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Co-ops in Rwanda turn the dryer on

Farmers in Rwanda, Africa’s most densely populated country, are embracing a new method of drying maize thanks to a Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) initiative that is heading into its final year.

The CCA project began as a means to boost poor farmers’ food and income security. Not only does dried maize sell for twice the price of undried maize but the method of drying also deters rodents and moisture rot.

Initially introduced at five co-operatives in Rwanda three years ago, the project will have benefitted an estimated 17,600 farming households when it ends in 2017. The initiative is co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada. ◊