Re-establishing research in Rwanda
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CTA. 1995. Re-establishing research in Rwanda. Spore 57. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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One of the biggest tasks facing the new government of Rwanda is ensuring food security. Before the war Rwanda's national agricultural research system, L'Institut Scientifique d'Agriculture Rwandaise (ISAR), was involved in numerous research...
One of the biggest tasks facing the new government of Rwanda is ensuring food security. Before the war Rwanda's national agricultural research system, L'Institut Scientifique d'Agriculture Rwandaise (ISAR), was involved in numerous research projects with various international agencies and governments, all of which were suspended when the fighting began. In January, an important step in the re-establishment of ISAR was taken with the appointment of a new Director General, who subsequently received a visit from a delegation of scientists representing the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR centres are involved in a project called 'Seeds of Hope'. The purpose of Seeds of Hope is to re-introduce germplasm into the country so that Rwandan farmers can start growing their own food crops again. The initiative is led by the Centro International de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), which has the world mandate for beans, a very important food crop in Rwanda. Another centre the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), conducts research on sorghum, Rwanda's most important cereal crop. Organizations such as World Vision and CARE International have been involved through their distribution networks in ensuring that the Seeds of Hope reach the farmers who most need them. The CGIAR centres have also been working in close collaboration with national agricultural research programmes in the neighbouring countries of Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zaire which provided facilities and technical support to the seed multiplication efforts of the Seeds of Hope even before the civil war had ended. ICRISAT Patancheru 502 324 Andhra Pradesh INDIA