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BURUNDI: Farming Initiative Fights Poverty and Malnutrition

Project Overview

Subsistence farmers receive modern technical training, tools and materials

Lead Ministry: Anglican Diocese of Muyinga
Timeline: 12 months
Anticipated lives impacted: 3,690
Ministry Focus: Holistic
Cost per beneficiary: $6.95
Total Amount Requested: $25,660

Context:

Burundi is a small, landlocked country whose people are primarily subsistence farmers. More than a decade of civil war has created widespread poverty. Starting in 2000, the Burundi government began trying to revive the economy, but with a booming population growth and poor agricultural production, it has not made great strides. More than half of Burundi’s children under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition.

Need:

Farmers’ efforts have been negatively impacted by recurring drought, heavy rains and deteriorating soil. Because the farmers do not let the field lay fallow, the soil is less fertile. They need technical training in modern farming and agriculture techniques.

Solution:

The Anglican Church of Burundi, Muyinga Diocese, will provide technical training in modern farming, introduce field schools and create farmers’ networks and cooperatives for effective collective farming and the marketing of products. It will also promote tree planting for commercial and soil retention purposes. The introduction of animal husbandry will complement crop production and enhance households’ incomes.

Life Impact

This project benefits 3,690 people, some in multiple ways:

  • 2,700 people from 900 households show a willingness to learn modern agricultural techniques and join farming cooperatives
  • 900 heads of households achieve greater understanding by joining farmers’ cooperatives where they remain accountable to each other, continue to learn farming methods and participate in cooperative activities and the rotation of demonstration farms
  • 90 community leaders take action by being trained in cooperative farm management and modern agricultural techniques

Project Design:

The Anglican Church in the Diocese of Muyinga will implement this program in the Kiremba, Kiryama and Sanzwe communities of Burundi. The project will focus on forming farming cooperatives and farmers groups in the three communities to improve the livelihood and the health of the people. One of the goals of the project will be to improve soil fertility and reduce soil erosion.
A total of 3,600 people from 900 households – an average of four people per household – will be impacted. The diocese will train 90 community leaders – 30 in each of three communities — in cooperative farm management and modern agricultural techniques. The 90 community leaders will pass their knowledge on to 900 heads of households, who will join farmers cooperatives where they will learn farming methods and participate in group activities. This will be overseen by a project officer. The farmers groups will receive manure, materials, goats, farming tools, quality seed and seedlings for trees. To improve farming methods, the project will form three field schools. There will also be training in the care of goats, which will complement crop production and enhance household income.

How you can contribute:

  • For $5, you can purchase the farming tools for one of 900 households involved in the program
  • For $52, you can train one farmer who will train 100 other farmers in new techniques
  • For $576 you can establish one of three field schools that aid in training

You can read more about the project by viewing the full report here.

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