By Sylvie Ella IMENINEMA, Economics and International studies student at Bryn Mawr College, PA. Geopolitics and anthropology passionate.
Among the objectives taken to develop Rwanda and to attain the Millennial Development Goals (MDG’s), figures the development of an agrarian based economy. The association of young and Rwanda’s development centred minds that CARL Group ltd is, shares the opinion that job specific trainings are one of the most effective ways to increase productivity. It is for that same reason that Carl Group continually invests in training the farmers they work with.
In a country like Rwanda where literacy is unfortunately still a dawning fact, the key to that agrarian economy access resides in knowledge. “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest” as said Benjamin Franklin. Many Rwandan farmers having not had the chance to have more than a primary school level education, specific trainings about the field and crops they have taken career in would not only increase their agricultural skills but also contribute to their own personal enlightenment and development.
With those goals in mind, CARL Group ltd organized trainings for farmers on January 09th, in Muhanga (Southern Province). These trainings involved 32 farmers from the Cyeza and Shyogwe sectors. The purpose of the training was to link farmers with market opportunities, contribute to their knowledge with professional practices in preparing, planting, and care of their crops in regards to increase in the quantity and quality of their production. Carl Group ltd prepared these trainings while they were planning to bring technology means to add value to sweet potatoes.
“Contract, innovation and marketing” themed entrepreneurship sessions were offered. In effort to train and lead by example, during this training, farmers had the opportunity to visit a model farmer to learn about how to properly conserve their sweet potato harvests.
Aforethought results after the trainings include an improved communication between CARL Group and the farmers, the farmers’ professionalization in work and market provision habits, and the increase in quality and quantity of their production. This will not only ensure the growth of the agricultural and economic sector in Muhanga but also indirectly the other districts of Rwanda. This will also ensure a steadier availability on the market of the sweet potatoes production since these sectors of Cyeza and Shyogwe are among those chosen to specialize in the production of sweet potatoes in the country.
CARL Group ltd continues to consistently follow up with the farmers for ongoing and specific help to those who might be in need.
As statistics have shown, comprehensive training programs install a 24% higher profit margin and a higher productivity on companies and sectors who offer them in comparison to those who do not. Continuing to invest in training and skills advancement, even when there are economic downturns is the smart play. In Rwanda’s case, this approach is guaranteed to provoke a higher, quicker and more affordable result than a mere upgrade of the farming equipment in the country.
Few would dispute the fact that the path to the successful agrarian economy that Rwanda is aspiring of, resides in the young generation that has had the chance to access education like Carl and Ypard, tracing their way back to the fellow Rwandans that haven’t had the same chance to share the knowledge and reduce, and extinguish in the long run, the skills gap along with the education and economic disparities it brings.