Presence in the country:
Animals distributed to poor households
In Rwanda, 44.9% of the population lives below the poverty line and 24.1% are in extreme poverty. Rural households dependent on agriculture and livestock are the most affected.
Rwanda is also the most densely populated country in Africa. Farmers therefore suffer from a great shortage of agricultural land: the vast majority of Rwandan farmers has less than half a hectare of land to cultivate. Meanwhile, the population continues to grow. The low productivity of the livestock sector is due to a lack of water and feed for the animals, but also to diseases and poor management practices.
VSF Belgium is active in the Southern Province, which remains the poorest in the country, with a poverty rate of 56.5%.
What we do:
- Supporting private local animal health services and veterinarians (e.g. with trainings, transport, establishment of a local network of community animal health workers);
- Small livestock restocking for vulnerable farmers (rabbits, goats, pigs);
- Integrated agriculture and livestock farming systems (e.g. kitchen gardens, animal manure);
- Renewable energy & protection of the environment (e.g. biogas, improved cooking stoves);
- Micro-credits for small farmers’ groups;
- Strengthening capacities of local partner organisations.