Activities under this Project MOU will include agricultural extension activities (funded by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation) and nutrition training activities (funded by USAID), targeted towards 50,000 beneficiaries, building on the existing structure of IILP. For the agricultural extension component, farmers will choose from among three sets of sector-specific trainings, according to their interests and resources. All beneficiaries will receive nutrition training. The project will be implemented in new sectors within in eight districts of intervention in Rwanda’s Southern and Western Provinces: Nyaruguru, Nyanza, Huye, Nyamagabe, Gisagara, Rutsiro, Karongi,and Ngororero.
In support of the aforementioned activities, Global Communities will train “Be the Change Volunteers” to provide extension services and support to beneficiaries. Local Farmer Field Schools will be established to provide technical assistance and facilitate learning. Beneficiaries will also participate in regular visits to model producers in nearby villages.