For this project, the post-harvest incubation unit targets scalable solutions that bring economic and social benefits to countries with a large share of the agricultural workforce consisting of small and marginal farmers, while minimising environmental impact. The post-harvest incubation unit is located at the Busogo campus of the University of Rwanda, in Musanze district, Northern Province, Rwanda. It connects local and international experts, investors, agro-food business, farmer’s cooperatives, etc.
The post-harvest incubation unit needs capacity building to strengthen its incubation services and to be able to reach out more to the community for business development support. The strategy aims for more effective incubation services, more linkages with the incubation and acceleration network in Rwanda, creating more impact for the FST students and graduates.
The training builds the capacity of the incubator staff members and trainers from DFST and UR-CAVM to be better able to support incubates in transforming business ideas into practice and to help the incubates develop small sustainable businesses that can help transform the lives of the entrepreneurs and that of their families and communities.
The Department of Food Science and Technology (DFST) was founded in 1999 in the former Kigali Institute of Food Science and Technology (currently UR-CAVM). UR-CAVM and Q-Point already collaborate successfully in several agro and food projects since 2013.
Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic, as part of the Orange Knowledge Programme, project number OKP-TMT.21/00095.
REQUESTING PARTY AND PARTNERS
- School of Agriculture and Food Sciences – College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (SAFS)
- IPRC Musanze
- IPRC Kigali
CONSORTIUM PARTNERS Q-POINT
- GrowthAfrica (Kenya)
- Africa Development Consultant Ltd. (ADC, Rwanda)
April 2021 – March 2022