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Federation of farmers and pastoralists of Rwanda (IMBARAGA) and Syndicat rwandais des agriculteurs et éleveurs (INGABO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federation of farmers and pastoralists of Rwanda (IMBARAGA)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Contacts

Address of the organisation: KK 214 Av.,P.O. Box 1462,Kigali, Rwanda

General e-mail address:abahinzi2013@yahoo.fr

Phone number:+250 788 423 047/ + 250 788 574 644

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:Jean Paul MUNYAKAZI

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson: jpmunyakazi@yahoo.fr

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson:+250 788 843 303

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Joseph GAFARANGA (Secretary General)

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO:gafarangajo@yahoo.fr 

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO:+250 788 423 047

Website:  www.imbaragafo.org

 

Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: National (25 out of 30 districts of the country)

 

Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: 1992 with official recognition on the 30th July 2014

Context of creation:IMBARAGA is a local NGO which was initially created as a trade union organisation. In 2013, with changes in the law regulating the functioning of local NGOs, which does no longer recognize trade unions, the organisation shifted from a trade union to become a local NGO with the same mandate, vision and mission of protecting farmers’ interests and fighting for the farmers’ cause.

Legal status:  farmers’ organisation (FO) registered as a local NGO

 

MEMERSHIP

Member organisations

Number of member organisations: 1021 Farmer Groups at the grassroots level gathered into 64 Basic Sections (Sector level) located in 25 Antennas (District level) in 4 Regions (Provincial level) (source: Imabaraga 2017)

Type of member organisations: A great number of these 1,021 farmer groups are pre-cooperative groups but some of them are registered as full cooperatives.

 

Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members:27, 400 farmer members located in 25 districts across the country (source: Imabaraga 2017)

Type of members: Imbaraga members are mainly smallholder farmers.The national average land size is 0.7 ha per each small-scale farmer member. However, there are some Imbaraga farmer members who have large farms of 2 hectares or more. As mentioned above, members are gathered into Farmer Groups that is the grassroots level of Imbaraga Farmers Organization. Normally, a Farmer Group totalizes 25 to 30 members.

Six out of ten members i.e. 60% are small-scale farmers who cultivate no more than 0.5 hectares. Almost all the rest (37%) have 0.5 to 2 hectares while only 3% have more. The members are associated either into informal groups of 25 to 30 households or into cooperatives with 10 to 80 members.

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: 55%

 

GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE

Governing Bodies: IMBARAGA is governed by the General Assembly which is the top decision making organ. It is composed of: farmer representatives from the sector level to the national level (basic sections; antennas and regions); 3 people of the Surveillance Committee and 3 of the Conflict Management Committee. There is also a twofold Board of Directors: the Coordination Committee which is composed of 7 people (the Legal Representative and his Deputy, the Secretary and 4 Representatives at the province level) and the Broad Committee (comprising 25 farmer representatives at the District level, 3 Surveillance Committee members besides the 7 mentioned people of the Coordination Committee).

Organization: IMBARAGA is structured from the village level (farmer group). At the second level, there is a basic section which gathers from 5 to 10 farmer groups. The basic sections within an administrative district make what IMBARAGA calls an antenna while all antennas in a province make a region. There are four regions which make IMBARAGA at the national level.

 

OBJECTIVES AND MISSION

Strategic plan: Imbaraga’s strategic plan (2014-2018) is built around the following main strategic axes: (i) Economic services to members; (ii) Research, training and information; (iii) Good Governance and Civic Participation; (iv) Gender equity and women empowerment; (v) Environmental protection, management and climate change; (vi) Lobby and Advocacy.

Objective/s of the FO: the objectives of Imbaraga are to: (i) enhance farmers’ productivity and competitiveness; (ii) protect farmers’ interests and rights; (iii) strengthen the organizational capacity for service delivery.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  Imbaraga’s mission is to “increase farmers’ professionalism through capacity building for productivity and competitiveness and protect farmers’ social and economic rights through lobby and advocacy”. On the other side, its vision is to make her member “A professional farmer and change maker”.

 

AREAS OF INTERVENTION AND ACTIVITIES

Main areas/sectors of intervention: Provision of economic services to members (e.g. production increase and acces to markets), lobby and advocacy, environmental conservation

Main activities:

Provision of economic services

  • Train farmer members on production increase through FFS (Farmer Field School);
  • Backstop farmers to access agricultural inputs and credits;
  • Link farmers to remunerative markets;
  • Train smallholder farmers on fighting the malnutrition using nutrient-rich crops including beans rich in iron and zinc;
  • Support farmers in accessing livestock (small and cattle) and improved livestock farming.

Lobby and advocacy

  • Backstop farmers in lobbying and advocating for their agricultural issues (land law, farmer status, etc.). 

