A Green Revolution
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rwanda’s farmers produced 792,000 tons of grain in 2014—more than three times as much as in 2000. Production of maize, a vital crop in east Africa, jumped seven times that.
One native, Dative Mukandayisenga, says most of her neighbours are getting much more from their land. Only about one in five persists with the old, scattershot “broadcast” sowing—and most of the holdouts are old people.
Tools For Hope
Millions of African farmers have become more secure and better-fed as a result of better-managed, better-fertilized crops grown from hybrid seeds. They are demonstrating that small farmers can benefit from improved techniques.
Progress doesn't need to mean forcing millions of smallholders off the land, as some had feared, but by making them richer it may give them and their children the opportunity to move, if they wish.
This relates back to when we were talking about the benefits of rice field farming in Southeast Asia.