Observations from Rwanda: March 28, 2020

Evening rainbow over Lake Kilimbi and the campus of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA). February 16, 2020.

The past four weeks have been quite eventful in the life of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture. During the first week of March, RICA was preparing for the first visit of our founder, Howard Buffett, to the campus since construction began. Less than a week later, RICA students were sent home on Monday, March 16 as RICA and other educational institutions were closed due to COVID-19. Rwanda imposed a quarantine and travel ban on March 21, 2020, with staff remaining on campus quarantined for at least two weeks. Teresa and I decided it was best to return to Nebraska for a time, leaving Rwanda on March 19, the day before the Kigali airport closed. Student education continues for now via remote learning to finish Term 2, and I remain engaged in directing the Institute from a distance, anticipating the time when we can return to RICA physically.

Richard Ferguson

RICA students and staff with Howard Buffett, Muduha Hall, RICA campus. March 10, 2020.
RICA students line up for health checks prior to their departure from campus. March 16, 2020.
RICA students boarding buses to depart campus for home. March 16, 2020.
Confiscated goats at one of RICA’s entrance gates. Occasionally herdsmen bring cattle and goats onto campus to graze illegally. When caught, the animals are confiscated until the owners pay a fine to the District. March 17, 2020
Spur-winged lapwing. Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.
Zebra and foal. Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.
African wattled lapwing. Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.
Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.
Lilac-breasted roller. Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.
African elephant. Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.
African elephant. Akagera National Park. February 22, 2020.

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