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The projects are organized by priority areas (CPF)

Priority Area A: Improved food security and human nutrition among Rwandan Population

Enhancing development of commercial aquaculture in Rwanda

Enhancing development of commercial aquaculture in Rwanda

Objective: This TCPf has the aim to established and increase the network between youth in agribusiness in Rwanda and key stakeholders, to enhanced the agribusiness skills of youth and enhance their motivation to engage in agribusiness, and to strengthened understanding and capacities at ministerial level to provide adequate capacity development to youth in existing programmes

Description: The overarching goal of the EDPRS 2 is growth acceleration and poverty reduction through different thematic areas. Youth employment has been determined to be one of the most urgent ones to address in order to reduce poverty in the country and further accelerate growth. One of the four thematic areas that are prioritized in the EDPRS 2 states that: ‘Promote productivity and youth employment with the aim of creating 200,000 jobs annually’.

Given that over a third of Rwandans are aged 15 to 34, youth employment is a critical policy issue and, arguably, for the Rwandan economy to flourish and to achieve its objective of becoming a middle income country by 2020, the youth cohort has to be given special attention. The Rwanda Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) states that although looking back Rwanda has been performing well to most of the MDG’s, there is more effort needed to create more employment for women and youth. The focus is to push off-farm employment, which is also addressed by moving more towards creating formal employment in agriculture, such as the development of agri-businesses.

While skills development is mainly under the coordination of the education sector, it is important to note that the skills offered should be responsive to the needs of the labor market. The youth sector itself also needs to play its supportive role through mobilization to develop capacities among youth for employability and entrepreneurship towards economic sufficiency. Job generation for young people through modernizing agriculture, increasing agri-business and strengthening of the youth associations has been determined by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) as one of the main priorities to address in order to rebrand the agriculture sector and increase the number of youth needed to rejuvenate an aging sector. In this respect, MINAGRI supported the establishment of the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) in the beginning of May 2016, together with the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT).

FAO is now supporting RYAF, on request of MINAGRI with the support, ranging from technical capacity development skills in agribusiness to organization of study tours, organizing a stakeholder meeting to increase their professional and financial network, but also helping RYAF set up a physical office and working with them on their online information provision to their youth members.

Implementation period: August 2016-July 2017

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI)

Donor: FAO

Budget: 98.981 USD

Geographical coverage: National

Project code: TCP/RWA/3601/C1

Non-Timber Forest Products to Food Security in Central Africa

Non-Timber Forest Products to Food Security in Central Africa

Objective: The project’s sector objective is to contribute to improving the living conditions and food security of households that depend on the forest, particularly the most vulnerable groups. Its specific objectives are to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) in Central Africa, specifically in Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Rwanda, Burundi and Sao Tome & Principe.

Implementation period: February 2014 – December 2016

Donor: BAD and FAO

Budget: Euros 3,589,587 ( for all 5 countries not only Rwanda)

Geographical coverage: Regional

Project code: GCP/RAF/479/AFB

Strengthening youth roles and access in the agricultural sector in Rwanda

Strengthening youth roles and access in the agricultural sector in Rwanda

Objective: This TCPf has the aim to establish and increase the network between youth in agribusiness in Rwanda and key stakeholders, to enhanced the agribusiness skills of youth and enhance their motivation to engage in agribusiness, and to strengthened understanding and capacities at ministerial level to provide adequate capacity development to youth in existing programmes.

Description: In Rwanda, youth employment has been determined to be one of the most urgent ones to address in order to reduce poverty in the country and further accelerate growth. One of the four thematic areas that are prioritized in the national Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy II (EDPRS 2) states that: ‘Promote productivity and youth employment with the aim of creating 200,000 jobs annually’.

Job generation for young people through modernizing agriculture, increasing agri-business and strengthening of the youth associations has been determined by the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) as one of the main priorities to address in order to rebrand the agriculture sector and increase the number of youth needed to rejuvenate an ageing sector. In this respect, MINAGRI supported the establishment of the Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum (RYAF) in the beginning of May 2016, together with the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT).

