GAFSP financing will support water harvesting infrastructure, including the study and construction of valley dams and reservoirs on selected sites. This will lead to significant time saving and avoidance of back-breaking water collection activities, especially for women and children, besides improving water access for livestock and sanitation.
Land rights and land use:
GAFSP support will improve hillside agricultural management to protect against erosion and enhance sustained crop productivity and ecosystem conservation. This will include soil conservation measures and infrastructures appropriate to differing slope categories and downstream reservoir protection. The project will also develop conveyance structures for hillside irrigation.
Reduce transfer and transaction costs:
GAFSP will strengthen farmer organizations through gendered community mobilization that will also address the governance, management and market orientation of farmers’ organizations. This will allow for the success of Rwanda’s hillside intensification objectives through solid farmer-based institutions both at the local, provincial, and national levels.
This operation will finance extension services that will address the most critical knowledge gaps of watershed producers.
Supporting mobilization of rural finance:
GAFSP financing will support investments in improving rural access to financial services on a sustainable basis by developing savings, leasing, and value-chain financial products (including warehouse receipt and index-based weather insurance) in collaboration with financial institutions, increasing financial literacy, and promoting sustainable rural financial services.