Overview of the Burundi platform, south region

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Poster prepared by Elias Minani, Jean Pierre Twagirayezu, Gloriose Habonayo, Béatrice Nsabimana, Cyrille Mbonihankuye and Cyrille Hicintuka for the Capacity Development Workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April–2 May 2014



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Overview of the Burundi platform, south region

  1. 1. Overview of the Burundi platform, south region Elias Minani, Jean Pierre Twagirayezu, Gloriose Habonayo, Béatrice Nsabimana, Cyrille Mbonihankuye, Cyrille Hicintuka Platform context and background The agriculture sector in Burundi represents 90% of the economic activities. The action Sites are Mahwa and Kiryama where the livestock activity is very high. For this, the entry point addressed by the platform was to provide animals (cows) to the farmers that they can produce manure which will increase soil fertility and food production Opportunities and constraints Opportunities: • Milk and vegetables, potato and milk production • When farmers are working in value chains, they increase their food security and reduce poverty • Availability of knowledge in vegetables, potato and milk production • Existence of vegetables and milk markets Constraints: • Agriculture products and inputs traders and administration didn’t come in the platform because they didn’t see their immediate interests • This constraint was addressed by sensibilization of partners on the importance of the IP and value chain organizations • structures may include researchers, administration, NGOs, farmer organizations, processors and traders Pictures Conclusions and ways forward At the beginning everyone was hesitating to work in platform. After, one year, even traders were interested and they organized with farmers a development cooperative witch take over our activities together. First of all is a question of engagement and responsibility. After this, people will need a support to conduct R4D activities and to do monitoring, evaluation and extension. Platform progress Platform initiation : 2012 Concrete activities undertaken were to work with farmers in feeding cow in way to get much milk a day and to produce and sell cabbages. Now, the farmers are working as a cooperative Platform facilitation and learning • The key bottlenecks in terms of facilitating the platform is to convince private sector especially traders to be in partnership with research • At the end of each term, a report was given to ASARECA . Then, at the end of the project, a final report and leaflets have been produced and these last are used by farmers • The platform facilitated the development of livestock and agriculture integration and policy in providing agricultural inputs Cyrille Hicintuka hicicyrille@yahoo.fr ● Burundi. Prepared for a capacity development workshop of the CGIAR Research Program on Humidtropics, Nairobi, 29 April – 2 May 2014 http://humidtropics.cgiar.org/ This document is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution –Non commercial- Share Alike 3.0 Unported License April 2014 April- May 2014 Platform characteristics • Type of platform: research for development platform • Key stakeholder groups represented in platform : 7 researchers (4 were female), 7 vegetables traders, 2 inputs traders, 5 farmers representative • The platform was operating at r(national, regional level in Bururi and Gitega provinces • The platform activities were led by the farmers representative • The platform was facilitating coordinator of the project • Platform activities were funded by ASARECA

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