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

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

  • Countries :Rwanda

Overview:

R-YES is a 5-year project (June 2020 - Dec 2024) implemented in Rwanda to create (self and wage) employment opportunities for youth in agribusiness.

R-YES project is implemented by a consortium led by Kilimo Trust with funding from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Other members of the consortium include Rwanda Polytechnic (with its affiliated satellite training institutions as centers for capacity building), Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF), and African Agribusiness Incubators Network (AAIN),. R-YES project is part of a larger IFAD program that focuses on creation of employment opportunities for rural youth in Africa through support to integrated agribusiness hubs.

Project goal: 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 objective: 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. To build integrated agri-business capacities of rural youth by identifying strategic partnerships to develop sustainable and innovative agribusiness hub, and
  2. To 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.

Outcomes of Project:

R-YES project will deliver the following transformations:

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

Scope:

  1. R-YES project is national in scope, but 16 districts and Kigali have been selected as primary focus, including: North (Gicumbi, Rulindo, and Musanze), West (Nyabihu, Rubavu, and Rusizi), South (Nyanza, Ruhango, Gisagara, Kamonyi and Huye), East (Nyagatare, Kayonza, Rwamagana, Ngoma and Bugesera), and Kigali.
  2. R-YES project targets seven (7) value chains with potential to attract and provide decent employment (self and wage) to youth in agribusiness. They include: Dairy, Piggery, Potatoes, Maize, Rice, Poultry, Vegetables (Tomatoes, Onions, Cabbage, Carrots, Chilli, Green pepper, and French beans).
  3. R-YES interventions include vocational training, incubation, internships, apprenticeship, work-based learning, and business development for increased business acumen and enhanced market access.

What has been achieved so far:

  • R-YES start-up activities – Setting the stage :Project staffing; Onboarding of R-YES implementing partners (IPs);  Organizing project inception meeting and launch
  • R-YES project preliminary studies conducted: Value Chain Scoping Study (Dairy, Maize, Poultry, Piggery, Rice, Potatoes, and vegetables (tomatoes, onions, cabbage, carrots, chilli, green pepper, and French beans)); Youth Led Labour Market Assessment : As a result, 35 employment opportunities from selected VCs.; Gross Margin & Profitability Analysis; Institutional Capacity Assessment (ICA) was conducted on 24 agribusiness TVETs (out of 31 agribusiness TVETs in Rwanda) to understand their capacity and readiness to build technical skills in agribusiness. As a result, 10 agribusiness TVET institutions were chosen. They include:IPRC Musanze, IPRC Huye, IPRC Gishari, IPRC Ngoma, IPRC Kigali, Sina Gerald TVET school, ESTB Busogo TVET, Kabutare TVET school, EFA Nyagahanga, and Nyarutarama Business Incubation Center.
  • Other project reports and knowledge products that are necessary for implementation of R-YES project were developed, including: Targeting Strategy, R-YES performance indicators, R-YES Factsheets, R-YES Inception & Launch Report, Revised work plan & budget, R-YES Highlight Video, R-YES Banners, Youth Selection criteria, and R-YES Delivery Mechanism.

Call for youth application_R-YES:

Contact Person

Andrew Gashayija - agashayija@kilimotrust.org

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