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Banana Plants for Food Security in Rwanda

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Banana Plants for Food Security in Rwanda

Poor farming practices, floods, and other calamities have increased the risk of food insecurity in Rwanda. This has become a great burden in the country especially since almost 80% of its labor force works in agriculture. Agriculture also serves as the foundation of the country’s economy, accounting for 1/3 of Rwanda’s GDP. With continuous effort and through the help of various international agencies, most parts of the country are already experiencing improved food security. Clean, virus-free plants for food security are being cultivated, by the Rwandan/American owned corporation FAIM, such as banana plants, passion fruit plants, pineapple plants, and tamarillo plants.

Disease-resistant banana plants are now being grown not just in Rwanda but in other parts of Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Banana is an important cash and food crop that has unlimited uses. Strategies for increasing yields and creating a more diversified crop system as well as new technology for the production of banana plants and variants with the use of tissue culture are being introduced to exploit the under utilized potentials of bananas not just to improve the food security and nutrition in the country but also to improve livelihoods and increase income generation.

Forestry and Agriculture Investment Management (FAIM) was committed to helping increase food security in Africa by providing healthy, virus-free, and clean plants as well as sharing modern farming techniques to African farmers. They are working to provide disease-free starter plants that can be used for soil stabilization, food production, and commerce. FAIM also provides the necessary resources to help farmers achieve the best results, from cultivation to financing to marketing the harvested products. With the multiple benefits that the banana plants provide, it has become an essential tool in improving food security in Rwanda.

FAIM at one time was in development several banana plant varieties that are showing resistance to the fusarium that is found in the soil throughout Rwanda.

virus free banana trees

Beautiful banana trees.

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Tamarillo Plants: A Healthy and Efficient Tissue Culture Plants

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Tamarillo Plants: A Healthy and Efficient Tissue Culture Plants

Apart from the banana plants and pineapple plants, Rwanda was known for producing tamarillo plants in an effort to increase its food security. Since they wanted to make use of tissue culture plants to boost up the farming practices of Rwandan farmers, Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) is able to provide healthy disease free tamarillo plants.

Tamarillo plants for food security are healthy and make the life of Rwandan farmers fruitful with the production of huge number of fruits. FAIM maintains  inventory in tamarillo plants for farmers to immediately plant in their fields.

Tamarillo CDC

Tamarillo CDC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

FAIM is offered tamarillo plants in order to assure that they will be given right amount of nutrients and at the same time provide them with a healthy and wealthy living. People who will be planting tamarillo plants to improve food security in Rwanda can become successful since they would be given an excellent chance to achieve the essential benefits brought by the plant.

 

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Bananas Bring Top Money at Farmer’s Market

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

When we took our banana bunches to market last week, the bunches brought top dollar. FAIM plants are performing beautifully for our customers and our own farm. Our tissue culture plants are clean, healthy and out performing other plants.    FAIM bananas at market in Rwanda

We are working towards food security for all of Rwanda.

While we are booking plants for the B planting season, we do have a limited number of banana, patchouli, tamarillo and passion fruit plants still in stock ready for farmers to plant.

 

 

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Youth Must Be Encouraged Into Farming for the Future of Food Security

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The youth must be encouraged into farming as an occupation for the future of food security. Food Insecurity will continue to rise in Africa until governments understand and promote the importance of healthy, virus-free plants, along with proper farming techniques and to assist their farmers in purchasing these plants.

Government support of private companies specializing in disease free plants and farm education is, also, necessary to change the face of farming in these countries. Few governments, NGO’s or non-profit organizations can effectively tackle such projects for lack of management and long term grant funding, yet private industry can’t survive without the collaboration from the governments extending down to the farmers, as the farmers look to their governments for leadership.

Farmers continuing to grow or plant diseased plants keeps them in the vicious cycle of non-productivity. The old saying of ‘we’ve always done it this way’ must come to a stop. It’s a new day and with this day comes old problems requiring new tactics.

African farmers should be encouraged by their governments and provided assistance to obtain these plants, plant them so that with proper care, realize abundant harvests with which those farmers should not only be able to pay back their obligations, but provide a decent living for their families. Without this hope, the youth will continue to drift away from this avenue of employment.

Faim was located in East Africa and currently producing clean healthy plants through propagation techniques such as clean seed sources, cuttings, divisions and tissue culture in our modern lab facilities. We ship plants to the countries of East Africa, West Africa, and Middle East. Our plants are healthy, virus-free plants for food security projects.