RYAF is currently a nation-wide platform for youth engaged in agribusiness with elected representation in all district and over 1,200 members throughout the country, which are all youth who are engaging in agri-business. FAO works closely with RYAF, providing them with a wide range of support under the TCP facility. Examples of this support include:

 

  • Expanding and solidifying the network of RYAF: stakeholder meetings, facilitating linkages to financial sector, improving coherence within RYAF
  • Strategic support: Mapping of gaps and opportunities for youth in agribusiness in Rwanda, development of strategic plan 2017-2022.
  • Organizational and legal support: branding and development of communication material, obtaining legal status, office supplies, setting up physical secretariat
  • Capacity building and information dissemination: development of customized ICT tools and capacity building trainings on its use, study tours to successful members of RYAF

 

Implementation period: August 2016-July 2017

Donor: FAO

Budget: 98.981 USD

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI)

Geographical coverage: National

Project code: TCP/RWA/3601/C1

Strengthening the impact of Rwanda’s VUP-Public Works and beneficiaries’ graduation out of poverty

Strengthening the impact of Rwanda’s VUP-Public Works and beneficiaries’ graduation out of poverty

Objective: The project is part of FAO’s support to the Government of Rwanda in creating more coherence between social protection and agriculture with the aim to contribute to poverty eradication. Through strengthening existing initiatives of the Government of Rwanda in their Public Works programme through improving the agricultural aspects, the project contributes to the sustainability of more extreme poor people in Rwanda graduating out of poverty.

Description: In delivering the Government of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 targets, the overall objective of their Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy II (EDPRS 2) is to increase the quality of life of all Rwandans through rapid and sustainable growth and accelerated poverty reduction. Rwanda has a strong focus on graduation out of poverty in its social protection strategy. 

The Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC) as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) have both indicated the urgent need to better exploit the synergies in increase coherence between social protection and agriculture in order to contribute to poverty reduction. The expression of this need was also fuelled by a case-study research carried out by FAO on rural women’s economic empowerment and social protection of the VUP Public Works (VUP PW) component in collaboration with Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA) and further elaborated on during a high-level policy dialogue organized by FAO, MINALOC and MINAGRI in 2016.

FAO worked in close collaboration with MINALOC and MINAGRI to identify 3 concrete areas of intervention where support from FAO could make a substantial difference, through a catalytic TCP. These areas of interventions are focused on ‘Strengthening the impact of Rwanda’s VUP-Public Works and beneficiaries’ graduation out of poverty’. Activities in the TCP build on the ongoing pilot ‘Minimum Package of Graduation out of Poverty’ (MPG), implemented by LODA. The MPG consists of an asset transfer in the form of small livestock to VUP PW beneficiaries, as well as a case-support model and linkages to financial services and opportunities.

The 3 intervention areas of the project focus on improving VUP PW MPG through increasing coherence between social protection and agriculture, while also addressing nutrition and gender equality. The support contributes to the goal of increasing the number of people who sustainably graduate out of poverty. The identified areas are:

  1. Support LODA in developing a livelihood profile of beneficiaries, to subsequently design agricultural additions to the MPG in accordance with the actual needs of the VUP PW beneficiaries, and to pilot implementation of design.
  2. Capacity development of selected beneficiaries on nutrition and agribusiness skills.
  3. Facilitate linkages and capacity development of social protection case workers and agricultural extension workers. Sensitization on nutrition-sensitive and gender-sensitive social protection.

The project is implemented on central level at mentioned Ministries and affiliated agencies, as well as on the field in 4 selected sectors in the districts Nyabihu, Gakenke, Rubavu and Rulindo. Actual implementation of activities starts in April 2017.

Implementation period: December 2016-May 2018

Partner: Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC)

Donor: FAO

Budget: 347.000 USD

Geographical coverage: Nyabihu, Gakenke, Rubavu, Rulindo

Project code: TCP/RWA/3602

Priority Area B: Agriculture and livestock productivity through sustainable natural resource management adapted to climate changes.

Support for Enhancing Small scale irrigation technologies in Rwanda.

Support for Enhancing Small scale irrigation technologies in Rwanda.

Objective: The overall objective of the project will be to foster economically and financially sustainable, socially inclusive and equitable, environmentally responsible and private-sector-driven SSIT development, particularly in the Eastern Province of the country. The project specific objectives include increasing farm productivity, rural incomes and employment along the SSIT value chain.

