Rwanda

Beatrice Mukakizima. Photo: Elin Larsson
Beatrice Mukakizima. Photo: Elin Larsson
We help improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Rwanda by teaching agroforestry methods and strengthening the capacity of farmer organisations. Our work empowers farmer families to reduce poverty, hunger and deforestation, and increase biodiversity.

NOTE: Vi Agroforestry will phase out of Rwanda. Learn more here.

Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills, is a small country in East Africa known among other things for its scenic nature. Official sources estimate that about 70 percent of the people of Rwanda make their living from agriculture, and that two thirds of them are smallholder farmers. Yet engaging in farming can be a challenge in a country with a population density of about 500 people per square kilometer of land area (World Bank 2018).

We teach sustainable agricultural land management practices to help farmers keep their lands moist and fertile, get better yields, stop soil erosion, and be more resistent to the effects of climate change. We also empower farmer families by teaching gender equality and we help them set up savings and loans groups since many of them lack access to banking services. All our work is carried out together with local partners, mostly farmers’ organisations. We help our partners be strong, independent and effective at all levels so that they may serve the interests of smallholder farmers in the best possible ways.¬†All our work is carried out under the umbrella of the Agroforestry for Livelihood Empowerment programme, in short the ALIVE programme.

Vi Agroforestry has a country office in the capital, Kigali. We work closely with local partner organizations in the Gakenke, Rulindo and Gicumbi districts in the Northern province, the Kamonyi and Nyamagabe districts in the Southern province, the Kayonza district in the Eastern Province, and in the Gasabo district in and near Kigali city.

 

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