RDCP II was a 5-year project funded by the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative. Land O’Lakes has implemented the project in 17 districts across all five provinces of Rwanda. This project aimed to reduce poverty through expanded production and marketing of quality milk that generates income and employment, and improves nutrition of rural households. The activity’s development hypothesis was that improving raw milk quality and efficiency of production, together with marketing all along the dairy value chain, would pay high returns to public and private investment.
RDCP II aimed to improve the livestock production systems of an estimated 50,000–63,000 dairy-producing smallholder farmers and 150,000–200,000 cows. Beneficiaries were roughly differentiated among extensive production systems of the east and northwestern parts of the country that rely on grazing as their sole feeding source, and semi-intensive systems in the northeast and south, as well as those near urban centers, mainly Kigali. The latter group rely partially on cut-and-carry practices of CCAFS INFO NOTE 2 feed provision, which consist of harvesting grasses and fodder crops including in off-farm locations.