Rwanda

Country Profile
Rwanda
In Rwanda, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Rwanda and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
9.3
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions
Poverty
63
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Rwanda (World Bank, 2011)
Stunting
44.3
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Rwanda (World Bank, 2010)
Rural
73
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Rwanda (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
8.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 33.4% of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
60.6
Thousand
Farmers & others applying improved technologies and management practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$24
Million
New sales of agricultural products as result of Feed the Future assistance in FY14
Nutrition
308
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Rwanda
Land
3.18
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$28
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Rwanda is increasing its agricultural productivity and promoting good nutrition practices.

Rwanda has made remarkable progress since the tragedy of the 1994 genocide, enjoying strong economic growth rates, creating new business opportunities, and lifting people out of poverty. The country has seen average annual growth in incomes of nearly 6 percent since 2007.

Yet Rwanda—a small, landlocked country with the highest population density in Sub-Saharan Africa—remains one of the world’s poorest countries. About 63 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 per day, with almost 40 percent living in extreme poverty on less than 90 cents per day.

Agriculture is the foundation of the Rwandan economy and employs 70 percent of the labor force. However, agricultural

Results by the numbers

  • More than 60,500 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices on their farms last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on more than 3,100 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales over the past year by nearly $24 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $28

Rwanda’s sound policy environment, solid growth record and macroeconomic stability provide a strong foundation for Feed the Future implementation. Rwanda has committed itself to generating sustained agricultural growth, including increasing the share of the national budget allocated to agriculture from 3 percent in 2006 to 10.7 percent in 2013.

Rwanda’s investments appear to be paying off. Since 2007, annual agriculture growth has averaged over 5 percent. Rwanda has demonstrated the same level of commitment to tackling undernutrition, launching its Emergency Plan to Fight Malnutrition and a national strategy addressing pre and postnatal care to reduce all forms of malnutrition.

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Rwanda.

Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Rwanda.

Feed the Future Rwanda Multi-Year Strategy

U.S. Embassy in Rwanda

USAID Mission in Rwanda

Target Regions

Map of Rwanda