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Agriculture

Rwanda is dominated by small scale agriculture. Outside of the cities and main towns the countryside is a patchwork of small fields and plantations. Most of the people of Rwanda are dependent on the food they can grow themselves. For this they require land, seed or plants, tools and rain. If the rains fail they will go hungry and have nothing to plant in the next season. Many lost lands and tools during the genocide.

Comfort Rwanda & Congo endeavours to meet the needs required for a project to be ongoing and ultimately self sustainable. In some cases renting or buying land has been the primary requirement together with the purchase of tools and seed or young plants. Education in finances, including introducing the concept of saving, has also been important in making these agricultural projects viable for the long term.

Our agricultural projects fall predominantly into two categories; vegetables grown mainly for food and fruit grown mainly for cash.

Cassava, sweet potatoes and potatoes are starchy foods and are a staple in the diet of many Rwandans. These are often grown as food crops with some of the produce being kept as seed for the next crop. If the harvest is abundant then the excess will be sold for cash.

Pineapples, papaya, bananas, tomatoes and cabbages are often grown as cash crops. The pineapples may go to a juicing plant to be juiced, the juice is bottled and sold in the towns.

Rukemberi, Bugasera and Karongi are all communities with agricultural projects supported by Comfort Rwanda & Congo.