USAID's Rwanda Dairy
Competitiveness Program II

Building capacity along the dairy value chain, improving food safety and enhancing the quality of dairy products.

Land O’Lakes International Development and the African Breeders Services Total Cattle Management, Ltd. (ABS) are working to increase the competitiveness of Rwandan dairy products through the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) RDCP II. This $15 million program supports the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR) strategic priorities of improving food security, promoting private sector growth, and facilitating research and investment in technology.

Rwandan dairy once lacked a platform where private and public sector players could issues facing the industry. Due to RDCP II’s partnership with the Rwanda Private Sector Federation and GoR, the Rwanda National Platform (RNDP) was established in 2015. With an objective to serve as a voice for the dairy private sector across the country, RNDP is composed of farmers, processors, input service providers, milk sellers and consumers. It will continue to play a central role in the development of the Rwandan dairy sector past RDCP’s closeout in 2017.

In Rwanda, many smallholder dairy farmers and enterprises struggle to gain a reputation for credit-worthiness. Most financial institutions do not have sufficient knowledge of how they can finance these businesses, which are relatively small and have unpredictable productivity due to weather seasons. To address this issue, RDCP II worked with INSPIRED International to collaborate with a number of local banks and Micro Financial Institutions (MFIs) to develop loan products tailored to working with smaller dairy businesses. As a result, Rwandan dairy farmers, processors and traders have secured $2.4 M in loans.