Description: In 2014 the Government of Rwanda adopted the “Subsidized Farmer led Small Scale Irrigation Development Program” to better manage critical water resources and increase productivity. The program will improve the resilience of small farmers by developing 20,000 ha of affordable and sustainable irrigation technologies (SSITs). Since the majority of agriculture production in Rwanda is rain-fed and takes place on small and fragmented farms, these technologies will safeguard cultivation against drought and be applicable to the small scale farm. Higher food and cash crop productivity will improve food security and alleviate poverty. Currently the FAO is providing technical assistance and capacity building in irrigation technologies in Kirehe, Nyagatare, and Kayonza districts. Farmers and cooperatives receive FAO support through SSI equipment and trainings on how to conduct SSIT farming as a business including farm planning, technology operation, harvesting, marketing, and trade of produce.

Implementation period: 2 years (01 June 2015 – 31 May 2017)

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI)

Donor: FAO

Budget: 389,000 USD

Geographical coverage: National

Project code: TCP/RWA/3504

Restoration of Degraded Lands through forest and landscape restoration (FLR) and sustainable food and agriculture (SFA)

Restoration of Degraded Lands through forest and landscape restoration (FLR) and sustainable food and agriculture (SFA)

Objective: To improve sustainability of agriculture while preventing further degradation of natural resources and improve institutional coordination. As the restoration of degraded land plays an important role in the sustainability of agriculture, there is much to gain from building synergies between FLR and SFA

Description: Rwanda is one of three SFA lead countries world-wide. In 2011, Rwanda committed to restore 2 million hectares of degraded land as a pledge toward the Bonn Challenge, a global commitment to restore 150 million hectares of degraded land by 2020. A consultative process for promoting SFA/FLR was channeled as follows:

In June 2014 FAO and IUCN in collaboration with MINAGRI and MINIRENA partnered on how to build modalities and synergies between Sustainable Food and Agriculture (SFA) and Forest and Land Restoration (FLR) for coordinated action across the agriculture and natural resources sector. In November 2014, a national workshop identified four priority areas for action: institutional coordination; agricultural intensification and the associated natural resources management; finance and marketing; ownership and professionalization. (The conclusions of the workshop were endorsed by the Agricultural Sector Working Group (ASWG) on the 17th of December 2014)

In June 2015, a workshop was organized “Towards a Forest and Landscape Restoration National Action Plan in Rwanda’’ – aimed at building modalities for a coordinated action across the agriculture and natural resources sector, and had four areas of focus: (1) Governance, institutions and enabling environment, (2) Research and innovative technologies, (3) Public and private investments and partnerships, and (4) Priority actions at ground level.

Implementation period: 2015-2018

Partner: MINIRENA & MINAGRI

Donor: FAO

Budget: USD 276,500

Geographical coverage: Rulindo District

Project code: FMM/GLO/112/MUL/Baby5

FAO Safety Net Intervention Program in support of vulnerable households affected by landslides and floods in Rwanda

FAO Safety Net Intervention Program in support of vulnerable households affected by landslides and floods in Rwanda

Objective: Support quick recovery of the affected households and improve food and income security for men, women, boys and girls of floods and landslides affected small scale farmers in Gakenke district through a more resilient and climate smart agriculture approach

Description: The floods and landslide destroyed 3,447 hectares of agricultural land cultivated with rice, beans, bananas and maize, completely destroyed 2,317 houses and rendered about 13,500 people homeless. Another 1,366 houses were partially damaged adding to 3,683 households in need of accommodation. Among the human casualties there were 34 deaths and 38 persons with serious injuries as well as 777 animal deaths. Most of the damaged crop was due for harvesting within the next one month and the affected families now depend mainly on the generosity of host families to access immediate food needs. Such households will struggle over the coming seven months to meet their basic food and non-food needs for more than 4000 families (approximately 25,470 individuals) in Gakenke.

FAO launched the CERF project to create Opportunities for vulnerable households who are engaged through cash for work rehabilitation on croplands and protection of riparian river course areas over the next 3 months. Agricultural inputs were distributed to vulnerable small scale farmers in affected communities to improve soil fertility, enhance recovery from the disaster by increased productivity and later income generated.

Implementation period: 09 Aug 2016 - 31 Jan 2017

Partner: Ministry of Disaster management and Refugee affairs

Donor: CERF

Budget: 941,127 USD

Geographical coverage: Gakenke District, Northern Province

Project code: OSRO/RWA/601/CHA

Priority Area C: Value chain development and private sector investment as a basis for boosting commercialized agricultural development.

