Rubavu outcome 2

On 26 November 2021 a group of experts was convened in Rubavu to select the key value chains for the NICE project in a participatory, multi-stakeholder approach. In two focus group discussions [group A focusing on i) government buy-in, ii) agro-ecological potential, and iii) production feasibility; and group B focusing on i) nutrition improvement potential, ii) market potential, and iii) income generation] workshop participants ranked the pre-selected food value chains in each of the provided criteria and confirmed their ranking in a plenary discussion where value chains with lowest overall ranks have been finally selected.

Eggs, fish and several horticulture cultures such as carrots, onions and cabbages have been selected as the value chains to further focus on in Rubavu and beneficial potentials for vulnerable groups as well as value chain challenges are analyzed for each selected food commodity to define most effective interventions.

A farmers’ survey to understand the current status and potential for agroecological practices in Rubavu using an adapted version of FAO’s Self-evaluation and Holistic Assessment of climate Resilience of farmers and Pastoralists tool with 150 farmers was conducted in Rubavu in March 2022.