Burundi

Where we work

• Makamba, targeting returnees and residents, and farmer associations
• Cibitoke, targeting communities affected by conflict and displacement, and specifically vulnerable women and youth, smallholder farmers and farmers associations
• Rumonge, targeting communities affected by conflicts and displacement

  • Food security & Livelihoods
  • WASH
  • Peacebuilding

What we do in Burundi

In the aftermath of the political crisis that began in 2015, the situation in Burundi seems to be calming on the surface. However, a decline in external financial support for the country has resulted in severe budget cuts to the provision of basic services and health care. Despite the increasing vulnerability of the population, hopeful signs can be detected in the areas ZOA is working in. Youths from different political parties in Cibitoke continue to collaborate and have introduced their own small community development projects. Furthermore, the management capacities of nine farmer associations around community barns have been reinforced. They will also develop into information centers that can reach out to local farmers.

A seedmultiplication center in Cibitoke became selfsustaining and serves the region with good quality seed. Seven primary schools and a health center in Cibitoke have profited from water and sanitation provisions, including hygiene education, reaching 5,500 children. In Rumonge and Makamba 30 water sources were rehabilitated to provide safe water for local communities.

The registration of all land in Mabanda and Vugizo districts was completed: some 80,000 parcels of land were registered. To improve land access and reduce related conflicts, the land certification process in Makamba province was expanded to a new district, while an improved strategy was developed to assure women’s traditional land rights. At the end of 2016, a project was launched to train more than 3,500 smallholder farmers in four provinces (Cibitoke, Rumonge, Makamba and Muyinga) in planning and managing the development of their households.