Rwanda has made remarkable progress since the tragedy of the 1994 genocide, enjoying strong economic growth rates, new business opportunities, and drops in the national poverty rate. The country’s gross domestic product saw real average annual growth of nearly 7 percent between 2010 and 2014.
Yet Rwanda—a small, landlocked country with the highest population density in Sub-Saharan Africa—remains one of the world’s poorest countries. About 62 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day.
Agriculture is the foundation of the Rwandan economy, accounting for 33 percent of gross domestic product, 80 percent of employment, 63 percent of
Results by the Numbers
More than 80,000 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices on their farms last year with Feed the Future’s help.
Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on nearly 16,500 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
Feed the Future-supported producers increased the value of their agricultural sales over the past year by nearly $28 million.
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 percent in 2014.
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
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Rwanda.
Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research Development (BHEARD)
Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWSNet)
HarvestPlus Iron-Fortified Beans Activity
Integrated Improved Livelihood Program
Land Husbandry, Hillside Irrigation and Water