Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Economics

karangwa.jpgDr Ir Antoine Karangwa,HoD

Job Title/Academic rank: Senior Lecturer

School: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

Department: Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Economics

Office Location: Busogo Campus

Phone Number: +250788 357 981

E-mail: akarangwa@ur.ac.rw

Education Background

PhD in Agronomic Sciences and Biological Engineering with specialization in Economics and Rural Development

University Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of Gembloux/Belgium (currently University of Liège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech)

BACKGROUND TO THE DEPARTMENT

Agriculture in Rwanda plays a big role in creating self employment and generating income for the rural population. However, there has been declining competence in the production, processing and marketing.  Thus, there is need for highly qualified agricultural managers and administrators to provide the necessary policy environment and management acumen both at the public and private sector levels. This would ultimately sustain and expand production, value chain management for the local market, raw materials for the processing industry, and exports. The Bachelor of Science degree program in Agricultural Economics and Rural development is therefore aimed at bringing about the realization of this potential, particularly in rural areas where we have bulk of the agricultural activities. The program aims to produce graduates with problem solving skills and apply them to up-scale agricultural productivity, value chain management and improve marketing of agricultural products on both small and large-scale farms. This will contribute towards improving the living conditions of people and creating wealth and prosperity by working either in the outdoors or in the business environment of agricultural and natural resource industry management/supervision aspects, such as human resources, finance, equipment and the environment.

 2. OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT

The broad objective of the program is to create and develop manpower with practical management knowledge and problem solving skills to improve and increase agricultural productivity, expand marketing processes and trade. The ultimate goal is to attain development in rural communities with sustainable balance of natural, and environmental resources and agricultural production systems.

2.2. Specific Objectives

At the end of the program the graduates should be able to:

(a)     Demonstrate the importance of agriculture in the national economy with particular importance to its contribution to development among rural communities in Rwanda.

(b)     Integrate the contribution of environmental and natural resources to sustainable agriculture and rural development

(c)     Apply the acquired knowledge and practical skills to up-scale agricultural productivity, supply chain management and improve marketing of agricultural products on both small and large-scale farms.

(d)     Make use of the problem solving skills acquired to participate in creating a policy environment to sustain an integrated continuum of our agricultural systems from utilization of resources, production, processing and manufacturing, marketing and consumption of food products.

(e)     Participate in international research, outreach programs and teaching in various aspects of agricultural economics and management. These activities inform our domestic efforts and enable us to address important problems and opportunities in Rwanda’s food, agriculture and natural resource sectors.

(f)      Promote environmental and natural resource conservation by encouraging and effecting policies and practices that minimize soil erosion and pollution.