Stabilizing Rural Burundi
Peace in Burundi can be consolidated by stabilizing the country’s rural communities, according to FAO. The UN’s food agency advocates continued support to the most vulnerable farmers, while stressing the need to develop agriculture’s economic potential.
Currently, FAO is carrying out agricultural rehabilitation activities valued at around $60 million and targeting 1 250 000 people over a period of two years.
Their objective is to increase food production, for instance by making quality seeds of high-yielding crops available. FAO promotes income-generating activities and encourages farmers to join forces, because working together not only helps to produce marketable surpluses, but also strengthen peaceful relations.
“We support farmers in moving away from subsistence farming,” says Hubert Chauvet, FAO’s Representative (a.i.) in Burundi.