From 2 - 7 April 2016, the APPG on Agriculture & Food for Development conducted a field study in Rwanda, together with the APPG on Trade out of Poverty.
Agriculture is the backbone of the Rwandan economy, contributing 35% of total GDP. Almost all (90%) of the population depend on the sector for their livelihoods. And in spite of the great strides made by Rwanda since the genocide of 1994, rural populations still suffer food insecurity and poor nutritional outcomes. Access to inputs, problems of land tenure, climate change and access to value chains are just some of the issues stifling the livelihoods of Rwandan smallholders.
On this trip, the APPGs - including several Parliamentarians - looked specifically at the challenges faced by women smallholders and cross-border informal traders in accessing markets, credit, technology, knowledge and training.
The delegation met with organisations including:
- Rwanda's Ministry of Agriculture
- the Rwandan Parliamentary Agriculture Committee
- DFID's country office
- World Food Programme
- TradeMark East Africa
- Hand in Hand International
- CARE Rwanda
A full report on the visit - with policy recommendations - is available here (PDF).