Nyabihu 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.
Rain-fed area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies. Land treatment has significantly contributed to soil erosion control.
The site is located in Nyabihu District, Western Province. Its 2 hours drive from Kigali city.
Out of the total area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies, 811Ha are subjected to rain fed agriculture.
Farmers have been trained to apply the required fertilizers and improved seeds in order to realize good yield through maintaining the soil fertility. SAIP is strengthening farmer’s ability to access improved agricultural inputs.
Irish potatoes grown in the rain-fed area. Farmer’s yield has more than doubled due to improved agricultural practices..
In the site, there are 7,651 Farmers’ households (5,203 males & 2,448 females). Farmers have been organized into 301 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 17 zones. SHGs have since formed 2 strong and vibrant cooperatives.
Farmers in Self Help Group (SHG) meetings. Belonging to SHG has laid a foundation for sustainable social and economic development.
The project also supported farmers with the construction of 2 post harvest storage facilities and 2dryers.
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.
Sacks of Irish potatoes yield a head of marketing. Strengthening farmers’ access to markets has enhanced their efforts to adopt new practices, increase their productivity and become more profitable.
Post harvest facilities have helped farmers to improve food production and reduce post-harvest losses.