Khalid Kadir, Lecturer

Closed (1) Exploring Regenerative Agriculture in Rwanda

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

Rwanda is primarily an agricultural nation, with 70% of the population working in the sector. Agriculture in Rwanda suffers from degraded soils, erosion, low productivity, as well as serious climate change vulnerability. The majority of efforts to promote higher productivity are built around market-based, industrial agricultural models. In this project, we will begin exploring the possibility alternatives to this industrial model, including agroecology and regenerative agricultural practices. The project will start with a detailed literature review and the identification of currently existing alternative agriculture projects.

As a part of this project, the student(s) will complete two primary tasks:
(1) Complete a detailed annotated bibliography to better understand the history and context of agricultural projects in Rwanda. Sources will include both academic and grey literatures.
(2) Identify and investigate any current projects focused on promoting regenerative agriculture in Rwanda. This will involve both web research as well as interviews.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include: library research experience, familiarity with regenerative agricultural practices, familiarity with international development history. Desirable but not essential qualifications include: experience completing an annotated bibliography, previous coursework covering agroecology or regenerative agriculture, previous coursework covering international development, familiarity with Rwandan agricultural history.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs