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Hybrid Maize Seeds, Required by the Government, Frustrate Rwandan Farmers

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EnvironmentExtractives

Despite plenty of arable land and potential labor, Rwanda imports more food than it exports. The government has introduced a program to get farmers to use hybrid maize seeds, but some farmers are pushing back against the strictures of the program.

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Some Rwandans Left Behind, as Eco-Friendly Initiatives Lead to Rise in Energy Costs

Region: Rwanda

Topics: EnvironmentHealth

Around the world, countries are promoting eco-friendly initiatives to reduce carbon emissions and reform fuel consumption – and Rwanda is no exception. But as the country’s reforestation efforts push up the price of traditional wood energy sources, some Rwandans are left wondering where they’ll get the fuel to cook their next meals.

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Featured Photo of an Eggplant Seller in Rwanda

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Featured Photo of Bridge in Western Rwanda

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Rwandan Women See Smuggling Illegal Plastic Bags As Path to Greater Income, Despite Risk of Arrest

Region: Rwanda

Topics: BusinessEnvironmentHuman RightsPolitics

Rwanda has earned honors and become a cleaner country as a result of its work in environmental conservation, such as its ban on plastic bags since 2004. But many of its residents say they still need the bags, and some women have stepped into the breach to smuggle the bags in from the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. Their financial reward is offset by the risk of arrest, confiscation and beatings.

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