catalist_two_newCatalyze Accelerated Agricultural Intensification for Social and Environmental Stability




promotes agribusiness cluster development, market integration and agricultural intensification.


Improving Livelihoods and Promoting Regional Trade

The CATALIST-2 project, funded by The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the embassies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi, DRC and Rwanda and and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Rwanda (2012-2016), seeks to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and others in the agricultural value chain while promoting regional trade and business linkages that will support regional peace and stability.

The project is part of IFDC’s East and Southern Africa Division.


Significantly Improving Food Security

CATALIST-2 focuses on effective
agribusiness clusters, high-demand commodities, existing
agro-dealer networks and
infrastructure to improve food security.

Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships

Using the “market” as the key driver for agricultural intensification, scarce development resources will be maximized through the use of public-private partnerships (PPPs).

CATALIST-2 will increase surplus agricultural production linked to vibrant markets and plan to help 700,000 smallholder farmers to increase their incomes by 50 percent.



DGIS . SDC in Rwanda


Farmer-based organizations . National and international non-governmental organizations .
Burundi Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock . DRC Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development . MINAGRI . WUR-CDI