Rwamagana 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. Farmers have been supported to strengthen the food system and advance sustainable farming practices.

The site is located in Rwamagana District, Eastern Province. It is 34 minutes drive from Kigali city.

Out of the total area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies, 661Ha are subjected to rain fed agriculture, 267Ha gross area in the command area was developed for hillside irrigation.

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

Irrigation canals in the command area

Farmers irrigating crops 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.

In the site, there are 5,606 Farmers’ households (2,974 males & 2,632 females). Farmers have been organized into 249 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 19 zones. SHGs have since formed 2 strong 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 Rwamagana cooperative leadership committee taking an oath of office after being elected. Farmers have formed cooperatives to promote social harmony and achieve equitable economic growth.

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).

Post harvest storage facilities have been constructed to minimize post-harvest losses.

Strengthening farmers’ access to markets has enhanced their efforts to adopt new practices, increase their productivity and become more profitable.

The project has equipped farmers with 3 post harvest storage facilities, 3 dryers and 2 horticultural produce collection centres with charcoal coolers. Post harvest facilities have helped farmers to improve food production and reduce post-harvest losses.