The Women for Women recently began a Commercially Integrated Farming Initiative (CIFI) in Rwanda. The CIFI program will train and enable women to grow and Market a variety of crops on community land that was formerly unused. The program will increase food security and nutritional variety for the farming women and their communities that traditionally rely on animal protein and limited varieties of vegetables.
CIFI began in Kayonza, with 40 hectares of land that have been leased for 45 years by Kayonza district authorities. The Mayor of the Kicukiro District, William Ntidendereza, was present at the opening ceremony, and he applauded the initiative.
CIFI is a cooperative income generation model that will not only increase local food production and bring down food prices, it will also decrease the demand for outside assistance by empowering women,” says Karen Sherman, Women for Women International Executive Director of Global Programs. “This initiative will put women in charge of the food chain and positively affect their families and communities.”
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