Feed Africa: Food security 

Feed Africa: Food security


UNICEF Rwanda and the national nutrition sector, in general, have put their efforts in recent years in promoting a diversified diet in order to address some of the underlying causes of malnutrition. However, this diversification in local food production has not always been in line with the promoted agricultural policy of cash cropping and mono-cropping in certain areas in Rwanda. However, there is no elaborate evidence available, which explores the links between agricultural production being focused on limited crops, food prices in the local market for nutritious foods, and the rates for dietary diversity and dietary frequency amongst the local population.

Challenge statement: 

There is a need to look at the possible links between food security and nutrition and the availability of diverse nutrition-rich foods at local markets as well as the price of these foods in local markets. The hypothesis to test is that in areas where agricultural production is focused on 1-2 crops (e.g. in the tea and coffee belt of the Western Province), the availability of a variety of foods is limited and the price of these foods will be higher compared to areas where there is higher crop diversification in the agricultural production. The link to nutrition should be measured through the standard measures of dietary diversity and minimum meal frequency. 

We are looking for innovative data-driven solutions that would link sourced market-prices and known nutrition indicators and cross-check between different geographical areas in Rwanda with limited diversity in agricultural production and more diversity in agricultural production.

Suggested datasets:
eSoko market price data
Seasonal Agriculture Surveys
Comprehensive Food Security & Vulnerability Analysis surveys
Satellite imagery

Available data:

A number of datasets are available at the links below.:

For access to Bank of Kigali and BRD data, please email the contacts below to request the data.

Datasets contact:

If you have any specific enquiry about access to the datasets, please contact caseyslaught@gmail.com and copy aii@nexteinstein.org