More than 40,000 smallhold farmers throughout the country have so far benefited from the farmer’s livelihood projects aimed at improving the lives of farmers in the country, through strengthening the agricultural value chain.
The projects-farmer’s initiative forum -run by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in conjunction with the Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARI), have seen farmers increase their production.
According to Emma Kambewa the program officer for Market Access at AGRA, the partnership has seen increased production, access to markets and farmers being in position to work together.
We have invested in a complete value chain since we realize that one component of the value chain cannot help Rwandan farmers to realize a revolution in the sector” Kambewa said on March 10.
Kambewa said that the project will also focus on increasing farmers’ access to improved seed varieties and Integrated Soil Fertility Management (ISFM) practices and link them to input markets. This will be done through capacity building for 79 maize and 21 beans cooperatives- with over 20.000 members.
AGRA aims to improve the farmers’ productivity and the challenge of food security not only in Rwanda but in Africa as a whole as it looks to build capacity in the sector, said Daniel Adero, AGRA’s head of communications.