Observations from Rwanda: August 12, 2019

These fourteen photographs come from three areas of Rwanda, including our first visit to the west, Lake Kivu. The RICA campus is south of Kigali, though in the Eastern Province, as is Akagera National Park. Lake Kivu is in the Western Province. These photographs date from June through August, 2019.

The first photograph is again of Lake Kilimbi, where the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) is located.

Richard Ferguson

Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) campus under construction. View across Lake Kilimbi from the north shore. July 18, 2019.
Mechanization and Irrigation facility under construction, RICA campus. July 18, 2019.
RICA faculty reviewing layout of First Year Farm operations. July 12, 2019.
RICA Year 2-3 Dorm beginning construction. July 29, 2019.
Baboons, Akagera National Park. June 17, 2019.
Anhinga, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
Lion, Akagera National Park, June 17, 2019.
Topi, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
Hippos, Lake Ihema, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
Zebra and giraffe, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
Teresa and Ben Ferguson, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
Lake Kivu near Kibuye, August 3, 2019.
Lake Kivu near Kibuye, August 3, 2019.
RICA Cohort 1, Academic Training Program completion in Kigali, University of Rwanda campus, August 9, 2019.

Observations from Rwanda: July 28, 2019

These 14 photographs range from April to July 2019. As in previous posts, the first photograph is of Lake Kilimbi, adjacent to the campus of the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA).

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Lake Kilimbi, from the Extension road entrance to the RICA campus. Crews are watering recently established landscaping plants on road embankments. July 18, 2019.
First Year Farm house on the RICA campus, April 5, 2019. There are four First Year Farms on campus, each housing 21 students during their first year. The structure in front of the house is a partially completed barn for housing livestock, supplies and equipment.
Faculty housing, studio apartments, RICA campus, June 15, 2019. Teresa and Ben Ferguson in photo.
Crew watering landscaping plants on roadside embankments, RICA campus, July 18, 2019.
Elephant, Akagera National Park, March 2, 2019. After three separate charges at the truck, he finally wandered off the road and let us pass.
Hippo, Akagera National Park, March 2, 2019.
Malachite Kingfisher, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
African Buffalo, Akagera National Park, June 16, 2019.
Surveying recently planted soybean, Nasho Irrigation Project, July 26, 2019. Dr. Magnifique Nzaramba on left, Dr. Kofi Boa on right. Soybeans are hand-planted in rows, watered with a center pivot irrigation system. There are 34 farmer’s fields under this pivot. This farmer has also hand weeded in the last two days.
Termite mound in soybean field, Nasho Irrigation Project, July 26, 2019. Termites can rapidly break down crop residues, and weaken stalks of mature plants prior to harvest.
Observing nodule formation on soybean roots following inoculation of a field area with Rhizobia bacteria, Nasho Irrigation Project, July 26, 2019. Soybean is commonly produced without inoculation, substantially limiting production. Dr. Magnifique Nzaramba, RICA Deputy Vice Chancellor for Extension and Applied Research on left, and Dr. Kofi Boa, Executive Director of the Centre for No-Till Agriculture, Ghana on right, with a Nasho model farmer, center.
Harvesting, threshing, and cleaning soybean by hand, Nasho Irrigation Project, July 26, 2019.
Soybean threshing, Nasho Irrigation Project, July 26, 2019. Soybean plants are removed from the field, stacked on a tarp, then beaten with a stick to knock beans out of the pods.
Soybean winnowing by hand, Nasho Irrigation Project, July 26, 2019. After separation of chaff from soybeans, they are cleaned by hand before being placed into 120 kg bags for transport from the field.

Observations from Rwanda: July 21, 2019

These eleven photographs illustrate a range of observations between February and July 2019. Lake Kilimbi is located in south-central Rwanda, one of a series of lakes which contribute to the Nile River. The Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) is located adjacent to Lake Kilimbi.

Richard Ferguson

North side of Lake Kilimbi, July 18, 2019. The Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA) campus is located on the south shore of Lake Kilimbi.
Tour de Rwanda, March 1, 2019.
Variable sunbird, in the garden of my apartment, February 3, 2019.
Main entrance road into the RICA campus, April 7, 2019. Plants in drainage swales and road banks are propagated on site, then planted by hand.
Breaking stones for construction of drainage way dams, RICA campus, April 7, 2019.
Construction of the RICA vegetable and tree fruit enterprise buildings, April 7, 2019
Construction of RICA faculty housing buildings, April 7, 2019.
Rwanda Parliament building, from KG 13 Avenue, in the Nyarutarama neighborhood, April 17, 2019.
African openbill, along RN 3 Highway east of Kigali, March 24, 2019.
Waterbuck, Akagera National Park, March 2, 2019.
Grey crowned cranes, Akagera National Park, March 2, 2019. Nesting habitat for these cranes is found on the RICA campus.

Observations from Rwanda

These are observations – mostly as photographs – since arriving to live in Rwanda in January 2019. Some of these views are associated with Lake Kilimbi, on whose banks are located the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture (RICA). Lake Kilimbi is in Rwanda’s Eastern Province, Bugesera District.

Richard Ferguson


North side of Lake Kilimbi, across from the RICA campus. July 18, 2019
Tour De Rwanda. March 1, 2019
RICA campus, main entrance road, April 7, 2019. Plants along drainage swales and roadside banks are propagated on site, then planted by hand.
Construction of RICA vegetable and tree fruit enterprise facilities, April 7, 2019.
Single family faculty house under construction, RICA campus. April 7, 2019.
Breaking stones for construction of drainage swale dams, RICA campus, April 7, 2019.
Rwanda Parliament building, from KG 13 Avenue in Kigali; in the Nyarutarama neighborhood where we live while Phase 1 of RICA campus construction is underway.
Variable sunbird, in my apartment garden. February 3, 2019.
African openbill, along RN 3 Highway, east of Kigali, March 24, 2019.
Waterbuck, Akagera National Park, March 2, 2019.
Grey crowned cranes, Akagera National Park, March 2, 2019. The RICA campus contains nesting habitat for these cranes.