Rural Youth Employment Opportunities: Support to Integrated Agribusiness Hubs in Rwanda

Portfolio Information

  • Date :18 Aug
  • Tags :Rwanda

Rural Youth Employment Opportunities: Support to Integrated Agribusiness Hubs in Rwanda

Status: Ongoing (2020 – 2024)
Funder: BMZ, IFAD
Scope:
Rwanda

Rural Youth Employment Opportunities: Support to Integrated Agribusiness Hubs in Rwanda
Project Summary
  • Rural Youth Employment Opportunities: Support to Integrated Agribusiness Hubs in Rwanda (R-YES project), is a 5-year project that will be implemented in Rwanda from June 2020 -June 2024.The project is co-financed by IFAD and BMZ. R-YES project is part of a larger IFAD program that will focus on creation of employment opportunities for rural youth in Africa through support to integrated agribusiness hubs. In Rwanda, R-YES project be implemented by a consortium led by Kilimo Trust. Other members of the consortium include African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN), Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) and Rwanda Polytechnic (with its affiliated satellite training institutions as centers for capacity building).

    The goal of the project is to contribute to sustainable employment (self and decent wage) and income generating opportunities for 1,200 youth in agriculture related activities in Rwanda through an integrated agribusiness hub.

    Overall development objective of the project is to develop an integrated agribusiness hub to build entrepreneurial, technical/managerial and employability capacities of rural youth for sustainable employment.

    Specific objectives to be achieved include: (1) build integrated agri-business capacities of rural youth by identifying strategic partnerships to develop sustainable and innovative agribusiness hub, and (2) generate empirical evidence of the developed and tested integrated agribusiness hub models to inform policy to drive scaling up the models to create jobs for youth. Ultimately, R-YES project will deliver the following transformations:

  • a) A robust system that empowers and nurtures youth for self and wage employment in agribusiness, in addition to responding to evolving labor demands.
  • b) New youth led agribusiness enterprises incubated and emerging, thus providing an avenue for self-employment
  • c) Holistic wage seeking graduates (with competences beyond technical skills) absorbed in evolving agribusiness labor markets
  • d) Policy improvements and scale-up of proven models by government s and other development partners

  • Project beneficiaries:
    a) Direct beneficiaries:
    The project direct beneficiaries will be at least 1,200 youth (50% female and 50% male) i.e. on average minimum 270 youths graduate through the hub per year (beginning year 2). The beneficiaries will be categorised as follows:
    i. Based on age and education level
    • 400 Youth within 16-25 age bracket (50% female and 50% male); most likely in school or school dropouts
    • 800 Youth 25 -35 age brackets (50% female and 50% male); this takes care of youth who have graduated from tertiary institutions or productive age living in rural areas – graduates and school dropouts)
    ii. Self or wage employment
    • 360 youths will be self employed through established own agri-businesses
    • 840 youths will be employed in agribusinesses and related sectors within for gainful wage employment

    b) Indirect Beneficiaries:
    The project is expected to indirectly impact the following beneficiary categories.
    • 1,800 youth acquire meaningful jobs through established agribusinesses by self employed graduates i.e. each newly created agribusiness enterprise will recruit and mentor 5 youths
    • At least 20,000 smallholder farmers targeted by IFAD loan projects will benefit from the services to be provided by the hubs and hub graduates. In addition to resultant scaling up of the tested model by other development programmes

    Envisaged system changes
    • A robust system that empowers and nurtures youth for self and wage employment in agribusiness, in addition to responding to evolving labor demands.
    • Holistic wage seeking graduates (with competences beyond technical skills) absorbed in evolving agribusiness labor markets
    • New youth led agribusiness enterprises incubated and emerging, thus providing an avenue for self-employment
    • Policy improvements and scale-up of proven models by government s and other development partners

    Areas of Implementation
    Project areas will be informed by findings of value chains scoping study and institutional analysis that will prioritize value chains to be targeted by the project and identify collaborating Rwanda Polytechnic satellite training centers.
    Implementing Partners
    1. Kilimo Trust
    2. Rwanda Youth Agri-Business Forum (RYAF)
    3. Rwanda Polytechnic
    4. African Agribusiness Incubators network

    Funders
    1. BMZ
    2. IFAD

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