To initiate, develop and manage suitable programs of transformation and modernization of agriculture and livestock to ensure food security and to contribute to the national economy.
The Vision for is to modernize Agriculture and Livestock to achieve food security.
One of the key pillars of this vision is the transformation of Agriculture from subsistence to a productive high value, market oriented farming that is environmentally friendly and has an impact on other sectors of the economy.
The policy of the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources is to increase animal production, modernize farming, reduce poverty, ensure food security and have surplus for the market. This will ultimately result in the increase of the standard of living of the population. The transformation of the animal resources industry can only be achieved if the constraints to animal production are reversed.
Ten strategic thrusts have been identified, as follows :
1. Diversification and intensification of plant, animal and fish production
2. Diversification of income and employment sources for rural populations
3. Linking products to markets and mainstreaming the agricultural economy into the national and regional economies
4. Sustainable management of natural resources, particularly soil and water
5. Organization, mobilization and capacity-building for producers and their organizations
6. Capacity-building for service providers, privatization and private-sector development
7. Creating an enabling institutional framework for the professionalization of producers and modernization of agriculture in Rwanda
8. Creating an enabling environment for productive investment and the development of entrepreneurship and employment in agro-industry
9. Redefining the role of the Ministry of Agriculture and redirecting its actions towards the sector programme approach in a context of decentralization
10. Promoting the gender approach and reducing vulnerability among disadvantaged groups
Four priority programmes
The plan of action focuses on four priority programmes :
1. Intensification and development of sustainable production systems
2. Support for producer professionalization
3. Promotion of product chains and agro-industry development
4. Institutional development