In Rwanda, climate change will bring floods and droughts, it will increase the incidence of thunderstorms and associated high winds, there will be a change in traditional dry seasons, increased incidence of rainfall, and higher temperatures. These changes will affect existing rural infrastructure and, in addition, pose a threat to planned investments in rural infrastructure. In particular, there is a lack of appropriate guidance and building codes for the construction of post-harvest structures that are resilient to natural disasters and adapted to climate change. This presents major risks to the success of the Post-Harvest Agribusiness Support Project (PASP), funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
In order to address these risks, the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) made a USD 7 million investment, with a focus on designing climate-smart post-harvest and dairy infrastructure. Proposed activities include:
- A detailed survey of existing post-harvest storage structures and milk collection centers to develop appropriate guidance and building codes.
- Capacity building for local building contractors and relevant government staff for building code implementation and compliance.
- Focused consultancies to support the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) in the development of staple food and dairy grades and standards, and capacity building to processors and other key stakeholders on these standards.
- Promotion of rainwater management on postharvest facilities and rural infrastructure, and improvement of existing rainwater storage facilities and standards.
- Improvement of roof designs of rural infrastructure to cope with high winds.
Relationship to CSA
The project aims to ensure that current and future infrastructure investments are resilient to short and long-term climate impacts, and to increase productivity within the agricultural sector.
Impact and lessons learned
The project is expected to increase the resilience of post-harvest infrastructure in Rwanda, and provides valuable lessons in inter-agency coordination, which is crucial for the development of climate-smart infrastructure.
IFAD. 2013b. Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP) including blended Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme Grant (ASAP). Rome, Italy: International Fund for Agricultural Development.http://www.ifad.org/operations/projects/design/110/rwanda.pdf This document provides a detailed design report for the Republic of Rwanda Climate Resilient Post-Harvest and Agribusiness Support Project (PASP) including blended Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme Grant (ASAP).