Rwanda gets Rwf 32.2b in Agri­cul­ture

East African Business Week - - FRONT PAGE - BY EABW RE­PORTER

Ki­gali, RWANDA- Rwanda’s lat­est agri­cul­tural re­sults have earned Rwf 32.2 bil­lion from the UK De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID) and the World Bank.

In the last 12 months, the Govern­ment of Rwanda de­liv­ered some im­pres­sive re­sults in agri­cul­ture. Over 40,000 hectares

(ha) of land have been pro­tected against soil ero­sion, over 8,000 ha put un­der ir­ri­ga­tion, and av­er­age crop yield for cas­sava, milk and cof­fee in­creased. The use of new agri­cul­tural in­no­va­tion tech­nolo­gies was en­hanced and lend­ing to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor and the de­sign of an Agri­cul­tural Man­age­ment In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (MIS) in­creased. These re­sults will help im­prove the lives of farm­ers in Rwanda, in­crease farm pro­duc­tiv­ity and house­hold food se­cu­rity as well as sup­port eco­nomic growth. DFID and the World Bank have con­trib­uted to these re­sults through a Rwf.32.2 bil­lion credit to the Govern­ment of Rwanda’s Agri­cul­ture Pro­gramme for Re­sults. This is the lat­est pay­ment as part of the joint World Bank, DFID, Agri­cul­ture Pro­gramme for Re­sults (Pforr). The pro­gram sup­ports the de- liv­ery of re­sults un­der the GOR agri­cul­tural strat­egy (PSTA III) which aims to in­crease and in­ten­sify the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the Rwan­dan agri­cul­tural and live­stock sec­tors and ex­pand the de­vel­op­ment of value chains. “We are de­lighted to pro­vide pay­ment for the solid progress made in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor. Sup­port­ing agri­cul­ture con­tin­ues to be one of the most ef­fi­cient ways to gen­er­ate in­clu­sive growth and re­duce poverty in Rwanda” said the heads of DFID and the World Bank in a joint state­ment. “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the GOR to help sup­port the trans­for­ma­tion of sec­tor and in par­tic­u­lar, as the GOR starts to de­sign the next agri­cul­tural strat­egy (PSTA IV), to help cre­ate the con­di­tions for in­creased pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor to drive fur­ther growth in the sec­tor and the wider econ­omy.”

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