Community Revenue Enhancement Through Agricultural Technology Extension (CREATE), 2013-2019
Donors: Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HEINEKEN International, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Partners: HEINEKEN, ProDev, World Food Program (WFP), Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARRI)
To reduce poverty in Rwanda through increasing agricultural capacity in rural households and limiting the dependency on imported commodities. The project aims 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
EUCORD is partnering with HEINEKEN and its subsidiary BRALIRWA to assist with the implementation of the Community Revenue Enhancement through Agricultural Technology Extension project otherwise known as CREATE. Support by the Ministry is used to: (a) integrate groups of smallholder farmers into BRALIRWA’s supply chain; and (b) train these farming families in good agricultural practices. This not only helps to substitute imported raw materials by local ones (thereby saving scarce foreign exchange resources) but also helps establish local supply chains, which transfer purchasing power from the urban middle class to the rural poor.
The CREATE Rwanda project aims to limit the dependency on imported maize in Rwanda. BRALIRWA uses maize grits as an adjunct which is supplied by a local miller, Minimex, which aside grits also produces maize flour for human consumption and animal feed. In order to meet Minimex’s maize needs, the amount of locally sourced maize needs to be increased to reduce the quantity of imported maize. The CREATE project is training farmers on improved agronomic practices, facilitating access to seed and fertilizer, arranging contracts between cooperatives and the buyer, and training farmers on post-harvest handling. The project also conducts demonstrations on new production technologies, such as the use of maize hybrids and micro-nutrients.
During the 2016/17 season, a total of 4,616 MT of maize was sold by CREATE networked cooperatives. In partnership with International Finance Cooperation, new activities started in 2015 to enhance the project’s impact by 1) building the management capacity of cooperatives; 2) establishing small-scale irrigation pilots with five cooperatives on 38 ha; and 3) improving cooperatives’ access to finance.