Developing SEADs hardware fund for service training and innovation centres in Rwanda

Crosswise Works supports the Strengthening Education for Agricultural Development (SEAD) program in Rwanda on the development and execution of the Service Training and Innovation Centre (STIC) Hardware Fund. STICs are developed to become role model centers in Rwanda that promote sustainable economic development and empower food security. STICs promote research and technology transfer in all value chains in order to better serve the society. The STIC is a business proposition, operated in collaboration between the private sector and an educational institute, that adds value to a value chain with new opportunities and tackles issues in the chain thereby leading to value chain optimization. Innovative partnerships that bring together actors from business, government and civil society are increasingly being promoted as a mechanism for improving productivity and driving growth in the agriculture and food sectors around the world; referred to as public–private partnerships (PPPs). Throughout this SEAD program, the concept of Public Private Partnerships has priority, hence the establishment of Service, Training and Innovation Centers (STIC) along Poultry, Horticulture, Dairy and Potato Value Chains.

SEAD is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Nuffic. The consortium includes the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), consultancy firm Mott MacDonald and a series of Dutch companies, NGOs and educational institutions from both countries.