August 3, 2011 – This morning, I took an early-bird bus (at 6 AM) to Kigali. It was my presentation meeting at the Ministry of Agriculture. I was to give a presentation of my research findings to the director of Girinka programme and her consultants (the colleagues at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research in Rwanda & International Growth Centre).
In the bus, many thoughts and early memories (especially of my first couple of weeks of fieldwork) flooded my half-asleep mind. I encountered many ups and downs (literally a thousand research hills). Personally, the most significant reward of all is to be able to share the findings with the key people involved in this programme. You may think: duh, wasn’t that the “point” of the research?! Yes, true. The purpose of the study was to investigate, analyse the collected data and share (disseminate) the learned lessons. But often, research findings may not reach the targeted audience. So, having the opportunity to give back the preliminary results to the key stakeholders and hear their feedback is ideal.
With this presentation, I can safely say that my field mission in Rwanda is complete. Of course, this doesn’t mean “the end”, but it’s more like “Hasta la vista baby”: I will be working on the full data analysis, report writing, and will have to prepare other conference presentations once I get back to Canada. Until then, I content with what we’ve achieved so far. I already look forward to coming back and sharing the results with all the farmers and villagers who took part in this study.