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

26 Sep 2017
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.



From left to right: Saori KITAJIMA-WFP/FtMA, Eugene RWIBASIRA-ES RDO, Dr MUREKEZI-MINAGRI

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
Introduction
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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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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AGRA – Background

18 Jan 2013
In partnership with AGRA, we are building the capacities of 20,000 small-hold famers (SHF) to reduce post-harvest losses across 4 districts of South and East Rwanda.

The project will run from December 2011 through to November 2014. The target beneficiaries are 20,000 small-hold farmers, and our goals with them are:

- Capacity Building

- Adoption of ISFM technologies

- Linking the SHF co-operatives to markets

 

As a result, we are targeting a 30% increase in crop production, a 50% increase in marketable produce and a 15% increase in income.

Alongside these key goals, we also hope to establish warrantage  systems and aggregation centres to further assist in developing a sustainable future for our beneficiaries.

We plan to achieve our goals through:

- Improved management organisation

- Linking farmers to markets and suppliers

- Creation of aggregation centres

- Establishment of demonstration plots

- Improving post-harvest infrastructure
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