Nyanza 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.

Maize grown in the rain-fed area

The site is located in Nyanza District, Southern Province. It is 1 hour drive from Kigali city.

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

Out of the total area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies, 1,200Ha are subjected to rain fed agriculture, 471Ha gross area in the command area was developed for hillside irrigation.

Irrigation in the command area. Improved irrigation systems have enabled farmers to access enough water to secure bumper harvests and, now they are shifting to cultivation of higher export-value crops.

Irrigation canals in the command area.

Due to sufficient water for irrigation, farmers have become more commercial and profitable by producing crops that are demanded by local, regional and international markets.

In the site, there are 4,700 Farmers’ households (2,346 males & 2,354 females). Farmers have been organized into 259 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 18 zones. SHGs have since formed 3 strong and dynamic cooperatives, and 1 Water Users Association (WUA).

Farmers in Self Help Group (SHG) meetings. Belonging to SHG has laid a foundation for sustainable social and economic development.

One of the Nyanza cooperative leadership committee 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).

The project has equipped farmers with 7 post harvest storage facilities, 4 dryers and 8 horticultural produce collection centres with charcoal coolers and 1 horticultural produce with a cold room.   

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.

All these post harvest facilities have significantly contributed towards increased yield and the reduction of post-harvest losses.