Rwanda

Country Profile
Rwanda
In Rwanda, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Rwanda and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
9.3
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
62
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Rwanda in 2015
Stunting
39.7
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Rwanda in 2015
Rural
73
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Rwanda (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
6.9
Percent
GDP growth (first three quarters of 2015); agriculture accounts for 33.4% of added value (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
80
Thousand
Producers using improved technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$28
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
543
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Rwanda
Land
16.5
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$13
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
Rwanda is increasing its agricultural productivity and promoting good nutrition practices.

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.

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