Concern Worldwide (UK) recently collaborated with the Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, to complete a field study in Rwanda assessing the impact of support to resource-poor smallholder farmers. As part of the organisation’s ongoing ‘Unheard Voices’ campaign, the study aims to provide evidence to policymakers and practitioners on the impact of support to this particular group, and provide recommendations to scale up effective interventions.
The research highlights promising practices to support smallholder farmers in their attempts to raise agricultural productivity, and the impact of that support on livelihoods and extreme poverty. Initial findings illustrate that a comprehensive package of support including training on new agricultural techniques, access to inputs, and facilitating farmers’ access to savings and credit organisations were critical in raising yields for the target group. In particular, field data illustrates that interventions led to greater consumption of food, feelings of confidence and self-sufficiency, and improved resilience to shocks through savings and social assets.
To communicate the findings of the research, Concern Worldwide (UK) will launch the report at the UK Houses of Parliament on 12th December, as well as through a roundtable with DFID and other peer organisations on 13th December at the DFID Headquarters in Palace Street, London.