|Title:||Rwanda - Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP) - Oct. 2016|
Grace Mukamana, a smallholder farmer from rural Rwanda, looks at her mobile farmer with another farmer from her cooperative in Eastern Province, Ngoma District, about an hour outside Kigali. Parts of Rwanda have been hit by persistent drought over the last few years, rainfall patterns have been erratic with the result that, again, farmers are confused as to when to plant and harvest. One of the main issues for maize farmers has been a lack of weather information and technology needed to make decisions about when to plant their crops. This meant that their seeds would get wiped out by floods, their crops by drought and mudslides would make it hard to travel to market.
With IFAD's support, farmers the KOREMU cooperative received training on climate change and risk management, use of weather and climate information for agricultural planning, post-harvest handling and storage practices. Through a weather forecasting system they received relevant weather and agricultural information on their cell-phones. Now Grace can choose the right seeds, plan her agricultural activities in advance and invest in crop insurance when bad weather strikes.
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