The overall goal of Poverty Reduction is to move Rwandan agriculture from a largely subsistence based system to a modernized, nationally-integrated and knowledge – intensive sector with more emphasis on diversification, agro-processing, productivity-enhancement, and capacity development.
Despite efforts to diversify the economy, Rwanda remains an economy heavily dependent on agriculture in terms of employment opportunities and export revenues. Notwithstanding the sectors difficulties, an emerging large-scaled agro-processing sector is beginning to evolve in Rwanda. This has primarily been driven by significant regional players who have invested in multi-million dollar processing facilities in the country to exploit both regional and domestic trade opportunities.
In its support to the Government of Rwanda’s efforts towards achieving economic transformation, One UN is focusing on promoting strategies for pro-poor and inclusive growth through upstream policy advice, applied research and evidence-based analysis, as well as sustained and relevant monitoring and evaluation.
The role of extractive industries and land and natural resources management are critical components of support. Technical support is provided to strengthen national capacities for effective resource mobilization and utilization, industrial and trade competitiveness through industrial diagnosis, trade competitiveness analysis and benchmarking for access to global sub-contracting and supply-chain and networks.