Canadian Baptist Ministries is supporting Association des Eglises Baptistes au Rwanda (AEBR) with a three-year agriculture and livelihoods project in Ngoma District, Eastern Province, Rwanda. In Ngoma District, recurrent food insecurity is predominately caused by drought, climate change, unfertile soil leading to poor crop production.
As many households in the area are farmers, these effects are leaving households with insufficient food supplies. Households cope by selling off assets, harvesting immature crops, purchasing food on credit, and reducing food intake. This project aims to reduce these coping mechanisms by improving food security through training and support on a conservation agriculture plus approach.
Farmers will be trained on integrating soil fertility measures and diversifying food production as well as working to improve post-harvest and marketing strategies to improve food availability year-round and income-earnings.
In addition, AEBR will world with local stakeholders in the communities to advocate for greater conservation agriculture support in the agriculture sector as well as remove barriers that prevent farmers in these communities to succeed in their livelihoods. Over the three years, the project aims to benefit 1,200 households (5,520 individuals).