Onion farming in Bugesera district of Rwanda. Photo taken during the baseline survey
The National Discourse Forum Rwanda conducted baseline survey in eight sectors of Bugesera District to provide information at the sector community level about some basic indicators of improved fruit tree coverage, buffer zone management, irrigation practices, land management, pest management, climate change adaptation, natural resource management, climate change awareness, information networks for weather and agricultural information which can be compared across target sectors and monitored over time.

The baseline survey was also, intended to map information that will assist in designing the project’s monitoring and evaluation plan, for developing ToTs training modules and capacity building interventions, and Information that will assist in identifying relevant policies, guidelines and frameworks for supporting project implementation, advocacy and sustainability and Identify sites for setting up of project infrastructure, solar systems, nursery beds, etc.
NDBF, RECOR and other partners will implement and monitor changes in baseline indicators. The goal is not to attribute these changes to the project, but to be able to assess what kinds of challenges and opportunity are there for agricultural climate change adaptation and mitigation in a sustainable way.

The survey is in line with the new project entitled “Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in a Changing Climate in Bugesera District”, to be implemented by NDF Rwanda and RECOR as local partner. The project will cover eight Sectors of Bugesera District; Rweru, Nyarugenge, Ngeruka, Mareba, Ruhuha, Kamabuye, Juru and Rilima.

The project will address "Green growth for sustainable livelihoods" through increasing fruit tree cover using green and low carbon technologies, inspiring smallholder farmers to promote a market oriented climate resilient agriculture.

The purpose of the project is to empower smallholder farmers with skills and green technologies in climate resilient agriculture for sustainable livelihoods.

The project specific  objectives are:
(i)  to combat the negative impacts of climate change on vulnerable people living in poverty by increasing knowledge, strengthening governmental and non-governmental institutions, and developing capacity related to climate change;
(ii) awareness creation amongst smallholder farmers on climate resilient agriculture;
(iii) integration of solar powered (green) technologies in irrigation;
(iv) promotion of sustainable land use and management practices;  and
(v) empowerment of vulnerable groups and including women in nurturing fruit crops as Climate resilient crops.

For more information contact: NDF Rwanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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