Profile ‘Sugar: Make It Work’ project in Rwanda

Who? TechForce Innovations is the lead partner of this PPP, funded by the Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV). TechForce Innovations cooperates with Royal HaskoningDHV (water management infrastructure), Kabuye Sugar Works (sugar producer Rwanda), Milan Innovincy (precision agriculture), Karisimbi Business Partners (local consultancy and project management), BiD Network (value chain improvements), WUR Centre for Development Innovation (value chain improvements), and WUR Environmental Sciences Group (precision agriculture). The consortium cooperates strongly with the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources, and of course the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

What? The ‘Sugar: Make It Work’ project aims to strengthen the local Rwandan sugarcane value chain. Therefore it develops and implements intervention strategies on water management, precision agriculture, and value chain improvements. Rwanda has fertile soils and a tropical climate, which make the agro-ecological conditions very suitable for growing sugarcane.

Where? ‘Sugar: Make It Work’ is situated in a number of valleys around Rwanda’s capital Kigali, in close proximity of the sugar factory.

When? The PPP has kicked off on 1 July 2013 and will run for five years.

Why? In Rwanda, the sugarcane industry is facing a multitude of challenges. Production and yields are constrained by severe flooding of the Nyaborongo river and the stagnation of water on existing land, forcing Rwanda to import much of its sugar and leaving consumers highly dependent on volatile prices. With a growing population and increasing consumer expenditure, both domestically and regionally, Rwanda risks missing a crucial opportunity to grow a local industry with great potential.

Interested in this PPP? Here you can read the interview with Steven Gajadin (project coordinator) of TechForce Innovations.