Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

7 March 2014

Rwanda: AGRA Set to Strengthen Agricultural Value Chain

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has held a farmer's initiative forum aimed at improving the lives of farmers in the country through strengthening the agricultural value chain.

The project, carried out in conjunction with the Rwanda Rural Rehabilitation Initiative (RWARI), has so far benefited more than 40,000 smallholder farmers throughout the country. The project will also increase farmers' access to improved seed varieties and ISFM practices linking them to input markets.

"With these projects farmers will have access to available markets through a new SMS platform on their mobile handsets that will avail them with new markets and prices," said Daniel Adero, AGRA's head of communications.

AGRA aims to improve the farmers' productivity and the challenge of food security not only in Rwanda but in Africa as a whole as it looks to build capacity in the sector.

"The partnership between AGRA and RWARI has supported farmers to increase their production, work together and access markets for their produce," remarked Emma Kambewa the program officer for Market Access at AGRA.

The need to invest in the entire value chain was the hallmark of the forum since it has been noted that one component of the value chain cannot on its own help Rwanda Farmers realize a profitable agricultural revolution.

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