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Rwandan farmers pin hopes on new tech to tackle food losses

Rwandan farmers pin hopes on new tech to tackle food losses

AIMABLE TWAHIRWA Rwanda is trying to reduce post-harvest loss by relying on new technologies to increase the amount of food available for consumption and help smallholder farmers confront some challenges caused by the overproduction of staple crops. For over 20 years, Cyriaque Sembagare, a maize grower from Kinigi, a mountainous village in Northern Rwanda, had survived on farming to feed his extended family but struggled with the loss of a significant portion of his harvest to rot. High levels of aflatoxin prevent farmers in remote rural Rwanda from selling maize to high-value buyers. “I have been selling maize on the…
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