Kigali, 29 October 2020 – On the occasion of the celebration of the International World Food Day, Enabel’s Agriculture intervention (PRISM) in Rwanda was launched by Rwanda’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).
Agriculture is one of the priority sectors of the Belgo-Rwandan portfolio 2019-2020, with a Belgian financial contribution of 30 million Euros .
The programme aspires to contribute to jobs creation, private sector development and food security and is aligned with the Rwandan Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture phase 4 (PSTA-4), 2018-2024, which envisages a transformation of agriculture from a subsistence sector to a knowledge-based value creating sector that contributes to the national economy and ensures food and nutrition security.
This Agriculture programme works around 2 general objectives: the revenue of farmers increases through quality proximity extension services, improved access to inputs and through the introduction of new technologies while the Private Sector creates more added value through more efficient markets, improved storage transformation and agro-processing.
Speaking at the event, Jean-Michel Swalens, Head of the Belgian Development Cooperation and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Belgium in Rwanda said, ‘if we put our efforts together, we shall end hunger, food insecurity and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. This is one of the priorities of the Belgo-Rwandan Cooperation 2019-2024.’
PRISM will develop inclusive and sustainable Feed, Pig and Poultry Value Chains in which all actors run a profitable business, as well as attracting private investment to develop a modern industrialized value chain to produce high quality meat products and eggs to substitute import as well as to export.