I am Thomas Simbankabo from Rwanda, 25, a recent graduate if University of Rwanda, college of agriculture animal science and veterinary medicine.
After graduation I have been looking for a way I can gain experienced in agriculture, especially in the livestock domain, where I have requested a voluntary internship at the university, in the office of Nuffic NICHE RWA 173 (‘Socio-economic improvement through crop and livestock integration system in Rwanda’) immediately after graduation.
My project is intended to foster integration of aquaculture with pre-existing livestock, crop and fish systems, to tap the benefits of the synergies which include consistent water supply to productions systems.
This is against the challenges of climate variability and it will ensure extra income from farmed fish, together with better nutrition for the household and more specifically the women and children and Rwanda. This is where my project is in clear pursuit of the first goal of the Rwanda national Millennium Development Goals (MDG) on ‘Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger’.
As a young man who wants to become an expert and entrepreneur in agriculture (livestock) production, I always look for ways to succeed. The overall goal of my project will be to enhance productivity, nutrition and incomes of households through integrating aquaculture into pre-existing crop and livestock systems among smallholder farmers in Nyagatare (Rwanda).
The specific goals of my project will be to:
- Simulate and adopt appropriate climate models for smallholder farmers practicing integrated aquaculture-agriculture systems.
- Up-scale farm productivity using efficient water budget crop-fish-livestock production.
- Develop value chains for integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture systems to boost incomes of all actors.
- Demonstrate and train smallholder farmers the benefits of adopting Integrated Agriculture-Aquaculture
I have starting a personal preliminary survey of the current status of agriculture (crop-livestock) and fish production systems in Nyagatare district of Rwanda. This is so that in time I have succeed within this competition I will come up with the key performance factors for more production.
- Establishment of demonstration of fish farming, crop and livestock production systems in the pilot site involved in the project
- Establishment of Farmer-led Learning Platforms in the pilot site to enable facilitation of skills and knowledge sharing amongst wider audiences.
- Equipping farmers with ‘farming as a business (FaaB)’ skills spearheaded
Building the capacity of farmers to cater for the nutrition requirements of households especially focusing on women and children the success factors of my project will be measured through grown margin and net profit of the farming and improvement of living standard of the small household with crop-livestock and fish integrated farming.
|1||Establishment of demonstrations in pilot
sites (field materials) and farmer-led learning platforms
|2||Workshop and hands-on practices||1,000|
|3||Equipment hire (excavators, compactors)||1,000|
|4||Office supplies (stationery, IT supplies,
communications, etc.) for project coordination unit
|5||Monitoring and evaluation of the impact on the value chain study||500|
|Launch of project|
|Participatory identification of pilot sites in
|Establishment of demonstrations units|
|Establishment of farmer-led learning
|Workshop and hand-on practices (Equipping farmers with FaaB skills, building capacity of farmers on nutrition.)|
|Documentation of skills, knowledge and lessons learned and report writing|
|Final workshop and closure of project, celebration of the success and publication of the paper|
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