B2R Farms launched its second cohort of 15 interns from the University of Rwanda in April. These recent graduates are learning how to adopt the techniques and principles of Foundations for Farming’s conservation agriculture model in Rwanda. We are also encouraged that the majority of our first cohort, who completed their training at the end of 2020, have received fellowship opportunities and successfully launched their careers as farm managers and agriculture entrepreneurs. B2R Farms will welcome its third cohort of UR interns in July.
Every day I gain a new and deeper understanding of what it means to have a career in agriculture. I feel confident that I can use the skills gained throughout this internship in my future career because I am now more aware of the opportunities in the sector and how to handle some of its challenges.– Adeline Umutoni, B2R Farms Intern
This internship is shaping me to be a person who brings solutions to community needs … It is challenging me to think deeply about agriculture in a global context. I used to think of agriculture only in a local context, but now my mind expands day by day to think beyond local agriculture.– Sosthene Niyonshuti, B2R Farms Intern
This internship changed my perception of my agriculture career. I used to think farming was a cursed activity. I now think of agriculture as a blessed and noble career and I feel confident that my future business will be based in agriculture. Being a farmer is the best solution for myself, my community, my country, and even the whole world.– Alexia Uwimbabazi, B2R Farms Intern
We are responsible for managing the farm, so we can come up with solutions to existing problems and determine how and when to implement those solutions. I have learned that teamwork is the best way to accomplish any task. When someone comes up with an idea, we share our different views and we make a decision together.Gisele Uwizeye, B2R Farms Intern
I have gained knowledge and skills that I believe will help strengthen my career in agriculture. I was exposed to practical experiences on the farm which, together with the theories I learned while at university, will be strong assets that I can use as a change maker.– Jean Damascene Ntizihabose, B2R Farms Intern
It is amazing how the B2R Farms staff members care about us and share their knowledge, skills, and experiences simply for the betterment of others! Before we started the internship, we thought that it was only going to relate to agriculture, but it turned out to be an amazing experience where we learn skills that apply to many different facets of life.– Emmanuel Dusengumuremyi, B2R Farms Intern