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Partnership for peaceful rural transformation

Preventing land conflicts in Rwanda

This project aimed to ensure that the Rwandan government's ambitious land reform programme was conflict sensitive.

Poverty is still rife in Rwanda and 90% of poor people live in rural areas. In order to address this problem and support the country's growing population, the government is enacting far-reaching changes to address land and productivity issues. But there is very limited public debate and understanding of these policies.

We responded to the challenges and opportunities posed by the Land Act – which will affect 25,200 farmers countrywide, 60% of whom are women.

Together with our partners, we supported the government to prevent and mitigate any conflicts, by enabling rural communities to discuss land reform and agricultural policies in a safe and structured environment.