OCP Africa, RFC, USAID and CNFA
launch a sweeping program to help Rwandan farmers
A trailblazing protocol agreement to support 180,000 farmers with two programs
The OCP School Lab is the outcome of cooperation between the Rwanda Fertilizer Company (RFC, an OCP Africa joint venture), the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture, USAID and CNFA (Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, an American development organization operating in 47 countries). The facility, which opened in Murindi on May 18, will offer 30,000 Rwandan farmers from 140 villages a two-month training course. RFC will provide them with personalized advice on corn and potato crops to improve agricultural practices, boost yields and allow village communities to move beyond subsistence farming to better meet demand from local and international food companies. “We see to it that innovative approaches benefit small farms so that they can participate in competitive markets and become profitable,” says Daniel Gies, head of the USAID-funded association Hinga Wunguke (“to become profitable” in Kinyarwanda).
The project will also advise 5,000 farmers on fertilizers and the use of dry chemistry through spectrometry, “a cutting-edge, user-friendly technology” that can help them determine “the nutrients their soil needs,” says the RFC. They will also receive support to boost innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship in the agricultural value chain. The...