Environmental conservation

  • Support farmers in protecting and conserving environment (planting agroforestry trees, anti-erosion holes;
  • Ensure environmental protection through the use of biogas, improved furnaces and stoves.

Main products of members: Maize, beans, sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, banana, cassava, vegetables, fruits, livestock, (cows, goats, sheep and chickens).

 

PARTNERSHIP

Main partners: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Agriculteurs Français et Developpement International (Afdi), AgriCord, Agriterra, International Potato Center (CIP), ), Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa(FARA), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), International Alert, European Union (EU), Movimento Lotta Fame nel Mondo (MLFM), Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), Rwandan government's Ministry of Agriculture (MINAGRI), Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB),  Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) via Vi-agroforestry, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, Trocaire, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Vétérinaires Sans Frontières- Belgique (VSF), agriculture oriented universities.

 

Main projects:

  • Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze (2017- 2022), USAID financing via Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA);
  • Projet Energie Verte et Elevage I and II(EVE) (2014 - 2021), VSF- B financing; 
  • Development of youth employment in potato, horticulture, milk and honey value chains (2017 – 2020), Education Development Center financing;
  • Voice for change partnership programme: Sustainable food and nutrition security for all in Rwanda (2016 - 2020), SNV Netherlands Development Organisation financing;
  • Production increase via agro-forestry tree planting and environmental protection (2017 – 2019), ICRAF financing;
  • Strenghtening Potato Cooperatives in Musanze Rwanda(2016-2019), Agriterra financing;
  • Support to Food Security and child, maternal health care in Rulindo district (2016 – 2019), MLFM financing;
  • Feed the Future (Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato) (2016 – 2018), USAID financing via CIP, focusing on income and nutrition at household level;
  • Public Policy, Information, Monitoring and Advocacy- PPIMA (2007 – 2018) NPA financing;
  • Scaling Up Sweet Potato through Agriculture and Nutrition – SUSTAIN (2014 - 2017), DFID via CIP financing;
  • Gestion des exploitations agricoles et Statut d'agriculteurs Rwandais (2014 - 2017), AFDI financing;
  • Support to Farmers’ Organisations in Africa Programme (SFOAP) (2013 - 2017) (IFAD, EU, SDC, AFD financing), a capacity building programme supporting the institutional development of farmers’ organisations. IMBARAGA participates in the SFOAP as a member of the Eastern African Farmer Federation (EAFF);
  • Amélioration de la rentabilité des filières agricoles (Gestion des Exploitations Agricoles) (2013-2017), Afdi financing;
  • Civic Participation Awareness-CPA (2010-2017), European Union financing;
  • Catalyze Accelerated Agricultural Intensification for Social and Environmental Stability (CATALIST) (2013-2016) (IFDC financing)IMBARAGA is a partner within the CATALIST project that trained technicians and farmers in integrated soil fertility management (ISFM) and other best practices. Project demonstration sites showed the importance of using quality fertilizers and improved seeds.
  • Add value and enhance the impact of ongoing agricultural research for development in Sub Saharan Africa- Challenge Program (2008-2016), FARA financing;
  • Agro-forestry, Environment and Climate change (2012-2015), SIDA financing via Vi-agroforestry;
  • African Indigenous Vegetables aiming at promoting African eggplant, amaranth, nightshade and spider plants (2013-2014), ASARECA funding;
  • SASHA project (2009-2014), DFID via CIP financing. The project aimed at supporting the sweet potatoes holding A vitamin and it was implemented in partnership with Catholic Relief Services;
  • Promotion des services vétérinaires de proximité - PROXIVET (2008-2013), financed by VSF- Belgique.

 

Membership in other organisations: IMBARAGA is a founder member of EAFF and the Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) and a member of the Strategic Orientation Committee (COS) of farmers’ organization in the Great Lakes sub-region and the board of the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB). Imbaraga is among farmers’ organizations which do organize the potato week in the Great Lakes sub-region (Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda)

 

MAIN SOURCES OF INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS

  • BANCIE & NSANGANIRA. Agricultural Business and Enterprises Development Services over the Last 50 years and Vision for the future.  Available here
  • FANE I., KRIBES R., NDIMURWANGO P., NSENGIYUMVA V. NZANG OYONO C., WENNINK B. Linking potato production and marketing. ROPARWA and IMBARAGA initiatives in North-Western Rwanda. Available here
  • IFAD/SFOAP, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase (including case studies related to success stories), 2013, Available here.

