Agriculture is a central growth engine of the Rwandan economy. However, the share of agriculture in the gross domestic product is still low, and due to the high population density in the country, there is an increasing shortage of land and intensive exploitation of the land. Naturland and ROAM are therefore planning to cooperate in the expansion of agroforestry systems in which woody plants are combined with arable crops and/or animal husbandry on one area. The interaction of permanent crops and useful plants produces natural fertiliser and root masses that protect the soil from erosion and drying out and increase yields. Certification through the Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) enables access to international markets for selected products. In addition, the development of the local organic market is planned.
The PartnerAfrica project is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.