The expansion is designed to benefit the Rwandan economy by supporting regional trade and giving farmers improved access to markets for their crops. Some 90% of Rwanda’s population is involved in some way with crop cultivation and many farmers live at subsistence level.
Under this contract, Parsons will provide a roads inventory and condition assessments, prioritisation, planning, preparation of technical designs, procurement support, and construction supervision for 1,000km of road improvements.
The project will employ and train local labour and women will comprise at least 30% of the labour force. Parsons will also provide mentor-protégé training on procurement to Rwanda’s district governments to build local expertise and ultimately enable the districts to tender maintenance programmes directly to rural communities.
“Parsons is pleased to support USAID’s goal to ‘feed the future’ by developing sustainable road infrastructure in Africa,” said Parsons Group president Todd Wager. “Parsons has worked in Africa for close to 50 years and has supported many USAID projects in Africa with design, engineering, and construction services to improve lives by delivering clean water, reliable power, and improved transportation.”