Article from All Africa on Experts Warn of Food Insecurity in East Africa

 

Africa (Eastern region)

Africa (Eastern region) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

If you are curious to learn more about Rwanda, where Steve has been living for the past couple of years, and find out what his work and great guacamole have to do with ending poverty?  Pick up A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda from your local independent bookstore or favorite online retailer.  It has received great reviews and is written by one of Steve’s friends in Rwanda, Josh Ruxin.

Order A Thousand Hills to Heaven:
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Plants for Food Security in Production for Rwandan Farmers

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Plants for food security in production for Rwandan farmers. With majority of the banana plants diseased, majority of fruit production is currently being imported. Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM Africa) is propagating through tissue culture healthy disease-free plants for Rwandan farmers as well as all sub-Saharan countries and the Middle East.

Production included cooking bananas Injagi and Imporogoma, as well as Fhia 17 and Fhia 25 which are bananas primarily used for beer and desert. Available for shipping to areas outside Rwanda is FAIM’s own Sugar Baby Apple Banana, a banana that produces juice so sweet will have you doubting that is from a banana at all!

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FAIM1 (Photo credit: USDAgov)

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Rural Women are a Strong Force in Agriculture

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

This article came to my attention today as it is International Day of Rural Women. It profiles women – who actually make up almost half of rural people who work in agriculture. What this article promotes is what FAIM is working towards here in Rwanda and we are making headway with some successes – financial assistance for African farmers both men and women. With financial assistance and clean virus free plants, farmers are able to produce larger healthy crops that actually mature and can make it to market. One step closer to Food Security.

Message by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka for International Day of Rural Women, 15 October, 2013 – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2013/10/ed-message-for-intl-rural-women-day#sthash.DPuNaSkW.dpuf

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(en) Rwanda Location (he) מיקום רואנדה (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Disease Free Plants for Food Security

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
Plants for food security.

Plants for food security.

FAIM is now accepting orders for clean, disease free plants for food security in Rwanda, sub-Saharan countries, Middle East, India and China. Currently available are banana plant varieties such as apple bananas and FAIM’s own wonderfully sweet, soon to be released, introduction, Tamarillo plants, pineapple plants, passion fruit plants, patchouli plants and bamboo plants to correct erosion problems.

Our agronomists are available to help make your FAIM plants grow successfully. We look forward to working with you.

Plants ready for customers

Plants ready for customers

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OPIC Loan Helps with Food Security in Rwanda

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management, USA, LLC, (FAIM) receives loan from Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S.

Logo of the United States Overseas Private Inv...

Logo of the United States Overseas Private Investment Corporation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Government’s development finance institution to further their efforts to help with food security in Rwanda.

Based in Kigali since 2010, FAIM grows virus-free plants such as banana varieties, passion fruit, tamarillos and pineapple. With the recent OPIC funding, the company will expand their operation with new tissue culture laboratories to further production of their mainstay plants as well as starting production on new plant varieties like potatoes and strawberry plants.

FAIM, CEO, Steven Jones, notes, “This program to help the African farmer was developed about 6 years ago by my wife, Cheryl and I, after a trip on a USDA Trade Missions to Madagascar and South Africa. There wasn’t anything that our nursery in Tennessee could offer these people that would make their lives better. So, we developed a program that would help to solve many of the problems that the African farmer is experiencing with their crops beginning with clean healthy plants. It took years of tweaking, locating the right social investors, being awarded a grant from AECF (African Enterprise Challenge Fund) to help get our project off to a good start, but, here we are now 3 years in Rwanda and growing once again with OPIC financing.”

According to Jones, the FAIM program began in Rwanda one of the most densely populated countries in Africa yet lacking in food security. The banana and pineapple production, alone, in Rwanda has seriously declined in the past few decades leaving the country to import much of the produce. Providing the Rwandan farmers with healthy plants, extension services and FAIM’s own Farm School, they now have the opportunity to successfully grow quality produce to sell in local markets as well as through other distribution networks.

FAIM offered plants for food security farming for farmers in Rwanda and other sub-Saharan African countries, Middle East and Asia.

Growing Plants to Feed the World!

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We’re Recognized in USDA blog

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

United States Department of Agriculture writes about FAIM in their blog.      Planting Seeds of Prosperity 

I want to make note that FAIM has not received any grant funding from any USDA program. We are funded by some social investors and, soon to join our group, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC is a U.S.development finance institution). FAIM was awarded funding from Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund.

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Potting Day

Planting some of our tissue culture plants into larger containers. FAIM offered banana, apple banana, passion fruit, tamarillo and pineapple plants for Rwandan farmers or shipping into nearby countries.

 

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