Rwanda, WFP Tighten Rural Dev't Partnership

ailment geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Ms. Cousin visited various projects funded by WFP starting with Rukozo, symptoms Northern Province where she visited the Watershed Management Project. The project is working to control soil erosion and creating cultivable land terraces. She also visited a cooperative that specialises in growing maize and beans in Kirehe District, this site Eastern Province.

“When speaking with small-scale farmers and rural families, I could see very clearly the difference that rural development initiatives have made in helping people improve their lives. I met one woman farmer who started with nearly nothing, and now has become so successful that she’s been able to build her family a new house, and put her children though school,” said Ms. Cousin

“The progress that is being made on development in Rwanda illustrates the importance of close and effective partnerships between UN agencies, communities and governments in helping people lift themselves out of poverty,” she added.

Ms. Ertharin Cousinalso also visited Girinka (One Cow Per Poor Family) beneficiaries to see how giving cows to the poorest families have helped fight malnutrition especially among children, have provided opportunities to earn income, as well as increased fertility of farm land.

WFP provided 300 cows in support of Girinka in January 2011 and a further five cows were donated this month during Ms. Cousin’s visit.

WFP also partners with the Rwandan government on various development programs including feeding primary school children, fighting acute malnutrition, linking farmers to markets, as well as providing support for the Rwanda’s food security analyses.

On her first trip to Rwanda as WFP Head, Ms. Cousin met various government officials including Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi.


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