This morning, I woke up to the gentle sound of raindrops on the corrugated metal roof of my room. Rain?? But we are in the middle of the dry season in the Eastern Province!
June 24, 2011 – Here is my way of celebrating La Fête de Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Rwanda! I made poutine: using plantain, beans, local eggplant, carrots, and the hard-to-get cheese from Uganda. Unfortunately, there is no way to find the gravy sauce so I improvised with thick tomato sauce. À la Belle Province, this would beContinue reading “Beating homesick palate: Patati Patata”
Yesterday was our first day of fieldwork: a focus group meeting with the girinka beneficiaries in Jarama sector. Jarama sector is one the farthest regions in the District of Ngoma (it is close to Burundi, maybe only ten to fifteen minutes away by car).
For the past two weeks, I have been working in Kibungo to set up the fieldwork logistics. I recruited ten INATEK (Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo, now University of Kibungo) students and started training them in research methods and fieldwork techniques. The recruitment and interviewing took place over two days.