A leaning tree frames a landscape view of Rwanda's Lake Ruhonda, flanked in the background by the Virunga Volcanoes.

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Agriculture employs nearly 70% of Rwanda’s population and makes up half of the country’s export revenue. As a result, Rwanda’s sustained economic growth depends on the preservation and responsible use of its water supply, which is rendered unpredictable with rainfall fluctuations exacerbated by climate change.

World Bank Group and SEI experts used a combination of SEI’s flagship water modelling tool, WEAP, and macroeconomic analysis to determine whether Rwanda can meet its development goals in the face of uncertain water supply.

Using the information on how water constraints affect economic growth, the researchers issued recommendations on how to support the economic goals outlined in Rwanda’s Vision 2050 policy through sustainable water stewardship.