Sustainable agriculture and female empowerment
More than 70 percent of Rwanda's rural population relies on subsistence farming for food security and employment. Crop yields are hampered severely during the long dry season, which lasts for up to seven months. Africa Development Promise (ADP) works in Rwanda and Uganda to serve as a catalyst for economic growth by building well-managed, competitive and profitable agricultural cooperatives.
The ERM Foundation provided a grant to ADP to support a women's cooperative in the Bugesera district of Rwanda. This cooperative of 66 women suffered from dismal crop yields. The Foundation's funding enabled ADP to install a new greenhouse with an improved year-round irrigation system to increase crop yields and income for the cooperative. The women also received training on the principles of farming and managing a cooperative enterprise.
As a result, the Bugesera cooperative has secured a contract with a local buyer, earning nearly double the predicted value for its crop. If prices remain consistent, this has the potential to increase significantly the income for the cooperative.