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

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

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 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.”

FAIM (Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management) provides clean, disease free plants. Plants such as passion fruit, tamarillo, patchouli, pineapple, strawberry and banana plant varieties are available year round. To purchase plants, call +250 78 838 6266 for an appointment or stop by our Kigali office at KN 80 #9, Kigali, Rwanda.

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FAIM Hiring for New Position

Sunday, June 29th, 2014
Position open with FAIM Africa, Rwanda for experienced plant propagation manager skilled in all forms of plant propagation. i.e. tissue culture acclimatization, seed, RC, grafting, budding, and plant layering. Must hold bachelors degree from an accredited University. Must be self-starter with good work skills and one-year minimum tissue culture lab experience as well as one-year nursery experience.
Send current CV with references to sjones@faim.co between July 1st and July 7th, 2014. No applications will be accepted after the closing date of July 7, 2014

 

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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) has been growing 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 has 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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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) is 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 also has in development several banana plant varieties that are showing resistance to the fusarium that is found in the soil throughout Rwanda.

To reserve your banana plants, call FAIM or SMS +250 78 838 6266 for more information.

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 is also 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 offering 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.

So, don’t miss the chance of getting in touch with FAIM if you want to help improve the food security in Rwanda though tamarillo plants for food security.  You will be given an idea on how to be able to plant and take good care of your tamarillo plants in order to give you effective and healthy benefits through the production of their fruits. Call FAIM or SMS +250 78 838 6266  for more information regarding the tamarillo plants available for planting.

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FAIM 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.

To buy FAIM plants for your farm, phone us at: +250 78 838 6266

 

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

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

 

 

Our 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 is 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

 

 

Are you 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 closest 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.

Currently in production are the 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!

Call or visit our office in Kigali to discuss your planting needs. FAIM is currently taking orders for plants to be delivered during planting season B.

FAIM Africa ltd
KN 80, #9
Kigali, Rwanda
+25 (0)78 838 6266
Email: info@faim.co
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FAIM1 (Photo credit: USDAgov)

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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.

Starter plants are now available for the current planting season. From small farmers to large farmers to government projects, FAIM has the plants to help. Contact their office in Kigali +250 78 838 6266 to purchase plants for food security.

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

FAIM USA and FAIM Africa

Growing Plants to Feed the World!

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