Mushrooms are a gift
We believe mushrooms are a miracle of nature and a gift to Rwanda.
Rwanda gives mushrooms an ideal place to live and grow. Its
northern hills, set above 1,800m, provide fresh temperatures year-round,
and the sort of wet humidity mushrooms love. Rwandan farmers cultivate
50,000 hectares of wheat, and wheat straw is a favorite food of oyster
In return, mushrooms have much to offer to Rwandans. Most Rwandan
diets are dominated by starches: rice, cassava, bananas, and potatoes. Enough for energy, but without the key ingredients that make a balanced
diet essential to good health. Beans are the principal source of
protein, since most people cannot afford meat or fish, and even eggs and
milk are expensive.
Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are a dietary dream come
true. They are rich in protein, but better still, contain all essential
amino-acids, those the human body cannot manufacture and must absorb
from outside sources. They also provide good amounts of iron, zinc and
other minerals as well as various vitamins.
Oyster mushrooms also offer unbeatable yields. One hundred square
metres can produce nearly 5 tons of fresh mushrooms a year. No other
protein producer - be it animal or plant - can even come close. This
means that when land is scarce, mushroom growing is your best choice to
extract the most protein from your plot.