Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) established a state-of-the-art plant propagation nursery and tissue lab in Rwanda which was based on significant know-how in tissue culture and mass plant production techniques. There continues to be considerable pent-up demand for more productive plants and seeds from government agencies, food processors and farmers.
Rural poverty is a curse in many developing nations. It is a vicious cycle of low productivity, low skills, high un- and under-employment, resulting in a stagnant economy with low income and poor nutrition. One of the first issues to tackle – the first sector that China focused on in its remarkable cycle of growth over the last 30 years — is boosting agricultural productivity. There is an urgent need to introduce sustainable, local ag based enterprises that will spur jobs, increase food production, create prosperity and educate the people in modern techniques of soil building and crop rotation without adversely affecting the natural environment.
FAIM generated revenue and increase agricultural productivity in Rwanda from selling high quality, disease-free plants and seeds grown in our plant propagation nurseries, complete with tissue culture lab and advanced soil and water testing. The Company provided starter plants for commerce, food production, reforestation and soil stabilization; its customer base was industries, local governments and farmers. With FAIM’s expertise, our production capacity was higher than any other similar facility in Africa, which lead to better pricing for customers and better margins for FAIM. FAIM also provided growing information to the grower to insure excellent crop production and helped to locate micro financing for farmers with local development banks.