‘Rwanda committed to meet food security targets by 2030’

On 3 May 2019 at 12:00

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that Rwanda is trying, by all means, to completely eradicate food insecurity and poverty by 2030.

He has revealed it today as he officiated the launch of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2019 Global Food Policy Report (GFPR) at Kigali in Rwanda.

“We are projecting to meet, by 2030, the SDGs targets of ending poverty in all
its forms everywhere, end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture,” he Premier Ngirente.

He thanked the leadership of IFPRI led by Dr. Shenggen Fan, for their consistent engagement in strengthening the partnership between IFPRI and the Rwandan Government and for deciding to launch the report in Kigali.

The 2019 Global Food Policy Report indicates that poverty and food insufficiency continued to persist in 2018 due to different problems including climate change, tensions in relations and trade between countries, environment degradation among others.

Despite improved countries’ economic development, the report revealed that governments seem to have turned the back against programs meant to promote rural development concentrating on promoting cities while 80% of poor people worldwide are from rural areas.

Premier Ngirente highlighted that findings of this report clearly show that Rwanda is on the right path to Africa’s journey to revitalize its rural areas. He explained that, in this regard, Rwanda has made some concrete progress in rural revitalization.

Premier Ngirente informed participants of the event that in a bid to embark on rural transformation, Rwanda has implemented the Strategic Plan for Agricultural Transformation (PSTA4) which aims at significantly increasing the productivity of different inputs invested in the agricultural sector, and promoting market linkages and value addition to agriculture produce.

He called upon policymakers to continue empowering agriculture professionals and strengthening research in order to address existing challenges in the agriculture sector and to increase investment in agriculture as well as promoting the use of modern technologies.

Premier Ngirente commended the report because it details, with evidenced-based facts, the urgency of rural revitalization in order to address the crisis of food insecurity in rural areas and reiterated that the Government of Rwanda looks forward to continuing its collaboration with IFPRI on its development journey.

Shenggen Fan, the Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said that, 20 years ago, countries had adopted the program focusing on the development of rural areas but deviated later to concentrate on cities.

He explained that economic progress through the development of cities had no positive impact on rural development heavily relying on agriculture.

Shenggen noted that such situation shall be improved through considerable investment in agriculture which is expected to tackle the problem of joblessness facing the world. In September 2017, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported 821 million people experiencing persistent hunger up from 804 million in 2016.

Rwanda’s Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente has said that Rwanda is trying, by all means, to completely eradicate food insecurity and poverty by 2030