Program Goal
To establish an interdisciplinary youth, think tank that shall stimulate the sustainability transition of the Rwanda’s Agi-Food Systems.

Project Duration: Months

Project Name:

Junior Sustainable Food System Fellowship Program


Program Objective

To train, groom and position a team of 24 junior food-systems professionals as agents that are able to stimulate sustainable agri-Food systems transformation of Rwanda

Specific Objectives

A recruited youth cohort of 50:50 males and females.

Sustainable food systems and value chain capacity building.

Trainees first field project.

Program Summary

Gloxpad Centre for Community Development proposes this fellowship; through which we seek to establish youth food systems think tank in Rwanda as a platform for inclusive, innovative, transdisciplinary and solution-oriented food systems action and policy research. Selected candidates shall undergo a 6 months virtual training program and learn from Food System experts and Professionals around the globe. Post the virtual apprenticeship, successful candidates shall be able to launch their food systems career tracks through a hands-on field project as an outcome of their training in order to implement acquired knowledge and skills for not more than 6 months under the mentorship of Gloxpad. Successful ideation, design, execution, monitoring and assessment of the fellows’ pilot, will qualify these as the first Cohort of the Rwanda Youth Sustainable Food System Think Tank capable of creating sustainable and business-oriented solutions out of research.

Project name

DeCARB Rwanda

Project Duration: 36 months


Specific Objectives

To enhance the performance, governance, and an enabling environment of the pineapple commodity value chain in Eastern Rwanda

To facilitate the promotion and up take of carbon farming and the development of carbon credits markets in Rwanda

To generate acceptable data, results, lessons and best practices that can be replicated as a national model.


The DeCARB project is a pilot designed to be implemented by a consortium of parties. The project seeks to bridge the gap between research and practice by accelerating carbon farming and developing carbon credits markets as tools for greening competitive and inclusive food value chains in Rwanda. The project seeks to contribute towards the development of the green commodity value chains. The project is designed with an action research and practice orientation and it harnesses qualitative, quantitative and market centric participatory tools to achieve set objectives. It is embedded along the 3 sustainability dimensions with an inclusive people component, profit and planet aspects. The value chain interventions are designed to achieve socio-economic benefits while the carbon farming, credits and markets development interventions are designed to achieve ecological/environmental sustainability.