Roots and Tubers project

Roots and Tubers project

 

Objective: To improve the livelihoods of small producers engaged in the roots and tubers value chains through the promotion of linkages to domestic and regional markets.

Description: In Rwanda the project focuses on the Irish potato sector in order to contribute to increased food security and incomes of small producers. The project will enable Small producers have access to climate risk management instruments and information services and finance. The competitiveness of potato value chains is strengthened by improving inclusive business models, sustainable intensification of production, SMEs capacity and farmer’s organization’s Capacity.

Implementation period: September2014 to August 2018

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture  / Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs /  SNV Rwanda

Donor: EU

Budget: Euros 766, 532

Geographical coverage: Northern Province and Kigali City.

Project code: GCP/RAF/448/EC

Promoting Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Diversification to Reduce Poverty, Fight Malnutrition and Enhance Youth Employment Opportunities in Eastern Africa.

Promoting Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Diversification to Reduce Poverty, Fight Malnutrition and Enhance Youth Employment Opportunities in Eastern Africa.

Objective: Creating decent employment opportunities for young women and men in the agricultural sector in order to: (i) improve their income and own access to food; (ii) increase the availability of locally produced eggs and fish, and improve their access for vulnerable children through school feeding programmes; and (iii) increase the overall productive capacities of both the poultry and aquaculture value chains; this project contributes directly to FAO’s SO1and RI1 to contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in the target areas which could be only achieved by addressing the market failures in the sector that is the production of seeds and feeds, intensive training and better use of land and water (SO2) and therefore to the RI2. This project is particularly linked to the SO3; Youth in Agriculture with decent employment has been the social connector and strategic platform to achieve the above mentioned SO1, SO2 and RI2.

Description: The Rwandan poultry component of the African Solidarity Trust fund project came at a period of rampant cases of a lack of employment for young men and women and malnutrition faced by vulnerable households among other life challenges. The project supports 25 young entrepreneurs (girls and boys) and 200 vulnerable households mainly women-headed and grouped into 8 small groups to establish poultry farm units for egg production, as well as to improve their families’ nutrition by adding eggs in their diet. Contribution is in the form of start-up production input Kits and intensive training with technical assistance to train the young farmers in multifaceted technical aspects including mentoring on entrepreneurship, business, nutrition and associativism among other topics.

For this time, it is clear that this program has a very high level of achievement due to the interest of the beneficiaries and governments because of the yields and income resulting from the first cycle of production. The success of their work opens up the potential for their poultry farming as a new lifestyle of doing small-scale business with dreams of expansion to a whole new wider scale, as well as enriching their families’ diets with proteins from the eggs. This brings livelihood benefits for smallholder farmers, who are mainly widows, single mothers, and youths having previously been characterized with unemployment, depression, isolation, poverty and diseases. It was introduced to address high unemployment rate among the youth in the country which now stands at 3.3% (between16 and 30 years) and in contribution to ending poverty and improving the livelihoods of Rwandans. The project has contributed to improving nutrition of Rwandan households where currently child Malnutrition in rural areas stands at a rate of 40% and 27 % in urban areas. 

Implementation period: November 2014 – September 2017

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources MINAGRI) | RAB

Donor: African Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF)

Budget: 800,775 USD

Geographical coverage: National - Districts of Bugesera, Gakenke, Gisagara and Ruhango

Project code: GCP/SFE/001/MUL

Enable women to benefit more equally from agri-food value chains

Enable women to benefit more equally from agri-food value chains

Objective: To increase food security through agri-food systems which are more inclusive, efficient and which address gender inequalities.

Description: The project is aimed to support countries in addressing the specific barriers that limit rural women’s participation in agri-food value chain and their access to local and national markets. The programme integrated strategy is based on three main areas of intervention: 1) capacity development; 2) institutional and policy advocacy; 3) knowledge sharing. In synergy with various international and local organizations, the Programme contributes strengthening the capacities of women’s organizations and cooperatives as well as of potential and existing entrepreneurs to effectively participate in agri-food value chain and to upgrade their roles therein.

