The most densely populated country in Africa, Rwanda is a rural nation and its people rely heavily on subsistence agriculture. While the nation has made significant economic strides, energy shortages, regional instability, and inadequate food production has hampered growth. Nearly 40 percent of Rwandans still live below the poverty line. To address the root causes of hunger and poverty, Winrock projects have worked to build the capacity of African leaders, communities and institutions to develop and manage the structures needed for transformation. Other project work has focused on sustainable energy, water services, and reducing child labor by providing educational alternatives.