Topic & Summary
- March 23, 2015
- Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Kigali, Rwanda
- On March 23, 2015 KREI visited the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda and had a policy meeting for discussing the objectives and the expected outcomes of the 2015 KAPEX project with Rwanda. Also, the both parties signed on the Record of Discusion for the project including joint research, KAPEX Training Programs and KAPEX Result-sharing Workshops in Korea and Rwanda. In addition, they discussed the current situation of livestock management in Rwnada.
- Livestock Farming and Management in Rwanda: Focusing on Meat Production
- Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda Agriculture Board
1st Field Survey
- From June 29 to July 3, 2015, KREI Joint Research team visited Kigali and Bugesera to collect data on the current situation on meat producing and couduct interview to figure out stakeholder characteristics in the beef value chain. They visited slaughter houses and meat-processing facilities in Kigali and Begesera region.
2nd Field Survey
- From August 22 to 31, 2015, KREI Joint Research team visitied Kigali and Rulindo region to diagnose the problems and issues in meat-processing. They conducted interviews with extension workers and farmers. According to the results of the interview, the weaknesses of the meat producing are 1) low genetic potential of indegeneous genetic materials, 2) inadequate capacity to provide sufficient nutrition and protection from endemic and emerging diseases; and 3) inadequate market driven incentives
Result-sharing Workshop in Uganda
- On September 1, 2015, KREI and MINAGRI hold a KAPEX Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda. In the workshop, the MINAGRI presented the result of mid-term report of Joint Research and Action Plans. And the participants shared their experience on projects and ideas for possible ODA projects in livestock and meat industry.
- According to the research, animal population ststistics depict the Eastern Province of Rwanda as the region with the highest potential for beef value chain development in Rwanda. However, labor productivity is very low, especially the young workers, suggesting labor availability as a huge potential for beef cattle production. Also, lack of good quality meat products has been ranked high amongst main factors leading to non-competititiveness of Rwandan meat prodcuts. To address the issue of quality and standards throughout the meat value chain, Rwanda National Bureau of Standards should develop a certification system along the meat chain. In addition, much of meat products are sold through informatl markets; therefore, there is need to formalize the marketing channels for meat.
- (Invitational Training) June 21 to 27, 2015/ (Local Training) August 24 to 29, 2015
- Seoul, Korea and Kigali, Rwanda
- The Invitational Training for five high-level public officials from Rwanda was held in Korea to enhance policy development capabilities by sharing Korea's experience on developing meat producinf through lectures, site visits, and discussions. They had lectures such as "Dairy Sector Development in Korea", "The Current Status and Challenges of Korean Meat Industry, "Value Chain in Korean Dairy Sector". For study visits, they visited the Korea Institute for Animal Products Quality Evaluation, Korea Agency of HACCP Accreditation and Services, meat-producing facilities and agricultural cooperatives focusing on livestock and dairy products. Based on the implications from the lecture and study visits, the participants developed action plans to develop meat producing sector in Rwanda.For Local Training in Uganda, twenty public officials and experts in the practical level participated for developing ideas from lectures, site visit, and discussions with Korean experts. As a result of the Local Training, the particiapants developed Action Plans regarding some challenges such as lack of skills in meat processing, lack of awareness of processed meat products and limited infrastructures.
KAPEX Result-sharing Workshop
- October 21, 2015
- Seoul, Korea
- The Korea Rural Economic Institute held the KAPEX Result-sharing Workshop in Korea on October 21, 2015 to share the final result of joint research of four partner countires, Rwanda, Paraguay, the Philippines and Myanmar. The delegation from each country also presented the possible ODA project proposals derived from the result of joint research. Moreover, 2014 KAPEX partner countries, Viet Nam and Uganda also participated in the Workshop to share the outcomes of 2014 KAPEX projects and proposed furthure cooperation with KREI. 2015 KAPEX Partners, Monglia and Mozambique, also participated in the workshop to share their 2015 KAPEX project topic and joint research proposals.