Evolving Rwanda’s agricultural sector into global competitiveness

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In Rwanda, the private sector is a key contributor of poverty reduction policy where over 98% of the employed population are employed by the sector. 19 years ago, the government of Rwanda established the Private Sector Federation (PSF) to replace the country’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) with a major objective of promoting and representing the interests of the Rwandan business community. PSF does advocacy and trade and investment facilitation.
PSF is an umbrella organization that groups 10 professional chambers including Agriculture, Commerce, Art and Craft, Finance, ICT, Industry, Liberal Professionalism, Tourism, Women Entrepreneurs and Young Entrepreneurs chambers.
PSF is envisioned to achieve an all-round Profitable businesses for a prosperous Rwanda. As a mission, the federation focuses on advocating effectively and reinforcing members’ businesses to create a perfect contribution to national development. The federation core values don’t underrate trust, ownership, service, collaboration and openness.
For Rwanda, Vision 2020 and EDPRS I & II demands for a private sector led economy and it’s for this reason that PSF has over the years worked towards attaining financial self-reliance while promoting national development.
Agriculture is the main economic activity for the people of Rwanda providing employment to over 86% of the total population. The sector contributes 46% of Rwanda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for about 80% of the foreign earnings from the exports of the primary products of coffee, tea, hides and skins, pyrethrum and horticulture. Over 80% of the population derives their survival from sector.
Livestock is one of the Rwanda’s important growth sectors contributing over Rwf 19,600 millions to the GDP. The sector is characterized into cattle, goats, pigs, sheep and poultry.
The PSF’s Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock (RCAL) was established in June 2006 to promote the interests of the private members of the agriculture sector in Rwanda. It aims at promoting, defend and sensitize its members, training and educating farmers, building an organizational framework and increasing capacity.
Objectives/Goals
The major objective is to transform the agricultural sector into a regionally and internationally competitive sector, strengthen the Chamber’s organization and reinforce the Chambers’ association’s management structures and to create new associations, provide advocacy services on behalf of its members to policy makers and development partners, provide regular services and capacity building programs to the members and lastly, work closely with the government and other development partners in the professionalization of its members.

Vision, mission and core values
The vision of the RCAL is to be an active member-driven organization of the majority of professional farmers by 2022.  The Chamber has a mission to represent, lobby and advocate for Rwanda’s agro-industry interests both here and internationally through encouraging a prosperous and cohesive market-oriented agricultural sector that is both efficient and competitive, working under the core values of Integrity, Team spirit, Professionalism, Accountability, Quality and fast services.
Services
For purposes of transforming the agriculture and Livestock sectors, RCAL provides services that are tailored to the findings of the survey of need assessment conducted in 2012. The services include:
Capacity building through training
Organizational development by assisting existing Associations and forming new ones and exercise regular monitoring of member Associations.
Advocacy: proactively or attractively on issues that may pertain to the members’ interests
Study tours: Provide farmers with technical and post-harvest study tours, in the country and in other African countries
Networking: help farmers liaise with other partners in Rwanda, in the region and at the international arena and
Market linkages through information sharing, helping farmers and agribusinesses attend the exhibitions, market organization promoting the contract farming
Access to finance by assisting farmers in business planning, health checking and business coaching.


Partnership
With the big load of work and the task involved, the chamber partners with different ministries, agencies, organizations and stakeholders in order sustain Public Private Partnership (PPP). Some of these partners include:
Current and genuine in partners
MINICOM and its agencies (RSB, RCA, NIRDA, . . .)
MINAGRI and its agencies (RAB, NAEB)
National Capacity Building Secretariat (NCBS),
Financial Institutions and Insurance Institutions
Other agriculture related organizations
Also formally in partnership with
The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) of the Republic of Zambia
The “Association des Fermiers Concessionnaires pour le Développement” (AFCOD) of the Democratic Republic of Congo
The “ Chamber of Tourism” of the Private Sector Federation of Rwanda
The “Inter Fruits du Burundi” of the Republic of Burundi, through the Rwanda Horticulture Inter professional Organization

