RYIAT Project -Integrated model farm

RYIAT Rwanda, a home for agricultural transformation and well-being.

RYIAT is a project that is geared to increase quantity and quality of food production through teaching sustainable agriculture.

Use Case

RYIAT Rwanda will work with small and medium scale farmers to create cooperatives due to the fact that Rwanda is a small country where in average people own small land. So, working on individual basis would limit the rate of our impact in the communities. Cooperatives that have decided land consolidation will be the first beneficiaries and later on transmit the impacts made in these cooperatives to other communities. We will also be training unemployed youths, women and men on our training center who have passion for agriculture. The training will provide first-hand information from initial stage of each agricultural activity that is practiced in RYIAT farm up to the value added process so that they can be able to compete to the markets with innovated products.

Potential

By working with recent unemployed agricultural graduates, unemployed women and men, small and medium scale farmers to give them sustainable agricultural and value addition technical skills. Through trainings, we will be able to impact more than 80% of the total population who depend on agriculture in Rwanda. Furthermore, we target to increase agricultural harvests that will improve the quality and quantity of food available in the country. By doing so we will fight poverty and hunger, and hence improved standards of living.

Business Case

One of the major sources of income of RYIAT is production and tourism where all the yields from the farm will be sold in order to increase the projects income and expansion. Moreover, it will sustain itself through selling the RYIAT philosophy in order to get donation, applying for grants and government support since it is community development based project. We will also be training people for free at the beginning and RYIAT will be buying products from ones who are farmers at affordable prices to help our project to increase the volume of the products and access the markets that are highly demanding. To keep up the training funds, small percentage will be redacted as a cost of training from the sales of the farmers for certain period of time as agreed between the farmers and RYIAT.

Objectives:

  1. Increasing the quality and quantity of the food products produced in Rwanda through sustainable agricultural trainings.
  2. Reducing joblessness in rural areas through teaching unemployed youths, men and women on how to create their own jobs using agribusiness.
  3. Facilitating in the process of agricultural transition to reduce 66% of susbsistence and increase commercialized farming up to 67% by 2050.

Team RYIAT Rwanda (Rwanda Youth Initiative for Agricultural Transformation)

Guacimo, Costa Rica

Our Team

We believe-We can / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

We believe-We can

What motivates RYIAT

Iterate- put on users´glasses / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

Iterate- put on users´glasses

At the beginning of the project, we conducted a survey with open and close questions that was done with in one village of Bugesera district where 99% of people found RYIAT to be indispensable project, and it came on time where it will create a significant impact not only in Bugesera but also to the entire country.

Later on, according to the prototype done and the user’s feedback, RYIAT project has merged as an agricultural solution to the country. This presence of the improved technology and innovation in the agriculture system which includes the peri urban farming that insures high production on a small land was highly liked by the farmers and they find it very applicable in any space provided within family or farms. Furthermore, The Mandala system is a new technique that every farmer would love to implement and they are very excited to have, Not only that but they find RYIAT members to be real agents of change and very willing to create a positive impact in their communities. This is because they are able to transfer knowledge acquired from outside and implement what they have learnt via project demonstration.

Testing our project with our users / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

Testing our project with our users

From few farmers that we were able to communicate, they appreciated the idea of our model farm saying that it is among the crucial needs for families’ satisfaction. So, we managed to make a practical testing using the design of our project, and we look forward to carrying out an implementational testing evaluation when we go back to Rwanda.

RYIAT team members will be doing a weekly follow-up to check out the progress of the projects by prioritizing the preferences of our users. This will include the methods that is most and least productive in order to double the effort in the advancement of the project. We will also consider the team coordination among the local farmers and youths without our interventions most especially the cooperatives progresses. For the betterment of the program RYIAT will encourage hard work during the feedback process where there will be recognition for the best farmers for each season in order to create the spirit of competition hence high productivity.

Prototype and risks to consider. / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

Prototype and risks to consider.

We count on many factors that we have to consider when working with our users such as culture and languages. So, language might be one of the biggest risks that we will face since most of the farmers that we are targeting on speak the native language called Kinyarwanda and our project is going to be using many technical terms that are commonly known in English and Spanish. So, to overcome that we plan to make an intensive research on how to translate some of those words and so promote effective communication during our progress.
In addition, due to various religions, some farmers are restricted from raising and working with some animals and this will be resolved by looking for other applicable alternatives from our farm for the comfortability and flexibility of our users.

Another risk is that most of youth in Rwanda have negative attitude towards Agriculture because they think that it is a career for people who are not educated and it based on only manual activities in the farm. RYIAT Project expects to offer talks and workshop about some important points related to myths and what is integrated model farming in details, in order to be exposed to the recent agricultural advancement, and how it can be turned into agribusiness.

Furthermore, the sectors of our farm require to be established to a place with stable climatic factors, and Rwanda nowadays faces heavy rains during winter and harsh sunlight with average temperature of 25°c during summer especially in our location where we are going to implement our project, in Bugesera district. This might interfere with some farming systems. So, this requires us to take a risk and work under controlled environment to make sure that all systems integrate, regardless of climatic conditions.

The prototype is the design of evaluation of the integrated model farm that shows how all sectors will be operating. As it is shown in the design, Peri-urban farming will be using organic manure from animal waste to facilitate the rapid growth of crops, our domestic animals will be fed from forage produced from commercial farming, not only that but they will also be biogas produced by animal waste for generating energy at the same time serving the purpose of producing milk for cheese and yogurt processing in the value addition sector. Furthermore livestock farm will have specific areas for waste management and water purification.
In addition, mandala is self-sufficient due to producing high quantity of fruits and vegetables that will be benefiting from organic liquid fertilizer produced by tilapias from the same system. The whole farm will be surrounded by trees to mitigate to negative impact caused by those systems of production.
Our working place (offices) will be within the farm for easy coordination of the project activities.

