Agriculture, Industry, Trade and Regional Integration

Milk industrial plant(Credit UNDP/Elena Ganan)


One UN contributes to a stronger agricultural sector through increased local purchases and underpins value chains development by increasing the volume of cash and voucher programmes benefitting the food insecure population. The increased dietary diversification contributes to reduced chronic malnutrition among the most vulnerable households in the long term.

One UN works to enhance the institutional and regulatory frameworks for food safety control and private sector compliance to predetermined standards. This entails institutional coordination, policy reviews and capacity development to enable effective resource utilization, consumer protection and creation of a business environment conducive for private sector development.



One UN’s involvement in industry aims at supporting efforts to strengthen improvements in total factor productivity. The Accelerated Industrial Development for Africa (AIDA) provides the framework to underpin One UN’s support to the industrialization drive in Rwanda through all stages of the industrial value chain. Capacity development for the operationalization of a National Industrial Policy and Master Plan will be prioritized. The Government’s effort to mainstream trade and investment policies into all national development strategies will continue to be supported. Emphasis is put on the need to ensure policy coherence and consistence between industrial, trade and agriculture policies in compliance with standards, norms and regulations set up at both international and regional levels. Strategies to promote industrial clusters are being developed and good practices on the establishment of incubation parks that support innovation, competitiveness, collaboration and technology diffusion are documented and lessons for future implementation are derived. Public-Private dialogue and partnerships are promoted.


Trade and Regional Integration

One UN supports the Government’s efforts to mainstream regional integration at the national level by strengthening the strategic capacities of the institutions to develop and implement more effective regulatory frameworks and strategies in compliance with regional agreements. This includes: strengthening national policy ‘think-tanks’ to better master the costs and benefits analysis of regional integration; domesticate and popularize Rwanda’s regional integration agenda to collectively carry the nation forward and scale-up efforts to harmonize and align policies, laws, regulations, standards and practices with regional norms and treaties with the view of reducing transaction costs, incidence of cross-border trade generated gender-based violence and facilitate factor flows, namely goods services and people. Potentially, this can make Rwanda more competitive regionally and globally. Through study tours, exchange visits and other peer learning approaches, Rwandan entrepreneurs and leaders of industry are given opportunities to share experiences, learn-by-doing and build networks to support their growth and development. Concomitantly, One UN complements and supports Government efforts to ensure that EDPRS 2 is compliant with regionally integration commitments. This includes strengthening platforms for dialogue and consultation, especially the sector working group on regional integration.


Success stories

30 Sep

Supporting Farmer Cooperatives in Rwanda


The One UN, lead by the World Food Programme (WFP), works to empower small-holder farmers through local purchasing strategies in order to achieve sustainable food security and a more diverse economic base, while also improving famers' prospects through increased income opportunties.

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