INADES -Formation is a network of pan-African associations, recognized for providing public utilities, which work for equitable and sustainable development in Africa. It advocates for a more egalitarian and supportive society, through the promotion of the common good.
The purpose of this year’s general assembly is to discuss major themes on which the organization will be working in the next three years and examine the activities to be implemented by each member state.
The general assembly is held every after three years, bringing together members from 10 different countries.
Alexis Rukundo, the president of the Rwandan INADES executive committee, said that this year’s general assembly is an opportune moment in Rwanda to learn more best practices.
“INADES Rwanda has demonstrated good performance especially in the management system, creating new partnerships and strengthening collaboration with the government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources,” he said.
Rukundo, however, noted that the number of interventions that call for their supports are increasing yet the financial means are still insufficient, “hindering us from offering adequate services to those that come to us.”
INADES Formation in Rwanda has 8,984 members among who 4174 have joined legal associations and cooperatives with about 6608 saving groups.
Headquartered in Ivory Coast, the member countries are Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroun, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania Chad, Togo, and Rwanda.
Dr. Octave Semwaga, the Director-General of Planning in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, who was also the guest of honor in this meeting, applauded the development that INADES in bringing to the agriculture and animal resources sector in Rwanda.
“INADES Formation has played a great role in the renovation of the agriculture and animal resources sector; they will keep doing it up to the year 2024. They offer training, and support farmers to join cooperatives, to know the appropriate seeds that are more productive, train farmers on savings and management of their incomes, among other interventions,” he said.
Rwanda INADES Formation, operates in districts of; Nyaruguru, Nyamagabe, Huye, Bugesera, Rwamagana, Ngoma and Kirehe.
INADES -Formation Rwanda also supports partners in building reservoirs from which irrigation water is drawn. Other interventions include; biogas system, small domestic livestock breeding, modern produce and livestock markets modernized market places for the trade of their cattle, and agriculture products.
INADES has also participated in the ‘Girinka’ program, giving out cows to poor citizens in Bugesera and Nyaruguru districts.
Richard Erpicum, who founded the organization in Rwanda in 1976, said that they have reached an amazing level and have achieved their purpose.
“Our first objecting in to make a better world, where everyone has food and lives in peace; we cannot say we have achieved that yet, but we have made huge steps. Our purpose was to bring people together and encourage them in their development,” he said.