In Rwanda, the private sector is a key contributor of poverty reduction policy where over 98% of the employed population are employed by the sector. 19 years ago, the government of Rwanda established the Private Sector Federation (PSF) to replace the country’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) with a major objective of promoting and representing the interests of the Rwandan business community. PSF does advocacy and trade and investment facilitation.
PSF is an umbrella organization that groups 10 professional chambers including Agriculture, Commerce, Art and Craft, Finance, ICT, Industry, Liberal Professionalism, Tourism, Women Entrepreneurs and Young Entrepreneurs chambers.
PSF is envisioned to achieve an all-round Profitable businesses for a prosperous Rwanda. As a mission, the federation focuses on advocating effectively and reinforcing members’ businesses to create a perfect contribution to national development. The federation core values don’t underrate trust, ownership, service, collaboration and openness.
For Rwanda, Vision 2020 and EDPRS I & II demands for a private sector led economy and it’s for this reason that PSF has over the years worked towards attaining financial self-reliance while promoting national development.
Agriculture is the main economic activity for the people of Rwanda providing employment to over 86% of the total population. The sector contributes 46% of Rwanda’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for about 80% of the foreign earnings from the exports of the primary products of coffee, tea, hides and skins, pyrethrum and horticulture. Over 80% of the population derives their survival from sector.
Livestock is one of the Rwanda’s important growth sectors contributing over Rwf 19,600 millions to the GDP. The sector is characterized into cattle, goats, pigs, sheep and poultry.
The PSF’s Chamber of Agriculture and Livestock (RCAL) was established in June 2006 to promote the interests of the private members of the agriculture sector in Rwanda. It aims at promoting, defend and sensitize its members, training and educating farmers, building an organizational framework and increasing capacity.
Objectives/Goals
The major objective is to transform the agricultural sector into a regionally and internationally competitive sector, strengthen the Chamber’s organization and reinforce the Chambers’ association’s management structures and to create new associations, provide advocacy services on behalf of its members to policy makers and development partners, provide regular services and capacity building programs to the members and lastly, work closely with the government and other development partners in the professionalization of its members.
Vision, mission and core values
The vision of the RCAL is to be an active member-driven organization of the majority of professional farmers by 2022.  The Chamber has a mission to represent, lobby and advocate for Rwanda’s agro-industry interests both here and internationally through encouraging a prosperous and cohesive market-oriented agricultural sector that is both efficient and competitive, working under the core values of Integrity, Team spirit, Professionalism, Accountability, Quality and fast services.

Services
For purposes of transforming the agriculture and Livestock sectors, RCAL provides services that are tailored to the findings of the survey of need assessment conducted in 2012. The services include:
Capacity building through training
Organizational development by assisting existing Associations and forming new ones and exercise regular monitoring of member Associations.
Advocacy: proactively or attractively on issues that may pertain to the members’ interests
Study tours: Provide farmers with technical and post-harvest study tours, in the country and in other African countries
Networking: help farmers liaise with other partners in Rwanda, in the region and at the international arena and
Market linkages through information sharing, helping farmers and agribusinesses attend the exhibitions, market organization promoting the contract farming
Access to finance by assisting farmers in business planning, health checking and business coaching.

Partnership
With the big load of work and the task involved, the chamber partners with different ministries, agencies, organizations and stakeholders in order sustain Public Private Partnership (PPP). Some of these partners include:
Current and genuine in partners
MINICOM and its agencies (RSB, RCA, NIRDA, . . .)
MINAGRI and its agencies (RAB, NAEB)
National Capacity Building Secretariat (NCBS),
Financial Institutions and Insurance Institutions
Other agriculture related organizations
Also formally in partnership with
The Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) of the Republic of Zambia
The “Association des Fermiers Concessionnaires pour le Développement” (AFCOD) of the Democratic Republic of Congo
The “ Chamber of Tourism” of the Private Sector Federation of Rwanda
The “Inter Fruits du Burundi” of the Republic of Burundi, through the Rwanda Horticulture Inter professional Organization

MEMBERSHIP
The members of the chamber include individuals and associations of different value chains. Precisely, the table below indicates the list of member associations.

www.psf.org.rw | P.O.Box 319 Kigali – Rwanda | E-mail: info@psf.org.rw | Telephone: +(250)-252-570650 | Fax: +(250)-252-570650
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