Posts Tagged ‘Rwanda’

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 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.

virus free banana trees

Beautiful banana trees.

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Plants growing in January

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Passion Fruit Plants

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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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The Beginning…..

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Map of Rwanda

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Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) has been created, designed and set to establish a state-of-the-art plant propagation nursery and tissue lab in Rwanda based on significant know-how in tissue culture and mass plant production techniques.

The concept of Steve and Cheryl Jones, McMinnville, TN.

Cheryl and I will provide updates to you along the way.

Steve Jones

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