The High Commissioner of Rwanda delivered a keynote address at the Global Summit on Sustainable Agriculture 2024 in Singapore, focusing on innovative practices to boost household income and reduce emissions.

Singapore, 1 July 2024 – The High Commissioner of Rwanda, H.E. Jean de Dieu Uwihanganye, delivered a keynote address at the Global Summit on Sustainable Agriculture 2024. The event gathered experts and leaders from around the world to discuss the future of sustainable farming practices.

In his address, the High Commissioner highlighted several sustainable agriculture practices that are being implemented in Rwanda to improve household income and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These practices include agroforestry, soil and water conservation, organic farming, integrated pest management, and climate-smart agriculture.

Agroforestry, which involves the integration of trees and shrubs into crop and livestock farming systems, was emphasized as a key strategy for enhancing biodiversity and soil health. Soil and water conservation techniques are being adopted to prevent erosion and maintain the fertility of the land. The promotion of organic farming is helping to reduce the reliance on chemical inputs, thus fostering a healthier ecosystem.

Integrated pest management (IPM) was another critical practice discussed, aimed at minimizing the use of synthetic pesticides through the adoption of biological controls and other sustainable methods. Climate-smart agriculture (CSA) practices are being introduced to adapt agricultural methods to the changing climate, ensuring long-term resilience and productivity.

The High Commissioner also stressed the importance of community involvement and education in implementing these practices, noting that local farmers are being trained and supported to adopt sustainable methods that not only enhance their livelihoods but also protect the environment.

The Global Summit on Sustainable Agriculture 2024 provided a platform for sharing innovative solutions and fostering international cooperation to address global agricultural challenges. Rwanda’s proactive approach to sustainable agriculture serves as an inspiring model for other nations seeking to balance economic development with environmental stewardship.

Source: Rwanda High Commission in Singapore