Info Note: Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II: Efficiency gains in dairy production systems decrease GHG emission intensity
Uwe Grewer, Julie Nash, Louis Bockel, Gillian Galford
This info note provides an overview of the Rwanda Dairy Competitiveness Program II (RDCP II), a 5-year project funded by the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative. The project has been implemented in 17 districts across all five provinces of Rwanda. This project aimed to reduce poverty through expanded production and marketing of quality milk that generates income and employment, and improves nutrition of rural households. Included in the info note is information on RDCP II, low emissions development, the agricultural and environmental context in Rwanda and information on agricultural practices that impact GHG emissions and carbon sequestration.
RDCP II was estimated to have resulted in a strong decrease in the GHG emissions intensity of milk production, defined as the GHG emissions per unit (liter) of milk produced. Extensive cattle production systems reduced their GHG emission intensity by an estimated - 4.11 tCO2e/1000L of milk (-60%), while intensive production systems reduced their intensity by an estimated -1.7 tCO2e/1000L (-47%). The decrease in GHG emission intensity is evidence that RDCP made the value chain more efficient and sustainable in climate change mitigation terms.
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