AGRA – Background

18 Jan 2013
In partnership with AGRA, we are building the capacities of 20,000 small-hold famers (SHF) to reduce post-harvest losses across 4 districts of South and East Rwanda.

The project will run from December 2011 through to November 2014. The target beneficiaries are 20,000 small-hold farmers, and our goals with them are:

- Capacity Building

- Adoption of ISFM technologies

- Linking the SHF co-operatives to markets


As a result, we are targeting a 30% increase in crop production, a 50% increase in marketable produce and a 15% increase in income.

Alongside these key goals, we also hope to establish warrantage  systems and aggregation centres to further assist in developing a sustainable future for our beneficiaries.

We plan to achieve our goals through:

- Improved management organisation

- Linking farmers to markets and suppliers

- Creation of aggregation centres

- Establishment of demonstration plots

- Improving post-harvest infrastructure

Malaria Prevention with Gobal Fund – Background

18 Jan 2013
Malaria Prevention and Control, in partnership with Global Fund - Background

Through regular training, feedback and advocacy, here at RDO we are leading the battle against Malaria in Eastern Province, Rwanda.

Malaria has, traditionally, been a significant cause of deaths of infants aged under 5. Less than ten years ago it was the number one killer of this age group.

To reduce the impact of malaria is a complex process – as well as provision of malaria nets, communities need to be educated in the use of the nets, housekeeping to reduce mosquito numbers and a fundamental change in beliefs around medication and medical procedures.


We carry out regular training with community health workers, in order to educate and cascade messages to rural communities – this training targets four main objectives:

- Improving community access to malaria prevention and curative services

- Improving capacities of community health workers in the identification and treatment of malaria

- Increase awareness of the need for behaviour change with regards the treatment of malaria.

- Ensure all Rwandan households use LLIN (Mosquito) Nets, and are nets are slept under.

The impacts are already being seen, and malaria is now the 11th most common cause of infant mortality, though infection and deaths are still common, and the campaign is continuing the education.

Food Security with TROCAIRE – Background

18 Jan 2013
Food Security – in partnership with TROCAIRE - Background


Through skills training and crop growing technique demonstrations, we at RDO aim to assist 10 maize and bean farming co-operatives across Nyagatare and Gastibo districts.

The main objectives of the projects are:

  1. To increase maize and beans production in terms of quantity and quality

  2. To increase incomes received by the farmers from maize and bean crops


The objectives are being achieved in a number of ways, including

- Regular demonstration plots across both districts, exhibiting the impact of different techiniques, seed management and

- Technical support from RDO’s Agronomists in the use of organic and inorganic fertilizers, seeds, erosion control and agro-forestry.

- Improving storage facilities and the construction of drying yards to maintain crop quality after harvest.


The impacts have been positive – with many farms improving their crop yields over previous years. The additional income is allowing formers and their families to build up savings to help personal financial management throughout the year, a significant step in lifting themselves from poverty