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Researchers Believe Eating Organically is Vital in Rwanda

Rwanda is a locked East African Country with an estimated population of 11,953,672 where ninety per cent (90%) of this population relies on subsistence farming, mostly on very small land. In Rwanda, as in many other African countries, food security is an issue of great and growing concern.

The researchers believe that to overcome this issue, organic agriculture is a relatively untapped resource for food production. According to IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements), Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and health of the people (producers and consumers).

Therefore this is a sustainable production system for small growers’ families because organic agriculture can increase productivity and can raise incomes with low costs, locally available and appropriate technologies without causing environmental damage. In addition to this, organic agriculture enhances resilience of agricultural systems against the effects of climate change. (IFOAM, 2013: Productivity and profitability of organic agriculture systems in East Africa).

Nowadays, the world is facing serious food issues in terms of quantity and quality. It has been demonstrated that an unhealthy diet is one of the key risk factors for many diseases (e.g.: NCDs: Non communicable diseases such as cardiovascular, diabetes and several cancers).


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