 

Last update: November 2017

 

 

Syndicat rwandais des agriculteurs et éleveurs (INGABO)

GENERAL INFORMATION

Contacts

Address of the organisation: P.O. BOX 50, Muhanga Gitarama Rwanda

General e-mail address: ingabo017@gmail.com 

Phone number: +250 562667

Name of the President or elected Chairperson:  Jean d’Amour NTAMABYARIRO

E-mail address of the President or elected Chairperson: bdamour77@gmail.com

Phone number of the President or elected Chairperson:+250 783403871

Name of the Secretary, Manager or Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Emmerance TUYISHIME

E-mail address of the Secretary, Manager or CEO:temmerance@gmail.com

Phone number of the Secretary, Manager or CEO:+250 786146020

 

Website:  www.ingabofarmers.com

 

Geographical coverage

Geographical coverage: 4 districts out of 8 of the Southern province

 

Foundation and nature of the organisation

Date of creation: January 1992, officially recognised as of April 30th, 2004

Context of creation: INGABO was established in January 1992 by pastoralists of the former Gitarama province to defend their interests. Its development coincided with a time of war and the birth of multiparty politics in Rwanda. For these reasons, Rwandan farmer unity was threatened thus the need to federate their interests.

Legal status: INGABO is a syndicate registered in Official Journal number 7 of 1/4/2005

 

MEMERSHIP

Individual farmers members

Number of individual farmers/rural producers members:15 000 through 800 groups

Type of members: farmers and livestock holders

Number of individual women farmers/rural producers members: 56% of members

 

GOVERNANCE AND STRUCTURE

Governing Bodies: board, internal audit, conflict resolution committee and wise council

Organization: INGABO operates at village, district and province levels.

 

OBJECTIVES AND MISSION

Strategic plan: INGABO is planning to set a strategic plan for the period 2018-2022

Objective/s of the FO: INGABO Union's objectives are:

  • Mobilise agricultural workers, farmers into a force capable of promoting and defending their occupational interests;
  • Train and inform agricultural farmers on advanced agronomic technology;
  • Uphold the unity and cooperation of farmers and pastoralists;
  • Participate in the study of problems and take part in all the related decision making processes;
  • Encourage and support agricultural workers, farmers and pastoralists to implement socio-collective programmes to ensure the promotion of all of their interests;
  • Contribute in the promotion of agriculture given its importance for the national economy.

Mission and Vision of the FO:  The mission of the INGABO union is to improve technical and economic capacities of members to become active and competitors’ actors on local, national, regional and international markets.

 

AREAS OF INTERVENTION AND ACTIVITIES

Main areas/sectors of intervention: lobby and advocacy, training and capacity building, provision of economic services, value chain facilitation.

Main activities:

Training and capacity building. INGABOProvides training to farmers in: management (leadership, entrepreneurship, planning and project management); technical issues (crop and animal production, soil protection, agri-business and access propagation techniques); cross-cutting issues (gender, climate change); land law. In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture the organisation has further established a system of farmers’ technical assistance by providing field agronomist in each sector to technically assist farmers in their daily activities.

Provision of economic services. INGABO is the founder of the microfinance institution CLECAM which provides financial services to farmers. INGABO further provides value chain facilitation and acts as intermediate between farmers and other actors involved in the agricultural sector.

Lobby and advocacy. INGABO advocates to the Government on behalf of farmers. In particular, the following activities are being undertaken: (i) advocacy to the Rwanda Agriculture Board on behalf of cassava farmers to obtain selected cassava seeds that resist diseases; (ii) advocacy for the establishment of the Agriculture law in collaboration with the farmers’ organisation IMBARAHA under a project sponsored by Agriculteurs Français et Développement International - Loraine.

Main products of members:Cassava, soya, beans, rice, maize, banana, vegetables, fruits, cattle, small livestock such as goats, sheep, pig, chicken.

 

PARTNERSHIP

Main partners: Accord, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Agriculteurs Français et Developpement International (AFDI), Agriterra and Agri Profocus Netherlands, European Union (EU), Food and Agricultural Organisation(FAO), Flandre Orientale/Brlgium, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Kinazi Cassava Plant, Radio HUGUKA, Rwandan government's Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Rwanda National Bank, Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC), USAID.

 

Main projects:

Membership in other organisations: INGABO is a member EAFF and of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO).

 

MAIN SOURCES OF INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTS

  • AgriCord, agro-info.net, presentation fiche of INGABO. Availablehere
  • Appeldoorn G. En avant les “Karemano”, mission d’appui chez INGABO. December 2011. Available here
  •  IFAD/SFOAP, Final Report of the SFOAP Pilot Phase (including case studies related to success stories), 2013, Availablehere.
  • Mbabazi F.X. INGABO, pionner dans la lute contre la mosaique, in Vers une agriculture rentable et competitive. January 2008. Available here
  • B.Wennink, S, Nederlof and W, Heemskerk (eds.),Access of the poor to agricultural services The role of farmers’ organizations in social inclusion, Bulletin 376, Development Policy & Practice. Available here

 

Last update: September 2017