Rwanda Feeder Roads Development Project  
Africa, RW
Status: Open
Specific Others Infrastructure Government Construction Infrastracture
Rwanda's economy depends mainly on agricultural production, which employs 90 percent of the labor force, but yet strives to meet the food and nutrition needs of the population. Improving district roads serves as a catalyst for rural development and facilitates the transportation and export of agricultural produce. For there to be economic growth, there must be a way to connect agricultural production and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to markets.

Rwanda has a road network of 14,000 km of which about 4,700 km is classified, and consists of 1,075 km paved national roads; 1,785 km unpaved national roads; and 1,838 km unpaved district roads. The unclassified roads (9,302km), which are predominantly earth roads, principally constitute the feeder roads network. However, these roads are in a dismal state, and are a major constraint to the mobility of the rural population. Farmers' transport to markets relies predominantly on human transport and Intermediate Means of Transport (IMT). Thus, with limited resources, investment in rural roads should be prioritized by the roads' ability to connect areas of economic growth.

  • - Involvement of various ministries: Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), and Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC). MINAGRI has the leading role in coordination and prioritization of feeder roads. MINALOC provides directives to the Districts for the development and maintenance of feeder roads, and carries out periodic monitoring and evaluation of activities. MININFRA and the Rwanda Transport Development Agency (RTDA) would be responsible for setting standards and supervising execution.
  • - Road network of 14,000 km with 4,700 km classified and 9,300 km unclassified
  • - Further guidance and clarification regarding specific roles and responsibilities for project implementation and management will be sought.
  • - Stronger planning collaboration for road investment between the various relevant government ministries.
  • - Increased agricultural production, ensured food security, and enhanced agricultural marketing. Improving livelihood of the rural population.
  • - Enhancement of all season road connectivity to agricultural marketing centers in selected districts, resulting in sustained and improved access for rural communities

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