Kigali, 27 January, 2021 - The European Commission has provided EUR 1 million to the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to support the Ministry of Agriculture in Rwanda to enhance skills in analysis of public investment priorities and policy options for the Covid-19 recovery period.
This grant will support the Government of Rwanda to implement the agriculture sector strategy and in particular its contribution to the national development targets by enhancing food and nutrition security, sustainable and efficient use of land and water resources, development of agricultural high value chains and strengthening of public financial management (PFM) capacities in the agriculture sector.
"As we are now focusing on Covid-19 Recovery, it is important for Rwanda to rely on robust technical expertise that will strengthen Agriculture policy so as to efficiently support national economic recovery", said Ambassador Nicola Bellomo, Head of the EU Delegation to Rwanda.
The grant will specifically contribute to development of policies for sustainable growth by enhancing national capacity to implement the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan for Agricultural Transformation (PSTA 4) through policy analysis, capacity development, and partnerships. IFPRI will mobilize analytical tools and data to provide MINAGRI with analysis of public investment priorities and policy options for the Covid-19 recovery period. Finally, this action will be instrumental in informing the EU’s upcoming programming phase.
“Rwanda’s commitment to evidence-based decision-making on agriculture and nutrition policies is a critical force behind IFPRI’s engagement. We are fortunate to be working with such motivated partners with a clearly articulated demand for high-quality analytics, collaboration, and capacity development.” said Dr David Spielman, leader of IFPRI’s Rwanda Strategy Support Program.
IFPRI’s added-value is an internationally recognized high-level expertise with a long-term quality of dialogue with the Government of Rwanda. IFPRI has already conducted similar analyses in other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, and South Asia at the request of their governments.
This EUR 1 000 000 action are 100% funded by the EU under the Technical Cooperation Facility VI.