Rutsiro site is located in Western Province in both Rutsiro and Karongi Districts, in the adjacent of Congo-Nile 2 kms from the main road from Kigali city to Karongi town. It is 2 hours and 30 minutes drive from Kigali city. 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.

Irish potatoes grown in the rain-fed area. Farmer’s yield has more than doubled due to improved agricultural practices.

Out of the total area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies, 161Ha are subjected to rain fed agriculture, 107Ha gross area in the command area was developed for hillside irrigation.

Command area treated with comprehensive land husbandry technologies. Land treatment has significantly contributed to soil erosion control.

In the site, there are 1,381 Farmers’ households (738 males & 643 females). Farmers have been organized into 69 Self Help Groups (SHGs) spread across 5 zones. SHGs have since formed 6 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.

Due to improved agricultural practices, farmers have tremendously doubled and tripled their crop yields eventually leading to improved lives and incomes.

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 Rutsiro to minimize post-harvest losses.

Farmer’s produce in one of the storage facilities. Farmers are encouraged to use post harvest facilities to minimize the incidence of post harvest losses.

The project has equipped farmers with 4 post harvest storage facilities and 4 dryers. Post harvest facilities have helped farmers to improve food production and reduce post-harvest losses.