The PRISM Project Development Objective (PDO) is to reduce poverty by empowering poor rural men, women and youth to participate in the transformation of the Rwanda livestock sub-sector and to enhance their resilience. Specifically, the program seeks to increase the competitiveness and profitability of the small livestock sub-sector for the provision of quality products from smallholder producers to domestic and regional consumers.
Project component 2 features support for small livestock value chain development.
Against that background, the PRISM beneficiaries who reside in Rwamiko Sector of Gicumbi district affirm that the project is helping them get out of the abject poverty they used to live in. In an interview with the media, they asserted that before they were given chickens they were malnourished due to a lack of a balanced diet.
Ribera Gratien is one of the recipients of chickens from the PRISM project. He bears witness to the PRISM project interventions and how they helped fellow beneficiaries deal with malnutrition and stunting issues at large.
“We were in abject poverty and could hardly get ourselves out of it. Before we were given chickens, we had a malnourished child but that has already become history ever since we started interacting with the PRISM Project.
Now everyone in the family eats one egg a day. Everybody looks healthy at home. We owe all of this to PRISM.” Avers Ribera.
He adds that the ten chickens he received last year have been bringing in some money and that helped him pass on the same number to his fellow project beneficiaries so they also have a taste of eggs and share the progress with him.
Rwamiko poultry farmers set up the eggs selling point thanks to the increase in milk production
In Gicumbi district, the PRISM project has already achieved activities including the construction of a modern small livestock market, a pig slab, and a proximity veterinary post.
The initial target of PRISM is 26,355 households: 23,400 poor rural households belonging to UBUDEHE Categories 1 and 2; 1530 youth and 1425 farmers under productive alliances.
The total Project cost amounts to US$ 45.64 million (USD 14.9 M for IFAD Loan, USD 17.43 M for ENABEL Grant, USD 4.68 for Heifer International) and USD 8.63 M for other partners.
BURERA: DISTRICT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PRISM PROJECT LAUNCH POG CEREMONY
RISM is a partnership project implemented by RAB, and jointly supported by IFAD and ENABEL, with Heifer International as implementing partner and co-financer. The five-year project aims to reduce poverty by empowering poor rural women, women, and youth to participate in the Rwanda livestock sector's transformation and enhance their resilience. Burera district is among the 15 Districts of PRISM intervention.
Against that background, on 5th April 2023, the Passing on the Gift ceremony was launched in Gahunga sector of Burera district. The POG launch ceremony was presided over by Ms Uwanyirigira Marie Chantal, the Mayor of Burera District alongside Mr Nshokeyinka Joseph, the PRISM Project Operations Manager, security organs, NCDA representatives, committees in charge of small livestock from district to sector levels, farmers and many other officials.
The event was also attended by journalists from 11 media outlets including the national broadcaster, many other print media and online news sites.
get out of poverty. The households are the PRISM beneficiaries that were selected taking into account the selection criteria that had been set out.
On 6th April 2023, the activity continued in Rugengabali sector where 68 beneficiaries passed on 680 chickens to 68 other needy households.
In both sectors, each family received 10 chickens (4 cockerels and 6 pullets) and all the chickens distributed have one year's insurance.
Aside from the chickens, the recipients also received chicken feed amounting to 100 kgs each to help them cater for their chickens.
Passing on the Gift philosophy is a cornerstone in the PRISM Project aimed at creating a cycle of giving by transforming recipients into donors.
It is expected that this five-year project (PRISM) will provide over 330 thousand chickens to needy families, the main focus being on changing the people’s mindset.
Samuel NSENGIMANA-PRISMField Coordinator/Burera District
27 FARMER FIELD SCHOOLS MASTER TRAINERS GRADUATED
Most of graduation ceremonies mark the end of schooling process, but obviously mark the beginning of assuming new work responsibilities. This was the commission dedicated to 27 master trainers who have been trained 3 yearlong by the Rwanda Dairy Development project RDDP through the Food and Agriculture Organization.
The graduation ceremony of these fore front Livestock intensification pioneers was held on 26th march 2021 at Rubona RAB station, and was officiated by Dr uwituze Solange the Deputy Director General of Animal Resources Research & Technology Transfer, with the presence of the FAO representative in Rwanda and other various guests.
According to Dr Solange, the graduation marks a very challenging and long way to go through towards livestock intensification, especially cattle breeding.
“You are now the front fighters of cattle development in this country, all farmers eyes are on you. Work hard to lift cattle farming to another level.” Commissioned Dr Solange to the newly graduates.
The team of graduates signed 6 performance contracts before the Deputy Director General of Animal Resources Research & Technology Transfer, and pledged to fulfill their commitment by the end of 2021.
Master Trainers who graduated started the L-FFS season long training from 2017 to March 2021. The training was
conducted by National Master Trainers with the technical support provided by FAO later in December 2020.
LFFS is an acronym of Livestock Farmer Field School. With the introduction of the Rwanda Dairy Development Project RDDP, a sustainable behavior change approach was needed to lead the country’s effort towards livestock intensification
Through the Livestock Farmer Field Schools, RAB/RDDP has assisted dairy farmers and farm assistants to engage in a process of hands-on field based learning over a production cycle of a cow covering “calf to calf” as the timeframe. Trainings focuses on the adoption of improved technologies and practices in dairy farming and milk handling using practical learning methodologies to help dairy farmers and farm assistants acquire and develop their knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in dairy management.
In addition to the technical topics, other households training methodologies including the Gender Action Learning Systems and the Value Based Holistic Community Development approach of Heifer International were integrated into L-FFS and have contributed to the empowerment and social, financial and human capital development of established farmer groups and their members.
In its 4 years of operation in 12 districts of intervention, RDDP has trained 27 L-FFS Master Trainers, 65 L-FFS facilitators, 1647 L-FFS groups established, 41751 farmer members (25405 men: 61% and 16246 women:39%, with 13% youth).
Through the above numbers RDDP introduced the Dissemination of forages seeds and planting materials where at least 5,000Ha of land covered from 2018A to 2021A (December 2020) and more than 15 forage varieties disseminated), plus trainings on forage conservation. Among varieties of forage seeds distributed: Chloris gayana, Napier spp, Desmodium spp, Alfalfa, Mucuna, Calliandra, Leucaena, Brachiaria spp, Panicum Spp, Cencrus ciliaris
The graduation of Master trainers aimed at Empowerment of trained L-FFS Master trainers to graduate themselves the farmer facilitators; Celebration of achievements realized by the L-FFS during the past 4 years of implementation, New commitments and performance contracts for graduated master trainers; Validation of the RDDP/L-FFS approach and sharing the Rwandan experience with the World