RDO is facilitating forward delivery contracts between FOs and Off-takers through FtMA.

13 Dec 2018
The Farm to Market Alliance - FtMA is an initiative of World Food Programme – WFP. It is a public-private sector led consortium of organizations aiming to transform food value chains in highly demand  markets by building an oriented value-chain based on  long-term relations  between suppliers (farmers), buyers and other key stakeholders such as suppliers of finance, agri-inputs and technical expertise. The FtMA goal is to promote sustainable, commercially viable pro-smallholder agricultural value chain in which smallholders are actively engaged, increase their productivity, profitability, resilience to the climate change and their strength as reliable market players. Off-takers enter into stable buying relationships with smallholder farmers typically through pre-planting and pre-harvest contracts.

RDO usually facilitate the contracting meetings between farmer cooperatives and off-takers, where the off-takers read through their contracts so that the cooperative representatives may ask questions and provide their insights, then later alone the farmers will chose the buyer they do business with and sign a contract.



FOs from Kamonyi and Bugesera at WFP Headquarters, December 2018 (Photo by Gilbert)



FOs from Burera at Burera District, December 2018 (Photo by Gilbert)
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Akagera TAMP – 2012 results and 2013 plan

12 Feb 2013
Akagera TAMP project is the project addressing the problem of land management and soil erosion problems in different areas. RDO it is working in Nyagatare district.

It has 155 Households living in area that borders  Akagera river and Akagera national park in the South. The northern part is covered with steep hills with no vegetation cover and has valleys in the lower parts of the hilly sides. As the hillsides are bare and steep, there is a big flow of water when it rains, causing soil erosion. The big volume of water and the convergence of valleys downstream, has led to formation of 3 deep and wide gullies that are not only dangerous to human safety but also a threat to land degradation in the catchment area.

The situation is aggravated by the existence of people who graze cows on the hills and take them for water to river akagera causing big cattle trails that also accelerate soil erosion.

Achievements

- Community awareness for the population on the hazards of deforestation and air pollution

- Carry out rising within the community and mobilize them to participate in handling the problem of soil erosion awareness

- Planting  trees on the hills 25 000 Eucalyptus, 75 000 Caltris and 3000 grevillea robusta

-Digging 1880 contours on the hill side to stop the gravity of running water.

-Intervention of the local leadership to stop the practice of grazing cows on the hillsides as forbidden.

-Organising  a Farmer Field School.

Lessons learnt

-There is need to work closer with the local authorities for easy sensitization of communities and implementation of new activities.

-Community participation is essential in making decisions and choices for programs meant to serve their interests. It is cheaper in terms of cost and sustainability is guaranteed.

- Man’s actions on environment are the most destructive mechanisms for soil degradation and most essential in mitigation and protection of the same resource. Here combined and concerted efforts are important ingredients.

Challenges for 2013

-Refilling deep and wide galleys that become difficult to cross during rainy seasons

-Very steep hills that are bare and require big resources for human labor

-Gatebe is a newly settled area and very much isolated from the rest of the communities. This makes urge for cutting of trees for construction of houses and charcoal because the administration is far and there is no network to facilitate communication to authorities to report the culprits.
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IFDC – Catalist 2 Project – 2012 Achievements

31 Jan 2013
Catalist 2 has continued to progress during 2012 – and we have successfully:

- Trained 40 lead farmers in ISFM techniques helping them improve their cultivation and harvest volumes. This training was cascaded by these ‘lead’ farmers to a total 4,000 farmers across Nyagatare district.

- Established 40 demonstration plots to show the benefits of the ISFM techniques.

- Trained the farmers in the use of marketing tools, including mobile phones and the internet to establish the maximum potential prices for their crops.

- Instigated a farmers' union business planning process to help them identify improvements in their business, allowing increased access to markets and improving incomes further.
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IFDC – Catalist 2 Project – Background.

31 Jan 2013
Building on the successes of the original Catalist project, we are continuing our work with IFDC into a sixth year – promoting agribusiness, development, market integration and agricultural intensification to farmers across Eastern Rwanda.

Our overall objective for the Catalist 2 project is to link the surplus production crops to identified markets. We expect 700,000 small hold farmers will see their incomes increase by 50% at the end of the projects.
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Supporting SHF, in Partnership with Comic Relief – 2013 Activities

30 Jan 2013
SHF Development - 2013 Activities

The SHF Development project continues to be a significant focus or us in 2013. As well as continuing the activities started in 2012, we are also going to be:

- Strengthening partnerships between the producers and the micro-finance institutions t increase the access to credit.

