Just another day for the Three Stones data collection team and drivers. Landslides and flat tires. Amazingly, despite the odds, the team hit all their targets and remained on track—a testament to their professionalism and resourcefulness.
Three Stones is currently conducting a gender gap assessment for the Hinga Weze project in Rwanda on behalf of Plan International, US. The analysis examines the gender barriers experienced by project beneficiaries that will have an impact on women’s full economic participation, particularly their participation in extension service offerings; household decision-making; participation in entities related to economic empowerment.
Launched in June 2017, the Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is a five-year USAID-funded project 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. Employing a holistic, integrated approach, the project interventions “target the interrelated issues of under-nutrition, food insecurity and barriers to agricultural productivity by focusing on the sustainable intensification of Rwandan smallholder farming systems, with an emphasis on climate-smart, nutrition-sensitive approaches”. Furthermore, by identifying “market linkages, infrastructure, nutrition, innovation and policy as focal points for support and intervention, the strategy focuses on enabling improvements for private sector-led growth in the agriculture sector and on building capacity within value chains to improve the competitiveness of farmers and commodities.”
Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is implementing Hinga Weze through a consortium of local and international partners, including Plan International, Souktel, Rwanda Development Organization and the Imbaraga Farmer Federation. Hinga Weze is expected to reach over 700,000 vulnerable persons and 174,000 children in ten target districts.