Grad Student Helps Women Rebuild Rwanda With Mushrooms
The Rwandan genocide of 1994 scarred its people and its landscape. Cornell graduate student Bryan Sobel is trying to help heal both — using mushrooms. Sobel, a graduate student in the field of horticulture, recently spent two weeks promoting mushroom cultivation to women farmers in the Central African Republic. The short-cycle, high-yield crop could offer a profitable complement to traditional crops in an economy largely driven by subsistence agriculture – and could also replace increase organic matter lost to deforestation, possibly increasing the capacity to plant more permanent crops.