$50 million for the Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation Project (LWH) 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 supports 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 scales up the LWH Program, which is supported by other development partners including IDA, USAID, and CIDA. LWH 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.



The GAFSP Private Sector Window is also funding the AIF Processing Facility, a nutritious formula processing facility for babies and infants, and KCB Bank Rwanda to help farmer corporatives in Rwanda.


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.



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.


More Information

Selected Supervising Entity:

World Bank



  • Mr. Kevin John Crockford (Senior Rural Development Specialist, kcrockford@worldbank.org, +256-41-430-2207) based in Kampala.


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