To buffer this growing range of climate-induced stresses, ASAP support will focus on
improving post-harvest processing and storage techniques, including developing the
financial incentives and policy mechanisms to bring these climate risk management
investments to scale. ASAP support will also provide a better understanding of how
agro-meteorological conditions influence harvest and post-harvest activities, so as to
take appropriate and timely action.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Rwanda

Led by

  • Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) Single Project Implementation Unit (SPIU)

Sector of activity
Food & Beverage

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation

Type of lead actor
Government / public sector

Budget
83400000 US$

Start date
31/12/2014

End date
31/12/2018

Objectives

Increase incomes, enhance food security and reduce vulnerability for smallholder farmers, particularly women and young people.

Activities

Hub capacity development programme
and business coaching:

The Post-Harvest
and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP)
will focus on strengthening business
hubs, which are the first key point where
agricultural produce is assembled and
processed. It will link these hubs with
specialist support agencies for post-harvest
activities, which will enable them to provide
climate risk management services to their
smallholder clients. The project will also
demonstrate practices, technologies and
innovations that respond to environmental
and climatic challenges, such as promoting
crop varieties with maturity periods better
suited to changing growing seasons,, and
piloting the use of solar power supplies and
biogas as cost-effective approaches for
drying grain.
The PASP will help to establish an
agricultural meteorology function within
the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal
Resources (MINAGRI). It will work with
the Rwanda Meteorological Service and
the Rwanda Environment Management
Authority to expand their information
services to ensure that relevant and
timely climate information is shared with
smallholders. This will mitigate the impacts
of climate variability on harvesting and
drying. The Rwanda Development Board,
through its focal point for the UN Climate
Change Convention, will facilitate access by
MINAGRI to the national climate forum and
other climate-related initiatives within the
Ministry of Environment.

Post-harvest climate-resilient
agribusiness investment support:

Based
on a bottom-up demand analysis by the
hubs, this component will facilitate business
investments, in improved, climate-resilient
and low-carbon post-harvest procedures.
These are expected to reduce postharvest
losses and increase the incomes of
smallholders and rural laborers.

Project management and coordination:


This component will ensure that the
project is efficiently and effectively
managed to achieve the expected
results. Considerations about gender
equality and women's empowerment, the
involvement of young people, environmental
impact, knowledge management and
communication will be integrated in all
aspects of project management, and
activities of the implementing partners.
A climate adaptation specialist position will
be established within the SPIU.

Impact and Results

The PASP will increase the climate resilience
and food security of at least 155,000 poor
smallholders. It will support 25,000 smallholder
households that are engaged with participating
hubs to access additional harvest and
post-harvest technology options to help them
reduce climate risk.

Expected Impacts:

The project will also achieve the following impacts through
its components:

Participating hubs have the skills and
technologies, as well as access to
specialized service providers, to create
and operate viable businesses capable
of delivering larger volumes of improved
produce to the market and manage climate
risks in post-production processes:
–– 80 per cent of participating hubs will
develop the capacity to implement
climate risk management strategies with
their clients. All hub business plans will
incorporate climate change adaptation
and food security measures – these
will include capacity-building on climate
resilient processing, handling and
storage techniques.

Hub investments in climate-resilient and low
carbon technologies reduce post-harvest
losses and increase smallholder incomes:

–– 80 per cent of participating farmers will
adopt best practices for post-harvest,
crop drying/milk cooling and storage
processes. These will include access to
climate information services for timely
harvest and drying, low carbon energy
sources for drying and cooling, improved
storage methods such as hermetically
sealed bags, and enough pallets to keep
produce off the floor and ventilated.
Best practices also include codes and
standards to ensure that infrastructure
withstands high winds and intense
rainfall events.

-80 per cent of participating hubs
will introduce water-harvesting and
management technologies and/or show
significantly reduced water usage.

Next steps and how to get involved

Francisco Pichón
Country Programme
Manager (Rwanda &
United Republic of
Tanzania)
IFAD
Rwanda Country Office
c/o FAO, P.O. Box 1502
Blvd. of the Umuganda
Kigali, Rwanda
Tel: +255 7588 10100
f.pichon@ifad.org

Stephen Twomlow
Climate and Environmental
Specialist
Regional Office for East
and Southern Africa (ESA)
IFAD c/o UNON
UN Avenue, Gigiri
P.O. Box 67578
00200 Nairobi
Kenya
Tel: +254 7286 04550
s.twomlow@ifad.org