Today we went to visit The World Bank (TWB) and met Valens Mwumvaneza, a Senior Rural Development Specialist. Rwanda has achieved impressive development progress since the 1994 genocide. Rwanda is now consolidating gains in social development and accelerating growth while ensuring that they are broadly shared to mitigate risks. We specifically learned about The Land Husbandry, Water Harvesting and Hillside Irrigation Project (LWH) and The Rural Sector Support Program (RSSP), both projects funded by TWB to assist in increasing agricultural yields and irrigation systems throughout the country. Considering that Rwanda has the highest population density in sub-Saharan Africa, taking steps to increase agricultural productivity and to protect environmentally fragile areas is key to achieving higher growth, reduced poverty and economic transformation.
After our meeting with the World Bank, we continued on to a traditional African “buffet” at Chez John. Professor Click had to warn us that this was not a typical American buffet in which you are allowed to go back and get as much food as you want. Here, in Africa, a buffet is a onetime process in which are only allowed to go through the buffet line once or else you must pay extra. This caused for many of the guys to ask the girls to get extra food!
The highlight of our day was at 2pm when we thought we were just meeting Albert at Wilson Tours to start training him on social media. When we walked into the office, Albert was nowhere to be found but we finally met Wilson!! We were so excited and had a huge hug. We learned a lot of new information from Wilson and he also confirmed a lot of information that we had previously learned from Albert. All in all, it was a successful meeting and we were even able to take some selfies with the Wilson Tours team!