The World Bank team has concluded 2nd Implementation Support Mission for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP).
The team which comes twice a year was led by Winston Dawes, the World Bank Task Team Leader of SAIP for a one-week “support mission” to review progress achieved in implementation of the project activities against all component since the last mission.
The delegation together with representatives from Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) met with SAIP staff to examine the Project and how it is taking shape to achieve its development objective by reviewing all the components, sub-components and their specific technical issues.
As part of the implementation support mission, the team met senior officials from the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.
The team also conducted field visits, in Muyanza site, Rulindo District and Small Scale Irrigation Technologies (SSTI) model farm in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province.
At the end of the mission, the World Bank team prepared a joint-report with the SAIP team on the required actions and activities that would further facilitate the achievement of the development objectives over the remaining life of the project.
SAIP kicked off its intervention activities in December last year, with an aim of supporting farmer's efforts to increase agricultural productivity in a more sustainable way.
The Government of Rwanda signed a Grant Agreement between the World Bank, acting as administrator of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), and the Republic of Rwanda for the financing of SAIP.
The main development objective of SAIP is to increase agricultural productivity, market access, and food security of the targeted beneficiaries in the project areas
Currently, SAIP is implemented in eight districts: Rulindo, Rwamagana, Karongi, Rutsiro, Kayonza, Nyanza, Gatsibo, and Nyabihu, however, the project implementation will expand to other areas during implementation as required by the Government of Rwanda and in agreement with the World Bank Group.
The 5-year Project will also strengthen the development of sustainable market linkages and value addition, through increased performance and commercialization of selected value chains; vegetables and fruits for domestic, regional and international markets, maize for domestic and regional markets, Irish potatoes for domestic and regional markets while beans for domestic markets.
The project will consolidate, sustain and scale-up the efforts undertaken by the recently completed projects- Land Husbandry Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation (LWH) project and the Third phase of the Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP3).
SAIP is implemented under the four components; 1. Institutional Strengthening, Agriculture Productivity Enhancement, and Nutrition Improvement, 2. Irrigation and Water Use Efficiency, 3. Market Linkages and Value Addition Investment Support and, 4. Project Management and Technical Assistance.
The SAIP implemented under Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU) will support the Government's efforts to accelerate growth in the agricultural sector and further to reduce poverty.