Community Revenue Enhancement Through Agricultural Technology Extension (CREATE), 2013-2018
Donors: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Heineken International, International Finance Corporation
Partners: Heineken, RWARRI
To reduce poverty in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone through increasing agricultural capacity in rural households and limiting the dependency of imported commodities. We aim to rebuild agricultural production and increase food security by linking smallholder farmers to urban markets, restoring essential social services, and rebuilding local community cohesion and infrastructure.
What we do
Agriculture employs about 88 percent of the economically active population in Rwanda and is the main earner of foreign exchange, supplying up to 80% of exports. However, agriculture production is hindered due to issues of soil fertility and erosion. Soil fertility has deteriorated dramatically over time due to land scarcity and Rwanda’s high population density. Fertilizer use, both organic and inorganic, also remains low. EUCORD is partnering with Heineken International and its subsidiaries to assist with the implementation of the Community Revenue Enhancement through Agricultural Technology Extension project otherwise known as CREATE. Support by the Ministry will be used to: (a) integrate groups of smallholder farmers into Heineken’s supply chain; and (b) train these farming families in good agricultural practices. This will not only help substitute imported raw materials by local ones (thereby saving scarce foreign exchange resources) but also help establish local supply chains which will transfer purchasing power from the urban middle class to the rural poor.
The new project will mainly focus on assisting the organization of farmers’ groups or farm cooperatives, facilitation of access to improved seed and fertilizer, arranging for contracts between farmer groups/cooperatives and BraMin, facilitating maize collection, and drying and long distance transport. Farmers also will be trained in improved drying, shelling, grading and storage techniques. The project will carry out on-farm demonstrations to introduce the most promising maize varieties and hybrids and make efforts to distribute improved maize varieties to farmers.