Perspectives Volume 40, Number 1 - Page 14

Cassava – An Exciting New Market for Rwandan Farmers The Kinazi Cassava Plant, Dutch Agricultural Development & Trading Company (DADTCO) and IFDC are strengthening the cassava value chain in Rwanda by bringing the factory to the farmer and creating a guaranteed market. Kinazi and DADTCO are introducing mobile units that process the highly perishable roots close to growers. Farmers can connect with financial institutions and access high-quality planting materials through IFDC’s CATALIST-2 project, funded by the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. 10,000 rice farmers in Kenya are expected to benefit from a partnership between IFDC and ARM Mavuno to introduce FDP. FDP is an improved fertilization method that can increase rice yields by more than 15 percent. IFDC is promoting FDP in 19 countries worldwide. ARM Mavuno manu-factures urea briquettes for deep placement and supports farmer field days and training. International Training Highlights Agricultural Market Data “This training program has enlightened my way of thinking about MIS and how beneficial it is to farmers’ profits and food security achievement.” – participant in the IFDC workshop “Agricultural Market Information Systems (MIS) and ICT Platforms Across the Value Chain.” More than 60 trainees from 22 countries attended the five-day program in Arusha, Tanzania. Held in collaboration with the Technical Center for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC), the workshop emphasized the importance of agricultural market data. Twelve farmer organizations in Burundi have become official maize suppliers for the FAMMAF plant, which processes yellow maize flour. Before partnering with local growers, FAMMAF imported maize from Uganda and Tanzania. IFDC’s CATALIST-2 project facilitated the market relationship and trained farmers to store their maize using PIC bags, which keep the maize fresh and safe from insects for up to three years. CATALIST-2 introduced farmers to an “inventory credit system,” in which agricultural commodities are stored until market prices increase. The stored crops are used as collateral for loans from banks or micro-finance institutions. IFDC Magazine 14 Shape and Lead is an online community (https://shapeandlead. bidx.net/) connecting small and medium enterprises, cooperatives, financiers, mentors and coaches active in the agricultural sectors of Rwanda, Burundi and the North and South Kivu provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pictured above is Emmanuel Musabyimana, an entrepreneur in potato seed storage in Rwanda. Musabyimana won an award for his innovation during the Shape and Lead Agribusiness Challenge 2014. Shape and Lead is an initiative of the CATALIST-2 project and Agri-ProFocus.