About 70 % of Rwanda's working population is engaged in agriculture. Coffee is an important export product, but the cultivation of flowers and vegetables, as well as food processing for the local and international market also promise good potential. Many of these products are already grown organically, but most farmers do not have internationally recognized certification because the costs are too high, especially for smallholders. The high population density and -growth rate lead to a shortage of land and thus to a more intensive use of the available farmland. Deforestation and the effects of climate change with weather extremes such as droughts and heavy rains are exacerbating soil depletion and erosion.
The overall goal of the project is to improve Rwanda's economic, social and environmental development by expanding organic agriculture in the country. To achieve this, the project partners are strengthening the umbrella organization "Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement" (ROAM). In order to control soil erosion and restore soil fertility, Naturland and ROAM plan to cooperate in the expansion of organic agroforestry systems.
Four key results are expected from the project:
Duration: 2022 – 2025 (3 years)
Naturland is implementing this project in partnership with ROAM (Rwanda Organic Agriculture Movement) and five coffee cooperatives, with a particular focus on the women's group Ejo Heza in the KOPAKAMA cooperative (Karongi district, Rwanda).