The Programme is relevant to FAO’s Strategic Programme 4 (SP4) which aims to improve the inclusiveness and efficiency of food and agricultural system and specifically to output 2.3: ‘value chain actors are provided with technical and managerial support to promote inclusive, efficient and sustainable agri-food chains’. The programme is in line with FAO’s Policy on Gender Equality, which aims to achieve equal access for women and men to resources, services, markets, and income and employment opportunities.

The Programme is relevant to FAO’s Strategic Programme 4 (SP4) which aims to improve the inclusiveness and efficiency of food and agricultural system and specifically to output 2.3: ‘value chain actors are provided with technical and managerial support to promote inclusive, efficient and sustainable agri-food chains’. The programme is in line with FAO’s Policy on Gender Equality, which aims to achieve equal access for women and men to resources, services, markets, and income and employment opportunities.

In Rwanda , the project concentrate on the establishment and the strengthening of women-led dairy cooperatives in four selected districts of Rwanda, namely: Rwamagana, Kayonza, Gicumbi and Nyagatare. Supported women are equipped with the appropriate managerial, organizational and technical know-how to operate dairy cooperatives in an efficient, profitable and sustainable way. The project will also contribute realizing women’s entrepreneurial potential through a dedicated enterprise development scheme tailored to their needs and focusing on diversification, innovation, quality and marketing. Particularly, the project supports women-led milk bars as key conduits to inform and sensitize communities on nutrition and food safety. In line with the ‘household methodology’ approach, the project will create a consensus on women’s participation at the household and community levels through specific sensitization and information sessions.

Implementation period: August 2016 – January 2018

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Ministry of Local Government (MINALOC ), Rwanda Housing Authority (RHA)

Donor: FAO

Budget: 281.370 USD

Geographical coverage: National

Project code: FMM/GLO/103/MUL

Priority Area D: Institutional collaboration and knowledge sharing in addressing agricultural development, food security and poverty actions.

Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

Accelerating Progress toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

Objective: The project aimed to ensure women smallholder farmers have access to and control over productive resources and services critical to food security and nutrition; and enhancing their agricultural know-how and role in agricultural value chains for increased production and productivity, promote rural women’s increased income to secure their livelihoods, focuses on supporting rural women’s livelihood strategies, enhancing their income opportunities along the food value chain, supporting women-led entrepreneurship and promoting their linkages to high value markets. Rural Women’s enhanced leadership and participation in their communities and in rural institutions, and in shaping laws, policies and programmes promotes their agency in producer organizations and local governance.

Description: The overarching goal of this 5-year joint global programme is to secure rural women’s livelihoods and rights in the context of sustainable development and the post MDGs, based on four outcome areas: improved food and nutrition security; increased income to secure their livelihoods; enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes; and gender responsive policy environments for the economic empowerment of rural women.

Implementation period: 15 October 2012 – 14 October 2017

Donor: FAO, IFAD, UN WOMEN and WFP

Budget: US$ 35,000,000

Geographical coverage: Nyaruguru district, Southern Province, Rwanda.

Project code: UNJP/RWA/032/UNJ

Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)

Capacity Development for Agricultural Innovation Systems (CDAIS)

 

Objective: The project objective is to strengthen existing and/or support the establishment of the national capacity development vision, and action plan based on assessed capacity development needs.

Description: Capacity development is highlighted as an essential element by several Regional Declarations and policy commitments such as the Renewed Partnership of End Hunger – Regional Initiative in Africa, the High level Meeting Road Map established with the African Union/NEPAD and Lula Institute, the CAADP results Framework and Africa Agenda 2063 and the Science Agenda articulated in the 2014 African Year of Agriculture and Food Security. Therefore, capacity development supporting the Government’s vision is key priority in the FAO-Government Country Programming Framework (CPF) and the EU programme.

As The CDAIS project aims at making agricultural innovation systems (AIS) more efficient and sustainable in meeting demands of farmers, agri-business and consumers, taking into account the different dimensions of capacity development (CD) (Individuals, organizations and enabling environment) as well as functional and technical capacities.