- Introducing National Exchanges between farmers, to share best practice across regions.

- Taking on the repair of storage facilities, as well as introducing new drying facilities for use by the beneficiaries.

 
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Supporting SHF, in Partnership with Comic Relief – 2012 Achievements

30 Jan 2013
2012 Achievements & Challenges

 

At the end of the first year, the SHF Development programme has started well, with beneficiaries already seeing positive impacts on their farming.

To date, 527 individuals have been given new access to supplies including seeds and fertilisers. We have also completed the training of 55 ‘lead’ farmers, who will cascade training to other co-operative members.

We have established 40 demonstration plots, showing the improved results following the improved techniques, and we have purchased 7 cocoons to assist with seed storage.

As part of our ongoing commitment, we have also ensured medical care and insurance has been taken out by 114 individuals.

 

However, there have been some challenges to the project, which we will continue to address in 2013. One of the main issues is the poor quality of the storage facilities, making it difficult to manage the post-harvest process.

Amongst the co-operatives, we also have the challenges of illiteracy, which is at a high rate amongst the target group, and we have to continually work to alter the mind-set of some of the farmers, who are resistant to the change to modern techniques.
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Supporting Small Hold Famers, in Partnership with Comic Relief – Background

30 Jan 2013
In partnership with Comic Relief, we are working with 21 co-operative farms, a total of 1011 individuals to help them improve their farming techniques and their incomes.

Our objectives are:

- Increase income by 10%, and production by 20%

- Over 3 years, 4 new products will be grown and brought to market – meeting government quality standards

- Partner organisations will contribute and influence local and national decisions regarding farming and agriculture.
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Malaria Prevention and Control – 2013 Activities

30 Jan 2013
RDO’s work, in partnership with The Global Fund, continues throughout 2013. Taking on some of the lessons of 2012, we have revised and improved out approach for 2013 to continue to reduce the impact of malaria across our target areas.

Our activities in 2013 will include:

- A community mobilisation launch ahead of a LLIN distribution campaign

- Quarterly supervision visits, strengthening BCC work, this will include training of a further 7,800 Community Health Workers (CHW)

- Targeted booklet cascade, educating the most vulnerable on malaria prevention.

- Introduction of a Mobile Video Unit, which will visit 40 sites in first half of 2013, showing a film concerning malarias impact, and how to prevent and identify infection.

Each review will also distribute information capture sheets to CHWs – acting as a reminder of the best practice behaviours in malaria prevention, but also providing CHWs with an opportunity to flag challenges and issues.
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AGRA Project – 2012 Achievements

30 Jan 2013
12 months in to the AGRA project we are pleased to confirm significant progress towards our goals. In December, RDO brought together representatives of 40 of the SHF co-operatives selected as beneficiaries from the AGRA project, to take part in a presentation with representatives of AGRA present.

The response was overwhelmingly positive - with each farmer praising the work carried out by RDO in 2012. As with any project challenges remain, but our overall goal of empowering rural communities are well on their way to being met.

 

Achievements in 2012 included:

- Significant increases in fertiliser use across SMFs, resulting in improved crop growth

- 13,900 SHFs trained in farm management

- 220 co-operatives trained in financial management and business planning

- 15 storage centres rehabilitated, reducing post-harvest losses

- 112 Farmer Field Days held, demonstrating improved techniques and sharing best practice, attended by a total of 6,000 farmers

- First stages of linking farmers to banks

 

As well as continuing our plans to complete the project, a number of challenges remain which we will be addressing in 2013. These include:

- addressing the poor, existing post-harvest infrastructure present in many farms

- additional storage equipment required

- increased demand for best-practice sharing

- illiteracy levels amongst SHF community

- additional need for partnerships to allow easier access to financial institutions for consideration of credit facilities.
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Youth Co-operative Capacity Building with Plan International – Background

28 Jan 2013
Working with 20 co-operatives, around 300 individuals, we are training the benefits of improved farming techniques.

We have trained many in the use of ox carts and animal traction. As a result, there are improving yields and a reduction in the reliance on manual labour for crop management.

We have provided 30 ox carts to lessen cultivation and transportation, and supported 5 co-operatives in their applications with RCA.
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