Uhira Wunguke (Irrigate to Win), 2018 - 2020
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. The Uhira Wunguke (Irrigate to Win) project has contributed significantly to solving the problem of weak agricultural growth caused by the lack of access to finance and therefore the insufficient access to irrigation. Uhira Wunguke has achieved 6 major accomplishments so far, as the project is still in its early stages:
- A draft MOU has been shared with ICCO/Rwanda to collaborate on the development of financing solutions for irrigation equipment.
- 12 out of 19 targeted cooperatives have mobilized 50% of the irrigation cost through granted irrigation subsidy by government.
- 11 cooperatives have applied for loans to mobilize the remaining 50% to fully cover irrigation total cost.
- More than USD 20,000 have been loaned to 7 cooperatives by MFI (COPEDU) to purchase irrigation equipment.
- 12 cooperatives have signed a buying contract with off-takers (exportes of vegetables).
- 40 ha out of 150 ha will be cultivated during this drying season (from end June through September 2019).