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Govt launches new IFAD project of worth $ 83 million to mitigate drought burden in Kayonza District.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) in collaboration with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) through Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) launched a new IFAD Project (KIIMP) to mitigate drought burden in Eastern Province. On the 15th of September 2020 at an event held in Kayonza District eastern province of Rwanda.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, said that KIIMP project comes as a lasting solution to the problem of water shortages in agriculture, livestock and households, for more than 50,000 (50,000) beneficiaries, including Women and Youth, affected by the drought in the Eastern Province. every year.

The KIIMP project will help directly, accelerate sustainable development goals (SDGs), in the fight against poverty, eradicate hunger, promote the principle of equality, create new jobs, meet economic needs, and protect the environment. Minister said

She mentioned that Since the first person was exposed to COVID-19 in Rwanda in March 2020, agricultural and livestock production has declined by one percent (1%), largely due to a 2% reduction in food production. %, and that of agricultural exports at the rate of 16%.

She concluded her speech by thanking IFAD on behalf of the Government of Rwanda for its continued cooperation in the development of Agriculture and livestock. 

The project will be implemented in two phases, with the first phase costing at least $20.93 million (about Rwf18.7 billion), while phase two will cost $59 million (about Rwf53 billion) According to Stephen Rwamulangwa The SPIU IFAD Coordinator

Based on the Ubudehe categorisation and consistent with the targeting strategy laid out in the Country Strategic Opportunities Programme, the project’s direct target groups will comprise about 50,000 poor and food insecure rural households, which represent 225,000 persons who belong to the poorest Ubudehe categories SPIU IFAD Coordinator say

The project will strengthen resilience to drought through investing in catchment rehabilitation, livestock and domestic water infrastructure development, and the establishment of efficient infrastructure management institutions.

Rwamulangwa said that it will consist of supplying water for livestock, catchment rehabilitation and protection of areas where rain fed agriculture is practiced, as well as carry out feasibility studies and Environmental Impact assessment studies for large irrigation schemes.

“The project will contribute to poverty reduction in the drought prone area of Kayonza District namely Gahini, Kabare, Kabarondo, Murama, Murundi, Mwiri, Ndego, Rwinkwavu. It will target about 50,000 poor and food insecure rural households,” he said.

It will improve the resilience of smallholder farmers to droughts and effects of climate change through increased levels of production and productivity of selected food and cash crops, livestock and improved market access and business development, he said.

Under the project, strategic commodities that are central to the main livelihoods of farmers in Kayonza District, include paddy maize, potatoes, soya, as well as horticulture crops. Some 58 per cent of all households are livestock farmers.

Since the Fund’s operations in Rwanda in 1981, it has supported more than 15 projects valued at more than $ 425 million.

Rwanda plans to continue to build lasting partnerships and good relations with IFAD, with a view for development, social and economic, as part of the 2050 vision.

From RYAF Communication

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