Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Peace and Development Network (PDN) with a five-year agriculture and livelihood project in Kayonza, Bugesera, Ruhango, Burera, and Gicumbi districts, Rwanda.
Despite agriculture being a critical sector in Rwanda’s economy and society, farmers face many challenges to succeed which impedes their food security. In some of the project areas, 30% of households face food insecurity. Farming challenges include farmers’ capacity to invest in agriculture, lack of infrastructure, climate change, gender inequality, and lack of knowledge and skills to face these challenges.
Over five years, this project will work with farmers to address these challenges and improve food security by providing access and training on conservation agriculture, nutrition, kitchen gardens, gender, and family conflict, as well as village and savings loans associations establishment. Additionally, PDN will work with local government leaders to increase local capacities and support for conservation agriculture and agriculture extension support systems that farmers can access long-term.
Over five years the project aims to reach and benefit 6,500 households (approximately 31,850 people).