These will promote the dependency of one sector to the other and so reinforce working under closed cycle which will reduce the costs of production because we want to make our farm be self-sufficient.

RYIAT´s model farm design / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

RYIAT´s model farm design

The design of the project which integrates productive sectors of sustainable farming.

Our Mission

We promote the dignity and self-worth of our community, and strive to give them excellent sustainable agricultural skills which enable them to transform subsistence into commercialized agriculture. RYIAT is not just a training center but a home for agricultural transformation.

Our Background

RYIAT Rwanda was found in 2014 by Rwandan graduates and students who are doing Agriculture Sciences at EARTH Univerisity to adress the challenges that small and medium farmers are facing in Rwanda such as food shortage and lack of effective agronomic skills. Our main focus is to promote profit oriented sustainable agriculture through integrated educational model farms for helping small and medium scale farmers to have access to farming skills in order to maximize production.

We believe-We can / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

We believe-We can

What motivates RYIAT

Iterate- put on users´glasses / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

Iterate- put on users´glasses

At the beginning of the project, we conducted a survey with open and close questions that was done with in one village of Bugesera district where 99% of people found RYIAT to be indispensable project, and it came on time where it will create a significant impact not only in Bugesera but also to the entire country.

Later on, according to the prototype done and the user’s feedback, RYIAT project has merged as an agricultural solution to the country. This presence of the improved technology and innovation in the agriculture system which includes the peri urban farming that insures high production on a small land was highly liked by the farmers and they find it very applicable in any space provided within family or farms. Furthermore, The Mandala system is a new technique that every farmer would love to implement and they are very excited to have, Not only that but they find RYIAT members to be real agents of change and very willing to create a positive impact in their communities. This is because they are able to transfer knowledge acquired from outside and implement what they have learnt via project demonstration.

Testing our project with our users / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

Testing our project with our users

From few farmers that we were able to communicate, they appreciated the idea of our model farm saying that it is among the crucial needs for families’ satisfaction. So, we managed to make a practical testing using the design of our project, and we look forward to carrying out an implementational testing evaluation when we go back to Rwanda.

RYIAT team members will be doing a weekly follow-up to check out the progress of the projects by prioritizing the preferences of our users. This will include the methods that is most and least productive in order to double the effort in the advancement of the project. We will also consider the team coordination among the local farmers and youths without our interventions most especially the cooperatives progresses. For the betterment of the program RYIAT will encourage hard work during the feedback process where there will be recognition for the best farmers for each season in order to create the spirit of competition hence high productivity.

Prototype and risks to consider. / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

Prototype and risks to consider.

We count on many factors that we have to consider when working with our users such as culture and languages. So, language might be one of the biggest risks that we will face since most of the farmers that we are targeting on speak the native language called Kinyarwanda and our project is going to be using many technical terms that are commonly known in English and Spanish. So, to overcome that we plan to make an intensive research on how to translate some of those words and so promote effective communication during our progress.
In addition, due to various religions, some farmers are restricted from raising and working with some animals and this will be resolved by looking for other applicable alternatives from our farm for the comfortability and flexibility of our users.

Another risk is that most of youth in Rwanda have negative attitude towards Agriculture because they think that it is a career for people who are not educated and it based on only manual activities in the farm. RYIAT Project expects to offer talks and workshop about some important points related to myths and what is integrated model farming in details, in order to be exposed to the recent agricultural advancement, and how it can be turned into agribusiness.

Furthermore, the sectors of our farm require to be established to a place with stable climatic factors, and Rwanda nowadays faces heavy rains during winter and harsh sunlight with average temperature of 25°c during summer especially in our location where we are going to implement our project, in Bugesera district. This might interfere with some farming systems. So, this requires us to take a risk and work under controlled environment to make sure that all systems integrate, regardless of climatic conditions.

The prototype is the design of evaluation of the integrated model farm that shows how all sectors will be operating. As it is shown in the design, Peri-urban farming will be using organic manure from animal waste to facilitate the rapid growth of crops, our domestic animals will be fed from forage produced from commercial farming, not only that but they will also be biogas produced by animal waste for generating energy at the same time serving the purpose of producing milk for cheese and yogurt processing in the value addition sector. Furthermore livestock farm will have specific areas for waste management and water purification.
In addition, mandala is self-sufficient due to producing high quantity of fruits and vegetables that will be benefiting from organic liquid fertilizer produced by tilapias from the same system. The whole farm will be surrounded by trees to mitigate to negative impact caused by those systems of production.
Our working place (offices) will be within the farm for easy coordination of the project activities.

These will promote the dependency of one sector to the other and so reinforce working under closed cycle which will reduce the costs of production because we want to make our farm be self-sufficient.

RYIAT´s model farm design / Published May 3, 2018 by Hilarie Uwamahoro

RYIAT´s model farm design

The design of the project which integrates productive sectors of sustainable farming.

Our Team

Our Mission

We promote the dignity and self-worth of our community, and strive to give them excellent sustainable agricultural skills which enable them to transform subsistence into commercialized agriculture. RYIAT ...Read More

Our Background

RYIAT Rwanda was found in 2014 by Rwandan graduates and students who are doing Agriculture Sciences at EARTH Univerisity to adress the challenges that small and medium farmers ...Read More

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