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Rwanda

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Rwanda

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Background information

Twenty years after the Rwandan Genocide, the country has strengthened good governance and improved its economic performance. In terms of socioeconomic indicators however, there remains need for improvement. The landlocked country Rwanda has only a limited resource base such as gold, cassiterite, wolframite or methane. Industries include cementing, soap, furniture and shoes. Export of coffee and tea is a major source of export earnings.

Agriculture is the backbone of the economy, contributing to around one-third of GDP and over three-quarters of export earnings. Most of the agricultural land area is arable land used for coffee, tea, pyrethrum, bananas, beans, sorghum and potatoes. Every nine of ten Rwandan relies on income from subsistence farming, especially in rural areas. Periodic droughts threaten regularly yields. Despite the overall high agricultural output, cereals need to be imported to fulfill the nation’s demand.

Rwanda is a low-income country and has a food-deficit. It ranks as a least developed country on the HDI (2014). The young population of the most densely populated country in Africa increases further due to high birth rates. High government health expenditures of around one-tenth of GDP are necessary to cope with high HIV infection rates. According to the GHI (2015), around one-third of the Rwandan population is undernourished and roughly every second child below the age of five is severely stunted. The northern and western areas of the country are the most affected.