After Genocide perpetrated against Tutsi, Rwanda has recognized the tremendous achievements in sustaining Food Security. However, the country population are still struggling to afford and access the variety of food. The Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis - 2022 (CSFVA) reports that in Rwanda, food insecurity and malnutrition are mainly caused by limited consumption of nutritionally diverse foods (CSFVA, p. 9-10).
Western and Northern Provinces are dominated by the high number of food insecure households as the provinces are mostly stroked by natural disasters, especially landslides and floods that inhibit the food production. Moreover, farmers are not skilled to apply modern agricultural technics to enhance crop productivity. The recommendations drown from findings of assessment conducted by FXB Gakenke and Nyabihu districts suggested to initiate innovative approaches that support farmers to address challenges related to the lack of skills, cultural mindset and limited knowledge on application modern technologies that increase food value chain.
Funded by European Union, FOSTERING project is being implemented by FXB Rwanda and E4Impact leveraging both partners’ expertise in bringing the project to the success. The project intervenes in Promoting, skilling and educating 30 cooperatives of farmers on agriculture practices and Supporting local farmers to develop their businesses and link them to local markets.
The project will be successful when the following specific objectives are achieved :
(1)Smart climate change resilience and post-harvest loss reduction measures are enhanced,
(2) proved access to market for farmers and local cooperatives, and
(3) the capacity of farmers in addressing food security and nutrition (FNS) issues is enhanced.