From 14th to 16th December 2022, Kilimo Trust under its Good Food for Cities (GFC) project conducted a training dubbed, “Experiential learning on regenerative farming and adequate nutrition” which was held at Cooperative COFAR premises in Rugerero Sector, Rubavu District.
The 3-days training targeted COFAR farmer facilitators, district and sector agronomists, the district health unit and agricultural extensionists including youth. The training was conducted following a request from the district for the project to intervene in the fight against malnutrition and stunting amongst children in Rubavu District.
Rubavu District is one of the largest food baskets for the country including vegetables. However, most of the produce is sold to the neighboring DR Congo leaving consumption of healthy and nutritious foods low.
Farmer facilitators making double dug beds and sacks used for vegetables farming especially for people leaving in urban areas.
During the training, participants were educated on regenerative farming techniques like how to make double dug beds and planting in sacks. Theoretical and practical sessions about a balanced diet and what it is composed of were also conducted. Before a cooking demonstration, participants had an interactive session on shopping food items (how and why).
Mr. RWANDANGA Augustin, Rubavu District Agronomist appreciated the training and said that the project came at the right time. “It is obvious that we have food, but we still face challenges of malnutrition and high percentage levels of stunting among children in the district. The project has come at the right time, and we are happy for it. Kilimo Trust is welcome to Rubavu District.”
Ms. MUJAWABERA Pauline, a farmer facilitator that was trained expressed satisfaction in the trainings and said she was going to put in action everything she learned immediately.
“The 3-days training was important. We did not expect to learn as much as we did. We shall put in action everything we learnt when we go back home without anyone’s follow up efforts.”
Mr. MUTABAZI Daniel, Chairman of Cooperative COFAR said that each farmer facilitator that was trained will also train other smaller groups of farmers what they were taught, and this is in the effort to promote sustainable and resilient farming practices and eating a balanced diet in Rubavu District.
Video about the training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gjOy3Mh-TY