Rwanda - Mutara Agricultural Development Project (Phase I)

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Dec 1990
Signature Date 10 May 1991
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2002
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2002
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 6,644,941.85
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Mutara agricultural development project is among the priority actions defined in Rwanda’s 4th National Economic and Social Development Plan. Its aim is to satisfy food requirements and ensure a better utilization of manpower resources through the creation of jobs in agriculture and agroprocessing. By its actions in favour of education, health, and drinking-water supply, it will contribute to improving living standards. The country will save foreign exchange because of the import-substitution which will result from the additional food production. The project will make for protection of the ecological environment through better management of its micro-climatic, biological and pedological components. It consists in: (i) developing and farming an area of 1,470 ha for cultivation under irrigation of rice and soybeans, and an area of 80 ha for cultivation under irrigation of fodder crops; (ii) providing extension and supervisory services to 20,300 farm families on an area of about 14,000 ha devoted to rainfed farming; (iii) improving traditional pastures over 14,800 ha and providing advisory and supervisory services to herdsmen’s groups and assistance in improving herd management; (iv) assisting in the settling, organization and technical supervision of the beneficiaries, notably the establishment of a drinking-water system intended to serve 110,000 persons.

Project Objectives

The aim of the Mutara agricultural development project is to reduce the food deficit through the production of rice, soybeans, milk and meat as well as traditional staples – haricot beans, sorghum and cassava. It also seeks to increase farm incomes through production diversification, and to improve living conditions. The project will also help provide drinking water. The study planned under the project – meat and milk sector feasibility study – will enable a project to be mounted that will help solve the main problems of the sector.


The project will benefit to the population of the project area, which was estimated in 1985 at 100,000 inhabitants, of whom 90% is rural. The project meets an urgent need to improve production techniques in the fragile ecological conditions of Rwanda threatened by rising population density. From the socio-economic standpoint, it will yield substantial financial resources to the rural population.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Rwanda
Secrétariat Permanent du Plan Directeur de Mutara


IATI identifier 46002-P-RW-AAZ-001
Last Update 22 Nov 2020


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Geographic Location

Country Rwanda