Posts Tagged ‘development’

RWANDA: Improving the Lives of Small-Scale Farmers

August 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Global Geopolitics & Political Economy / IPS

By Aimable Twahirwa

KIGALI, Aug 16, 2010 (IPS) – Joelle Nsamira Kajuga, a female agricultural researcher has a ready answer to describe which modified crop will produce a higher yield, which will be resistant to bacteria, and which will ensure food security and generate a higher turnover for poor small-scale farmers in different regions in Rwanda.

Kajuga’s extensive knowledge of crops comes after a year of researching various modified seed. And now she hopes to implement her scientific findings to improve the lives of rural small-scale farmers in her country.

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March 2020 – Healthy feeding Healthy People, Peaceful Communities.

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Present Day: March 10, 2020 6:30PM
I am at the balcony of my house with Karen (my 2 year old daughter – she is adorable). I am a “family guy now”, I have a wife, 2 year old beautiful daughter and my follower sister Joan. The apartment is on the country side – from my balcony is a clear view of Lake Victoria. The sunset looks beautiful. The reflection of the sun on the water. 🙂 God I love nature. Reminds me how important it is to preserve this beauty for the future generations.
“Javie, Karen, dinner is serving now” my sister is calling out – dinner time.
Karen and I rush to our little dinning room.
Its a beautiful evening and we all are in dinner mood. What more can one demand?

We have: Irish potatoes, matooke (green bananas cooked and mingled), noodles (my friend sent me by post from the US), beans, beef, with a little bit of french beans and salad.
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Provide Skills NOT just Finished Technologies!

March 3, 2010 2 comments

Most of the current problems in Africa are being solve by the few “experts”. On top of being expensive, it takes them a bit of time to do the necessary research and studies before they come to a conclusion.
In my opinion, it would be a lot easy if the local people are given the skills to investigate solutions to the problems affecting them. This makes them feel more involved hence taking up the obligation to find solutions to their own problems and “make it happen”/ innovate.
Its the same with the technologies. Once people get the technologies, they don’t feel the urge to work hard or improve on the current technologies or even look for cheaper solutions.
But when the solution to a problems affecting a wider community comes as a result of skill the locals have earned. They get more involved in applying the required skills – more innovative too!!
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