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Passion Fruit Plants for Food Security in Rwanda

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Passion Fruit Plants for Food Security in Rwanda

Passion fruit plants are the most abundant type of backyard crops that are commonly sold in the market as juices that supplies nutrients and vitamins in the body.  It is a seasonal fruit with round or oval shape and contains white or even purple flowers. It has sometimes yellow or purple black that are eaten or make into juices. It does not only enhance flavors and aroma of foods but also gives energy and nutrient to the body.

For people who are not yet familiar with this type of plants for food security in Rwanda would completely answer their needs.  FAIM is known for producing these disease free plants that are commonly planted by local people for their daily consumption and needs. To be able to help the people out, FAIM is already helping improve the country’s food security with passion fruit plants and other cash crops such as tissue culture banana plants and pineapple plants.

Passion fruit still on the vine

Passion fruit still on the vine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forestry and Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) is not just giving people with a wide array of knowledge regarding the plant but also teaching them how to plant and take good care of this passion fruit plants.  These passion fruits plants for food security are already ready to be planted in the fields.


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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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