This picture was taken behalf of Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze by Herve Irankunda, February 2, 2019, in Ngororero District in Southwestern Rwanda. It features a woman on a terraced hillside constructed by Hinga Weze, 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 woman is pictured tending to her Irish potato plot where she was mobilized together with fellow cooperative members to construct the terraces in order to curb soil erosion and floods that were washing away top fertile soils hence reduce productivity around this hilly parts of Rwanda. The farmers, including women, are now able to double their produce from the same plot of land and are gaining more income. Working with districts, Hinga Weze plans to construct about 2,000 of progressive and radical terraces.