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The Effects of the Rwandan War on Crop Production and Varietal Diversity: A Comparison of Two Crops

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Sperling, Louise
Date: 1997
Agency: Agricultural Research and Extension Network (AgREN), Overseas Development Institute, London
Series: Network Paper no. 75
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4638
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Africa
Subject(s): agriculture
war
Abstract: "The escalation of the Rwandan civil war in April 1994 resulted in the death of up to one million persons and the displacement of another two million. Agriculture, the main occupation of upwards of 90% of the population, was acutely affected as civil disruptions peaked in the middle of a major growing season. Overall harvest losses during this period were officially estimated to be as high as 60% (Dr. lyameremye n.d). The aid community feared the worst in terms of farmers' ability to find their agricultural bearings again after the war.Non-govemmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, and bilateral donors responded swiftly and on a wide scale to the post-genocide crisis: some 30 intervened in emergency seed provision during the first season alone."

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