Create sustainable crop-livestock farm systems in Rwanda that build resilience to climate shocks & improve biodiversity for future generations. Promote organic agricultural principles & skills which will boost productivity & food security, restore soils & reduce the environmental impact of livestock
It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (299717)
Erratic weather & poor natural resource management increase land degradation & reduce biodiversity & productivity in Rwanda’s Eastern Province. Although over 297,000 cows have been placed by the Rwandan Government’s ‘one cow per poor family’ policy, poor animal management, over-grazing & methane emissions negatively impact the climate. The result, degraded land and families left hungry with no sources of income (86% of project families are food insecure & average daily income is $0.11).
Partnering with the Rwanda Agriculture Board, this project will promote organic agriculture techniques and improved livestock management to sustainably increase crop-livestock production that supports the natural environment. Providing training in kitchen gardens, compost, rainwater capture, agro-forestry, soil fertility, zero-grazing, drought & disease resistant fodder, seed & tree nurseries & renewable energy sources as well as researching how to minimise carbon hoofprint per litre of milk.
“This is a dry place so we always had a challenge of getting something to eat. Because of drought we couldn’t grow vegetables but this is a new technique”. Olive now grows a variety of vegetables and is able to provide her family with a nutritious balanced diet.
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