For the 2,000 farmers that comprise the Coopérative des Agriculteurs de Maïs de Nyanza (COAMANYA) maize cooperative in Rwanda, knowing precise information about their plots of land can be challenging. In a country as densely populated as Rwanda, where agriculture contributes to a third of GDP, many farmers must earn their livelihoods on a small piece of land averaging about an acre in size.
So how can basic information about an individual farmer’s plot help to grow his or her produce?
Contributor: Yael Nagar
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