Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation Project  
Status: Open
Agriculture Commodities / Utilities Industrial Goods
Higher agriculture productivity has been the main driver of growth and poverty reduction over the last decade (2002-2012). Although the share of agriculture in GDP decreased significantly over the past decade, agriculture remains the backbone of the Rwandan economy in terms of employment and income generation for the majority of households (73 percent). Driven by increased investments in agricultural inputs, land use consolidation and infrastructure, agricultural production at household level more than doubled during the past decade.
The project uses a modified watershed approach to introduce sustainable land husbandry measures for hillside agriculture on selected sites, as well as developing hillside irrigation for sub-sections of each site. The Project will have three components:

Component A: Capacity Development and Institutional Strengthening for Hillside Intensification. This component aims to develop the capacity of individuals and institutions for improved hillside land husbandry, stronger agricultural value chains and expanded access to finance.

Component B: Infrastructure for Hillside Intensification. This component will provide the essential ‘hardware’ for hillside intensification to accompany the capacity development and institutional strengthening activities of Component A.

Component C: Implementation through the Ministerial SWAp Structure. This component aims to ensure that project activities are effectively managed within the new SWAp structure for ministerial implementation of programs and projects at MINAGRI.

The project has succeeded in organizing all farmers in LWH sites into over 1,000 self-help groups (SHGs) which are also grouped into higher level organizations at the zone level which are also federated into cooperatives. So far, 5 cooperatives have been formed in 9 LWH sites. The project has ensured effective extension services to the beneficiaries in collaboration with Ministry agencies and NGOs by providing training of trainers to all lead farmers in critical areas to boost their productivity. This includes training on crop production, integrated pest management, post-harvest and marketing. As a result, yields in LWH sites have increased by 30 percent, 167 percent and 219 percent above their national average for maize, beans and Irish potato, respectively

haves
  • - Modified watershed approach to introduce sustainable land husbandry measures for hillside agriculture on selected sites, as well as developing hillside irrigation for sub-sections of each site.
wants
  • - Credit to finance the costs associated with a scale-up of the impact and development effectiveness of the LWH project
visions
  • - To increase the productivity and commercialization of hillside agriculture in target areas in the country.

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