To achieve the set objectives, the project is to: a) develop a shared vision of CD for AIS among partners in the country, b) develop CD for AIS action plans based on country-led Assessments, c) establish a mechanism/platform for advocacy, dialogue and action plan on CD for AIS, d) improve capacity for strengthening capacity in AIS, e) improve capacity for joint innovation by local/national value chain partners, f) improve the organisational culture, practices and procedures of key stakeholder organisations and review, analyse, document, synthesise and exchange at global level the lessons learned

Implementation period: November 2015 - December 31, 2018

Partner: EU / AGRINATURA / MINAGRI / RAB / NAEB / NCBS / WDA / UR /

Donor: European Union

Budget: 264,818.46 USD

Geographical coverage: National

Project code: GCD/GLO/626/EC

FMM - Agricultural Services and Digital Inclusion in Africa

FMM - Agricultural Services and Digital Inclusion in Africa

 

Objective: The project is aiming to contribute to the implementation of ICT4RAG strategy (2016 – 2020) and Smart Rwanda Master plan; considering the key priority agreed upon with Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT).

Description:

  • Poverty, unsustainable management of natural resources, distressed migration, food insecurity and conflict are all connected. About 75% of the world’s poor live in rural areas and most of them depend – partly or entirely – on agriculture for their livelihood. 90% of the world’s 570 million farms are owned by smallholders. However, these are often not considered as main players in the agricultural sector and investments in small-scale agriculture and technologies for the rural poor have been neglected. Their ability to benefit from the increasing demand in agricultural products is hampered by limited access to agricultural inputs, services, information, technologies, sometimes combined with poor infrastructure. They also tend to be more affected by crises and disasters, whether it is natural or man-made.
  • Malnutrition went down from 20% to 17% of the global population, but has increased in absolute terms from 840 million to 925 million people between 1990 and 2010. Almost half of those affected by malnutrition are children (Global Hunger Index, 2010). The highest levels are found in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. (IFPRI). From 3.5 to 5 million children under five years old die from malnutrition in developing countries each year (MSF).
  • Internet and digital usage has increased rapidly in the last 15 years; the global internet population has grown to 3.4 billion (46% of the world population). More people now have mobile phones than electricity, clean water, or sanitation , and millions are now better connected, increasing access to new or better products and services with a positive impact on their livelihoods and the economy. In 2015, 89% of the world urban population and 29% of the world rural population have 3G coverage. In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that the usage rates of 3G and above will reach 38% in 2020 (from 20% in 2015). However, the impact of these technologies are not all positive, increasing inequality between those who use them and those who can’t, widening rewards for people with skills and access, while upping the penalties for those not having them. These inequalities are reflected too between industrialized and agricultural economies, urban and rural areas and the digital divide affects women and youth even more . ITU estimates that there are some 250 million fewer women online than men and the global Internet user gender gap grew from 11% in 2013 to 12% in 2016, and is as high as 31% in the world's Least Developed Countries.
  • FAO and its partners are involved in the development and implementation of digital inclusion initiatives and the scaling up of innovative digital services. Bringing solutions closer to the needs of poor households in Africa and other regions is a direct contribution to poverty reduction and food security i.e. SDG1 and SDG2. ICTs help maximizing the impact of existing rural advisory services, financial services, social protection programmes. ICTs facilitate access to markets, information and entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Digital inclusion initiatives address the barriers to mobile internet adoption through infrastructure and policy, affordability, digital literacy and availability of local content. This project focuses on the latter two. It will make useful data, information and statistics available and accessible as digital services to the rural poor. Four information and advisory services (mobile applications) will be developed.
  1. “Cure and Feed your livestock”: An application providing real time information on animal diseases control and animal feeding strategies.
  2. “e-Nutrifood”: An application providing information on production, conservation and consumption of nutritious foods.
  3. “Weather and Crop calendar”: An application combining information on weather forecasts, crop calendars and alert systems.
  4. “AgriMarketplace”: An application that will connect producers, traders and consumers to facilitate trade and access to inputs.

The applications will be developed initially for use in Rwanda and Senegal and later adapted in the other countries as well.

A particular emphasis is going to be put on needs of young, self-employed entrepreneurs, female headed households, breaking down the barriers for access and use of information through digital technologies. This project is part of a broader FAO - CIO initiative that leverages the knowledge of FAO and its strategic partners in the mobile world, promoting digital inclusion for smallholders and family farmers.

Implementation period: October 2016 2016- December 2017

Partner: Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) and Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT)

Donor: FAO – CIO

Budget: 350.000 USD

Geographical coverage: National coverage with one year pilot and testing in Rulindo District

Project code: FMM/GLO/116/MUL