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Winner of the 2015 Sankalp Africa Summit Held in Nairobi February 5th & 6th

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

We won!!!

FAIM emerges as the winner of the 2015 Sankalp Awards for 2015.

Organized by Intellecap, the Sankalp Africa Summit celebrated its 3rd year connecting investors with socially responsible companies that are providing the most impact for their regions.

This year’s theme of the summit centered around accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship towards an inclusive Africa focusing on boosting the GDP and tackling unemployment. Held at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, Kenya February 5th & 6th other contenders included programs such as safe drinking water, renewable energy, mushroom cultivation and financial services.

Founded in 2011 by Steve and Cheryl Jones along with a small investment group and based in Kigali, Rwanda, FAIM (Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management) is the first tissue culture lab and plant propagation nursery of its kind in Africa producing clean, disease free planting materials for the farmers in Rwanda and surrounding countries.

FAIM Africa is tackling the challenges of providing clean plants and seeds as well as providing the Rwandan farmers with the knowledge and assistance in successful agronomy practices that will dramatically increase plant productivity reducing poverty and addressing food security in Rwanda.

Tissue Culture Lab in Africa

Steve Jones, FAIM CEO, notes, “Using FAIM plants, it is common for farmers to see 5 to 10 times increase in crop production. With numbers like these, a farmer can realize strong profits and provide a good living for them and their family yet still afford to plant back with new plants.” Jones adds, “Our FAIM Farm School, which is free to every FAIM customer, instructs farmers with only the best agronomy practices to prepare, plant and care for their crops.”

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Business fund boosts African farms

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

In Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, the One Acre Fund’s new approach to small-scale farming has spread to more than 100,000 families in four years. Could it be a model for the rest of Africa?
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One Acre Fund Operations

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014


Overview of One Acre Fund’s program model.

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WORLD VISION RWANDA RESTORING HOPE

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

In 2000, World Vision started model Area Development Programmes (ADPs) that work with communities to find long-term solutions to poverty through community-led integrated programmes including Education, Health and Nutrition, Peace-building, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Livelihoods and Food Security, Disaster Response, and Child Protection.
• Operating in 15 out of 30 Rwandan districts
• Reaching more than 4,000,000 people
• Implementing 29 large scale area development programs
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Food Security

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

By empowering countries to grow their way out of poverty, we can break the cycle of hunger and build a more stable world for future generations.

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Global Food Security

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014


Great video (narrated by Matt Damon) that illustrates the problem of global food security http://www.oneprosper.org Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/onepros.

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Business Fund Puts African Farmers on Road to Market

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

In Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi, a new approach to small-scale farming has spread to more than 100,000 families in just four years. Part of the Food for 9 Billion series, Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on an organization called One Acre Fund that brings struggling farmers together, offering them training, resources and market access.
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Growing Africa

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

http://www.worldbank.org/africa – African farmers could create a trillion-dollar market for their goods by 2030, if they can access more capital, better infrastructure and land.
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Pineapple Plants: A Key Towards Improving Food Security in Rwanda

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Pineapple Plants: A Key Towards Improving Food Security in Rwanda 

Pineapple production is considered as one of the key sources of economic growth in Rwanda. However, in the past, most pineapple farmers in the country have been relying on purchasing suckers from other countries including Uganda. This increased the risk of plant disease, decreased the quality of the products, and raised the costs of production. To help address this issue, Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) grew virus-free pineapple plants as well as tamarillo, passion fruits, and tissue culture grown banana plant varieties.

The company has also introduced new farming techniques and practices that will help farmers have clean and healthy plants for better food security in Rwanda. FAIM provides Rwandan farmers that opportunity to increase the production of pineapple plants or grow quality produce that they can sell in the local market for added income. FAIM is dedicated to providing farmers in the country with specific solutions to various challenges that they are experiencing to ensure the pineapple production is environmentally and socially sustainable.

FAIM grew healthy MD2 pineapple plants that have been grown to ensure that they will are disease free. FAIM’s  pineapple plantlets are ideal for pineapple cultivation since they are resistant to wilt disease, root rot, mealy bugs, and nematodes, and are free from common pathogens.

Pineapple is one of the plants for food security in Rwanda that can help improve the overall quality of life of Rwandan people. With FAIM’s help, increasing agricultural productivity and improving food security is now made easier to achieve.

MD-2 Pineapple

MD-2 Pineapple

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Passion Fruit Plants for Food Security in Rwanda

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Passion Fruit Plants for Food Security in Rwanda

Passion fruit plants are the most abundant type of backyard crops that are commonly sold in the market as juices that supplies nutrients and vitamins in the body.  It is a seasonal fruit with round or oval shape and contains white or even purple flowers. It has sometimes yellow or purple black that are eaten or make into juices. It does not only enhance flavors and aroma of foods but also gives energy and nutrient to the body.

For people who are not yet familiar with this type of plants for food security in Rwanda would completely answer their needs.  FAIM is known for producing these disease free plants that are commonly planted by local people for their daily consumption and needs. To be able to help the people out, FAIM is already helping improve the country’s food security with passion fruit plants and other cash crops such as tissue culture banana plants and pineapple plants.

Passion fruit still on the vine

Passion fruit still on the vine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) is not just giving people with a wide array of knowledge regarding the plant but also teaching them how to plant and take good care of this passion fruit plants.  These passion fruits plants for food security are already ready to be planted in the fields.

 

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