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Family farmers grow fruit and vegetables thanks to irrigation schemes in Rwanda

Popularly known as ‘the land of a thousand hills' – U Rwanda rw'imisozi igihumbi – Rwanda has a beautiful landscape made up of endless undulating hills and valleys stretching as far as the eye can see. The people who work the land are proud of its beauty. But the terrain poses a number of challenges to smallholder farmers – the most serious being soil erosion and land degradation.

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« J’ai pu acheter un matelas et souscrire une assurance santé pour moi et ma famille » -- agricultrice rwandaise

Report
UN Women

En six mois d’école pratique d’agriculture, plus de 350 agricultrices et agriculteurs ont suivi une formation sur la nutrition, les techniques agricoles modernes et ont pu développer des compétences commerciales tout en créant des coopératives et des groupements d’épargne.

Date : 01 October 2014

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“I bought a mattress and health insurance” – rural Rwandan farmer

Report
UN Women

Through Farmer Field Schools, more than 350 farmers have learned about nutrition, modern agricultural techniques and business skills while creating cooperatives and pooling savings.

Date : 01 October 2014

Kigali, Rwanda – On a sunny Tuesday in the Nyaruguru district of Rwanda’s South Province, 75 women and men gather in their best clothes to graduate from the UN Women-supported Farmer Field School programme. They are among 350 farmers who have undergone a six-month course to learn modern agricultural techniques for their wheat and Irish potato crops.

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Rwanda Food Security Outlook Update September 2014

The Spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease threatens crops in Southern Province

KEY MESSAGES

  • Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has spread across at least 15,000 hectares of cassava in the Eastern Congo Nile Highland Subsistence Farming Zone. Kamonyi and Ruhango districts are the worst affected by CBSD which destroyed hundreds of hectares of crops in recent weeks.

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Rwanda Price Bulletin September 2014

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

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ICTR Appeals Chamber Delivers Judgements in Three Cases

ICTR/INFO-9-2-759.EN
Sep 29, 2014

The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda today delivered its judgement in three cases: Édouard Karemera and Matthieu Ngirumpatse; Ildéphonse Nizeyimana; and Callixte Nzabonimana. The judgements delivered by the Appeals Chamber today bring the total number of appeal judgements rendered by the Tribunal to 44, disposing of appeals concerning 55 persons. The remaining caseload of the ICTR Appeals Chamber consists of one case which concerns six persons.

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Rwanda / Burundi : Une enquête indépendante doit être menée sur les cadavres du Lac Rweru

Depuis juillet 2014, des cadavres de personnes probablement exécutées ont été retrouvées dans le lac Rweru à la frontière du Rwanda et du Burundi. Nos organisations s’inquiètent de ces découvertes macabres et appellent les autorités rwandaises et burundaises à inviter une Commission internationale d’enquête indépendante à faire la lumière sur l’identité, l’origine et les circonstances dans lesquelles ces personnes ont été tuées.

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Trial hearings start for first genocide suspect extradited from Norway

Arusha, September 23, 2014 (FH) – Trial hearings kicked off Monday in Kigali in the case of Charles Bandora, the first genocide suspect extradited to Rwanda from a European country.
Bandora was handed over to Rwandan authorities by Norway on March 10, 2013.

On the first day, the court heard two witnesses who launched strong accusations against the former businessman, according to Rwandan private newspaper the New Times.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Rwanda 15-September-2014

Food Security Snapshot

  • Water deficit during 2014B season affected crop production and livestock body conditions, especially in eastern areas
  • Declining maize and beans prices following the 2014B harvest
  • Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country
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Community based sociotherapy in Rwanda: healing a post-violent conflict society

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Peace Direct

Jean de Dieu Basabose, Insight on Conflict's Local Correspondent for Rwanda, looks at how "community based sociotherapy" is being used to heal the wounds of the past and build social cohesion in Rwanda.

