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Kabyaza green village, Rwanda
Image: DW/Wiebke Feuersenger

Green village for Rwandan farmers

October 29, 2019

Rwanda's hillside farming communities are increasingly vulnerable to flooding. For some, whose livelihoods were washed away, a green village offers hope.


Rwanda: Building resilience to rain

Project goal: To help rural communities adapt to climate change and increase resilience in northwestern Rwanda

Project implementation: Construction of ecovillages to rehome families displaced by flooding; improving water and land management systems

Project partners: Partners include NGOs such as Care International and Rwanda's Development Rural Durable, the Association pour la Conservation de la Nature au Rwanda, local and national government departments and local farming cooperatives

Project funding: Funded in part by the UNFCCC's Adaptation Fund, with support from the German Environment Ministry through its International Climate Initiative

Rwanda's economy is underpinned by agriculture and the labor of farmers on rural smallholdings. Around 1.4 million households depend on the land for a living, but 90% of this land is on hillsides where crops are particularly vulnerable to flooding.

Erosion makes farmland increasing vulnerable to extreme weather, and sudden rains can wipe out the livelihoods of entire communities.

For some, the Kabyaza Green Village had offered new homes and a fresh start. Better water management means they can harvest rainfall, and terraced fields resist erosion.

A film by Wiebke Feuersenger.

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