Rwanda has achieved rapid growth and poverty reduction over the last decade; the agricultural sector has played a major part in this success and will continue to play a key role in the structural transformation of the economy in Rwanda. The latest agricultural strategy (PSTA III) contains four main programmes: programme 1: Agriculture and Animal Resource Intensification; programme 2: Research, Technology Transfer, and Organisation of Farmers; programme 3: Value Chain Development and Private Sector Investment and; 4: Institutional Results-Focused Development and Agricultural Cross-Cutting Issues (including climate and environment, gender and nutrition). As part of DFID Rwanda’s Programme of Support to Agriculture (PoSA), a Technical Assistance Facility (TAF) aims to ensure increases in agriculture productivity are sustainable and benefit the poor. The purpose of the £4 million TAF is to provide additional capacity, expertise, knowledge and evidence to support the Government of Rwanda in the implementation of the latest Strategic Plan for the Transformation of Agriculture (PSTA III) which covers the period 2013-2017, and to help inform the development of the next Strategic Plan. The targeted outcome of the programme is that the capacity and systems for inclusive and sustainable growth that benefits the poor are in place. This outcome will be achieved through the delivery of three outputs:
LTS is advising the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources and its related implementing agencies, the Rwanda Agriculture Board and other Government departments involved in the delivery of PSTA III, at both central and decentralised levels to improve knowledge and analysis, M&E systems design and capacity building on climate change and gender. LTS plays a central role in the provision of technical assistance and capacity building;
The LTS team is fully embedded in the Government institutions.