Ethiopia

Regreening Africa provides an opportunity to support the Rwandan Government’s plan in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Land restoration practices in Rwanda are key to sustainable agriculture that increases productivity without compromising environmental integrity; and ensuring food security and prosperity for rural livelihoods. The project mobilizes a variety of stakeholders including Government ministries, district and local authorities, Non-Governmental organization (NGOs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Faith Based Organizations, among others, to ensure the widest reach possible  in scaling up land restoration practices.

KEY FACTS

Regreening Targets

70,000 Ha
100,000 households

Sites

4 Districts in the eastern Savana region

Bugesera
Kayonza
Gatsibo
Nyagatare

Partners

World Vision Rwanda

ICRAF Rwanda

Approaches to reversing land degradation

  • Community works (Umuganda), a well-established policy across the country, will be used to reach a large number of community members with regreening messages
  • Farmer Field Schools, with male and female facilitators, will be used to train farmers on FMNR and other regreening practices across project areas.
  • Communication of regreening and existing intervention messaging through community radio and other media.
  • Rural Resource Centres and community nurseries will be established to improve access to quality tree germplasm.
  • Exchange visits will be organized for farmers to learn from fellow farmers.
  • Embedding the regreening and Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) messages in to new and existing Saving Groups to ensure fruitful scaling up efforts.
  • Schools and churches will be used as discussion forums for behavior change
  • Stakeholder forums will be held periodically to enable participatory planning, review and discussions involving various stakeholders, including policy makers and finance institutions; as well as to discuss policy gaps, financing opportunities and needs.
  • Integration with other national programs such as the crop Intensification Program to scale up the use of trees within farming systems in the targeted areas.

Project Sites

The project be implemented in four districts of the Eastern province: Bugesera, Kayonza, Gatsibo and Nyagatare.
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Expected Impacts

The project will target 70,000 households and 100,000 hectares of land in Rwanda.

  • Increase in tree density and diversity, including at least five different species in households under the project area.
  • Increase in fruit trees, which will contribute to both improved household income and nutritional security.
  • Increased awareness of land degradation and measures of reversing it.
  • Reduction in land degradation.