Transforming Marshes into Cropfields in Rwanda


Each week the Nourishing the Planet team picks out some of our favorite photo memories from the projects we’ve visited in sub-Saharan Africa.

photo credit: Raïsa Mirza – Rwanda

This week we’d like to highlight another photo contest submission from  Raïsa Mirza.  While in Rwanda she learned saw evidence of how almost all wetlands and marshes have been drained and transformed into fields to grow a variety of crops in order to provide food for a growing population.

You can see other submissions and the rest of our photos on our Flickr photostream.

Do you have photos of innovations on the ground in Africa? Share them with us for our second photo contest and the opportunity to be included on the Nourishing the Planet blog or in State of the World 2011.  Send your submissions to [email protected]

Danielle Nierenberg
Danielle Nierenberg, an expert on livestock and sustainability, currently serves as Project Director of State of World 2011 for the Worldwatch Institute, a Washington, DC-based environmental think tank. Her knowledge of factory farming and its global spread and sustainable agriculture has been cited widely in the New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post, and
other publications.

Danielle worked for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. She is currently traveling across Africa looking at innovations that are working to alleviate hunger and poverty and blogging everyday at Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet. She has a regular column with the Mail & Guardian, the Kansas City Star, and the Huffington Post and her writing was been featured in newspapers across Africa including the Cape Town Argus, the Zambia Daily Mail, Coast Week (Kenya), and other African publications. She holds an M.S. in agriculture, food, and environment from Tufts University and a B.A. in environmental policy from Monmouth College.
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