Poverty reduction projects launched in Rwanda

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A new community development project which invites residents to have a full participation and discussion matters of integrated community development, was launched in Nyaruguru.

The project dubbed ‘A Record of Discussions’ was officially signed on July 23rd, 2013, discussing the Integrated Rural Development Project in Kibeho Sector, Nyaruguru District between the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the Ministry of Agriculture & Animal Resources.

The objectives of the project are to reduce poverty, improve living standards through income generation, build capacity development, guiding beneficiaries’ voluntary participation in project implementation, and educating agricultural and rural development sectors.

The project is the fruits of participatory discussions with real beneficiaries which respond to the real needs of the people. This will play a big role in increasing farmers’ productivity, and will boost the entire market for framers,” the Agriculture Ministry Permanent Secretary,  Ernest Ruzindaza, during the signing ceremony.

KOICA’s Resident Representative Sang Chul Kim expressed his appreciation and happiness for this project to be part of the Rwandan government’s endeavors towards success, and for the Ministry and the KOICA team’s hard work.

KOICA will undertake various activities; this includes developing and rehabilitating about 370 hectares of land and developing 80 hectares of marshland and KOICA plans to improve the overall living environment with the construction of a community center, a multi-purpose warehouse, a maize drying storage, and public toilets for the community.

KOICA will also establish a flour milling factory as a value-added activity in the area; this will include a corn skin removal machine and 2 flour milling machines.

The programme will also oversee the capacity building of village residents, village development committee and several sub-committees will be established to encourage beneficiaries’ participation in project implementation. There will also be overseas training programs for officials and farmers of Rwanda for the opportunity to receive training on agricultural and rural development, livestock, and sericulture.

Residents of Nyaruguru said that these initiatives will enable them to transform their community so as to compete effectively at the same level as other regions in the country. Nyaruguru is one of the least developed areas in Rwanda, followed by Rutsiro district

President Paul Kagame has called for efforts to support these districts to speed up economic and social transformation in these communities in the next five years, and the government has earmarked priority support programmes in these communities.

 

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