$50 million to increase productivity and commercialization of hillside agriculture through research and extension, water and land management, agricultural value chains, and expanded access to finance.
GAFSP will support the Government’s Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH) Program, which is a two-phase program to implement improved land husbandry and increase productivity in 101 watersheds covering 30,250 ha of land. GAFSP support is scaling up the LWH Program, which is supported by other development partners including IDA, USAID, and CIDA. The LWH Project uses a modified watershed approach to introduce sustainable land-husbandry measures for hillside agriculture on selected sites, as well as developing hillside-irrigation for sub-sections of each site. The project envisions the production of high-valued horticultural crops with the strongest marketing potential on irrigated portions of hillsides, and the improved productivity and commercialization of rain fed food and export crops on the rest of the site catchment areas.
Interactive Map: Rwanda
This interactive map of Rwanda shows existing pilot sites, GAFSP-funded scale-up sites and additional potential scale-up sites of the LWH project. The map overlays sub-national poverty data, rural development data, demographic indicators and other information relevant to the program, like areas susceptible to flood, landslide and drought.
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The project invests in water harvesting infrastructure, including valley dams and reservoirs on the selected sites.The dams will vary in size, though most will be under 20 meters high and will each inundate about 6-8 hectares on average. Water storage allows for irrigated crop production for 100 days on average, permitting a second crop during the dry season. When zoomed in to the existing project locations, the map shows three different zones that together comprise each project area: the irrigated command area, which is protected by a dam and has been transformed from marshland into crop land; the non-irrigated hillside command area catchment, where hillside soil conservation measures are applied to protect the irrigated command area from landslides; and the water catchment area with the reservoir that collects and retains run-off water from the catchment areas.
Selected Supervising Entity:
Mr. Mark Austin (Task Team Leader (Senior Operations Officer), firstname.lastname@example.org, +250-252-591-314 ) based in Kigali.
Mr Valens Mwumvaneza (Rural Development Specialist, email@example.com, +250-252-591-307) based in Kigali.
Official Project Documents:
GAFSP Specific Project Paper - Latest Version February 10, 2011 (pdf)
Restructuring Paper- July 20, 2011 (pdf)
Originial Project Appraisal Document- November 23, 2009 (pdf)
ActionAid Rwanda Field Report - May, 2011 (pdf)
ActionAid Video: GAFSP Project Yields Pathways Out of Poverty - July 20, 2012 (link to YouTube)
ActionAid Video: A Rwanda Farmer's Story on Fighting Hunger - June 10, 2011 (link to YouTube)
World Bank Video: Rwanda and Togo - April 10, 2011
Letter from Minister of Finance
Agriculture Investment Plan 2009-2012
Agriculture Sector Investment Plan 2009-2010