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CIAT provided technical assistance and forage grass hybrids for farmers enrolled in Rwanda’s One Cow per Poor Family initiative launched in 2006, which intends to reach 350,000 farmers by 2017. Besides improving meat and milk production, the grasses are also climate friendly: they prevent soil erosion, store carbon in their deep root structure, and inhibit the release of nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas, from the soil. ;