Eric Rukebesha is a 26-year-old hailing from Rwanda, who is currently establishing his career in the world of Seed Technology and Business Training at One Acre Fund.
Eric’s philosophy revolves around the advancement of society and community development, underpinned by an unwavering commitment to prioritize the well-being of society, irrespective of the associated costs and sacrifices. His dedication within the space is channeled towards the realization of a developed society marked by the elimination of hunger and poverty, coupled with resilience in the face of climate change.
Eric’s work is guided by a profound spirit of community engagement. In addition to his role at One Acre Fund, Eric is actively engaged in the Iwacu Grow Green initiative where is collaborating with dedicated and energetic young people like himself, together, they equip youth in high schools with knowledge about sustainable gardening practices and the cultivation of a climate-conscious mindset.
We spoke to Eric and he shared with us his key takeaways from the Capacity Building Workshop that we held at the end of August in Nairobi. According to Eric, the workshop was a great learning experience without notable challenges.
- What were the most valuable insights or skills that you gained during the training sessions?
The training sessions and agenda proved to be incredibly enriching, providing an invaluable space for exploring a diverse spectrum of knowledge resources. Throughout the sessions, we delved into a wide range of topics, spanning from the intricate science behind climate change to a deep understanding of the workings of UNFCCC. Additionally, we explored the pivotal role of indigenous knowledge in tackling climate challenges, as well as received guidance on mentorship and proposal development.
- What would you say was the most exciting thing about the workshop for you?
I found the exploration of indigenous knowledge regarding climate change to be particularly enlightening. The realization for me was that decisions concerning climate change should not rely solely on scientific evidence but should also be informed by the indigenous knowledge of the affected regions. This indigenous wisdom can be evidenced through diverse indicators, encompassing abiotic, biotic, and behavioral elements. For example, farmers possess a vital ability to forecast weather patterns by observing animal behavior, particularly that of insects. This skill equips them with the power to predict the intensity of droughts and flooding events.
- Did you experience any challenges during the workshop?
I’m pleased to report that I encountered no challenges during the workshop. I’d like to express my gratitude to AYICC, CYNP, and AGNES for their exceptional planning and execution, which ensured the seamless running of the entire event but also for the considerations that were made for participants who are differently abled to ensure that they had access to the training rooms and all the different facilities of the venue.
- Share with us a specific experience that demonstrates the impact of the training for you going forward.
Since the workshop, I’ve continued to nurture strong connections with my fellow trainees and our expert trainers while engaging in a collective journey aimed at exchanging valuable information and seizing opportunities.
In terms of organizational and career development, we’ve strategically decided to incorporate indigenous knowledge into our planning processes. This integration informs our approach to training young students, who are the primary focus of our efforts through the Iwacu Grow Green initiative.
As AYICC, in Eric’s journey, we discover hope and inspiration, urging us all to seize the opportunities for collaboration, empowerment, and growth in our collective pursuit of a more sustainable and resilient world.
As we reflect on Eric Rukebesha’s impactful journey encompassing Seed Technology, Business Training, and Climate Action. Eric’s steadfast dedication to community development, coupled with his zeal for climate resilience, stands as a testament to the importance of commitment and collective action. It serves as a reminder that individuals like Eric, actively engaged in initiatives such as Iwacu Grow Green, have the potential to ignite a transformative ripple effect that extends well beyond their immediate communities.
The Capacity Building Workshop, abundant in knowledge and insights, has equipped Eric and his fellow champions with the tools to seamlessly integrate indigenous wisdom into their work. This underlines the notion that solutions to climate challenges can emerge from a harmonious amalgamation of scientific understanding and traditional knowledge.