FAO in Rwanda

Success stories

Felicien Simpunga grew up in the Ruhango district of Rwanda, where life and making a living revolved around agriculture. While he grows other crops such as beans and sweet potatoes for home use, Felicien decided to focus on cassava to earn an income after attending a training course delivered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in 2005. Read more

“Women” and “fishing” are two words that would not have been used together in the same sentence a few years ago in Rwanda. It has been a long-held belief in Rwanda that fishing is not for women – it is a man’s occupation. Women have mostly embraced this thinking as well, but a few brave women from Nkombo, an island on Lake Kivu in the Rusizi District, are determined to prove that what a man can do, a woman can do too.

Its 5am. Mukamana Beatrice’s day has began; she rushes to the shore of Lake Kivu in Karongi District to buy fish from Kibuye Fishing project that is supplied by the boats. Fish has been shown to be a highly nutritious food. She buys the small-sized sardines and Lamprichthys tanganicanus, locally known as “Rwanda rushya”. Beatrice is a fish processor in Bwishyura sector.