Featured photo: Helping more farmers grow more food
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 engaged in subsistence farming, much of Rwanda’s agriculture is in decline due to disease, pests and inadequate crop management. FAIM, a U.S. company, developed a tissue culture process to extract pieces of healthy plants and reproduce them, so that more farmers can grow more food. The $2 million loan from OPIC is supporting the construction of a plant propagation facility and tissue culture lab.
FAIM is already supplying plants to farmers and other institutions. In addition to selling clean, virus free plants, FAIM helps to educate farmers about the best techniques, from planting to harvest. The company was recently featured in Forbes.