Kayonza 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.

The site is located in Kayonza District, Eastern Province. It is two hour’s drive from Kigali city. Out of the total area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies, 875Ha are subjected to rain fed agriculture, 420Ha gross area in the command area was developed for hillside irrigation.


Treated land with comprehensive land husbandry technologies in the command area.

Horticultural crops grown in the rain-fed area.

Water retaining dam has been constructed in the Project site in Kayonza to provide farmers with reliable and sufficient water for irrigation throughout the year.

In the site, there are 3,319 Farmers’ households (2,138 males & 1,181 females). Farmers have been organized into 171 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 15 zones. SHGs have since formed 1 strong and vibrant cooperative and 1 Water Users Association (WUA).

Farmers in a Self Help Group (SHG) meeting. Belonging to SHG has laid the groundwork for a thriving, sustainable development that can help farming families lift themselves out of poverty

One of the Kayonza cooperative leadership committee taking an oath of office after being elected. Cooperatives have helped farmers to strengthen their position in the food chain and enable members to better market their produce, get a higher return for it and find new outlets for it.

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).

Members of the Water Users Association (WUA) learning more details from the Project engineers about water management - allocation/distribution and infrastructure maintenance.

The project also supported farmers with the construction of 3 post harvest storage facilities, 7 dryers and 1 banana produce collection centre. 

Grain drying and storage facility constructed in the Project area. This structure enables farmers to improve their capacity to meet market needs and also promote quality of the produce. 

Post harvest storage facilities have been constructed to reduce the incidence of post-harvest losses. 

Improved agricultural practices have given farmers the ability and hope to harvest increased yield for better livelihoods.

Post harvest facilities have helped farmers to improve food production and reduce post-harvest losses.