Uhira Wunguke (Irrigate to Win), 2018 - 2021
Donor: Achmea Foundation
The project’s goal is to pilot sustainable financing solutions within 19 cooperatives over 3 years for the introduction of water efficient irrigation technologies in Eastern Rwanda. The grant will target 19 cooperatives in eastern Rwanda, helping to build collateral, which will allow them to procure the equipment through a loan rather than a donation. The project will help address market constraints by improving the productivity of food and high value crops, introducing affordable and water-efficient irrigation technologies, and securing financing windows for farmers to gain access to much needed capital loans. The overall result will strengthen the resilience of agricultural activities and counter the negative impact of climate change.
What we do
The combined services EUCORD proposes will support farmers in solving the unending negative cycle created by the lack of access to finance/access to irrigation/access to markets which causes weak agricultural growth:
- Access to finance: advise on financing models /solutions; linking cooperatives to MFIs; building financial capacities of cooperative members.
- Access to irrigation: on-farm demonstrations of irrigation equipment; advise on low cost and context customized water efficient irrigation technologies; linking farmers to irrigation service providers; stimulate supply chain of low cost irrigation technologies, training farmers on use and maintenance of irrigation equipment.
- Access to markets: capacity building on agricultural practices to improve production and marketing, management and finance to better access markets; linking farmers to markets/buyers.
In Rwanda, the key objective of the project is to support farmers in gaining access to sustainable financing solutions in order to introduce affordable water efficient irrigation technologies. To date and despite the Covid-19 challenges, Uhira Wunguke has achieved 7 major results :
- The development of financing solutions for irrigation equipment acquisition in collaboration with ICCO Cooperation
- 117 managers from 19 cooperatives, including 51 women (43%) were trained on financial management and marketing
- 2,058 farmers from 19 cooperatives, including 982 women (48%) were trained on vegetable production and good agricultural practices
- A micro-finance institution (COPEDU) loaned USD 39,860 to 9 cooperatives to purchase irrigation equipment
- 13 irrigation demonstrations on vegetables production were established
- 41 ha out of a targeted 150 ha are under irrigation
- During the 2019 dry season more than 55,000 EUR in gross revenue was generated from the sales of fresh beans by 6 cooperatives