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 […]

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 […]

Agri-show 2017 opens at Mulindi grounds

This year’s National Agriculture Show is focusing on various technologies as part of efforts to popularize mechanisms to fight effects of climate change among farmers, the Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gerardine Mukeshimana has said. Effects of climate change especially drought has been having severe effects on crops worldwide. “This year, [2017], we […]

Gov. targets to fetch $1.5 billion from foreign direct investments

Clare Akamanzi, the CEO of RDB, chats with Stephen Ruzibiza, CEO of the Private Sector Federation, during press conference yesterday. / Nadege Imbabazi  The Government is projecting to attract foreign direct investments worth about $1.5 billion projects this year, according to Rwanda Development Board. As of May, 49 investments had brought in about $500 million, […]

Agricultural cooperative leaders urged to reconcile

  State Minister Fulgence Nsengiyumva shakes hand with Aisha Umurerwa, CO-DERVAM’s accountant, after receiving a present. / Kelly Rwamapera Agriculture state minister Fulgence Nsengiyumva has asked cooperatives to foster good working relations between new and former leaders, saying it is one of the tools to overcome challenges, especially of poor administration. The minister made the […]

Nyaruguru farmer donates 90 cows to poor households

Ninety-five vulnerable households in Nyaruguru District have so far received cows donated by a benevolent livestock farmer in the area to help improve their livelihoods. Jean Damascene Gasinzigwa, a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi,  says he started the compassionate act in the post-Genocide period, starting with disadvantaged survivors. “Before the Genocide I […]

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo strategy

By: Joseph S. Nye, Jr. JOSEPH S. NYE, JR. CAMBRIDGE – Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a heavily orchestrated “Belt and Road” forum in Beijing. The two-day event attracted 29 heads of state, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries. Xi called China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) […]