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Farmers in Rwanda to see benefits from $280M fund

Rwanda is among 11 African countries selected to benefit from a $280-million fund to support agriculture on the continent under the management of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), an organisation that works to improve agricultural output on the continent.

The fund, to be provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will be used to spur agricultural transformation in the selected countries.

The beneficiary countries include Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.

The initiative is likely to be relevant to farmers in Rwanda, if well implemented, because the issues it seeks to address are their everyday challenges, some of the farmers' representatives told The New Times on Tuesday.

Vincent Havugimana, president of Rwanda Irish Potato Farmers' Cooperatives Federation, said it's always good news when stakeholders in the agriculture sector seeks to improve access to seeds and proper markets for their produce.

Publication date: 9/25/2017


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