Through sensitization, some of thousands of poachers changed from poachers to great farmers around the park. Emphasis are made regarding curricular on Horticulture, land management, small animal care, livestock management etc.
Farmers are given taught different skills of how to grow different kinds of crops like vegetables, Irish potatoes, Wheat, Corn etc…..In addition; new production methods are used including organic farming. Demonstration farms have been set up to facilitate farmers in the production of various crops and rearing livestock like cows, chicken, goats, pigs etc….All these strategies have been taken to reduce poverty in the area. Most of the visitors who come to Rwanda appreciate the Tourism farming program as a tool of conservation to reduce human-wildlife conflict. However, the farmers have benefited a lot from farming activities. We promote sustainable agriculture by satisfying human food and enhance environmental quality and the resource base sustaining the economic viability of agriculture within the Virunga massif.
Sustainable agriculture is encouraged to farmers to implement appropriate land reform policy such as land consolidation on a crop hence boosting food production. Farmers will be encouraged and supplied with pesticides and fertilizers as well as new production methods. The main importance of sustainable agriculture in community development is to improve on people’s diet hence reducing malnutrition in rural areas. This also will boost the productivity in agriculture sector since local manure are used hence self sustenance in terms of food and the surplus will be sold to generate more revenue to the local community hence improving their standards of living. We are committed to meet the challenges of maintaining long term adequate food security under challenges posed by climate change thus economically developing the community.