Gatsibo site is one of the Sustainable Agriculture Intensification and Food security Project (SAIP) intervention sites across Rwanda. SAIP’s main development objective is to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and food security of the targeted beneficiaries in the project intervention areas across the country.
Maize grown in the rain-fed area. Improved agricultural practices have led to increased yield, improved incomes and livelihoods of farmers.
Beans grown in the rain-fed area
Gatsibo site is located in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province. It’s 1 hour and 50 minutes drive from Kigali city. Out of the total area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies, 405.90Ha are subjected to rain fed agriculture, 45Ha gross area in the command area was developed for hillside irrigation.
Developed Nyakagezi Irrigation system in the Project area, helps farmers to irrigate crops grown in the command area.
Farmers irrigating crops in the command area. Water availability has enabled farmers to focus more on higher export-value crops.
In the site, there are 1,084 Farmers’ households (1,187 males & 617 females). Farmers have been organized into 87 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 7 zones. SHGs have since formed 1 strong and dynamic cooperative, and 1 Water Users Association (WUA).
Farmers in a Self Help Group (SHG) meeting. Belonging to a SHG has the potential to empower members through the provision of knowledge, skills, motivation, and competencies that underpin sustainable agriculture.
One of the cooperative leadership committee taking an oath of office after being elected. Cooperatives are playing a crucial role in the hunger and poverty alleviation, in the promotion of social harmony and in the achievement of more equitable economic growth.
WAUs are responsible for water management techniques including, rehabilitation of irrigation network canals, supervision of water distribution, pricing and water rights systems in order to conserve water and achieve higher water efficiency productivity among beneficiaries (farmers).
One of the constructed storage facilities. As harvesting period begins, farmers are encouraged to ensure proper post-harvest practices to help reduce the incidence of post-harvest losses.
Grain drying and storage facility constructed in Gatsibo. This structure enables farmers to improve their capacity to meet market needs and also promote quality of the produce.
The project has equipped farmers with 3 post harvest storage facilities, 4 dryers and 1 banana produce collection centre. All these post harvest facilities have significantly contributed towards increased yield and the reduction of post-harvest losses.