Challenges in the Rwanda Dairy Industry
Pathways out of poverty have been provided to Rwandan farmers through the enhancement of the dairy industry, as dairy farms play an integral role in Rwandan agricultural infrastructure. Since 2012, GHS has been creating training modules and partnering with both Land O’Lakes, universities in Rwanda, and groups along the supply chain, in the hopes of improving the health of the cattle and the livelihood of the farmers.
It is estimated that 70 percent of the Rwandan population drinks milk at a rate of about 40 liters per capita per year and this number is expected grow annually by 2%. By capacity building and strengthening the dairy value chain, Rwanda has been set on track to experience positive economic development.
Clinical Microbiology Diagnostic Training Workshop – March 2014
GHS lead a training workshop in Rwanda, conducting interactive lectures and hands-on microbiology lab training allowing for an approach called “training-the-trainer.” The trained faculty members at the University of Rwanda and Dairy Dynamic Management (DDM) specialists implemented training sessions for four final year students every month for four months. Between the two campuses, 32 students were trained. The laboratories were also properly set up by Dr. Nandi and his team, to ensure proper data collection, preparation of blood agar plates, and microbiology samples to continue research on mastitis treatment and prevention. To help facilitate remote learning opportunities, a website has been created for the program (http://gorwanda.ucdavisextension-onlinelearning.net/).