burundiflag Our Work in Burundi

Population

10,557,259 (July 2012 est.)

Size

10,745 square miles

Latest Achievements

150,000 seedlings planted in 2011

5 workshops with 60 leaders

9 community nurseries

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About

Poor land management, overpopulation, and ethnic conflicts have devastated the lives of the people of Burundi, most of whom depend on the land for their livelihoods. The AIDS epidemic and scars from past conflicts make it difficult for families to improve their lives on their own.

What We've Done

By 2011, nine community nurseries had been established in Kirundo, Makamba and Ruyigi Provinces. More than 130,000 seedlings were successfully transplanted in 2010, and about 150,000 seedlings in 2011. More than 1,100 Burundians planted trees. We planted Moringa oleifera, also known as the “miracle tree.” Its edible pods, leaves and flowers boast twice the calcium of milk and four times the Vitamin A of carrots. This is valuable in a country where 57% of children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition. We also plant fast-growing firewood species like Leucaeana and Albizia. With scarce land resources, planting multi-purpose trees near farms provides readily accessible firewood and livestock fodder, while adding green manure to the soil. Poor land management, overpopulation, and ethnic conflicts have devastated the lives of the people of Burundi, most of whom depend on the land for their livelihoods. The AIDS epidemic and scars from past conflicts make it difficult for families to improve their lives on their own.

List of Partnering Organizations

Trees for the Future partners with Hope for Burundi, a Canadian charity, on many projects. The tree planting brings together people from cultures that have been in conflict for many years. Hope for Burundi also brings Hutu and Tutsi together for community training in non-violent communication, agroforestry technologies and sustainable agriculture practices to improve crop yields. We also partner with:

Association Tubane de Gikuzi (ATG) Makamba Province
UMURYANGO Gitega Province
Programme de Réabilitation des Personnes en Difficulté (PRPD) Ruyigi Province
Red Cross of Ruyigi Province Ruyigi Province
Association de Developpement Rural Integré (ADRI Rutana Province
Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities (HROC) Gitega Province
Tugirumwete Kirundo Province
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