The Key thermatic priorities of the strategic plan (2018 - 2022) include:
- Ecological Viability: Rwanda’s food security challenges are formidable. This is due to the fact that most of the agriculture today is still rain fed. Introducing rainwater harvesting as well as irrigation of crops will greatly enhance food security. It is also true that what crops need is not rain but water and therefore individuals and Government have to invest heavily in water management and use for irrigation as a coping measure to drought and climate change.
- Technology Transfer: The importance of food and agriculture to Rwanda is undisputable. Agriculture is the economic mainstay of majority of the households. It accounts for approximately 30% of the GDP and employs about 69% of the labour force (NISR 2014). Agriculture will be central for the structural transformation of the national economy, contributing to economic growth, exports, jobs creation, increased land and labour productivity. It is therefore imperative that investment in technology (both the soft and hard) will be crucial to realize this transformation. The use of farm machinery such as hand operated for steep terrains and tractors for ﬂat terrains will be necessary in land preparation while use of fertilizers and hybrid seeds will be crucial in raising the yield. In post- harvest handling and management, environmental friendly handling equipment will be crucial in reducing losses such as hermetic bags, plastic and metallic storage silos just to mention a few.
- Social Transformation: There are many smallholder farmers who are increasingly beneftting from increased income as a result of linking them to markets. It is necessary that a deliberate effort is made to raise awareness on productively reinvesting the additional income. Among the key activities will include raising the payment of Mituelle de Santé (MUSA), tackling malnutrition and improvement in individual and household health. The Field offcers will be responsible for spearheading this campaign with support from the M&E offcer.
- Economic Sustainability: The goal of the Rwandan economy is to sustainably improve human well-being and quality of life. What many community members seek are opportunities to be created, taking away bottlenecks that prevent them from using their human and economic potential to the fullest. They will then be able to move out of the vicious cycle of poverty and become productive economic actors. Market access is an opportunity for smallholder farmers to access high prices for the produce and also to take advantage of benefts across the value chain
- Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Enhancement: Emphasis will be placed in building the capacity of staff, the board so as to effciently deliver on the strategic plan. The board will receive training on governance and accountability skills. The staff will receive training in diverse thematic areas including fnance management, management skills and technically relevant training. The institution will acquire equipment to support the implementation work. The strategy will also focus on acquisition of suffcient fscal resources, adequate equipment to help implement programs and cover administration costs.
Major Achievements (Since 1995)
- Reception and Reintegration of Rwandese returnees (new and old case load as defined then) by providing them with basic human needs like water, shelter, food, seed and preparing them to begin a self-reliant life of producing their own food and starting income generating activities. Over 10,000 families were supported.
- Support the rehabilitation and re-construction of schools, health centers, water supply lines that were vandalized during the war or due to neglect with financing from different funding organizations. These activities provided the initial basic needs that local rural communities needed on their journey towards self-reliance. Ten School, five health centers and four gravitational water supply lines were rehabilitated, expanded and equipped.
- Support to the construction of new settlements (known as Imidugudu), working closely with the authorities for the re-distribution of Agricultural land, protection of the environment through forest restoration. 3000 houses were built and 1000 hectares of land planted with trees.
- Provision of Vocational and Technical skills to youth and other vulnerable members of the community. Over 6000 students have been trained and over 70% are in gainful employment.
- Support to farmers Cooperatives by strengthening their capacity in governance, administration, production and post-harvest management skills and linking them to input suppliers, finance and markets among others. Over 30,000 small holder farmers organized in Cooperatives have benefitted from this support and their average income has been growing over the period.
- Support to one cow per family program by distributing over 300 dairy cows, 500 goats and 3,000 dual purpose poultry to poor families. Over 500 families benefited from this program.
- Support to the reduction of mal-nutrition and stunting among children below the age of five by raising awareness among affected families and providing nutritive food support. Approximately 17,360 Pregnant and Lactating women and 13,888 children Under-two years old have benefitted from this program.
- Support to Climate change adaptation and mitigation by introducing drip irrigation farming in green houses, planting of trees and raising awareness among school children by involving them in designing dissemination messages and reaching out to a larger population in the communities. Over 2000 school children were involved, a study on traditional methods of coping with climate change published and five cooperatives assisted to start greenhouse farming.
- Adaptation and mitigation through technology transfer, capacity building to local rural farming communities to help them cope with challenges created by Climate change but also build their income base by using harvested water for agricultural production of high value crops. About 15,000 people will benefit from this project.
The Organization implements projects drawn from the new strategic plan (2018-2022) which is picked from where the last strategic plan (2013-2017) left off.
The annual work plan is basically extracted from the strategic plan and the 2018 Annual work plan is hinged on the just ended strategic plan, the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1), Vision 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by states including the Government of Rwanda.
The present annual work plan for 2019 has been prepared taking into account of the past and the actual Strategic Plan 2018 - 2022 experiences and best practices drawn from previous projects.
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