PROFARM: Promoting an integrated farming system around sunflower, maize and vegetables to stimulate resilient agriculture and nutrition security for smallholder farmers in Rwanda (2023-2027)
Donor: European Commission
Partner: Rural Development Initiative
the overall objective is to ensure sufficient, sustainable food production and economic security in Rwanda by Promoting an integrated farming system around sunflower, maize and vegetables to stimulate resilient agriculture and nutrition security for smallholder farmers in Rwanda.
What we do
The main target groups are 60 farmers' cooperatives gathering a total of about 12,000 members producing cereals, vegetables and sunflower including 60% women and 20% youth in three districts, Burera and Gicumbi in Northern Province and Rehang in Southern Province.
Specifically, the Action will contribute to improving local production and availability of good quality and affordable food, as well as. improved nutrition, and will help to increase income by linking farmers to guaranteed markets and improve the livelihoods and nutritional status of local communities.
The 42 months project will be led by EUCORD and in partnership with the Rural Development Initiative (RDI), the local co-applicant. RDI is a civil society organization created in Rwanda in 2012 to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities by creating sustainable income and livelihood opportunities by promoting innovations that create positive changes in communities, in particular for youth and women in rural communities.
- Climate smart agriculture and forestry practices enhanced.
- Improved knowledge and awareness of communities, with a specific focus on pregnant and lactating women, on health and nutrition.
- Increased access to markets and financial services for targeted cooperatives.