Rwanda has made remarkable progress since the tragedy of the 1994 genocide, enjoying strong economic growth rates, creating new business opportunities, and lifting people out of poverty. The country has seen average annual growth in incomes of nearly 6 percent since 2007.
Yet Rwanda—a small, landlocked country with the highest population density in Sub-Saharan Africa—remains one of the world’s poorest countries. About 63 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day, with almost 40 percent living in extreme poverty on less than 90 cents per day.
Agriculture is the foundation of the Rwandan economy and employs 70 percent of the labor force. However, agricultural
Results by the numbers
Rwanda’s sound policy environment, solid growth record and macroeconomic stability provide a strong foundation for Feed the Future implementation. Rwanda has committed itself to generating sustained agricultural growth, including increasing the share of the national budget allocated to agriculture from 3 percent in 2006 to 10.7 percent in 2013.
Rwanda’s investments appear to be paying off. Since 2007, annual agriculture growth has averaged over 5 percent. Rwanda has demonstrated the same level of commitment to tackling undernutrition, launching its Emergency Plan to Fight Malnutrition and a national strategy addressing pre and postnatal care to reduce all forms of malnutrition.
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Rwanda.
Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Rwanda.