PROJECT FOR INCLUSIVE SMALL LIVESTOCK MARKETS (PRISM)
Partnership with ENABEL. PRISM is a partnership programme implemented by the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), and jointly funded by IFAD and ENABEL, with Heifer International and VSF Belgium as key implementing partners.
Programme objectives. The overall objective of the programme is to reduce poverty by empowering poor rural men, women and youth to participate in the transformation of the Rwanda livestock sector and to enhance their resilience. The Programme Development Objective (PDO) is to improve food and nutrition security and incomes of poor rural households through better performance of the value chains.
Duration and geographic area. The programme will have a total duration of 5 years. It will target a total of 15 districts, distributed across the northern, southern and western provinces of Rwanda. The selection of these districts and their respective sectors will be based on the incidence of poverty and food insecurity as well as the comparative advantage for the development of the targeted small livestock value chains.
Targeting mechanisms. Based on the national wealth ranking system (Ubudehe) , and consistent with the targeting strategy, outlined in the Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP), PRISM will directly target 26,355 poor rural households, belonging to Ubudehe categories 1, 2 and 3. The programme’s beneficiaries will be targeted through complementary approaches intended to support their participation in commercial and inclusive value chains, as follows: (a) with 23,400 poor and food insecure rural households (Ubudehe categories 1 and 2), the programme will deploy a pro-poor graduation pathway, tailoring the services provided to the socio-economic conditions and specific households’ needs; (b) 1,530 rural youth (Ubudehe categories 1, 2, 3) will receive support to organize themselves into small livestock production cooperatives, and (c) 1,425 market-oriented producers (mostly from Ubudehe categories 2 and 3) will be supported through a combination of technical, business and financial capacity building . PRISM will adopt an inclusive approach to ensure that women and men benefit equally from programme interventions. Indeed, 50% of the targeted beneficiaries will be women and 30% will be youth. Furthermore, ENABEL's intervention will focus on supporting already established smallholder commercial farmers and private firms (suppliers and processors) and will target an additional 21,254 beneficiaries. The IFAD-ENABEL partnership will allow to target and support different actors in the small livestock value chains, with inclusive tailored strategies, leveraging the comparative advantages of the two agencies. IFAD will concentrate its support to its core target group: the vulnerable rural producers, while ENABEL, leveraging its comparative advantage, will engage more market oriented value chain actors. This complementarity allows each partner to operate within its mandate and to leverage its comparative advantage, jointly contributing to a healthy and sustainable growth of the sector.