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IJABO

A new model that supports small rural farmers living uphill or far from surface water sources to irrigate.

The Problems Ijabo Solves

Only 1.6% of Rwandan arable land is irrigated.

 

 Farmers living high on the hills and far from surface water are unable to to irriggate and only rely on rain water to grow. 

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121,000 Ha in Rwanda are suitable for small scale irrigation. 

 

Land is highly fragmented in Rwanda with the average farmer holding 0.4 to 0.7 ha of land only

 

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Farmers can increase by more than 50% their yields if they irrigate. A Crop Competitiveness Assessment in 2016 found that yields for several crops in Rwanda were less than half of their potential.

From Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture : "The causes of current low levels of productivity and profitability are multiple, but often related to landfragmentation (small farm-sizes). A rural household cultivates on average 0.6 ha, and has 2-5 animals, hence the plots are often too small to produce a marketable surplus to invest in future production." 

 

Our Solution

Ijabo combines groups of small farmers and installs a full water system for the farmers to share and irrigate from. The group of farmers should at least have 2 ha total combined land to a maximum of 10 ha. 

The farmers only pay for water used on their farms while the system owner, a franchisee or one of the farmers, collects the income to repay the system cost and make a profit for themselves. This model creates income from water sales and from increased yields by the farmers, allowing for shared value creation. 

 

Cost On The Farmer Per Season Per Crop 

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How it Works : A Partnership

The creation of each new Ijabo requires the key partnership of the following entities. 

 

The System Owner

Whether a business person, or one of the farmers, the system owner and operator does the following:

  • Obtain farmers as customers,

  • collect payment from farmers

  • Operate the pump and assure energy cost when solar is not being used. 

  • Pay royalties and financing of the system depening on the modalities of the system construction. 

Water Access Rwanda

We undertake the following responsibilties: 

  • Provide data and evaluation of pump utilization and ensure financial sustainability of model

  • Provide irrigation system including 24 month warranty

  • Provide guidance, expertise and help

  • Provide training and fiscal accounting

  • Facilitate the establishment of new systems by mobilizing capital. 

The Farmers

The farmers commit to using the system for their irrigation needs and this may mean switching to a higher value horticulture crop that will best take advantage of the reliability of water.

 

Improved Income From Same Plot Due to Cultivation of Higher Value Crops. 

Land use consolidation. 

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