75%Land area used for agriculture
12%Children are malnourished
63%Live below poverty line
The development strategies implemented after the 1994 genocide resulted in a 12 percent decline in extreme hunger and poverty between 2006 and 2011 according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Improving agricultural productivity at the household level was, and still is, a priority of the Rwandan government’s Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy.
Seventy-five percent of Rwanda’s land area is utilized for agricultural activities, making agriculture the primary economic activity. Seventy-eight percent of the country’s population relies on agriculture for their livelihoods, and yet this is the group most affected by poverty.
Sixty-three percent of the 11.78 million Rwandans still survive on $1.25 or less per day and about 12 percent of its children are malnourished. The country is rated 151 out of 187 countries on the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014).
Our Work In Rwanda
Our programmatic work is primarily aimed at increasing household income and farm productivity among project participants. Through building private- public partnerships with local farmers, we seek to enhance their participation in the value chain, while simultaneously empowering them to address their own development challenges. As we utilize our learning and replicate best practices, the end result can be seen in increased sustainable income and food security; improved environmental conservation; and enhanced social capital among the communities we serve.
Participation, Animal Ownership, Leadership Training, Business Acquisition
Post-harvest processing, Animal and crop management, Enterprise and Value Chain development
Cooperative development, Community networking, Passing on the Gift®
Vegetable gardening, Dietary diversification
Biogas, Improved cookstoves, Organic gardening, Water harvesting, Soil management
Programs and Projects
Sustainable Dairy Enterprise Development Project
Bugesera Regional Rural Infrastructure Support Project
Rwanda Integrated Dairy Cattle Project
Kirehe Community Based Watershed Management Project
East Africa Dairy Development Project (EADD)