In the Kayonza district of Rwanda’s eastern province, a carbon offset program established by the U.S. based Clinton Foundation is helping to avert global climate change, increase food yields, and raise living standards for the local people. In Rwanda and Malawi alone, over 4 million trees have been planted through the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, saving almost 450,000 tons of carbon.
Cassava, native to South America, is one of many food bearing shrubs and trees growing in Rwanda as part of this program. Grown across the globe, cassava is one of the biggest sources of carbohydrates for meals in developing countries, and is especially well suited to sub-Saharan Africa’s poor soils. With a starchy tuberous root similar to potato in texture and flavor, cassava can be boiled, fried, baked, or dried and ground into flour. In his cassava fields, with roots in hand, this farmer is able to harvest without damaging the trees.