RDO focuses on projects that improve the lives of Rwanda’s rural communities. Many of our projects relate to improving agriculture through training and education about equipment, techniques and farm management. We also have an ongoing commitment to assisting the reduction of the effects of Malaria, HIV and AIDS throughout Rwanda’s rural communities.
A brief overview of each project can be found below, with further details and the latest updates on each project from the left hand menu.
- Patient procurement platform (PPP)
Patient procurement platform (PPP) is a project supported World Food Program (WFP) and Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and implemented by RDO .The project aims at supporting smallholder farmers to increase on-farm productivity and market access for their produce so as to improve on their livelihoods. The project has mobilized off-takers willing to offer forward delivery contracts to farmers and cooperatives and also mobilized input dealers willing to provide high quality seeds and fertilizers to farmers. The project supports 24,000 farmers grouped in to 80 cooperatives.
-Off-takers signed forward delivery contract with 80 cooperatives .Off-takers includes RGCC, PRODEVU/MINIMEX and SARURA
– 20,000 farmers were trained in good agronomical Best practices (GAP) which include planting, Top dressing and Post-harvest handling .This was achieved through training of Lead farmers who trained other farmers .
- Food security project support by TROCAIRE
Trocaire Project aim at improving food security and income through increased adoption of more intensive, market oriented crop production and post-harvest handling by small holder farmers in Nyagatare district. The Project is implemented in eight sectors of Nyagatare district supporting 23 cooperatives with 1657 men and 1234 women members.
Access to agriculture inputs: 2,691 farmers which includes 1,552men and 1,139 women accessed improved inputs.
Support cooperative in post-harvest and quality management equipment:
RDO in partnership with TROCAIRE is playing a big role in constructing drying grounds, stores, winnowing machine and proving moisture meters for reducing post- harvest losses farmers normally face during harvesting and storage.
- ENHANCING COMMUNITY’S CAPACITY FOR HIV PREVENTION AND CONTROL PROJECT
This is a Project funded by the Global Fund, Rwanda Bio-medical Centre and the Ministry of Health Under the SPIU (Single Project Implementation Unit). The Project aim at Training and teaching Adolescent girls and Young women in and out of school on sexual and reproductive Health (SRH), HIV and STIs, gender based violence (GBV) and life skills.
Organizing a mass campaign for positive prevention awareness (WAD) in districts at cell level to attract many people which is an opportunity for mass mobilization on fight against HIV.
The Project obbjective are :
Coordination meetings with the In charge of community health workers at Health Center and District Hospital levels and representatives of CHWs was organized at district level. Data on TB incidence in the district were discussed, and information on TB and Diabetics diseases shared.
Sensitization of diabetic through their association based at Kinamba in Gasabo district and health facilities (health centers and hospitals) and sensitized on TB prevention and infection control.
- BUY FROM WOMEN PLAT FORM PROJECT
UN Women and RDO started a pilot project to support 5,000 farmers to increase gender responsiveness in cooperative through linking them to information, markets and financial services. UN Women and RDO selected 10 cooperatives in four Districts namely: Gatsibo, Nyagatare, Muhanga and Nyanza. The planned activities include: Land mapping and farmer profile, Information on inputs provision, Gender empowerment training, linkage to financial services, and access to extension services. The project developed a soft way system which will be used by the plat form i.e cooperative, buyers and other relivalent stakeholders. Each computer will have a computer to record their information concerning the land size, produce aggregated from each member, Loan access and input use.
VOICE 4 CHANGE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT
With funding from Dutch Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS), SNV is implementing the Voice for change Partnership (V4CP) with Civil Society organization (CSO) DUHAMIC-ADRI, RDO, CARITAS, ADECOR and SUN- Alliance in Rwanda since May 2016 to advocate for an enabling environment for fair food and nutrition policies to ensure low income and marginalized communities are taken into account by the different policy processes in Rwanda. CSO s formed a consortium with a stronger voice and capacity to jointly develop and implement advocacy plans on Food and Nutrition Security in Rwanda.
RDO actively participated in workshops and other policy roundtables meetings organized by peer CSOs in Kigali, Musanze, Rwamagana, Huye and Rutsiro Districts to sensitize key officials from both central and local government on FNS issues in Rwanda’s policy and regulatory frameworks.
In partnership with AGRA, we are building the capacities of 20,000 small-hold famers to reduce post-harvest losses across 4 districts of South and East Rwanda.
Through skills training and crop growing technique demonstrations, RDO aims to assist 10 maize and bean farming co-operatives across Nyagatare and Gastibo districts.
Through regular training, feedback and advocacy RDO is leading the battle against Malaria in Eastern Province, Rwanda.
Across all maize farmers in Nyagatare district, RDO is introducing new technologies in order to improve the crop yields achieved.
Focusing on poverty reduction, improving food security and the development of rural economic development through the adoption of sustainable crop production systems.
Training co-operatives the benefits of improved farming techniques – including the introduction of livestock-assisted farming
In partnership with Comic Relief, we are working with 21 co-operative farms, a total of 1011 individuals to help them improve their farming techniques and their incomes.
Building on the successes of the original Catalist project, we are continuing our work with IFDC into a sixth year – promoting agribusiness, development, market integration and agricultural intensification to farmers across Eastern Rwanda
Addressing the problem of land management and soil erosion problems in Nyagatare district.
In an area with bare and steep hillsides, there is a big flow of water when it rains, causing soil erosion. The big volume of water and the convergence of valleys downstream, has led to formation of 3 deep and wide gullies that are not only dangerous to human safety but also cause land degradation.