsa’s farm in Nyakariro, Rwamagana District. The new initiative by government seeks to help farmers secure insurance cover for their crops at low rates. / File   Farmers have for long suffered losses due to different disasters such as floods, drought and pests and diseases. But most local farmers do […]