A man holds two green tomatoes while kneeling in a field. In the background irrigators spray another field and a small solar PV installation can be seen.

This picture was taken by Victor Mugarura September 9, 2019, in Ngoma District in Eastern Rwanda. It features one the beneficiaries of Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity, a five-year $32.6 million USAID-funded project (2017-2022) that aims to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of women and children, and increase the resilience of Rwanda’s agricultural and food systems to a changing climate. Hinga Weze works to empower over 530,000 smallholder farmers across 10 districts.

This man is pictured tending to his tomato garden irrigated using a solar-powered scheme constructed as a partnership with Rwanda Agriculture and Livestock Board (RAB) and Ngoma District. This is part of a project to set up several solar-powered irrigation schemes to irrigate 300 Hectares in 4 districts. The solar scheme is made up of a water source, a solar plates and generator and a 500 cubic metre reservoir. The pictured sprinklers and solar panels are part of a complete solar-powered scheme located in Rukumberi Sector, a semi-arid area in Ngoma District in Eastern Rwanda where his cooperative will now be able to grow vegetables all-year-round mainly watermelon, tomatoes and green pepper.

A man tends to his tomato garden irrigated using solar-powered irrigation scheme

Copyright © 2019 Victor Mugarura

Country Rwanda
Topics Energy

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