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WFP Evaluation of USDA’s Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Program (Rwanda 2017-2019) Endline – Final Report

  • Published on May 23, 2022

This endline report was commissioned by the Rwanda World Food Programme (WFP) Country Office and has been prepared as part of the activity evaluation of the Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement (LRP) project funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The baseline took place in October-November 2017, and the endline data was collected in June 2019. The purpose of the endline was to compare the situation of the LRP intervention at the time the project was ending with the starting point in September 2017. The evaluation combined accountability and learning objectives. At endline, the evaluation focused on providing a comprehensive assessment of the relevance, effectiveness, and lessons learned from the intervention.

Agriculture is a key element of Rwanda’s development policy (Vision 2020 and 2050). It contributes 33 percent of the Gross Domestic Product and employs 80 percent of the population. However, farmers still face many challenges including poor capacity, access to inputs, and access to markets. These factors were taken into account when designing the LRP project. The objective of the LRP project has been to strengthen farmer cooperatives to promote increased use of locally purchased food. Expected outcomes include improving access to loans and markets and enhancing cooperative capacity to be reflected in increased sales, improved quality of produce, and reduced commodity losses.

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