National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB)

The National Agricultural Export Development Board(NAEB) is dedicated to improving the Rwanda economy through increased agricultural exports. NAEB supports the production of coffee in Rwanda by marketing and promoting the export of coffee, providing technical assistance and planting materials to farmers, and participating in the development of coffee-related policies and strategies. Through the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, NAED supports Rwandan coffee farmers to increase their yields and quality of coffee they produce.

Statement of support

“Coffee is a critically important commercial crop in Rwanda. It plays a major role in the economy of the country, contributing significantly to foreign exchange earnings and to the monetisation of the rural economy. More than 355,000 small holder farm families produce and depend on it for their livelihoods. We have an obligation to these farmers, their lands and the economy of our country to ensure the continued sustainability of the industry. As a country we are pleased to join the Sustainable Coffee Challenge and commit to supporting Rwandan coffee farmers to increase their yields and quality of coffee they produce.” Ambassador Bill Kayonga, Chief Executive Officer

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Partner Since June 2016

Our Commitments

Develop new high yielding coffee varieties resistant to pests and disease. NAEB has mou with world coffee research to introduce new coffee varieties and test them in Rwanda for their resistance to coffee pests and diseases. This activity will also be carried out in collaboration with RAB which has the research in its mandate. RAB will avail land and research staff while NAEB and WCR will fund.

In partnership with: Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), World Coffee Research (WCR)

Target date 2020
Countries targeted Rwanda

Increasing the area under coffee: new coffee tree area being developed in supporting farmers - It is projected to increase production of green from 22000Mt to 29000MT by 2018 - 1500ha of coffee will be developed. No forest will be destroyed, the coffee plantations will established in the existing cultivated area, instead, shade trees will be planted in the new coffee plantations and cover crops will be used to mitigate the effects of drought and for erosion as well. This commitment is in line with NAEB midterm strategy and the EDPRS II - One of the priority in the Economic Development and poverty reduction strategy (EDPRS 2) is to increase the growth of export s and coffee is one of the main exported products in Rwanda. Increase the area under coffee and increase of productivity are the ways to increase the volume of coffee for export.

In partnership with: Farmers (i.e, COCAMU cooperative), Local Authorities (Rulindo, Kirehe, Nyamagabe and Gakenke districts authorities)

Target date 2017
Countries targeted Rwanda

Improving the quality of coffee through the increase of fully washed coffee: 80% of the total coffee produced will be specialty coffee by 2018, from 50% in 2015. This will be the specialty coffee with 80 or plus according the SCAA score. To achieve, we expect to construct 10 more wet mills, to improvement the relationship farmers-wet mill owners and mobilize farmers in good management in orders to increase in order to increase the quality of cherries.

In partnership with: Farmer cooperatives and individual farmers in the country, all the district authorities, all the coffee wet mill owners

Target date 2018
Countries targeted Rwanda