Representatives of farmers and of civil society organisations, providers of small, low-interest loans and Rwanda government officials have been meeting in Kigali to discuss how to mainstream land governance in agricultural strategies and plans.
The participants discussed the project to mainstream Land Policy and Governance into the Comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (Caadp), a continent-wide project that seeks to strengthen inter-institutional collaboration on land reform programs, secure land rights, provide equal access to land, and promote responsible agriculture investments to advance agricultural and rural transformation.
Rwanda has so far been chosen as one of six pilot countries to implement Caadp because it provides a great example of how land governance issues can be addressed. Other countries in the initiative are: Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi and Tanzania.
“Rwanda has not only enhanced agricultural productivity but also harnessed economies of scale and improved market access and incomes,” said Andrew Mold, acting director of ECA in Eastern Africa.n