FFA GO: Sunday July 31, 2011

Last Leg of our Adventure

This weekend is the last leg of our adventure in beautiful Rwanda. Friday we were given the chance to present our recommendations and comments to CRS based on our time in the country.   Some examples include continuing to support farmer field school programs, partnerships, SILC programs, cooperatives and bio-intensive agriculture practices. We also encouraged them to explore possibilities of exporting cassava flour internationally; roasting coffee domestically; increased transportation; treadle pumps; bio-digesters; and increased livestock.  Based on previous experience, research and education, we were able to recommend and support these ideas with sound rationale. We were very impressed with everything CRS and partner organizations are doing in this country and are anxious to see how their agriculture, technology and overall livelihoods improve over the next few centuries.

Saturday we were able to have one last chance to network with CRS staff at a reception before we left.  We were welcomed with open arms and full plates to share ideas about our experiences in Rwanda.  Of course dance moves were also on the agenda.  Local markets were a great place to test our Kinyarwanda language and find trinkets to bring back with us to remember our experiences.  Rwanda has been beyond welcoming and educational. With humble hearts we will depart tonight back to the U.S. to share our experiences with all of you.

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