GAFSP financing supports water harvesting infrastructure, including the study and construction of valley dams and reservoirs on selected sites. This leads to significant time saving and avoidance of back-breaking water collection activities, especially for women and children, as well as improving water access for livestock and sanitation.
GAFSP support improves hillside agricultural management to protect against erosion and enhance sustained crop productivity and ecosystem conservation. This includes soil conservation measures and infrastructures appropriate to different slope categories and downstream reservoir protection. The project also develops conveyance structures for hillside irrigation.
Reduce transfer and transaction costs
GAFSP strengthens farmer organizations through gendered community mobilization that also addresses the governance, management and market orientation of farmer organizations. This will allow for the success of Rwanda’s hillside intensification objectives through solid farmer-based institutions at the local, provincial, and national levels.
This operation finances extension services that address the most critical knowledge gaps of watershed producers.
Supporting mobilization of rural finance
GAFSP financing supports 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.