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GAFSP Project Yields Pathway Out of Poverty for Rwandan Farmers

This project is the Karongi district of Rwanda. GAFSP was launched in April 2010, and embodies many of the principles of aid effectiveness, including country ownership, a strong monitoring and evaluation element, and provisions to ensure transparency and civil society participation. So far, $1.2 billion has been pledged to GAFSP from 8 donors: Australia, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Ireland, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US. Recipients have included Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Haiti, the Gambia, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Togo. One of the innovations of the GAFSP is its governance structure. It is governed by a Steering Committee that includes 12 voting members (the aforementioned 6 donors, along with 6 developing country governments), as well as 11 non-voting but fully participating members. Non-voting members include three civil society representatives (including a farmers organization leader from Africa and Asia); three representatives from the United Nations system; and representatives from the five development banks which serve as the supervising entities for GAFSP projects.


 

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  • Nutrition