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subsistence agriculture, cash crops, plantains, main tool, sweet potatoes

Most of the people of Rwanda depend on subsistence agriculture, generally using a hoe as the main tool. The main cash crop is coffee, of which 18,000 metric tons were produced in 2001. Other cash crops include tea and pyrethrum. Food crops include plantains, sorghum, cassava, sweet potatoes, and beans. The livestock population numbers 700,000 goats, 800,000 cattle, 320,000 sheep, and 160,000 pigs. Overgrazing and soil erosion are serious difficulties that affect the entire country. Furthermore, Rwanda’s instability has caused disruptions in trade and a decline in exports, leading even more people to revert to subsistence agriculture.



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subsistence agriculture, cash crops, plantains, main tool, sweet potatoes, cassava, soil erosion, sorghum, goats, Food crops, hoe, disruptions, sheep, coffee, cattle, entire country, trade, decline

 
 

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