Prior to 1994, the extension system in Rwanda was dominated by the government through the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI) using a top-down approach that included the Training and Visit (T&V) extension model introduced by the World Bank. After the 1994 genocide, both national and international NGOs began organizing farmers in groups and associations and providing them with extension advices and services. Most of these NGOs worked in isolation with little or no coordination or sharing of information among them. In order to revamp extension and provide adequate linkages between research, extensions and the various actors in the sector, MINAGRI undertook a restructuring that lead to the creation of Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB) and the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB). For a full report on the pluralistic agricultural extension system in Rwanda, download OR click here.
MINAGRI no longer provides field level extension and advisory services to farmers; this function was transferred to the Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC, www.minaloc.gov.rw) several years ago.
(1,234 extension staff in 2009)
Public Research Institutions with Extension Unit Institut Supérieur d’Agriculture et d’Élevage (ISAE)
National University of Rwanda (NUR)
Picture Credits: Paul Hixson, May 2011
CICA, Agricultural Information and Communication Centre
CICA collects, produces, processes, adapts, stores, shares, and disseminates
agricultural information through AMIS,
the MINAGRI Website and Libray Web, eSoko. CICA was developed under PASNVA. (see also www.btcctb.org/news/rwanda-towards-increased-access-agricultural-information)
AMIS, the Information Gateway of the Agricultural and Livestock Sector of Rwanda
is an exchange platform for all stakeholders of the agricultural and
livestock sector. You can access and download pdf documents, media
files, search through yellow pages of the institutions or companies and
through the white pages of resources persons.
ASTI Agricultural Research and Development investments and capacity in Rwanda:
RIU Research Into Use: Sharing lessons to enable innovation in agriculture.
Patrice HAKIZIMANA (2007): Rwanda agricultural extension services system: Operation and funding modalities. Director General/RADA. Presented at the UN-ECA EA-SRO, 11th Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) Meeting, Bujumbura, Burundi, from 16 to 19 April 2007. Read more,
About Rwanda Agricultural Development Authority, RADA www.rada.gov.rw
RADA Mission: "To contribute towards the growth of agricultural production through the development of appropriate technologies, providing advisory, outreach and extension services to stakeholders in agriculture including provinces, districts, NGOs, farmers and farmers organizations, private entrepreneurs, to allow them to modernize the sector in the framework provided by the Vision 2020, PRSP, the National Agricultural Policy (NAP) and the SPAT.