Clinton Development Initiative

Anchor Farm Project: Rwanda

CDI Rwanda has worked with more than 33,000 farmers to increase access to agronomic knowledge, crop yields, and incomes.

CDI is helping to connect farmers to inputs, agronomic knowledge, business opportunities, and markets.

Rwanda is one of the smallest and most densely populated countries within Africa. Approximately 80 percent of the population is engaged in the agricultural sector, most of which are smallholder farmers cultivating on less than one hectare. Unlike Malawi and Tanzania, Rwanda benefits from two rainy seasons, allowing farmers two growing seasons. However, much of the land is hilly and highly susceptible to erosion. CDI is active in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. The Eastern Province has a total population of more than 2.6 million people, with a density of 264 people per square kilometer. CDI works with commercial partners, development partners, and the government to improve soil fertility and maximize land productivity and profitability.

Smallholder Outreach

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.