The International Trust was set up to support Scottish Young Farmers in their aim to achieve international travel goals over 40 years ago and has since proudly sent over 800 young people destinations across the world in order to benefit from opportunities of forming long-lasting relationships, experience once-in-a-life-time challenges such as sailing or touring safaris and embarking on journeys further afield such as China.
Following the initial trip by Trustees in 2017 to Rwanda, relationships were formed and from Scottish Government’s assistance, the trust became increasing keen to invest in a new programme to support developing countries. Visiting the country and planting the first 1,000 trees of the 100,000 Rwandan Young Farmers tree planting programme are; Jim Montgomerie (International Trust), David Lawrie (National SAYFC Chair), Catherine Sloan (Bankfoot), Lucy Mitchell (West Fife) and Katie Burns (Kilmaurs).
There is a real opportunity for the group to highlight the career opportunities within farming to the youth of Rwanda. In preparation for his trip, Jim Montgomerie (International Trust Secretary and Treasurer) stated:
“For a country which has faced such devastation turmoil, the enthusiasm, energy and optimism of the country’s young people in their demand for governance, prosperity and friendship is astounding. The ambition, perspective and opportunities that Rwanda as a country offers is truly unique.”
The Scottish team have embarked on a trip incorporating meetings with the ‘Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum’ (RYAF) and the country’s Agriculture Minister. These meetings are to gain better insights into Rwandan farming practices and their government funding as well as agreeing a formal Scottish & Rwandan Young Farmers partnership agreement.
The agreement will outline the future focus on the development of RYAF members through plans for an ongoing exchange programme between RYAF and SAYFC and continued support through regular communications and updates.
Their trip will also include an exciting Agakara Safari!