The work of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in Rwanda is aligned with the Government of Rwanda’s Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA IV). AGRA works with partners and the Government of Rwanda to increase incentives for private sector participation and investment into the sector while also enhancing access to finance and markets; the adoption of climate smart technologies and use of inputs (seeds and fertilizer).
AGRA has worked in Rwanda since 2006 making investments in the areas of inputs and output markets and capacity building in research. In the first decade of our work, we invested US$ 9 in the agricultural sector with the following results:
|8 Phds and 26 MScs trained.
Supported the establishment of 4 seed companies.
|Supported the development and release of 18 varieties out of which 8 were commercialized.||Trained 300 agro-dealers through whom distances the farmer had to travel to access inputs reduced.|
|Trained 84,000 farmers on ISFM technologies, leading to 50,000 hectares being cropped using ISFM technologies.||Supported the training of 170,000 Smallholder farmers in governance, group dynamics and leadership.||Through AGRA’s support 63,000 MT of produce were aggregated at a value of US$ 21m.|
Our strategy and support for Rwanda from 2017 to 2021, built further on previous investments and impact to reach 410,000 smallholder farmers at an estimated cost of $22.8 million – 11.8 million of which have already been secured.
We have prioritized supporting the development of the seed sector given its central place in transforming the Agriculture sector. This is an area in which AGRA has strong comparative advantage to deliver impact.
AGRA’s work is across 11 countries and investments include:
Country support and policy engagement
Facilitate the creation of a conducive policy environment for private sector investments in the agricultural value chains and support the roll-out of PSTA4.
Scaling up system and farmer levels development
Expanding market access through value addition, structured trade, quality enhancement and aggregation; strengthening input markets in order to enhance access and adoption of technologies (seeds and fertilizers); and enhancing access to finance.
2.2 million invested in eight grants
69,739 farmers committed to date
18,964 farmers equipped with knowledge and skills in yield-raising technologies
28,798 farmers trained in post-harvest handling and storage
More than 11,705 MT of blended fertilizers processed, packaged and sold by local blenders
25 MT of certified bean seed and 27 MT of certified soybean seed produced by local companies
Support for government and private sector to produce commercial seed locally, reducing the need for imports
Commitment to increase the number of active agro-dealers to 2,000 by 2022
Ongoing support for Twigire Muhinzi network to increase demand for high-quality seed
Approved Grants 2017 - July 2019: $3,301,151
AGRA is a farmer-centered, African-led, partnerships-driven institution that is working to transforming smallholder farming from a solitary struggle to survive to a business that thrives.
In collaboration with its partners—including African governments, researchers, development partners, the private sector and civil society— AGRA’s work primarily focuses on smallholder farmers – men and women who typically cultivate staple crops on two hectares or less.
AGRA has learned a lot from efforts during its first 12 years and is now recognized across the continent as a strong voice for African rural development, a prosperous agricultural economy, and for supporting thousands of small African businesses and millions of African families to improve agriculture as a way to ensure food security and improve their livelihoods.
In its 2017-2021 strategy, AGRA is working with its partners to support 11 African countries and 30 million smallholder farm households (150 million individuals) to increase their incomes and improve their food security.
AGRA Rwanda Office
For more information, please contact Jean Paul Ndagijimana, AGRA Rwanda Country Manager at JPNdagijimana@agra.org