The African Development Bank allocated $14.8 million to PADAB, the Agricultural Development Project in Bugesera, a region south of Kigali that had suffered recurrent droughts. Its goal was to relaunch agricultural production by irrigating the 650-hectare Mwesa Valley and focusing on the development of 4 main crops: maize, cassava, banana and rice, which is seen as essential.
The result was a boom in agricultural production in the region. Thousands of landless small farmers benefited from new plots and more than 60,000 people are benefiting from this project. Poverty has declined, as has the rural exodus.