SEAD-West Project: Strengthen education and research in water management for climate smart agriculture and improved access to WASH through good governance and technical management

The SEAD-West project is strongly aligned to another running SEAD project under NICHE. Where SEAD is focusing on the poultry, dairy, horticulture and potato value chains in the Northern, Eastern and Southern provinces, SEAD-West contributes to food & nutrition security in Western province of Rwanda.

The project builds new and strengthens existing partnerships to boost agricultural value chain development and ensures equal opportunities, labor market relevance and strengthening management of the chain actors for sustainability.

There's also a strong focus on bringing the triple helix partners (education, private sector and government) together in a STIC (Service, Training and Innovation Centre). This to strengthen the economic results of the project’s value chains, to support the Dutch private agricultural sector and to allow opportunities for cooperation between partners beyond the scope of the project.


  • TVET/HE organisations (in Rwanda and the NL) perform better their core tasks, firmly embedded in their environment (in line with country / regional specific labour market needs & aiming at inclusiveness).
  • Enhanced knowledge and skills of individuals and organisations in line with country / regional specific labour market needs & aiming at inclusiveness
  • Strengthen agricultural value chain development in the Congo-Nile Ridge area (CNR) in North-West Rwanda through improved vocational and professional education and training in agriculture with a nexus to water.


  • Curricula and outreach courses are developed, revised and strengthened.
  • Staff of IPRC Karongi and selected TVET have acquired the relevant set of competences.
  • Services, Training & Innovation Centre (STIC), catering for the needs of the horticulture, poultry and dairy value chains are established at IPRC Karongi.
  • IPRC West, and selected TVET institutions better address issues related to gender and inclusiveness
  • Students (formal) and workforce (non-formal) have access to educational programs
  • Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) function within IPRC Karongi and selected TVET institutions in the project’s districts are strengthened.
  • Extension services providers in the project’s districts supported in developing & providing tailored, practical and applicable services
  • SMEs (farmers, cooperatives and agribusinesses/services) supported in viewing agriculture as a business, adopting an entrepreneurial mind-set, through which they transform from subsistence farming to more commercial farming.


  • Current and future workforce in the agricultural sector and related sector (e.g. land/water, service industry) through increased employability.
  • Rwandan private sector (farmers, cooperatives, agribusinesses and agri-service providers) through availability of competent workforce.
  • The country/population at large.


Rwanda Development Board