Heifer Rwanda

Land area used for agriculture

Children are malnourished

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).

7,697 Families
Were Assisted in FY2014

Livestock Placed In FY2014

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.

Francois Karegeya
Francois Karegeya (44), his wife Esperance Mukaresanga (37) and their children in front of their goat pen in Rwengobazeri, Rwanda.
  • Women’s Empowerment

    Participation, Animal Ownership, Leadership Training, Business Acquisition

  • Increased Income

    Post-harvest processing, Animal and crop management, Enterprise and Value Chain development

  • Social Capital

    Cooperative development, Community networking, Passing on the Gift®

  • Nutrition

    Vegetable gardening, Dietary diversification

  • Environment

    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)

Project Partners

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • African Development Bank
  • Rwanda Trading Company
  • Bóthar
  • Government of Rwanda
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Heifer International Rwanda

Heifer International Rwanda

KN 5 RD 16 Airport Road Remera Gasabo P.O. box 4785 Kigali, Kigali - Rwanda

T: (250) 252-58993

E: heiferrwanda@heifer.org

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