Burundi: Women of war turn to rice. IRRI
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5
×
 

Burundi: Women of war turn to rice. IRRI

on

  • 1,023 views

Women who fought in the civil war of the east African country of Burundi are getting unprecedented access to farm land and training to produce rice and are building ...

Women who fought in the civil war of the east African country of Burundi are getting unprecedented access to farm land and training to produce rice and are building
better livelihoods for themselves, their families, and communities.

Statistics

Views

Total Views
1,023
Views on SlideShare
1,022
Embed Views
1

Actions

Likes
0
Downloads
4
Comments
0

1 Embed 1

http://users.unjobs.org 1

Accessibility

Categories

Upload Details

Uploaded via as Adobe PDF

Usage Rights

CC Attribution-ShareAlike LicenseCC Attribution-ShareAlike License

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

Cancel
  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Processing…
Post Comment
Edit your comment

Burundi: Women of war turn to rice. IRRI Burundi: Women of war turn to rice. IRRI Presentation Transcript

  • Photo: IRRI STORIES OF CHANGE Ms. Elisabeth Nibigira, one of the participants and mother of four children added, “With the IRRI project, I now feel reintegrated into society. I do not feel afraid of people like I was during my combatant life, and other people do not see me like an excluded ex-combatant anymore.” “When I was not growing rice,” she added, “I used to eat rice only on feast days or when I had got money from hard work. Now, with IRRI assistance, I produce rice myself and I can eat rice with my children whenever I need it.” The women were taught how to grow rice and test new rice varieties and farming technologies using a farmer field school. In a common field, representatives of the women’s groups learned all aspects of rice production, from land preparation to rice harvesting and drying. Back in their own fields, these women taught their colleagues what they learned.Burundi: The women are very enthusiastic to keep developing their skills and their rice production and want to mechanize to improve the efficiency of their operation to increase profit and reduce labor.Women of war turn to rice “The first thing we would like to have is the milling machine because we will benefit from it as we will not have to pay for milling,” said Nibigira. “Other farmers will come to us and mill their rice, which will provide us with money to feed our family. Moreover, we could then produce rice bran for our cattle or for sale.” In collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Burundi, IRRI is continuing the project based on its outstanding success but is seeking funding to include more women in the program and support the existing women to further develop their rice production skills and improve their access to technology.Women who fought in the civil war of the east African country of Burundi aregetting unprecedented access to farm land and training to produce rice and are building The pilot project was financially supported by the Howard Buffett Foundation.better livelihoods for themselves, their families, and communities. Science for a food secure future“These ex-combatant Burundi women are turning their own lives around – they just needed ahelping hand to get started,” said Dr. Joseph Bigirimana, liaison scientist and coordinatorfor the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Burundi. “Now they are helping ourcountry towards rice self-sufficiency and building a more stable future for all Burundians.”In 1993, women fought in Burundi’s bloody internal battle, but when peace was installedby 2005, many of them were excluded from reintegration programs. This left them not Story prepared byonly physically and mentally scarred, but unemployed, economically destitute, andsocially excluded.To assist a group of 398 women, CARE, Survivor Corps, and CEDAC provided psychosocialsupport to help them reintegrate, CONSEDI gave vocational training for economicdevelopment, and IRRI taught them how to produce rice. a CGIAR Consortium“In 2009, we started working with ten groups of ex-combatant women by getting each group Research Centerone hectare of the best irrigated land in the country and showing them how to grow rice on it,” CGIAR is a global researchsaid Bigirimana. partnership for a food secure future. Its science“In the first year, we paid for cost of renting the land, seed, and fertilizers,” he added. “From the is carried out by the 15profits they made in the first season, they were able to pay these costs themselves the These research centers of the CGIAR Consortium infollowing year.” ex-combatant collaboration withDuring a group interview with women involved in the project, they all indicated the most Burundi women hundreds of partner organizations.important aspect of the project was that it gave them access to land, which they would are turning their www.cgiar.orgnot have had without IRRI, CARE, and the cooperation of the Burundian government. own lives around. M A R C H 2012
  • Photo: IRRI STORIES OF CHANGE Ms. Elisabeth Nibigira, one of the participants and mother of four children added, “With the IRRI project, I now feel reintegrated into society. I do not feel afraid of people like I was during my combatant life, and other people do not see me like an excluded ex-combatant anymore.” “When I was not growing rice,” she added, “I used to eat rice only on feast days or when I had got money from hard work. Now, with IRRI assistance, I produce rice myself and I can eat rice with my children whenever I need it.” The women were taught how to grow rice and test new rice varieties and farming technologies using a farmer field school. In a common field, representatives of the women’s groups learned all aspects of rice production, from land preparation to rice harvesting and drying. Back in their own fields, these women taught their colleagues what they learned.Burundi: The women are very enthusiastic to keep developing their skills and their rice production and want to mechanize to improve the efficiency of their operation to increase profit and reduce labor.Women of war turn to rice “The first thing we would like to have is the milling machine because we will benefit from it as we will not have to pay for milling,” said Nibigira. “Other farmers will come to us and mill their rice, which will provide us with money to feed our family. Moreover, we could then produce rice bran for our cattle or for sale.” In collaboration with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Burundi, IRRI is continuing the project based on its outstanding success but is seeking funding to include more women in the program and support the existing women to further develop their rice production skills and improve their access to technology.Women who fought in the civil war of the east African country of Burundi aregetting unprecedented access to farm land and training to produce rice and are building The pilot project was financially supported by the Howard Buffett Foundation.better livelihoods for themselves, their families, and communities. Science for a food secure future“These ex-combatant Burundi women are turning their own lives around – they just needed ahelping hand to get started,” said Dr. Joseph Bigirimana, liaison scientist and coordinatorfor the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Burundi. “Now they are helping ourcountry towards rice self-sufficiency and building a more stable future for all Burundians.”In 1993, women fought in Burundi’s bloody internal battle, but when peace was installedby 2005, many of them were excluded from reintegration programs. This left them not Story prepared byonly physically and mentally scarred, but unemployed, economically destitute, andsocially excluded.To assist a group of 398 women, CARE, Survivor Corps, and CEDAC provided psychosocialsupport to help them reintegrate, CONSEDI gave vocational training for economicdevelopment, and IRRI taught them how to produce rice. a CGIAR Consortium“In 2009, we started working with ten groups of ex-combatant women by getting each group Research Centerone hectare of the best irrigated land in the country and showing them how to grow rice on it,” CGIAR is a global researchsaid Bigirimana. partnership for a food secure future. Its science“In the first year, we paid for cost of renting the land, seed, and fertilizers,” he added. “From the is carried out by the 15profits they made in the first season, they were able to pay these costs themselves the These research centers of the CGIAR Consortium infollowing year.” ex-combatant collaboration withDuring a group interview with women involved in the project, they all indicated the most Burundi women hundreds of partner organizations.important aspect of the project was that it gave them access to land, which they would are turning their www.cgiar.orgnot have had without IRRI, CARE, and the cooperation of the Burundian government. own lives around. M A R C H 2012