August 19, 2014
Today is World Humanitarian Day, a United Nations (U.N.) commemoration to “celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.” This year, the UN’s theme is “The World Needs More…” As anyone who works in global development knows, there are many ways to answer that sentence. This year, OPIC highlights the world’s need for more power. Not only does
June 27, 2014
The Sorwathe Tea Plantation and processing facility in Rwanda was built in 1978 by one of the first U.S. investors in Rwanda, and rebuilt almost two decades later with the support of OPIC political risk insurance. Today, the facility purchases tea leaves from thousands of small farmers around the country, generating an important source of income for the local population.
April 11, 2014
In February, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield visited Rwanda’s Genocide Memorial while leading a delegation to meet with investors and government leaders. In this recent blog post, Littlefield described the country today and OPIC’s efforts to support private sector investment there.
April 09, 2014
By Elizabeth Littlefield President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation I first visited Rwanda in the early 1990s when I was just beginning my career in development, and spent several months in the country advising the leadership of local microfinance institutions. In addition to being struck by Rwanda’s natural beauty — its sweeping vistas of terraced hills
February 28, 2014
OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield met Feb. 27 with Rwandan President Paul Kagame while visiting the country to learn more about opportunities to support private sector investment. OPIC supports multiple agriculture projects in the country and is seeking additional ways to help address the country’s need for additional electricity, infrastructure and access to finance. Rwanda, which is about the
October 16, 2013
Despite significant progress in recent decades, an estimated 842 million people, or about one in eight of the people in the world, still suffer from chronic hunger. Since 1979, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has recognized World Food Day each year on Oct. 16 to draw attention to what it calls the world’s greatest solvable
August 13, 2012
Workers at the FAIM company in Rwanda begin planting new, virus-free banana plant seedlings. These seedling will help farmers boost their farm production, their incomes, and the local food supply. In Rwanda, deficient seed and plant stocks hinder food production and impair the health and nutrition of communities that depend on local food. For example, the use of diseased plants
July 27, 2012
The head agronomist at the Forestry Agricultural Investment Management (FAIM) farm in Rwamagana, Rwanda. FAIM is applying its plant propagation technology to improve crop yields, and obtained a loan from OPIC in 2012 to support its work in Rwanda, the most densely populated country in Africa, where many families suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition. While a majority of Rwandans are
June 01, 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa has long been one of OPIC’s priority regions and is offering some of the highest investment returns of any emerging market in the world. For more scenes of village life in Rwanda, please visit us on Facebook.