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Where Pigs Grow on Trees (Sort Of)

May 19, 2022

It turns out that a banana plantation is a great place to raise a pig. The eighteen-month wait between pulling out old banana trees grown for beer and waiting for the new ones planted for nutrition and income to mature was difficult, but the women in the community’s self-help groups believed in the process and […]

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The Road Out of Poverty and Malnutrition is Lined with Banana Plants

February 14, 2020

When the program decided to promote bananas instead of sweet potatoes for food and income, the Rwandan government provided training and banana suckers (shoots) and committed to monitoring for diseases and pests. Program participants learned how to grow, use and market bananas at two hands-on farmer field schools before beginning production at home. Ninety percent […]

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