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    Rwanda Sows a Secret to Feed Itself

    They’re planting seeds of change. Known for its violent history and 1994 genocide, the nation is now ingeniously using its limited arable land to feed its 11.7 million people. Since 2008, the Rwandan government has micromanaged agricultural output, instructing farmers — which four out of five Rwandans are — in land use consolidation by telling them what, where and when to plant. Many have protested, with some saying they were forced into cooperation by armed guards. While similar policies have failed elsewhere, Rwanda’s starvation rate is now steadily in decline.

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