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SIKIA is a public‐private partnership project centered around knowledge and information in the rice value chain of the SAGCOT area in Tanzania. SIKIA analyzes geodata acquired from satellites, multispectral agronomic data acquired from drone, and field data acquired from agronomists. The data is processed into three information services which are provided to smallholder farmers and agribusinesses:

  1. Plot specific crop advice on growth conditions in specific plots;
  2. Agribusiness support on improving planning and efficiency based on geo-referenced rice maps;
  3. Agronomic advice on good agricultural practices and weather information disseminated by radio.

The information services enable farmers to make better decisions on enhancing their productivity and to increase yield, income, and access to market resulting in improved farmer-agribusiness connectivity.

TechForce is the lead partner of SIKIA and responsible for overall project management of this public‐private partnership which further consists of Milan Innovincy, Kilimo Trust and Kadaster International. The project is financed by the Netherlands Space Office and AGRA.

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Sugar: make it work

By Agro & Food

In Rwanda, the sugarcane industry is facing a multitude of challenges. There is a shortage of suitable land available for sugarcane agriculture restricts production and yields are constrained by severe flooding of the Nyaborongo river and the stagnation of water on existing land, forcing Rwanda to import much of its sugar and leaving consumers highly dependent on volatile prices. With a growing population and increasing consumer expenditure, both domestically and regionally, Rwanda risks missing a crucial opportunity to grow a local industry with great potential.

TechForce is the lead partner of this Public Private Partnership and responsible for overall project management of this public‐private partnership which further consists of Kabuye Sugar Works, Royal HaskoningDHV, Milan Innovincy, Karisimbi Business Partners, Wageningen University (Department of Environmental Sciences), Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of the Republic of Rwanda. The project is financed by the Dutch Facility for Food Security and Entrepreneurship (FDOV) as well as by Kabuye Sugar Works.

The PPP develops and implements intervention strategies on water management, precision agriculture, capacity development and organization of smallholder farmers. This project won the award for ‘Best Public-Private-Partnership Award 2014’, presented by The Partnership Verkiezing which is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dutch development bank FMO and social enterprise The Punchy Pack.