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Girinka Programme

Posted on : 14 Jan 2020

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  • The word Girinka can be translated as ‘may you have a cow’ and describes a centuries-old cultural practice in Rwanda whereby a cow was given by one person to another, as a sign of respect and gratitude.
  • The program is based on the premise that providing a dairy cow to poor. Girinka Programme transforms livelihoods, reconciles communities improving agricultural productivity through the use of manure as fertilizers which would lead to improving soil quality and reducing erosion through the planting of grasses and trees.
  • The program also aimed at promoting unity and reconciliation among Rwandans based on the cultural principle that if a cow is given from one person to another, it establishes trust and respect between the giver and beneficiary. While this was not an original goal of Girinka, it has evolved to become a significant aspect of the program.
  • Beneficiaries of this program are chosen on the basis of two aspects: Those very poor vulnerable families that don’t own a cow but do have land that can be used to grow grass for feeding the cows and The beneficiary should be in position to construct an animal shed or willing to join others in community to construct a communal cow shed to be jointly used with the rest.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding the Girinka Programme
    1.It is a centuries old cultural practice of gifting a cow.
    2.It is practiced in Nepal.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 1 only

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