Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA)

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA) is an international agricultural development organization that specializes in the design and implementation of sustainable, enterprise-based agricultural initiatives. We work with businesses, foundations, governments, and communities to build customized local and global partnerships that meet the world’s growing demand for food. Since our inception in 1985, we have designed and implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity, and improve access to inputs and financing in 47 countries around the world.

Currently, CNFA is implementing Hinga Weze activity. The Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze Activity is a five-year USAID-funded project (2017-2022) that aims to sustainably increase smallholder farmers’ income, improve the nutritional status of women and children, and increase the resilience of Rwanda’s agricultural and food systems to a changing climate. By 2022, the project will have benefited over 700,000 smallholder farmers in ten target districts: Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, and Ngoma (Eastern Province); Karongi, Ngororero, Nyabihu, Nyamasheke, and Rutsiro (Western Province); and Nyamagabe (Southern Province) and across five value chains: high-iron beans, orange flesh sweet potato (OFSP), Irish potato, maize, and horticulture. The Program Approach include: i) Increasing Sustainable Agricultural Productivity: Hinga Weze focuses on interventions that support an integrated systems approach to agriculture productivity and that follow the principles of sustainable land and water use, with particular attention to climate-smart technologies of relevance to Rwanda, facilitating the resilience of farming systems by improving water management, preventing soil erosion, and maximizing the effectiveness of input use; ii) Expanding Farmers’ Access to Markets: In order to enhance farmers’ competitiveness and expand access to markets, Hinga Weze is increasing access to post-harvest equipment and facilities, market information, and credit and financial services; and iii) Improving Nutritional Outcome of Agriculture Interventions: Hinga Weze is focused on strengthening the link between agriculture and nutrition to improve the nutritional status of its communities and families. The implementing partners include Rwanda Development Organization (RDO) and Imabaraga Farmers’ Federation.

CNFA recognizes that agricultural development and nutrition are intimately interconnected. To promote the interaction between agriculture and nutrition, CNFA presents opportunities for practical and economically sound agricultural diversification systems. We adopt a gender-focused lens and use social behavior change to improve the accessibility and affordability of food. CNFA enables program beneficiaries to improve their intake of nutritious foods critical for human development, particularly pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of two.

Area(s) of Focus

Agriculture, Gender, Nutrition, Private Sector Partnerships, Social and Behavior Change Communication, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Youth

Other Areas of Focus

Market and women empowerment

Current Districts Working in Rwanda

Bugesera, Gatsibo, Karongi, Kayonza, Ngoma, Ngororero, Nyabihu, Nyamagabe, Nyamasheke, Rutsiro