Ensuring Farmers Have Timely Access to Improved Inputs


May 1, 2016 - Daniel T. Rukazambuga

Ensuring Farmers Have Timely Access to Improved Inputs
Daniel T. Rukazambuga

Policy Roundtable
Kigali, Rwanda
May 2016

Challenges and Findings
1. Long-term success of the coffee sector (all stakeholders) depends on growth in production and productivity
2. Rwanda’s productivity is among the lowest in East Africa (and in the world)
3. Access to inputs is a critical factor in raising productivity
4. Coffee farmers rarely purchase fertilizer or pesticides (4% fert; 2.5% pest) and only in very small amounts
5. CEPAR/NAEB distribution virtually the sole source of inputs
6. Distribution of inputs is far below the recommended dose per tree (1/6th of fertilizer dose; 1/3 of pesticide dose)
7. Despite low dose, distributed inputs do show a modest positive impact on productivity
8. Relatively equitable distribution (within this sample) of inputs, modestly higher (per tree) to coop CWSs (fert) and coop members (pest)


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