CDI focuses its smallholder outreach operations in Rwanda's Eastern Province – in the Rwamagan, Nyagatare, Kirehe, Gatsibo, and Kayonza districts – where they have an established network of agriculture and enterprise development officers, government agricultural workers, and have trained more than 33,000 farmers. CDI's work will focus on the effectiveness of its farmer extension programs and connecting farming communities to opportunities in the agriculture sector. The core focus of these programs will be on integrated soil fertility management, predominantly for a soy-maize rotation; access to quality and reliable seeds, inputs and input finance; climate resilience and erosion control; seed multiplication; production of quality commodities; and working directly with large buyers to secure the best price.
In 2016, CDI’s smallholder outreach program established 660 demonstration plots, showcasing agricultural best practices. In the 2016-2017 season, 60 hectares are being utilized for seed multiplication, which will produce enough seed for 6,000 farmers.