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Rwanda Food Security Outlook Update August 2014

KEY MESSAGES

  • Atypical rains during the first half of August replenished pastoral resources and livestock body conditions. Land preparation for Season A has also started early, improving income opportunities for poor households.

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Government extends support to more returnees

Simon Singirankabo, returned from DRC, East Kasai in August 2013. He had fled the country at a young age in 1994 during the Genocide against Tutsis, thus he owned no properties. Then, when he returned in August 2013, he joined his parents and currently with all his two wives and 11 children live in Rusizi District in Mururu Sector in Gahinga cell,

A year, after his repatriation, Singirankabo enjoys life on the mother land, in spite of several challenges he is still facing to cater for the needs of such a gigantic family. He earns his living from cultivating to neighbors.

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Rwanda Price Bulletin August 2014

Maize, sorghum, wheat, and groundnuts are the most important food commodities in South Sudan. Sorghum, maize, and groundnuts are the staple foods for the poor in most rural areas. Maize flour and wheat (as bread) are more important for middle-income and rich households in urban areas. Sorghum and maize are generally substitutable for one another but preferences are shifting towards maize over time, especially in the southern half of Southern Sudan. Groundnuts are important for the rural poor in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Rwanda 25-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Water deficit during 2014B season affected crop production and livestock body conditions, especially in eastern areas

  • Declining maize and beans prices following the 2014B harvest

  • Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country

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Giving Refugees In Rwanda The Power Of Choice

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in more than 76,000 people seeking refuge in Rwanda. In Gihembe camp, Northern Province, where WFP and its partners are providing assistance to more than 14,500 people, a new cash programme is improving the dietary diversity of the refugees as well as empowering them by giving them the ability to decide for themselves what they eat.

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UNHCR representative impressed by the way refugees are treated in Rwanda

The Newly appointed UNHCR representative in Rwanda, Dr. Azam Saber has expressed great impression on the way refugees are treated in different camps.

Dr. Saber Azam was appointed as UNHCR representative in Rwanda in June 2014 replacing Neimah Warsame.

Since August 6, 2014, the new representative, accompanied with Minister of Disaster Management and refugee affairs, Seraphine Mukantabana, undertook outreach visits to refugees camps located in different corners of the Country.

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Rwanda Food Security Outlook - July 2014 to December 2014

Early depletion of household stocks expected to reduce food access in some areas

Key Messages

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Rwanda: un patient présentant des symptômes d'Ebola placé en isolement (ministère)

08/11/2014 05:27 GMT

KIGALI, 11 août 2014 (AFP) - Le Rwanda a annoncé dimanche soir avoir placé en isolement un étudiant allemand hospitalisé à Kigali, présentant des symptômes de la maladie d'Ebola.

"Aujourd'hui (dimanche) en fin d'après-midi, un patient de l'hôpital King Faisal présentant des symptômes d'Ebola a été mis en isolement dans l'attente des résultats de ses tests", qui devront déterminer si le patient souffre de la fièvre hémorragique, selon un communiqué du gouvernement rwandais.

Les résultats devraient être disponibles sous 48 heures.

Agence France-Presse:

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Rwanda tests possible Ebola case: health ministry

08/11/2014 05:47 GMT

KIGALI, August 11, 2014 (AFP) - Rwanda has placed a German student with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation, and was waiting for test results checking for the deadly tropical disease, the health ministry said late Sunday.

"Samples from the suspected case have been sent for testing to an international accredited laboratory for approval, results will be available in 48 hours," the health ministry said in a statement.

The patient is the first to be tested in Rwanda since the outbreak in west Africa.

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Rwandan Government and WBG Sign Agreement to Help Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Rwanda

KIGALI, August 6, 2014—The World Bank Group and the Government of Rwanda today signed a financial agreement of US$15 million to provide community and health services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) by expanding the Isange One Stop Centers while promoting gender equality, behavioral change and violence prevention in Rwanda.