A Growing Recovery

Burundi women celebrate after training for better farming practices.

Hundreds of thousands of displaced Burundians are returning home after a 12-year civil war. Farm land is now scarce in Burundi. More than 90 percent of Burundians are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods. Now, many live without the food they need to survive.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) define food insecurity as a lack of access to nutritious food to live a healthy life. The UNFAO estimated that more than 80 percent of Burundian households are food insecure. This means nearly half of all Burundians are living in a chronically malnourished state.

For the last two years, Food for the Hungry has provided innovative training that benefitted more than 90,000 Burundians.  In Burundi’s Kayanza province, communities that once lacked land and seeds, now have terraced fields that produce food and seeds for sale. Families are selling extra potato seeds back to organizations to help more needy Burundi families.

A lead agricultural research institute, La Direction Générale de l’Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), recognized several Kayanza communities and Food for the Hungry for the seeds being of high quality.

Through education and support, these displaced people that faced once faced a despairing future are now confident in growing and selling food to survive. Join the effort in helping these displaced people by supporting food security projects.

About Renee Targos

Renee is a former journalist and editor for national arts and business publications. As a writer for Food for the Hungry, Renee explores and reports on the work and relationships of partners, FH staff and impoverished communities.

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