Public-Private Partnership Helps Rwanda Pyrethrum Farmers Boost Incomes

SC Johnson, USAID and The Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture announced the Rwanda Pyrethrum Program, a public-private partnership designed to help Rwanda pyrethrum farmers boost incomes while creating an environmentally and economically sustainable raw materials source. The three-year extension of the initial 28-month program focuses on increasing both production and quality of pyrethrum and on strengthening and expanding the capacity of the cooperative organizations that the farmers rely on to market their crops.

Public-Private Partnership Helps Rwanda Pyrethrum Farmers Boost Incomes

SC Johnson recently extended their public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Borlaug Institute, which works with Rwandan farmers. Since 2009, SC Johnson has worked with the two organizations to help improve the production of pyrethrum. Pyrethrum is a key component of insecticides, produced by SC Johnson, and is derived from the chrysanthemum flower.

During the four years of the project, Rwandan farmers have worked with individuals from the organizations on the drying process for the flower. Rwanda provides a substantial portion of the pyrethrum, mostly grown by subsistence farmers in the country. Key constraints in the value chain were identified as significantly limiting the potential of these farmers. The program has focused mostly on drying procedures, providing key agri-inputs, as well as infrastructure and storage for the production. Over the program’s lifetime, falling yields were reversed and the production nearly tripled.

This second phase of the project will build on first four years through continued focus on increasing yield and reducing post-harvest losses. In addition, the program will work with the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture research agency, the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), on research and development of weeding practices, soil fertility, and pest control.

Empowering female farmers will also be an area of emphasis, including promoting their participation in the development of cooperatives. The future work plan includes development of a women-run waste composting enterprise to increase women’s income and improve soil quality, thus also increasing the productivity of the pyrethrum fields. The raw material for this enterprise will be organic waste from a nearby marketplace. The compost produced will be available for purchase through the cooperatives and can be applied to farmers’ pyrethrum but also may be used on home gardens and other horticultural crops for either consumption or sale. Additionally, all cooperatives will be strengthened with improved communication and enhanced operational and financial management.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The Borlaug Institute’s programs provide researchers, policymakers and university faculty from developing countries the ability to strengthen sustainable agricultural practices through...

  • SC Johnson

    Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    SC Johnson is an American privately held, global manufacturer of household cleaning supplies and other consumer chemicals based in Racine, Wisconsin. It has operations in 72 countries and its...

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Key Information

LocationRwanda, Central Africa
  • Start Date 2013