Rwanda and Republic of Korea sign 10 million US Dollars to strengthen Agricultural Productivity and Market Linkages

Kigali, 29 September 2020—Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on behalf of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on behalf of the Republic Rwanda signed a grant agreement worth US$ 10 million (approximately Frw 9.6 billion) on 29 September 2020, for the implementation of the Sustainable Agricultural Productivity and Market Linkage Project (SAPMP).

The main objective of SAPMP is to strengthen sustainable agricultural productivity and market linkages through increased agricultural productivity of farmers and improved marketability of agricultural products within the project areas of intervention. SAPMP will be implemented based upon tripartite cooperation: KOICA, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources and the World Food Programme (WFP). The Project is scheduled to start from October 2020 to December 2024, and the total number of direct beneficiaries will be approximately 56,000.

In order to increase agricultural productivity, SAPMP will develop marshland and hillside at Nyiramageni site, Gisagara and Nyanza districts in the Southern Province. Throughout the project, it is expected that approximately 600 ha of marshland and 500 ha of hillside will be developed. The capacity building of farmers and agriculture infrastructure such as drying facilities and storages will be provided in order to increase the productivities of agriculture crops and their qualities.

“We express our gratitude to the Republic of Korea, particularly the Korea International Cooperation Agency for the News Detailscontinued support to the development agriculture sector in Rwanda. SAPMP comes at the right time when Rwanda has embarked on the fourth Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA IV),” said Hon. Dr Gerardine Mukeshimana, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).

“We expect SAPMP to boost smallholder farmer’s efforts to access markets, increase their productivity and become more profitable. There is no doubt that by investing in agricultural transformation and sustainable agricultural productivity, the future will be bright for Rwandan farmers,” She added.

While increasing agricultural productivity, SAPMP also seeks for ways of strengthening the marketability of produced agriculture products. This intervention will be mainly made in the areas of the recently completed KOICA funded project: Rural Community Support Project (RCSP). They are Ruterana in Muhanga District; Kajevuba and Ruzigambogo in Gasabo District; Kanyonyomba in Gatsibo District; Rwinkwavu in Kayonza District; Bwanya in Gicumbi and Gatsibo Districts and Gakenke in Gakenke District. By improving post-harvest capacity and broadening access to market and financial services, it is expected that SAPMP will enhance agriculture value chain in these areas and as well as strengthen the sustainability of KOICA project in Rwanda. Especially, a close cooperation will be made with WFP for this objective through its Farm to Market Alliance (FtMA) program.

About 13,019 households and approximately 56,000 people will directly benefit from SAPMP. Apart from them, the project will also benefit other value chain actors including users and operators of farming machineries, processing equipment and facilities, agro dealers and labourers in construction.

SAPMP is particularly keen on vulnerable groups who need more support from the project. The project target group consists of smallholder farmers and low-income households who cultivate up to 0.2-0.3 ha in marshland and 0.3-0.5 ha in hillside. The project will give specific support packages to them and monitor the extent to which the project target group access project benefits. SAPMP will also develop special measures to target women farmers, especially women heads of households, and resource-poor farmers with little land for cultivation to ensure their inclusion.

As a milestone project that comprises both agricultural productivity and marketability components, SAPMP will contribute in achieving Rwanda Vision 2050 and Sustainable Development Goals in Rwanda.