Becoming one big Rikolto in East Africa team not only means integrating our existing teams and activities, but also expanding our programmes to an additional country. We're happy to announce that Rwanda will become the fourth country where Rikolto works within East Africa. In Rwanda, we work closely together with two partners, Kilimo Trust and ADECOR (Association des Consommateurs Rwandais - Rwanda Consumer's Rights Protection Organization), for a Food Smart City programme in Rubavu. This programme aims to improve the horticulture production in western Rwanda, where a large proportion Rwanda’s horticulture produce is cultivated.
We first and foremost want to make the horticulture production more sustainable, specifically by promoting regenerative agriculture and supporting the professionalisation of farmer groups. Secondly, the programme wants to strengthen the trade of high-nutritious fruit and vegetables to cities, with specific attention for the role of women’s organisations in cross-border trade to Goma in DRC. This will be linked to the Food Smart City programme in Goma. Thirdly, in partnership with the Rwandan consumer organisation ADECOR, we will support initiatives that create a better enabling environment for food safety and the fight against malnutrition on national and city level.
Finally, we also want to encourage the participation of youth in our Food Smart City programme in Rubavu. For this, we will work closely together with Kilimo Trust, who are currently implementing the R-YES programme in partnership with IFAD. R-YES has identified 79 young entrepreneurs in Rubavu who will receive an in-depth training around agriculture, entrepreneurship and essential skills. We are hoping to include these youths in our Food Smart City Rubavu programme.