Improving Food Security
The Gashora Farm was developed to provide nutritious food to the dining program, create an outdoor classroom, generate revenue for the school, and serve as a model to the community farmers. The Farm is located on the parcel of land which the campus resides.
The Farm is considered one of the nine model farms in Rwanda by the Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture, being one of the best demonstrations of small scale irrigation and crop management in Rwanda. Today more than 60 of our students are involved in sophisticated agriculture research and development projects. In addition, thanks to grants from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, we have graduates studying in some of the leading schools of agriculture in the USA, Canada and Costa Rica.
“I want to create software programs, machines or robots that can impact agricultural development in Rwanda; I want to do something that connects technology with agriculture, something that is practical changes peoples’ lives.” Amandine Manywa Nijimbere, Class of 2015, Pomona College, ‘20
Research underscores the link between nutrition and cognition, an especially important focus in Africa. By providing healthy food to our kitchen, the farm plays an important role in the physical and mental development of the girls.
The farm serves as a hands-on location for biology and chemistry classes, and in the past two years, a significant number of girls have begun independent research projects applying classroom lessons to real world challenges and opportunities, an especially important focus in a country where 90% of the population is involved in agriculture.
Thanks to generous support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, we have expanded the farm, allowing for a wider range of income-generating crops. In addition, the farm now has contracts to supply some of Kigali’s top hotels, including the newly-opened Marriott Hotel, with produce and eggs.