African Development Bank approves $343,000 for honey production in Rwanda
The Organisation pour la Promotion de la Contribution Active de la Femme Rwandaise au Developpement (SERUKA) is a national women’s organization focusing on women’s economic empowerment in Rwanda.
The African Development Bank has approved a grant of approximately $343,000 (280 million Rwandan Francs) to implement the project. The project will work directly with grassroots businesses.
The implementing agency, SERUKA, is a reputable non-governmental organization with a sound track record in supporting grassroots economic empowerment initiatives in Rwanda.
The event was attended by representatives from the Rwanda Agriculture Board, the Rwanda Governance Board, the President of the Board, senior government officials, representatives of SERUKA, representatives of beekeepers’ cooperatives and associations, as well as private-sector players in the honey value chain.
The overall goal of the Rwanda Honey Value Chain Project is to enhance the capacity of honey production cooperatives to access formal markets. The project targets 1,000 beneficiaries in Rulindo District, 80% of whom are women.
It will support the targeted cooperatives through provision of simple equipment to improve production; training in honey production in accordance with the Apiary Code; and in basic business skills.
It will also rehabilitate the Murambi Honey Collection Centre in order to meet certification requirements of the Rwanda Standards Board. ■