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Walmart and USAID partner to change lives of the rural poor in Rwanda

Published on April 10, 2015

In rural communities across the developing world, small farmers lack education on basic farming techniques, instead relying on traditional practices that hurt their income and put them at serious risk for malnutrition. But in Rwanda, a public-private partnership with the Walmart Foundation, USAID and Global Communities is leading the way to helping farmers learn new methods to improve their livelihoods.    

The Ejo Heza (A Brighter Future) program, implemented by Global Communities, works to reduce malnutrition in Rwanda by improving adult literacy, expanding access to financial services, providing basic nutritional education, and improving agricultural production. The program is part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, led by USAID, which seeks to improve food security, nutrition, and sustainable economic development in vulnerable communities around the world. With a $1 million expansion provided by the Walmart Foundation and additional matching funds provided by USAID through a Global Development Alliance, Ejo Heza was able to expand its farmer field school programs and provide nutritional training to 50,000 additional farmers, 60% of them women. Read more. Source| U.S Chamber of Commerce