The World Bank conducts bi-annual implementation support mission for SAIP Project

The World Bank team has concluded Implementation Support Mission for Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Food Security Project (SAIP).

This time, due to COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, the Implementation Support Mission was held virtually where SAIP team and representatives from Food Agriculture Organization (FAO) to review progress achieved in implementation of the project activities against all components since the last mission in October last year.

The virtual meeting also reviewed all SAIP components, sub-components and their specific technical issues.

As part of the implementation support mission, the World Bank team also held virtual meeting with senior officials from the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

“The progress made by SAIP is quite outstanding despite working under COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. We are impressed by what has been done so far by SAIP team and stakeholders,” said Winston Dawes, the World Bank Task Team Leader of SAIP.

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 December2018, 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 is consolidating, sustaining and scaling-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.