TI-Rwanda launched a project to support the increase of Farmers’ participation in agricultural Projects

Kigali, On 21st July 2017, Transparency International Rwanda at Marriott Hotel launched a five-year project to increase farmers’ participation in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the district performance contract at the district level and contribute to improving the effectiveness of public agriculture projects in the targeted districts.

Supported by the World Bank through “Global Partnership for Social Accountability Grant of  789.991.5 US dollars, Empowering Farmers at District Level Through Social Accountability Tools to Improve Performance Contracts in Agriculture project” will be implemented by TI-RW in partnership with two local CSOs, Imbaraga association and SDA-Iriba, in Kayonza and Nyanza districts respectively.

“We chose to work on service delivery in agriculture because the sector is recognised in EDPRS II and in upcoming EDPRS III as one of the priority sectors that will boost economic growth and contribute to poverty reduction,” said Mr. Apollinaire Mupiganyi, TI Rwanda Executive Director during the official launch of the project

World Bank Country Manager, Mr. Yasser El-Gammal who was the guest of honor during the function highlighted the role of citizens’ participation: “Agriculture is an extremely important sector. In Rwanda, a lot of achievements have happened but it is time to have different directions by involving farmers which is pertinent to the growth and sustained success of this sector,” he noted during his opening remarks

He also added, “It’s a good initiative that we are happy to be working with the government and NGOs and this collaboration is going to enhance the level of participation by citizens for them to see more of their priorities reflected in the plans and implementation.”

The project’s objectives will be achieved through the implementation of three key components: Increasing farmers’ ownership of agricultural projects, Deepening and scaling up the cooperation between CSOs and government officials for ensuring efficiency in agricultural projects and sharing knowledge and lessons learned.

Social accountability mechanisms namely Civil Society Procurement Monitoring Tool (CSPMT), Citizen Report Cards (CRC) and observation-based checklists to assess the satisfaction of beneficiaries will be used to increase the quantity and quality of farmers’ involvement in the planning, implementation and evaluation cycles of Imihigo.

The project will benefit directly 501 farmers in Kayonza and 809 farmers in Nyanza as well as the Ministry of Agriculture and Animals Resources (MINAGRI) which will see an increased farmers’ ownership of agricultural development projects. The indirect beneficiaries are but not limited to 256,000 individuals in Nyanza and 189,000 individuals in Kayonza whose livelihoods depend on agriculture.

It is expected that the project will lead to the following results:

-          Farmers will be able to channel their priorities through Imihigo feedback mechanisms using social Accountability tools;

-          There will be an improved cooperation between CSOs and government authorities (national and district) in engaging citizens in the Imihigo planning and Monitoring processes;

-          Lessons learnt from the implementation of this project will be shared and discussed in a way to influence agricultural sector policy design and the Imihigo processes at the district and national levels

The project launching event aimed at bringing together government stakeholders, CSOs partners and members of the private sector who are operating in agriculture sector, development partners as well as media practitioners to take ownership of it from the outset and agree on the roadmap.

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