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Advancing Poultry Farming: Insights from the Poultry Roundtable

07-06-2024

On Tuesday, May 28th, the Service Training and Innovation Centers (STICs) hosted an impactful Poultry Roundtable event, bringing together prominent stakeholders from academia, research, banking, government, NGO and the private sector. The event, held at the IPRC Ngoma facility, aimed to foster collaboration and innovation within Rwanda’s poultry sector, driving forward the vision and mission of the Poultry STIC.

The general objective of the roundtable was to develop key parts of a 3-year sustainability plan for the poultry value chain by linking key stakeholders and collaborating on industry priorities. Specifically, the roundtable focused on:

  • Identification of Poultry Value Chain Actors: Recognizing and mapping the key players involved in the poultry value chain to understand their roles and contributions.
  • Recognizing Gaps and Opportunities: Highlighting the gaps and key opportunities within Rwanda’s poultry value chain.
  • Prioritization of Interventions: Identifying and prioritizing areas for intervention to overcome existing challenges.
  • Defining Roles: Clarifying and distributing roles among different actors to ensure a dynamic and sustainable poultry industry.

Key Findings
The discussions brought forth several significant insights:

  • Collaborative Efforts: Emphasizing the need for interdisciplinary collaboration to expand value chain opportunities and address challenges collectively.
  • Innovation in Poultry Farming: The importance of innovative approaches to drive the sector forward. This includes new feed technologies and methods towards market building.
  • Capacity Building: The necessity of continuous training and skill development for farmers and agricultural professionals. For the STIC, these encompass the capacities of involving more students, expanding new and existing research, and scaling up business dynamics.
  • Community Engagement & Awareness Building: Teaching local farmers on best practices and providing resources to improve yield and quality. Spreading the accessibility and attention of the STIC services.
  • Sustainability and Resilience: Strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change and economic fluctuations on poultry farming.

A key takeaway from the event was the recognition that innovation and development in the poultry sector require cross-industry collaboration and collective efforts.

About the Poultry STIC
Vision: To become a center of excellence in poultry farming and production, delivering technical, vocational, education, and innovative skills in the poultry value chain to enhance professionalism and food security in Rwanda and the region.

Mission: The Poultry Farming Training and Innovation Center is dedicated to:

  1. Providing technical skills to students, farmers, and other trainees on modern and efficient poultry farming for quality production.
  2. Producing and selling eggs and quality pullets ready to lay.
  3. Conducting applied research and developing innovations in the poultry value chain, disseminating findings within the farming community and educational institutions.

Conclusion
The Poultry Roundtable event exemplified STICs' mission to act as a bridge between research and practical application, driving Rwanda’s agricultural sector through innovation, collaboration, and community engagement. The insights and connections forged during this event will undoubtedly contribute to a more resilient and prosperous poultry industry in Rwanda.

Together, we can cultivate an innovative agricultural landscape that benefits all Rwandans.

Orange Knowledge Programme
This project is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies

This institutional collaboration project is part of MSM's Expert Centre on Emerging Economies. The department is an expert centre on local economic development in emerging and developing markets.‚Äč We capacitate managers and professionals from government, private sector, NGOs, and post-secondary education in Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. We offer consultancy and customized training programs, and we manage complex projects in key sectors, e.g. water, agriculture and health. For more information click here.

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