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Rwanda: Africa’s Agricultural Success Story?

44 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 December 2013

With a staggering one billion people undernourished, and a growing world population, how do we manage these essential resources for life to make sure there is enough to go round? Bridget Kendall is joined at the European Development Days in Brussels by Rwanda’s top agriculture official Ernest Ruzindaza, whose ministry has been credited with turning a food deficit into a surfeit in just five years. Also on the panel, EuropeAid’s Jean-Pierre Halkin, African Soil Atlas collaborator Luca Montanarella and WaterAid’s Girish Menon.

(Photo: From left to right, Luca Montanarella, Girish Menon, Jean-Pierre Halkin, Ernest Ruzindaza and presenter Bridget Kendall)

  • Ernest Ruzindaza

    Ernest Ruzindaza

    Ernest Ruzindaza has been permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in Rwanda since 2008. He co-ordinates all technical activities and oversees the budget of the Ministry and its six technical agencies. Rwanda has been food secure since 2009.  This has been achieved through land consolidation, connecting farmers to their neighbours, innovative cow-sharing schemes, expansion of technologies linking farmers to food buyers and localised co-operative farming programmes.
    [Photo credit: Patrick Mascart]

  • Jean-Pierre Halkin

    Jean Pierre Halkin

    Jean-Pierre Halkin is a senior European Commission civil servant. Since 2011, Jean-Pierre has been in charge of the unit in EuropeAid which is responsible for Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition. Among their key priorities are addressing hidden hunger, or under-nutrition and boosting resilience to chronic food insecurity.
    [Photo credit: Patrick Mascart]

  • Girish Menon

    Girish Menon

    Girish Menon is Director of International Operations at WaterAid UK. His department oversees four regional teams (Asia, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa) that manage the UK-funded country programmes. He says achieving food security is impossible without also securing water, sanitation and hygiene.
    [Photo credit: Patrick Mascart]

  • Luca Montanarella

    Luca Montanarella

    Luca Montanarella is the action leader on Soil at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, based in Ispra, Italy.  His latest project is a Soil Atlas of Africa, which was produced in collaboration with European and African soil scientists.  He says that soils are not the same everywhere, and are precious resources, just as important to protect and appreciate as water or air. 
    [Photo credit: Patrick Mascart]


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