Written by Gilbert Gatete

2018 A Season Pre-planting Meeting of Farm To Market Alliance (FtMA) Farmer Cooperaatives.

Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) in conjunction with World Food Program (WFP) is implementing FTMA (Farm To Market Alliance) formerly known as the Patient Procurement Platform -PPP, an initiative of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), AGRA and associated partners in support of market access for smallholder farmers. FTMA’s goal is to establish pro-smallholder agricultural value chains in partnership with public and private off-takers, credit and input providers and other commercial actors. It is against this background that RDO, WFP, AGRA and other partners organized a meeting for season 2018 A pre planting of all FATMA farmer cooperatives across the country, the meeting held on July 27th, 2017 at Hilltop Hotel.


Institutions participated are:
WFP, AGRA, Minagri, RDO, RWARRI, Private sector/Buyers (AIF, EAX, SARURA, EUCORD/PRODEV, RGCC), Media (The NewtTimes and umuseke.rw), ICCO-TERAFINA, All 2018A FTMA Farmer organizations
The introduction and welcome remarks was given by the Executive Secretary of RDO, Eugene RWIBASIRA. He start by thanking all participants for giving priority to this important meeting, He then continues by explaining a little bit about FTMA project, He emphasized that FTMA is there to support farmers to have access to sustainable markets. He winded up by encouraging farmers to be motivated and to be brave and leave behind old mind-sets and grab the opportunities around them as the government of Rwanda is trying to build the capacity of all Rwandans especially farmers through good and innovative agricultural policies. He mentioned “let this meeting be an opportunity to all of us to make a sound plan of 2018 A.”

RDO’ Executive Secretary, Eugene RWIBASIRA welcoming the participants

On behalf of AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), Anthony NGOSI in charge of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships was on board. He thank Dr MUREKEZI from Minagri for sacrifying his limited time and attend this meeting, He thank the Government of Rwanda for its good policies that help agriculture to improve. He argues that FTMA is one of the important projects that AGRA is counting on to have a good impact on farmers and Africans in general. He underlined that Rwanda is one of 11 countries they are proud to work with because is implementing well the program. He closed his speech by telling the farmers to keep on improving because they are not only feeding their families but also the whole nation.

Anthony NGOSI from AGRA during his speech

Ammar KAWASH, the coordinator of “Farm To Market Alliance” in Rwanda thanked RDO and RWARRI for preparing this meeting and bring on board different actors like Farmer organizations, Buyers, financial institution and other partners.
He added “we have right now 5 huge buyers (AIF, EAX, SARURA, PRODEV, RGCC) on board which is very important to all of us in the alliance, for the upcoming 2018A season, we want to build on the success we had in last 2017A season as we managed to have around 5000MT of aggregation and we have the target to reach 30,000 farmers during 2018A.”

Ammar KAWASH, the coordinator of “Farm To Market Alliance” in Rwanda

Ammar KAWASH, the coordinator of “Farm To Market Alliance” in Rwanda
Dr. MUREKEZI DG of Agriculture Development in MINAGRI, thank WFP and AGRA for bringing FTMA as a viable solution in terms of supporting farmers to have access to markets as it links farmers to buyers and financial institutions, He also said that the majority of Rwandan farmers have small land, to be able to supply sustainably to different markets it requires them to use improved agriculture practices in order to get high quantity and quality yield. It is in this regard that Government of Rwanda has put in place different policies like CIP, Rwanda Agricultural Extension Strategy, Postharvest handling and storage services.


Dr. MUREKEZI DG appreciating FtMA initiative

Dr MUREKEZI emphasized that we have to consider some challenges we faced in previous season like buyers who do not fulfil the contract terms, farmers who do sell produce to middlemen, the issue of aflatoxin so that we may work on it ahead of time.
He added that FTMA is mulching exactly the Government policies, He wish that the collaboration with the Government should be enforced and expand the program to other crops not only maize and beans. He concluded saying that Minagri is ready to support FTMA so that it can reach more than 30,000 farmers as the target looks.

Award giving
During last season FTMA has 81 cooperatives some of them did not perform their duties and they were eliminated e.g 8 cooperatives. This implies that during the coming 2018A season cooperatives will not only sign a contract with buyers but also with FTMA.

Cooperatives’ representatives receiving their awards

Only 26 cooperatives managed to deliver at least 90% of their commitment, out of 26, 6 cooperatives managed to deliver 50MT, there are also 7 cooperatives that managed to delive above 150% of their commitment.

This is how the prizes were distributed:
• All 26 cooperatives that delivered at least 90% of their commitment have been rewarded with a wheel barrow
• The 7 cooperatives that delivered 150% and more of their commitment will be rewarded with an extra of 5 tarpaulins.
• The 7 cooperatives that delivered at least 90% of their commitment and at least 50MT will be rewarded an extra of 5 tarpaulins.

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