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IFAD's first experience with the Pachamama Raymi methodology , was in MARENASS. Few years after this project ended, IFAD formulates an innovative project for Rwanda (Africa), using some elements of Pachamama Raymi, like the "community competitions". Is this the first time Pachamama Raymi reaches Africa?

The Kirehe Community-based Watershed Management Project (KWAMP) aims to promote the marketoriented intensification of agricultural systems built on sound environmental practices in order to assist very poor smallholders to overcome their food insecurity and low agricultural incomes, to arrest land degradation and to restore soil fertility.

The goal of KWAMP would be the reduction in rural poverty in Kirehe District, as evidenced by a step improvement in household food and nutrition security, asset ownership and quality of life indicators, particularly amongst vulnerable groups. The immediate objectives converge on the development of sustainable profitable small-scale commercial agriculture in Kirehe District

Sustainable incremental income from farming and related economic activities is the operational instrument for poverty reduction among the poor majority.

The total number of households in the project target group would be around 48 000, or about 253 000 people (87% of the District’s population). Within that plurality, activities would be targeted on vulnerable groups, poorer areas and women.

The total cost of the project is USD 48 million.

Interestingly, the IFAD project document includes a translation in French of the Rules and Regulations, as formulated by DEXCEL-Peru for one of its projects in Peru, as an example for use with KWAMP (see below).