Posts Tagged ‘Food security’

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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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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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.

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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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We’re Profiled in Forbes.com

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

We are so excited to be profiled in Forbes.com. The article was written by Josh Ruxin, a Forbes.com contributor who is based in Rwanda. I am honored that Josh chose the our plant program to write about. It’s an excellent article and I hope you’ll take time to read it.

Growing Rwanda Out of Poverty

Contact FAIM for pricing and plant availability.

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Beautiful banana trees.

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Plants growing in January

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Passion Fruit Plants

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Bamboo Plants

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Bamboo plants ready to ship out to customers for erosion control, barriers, and long term growth for harvesting.

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Kenya meeting and the development of a sustainable forestry and agricultural project for Africa

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

The year was 2007, and our newly formed company, FAIM (Forestry and Agriculture Investment Management) was invited by USDA, (United States Department of Agriculture) to travel Kenya to meet with representatives from 8 selected African countries to present our project. As mentioned in my last post, the point of the USDA Trade Missions to different countries is to take your “wares” to new markets. In our case the USDA liked our concept to help the farmers so much that they made an exception and featured FAIM (created and founded by Cheryl Jones, my wife and I) to present to the visitors attending the mission meetings.

The concept is simple. FAIM would establish a state of the art plant propagation facility in Africa based on significant know-how and the latest research in tissue culture, lab and production techniques. We would produce a wide variety of plants for food security, foods for processing, erosion, reforestation and soil stabilization. FAIM would not be plant specific but would cater to the plant needs of that particular area of the world. FAIM would provide innovation with the latest scientific research to propagate the highest numbers of disease free plants for the best possible price of any facility of its kind in the world. More importantly FAIM would be a private business, selling plants, and would be profitable and therefore sustainable.

FAIM was given a meeting room to present our venue before a distinguished group, including government officials, representatives from Universities, and private sector business people. The meeting was a success and after the presentation everyone had questions. The next three days were very busy with everyone wanting our attention. It was in Kenya that we met the representatives from Rwanda.

I will not bore you with the details of the next five years through the development and the evolution of FAIM, but from time to time I may mention different subjects in a paragraph or two when the story may need depth.

The story continues in 2011 when the decision was made for FAIM to begin business and develop its first facility in Rwanda.


To be continued in my next post.  Steve & Cheryl
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How it all started

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
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In 2005, I was invited on the USDA Trade Mission to South Africa and in a last minute effort, added a stop to Madagascar. I found the people of Madagascar to be friendly, kind and happy. To observe them was to see individuals who were busy, going and doing. Their island country was beautiful with much flora and fauna, it still came with its problems. Deforestation is a critical issue in many areas where clear cutting is being done without any replanting.  Even though I only visited this charming place for a few days, it stayed with me well onto the next stop in South Africa.

The point of the USDA Trade Missions to different countries is to take your “wares” to new markets. As much as I wanted to try to offer all of these people something, I had nothing that they could possibly need or that could help their situation. While attending meetings in South Africa, my thoughts of how I could possibly help countries solve some of their agricultural and erosion issues and allow the people to benefit as well. Between meetings and during evenings, I had long conversations with my wife who was back home in the states. She and I brainstormed on possible projects that could be done to help both land and its people. Before I left South Africa, we had created our basic plan.

Once I returned home, we worked long hours to further develop our plan. Hardly a few months after returning from Madagascar and South Africa, I had another USDA Trade Mission to attend in Kenya. The director of the Trade Missions kept informed of the progress of our new project. He was an early cheerleader of this concept and set aside time at the Kenya meeting of local businessmen to introduce it as a solution to help control erosion issues within their countries and to work with their farmers.

To be continued in my next post.

Steve Jones

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