About Rwanda

About Rwanda
Rwanda's recent history and the global community's inaction in the face of genocide remain embedded in our thoughts - however what has emerged from this dark chapter is one of the most vibrant and forward thinking countries in Africa. Situated in the heart of the continent, with a population of over 10M and land area of only 24,688 sq km Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa.

90% of the population is engaged in subsistence agriculture with high quality tea and coffee being the major cash crops. Despite having fertile soil and favourable climate, Rwanda still requires importing a significant portion of its food and food security remains a major issue. GDP per capita remains low at $1,000 (2008) and an estimated 60% of Rwandans live below the poverty line. Child mortality, post natal care and HIV remain high on the health agenda.

In trying to balance in the inherent challenges of geography and population Rwanda has moved forward in many areas since 1994 and in 2008 was the first country in the World to have a higher representation of females to males in its Parliament. Literacy rates have improved hugely with now some of the highest in Africa and the country's stated aim of becoming the information technology hub for Africa shows a people that seek to focus on the future.

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